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SEPTEMBER 23,2010
• VOLUME 92, NUMBER VI
• ROOM 24, STUDENT UNION BUILDING
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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010
VOLUME XCII,  N°VII
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THURSDAY, SEPT. 23
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your feedback. Your input is important,
so please join us in-person at our open
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Farm: The Feast Bowl, held the last
Friday of each month. We meet at the
FNHL Longhouse at 3:30pm and travel
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the garden before heading back to the
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NEWS
EDITOR ARSHY MANN»news@ubyssey.ca
ASSOCIATE SALLY CRAMPTON»associate.news@ubyssey.ca
Fraternities, animals, land-use plans
and governance: Toope talks at Town Hall
ARSHY MANN
news@ubyssey.ca
On Monday, faculty, staff and
even a smattering of students
sat down in the Chan Centre
to participate in President Stephen Toope's annual town hall
meeting.
Along with providing an update to UBC's strategic plan,
Place and Promise, Toope took
questions from the audience
on a number of issues including land use, governance, animal experimentation, transfer
credits and fraternities.
Toope was adamant that UBC
was well-positioned to become
one ofthe most important universities in Canada.
"I believe that UBC is better
positioned than any other university in Canada, and at the
height of where we could be in
North America to strengthen
our programs and expand our
influence," he said.
"I do not exalt in the misfortunes of others. There are some
really tough situations that some
of our sister institutions are facing, across Canada and in the
US particularly and soon in the
United Kingdom, but we are not
in that position and it's our moment to take advantage of that
relative strength."
STOP UBC Animal Research,
a group that over the past month
has protested animal experimentation at the university, held
up signs during the question period accusing UBC of, among
other things, testing on cats.
"The short answer to that is
that UBC does not do that," replied Toope. "There's reference
to past work that was done by
one of our researchers. That
work is no longer being done."
He argued that only a small
number of tests are performed
on animals, and that UBC will
"only involve animals in research
when...no alternatives exist."
It was, however, the issue of
land use planning that dominated
the question and answer period.
For South Campus, Toope
said that his biggest priority was
Stephen Toope (centre) talks with Board of Governors representative Andrew Irvine before Monday's town hall. GEOFF LISTER PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
focusing on more density, with
less emphasis on family housing.
"We did a survey of our faculty and staff lastyear and we discovered that a very high percentage of our faculty and staff live
either alone or with one other
person and they're looking for
smaller units that are hence
more affordable," he said.
UBC Insiders Editor Neal Yonson questioned Toope on why
the university wasn't incorporating student feedback into decisions about the Gage South
neighbourhood.
"I'm just wondering how we
can have an honest, good faith
discussion about Gage South
neighbourhood, because it
doesn't seem to be on the radar of Campus and Community
planning and they don't seem to
be willing to engage in discussion over whether [it] is appropriately located," said Yonson.
Toope argued that students
will be thoroughly consulted,
but all stakeholders need to
compromise.
"There are lots of places where
making choices will not be perfect from everyone's perspective, but I think we do have to
find ways of living together as
a community, and that's what
we're going to have to figure out
for Gage," he said.
The final question came from
a student who argued that the
police incident at the fraternity village two weeks ago proved
that Greeks don't contribute positively to the university.
Toope defended the fraternities' role on campus, but argued
that they need to ensure that
their events are controlled.
"I was never a member of a
fraternity, so I didn't experience
the life in a fraternity, but I do
talk to many people from UBC
and elsewhere that did experience that life.
"For many people it is the
place that they find their grounding and really their home in a
very large institution. So I don't
think I would join you in saying
that fraternities and sororities
don't play an important role,"
said Toope. "I think for many
people on a huge campus, it is
the place where the big is made
small.
"[But] the one thing I am sure
about is we cannot let what happened at some sister universities happen here, where an out-
of-control element developed
over a number of years, so the
university comes to be known
as the drinking school... where
in some cases whole activities
had to be completely shut down.
I don't want to get there." tl
Land use update: AMS lays down principles for negotiations
ARSHY MANN
news@ubyssey.ca
The AMS has passed a document
that will guide their lobbying for
the upcoming round of land use
consultations.
During last Wednesday's
meeting, Council nearly unanimously passed a motion that
included support for the preservation of the UBC Farm,
more affordable student housing, and the designation of
the Gage South and University Boulevard neighbourhoods
as "Academic" and "Village Academic," respectively.
The inclusion of the latter two
points resulted in AMS President
Bijan Ahmadian voting against the
motion—the only person to do so.
"So the council decided that they
want particular zoning for several areas," said Ahmadian. "I don't
know if this strategy will work."
These will be the principles
that the AMS will use to negotiate
with the university over amendments to the Land Use Plan that
will be ongoing over the next few
months. The process has been
mandated by the provincial government and will result in zoning
changes at UBC for the first time
since the implementation of the
Official Community Plan in 1997.
Ahmadian disagreed with
council pursuing specific zoning designations for these
neighbourhoods. He said that
he should instead be given the
discretion to negotiate with the
university to pursue broader
results for these neighbourhoods, such as making them
transit amenable and making
sure they drive enough traffic to
the new SUB. He further argued
that coming to the university
with divisive proposals would
not serve the AMS in good stead.
"What you have to keep in
mind is that the university has
other interest groups that they
have to cater to as well—it's not
just students," he said.
"And the factthatwe're 46,000
and we're bigger than them
doesn't mean the university is
going to care about us more than
they're going to care about the
university endowment lands,
the University Neighbourhoods
Association members, the alumni, faculty and staff."
The majority of councillors,
and even members of his own executive team, disagreed with him.
"I personally do not believe
a lobbying strategy built on one
man to convince an entire university is a good idea," said Katherine
Tyson, chair ofthe University and
External Relations Committee.
VP External Jeremy McElroy
argued that the AMS should be
clear with the university.
"A policy without teeth is not a
good policy," he said, tl 4/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2010.09.23
$200,000 roof later, pool still faces problems
NADEEM HAKEMI
Contributor
In October 2009, the UBC Aquatic Centre installed a roof over
the outdoor pool at a cost of
$200,000. Yet the facility still
faces serious maintenance and
heating issues.
