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Vol 72, No 44
AR from T.V.
cameras and picketing
pensioners there is another housing trend occupying Vancouver. It
is a silent response to a city experiencing sweeping growth and a
shortage of affordable housing.
In the older residential and
industrial tracts, pockets of vacant buildings slated for demolition are being occupied by squatters. Many young artists and students are making a political statement
against the high rent that is gripping the city.
Megan Osborne (a pseudonym) lives at an East Vancouver address
which is slated for demolition. Megan is squatting—the organised
occupation of unoccupied buildings.
Megan is a 25-year-old graduate of philosophy—one of a growing
number of young people who have chosen to fight Vancouver's high
housing prices by squatting in abandoned houses being demolished to
make room for condominiums and expensive apartments.
Contemporary urban squatting grew up in post-war England in
response to the housing shortage caused by bombings and government
inefficiency in replacing the buildings. Today London has over 30,000
squatters, many of whom are students.
While it is difficult to determine an accurate
number, there are likely more than a hundred
squatters currently in Vancouver. There have been
widespread squatting movements in London, West
Berlin, Amsterdam, Philadelphia, and New York.
And Toronto has experienced organized squats
when its housing market boomed and created a lack
of affordable housing during the 1980's.
In Europe the movement is highly developed
with a whole culture and philosophy—and tens of
thousands of people—behind it. Besides providing
housing, squatting was a means for radical
movements to create a free space in which to organize and develop their own institutions. Squatting
was a challenge to the system as a whole and a
rallying point for self-management, communal living and militant
Mega*_'= squat in Vancouver, and many others, are taking place
near Commercial Drive in the city's east side, where many ofthe older
family-style residences are being replaced by upscale dwellings.
The process, known as gentrification, is a 1980's phenomena in
which older neighbourhoods with character are redeveloped into more
expensive accomodations. Often this process is at the expense of the
lower-income group who traditionally occupied the area.
The decision to squat was not easy for Megan because
it challenges one of our society's most cherished institutions—private
"I used to think that owners could do anything they want," she said.
"I still kind of accept that whole system where people own something.
But now I am in a situation where I don't want a traditional job."
Megan now holds two part-time jobs, playing part-time for a local
band and working for a graphics company unionized with Industrial
Workers ofthe World.
"The area is being bought out by developers. Tenants are begi nni ng
to fight back now—there will be more," she said.
"Many ofthe people who are being affected the most are those who
have chosen to lead an alternative lifestyle, such as artists.
"The developers are buying the land and a stand has to be made."
Megan predicts that many in the arts community will be forced to
leave the city for the interior where the cost of living is much lower.
Stephen Leary of the Downtown Eastside Residents Association
said at present there is little squatting taking place in the downtown
east-side, but acknowledges that there is certainly a possibility of it in
the future as it is preferable to living on the street.
According to the United Nations definition of homelessness there
are currently over 10,000 people in Vancouver who fit the category, said
"We don't think there is a large number of these people who are
shelterless, but there is a large number who are very close. All it takes
is a couple of big hotels to be torn down. There are quite a few now
slated," warned Leary.
"We are on the down-hill side of the hill. When it free-falls, who
The vacancy rate in Vancouver is 0.4 per cent which leaves approximately 432 suites for rent in Vancouver, according to city housing
planner John Winsor.
Leary said that the recent city proposal to build 52 units of housing
is "laughable."
Leary    said
the city proposal is a
"drop in the bucket considering we have 2,600 people on our
waiting list. The city estimates that there
areover 17,000peoplecity-wideonwaitinglistsfor *•
affordable housing. And they won't be overestimating the
Leary said over 1,700 housing units have been lost in the downtown
eastside alone since 1986.
He estimated that Kerrisdale and Kitsilano have each lost approjri-
mately 1,000 housing units—most of them in the last 18 months.
"There is no way they are going to replace what is being lost."
In the past, squatting in Vancouver has not been a safe practice and
Leary cautions potential squatters to the ever-present dangers.
"It's not a glamorous life, many are glue-sniffers and rip-off artists,"
he said. "Most of the squatters here in the past have not politically
Leary has not ruled out the possibility of organized squats for the
future as Vancouver's housing market continues to deteriorate.
"We have spoken of the possibility of going in and taking over a
place," he said, though he believes that DERA has a way to go before it
can stage a political squat because ofthe high level of committment and
organization it takes.
"They are starting to organize squatting in Toronto," he said.
In Toronto, the housing crisis is more critical than in Vancouver
and it has left social planners scrambling for alternatives to provide
housing for an increasingly large segment of society.
Recently, squatting has started to become a viable alternative.
Leslie Robinson of Metro Tenants Legal Services in Toronto said:
"Lobbying governments and trying to get laws to both protect tenants
and provide housing is frustrating.
"We are looking for alternative actions. We want something we can
take for ourselves, rather than having to ask for it."
"Because of the laws, power of police, and the huge financial
interests that landowners have, it is very difficult for people to provide
or develop housing in the city for themselves," said Robinson.
In Canada there are no laws that allow people to squat, even if they
are in need and there is a vacant building available. Squatters can be
arrested for break and entry.
In fact, police in Canada can arrest squatters for merely being on
property that they had not been given permission to enter—without the
owners even making a complaint first.
Robinson said that in Toronto owners are now bricking up the
windows and doors on the first floors of buildings in order to discourage
Most Torontonians di d not even reali se they had squatters until the
city hosted the 1988 economic summit said Robinson.
"But it became very apparent during the summit when police
started going through the buildings and arresting people," said Robinson.
In 1982, there were some 300 squatters in the downtown area east
of Yonge Street alone.
In Vancouver the situation has not reached the point where
concrete plans are being blue-printed, but some organisations like the
Tenants Rights Coalition (TRC) are keeping a watchful eye and may be
forced into direct action soon if nothing is done to ease the local housing
"Right now we realise that people in Vancouver are being forced to
squat. Vancouver is becoming another large city that is forcing people
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March 16, 1990 NEWS
- jjo*
Showdown at Douglas College
by Greg Davis
An accusation of censorship
and homophobic harassment
has been aimed at the
administration of the Maple
Ridge branch of Douglas College.
Posters advertising the establishment of a Gay/Lesbian
support group were ripped off
Douglas College bulletin boards
in Maple Ridge last week.
Student Society executive
member Angus Adair said he
thought the administration had
the posters removed.
Director of Douglas College
Rick Carruthers was unavailable for comment, but Douglas
College public relations agent
Bill Bell responded to the accusations.
"It's my first taste
of what
homophobia is
about and it's just
the tip of the
"Maple Ridge campus
shares the same building with
Maple Ridge Senior Secondary
school. Adair was told by Carruthers that he could post them
only in college areas," said Bell.
Adair put the posters on the
secondary school bulletin boards
as well, according to Bell.
According to Bell, Carruthers had denied the administration took them down and said
they might have been taken
down by students.
Adair was not convinced.
"In order to rectify the situation I've met with resistance at
all turns," he said. "On Monday I
was told the director was unavailable for two weeks, yet the
New Westminister student society got a 15 minute meeting for
the next day."
