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Friday. February 2. 20011
An uphill battle
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THE LAW'S AGAINST THEM: Michael Oulton and Wade Stillman (right) are
trying to get married, despite the provincial and federal laws that prevent
same-sex marriages, tara swift/argosy photo
Even though same-sex
marriages have made
headlines in recent
weeks, actually
making it to the
altar is still. a struggle
for gay couples
by Tara Swift
The Argosy
SACKVILLE, NB (CUP)-Wade Stillman wants
to get married. He wants to have kids someday. So do lots of men. So does Michael
Oulton. But because Stillman and Oulton want
to marry each other, they're facing a whole
host of problems.
Under the laws of New Brunswick and
Canada, their marriage would be illegal, and,
in some people's eyes, immoral—facts that
boggle the minds of Stillman and Oulton.
"If you tell [people] "There's two people,
they're in love, they want to have a summer
wedding, they want to adopt children and
have a good life together,' everyone goes
'Awww'," says Stillman.
'And then you say, 'Oh yeah, and they're
two guys,' it's completely different for a lot of
people. I don't understand it In this day and
age I don't get it There are a lot worse things
out there that people should be concerned
with than the fact that two people are in love
and want to make a life together.*
Stillman and Oulton have been in the
spotlight ever since two gay couples were
married in Toronto two weeks ago. In a ceremony at Toronto's Metropolitan
Community Church Joe Varnell and Kevin
Bourassa got married, as did Elaine Vautour
and Anne Vautour, using a traditional religious practice in an attempt to circumvent the
marriage laws.
The ancient Christian tradition of publishing marriage banns announces a couple's
intent to marry for three consecutive weeks
before the wedding. At least one of the partners must be a member of the congregation of
the church publishing the banns. If the banns
are published without legitimate protest, the
marriage may proceed, and is considered
legal, pending approval, in this instance, by
the Ontario government
The government is refusing to recognise
the two Toronto marriages, arguing that they
contradict Canada's legal definition of marriage as 'the lawful union of one man and one
woman to the exclusion of all others.'
Although New Brunswick's Marriage Act
addresses the publication of banns, it stipulates that 'such publication shall not take the
place of a marriage license." And while the
federal government and provinces such as BC
and Quebec have expanded their definition of
common-law to include same-sex couples,
New Brunswick has not
For Stillman and Oulton this means that
the possibility of a legal marriage in New
Brunswick is slim.
'[In other provinces] gay couples are, legally speaking, treated approximately the same
as common-law heterosexual couples,' says
Eldon Hay, a professor of religious studies at
Mount Allison University, and a minister in
the United Church.
mer and began to talk, we realised we had the
same sort of ideas about what we wanted out
of life. We knew that included marriage and
eventually adopting children. We decided
that's what we were going to do. For us it feels
better than the common-law thing.'
After Stillman and Oulton decided to get
married, they went to Hay, who then held four
prenuptial classes with five gay couples at the
Sackville Public Library. "I would say that with
one difference they were very much the same
as   heterosexual   marriage   preparations.
"The/re very much the same as a marriage
ceremony of a heterosexual couple,' says Hay.
"The United Church has prepared services for
same-sex couples.'
*Some day, ten years, 50 years,
gays will be married. Nobody
will pay any attention to it.
That's my hope/'
—Michael Oulton
Jocelyn Pringle, co-head of Catalyst, the gay,
lesbian, and bisexual support group at Mount
Allison, believes that it's only a matter of time
before the government recognises same-sex
marriages. "It's an acceptance by the government of their relationship, that they will be
taken more seriously if they are seen as a married couple, not just two people living together," she says.
The struggle for same-sex equality is hardly
new—homosexuality was not decriminalised
in Canada until 1969. Pierre Trudeau, then
the minister of justice, famously remarked
that 'there's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation," and that 'what's done in
private between adults doesn't concern the
Criminal Code.'
But today, there remain legal obstacles to
same-sex marriage. But despite the legal difficulties, Stillman and Oulton are not deterred.
"When I came out," says Stillman, "I
thought that meant the end 'of any hopes for
marriage or children. That was the worst part
of it for me. When Michael and I met last sum-
Various things were discussed: communication, financial matters, sexuality, dealing with
in-laws,' says Hay. "We spent part of one session on coming out I would never do that with
a straight couplei They're considered out"
The classes allowed the couples to meet
others in similar situations. Oulton and
Stillman found the courses very helpful, as it
enabled them to meet others with similar
interests and problems.
The classes were in preparation for church-
based weddings, and the legal implications of
any same-sex marriage are more complicated.
Stillman and Oulton's marriage will not be
recognised by the New Brunswick or federal
governments. And Hay is not optimistic that it
ever will be.
'Most churches believe that a marriage is
between a man and a woman, so does the New
Brunswick government, so does the Canadian
government,' he says. 'That is the law."
the United Church does not perform same-
sex marriages, but instead performs ceremonies    called    'same-sex    covenanting.'
' e're going to try to have the ceremony here on [Mt Allison], at the
chapel," says_ Stillman. "I'm a student here and paying tuition, and I don't see
why I should be denied that right It's right in
the front cover of the calendar, not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.'
