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Did a letter from
Martha Piper
affect the government's
decision-to end ;
last year V strike?    :;:-:
Piper and Axeworthy, O.C.
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» Legislation over negotiation SPORTS
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Friday, September 5,2003
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volunteers to lead educational programs.
Volunteers should enjoy working with,
people of all ages, have good
communication skills, be available
weekdays & are willing to make a l-yr
commitment. Interested? Attend an
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Tues. Sept 9, 10:30-12:00pm, Vancouver
Museum (1100 Chestnut Street). Please
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UBC Thunderbirds prepare for the start of the varsity season
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by Jesse Marchand
While students have been bustling around the SUB,
switching classes and tiying to find parking spaces, the
UBC athletes have been busily preparing for the
new season.
Using only half their field, women's field hockey
hopefuls sprint and jog to build endurance and keep a
steady pace. Their bodies move simultaneously in concentric circles, forming loose patterns like birds in the
sky. Soon they will be. Many of these recruits will
become the UBC Thunderbirds.
As they begin their new season, veterans mesh with
rookies to form the fabric of the new teams. While UBC
teams are always called the T-birds, their players are
slowly changing and shifting as new players arrive and
others graduate. Every year it's a new team with
new goals. . _ .     '
In Thunderbird park alone, the men s field hockey
team is having a tiy-out and practicing their chips, while
a few feet away the men's soccer team feigns a match
against themselves. To the north, tryouts for women's
rugby have trainees racing laps. To the south, last year's
Canada West champions, the women's soccer team,
shorten their field and practise their passes.
By practicing on smaller fields, players' strengths
and weaknesses will be enhanced. Practices and tiyouts
end with a parade of athletes taking their bikes back to
campus. Physical fitness, is maintained on and off
the field.
The athletic season begins with a slow ebb of events,
starting with the football home opener tonight at 7pm.
While the Birds have many returning players, they will
be hitting the field without Javier Glatt, last year's winner of the Bobby Gaul Memorial trophy for leadership
and sportsmanship.
The game kicks off at Thunderbird stadium and costs
$3 if you flash your student card. An adult ticket is $ 10,
and a ticket for a youth or non-UBC student is $5.
Children under 12 are admitted free.
If you're not into paying however, UBC soccer games
are normally free. The mien's soccer team will also be
playing today at 5pm at OJ Todd Field. Last year, the
men's soccer team made it to the Canada West finals in
Edmonton, only to lose to the UVic Vikes
With most of their team returning this year the soccer Birds have a good chance of going all the way. "The
biggest thing for us is to change our expectation level,'
said head Coach Mike Mosher of their strategy. "We're a
Httle bit inconsistent,' he added, "it's of a matter of them
playing at the expected level they're supposed to play.'
The ice hockey team will also be starting their preseason with a grudge match between them and this
year's Canucks prospects. So far, UBC's prospective players have been narrowed down to 32 men, which leaves
at least six cuts to be made.
"I'm looking for specific players that can do specific
things on the ice," said Coach Milan Dragicevic 'I think
that was missing last year," he added, explaining that
"there were too many guys just comfortable and not
bringing anything extra."
Stars to watch on the ice are former Kelowna Rocket
Nick Marach and UBC goalie Robert File, who are expected to vastly improve this year.
As for the Canucks prospect game, Dragicevic says,
"The people are going to see a great game. It's a chance
for Canuck fans to really see their future," and also to see
"how [the Birds] stack up to some of the best players in
the world. We treat it as the biggest game ofthe season,"
said Dragicevic.
A.sell-out last year, tickets run from $10-$ 15,
depending on your seat The puck drops at 7:30pm on
Tuesday, September 9. ♦
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Admission: $3 and Membership: $20
Film Society Hotline: (604) 822-3697
Fri. Sept 5 - Sun. Sept 7
7:00PM - Bruce Almighty
9:30PM-2 Fast 2 Furious
Wed. Sept 10 - Thurs. Sept 11
7:00PM - Grosse Point Blank
9:30PM - Pulp Fiction
Fri. Sept 12-Sun. Sept 14
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SWARM 4 runs until Saturday at
venues in Mount Pleasant, Gastown
and Yaletown.
SWARM's art show/party is the
local art event ofthe year. This year
, it'll be held at. over 20 galleries in
the Gastown area tonight and in
Yaletown on Saturday.
http:// www.paaxc.ca/swarm4/
Graffiti Art Show, Sept. 6-7, at
12:00-6:00pm and it's free!
Watch graffiti artists shaking their
cans and spraying everywhere. You
can silendy bid on their works for
the duration of the Fringe Festival at
Ocean Art Works (Granville Island).
For more info call 604-257-0350.
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Spot, Sept. 5-6, at 8:00-10:30pm
"Just for Laughs" comedian breaks
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within the Landmark hotel on 1400
Robson. Tix are $15, for more info
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Friday, September 5,2003
Piper receives Order of Canada
by Jonathan Woodward
UBC President Martha Piper and Liu Centre Director
Lloyd Axworthy were both recently awarded the Officer
of the Order of Canada. The two UBC figures join a long
list of artists, statesmen and scientists, including UBC
administrators and faculty, who have received the
"I'm incredibly honoured," said Piper. "It's humbling
to look at the people you're joining—to be able to be a
part of a university that allows one to excel is pretty special.'
Axworthy, who has held a variety of public posts in
the past 30 years, including foreign minister in Jean
Chretien's government, responded, "To have a political
person included in that illustrious list of accomplishments is really quite nice."
The Order of Canada is an award available to all
Canadians, and is offered to a citizen on the strength of
their accomplishments in making a difference to Canada
and its citizens. Nominations are anonymously reported
to the Governor General's office through a form available
on the Chancellery website.
The names then go through a non-partisan Advisory
Council, on whose recommendations the Governor
General names Canadians to the Order. "People can
always make another request to the Chancellery to get
a member promoted," said Lucie Brosseau, ofthe government office press house.
There are three levels involved—Member, Officer, and
Companion—that acknowledge accomplishments to varying degrees. A Member is recognised for his or her local
contributions, while a Companion is recognized for significant international contributions. Notably, Rick
Hansen, the man behind UBC's Rick Hansen Institute and
its spinal cord research, was awarded the Companion of
the Order of Canada for circling the globe in a wheelchair
to raise awareness for disability and sport
Both Axworthy and Piper were ordered the Officer, an
intermediate award for contributions with a national
Piper was credited for her accomplishments in bringing research dollars to UBC, for her contributions as a
board member of the Canada Foundation for Innovation
and the Candian Institute of Health Research, as well as
her involvement and support of UBC's program to offer
free university courses to residents of the Downtown
East Side
"We made a commitment to be there," said Piper.
'Our goals are to have ten per cent of the student population do some form of volunteering, although not necessarily in the Downtown East Side.'
As foreign minister, Axworthy was involved in the
international land mine treaty and the creation of the
international criminal court, but stresses that his relatively recent work at UBC contributed to the award.
'It's not given for the work that we've done, but the
work that we're doing," he said.
Both plan to attend an upcoming ceremony where
Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and her husband,
John Ralston Saul, will present the award.
Other Canadians that were appointed to the Order of
Canada this year include retired UBC Law Professor
George Curtis, labour rights activist Nancy Riche, and
musician Gordon Lightfoot ♦
by Megan Thomas
Indulging in that much-needed morning coffee jolt just
got a bit more ethical for students at UBC. As ofthe first
day of classes all Alma Mater Society (AMS) businesses
in the SUB started serving only fair trade coffee.
'We are really excited to be able to provide this to
our students and we are sort of jumping on the bandwagon of other universities who have done it, but in
BC I think we are setting a trend," said Oana Chirila,
AMS president.
The coffee now served by AMS businesses is certified fair trade meaning that fair wages and sustainable
growing conditions are ensured for farmers. The fair
trade certification also means that it is organic and
grown without chemicals or fertilizers.
