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Vol. LXXXIX No. 43 I www.ubyssey.ca I march 4th, 2008
Student arrested over BioSci threats
by Brandon Adams
News Editor
Nineteen year-old UBC student Hwi
Lee was taken into RCMP custody on
February 29th without incident and was
charged with two counts of uttering
threats and two counts of mischief. The
charges were laid in connection with
two threats made to the campus, one of
which was issued on January 30th and
caused a police lock-down at the Biology
Sciences building.
While Lee has been released, he has
been given strict orders to neither enter
the UBC campus nor possess firearms.
He was also required to hand his over
his passport to the police.
RCMP Assistant Commissioner Peter German announced the arrest and
charges at a press conference Monday
"I know that this arrest will bring
relief to a great number of concerned
people both directly and indirectly impacted by the threats. Clearly this incident was unsettling for a great number
of students, faculty, staff, and visitors
to the Point Grey campus over the past
four weeks," said German. "Whether or
not the suspect in this case actually intended to harm anyone at UBC does not
minimize the severity of this crime."
The Ubyssey was unable to find much
see "BioSci" I page 02
Candidates spar off in heated By-Election this month
Joyce Murray
by Jesse Ferreras
News Staff
Like most Liberals in the House of
Commons these days, Joyce Murray is
finding herself on the defensive—an
odd place to be when you're running
for the Opposition.
The candidate for Vancouver
Quadra, a one-time provincial cabinet
minister now making a second try at
a federal seat, is coming home, so to
speak, after living here from 1961 to
1977. But like Odysseus found out,
coming home is not easy.
Throughout the campaign, she
has found herself under attack from
numerous sides, notably her Conservative and NDP rivals, the latter of
see "Liberal" | page 03
Deborah Meredith
by Marie Burgoyne
News Staff
The Conservative Party of Canada is
turning to a tried and tested strategy
in the hopes of ending 24 years of Liberal dominance in Vancouver Quadra:
They're running a candidate with a
strong history at UBC.
Deborah Meredith was asked to
run as Quadra's Conservative candidate in the March 17th by-election for
a number of reasons, not the least of
which are her easy accessibility to UBC
students, and her personal connection to the campus community. Like
former Prime Minister and Quadra
Liberal MP John Turner before her,
Meredith's history at UBC stretches
see "Conservative" | page 03
Rebecca Coad
by Holman Lai
News Writer
Out of all the MP candidates in Vancouver Quadra, Rebecca Coad is the
youngest of the pack.
Currently completing her degree
in political science and philosophy
here at UBC, Coad faces a daunting
challenge measuring up to the experiences of her opponents. Joyce Murray, the Liberal candidate, served
in the BC cabinet with Gordon
Campbell as Minster of Water, Land
and Air Protection and Minister of
Management Services. Conservative Deborah Meredith is a full-time
lecturer in commercial law at UBC's
Sauder School of Business and for-
see "NDP" | page 03
Dan Grice
by Samantha Jung
News Staff
Dan Grice, the candidate for the Green
Party in Vancouver Quadra, is optimistic and extremely positive about this
year's by-election.
It's the former UBC student's first
time running as a candidate in a federal election, but he feels that it is a
natural shift for him.
During his time at UBC, Grice was
an AMS councillor. He worked on the
AUS for three years, including involvement in Arts County Fair. After graduating with a BA in classical archaeology, Grice worked in technology for
five years. Most recently, he was one
of the coordinators for Fair Voting BC,
see "Green" | page 03
Women's V-ball wins first championship in 50 years
The UBC women's volleyball team captured their first national championship
since 1978 Saturday in Fredericton, NB
with a five-set win over the University of
MontreaI.They won 21-25,25-21,20-25,
28-26,and 20-18, making it the third time
in their last four games that the T-Birds
found themselves pulling out a victory in
the fifth set. Read the Ubyssey next Tuesday for the full tournament story and the
men's results.
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19 year-old Vanier
resident set to appear
in court March 20
from "BioSci" | page oi
information regarding Lee,
who is not listed on any major
social-networking websites
and could not be found in UBC
Housing's public directory.
Hwi Lee was found to be a
frequent Euclid mathematics
competition entrant. During
his time at the Gleaneagle Secondary School in Coquitlam,
Lee frequently ranked highly
in the Euclid competition, falling within the top 25 contestants in 2007's competition.
Lee also scored 97 per cent in
Biology 12 while at Gleneagle
"The RCMP will not tolerate threats to bring harm to
others. Making threats is not
a solution to any problem you
may be facing at school or in
your personal life," added German. "There are several social
services available to students
and we encourage you to use
them." ^
Giant tunnel device also
makes appearance at
Granville and Pender
Premier Gordon Campbell
made his presence known
downtown Sunday as the
Canada Line's Tunnel Boring Machine finished work
on its section of the Line.
Police ask for community help
The University
RCMP is seeking
the public's help
in solving a theft
of electronic
items that took
place late last
year.The suspect shown is
believed to have
committed the
crime on November 8th, 2007 at
the UBC bookstore and police
need help in
identifying him.
Anyone with information about
this incident is
asked to call Cst
Atwal ofthe University RCMP at
In the article "AMS: Tuition, fees to go up; CiTR finances
questionable" (News [Feb. 15th]) the Ubyssey incorrectly
quoted Barbara Crocker as the source of information
about tuition at the February 13th AMS Council meeting.
Anne DeWolfe of the UBC VP Students office actually
made the presentation, and the article's quotes are her
In the same article, it was implied that athletics fees
at UBC Vancouver would go up by 31.5 per cent next
year. In fact, the University asked for only a 2.75 per
cent increase for the Vancouver campus.
The Ubyssey regrets these errors.
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Joyce Murray: on
the defensive
from "Liberal" | page oi
which, fourth-year political science student Rebecca Coad, has
made it a regular feature of her
campaign to slam Murray and
her party.
One of Coad's campaign
videos shows her getting cheers
from a crowd of supporters as
she exclaims that the BC Liberals rejected the Kyoto Protocol
while Murray was the Provincial
Minister of Water, Air and Land
Protection. One of Coad's press
releases charges that Murray was
in charge when the BC government ended a moratorium on
fish-farming and hunting grizzly
For someone who did her
master's thesis on global warming, Murray doesn't take it lightly
when someone insinuates that
she didn't support the Kyoto Accord, especially in a campaign
where each of the Liberal, NDP,
and Green candidates have been
jostling to represent themselves
as the greenest candidate.
"It's simply not true," Murray
told the Ubyssey in an interview.
"I was personally very supportive, the challenge there was that
there were members of my group
that were not convinced that this
was a top priority and were concerned about the impact on British Columbia."
Joyce Murray came to Canada
from South Africa when she was
six years old. The child of an
American mother and a South
African father, her family had
grown disgusted with the apartheid regime.
She then stayed with her family in Vancouver Quadra, attending Lord Byng Secondary School
before going on to study at SFU,
where she would eventually earn
her master's of business administration in 1992.
Before that she spent four
years doing tree-planting throughout the province. She claims to
have planted half a million trees
during her tenure.
"That was my introduction to
being interested in the environment," she says, adding that she
also remembers planting in "horrific" clearcut areas near Prince
Though quite out of the bush
now, she hasn't stopped planting trees. She and husband Dirk
Brinkman founded Brinkman
and Associates Reforestation Ltd.,
a company that claims to have
planted over 900 million trees
since 1970.
It's a credit that she undoubtedly took to the polls in 2001,
when she was elected as the MLA
for the New Westminster riding.
In that capacity she would go on
to serve as Minister of Water, Air
and Land Protection and Minister
of Management Services. Despite
running for a party that had a
landslide victory in that election,
Murray says it wasn't easy trying to make the environment a
"What the public was asking
for was a government that would
stop running deficits," she says.
"In BC, the debt had doubled...
it's not good for young people to
be having to pay off the debts of
their parents.
"[The environment] was not
the top priority for some members of the public or my own
Things weren't much easier
a couple of years later. Supporters of St. Mary's Hospital in
New Westminster called for her
resignation in November 2003
after she agreed with the Fraser
Health Authority's decision to cut
off funding to the facility when it
could not come up with a feasible
business plan.
She then lost her seat in the
2005 election to NDP candidate
Chuck Puchmayr, who before that
was a New Westminster city councillor opposed to the closure.
Murray sought public office
again in 2006 when she tried for
the federal seat in New Westmin-
ster-Coquitlam, this time coming
third to NDP candidate Dawn
These days, she's running in a
riding that has been occupied solidly by the Liberals since 1984.
