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The state of
the First
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Foaled in 1918
Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, January 29, 1991
Vol 73, No 32
EAR denies Arab-Canadians
right to speak at peace rally
The result of twenty years of the erosion of police powers.
Vancouver riot police in October 1970 still look mighty
similar to those of January 1991.
by Lucho van Isschot
A decision by End the Arms
Race (EAR) to exclude Arab-Canadians from speaking at last
Saturday's downtown peace rally
has drawn criticism from the Arab
community and has caused dissent within the anti-war coalition.
Cynthia Flood, a spokesperson for the Mid-East Peace Action
Coalition (MEPAC), said the decision bordered on censorship.
She added that her "... group
was generally shocked and appalled."
An estimated 10,000 demonstrators at the Vancouver Art
Gallery listened to a variety of
speakers, none of whom were of
Arab descent.
EAR, an umbrella organization for more than 200 anti-war
groups responsible for the funding and planning of Saturday's
rally, was in charge of drawing up
the speaker's list.
Mazen Sukkarie, a UBC student of Arab descent and a founding member of Hope for Peace on
Earth (HOPE), was also concerned
with the exclusion of Arab Canadians from the speakers list.
"This issue is of concern to
the Arab students of UBC because
it might show that we are on a
separate side, when we are not,"
he said.
Activists fear court decision enables
police to arrest protestors at will
by Rick Hiebert
VANCOUVER (CUP)—Activists in
British Columbia fear that a provincial Supreme Court ruling may
give police the power to virtually
arrest demonstrators at will.
Three members of the
Nanaimo-based anti-nuclear
Nanoose Conversion Campaign
had their lawsuit against five local
RCMP officers dismissed by Justice John Cowan last week.
The protesters went to Prime
Minister Brian Mulroney's campaign appearance in Nanaimo in
1988. The RCMP arrested Laurie
MacBride, Norman Abbey and
Brian Stedman after MacBride
refused to show the contents of her
bag to a plainclothes Mountie. The
bag held an anti-nuclear banner.
The three protesters were then
jailed for three hours until
Mulroney left town. During the
trial, several RCMP officers testified that they believed that the
activists had a gun. No charges
were ever laid against the activists, who were held without charges
being laid.
"It was important...that the
plaintiffs be detained until it was
determined that there were more
substantial reasons for the police's
actions that had been apparent,"
Cowan wrote in his decision.
"(It) is easy to overlook...that
while citizens of this country have
rights, they also have duties and
obligations. Not the least of those
is to obey and respect the laws of
the country including...the law requiring that citizens not obstruct
those charged with the enforcement of the laws," he wrote. He
ruled that the passing of
MacBride's bag was a "wilful obstruction" of the officer's attempt
to identify what was in the bag.
"This decision allows the police to jail a suspect without evidence and then begin a search for
that evidence that leads to
charges," said Vancouver lawyer
Donald Crane, whois representing
the three. "This is an erosion of an
important safeguard to Canadians'
legal rights."
Crane's clients have already
begun an appeal to the provincial
Court of Appeal, but the earliest
court date available is eight months
from now.
"The police were trying to isolate the P.M. from dissenters and
this is a serious breach of their
usual role," Crane said.
He said there was evidence at
the trial which implied that the
police acting as security at the rally
were screeningout people who were
likely to argue with the Tories there
or demonstrate inside the hall
where the P.M. was speaking.
Local activists fear the implications of the decision.
"It's dangerous to give the police more powers to arrest people
who look odd, or arrest people for
what they might do. It's a possible
step towards a police state," said
John Mates of Greenpeace.
Mates said the decision could
intimidate those who want to protest publicly in B.C., particularly
those who want to act against Canadian participation in the Persian Gulf war.
"I hope that this decision
doesn't change how the police act
in the future. In my experience,
the police has been polite and respectful to our actions. I wouldn't
want that to change. The police
shouldn't judge what is right and
wrong to discuss," he said.
The Nanaimo RCMP detachment has declined comment.
Constable Bob Cooper of the
Vancouver police said he wasn't
sure that Cowan's decision gave
the police "any powers we don't
already have."
"I think that we've seen quite
an erosion of police powers over
the past 20 years with various court
cases and Criminal Code amendments," he said. "What usually
happens when police misuse their
powers in Canada is that the public or the courts take power away
from them."
Sukkarie added that an open
microphone would have facilitated
a more representative dialogue at
Saturday's rally.