In order to purchase fair trade coffee there will be
a 27 per cent increase in cost for AMS businesses but
the cost of a cup of coffee to the consumer will not
According to Josh Bowman, AMS VP
Administration, the increased cost ofthe fair trade coffee was absorbed by a general increase in coffee prices
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HOT AND STEAMY: F%ir trade.coffee now fills the
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"The minimal additional cost of purchasing fair
trade coffee would be* compensated for by a price
increase that was going to happen anyway,' said
Bowman. 'At the end of the day you can still get the
cup of coffee for under a dollar.'
He added that, 'It was felt that the minor price
adjustment was worth the benefits of going fair trade."
Bowman said that the range of flavours and quality of
the coffee will not be affected by the change to fair trade.
AMS businesses had offered fair trade coffee as an
option for coffee drinkers for the past couple of years
and it represented about 10 per cent of coffee sales.
UBC Food Services also offers fair trade as an
option in residence cafeterias and at 99 Chairs for 10
cents extra a cup, but does not at this time have plans
to switch exclusively to the organic product.
"There is always a possibility but at this point no we
don't offer fair trade coffee right across the board,"
said Dorothy Yip, UBC Food Services general manager
for retail operations.
She added that with the number of UBC Food
Services outlets ori campus making the switch would
be partly a logistical issue.
"The food services are on board it just takes a lot
longer for UBC to make those kinds of changes,' said
Bowman. "I know there is a commitment there, but
we want to work with them to see if we can make it
According to those who buy the coffee, there are no
problems with quality. Jeremy Gordon, a staff member
at enrolment Services and afternoon coffee drinker,
said the AMS is on the right track with the coffee. "I
always used to order it last year and now this is the
one they have and I think it is great'
Another coffee patron, economics Professor
Parikshit Ghosh, said 'the coffee tastes more or less
the same. I don't see much of a difference.' He also
said "I think that the intention is good to help poor
people and coffee growers in the third world," but
added that from an economic point of view fair trade
coffee could have a negative impact if it is being grown
in areas that are not able to compete in the free market and could better use their resources in other areas.
Through a program run around Christmas time the
AMS also supports a Nicaraguan plantation in the hopes
that they will be able to become certified as fair trade in
the future. Bags of coffee from the Las Sabanas plantation are sold and proceeds are sent to the
"This is part of a larger vision that we have for our
building and the student society,* said Bowman of the
fair trade initiative. ♦
I DID.IT ALL FOR BORT: Martha Piper is flattered by Order of
Canada designation, michelle mayne photo
AMS moves to fair trade
Part of their ongoing commitment to sustainability
'>rici r
CoraPass contemplated
The first study is now underway
to determine the feasibility of a
ComPass, a community transit
pass for residents of neighbourhoods near UBC.
The pass is based on the U-
Pass, a student transit pass that
allows UBC and SFU students
unlimited three-zone bus use for a
mandatory $20 monthly fee. The
ComPass could also be used for
faculty and staff at UBC, as well as
their spouses.
The study, which is headed up
by the TREK program at UBC, is
being funded by a $100,000
research grant from the
Federation of Canadian
Municipalities. Fourteen families
residing near the university will
be receiving free transit passes
and have their transportation patterns studied.
Sponsor for U-Pass
Translink announced on August
20, 2003, that VanCity Credit
Union will be the major sponsor
of its U-Pass program.
According to Cheeying Ho, a
director on the VanCity board, the
three year sponsorship plan will
include VanCity branded pocket
maps, VanCity/U-Pass posters on
transit, station platforms, and
transfer shelters, articles in the
Buzzer—Translink's rider
newsletter—and presence at UBC
and SFU orientation events.
VanCity hopes, in the future, to
have the VanCity logo on all U-
Pass cards.
VanCity is Canada'3 largest
credit union, with $8.2 billion in
assets, 292,000 members and 40
branches throughout Greater
Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and
Victoria. VanCity also owns the
Citizens Bank of Canada.
Foam party sticks on
An AMS foam party planned as
part of First Week celebrations,
where up to 60 people could frolic and dance in a contained inflatable area with foam and non-slip
treaded floors, maintained by a
moisture sucking pump, was cancelled at the last minute last
What the AMS did not plan for
were the liability concerns
involved in throwing a foam
party. Due to a recent tragedy in
the United States, where a teenager died during a foam party and
was buried under six feet of foam,
only to be found by cleaning
crews the next day, foam parties
are now a large liability risk.
Yuck-Yucks, the foam provider
contracted by the AMS, held a
plan with insurance brokers to
have participant insurance—a
plan that insures the actual participants, not just the venue. Prior
to Yuck-Yucks' coming to UBC for
First Week celebrations they had
their participant insurance
revoked. The AMS was notified six
days prior and asked if they would
still be able to proceed with only
their own venue insurance. The
AMS was unable to give a solid
confirmation or find an alternative due to the extremely short
notice, and the foam never
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Stanley revealed
by Paul Grant and Laurie Dickson
[Rainforest Books]
by Greg Ursic
Few parks around the world are as closely
associated with their cities as Central Park
in New York and Vancouver's own Stanley
Park. Both are large (at a shade over 1000
acres—650 acres of forest and 350 acres of
gardens—Stanley Park is a shade bigger
than her southern sister), provide a respite
from the hectic pace of the everyday and
are popular with tourists and residents
alike. They share few other similarities
however: Central Park, located in the center
of the city, is bounded by development on
all sides and is actually a wholly manmade
creation. Stanley Park, meanwhile, is an
area of wilderness that was set aside as a
park, and sits on the periphery of the city.
The first thing that you'll notice about
The Stanley Park Companion is its cover-
four striking pictures taken within the park
that instantly elevate it to coffee, table status. But this is not a mere fluff piece-. Paul
Grant and Laurie Dickson have collected
copious amounts of information about the
park, from its inception, creation, evolution and the central role it has played in
Vancouver's history. Having lived in
Vancouver for 15 years and cycled the
Seawall innumerable times, I was surprised when I began reading how littie I
actually knew about Stanley Park.
Named after Goverhpr, General Lord
Arthur Stanley, the park opened on
September 27, 1888 for the 'use and enjoyment of peoples of all colors^ creed^ and
customs.* It was an immediate hit with Residents and continues to be.today. Grant
and Dickson lead in with a brief history of
the park, then take the reader pn a
calculated journey, beginning at the southeast end of the Seawall and proceeding
around the park in a counterclockwise *,
direction. They point out every landmark,
both natural and manmade, and showcase
the park's beauty with dozens of full-page
The prose is light, thoroughly accessible
and peppered with anecdotes and little
known facts. For example, most people
would likely be shocked to. know that the
ashes of several people who made Stanley
Park what it is today—such as stone mason
James "Jimmy" Cunningham who supervised construction of the Seawall for
over 30 years—now rest within its borders.
Or that the eight breeding pairs of gray
squirrels donated by New York's Central
Park Authority have since displaced the
native squirrels and run their own little
mammal mob.
. . I do have a few minor qualms with the
book. While The Stanley Park Companion is
a fantastic resource and guide, at 25cm by
21.5 cm it is ungainly and doesn't lend
itself to portability like a Frommer's or
Lonely Planet Guide, which is a shame as
anyone wanting to explore the Park would
surely want to bring the book with them.
Another thing that I found disconcerting
was that in several instances the authors
will give a brief description of something
then elaborate on it much later in, the book.
Okay, enough nitpicking.
Grant and Dickson have achieved the
perfect balance between souvenir book,
nature guide and historical tome. It is comprehensive, entertaining, an enjoyable
read, beautiful to look at and is destined to
be treasured by both tourists and locals
alike. ♦
No more 'secrets
Secret Vancouver attempts to localise' visiting tourists
by Alison Appelbe
[ECW Press]
by Dan Enjo
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What is the definition of 'secret'? The word itself gives an
air of the totally unknown, mysterious and obscure parts
of our world. Alison Appelbe's Secret Vancouver is the
newest addition to the 'Secret Guides" series of tourist
guidebooks that take the visitor off the tourist track. The
title implies that something truly clandestine, even to
locals, hides inside the book's covers; however, the
'secrets' that are given about our city are not exactly
'secret.' - |
The cover title, with "secret' in prominent italics, elicits memories of Vancouver magazine's npw-defunct annual article "Secrets of the city." In these articles, the writers,
would dig up little known facts from Vancouver'? history-
forgotten downtown tunnels, various ghosts that inhabit
certain buildings and an architect who died after falling
down the steps oi hjs own building-rand would compile
-.them jnto a visually interesting section of the magazine.