She does, however, find herself
fighting on behalf of herself and
her party to convince the public
that the Liberals are best suited to
tackle the environment.
A recent debate at the Meekison Arts Student Space had her
pushing her credentials as a
provincial minister, in which
she helped purchase and protect
Burns Bog, as well as protected
three million hectares of Crown
forest land. But little of that
seemed to matter to opponent
Rebecca Coad, who repeated the
well-known criticism that C02
emissions rose significantly while
the Liberals were in government.
Murray herself has little doubt
as to who can take on climate
change out of the Vancouver-
Quadra candidates.
"I am a tireless advocate for
the environment," she says. "I
didn't necessarily have a premier
that thought it was a top priority
at that time. He has since the last
election, once the first priorities
that the Liberal government had
were met. It clearly is a priority
As for her opponents, she pulls
no punches. In a recent interview
with the Georgia Straight she can
be found firing back at her NDP
rival when candidates were asked
about their green credentials.
"When an MBA chooses global
warming as a thesis, that means
something. I don't know what
Rebecca Coad is writing her term
papers on," she said.
As for the race itself, she sees
it as a two-way affair. When asked
what she can offer over a current
UBC student, a recent graduate,
and a professor, she's keen to
point out that her Conservative
opponent, Deborah Meredith is
an "instructor, not a professor"
and that Vancouver Quadra has
only ever gone one of two ways.
"There is a risk that this will
add to Mr Harper's seats," she
says. "Students just need to look
south of the border to Mr Bush's
Republicans to see what Canada
could look like with a majority Conservative government
that is not concerned about the
vulnerable, not concerned about
students in universities, not concerned about climate change and
the environment." \a
Rebecca Coad and the NDP:
Impatient for action
from "NDP" | page oi
merly practiced commercial
law in Vancouver. Dan Grice,
an alumnus of UBC and the
Green Party candidate, is a
tech-sawy politician who has
held a previous position as a
business technology consultant. So how does Coad stack
Coad has a bevy of volunteer experience, notably doing
community outreach at the
Carnegie Centre in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and
with the Oxfam UBC chapter.
But perhaps the most resounding attribute that makes up
for her lack of political inexperience is her charismatic
When asked about her
student status and age by the
Ubyssey, Coad admitted that
the other candidates are older.
But she felt that policy issues
will still take precedence.
"I'm looking at the issues
we are facing in Canada and
I'm impatient to see action, on
education and climate change,"
said Coad. "We need people in
Ottawa to get things done and
that's why I'm here."
Relating back to students,
Coad is passionate about education, particularly funding
and student debt. She believes
that as of now, Canada is simply transferring the burden of
debt to students by not providing enough funding and grants
for students
"On student debt...Canada
is basically putting a stone
around our necks and telling
us to go succeed."
Coad made it quite clear
that the federal student grant
system currently is a patchwork model, insufficient for
providing adequate resources
for students. With this being
said, she believes that provid
ing accessible education has
a spillover effect in reducing
"Education is such an important of determinant of your
economic capacity," she said.
"I remember Jack [Layton,
leader of the federal NDP]
once said that Canada is simply transferring national debt
to the students."
She stressed how education allows you to work just as
hard for $50 per hour as you
do for $10.
When discussing the environment, Coad criticized the
Harper government's dealings
during the UN climate change
conference in Bali this past
"The prime minister had
only representatives from the
oil and gas industries with
him but no representatives
from other elected parties.
The international community
was right to call Canada a joke
in these negotiations, since we
made sure there were no binding targets."
While the NDP candidate
strongly opposes the current
Harper government and their
lack of action on both education and climate change, she
also heavily criticized the lack
of Liberal leadership in parliament, which she said has abstained from every confidence
vote to date.
Another NDP MP means
that there will be one more
person to set Canada on the
right track, said Coad, something she believes the Conservatives are not doing.
While Coad may still be
a student, but she has ample
determination and a sense of
urgency to act. With the all the
candidates of Quadra being
new to the electorate, don't
count Rebecca Coad out just
Meridith: Will teaching
success translate?
from "conservative" | page oi
back to her time as a student.
After receiving her graduate
degree from UBC's Faculty of
Law, she practiced commercial
law for an extended period before
returning as a lecturer with the
Sauder School of Business, and
eventually winning the Killiam
Prize for teaching excellence at
UBC in 2003.
Meredith is quick to point out
that she enjoys interacting with
students and getting feedback
on political issues, emphasizing
voter responsibility among students. She credits active student
groups across the spectrum from
the Young Liberals to the Young
Conservative Party with helping
to increase the involvement and
the sense of community that are
often said to be lacking within
such a large institution. That
is, after all, how she began in
politics: as a student, going door
to door, talking to people while
canvassing for, ironically, groups
of Liberals.
By the early eighties, she left
liberalism for conservatism because of what she refers to in a
general sense as "issues of fiscal
responsibility." According to her
website, the recent Conservative
financial track record includes
a net drop of two per cent in the
GST and a reduction in personal
income tax from 15.5 to 15 per
cent. While student financials
and ultimately student debt are
specifically a provincial responsibility rather than a federal
one, measures of this type are
When asked why students
would be motivated to vote Conservative, she commented that as
with anything, young people especially are apt to see flaws in the
status quo. After so amany years
in a Liberal climate we may find
change refreshing. "My children
are much more conservative than
I was at their age," she says.
With such a visible campaign,
and an actual person who is directly invested in campus life, it is
clear that young people, and UBC
especially, factor greatly into the
Conservative plan for Vancouver
Quadra. \j
Greens' Grice wants peace and proportional representation
from "Green" | page oi
managing their last referendum
that was aimed at changing the
electoral reform system.
"I've always been passionate
about policy and issues," said
Grice, "and my background in
campus and university is very
important to me when I'm running for parliament because I do
really believe in a strong education system and in funding for
post-secondary education."
Grice says that he joined the
Green Party because he wanted
to be part of their push for a
"global solution" for the future.
"I really like what the Green
Party had done in Germany,
Ireland, and other countries,
and...the successes they had in
changing how politics works
and investing in renewable energy," said Grice. "It really for
me seemed like a party I wanted
to help grow."
Grice says that the Green
Parly's  platform  is   extensive.
It focuses on environmental
issues, and has developed an
extensive plan that he calls the
"Canadian solution for climate
change." The plan includes initiatives such as investment in
renewable energy, a corporate
carbon tax, and making the
shift from highway-oriented programs to more light-rail rapid
transit systems.
"[It's about] nipping problems in the bud rather than
trying to fix them after the fact,"
said Grice. "A lot of it is looking at the best practices from
around Europe and around the
world and trying to bring them
into Canada."
Non-environmental policies the Green Party advocates
include post-secondary issues,
such as increasing funding and
creating more opportunities for
co-op study. Grice says the Green
Party also is focusing on preventative health care and affordable
housing, as well as looking to legalize cannabis and turn Canada
towards a peaceful foreign policy
through the United Nations.
Electoral reform is another
big issue that the Green Party is
looking at.
"We want to see a voting system that basically turns people's
votes into seats," said Grice.
"Right now in the legislature we
use a 'first past the post' system
and we want to look at proportional representation."
Regarding the race, Grice
says public opinion is very
positive for the Green Party. His
campaign is focusing intently on
trying to secure the votes young
adults, to make sure they know
the voting registration procedure, because he feels they are
the demographic most likely to
vote Green.
"]W]e realize it's an uphill
battle so we think it's very important we get as many young
people out to vote as possible,
because they're our best opportunity to hopefully launch the
Green parliament." vl 4  i News
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More than just
another club?
A look At the influences of student political clubs
on the Vancouver Quadra by-elections
by Alison Bailey
News Writer
As March 17th comes closer, and
with it, the Vancouver Quadra
by-elections, party signs decorating more and more lawns,
campaign callers phone more
and more residents, and buttons
increasingly adorn the shirts
and backpacks of politically conscious UBC students.
Although it is certainly an
exciting time for Vancouver
residents, and for candidates
waiting for their turn in the
House of Commons, it is also
an exciting and active time for
UBC's student political clubs.
Sam Heppel, president of
the UBC NDP, says the club has
so far been effective in reaching students and in influencing the course of the election
"We were very well received
when we were in residence. We
had people come by, take buttons, take signs off the table to
put up in their window, so itwas
a positive response. And there's
definitely the feeling from students that they're open to the
NDP's message."
Heppel explains that the club
takes regular actions in order to
raise support for the party.