Adair attended the meeting,
which Norm Gludovapz, a member of the New West society, set
up for him.
According to Adair, the
meeting turned out to be a "forty
minute session of abuse."
Adair claims Carruthers
used the word "fag" despite his
protests and that Carruthers'
secretary also addressed him in
a offensive manner, shoving
memos in his face.
"I stand by my resolution to
keep the posters up," said Adair.
"It's my first taste of what
homophobiais about and it's just
the tip ofthe iceberg. I feel compassion for anyone who has to
live with the rest of that iceberg
all their lives."
Bell said, "At this time I've
only heard this through the media, so it's just an allegation.
There's a formal process for handling the complaint process.
(Adair) could see the student
ombudsperson, a counsellor, or
Carruthers' boss.
"We are quite proud of our
policy and procedures (for dealing with this problem). I'm not
really sure of the nature of the
complaint [but I] hope it can be
resolved at an informal level,"
he said.
"We are resolved not to let
this issue drop, we are going to
fight it tooth and nail until the
issue is resolved," said Adair.
"We've decided to go through
the proper channel and start a
formal complaint against
[the administrator]," said
"At some point (Carruthers)
will get his fingers rapped.
Douglas College certainly
doesn't want the bad media," he
Carruthers has since apologized to Adair. The College
ombudsperson is investigating
the situation.
Adair said he put the posters up to help fight homophobia
on campus.
"The Canadian Federation
of Students passed a motion to
fight homophobia, and (it was
adopted) by the student society,"
Adair said.
Board for the new UBC Home game. Dice not Included.
Liberals want a change
by James Dolan
The B.C. Young Liberals want
to change the way their leaders are
Last February, the Young
Liberals passed a resolution giving every card-carrying member of
the party a direct vote in the leadership election process.
Return of the son of RecFac
by Steve Conrad
Like the sequel to a bad monster movie, the beleaguered student recreational facility reappeared on last Wednesday's AMS
council agenda.
There were two motions pertaining to the facility.
One was to direct the AMS
president to explore the possibility
of channelling the roughly
$800,000, already collected for
RecFac, into some scaled down
version of the RecFac proposal,
even though a previous council
motion had resolved to refund the
money to students. This motion
was defeated.
"I can't believe this motion has
come before council. The previous
motion [torefund the money] hasn't
been rescinded," said agriculture
representative Leonard Kogan. "It
totally contravenes everything
council has done regarding
Despite last September's referendum decision to discontinue
student involvement in the proposal, RecFac supporters such as
intramurals, the alumni association, and the president's office seem
unable to abandon the idea of putting the facility on Mclnnes field.
"There is a definite and clear
need for recreational facilities on
this campus," said vice-president
for student and academic services
K.D. Srivastava. "Sooner or later
these facilities will have to be built.
If we miss this opportunity with
the matchingfunds then we miss it
for several years."
Physical education representative Barbara Solarz said, "While
the opportunity is there I think we
should go after it."
The facility is one ofthe projects included in the university's
$ 132 million fund raisingcampaign
under which the provincial government will match all money
raised up to a maximum of $66
"There is enormous pressure
on the president's office and on
myself to displace the matching
funds from the Recfac toward other
projects," said Srivastava. "The
embarrassment for the university
has been enormous."
Arts representative Mark
Keister said, "If we put this money
into RecFac we're slapping students in the face."
Another motion, which was
passed, requested that AMS council ask the administration to hand
over the money collected for the ill-
fated facility.
"When students pay their fees
in September they trust the administration to hand the money
over to the AMS," said AMS director of finance John Lipscomb. "It
was a betrayal of student wishes
for the administration not to hand
over the money."
But AMS coordinator of external affairs Jason Brett said, "Asking for the money to be refunded
has no legal basis.
"As long as there's the slight-
tional facility, the project is still
alive. To do anything else with the
money requires a referendum."
Srivastava echoed Brett's
views, stating the administration
would not hand over the money
unless "the project is irrevocably
dead," or else a student referendum decides the money should be
"It was a dedicated fee," said
Srivastava. "That was the condition of the trust under which we
collected the fee. We have to be
assured that the money is used for
the purpose for which it was collected.
"I think the AMS is in some
(legal) difficulty if it uses the money
for some other purpose."
This type of system has already been implemented by the
Progressive Conservative party of
As it stands now, members
vote for delegates in their individual ridings who go to leadership
conventions and vote directly for
the candidate of their choice.
"In my opinion, the process
now is not the best way to select a
leader. Under a direct vote, the
system would be more democratic," said Mike McDonald,
president ofthe B.C. Young Liberals.
"After the election ofthe delegates to the convention, the average Liberal's influence and direct
participation in the leadership
selection is null and void."
McDonald also criticized the
competition and division inherent
in the present leadership election
"The present system is pitting
Liberal against Liberal. I don't
think that's long-term thinking,
much less healthy."
McDonald points to the recent
tension over the so-called "instant
Liberals", new Liberal members
signed up by the Paul Martin
supporters just before the 45-day
"It's not democracy, it's just a
game of who can sign up the most
people," he said.
Erin Whittey, president of the
Young Liberals of UBC, also backs
the resolution.
"It 11 stop all of this hassle
about the "instant Liberal' allegations by stopping all ofthe competition between the camps. I support it fully," she said.
Bruce Young, British Columbia youth chair for leadership
candidate Paul Martin, also sup
ports the one Liberal, one vote
motion. "I think it's great for the
party—it shows us to be open to
everyone." he said.
Young also believes more
members would be drawn to the
party if all members were eligible
to vote for their own leader.
Neil Sweeney, ex-executive
for the UBC Liberals said, "People
definitely want change from the
convention system, because: so
many Liberals end up disenfranchised."
Sweeney, however, is skeptical about the implementation of a
direct leadership vote. "I can see it
work on a provincial level, but on a
federal basis, there's too much
regional disparity," he said.
Under a universal suffrage
system, the provinces with the
highest Liberal population would
be likely to decide the next leader.
Instead, Sweeney supports a
modified delegation system,
where the separate regions of
Canada are represented by an
equal number of delegates at a
leadership convention. That way,
you become a party more representative ofthe entire nation, not
just of where the most Liberals
are," he said.
The president ofthe B.C. Liberals, Floyd Sulley, agreed that
regional disparity is a problem
with the direct vote system noting
the problem must be assessed before the plan is implemented.
Under a direct vote, the influence of special interest groups
would be greatly decreased,
McDonald says. "The current system is really prone to special interest groups. Anyone with good
networks and organization can
have a massive effect upon the
delegation elections," he said.
March 16,1990
THE UBYSSEY/3 the Alma Mater Society
in Conjunction With
the University of British Columbia
FOR 1990-91!
We can all remember our first year at University. The campus seemed overwhelming, classes were huge, course loads a slap
in the face (especially when exams rolled
around), and making friends in a group of
25 000 people wasn't exactly the easiest
thing to do. But somehow, we all managed to overcome the typical first year
anxiety: "Oh my God, Im not going to
make it!" Syndrome.