Lloyd Campbell has been the
Aquatic Centre's manager for the
past four years. "We needed to
make the facility year-round...
the roof did that job for us," he
stated. Campbell described heat
as a large expense, requiring
economical solutions. "It was
getting expensive to heat the
outdoor pool...long term, this
move will pay for itself." The
comfort of coaches while conducting practices in the rain
was also a "considerable benefit from the project."
Swimmers haven't warmed
to the idea. "I'm out there most
mornings and it's freezing...
how am I supposed to train?"
said a young frequenter of the
pool. "There are always maintenance issues with the structure.. .things that get in the way
of my training."
Aquatic Centre staff witness
first-hand the inconveniences
caused by pool repairs and inefficiency of the roof. One lifeguard said it's no secret that
"there are obvious problems.. .we
have issues on a regular basis."
No more drunken nighttime inverted double-twist somersaults for UBC students. GERALD DEO FILE PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
The student who said she is a
four-year veteran of the centre,
wants to see "a new centre within the next few years...it has to
happen."
The question is when. According to AMS President Bijan
Ahmadian, "There is no doubt
that students need a new Aquatic
Centre...this is a top concern." Although Ahmadian promises progress "in the next fewyears," he admits the process is slow. "Swimming is not the most profitable
sport, funding becomes difficult to
find and right now it's just not possible to move any quicker."
Campbell claims a newpool could
cost as much as $20 million. Currently there is scarce funding from
athletics, reiterating Ahmadian's
sentiment. The current outdoor
pool was builtin 1954 for the Empire games, but the once state-
of-the-art facility faces problems. The infamous UBC high-
dive's stairs are now condemned,
further reducing functionality, tl
The same old bull from Sauder
Wally the Bull makes his appearance
NICOLA GAILITS
Contributor
Sauder's new mascot is not a llama. It's not a phoenix, either, or
a wrinkly shark—though these
were all options. It is, in fact,
Wally the Bull, and here's how
it happened.
Prina Pachchigar, third-year
representative to the Commerce
Undergraduate Society's (CUS)
Board of Directors, led a contest this past summer to design
a new mascot for Sauder. Ofthe
16 designs selected, Okima the
Lion won $200 for first place.
But because the lion, "was the
spitting image ofthe Lion King"
and "the connection wasn't there
between a lion and our faculty," it wasn't ratified, Pachchigar said. After sending some of
the designs off to mascot companies, the Board of Directors
settled on Wally the Bull, who
was unveiled during Sauder's
frosh week.
"With Wally, we have the relation to Wall Street, and we have
the bull which is on Wall Street
too," said VP Marketing Paulina Aksenova. "We tried to play
on stereotypes of commerce
and make fun of ourselves because that's what the mascot is
there for."
Ultimately, the CUS Board
of Directors made all final
decisions.
"[We] sent Okima and a few
other designs to mascot companies and they came back to
us with feedback and sketches. With these sketches, it just
ruled out a few of the designs
because [they were] just not doable," said Pachchigar. They considered various aspects, from
the price ofthe mascot, to whether all students would want to
wear striped tights to embody
BeeCom the Bee.
Generalissimo Wall-toro. DAVID CHEN GRAPHIC/THE UBYSSEY
"One example was Fernando the D-Lam Llama, which was
kind of funny, [but] it wasn't
representative of Sauder," she
said.
"Wally the Bull is kind of like
the standard mascot, and it's
easy to wear and anyone can
fit in it, compared to like a llama where you had to have two
people there, which was odd."
At the end of the day, Akseno-
va's "happy with the final mascot we have gotten."
The vote took place over the
summer, in order to be ready
for first week, and garnered
288 votes out of 2700 Sauder
students. Voter turnout was, according to Pachchigar, "satisfactory but not ideal." However, she maintained that "[the
result is] still a student representative. Maybe it wasn't the
decision of 2700 students we
had enrolled in that year but
it was a decision made by students, for students." tl
Back by popular demand: AOII
"recolonizes" UBC
REBECCA LARDER
Contributor
UBC will be welcoming its eighth
sorority to the Greek system this
fall. Over the next few weeks, Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII) will be establishing a "colony" on campus.
The UBC Panhellenic Council—
the governing body for sororities on campus—selected AOII
to meet the growing needs of
UBC's Greek women.
AOII Educational Leadership
Consultant India Bounds describes UBC's reception of its
newest Greek letter organization as "more than welcoming.
"AOII will add to sorority diversity on campus, making it
easier for girls looking to get
involved in Greek life to find a
community that will fit them,"
she added. "The colony experience provides an unusual opportunity for members because they
will be making the traditions
for future UBC AOII's to follow."
"UBC sorority membership has
seen 106 per cent growth in the
last five years," said Panhellenic
advisor Anna Kinna. "Campus
building better women," one colony at a time
ANNETASTAD GRAPHIC/THE UBYSSEY
is speaking to us through these
figures about the demand for a
new chapter."
When asked why AOII was selected over other sororities who
applied to open chapters at UBC,
Kinna said that "AOII's history
on campus was a big factor."
AOII initially colonized UBC
in 1931, but the chapter disappeared in the eighties due to low
membership. Planning has been
underway for the last two years,
and now the sorority is officially leaping into Greek life.
Leslie Johnstone, now an author of science books for children,
was a member ofthe original UBC
AOII chapter in the early eighties.
"There is lots of excitement
in the UBC AOII alumni group
at the chapter's recolonization,"
she said.
Bounds said that although
many people are only familiar
with sororities through their representations in pop culture, she
sees AOII as much more.
"[Sorority life] is not about
the stereotypes thatyou might
associate with sororities. We're
here to build better women." tl 2010.09.23/UBYSSEY.CA/AGRICULTURE/5
AGRICULTURE
EDITOR TREVOR RECORD»features@ubyssey.ca
CO-EDITOR KALYEENA MAKORTOFF»kmakortoff@ubysseyca
EDITOR'S NOTE
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/Many would
claim that this
is the perfect
I time for recognizing the importance of agriculture and farming. In the age where sustainability movements are gaining speed
and greenwash abounds, I would
argue it's long overdue.