"Our activities are focused
around putting on political and
social events...We host NDP
politicians; we've had Jack Lay-
ton come three times in the last
three years, Carole James has
come out a couple times, sort
of to bring that you know, party
message to students," Heppel
says. "But we've also hosted less
partisan events-you know, progressive, politically-themed and
those have been successful. And
obviously, we have a role during
election times, to rally young
people on campus, get involved
with their local NDP campaign,
help out the candidate."
And in trying to raise support for NDP Vancouver Quadra
candidate Rebecca Coad, Heppel explains, "We've had a table
in the SUB with Rebecca to meet
students, we've had a couple of
days of very successful tabling in
residence. We've had a tabling
in the Vanier commons block,
in the Gage commons block,
and we're going to do that again
in Totem, Vanier, and Gage...
the important function is just
getting young volunteers from
the club outworking in the campaign office doing that regular
campaign work."
What kind of overall influence has the UBC NDP had on
the campaign process?
"I think it's been very influential...like I mentioned
earlier, we've got young people
taking on leadership roles in
the campaign team.   We've got
a pretty active, dedicated core of
energetic volunteers who can go
out on to the doorsteps," states
Michael Wolfe, member-
at-large of the UBC Greens, describes efforts similar to those
of the UBC NDP in attempting
to gain student support. "Part
of what we do is at the beginning of each year, we find other
green, like-minded individuals
by just having our name listed
with other clubs, and being
there on club day, and having
Like other political clubs, the
UBC Greens make sure to bring
party leaders to UBC. "Quite
commonly, we have Adrian
Carr...she used to be the leader
of the BC party, she used to
come to our clubs days," says
Wolfe. The club also hosted federal Green leader Elizabeth May
earlier in the term.
In preparation for the election, the UBC Greens have invited the Green Party candidate,
Dan Grice, to their meetings,
which he regularly attends. "He
comes to campus just for that
reason: to be at our club meetings, and it's announced to our
group of 200 or so students at
UBC...he does hand over his
newest campaign material to us
who are present, and then we
will distribute them."
Our activities are focused
around putting on political and social events.
Sam Heppel
President of the UBC NDP
The UBC Greens also plan
to carry out a poster campaign
leading up to March 17th that
will encourage students to vote.
"We really want to encourage people to vote and we feel,
the UBC Greens feel, that a vote
from a student on campus is
more likely to [go to the] Green
Party than not, because students, if they actually want to
be involved in what's going on
in the federal riding of Quadra,
that they tend to think of the
more long-term issues."
However, despite these
consistent efforts, and the 200
to 250 students on the UBC
Greens' e-mail list, the club has
struggled to gain student support. "The most people we've
had at a meeting this semester
is probably about ten, maybe
twelve people at a single meeting, and there's always a core
group of about four or five who
are always at all the meetings."
So far, Wolfe believes that
the UBC Greens have been "not
very effective at all" at swaying
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students' votes, citing a lack of
turnout at meetings and events.
However, he predicts that the
actions ofthe club may increase
the turnout of student voters by
a slight margin, and that "this is
a really big chance for the Green
Party to make itself more known
to the student population."
Deborah Meredith, the Conservative candidate and a lecturer at UBC's Sauder School of
Business, discussed her observations of student involvement
during the campaign process.
In reference to the UBC Campus
Conservatives, many of whom
Meredith has come to know
quite well, she said, "We have
not a large, but a very committed campus Conservative group
and so they've been very helpful
in door-knocking, in recruiting,
organization." According to
Meredith, members of the UBC
Campus Conservatives are not
only from Vancouver Quadra.
"Some of them come from Coquitlam and from other areas,
from Vancouver Centre, and
Vancouver South, so they're involved in the Quadra campaign,
but they're also involved in their
own ridings."
Throughout her time in
Canadian politics, Meredith
believes that student involvement has remained consistently
strong. "My own son was a
member of the Campus Conservatives and he was active in
high school with the Conservative Party, so I think it's been
a pretty strong presence all the
way along. It hasn't been huge,
but it's been strong...it could be
a lot stronger."
Liberal candidate Joyce Murray has worked closely with the
UBC Young Liberals of Canada.
"I think it's very high this year
in the Liberal campaign. Now, I
didn't campaign in the last election for the Liberals, but I'm led
to believe that this is a strong
interest by the youth. There's a
strong club [the UBC Young Liberals of Canada], very capable
leadership under Mia Taghiza-
deh as the president...They're
working to bring the by-election
to the attention of students."
Murray says the two roles
of the UBC Young Liberals are
acquiring votes for the Liberals
from campus, and providing
volunteer help for campaign
events, such as door-knocking,
telephoning, and helping with
/ would say that in the
last two years, we have
seen a huge increase
in youth involvement in
the Liberal campaign.
Joyce Murray
Liberal Candidate
"I would say that in the last
two years, we have seen a huge
increase in youth involvement
in the Liberal campaign," Murray says.
Although the level of influence that student political
clubs have on the by-elections
is up for debate, almost all of
the four candidates and club
members I met commented on
the importance of student voting. When you're at the polls on
March 17th, as you place an "X"
next to the name of one of the
candidates, think about why you
chose who you did. Information from the media? Your own
research? Maybe it was a club-
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as you were walking through the
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Activist pushes for "The Right to Be Cold"
by Lucy Gotell
News Writer
Renowned Canadian Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier delivered
a harrowing message of how
global warming is threatening
Inuit culture during a speech on
Arctic climate change at UBC's
Life Science Centre last Friday.
The lecture, entitled "The
Right to Be Cold: The Global
Significance of Arctic Climate
Change," was given as part of
the Terry project, an initiative of
UBC's Faculty of Arts and Faculty
of Science aimed at educating
undergraduate students about
global issues.
Born and raised in Nunavik,
Quebec until the age of ten,
Watt-Cloutier has long been an
outspoken advocate of preserving traditional Inuit culture. She
was elected president of the Inuit
Circumpolar Conference both
in 1995 and in 1998 and has
received numerous awards, including the National Aboriginal
Achievement Award in 2004 and
the International Environmental
Leadership Award in 2006.
Speaking to an audience of
UBC students and faculty, Watt-
Cloutier described how the Inuit
"are being disproportionately,
negatively impacted by greenhouse gas emissions."
As global temperatures rise
and Arctic ice melts, Watt-Cloutier explained, the effects on Inuit
culture are already noticeable.
For instance, new species of fish
and insects have been migrating
north, upsetting the historical
natural balance. Grizzly bears
have also migrated north and
have been breeding with polar
But perhaps most upsetting
is the fact that Inuit hunting practices are being compromised as
the natural ice "highway" used by
traveling huntsmen melts. Watt-
Cloutier stressed that the skills
and honourable qualities taught
through hunting, such as courage and patience, are being lost
in younger generations of Inuit.
Watt-Cloutier sees this as
being inextricably linked to the
high suicide rates witnessed
among young Inuit men, as well
as  substance abuse and other
social problems.
"We remain a people that are
very closely linked to our cultural
heritage," Watt-Cloutier said. "We
have to see the ice-free Northwest
Passage as an environmental
Michael Byers, a political
science professor at UBC who
helped introduce Watt-Cloutier
during Friday's lecture, said she
is correct in her assessment of
the threat to the Arctic and to
Inuit culture.
"The very foundation of
their traditional way of life is
disappearing from beneath their
feet. [It is] a little bit as if all the
ground in Vancouver all of a sudden turned into many metres of
mush in terms of the impact it
has on the Inuit."
Byers said it is important
for students to gain knowledge
about these issues because it
enables them to bring about real
"Knowledge is power. And
young people—students in particular—need to realize that they
can have quite a decisive effect
on public policy if they raise their
voices in a strong, coherent way,"
said Byers.
In 2005, Watt-Cloutier
launched a petition to the Inter-
American CommissiononHuman
Rights, arguing that unrestricted
greenhouse gas emissions from
the US were in violation of the
human rights of the Inuit. Since
then, she claimed, the US has
started to pay attention.
"It was a gift from our hunters, from our elders, to the
world," Watt-Cloutier said of the
Watt-Cloutier also stressed
that as a wealthy and respected
country, Canada should take a
leadership role in preventing
global warming. BC's recent
decision to implement a carbon
tax to offset emissions was in
her opinion, a step in the right
"That's a good start. There's
lots more to do, but it's a good
Chelsea MacPherson, a physical geography student at UBC,
said this was the first time she
had heard a climate change lecture that specifically focused on
the Arctic, and that she found
the lecture interesting because it
gave specific examples.
"People might know the
basics," Watt-Cloutier said. "But
they don't usually know the specifics of climate change."
