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Vol: LXXXIXNo. 13 | www.ubyssey.bc.ca | October 19™,«2'007^
\ 2     Culture
ThSJJbyssey I October 19th, 2007
October 19s1
Taste of Yaletown
Where: Yaletown
Time: All day..
Cost: $25-45//
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AquaSoc Under the
Sea Party
Where: SUB 205
Time: 6:30-10:30pm
Cost: Free
"Down where it's
wetter, down where
it's better."
TUES     Second City Condomy
Where: Vanier
Time: 9pm
Cost: $7 $5 for Rez
Men's Ice Hockey vs.
Where: Winter Sports
Time: 7:30pm
Duo Sforzando piano
four hands and horn,
piano duo
Where: Recital Hall
Time: 4pm-6pm
Cost: Free
UBC Students' Global
Health Initiative
presents From Passion
to Skill
Where: Medical
Student and Alumni
Centre ""
Time: 6pm
Knoll Aid
Where: Trek Park
Time: Noon to Night
Cost: Free
What: Music! Fun!
Discussion about UBC's
future! Maybe even
some patchouli.
Students explore cultural identity and change
by Paul Bucci
Culture Editor
"What are three traits or characteristics you associate with
"Can you name three Asian
public figures in the media?"
Tough questions. The answers to which may shake your
all-embracing liberal ego to the
core. What race-related beliefs
do we as a society still unknowingly hold?
This was what seven students from UBC and SFU tried
to figure out last spring as they
posed the above questions to
people on their respective campuses, at the Vancouver Public
Library, and online.
They consolidated their findings and proceeded to create artwork for the youth component
of the Anniversaries of Change.
The Anniversary of Change celebrates the 60th anniversary of
Asians gaining the right to vote,
the 40th anniversary of the immigration law change that allowed more Asians into Canada,
and the 10th anniversary of
the Hong Kong hand-over. The
artwork display, which opened
last Monday and runs until Friday, is displayed in the SUB Art
"Even though we grow up
in such a multicultural community, we are still affected by
stereotypes," said Angela Wong,
one of the coordinators of the
project. "Some people wrote
stupid, or ugly, or tend not to integrate well into society—things
like that."
The project explores what it
means to have an Asian-Cana
dian identity and its constant
"I don't present myself,
'Hello, I'm Angela, I'm a Chinese-Canadian,' I say, 'Hello,
I'm a fourth year student, I'm
a good person,'" said Wong.
"Regardless, all the stereotypes
that people say about Asians, I
embody them, and I carry them
somehow. They're within me."
One of the issues brought up
was the fetishisation of Asian
women, and the emasculation
of Asian men.
"[My piece is on] the way
asian people are constructed,
their life stories, their dating,
their relationships, their sexuality." said Wayne Fan, an SFU artist and coordinator. "It's a little
bit different."
The problem with self-image
was apparent in all works of art,
especially one installation which
laid stereotypes in red text over
a mirror.
"It's aboutthe anxieties of being shaped with an Asian face,"
said the artist, Eugene Lin.
Accompanying the mirror
was a mug-shot-style presentation, sarcastically naming vital
The speaker at the opening
night was a manager at CBC TV
in Vancouver, Alden Habacon.
He stated that perceptions are
changing, and therefore the
fight for a more advanced understanding of asian self-identity is changing as well.
He mentioned that because
of the evolving diversity hiring
policies in companies, asians
need to self-identify in a better
way, basing ideniityon qualities
beyond their race. \a
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Imperialists Out of Iraq,
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person, not one penny to
the imperialist military!
Wednesday, October 24th
at 6pm. SUB room 213.
November 3, 2007. The
Whole Dyslexic Society is
delighted to host the author
of'The Gift of Dyslexia' at
the Frederic Wood Theatre
from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Wc
invite you to join the shift in
perception of dyslexia that
is already underway! This
'gift' affects all of us in
many various ways.
Guluwalk. Sat, Oct. 20th
@ 11am. Vancouver Art
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supporters around the
world to march for peace
and support the
abandoned children of
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Saturday, November 10,
2007 at 2:00pm-3:00pm.
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(7th and Vine Street,
Kitsilano). 604-267-2262.
Go beyond your dreams
and even beyond your
own body, on a journey
that will change your
perspective on life.
