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Greens looking to BC for first seat
Adriane Carr in front of the Gulf Islands that the Greens hope will give them a seat. GEOFF LISTER PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
In a federal election likely to be
dominated by the concerns of
an increasingly aging population, one party will be looking
to a more youthful base.
The Green Party of Canada
has yet to elect a candidate to the
House of Commons, though they
received just under a million
votes in the last federal election.
In order to change that, they'll
be making a big push in British
Columbia, with a message that
most appeals to the age group
that votes the least.
"I think BC is the province
where breakthrough will happen by virtue of just how green
people are," Adriane Carr, deputy leader ofthe federal Greens,
told The Ubyssey aboard the Spirit of Vancouver Island.
Carr was en route to party leader Elizabeth May's riding of Saa-
nich-Gulf Islands for the Greens'
election kick-off. It's also where
the party hopes to gain its first
seat in the House.
"It's our number one priority to elect Elizabeth May in this
election and...Saanich-Gulf Islands [is] a very Green-friendly
riding," said Carr.
When asked why youth should
vote Green, Carr replied that, "It's
your future at stake."
The UBC graduate and former leader of the Greens' BC
branch said that the other major
parties are only interested in
gaining the most seats in the
next election and not in working towards enduring solutions
to problems such as environmental degradation.
"There's a huge difference between the Green Party and all the
other parties. And fundamentally, it's because we understand
that there are limits to growth,
and the others don't.
"We understand thatyou've got
to think long-term, it's not about
thinking about vested interest."
While the Greens have steadily gained voters in the past few
elections, in order to finally win
a seat they'll have to fight the notion that a Green vote is a wasted vote.
During the 2008 election, the
Greens picked up 8.8 per cent of
the vote in Vancouver-Quadra,
which includes UBC, coming in at
third place—just ahead ofthe NDP.
Laura Leah-Shaw, a local real
estate agent, will be facing off
against Liberal incumbent Joyce
Murray; Conservative Deborah
Meredith, a Sauder professor who
ran and lost against Murray in
2008; and the NDP's Victor Elkins.
Carr will be once again running in Vancouver Centre, a riding where she picked up 18.27
per cent of the vote in 2008.
Carr pointed out that Vancouver Centre, which includes downtown, the West End, Yaletown
and parts of Kitsilano, has a demographic profile that is advantageous to the Greens. She compared it to Melbourne, Australia and Brighton, England—cities which just happen to have
elected Green parliamentarians
in the past.
"Melbourne and Brighton, just
like Vancouver, are seaside ports,
tourism-based economies, very
strongly arts and culture and
film-oriented [with] strong LGBT
communities," she said. "It's a
match in my mind."
But in order to make those
kinds of gains, the Greens need to
convince youth to actually show
up to the polls.
"Vote," said Carr when asked
what message she would leave
students with. "Theyneedtovote.
"If youth voted they would
change politics in this country
forever. Vote, and vote for who
you really believe will best represent you. Don't listen to this
'I think it's disrespectful' garbage that [it] won't count ifyou
don't vote for a certain party. Of
course your vote counts; every
vote counts, it sends a huge message and it can elect something
different. So vote." tl
Yang elected AUS President in close contest; Mahal takes SUS
The results have been tallied,
and the undergraduate societies will be welcoming a new set
of representatives.
Polls closed Friday evening
for the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS), Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) and Human
Kinetics Undergraduate Society
(HKUS) elections.
The AUS's newest president
is Justin Yang. Tina Mash, Caroline Wong, Jennifer Qi, Tanya
Shum, Joanne Kim and Jenny
Chen were all elected to executive positions. Carolee Changfoot, beat out incumbent Alyssa Koehn for the AUS student
senate seat.
Yang, who defeated Arash
Ehteshami by only 20 votes said,
"I definitely was surprised. It
was a very tight race and for
good reason. Arash was a very
strong candidate."
Two and a Half Men star and
media sensation Charlie Sheen
recieved 60 votes.
While Yang began the elections in both the SUS and AUS
presidential races, he is happy
Yang and Ehteshami debating away. DAVID MARINO PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
that he chose to focus his energy on AUS.
"I had to do some soul searching that weekend and figure
out what I wanted. But I feel I
made the right choice and put
my heart into it."
For SUS, Kiran Mahal won the
presidency by 38 votes against
runner-up Jordan Wright.
"It feels really good, I'm really excited to lead this society,
which has already been taking
a leading role in campus events
and student issues," said Mahal.
Speaking about her plans to
work with the SUS executive, Mahal said, "I really want to to help
them be able to integrate more
students into their committees,
to get more general students involved, especially since we're
looking at a decreased Council
size next year."
The SUS executive will be represented by Michael Wong as
VP External and Mona Male-
ki as VP Internal. Gary Tse will
take on the role of director of administration, Joaquin Acevedo
as director of finance, Iyad Sal-
loum as director of sports, Mark
Ventura was public relations officer and Oliver Bozek as Social
Coordinator. Saba Marzara won
the science student senator seat
by only 45 votes.
Three of the four SUS AMS
representatives were re-elected. Marzara is the only new
face, joining incumbents Maria Cirstea, David Kim and Ig-
nacio Rodriguez.
Similarly, out ofthe AUS's six
AMS reps, four are incumbents:
Kyle Warwick, Rory Breasail, Michael Haack and Caroline Wong.
Anne Kessler and Roshak Momtahen make up the other Arts
Voter turnout for the AUS elections was less than impressive,
coming out at around four per
Mahal estimated the SUS voter turnout numbers at just under six per cent.
"For next year we really need
to make sure people know it's
important to vote and take ownership of their society.
"It's important for us to know
that students want us in our positions." tu
students know their university
is facing a budget crisis they
are willing to accept both tuition increases and budget cuts,
according to a new study by
the Higher Education Strategy
Slightly more than 50 per cent
of students responding would
accept an increase in tuition
between $3000 and $9000.
Only one student in six said
they wanted tuition frozen at
any cost.
"I would say that the current
situation that we have with all
of the consultation that we get
is very good at helping us to understand why the university is
in the positions that they are,"
said James Eastham, VP Academic at the University of Alberta's students' union.
"But I don't necessarily think
that it will make us happy that
tuition is going up or that budgets are being cut."
Michael Hayden, a physician
who identified the genetic underpinning of Huntington's disease and more common illnesses such as heart disease is this
year's winner of a Canada Gaird-
ner Award for leadership, valued at $100,000.
Hayden and his team at UBC
identified genes for several rare
disorders and more prevalent
diseases, including heart disease and diabetes, as well as
chronic pain.
He also founded three companies to develop screening
tests and treatments based on
the discoveries.
The awards for seven recipients are considered Canada's Nobel Prizes—although
since the awards were created in 1959, 76 Gairdner winners have also garnered Nobel prizes.