When reflecting on an experience like that
(and for some ifs a less painful memory
than for others!), thoughts about how
things might have been made a little easier for us come to mind, thoughts about
that first year anxiety: "Oh my God, Fm
not going to make it!" Syndrome. Well,
times are changing for the first year student, and you, the Frosh Coordinator
(FroCo), are going to be the reason why
The question is, "How do we build spirit
at U.B.C?"
Thafs what the First Year Students Program is all about —team spirit, feeling
like you're part of a group— and if there
was a time that we ever needed that, it
was in first year. Ifs about helping first
years identify with each other, and letting
them know that they're not alone. Once
we've accomplished that, spirit will take
care of itself. We're going to encourage involvement in student clubs and activities.
We'll be organizing social events at the beginning of the year, and FROSH WEEK.
As a FroCo, you will play a key role, providing support and leadership for the
Frosh. You and another FroCo will be put
in charge of a group of Frosh (15-20 people).
This is not to say that you will then be
abandoned. You will certainly be allowed
to exercise your own imagination in dealing with your group, but we will have a
myriad of activities organized especially
for the Frosh.
The time has come to do something about
the apathy on this campus, and the U.B.C.
spirit has to happen in first year, or it
might not happen at all. There's a lot of
work to be done, but together we can pull
this off, and start a tradition at U.B.C
Other universities in Canada have had
well-established Frosh programs for years,
and there's no reason why we can't do it
too. We have a plan, but it can't work
without your help!
If you are active, involved and care about the future of U.B.C, look us up.
Pick up applications in S.U.B. 216A or the Librarian's office of the Main Library.
Please return all applications by Tuesday, March 20,1990.
There will be an all-day leadership conference for FroCos
on Saturday March 24,1990.
March 16,1990 A quiet break from Open House.
Blue Chip profits
fund student loans
by Nicholas lonldes
For students at UBC eating
cookies will be good for their
health—their economic health.
A motion carried unanimously at the February 7 AMS
students' council meeting allows
for revenue from AMS-owned Blue
Chip Cookies to be used "to provide
temporary emergency loans to
students who are unable to pay for
the costs incurred while attending
UBC," as stated in the meeting
The emergency loan program
was started last September using
$10,000 ofthe $250,000 AMS student bursary fund.
According to the AMS general
manager, Charles Redden, the
new loan program  was started
because of the earlier one's success. "All ofthe loans were repaid,"
he said.
The motion, initiated by former AMS coordinator of external
affairs Vanessa Geary, stated "an
emergency loan is made specifically to a student who is unable to
obtain immediate and adequate
financial aid."
The fund will allocate $10,000
each year for the next three years
to fund the loans.
The loans, which are for UBC
students only, are interest free and
are made on a short term of less
than one year.
The loans do not require security, but students should show a
reasonable ability to repay the loan
within the agreed upon term of
repayment, according to the guidelines. Individual loans should not
exceed the lesser amount of $1500
or the cost of tuition.
Outstanding loans will be
reviewed by the AMS president,
director of finance, and general
manager after one year and under
extenuating circumstances, delinquent loans may be written off.
The AMS took possession of
Blue Chip Cookies in 1988. Previously called Duke's Cookies, the
private owner was forced to sell to
the AMS.
According to AMS president
Kurt Preinsperg, "the main reasons the AMS purchased Duke's
was to employ students and for
large portions of the profits to go
into bursaries for students."
UBC Liberals pick delegates
The UBC liberals filled three
of four positions with Jean
Chretien supporters at the club's
delegate selection meeting on
Monday night.
Erin Whitty, Jim Irwin and
Mark Cameron were chosen to
represent the club at the Liberal
party's leadership convention to
be held this June in Calgary.
Joining them will be Carina
Shepard, a Paul Martin backer.
The outcome follows a strong
trend of support for Chr_tien
among B.C. students according to
Doug Eastwood, the B.C. Youth
Chairman for Jean Chr.tien.
Predicting that 80 per cent of
student support in the province
will be for the former cabinet
minister in the Trudeau government, Eastwood said Chretien
also enjoys addressing students.
"I think nobody speaks to
students in a bigger way than
Chretien does," Eastwood said.
Eastwood also said Chretien
has a clearer vision than the other
candidates of what shape the
country should take.
"Die key was maintaining
the stability of the country and
keeping the nation united," he
Club members were required
to chose two male and two female
candidates. As well, 25 per cent of
the delegates at the convention
will be' less than 26 years old.
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All History Grads
Graduation Photos being taken now
at Artona Studios 2111 W. 16th.
Pb. 731-3131 to make an appointment.
Composite photo free - $40.00 deposit for a package.
Arts Grad Banquet
History, Poli Sci, I.R. and English
$35.00 per ticket. Fri. March 30th at Pan Pacific.
Speakers are Alan Fotheringham and W.P. Kinsella.
(.Mustpurchase tickets by Monday 26th, March.)
Tickets on sale Monday, Wednesday and Friday
12:30 Arts 200 Lounge.
AMS Art Gallery Committee
Applications are now being accepted by the
AMS Art Gallery Committee for Exhibitions in
the 1990/91 school season in the AMS Art Gallery
in SUB. Shows range a week in length and applicants must submit ten slides of current work, a
small explanation of their work and a twenty-five
dollar deposit with their application. Applications
are available from the AMS Executive Secretary
in SUB Room 238 and must be returned by 4 p.m.,
Friday, March 23rd., 1990. UBC students are
given priority but all applications are considered.
The Problem and the Legal Responses
March 21, 11:30 - 2:30
Jean Hiady - Director of Child and Family Services of
the Children's Hospital and an expert on therapy
with sexually abused children.
Gail Way - Psychologist who specializes in therapy for
adult survivors of sexual abuse.
Wendy Harvey - Crown prosecutor specializing in
criminal prosecution of abusers.
Megan Ellis - Lawyer who has worked on civil damages
cases and researched sexual offence sentencing.
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Sir Richard Doll. FRS, is Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University
of Oxford and was the first Warden of Green College, Oxford. Former
director of the Cancer Epidemiology and Clinical Trials Unit established by the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, he Is currently consultant In epidemiology. His work has Included studies ofthe causes
and treatment of peptic ulcers, the causes of lung cancer and
leukaemia, the occupational hazards of cancer, the effects of smoking, exposure to ionizing radiations, and the use of oral contraceptives. Knighted In 1971, Sir Richard Doll is the rcceipient of many
honorary degrees and prestigious medals and awards.
NUTRITION AND CANCER: An Epidemiological Approach (Seminar)
Monday. March 19 In Lecture Theatre, B.C. Cancer Agency, at 12:00
HAZARDS OF LOW-LEVEL RADIATION: Have we Underestimated the Risks?
Thursday. March 19 In Woodwar IRC-6, at 12:30 PM
Thursday, March 22 In Room 102, Ponderosa C Statistics Dept. at 4:00
OCCUPATIONAL CANCER: The Recognition of Small Risks (Seminar)
Friday, March 23 In Room 253, Mather Bldg.. Health Care at 9:00 AM
PROGRESS AGAINST CANCER: An Epidemiologist's Assessment
Saturday, March 24 In Hall 2, Woodward Instructional Resoures Centre,
at 8:15 PM (Vancouver Institute)
The Committee provides an opportunity for UBC student artists to display their work and to bring UBC
students in contact with contemporary Canadian works
of art. The purpose of the Committee is to ensure that the
AMS Art Collection is properly maintained, and utilized,
and that Art Gallery policies are implemented.
