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PLEASE LET ME ON...PLEASE... The B-Line is going to get even more crowded in the future, if proposed cuts to bus service get passed. Better claim a seat now. tara westover photo
Universities benefit
from NDP's budget
 by Alex Dimson
Funding increases announced to this
year's provincial budget have those
affiliated with post-secondary education beaming.
The budget, tabled in the legislature last Thursday, contains an eight
per cent increase to post-secondaiy
education funding—an increase of
$143 million—as well as a Eve per
cent reduction to tuition levels.
The budget also promised to create 5025 new student spaces, 400
spaces for nursing students and double the number of apprenticeship
and skilled trades training spaces to
* 50,000.
The details of how the money will
be distributed has notyet been determined, according to Ministry of
Finance officials.
In his budget speech, Finance
Minister Paul Ramsey identified education as one of the NDP government's top priorities.
"Why have we made education
such a priority when other provinces
have not? We have done so because
education is the key to ensuring our
daughters and sons can succeed and
make good lives for themselves,"
Ramsey told the legislature.
The budget was praised by post-
secondary groups from across the
'I'm really happy with the budget," said Anita Zaenker, the BC chair
person of the Canadian Federation of
Students. "The BC government has
recognised the necessity of increasing access to [post-secondary] education by increasing student spaces
and reducing financial barriers.'
Darwyn Coxon, the president of
the Confederation of University
Faculty Associations of BC agreed,
but indicated that there is still a long
way to go.
'BC still has not caught up with
other Canadian universities in terms
of resources,' he said. "The next government still has a challenge in
terms of ensuring they can retain
and  attract new faculty to this
See "Budget" on page 4
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Forestry protested
by Sarah Morrison
Educating students about environmental issues and attacking student
apathy were the goals of a "Festival of
Rights' held along Main Mall last
The event, organised by two UBC
students, featured a clown and face
painting alongside a serious discussion on land-use issues in BC.
Anne Rust-D'Eye, one of the event
organisers, said that the festival was
intended to help students on campus
become aware about environmental
'A huge proportion of the UBC
population is not supportive
of...clear-cutting and obviously damaging things. But it's hard to know
what the issues involved are and
what is important to do to make a difference,' she said.
Rust-D'Eye said that one of the
main reasons for holding the event
was to protest the BC government's
proposed Working Forests legislation, which she said would make it
more difficult for citizens to prevent
logging companies from using public
land—which accounts for 95 per cent
of BC land.
"With this legislation, they would
have had to give huge recompense to
the logging companies to get the land
back for any other purpose," she
But the protest turned into more
See "Walkout" on page 4
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cuts loom
Late night bus routes and #42
bus line on the chopping block
by Hywel Tuscano
As TransLink prepares to cut back
its bus service, UBC students can
expect longer wait times and the
loss of late-night bus services. And
if you take the #42, you're going to
have to start walking.
The cuts are just part of 48 proposed service reductions under
consideration by the Vancouver
transit authority. Current plans call
for the complete removal of four
routes as well the termination of all
late-night service on all routes.
Late-night buses currently operate
until 3:30am, but will now stop
running at 1:30am.
The reductions are targeted at
low-ridership areas, which means
that suburban areas like Langley,
Richmond, Surrey, and Maple
Ridge will be the hardest hit, experiencing a seven to nine per cent
reduction in services. Greater
Vancouver will experience a four
per cent reduction compared to a
seven to nine per cent reduction to
the suburbs. TransLink estimates
that 1.3 per cent of its passengers
will be affected by the changes.
Savings will total about five million
TransLink spokesperson Russel
Busche said that the reductions
will be necessary to balance the
budget after the failure of the proposed vehicle levy, which would
have charged all vehicle owners
$75 annually. TransLink is
required by law to balance its
"The provincial government
backed away from its previous
commitment to collect the Vehicle
levy through the vehicle registration process. That left us in a jam
funding-wise," Busche said.
While the cutbacks still have to
be passed by TransLink's Board of
Directors at a meeting scheduled
for March 31, the plans have
already drawn criticism.
Ray Straatsma, communications and policy director for
Better Environmentally Sound
Transportation (BEST) said that the
cuts are unacceptable and unfair.
"Although lower-ridership routes
are targeted, transit users that
depend on the system are going to
be hurt by the changes, especially
seniors and students. With the late-
night routes, some people are literally going to be left out on the sidewalk with very few affordable
The decision to cut late-night
bus routes has upset many UBC
students as well.
'Clubs are open until two and I
usually like to stay. Without a car I
can't get home, and I would be
forced to take a cab, which is
expensive. With friends living in all
different places, the expenses are
going to add up,'said first-year Arts
student Vista Pourbahrami.
First-year Nursing student Irene
Isaacs agreed.
'Well I live to residence, and to
my case the bus is my only transportation to and from downtown. If
I work late, I will no longer have a
way to get home," she said.
But Busche emphasised that the
cuts are necessary.
'Certainly we are aware of the
See "Translink" on page 2
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Further service cuts
may be coming
See "TransLink" from page 1
fact that there will be a certain
amount of inconvenience caused by
this. This is by no means the route
that TransLink...wanted to travel,'
he said.
TransLink's current financial situation suggests that this is only the
beginning of service reduction on
bus routes throughout the Lower
Mainland. The 2002 transit budget
may see further reductions in service, up to 20 per cent in total.
Straatsma said that all forms of
government should get together to
prevent the massive reduction in
transit service.
"Frankly, there is a lot of blame
to go around and it would be a mistake to say it is TransLink's fault or
the province's fault The fact is that
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Province creates huge
research endowment
New fund to commemorate UBC's Michael Smith
by Alex Dimson
British Columbia's NDP government announced the creation of a
$110 million health research foundation last week in the name of
UBC's recently deceased Nobel
Laureate Michael Smith.
The Michael Smith Foundation
for Health Research is intended to
help reverse the brain drain by
retaining and attracting new
researchers, according to BC's
Minister of Advanced Education
Cathy McGregor.
"Michael Smith brought world-
renowed researchers to our door
here in BC through his own excellence in research and by attracting
others and we want to ensure BC
continues to be a leader in research
and development in Canada and
North America," she said.
Smith was a longtime UBC biochemistry professor who won the
Nobel Prize in 1993 for his work in
genomics research. He passed away
due to cancer last October.
The foundation will use the
money over a five year period to
recruit     and     support     health
researchers in BC and to support
research infrastructure. In the first
year, $ 15 million will go towards an
awards competition for 70 research
Aubrey Tingle, a UBC professor
of pediatrics who is the new head of
the non-profit foundation, said that
the foundation will create roughly
255 research positions, while funding research infrastructure and
developing research networks.
"The overall mandate is to build
the capacity of BC to carry out health
research," he said. "We've received
overwhelming support...industry
reaction has been very positive."
After the five-year term, BC will
have to renew the funding, but
Tingle is not concerned.
"I'm optimistic that the plan
being presented will show its value
over the five years," he said.
The announcement comes after
Tingle spearheaded a campaign to
make health research more of a priority in BC. While the BC government considered this proposal, it
was asked honour Smith, who had
used his fame to try to secure more
funding  for  health  and  cancer
research. As a result, the decision
was made to combine the two.