As part of the university's Earth
Hour participation, UBC partnered with Vancouver energy
management software company Pulse Energy to track electricity usage in campus buildings and show real time greenhouse gas emission savings.
Although Orion Henderson,
associate director at the UBC
Sustainability Office, said their
target for this year was a five
per cent reduction, they found
a reduction of only three per
cent in the University Services Building and two per cent in
the Chem Bio Building.
The overall earth hour savings
were 20 per cent at all of the
Pulse Energy-monitored buildings. The amount of electricity
saved BC-wide was the same
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Current Humanities 101 participants at the Vancouver Art Gallery during the February 2011 launch of The Capilano Review's "Manifestos Now!" issue. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALISON RAJAH
What is Hum 101?
My name is George. I'm 57
years old. Some friends asked
me why I was going to UBC to
do a Humanities 101 Community Program course that offers
no credits. The answer is fairly
simple: I haven't been in a classroom in 40 years and I thought it
was time in my life to do something different.
I worked in the oil patch, I
worked in the music industry
and I wanted to do something
that will help the community, but
I had to know if I could go back
to school. I decided to apply for
the course. In doing so, I had to
write a little essay about why I
want to go to school. I was contacted after the draw for places
was made, I was number 37 on
the list of 30. I didn't think I was
going to get in—I didn't expect
seven people would not want to
go to UBC—but I got here. After five months it's taught me
something: I can still learn. I actually enjoy the classroom now.
It's given me the confidence to
explore other educational options—which I'm planning to do.
In class, we were sitting
around talking in a group, asking each other what brought us
back to school. All of us were
all around the same age, 40s
and 50s. One of the ladies said
she didn't want to sit around
and talk to people her own age
about the weather and drink tea
all day—she wanted to stimulate her thinking and explore
new ideas. Humanities 101 gives
you that.
....it's about being human, it's about class-
work and working with
people and understanding yourself and challenging yourself.
We've been discussing everything from politics to symbols
and signs to philosophy, broad
strokes of everything that goes
on in everyday life, and you learn
and share ideas with people who
you otherwise might not brush
shoulders with. Another lady has
a learning handicap and she came
here into a relaxed atmosphere
and is learning every day. I asked
her if she will do anything with her
education, and she is going to go
on to school as well.
She feels confident now that
she can pretty much tackle anything she wants. So it's not just
about learning classroom things
but about interacting with people, challenging yourself, seeing what heights you can reach,
what new doors open for you.
I remember as a young kid going to school and how excited I
was about the first time I could
write a whole paragraph instead
of printing it, or read a book without using my fingertips to guide
my eyes along word by word. I
get the same feeling from being up here. I didn't even know
what philosophy was and then
for five weeks all I did was talk
philosophy. I'm still not sure I
like it—but now I know what
it is. And politics and the law,
how the laws are dealt with for
different parts of society. Even
the professors like us because
we do our homework.
So basically Humanities 101
is exactly that, it's about being
human, it's about classwork and
working with people and understanding yourself and challenging yourself. tl
George Wallace is a DTES resident and current participant in Hum
Ideals, humanities and
Education benefiting society
Ideals serve humanity best
when they guide us and not
rule over us. Countless lives
have been sacrificed to the
ideals of the past few centuries. The humanities ask why
human society is the way it is.
So the humanities consist of
many questions. Philosophy
was the first humanities discipline. Critical thinking helps us
to develop processes for analyzing. Architecture and all the
arts can be said to be part of
the humanities. We can learn
much about human society by
studying art and architecture.
We must learn to value our humanity and that of others. Perhaps human society can be
good for all humans.
Education should not be
mere indoctrination. We need
to learn key human skills from
those who know them well.
We also need to ask relevant
questions and seek answers.
We need to find solutions
for human  needs such as
The marketplace works well
as an informational tool but
rewards the winners disproportionately, much like gambling. The National Hockey
League is also very competitive, but the losing teams still
have access to good housing.
The market anticipates the
wants of the wealthy but is
severely tardy in meeting the
basic needs of others. Education can help fill the gaps in
our society. The humanities
could benefit from more resources and more diversity
of thought.
Education can help
fill the gaps in our
Ideals, the humanities and
education can help guide us to
better ways of being, tl
NCAA Consultation
Open Forum
March 30th
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Dodson room
Take the cotton out of
your ears, put it in your
mouth & LISTEN...
Anything other than construction
Being a Hum student for the past little
while, I have had a wealth of unexpected knowledge placed in my lap. Every
week we touch on a specific topic ranging from feminism to architecture to political science to philosophy. It has really
opened my mind as to how much knowledge there is on campus and what learning at the 'university level' is all about.
Hum has been a lot of fun—going to
the Museum of Anthropology was one
of the highlights of this year. The fact
that we get to explore a wide range of
topics is the most fantastic part of the
program. I never thought I would be
out at the UBC campus taking part in
anything other than construction. It's
a really sweet deal to have this course
open to those who would never have
had the opportunity otherwise. tl
Victor Jean is a Humanities 101 student.
Pitching Turkeys Living on low incomes without homes
Coming into the Downtown Eastside!
expecting to empower people to get!
them out just isn't going to work. It's I
more productive to make people's lives ]
as positive as they can be in this neighbourhood—give people the best quality
of life given their circumstances. That
doesn't mean coming to the DTES and
pitching turkeys out of the back of a
truck at Thanksgiving.
Some Eastsiders get upset with
do-gooders, because they don't do
anything meaningful to help. Helping
means going back to Langley-iand
and lobbying the government for decent housing, a stop to gentrification
and an increase in welfare rates. This
will improve the quality of life in the
Downtown Eastside. *U
Phoenix Winter is a DTES resident, a
participant in Writing & Writing Seminar and a Steering Committee member.
Homelessness and its effects on womefffesiding in the DTES
Moving to the DTES
The Downtown Eastside (DTES) is now
well known in the media through worldwide coverage and it is now impossible to be ignorant of the homeless within the DTES. Who are the homeless?
Where is their support coming from?
Where is their voice? In this essay, I consider homelessness from the point-erf-
view of someone who has been homeless. I look at the effects on women re-
l siding in the DTES, especially in terms of
hoarding, storage, medical attention, the
(Downtown Eastside Women's Centre,
shelters, government intervention and
action and the Tent City on the DTES
during the 2010 Olympics. I know that
many First Nations people live on the
DTES, some are homeless, all have a
right to adequate housing of their choice
and all deserve to live in a dignified and
justifiable way that suits them.
I moved to the DTES approximately five
years ago. I moved into an old slumlord-
ruled building and I was shocked. I was
shocked at the poverty, and also the level
of misunderstanding that I came across
when I would tell individuals who knew
me that I was living in the DTES. I had to
go for brain surgery and also had to get
some extreme dental work done at Vancouver General Hospital.