These positions are open to UBC students. Application forms are now available from the AMS Executive
Secretary in SUB room 238.
Applications must be returned by
4p.m., Friday, March 23,1990.
Every Monday
Free Film Night
Presented by the Graduate Student Society
Fireside Lounge    • Hosted by Mina Shum •    starts at 6:30 pm
March 19 Loyalties
Pow Wow Highway
March 26 Brazil
To be or not to be
For a detailed synopsis ofthe Films see the March/April issue
of the Graduate at your nearest department.
Fireside Lounge Hours:
Mon. to Thurs.   3 pm -11 pm Friday    3 pm -1 am
All Videos supplied by Video Stop, Broadway and Alma.
Solomon Gursky
IS alive
by Rick Hiebert
THE Gurskys are an odd
Alternately nutty, religious,
tough and dishonest, they are
wonderful characters in the
latest Mordecai Richler book
Solomon Gursky Was Here.
Solomon Gursky Was Here
By Mordecai Richler
The Canadian humourist
and writer has produced another
wry and interesting novel about
a fictional Montreal set of
characters, this time a family of
Montreal liquor barons and the
people around them.
The Gurskys own a series of
distilleries that developed from
Prohibition era rum-running into
the United States. As well as
struggling for respectability,
they are certainly odd, from
Henry, who is convinced that a
new Ice Age looms, to Lucy, a
would-be actress who acts as
well as I would give birth.
Richler, as in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and
Joshua Then and Now, has created a fascinating dramatis per-
sonae for his latest work.
Solomon Gursky Was Here
is about the history of the
fictional Gurskys, from patriarch
Ephriam to the present day.
The thread that pulls the
episoding book, that flips back
and forth in time, together is the
device of using fictional writer
Moses Berger, son of a writer
hired by the Gurskys to sing
their praises, and his obsession
with Solomon Gursky, the family
black sheep, who fell in with
gangsters and disappeared after
a mysterious air crash in the
Arctic. Moses is convinced that
Solomon Gursky is still alive,
and much of the book flows out oi
his research into the mythical
The book is great fun to
read. Though it isn't always
laugh-out-loud funny, there are
many amusing parts, particularly in the characterizations
(like Bernard Gursky, who is so
affluent and powerful that he
can blow his nose into a waste-
basket at work with impunity).
The humour isn't forced and
comes out naturally from the
characters and situations.
The book is nicely researched as well, particularly in
the sections where Ephriam
grows up in England, becomes
part ofthe ill-fated Franklin
expedition to the Arctic and then
becomes a religious hero to both
some Inuit people and a village
of rather gullible Quebecois.
Several ofthe incidental details are great, like the Al Cohol
radio commercials that Richler
scammed off the NWT government. The historical details add
much to the book.
Solomon Gursky Was Here
is one of Mordecai Richler's best
novels and well worth reading.
Chevy i
ethnic c
by Effie Pow
IS the moon bigger or brighter
outside China? Pakk, Eddy
and Chun, three Chinese-
Canadians, realize it is not when
they immigrate to a small town
in British Columbia.
Powder Blue Chevy
Firehall Arts Centre
until March 31
The characters of the play
question what it means to be
Chinese through interactions
with the white community so
alien to them.
They put on ostentatious
shows of traditional Confucian
values such as humility, filial piety, and honour. At the same
time they want to reject their
ancient culture in order to fit
into their new Canadian life.
Eddy is admired by Pakk
and Chun because he is "educated in Chinese,'' but by
Canadian standards, he is
uneducated because he does not
speak the English language
proficiently. Similarly, Pakk
pushes his new immigrant bride,
Chun, to learn English by
listening to store-purchased records.
Like many other immigrants, these three acknowledge
bitterly that in this country,
English is the language that
rules. Communication is the first
human response in a foreign
place and the greatest barrier
between all people.
Powder Blue Chevy's script
provides a unique language experience. The dialogue is spoken
English, but it is a direct translation from Chinese. Chinese-
speaking members of the
audience will hear distinct
Chinese phrases in English. The
mind translates simultaneously;
the meanings are familiar but
the sounds are not. It is English.
March 16,1990 I
goes to Hollywood
deserves praise
Death! Death! Dead white
ghosts. Those white devils.
The difference in cadence
and particularly, the slight
Cantonese interjections are
easily recognizable. One feels an
acute sense ofthe change in
language structure. The English
language is challenged for those
who understand Chinese and
those who don't. One's identity
and personal autonomy is
reflected in his or her language.
For instance, there is a distinct change of syntax between
scenes in which Pakk, Eddy and
Chun speak amongst themselves
and in which they address non-
Universal themes in either
language remain the same,
though they are distinguished by
different perspectives: friendship, love, marriage, shame,
pride, self-worth and dignity. It
is, however, a strange and
refreshing sensation to watch a
play performed by a predominantly Chinese cast rather than
the reversal.
Powder Blue Chevy initiates
a powerful perspective of
unequal representation of
minorities in the arts. It disturbs
because it is a different style of
script and cast. The cast is small.
Of the four characters, Marilyn
the lover of Eddy, is the only
But in the end, Powder Blue
Chevy is a disjointed production
and its trite ending is ineffective
and disappointing. Yet the play
does generate discussion about
several other issues, such as the
suppression and unequal
portrayal of women, and the
stereotypical, racial jokes and
images about Chinese people.
Powder Blue Chevy provides
a contrived insight into the
history of Chinese-Canadians,
but succeeds in that it does make
one reflect on one's own ethnic
origin, and that is the positive
end result.
by Harald Gravelsins
DYKK (The Vancouver Sun)
slammed it, Wyman
(The Province) thought it was
decent, and Thomas (The
Georgia Straight) reached
ecstasy over it.
The Cezanne Syndrome
Pink Ink
Vancouver Little Theatre
Until March 17	
The item in question is Pink
Ink's presentation of The
Cezanne Syndrome, an award-
winning play by Quebec's
Normand Canac-Marquis.
Last Saturday, the Ubyssey
sent one of its own to check out
what the city's big shot critics
were skirmishing over. Arriving
without warning and waiving the
free admission customarily
offered to reviewers, The Ubyssey got the goods, untainted by
corporate allegiances, gratuities
or other covert influences.
The Cezanne Syndrome is no
fluffy piece of entertainment. It
is presented to us through the
shaken-up reminiscences of
Gilbert, in which he converses
alternatively with his deceased
companion Suzanne and the
police inspector investigating the
car accident that killed her. It is
a dialogue with his emotions—
anger, self-recrimination,
denial—refracted through
shifting memories ofthe shared
existence that has been exterminated by tragedy.
Special mention must be
made ofthe set and the script.