McGregor said that the foundation is part of the NDP government's
attempt to boost BC's economy.
"What we're doing is taking a
multi-faceted approach to the need
for investment in research and as a
result of the new research and
development investments there will
be new jobs and new economic
activity, not only in the Lower
Mainland, but in regions around the
province," McGregor said.
The foundation also has the support of the Liberal Party, which is
widely expected to defeat the NDP in
the upcoming election.
"I think ifs a great opportunity,
it's a great legacy for Dr. Smith. He's
[been] very, very influential in the
research and development world,"
said BC Liberal Party Advanced
Education critic John Weisbeck.
But Weisbeck criticised the NDP
government's overall approach to
research funding, saying that in the
past few years the parry has failed to
match investment in research.
McGregor, however, said that
health research has always been a
SMiTK: The Nobel Laureate and longtime UBC biochemistry
professor will be honoured by a new research endowment.
priority for the NDP government
and will continue to be.
'Our investments in research and
development don't end here," she
said, citing a recent $27.8 million
funding increase to cancer research,
and a $110 million increase to the
BC Knowledge Development Fund.
The details of the Michael Smith
Foundation's first awards competition is expected to be announced
sometime this week, with other
funding announcements to be made
in the coming months. ♦
NAFTA appeal trial winding up
First-ever court case will have far-reaching consequences for trade rulings
by Anna King
In the first-ever NAFTA appeal trial, Mexico is
turning to BC law in a case that could set a
monumental precedent for future international trade rulings.
Last year, a North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA) tribunal ruled in favour
of Metalclad Corporation, an American waste
disposal company that had been prevented
from operating in Mexico. In an unprecedented appeal to a third party, Mexico chose
to challenge the tribunal's decision before the
BC Supreme Court. The case, heard in
Vancouver, finished on March 2, although the
Court isn't expected to make a decision for
another two months.
The case features contentious issues such
as hazardous waste and expropriation,
involves claims of bribery, frustrated locals,
and federal bureaucrats, and has now entangled all three signatories of the agreement that
regulates trade in North America. The pivotal
debate centres on just what NAFTA's powers
should be.
In 1993, Metalclad bought what had previously been a Mexican-owned hazardous waste
transfer station in Guadalcazar, a municipality
in north-central Mexico. Metalclad promised to
clean up the toxic mess left by the previous
owners and recieved- federal approval to go
ahead with a large waste management plant
But many residents, fearing groundwater
contamination, began to doubt that Metalclad
could manage hazardous waste any better
than the previous owners. The municipal government repeatedly refused to grant
Metalclad a permit to build or operate, and in
1995, when the site was ready for business,
protesters shut down the opening ceremony.
The state governor subsequently declared
the site part of a new ecological reserve, effectively barring plant operations. Arid although
the federal Mexican government had always
supported the project, it eventually decided
that it was unwilling to stop the creation of the
ecological reserve.
In 1998, Metalclad initiated charges
against Mexico under NAFTA's Chapter 11,
claiming that Mexico had expropriated its
investment The company asked for US$90
million and was awarded $ 16.7 million by a
three-person NAFTA tribunal last August
Interpreting the extent of NAFTA's jurisdiction lies at the heart of this trial. Hugo
Perezcano, the general counsel for international negotiations at the Mexican Secretariat
of the Economy and vv
spokesperson for
Mexico, asserts that
NAFTA should have
no part in what he
sees as a domestic
issue. But the tribunal argued that
NAFTA means there
are no 'domestic
issues" when foreign investors feel
they have been
wronged by a government
NAFTA's Chapter
11  is the cornerstone of this debate.
It  gives  investors
the right to sue governments for compensation if the investor feels that it has been
expropriated because a government has not
been 'fully transparent' in its dealings. Recent
case law suggests that the concept of expropriation is widening, to include, potentially, the
creation of ecological reserves.
'Transparency* itself is a complicated
issue. Perezcano says that the federal government made it clear that Metalclad needed a
municipal permit to operate.
"The federal permit [Metalclad] received
was necessary but not sufficient," he said.
"Hazardous waste is a very sensitive issue in
Mexico and it should be no surprise that all lev
els of government have different ideas about
its regulation. There is nothing in Mexican law
that says a municipal government has to agree
with the federal government"
This too is an area of contention. Geoffrey
Cowper, a lawyer for Metalclad, says that the
Tribunal's legal experts proved that the municipality acted far out of its jurisdiction. Further,
he says there is much evidence to show that
many villagers supported the project
"The nearest village was 70km from the
_._ -      ,- .   .-  . site, separated by a
We challenged this
decision because we
felt the tribunal failed
to deal with all the
evidence and exceeded
its jurisdiction."
—Hugo Perezcano,
mountain chain,'
he said, 'and there
is evidence to
prove that many
locals were in
favour of the project'
For many
observers, this
case has broad
Max Cameron,
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restricted by
Chapter 11 in ways that were not anticipated.
In fact, the Canadian government was granted
intervenor status in the appeal trial and sided
firmly with Mexico, arguing that the tribunal
imposed new transparency obligations not set
out by Chapter 11 and pushed the definition of
expropriation too far.
Perezano confirmed Mexico's position.
"We challenged this decision because we felt
the tribunal failed to deal with all the evidence
and exceeded its jurisdiction,' he said. 'We
don't however, necessarily believe there are
systematic problems with Chapter 11. It's too
early to make that judgement"
Still, this case is of such public interest
that for the first time in Canada, the appeal
judge allowed the entire trial to be broadcast
live on the Internet Scott Nelson, a volunteer
with the Independent Media Centre, was
thrilled that he was allowed to film the trial.
"There's been lots of response to the Web
broadcast" he said. "Many people are especially concerned about this case because of the
upcoming FTAA talks.'
Although the Canadian media hasn't paid
much attention to this case, it is being hotly
discussed by municipalities, investors'
groups, labour groups, corporations, and a
myriad of non-profit organizations. In
January, the Vancouver City Council (VCC)
unanimously passed a motion asking the
Canadian government to side with Mexico in
the appeal case and urging the government
not to sign any new trade agreements with
clauses similar to NAFTA's Chapter 11.
VCC Counsellor Fred Bass sees the
Tribunal's ruling on this case as an attack on
local democracy, and is worried about possible implications for municipal and provincial
governments in Canada.
"Because NAFTA deals only with federal
governments,' he said, "it might as well tell
local governments to go home.'
The timing of this trial may have something to do with the attention it has been
recieving from observors. Although the appeal
likely won't be decided until after April talks in
Quebec finalise the new Free Trade Area of the
Americas (FTAA) agreement, many feel that
this trial could influence the outcome of future
investor-to-state rulings.
Lawyers for Sun Belt Water Inc., a US company that is suing the Canadian government
under NAFTA for refusing to sell water to
California, asked for intervenor status in the
appeal. And there are many others watching
closely. Currently, there are three NAFTA suits
outstanding against the Canadian government three more against the Mexican government, and two against the US government. ♦ TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2001
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UBC and BCIT to offer
biotechnology degree
by Kathleen Peering
In response to staggering growth in
BC's biotechnology industry, this fall
UBC and the British Columbia
Institute of Technology (BCIT) will
combine their strengths to create a
unique science degree.