"We would like to share our
thoughts and beliefs with others,
no matter what race, religion or
colour they are, as long as they
seek peace," he said.
EAR president Peter Kennedy
said his group feared that Arab
voices may have spoken in favour
of Saddam Hussein, creating a
rift in the anti-war movement.
Kennedy said EAR wanted to
avoid becoming embroiled in the
Arab-Israeli dispute, fearing it
would shift the focus of the rally
from the Gulf War. Doing so would
have, "Kept people away, rather
than drawing them in," he said.
Kennedy said EAR draws a
"fair amount of support from sectors of the Jewish community,"
and did not want to alienate them.
"Some ofthe Arab people were
saying that there shouldn't even
be sanctions," said Kennedy, who
consulted with the Arab community. Some were even "in favour of
war," he said.
MEPAC, one of the organizing groups, urged EAR to allow
Arab-Canadians to speak, but
were ignored, Flood said.
Connie Fogal, another member of MEPAC's steering committee said that there existed "potential for disunity" over this issue
because EAR's executive had
overruled the concerns of its
member groups.
In order to avoid conflict,
MEPAC will organize independently in the future, Fogal said.
Fogal added, however, that
the two groups will continue to
liaise despite their differences over
the rally.
Unity slate sweeps
executive elections
by Michael Booth
The Unity slate romped to
victory in all five positions in last
week's AMS executive elections—
the first time since 1974 that a
single slate has swept the annual
executive races.
With a voter turnout of only
eight per cent ofthe student body,
the Unity slate of Jason Brett
(president), Shawn Tagseth (vice-
president), Martin Ertl (administration), Ranjit Bharaj (finance),
and Kelly Guggisberg (external
affairs) scored decisive wins over
independents and tworival slates:
the Radical Beer Faction slate and
the Progressive slate.
"We've made a lot of promises
and now we have no excuses not to
keep them," Brett said. "We're really happy and we think we're
going to do a great job.
"With all of us working together, we'll be able to do 70 per
cent of the work and accomplish
twice as much."
The biggest surprise of the
elections was the strong performance ofthe Radical Beer Faction
candidates. The Faction's candidates finished second in three of
the positions even though they
openly took the proceedings in a
lighter vein than their opponents.
The Faction's presidential
candidate, Ari Giligson said "it
was a good race and I'm sure it
will be a good year even though it
won't be as fun as it would be if we
had gotten in."
A subdued Mark Keister,
campaign manager for the
Progressives, said he thought the
elections were the most democratic
in years.
"I'm disappointed but I guess
running a left-leaning slate in
AMS elections is like running a
Socred in East Van—it's an uphill
battle," Keister said.
"I'm still very pro-slate and
even though I disagree with the
slate that won, I believe that this
was more democratic than previous elections because the presence of slates made it less of a
personality contest." Keister
added that, "Now the AMS is officially right wing as opposed to the
unofficial right wing groups which
have controlled it before."
Brett, however, disagreed
with this assessment and added,
"Right wing, left wing; we're trying to keep ideas like that out of
student government."
AMS archivist Bruce
Armstrong said slates are not a
new phenomenon in AMS elections. Armstrong said in 1974-75,
a slate dubbed "the Student's
Coalition" swept the elections. The
following year, the executive was
split between representatives of
the Student's Coalition and a Student Unity slate.
"There have been formal
slates since then but they haven't
been elected," Armstrong said. "In
the 1982-83 elections, a "Progressive" slate ran but none of them
got elected."
Results were unavailable for
the Senate and Board of Governors elections. Results for these
positions are being held by the
UBC Registrar's office and will
not be released until two working
days after polls closed; sometime
late Tuesday.
Five referendum questions
were also on the ballots but, because only eight per cent of the
student body voted, all failed due
to lack of quorum—the support of
10 per cent of the student body.
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plan expands to feed hungry kids
by Martin Chester
Despite a hot lunch program,
many school children in Vancouver
are still going to school hungry,
according to the End Legislated
Poverty coalition.
Last Thursday, Patricia
Chauncey of ELP and Georgina
Isaak ofthe Child Poverty Association, made a presentation to a
Vancouver School Board budget
meeting to have the on-going hot
lunch program—which now involves 12 elementary schools—extended to include 10 more and to
have the program entrenched in
the board's budget.