In my four years working and
volunteering for The Ubyssey,
I've probably written more articles about the UBC Farm than
papers for my classes. This supplement isn't entirely about the
Farm, but its importance is not
to be overlooked. Those of you
who are new to campus may not
be aware ofthe long struggle surrounding the fate of south campus, so I hope that the articles
and perspectives provide some
context to the irreplaceability of
the 24-hectare space that lies beyond 16th and University Blvd.
Many have argued that the
UBC Farm is unique for a variety of reasons, but my own interest, as a political science student, draws me to analyze the
abilities of our leaders—whether government or administration—to adapt, and pursue innovative sustainability goals.
Our campus politics should always provide a space for student
and community input, and we
need to maintain that we are
not transient, but responsible
actors shaping our future.
Through food and agriculture, a commodity and a practice that tie us all together, I do
have hope that we will continue
to promote the preservation of
our green spaces, explore rights
of those who protect and cultivate it and give due attention to
those who speak to maintain it.
Enjoy the issue! tl
Tracking Farm food on campus
NGAIO HOTTE
Contributor
For many, the UBC Farm is a
mystery. In terms of active projects, crop cultivation is an obvious guess, but where does it all
begin? Who is responsible for
the laborious work? What happens to the produce?
Amy Frye, a UBC graduate student and the marketing coordinator ofthe Farm, explains that students, both current and recently
graduated, make up the core staff
with volunteers as an integral
part of the working team. Many
ofthe crops are a direct result of
student-led projects, such as the
effects of a new organic fertilizer on certain fruit.
"The farm has always been a
student-driven initiative," she
said. "Growing food is integrated
into the teaching and research
we do there."
Around one third of these academic-based fields distribute
FARM
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A cartoon farm truck VIRGINIE MENARD ILLUSTRATION/THE UBYSSEY
their produce through sales,
which are critical for sustaining the Farm's educational programs. About 20 per cent ofthe
UBC Farm produce sales go to
food outlets on campus (for example, Ike's Cafe, Sprouts, AMS
Food and Beverage Services,
etc.) as well as restaurants in
Vancouver.
The Saturday Farmers' Markets claim another 60 per
cent ofthe sales, while the remaining 20 per cent is made
through the CSA (Community
Supported Agriculture) program, which offers weekly boxes of fresh organic farm produce for community members
and students.
"[The farm is] a pretty amazing, unique part of campus,"
said Frye. "UBC is pretty lucky
to have this resource." \J
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September 14-30
In March, we heard your ideas about where to locate permanent transit
facilities on campus and how to improve pedestrian and cycling
experiences (Phase One). Now, we're back to report on how we used
your ideas and present three options for your feedback (Phase Two].
Your input is important so please join us in-person at two open houses
or submit your feedback online at planning.ubc.ca.
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PERSPECTIVE
FARM LAND IS SECURE, BUT IT
HASN'T BEEN "SAVED "YET
ANELYSE WEILER
Contributor
When people ask Friends ofthe
Farm whether the UBC Farm
has been "saved," we're careful
to let them know that although
its land security is in a much
better position than it was two
years ago, much ofthe original
checklist of criteria that we established to delineate what it
would mean to "save" the UBC
Farm remains unfulfilled.
Unlike in 2008, we are certainly not facing imminent market housing development on this
farm-forest agro-ecosystem. Our
debt of gratitude for the progress toward securing the Farm
owes itself largely to the outpouring of support from the public for the Farm's continued existence, which was echoed by representatives from numerous levels of government and political
stripes. President Toope consistently references the importance
ofthe UBC Farm in making UBC
a leader in sustainability.
At the top of our checklist,
UBC's new Land Use Plan presents the university with a chance
to finally remove the Farm's "Future Housing Reserve" label.
Both the AMS and Friends of
the Farm support changing the
designation to an unambiguous,
top-level "UBC Farm" label that
specifies its 24-hectare size and
references the South Campus Academic Plan "Cultivating Place."
Nonetheless,
speculation about
the future ofthe
Farm will likely
endure if the
"Green Academic"
zoning is adopted...
ANELYSE WEILER
PRESIDENT, FRIENDS OF THE UBC
FARM
In a recent meeting with
Campus and Community Planning, we examined the detailed
definition for the "Green Academic" zoning that UBC is putting forward to replace "Future
Housing Reserve." Although
we strongly prefer the recog-
nizability and transparency of
"UBC Farm," the proposed designation explicitly refers to the
UBC Farm, its academic plan
and its correct 24-hectare size.
Without a doubt, we would
still like to see a top-level "UBC
Farm" label, and this would provide a much less confusing message to the public about the university's commitment to preserving the UBC Farm.
The detailed definition of
the "Green Academic" label includes the necessary parameters
to protect the Farm as a working agro-ecosystem within the
lifetime ofthe upcoming Land
Use Plan, and "Green Academic"
is far more palatable than "Future Housing Reserve."
Nonetheless, speculation
about the future of the Farm
will likely endure if the "Green
Academic" zoning is adopted,
and UBC administration may
be continually called upon to
defend its use of this label, tl
—Anelyse Weiler is the President of Friends ofthe Farm.
UBC Farm to become "Green Academic" space
TREVOR RECORD
features@ubyssey.ca
After several years of consultations, conflict and cultivating
(place), the UBC Farm will soon
be part ofthe university's ongoing campus plan.
The area that the farm sits on
is in the process of being amended in UBC's Land Use Plan to a
"green academic" space, as defined by the document "Cultivating Place." The Farm, which lies
on land which had previosuly
been designated for future market housing use in UBC's Land
Use Plan, has been in a percar-
ious position for years.
During phase four of Campus and Community Planning's
(CCP) consultation phase in October 2008, plans which would
remove the farm and replace it
with residential housing were
introduced. Over 15,000 individuals responded with a petition that was handed to UBC
President Stephen Toope by the
Friends of the UBC Farm, an
AMS club and advocacy group.
Joe Stott, the Director of
Planning for CCP, said the conflict stemmed from the Board
of Governors' (BoG) previous
plans and the space's growing
academic role.