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your life by spending one
hour a week with a kid at
a nearby elementary
school. We have
volunteer opportunities
for men and women.
604-876-2447ext246 or
Looking for volunteers to
act in a social psychology
study 4-6 hours/week.
If interested contact
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Culture     3
I enter room 200 of the Leonard S. Klinck
building to attend the first official meeting
of the UBC CVGA (Competitive Video Gaming Association). Dozens of people are
already there—unsurprisingly, the crowd
is composed primarily of Asian males,
though there are quite a few females and
non-Asians as well. Some are already gaming on their laptops or handheld systems;
most are watching the event organizers
frantically run around.
Setup is somewhat slow and disorganized, which is understandable, as most
of the equipment comes from off-campus
locales, and even the organizers are unsure of the best way to proceed. But soon,
everything is taken care of, and the myriad
systems are operational. The club executives introduce themselves, and then succinctly lay out the ground rules. They end
the speech quickly as they're as eager as
everyone else to get this party started.
And the gaming begins.
In the back of the room, several people
stare intently at their laptops, playing the
strategy games Starcraft and Defence of
the Ancients. I watch their fingers dance
across the keys, issuing commands to
their army at lightning-speed. A battalion
of Terran soldiers defend against an onslaught of Zerg Hydralisks. The Terrans
give no quarter and fight valiantly to the
last man, but the Zerg horde is too numerous—the Terrans are overwhelmed by the
savage insectoids. The tactical commanders turn to face each other, both exuberant
from the joy of a game well-played.
In the corner, Halo 3 is running—unfortunately lacking Xbox controllers,
so only two can play at once. I wince in
commiseration as one player in a jeep
runs over the other. Then it's my turn. I
spot my enemy in the distance and run
towards him, readying my assault rifle as
I move. He sees me coming and ducks behind a pillar; I pull out a plasma grenade
and throw it in his direction. Even as the
explosion blossoms, I hear the whine of
a laser pistol. My enemy fires at my position, but I'm already gone. Several bullets
from my rifle launch straight at him, only
to bounce off his armor's force field. I
keep firing, but he reaches cover just as
his force field gives out. I sprint forward
to end this little dance. But I get careless—
somehow he's outflanked me. His energy
knife penetrates my helmet and my neck.
The match ends with a kill count of five
for him, one for me. Unsurprising—it was
my first time with Halo 3, while my opponent owns his own copy. I excuse myself
and move on.
I spy a game of Super Smash Bros
Melee. I pause briefly to reflect on childhood memories playing Smash. I take out
my own Gamecube controller and join a
four player match, choosing my favorite
character, Roy. For a while, I immerse
myself in the chaos of the game. I lash out
with my sword, dealing powerful strikes,
while furiously deflecting and dodging
return attacks. My fellow Smashers and
myself let out an involuntary shout as
several bombs drop onto the stage. I rush
to the bombs and begin hurling them at
my enemies. Mario tries to evade, but
too slow—the detonation sends the pudgy
plumber flying to his doom. I throw my
last bomb at Samus, but a quick shot from
her arm cannon explodes it harmlessly
in mid-air. She follows it up with a power
missile straight towards me; I parry with
my sword. I dash towards her to finish
the fight, but she turns into ball form and
rolls away. I holster my sword, and pause
to catch my breath. And that's when I hear
the distinct discharge of a charged beam.
I turn around just in time to see the giant
energy ball engulf me. My character goes
flying into the abyss. I grin in appreciation of a skillfully executed move.
/ pull out a plasma grenade
and throw it in his direction.
Taking a short break from gaming, I
glance around the room to gauge the atmosphere. People are laughing, joking,
and chatting animatedly about various
subjects. "Dude, how'd you pull that off?
Never seen that move before!" "That was
so close! Rematch!"
Even the trash talking is good-natured
and jocular. The internet stereotype of
anti-social and hostile gamers isn't evident here.
I decide to end the night by playing
Guitar Hero. I watch with a certain smugness as the two players fumble around
on medium difficulty, only to receive my
come-uppance when my opponent asks
me if I want to play on expert. I gamely
accept, but to no avail—the notes come
at me like a hurricane. My fingers move
frantically up and down the guitar, but
never fast enough—I get swamped by the
sheer intensity of the notes. I look over at
my opponent—she's playing competently,
though not with perfect accuracy. I swallow my pride and request to move down
to hard difficulty. She assents, and we
start a different song. I play my best, hitting most of the notes, but she beats me
by a moderate margin. I challenge her to
a few more songs, in hopes of redeeming
myself. I focus intently, playing with all
my skill. I come close, but lose each time.