Habitues ofthe Vancouver Little
Theatre know how genuine the
name is. The performance space
is very tight and a sell-out
audience numbers about sixty
people. With the current production, the audience surrounds the
actors on all sides, on elevated
seating. Ducking for a seat at the
back means sitting in the second
There is no possibility of
missing out on the action or
hiding out behind row upon row
of audience members' backs and
hairdos. You are so close to the
performance that you start
worrying about catching the eye
of a cast member and disrupting
the performance.
The script exudes both the
integrity ofthe playwright's own
experience, from which the play
is drawn, and the artistry that
universalizes its impact. It never
resorts to exhibitionism or sensationalism to make its point, its
purpose being neither to shock
nor to embarrass.
Through its immediacy with
the performance space, the audience shares the intimacy played
out by Gilbert and Suzanne
through the tempests of daily
domestic life, through the natter
of accusations and rebuttals,
through the mistakes and imperfections that love endures willingly, in spite of any despair it
might occasionally feign. There
is nothing unusual about this
couple. They love each other and
they get under each other's skin,
scratching and tussling their
way through ordinary living.
The implicit power and
magic of this domestic dialogue
is brought out by juxtaposition
with the police inspector's
discourse where the pretence of
concern for the bereaved survivor
barely masks indifference and
With a brilliant script and
an effective set going for them,
does the Pink Ink cast come
The answer is yes. Sharon
Heath and Stephen Bland, who
play the couple, succeed in working up the tumult of situations
and emotions on which their
roles are based. Bland does,
though, at times sacrifice the
flow of his deliver}' in favour of
precise articulation, an undertaking that is unnecessary in
this theatre space.
Thomas Healy is superb in
the role of the police inspector,
capturing the tone, gait and
demeanour of this character.
Director Robert Garfat masterfully brings together the disjunctive dialogue and the multitude
of technical elements of the
Disregard what you read in
the Vancouver Sun about the
Cezanne Syndrome. You deserve
better than stock reviews
concocted before a show's
opening night.
by Effie Pow and
Dan Andrews
PRETTY WOMAN is a Hollywood movie about a
prostitute and the Wall Street
executive who has hired her to be
his escort for the week. He introduces her to the world of power,
money and glamour, and they
fall in love (neither mean to)
and...well you can guess the rest.
Pretty Woman
Opens Friday
Pow: It's easy to go into the
theatre to see Pretty Woman
with assumptions that it will be
a generic Hollywood film demeaning to women. It is demeaning. I hear a big But coming.
Andrews:    This film is escapist. In the opening and
closing scenes a 'Happy Man'
walking down the street says:
"Welcome to Hollywood. What's
your dream, everyone has a
dream. That's why this is
Hollywood." The streets appear a
bit fake, in that the sidewalks
are sanitized. But then the movie
wasn't about the streets.
Pow: What has sidewalks
got to do with it? The movie is a
modern 'Cinder-fucking-rella'
story, it's supposedly a Pygmalion story for the ^Os (according
to the press release). How can
you expect the streets to look
real? The film was entertaining,
I admit reluctantly. I actually sat
there and laughed at certain
scenes, but by the same token, I
also sat in my seat and grimaced
every time Vivian Ward (Julia
Roberts) appeared on the screen
portrayed as an object. She's
valued by the way she looks. It's
the typical image of women and
men that Hollywood spews out.
Andrews: At the beginning
of the movie she was only
interested in money. Edward
Lewis (Richard Gere) was only
interested in maintaining a
social image. He needs a date to
make a business dinner meeting
look social, without the hangups
of having to deal with a real
person. Interestingly, he cares
enough about social norms to
need a date but little enough
that he takes someone who is
visibly out of place. They treat
each other as objects, but by the
end of the movie they learn they
cannot continue to treat each
other as objects. They care more
about the person than the image.
Pow: I'm more concerned
with the way women are portrayed than the superficial
romantic theme of the movie. I
know men are also stereotypi-
cally portrayed. BUT it's the
woman who is most often
victimized in her role. Vivian is
weaker socially and economically
because she's a prostitute and
because she is a woman. The
women besides Vivian are
defined by their relationships
with men. The men are the
power moguls, the women take
the minutes, are docile and
emotionally dependent. The
Pygmalion story line actually
reflects a destructive child-
parent relationship. He is
powerful, though distant,
paternal figure and she is a
giggling, socially insecure child.
In the movie, Edward constantl>
says to Vivian, "Stop fidgeting,
you're beautiful when you don't
Andrews: I think, the main
message is revealed when she
walks through the lobby in her
street clothes. The looks are one
of shock and revulsion, but wher.
in her red evening dress she is a
"Pretty Woman". The fact is she
is the same and that a person
should not be judged solely on
Pow: You see the perimeter
of the whole issue—in a broad,
optimistic, roundabout way. The
movie is a fantasy, it's good at
pulling the heart strings, but I
think the point of doing this
review is to point out the social
ramifications of Hollywood
portrayals of people, especially
women. Aren't we trying to go
beyond reviewing this as a good
or bad movie? It is actually
entertaining and funny, but once
you get used to a certain way of
thinking, it's easier to recognize
the negative images.
Andrew's: I can see a
message against racism, sexism
and prejudice. I want to know
what's wrong with a woman
looking pretty. It's wrong if it
stops there. You have to accept
the woman as an individual, not
only as an object. She may be
pretty but she has a mind too.
Pow: No problem, I agree.
But it's not just a matter of a
woman looking beautiful. The
movie projects the standard of
beauty constantly perpetuated
by media. The advertisement for
this movie depicts Julia Roberts
back to back with Richard Gere,
she's wearing a short miniskirt
and thigh-high boots and he's
wearing a black suit. The
stereotypes are more damaging
to women. Viewers should be
aware of the unequal power
relationships depicted. I'd give it
thumbs down.
Andrews: The primary
purpose of this movie is to
entertain and this movie does. I
give it a thumbs up.
Effie Pow and Dan Andrews are
Ubyssey staffers who aspire to
become Siskel and Ebert. (They
don't really like each other...they
just couldn't get dates)
March 16,1990
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waiters and bartenders. If you are just getting
your sea legs, we have positions open for
waiter's assistants, bussers and hosts.
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Collect more than just sand dollars this summer!
by Steve oonrad
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my face and it's redly starting to
heat up in the true-fit's 10:00; I've
slept in past the enlof the university swim. No shoT%r this mom
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can see an older min standing
outside a Jeep with N*ada plates.
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another man clMnil/garbage
from the trunk of\[ JB Skylark.
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view. Their presencelunnoys mei
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March 16,1990 THE ARTS
Fable shatters human myth
You may only spend 30 seconds—
if at all—a day to notice and acknowledge a stranger. But after
watching The Bear, you will be
observing the nature of humans
as ifyou were watching an
animal up close for the first time.
You will be motivated to
What is a human? We have
spent centuries distinguishing
our superiority by pinpointing
our intellect. We see very little of
our other aspects. When other
animals meet, all secrets are
known. For us, even our nature is
secret and we seldom choose to
show ourselves.
by Chung Wong
THERE is not another
human being around as a
film opens with scenes of endless
Immersed in the scene, you
feel completely isolated—and begin to notice your feelings and
Your heart is like that of a
nervous child's—desperately
The Bear
Paradise Cinema
Opens Soon
You gain comfort when
brought to a scene of a bear and
her cub poking at a beehive
licking honey at high speeds and
humorously trying to paw away
the swarms of bees off their fur.