Once I made my address known
to people who knew me there, I was
amazed, shocked and horrified at what
their understanding of what lifestyle
and circumstance I had put myself in
by moving to that area was. First of
all, I want to state that I was not suffering so much in the slumlord-ruled
building, but it brought an awareness
to me, one that I had never been exposed to when I was growing up in
different countries throughout my life.
No matter how poor one might toe.,	
we all deserve to live with dignity, we
all deserve to live in homes that are
clean, we all deserve to have clean
meals, healthy meals, we all deserve
to have access to education, to understanding and to freedoms.
Through the Humanities 101 class
that I put myself in recently, doors of
opportunity are opening to me which
were closed for various reasons in my
life—raising children, getting sick, losing my townhouse, losing belongings.
At many times I felt that I was never
going to be able to pursue an education
because of the lack of money. This program, the UBC's Humanities 101 Community Program, has opened up doors
not only for myself to renew my interest in education, but has provided opportunities for so many of us to reignite
those wonderful skills, those wonderful
ideas, those wonderful memories that
lay within us for the ability to learn and
grow. I feel blessed and honoured to
be here in the program and I want to
let others know who aren't familiar with
the DTES that there are many many individuals, as there are in other parts of
town, who are intelligent, determined,
witted, conscientious and hopeful for
a bright future before them. fl
Maryanna Aston Moore is a DTES res
ny people end up staying temporarily with some
one, or 'couch surfing.'
ident and Writing Seminar participant.
The world is changing and we must
keep ourselves informed at all costs
to see where homelessness is going.
This is a Ipugh issue and being part of
that change is not an easy one. Though
there is increasing awareness of homelessness, I am also concerned about
what happens when someone who
was living without a home becomes
housed. I believe that it's very important to make certain that people who
have been homeless are observed afterwards to see how they are coping
and managing with the changes this
brings, which can also be challenging.
What constitutes homelessness and
what are its many faces? Does it just
reside in the DTES, or is it present in
many other communities? Having been
in that situation myself for about three
months, I can say I would not want to be
there again for any reason, even briefly.
Many people like to think the homeless
are a bunch of bums, people incapable
of holding a job, with mental health issues and the list goes on. I had none
of these problems and still found myself without a place to live. Many people end up staying temporarily with
someone, or 'couch surfing' as it is being called—myself, I was on my brother's couch for about two months. For
some, this is just the first stage of being homeless. What comes after that
is the most difficult part of the process.
After finding myself back in the stream
of things, I could not believe what other areas of my life had changed. There
are many aspects of homelessness.
Let us look at a few of them.
It takes many individuals years to overcome the effects of having been homeless even for a short period of time. In
the back of your head you keep wondering, 'Will it happen again? Maybe next
time I won't be so lucky and will end up
in hospital or something.' This fear of
lead you to hoard things, to keep what
you need near you so that you know
that you will not have your belongings
taken from you for whatever reason.
In the eastside of Vancouver, people's
belongings are often thrown out when
they are evicted or lose their housing.
No one seems to care if these things
are of value to anyone, which just reinforces the issue that there should be
guidelines in place to protect people's
possessions if they are without homes.
! need to put things in st
being without safety and security can
age lockers so they are kept safe. I
had my belongings in a locker for three
months and prayed each month that I
would find some kind of job to be able
to pay for them and not lose them altogether. The end result was $300 from
start to finish until I retrieved my items
out of a locker. I cried when I had them
brought into my suite, after not having
seen them for three months. What does
the government do to help individuals who are in this position? What are
needed are places to keep items without being charged if you are homeless.
Medical attention is vital to those who
have been homeless even for a small
amount of time. Having been in need
of medical attention myself, I am certain I am not the only one who is at
risk. After homelessness, a checkup
by a medically trained person is a necessity. It is important that people get
some kind of medical attention to see
if they have been over-exposed to the
elements and to check any other problems which come from severely inadequate housing, as well as for medical
conditions they may have, including diabetes and addictions. Medical attention is a priority after homelessness—
as well as the need for food and social
interaction that extend beyond emergencies and survival needs.
Homelessness has affected many women in the community, some running from
abusive situations, and some finding
themselves without a home after years
of having a place to call home. I have
volunteered at the DTES Women's Centre (DEWC) for five years, since moving back to this area where I grewjjp.
The DTES Women's Centre supplies
women with medical attention from
the Street Nurse, plus meals, clothing
and advocacy support. Although these
services are helpful, they do not supply
all the needs that are necessary. There
is a need for counselling for women,
and other ways to understand what
comes out of being homeless for long
periods of time.
The Downtown Eastside Women's
Centre did provide a shelter a few
years ago, and that worked well for a
six month period, with funding from
the government. There were meals
and soups served and clothing available on a daily basis. There are kitchens and available agencies around the
DTES to help women deal with the
homeless situation. We really need
people in these areas who care about
what is going on with the women.
Generally, temporary shelters are jiist
that—not a permanent solution to an
ongoing problem—but they do help.
Millions are spent on other non-priority areas, which should go into permanent housing. The shelters just gobble up funding and then the people
are back to where they were—with
no permanent solution.
The government spends vast amounts
of dollars on treating individuals with
addictions, mental illness and many
other areas of health-related symptoms. What they need is aTearrrof professional individuals who are genuinely interested in helping these people,
and many professionals in the area are
doing just that. What is the solution?
Government policy needs to be put
into place that does not distrust the
individual who is in need. Libby Davies has been the NDP representative
for Parliament in the Downtown East-
side for 14 years. Davies does her best
to get action going on these matters,
and last year held a fast outside Carnegie Centre to represent how she felt
regarding homelessness. Her actions
speak louder than words, and I am
glad she has the people on her side
and vice versa. She has put forward
Bill C-304, "An Act to ensure secure,
adequate, accessible and affordable
housing for Canadians," which would
put in place a National Housing Strategy. We are all behind you, Libby! Keep
fighting for the rights of all! I now live
in secure social housing, but there are
still homeless people out there who
are in high risk situations.
During the Olympics in February of
last year, a Tent City was organized in
a local parking area in the east side of
Vancouver. Some of the main organizers were First Nations women from the
Power of Women group at the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre. During our time there, I wondered what the
end result would be, other than gaining
publicity for this act? Hopefully people
will realize the real need here for sup-
jx>rt from the community and the government, and for the world in general
to realize this is the predominant problem of this decade—not just here, but
throughout the world.