'Our families are full of Mt A grads so I
can't see why they would want to go against
that. We don't foresee a problem,* Oulton
adds. The two plan to meet with university
officials soon to ask permission to use the
Reverend Brent Hawkes, a Mount Allison
alumnus and the pastor who performed the
recent marriages in Toronto, also hopes that
there are no problems with the university
administration. "I think the university has
an obligation," he says. '[Mt Allison] has a
lot of gay alumni and some of us have been
very, veiy loyal to the university.'
The Toronto marriages have focused
much attention on the legal aspects of marriage, but Oulton thinks that there is a larger
issue at stake.
'I think another thing we're trying to aim
for...is the education factor. We're trying to
promote to the straight community that basically we want the same rights as everyone
Hay, though happy with all the attention,
hopes that it will pass, "Some day, tenyears, 50
years, gays will be married," he says. 'Nobody
will pay any attention to it That's my hope."
But in the meantime, Stillman and Oulton
will keep trying to get married.
"A lot of people take for granted what we
are trying to do," says Stillman, 'We realise
this and that's why our commitment is that
much stronger. We can't go out and get a marriage license, and go to the justice of the peace
without going through hurdles. It's not legal,
and we're aware of that We realise all those
things and ifs making vis want it all that much
more, and we realise what it's going to take for
us to get what we want out of mis.' ♦ AI Friday. February 2. 2001
Page Fridav-the Ubyssey Magazine
Two skiers, one goal
VALLEYS: UBC skier Martin Whillans shows his race face.
Paul Boskovich and Martin Whillans have never met They
don't live near each other, they don't train together, and
though they both go to UBC, they attend lectures at opposite ends of campus—Boskovich is a first-year Arts student and
Whillans is finishing up his forestry degree. Even if the two
skiers did ran into each other, they probably wouldn't have
much to talk about—they don't have anything in common,
except the fact that they're both heading to the World
University Games in Poland next week, to represent Canada in
the bi-annual meeting of the best student athletes in the world.
Sure, Boskovich and Whillans both ski But while Boskovich
spends his time tearing through gates on steep mountain faces,
Whillans prefers to work his way methodically along flat, hard-
packed trails, through dense forests, trying to keep his heart
rate steady, and trying not to think about a finish line that
might as well be in another countiy.
Boskovich is on the UBC varsity alpine ski team, and
Whillans is on the varsity cross-country ski team. So if you have
high hopes of sitting around the fire and talking about
favourite winter pastimes with these two before they head off
to Zakopane, Poland, you had better plan'your conversation
beforehand, or there's going to be a lot of awkward silence. But
if you can get either of them alone, you'll get an earful about the
finer points of skiing for UBC and making it onto Team Canada.
The UBC alpine ski team competes in the United States
Collegiate Snowsport Association (USSA), a division of
the NAIA. UBC is the only Canadian team in the league,
and the competition is fierce. It makes Canadian university skiing in the east look like beer-league stuff, Boskovich says.
Last month, Boskovich finished first in a USSA slalom race
in Washington, and second in an Idaho giant slalom. In skiing,
Boskovich is a classic over-achiever. The 20-year-old Vancouver
native was selected as a member of the BC provincial ski team
this season for the second time running. He was one of twelve
skiers selected to represent Canada at the World University
Boskovich has been skiing since the age of three, and started racing when he was eleven. A few years ago, he moved to
Whistler to finish high-school, and really started to focus on his
ski racing. For two year3 after he finished school, Boskovich
just raced. When he wasn't skiing, or training for skiing, he was
coaching the younger members of the Whistler Mountain Ski
But siding's not everything. So last year, Boskovich decided
it was time to go back to school. Although UBC is not known for
its alpine ski team, Boskovich thought staying closer to home
was probably the best bet for him, even though he was offered
scholarships at NCAA schools.
by Tom Peacock
Martin Whillans
and Paul
Boskovich have
never met. They
both ski for UBC,
and they are both
headed to the
World University
Games in
Zakopane, Poland
next week to represent Canada.
So what's
the deal?
"I knew there was a ski team here...I could have gone NCAA,
but I just thought it was better for me to stay at home, to give back
to the sport through coaching."
Boskovich claims the convenience of home played into his
decision to attend UBC, as did his role in the local skiing community—he's the athlete representative on the board of directors
of the BC Alpine Ski Association. Later, he admits it's more fun
being a key member of a small Canadian collegiate team like
UBC than just being another skier on a big American team full of
"Definitely of all the teams out there, we're joking around,
we're having fun," he says. But all the horsing around does not
mean Boskovich doesn't care about how his team fares. In fact,
quite the opposite:
"More than anything, it's more of a team thing with ski team.
I really want the team to do well. That's the biggest thing. This
trip [to Poland] kind of represents the last opportunity to really
focus on the individual side."
For now, Boskovich's focus is on the World University Games,
where he will race against some of the best skiers in the world.
But no Canadian alpine skier has ever won a medal at the
University Games, so Boskovich has no example to live up to,
and his objectives are realistic.
"I want to be the top Canadian there. I really don't know too
much about what to expect I just know that the competition is
really tough. And that's cool...We'll see how things go.'