When asked what everyday
Canadians can do to help stave
off global warming, Watt-Cloutier
said the best thing is to become
educated on the issue.
"I'm not na'ive; we have to
plan for the inevitable," she said.
"But this doesn't mean there's
nothing else we can do."
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- Student Legal Fund Society (the "Society") will be held at
room 177 ofthe Curtis Law Building at UBC on Thursday
March 11,2008 at the hour of 1:00pm for the following purposes:
1. To recieve the report of the Elections Administrator.
2. To appoint or waive the appointment of auditors.
3. To recieve and consider the financial statements
of the Society for the year ended and the report of the
directors to the members.
4. To transact such other business as may properly be
brought before the meeting
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Future of SUB to be decided by end of month
by Justin McElroy
News Staff
UBC students will determine
the fate of the Student Union
Building this month, as the AMS
passed a resolution last Wednesday that will put proposals for a
new SUB to a campus-wide referendum that will take place from
March 25 to 31.
In a moment that Brian
Sullivan, UBC's vice-president,
students called "one of the most
important things that has ever
happened in these council chambers," AMS Council formally
endorsed a plan to renovate and
enlarge the 40-year old building,
in a partnership with UBC that
would see 120 million dollars
spent on a renovated and enlarged Student Union Building.
The plan calls for the building
of a new 75,000 square foot extension ofthe SUB, which would
be followed by a complete renovation of the current 205,000
square foot building, ensuring
that at no point in the process
would UBC students be lacking
an operational building.
Of the $120 million necessary for the project, 80 million
will be contributed by the AMS,
and 40 million bythe University.
The AMS plans to raise the money by creating a new student fee
that will start at twenty dollars
in 2008-2009, and will grow by
ten dollars each year for the next
decade, at which point it would
be capped at $110 until the
building is fully paid for. Based
on estimates presented to AMS
Council, the new SUB would be
in place in 2014, and students
will no longer be paying off the
accumulated interest by 2044,
30 years after its completion.
While some in Council raised
concerns over the cost of the
plan, outgoing VP Administration Sarah Naiman defended the
choice to go with the most expensive option presented to the
SUB Renew Committee, claiming
that it "allows us to meet our sustainability goals, while fitting in
what students want to see in sthe
UBC Vice-President, Students, Brian Sullivan announces to AMS Council that the Board of Governors are committed to a partnership with the AMS to renovate and enlarge the Student Union Building. Should students approve the plan,the new SUB will be completed by 2014,and will cost $120 million.
building." Itwas also pointed out
by members that, when adjusted
for inflation, the $110 fee is approximately the same as the student fee that was in place to pay
for the current SUB.
Indeed, for Naiman, who
spent countless hours of her
term bringing the SUB Renewal
project from a long-term goal to a
tangible reality, the referendum
is "an incredible oppurtunity"
for students.
"The time is ripe for a new
building," she said to the Ubyssey, adding "the project allows
the students to take over the
square with a programming
plan that is well thought out and
meets the needs of the entire
campus community. We are in
a good place to be negotiating
with the University—our current
building is falling apart and they
need to figure out how to create
a welcoming place on campus."
She concluded her pitch by stating  "An  opportunity like  this
comes once in a lifetime."
All of this hinges on a positive vote in the upcoming referendum, which will also include a
proposal to extend the U-Pass for
another three years at a slightly
increased rate for students (an
additional $1.75 per month).
The referendum will also ask
students to decide on a $1.50
payment increase towards the
World University Service of Canada's Student Refugee Program,
which allows university students
fleeing war or persecution in
developing countries to continue
their studies in Canada.
The six hour long council
meeting was one of transition,
as it brought to an end the term
of AMS President Jeff Friedrich,
and vice-presidents Brittany Tyson, Brendan Goodmurhpy, Matthew Naylor, and Sarah Naiman.
When asked to summarize his
feelings upon stepping down,
Friedrich said, "I can say that our
whole exec team is very proud of
what we've been able to accomplish." For the entire group, the
ability to conclude their tenure
with a resolution that makes a
new SUB just a step away from
reality is surely satisfying.
But not all praise for the new
developments in the SUB Renew project was unconditional.
Incoming VP Admin Tristan
Markle has been critical of the
University's plans for the University Square area in the past,
but struck a more positive tone
after the council meeting on
"I think what AMS Council
put forward is a really great
way to go. It allows us to move
forward to a student-centred
campus core," said Markle.
At the same time, he was
skeptical of the letter put forth
by the University outlining the
new partnership with the AMS,
believing it to be too focused
on the development goals held
by the University prior the part
nership with the student society
in revitalizing the space was
achieved. "That letter reflected
old decisions," Markle said,
referring to proposals made by
the University to prominently
feature retail space and market
housing within the square. "The
guiding principals on how to
move forward with a student-
centred campus will be made
collaboratively, and they have
yet to be made...I don't think
that letter reflects how to move
forward at all", but he added that
he looks forward to working with
UBC in the planning of specifics
for the area.
In the meantime, the AMS
has already begun a $17,000
campaign to inform students
about the upcoming referendum, and those on campus can
be expected to hear plenty of
information regarding the costs
and benefits of continuing the
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lucky Once
Directors debut film is about seizing the
opportunities you already have
by Raien Naraghi
Culture Writer
In the midst of the successful
musical box office hits Across the
Universe and Sweeney Todd, new-
time Irish director John Carney
has managed to step out into the
spotlight with his non-chick-flick
music love story, Once.
Carney's film is not a musical, but rather it is a film that is
about music. The story revolves
around an Irish street guitar
player who is going through his
own share of problems, being
both hopelessly romantic and
hopelessly talented. Through
the help of his vacuum cleaner
repairing techniques, he meets a
girl that helps him realize what
his music is really worth.
I know what you're thinking.
Boy is pathetic, boy meets girl,
they fall in love, he loses her and
then he runs past airport security guards without getting shot
and manages to get the girl back
just moments before she gets on
the plane.
This is not one of those detestable chick flick love stories.
The story is about two people
that connected with each other
through the power of music and
slowly started to realize what they
are truly worth. The film studies
the concept of "believing in yourself and proves one can do so
through the simple style of filmmaking. Carney uses the camera
merely to record the events that
take place rather than having the
camera as a key element of the
film. This movie is genuine. The
cast and crew created a movie out
of sweet simplicity and managed
to grab the viewer's immediate
attention with its realism.
With a fantastic cast of nonprofessional actors and an incredible soundtrack (composed
by the actors themselves), this
movie brings the audience out
of the fictional world of movies and shows us a very true
form of reality that we barely
see in films anymore. The two
main actors, Glen Hansard and
Marketa Irglova, have won an
Academy Award for their song
"Falling Slowly".
Explaining the story any more
will only ruin the experience of
this film for the viewer. I would
highly recommend watching
this hopeful and inspiring film,
especially if you think you're not
going to like it. \a
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Culture i  9
Facebook facilitates pirate takeover of SeaBus
Bucaneers set sail to
save public space
by Oker Chen
Culture Staff
Passengers commuting to and
from the North Shore aboard the
SeaBus last Friday found themselves surrounded by a horde of
pirates who congregated for an
ocean-faring party in the middle
of Burrard Inlet.
Over 300 people dressed as
a variety of pirates stormed the
Waterfront terminal in front of
chuckling commuters and TransLink employees. The flash mob
was organized almost entirely
through the social networking
site Facebook, which become essential for spontaneous guerilla
pillow fights, art installations,
and theme parties  across the
Participants in the event,
dubbed Pirates of the SeaBus,
gathered at Waterfront Station
and boarded two consecutive
SeaBuses departing for Lonsdale
Quay in North Vancouver. Upon
arrival, they spilled out onto the
docks and began dancing to old
seafaring songs. Two live bands,
the Creaking Planks and Toot a
Lute, played both on the ferries
and at the terminals, provoking chants of, "Ah-yo hoho, yo
ho ho!" in spontaneous singings
of sailing songs. The night ended
with a surprise performance by
Empire Alley, complete with mix
board and speakers, in front of
Waterfront Station.
Sky Doherty was one of many
passengers expecting a routine
commute as she boarded the
SeaBus last Friday.
"I saw this mad rush of people dressed as pirates. I was just
like 'what's going on?' I thought
itwas some pirate walk or something." Doherty said. "I don't
know what's going on, but that
was the best fucking SeaBus ride
of my life."