The degree is a joint effort of
UBC's department of microbiology
and BCITs biotechnology program.
Neil Guppy, UBC's associate vice-
president of academic programs,
says that the degree tries to take
advantage of the special skills of
each school.
"I think the beauty of this degree
is that it welds two strengths. BCIT
has excellent job-related hands-on
experience and UBC is an international leader in a variety of biotechnology fields, such as research and
teaching," he said.
Bill Ramey, a microbiology senior instructor and undergraduate
advisor at UBC who helped organise
the program, adds that the joint
degree in biotechnology—which he
describes as the field of the applied
use of microorganisms—is aimed at
producing more well-rounded
"Typically, students coming out
of BCIT have more laboratory experience, and UBC students have more
theoretical experience. Students in
this program will graduate with
both of these," he explained.
Students enter the five-year
degree program after one year of
general first-year sciences course.
Two years of the degree are spent at
BCIT, and then the final two are
spent at UBC. The program also
involves a mandatory work experience element, which Ramey says is
an integral part of the degree.
"It allows students to do long-
term research, and allows them to
understand the value of the knowledge relative to market forces. It
also lets them to do specific training
in things that normally don't show
in specific course work."
Ramey says that the biotechnology industry has "the potential for
explosive growth." With an annual
growth rate of 19 per cent, the
industiy has increased dramatically—there were essentially no
biotechechnology companies 15
years ago , but there are 300 companies active in BC today.
The province's biotechnology
community has reacted with excitement to the new program.
"Best thing that ever happened to
biotech in a long time," said Paul
Sanson, executive director of the
British   Columbia   Biotechnology
Association. "We're delighted—it's a
great move forward for the biotechnology community."
Biotechnology companies around
Vancouver have expressed significant interest in the new degree,
according to Ramey, and were
instrumental in the program's
"[Members of] the industry have
sat on a council that helped to
design the programs by providing
the suggestions for the type of background that would be relevant in'
Aside from scientific skills,
Ramey said, the suggestions focus
on the development of communication skills. These are increasingly
important in an industry that is
expanding far beyond the scope of
the lab.
Entrance to the degree is expected to be fairly competitive—22 students per year will be admitted, and
the required admittance average
after firstyear will be 75 per cent.
Interest in the new degree has
been very high, says Ramey.
"I've had between one and three
people phoning for information
about the degree every day since
January," he said. "And that's just
the people who telephone me
personally." ♦
New provincial budget has its critics
"Budget" from page 1
But Mark Milke, the BC director
of the Canadian Taxpayers
Federation, argued that any of the
economic benefits gained by
increasing funding to post-secondaiy education will be lost by the
reduction in available jobs, and the
shrinkage of BC's economy caused
by the NDP's failure to cut taxes.
"The government is trying to
spend BC into prosperity even as
they ignore the fact that BC's economy is now smaller than that of
Alberta's," he said.
Cutting taxes, which is part of the
BC Liberal Party's election platform,
was condemned by Ramsey, who said
that although he supports 'strategic,
targeted tax relief," there are many
drawbacks to drastic tax cuts.
"The cold, hard truth is, you can't
have it all. Broad-based dramatic tax
cuts will mean lower government
revenues. It's like anything else that
sounds too good to be true, from
pyramid schemes, to e-mail get-rich-
quick promises to tax cuts without
The priority the budget gives to
post-secondary education is too little, too late, according to Liberal
Party advanced education critic
John Weisbeck. He said that even
though the NDP has been in government for ten years, the number of
BC university graduates remains
well below the national average.
"It's interesting that in the last
year they've found that post-second
ary education is very important
because they certainly haven't done
that in the past'
The 'good news' budget, which
offers $1.8 billion in new spending
money while still being balanced, is
very much in the air as the NDP government, which has to call an election by the end of June, continues to
struggle in the polls.
The Liberals, meanwhile, have
not released a concrete plan for
post-secondary education, promising only to maintain the current
tuition freeze for at least one year
after the election.
In documents released along
with the budget, the NDP government promises to "continue to
reduce tuition costs" from 2001-
2004. ♦
Walkout targets sustainability
"Walkout" from page 1
of a celebration after the BC government decided not to go ahead with
the proposal.
Despite the rain, students milled
around the event throughout the
day. Similar events were held at the
University of Victoria and Camosun
College. Students at all three schools
walked out of class at 11:00am to
protest the legislation.
Erica Mah, the other event
organiser, said that the idea for the
project came out of a course that she
and Rust-D'Eye are taking together.
"We're both in a sustainability
class, so this is sort of our final project," said Mah, who explained that the
two are making a documentary about
their experiences, and hope to publish
a zine as "a guidebook for other people who want to do similar things."
Mah said that the festival also
sent off a group to bike to Wildwood,
an eco-forest on Vancouver Island
between Nanaimo and Ladysmith.
"Basically, it's been an example
of sustainable forestry for the last
50 years, and its in danger of development so we're trying to raise
money to purchase the land," she
said. "So a group of us are biking
there and raising money."
Speakers at the festival included
Betty Krawczyk, the great-grandmother
activist recently released from a four-
and-a-half month jail term. She was
arrested for violating a BC Supreme
Court injunction against interfering
with legal logging operations.
Krawczyk complained about the
treatment that protesters receive in
"Citizens, ordinary citizens who
want to protect public forests, are at
the mercy of the courts of BC who can
treat us as if we were total enemies of
our own country," she shouted.
"The government is in charge of
protecting our forests for us. The
only ones in charge of the forests
right now are the logging industry."
Musicians performed at the
event throughout the day and a free
vegetarian lunch was provided.
Students also lined up outside of
the 'Sustainable Living Bus"—a project
developed by the Sierra Club of BC
and the Salvadoran Centre for
Appropriate Technology—to look at
exhibits of various themes relating to
sustainability, including water conservation, eco-shelters, and organic gardening.
"It's a demonstration vehicle that
promotes appropriate technologies
for Canadians," explained bus coordinator Shelley Vandenburg, who
said that appropriate technologies
are "ways of using technology that
have less environmental impact' ♦ THE UBYSSEY
TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2001      5
GAP returns twice in seven days
Display went ahead despite the lack of university permission
by Alex Dimson
A new strategy employed by organisers of the Genocide Awareness
Project (GAP) displays on campus
over the past week managed to
inject some humour into what has
become a common sight on campus.
While the previous five appearances of the controversial GAP
images have been tense affairs, a
decision by Lifeline, the pro-life student club that organises GAP, to display portable images gave the event
a circus-like appearance at a display
last Wednesday.
GAP uses graphic images to
equate abortion with acts of genocide, including the Holocaust
Lifeline members marched the
images around Koerner Plaza, as
Students for Choice (SFC) protesters
followed them with large banners,
attempting to obscure the
images, making the event
look like a bizarre parade.
The enthusiastic shouts
from the nearby Arts
County Fair promotional
truck only added to the
Adding to the oddity of
the event was Lifeline's
eventual solution to preventing protesters from
blocking the images, which
was to hoist the display on top of the
railings facing Main Library.