Secret Vancouver dri&s little* of what the  Vancouver
''Magazine writers did, but the resemblance in name biases the local reader into expecting the same type 6f content.
Appelbe takes a different approach to describe our city.
In her edgy and sometimes witty tone she describes many
'secrets' that are very well-known—'Secret Lion's Gate
Bridge* and 'Secret Seawall' become somewhat ironic to
anyone who has been here for more than a week. She
caters exclusively to those who are visiting or are newly
arrived. The American spelling of words, which is a bit
disconcerting for one who has learned by British spelling
throughout school, betrays the target audience for the
book (Perhaps Canadians- can accept American spelling,
but Americans don't seem to be tolerant of British
spelling). ;
The word 'secret' becomes too repetitive and a bit of a
• cliche throughout. Each section of the book begins with
'Secret,' as if the reader has forgotten the premise of the
book at the end of each page." Although it may seem like
every reader is becoming privy to some unknown fact
before  turning  each page,  it remains  a  guidebook.
According to the introduction, Secret Vancouver attempts
to detach itself from other, more mainstream guidebooks
by boldly including the places that were not supposed to
be included, but it does not do so successfully. More than
a few entries start with "I know this isn't a secret, but..."
Some of the recommendations "are questionable as
well. For example, would locals really want to show an out-
of-towner the (now-buried) underground washrooms at
Hastings and Main? Many Vancouverites themselves have
never been down there, and seeing some unsuspecting
tourist heading down to see the sights is rather frightening (thankfully the washrooms are now gone).
The book doe^ have its merits. Appelbe's informal writing style is admirable—a nice change from the'patrician
tones ofthe overly anal-retentive rriainistreain guidebooks.
The fact that the writer compiled this book largely on her
own indicates that she knows Vancouver well, or is well-
connected. Imaginative photographs by Linda Rutenberg
are interspersed within the bopk's pages, complimenting
the unconventional styl'e "th^t ..the book*endeavours to
attain. - '
Ideally, Secret Vancouver should be made so that it is
interesting fo* both locals and tourists. Fascinating stories
(like the Vancouver Magazine ones) are told to an extent,
but are overwhelmed by an emphasis oil business name-
dropping (making the text sound a bit like those panj-
phlets one gets at the tourist office). The work would be
much more appealing for residents if the focus was shifted to the unique atmosphere of each neighbourhood,
rather than attempting to list every business that seemed
impressive to the author (Doug Coupland did'a good job of
that in City of Glass). A bit more of the historical perspective in the form of anecdote and myth would be, perhaps,
more beneficial to both resident and visitor.
Interestingly, an address is included for future reader
contributions at the end of the book. Is this some sort of
indication that the publishers would like to take full
advantage of any suggestions for improvement? ♦ .   wj-p.   -   »J ~^4.i,_
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There will be a total of 24 student representatives:
a) 20 third- and fourth-year Arts students to ba elected (one
representative from the combined major, honours, or graduate
program in each of the Departments and Schools in the Faculty
of Arts); and
b) 4 first- and second-year Arts students to be elected (two
representatives from each of first and second year).
Student representatives are full voting members in the meetings of
the Faculty of Arts, and are appointed to committees of the Faculty.
Nominations open on September 2,2003 and close September 12,2003
Nomination forms will be available from School and Departmental
offices, the Office of the Dean (Buchanan B130) and the Arts
Undergraduate Society offide (Buchanan A207). Submit completed
nomination forms to the Office of the Dean by 4:00p.m., Friday,
September 12,2003,
In constituencies from which no nominations have been received
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Critical Global Demand for
While many industries suffer from repeated recessions, the demand for English
teachers continues to grow globally.The focus for all nations is international
trade and English is the business language of the world. English is necessary
whether the world economy is booming or in a recession. English is now air
integral part of the future for all nations.
The need to be fluent in English cannot fail to grow, and with it numerous job
prospects for English teachers,
Because most of the.teaching positions are conversation-based, an
undergraduate degree or teaching experience is not always necessary.
Training to be an English teacher can range anywhere between 2 years to 4
weeks. How long you train is up to you, but most employers of conversational
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To learn more aboutthis exciting opportunity go on line:
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Probing the
conclusion of
last year's
labour dispute
f you were here last spring
you'll remember the
strike. Burning barrels,
placards and noise flooded
campus. Picket lines
streamed in front of buildings. Protests blocked the
main entrance to UBC, University
Boulevard. After months of talks between
the Canadian Union of Public Employees
(CUPE) and UBC over wages, negotiations
had broken down.   -
CUPE 2278-teaching assistants
(TAs)—felt that tuition was a condition of
employment and that wages should
increase proportionally in light of the
large tuition increases over the past two
years. The university refused to discuss
tuition matters.* CUPE 2950-Chan Centre
staff and library workers—was fighting for
gender equality and benefits. With exams
fast approaching and the fear that the
entire academic year would be lost to the
strike, on March 12 the provincial government decided to step in with Bill 21 and
legislate the unions back to work.
But on March 6, behind the scenes, a:
letter was sent UBC President Martha
Piper wrote a letter to Minister of
Advanced Education Shirley Bond. That
letter eventually became a major part of
the information that the provincial government used to decide to enact Bill 21.
\ Through a Freedom of Information Act
request, the Ubyssey newspaper obtained
a copy of that letter. The motivation
behind that letter and its subsequent effect
on government policy is discussed in the
investigation below^ '
6325 Memorial Road
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March 6,2003
Honourable Shirley Bond
Minister of Advanced Education
Office of the Minister-       - .     '
Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC     V8V 1X4 ;
Dear Minister Bond;, •-
I write to advise you of ray grave concern over the repercussions of the labour disputes at
UBC. Undergraduate students are being put at risk of losing the academic term because of strike
action and continuing labour disruptii>n.on the campus. Tomorrow we will have experienced
strike action from CUPE 2278 (teaching assistants) for two working weeks, winch is now having
a considerable negative impact on students and their teaming experience. I am appending a
document that describes in some detail the actual effect on classes, laboratories, tutorials,
examinations, and marking. Our conservative estimates suggest that over 23,000 students are
adversely affected. With another union CUPE 2950 (clerical and library) on strike, this number
will increase significantly.
This situation cannot continue without seriously compromising the education of UBC
students. Only fouj weeks remain in the teaching term. The continuation ofthe strikes could
result in students hot being.able to receive course credit, not being able to complete their
academic term, not being able to move to the next academic level, or even not being able to
graduate. This is of particular concern given our recent increases in tuition and our ongoing
commitment to students to provide a quality learning environment
Given the gravity of this situation, I trust this, information will be of use to you and your
colleagues. If further detail is required pleas* do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Sincerely yours.
th^jab. hff^>
Martha C. Piper
cc:      Honourable Gary Collins, Minister of Finance
What did it say
" The letter consisted of six pages in total
and was written by* Martha Piper, UBC
president, to the Honourable Shirley
Bond. The cover letter, which you see
above,. included an attachment informing
the government of how grave the university felt the labour situation had become.
Sections in the attachment covered strike
impacts on classes, labs, grading, recruitment and faculty concerns.
Why was it sent?
Adrienne Smith of CUPE 2 2 7 8 said that
the letter shoulcj n^vef have been sent considering that the labour dispute was
between the unions and the university, not
the government.
'I don't think that this letter should
have existed at all. I don't think that the
Liberal government should ever have
been involved in a labour dispute that we
were having here/ she said.    *
Smith had not seen the letter before
she read a copy provided by the Ubyssey
and said that her union had no knowledge
of the correspondence during the heat of
dispute. As far as she is concerned, the
university stepped beyond the bounds of
what is acceptable for an employer by
engaging with the government, a body that
was in a position to end tl e dispute.
However, she does dmit that her
'union is pleased that the oniversity found
the labour action effectiveiTWe are delighted that Dr Piper recognise! how disruptive
the labour dispute was/ Shith said.