The mother, however, is
crushed by a falling rock.
Suddenly, you feel insecure. The
cub reminds us of our human
design. Its tears and sensitive
touching of the corpse create an
emotional struggle between your
true feelings and your heart
which has been conditioned to
society's regulations.
Alone in this huge impres-
sionably uninhabited land, the
cub ventures out on its own.
The soundtrack pulsates
with the cub's whimpering. It
makes sounds you have not
made in so long—they seem to
hit your natural frequency.
Instinctively, you become aware
of crying—its natural mechanics—its source—and its nature.
The Bear makes you
tap deep into the
well of your soul
until you find water.
When the cub dreams, we
see transfigured images relayed
in colour negatives. It is just one
method the film uses to peel
different layers of the cub's
Have humans lost their
lustre—their playfulness? We
feel so upon watching The Bear.
In the city, in our lifestyles,
we have been required to relate
only to buildings, sidewalks,
traffic lights, signs, packages,
office clothing (uniforms), cars
and buses, and the mind games
of social modes when we deal
with people or ourselves. They
are distractions to which we
connect ourselves, and upon
which we act and respond.
In The Bear, we are isolated
from all these luxuries.   Placed
in an unfamiliar environment,
we cannot connect to anything;
we are forced to face ourselves.
When humans enter, they
become a haunting element to
us—we know humans too well.
Their behaviour, which was once
normal to us, has become
frightening. Our polarity is
The film includes a selection
of very impressive shots. In an
interesting perspective, the
camera takes a peek at the
night's haunting sky through a
ring of bullets.
In another shot we see,
through the bullet hole of a tree,
the eye of a young hunter who
has just shot it. The experience
has reverberating psychological
In pursuit of a 1500 pound
grizzly, this young hunter
manages to shoot its shoulder
but it gets away. He remains
obstinate and continues the
pursuit along with an old wise
The grizzly's aura is frightening, it reminds us of an angry
human who has travelled roads
we've never known. And in the
wilderness, there are many to
travel. Trie cub senses the bear
and follows it with difficulty.
Eventually the grizzly allows
the cub to come near when it
rests in a puddle. The cub licks
its wound. And the grizzly
responds by licking the cubs
mouth—it is the articulation of
their affection.
When both bears stand as
two...scanning the mountains—
our spirits rise.
The film captures the
integrity of animals. And later,
it brings us close to our own
When the young hunter
leaves his ammunition at his
scouting post to douse himself
in water sprinkling, the director
captures the lucidity of the
moment he is caught by the
grizzly. Instinctively, he picks
up a rock but fear makes him
drop it. The grizzly leaves.
Good films make you notice
things you overlook.
In stripping away all of
society's fabric, distractions,
businesses, politics, intellect,
community^the film places you
face to face with the well of your
The Bear makes you tap
deep until you find water.
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In The
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5 p.m.
March 16,1990
THE UBYSSEY/9 Displacement
domino effect
A prediction: if we see a rise in militancy in the next
few years here in sleepy Vancouver it will be over housing.
Few have been untouched by the rapid rise in rents
in Vancouver over the past several years. For many of us,
having shelter can suck up to 70 per cent of our incomes;
that's 30 hours in a 40 hour work week devoted to rent.
For the first time Vancouver faces the possibility of
large numbers of homeless on the scale of most major
American cities.
The process is known as gentrification.
Gentrification is the displacement of low income
residents by higher income households through conversion or replacement.
At the bottom end ofthe scale many ofthe hotels and
rooming houses in the Downtown Eastside (Main and
Hastings area) are being lost to demolitions or conversions to things like up-scale offices. This area, which has
traditionally been the safety net before hitting the
streets, has seen the loss of more than 1,000 units, about
10 per cent of its total stock, since 1985.
Emergency shelters like the Lookout have begun
turning people away for the first time in its history.
At the same time, displacement is a chain effect that
begins at the highest levels. Gentrification is pushing
Kerrisdale tenants into Marpole or East Vancouver,
raising rents in these areas, and pushing tenants from
East Van into the Downtown Eastside, where, in turn,
hotels are bumping up their rents in response to the
influx, some like the Columbia, as much as 60 per cent.
The new rents are beyond the means ofthe traditional
tenants of the hotel rooms and push them into the
The 1980's according to UBC prof David Hulchanski
will be known as the decade of homelessness.
The problem is rooted in the logic of the marketplace. Developers can only make a profit by building
upper scale condos, and these condos are replacing low
end housing. Beyond this, the problem is rooted even
further in the logic of capitalism, which sees something
as fundamental as housing as a legitimate commodity
for profit and gain.
We may see a situation like New York, which is in a
state of advanced gentrification, which has 200,000
families on the waiting list for public housing. In response to this, many have gone militant. An estimated
squatters community of over 500 exists in the lower east
side itself. They are organized and radical.
Militancy thrives when bread-and-butter issues are
attacked. Housing is one of those "issues" so close to
home that it is impossible to ignore.
The continuing housing crisis will force many of us
to become radical if we wish to stop being victims.
March 16,1990
The Ubyssey is published Tuesdays and Fridays
throughout the academic year by the Alma Mater Society
ofthe Unive rsityof British Columbia. Editorial opinionsare
those of the staff and not necessarily those of the
university administration, or of the sponsor. The Ubyssey
is published with the proud support ofthe Alumni Association. The Ubyssey is a member of Canadian University
Press. The editorial office is Rm. 241k of the Student
Union Building. Editorial Department, phone 228-2301;
In the depth ofthe dark room, Corinne Bjorge and Wong Kwok
Sum cackled in glee as they pored over the secret message from mastermind Hao Li, a seemingly harmless staffer, who wiled away the
hours behind the black mask pretending to be sleeping, while really
concocting plans to create—the model average Ubyssey staffer.
They sent word to Chung Wong, who lulled the unsuspecting staff
to sleep by reciting his opening lines, and to Nicholas Ionede6 and
James Dolan, who dragged in the hapless victims one by one as
Bjorge and Wong stood waiting with the wax, tape and knives. They
were going to show them all how to think for themselves. First to
go were Franka Cordua-von Specht and Nadene Rehnby, who, combined had been in planes, trains, automobiles in 16 countries,
followed by Harald Gravelsins still mumbling in French about the
FLQ. Steve Conrad was almost victimized but awoke as Chung's
voice broke and ran to go treeplanting in the Amazon with Rick
Hiebert, who dashed back to grab his hidden stack ofthe National
Review thereby 6tumbling across the bodies of Mark Nielsen, who
was surprised, and Elaine Griffith who took quick action and wrote
a letter to the government which Andrew Boyle typed for her. Ernie
Stelzer was stripped off his oppressing conservative cloak and
emerged a born again anarchist whileTed Aussem came out ofthe
closet and admitted that he was anNDP'erand proud of it. Effieand
Greg admitted to theirTorontonian upbringing, and Michael Booth
of his dreams of marital bliss, and Yukie Kurahashi of her radical
feminist leanings. Paul Dayson (of Kerrisdale upbringing) and
Keith I.eung and Joe Altwasser were rejected by Bjorge and Wong
(the three went to squat in Germany) who had finished their model
ofthe average staffer, Dan Andrews, the legend...