The Pirates of the SeaBus is
one of a series of projects under-
Following live bands and a trail of chocolate gold coins, pirates commandeered two SeaBuses during Reading Week. No commuters walked the plank
and the scurvy outbreak was contained by the time the vessels returned to Waterfront Station to unload the plunder of the North Shore.
taken by the Vancouver Public
Space Network (VPSN) intended
to reclaim public spaces throughout the city. Andrew Pask is one
ofthe founders ofthe VPSN. The
organization started in 2005 as
a common project among a concerned group of individuals interested in public space issues.
"Public space has been used
as an umbrella concept by groups
in other cities, like Toronto, Portland, and a couple of cities in the
UK," Pask said. Having fun while
advocating for public rights has
turned heads: membership grew
from a kitchen table group of a
dozen people in late 2005 to
over 600 members in today.
Newmindspace is one such
group, based out of New York and
Toronto, which has organized
flashmob pillow fights, public
transit parties, and bubble-blowing battles. Their visit to Vancouver in August 2006 resulted in a
Robots-on-the-SkyTrain party that
seeded the idea behind VPSN's
own SkyTrain party, which took
place lastyear.
On Halloween eve 2007, a
gaggle of VPSN ghouls converged
on the SkyTrain for a haunting
party. Considering the lack of
organization, participants have
been particularly well-behaved.
"Someone pulled out a cigarette and had to be put out. Everyone gets it," Pask said, in reference to a VPSN member smoking under the roof of TransLink
property. "Afterwards [a couple
of TransLink employees] came
up to us and said 'Wow, that was
really well done. Thank you.'
They were really happy with it."
Although TransLink was told
about neither the halloween
SkyTrain nor the SeaBus pirate
party, they have put full support
behind public space groups.
"The large troupe of pirates
gave everyone a laugh. There
were no complaints [from Sea-
Bus passengers]," said Peter
Louwe, TransLink's manager of
media relations. "As long as they
pay fare and don't bother customers they're welcome to using
TransLink as a social gathering
When VPSN is not sailing
the high seas, they lobby over
Vancouver's EcoDensity plans,
review the city's municipal
budget, contribute to downtown
community gardens, and map
the city's network of security
cameras. Pask's goal is to keep
public space public.
"We're kind of doing the job
for big brother already," Pask
said. "Either through Facebook
or cell phone cameras or everything else. We're surveiling ourselves to death."
The crowd's response to how
they knew to congregate here was
virtually unanimous: Facebook.
However Pask was confident
that  even  without the  hugely
popular social networking site,
Pirates of the SeaBus could still
have been a success.
"Without Facebook, we probably could have gotten the same
number out, but it would've required different investments,"
he said. "It's not a concern at all.
The fact is that every time we do
a different type of activity, we get
a different crowd of people."
And the VPSN is eager to meet
as many new people as possible.
They are already planning their
next party, which could be closer
than you might think.
"You have a public space at
UBC that is under threat. The UBC
Farm is one tremendous public
space. People really should invest
some effort to save it," Pask said.
"It's the only urban farm we have
anywhere in the area."
"It's precisely that we don't
want people to take [these areas]
for granted that we have these
parties." \a
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This year's Celebrate Research
Week showcases a sensational
week of diverse and exciting events
highlighting areas of research
and cutting-edge work that UBC's
faculties, departments, schools and
partner institutions have to offer.
These events include discussion
forums, lectures, seminars, open
houses and symposia on topical and
timely issues from every discipline
"Should've" Presented by Theatre at UBC
and the Department of Chemistry
March 4 to March 8
Nobel taureate in Chemistry Roald Hoffmann
explores the ethical dimensions of science in his
latest play Should've. The playwright will be on
hand opening night. Call 604.822.2678, www.
UBC Frederick Wood Theatre - 6354 Crescent
Sci-Trek Science & Research Trade Show
UBC Supply Management presents Sci Trek to
all Faculty and Staff. Here is your opportunity to
meet with UBC's Major Suppliers and see their
latest products. Free admission. Prizes!
Life Sciences Centre - 2350 Health Sciences Mall
Diabetes - Genes or Lifestyle?
Join the Faculty of Medicine for a free interactive
public forum and live webcast with leading
diabetes researchers and CBC News Science and
Environment Reporter Eve Savory.
Visit www.med.ubc.ca/diabetesforum for details.
To register: infobc@diabetes.ca
Victoria Learning Theatre (Rm 182), The Irving K.
Barber Learning Centre - 1961 East Mall
Sleep: A Window on Infant and Young
Children's Development
The area of sleep deprivation for infants and
children is a sometimes controversial topic. Dr.
Hall, who has assisted many families with their
infants' and pre-schoolers' sleep problems,
will provide answers to a number of questions.
Contact: Merrilee Hughes, 604.822.1409,
IRC - Lecture Theatre 6 (Woodward Building)
Art, Fashion, Jazz and Politics Under the
Atomic Cloud, 1945-1956
Prof. Serge Guilbaut presents an illustrated
discussion and examines the extraordinary
cultural diversity produced in cities like New York
and Paris, and the West's rethinking of national
identities during the Cold War Era. Free.
UBC Robson Square - 800 Robson St.
Action on Seafood Sustainability: Consumer
Impact on Dwindling Marine Resources
Join us for an interactive discussion to
highlight issues around seafood sustainability.
Representatives of diverse interest groups will
explore ecological, social and economic concerns
that should influence our decisions. Contact:
Amanda Vincent, a.vincent@fisheries.ubc.ca
Robson Square - 800 Robson Street
Solving Complex Real-world Problems:
An Issue-based Interdisciplinary Approach
March 10 to March 14
In this series of lunch-time talks and videos,
faculty and students discuss the collaborative
ifs yours
and interdisciplinary approaches used to address
complex societal and environmental issues.
Contact: John Corry, 604.822.4131 or visit www.
Rm 120 CK Choi Building- 1855 West Mall
Celebrating Women's Health Research
8:00AM - 4:00PM
Women's Health Research Day features keynote
speaker Dr. Joy Johnson. Presentations on topics
such as Women's Heart Health, Reproductive
Health and Infection will be spotlighted. Contact:
Christina Schmidt, 604.875.3459, cschmidt®
UBC Life Sciences Centre, LSC1 - 2350 Health
Sciences Mall
Film Screening of "Double Happiness"
Screening of the hit debut film Double
Happiness, directed by UBC Film alumna Mina
Shum, will be followed by a Q&A session about
her experiences making the movie. More info &
tickets at 604.616.5055, www.ubcfilmalumni.org
Vancity Theatre -1181 Seymour Street
Narratives from Front Lines: The Dangers
of Working as an Investigative Journalist in
the Middle East
Recently returned from some of the hottest
conflict zones of the Middle East, freelance
journalist Deborah Campbell talks about the
strategies required to live in and report from
these areas. Q&A will follow the lecture.
Admission free. Contact: Andreas Schroeder,
Frederick Wood Theatre - UBC
Neuroscience and the Law: A Long-Range
Discoveries in neuroscience are impacting the
world, in ways large and small, predictable and
unexpected.This talk is a preliminary exploration
of three possible areas of change. Contact: Sofia
Lombera, slombera@interchange.ubc.ca
Faculty of Law - 1822 East Mall
Panel Discussion with Dr. Paul Collier: Why
the World's Poorest Countries Are Failing
and What Can Be Done About it.
A team of Liu Institute researchers will respond
to Dr. Paul Collier's research in his recent book,
"The Bottom Billion." Contact: Tim Shew,
Robson Square - 800 Robson Street
Straight From the Heart: Your Guide to
the Latest in Cardiac Research, Care and
7:00PM (doors at 6:30PM)
Get your pulse racing with the latest information
in cardiac research, care and prevention. Our
experts will guide you through the secrets of
caring for the heart. Moderated by Dr. Rhonda
Low. Register free at celebrateresearch@vch.ca
Cordula & Gunter Paetzold Health Education
Centre, VGH - 899 West 12th
Trees: The Building Blocks of a Blobal Bio-
4:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Dr. Ian de la Roche, President and CEO of
FPInnovations, will be the guest speaker at
the Annual Forestry Lecture in Sustainability
sponsored by the Koerner Foundation. All are
welcome to view research poster displays prior
to the lecture and to join us at a reception
immediately following. Admission is free. For
more information, visit www.forestry.ubc.ca or
contact 604-822-6784
Forest Sciences Centre, 2424 Main Mall
Cafe Scientifique - Healthy Cities
Join us to learn about and discuss some of
the health issues in Vancouver. Where are the
pollution hotspots in our city? Is traffic noise
more than just a nuisance? How safe are cycle
paths? Limited seating. Call to reserve: Will
McDowall, will.mcdowall@ubc.ca or visit www.