She is not alone in he^criticism of the
* letter. CUPE 2950 President Natalie Lisik
also had some concerns wften she perused
the letter. Fof Lisik, the fetter represents
that the university was counting on the
government to intervene^ in the interests
of students. *
'In '£ way this letter stows further evidence that UBC didn't have intentions of
bargaining in good faitl|i with us. They
were expecting Big Brother to step in and
help solve their issues/ slie said.
She went on to describe that, although
her union was not aware cf the letter at the
time, she wa3 not surprised by its existence. "The round of bargaining and negotiation was 'unlike anything that w4 had
experienced before." She continued, "It's a
by Megan Thomas
^nd Jonathan Woodward
The Players: a handy guide to the
who's who
a UBC President Martha Piper
■ Director of Public Affairs Scott Macrae
■ Minister of Advanced Education Shirley Bond
■ Communications Director for the Ministry of Advanced
Education Karen McDonald , -
■ New Democrat MLA for Vancouver-Hastings joy MacPhail
■ New Democrat MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant Jenny
Kwan ;j j-    .„,=.- -.,'
H Communications Manager for the Ministry of Skills and
Labour Gordon Williams
I CUPE 2278 President Adrienne Sjnith
I CUPE 2950 President Natalie Lisik
I Cupe 116 President Paul Cook ♦
surprise but not a surprise just based on
the tactics that we had to deal with and the
utter contempt in terms of what we were
dealing with at the bargaining table and in
job action/
For Scott Macrae, director of public
affairs for UBC, the letter was not a surprise and he says that it should not be a
surprise- for anyone. "It's really the duty of
the president to inform the minister when
that number of students ' are being
adversely affected."
Piper also said that it was her responsibility to inform the government about the
circumstances during the strike. "I would
have been irresponsible as a leader of ai
major institution not to inform the minister ofthe impact that the strike was having
on another student population," she said,
adding that "What we were trying to do
here is that we were concerned about [the
studentsj and the people who weren't TAs.
• We felt that the Minister of Education
needed to know that*
Macrae agreed with Piper that the situation had become one in which students
were being affected to the point that she
had to inform the Minister of Advanced
"There was very real fear, certainly
expressed by students and certainly
expressed by the administration, that had
the strike continued this was going to jeopardise people's ability to get their marks,
to go on to the next year, to graduate," he
said, ■•""■
Macrae stressed that due to the gravity
of the-- situation the correspondence
between the university ahd the government was necessary. "It.would be irresponsible of a university not to inform the
minister who is responsible for higher
education in BC of what is going on at the
largest'university in the province." •'
While most students may agree that the
situation last spring was indeed grave, the
unions take issue with the way in which
the university chose to inform the government those who speak for the unions are
Questioning the numbers
Takiiig a look at the data collected and
submitted during the TA strike
Attached to the letter itself are five pages of'data arid
supplementary information, compiled by* the VP
Academic Programs Neil Guppy's office. There are two
tables, one which accounts for the number of students
who told the university via e-mail that they would not
"= be crossing the picket lines— 6400 students—and
another that details the number of students who were
affected by classes that were not being taught.
Together, these numbers total above 23,000: more
than half the student population.
"This was information collected by the departments
and faculties, gathered by academic standards with
integrity/ said Scott Macrae, Director of Public Affairs
at UBC. "The university needed to know what was happening, and inform the provincial government of its
situation.* He maintained that the university collected
the information in good faith to the best of its ability.
The university did a survey of departments to dis
cover how many lectures depended on TAs responsible
for marking and extra help, is well as the number of
students in them: a number that totaled 3501 students.
The number of students unable to attend labs or tutorials across 541 courses not being run by TAs wa».
But union officials claim that those numbers may
have been exaggerated, due to the fallibility ofthe data-
collecting method. According to Natalie Lisik, president
of CUPE 2950, a class list i3 not indicative of students
affected. "They don't take attendance in classes; how
can they actually judge that there were this many sttt
dents in the class*?" .
Information about the intention not to cross picket
lines was also overestimated as it was collected on
February 28th, after only two days of the strike, said
Smith. "The lack of response from the students objecting to the  information-gathering procedure also
skewed the data/ she said.
"There's no substantiation that this was the'number
of students affected. We don't know in which way these
students were affected," said Joy MacPhail, NDP MLA.
Macrae maintained that any student in a class
taught of aided by a TA was affected adversely, and that
the data accurately represented the situation. "The fact
was that all these students were affected in ways set out
in the letter, and not having a lab' to go to or the feedback they needed was preventing them from getting
the help they needed to go on to the next level." By the
time the letter was sent on March 6, the data remained
accurate and fair/ he said.
Macrae 'distanced himself from the government's
decision of how to use the data. "The letter was sent as
an informational letter. If Shirley Bond decided to use it,
that would be a decision that she would have to make/
he said. ♦
CUPE 2278
ON \.
THE FACE OF DISCONTENT Now CUfE 2278 President Adrienne Smith
stands her ground on last years picket lines . nic fensom/file photo
not convinced that the only motive behind
the letter was information.
For Lisik it was no coincidence that less
than a week after the letter the unions
were sent back to work by Bill 21.
The correspondence took place six days
before Bill 2 \ was passed by the provincial
government Usually the three readings
required to pass1 a bill must occur on different days. In this case, the legislation
was rushed through the legislative session
with all three readings occurring on the
same day. In the discussion period, NDP
MP MacPhail emphasised a precedent in
1996 where the government did not interfere in a labour dispute between BC
Transit and its union of workers.
However, the sitting concluded with an
almost unanimous motion—39-1,
MacPhail's Opposition noted—that ended
strike action and sent the unions and the
university back to the bargaining table.
Lisik feels that UBC may have known that
the government would step in if Minister
Bond's office was aware that students
were being severely affected.
Paul Cook, president of CUPE 116-the
union that represents trades and technical
workers on campus—is also concerned
about the speed with which the legislation
was passed and the timing between the letter and the legislation. "Too many things
happened so quickly," he said. He thinks
that the only time that legislation is drawn
up that quickly by the government is. when
an essential service is in question.
Macrae denies that there was a relationship between the timing of the letter
and the legislation. He said the letter happened when it did because it was at that
time that the university felt the situation
had become extremely serious. "Two
weeks worth of effects had been gathered
and a picture emerged that the university
was in serious jeopardy of not being able
to complete the education for the academic year."
Smith agrees with Lisik. that there may
have been a purpose behind thei letter for
the university.
But according to Piper the letter was
not an attempt to lobby for government
intervention 'I'm totally comfortable. I
would not call this lobbying; I would call
this informing. As a president of a major
university I have a responsibility to the
30,000 students who were affected by the
Macrae maintains that the intention of
the university was only to inform the
Minister about the gravity of the situation.
"I see no relationship between this letter
and that legislation at alL The letter does-,
n't ask for legislation and to suggest that it
See "Letter" on page 8.
A striking
of events
a Mar. 2002
CUPE 2278's (tea.ching assistants) contract with the university expires.
■ Oct 2002
CUPE 2278 and the university begin
negotiations for a new contract
m Dec. 2002     ' '
CUPE 2278 votes 87 per cent in favour
of job- action and issues a 72 hour strike
notice. The university responds to the
notice by applying for mediation, which
means no legal strike action can be taken.
■Jan. 16, 2003
6:30am: CUPE 2278 holds a rally with
speeches and noisemaking at UBC
President Martha Piper's residence to
protest what they feel are unfair wage cuts.
a Jan. 21, 2003
CUPE 2278 sets an unofficial strike
deadline of Feb. 12. The deadline is unofficial because they must finish mediation
(which is still undergoing) before they can
set an official strike deadline.
■ Feb. 10,2003
CUPE 2278 takes its first strike action,
picketing the Centre for Research in
Women's Studies and Gender Relations
■ Feb. 13, 2003
Mediation between the university and
CUPE 2278 begins in the morning and
breaks off at noon with no progress made.