I'm good—she's better. I thank her for the
match with complete sincerity—competition leads to improved skills, which is one
of the principles the CVGA is based on.
It's past 9PM, and the execs yell out
for gaming to stop, and cleanup to begin. I
help to pack up equipment, thank the club
president for a good evening, and exit. I
make a mental note to train up my skills
and return. As I leave, I hear a voice. "Cel
has left the building." I shake my head.
Must be the wind. Xl
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Meeting times: Usually friday Core Games:
around 4pm or 5pm Guilty Gear, Melty Blood, Smash
Meeting location: LSK 200 Bros Melee, Starcraft, Counter-
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Deputy Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff's (left) talk last Thursday marked his
first visit to campus since last year's Liberal leadership debate at the Chan.
Canada has a responsibility,
Ignatieff tells students
Deputy Liberal leader speaks at Liu Institute
by Holman Lai
News Writer
Liberal Party deputy leader
Michael Ignatieff told students
at the Liu Institute for Global
Issues last Thursday that countries like Canada and the United
States still have a responsibility
to intervene militarily on the
international stage—unilaterally if necessary—if it means
saving lives.
Saying his support of the
invasion of Iraq was made
in ignorance of the truth and
adding that the war was "a big
mistake," the former director
of Harvard's Carr Centre for
Human Rights said the fact
remains that the "core of the
United Nations (UN) system is
ill, "and described the UN as a
"club of the victors of 1945,"
franchising legitimacy and
lacking rapid reaction.
If the UN Security Council
is blocked, there is a case for
unilateral intervention, not
for conquest, but to protect,
he said. However he added,
"post-Afghan and Post-Iraq, no
one wants to touch intervention
with a ten-foot pole."
Touching on the concept of a
'responsibility to protect (R2P),'
he argued "when a massacre,
genocide, or ethnic cleansing
Post-Afghan and Post-
Iraq, no one wants
to touch intervention
with a ten-foot pole.
Michael Ignatieff,
Liberal deputy leader
is either happening or about to
happen in a state, other states
in the international system
have a responsibility to protect
those citizens in a state."
Ignatieff said that the R2P
doctrine was never invoked to
justify the Iraq War in 2003.
Instead, the invasion was justified on grounds that Saddam
Hussein   possed   weapons   of
mass destruction, later proven
to be untrue. Ignatieff said he
supported the Iraq Invasion because of Hussein's gross abuse
of the UN Oil-for-Food program
and history of genocide.
"The parable [of the] lesson," Ignatieff explained, "is
that Iraq was a big mistake."
He highlighted that even if
the Bush administration did
use R2P to legitimize the invasion of Iraq, it did not justify
In acts of genocide such
as Rwanda and Darfur,
there is no legal impediment on acting; it is a
matter of political will.
Michael Byers,
UBC political science professor
intervening after the fact. The
key idea in R2P is that harm
is "happening" or "imminent."
Under these definitions, R2P
could never have been used to
justify invading Iraq.
Ignatieff told students that
questions surrounding who has
the authority and legitimacy to
invoke 'responsibility to protect' doctrine remains a fundamental issue in international
relations. One country's label
of genocide may be another's
civil unrest. Who is to decide?
At present, all fingers still point
to the UN Security Council.
UBC international law professor Michael Byers defended
the processes of the UN Security Council as responsible and
capable, noting it barred approval for the Bush Administration to attack Iraq in 2003.
"There is no reason to
change the rules," Byers said.
"However, in acts of genocide
such as Rwanda and Darfur,
there is no legal impediment
on acting; it is a matter of political will...never once have
I seen Mr Ignatieff move the
agenda forward in the House of
Commons." vl October 19"^2007rmE_UBYSSEY
Feature     5
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or in
One hundred and thirty-six people
died on March 5, 1960 when the
French arms freighter La Coubre
exploded while being unloaded in
Havana Harbour, Cuba. The Cubans
suspected terrorism. As Fidel was
speaking at the memorial the following day, Che Guevara stepped on the
stage and scanned the crowd. Alberto Gutierrez, better known as Korda,
pointed his camera at the man. The
crunch of a shutter led to the birth of
an icon, an image that would gross
millions when put on t-shirts. Che
turned around and left.