Although SFC was unable to
block the images, the half-a-dozen
WEEK IN, WEEK OUT: Students for Choice protesters chase after
the GAP images at a display on Wednesday, tara westover photo
students who were studying on the
Main Library lawn acted suitably
indifferent when they became the
only potential viewers of
the display.
Lifeline employed the
same display to Monday's
demonstration, but caught
SFC protesters by surprise.
SFC Co-President Hannah
Roman expressed frustration and anger at the display's quick reoccurence.
"I think that our tactics
have to change if GAP is
going to come back weekly.
I think the administration is going
to have to deal with the way
[Lifeline] is being disrespectful to
women on this campus," she said.
But Incoming Lifeline President
Jaclyn Danderhorste said that putting on the display twice to a week
is not overkill.
'Right now we're at a different
location, we're reaching new people
who have never seen it before. Even
if people see it again that's the
idea," she said, indicating that she
does not expect GAP to return this
school year.
The displays occurred despite
the fact that Lifeline did not obtain
university permission to show the
images. As a result SFC protested
within inches of Wednesday's display, completely obscuring the
images. Previously, UBC granted
Lifeline permission to use university land, with strict security arrangements.
Byron Hender, the executive
coordintor in the vice-president,
students office, said last
week that UBC had rejected Lifeline's request to
have a third GAP display
this year. Hender emphasised that the university
was not notified of when
Lifeline would staging the
'[Lifeline] came back
to us and said 'What
would happen if a couple
of individuals walked
around the campus with signs?' We
said people are free to walk around
the campus with signs,' he said.
'On that basis we said we can't control anyone that walks around with
a sign.'
Hender was out of town for
Monday and not immediately available for comment after the second
Stephanie Grey, the
outgoing Lifeline
President, acknowledged that her group
had no means to stop
SFC protesters from
blocking the images,
but she said she was
upset by the group's
protest tactics.
"It's troubling for us
and we do want to get
our message out I just wish [SFC]
wouldn't express themselves...by
blocking ours," Gray said.
Gray, who said that Lifeline has
been using GAP to keep the issue of
abortion in people's minds, also
questioned the protesters'
use of the word 'choice' in
the banners that blocked the
But   Roman   defended
SFC's use of the word.
"We use the word 'choice'
to represent reproductive
choice," she said. "What
we're trying to express...is
that we think it's hateful and
we don't think it should be
displayed publicly."
When GAP first came to campus
in October 1999, it brought a storm
of controversy after three pro-
choice students tore down the display. Later displays went up amid
peaceful protest
Some lifeline members also displayed GAP images off campus for the
first time earlier this month.
Members from the Campaign
Life Campaign Coalition, an
organisation of which some
Lifeline members are part picketed with GAP images outside
BC Premier Ujjal Dosanjh's
Gray said the protest came
after Dosanjh expressed concern that some members of
BC's Liberal Party are opposed
to abortion. She added that
Lifeline intends to continue 'to
bring the issue and the reality of
abortion to the public sphere on our
campus as well as to the general
public." ♦
UBC faces off against BC teachers
College of Teachers and Faculty of Education heading to the Supreme Court
by Tristan Winch
UBC is taking the province's regulatory body for teachers to
court to a complicated legal dispute over the university's right
to govern itself.
At issue is whether the BC College of Teachers, the professional association which certifies teachers, has the right to stop
UBC's Faculty of Education from making changes to its teacher
education program.
In a BC Supreme Court case to be heard early next month,
Justice Frank Cole will be asked to weigh the Teaching
Profession Act, the provincial legislation which grants power to
the College of Teachers, against the University Act, which sets
out all British Columbian universities' mandates.
UBC argues that the College's decision to block the changes
infringes on the university's ability to manage its own affairs.
"The recommendations...intrude upon the management,
administration, and control of the University—matters which
are the sole prerogative of the University pursuant to the
University Act," wrote Barry McBride, UBC's vice-president,
academic and provost in response to the College's original
report on the program.
But College Registrar Doug Smart disagrees.
"The statute we operate under, the Teaching Profession Act,
gives the college the statutory authority to approve teacher education programs that are going to lead to a teaching certificate,"
he said. "In our view, it's up to the profession to determine
whether a program meets that requirement'
Officials from the Faculty of Education did not return the
Ubyssey 3 calls by press time.
In denying the program changes, the college cited concerns
with the student teacher-to-faculty supervisor ratio in the new
program. While UBC's program presently has a ratio of 12-to-1,
the change would have it increase to 18-to-l. The College of
Teachers is willing to go only as high as a 16-to-l ratio.
The college also takes issue with a change in the elementary
part of the program which would consolidate a number of
courses into two 'core' ones-mathematics and language arts.
The college questioned that a student could take the elementary teacher program without taking specific subject teaching
courses, like social studies or science.
The court hearing will be the latest in a two-year dispute
between the two groups.
In May 1999, the College was asked to approve the revised
teacher education program. But early last year, the College sent
a evaluation team to investigate the proposed changes and to
May 2000 the college decided to deny the revised program.
The university requested that the College reconsider the
motion, but at its next meeting, the council confirmed the original decision.
Two weeks later, on September 14, the university filed the.
court challenge. Simon Fraser University and the University of:
Victoria have since sided with UBC and gained intervenor
status to the case. ♦
Canadian ambassador comes to UBC
by Sarah Morrison
When Paul Heinbecker, Canada's representative to the United Nations (UN), was in high
school, one of his teachers didn't expect him
to go any farther than prison.
"The people who turned out to be successful I always thought would go to jail,"
Heinbecker said his former teacher told him
when he recently saw him.
Heinbecker told a UBC political science
class this story last Friday, when he spoke
about Canada's role in the UN Security
Council, and about the future of international
security and peacekeeping.
"Peacekeeping is broken and it needs to
be fixed. The good news is there are ways to
do this/ he said.
The UN Security Council, Heinbecke r said,
is "primarily responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security."
Any resolution passed by the Security Council
becomes the law in all UN countries.
The Council is made up of five permanent
members—England, France, Russia, China
and the US—and ten temporary members.
Canada completed a two-year term on the
Council to December.
Heinbecker talked extensively about
Canada's role when it led the Security Council
last April, a job that rotates alphabetically
between countries every month'. He said that
Canada had three goals going into the term:
making the Council more credible, more
transparent, and more aware of "human
"The simplest definition of human security is putting people first," he said.
"In these days, 85 to 90 per cent of casualties are civilians,' Heinbecker added, indicating that while ten per cent of the deaths to
the Second World War were civilian, to recent
times 90 per cent of war-time deaths have
been civilian.
Heinbecker added that there are many
practical ways to increase human security,
from closing down hate-promoting media
groups to making special considerations for
women and children—such as stationing
security forces in refugee camps so that civilians are not killed or injured.
He pointed to Sierra Leone as an example
of a place where rebel movements, such as
the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) group,
take over refugee camps, and people who are
supposed to be protected are attacked.
'If you've ever been to Sierra Leone—I
have—it's a disastrous place to be," he said.
Heinbecker also said that Canada had
been trying to push the UN to take a stronger
role to addressing nations' internal disputes,
by intervening when civilian lives are at risk.