I think that homelessness does not
have to be a way of life, but we need
the help of all individuals as well as the
government to solve this important
problem. I do not have the answers to
all the homeless situations, but I do believe that solutions are out there if only
government policy is put into place that
does not distrust the individual who is
in need. tl
Pat fiaram is a DTES resident and Hum
alumna, participant & mentor in Hum 101,
Hum 201 & Writing and a Steering Committee member. 2011.03.28/UBYSSEY.CA/HUMANITIES/7
Food Line
The sidewalk in front of the Provincial Court at Main Street and
Cordova is much wider than other
sidewalks. Sometimes reporters,
cameramen and people involved in
particular court cases are packed
in. Most of these events take place
during the day, but during the evening and weekends, the sidewalk is
mostly quiet, except when the free
food is given away.
Every Saturday morning and Tuesday and Thursday evening, the free
food event takes place on this sidewalk. Some local charities come here
for their mission and offer free food to
those people who live in the Down-
town Eastside with low income sti-
tus. There is a bus stop nearby. I usually get off my bus every Tuesday and
Thursday night after my class at UBC
and I see a lot of people lining up for
food—usually around 10:30pm. The
street lights and security lamps on
the front of the buildings make the
sidewalk area quite bright. I pass by
the crowd and clearly see the people
standing in a long snaky line. They
slowly wriggle their way forward and
do little talking. The shadows on the
ground coordinate with their/move/-
ments, leaving scrawled darkness on
the ground. Some seagulls fly around,
trying to get some Kurnan food.
As I get used to seeing these
scenes, it becomes such a natural
thing here. The free food events happen year round. Whether in hot summers or windy, snowy winters, the
charities come here for their mission
work. If it is a Saturday morning, a
church band and choiralso come along
with their hymns. For the people who
get free food here, this has become a
routine in order to survive. They would
be in big trouble without this food.
People call this spacious sidewalk area
'Food Corner.' Many people in Vancouver know about it. The Food Corner
is somehow a symbol of God's compassion and of the generous love of
Jesus. Thank God for his great blessings, especially for the group of people living on low income here in the
Downtown Eastside of Vancouver—a
city which has been named most livable city in the world by The Economist. I don't know if The Economist
is aware that a lot of people are lining up for their food here. Many of the
people lining up for free food are actually homeless. They have to spend
about two or three hours waiting for
free food, but they are patient, calming their hearts by listening to, or singing along with, the hymns.
The food is usually from large stores
like Safeway, Save-on-Foods, or other
companies in the area. A wide variety
of foods are included: bread, pastries,
fruits and vegetables and even different
types of drinks. All of these foods are
due to expire in two or three days, or
have already expired, but they are still
edible. Some of these foods were priced
very high when they were in the stores.
Of course, nobody would touch them
if they remained on the store shelves.
In order to keep the food at the market
price, store owners have to give those
nearly expired foods away. Therefore,
the stores usually give the food to charities. This demonstration of kindness
and compassion may also make the
rich business people feel good and
charitable. It is good for the poor people to have free food available to meet
their daily basic needs.
These stories date back to the 70s.
I think at that time there might not
have been as many poor people and
homeless people in Vancouver, or in
any of the rich developed countries. A
lot of data shows that more and more
urban poverty issues are emerging in
these so-called big, rich cities. The
free food event in Vancouver may be
just a sign of social economic disparity. Apparently about 200 people regularly get free food at the Food Corner and the number is increasing. It
somehow rings a bell about the inequality of the social economy in our
society, especially in the Downtown
Eastside of Vancouver. tl
Willie Li is a DTES resident, participant & mentor in Huml01/201 & Writing and a Steering Committee member.
Drug addiction
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Drug addiction may be beneficial for
society, but it isn't-gaodJxH" the individual. Obedient citizens are what
government prefers. It is much easier for the community to turn people
into complacent drug addicts by having licensed doctors prescribe the
drugs. Few people care enough about
these addicts to "undo" the dependence upoifiTprescription medication.
It is more important, from a cost perspective, to help addicts on illegal
Street drugs. These addicts create a
greater financial drain upon society.
Dvernment puts cost ahead of qual-
' of life, so more money is spent on
dealing with street level addiction, and
seniors with addictions are ignored.
Our society accepts the addicted
seniors. Seniors living alone can have
problems if they run out of prescribed!
drugs, like benzodiazepines. The withi
drawal causes seizure-like spasms an$
requires a trip to the doctor. More me
ication is needed to prevent withdra
al symptoms from continuing to occ
In a seniors' home, medication is supervised. The sedative side effects of
benzodiazepines create very complacent seniors. Medication is provided
by a doctor, so this keeps our seniors
off the corner of Main and Hastings.
~ZTfo5e-eitizens addicted to illegal
street drugs beaTTRe~briint of society's anger and disgust. Dealers don't
care if the drugs are addictive. Turning
a single mother into an addict doesn't
| faze the street dealer. There are very
TeW^vell run rehabilitation centers for
the recovering street drug addict to
live in. Studies show the brain needs
//more and more drugs over time, and
this makes the addiction harder to
break. The man in his 20s crying and
saying he is going to die/unless he
can get money for drugs because
i\ the pair>of withdrawal is worse than
(\featb--TO him. There is no dignity in
this lifestyle.
Some addicts need lifetime sup-
orted housing, because they aren't
le to stay off drugs on their own.
twiding this option means the ad-
dictj'will be able to go to school or
work and be an accepted member of
mainstream society. Many addicts
would welcome this option, because
they want to give up drugs. The addicts who prefer not to quit using are
a tougher challenge. Society decides
what the penalties are for drug use
and how much social assistance will
be given to these individuals. They
have shortened lives and must interact with violent dealers to keep using drugs. It is a frightening choice.
Seniors and others addicted to prescription drugs usually stay addicted
for life. Celebrity rehab doesn't exist
for the ordinary person. Some people spend the rest of their lives without much joy or energy because sedation and depression are often side
effects of their medications. The complacent, fatigued and quiet individuals
don't set off any alarm bells in society.
No-one cares if these people spend
many hours alone because they aren't
causing unseemly ripples in the fabric of the community, tl
Lorna Jean Johnson is a East Vancouver resident and participant in Writing & Writing Seminar, and is a Steering Committee member.
Listen to the ways that Downtown
Eastside/South residents practia
self-determination becaus<
And we want to stay in
our neighbourhoods
LISTEN... It's not what you might have thought..
www.humanities101 .arts, ubc.ca
& at the Vancouver Art Gallery WE:Vancouver until May 1, 2011
Hum provides practical support which acknowledges the
circumstances that have kept our participants out of university.
A message from the
Carnegie Newslettter
I sold former UBC President Martha
Piper and Fred, her travel companion,
copies of The Heart of the Community: The Best of the Carnegie Newsletter and asked her to shop it around as
our contribution to your education. Following that, two profs added it to their
recommended reading lists. Maybe
one or a hundred of you should check
it out, or at least go to carnnews.org.