Ernesto "Che" Guevara was a
doctor from Argentina. In 1956,
he befriended the then-exiled Fidel
Castro in Mexico and eventually returned to Castro's homeland to wage
a guerrilla war against the regime
of Fulgencio Batista. Che was a key
figure in Castro's 1959 victory.
Korda's photo of Che became
known as "Guerrillero Heroico". It's
the single dominant representation
of Che and one of the greatest icons
of the 20th century. After the memorial, Korda cropped the background
out of the photo. He described the
look in Che's eyes as "angry and
grieved." But stripped of context
and surrounding scenery, they look
defiant, determined and hopeful.
After Che's death, the image grew
legs of its own. It has been bought,
sold, used and changed so many
times that what it means today only
scarcely resembles what it once did.
When Korda submitted his work
to the Cuban newspaper Revolution,
the editors accepted photos of Castro and the French writers Jean-Paul
Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir,
but rejected the one of Che. Korda
thought it was a striking image. He
stuck it to the wall of his Havana studio, where it sat for years, collecting
nicotine stains.
Che served as the President of
Cuba's National Bank and later as
the Minister of Industry, where he
performed poorly. In 1965 he left
the comforts of Cuba to spread the
revolution abroad. His whereabouts
are left to speculation. Over the
next two-and-a-half years, his death
was reported several times in the
Congo and the Dominican Republic, but never proven. In 1967, a
man showed up at Korda's door. He
didn't introduce himself, he just presented a letter from a high-ranking
Cuban official asking Korda to help
this man find a good picture of Che.
"This is my best Che picture," he
said pointing to the portrait on the
wall. The man agreed. When he returned the following day Korda gave
him two fresh prints, free of charge,
for a friend of the revolution.
As it turned out that man was the*"
left-wing Italian publisher Giangia-
como Feltrinelli, most famous for
smuggling the "Doctor Zhivago"
manuscript out of the Soviet Union.
Feltrinelli had been in Bolivia negotiating the release of the French
philosopher Regis Debray, who had
been captured as part of a guerrilla
force. Debray told Feltrinelli that J
Che Guevara was the leader of the
guerrilla forces in Bolivia, and that
the Bolivian forces were closing
in. Foreseeing Che's assassination,
Feltrenelli saw an opportunity. He
took Korda's photo back to Italy and
started printing posters.
On October 9, 1967, Che's
corpse flew over the Bolivian Jungle,
strapped to the right skid of a helicopter. "Shoot, coward," Che told his
executioner, "you are only going to
kill a man." The Bolivian army captured Che the day before with the
help of CIA agent Felix Rodriguez.
In his autobiography, Rodriguez
describes a conversation with Che:
"Commander," Rodriguez said, "Our
ideals are different. But I admire
you. You used to be a minister of
state in Cuba. Now look at you—you
are like this because you believe in
your ideals." Che was shot not long
after, and his body was flown to Vel-
legrande, the capital of Bolivia. The
Bolivian army exhibited the body for
several days to prove that they had
indeed killed Che Guevara. They
opened his eyes to increase the resemblance to his living self and presented him to the media. The Christ
imagery wasn't lost on anyone, and
here the Romans had cameras.
General Ovando, commander-in-
chief of the Bolivian army, wanted
to cut off and preserve Che's head
for identification purposes. He was
eventually settled to cutting off
Che's hands and taking fingerprints.
After a bizarre series of events, the
preserved hands were smuggled
back into Cuba. Castro was going
to put them on public display until
the Guevara family protested. The
body of Che stayed in Bolivia in an
unmarked mass grave and was not
found until 1997.
Photos of triumphant military officials crowding around Che's corpse
hit the media. At the same time, posters of "Guerrillero Heroico" started
spreading: copyrighted Feltrinelli.