While many countries are suspicious of
any proposals that might infringe on their
sovereignty—many of them being newly independent ex-coionies—Heinbecker said that
the Council had responded positively to
Canada's proposals. ♦ 6      TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2001
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The UBC Thunderbirds were in Lewiston,
Idaho this past weekend for three games
against the defending NAIA champion
Lewis-Clark Slate College Warriors. The
Warriors were in championship form for
the first game Friday night defeating the
Birds 10-1.
Saturday afternoon, however, UBC
came out swinging, and managed to hold
LCSC in a 3-3 tie until the bottom of the
eighth, when the Americans got the go-
ahead run for the 4-3 win.
In game three, the Birds again kept the
game tied until the top of the ninth when
UBC right-fielder Nick Leswick hit an RBI
single, putting the Birds up by one. UBC
won the game 3-2, ending LCSC's 30-game
winning streak at home. LCSC won the
fourth game of the weekend 13-11.
The Birds start their conference season
this weekend at Nat Bailey stadium with
four games against Northwest Nazarene.
The first game starts at 4pm Friday.
Some UBC varsity members of the Pacific
Dolphins Swim Club (PDSC) made their
way to Edmonton for Spring Nationals
this   past   weekend.   In" the   relays.
Thunderbirds Anna Lydall, Jessica
Deglau and Kelly Stefanyshyn, along with
former Thunderbird Marianne Limpert
won the 400m freestyle relay, and
Stefanyshyn, Deglau, Limpert and Kelly
Doody landed a gold medal in the 400m
medley relay.
The UBC men also dominated the
relays. Justin Tisdall, Jake Steele and
Brian Johns made up three quarters of a
victorious 400m freestyle relay team.
Versfeld and Johnston also helped to win
the 400m medley relay.
Individually, the Thunderbirds also
placed strongly. Mark Versfeld placed
second in the 100m backstroke and third
in the 200m backstroke rookie Brian
Johns placed second in the 200m
- freestyle, third in the 400m freestyle and
won the 400m IM. Sprinter Garret Pulle
placed second in the 50m butterfly and
fourth in the 100m butterfly. Rounding
out.the men's results; Mark Johnston
placed third in the 200m free, Jake Steele
was fifth in the 100m freestyle and Tini
Peterson had a great race in the 1500m,
placing second.
The women were led by Jessica
Deglau who placed second in the 400m
free, second in. the 200m butterfly,
fourth in the 100m freestyle and third in
the 100m butterfly. Rookie Thunderbird
Kelly Stefanyshyn placed fourth in the
100m backstroke, third in the 200m
back and beat teammate Deglau in the
100m butterfly, placing second.
Women's team .co-captain Kelly Doody
placed fourth in the 400m IM.
The PDSC won the team events, and
Rookie Brian Johns also qualified in the
200m and 400m IM for the World
Championships. He will be winging his
way to Japan later in the year. ♦
So, what's up
with the wall?
by the Sports Department Goons
This is a bad time to hate sports. The rest
of the year, you can get by not giving a
rat's ass about which varsity team lost
which game against some other, better
team. You can be a pale, sickly, scrawny,
lard-eating excuse for a human specimen
in the so-called prime of his or her life
for 11 months of the year, but this is a
bad time to hate sports.
This week and next, anyone at UBC
who has ever had any athletic aspirations whatsoever gets all worked up.
People who couldn't possibly care less
about working up a sweat clamber up the
grassy knoll in front of the SUB and stay
there all week, gazing at the sight of the
student body crammed into spandex and
running shoes. It's time for Storm the
Wall. And if you don't care, well, for once
on this campus, you're in the minority.
If the rain holds off, this year's event
promises to be one of the best and
biggest ever, according to organiser
Kavie Toor, who heads up the competition, run by UBC Intramurals. Among
this year's highlights: the chance to
watch the Rehab women try to win the
Triple Crown, the trio of UBC's biggest
intramural events; the opportunity to
spend an afternoon with the Stanley Cup
("It comes with its own entourage,' says
Toor, who promises a fog machine and a
whole lot of hoopla); a truck pull (part of
the inaugural strongman competition,
and despite the name there won't be just
men competing); and, not to be overlooked, the possibility of a fight between
the Betas and the Kappas, two frats that
have been battling all year for "bragging
rights for most athletic frat,' Toor says.
Of course, the racing is the main
attraction. Toor says that a shorter swim
will cut down on discrepancies between
teams, meaning that there should be
more close races, and that more races
will be decided on the wall. The Rehab
and Medicine women should prove
strong, while a Gage co-rec team is
rumoured to be fast. On the men's side,
last year's winning team from Vanier has
disbanded, and it seems as though the
team won't be together this year because
its members are no longer all in the
same division. "The men's is pretty wide
open,' says Toor. Of course, everyone is
going to have to watch out for a hot team
from a certain campus newspaper. But I'
we don't want to ruin the surprise...
All told, there should be well over 300
teams vying for the championship
crowns. Racing starts Sunday, with the
women's finals Wednesday at 12:50, the
men's finals Thursday at 12:50, and the
co-rec finals Friday at 12:45. And if you
haven't signed up yet, the deadline is
Wednesday afternoon. And if you're sick
of all the hype, don't worry-ten more
days, and you can go back to being your
lazy old self again. ♦
HELP! Getting over can suck, tom peacock photo
Rugby Birds pay back Breakers
 by Scott Bardsley
The last time the UBC women's rugby team
played the Seattle Breakers, the
Thunderbirds were tired from a game the
day before, and the Breakers came out on
top by a large margin. So last Saturday,
when the American women challenged the
Birds in the BC Rugby Union's Women's
Premier League quarterfinals, it was
payback time.
The tables were turned and the Seattle
club was held to one try as UBC dominated
the field, winning the game 24-5. With the
win, the Birds gained a spot in the league
semi-finals. They will battle the Douglas Club
next Saturday.
UBC's captain Sabrina Selms said she was
proud of the way the team vindicated itself.
"We proved that we're the better team,' she
said after the game.
The team took an early lead with Teresa
Jackson scoring a try less than a minute after
the game started. Soon after, UBC's Melissa
Kelly, Cherlyn McKay, and Rosie Cobbett executed a quick set of passes to run the ball to
the Breakers' goal line, bringing the Birds to a
10 point lead.
THE END OF THE LINE: A Breaker gets broke, tara westover photo
"We were ready to go—
they weren't," team co-captain Paula Brouwer said, noting that getting into the
game early is something the
Birds have struggled with in
the past, "but [Saturday] we
were in right off the bat"
About ten minutes after
UBC's second score, Seattle
made its first and only try.
"Then we started playing
a game which was basically
they [UBC] kept in the scrum
and they mauled a lot," said
Birds' coach Simon Quinto.
The score remained the
same for the rest of the first
At th^Jjeginning pf the
second half, UBC managed
to run the ball up from mid-
field in a rapid succession of
passes. Kelly scored yet
another try for the Birds,
and Jackson kicked the conversion to bring UBC up to
Not long after, the same
duo came together again to
give UBC another seven points— Kelly ran a
third of the field to score and Jackson kicked
another conversion.
After, the game, the two co-captains were
ecstatic. "We did awesome, we've never
played that well against a States team, our
forwards were amazing,' Brouwer gushed.