■ Feb 19,2003
Piper talks at a forum about the labour
situation at UBC. Held during reading
break, few students but many campus
workers attend. Piper encounters mostly
antagonism from the audience,* especially
when she speaks about her recent 23 per
cent pay increase.
m Feb. 24,2003 '
CUPE 2278 withdraws all services,
including marking homework and supervising labs. .     '     '       '
■ Feb. 27,2003
UBC sends out an e-mail to students and
staff about the labour negotiations with
CUPE 2278. The e-mail upsets TAs along
with student societies who feel the e-mail
only presents one side ofthe issue.
■ Feb. 28, 2003
CUPE 22 78 rejects the university's offer
of a 10 per cent increase over three years.
■ Mar. 6,2003
Piper writes a letter to Advanced
Education Minister Shirley Bond describing the strike and the effect that it is having
on the university, students and faculty.
■ Mar. 7, 2003
A rally of around 500 students, faculty
and staff is held in front of Koerner library.
CUPE 2950 (Chan Center staff and library
workers) joins the TA3 on the picket line.
Soon after UBC asks the BC Labour
Relations Board for an injunction against
the two CUPE unions. Should the injunction be granted the unions would have to
protest off campus^ a move the unions
argue would force them to picket the entire
campus as opposed to select buildings.
The injunction fe eventually rejected by
the Labour Relations Board.
■ Mar. 13, 2003
CUPE 2278 and 2950 are legislated
back to work by the provincial government
The legislation. Bill 21, was passed in less
than 12 hours and forced the unions back
to the negotiating table, preventing any
strike action from being carried out"
iApr. 14,2003
A settlement between the two unions
and the university is reached through binding arbitration. CUPE 2278 receives an
11.5 percent raise over three years and no
concessions for rising tuition. CUPE 2950
revceives no wage increases but maintains
their benefit structure and language
around contracting Out ♦
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Out of necessity?
"Letter" from page 7.
does is to not read it very well." He
also stressed again that, "It is inconceivable that the president would
not bring forward that information."
Macrae continued, "It was an
intent to inform the minister. It's up
to the government to do legislation.
It's not up to the university.
"What the government decides to
do on its own legislative agenda
isn't up to the university at .all. It is
up to the government tg decide
those matters."
What happened to
the letter in the
Piper's lettervwas sent from the
UBC president's office to Minster
Bond's office, with a carbon copy
also sent to Minister of Finance
Gary Collin's office. From there,
Bond forwarded it to a number of
ministries, including Minister of
Labour Graham Bruce's office and
Premier Gordon Campbell. It was
also presented at cabinet where the
Liberals as a whole decided that the
strike had reached a point where
intervention through Bill 21 was
necessary to end the dispute. BiH 21
was drafted within a period of six
days, passed in one day and was
enforced on March 12.
"The university's pressing letter
was the signal that the government
had to intervene," said Gordon
Williams, the communications manager for the Ministry of Skills and
Labour. 'Of course the government
looked at a number of factors, consulted [mediator] Mark Brown, and
understood the university's genuine
belief that [students] could not finish their degrees."
Smith suspects that the government had had the legislation in
mind, but was waiting for an official
document from the university to
justify the preplanned labour
action. She alleges that Dr Piper's
letter was the needed information.
"[The government] had it all set up,"
she said. "This was just the trigger."
Williams rejects speculation that
the government was waiting in the
wings. "This is a short bill," he said,
emphasising that Bill 21 is a mere
two pages. "It's well within our
drafting people's capability to write
this bill in that time." Williams said
that the government was keeping
abreast of the situation and knew
what was happening, and the letter
was a part of that process.     ,   ,   ,.
Piper maintains that a reason
behind the letter's creation was that
the provincial government required
the information in order to gauge
how serious the . situation had
become at UBC. "[Shirley Bond]
wanted it in writing. She wanted to
see the. actual data. She wanted me
to justify."
Piper's letter was a major source
of the, information that the government used to decide whether to
intervene, as it was passed from
Bond's office to the Liberal cabinet
"This was the precipitating agent
that moved the government from
observation to intervention," said
Williams. v   .
"This is a normal correspondence between the provincial government and a public institution
that it is responsible for,"_. said
Karen McDonald, a spokesperson
from Shirley Bond's office. "Any
issue of any consequence that at a
post-secondaiy institution, the
Minister would want a 'written
record of what is going on. I would
expect that the letter was solicited in
that process."
The fact that the government
requested that information from the
university, used it as a cornerstone
of their decision to legislate the
unions back to work, and then
wouldn't reveal that letter to the
public is shameful, says NDP MLA
Joy MacPhail. "It wouldn't surprise
me if [the Liberals] asked the university for this letter. They were
working hand in glove. That this is
the sole document that the Liberal
government used to break the strike
with legislation. This is outrageous."
Nor was the government in a
hurry to contact an alternative point
of view, Williams says that no informational documents of a similar
nature froni different sources
passed his desk, and that no effort
was made to solicit them.
According to Minister Bond's
office, the reason for this was the
perceived urgency of the situation.
Students were at immediate risk of
not being able to receive course
credit, or finishing the academic
term, and while this did not qualify
as essential services, there was a
need for the government to step in.
Director of Communications Karen
McDonald compared the government's swift response to the fires
that recently plagued BC's interior.
"We received this letter as information about a crisis. Someone at a
fire station providing the Minister
of Forestry's office information
about the fire wouldn't be doubted,"
she said.
But according to Jenny Kwan,
one of the two NDP MPs in the
provincial legislature, the government failed to make appropriate
efforts to consult all parties. "The
Liberal government does not consult broadly with different stakeholders in labour issues," she said,
citing the recent nurse's strike, the
teacher's strike, the bus strike and
most recently the TA strike. "The
Liberal government has created a
climate where employers look to the
government to bring an end to
labour disputes—and they've signaled that they are much more willing to inteiyene."
The memories of the quick end
to the labour dispute may remain
strong in the minds of ihe CUPE
2950 members. "There are graduate students who decided not to
come to UBC and not to continue at
UBC because ; of the way, that
[Piper's] administration treated us.
I wonder if she was at all concerned
about the reputation of the university or the value of our degrees,' said
Williams said that despite the
concerns circling around the use of
the letter, the government acted in a
way it thought would best end the
disruption at UBC, aiid get students
back to classes. "The students were
uppermost in- our minds when
resolving the dispute," he said. ♦
See our editorial
on page 10 for
commentary. PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, September 5,2003
the ubyssef magaifne
John Juliani: 1940-2003
by Vanessa Ho
A hero, a mentor and an inspiration:
words used to describe Vancouver
theatre legend John'Juliani at his
memorial service. Juliani passed
away last month after a short battle
with liver cancer. He was 63.
"He just passed away peacefully...," said Donna Wongjuliani, his
wife and long time artistic collaborator, to The Vancouver Sun.
Friends and family gathered at
St Andrew's Wesley Church earlier
this week in what was dubbed
'Celebration three,* where it was
explained that Celebration one was
his marriage to Donni, and two the
birth of their son, Alessandro.
Many laughs and memories were
shared by friends whose lives he
touched. Those in attendance came
to remember and celebrate not only
John Juliani's life but his contributions to the city of Vancouver, the arts
community and to his family and
"No greater or more telling testi-'
mony to the immensity of John
Juliani is to look around the room,"
said Bill Richardson, the CBC Radio
personality arid friend, at the celebration. "[It is] the Rolodex of the west
coast arts community.*
Born in Montreal on March 24,
1940, Juliani moved to BC in 1966
after graduating from Montreal's
National Theatre School. Simon
Fraser University soon came calling
and hired him to teach in the theatre
"[John] pushed envelopes that
weren't pushable/ said actor
Norman Browning of their SFU days.
"He is the reason why I am an
actor. My mentor^ my guide, my
inspiration and my frfend,"
Browning added.
After a stint as a company member at Ontario's Stratford Festival,
Juliani went on to establish the graduate studies program in theatre at
York University in 1974.
Don Rubin, who was the chair of
the department during Juliani's
tenure, shared with, the wake
Juliani's dedication to performers'
rights, such as the time when he arid
his students held a public performance in the nude to protest the lack of
classroom space for him and his
"The next day, [York University]
found him a class room," laughed
Rubin of the recollection.