"We found a lot of interest in
the UBC Farm, because a lot had
changed," said Stott. "The UBC
Farm, as it is currently constituted and used, didn't exist in
the 1990s. Through the different rounds ofthe consultations,
there was increased community interest in building a case for
the future retention of that land
for academic use."
Following support from both
Metro Vancouver and Stephen
Toope for keeping the Farm, the
BoG decided to form a committee to make an academic plan for
the Farm. Andrew Riseman, who
was made co-chair of the committee, said the plan was stipulated to be "academically rigorous and globally significant."
The end result was "Cultivating
Place," a document which set
the academic guidelines for the
use of the UBC Farm and set the
groundwork for the space to be
designated as "Green Academic."
Stott says that the BoG had
decided to designate the land
as 'Green Academic' because
it serves as an umbrella term.
But Friends of the Farm President Anelyse Weiler says that her
group was initially concerned
that the space was not designated as the "UBC Farm."
"We were concerned it could
mean building houses with a
bunch of solar panels on the
Farm," said Weiler, adding,
"I think a lot of people, when
they hear green, they think
'greenwash.'"
At the same time, she said
that "the parameters for what
they've defined as 'Green Academic' provide protective measures to ensure the Farm can
continue working as a farm/forest system."
However, she says she still
would have prefered the space
to be designated as a "farm."
"There'd probably be much
less speculation regarding the
university's committment regarding saving the Farm...
It would show a really strong
committment to UBC Farm
as a farm, and a place of food
production."
Riseman says that the focus
on sustainability was intentional, as more faculties being able
to use the space was one of their
key goals.
"You'll notice that when you
read [Cultivating Place], food is
mentioned very little and the
Farm is mentioned very little,
but the principles of sustainable agriculture are well-represented," said Riseman. "For
instance, one of the recomen-
dations says any development
must not result in a net loss of
agricultural land."
Stott says the process of making the space "Green Academic"
still needs to pass approval from
the BoG as well as the Province's
Minister of Community and Rural Development before it is official, but said that he is optimistic that this will happen over the
nextyear. Once designated, the
land would have to have its designation modified in order to be
developed on.
"Say 25 years from now,
there's a different set of ideas
[for farm use]," said Stott. "The
university would have to go
through the same amendment
process as we are now...We'll be
working on language that is enabling. We want the Botanical
Gardens and the Farm and everyone else to have some feeling
that they aren't holding uses for
the university. We're not going
to be building neighbourhoods
in them." tl
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From here: a look at the Farms future
KALYEENA MAKORTOFF
kmakortoff@ubyssey.ca
Now that South Campus is on
its way to having its land use
amended, UBC is beginning to
think of new ways to use the
Farm. The change in thinking
is fundamental, right down to
the Farm's name.
"The official name of the
Farm is [currently] the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems," explaied Andrew Rise-
man, Co-Chair of the South
Campus Academic Planning
Committee (SCAP). "When the
BOG made their decree...they
said they wanted a Centre for
Sustainability."
According to Riseman, the
misconceptions of what the
24-hectare space "does" may
have hindered various groups'
involvement in the past. However, a broader vision of the
space promises to bring in
more stakeholders and project
participants at the UBC Farm.
The motto of the UBC Farm,
is, fittingly, "No one thing does
just one thing."
While supporters in the past
have cited the Farm's importance in crop cultivation, Rise-
man said the reality is that the
farm cannot produce enough
food for campus. "We might
be able to provide all the endive that campus uses but...the
point ofthe Farm is not to be a
production facility. It's a teaching-learning resource," he said.
The UBC Farm is currently on
track to becoming designated
as "Green Academic" space in
the university's land use plans,
which, according to Mark Bom-
bord, program coordinator for
the Centre for Sustainable Food
Systems at UBC Farm, have the
potential to draw a wider range
of university faculties and Vancouver community groups.
"It's often challenging to do
the interdisciplinary work that
is part of UBC's strategic plan,"
Bomford explained. "However,
doing this is fairly easy on this
site."
While not just a space for cultivation, Bomford says that when
it does come into question, food
can still serve as a common reference point where people will
jump off, adding, "the Farm is a
place where you can begin these
conversations."
"The types of activities that
'Cultivating Place' [the academic
plan for South Campus] outlines
is really broadening the interactions across all academic campus units," said Riseman. "Not
just Land and Food Systems,
not just Forestry, not just Education—those have been the primary stakeholders on the site so
far. But we want to engage Sauder, we want to engage Science,
we want to engage Law, we want
to engage the Arts. All faculties
can find connections to 'Cultivating Place' if they look for it."
An example lies in a current
project based on health and medicinal plant use of pan-American
aboriginal groups, where involvement included not only students
from horticulture, but nutrition
and anthropology as well. In order for "Cultivating Place" to become real, it needs research and
development funds, and the university has started to put funds
toward the Farm very recently,
said Riseman.
"We see this all as very positive engagement. We've been given the green light to fundraise,
which is something we've never
had before. The university never gave the Farm any money directly—through Teaching and
Learning Enhancement Fund
grants and indirect support, yes,
we don't pay rent, we don't pay
for utilities, so there's been support, but we're getting some cash
now that we never had before."
Now that the fear of reduction of the Farm and potential
development is calming, Bomford says, "The excitement of
what we can do in the future is
building." tl 2010.09.23/UBYSSEY.CA/AGRICULTURE/7
Agriculture and farming: coming to a city near you
NGAIO HOTTE
Contributor
City folk, prepare to get up close
and personal with your veggies—urban farming is poised
to turn BC's agricultural sector
upside-down.
The BC Agriculture Plan says
we need to produce more healthy
food at competitive prices, while
turning up the heat in the fight
against climate change. The
problem is, only three per cent
ofthe province's land is currently used for agriculture. These
tiny, hard-working fields are no
match for the hungry mouths of
BC's 4.5 million residents, not
to mention foreign markets in
the US and elsewhere. The solution? Convert unproductive
urban space to thriving urban
farms and markets.