Joe Altwasser
Nadene Rehnby
Franka Cordua-von Specht
Chung Wong •  Keith Leung
invites you
The AMS Students
Council, at its last meeting,
has just recently struck the
Drug & Alcohol Awareness
Committee (hopefully, we
will come up with a better
name at our first meeting!).
The purpose of this committee is not to preach or harass
students on the evils of alcohol but rather to provide
factual information on the
use and abuse of these substances (both legal and illegal) and provide social alternatives other than the annual Wednesday Pit lineup. If anyone is interested
in getting involved in something like this it would be
great ifyou could get ahold
of myself or Jason Brett.
The first meeting will
be Thursday March 22 at
12:30 in Room 260 in the
SUB. If you have an idea or
two of events, etc we could
put on, please drop it by the
AMS exec offices or call
Jason or myself at 228-3092
or 228 2050.
Johanna Wickie
AMS Vice President
Feeling guilty?
I have always believed
that the combination of
being both opinionated and
uninformed is a particularly
dangerous one. Unfortunately, such appears to be
the case for Ubyssey sports
scribe Michael Booth, who
saw fit to express a rather
strong opinion (Technically
Foul, Feb. 14,1990) without
knowing the complete score.
Mr. Booth charges that
the Athletic Department is
to blame for poor attendance
at women's basketball
games, and, specifically
states, "it is no surprise to
learn that the gym is virtually empty until around half
way through the second half
when people start to arrive
for the men's game in the
higher profile time slot."
I am writing this from
courtside and it is well into
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may be edited for brevity. Please be concise. Content which Is libelous, slanderous, racist, sexist, homophobic or
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the second half, and despite
UBC hosting the best
women's team in the country, the stands are still virtually empty. This suggest
to me that it is not the time
that is so much the problem,
but simply the very sad
truth that women's sports,
not only at UBC but virtually everywhere, do not
draw as well as men's competition.
Mr. Booth also states
that he does not accept the
department's explanation
that the games are scheduled unusually early to accommodate media deadlines. I was surprised to
know how little Mr. Booth,
himself a competent journalist, knows about the
press. It is not only our own
Vancouver media who want
scores prior to make-up call
(TV), 10:00 P.M. major
broadcasts (radio) and
morning paper deadlines
(Province), but the media in
other provinces are facing
even stricter deadlines
given the change in time
zones. That is why Canadian Press wires service is
the fist to receive results, so
that they can be moved in
time for Alberta newspapers, who are particularly
anxious to get results of
teams such as the much-
publicized Calgary women's
basketball team.
As for local press, I
would have thought that it
would be obvious to Mr.
Booth that there are many
people on our phone list and
that the earlier we can get
scores to all media, the better the chance at maximizing the number, as well as
the length of the various
broadcasts and newspaper
columns. That is the reason
why the University of Victoria's results rarely appear
on the evening sports. Their
games start 45 minutes
later and that is enough
time to eliminate them from
receiving valuable press.
Had Mr. Booth given
the Athletic Department a
better chance to explain the
rationale behind these admittedly awkward game
times, he would have also
been told that it is our intention to attract as many student and community members to our games as possible. Unfortunately, the
Pit Pub and other social
events on campus seem to be
our most formidable competition and scheduling the
games later seems to cut
into students' much-valued
party time. Not only that,
but families who want to
bring children to our games
would be less inclined to do
so if the games went on
much past 10:00 P.M.
In  addition,  had Mr.
Booth inquired a little further, he would have been
told that up until 1987-88,
the women's games began at
6:45 and there was little, if
any, increase in attendance.
Don Wells
UBC Sport Information
Womens* issue
warms cockles
of reader's
Your "womyn's issues"
edition of The Ubyssey
(Tuesday, March 13) was a
welcome breath of fresh air.
After years of your left-
wing, anarchist drivel, I was
delighted to read such a
witty, satirical piece of
work. Allow me to commend
you further.
The editorial set the
tone for the rest ofthe paper.
I almost took it seriously
until the cheering started.
Remember? "And so, this is
a cheer for women. And this
is also a cheer for men."
What men? You already
kicked them out for the
night so that you could put
the paper together. OK, I'm
smiling now.
Then you hint at the
connection between feminists and lesbians in the
"Dykes Unlimited" piece. It
was truly daring to bend
those guidelines on sexist
But it gets better! The
story on "Advertising's Bad
Influence* reads like a
Monty Python script. I can
see John Cleese playing the
part of the female editor,
grimacing at the nasty sexism in the movie ad. How
ironic to include a copy ofthe
ad and make it seem accidental! Brilliant!
My favourite bit was
your use of that irritating
spelling of womyn. You
know, the one that dares to
include "man" in it.
Tell me, who's the
clever man that came up
with the idea?
Jeremy Cooperstock
Engineering 4
This is in reference to
A. Saul's letter of March 2,
"Hammer and Sickle Flies
in Gage". His/her not so
subtle inference that Jews
control the media is not
worthy of a response. However, we would like to address our comments towards The Ubyssey editorial staff who somehow let
this letter be printed in direct violation of your own
policy that prohibits the
printing of letters with racist content.
Being as this is your
stated policy we can only
surmise that either you
don't consider this offensive
comment racist, or that
there was a gross oversight
on your part.
We are angered and
disappointed by the publication of that letter.
Jacqui Barron
Law 2
and six others
Recycle this newspaper
March 16,1990 OPINION
Freedom of the press threatened
Whatever happened to press
Veli Yilmaz ought to know.
Editor and writer of a Marxist
publication that was legal in Turkey before the 1980 military coup,
he was slapped a 748-year prison
term for his work.
Under the 1982 constitution
drawn up by the military regime,
it is a crime to insult the government, president, or spread communist or separatist propaganda.
Mr. Yilmaz is not alone. There
other Turkish journalists and editors have sentences exceeding 100
In Turkey, journalism may
lead to jail but in some places
around the world — Mexico, for
instance — it is a murderous profession. Since May 1984, an average of one journalist has been
killed every two months.
The killings are attempts by
corrupted local authorities, drug
traffickers, and big landlords to
silence, and to intimidate responsible journalists from speaking
the truth. In addition, many others were attacked, robbed, abducted, or tortured. Some publications were raided or closed down.
As recent as a few days ago, an
Iranian-born British journalist
was hanged by Iraqi authorities
for alleged spying.
In many parts of the world,
journalists pay with their lives,
and their freedom so that information may prevail over silence.
Freedom of the press, a ba
rometer of how free a society really
is, took a nosedive in 1987 when 25
journalists were killed and 200
arrested while on duty.
The plight of Yilmaz and others draws attention to the threats
that confront the right to freedom
of expression, one of the fundamental human rights.
Censorship and repression
are hallmarks of totalitarian regimes in faraway and exotic
places. In a Western society like
ours which is relatively free, we
often assume — or are led to believe — that our press is free too.
Not quite.