"We usually don't win [rucks], but today we
were winning our rucks, we were going in
and winning rucks that they had already
"Their forwards are a lot bigger...This
team [Seattle] is stronger in their forwards,
so normally they would stop our forwards
from being able to get the ball to the backs,
but because our forwards were strong
enough to get the ball to [the backs] we were
ALL BUSINESS: The UBC women had their game faces on Saturday when they trashed the Seattle
Breakers Rugby Club 24-5. tara westover photo
able to do something with it'
Once they got the ball to the backs, the
Birds had no problems executing, their faster
legs carrying them out of reach of the
"Our support play today was unlike any
other game: the tries we scored were full of
support after support after support and that's
something we've struggled with as a team,"
Selms said. "They wanted to try to force us to
play a forwards game which we would probably lose...To win against them, we had to get
the ball to our backs [and] once we get it to
our key players, [the Breakers] can't catch
Training is key for UBC. Asked why Seattle
lost, Jackson replied "Fitness. We consider
ourselves a fairly fit team and we took advantage of that"
Coach Quinto agreed. 'We're in better
condition then they are. We're all a lot more
physical when it comes to sticking to the
Next Saturday, UBC faces the number-one
ranked team in the league, Douglas, on its
home turf. "It's going to be a tough
game...but we're ready to take that position
from them," Brouwer said.
Quinto echoed her sentiments. "I'm really confident playing against them. I know
their style of game because I used to be a
helper out there, so I know what they can do,
but I truly believe that we can match them
pound for pound." ♦
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July 5 -August 17, 2001
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Scholarships of up to $1000 are available for the Transnational
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for the
campus community
on the
Technology Enterprise Facility 3
(Multi-Tenant Facility, Phase 3)
Wednesday, April 4th, 2001,12:30-1:30p.m.
Cedars Room, Ponderosa Building, 2071 West Mall
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To present and review the schematic design for the Technology
Enterprise Facility 3 (Multi-Tenant Facility, Phase 3) proposed
to be constructed on the northwest corner of Parking Lot C-2
south of the existing Gerald McGavin Building. The proposed
approximately 10,000 square-metre building is a six-storey
laboratory and office multi-tenant facility.
Subject to Board of Governors approval, construction is
anticipated to begin in Fall 2001 with occupancy in Fall 2002.
This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals
needing assistive learning devices, captioning, or
information on alternate media should contact Gisela
Hearbrucker at 822-9560 one week in advance.
FREE PARKING will be available in the West Parkade. Please
pick up a parking pass after the meeting in order to exit the
Parkade without charge.
Questions or for further info: Contact Jim Carruthers, Campus Planning & Development at 822-0469 8      TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2001
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All Candidates and staff memJbers should attend.
We will be moving the meeting to the AMS Council Chambers at 1:30pm.
Voting begins Thursday March 2Z. You must be a Ubyssey staff member to vote.
Ask Daliah if you have any questions.
Public Information Meeting
on the
Theological Neighbourhood Plan
for the UBC Campus
TWO SESSIONS: Monday, April 2, 2001, 4-6p.m. or 7-9p.m.
lona Building, Vancouver School of Theology Board Room, 6000 lona Dr.
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The Official Community Plan (OCP) for the University
of British Columbia provides a vision and goals for
future development, broad land use designations and
objectives for more detailed planning. The purpose of
the Neighbourhood Planning process (called Area
Planning in the OCP) is to interpret those policies and
objectives as a framework for development approval in
specific campus areas. This public meeting will focus
on the first draft of the Theological Neighbourhood
Plan (THP).
Copies of the draft TNP may be viewed at the Campus
Planning and Development, 2210 West Mall (UBC)
(hours: M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm). A draft of the THP will
be available at the meeting.
This event is wheelchair accessible with
assistance. Individuals needing wheelchair
access, assistive learning devices, captioning, or information on alternate media should
contact Gisela Hearbrucker at 822-9560 one
week in advance.
Limited FREE PARKING will be available at the front and rear of the lona Building.
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Pop Quiz: What's the best
way to make post-secondary
education accessible in BC?
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Fred Randall
Pietro Calendino
Burnaby North
a) Freeze tuition fees for six
years at 1995 levels - with a
5% reduction in 2001/02.
b) Provide $400 million more
funding to colleges and
universities since 1992.
c) Create over 20,000 new
student spaces since 1996.
d) Deliver the most generous
and comprehensive student
grant program in Canada.
e) Open the only new public
post-secondary facilities in
Canada in 25 years -
University of Northern BC,
Royal Roads and Tech BC.
f) All of the above.
Ujjal Dosanjh
For more information on our education initiatives,
visit www.gov.bc.ca/aett
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this year...
by Ron Nurwisah
International House
Mar. 23
A student-run multicultural fair that
has been an annual event at UBC's
International House since the
1950s was in danger,of being cancelled this year because of a critical
lack of funding and preparation.
The fair has had a long history at
UBC. Alumnus Clyde Griffith was an
international student from the
Caribbean who studied at UBC. He
remembers attending the fair in the
1950s. Today, Griffith is the manager of International House.
Griffith says that Festiva is still
an important campus event, especially for international students.
'It's a social event and a cultural
event that allows them to showcase
their talents. It gives you increased
self-esteem, self-worth, that sense -
that 'I have something to give."
Adrienne Bouris, one of
Festiva's coordinators and an educational programmer at
International House, agrees with
Griffith. "It benefits a number of
different specific groups and individuals. Not only is it a chance for
international students who may be
far away from home and dissociated from their culture to get together with people from the same culture, but also for Canadians and
people who live in different parts of
the world to learn about different
cultures from around the world,'
Bouris said.
Earlier this year it was uncertain
if the event would proceed. "In
January there was some question as
to whether this should be something we think about and put together for next year, or should we concentrate and pull it off," Bouris
Bouris said that many people
and groups that use International
House opposed cancelling the event
this year. "There was a lot of discussion with the people  who  use
International House, and are quite
active here...People were generally
disappointed at the idea that
[Festiva] wouldn't happen," she
With the event in danger, Bouris
and fellow coordinator Ryan Hong
began to receive more support from
International House and a number
of other campus groups. Members
of the Equity office and the Women
Student's office, offered their time
as consultants. As well number of
Alma Mater Society clubs offered to
But the most critical obstacle to
the event still lay in the way—there
was not enough money to organise
and run the event.
"In the past it's always been
funded by the revenue generated
[through ticket sales], which has
been one of the reasons it has been
reasonably small," Bouris said.
This forced the organisers and
International House to look for
alternate funding. Festiva applied
for grants, including the university's Gage Memorial Fund. After
waiting in nervous anticipation, the
grant was finally approved.
"We applied for the grant and up
until yesterday we didn't have a
reply," Griffith said.
Last week, with the funding and
the volunteers, Festiva will be running this year.
'Our mandate is to help international students as well as [to] build a
community with Canadian students. For us it's a huge event, for
International House and International Student Services, it's a big
deal. Because we want to be able to
put something on for international,
students as well as Canadian students," Bouris said.