Chauncey said: "They have set
the criteria. They have said there
are 10 more schools that fit the
criteria, all we asked was for those
schools to be added to the list.
"Any school that fits the school
board's criteria should be included," she said.
The food program is one part
of the Inner City School Project
which is designed to improve the
education system of schools in
Vancouver's low income areas. But,
as Chauncey explained, "the food
changes the outcome of all the other
The program is set up to avoid
identifying individual students in
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Engineers to host rights and freedom forum
by Michael Booth
The Engineering Undergraduate Society will be present-
inga series of four open discussions
entitled the Rights and Freedoms
Forum, beginning January 31.
The forums are part of the
fallout from last year's engineering
nEUSlettre which contained material offensive to numerous
groups, especially Natives. Ironically, the last of the four forums
will be held on March 14th—the
first anniversary ofthe printing of
the nEUSlettre in question.
The EUS originally agreed to
host a one day conference on racism as well as a traditional Native
Potlatch. However, the plans were
soon changed and the conference
evolved into a series of forums.
Nicole Kohnert and Peter
Cocciolo, engineering students and
members ofthe forum s' organi zi ng
committee, said the new format
allows more issues to be addressed.
"A one day conference would
be too intensive and I don't think
we would have as many people
involved," Kohnert said. Cocciolo
added, "This way we're opening it
up toa wider range of social issues."
Each forum will consist of four
panellists and a host. Each
panellist will each give a five
minute speech about their perspective and then they will be open
to questions from the floor for an
hour. The panelli sts will then speak
again followed by another round of
questions and summarizing
statements by the panellists.
The first forum is entitled
"What is Discrimination" and will
be hosted by local CBC television
anchor Kevin Evans. The panellists
include AMS president Kurt
Preinsperg, UBC multi-cultural
liaison officer Kogila Adam-
Moodley, Inter-campus Native
Student Network coordinator Bev
Scow, and former UBC chemical
engineering instructor Dale
Preinsperg was delighted to
be involved and said, "I really hope
that the campus community that
was quick to condemn the engineers will take an interest in their
efforts to rehabilitate themselves
and show up for the forum."
Kohnert said the EUS had
little trouble finding people to
volunteer to serve as panellists in
the forums.
"People we've talked to—potential panellists—are all very eager to participate, to make such a
discussion available to the public,"
Kohnert said. "We had a little flack
about the Godiva patches."
The rest of the forum will be
held on February 15,28, and March
14. All forums are at 12:30 p.m. in
the SUB Auditorium.
any way. Tie hot lunches are given
to all students, but those with
money pay a dollar for the meal.
The criteria for which schools are
involved in the program is also set
up to avoid identification of
Sunrise area superintendent
Alastair Fraser explained that the
critei'ia required a substantial
number of children in poverty and
for the schools to identify themselves in some way.
Fraser said that while he believed there were many schools in
such a situation, "neither parents,
nor staff, nor principals have come
forth to identify those schools."
Even with those schools identified, there is still the question of
finding funds for the program.
The program, which feeds
2,500 children daily has an annual
cost of between $500,000 and
$600,000 annually, according to
Fraser. At the moment, only the
city of Vancouver has given money
to support the program, but the
school board has lobbied for other
"We have looked for funding,"
he said. "Every year we write the
provincial government who do not
choose to fund the program."
He also said any federal
funding available comes with
strings attached, which demand
that all welfare children in the city
are fed, which make the system
Chauncey also said the school
board should entrench the program
in their budget.
"We asked that the school
board put on the budget as a priority yearly," she said. "We are
tired of going back every year to
"We also want them to be loud
and vocal in calling for increases in
welfare and minimum wage."
The budget is not due until
March, so ELP and other local anti-
poverty groups will continue to
lobby and pressure the school board
withletters and presentations until
the decision is made.
"This is a model program that
we use as an example when we
organize across Canada,"
Chauncey said. "The problem is it
is not big enough."
UBC senate passes
partial version of
harassment policy
by Mark Nielsen
Despite their concerns, the
UBC Senate has passed the much
anticipated policy on freedom from
harassment and discrimination.
In passing an abbreviated
version last Wednesday, the Senate asked the academic policy
committee to strengthen the definitions used and to clarify the judicial process to be used when
considering such instances.
The Senate's race relations
committee was asked earlier this
year to draft a policy in time to be
included in the 1991-92 Winter
Session calendar.