Mike Levenston is the executive director of CityFarmer,
a non-profit organization that
provides community education programs focused on urban agriculture. He's been educating urban farmers in Vancouver since the late 1970s,
and is happy to have the province's support in making more
space for agriculture within
city limits.
David Tracey, columnist
for BC-based news source The
Tyee, agrees that urban farming will be the next frontier for
agriculture in BC. Tracey believes that urban farming can
be a pillar of strength for citizens by providing healthy food
while shielding citizens from erratic world food prices and reducing our impacts on climate
change. By cutting back on fertilizers, pesticides and transportation fuels involved in large-
scale farming, he explains, we
can lessen our impact on the climate at the same time.
The City of Vancouver has also
thrown its weight behind urban farming. Citizens of Vancouver clucked with approval at
the City's decision to allow residents to raise egg-laying chickens in their backyards in May
of this year. Dane Chauvel, a
backyard chicken advocate, applauds the decision but feels it
was long overdue.
"Virtually every major American city already allows chickens," he says. "It's greener, it's
sustainable, it's healthier. And
it teaches city people about the
nature of food production."
How does the BC government
plan to turn its dream of widespread urban farming into a
reality? The government's five-
part plan pledges funding and
programs to promote BC-grown
foods, work farmland into community planning and increase
public awareness and interest
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Okanagan fruit pickers' poor conditions a growing concern
MICKI COWAN
Contributor
For seasonal fruit pickers in BC's
interior, conditions are dependent on numerous factors, with
country of origin at the top of
the list. However, issues that
are typically thought of as endemic in developing countries
can be found right here at home.
UBC Professor Dr Patricia
Tomic, author of a recently published article on the topic of living conditions of Mexican migrant workers in the Okanagan,
has been heralding attention
to these issues in BC's interior.
Migrants brought from Mexico
are beneficial to the cherry and
apple farms, while Canadian
workers are more sensitive
about upholding their rights.
"Canada does not pay for any
ofthe costs involved in reproducing a worker and his family. The
costs of food, shelter, education,
health, dental, recreation, etc, if
any, are incurred in Mexico, not
here. The worker must leave as
soon as the work is over," she said.
These workers are relied upon
to put up with unstable working
conditions and wages. Tomic
found they may work a few hours
a day or much more.
"Sometimes they work twelve
or more hours a day, seven days
a week. It is possible to feed a
family only because the family is reproduced in Mexico. I
think that for Canadians and
Canadian governments these
workers are very cheap."
Although farms save costs by
hiring foreign, inexpensive labourers from Mexico, housing
and necessities are still hard to
come by. Leila Verkerk was one
ofthe Canadian workers for over
fouryears in the early 2000s. She
thought the conditions were very
good, providedyou enjoy thatkind
oflifestyle. "Itwasawayoflifefor
maybe a couple of years. We either tented it or we had a van for
a while. A lot of the farmers we
knew, we met through friends,
and [they] would let us camp out
on their property," she said.
After the harvest season was
over, Verkerk would move into
town and find a job until the next
season. "I was 17.1 could never
really go back to that for money
or for a real job. It's something
you grow out of, especially as a
way of life," she added.
Verkerk's experience was similar to a part-time cherry picker from Salmon Arm, who preferred to remain anonymous.
"The wages were pretty bad. I
was only there a month and a
half and I only made $400. I
was 12," he said, but he added
thathe sawpotential for the job
ifyou were willing to work at it.
"People make a killing doing
that. Some guys make $300 a
day. Of course he was a legend.
Ifyou work long days andyou're
really fast with your fingers [it's
possible]." til
PERSPECTIVE
REALIZE YOUR SUSTAINABLE
POTENTIAL AT THE UBC FARM
ANDREW RISEMAN
Contributor
The UBC Farm's future is bright.
Our committee recently presented the new South Campus Academic Plan, Cultivating Place, to
President Toope and the Board
of Governors, who received it
warmly. We now have the green
light to bring this plan to life.
In it, we envision a truly sustainable community integrated
with a productive land-base. A
place that promotes and exemplifies environmental and social sustainability. A place that
serves the needs of students,
professors, staff and the surrounding communities.
A place where integration
across disciplines, domains of
knowledge, perspectives, beliefs and attitudes is commonplace. A place where our campus's themes of "living lab" and
"agent of change" become real.
A place where academics are
rigorous, and our impacts felt
globally.
A place where we develop and
refine innovative teaching content and methods. A place that
fosters lifelong learning and
teaching among generations. A
place where new knowledge is
created and translated into action. In short, the UBC Farm is
a place for you to realize your
"sustainability" potential.
Regardless ofyour major, field
of study or interests, we guarantee you can find a connection to
this place.
Maybe it's with the Vancouver
Native Health Society's Urban
Aboriginal Community Kitchen
Garden Project, or the Faculty of
Medicine's honey bee immunity project, or civil engineering's
Service Learning projects, or the
Faculty of Education's Intergen-
erational Learning and Landed
Learning children's projects, or
the Faculty of Forestry's forest
management projects, or the
Faculty of Science's biofuel projects, or the College of Health
Disciplines's Institute for Aboriginal Health teaching and
research plots, or the Faculty of
Land and Food Systems's poultry research, or drafting a business plan for a new innovative
project on site, or participating
in alternative education events
such as the Free School, or attending large public events such
as guest lectures by Michael Pol-
Ian or local food and music celebrations such as the annual
FarmAde, or improving our sustainability practices through a
SEEDS project, or maybe it's just
that you love good food, good
friends and good times. Across
all of these activities, the whole
of UBC connects to this place.
I invite you to read Cultivating Place, to visit the farm, to
envision how you can help create a more sustainable future
and findyour connection to this
place. *U
—Andrew Riseman is an associate professor. Land and Food Systems and a co-chair ofthe South
Campus Academic Plan Committee. 8/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/2010.09.23
CULTURE
EDITORS BRYCE WARNES & JONNY WAKEFIELD »culture@ubyssey.ca
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SHI-YI
OR, THE 778-604 ULTRA 420
JAM-SONIC SHOWCASE!
JONNY WAKEFIELD
culture@ubyssey.ca
When you're new to Vancouver, getting a handle on the music scene can be intimidating.