Steamworks - 375 Water Street
Celebrate Hearing Health - Day 1
Interested in Audiology or Speech-Language
Pathology? Are you a student exploring career
options in health care and technology? Are
you wondering if you're listening to your iPod
at a dangerous level? Discover the career
opportunities available to you! Contact: Valter
Ciocca director@audiospeech@ubc.ca
IRC - B27-28 (Woodward Building)
Food Nutrition and Health Open House
Drop by for a guided tour of the Food Science
laboratory facilities and other presentations.
Check our website for tour and presentation
schedules, www.landfood.ubc.ca
Nutrition and Health Building - 2205 East Mall
Obesity: The Skinny on Weight Loss: Dieting
and Physical Activity in a Weight Conscious
Join the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. &
Yukon for an evening with leading experts in
weight loss, eating, and physical activity who
will answer the age old question: Is dieting safe
and do any diets really work? If not, what is
the alternative? Please RSVP to 604.736.4404
Ext.270 or research@hsf.bc.ca
Robson Square - 800 Robson Street
Wine Library Open House
Free 30 minute tours throughout the day. Tour
the UBC Wine Library, one of the most exclusive
wine libraries in the world. To register contact:
wine@interchange.ubc.ca, www.landfood.ubc.
Nutrition and Health Building - 2205 East Mall
Celebrate Research Gala
UBC's premier annual event! The Gala celebrates
the achievements of UBC's research award
winners of 2007 and entertains with musical
interludes bythe UBC School of Music, UBC
Opera and the Oscar Hicks Septet. Tickets are
free and must be reserved in advance.
Email celebrate.research@ubc.ca or call
The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts - 6265
Crescent Rd.
Sustainability and Social Enterprise - James
This presentation focuses on the findings of a
survey of social enterprises across North America
and Europe and includes presentations by MBA
students who have developed business plans in
this domain. Reception from 5:00PM to 6:00PM
Contact: Jessie Lam, jessie.lam@sauder.ubc.ca,
or visit: www.sauder.ubc.ca
Robson Square Theatre - 800 Robson Street
Celebrate Mech
The Department of Mechanical Engineering
opens its doors to high school students, the
university community and the public for displays,
tours of research labs, lectures for lay people,
information sessions and related activities.
Contact Jennifer Pelletier, jennifer@mech.ubc.ca
Civil and Mech. Engineering - 6250 Applied
Science Lane
Celebrate Hearing Health - Day 2
Interested in Audiology or Speech-Language
Pathology? Are you a student exploring career
options in health care and technology? Are
you wondering if you're listening to your iPod
at a dangerous level? Discover the career
opportunities available to you! Contact: Valter
Ciocca director@audiospeech@ubc.ca
IRC - B27-28 (Woodward Building)
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100 years of achievement with a
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Feature . 11
by Alanna Mackenzie
might not spell environmental catastrophe the
way carbon emissions and
toxic pollution do, but those
plastic bags you see in the
hands of shoppers everywhere are more harmful than
you think. In Vancouver, as
in Canada, consumer choice
still rules on the matter, and
shoppers are bound to hear
the familiar question "paper
or plastic?" for some time to
come. Yet more and more
people are beginning to
act, and from Paris to Hong
Kong, cities worldwide are
banning or reducing plastic
bags as part of an international movement away from
the use of the ubiquitous petroleum-based products.
Last year, Paris implemented a city-wide ban on
non-biodegradable plastic
bags, which had previously
accounted for 8000 tons of
waste in the City of Lights
each year. And in time for
the 2008 Olympic Games,
China plans to follow in the
footsteps of multiple Asian
nations and deplete plastic
stocks throughout its stores.
Many store owners there reacted surprisingly agreeably
to the change, commenting
that they didn't think a ban
would prove economically
detrimental in the long run.
And in Ireland, which placed
a 25 cent "PlasTax" on plastic
bags in early 2003, the law
actually generates revenue
for the government. More
importantly, it has succeeded
in slashing plastic bag usage
by at least 90 per cent. Other
countries planning to follow
suit include India, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Australia, and
San Francisco became officially the first North American city to implement a ban
of its own in March 2007. The
city's law forbids large drug
stores and grocery stores
from using plastic bags that
are either non-biodegradable or non-recyclable, and
is only one of several green
measures in place in the
city. Nearly a month later,
the small Manitoban town of
Leaf Rapids claimed the title
of first Canadian city to do
the same.
Surrounded by all these
impressive examples on all
one might
think an eco-conscious city
like Vancouver would follow
suit, too. What is holding us
"A total ban would not be
effective," says Lim Ng, store
manager of Stong's Market,
an independent, Vancouver-
based grocery store in Kerrisdale. "At least not at this
time—maybe down the road.
You'd have to give customers notice so that they could
He feels that too sudden a
change would "upset seniors"
who form a good part of the
store's clientele and find it
easier and more convenient
to carry their purchases in
plastic bags. Yet while he
doesn't find it realistic to
ban plastic bags completely
all his store's bags are biodegradable, and there is an
in-store recycling program
for plastic bags.
Major grocery chains,
such as Safeway and London
Drugs, have similar recycling
programs for their customers. Furthermore, Safeway's
in-store policy states that
customers can go home with
reusable cloth bags for only
99 cents. Other retailers
around Vancouver, including
IGA, BC Liquor Stores, and
Bosa Foods give out cloth
bags either year-round or
during seasonal promotions.
Yet despite these measures,
there is still no formal ban or
reduction in place for the vast
majority of retailers when it
comes to plastic bags.
"A few retailers might
discount 5 or 10 cents if you
bring your own, but I don't
think [grocery stores like
Safeway] are going to ban
them quite yet," says Vicky
Foley, community marketing
team leader for Capers Whole
Foods Market. Yet it is a step
Whole Foods itself plans to
take—stores throughout Canada, the US and the UK have
already begun depleting plastic bags and by Earth Day
April 22nd, this year, aim to
be plastic bag free. It makes
sense, Foley says, in keeping
with Capers' commitment to
"One of our core values
has always been to care for
the environment," Foley says.
The gro-
also plans
to increase, by
Earth Day, their
5 cent refund
for bringing your
own bag up to
10, and continue
giving out 100 per
cent recycled paper
According to Foley, customers have responded enormously well to the change.
"They've been super positive
about the whole thing," she
says. "In fact, many Capers
and Whole Foods customers
have been wanting [plastic
bags] banned for a while,
and now they're happy its
While this may not be
especially surprising, considering the stores' health-conscious, eco-set clientele, she
feels confident that it could
happen elsewhere as well.
"I think a city-wide ban
is definitely realistic. If a big
city like San Francisco can do
it, Vancouver certainly can as
well. It's just a mindset you
have to get into—once you
start educating people about
it, I'm sure they'll accept
In BC alone, 1.3 to 1.4 billion of the petroleum-based
plastic bags are consumed
annually, and about 9.5 million tons were produced in
Canada in 2005.
A single plastic bag can
take up to 1000 years to
biodegrade in a landfill, and
approximately 12 million
barrels of oil are used in the
production of plastic bags
in the US. In western India,
thousands of the tiny plastic
bags can be found clogging
drains and leading to flooding
during monsoon season. And
along the Falkland Islands,
they are responsible for the
endangerment of marine
animals such as leatherback
turtles, who mistake them for
jellyfish. Multiple other species, including whales, dolphins, seals and puffins are
found washed up on shore
every year, their stomachs
clogged by shopping bags.
Some might argue that
paper bags are, as an alternative, also environmentally
damaging, claiming they
use too many trees, create
greenhouse gas emissions in
manufacturing and take up
more space in landfills. Yet
there are other options—bags
made out of corn, or even
potatoes, for example, which
is opening up a revolutionary new industry in Europe
which calls for starch-based
products. Two  of the
largest European manufacturers of biodegradable plastics, Novamont
in   Italy   and  Avebe   in
Sweden, expect increasing   demand   for   their
products throughout the
EU in upcoming years.
With   Vancouver   at
the forefront of "green"
change in Canada, and
even the world, why is
it taking so long for
us to act? The City of
Vancouver does not
even have a plastic-bag-recycling
program, unlike its
neighbors   Maple   Ridge,
Coquitlam, Delta, Nanaimo,
and Port Moody.
While there is an effort
by a few politicians to herald
change, such as city councilor Tim Stevenson, the bid
has not yet been supported
by Metro Vancouver. "There
are many municipalities in
Vancouver, and its difficult
to get that many together to
sign on," says Stevenson. His
bid to create change through
the mayor was unfortunately
turned down, prompting him
to turn to Metro Vancouver.