He also recalled a memorable
moment during a press conference
at the CBC, where Juliani was the
executive producer of special projects for their Radio Drama department from 1982 to 1997. At this
event, Rubin remembered Juliani
revealed that underneath his baseball cap was the CBC logo shaved on
his head to protest the government's
: funding cutbacks to the public
broadcaster. 4
"That was the John I knew and
loved. Fighting for a cause larger
than himself, fighting for artist
rights, fighting for the CBC. He was
the last of theatre's romantic
heroes,* Rubin shared with the
packed gathering.
In recent years, Juliani directed
the 1999 Bard on the Beach production of "Macbeth," that also featured
his son, Alessandro. He also directed
with other theatre companies across
Vancouver such as United Players of
Vancouver and the Waterfront
Theatre. During his illustrious
career, he was also a national president ofthe Directors Guild of Canada.
Before his death, he was the current
president of the Union, qf British
Columbia Performers where he
fought for the rights of BC actors.
In addition to theatre, Juliani
made his mark as an actor on
radio, opera, film arid television
where he appeared in such series
as "Dark Angel" and "The X-Files."
As well, he was co-artistic director
of Opera Breve and was the artistic
director of Savage God. His last
endeavour with the latter, entitled
"The Shakespeare Project," had
Juliani assembling local performers to act all of Shakespeare's plays
as stage readings in Christ Church
Cathedral. Play number 24, "Venus
and Adonis/The Rape of Lucrece",
was to have opened late last month.
Playwright and friend Mark
Leiren-Young shared with the wake
how they should remember
Juliani best.
"To honour John's memory," he
said, "Take in a live show. The
memorial is on a Monday when all
the theatres are dark [because] John
and Donna wouldn't want people to
miss a performance." ♦
Music you could sit Downie and listen to
at the Malkin Bowl
Aug. 31
by Regina Yung
Blue-shirted security confiscated anything bottled or smokable as the show got underway,
while the crowd whined about the price of coffee in the concession. The Cash Brothers plied
their sweet, wry alt-country on stage, surrounded by the fake forest left by the Theatre Under
the Stars productions at the Malkin Bowl.
Next up was Kathleen Edwards, an alt-country success on the strength of her debut album
Failer. Her energy and presence Ut up the stage,
and the band accompanied her thrashy solos
and lyrical outros welL She didn't seem to want
to make new waves so much as ride the familiar ones a while longer; the songs sounded like
the album.
The crowd was a good-looking early 30s,
with healthy smatterings of older folk among
the young. It was a smaller crowd than expected for such a musical icon as Downie, the lead
singer of the Tragically Hip. But Downie's own
work proved markedly different from a
straight-forward verse, chorus, bridge
sequence. It was wilder, stranger and more
The growing crowd was thrilled to see their
cowboy-hatted hero emerge as the lights
raised, but the set started off slow. Downie
wasn't even standing till the third song, preferring to address the crowd while seated
behind his guitar.
The songs were taken primarily from
Downie's most recent recording, Battle of the
Nudes, which came out in June. Its raw,
impressionistic free form was aided in performance by Downie's youthful, eclectic amalgam of musicians, collectively termed the
Country of Miracles. Downie's on-stage jokes
meshed with the Miracles' rough, young enthusiasm; all seemed willing to disregard finesse
in favour of volume until the band and the backup singer had warmed up enough to really
show their mettle in the last few ballads.
Several members of the Miracles
remarked quite pointedly on the audience's
utterly Canadian (read: non-rowdy and polite)
behaviour. The crowd maintained its uncanny
quietude until the addictively catchy "Pascal's
Submarine* brought all the fan kids down to
the front to nod their heads and sing along.
After that, it seemed far too soon before the
whole audience was singing along to
"Hardcore." Two encores, a final and a possibly drunken wave and the show was done,
musicians disappearing into the wings as the
stars shone over Stanley Park. The audience
stumbled to their c^xs to drive home to the
memory of "Figment" being sung to the trees
in the darkness. ♦
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Point Grey Pictures, in association with UBC, is producing "College
Kids," a six-hour documentary for network television.
In order to complete his cast for the 2003/4 school year, academy
award-winning director John Zarifsky is looking for women undergraduates who represent the diversity of cultural backgrounds
found on campus.
if you would like to volunteer, please contact Mark Mauchline by
email at: mmauchline@shaw.ca
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East Campus Draft Neighbourhood Plan
Consultation on the East Campus Draft Neighbourhood Plan begins September 2, 2003.
The East Campus area is located between Agronomy Road to the north, the new Fraternity / Sorority Sites to tha
south, Osoyoos Crescent and Fairview Avenue to the east and Wesbrook Mall to the west.
Attend the following Open Houses (Sep 2-10) and the Campus and Community Public Meeting (Sep 17) and
give us your feedback.
Com« see us in our TENT in the SUB PLAZA beside the Goddess of Democracy
(located south of the Student Union Building at 6138 Student Union Boulevard).
Tltesday '
September   2
Monday September  8:
Wednesday     September 10;
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—2 pm4o~?~p<w-     COMPtETE
2 pm to 7 pm
10 am to 3 pm
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Your group'cart request a special meeting from September 2~?7 by contacting the University Town inquiry line
at 604.822.6400 or by emailing info.universitytown@ubc.ca
Wednesday, September 17 # 7:00 pm in the Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Malt. Parking is available in
the adjacent. Fraser Parkade.
For a map showing the location of the SUS Plaza or the Asian Centre go to:
www.planning.ubc.caAA/ayfinding/Finding/dbase.html and enter "Student Union Building" or "Asian Centre"
or call 604.822.6400 for further information.
Background and information: www.universitytown.ubc.ca
Feedback gathered through this consultation will be reported to the UBC Board of Governors in October 2003.
Linda Moore
Assocfate Director, External Affairs (University Town)
Tel:   604.822.6400
Fax:  604.822.8102
or info.universitytown@ubc.ca
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CanMla Port SdM Agrauiwl Numtwr 0732141.
Attention: Ms Bond
Honourable Shirley Bond
Minister of Advanced Education
Office of the Minister
Parliament Buildlings
Victoria, BC
V8V 1X4
Dear Minister Bond,
We write to advise you of our grave concern
that the government acted inappropriately
upon the receipt of Martha Piper's letter. Our
understanding of what happened during the
labour dispute is contained in the feature on
pages six and seven; from what we know, it
would seem that upon receipt of the letter the
government used it as a biased resource to act
excessively and extraordinarily to end the
labour dispute.
We've seen the letter that the UBC president's office sent you. UBC's letter had two
effects. First, Martha Piper was doing her duty
as president of a major public institution by
informing your office ofthe dire circumstances
that UBC faced: that its academic year could be
compromised, the courses that it offered would
be unfinished, and tens of thousands of students would face a postponement of their
degree. What she says in her defense is
absolutely applicable: to not act in this way
would be a dereliction of her presidential duty.
But secondly, Martha Piper acted as an
employer in a labour dispute. If a letter was
ever sent by a private institution to your government—since you have the power to end the
dispute through legislation—then it could not
be construed in any other way than a lobby
effort on behalf of the employer. As such, it is
inherently biased. While the university main
tains, and probably correctly, that it never
intended the letter to be read as anything more
than information in the Ministry of Advanced
Education office, the fact remains that it
strongly influenced your government's policy.
Its effect was to mobilise the Ministry
of Labour into drawing up back-to-work
It is a shame that the letter precipitated
such an excessive response by the government:
within a week, legislation had been drafted,
and within one day, the legislation had passed
through the Legislature. It ordered not only the
striking unions back to work, but also denied
striking rights to CUPE 116, which was not
even on strike. While this measure was perceived necessary to retain order and enforce
the cooling-off period, it was an extraordinaiy
measure to order a non-striking union not to
strike. The delaying tactic decimated the
unions' bargaining position. Without the academic year at stake, they had very little.