For one, it's hard getting from
campus to the East Van venues
where the hip shit is happening. There is no real "Vancouver sound," and even the city's
best bands sometimes seem like
well-kept secrets.
Today we're focusing on the
Olio festival, because we feel it
demystifies local music in Vancouver. Over four days—starting today—more than 80 local
musicians, bands and DJs will
be performing around downtown and East Van. Ifyou're interested in hearing what's on
offer in Vancouver, it's all laid
out this weekend—and for a reasonable price.
The Ubyssey got in touch with
Olio organizer Jason Sulyma,
also known by his DJ moniker
MY!GAY!HUSBAND!, for a rundown of the festival.
Ubyssey: Where did the idea for
a festival like Olio come from?
Jason Sulyma: Me and [co-director] Dani Vachon everyone that's
on the festival attended other
festivals out of town and we got
sort of jealous that they weren't
in Vancouver. We have festivals
like Music Waste and New Forms
festival which are amazing, but
we wanted to have something
with local acts mixed with international acts of all mediums.
U: What's an Olio?
JS: We were sitting around going
through names, putting them
into an online thesauras. "Olio"
means a hodge-podge of ideas.
I'm also really nerdy and into
graphics and I liked the two 'o's
in it. I thought that could look really nice on a poster one day. Instead of us calling it the 778-604
Ultra 420 Jam-Sonic Showcase.
U: How many acts are local this
year?
JS: About 85 per cent ofthe acts.
This year we have way bigger out
of town headliners.
U: Do you plan to grow the festival?
JS: We didn't expect it to grow this
much from lastyear. In five years
we hope to have the greats of the
city behind us. Wewant to do more
outdoor events, more free events
for the public. More day events.
And we want to try and get the
whole city involved instead of just
all our little East Van venues, vl
FILM AT OLIO
ROCKS THIS JOINT!
CATHERINE GUAN
Contributor
A self-confessed man-hussy,
writer and director Dan Code
is the film curator for Olio Festival 2010.1 had the chance to talk
to Dan about this year's features.
They include Blaine Thurier's
(of New Pornographers fame) A
Gun to the Head and the music
documentary No Fun City. Also
playing are skateboard fantasies
Harvey Spannos and Machotail-
drop, both by Corey Adams. Ryan
Arnold's anti-romance Skid Love
and Harmony Korine's mock-
umentary Trash Humpers are
shown as a double feature.
Ubyssey: What was the selection
process like for thisyear's films?
Dan Code: A lot of the stuff we
chose was really local. There
were a couple of things we liked
from Corey Adams. I'm a really big Harmony Korine fan. The
only movie of his that I haven't
seen is Trash Humpers.
U: Which other films get you
excited?
DC: Machotaildrop is pretty cool,
like Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory meets skateboarding.
It's in a way a sequel to Harvey
Spannos. They shot it on a 16mm,
supersaturated film, where it
makes everything look really
bright and bubbly. There are
movies like No Fun City, which
really kind of stands for the audience that's coming out to [Olio].
U: We're so used to seeing blockbusters churned out by major
studios. What makes independent productions different?
DC: They really stand apart in
the concept. Trash Humpers is
about a bunch of people having
sex with garbage cans. In Skid
Love, there's a girl... selling her
bodily fluids. You really have to
be bold with what you're saying.
U: Dan, you are pretty active
in the Vancouver independent
scene. What kind of changes are
you noticing?
DC: The recession is having a big
effect. We are, you know, doing
things illegally. For instance,
there's a skateboard video that
I was involved with. There was
no way in hell that we were going to afford [permits] besides
shooting it and hoping we could
get away with it. And we did. It
was very close.
U: As a grizzled veteran of the
industry, what advice would you
give to young filmmakers?
DC: Just get out there and get it
done. Build your craft in every
direction—directing, and editing, and cinematography.
U: Any last words for our
readers?
DC: Just come out and buy a pass.
You'll get a taste of what is happening in Vancouver and what
the scene is like, tl
Experimental is too constrictive
a word to describe Shi Yi. Guitarist Scott Russell describes his
collaboration with drummer/
vocalist Erika Petro as a "fifties" band. The qualified version
is more complex: "We are a fifties rock band whose songs are
fucked up on opiates and who
is disillusioned with rock music, and managed to find a hopeful shamanistic vision of being
dragged by the hair through
the decades, starting with the
fifties."
That's actually a fairly accurate description. Formed in
March 2009, Shi Yi is moody
goth-pop that somehow avoids
the genre-standard trap of being so depressing you can't
breathe. Petro's vocals are lush
and seductive, reminiscent of early Portishead, and carry a sort
of mysticism over the steady
drums and loose guitar.
Though the diversity of Vancouver's music scene allows for
experimentation, it doesn't offer much opportunity for new
bands. "There are very few places to play, so establishing yourself is a challenge...Maybe that's
why a lot of bands leave Vancouver," says Russell.
Though they've recently returned from shows in Paris
and Berlin, Shi Yi don't consider themselves an established
group. "We've just been super
lucky to play some cool shows
with cool bands."
—Ginny Monaco
Shi Yi play the Frances Lawson
Gallery on September 25. They
are also playing CiTR's Shindig
on October 5.
HUMANS
Peter Ricq and Robbie Slade, also
known as Vancouver-based electro-soul group Humans, are an
eclectic duo. When I asked Ricq
and Slade to describe themselves
in three words, they responded
with "French, avocado and eager," followed by "wooden, loud,
and stinky." Who wouldn't want
to rock out with the wooden avocado guys?
Their cleverly crafted music
video for their track "Bike Home"
shares the same quirky-fun viewpoint. In it, cops crash—and then
join—some lucky housepartiers.
According to Robbie, the best
advice he's ever received is to
"never, ever, lose your sense of
humour." Peter contends that Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous
RACOONS
Formed in 2008 in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, the Racoons have shredded their way
across Canada, playing festivals
like Rifflandia and Big Time Out.
They took a moment to speak with
theUbysseyabouttheir upcoming
Olio show.