According to Korda, Feltrinelli sold
between one and two million posters using his image. Korda didn't
make a cent. Nor could he have
if he wanted to: Castro refused to
observe international copyright
laws, dismissing the protection of
intellectual property as imperialist
With the photos of Che's corpse
seared into his mind, Irish artistjim
Fitzpatrick started producing Che
posters. "It was my way of saying,
'Fuck them.' They're not going to
forget Che Guevara. They're not just
going to chop him up and dump him
there." Fitzpatrick produced a drawing for the Irish magazine Scene a
few months before Che's death. He
based it on Korda's photo, which had
somehow made its way into a German magazine called Stern, small
and unaccredited. Scene rejected it.
It was too radical.
After Che died, Fitzpatrick started making posters and pamphlets.
"I felt this image had to come out,
or he would not be commemorated
otherwise, he would go where heroes
go, which is usually into anonymity," he said in an interview with
Aleksandra Mir, a conceptual artist
out of New York.
Fitzpatrick sent the image to the
satirical magazine Private Eye and
they sent it to art critic Peter Meyer.
Meyer liked the image so much he
invited Fitzpatrick to take part in an
exhibition called "Viva Che!" He produced two new pieces for the show,
also based on Guerrillero Heroico.
One was a large, elaborate oil painting. Almost as an afterthought,
he made a silkscreen print. Red
background, Che's face, simplified
through the process, in black. He
coloured in the star on Che's cap
with a yellow magic marker. Both
pieces, along with everything else
he submitted, disappeared while
the exhibition was touring through
Eastern Europe. All that remains of
them are copies.
Almost immediately after the
exhibition Fitzpatrick started seeing
his red and black rendition of Guerrillero Heroico multiply around
him. "I was kind of annoyed at first.
I kept thinking, 'that's my effin' image.' You know what I mean? You
sort of have a proprietary interest in
it. It was pride. The first thing they
did was take my bloody name off it."
He eventually came to embrace the
fact. Fitzpatrick never asserted his
rights to the image, he just watched
variations of his print spread across
the world. No one would forget Che
now; maybe his message will spread
with his face.
In 1967 Gerard Malanga was in
Rome and running out of money.
Malanga, who was quite close to
Andy Warhol at the time, made two
prints of Guerrillero Heroico in the
nine frame, multi-colored Warhol
style. He gave one to a woman and
sold the other through a gallery for
$3000. When an art dealer tried to
authenticate the print the following
year, Malanga wrote Warhol begging him to play along. Malanga
would land himself in jail if he were
found out. Furious, Warhol wired
the dealer and authenticated the
paintings but said that Malanga was
not authorized to sell it, and that all
money should be wired back to him
in the US.
Lee Zaslofsky joined the anti-war
movement in 1967. When he was
drafted in '68, he decided to come
to Canada, forever entangling himself with the movement. He has attended his fair share of protests on
both sides of the border."
Back in my day, during the Vietnam War, Che's image was much
more edgy, much more frightening
to the authorities. It had much more
content than it does now, I think."
Che's image became an icon of the
movement. For most, it was just
a symbol of dissent, but there was
a wing that wanted to follow Che's
example literally. They wanted the
movement to become a revolution.
Before he died, Che sent a message
out of his Bolivian camp calling
for "two, three, many Vietnams" to
ensnare and break the American
machine. When his image started to
appear on banners and t-shirts, the
message was still fresh.
"To many Americans, that was
horrifying," Lee says. "In those days,
it was a viable approach. I mean China had shown that the biggest country in the world could be taken over
by revolutionaries. And Vietnam,
the same thing. People believed that
that kind of thing could happen, and
they saw it all around them. It was
As time went on, the body grew
cold and the threat passed. The
image drifted away from Che's
revolutionary reality toward a more
palatable figure of rebellion. How
far it's drifted is up for debate.
Zaslofsky looks at the people wearing Che Guevara t-shirts these days
and doesn't see much more than a
fashion statement. "It's just a way of
connecting yourself, in a very minor
way, with someone who has become
an icon of rebellion...He was a politician who believed in revolutionary
politics. I think that kind of meaning has pretty well been ironed out
of him."