Before voting, assistant law
professor Philip Bryden warned
that there was a potential for
conflict between the harassment
and discrimination policy and the
university's stand on academic
"Most US universities that
have introduced such a policy have
immediately found a conflict between the broad notion of academic
freedom and that of harassment
and discrimination," he said. "I
think the issue is to resolve this
type of conflict."
In an interview after the
meeting, Bryden gave the example
of a student at the University of
Michigan who stood up in a class
and said that homosexuality is a
disease and can be treated.
While many gays may say the
student is being discriminatory,
others may think the student is
expressing an academic point of
view, Bryden said.
"It may not be a wise opinion
but is that something people should
be disciplined for or protected as
an intellectual argument?" Bryden
The dean of law, Peter Burns,
warned that the real power of such
a policy is going to be directed at
students—including those who
demonstrate against unpopular
"If someone comes in who is
pro-apartheid and students demonstrate against him, we can use it
(the policy) against those students,"
he said.
He added that some of the
terms used to define discrimination were redundant while others
were open to abuse. He argued
that disability, for example, could
include lower than average intelligence.
And economics professor
Robert Will pointed out that a
range of penalties and a judicial
process have not been put in place
to deal with complaints related to
the policy.
"Right now, I don't think students have any idea of what :s
going to happen to them if they're
found guilty," he said.
Although supporting the idea,
AMS ombudsperson Carole
Forsythe said Senate members
could have easily made fools of
themselves by passing a poorly
written policy.
"There are dozens, literally
dozens of definitions, so they have
to come up with a definition that
suits the university campus that is
both general and specific," she said.
"Specific enough to cover academic
guidelines and general enough to
cover the university and all that
happens here."
The version passed by Senate
reads: "The University of British
that all members ofthe university
community—students, facult}/,
staff and visitors—are able to study
and work in an environment of
tolerance and mutual respect that
is free from harassment and discrimination." The original version also included a definition of
discrimination "based upon ancestry, country of origin, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation,
creed, citizenship, age, or disability."
A second statement, that "the
University may initiate appropriate action against individuals or
groups whose behaviour amounts
to discrimination or harassment
or whose behaviour threatens that
environment of mutual respect and
tolerance," was also passed out by
the Senate.
Dr. Kogila Adam Moodle}^,
chair of the race relations committee, could not be reached for
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Students from Simon Fraser
University and Capilano College
proposed "dissolving" the B.C. region of the CFS by this April as a
protest against what some felt was
the excessive bureaucratization of
the CFS and unaccountability of
the organization's executive.
"We wanted to ensure that the
various frustrations the members
were having got discussed. We
wantedtoopen up the federation—
it seems to be getting wrapped up
in bureaucracy, becoming more like
a political organization and that's
not what we want," said Diane
Larsson, chair of the Capilano
College Students Society.
The motion, moved at the
meeting's final plenary on January
20, was withdrawn, but not without discussion ofthe problems that
the BC members were having with
the CFS provincially.
"We didn't want to destroy the
BC CFS, yet there is a really strong
feeling that member societies
aren't being heard—that's what
the provincial executive ofthe CFS
doesn't like, they don't hear,"
Larsson said.
P.J. Harstan, the former Vice
President-external of the
Vancouver Community College-
Langara student government, said
the motion was a "negative procedure, but the only way to bring
forth the discussion that we
Harstan, who was one of the
instigators ofthe motion although
the Langara delegation as a whole
didn't support it, said "Whenyou're
dealing with any form of established bureaucracy, you have to
yell and scream and kick and throw
a fit to allow yourself to be heard.
That is exactly what we did with
this motion."
"Do students really benefit
with the CFS, if not, why be in it?
If so, why not take the chance to
discuss whether the organization
is really effective," he said.
Brad Lavigne, chair of the
CFS-BC, wasatfirstsurprised that
the BC CFS members wanted to
destroy the organization.
"We are certainly not opposed
to change. We want grassroots
input, but their motion wasn't the
only way to address what they
wanted to do," Lavigne said. "The
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have been addressed more productively through other mechanisms
and procedures that the CFS has."
Lavigne said there were positive changes and ideas discussed,
but by using the form of a motion to
dissolve the CFS-BC, theconcerned
members may have made it harder
to discuss their concerns.
"Toinitiate the discussion they
chose the wrong process," he said.
"You don't use a sledgehammer to
kill an ant."