While young Boskovich is winding down his career after
three years of full-time racing, Martin Whillans is just
hitting his stride. The 23-year-old cross country skier is
graduating from the faculty of forestry in the spring. Afterwards,
he plans to ski full-time for two years before re-assessing.
During the off-seasoa Whillans trains for two or three hours
a day. When he's not roller-skiing on the back roads around his
hometown of Campbell River, up the road to Mount Washington,
or up Cypress, he is running for three or four hours on trails. In
the winter he can usually be found up at the Cypress mountain
Nordic ski area. Whillans spends his quality time in the woods,
and his favourite hobbies are woodworking and mountaineering. It's only natural that he chose to study forestry. His dream
job? Managing a forest for a community or a ski club.   .
"There's a bit of a correlation between cross-country skiing
and forestry. Skiers spend a lot of time in the forest we like being
outside, so studying forestry is a natural course," he says.
Whillans has been racing since he was nine or ten—at least as
long as Boskovich. In high-school, he was a member of the
provincial team. But unlike Boskovich, Whillan's decision to
attend UBC didn't have much to do with skiing. He wasn't even
sure of the status of the teani when he arrived. Over the last few
PEAKS: UBC skier Paul Boskovich is in the zone.
years the team has grown and improved, and is now recognised
across the country as one of the teams to beat Whillan's skiing
has not decreased in intensity since enrolling at UBC as he
thought it would—it's improved and become even more of an
Whillans has competed in 12 races so far this year, four of
them as a member of the Varsity team. The points he earned
from all 12 races count towards his national standing and helped
him to qualify for the World University Games. In terms of full-
time-student skiers, Whillans is ranked in the top five or six in
the country, and currently he is the fastest university skier in BC.
For Whillans, making it to the international stage was a major
personal goal. Ever since missing the cut for the last Games two
years ago due to an injury, Whillans has been gunning for
"This is definitely a stepping stone for me. It's a big deal. It
will be one of the highest calibre races I will have ever competed
And as far as giving back to the sport—as Boskovich terms it—
Whillans is right in line with his alpine counterpart
"Wherever I am, I will always be coaching—and spending
time working with young skiers. It's totally important to give
back to the skiing community."
But even though Whillans and Boskovich are both team
players who feel strongly about giving back to their
respective skiing communities, the next two weeks are all
about the individual, all about achieving personal bests, all
about racing.
"In Europe, it's big news. But for me, it's kind of a reward for
the work that I've put in in the past To go there and ski well, and
have a good time, that's my goal," Boskovich says.
Whillans is a little less philosophical, his demeanor a little
more determined. As for the reward of going to the Games,
though he had to fight hard to earn his place, he expected that
"When you wake up every Saturday morning at 6am for a
three-hour roller-ski, you kind of hope it results in something."
The two UBC skiers are scheduled to race at totally different
times in Zakopane, so their chances of actually meeting will not
improve at the Games. Whillans flies to Poland on Sunday. He
will compete in the 10km classic, the 15 km skating pursuit, the
30km skate, and, if his team qualifies, the 4x10km relay.
Boskovich does not leave until next Friday. He will race the
slalom, the giant slalom, and the super-G. The fourth alpine discipline, the downhill, has been cancelled due to a lack of snow.
If the two UBC skiers do actually meet in Poland, at least
they'll have this article to talk about And then, when the awkward silence sets in, they can always talk about hockey. ♦
Th** Thunderbirds *>wuji team
will host the annual College Cup this
weekend in ihe UBC AcpiaUc Centre,
The other team* attending are:
University of Calgary, the
University of Victoria, Simon Fraser
University, and the University of
Women's Ice Hockey
The UBC women's hockey team is
hosting the Univeisily of
Saskatchewan Huskies for two
' games this weekend, Game time is
?pm Friday and "Saturday,
are the kat two regular
games fiwt the Birds*
Men's Basketball
,Tjfoj 7-1 i UBC,,iaen> basketball
team la playing two games against
t&e SFU Clan this weekend in
Bamaoy. This maiks &e first time
the two teams are meeting since the
Clansmen joined the CIAU. SFU Is
one position ahead of UBC in the
Women's Basketball
The UBQ tyomen's basket&aE &&»
will look to fa-ignite their playoff
drive this weekend during two
games on the mountain against the
SFU Clan. The 9-9 Birds ars two
spots behind the 11-7 Clan in the
Canada West standings, ♦ Page Fridav-the Ubyssey Magazine
Friday. February2.20011
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The UBCThunderbirds men's
and women's volleyball teams
each played a game against
Trinity Western University this
week.The women made short
work of the Spartans, defeating them in three straight sets,
25-13, 25-18 and 25-11. Leah
Allinger led the Birds with
eight kills and 12 digs, the
UBC men lost their second set
against the Spartans, but
eventually prevailed 4-1.