You will be amazed, tl
Paul Taylor is a DTES resident, volunteer editor of the Carnegie Newsletter for 24+ years, publisher of Help in
the Downtown Eastside (free resource
guide in English, French & Spanish) for
20 years, alumnus of Hum 101, Writing
The 12 Key Actions
Based on over two years of intensive
work with 1200 low-income DTES residents, and in co-operation with many
DTES organizations, the Carnegie Community Action Project's "Community Vision for Change in the Downtown East-
side" puts forth these 12 key actions
as the foundation and guide for future
development in the DTES. Research
by CCAP's Wendy Pedersen and Jean
Swanson, June 2010.
1. Build social housing for low-income
2. Tackle systemic poverty.
3. Stop gentrification—a process that
has happened in hundreds of cities around the world when richer
people push out poorer people in
a community and property values
4. Improve safety by working with
police to provide a better understanding of DTES residents from
their perspective, dealing with security guard harassment, non-resident drinkers and replacing the illegal drug market with a legal market
based on health and human rights
5. Improve health services.
6. Support and fund DTES arts &
7. Develop an economy that serves
and employs local residents.
8. Ensure public spaces are public,
not gated, sufficient, safe, and
9. Keep towers out and retain heritage buildings.
10. Involve DTES residents in neigh
bourhood decisions
11. Attract more children.
12. Create a DTES image that honours
& respects low-income residents.
The DTES low-income community has
a right to exist in Vancouver and to seek
improvements for itself: Residents themselves, with help from government, will
be able to strengthen and improve their
already strong community by building
on assets that are currently present.
See ccapvancouver.wordpress.com/
Downtown Eastsiders know
what they want and need, and
practice self-determination.
Seventy per cent of DTES residents
live on low incomes. Income Assistance (welfare) is $610 month minus
rent ($375-$425). About 700 people
live in the DTES without homes. Gentrification is a process that has happened in hundreds of cities around the
worl. Its effects ripple out; it displaces
people from their homes, neighbourhoods and communities. It need not
happen. Vancouver East MP Libby Da-
vies's Affordable Housing Bill is soon
going into its third and final reading
(http ://www. libbydavies. ca/bill_ c304).
Downtown Eastsiders have been
put in the position of having to fight
for resources that are easily found in
most Vancouver areas; and they have
created and supported many nodes
for self-determination to meet their
wants and needs, including:
Aboriginal Front Door Society: aborig-
Carnegie Community Action Project:
Carnegie Newsletter: www.carnnews.
Downtown Eastside Literacy Roundtable: dteslit.blogspot.com
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood
Council: dnchome.wordpress.com
Downtown Eastside Women's Centre:
Raise the Rates: www.raisetherates.org
Streams of Justice: www.streamsofjus-
VANDU (Vancouver Area Network of
Drug Users): www.vandu.org
Many of the people who work with these
groups—and who volunteer with many
more organizations in the DTES/South—
707 & current participant in Hum 201.
are also involved with Hum. 8/UBYSSEY.CA/HUMANITIES/2011.03.28
culture is ordinary
Everyone contributes to the culture of the place where they live
Everybody contributes, for better or for worse, to the overall culture in which they live or
work. Everyone absorbs and
transmits the lessons they learn
from their family, their street and
their neigbourhood. If any part
of the picture is erased, then the
history and character ofthe local
culture is impoverished.
The Downtown Eastside
neighbourhood, which has been
described as the worst postal code in Canada, is also a microcosm ofthe multi-ethnic nature of Canada. There are people from many different backgrounds, with varying levels of
education and with high aspirations for their new lives, or perhaps they have abandoned any
hope of improving their miserable lives.
Most individuals in the area
are ordinary folk doing unspectacular but important work.
Some clean the streets and alleys, some people try to heal the
sick and dying and others tend to
the business of buying and selling. Supporting this network of
social healers, authority figures
and aspiring saints are the addicted, the paranoid and marginalized citizens with their real or
phantom fears, pain and anger.
Then there are the unsung heroes and angels. They are rarely mentioned. Some are academics, others are ecclesiastics,
most are professional hand-
wringers. There is the disabled
man who always has a cheerful word and the most beautiful
lady in the universe who sets
aside her own private pain to
volunteer. There are many others who listen to the oppressed
and the downtrodden and help
drain some of their pain.
Most individuals in the
area are ordinary folk
doing unspectacular
but important work.
There are predators searching for victims on almost every corner. The drug dealers in
their baggy clothes, the preachers with their pamphlets and the
Johns cruising the DTES streets
and alleys. The dealers and addicts, the preachers and sinners
and the sex buyers and sad ladies all haggling—each trying
to get the best of a bad bargain.
The market forces prevail even
in these dark and dingy streets
and alleys—buy low, sell high.
A sense of despair and distrust
hangs in the air like the pungent smell of piss that permeates the whole neighbourhood
and swirls from street to street
with the shifting winds. Everyone is equal in good and evil.
The skid-row lifers, young
and old, sit in their little rooms
wondering where their lives
have gone as they plan their
daily shuffle from soup line to
food line. A bit of gospel in exchange for a bit of grub. People
live and die and disappear from
the neighbourhood history after a brief mention on a bulletin board—some do not leave
a trace. They too add the part
they play to the total picture of
the neighbourhood.
The momentary citizens, the
slumming suburbanites and students, the transit riders and the
Nikon tourists are also part of
the neighbourhood culture, although they may not wish to
be lumped together with the
local lowlifes.
This urban swamp can never
be completely drained—it would
alter its character forever. Its shabby history and its sordid and saintly characters are what makes it
unique. Generations of academics, ecclesiastics and various other
professional handwringers have
tried to improve or change conditions in the DTES and failed.
People live and die in the skids
to be replaced by others bringing their own pain, joy and history with them. The people may
be poor but they enrich the neighbourhood with their personal histories. tl
Dan George is a DTES resident and participant in Writing
& Writing Seminar, and a Steering Committee member.
Take me to your teacher
Teachers influential leaders in society
A clear example of teachers as
influential leaders in our community are the staff, faculty, instructors, volunteers and students of programs like UBC's
Humanities 101. All members
of this program serve as leaders in the community by bringing what they know and learn—
from within the program and
without—back to the communities to encourage the pursuit
of learning and to raise awareness of important social issues.
Most often those involved at
all levels of the program are volunteers within the Downtown
Eastside, Downtown South and
UBC communities and engage in
activism on issues such as housing, civil liberties or more recently, the Olympics. Also, rather
than keeping academia behind
closed doors in lofty towers,
it is opened to the Downtown
South and Downtown Eastside
communities by way of discussion groups held in the downtown core to raise interest in academic thought as well as in common current interests. Those involved work as true leaders, not
only to further the goals of education within a free Utopian dynamic, but also for the betterment of the inhabitants of the
The program itself stands as
a leader in breaking the classical model of 'top down' education. Instead of lecturing on
the topics that others believe
to be important or indoctrinating students into often-outdated or irrelevant points of view, it
inspires people to think critically about issues and decide for
themselves what is important.