In journalism, we know that one source's
perspective is never enough, and never more
so in a crisis. The onus was on your office not
to use this letter exclusively. The unions objected to the tone and the information-gathering
methods in the letter; perhaps a synthesis of
views might have produced a more accurate
sense of what was happening at UBC. That no
formal information was "solicited from either
the unions or from the students—whom Bill 21
purported to benefit—is reprehensible.-That
this letter was kept secret from NDP MLA Joy
MacPhail despite her requests to understand
where the government's information canie
from is unnerving. : ;., ,. ,   ';
Perhaps the unions could have sent" a letter
to you also, but this would not have been a 'nor
mal correspondence': this would have been a
direct lobbying effort. Normal negotiations
happen between the union and its employer.
You are an outside entity.
This is a clear failure of the provincial government. It did not broadly consult affected
parties. Instead, it rushed to legislation.
It would seem that a trend is emerging in
BC whereby labour disputes tend to be solved
more and more often through legislation
rather than negotiation and compromise.
Has job action by unions and their employees become obsolete? If the employer has the
option of appealing to your government to step
in and end a strike—in some cases the .only
leverage a union has—how is a union to
respond? Is there still a place for unions in
your system?
But one nagging detail. Please read the letter more closely. Minister Bond. Piper says,
'[The strikes} are of particular concern given
our recent increases in tuition and our ongoing
commitment to students to provide a quality
learning environment." Is this our president
calling for aid? With increased tuition and
labour disputes, bot*h a direct consequence of
your government's policy oh post-secondaiy
education, there has never been more pressure
on students. Take this with the same seriousness as you have obviously taken Piper's information about the strike.
Given the gravity ofthe situation, we trust
this information will be of use to you and your
colleagues. If further detail is required please
do not hesitate to contact us directly.
Sincerely yours,
die Vbyssey Editorial Staff ♦
Best is best about SASC
I am writing to elaborate on several
recent articles I have read in the
Vbyssey regarding the Sexual
Assault Support Centre. While there
are numerous individuals who
have been working to make the
SASC a success, I do want to make
it clear that on the AMS side, Laura
Best, VP academic, played an
intrinsic role in the negotiations
and leg work and acted as the point
person through several months of
meetings and contract discussions.
Laura worked to balance the stu
dent perspective and needs with
the requirements to help create a
successful and effective SASC.
I do not wish to take any credit away from the SASC coordinators, other executives and council
members, staff people, or
WAVAW workers who are all participating stakeholders in this
process, but I do believe that
some significant credit needs to
be given to Laura in this instance.
Thank you.
—Josh Bowman,
AMS VP Administration
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Do make this CD go away
HYMN \ "
[record label].
by Anthony Woo       -., ' ■■'■-.
Instrumental music just doesn't get the respect it
deserves. Instrumentals aret always relegated to
the background, whether it be in.movies, restaurants or stores, while music with singers basks in
all the glory. In the interest of hill (|isclosure, I
have a slighdy geeky confession to make: I love
listening to instrumentals, whether it be a chill
lounge disc or a bombastic movie score. I feel
instrumentals have the ability to tap directly into
our emotions without the
agenda of lyrics to stand in
the way. • .<    -
Experimental rock/jazz/
electronica fusion- group      ■>
Do Make Say Think returns
with their third full length      "
album.     Winter    Hymn      '
Country    Hymn    Secret
Hymn, in the attempt to
change popular culture's
negative slant towards the
instrumental. Do Make Say
Think,    based    out    of
Toronto> originated from
improvisational      home-
recordings of conventional __; . .. '	
rock music filtered through
lounge ideology and layered with electronic beats
to create an innovative sound that mixes and
matches genres with surprising ease.
This awkwardly tided album, from this awkwardly dubbed band, consists of long, drawn out,
vocal-free music that barkens back to their experimental roots. Faithfully following along this
theme of awkwardness is the music itself. Taken
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as a - whole, the album never quite seems to
realise a consistent set of emqtions. Virtually
eveiy track foUqws one formulaic idea: Start out
slowly with instruments gradually Being added to
the piix, toss ih a progressive'increase in volume
right to the brink of white noise and then suddenly drift to the next song. This structure leaves
the listener feeling disconcerted and eventually
exasperated Perhaps this dynamic was the
intent of the artists and, on first listen, it., is initially effective.. That is, until f realised that was all
there was to this album: I was left feeling cheated
and bofed, and there was still" a good 30 minutes
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To be fair, Do Make Say Think is trying something new with their breaking down of genre borders, and that alone should be applauded. What
separates Do Make Say
Think from the dime a
dozen lounge DJs out
there is that they.are,
first and foremost a rock
group. The guitar still
stands out as the primary instrument and
the music clearly retains
the fresh 'winging it'
approach of their roots.
Happily, the music is not
overly processed and
beats such as the sound
of popcorn popping jumbled with ah ocean back-
' drtfji are well inspired..
Still, I cannot endorse
this album as the harbinger of an "instrumental
music for the masses revolution.' There is a lot to
like on this album and the potential is certainly
there. As such, this album is a good listen if you're
an instrumental aficionado. It is simply a matter
of putting some more of that experimental spirit
into the basic song structure before Do Make Say
Think can truly hit the mainstream. ♦
Maniacal.duo join forces to make the world's crappiest movie
now playing
by Greg Ursic
What entices / one person into a darkened
movie theatre may be a cordplete turn-off
for someone else; while you may be dying
to see the indie flick that was the subject of
raves at Sundance, your neighbour may
stand in line in the rain to see that oh-so-
special gross-put comedy. Regardless of the
motivation, there are those films that you
could never be persuaded to see unless you
were going for free. Andyou happen to be a
reviewer. And there's a chance you'll get
free stuff... •     , .
Poor Freddy Krueger. After decades
spent decimating the local dream teens, the
kids have forgotten about him, thereby robbing Freddy of his powers. Stuck in hell
with nothing to do but twiddle his blades,
he realises that he needs to raise his profile
to get back in the game and enlists the help
of corpse-creator.champ Jason Voorhees to
drum up a Uttle mayhem. But Freddy soon
discovers that when you sign up a mindless
psychopathic killing machine to do your
bidding, they're not big on following directions. Time to throw down!
Despite repeated attempts to put Freddy
and Jason out,of their collective misery-
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare [Part
6] and Friday the Thirteenth: The Final
Chapter [Part 4] respectively were supposed to be their finales—they always come
back slashing. Together they have graced
the screen no fewer than 17 times, leaving
piles of bodies and bad reviews in their
wake. Why the viewers keep coming back is
a mystery. The only thing frightening about
the movies is their predictability: scantily
clad victims, buckets of blood, a stalwart
hero and an antagonist that absorbs 576
axe blows, only to be felled by the 577th,
then resurrected another day. But this time
they've broken the mould-
Okay, not really. The big difference this
time round is that the baddies end up battling one another. An amusing set of promos featuring a "Tale of the tape" comparison listing the stats on each of our villains:
height, weight, number of victims, Vegas
odds etc. sets this up nicely. There's also a
subplot that examines the overmedication
of today's youth by pill-pushing physicians.
And you could even argue that there is an
attempt to differentiate between the Fire
(Freddy) vs Water [Jason) dichotomies
which shape our villains. But I won't
I laughed at the Jay and Silent Bob stoner knockoff— if they made him the hero of
the piece it might have had some potential.
Also, while it is initially amusing to watch
Freddy and Jason hack away at one another,
you have to sit through an hour of drivel
before the showdown begins, and the novelty quickly wears thin. The movie as a
whole, however, is a muddled rehash of
every other film in the genre with a Uttle
more nudity than normal, some recognizable faces among the disposable victims
(notably Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child)
and a surprise ending. Yawn.
If you want to be truly terrified, turn on
Jerry Springer and watch the battling-
inbreds. Now that's horror. ♦
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extensive development. University Boulevard west of Wesbrook will be closed to regular
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Friday, September 5,200}
Phone war with Nardwuar
The Human Serviette is up to his crazy antics, and this time, it's special
On Much Music
Airing Sept. 6 at 2pm,
by John Hua
I got ahold of Canada's national treasure,
Nardwuar the Human Serviette, in hopes of
discovering the man behind the tarn. What I
got was everything I expected and more. He
was more than stoked to answer my questions, even questions I didn't ask. Why is
Nardwuar so darn excited? Probably because
he's moving up the Much Music food-chain,
getting his very own special, "Nard Wars."