Ubyssey: The name Racoons, or
variations on it, seems to be pretty popular. Why did you choose it?
Murray Mckenzie: The Racoons
is a name we picked back in our
days as a garage rock band and
even though we've changed a lot
and changed members, we still
have it. It's really not the best
name and we've thought of better ones, butwejustkeep going with
it and see howiar we can take it.
U: How doesyour EP Islomania differ from your live sound?
MM: Playing live now, we do a
whole new set of songs, which reflect where we've gone. It's definitely a louder, rawer sound. That's
kind of who we are.
Jeff Mitchelmore: We've always
been a live band first. I mean,
when we started out we never
thought about recording until
our friend literally said "Hey.
Why don't you come over to my
house and record?" We've always
"stop whining," from the 90s
hit Kindergarten Cop, are his favourite words of wisdom—even
though "Arnold never said it to
me directly."
Though their upcoming US
tour is a first for the Canadian
duo, they're no strangers to Olio
fest, which features Vancouver's
best and brightest in art, comedy, music and film. But they seem
to think they're strangers to UBC
students: when asked if they had
any last words for all their fans,
Peter fired back with, "We have
UBC fans?"
—Ashleigh Murphy
Engage in our favourite activity, proving bands wrong, on Friday, September 24, at The Cobalt.
been a band that really enjoys
playing live.
Matt Lyall: We still haven't really been able to translate our live
show onto CD. I think that's something we are really excited about
doing when we record our next
album.
U: Who would you most like to
tour with?
ML: We toured last summer with
The Von Bondies and they would
probably be top five of bands I
would like to tour with again.
U: What do you guys do to prepare
for a show?
ML: It's funny that you mention
that. Our thing we do is we get in
a little huddle and we yell out a
Von Bondies song.
U: You mentioned a full-length
album. Any idea when that will
be out?
IWLItoldalot of people thatitwould
be outnow about six months ago,
so we've stopped making projections. Definitely, conservatively
in the next three years.
—Phil Storey
The Racoons play the Five Sixty
Night Club on September 23. 2010.09.23/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/9
Building new worlds with comics
COMICS WITH
MIRANDA
MARTINI
At the end of August, in preparation for the
Vancouver Comic Con on September 12m, Heritage
Hall on Main
Streethosted Comix & Stories, a
day of alternative and small press comics.
It was great to see so much
wonderful local work connecting with an audience, and it got
me thinking about the way comics can create pockets of community where otherwise unrelated
people become connected. In
this age of fragmentation, an
individual can choose or create
the world they want to live in.
Heck, most people live in two
or three worlds most ofthe time.
Some people think this means
isolation, but comics readers recognize the important functions
world-building can serve for shaping a better, more meaningful
society.
Ken Boesem, who was plugging the collection of his strip The
Village at the Con, welcomes his
readers into the candy-coloured
and rainbow-flagged world of
Vancouver's Davie Village. The
Village has launched a new online element that allows readers to actually join the community from the comic, interacting
with characters and other fans.
The fact that one can be part of
an online version of a fictionalized version of an actual physical
community could be a commentary on fragmentation in and of
itself. But then, part of why comics exist is to offer this kind of
alternative, to bend reality's borders just enough to make it funnier, smarter and maybe a little bit brighter.
Not all the worlds created by comics are blissfully escapist. Joey Comeau and Emily Home's popular online strip
A Softer World is undoubtedly a
first-rate exercise in world-building: the comic tells complete stories over the lifespan of a three-
panel strip.
As Home told me at Comix
& Stories, part of the challenge
of writing A Softer World is that
the characters must be complete
within their first and only act of
life; "whoever they are is whatever they said in that moment."
Often these characters' worlds
are harsh and brutal, verging
on the grotesque. Still, Comeau
and Home assert that the overall
arc should be read as one where
hope and vitality are significant,
if not dominant, driving forces.
This same kind of exploration
of worlds in miniature can be
seen in the work of artist Josue
Menjivar, who talked to me
about his collection People Who
Eat Alone.
The premise is exactly as simple as it sounds. The worlds created in the images require little explanation and almost no
text, and yet somehow they encapsulate rich narrative strands:
displacement, loneliness and
the search for small connections
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little while, together. tl
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RYAN, RYAN, HE'S (NOT) OUR MAN
The Ubyssey realizes we maybe boring you with
all this talk of constituencies. But it's important
that we beat this dead horse one last time.
All Arts students, regardless of their general
level of interest in politics, need to be paying attention to this week's election. Why? Because not
only is the AUS incompetent and completely out
of touch, it's looking to stay that way.
Last March's abysmal turnout for AUS elections
resulted in an unclear finish, with Ryan Trasolini and Brian Piatt tied in votes. After much to-
do, vacancy ofthe presidency and petty scandals,
AUS Council appointed Trasolini interim president, to reign until this round of by-elections.
Now, the two face off again in the election for
president. And like so many hackneyed sequels,
this time, it's personal.
So what—with his job on the line—has Trasolini been doing to convince voters they should
place their faith in him? In the four months he's
been president, he's overseen Imagine, where,
according to his campaign materials, the AUS
collected some 900 emails for its mailing list.
In those same four months, the society had its
accounts frozen for failing to submit a budget.
During Tuesday's presidential debate, Trasolini
attributed this lack of budget to his failure to understand AMS deadlines.
Collecting 900 signatures from disinterested
freshmen is an accomplishment—if you're a social coordinator, or a couple of guys with a sign
that says 'beer.' But from the president of the
largest undergraduate constituency on campus,
with a financial responsibility in the hundreds
of thousands, we'd say that failing to understand
deadlines or budgets far outweighs your ability
to get pens on paper, regardless ofyour so-called
branding strategy.
This summer was Trasolini's chance to prove
he could hack it as AUS president. Instead, he's
landed the society in its biggest screwup in recent memory. His platform cites his ability to
engage students, but in this case, actions speak
louder than words. If the AUS is going to pull itself out of its slump, it needs better leadership
than what we've seen so far—any other leadership. We strongly disendorse Ryan Trasolini for
AUS president. U
UBC'S BIG BAD BUREAUCRACY
Tuesday's Town Hall with our esteemed President
Toope was an annual rite of passage where dozens of faculty and various bigwigs sat solemnly
through a presentation explaining that, by all accounts and measures, UBC is hot stuff, and can
expect to be hot stuff on an international scale
for years to come.