To do this, the program balances the course load with contemporary works alongside the classics. It attempts to give a more
rounded view of the material in
line with newer modes of thinking and teaching and strives towards a "Utopian pedagogy"
free of the biases of the past
or the influence of the controlling social system.
Rather than valuing only
the knowledge and abilities
of those who have received
education from within formal
settings, the instructors from
Humanities 101 also include
experts and those with knowledge and experience in areas
concerning the arts and humanities, regardless ofthe 'on paper' qualifications of these people, enabling students to learn
from and engage with a large
range of instructors with very
diverse points of view.
It goes beyond the borders
of socio-economic status and
reaches out to show the value
of all members of society, rather
than just the 'elite,' to promote
free thinking and attempts to
broaden one's mental 'toolbox'
to encourage participants to see
and decide for themselves what
goals are in their best interest
and try to discern the best ways
to achieve these goals, tl
Wil Steele is a Downtown
South resident. Humanities 101
alumnus and study group leader, current discussion facilitator
in HUM 101/201, Steering Committee member and full-time student in Arts One.
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Blinded by NCAA possibility of full-ride scholarships?
Under the brightest of lights on
the biggest of stages, our athletic future may be shaped by what
is one of the biggest differences between the NCAA and Canadian Interuniversity Sport:
A decision on UBC joining the
ranks of the NCAA is coming
soon. Open forums are taking
place today and Wednesday in
the Irving K Barber Centre in
preparation for the final decision in May that will shape the
direction of UBC Athletics for
years to come.
CIS rules dictate that athletes
can only be given scholarship
money to cover tuition—no more
and, said UBC women's volleyball head coach Doug Reimer,
often less.
"Teams are in different situations based on endowments
and alumni support," said Reimer. "I know for us, we're not at
the stage where we're able to offer tuition to all of our players."
The Millennium Breakfast has
raised millions for UBC's student
athletes with the goal of 'Keeping
our Student Athletes in Canada.'
Athletic director Bob Philip cited a study done lastyear by the
CIS that revealed scholarships
are the number one reason Canadians leave.
"That was by and large the biggest reason athletes chose to attend school in the States," said
Philip. "We currently have about
a million dollars that is spread
amongst all of our student-athletes. If we join the NCAA, we're
looking to immediately raise
that figure to two million."
The jump would have different effects on different teams.
For example, UBC men's hockey would likely join Division I,
which includes the likes of former NCAA champions U of
Minnesota and U of North
Dakota. That kind of exposure would go a long way
in encouraging talented hockey players from
the Lower Mainland
to stay and play closer to home.
"Sixty junior A
players from BC
received scholarships to Division I schools last
year," UBC men's
hockey head
coach Milan
Dragicevic said.
"If UBC jumps
to the NCAA, I
think there are
quite a few players from the lower mainland we
could attract with the draw of
playing closer to home, in front
of family and friends."
This would be even more attractive if the crowds grew from
families and friends stretching
their legs to NHL scouts fighting
for elbow room. Division I legislation allows teams to hand
out the equivalent of 18 full-ride
scholarships, worth in excess of
$30 000 ayear.
This is where the union could
prove itself to be blissful matrimony for both UBC and the
NCAA. In the NCAA, recruiting
the best doesn't mean recruiting
the brightest—particularly in basketball and football, where academic exploits take a distant second to on-field performance.
"If there's one thing UBC brings
to the NCAA, it's academic credibility," Philip said. "Given that
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housing action plan
forum - april 4
The Community Planning Task Group of the UBC Board of Governors, chaired by
Dr. Nassif Ghoussoub, is leading the process of developing a Housing Action Plan for the
Vancouver campus. One of the main objectives of the Housing Action Plan is to improve
housing choices and affordability for faculty, staff and students on the Vancouver campus.
To jump-start the process, the Community Planning Task Group invites all members of
the UBC community to a public forum.
mday, April 4,
S Ballroom, Th<
reshments will be availa
Opm (noon) -2:00pm
se, 6371 Crescent Road
The forum will explore the challenges and opportunities faced by UBC in creating affordable housing
options on campus for its community, and will provide an opportunity for feedback to the Task Group.
Panelists includes:
Lisa Colby,
Associate Director, Planning Policy, UBC
Craig Crawford,
Vice President, Development Services, BC Housing
Dr. Penny Gurstein,
Professor & Director, School of Community & Regional Planning/
Centre for Human Settlements, UBC
Andrew Parr,
Managing Director, Student Housing & Hospitality Services, UBC
Please RSVP to stefani.lu@ubc.ca by Wednesday, March 30, 2011.
For more information, visit www.planning.ubc.ca/housingaction
a place of mind
the CIS just doesn't have the fan
base and image they do, the flip
side is us being able to play off the
brand-name and marketability of
the NCAA."
The NCAA just signed a ten-
year deal for the television rights
to March Madness, worth $14 billion. Reaching that level of exposure and that echelon of competition could set UBC a world apart
from its CIS brethren, both in its
capacity to give scholarships and
the calibre of athletes lining up to
take them.
However, some, like UBC Thun-
derbirds wide receiver Jordan
Grieve, think that things wouldn't
change as much as some think.
"Honestly, I don't think the football program would be affected
that much because there are so
many players on the team," said
"I doubt there' d be a lot of guys
receiving full rides; maybe a higher general amount per player but
not significantly so."
Talking the talk when it comes
to scholarships is one thing, and
walking the walk is definitely
"We have an allotted amount
of funds we're given by alumni and the UBC hockey department, and we obviously can't
give more than what we're given," Dragicevic said.
Philip admitted the jump
would not be 100 per cent better
for every sport, and noted that
teams from NAIA (North American Intercollegiate Athletics), in
which UBC has several varsity
squads that have made the jump
have fared better than those that
jumped from the CIS.
"In the short term, it's just like
moving houses; it's always a hassle, change always has uncertainty
and it could be a bit of a scary ride
for a couple of years," said Philip.
That said, the university has a
buffer to that uncertainty in that
it is committed to playing in Canada until atleast 2012-2013, giving teams some time to prepare
for their ascension to the elite
should UBC join the NCAA.
"This has been going on for
many years and the time has finally come for a decision," said
Philip. "We're going to have to do
this right, and I believe that we
are doing it right." tl
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Saying goodbye to
the "heart and soul"
of UBC Athletics
Douglas 'Buzz' Moore, a revered
former rugby star and the backbone of UBC Athletics, passed
away on March 14, 2011 at the
age of 89. A standout on the rugby
pitch for both Canada and UBC,
he was inducted into the BC and
UBC Sports Halls of Fame in 1967
and 1996, respectively.
Even after his retirement,
Moore worked tirelessly to engage alumni. Thanks to his efforts, the Big Block Club, has
grown to over 8000 members.