"We live in a really exciting campus. UBC is so huge and it's made
up from people all over the world,"
she continued. "You have more and
more cultures coming in, to go to
school here, to work here and to live
here." •>
IN THE HOUSE: Ryan Hong (left) and Adrienne Bouris organised
Festiva. ron nurwisah photo THE UBYSSEY
Koreaini Ensemble dlislbaumdls
by Michelle Mossop
Grace Lee believes that
the kayagum— a 12-string
zither invented in sixth
century Korea—sounds
sorrowful because of
Korea's troubled history.
"It's because the history
of Korea is a very sad
one," she said. "We were
once three ' warring
states, then we were
But Korea's history is
not the reason that UBC's
. Korean Ensemble was so
downcast at its practice
for an upcoming concert.
The- ensemble members'
sadness is instead caused
by the fate of their class,
Music 165, which the
School of Music has
decided to cancel.
In January 1998, the
School asked Lee, a graduate of the UBC School of Music's
masters composition program, to
teach a traditional Korean music
class. The class would complement
the existing traditional Asian
ensembles-the Chinese Ensemble
and the Gamelan Ensemble. These
ensembles give music students a
way to fulfill part of their performance requirement, allow graduate
students in ethnomusicology to
learn about specific Korean musical techniques and give students
from outside the School a chance to
participate in traditional Asian performances.
"For me, this class is very useful," explained Gloria Wan, who
will begin graduate studies at the
School this fall. 'Because I mainly
study Chinese traditional music,
it's interesting to compare Chinese
traditional music with Korean traditional music, because there are
PLUCKING AWAY: The Korean Ensemble practices for its concert this Friday at 12:30pm at the School of Music.The concert will be one of its last
performances, nic fensom photo
some elements that have actually
remained with Korean traditional
music that are no longer found in
the traditional Chinese music."
Wan also explained that the
sounds of the kayagum cannot be
emulated on any other string
instrument. "Do you hear this
bending sound?" she asked.
"There are just so many different
sounds you can make, which
makes this instrument just fascinating to me."
Jesse Read, director of the
School of Music, explained that the
decision to cut the ensemble class
is part of the department's five-
year plan. He said that the Chinese
and Indonesian Ensembles each
has its own department within the
School, whereas the Korean
Ensemble does not.
"The decision was made in our
planning process for the next five
years which we've undergone in
the last year. We've decided not to
go any further in the area of traditional Korean music,' explained
"In order to do so we would
have to devote ourselves to that in
a much broader and a much higher-level way, which [would] involve
committing ourselves to developing a program which would involve
primarily full-time faculty members, whose expertise was in
Korean music."
For Lee, who immigrated to
Canada in 1987, the ensemble
allows her to express her experience of coming to another countiy
by composing music that combines
elements of both traditional
Korean music and Western music.
"For me, I feel half-Korean, half-
Western," she explained. 'Since
this is a multicultural society; I
want to fuse traditional Korean
music with more contemporary
Kenneth Koo, a fourth-year art
history major, who is playing a solo
piece in the upcoming concert, said
that the class has provided him
with the opportunity to rediscover
his Korean heritage.
"Before I came to here I wasn't
very much interested in Korean traditional music at all...when I came
to Canada I guess I wanted to find
my roots," he said. "This [class] was
a great opportunity at UBC to actually become involved without having to go back," he said. "It's a
shame it has to end."
Lee said that when the class was
formed in 1998, she started out
with only three students and no
"Now I have 15 students and
enough  instruments  for  all  of
them," she said, noting that funding for the class has been an issue.
"I was told to apply for outside
funding from the community and
from the Korean government," she
said, explaining that she obtained
all of the instruments from outside
the School, notably from
Vancouver's Korean community
and the Korean government.
But Read said that funding was
not an issue in the decision and
that most performance groups
acquire their own instruments privately. 'Let me contrast that with
the UBC Symphony Orchestra. With
80 people playing, almost all own
their own instruments."
But the students of the Korean
Ensemble remain unconvinced by
the reasons for the cancellation.
"Vancouver has some 40,000
Koreans," said Koo. "UBC has a
responsibility to represent that' ♦
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Bus cuts insult common sense
The Great Trek is a fabled moment in UBC's history. Calling on the government to provide the
funding to build the Point Grey campus, students marched all the way from the temporary
campus at I2th and Oak to the present-day site
of the university. It's quite a walk. But if you
think that's bad, just wait until you have to walk
back to campus in the middle of the night after
the bus strands you downtown.
Students are going to be making all kinds of
Great Treks starting in June if the proposed cuts
to TransLink bus services go through. Low-use
lines and late-night service are going to be the
hardest hit TransLink claims that only a small
percentage of the system's total number of users
will be affected by the cuts, but thaf s no great
consolation to anyone who happens to live somewhere that's no longer serviced, or who can't
afford other means of transportation, or to anyone who's stuck somewhere when the buses stop
running at 1:30am. Did we mention that bars
don't close until 2:00?
There was initially supposed to be a vehicle
levy that would see car owners pay a $75
annual fee to subsidise mass transit Seems
fair—after all, car use creates a great bulk of pol
lution, and contributes heavily to road damage,
and congestion and so on. The levy seemed a
small amount to pay in return for the luxury of
driving. But car owners, it seems, have a
stronger voice than transit users, and the proposed cuts must make up the funding shortfall
that exists because the levy won't be collected.
There's a certain irony in the fact that TransLink
is turning away from such a strong anti-car
stance to one which appears to punish the very
people who help solve the city's pollution and
congestion problems.
Making transit users suffer is a patently
unfair way of making up the funding shortage.
Not to mention the fact that cutting service
seems an extraordinarily poor way of increasing
use of the TransLink system-and a spectacularly good way of encouraging people to drive. And
the hardest hit by these cuts, as TransLink itself
has acknowledged, will be the poor, students
included, who tend to rely on transit more than
those with other means.
Having said all that, it appears that TransLink
is not entirely to blame. By law, TransLink must
balance its books. And it seems equally clear that
the organisation would not take such drastic
measures—ones that will obviously reduce ridership—unless it had to. In reality, TransLink, the
local municipalities ,and the provincial government must share the responsibility for providing
the city with an efficient mass transit system.
But arguing about who is paying enough, and
about whose fault the whole mess is will accomplish nothing. Bickering about costs and technicalities is precisely why we don't have a discount
bus pass, and won't anytime soon. UBC students
have already been badly served by the various
parties with a say in the transportation issue-
new cuts to service, coming on the heels of a
recent fare hike, is insulting.
The parties involved in both the U-Pass fiasco and the present state of affairs—the Alma
Mater Society, the university, TransLink, and
the various levels of government—have lost
sight of their mandate, which is to ensure that
their constituents are properly served. Without
further squabbling and politicking, these
groups need to resolve their disputes and
find a way of preserving, if not improving,
Vancouver's public transit system. Waiting for
the bus is bad enough. We're sick of waiting to
be listened to as well. ♦
Defending Arts
County Fair posters
Thank you for the interest you
showed in your coverage of our
Arts County Fair (ACF) event (*ACF
posters take over campus space*
[Mar. 13]). We wish to address several concerns raised in it
The charge made by Science
Undergraduate Society candidate
Corrie Baldwin that ACF posterers
rip down constituency elections
posters refers only to isolated
events which have already been
addressed. In fact, when postering,
ACF volunteers make a specific
effort to find space on the boards
for posters which we have had to
move. We do this because we
understand that campus events like
ACF and political activities such as
elections both do much to counter
apathy on campus.