But amidst the 100 or so people in the crowd,
one can always spot a few students who will actually—gasp—ask a salient question or two. This
year, one such denizen stood up and complained
that UBC's policies make it nigh impossible to
carry over equivalent credits when transferring
over to another university. Toope responded with
empathy, and invited her to speak with him privately later to resolve the issue.
While this was nice for her, virtually all of us
have had a simple issue get tied for months in
emails and meetings with middle managers, and
they don't have the luxury of taking it straight to
the president.
Too often, students have to slog through, hoping that someone will see the light of day with
their tuition/housing/professor/credits/graduation/missed deadline problem. Make no mistake, bureaucracy is a problem at this school-
bring it up to a senior official, and the nervous
chuckle will confirm it.
So what's to be done? Just because UBC is large
and has an even larger reputation for red tape
doesn't mean it always has to be this way. Two
years ago, the university created a new Ombuds
office to specifically ensure that UBC students
can learn and work in a "fair, equitable and respectful environment." UBC should do all it can
to promote the office, to let students know they
can take advantage of it and to do what it can in
reducing the layers of tape students have to navigate in order to get their degree, tl
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It seems rather pathetic that DJ shows
are the most creative solution UBC
Athletics can come up with to help finance the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird
Sports Centre. Perhaps there is a connection between booze, rock music and
athleticism that escapes me. Surely our "world class" Sauder School of
Business faculty could spare a few
minutes to come up with a viable business plan. Check out the Richmond
Olympic Oval. While other VANOC
sites have been decommissioned or
successfully reconfigured, our UBC
Olympic legacy building seems to be
drifting like an empty shell towards
the rocks.
The utility bill is a staggering
$50,000 per month. Perhaps the marketing folks who have given us all
those inspiring UBC slogans ending
with, "...fromhere", could add a touch
of realism with, "Design a white elephant, from here."
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Dear Ubyssey,
I am writing withregard to your September 16th article on the relations between the fraternities, the RCMP and
UBC, entitled "Frats and UBC meet over
officer assaults." The Ubyssey's coverage
of the fraternity system over the past
several years has been very good, in
particular the editorial on September
12th, "Fraternities should stop turtling."
Of concern is the photo accompanying the article featuring me and Jesse Ory. This photo was taken for The
Ubyssey's satire issue and we participated in the understanding that it would
be used in a humourous context. While
The Ubyssey had every right to use the
photo and to make the digital alterations that they did, we feel uncomfortable that a picture taken to poke fun
at the fraternity stereotypes has been
used out of context to accompany an article addressing a serious topic.
In your recent editorial you spoke of
how quickly "perception becomes reality" and we would like to take this
opportunity to state, with the greatest emphasis that we do not, in fact,
ever wear multiple polos, nor do we
pop our collective collars. Thank you
for allowing us to address this sartorial misconception.
—Blair McRadu
TOO SEXY
JUDICIOUS READERSHIP,
This week we're taking a brief hiatus
from answering your questions to pose
some of our own. We're about to share
with you one of our own experiences
with a view to provoking discussion
amongst our readership (in addition
to serving as a cautionary tale).
Beware; whatyou are about to read
may shock you. But it also highlights
some interesting issues surrounding
fetishism, social taboo and moral obligation that we often don't have the
time to get into in our regular advice columns. So break out the popcorn and read on, kids: it's Too Sexy
storytime.
SETTING: A PUBLIC COMMODE IN
STANLEY PARK, DAYTIME
Enter: Too Sexy columnist Kasha Chang
Our protagonist enters the washroom,
and is unperturbed to notice that the
stall at the far end ofthe washroom is
in use. The occupant makes no sound,
leaving our protagonist no reason to
fear anything out ofthe ordinary. She
goes about her business.
Once finished, she washes her
hands and notices something peculiar—the other bathroom denizen is
still sequestered within his or her
stall, from which a faint and repetitive "shwip, shwip" noise now issues.
Naively concluding that someone must
be cleaning in there, our protagonist
exits the public commode.
It is only later that, upon relating
the incident to her traveling companion, she realizes that she—or rather,
the sound of her urination—had become fodder for a public masturba-
tor's public masturbatin'.
Supposing, gentle readers, that this
rather rude form of self-stimulation
is the masturbator's only avenue to
sexual gratification, is the action in
question a) inevitable, and acceptable
in the name of sexual satisfaction as
long as it is kept quiet; b) disgusting
and morally reprehensible; c) funny;
d) wrong and punishable by law; e)
other; f) all ofthe above.
Items to consider when answering
the preceding question are as follows:
DoeS lhe masturbator's right to sexual self-actualization trump our protagonist's right to privacy while peeing in public? Or vice versa?
IS being an eavesdropping torn less
creepy then being a peeping torn?
U3n therebe a difference between listening to people pee and going home
and masturbating about it later, and
maturbating then and there where
the subject can hear you?
If you reach a point inyour life where
you hide in public washrooms to polish the pole/pearl to pee noises, do you
fear someone hiding in the next stall
waiting for fapping noises? Or does
the possibility tantalize you?
Did something similar perhaps happen to a young Christine O'Donnell,
setting her on her current campaign to
ban masturbation in the United States?
SlippOSB the masturbator was not,
in fact, masturbating, but simply making similar noises to make Kasha believe that he or she was masturbating.
Is that more or less wrong?
If Kasha Chang, Too Sexy Columnist,
had counter-masturbated, what would
have been the outcome? Would it have
turned the tables on Public Masturbation Man, defeating him in a titanic battle of wills? Or would it have
formed a beautiful harmony of mildly antagonistic performances, a la duelling banjos?
It's up to you, gentle readers, to decide.
Send your outraged tirades, thoughtful musings, and favorite pornogrpa-
hic images to toosexy@ubyssey.ca. UBYSSEYCA/OURCAMPUS/2010.09.23
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