To gain membership of this prestigious club, an athlete must play
two varsity seasons for UBC. Every year, current and former T-
Birds come together at the annual Big Block banquet to celebrate
UBC Athletics and raise money for the UBC Athletic Scholarship Fund.
"The passion and commitment
he's given for building the Big
Block Club into what it is today,
during his over 40 years with
the Athletics Department, will
be appreciated by everyone forever," said UBC Athletics sports
information director Ben Schach.
Presented with an honourable
Doctor of Laws degree from UBC,
Moore has been "a gentleman
through and through." He was
also the 'right hand man' of Athletic Directors RJ 'Bus' Phillips,
Bob Hindmarch and Bob Philip
since Moore's arrival in 1964.
According to Philip, who directed athletics for 27 years—16 of
them with Moore—"he [was] extremely loyal...I couldn't have
done it without Buzz. He was
the glue that held everything
"Buzz worked closely with nearly everyone in the department. He
gave so much of his life to support
UBC Athletics and his passion-
rugby He will be missed." tl 2011.03.28/UBYSSEY.C A/ADVERTISEMENT/11
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Student attempt at viral video draws hundreds to film shoot
By all accounts, the filming of
UBC's LipDub video last Saturday
went off like a well-planned heist.
"It's really hard for me to fathom that everything happened,"
said LipDub producer and BFA
student Andrew Cohen, with an
exhausted sigh. He still sounds
winded a day after the fact from
the massive undertaking. "It just
kind of worked."
Cohen and Bijan Ahmadian—
his co-producer and the former
AMS President—were in charge
of the production team and volunteer staff that coordinated the
close to 1000 students and community members who showed
up to dance and lip sync along to
Pink's single "Raise Your Glass."
The day started early for the
team, who showed up at around
7am to make sure everything was
in place. Volunteers came in an
hour later, and at noon the cast
showed up for registration. Ponchos were distributed. "The ponchos we had purchased as a contingency plan in case it rained,"
said Cohen. "We decided early on
that it had to be that day, that we
couldn't reschedule it. It didn't
rain, which was glorious."
By 2:30pm, the cast and crew
were filming on a strict schedule,
due to an aerial shot of a flashmob
on the ground of the Museum of
"We had 30 minutes to film
the flash mob, because ofthe helicopter. The helicopter was not allowed to land anywhere at UBC. It
flew in from downtown and started promptly at 2:20 so it would be
overhead at 2:30, hover for half an
hour and then go back."
Everyone then reset for the
continuous shot that is the core
of a lip dub video. In this shot, a
camera pans along a crowd of
people dancing and singing. The
shot started behind IK Barber
and passed through the building, proceeded along East Mall
into the SUB and through to the
Aquatics Centre for an underwater shot. Cohen said the video will
include, among other things, a
city bus, a Maserati sports car,
an obstacle course, scuba divers
and a woman dressed as a Zebra
covering herself in pudding. "We
had the air, we had the earth, we
had the water," said Ahmadian.
"And maybe we'll add the fire in
"Take, reset, take, reset," said
Cohen. "Everyone was so gung-
ho, so filled with energy."
Cohen said that much of the
equipment and time were donated, and that the aim of the video
is to raise funds for the Make a
Wish foundation. Cohen and Ahmadian hope that corporate sponsors will pay between $0.01 and
$1.00 for every hit the video gets
on YouTube.
"You can't make any mistake
about it: we are the most well-
equipped lip dub in the world,"
said Ahmadian. "I expect us to
be the most watched lip dub ever
made. That was our goal."
The video will be officially released April 8. Cohen's next few
weeks will be filled with editing
and promotion. But he's still
awe-struck by the experience.
"Holy crap, all of this just happened," he laughed, tl
Right off Hastings and Main, a dark
staircase lined with an ominous
string of green lights leads up to
the wizard tower—or at least to one
ofthe Wizards' print shop.
Johnny de Courcy the print
shop owner and building manager, is one of four members of
Black Wizard, a righteous ston-
er metal band of 20-somethings
that has garnered well-deserved
attention beyond their hometown
of New Westminster.
"At first people say the Sabbath
thing, and, it's like, yeah, yeah, I
get it," said vocalist and guitarist
Adam Grant. But their wide-range
of musical interest is evidenced
by the group's old thrash-met-
al band Onslaught—and Grant's
short stint as a rapper.
"The rumours are true; I was
in a hip-hop band," Grant laughs.
"We had studio access at our high
school and so we would make
some hip-hop gangster beats and
just make really dumb, white boy
rap." But despite de Courcy and
bassist Kyle Fee's support, Grant
said it's unlikely we'll hear any rap
in upcoming Black Wizard tracks.
The four startedplaying together
in 2009, but it didn't really go anywhere until de Courcy stepped in.
"Me, Kyle and Eugene were
playing as Black Wizard and were
really Sabbath-y and it was just us
getting drunk in a basement...
and then when Johnny came, it
all clicked together again."
In early 2010, they made their
record debut with a full-length,
self-titled and self-released album. The first song, "Long Way
Home," is a good example of the
band's musical range, an oscillation between energetic rock riffs,
extensive guitar harmonies by
Grant and de Courcy and drudging bass and thundering drums.
The band hopes to "spread the
seed," as Grant put it. Two tours
are in the works: one to Alberta
this week and another down the
west coast to California in April.
A tour fundraiser show will take
place here in Vancouver on April
1 at the Interurban Gallery.
The three weren't shy about revealing the tension between them.
Speaking of drummer Eugene
Parkomenko, de Courcy said, "I do
not see eye to eye with him on so
many fucking levels. I'm being serious, it's hard...But I think that's
what makes us, us."
"There'syour couple of words,"
Grant laughed. "Mom and dad are
still together, but they're not sleeping in the same room."
"They don't live in the same
city, they never have sex," de
Courcy continued.
If only all dysfunctional families could produce sweet riffs
like these. 2011.03.28/UBYSSEY.CA/ADVERTISEMENT/13
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and transportation serve UBC's core academic mission and advance sustainability. We're helping shape the
campus in ways that make you proud to live, work or learn here. Key milestones on the map will give you
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Land Use Plan (LUP) Amendments: After a full public
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Housing Action Plan: UBC developing plan to improve
housing choice and affordability for students, faculty
and staff on campus.
Transportation: Permanent diesel bus facilities on hold
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Public Realm Plan: Renovations to the Buchanan
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Green Building: UBC's Residential Environmental
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In many countries, elections are long-awaited,
eagerly anticipated events. Dates are circled for
months, politicians and strategists working ceaselessly until that day. Then there's Canada. A budget is presented on Tuesday, a non-confidence vote
is passed Friday, the government casually falls
and an election is called Saturday, commencing
a five-week sprint/campaign/reality TV show.