Robyn English fed the Birds
with 14 kills. Both UBC teams
are headed to Calgary next
weekend for their two final
regular-season games against
the University of Calgary
Dinos.The 8-12 UBC men's
team is effectively out of the
running for a spot in the playoffs, but the 16-4 women are
in second place in the Canada
West. If they sweep in Calgary,
they will secure first place in
the conference and get a first-
round bye. If they lose both
games against the 16-2 Dinos,
they are still guaranteed a
home berth for'the Canada
West semi-finals, UBC captain
Kafey Boyd, who sat out
Tuesday's game against the
Spartans with an injury, is
expected to return to play this
weekend, nic fensom photos
WINNING FORM: The UBC women's volleyball team celebrate (Top). UBC's Robyn English puts one
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When I first met Sarah Shiu, I was surprised at
how remarkably similar we are. It's not because
we have similar facial features or the same
interest in the visual arts, and it's not even because we
were both raised in Vancouver. Instead, it's because we
both know and understand the social implications of
being of mixed ethnicity.
"Those of us who are Eurasian fall between the
cracks,' Shiu explained as we walked down the halls of
the Vancouver Museum, where her photography exhibit, White Balance, is currently on display. "We're neither
white or Asian—we exist in no-man's-land.'
Shiu, whose father is Chinese and mother is British,
understands quite well how difficult it is to be categorised as either 'Asian' or 'white.' After she graduated
from high school, she went to work as a model and
actor in San Francisco and Los Angeles and found that
directors often didn't know how to cast her.
'I'm not Asian enough to be cast in an Asian part,
though I'm not white enough to be cast as white," Shiu
said. She explained that she often had to resort to different hair colours and styles, different make-up, and different lighting techniques to achieve the required degree
of Asian-ness or white-ness necessary for the part
'One time I auditioned for a Pantene Pro-V commercial for the Asian market and they we're like 'We love
you. Go dye your hair black and come back tomorrow,"
Shiu laughed.
She pointed to a
series of large photographs on the wall. In the
Transformation Series,
Shiu photographed herself and friend Michael
Wong with different hairstyles and make-up.
'It's to show how race
can be easily altered
through images, especially if the model's ethnicity is ambiguous."
After her stint in
California, Shiu returned
to Vancouver where she
enrolled at UBC. She
graduated in 1997 with a
Bachelor of Arts in
French. Later she went to
Focal Point Photography
School where she concentrated her efforts on
It was April of last
year when Shiu and partner Hiro Kanagawa decided to
do White Balance.
"We wanted to do it partly in response to the lack of
biracial persons in the media, but mostly because we
wanted to create a sense of community among
So Shiu set out to ask friends, friends of friends, and
relatives of friends to participate in the project. Shiu
even approached people on the street that she knew to
be half-Asian.
"Nobody was offended at all," she laughed. "They all
knew what I was talking about and were so happy when
I approached them. It was like making this wonderful
Shiu took portraits of her subjects using sepia film to
make the photographs seem older. "I was trying to
make these portraits historical for people who don't
have a history,' she said.
Shiu said that she wanted to
concentrate on the faces of her
subjects to show the variety in
their features. She pointed to two
adjacent photographs. "Both of
these women are half-Chinese,
though look at how different they
She walked down the hall.
'Mongolian. Thai, Jared is half-
Filipino..." She stopped at a portrait of an older woman. "There
are a lot of painful stories that the
older people had to go through
because there were discriminated against." Shiu referred to
Vietnam after the war against the
US, when mixed children were
frowned upon for having the
enemy's blood in them. She contrasted that situation with the
Philippines, where Caucasian
features are idealised and anyone of mixed ethnicity is asked to
be a model or actor.
Shiu said that advertisers are starting to cash in on
the mixed look. Some corporations, such as Pepsi-Cola
and K-Mart, have hired so-called 'diversity experts' to
help tap into Asian, African-American, and Latino markets, and their biggest tool is using biracial models.
"Race is in a sense a commodity, which is very odd,"
said Shiu. She also mentioned the new-found appeal of
Asian practices such as feng shui, tai chi, qi gong, reiki,
hapkido, ju jitsu, Shiatsu, the zen of this and the tao
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Guy Vanderhaeghe believes that history
has no end. It's always unfolding, he
explained to a crowd gathered at UBC last
Saturday night. Though the end of history
has been proclaimed countless times by
countless people, Vanderhaeghe said that a
'static end-point of history* will never be
reached. s
Presented jointly by the Vancouver
Institute and the UBQ Department of
Canadian Studies, Vanderhaeghe'a lecture
was all about his trials, tribulations, and
discoveries as he attempted to write? 'ficto-
ry* and 'faction,* and the 'Historical
Novel.' His lecture was interspersed with
short readings. {
In The Englishman's Boy, his Governor'
General's award-winning , novel,
Vanderhaeghe juxtaposes Hollywood of the
1920s with an infamous event in Canadian
history—the Cypress Hills Massacre. Such
topics are typical of Vanderhaeghe, who
has been characterised as a Canadian his-.
torical writer and a dark, domestic dramatist ('writing away in my satanic mill of
dark domestic drama,' he noted wryly).
Though some might describe him as a
'Canadian gothic' prairie writer/ his writing is about well-illustrated characters, and
has been 4escribed as having 'a' gloomy
sense of humour that has to become second nature to all of us that live through.
prairie winters,' a description probably a
"Also people are going around saying that we're gorgeous, but where are we?" she asked. "Why aren't we
the top models and actors? It's because the white ideal
of beauty is still predominant"
Shiu said that the number of biracial people in the
media reflect society. According to Statistics Canada,
Asian immigration into Canada has tripled since 1986.