Read on to dive into a world of pain, persever-
ence> love and happiness. This is the journey
of Nardwuar, a man with a vision. No, it's not
to have his own special, he's done that now.
His vision: to lie poolside with Heather
I began by asking him who he was and
what he was wearing. The delicate and soothing voice of Nardwuar enticingly answered, "I
am Nardwuar the Human Serviette, from
Vancouver/ British Columbia, Canada. And I
am wearing a t-shirt that says 'Canada's
Nation Builders/ and I think it has the picture
of the dudes that put the last spike in the railway that went across Canada.' For those who
don't know, Nardwuar is a patriot, always
jumping at the chance to represent his home.
, Following his initial answer, Nardwuar
quickly gave me his brief autobiography. A UBC
BABOO! Nardwuar the media assassin.
alumnus, Nardwuar the Human Serviette—the
name stemming from human' from the Cramp
hit 'Human Fly",* and Serviette, because the1
term isn't known in the USA—graduated in the
fall of 1990, with a Bachelors in history. His
connection with the university remains today
with his radio show on CiTR, which airs every
Friday from 3:30-5:OOpm.
Nardwuar is infamous among celebrities
for his hard-hitting, raging pit-buil style of
interviewing. He has gone to many lengths to
get himself kicked out of press conferences,
attacked by celebrities and labelled with every
unkind name in the book. I asked Nardwuar
about his training in the art of stealth interviewing and hard-hitting full-frontal questioning attacks, to which he answered, "Full frontal
attacksl Well, John, that's exciting, I haven't
had anything like that. Although, I did interview porn star Ron Jeremy, but no full frontal
attacks happened there." r
Nardwuar actually got all his training
through his experience on CiTR, where he has
interviewed celebrities and music icons since
October, 1987.. "Everytime you do an interview, you always learn something. And I think
the day I learn everything is the day that I
quit." He added, "I am kind of stupid. I don't
learn very well. For instance in 1994,
Sebastian Bach of the hair-metal band stole
my toque; that's why I wear a tarn. He also •
smashed the tape I was doing the interview
with. A couple of years later in 1999, I interviewed the heavy-metal band Quiet Riot. What
happened? They smashed the tape... Five
years later, it happened again. I will never
learn. It happens over and over again. Now,
when I do a heavy-metal interview, I bring a
bodyguard and a fake tape."
■ Danger seems to ba Nardwuar's middle
name, that is if he had more than one.-.When
asked who he feared the most, he told the
story of his first encounter with singer
Courtney Love on CiTR in 1990-1991. "That
scared me the most because I did the interview and sheswas crazy, going nuts and she
was totally berating me for comparing her
band to other female bands," he explained.
"I've never been called out like,that before."
In the end, our hero Nardwuar was able to
obtain a meeting with the late Kur! Cobain by
meeting Courtney Love, who although quite
hostile and confrontational, snuck him into a
Nirvana concert and set up a meeting with the
band's lead-man. '   '     /.-
After hearing the' wondrous 'tales, ..of
Nardwuardia, we got straight to business talking about "Nard Wars," the Human
Serviette's cleverly named Much Music
Special,  re-airin§ this Saturday  at  2pm.
OH I JUST LOVE YOUR BRAIN! Nardwuar rocking in the free world, duncan mchugh/
Nardwuar described the special as "a compilation/countdown, but there are slightly
longer interviews... I do a countdown of my
top five interviews, and mixed in between the
top five are little schnfpits of stuff I've done
thematically, like there will be Nard Divas
(me talking to women), Nard Danger (me
getting in trouble in my interviews), Nard
Metal, Nard Urban and me' in Nard Punk
Legends. So me doing all sorts of stuff, not
just one genre."
I followed up by asking him if there were
any surprises in store for his fans, in which
he answered, "Perhaps that Chris Murphy of
the rock'n'roll group Sloan was involved. That
,caught me off-guard. I had no idea he'd be
there as well. The special began and there Was
Chris Murphy,., [whoj really goes into his
vault. He actually shows a clip of him dressed ,
up as me in 1995, tricksr-treating, which
really made me blush."
. With a special hosted by Chris Murphy of
Sloan" under, his belt, what's next for the
famous Nardwuar? "I don't think that I'm
famous yet, because I'm not poolside \yith,.
Heather Locklear in Los Angeles. That's my
goal," he said. " .
For the hell of it, I asked Much Music's
music icon guru who would win in a fight
Justin Timberlake or Canada's Shaun
Desmond. Nardwuar quickly replied, "I would
say Shaun Desmond, only because I want to
go for the Canadian. He's just so hungry for
the fame. He would do anything to go for the
top..Justin would be totally taken offguard
because he wouldn't know who this guy was,
and he wouldn't be afraid."
What future aspirations lie ahead for our
tarn wearing hero? Pending the success of his
special he hopes to be sent on assignment to
interview the likes of P. Diddy and Madonna.
However, Nardwuar emphasised, "Notice
how I didn't say Heather Locklear, she's at the
bottom of the list. Remember, the minute I
interview her is the minute it's all over."
I ended the interview by asking Nardwuar
if I cpuld be his sidekick, under the extremely
hurting name, John Huar the primate wet-
nap. Nardwuar, consistent with his kind manner, did little to shatter my confidence,
accepting my request by saying, "Everyone is
welcome, including yourself." After my final
question, the born interviewer took the reins
and liberties to, end it with his trademark,
"Do-doodle-loo-Ioo...?" '     -
Dpo-doo. ♦
BC's subcultures and hidden microcosms
by Grant Shilling
by Judith Williams
[New Star Books]
by Vampyra Draculea
These two books- are the latest
installments of New Star Books'
Transmontanus series, chronicling
httle known segments of BC histoiy;
that are often overlooked, but give
the province its unique flavour and
flair. Both use off-beat humour and *
evocative language to give life to
the oral history stories they present, and in doing so bring their subjects to life in a very immediate
In The Cedar Surf, author Grant
Shilling presents the chronology of
the BC surf scene and compares its
development and booms to those of
Hawaii and California, showing tlyS
2 uniqueness of our local vyaters'and
surf culture. Shilling also compared
the various BC surfing locales with
one another, for example the way.
'.■■.   I'    ','/   !■   r   ,-
that surfing i§ booming in Tofino
t but struggling, in Ucluelet Blending
'personal  stories   and  character
i studies with geography and hydrology, Shilling's tales flow to create a
sense of the vibrancy and dedication of thosq brave souls who risk
hypothermia.ta surf in pur frigid
waters* A common thread is the
parallel between surfing, and Zen,
• and, |he book ap a whole has a bit of
a meditative feel to it in the way it
contemplates BC surfing.
* Former UBC professor Judith
Williams presents a wickedly funny
view pf her neighbors on West
Redonda Island in Dynamite
Stories. Woven together with the
histoiy of the use of dypamite in BC
and elsewhere, ■ Dynamite Stories
centres around what. William calls
"MacPhersoh's Laws of Dynamite",
such as "If two sticks are good, four
are better," and "Use a lot and see
what happens."  Williams'  work
gives an engaging, entertaining picture of life in Refuge Cove, as she
mixes her own observations and
off-beat humor with tales told to her
by long time residents of Redonda
and surrounding, areas. By her
descriptions I'd say that despite
what we, city folk might assume,
life pn the isjands is far from boring, with tales of cougars in living
rooms, jails fo* bees and using
dynamite to create root cellars.
AM of course what would a book
, on dynamite be without an account
of the infamous exploding whale
of Oregon?
..Both; of these books gave me a
better appreciation for the land I
live in and* the characters inhabiting it. The land of BC itself becomes
a character, one which often gets
the best of its human counterparts—no matter how much' dynamite the humans may have in their
private stashes. ;
After reading both of these
books, I was left with one major
question: why didn't We have books
like these in high school history and
social studies? The subjects would
have been so much livelier. ♦


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