May 2 we will have an election, the status quo
will be changed, and for that—above all else—we
will be thankful. Whether you like Stephen Harper
or not, this parliament has been a less-than-stel-
lar representation of how we govern ourselves.
Only 59.1 per cent of the population voted in the
2008 election, a record low matched only by the
low level of decorum that has marked our political proceedings since then. The past three years
have brought a whole lot of yelling, slogans and
partisan tweets, but very little in the way of tangible debates or accomplishments.
As a result, there is an air of relief that something could break the melancholy pall that has
been cast over Parliament Hill for the past two
years. From the moment Harper incited the coalition controversy by attempting to end political party subsidies—a scant two months after
the election—there has been nothing but election speculation.
The pre-election campaigning was the result
of a minority parliament, where the Prime Minister can fall at any time to Her Majesty's Loyal
Opposition. True, this is the downside of no party having a majority. But the upsides have more
or less dissipated over the seven years of minority government in Canada, leaving us in a quagmire where the only question on many pundits
minds is "When's the next election?"
This has a corrosive effect on our politics and
policies; it cheapens our discourse and makes it
impossible for anyone to focus on how to improve
Canada nextyear, let alone in the next decade. Instead, the focus is on who's up and down, who's hot
and not: if Ignatieff is ready for his time in the spotlight, if Harper is mean to the press and if Layton
is giving up too much in whatever budget is up for
debates. And, of course, if an election is coming.
That means there is less time to talk about the
net effects of corporate tax cuts and hyper-specific tax cuts for individuals. Or what Canada's
vocal advocacy of Israel does for diplomacy. Or
issues regarding the world economy and whether we are in need of any changes in our own economic policy. These are important debates that
are getting drowned out by political clatter.
Of course, the debates we hear over the next
five weeks will feature many of the same subject. The narrative is already there: Ignatieff is
a weak leader who will sell us out to socialists
and separatists, versus Harper, a control freak
with no respect for democracy or the fundamental values we all share. Despite a ballooning deficit, troops still in Afghanistan and a host of proposals the Conservatives were hoping to be approved in the budget, this will be an election of
style, not substance.
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here. We can vote and either throw the Conservatives out of office, give them full control for five
years, or keep things the way they are.
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Goldcorp s $5 million gift to UBC raises questions
Late last year, Stephen Toope announced the building progress of the
new Earth Systems Science Building.
What he failed to mention was that the
project was made possible in part by
a five million dollar donation from
Goldcorp, the Vancouver-based mining giant.
Toope went on to say that UBC's
"commitment to sustainability is vital to UBC's growth as a globally significant university, and as an example
of how a large institution comports itself in a world that demands—and desperately needs—a much higher level
of environmental responsibility than
ever before." However, I can't help but
notice that Goldcorp donating to the
Earth and Oceans Sciences is sort of
like Paul Bernardo donating to Women's and Gender Studies.
At SFU, students are organizing in
outrage against the administration
for accepting a ten million dollar donation from Goldcorp to its Woodward's art facility, which is now the
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. SFU
President Andrew Petter, has said
that Goldcorp's human rights record
is a "non sequitur."
At least Petter is not trying to defend the company, as its chilling human rights record and environmental record have been reported and
investigated by CBC and the BBC, alongside a slew of independent journalists
and researchers.
Goldcorp has been laid with criminal charges for water pollution by
both Honduras and Guatemala. In
Honduras, the company uses massive sprinklers that spray cyanide
into the air; even by the low chemical standards we have here in Canada, this would never be permitted.
Regular explosions near mining sites
allegedly make cracks in houses of
local residents, which the company
claims to be the result of loud music. Water pollution has caused body
rashes and hair loss in children born
downstream from the mines, rashes
which the company claims to be the
result of poor hygiene.
Andrew Petter received an open
letter from the Siria Valley Environmental Committee in October 2010,
describing how the community has
lost access to safe drinking water,
how the people are suffering blood-
based arsenic and lead contamination, and how local people have lost
food security. It also cited an increase
in militarization and violence due to
the private security working for the
UBC isn't the only Canadian institution investing in conflict in Latin
America. The Canadian Pension Plan
is currently holding 256 million dollars in Goldcorp shares, while public
sector pensions in BC have 280 million dollars invested in the company.
Why is UBC helping one of the most
notorious Canadian corporations to
launder its reputation on our own campus? What does it mean that our educational institutions are being used
as vessels of corporate advertising?
Stephen Toope likes to talk about
UBC's commitment to sustainability and socialjustice; a pillar displaying the word "sustainability" and a
pillar displaying the phrase "social
justice" flank the entrance ofthe Liu
Institute for Global Issues. So why
don't we engage in public and systemic analysis, looking at the decision to
accept these donations? Is someone
conducting an analysis on the corporate privatization of the university, and the effects of moving public
goods into private hands?
The new building will be called the
Goldcorp Teaching and Learning Wing.
If we're naming buildings after Goldcorp, UBC risks condoning corporate
actions. On the Goldcorp website under "Corporate Social Responsibility,"
one can see that undisclosed amounts
have also been accepted by The Liu Institute of Global Issues, the National
Centre for Business Law and the Mineral Deposits Research Unit.
We deserve to know how much
Goldcorp has donated in total to UBC,
and how these decisions were made.
We deserve some accountability, tl
"Ifyou repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth." Doubly so if the lie
can be made into a sound bite. Rosenberg asserts that women commit very
little serious violence, and if they do, it
is almost always in self-defense. Breasail asserts that women make 80 per
cent of what men do when working in
the same job, with the same hours.
These statements are completely false.
The so-called wage gap does not take
into account hours worked per week,
nor does it account for different occupations. It compares secretaries with
sanitation workers, 35 hours per week
with 50 hours per week. You may verify
this yourself by googling "pay gap Canada" and reading the top result, which
is a 2001 report by Statistics Canada.
Or google "Workplace Salaries Time"
for a Time article about how young single women now outearn men by 8-20
per cent.
As for domestic violence, google "Martin Fiebert." The top result is an annotated bibliography of 275 scholarly works,
collected by a CSU professor. His conclusion? "...women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men."
Some highlights, which are reinforced throughout: "...half the violence
was reciprocal. In non-reciprocally violent relationships, women were the
perpetrators 70 per cent ofthe time."
"With regard to injuries results reveal that women inflict serious injuries
at least as frequently as men...1.5 per
cent of men and 1.1 per cent of women reported that their injuries needed
treatment by a doctor or nurse."
So much for Isaac's claims. Sadly,
their widespread acceptance has been
a direct and significant harm to men.
They have led to even non-violent men
being arrested under "dominant aggressor" policies. They have led to men being arrested even if they were the victims that called the police. They have
led to battered men being disbelieved
when asking for help.
Shame on anyone who perpetuates
such harmful lies, on anyone who "supports" women by falsely demonizing
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