"The majority of Asian immigration is happening
over here in Vancouver. Therefore there is more opportunity to mix," she said.
Shiu and I paused at the exhibition's guest book, in
which are written comments such as "Finally," "About
time," and "Thank you." Shiu said that the exhibit's
opening reception was a chance for people who may
have once felt isolated to get together and laugh about
similar experiences they've encountered.
"It's important to remember that other people like
you exist...because they clearly do," she said. •>
result of his 1982 collection of short stories, Man Descending, which also won him
a Governor-General's Award.
Vanderhaeghe described the intense
research put into The Englishman's Boy as
'often frustrating.' One of his prefaces to
the book is a quote: 'History is the record of
the encounter between character and circumstance...the encounter between charac-.
ter and circumstance is essentially a story.*
Vanderhaeghe found the history of Whoop-
Up Country (the setting of the novel, an
area occupying present-day Alberta and
Montana) in journals of cowboys and frontiersmen, finding that its history could only
be read, "between the lines.' But it was the
small details uncovered in this research
that gave him the historical picture to
describe the scene accurately—and it was
reading these details that had a powerful
effect on the audience. .
Vanderhaeghe is definitely more gifted
as an author than a public speaker. He
spoke in a slow,- measured, monotone
voice, making his lecture, at times, plodding. But Vanderhaeghe was livelier during
tha question-and-answer period when he
said he was particularly proud of the international success of The Englishman's Boy,
because Canada has been shown, to 'have a
history larger than the country.* History is
the stories, of unique characters in monumental situations, - Vanderhaeghe
explained, and it always unfolds as;
a story. ♦
-Greg Amos
EURASIAN POWER: Sarah Shiu is of Chinese and British descent. Her
photography exhibit, White Balance, explores issues surrounding being of
mixed ethnicity, michelle mossop photo
at the Vancouver Museum
until March 15
"White balance' is the function on a video
camera that adjusts colours in relation to
how the colour white appears under the
lighting conditions. The exhibit of the
same name at the Vancouver Museum is
satirically named, but here I embarked on
a pilgrimage though the exhibit's exploration of those who, like me, are 'racially
ambiguous,' "diluted," "mixed,' or (insert
your favorite label here for those who are
half-Caucasian, half-Asian).
In the exhibit, Sarah Shiu and Hiro
Kanagawa examine Eurasian-Canadian
identity through photographs, text, and
video interviews, with a focus on the physical appearance of those who are "half and
half.' A deep expose is difficult given
Canada's, and especially Vancouver's,
young history. Eurasians in Canada don't
have the same socio-economic, political,
or historical significance as other 'mixed
races' have in places such as South
Africa or Vietnam.
White Balance is effective because it
doesn't try to be presumptuous by creating a turbulent history or playing up racial
and cultural tensions. Instead, the captions of text that accompany the photos
satirise the stereotypes and labels given to
Eurasians—"exotic,' 'other," "honorary
white'—and question the search for an
appropriate epithet— 'caucAsi&n?*
The photography speaks for itself,
defying the stereotypes of how Eurasians
should look. It could simply be a study of
those who are non-white. The subjects
could be Spanish, Inuit, Persian, Ojibway,
or South-East Asian. There are, of course,
the sterotypical Eurasian female beauties: almond-eyed, fair-skinned, with dark
flowing hair. Most, though, as in real life,
are not. Visually, the only thing they have
in common is that they all look different
They are captured radiantly by Sarah
Shiu, and are alternately casually hostile,
glamorously indifferent, or calmly elegance.
Though White Balance may be only a
hint of what the collaborators call 'the
Dream'—a society without racial categories—it is a tribute to those of mixed-
race identity who feel caught in the middle, and who don't see themselves in relation to what is understood as white. ♦
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Maelstrom is a magic-realist fairy
tale about the importance of being
responsible for your own actions.
More like City of Lost Children than
Ever Alter, it is both dark and rich,
offering insights into the nature of
death, redemption, and accountabil-.
ity. The film is widely acclaimed—it
won the People's Choice Award at
the Montreal Film Festival, received
ten Genie nominations, and was
named as Canada's official entry in
the Best Foreign Film category at the
Academy Awards.
The movie opens in a grimy cavern, where a series of primeval fish
narrate the story of Bibiane
Champagne—a young woman who
has a habit of avoiding the consequences of her actions, thus finding
her life increasingly out of control.
Bibiane has lost her job, had an
unwanted pregnancy, and her
attempts to forget it all through
drugs and dancing do not work. The
more she tries to avoid dealing with
her problems, the more difficulties
she runs into. This pattern culminates in a hit-and-run accident in
which Bibiane becomes responsible
for killing a 53-year-old man.
Although counselled by a
stranger to keep the accident a
secret, Bibiane's feelings of guilt
become increasingly stronger. In an
attempt to destroy the evidence of
her crime, Bibiane risks her life by
driving her car into a river. If she
survives, the fish tell us, she will be
given a second chance at life, a
chance to redeem herself.
Bibiane does survive, and
begins an attempt to set things
right. When she meets the son of
the man she killed, the relationship
between the two quickly moves
from friendship to love. What follows is Bibiane's transformation
into a woman aware of the way she
is linked to others.