Secondly, we should like to
point out that ACF is entirely run by
the Arts Undergraduate Society
(AUS) council members, many of
them also running, in concurrent
AUS elections. They manage to find
space for-their campaign posters.
In addition, the 'one candidate
poster per board' policy that Ms.
Baldwin complains of actually
helps keep the campaign process
fair, with each candidate having
equal opportunity for equal exposure. Our cleaning of the boards is
also a public service, as anyone
who has scrubbed a year's worth of
commercial postings from the bus
loop can attest to.
Again, we find the claim that
ACF sells itself and doesn't require
an effective promotions campaign
to be based on flawed reasoning.
The reason that ACF attracts
15,000 people in attendance and
has consequently been able to
donate over $125,000 in proceeds
to local charities Canadian Cancer
Society and. AIDS Vancouver is
because the AUS has striven to promote the event so enthusiastically.
Were we not, we would be doing
both our patrons and our recipient
charities a disservice.
Finally, ACF is a student-run,
non-profit, charitable event that is
the largest of its kind in Canada. We
constitute AIDS Vancouver'3
second-largest non-governmental
donor. The memories, good times,
and campus spirit the fair instills
brings recognition not just to the
AUS, but to the UBC campus at
large. We look forward to seeing
you there.
-Aleksandra Brzozowski
Dea Lloyd
Nafeesa Karim
Arts Undergraduate Society
Calls for an Arts vs.
Science ceasefire
In response to the recent spat of
Science versus Arts rhetoric, and
most recently Patrick 'Naive
Science Gu/ Bruskiewich's opinion
piece ('Some naive science guy*
responds to his critics,* Opinion
[Mar. 9]), would it be fair to call a
ceasefire? As far as I recall, what
sparked this debate was a well-
intentioned letter from a young
Science student who was surprised
to find that his Arts classes actually'
turned out to be some of the best
classes he took. As an Arts student,
I would like to reciprocate the compliment by saying that I think
Science is absolutely wonderful. I
have a particular love of biology,
and am looking forward to furthering my education in this subject
I'm baffled, however, as to how this
all became a tug-of-war over
which—Science or Arts—is the
more worthwhile discipline. Isn't it
fair to say that we, as a society, need
and cherish both? That is what
most benefits a society, isn't it?
Working together? As for Mr.
Bruskiewich's piece, the only thing
that he proved is that he is a raving
egomaniac. (Whoops, was that
mean and nasty?) No wonder he
thinks Science is superior, as it is
what he himself is taking. I would
ask Mr. Bruskiewich if he could get
500 people out on a Friday night
and charge them $20 each (the
average price of a theatre ticket) to
hear him read his 'Lense-Thirring
Frame Dragging and Galactic
Structure' paper. And for the rest of
us, how about a handshake and a
congratulations on working
towards making the world a better
place for others, as best we know
-Jason Patrick Rothery
Engineers' Cairn not a
forum for political debate
I have an inquiry that I believe is worth posing.
My question goes out to the students of UBC.
What is the Engineers' Cairn? Am I mistaken—by my naive, first-year intellect—to
regard it as a symbol of pride for the Engineers
of UBC and a target for pranks by the other faculties and Greek societies? Over my first year
here, I have observed, as I frequent the south
end of Main Mall very often, many different
'vandalisms' that have been light-hearted and
have carried no implications whatsoever other
than the healthy prodding of inter-faculty rivalries. I see this as a tradition that I have been
told about by my older peers and I see nothing
wrong with it The Cairn is a target for fun. I
think many students would agree with me.
However, this image was made more complicated the last time I walked by the Cairn.
Thursday, Mar. 15, on my usual walk to work
on Thursdays, I noticed that the cairn had
been painted again. Nothing out of the ordinary) until I approached it and saw the message closer. The Cairn was sporting the word,
'choice,' and the symbol of the woman. This
disturbed me a little bit, exactly for the reasons I have mentioned above. The issue of
abortion and choice are very difficult ones;
they involve deep moral, social, and political
implications that warrant a mature, sophisti
cated discussion. I don't see the defacing of
the Cairn as a mature, sophisticated discussion. By applying their message to a medium
where the usual arguments are along the lines
of "Forestry Rules!* or 'Sigma Phi Delta kicks
assl* the pro-choice group has somehow, in
my observation, cheapened their message. I
do not mean to insult anyone by writing this
letter, but I do believe that the Cairn should be
an object of fun, not of political messages. Who
now will be comfortable painting over that
pro-choice message?
-Graham Chernoff
The myths of origami
This is in reply to the letters written about my
club, the Origami Club. We are not barbarians!
The myths going around that we 'flippantly
fold without any consideration of consequence' ('Exposing the horrors of origami,"
Letters [Mar. 6]) are all untrue. We do not
'mangle" our paper! We rescue sheets of
paper that someone has deemed unfit for further use and rehabilitate them by transforming them into beautiful works of art We give
these papers who were previously destined for
the recycling bin a second chance to light up
the lives of sick children in the hospitals
around town. I can assure everyone that our
intentions are good and pure''and apblogise
for any misconceptions spread about our club
by the misinformed OAP (Origami Awareness
Project). I only hope that they may one day see
that they cause more harm than good and join
us in our fundraising organisations to raise
money for Burns Bog and other worthy charities. As for our display, I think it caused more
problems for us than the public because it
kept blowing awayl MTFBWYl
-Geneva Tretheway
UBC Origami Club president
Too many cars in Burnaby!
environmental disaster!
Cars and concrete everywhere! If a blade of
grass is not on the endangered species list in
the City of Burnaby it sure as hell should be!
Not a tree or a nice patch of grass to be seen,
just car lots, vacant filthy building lots and
run-down stores. And of course, masses and
masses of high-speed cars and trucks!
Now I remember why I have not visited
Burnaby in years. AND DON'T INTEND TO IN
Is there any reason (other than outright
terror) that we do not have bike lanes on all
our roads? No one is going to ride a bike on
these roads.where the choice is getting
slammed by a car door or squashed by an
articulated truck!!!        f I
If the Big Boys in the City of Vancouver
have finally 'seen the light' and have started to
construct greenways from one end of their city
to the other, what are their country-bumpkin
cousins waiting for?
Our 'leaders' have lost the battle of the 'Car
Wars' to the car dealers!
I was surprised that all pedestrians in
Burnaby were not pulling little carts with oxygen tanks on them, 'cos the air stinksl
We can put a man on the moon but we are
unable to set our traffic lights so that a fully-
loaded transit bus with 60 or more people, cannot turn in front of a bunch of gas-guzzling
SUVs to help these POOR people home quickly!
We have no problem whatsoever finding
millions and millions of dollars to provide
ever more roads and more free parking, wider
intersections and traffic lights, etc., but we
cannot provide a white line along the side of a
road to protect pedestrians and cyclists!
If we stopped providing cars and free parking to our 'leaders' and required them to walk,
cycle, or take transit to work there would be a
vast improvement in the environment
Until such times as that happens it will be,
-Colin Sinclaire
Coast Mountain Bus driver, BC Transit
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