In 1999, one of Korda's friends
gave him a copy of FHM. His image of Che was in it. On a two page
spread was Che's face with the
words "Hot Fiery Bloody Smirnoff
in the bottom right corner. In the
background were bottles of vodka
and hammer and sickles, the sickles
replaced with chilli peppers. It was
an ad for Smirnoff's new spicy vod-
i ka. Korda was furious. "Hundreds
of companies used my photo, but
none has been as offensive," said
the photographer at the time. Korda
sued Lowe Lintas, the agency that
produced the ad. It was settled out of
court, Korda donated the money to a
Havana hospital, and he became the
official copyright owner of "Guerrillero Heroico." He died eight months
later and his daughter inherited the
A few years ago a company called
Fashion Victim contacted Jim Fitzpatrick. They wanted to use his image of Che and they wanted to do it
legally. Fitzpatrick told them that he
didn't own the copyright and that he
wouldn't accept royalties. The two
parties were working out a deal to
forward the royalties to a Cuban aid
organization when Fashion Victim
contacted Korda's estate. The estate
sold them the exclusive North American rights to the image and Fashion
Victim ended negotiations with Fitzpatrick. Fashion Victim is now the
only company in America that can
legally produce T-shirts using "Guerrillero Heroico." Fashion Victim's
shirts are made in Honduras, presumably in sweatshops. In 2004,
sales grossed roughly $4 million.
His image, blazened accross chests
worldwide, remains intact. His message? Thrown to the wind, u
—4— 6     Editorial	
Seeking: Ibdrm, shelter from the rain
The Ubyssey | October 19th, 2007
There was something slick about
the provincial government's
announcement last week and
it had nothing to do with buckets of
rain falling here at UBC. Rather, we at
the Ubyssey are wondering how they
could announce a plan to deal with
homelessness that doesn't include
any guarantees for more low-income
No doubt, the BC government
should be applauded for keeping
more Vancouver emergency housing shelters open 24 hours per day.
New outreach services in smaller
cities around the province, such as
Comox and Nelson, also look promising. And the strategy released
by Premier Gordon Campbell and
Housing Minister Rich Coleman
does say that the government will
pay for the pre-development costs
of city-owned sites to make room
for low-cost housing. However, it
does not say anything specific about
building the homes or when it will
The $41 million pledge comes
in addition to the already $328
million the province spent last year
through Housing Matter BC on shelters and affordable housing for the
estimated 2200 homeless people
in the province. When you do the
math that means that the province
plans to spend over $ 167,000 per
homeless person. This means that
rent support is not working and the
money needs to be reallocated to
new housing units and programs
designed to make people clean such
as detox units.
The missing pledge for new
social housing in Metro Vancouver
is glaring, especially when taken
in the context of recent Vancouver
In June, Vancouver Mayor Sam
Sullivan pledged to reduce the
city's homelessness rate by 50 per
cent before 2010. But in 2005 his
administration reduced the amount
of social housing slated to be built
at Southeast False Creek, giving
us no evidence that the city will
achieve this goal.
According to Vision Vancouver,
a civic political party, Vancouver
lost 40 units of low-income housing
in the Downtown Eastside between
June 2005 and June 2007, and an
additional 200+ single room occupancy (SRO) units. Combined with
Vancouver's 0.7 per cent overall
vacancy rate, this leaves little options for the city's sizable homeless
Last Friday's plan pledged to
give rent support to the homeless
so they can live in private market
housing. Like the province's
larger housing support program
announced last year, there is little
to stop this extra money from raising rent prices in Vancouver's tight
housing market. In order to solve
homelessness, Vancouver must
build more affordable housing, not
just give financial rent help.
In addition to not building more
units, the new plan allocates nothing for detox facilities. Based on
the amount of money being spent,
the province can't just solve the
problem by spending money on
houses. The government needs to
deal with the root of the problem,
namely drug addiction, before any
affordable housing policy can be
truly effective.
Miloon Kothari, the UN's
special rapporteur on adequate
housing, has called the situation in
Vancouver "stark and disturbing."
He is currently on a two-week trip
through Canada examining the state
of homelessness and will report
his observations to the government
next week. So far, Kothari says that
despite statistics that show poverty
to be decreasing, he sees just the
opposite. He says that the problem of homelessness is growing
worldwide due to the rising cost of
housing and the lack of transition
programs designed to get people off
the street.
In conjunction with the announcement, Homeless Action week
began Sunday. It started with a
protest that saw six people arrested
and a tent city erected—built on
Main Street just blocks away from
million-dollar condominiums.