One of the film's flaws is director
Denis Villeneuve's very traditional
conception of redemption. Bibiane's
salvation follows the path of most
heroines—she finds a man who
loves her and finds liberation
through him. While romantic, it is
not particularly inspiring.
Despite this, Maelstrom is inventive and absorbing. The performances are great. Marie-Josee Croze is
wonderful as Bibiane, and Marc
Gelinas, as the stranger in the subway, is very funny. In addition, the
photography by Andre Turpin is
often breathtaking. Villeneuve,
meanwhile, uses the hit-and-run scenario to show how we are all entangled in the lives of other people.
Villeneuve shows that when we look
at the world, we all interpret it in a
way that will ease our consciences
and make us feel more comfortable
about ourselves. ♦
by Greg Ursic
the Capitol 6 Cinemas
opens Feb. 2
People make mistakes. If yours happen
to be big enough, and you get caught, you
go to jail. Most inmates are intent on
serving their time so they can get on with
their lives and be productive citizens.
But once released, they're faced with the
ol' Catch-22—to go straight they need a
job, but they often can't get a decent job
with a record. Exacerbate the situation
with bad acquaintances and old surroundings and you have another recidivism statistic.
Leo Handler did the right thing after
doing the wrong thing. After getting busted for grand theft auto, he refused to rat
on his friends because that's what the
street code says. After breaking rocks for 18 months, his
only desire is to go legit and look after his ailing mother.
He even gets a great job offer from his new uncle, a contractor for the New York City subway system: go to
school for two years, become a machinist, and Leo gets
a guaranteed job that pays a good union wage. But for
Leo, who watches his best friend Willie spend money
like water, two years may as well be 20, and he asks to
work in the company's contract division. Welcome to the
dark side.
It is always disappointing to watch a film with good
intentions and potential slowly disintegrate onscreen.
While not the worst movie I've recently seen, (and there
have been some doozies), The Yards has too many little
problems (and some big ones) to recommend it The
biggest culprit is the script, which is far too predictable.
I mean, corruption in New York contracting? Tell me it
ain't so! In addition, we are expected to believe that our
protagonist, who managed to survive for a year and a
half in prison, is too stupid to figure out that 2 5-year-olds
with no education don't generally earn thousands of dollars a day, legally. More frustrating were the villains who
were not particularly menacing and the poor editing
near the end of the film that forces the viewer to sit
through 15 minutes of superfluous drivel.
I do, however, have to credit the actors for their performances. James Caan is credible as Frank, the pensive
and subdued boss who genuinely cares for his family
and is uncomfortable with the rules of his business. The
scene where Frank tries to discourage Leo from pursuing tha unsavoury side of the business is simultaneously emotional and subtle and is a testament to Caan's skill
as an actor. Joaquin Phoenix, once again cast as the bad
guy, balances his weasel/tough guy persona perfectly-
making you thoroughly dislike his character. Even
Charlize Theron, who I've mercilessly lambasted in the
past, is passable. The big disappointment is Mark
Wahlberg, (who shone in Three Kings and Boogie
Nights), or to be more specific, his character. Leo is so
mercilessly stupid, has no depth, and virtually no good
lines, and I'm surprised that Wahlberg accepted this role
as written. Such a waste.
The Yards has bad writing, underdeveloped characters, and lazy editing, if you're still in the mood for
a 'family* drama walk past it and rent
The Godfather. ♦ Page Fridav-the Ubvssey Magazine
Friday. February 2.200110
Campus coyotes on the prowl
by Alex Dimson    said.
While the wilds of nature can seem far away
from UBC's concrete walls, a number of
reported coyote sightings have some people
on campus thinking otherwise.
Recently, Mary Luk's daily walk to the UBC
i School    of   Journalism
became interesting as she
crossed a parking lot and
I saw a gray dog-like animal.
"I was thinking 'oh I've
I never seen this kind of
dog before.' Suddenly I
remembered that people
told me when you see
something like that it is a
coyote,* the department
LUK secretary for the school
"Dogs walk with their head down most of
the time, but coyotes, they're pretty, they walk
their heads up and the way they walk is like
One of several reported run-ins with coyotes across campus in the last few weeks, Luk
said she began to walk away from the animal,
which then crossed the street and walked
towards her.
"I was thinking 'Oh my goodness he's coming," she said. 'Because I know dogs very
well, I know they can run. So I thought 'I will
calmly rush down the stairs.' So I held the handle and went down the stairs.'
While the animal didn't follow her in the
end, Luk said the incident left her shaken.
She called Campus Security about the incident, but Director Mike Sheard said there is
little his department can do.
"We have no animal control. Campus
Security doesn't catch coyotes. I wouldn't even
know what to say, it's something right outside
my experience,' Sheard said.
Stephane Lair, a veterinarian with UBC's Animal
Care Centre, said that the
animals likely do not pose
a threat.
Lair said that the Point
Grey area is a normal
habitat for coyotes, who
are cousins of the wolf and
dog. He said that coyote
populations go through
cycles and could be at a
peak stage in population right now.
"There have been very few incidents
actual attacks [on humans]/ he said. "They
come on campus because we're in an area
where there's a lot of potential food for them,
there's a lot of rodents and birds for them.'