"I'm very disappointed
the NPA and Sam Sullivan
voted down my motion. So
we'll have to wait and see
what Metro does, and if they
don't accept it we'll take it
back to City," he says.
Other councilors suggest
taking a broader approach-
not simply banning plastic
bags in Vancouver, but all
throughout BC. Yet Stevenson
feels that, once Vancouver
bans plastic bags, the rest of
BC will follow. "I think Vancouver should go ahead, and
if the rest of Metro and the
rest of the province wants to
follow suit, that's fine.
"Whether or not the rest
of BC is open to the idea I
honestly don't know. But the
Lower Mainland has the largest number of consumers. If
we set a good example then
others will go ahead as well."
He also feels that retailers in
the Lower Mainland will
embrace a ban. "A
lot of retailers are
switching over,
and understanding that people
want this," he
says. "Polls indicate people want to
move to a ban.
"This is a large is
sue   worldwide,
not   just   in
Vancouver.    But
many people are
conscious here," he
There may be a difference of opinion regarding
the issue, but in my view
the important question is
not where, but when. Even
adopting a ban in the Vancouver area alone could make a
considerable difference environmentally, and serve to set
an example for the rest ofthe
country and the world—especially if it is done prior to the
2010 Olympic Games.
This is a university that
regards sustainability and
the environment as crucial
factors to be integrated into
campus life, and yet plastic bags have not yet been
banned at campus stores
and elsewhere throughout
the city. While it is easy for
us to blame consumers, I
also know that it can be easy
to forget about being "environmentally friendly" every
second. Plastic bags are, after all, a part of our lifestyle,
convenient, easy to advertise
on, and relatively cheap to
manufacture. It is much too
tempting to ignore the idea of
eliminating them completely.
But it is, however, a necessary step in order to rightly
call ourselves the green city
we often claim to be. With a
ban in effect, we might finally be able to avoid having to
make another guilty decision
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The Just Desserts Awards are brought to you by the
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Imagine Your Space
MARCH 25-31
Services Hiring Workshops
"Everything you want to know about the services...and how you can get involved!"
There will be three 45 minute information sessions aimed at showing you what the AMS
Services are all about and how you can become part of our team.
Current Coordinators will be present to share their experiences.
Monday, March 3-1:00 p.m. SUB 42T
(Tutoring, Speakeasy, Advocacy and Minischool Coordinators will be present.)
Tuesday, March 4 - 12:30 p.m. SUB Council Chambers
(Speakeasy, Advocacy and Minischool Coordinators will be present.)
Thursday, March 6-11:30 a.m. SUB 42T
(Connect, Tutoring, Speakeasy, Advocacy and Minischool Coordinators will be present,
along with the Executive Coordinator of Student Services.)
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The AMS Student Society is Now Hiring
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Meaningful, engaging and exciting employment opportunities and a great way to get
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Full position details, compensation and
application procedures are available on our web site at www.ams.ubc.ca
The Asian Canadian Cultural Organization welcomes everyone to attend...
" UnConference"
UBC Undergraduate Initiatives at the Student Union Building,
March 6-7, 2008 Thursday, March 6 & Friday March 7, 2008, SUB Room 207 and 209
This unique series of interactive workshops will address the under-discussed issues
affecting Asian Canadians in the greater community.
Vancouver's large Asian Canadian population is reason for celebration as well as study.
Who are Asian Canadians? How do Asian Canadians feel about their part in Vancouver?
Are stereotypes prevalent? Are Asian Canadians being fairly represented in the media?
How about in business? Is interracial dating a source of conflict or cooperation? What are
the issues regarding Asian Canadians in the queer community? Or queer Asian Canadians
in the Asian community?
Our workshop discussions will be held from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. on both days.
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Sports 113
Women's B-ball team wins Canada West tourney
T-Birds now off to CIS championships looking for third title in five years
by Chad Klassen
The Peak (SFU)
The UBC women's basketball
team defeated the Regina Cougars 70-59 in the Canada West
finals Saturday at SFU, earning
their spot in the national tournament that begins Friday in
The T-Birds will be looking
for their third national title in
the past five years.
UBC entered the Canada West
Final Four as the wildcard entry
after losing to SFU in the Pacific
Division final game, and they
advanced to the Canada West
final after defeating the Alberta
Pandas by a score of 76-66 in
the semifinals. In the other semifinal game, the top-seated SFU
Clan suffered a major upset to
the claws of the Regina Cougars,
setting the stage for a UBC and
Regina final. Until that loss, SFU
had only lost one game during
the season.
In the championship match,
the T-Birds came out strong with
stifling defense and clutch shooting from the field.
This put UBC ahead 12-4
midway through the first , and
the quarter ended with the T-
Birds in front 23-12.
Unfortunately for Regina,
who had pulled off a major upset over SFU the night before,
they couldn't find their rhythm
But after a 9-0 run at the start
of the second quarter from the
T-birds which extended their
lead to 21 points, the Cougars responded with a 20-4 run of their
own, shaving UBC's lead down to
a mere four points. The T-Birds
made a brief run at the end of
the half however, and entered
halftime up seven points, 41-34.
To start the second half, Regina kept the game within five
points for a stretch, but UBC
was too much for the Cougars
to handle and they couldn't gain
any ground on the scoreboard,
trailing 56-43 into the fourth
The T-Birds extended their
lead to as much as 16 points in
the fourth, and while Regina kept
battling until the end, the deficit
was too much to overcome.
"It was a competitive game,
I thought both teams put on a
good display of Canada West
basketball," said head coach
Deb Huband after the win. "We
had a good team effort and received contributions from a lot
of sources and from our seniors
in particular."
"UBC just played well, they
shot the ball incredibly well,"
said Regina head coach Dave Taylor after the loss. He continued
to say that fifth-year Erica McGuinness, who finished with 23
points on the game, "really took
over the game and demonstrated
why she is an All-Canadian."
A week following an embarrassing series sweep in the
division final at SFU, where the
T-Birds looked out of their league
against the No. 1 team in the
country, they find themselves
atop the Canada West conference
entering nationals.
In the T-Birds semifinal
game, it was a quick start from
UBC that ultimately helped the
Thunderbirds win over the Alberta Pandas, which guaranteed
the T-Birds a place in the CIS
National Championship.
Alberta found itself behind
the eightball right from the opening tipoff, as the T-Birds set the
tempo and took the momentum
with a 22-15 first-quarter lead.
Missed opportunities by the
Pandas on offence and a strong
transition game enabled UBC
to extend their advantage to as
much as 16 points, before entering halftime leading 40-29.
The second half wasn't too
different, as the Thunderbirds
maintained their double-digit advantage in the third frame, as the
two schools traded baskets with
20 points each, keeping UBC's
11 point lead intact heading to
the final quarter.
Looking to win their second
consecutive Canada West Championship, the T-Birds had a bit of
a scare at the start of the forth,
as Alberta went on a 10-0 run
to cut the lead to one. But in a
game that saw the momentum
Graduating seniors Erica McGuinness (left) and Cait Haggarty stand with
the Canada West Championship trophy after their 70-59 win over Regina.
switch back and fourth, UBC took
it right back with a 12-0 run of
their own to lead 72-59, and they
never looked back.
The Thunderbirds, along with
the Regina Cougars and the SFU
Clan from Canada West, begin
play Friday in the eight-team CIS
national championship tournament. Their first game will be
against the University of Toronto
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THStteYSSEY I March 4th, 2008
AMS elections spur playground fight
In the transition from one
team of AMS executives to
another, it appears we have
taken a break from the classroom
for recess. A fight has broken
out, with kids of all stripes surrounding the participants, eagerly awaiting a great brouhaha.
Unfortunately, this show is
nothing more than a farce, a
Seinfeldian debate about nothing—and there is no chance that
the bell will signal anyone to
return to class anytime soon.
For those who have had the
good fortune to avoid this mess,
here are the innuendo-absent and
speculation-free facts: In the AMS
elections of January 24th (not to
be confused with the AMS election of February 11th to 14th), Alex
Lougheed defeated three other
candidates in a very competitive
race for the VP Academic position. Along the way, he cast ballots for himself multiple times.
Though only one of
Lougheed's ballots were counted,
the runner-up in the election,
Nathan Crompton, believed
Lougheed's actions were "a principled violation ofthe democratic
process," and subsequently filed
a complaint with the UBC Student
Court to have the results of the
election overturned. The Court
could not come to a decision in
its first meeting, and as of this
writing, has not engaged in a
second meeting.