This speaks volumes to the idea
that Canada is a prosperous nation
that takes care of its own.
Streeters is a weekly column
in which students are asked a
question related to UBC events.
How can we reduce the homelessness problem in Vancouver?
Michael McCubbin,
"Dealing with
substance abuse
issues in a way
that helps people
from the ground
up as opposed to
punishing them
as offenders."
Jordan White,
"To build more
affordable housing.
Stop kicking people
out of the SROs
(single room occupancy residences)
to make way for
more condos.
Stop criminalizing
Ren Levy,
Poli Sci. Grad
"Providing more
low-income housing and affordable
housing for single
Haley Galvon,
Arts 1
"Continue with
food banks. Offer
start up loans...
to help people just
starting out."
Caitlin Bruyns,
Arts 1
"Give homeless
people jobs. That's
the most important
thing—to help
them get back on
their feet."
-Coordinated by Amanda Stutt, Jordan Chittley, and Brandon Adams
RCMP constable Savard deserves our
As a UBC Alumnus, 1979, and ex-Ubyssey
staffer 1974-79,1 was interested to read the article ("Campus cops caught in 'playful' photos"
News [Oct. 11]) covering a late night incident
involving, heaven forbid, "the most unprofessional thing," student Davor Kovac has ever
seen in police behaviour: "flirting."
For the goddess sake, in my day we considered angry "cops" bouncing heads off paddy
wagon steel unprofessional behaviour.
To me, Mr Kovac, unprofessional conduct
would be the pepper spraying of UBC student
protesters I witnessed at the November 1997
APEC Conference, not a friendly liaison between officers keeping a good rapport with students, students who were apparently, drinking
unlawfully in public, yet doing so responsibly.
I have no doubt Constable Savard will be given
a slap on the wrist but that is all we should expect. His supervisors will no doubt suggest he
be more careful as he learns to deal with those
wild and crazy students on UBC campus.
On a personal note, I would say Constable
Ben Savard is about as mature, respectful, and
professional an officer I have been acquainted
with in the past many years that I have enjoyed
Wreck Beach. With some controversy surrounding this summer's "stand-off between
RCMP officers assigned to Wreck, who were
ordered under the supervision of Constable
Rob Worseley, to literally stand in one location
for hours observing suspected illegal drinking,
I must say Constable Savard always acted in a
most professional way. Unlike some RCMP this
fine officer will never be a candidate for anger
management courses. Be thankful Mr Kovac if
you are involved with this kind of officer on a
dark night at UBC and not the angry type.
I understand from several ex-students
that the women involved were visitors from
This was not mentioned in the article. C'est
dommage! Perhaps we need more Quebecois-
Canadian officers assigned to this somewhat
challenging location. It is no stereotype that
we Anglophones in general are more uptight
about liberal behaviour and nudity, while our
Francophone cousins accept it as completely
normal, as we all should.
—Lance Read
[Editor's note: The women in the article are
believed to have been from Ireland, in Vancouver on a summer work-exchange program.]
Canadian Forces needed in the Arctic, not
The Canadian military contribution in Afghanistan has been significant. Thank you. Is it
time to change direction and do something for
ourselves for a change? They are needed here
in the Arctic to keep, develop, and protect it.
There is no sense having a mission, if we don't
make a better effort to realize it. As Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, "use it or lose it."
When a Russian crew planted a flag in the
seabed of the North Pole our new defense minister Peter MacKay ventured to inform them
with the most horrible respect! "This isn't the
15th century, you can't go around the world
and just plant a flag and say 'we're claiming
this territory'" Right Peter! They know where
they can plant their flag. (Yeah, you read that
All international treaties and alliances must
be carefully studied and closely hammered.
—Mary Prinze
Port Coquitlam, BC
Submit a letter to the Ubyssey and see your
writing in print. Letters to the editor must be
under 300 words. Opinion pieces known as
"Perspectives" range from 300 to 750 words. October 19th, 2007 | ThjIJjbyssey
Sports     J
Women's hockey still looking for first win
Coming off jour losses, they expect to make playoffs
by Jessica JiYoung Kim
Sports Writer
A pair of losses in their home
opener series against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies
last weekend has left the UBC
women's hockey team still looking for their first win of the regular season.