Lair warns, however, that coyotes are meat-
eaters, so humans should take precautions if
approached by them.
"Try not to get close to the animal,' Lair
said. "Keep doing what you're doing, just leave
them alone and do not feed them because they
get used to that very fast If you just give them
a piece of sandwich or throw them a sausage
they're going to learn and they'll be back the
next day. And they'll get closer and closer and
after a while it'll be a problem.'
Lair also cautioned local pet owners to
'Coyotes would attack a small dog and cat,
there's no doubt about that," he said. ♦
AMS plans second SUB
Funding still needed before the
construction can get underway
by Sarah Morrison
While the plans are complete and the barn is ready, the
university and the Alma Mater Society (AMS) still need
$1.2 million to renovate the campus Dog Barn into a second student union building.
"We are seeking funding to enable that project
to go ahead,' said Byron Hender Executive
Coordinator in the Vice-President Students office.
The proposal to renovate the Dog Barn,
which is located on Thunderbird Boulevard
near Totem Park residence, is a joint effort
between UBC and the AMS. Hender explained
that there will be 'significant student involvement" in the way the building is run.
AMS Vice-President Administration Mark
Fraser said that the university has been looking
for private donations from UBC alumni to fund the project
Hender added that because the barn is so
old, built in 1920, UBC is also asking the government to fund the renovation as a heritage
AMS General Manager Bernie Peets explained
that the cost of the renovation is so high because
it the project aims at restoring the barn, rather
than simply constructing a new building.
"It's a restoration of an existing structure
and that's actually more expensive than brand
new construction,' said Peets, who added that
AMS Council has committed $50,000 towards
the project.
"The building's kind of a neat building and I think it
would have a lot of character after it's done, as opposed
to constructing another monolith like the SUB.'
While it waits for sufficient funding, UBC has done
some structural upgrading to the barn so that it does not
fall apart
"We have done some work in the last year to make
sure it doesn't deteriorate any further while we're going
through this process  to  secure  funding,'
Hender said.
Plans for the two-storey building include an
> auditorium area on the second floor, office
/ space on the lower level and, possibly, a pub.
AMS Designer Michael Kingsmill added that
because of the barn's close proximity to several
residences, it would also provide a convenient
location for residence functions.
Kingsmill also hopes to landscape the surrounding area.
"We plan to have student gardens, little plot
gardens in there, so that students who would find it satisfying to run a little g?_iden could take a ten by ten plot
and grow carrots.'
Fraser, meanwhile, said that the second
building would try to incorporate themes of sus-
tainability typically associated with the south
side of campus, which is currently home to the
UBC farm and the natural food co-op.
"The plan is just to have a natural food co-op
office over there, perhaps something for the
bike co-op; kind of just some more student
social space, but that..fits with the allure of the
south side of campus,' Fraser said.
While the construction timeline is still
uncertain, Kingsmill hopes that next school
year will see 'the earnest construction of the remodelling of the barn.' ♦
IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE MUCH: But the AMS would like
the Dog Barn into the next SUB. tara westover/ ubyssey r
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National education act still a distant dream
by Alex Dimson
A shift in Ottawa's political winds has a national student lobby group hoping that the federal
government will create national standards for
education, though government officials say
it's not likely to happen.
Mark Kissel director of the Canadian
Alliance for Students Association (CASA)—an
organisation that represents UBC and 18
other universities—hopes that discussions to
create national standards for education will
resume soon.
'We have heard that along with the possible harmonisation of the Canada Student Loan
program that's coming into effect right now,
we're going to be talking about the possibility
once again,' Kissel said.
Kissel points to the Saskatchewan government's decision to combine its provincial loan
program with Ottawa's as evidence that
Canada is moving towards a more harmonised education system.
This week's Speech from the Throne also
emphasised education and knowledge themes.
"To secure our continued success in the
21st century, Canadians must be among the
first to generate new knowledge and put it to
use. Our objective should be no less than to be
recognised as one of the most innovative
countries in the world," Governor General
Adrienne Clarkson told the House of
Commons Tuesday.
Under the Constitution, education is a matter of provincial jurisdiction, while the federal
government deal3 with accessibility issues like
a national student loan program and research
grants to universities.
The education act, which CASA calls the
Pan-Canadian Agreement on Education, is the
centrepiece of CASA's federal lobbying strategy. The agreement calls on the Ottawa to set
national goals for accessibility, harmonise the
student loan program and ensure mobility
between the provinces.
While CASA believes a national education
act would even out inequalities between the
provinces, Lenore Burton, associate director
general of Human Resources Development
Canada (HRDC), said that she is not sure if
federal legislation is the right approach.
'It certainly is an interesting idea and one
that the non-government sector has advocated
and called for for a long time," Burton said.
'But this is pretty sticky-wicket stuff, education is firmly...a provincial jurisdiction. I like
to think that if there's good will and we work
hard together we can accomplish a lot of the
things we want to do without a national education act'
Burton said that rather than forcing legislation on the provinces, which could prompt
anger over federal powers, she would rather
work with provincial authorities to establish a
For its part the BC government is unwilling
to consider the possibility of a national act
"As far as we're concerned education is a
provincial matter, so I don't see how that
could happen,' said Ministry of Advanced
Education spokesperson Nikki McCallum.