Since allegations against
Lougheed were first raised, the
AMS election of February 11th to
14th (not to be confused with the
AMS elections of January 24th)
took place, and resulted in the ascension of Tristan Markle to the
position of VP Administration.
Markle has printed an issue of
the The Knoll Weekly, of which he
is a co-founder and editor, that
was sharply critical of Lougheed.
He's defaced signs around campus in support ofLougheed, and
he's been seen amicably conversing with Crompton during last
week's AMS Council meeting.
Throughout this process,
Lougheed has been quiet, refusing public comment and declining to defend his actions. Last
Thursday, at the Annual General
Meeting of the AMS, when out
going president Jeff Friedrich
called the new AMS executive
on stage, Crompton publicly
denounced the idea ofLougheed
appearing as part of the executive while UBC Student Court still
debates his case—at which point,
Lougheed promptly left the room.
One is tempted to sympathize
with Lougheed in this affair. In
all likelihood, this is a case of a
bad joke gone awry, and while
his conduct was crass, ethically
questionable, and unbecoming of
someone who wants to represent
UBC students on all school-related issues, he was fully within his
rights to do what he did. People
are free to spoil ballots, and
that, in essence, is what he did.
But Lougheed is also an elected
official, and as such, has an
obligation to explain himself. As
a general rule, citizens are fine
when politicians make mistakes.
It's when they refuse to apologize
or own up to their errors when
people get riled up. In failing
to address the charges against
him, Lougheed has allowed his
opponent's imaginations to run
Where would this scandal be
if Lougheed admitted the day before or after the election that he
voted multiple times, and did so
to highlight how incompetently
run the AMS elections were? Answer: The recycling bin.
Yet while Lougheed may
not be pouring water on this
fire, he isn't dumping gas on it
either. The same cannot be said
for Tristan Markle. By engaging in very public criticisms of
Lougheed before the two have
even begun work together,
Markle has doomed any chance
of a decent working relationship between the two. And while
Crompton's public statements
have been more level-headed,
his continued public embrace of
Markle makes him complicit in
this mess. By staying above the
fray and insults, the VP Academic
appears almost statesmanlike
compared to his adversaries.
Any cynical political hack
could tell you why they think the
following has taken place. Markle
and VP External Stefanie Ratjen
have like-minded ideological
views and currently comprise
2/5ths ofthe AMS Executive.
They would dearly like to make
that a 3/5ths majority by having
the VP Academic results thrown
out, and Crompton winning a
subsequent election. Perhaps
students would be fine with their
intentions if the VP Admin and
Crompton would let the process
play out naturally. If they would
refrain from innuendo. If they
would issue a brief statement as
to why they believe the results
should be invalid, and allow the
UBC Student Court to do its job
free of controversy.
But that is not what Markle
and Crompton have done.
Instead, they have engaged in
a consistent and systematic attempt to discredit and smear the
name of a decent person. There
is a word for that. It is called bullying. And bullies, as we know,
are not interested in the fairness
of the democratic process. They
are interested in what is best for
At best, this affair will be
resolved relatively quickly, swept
under the rug and will leave
behind damaged relationships
and unfortunate anecdotes. At
worst, it will result in a bitterly
divided AMS Executive, one incapable of cohesion or cooperation,
and could prevent incoming
President Michael Duncan and
the AMS Council from doing the
tasks that students expect out of
their government.
That this has originated from
something so irrelevant and so
inconsequential to the actual
governing of the AMS is of no
surprise. Schoolyard spats rarely
start from serious grievances,
but rather, from children who
lose sight of what is important
and how to use their manners.
Like most playground tussles, the
Saga of Lougheed may end with a
winner, but will not result in any
of the parties involved looking
better off for their troubles. It is
idle speculation at this point to
predict how this fight will play
out. But it tempts one to first
sigh in resignation, then laugh in
its absurdity, and finally, to declare as Mercutio did, "A plague
o' both your houses." \a
Red tape makes voting difficult
In the last federal election I wanted to vote in
the race of my home riding, Fleetwood-Port
Kells, but from UBC (where I live on campus).
I applied for a special ballot and submitted all
the necessary documentation by fax one day
ahead ofthe deadline. By the time E-Day rolled
around, my special ballot had not arrived in the
mail, so I went home to Fleetwood-Port Kells to
vote in person with a regular ballot.
At the polling station, I was told that my
application for a special ballot had waived my
right to vote on a regular ballot. When I pointed
out that my special ballot had never arrived to
the chief returning officer, I was told that I was
out of luck. My special ballot arrived in the mail
to UBC two weeks after the election was over. I
never got to vote.
There are clearly some major problems with
the special balloting system, when someone
follows the rules and still receives no guarantee
that they will be allowed to vote. I've written
letters to Elections Canada and the leaders of
the federal parties, but have gotten no substantial responses.
To anyone who was thinking of voting out
of their riding in the next federal election, I
suggest they rule out the special-balloting option now. The system is far too unreliable. To
MPs and Elections Canada: it's time we change
the special-balloting system so that everyone is
guaranteed the right to vote on Election Day.
Stephanie Ryan
Political Science 4
It's time to rethink research methods
To the recent debate regarding the use of animals in research at UBC, I should like to submit
the following excerpt from Arthur Koestler's
"The Sleepwalkers" (1963):
"Innovation is a two-fold threat to academic
mediocrities; it endangers their oracular authority, and it evokes the deeper fear that their
whole laboriously constructed intellectal edifice may colapse."
The EU, Israel, and even the US finally
acknowledge that human cell-based protocols
have far greater efficacy than animal models.
When will Canada follow suit?
Anne Birthistle
North Vancouver, BC
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Sports 115
Men's B-ball squeaks out big win in Canada West final
by Jordan Chittley
Sports Editor
The UBC men's basketball team
narrowly beat the Alberta Golden
Bears 92-90 Saturday in Calgary
at Jack Simpson Gym to win the
Canada West Final Four.
The T-Birds will take their record into the CIS championships
beginning next Friday in Ottawa.
"We're pretty ecstatic. Calgary
was one of the best teams in the
country, and being able to beat
them last night, and in front of
a big crowd, was obviously a big
boost for our guys," said head
coach Kevin Hanson. "Anytime
you get a chance to go to nationals, it's obviously a pretty exciting
time for your program."
Chris Dyck once again led the
team, with 27 points this time
in the win, suffocating speculation that his knee injury would
keep him from playing too many
Out of only four losses on the
season, the T-Birds dropped two
of them to Calgary and Alberta.
The T-Birds took down the Calgary
Dinos in the semi-finals 77-69,
earning them a berth at the CIS
"We were expected to lose to Cl-
agary," said Dyck, "so it was good
to come in and get two wins."
In the finals, both teams
played a tight first half. But after
Alberta took a brief lead midway
through the third quarter, UBC
opened up the scoring, going on
an 11-3 run that was capped off by
a Dyck three from well behind the
arc. That gave the T-Birds a 75-66
lead at the end of three quarters.
But Dyck seemed to lose his
groove, not managing to find the
hoop in the final frame, and the
Golden Bears chipped into the
lead. Alberta forward Justin Van-
Loo cut UBC's lead to its smallest
margin at 86-84. That was immediately followed by an offensive
foul charged to UBC's Bryson Kool
with just over a minute left in the
The inbound pass after the
foul went immediately to Alberta's Alex Steele, the Canada West
player of the year. As the Golden
Bears' bench rose in anticipation
of them finally tying the score,
Steele's layup bounced off the rim
and into the hands of the T-Birds,
who quickly converted that rebound into a Brent Malish jumper
that extended the T-Bird lead to
four. All Alberta could do from
that point was foul and hope UBC
missed its free throws, but they
did not. Even VanLoo's long three
at the buzzer was not enough to
take the title.
"[In the fourth quarter] They
got more aggressive, and we
started to play a little bit softer,"
said Hanson. "They got more aggressive and started to hit some
shots, and they got to the free-
throw line. They stepped it up and
we became more passive, and in
basketball games we preach that
you have to be aggressors on both
sides ofthe floor."
The T-Birds had secured their
spot in the national tournament
with the semi-final win, but the
win gives UBC back-to-back Canada West titles.
"The most important thing is
getting to nationals," said Dyck.
"But it does feel good to win
Canada West."
The men will begin play at
the championship tournament
March 14 at Carleton University
in Ottawa. \a
—With files from Robin Collum at
the University of Alberta Gateway
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