Western democratic ideals
hold that the press must not be
censored or its voice muffled and
that the fundamental concept of a
free marketplace of ideas as a
means of arriving at solutions to
difficult problems must be nurtured and upheld.
But at present some totalitarian regimes are moving in the
reverse direction of press censorship — the Soviet Union, for instance, has removed prior censorship for all publications, broadcasts, and films — some democratic governments are moving in
the opposite direction and resorting to arbitrary measures to silence the unwanted views, not
mentioning subtle pressure exerted on the media conglomerates
to toe the governments' lines.
Witness the British government's ban on radio or television
interviews with Northern Ireland
guerrilla groups and their sympa-
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stories and books through the use
ofthe Official Secrets Act.
South ofthe border, under the
1952 McCarran-Walter Act, foreign journalists whose work does
not meet with official approval
may be detained and deported
upon arrival at a US airport.
Freedom of expression is a
basic condition for the progress of
a democratic society. If the democracies don't clean up their acts,
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rights abuses or press censorship
may not breathe easier knowing
that some Western governments
will only reveal their hypocrisy if
and when they speak out against
repression in other places.
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Hampton towers raise ruckus
by Mark Nielsen
The Greater Vancouver Regional District parks committee
has a problem with the high rise
towers   planned   for   Hampton
On Wednesday the GVRD
unanimously agreed to request
that the UBC Real Estate Corporation modify the high rises to be
more compatible with the view.
The committee agreed the
height of the three high rises, located at the entrance way adjacent
to Pacific Spirit Park, would "definitely have a negative visual impact" on the view.
Bowie Keefer, a director ofthe
Endowment Lands Regional
Parks Committee, described the
towers as "three very upthrust
fingers of concrete rearing above
the trees and dominating the park
at its most sensitive point."
The chances, however, of finding a realistic alternative is slim,
according to UBC REC president
Mark Betteridge.
Lowering the number of
storeys in each tower is impossible
because doing so would reduce
revenue, he said.
Instead, the three towers in
question would have to be combined into one creating a visually
unpleasing "solid wall of concrete."
Relocation is also out of the
question, Betteridge said, because
the services for the project have
already been put into the ground.
Betteridge said moving the
buildings from their present location would contradict the overall
design concept.
"One of the perspectives that
isn't being looked at is that you've
got to consider the view from the
The politics of squatting
continued from page 1
to do it," said Noreen Shanahan of
the TRC.
"Tenants are being forced out
and buildings are being left
empty," she said.
And the magnitude of the
development is incredible—"Between January and July last year,
1009 units were demolished
throughout the city," she said.
In response to the lack of government intervention the TRC has
been planning to become much
more active in helping people facing a housing crisis.
Shanahan is documenting the
numbers of vacant buildings
throughout the city and hopes to
take a rough census ofthe number
of people living in them.
Squatting is new to the TRC
but Shanahan says they will help
and use their exposure to the
media and the government to
show the public what level the
housing crisis has reached.
Shanahan believes another of
the culprits ofthe housing crisis is
"Gentrification is being seen
all over the city. Before ifyou could
not afford to live in Kits or Kerrisdale, you moved to the east end.
We are now talking about the east
end (becoming unaffordable)," she
"Vancouver is turning into a
city for the rich. People on low and
fixed income housing cannot find
places to live. People are being
forced out ofthe city," she said.
The TRC is now dealing with
the fallout of the rising housing
"Because ofthe rent increases
people are not able to pay their
rent anymore," said Shanahan.
"Squatting is another result
ofthe worsening times," said Shanahan. "People are becoming desperate and political action is a way
of finding housing."
university end coming up 16th
Avenue," he said.
"Park proponents don't seem
too concerned about that. You'll
get the same problem but from a
different end."
Betteridge cited a June 1989
letter from the GVRD which supported plans for Hampton Place.
Much ofthe report was based
on a 90-minute slide show presented during a public information meeting held on campus in
Several of the slides showed
the view from a balloon sent up to
a height equal to that of the top
floor ofthe 80 metre tall high rises
once completed.
Stated the report: "This
clearly demonstrated that the
upper floors of the towers would
exceed the tree line of Pacific
Spirit Park."
Sandra Campbell, 23, (a
pseudonym) is a third year philosophy student at UBC and is
part of another squat in the Commercial area.
Sandra's place is not the
burnt out husk that many often
assume most squats to be. The
place has heat, electricity, hot-
water, and a stove and fridge.
Both Sandra's and Megan's
buildings have not been condemned but are only vacant because they are going to be replaced
by condominiums.
Campbell said: "in the best of
all worlds I would rather not be
squatting. But this not the best of
all worlds and that is the point."
Squatting is not a glamorous
"What struck me about squatting was the instability of it. You
can only have a few things there
and everything seems so barren.
The kitchen, everything," she
Campbell said the squats are
symbol around which the local
radical community can coalesce.
"The squats provide a venue to say
something—to do something."
"The word of our squat took
off. People were very interested.
"On the east side the squats
have become a symbol for us," she
said. "There isa housing crisis and
here is proof that something can be
done about it."
David Hulchanski of the
UBC's centre for human settlement agreed that the issue of
squatting is only a desperate response to the extremely poor Vancouver housing situation.
"It is only when a situation
becomes desperate that these
measures will be taken," said
Hulchanski believed the response of the squatters and the
legal aid organisations is symptomatic of the 1980's—a decade he
said will be known as, "the decade
of homelessness."
Hulchanski said the future
appears bleak for the housing situation in Vancouver, especially after the recent federal government
budget slashed social housing by
approximately 15 per cent.
Hulchanski expects the cuts
will translate into about 200 social
housing units not being built in
the Vancouver area and "roughly
3,000 across the country."
Hulchanski emphasized that
squatting is not the answer to the
housing crisis but a method of
direct action to raise awareness to
the problems people are experiencing. "It is a form of saying
something to society—to do something," he said.
John Winsor, a housing planner with the city planning department says the city is unaware of
any squatting in Vancouver, but
he is aware of cases where people
remove boardings and move in
"Homelessness is supposed to
be on the increase but it is a difficult thing to measure," said Winsor.
But Shanahan also cautions
society against thinking that
squatting is an housing option:
"Squatting is not the answer,
cheaper housing is."
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June 18 to July 27
Sept 10 to Nov 17 (intensive)
You are Invited to hear Dr. Phillipe Almeras, Director
of Programs of Centre d'etudes franco-americaln at:
Robson Square Media Centre, Room 5
Monday March 19, 1990, at 7:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be served
Call Student Travel Abroad at 689-2499
$2? ANNUAL '<5?
Friday, March 30,1990-3:30
Graduate Student Centre
Free Beverage for First 100!
Agenda A
1. Intro of New Executive
2. Financial Statements
3. Report from Council
4. Auditor's Report
5. Replacement of Auditor
6. Constitutional and By-Law Amendments
7. Poetry Recitation
Agenda B
1. Peter Huron Jazz and Blue - 5 pm
2. Hot Food in the Fireside - 6 pm
3. Los Tropicos Reggae and Calypso - 9 pm
Oh, did we mention free beverage,
wink, wink.
March 16,1990


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