Brigitte Nolet, press secretary for HRDC
Minister Jane Stewart also cast doubt on the
'If we're talking about education, per se, that
is the responsibility of the provincial governments," she said. "What we do see is the federal
government wants to create a sense of lifelong
learning...and wants to work with the provinces
on the ideas of building a new skills agenda."
Burton cites a report on post-secondary
education conducted by the Council of
Ministers of Education (CMEC), which begins
to identify priorities for post-secondary education, and was signed by all the provinces, as an
example of how consensus can be achieved
without legislation.
But CASA maintains that a national act is
necessary to ensure that the education system
is fair across the country.
"The first step towards the improving of
the current situation is the implementation of
national standards for education that would
be recognised at both the federal and provincial levels of government," read CASA's policy
A bill similar to CASA's act was tabled in
the House of Commons two years ago, but was
defeated during second reading. ♦ Friday. February 2. 2001
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Alex Dimson
Sarah Morrison
Michelle Mossop
Tom Peacock
Nicholas Bradley
Tristan Winch
Tara Westover
Holland Gidney
Graeme Worthy
Laura Blue
Ernie Beaudin
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Duncan M. McHugb got the broom. Sarah Morrison got
the dustpan, and Laura Blue held it steady so that Hywel
Tuscano could sweep up all the dirt out from under Tara
Westovei's desk. Tom Peacock found the mop, and
Nicholas Bradley washed the floor. Graeme Worthy
threw out the mouldy fruit found in Tristan Winch's
desk, and Julia Christensen took out the garbage.
Holland Gidney supervised Daiiah Merzaban and Alex
Dimson, who were dusting while Michelle Mossop took
a break. Regina Yung steamcieaned the couch after
Alicia Miller collected tha change from between the
cushions, and Kat Siddle cleaned out the fridge. Nic
Fenson washed the dishes, Irene Isaacs did Lee-Ann
Siu's laundry, and Greg Ursic and Greg Amos returned
all of the empty bottles to the recycling depot Michelle
Bastian caught all of the rats, and eventually the Ubyssey
office was clean.
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Hypocritical and exploitative.
These are two words that come to mind when
we think of the Canadian government's policy
on smoking. Even as the government of Canada
is doing an exemplary job of fighting the 'national evil" of smoking, it is simultaneously promoting Canadian tobacco products to the developing
world. More specifically, to the largest market in
the world—China.
Trade and tobacco go hand in hand for the
Canadian government For Canada's latest trade
mission to China next week, representatives
from the Ontario Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers'
Marketing Board will be joining the government
to negotiate trade deals for their products.
This might be acceptable if China took an
active role in educating its citizens on the dangers involved in smoking.
But the reality is that there are roughly 300
million smokers in China and, according to a
study conducted in 1997, 70 per cent of these
smokers believe that smoking causes little or no
harm to their health.
They don't know that smoking can cause lung
cancer, chronic lung disease, esophageal cancer,
stomach cancer, liver cancer, heart disease, etc.
They aren't aware that China is home to the
largest number of deaths from smoking of any
countiy, far out-striping even the US. Two thou
sand people each day. One million people each
year. A British study in 1998 concluded that a
third of all young men in China will eventually
be killed because of their tobacco use if current
smoking patterns persist
But rather than helping to lower these disturbingly high statistics, Canada, which is also a
key power in international negotiations to
reduce the number of smokers worldwide, is
allowing tobacco companies to participate in a
trade mission that could well augment the number of smoke-related diseases and deaths in
By allowing the tobacco industry to be party
to trade negotiations with China, Canada is supporting a mission that will take advantage of the
ignorance of the vast majority of Chinese smokers.
The reality is that China, much like the rest of
the developing world, does not spend money to
educate youth about the dangers of smoking.
There are no television ads, or warning labels to
dissuade potential smokers. And Canada, with
its goal to reap the economic benefits that a large
market like China can provide the tobacco industry, is just standing back and allowing it to happen because it doesn't see any legal provisions
to bar the tobacco industry from the mission.
At home, the government is showing a much
different face. Next week's trade mission to
China comes on the heels of a federal legislation
that requires full-colour graphic images of
smoke-related diseases on 50 per cent of the
front panel of each cigarette box. Diseased lungs
and mouths will be clearly and grotesquely illustrated on cigarette boxes. Each box must also
include information on how to quit smoking.
Coupled with Canada's extensive ad campaign
and education drive about the dangers of smoking, the habit is quickly becoming discouraged
in Canada.
Too bad people in China don't benefit from
the same information.
Canada's economic interests are clearly
being allowed to supersede its humanitarian
policies. At a time when the demand for tobacco
is dwindling in Canada, the tobacco industry,
with the sanction of the Canadian government,
is looking to recoup its losses in the under-regulated developing world.
It's a hypocritical and exploitative policy.
Canada should be supporting efforts to increase
awareness about the dangers of smoking in the
developing world, not allowing its tobacco
industry to take advantage of foreign markets. If
Ottawa is going to take such a firm stance on
national policies, it should apply the same standards internationally. ♦
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