This came after their first
two losses (9-5 and 5-1) the week
before against the defending CIS
champions Alberta Pandas in
The T-Birds opened last Saturday's game against Saskatchewan
with a goal early in the first period by newcomer Tamara Pick-
ford. But the Huskies responded
quickly with a goal of their own,
eventually taking the lead in
second period. Despite generating strong offensive efforts the
week before against the Pandas,
the Thunderbirds were unable
to turn out more scoring, losing
4-2. The loss came after they were
shut out 0-5 the previous evening.
In the season thus far, the T-Birds
have been outscored 8-23.
"We are very disappointed.
We were excited to be back on
home ice, and to come out as flat
as we did last night was obviously
surprising and disappointing
for us," said head coach Dave
Newson after the game Saturday.
"In the second period, we didn't
respond...we should've been stepping up our game after the first
period. We allowed them to take
it to us."
Although   the   Thunderbirds
have a tough road ahead of them
after dropping to 0-4, they're optimistic about making the playoffs
for a second straight year. The
T-Birds made the post-season last
year for the first time since the
2000-2001 season. Despite making the playoffs, they lost in the
first round to the Pandas 9-0 and
5-0 to end their run.
"Coming in to the season, we
set our sights for finishing above
fourth place," said Newson. "Saskatchewan is a team we are going
to have to beat to do that, and we
dug ourselves a hole to start in
for the beginning of the season.
We have our work cut out for us,
and you have to scratch and claw
to get a playoff spot at the best of
He continued to say that, "to
get up to the third or second spot
in the conference, we have to be
taking care of business at home."
This year goalies Melinda
Choy and Morgan Tierney continue to back the team between the
posts. Choy, a CIS all-rookie team
goalie last year, is expected to
give another strong performance
this season.
"Melinda is a great goalie for
us," said captain Kim Coates. "We
believe in her and we know that
she is going to bounce back [from
Friday night's loss]."
The Thunderbirds also feature a handful of returning players, including the team's leading
scorer Lisa Bonang, Canada West
all-star Emily McGrath-Agg, and
Jenny Mahovlich.
But they are hoping for more
Assistant captain Emily McGrath-Agg tries to weave her shot through Panthers defender Kristin Bews.
consistent play from both sides of
the puck with the return of Kirsten
Mihalcheon on the blue line. The
addition of potential first-liner
Micheleen Devine should also
pump up the T-Birds' lack of scoring opportunities.
"We are really hungry for
some success and we know we
can compete at this level," said
Tierney. "Right now all our efforts
are concentrated in working as a
team. We are not letting anything
get us down."
The T-Birds continue their
search for win number one next
weekend when they will play
host to the University of Manitoba Bisons. \i
2007-2008 Regular Season Schedule
Oct. 26 vs. Manitoba
Jan.4 at Manitoba
Oct. 27 vs. Manitoba
Jan. 5 at Manitoba
Nov. 3 at Lethbridge
Jan.11 vs Lethbridge
Nov.4 at Lethbridge
Jan. 12 vs. Lethbridge
Nov. 9 vs. Regina
Jan. 18 at Regina
Nov. 10 vs. Regina
Jan. 19 at Regina
Nov. 16 at Alberta
Jan. 25 at Saskatchewan
Nov. 17 at Alberta
Jan. 26 at Saskatchewan
Nov. 30 vs. Lethbridge
Feb. 1 vs. Alberta
Feb. 2 vs. Alberta
Dec. 1 vs. Lethbridge
UBC takes gold, silver at nationals
The UBC women's Ultimate
team dominated the competition taking gold while the men's
team snatched silver this past
weekend at the Canadian University Ultimate Championships
The women went undefeated
all weekend including their 15-
4 win over McGill University in
the finals. Despite losing 15-11
in the final against the University of Toronto on Sunday, UBC
men's co-captain Russell Street
said the team played well. "UBC
and the U of T are consistently
the top two teams—they're usually head and shoulders above
the rest." McMaster University
took the bronze on the men's
As CUUC host, UBC managed
to escape any major mishaps.
The socials on Saturday night
at the Norm and the Pit were
popular with players, and even
the weather cooperated.
A small amount of confusion
occurred on Sunday, when the
tournament was double-booked
on one field with women's
rugby, but the organisers managed to straighten things out
quickly and get the games back
on schedule.
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