Jamie McEvoy, president of
the Douglas College Student Society, said the CFS-BC was working
to deal with its problems.
"There's almost a consensual
idea that the organization has to
change, so this discontent is nothing that new. These changes in the
CFS, especially in B.C, are taking
place gradually," he said.
"The student movement hasn't
found the best organizational basis to be what it wants to be: non-
hierarchical, accountable and
democratic. We're moving in that
direction, but people are frustrated
with the slowness of that change,"
McEvoy said. "Change sometimes
takes time."
"There wasn't that much difference in what we wanted," he
said. "The discussion was valuable."
Harstan and Larsson were
pleased that the discussion took
place, yet both said that they were
hoping the CFS-BC would take
concrete steps to answer the concerns ofthe membership.
One major issue, the concerns
of several members in B.C. about
the structure ofthe national CFS-
Services branch of the organization, received some discussion.
Several student governments
in B.C. are withholding part of
their CFS fees in order to make the
CFS-Services subsidiary more
accountable to the CFS membership. At the last national CFS
meeting in Ottawa last month,
there was some discussion of
whether the national CFS should
sue member societies for the rest
of their fees, but nothing was
The B.C. CFS members decided that members holding part
of their fees back should pool these
fees in a provincial trust.
"The rationale was that it
would improve our bargaining
power if there were some legal
question to come up," said Bryan
Kraushaar of the SFU Student
Society. "We doubt that the CFS
will sue its own members, but we
wanted to ensure that we were on
solid ground if it happened."
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Federal government slammed over policies
at conference on First Nations issues
by Kevin Brett and Paul Waxman
The First Nations Issues conference which took place at the
Simon Fraser downtown campus
last weekend, could have been
appropriately retitled "The First
Steps to Healing Old Wounds."
The conference, sponsored by
a variety of Native organizations,
provided a forum for some of the
leading voices in the struggle for
aboriginal self government as well
as issue specific workshops.
Ovide Mercredi, Manitoba
Chief of the Assembly of First
Nations, lambasted the federal
government for its notion of a new
relationship regarding aboriginal
issues. Mercredi emphasized the
need for Ottawa to fully recognize
the political role ofthe Assembly of
First Nations instead ofthe individual chiefs who have been hand
picked by the Department of Indian
and Northern Affairs.
"It's a policy of divide and rule,
and that's unacceptable for substantive dialogue," Mercredi said.
Mike Leach, chief of the
Lil'Wat band, issued a pointed
challenge to the university community. Leach saidit is incumbent
upon universities not only to learn,
but to teach the diversity of the
First Nations.
The need for an alternative to
current textbook notions of aboriginal history was a sentiment
echoed by other speakers at the
Bruce Clarke, legal council for
the Lil'Wat Nation, elicited some
murmurs from the audience when
he said the rule of law was not
being "applied in practice... and
this should concern all Canadians."
He said aboriginal right to self
government is already existent,
based on the Royal Proclamation
of 1763 which states that tribes
shall not be "molested, nor disturbed on lands not ceded or sol d."
The department of Indian and
Northern Affairs came under re
peated fire from Mercredi, who
defined it as an instrument for
controlling the lives and freedoms
ofthe Native people.
"Would you allow any department of government to rule over
you?" he challenged. "I think not."
Mercredi debunked the notion
of multi-culturalism when he challenged Meech Lake's vision of
Canada as being based solely on
English and French culture.
The need for spiritual healing
and dignity was identified as being
an important component in the
struggle for autonomy.
"We must overcome the psychology ofbeing victimized...which
is why self sovereignty is so important," Mercredi said.
The conciliatory spirit of the
conference was best expressed by
the vice-president of the United
Native Nations, Ernie Crey. Crey
spoke of his generation as being
the first of five who have been
allowed to have their children at
home and not having them forcibly
taken away to residential schools.
"How can tradition be passed
on when our children are not at
home?" Crey asked. "I say this to
you, not out of bitterness or with
an intent to illicit guilt, but rather
to show that we are a special case
in Canada."
by Kevin Brett and
Paul Waxman
Ovide Mercredi's eyes do
not penetrate, they burn clear
to the back ofthe hall. Friday
night they served as a reflection
of his words, which speak
forcefully and eloquently ofthe
need for Native sovereignty.
As Manitoba Regional
Chief for the Assembly of First
Nations, Mercredi occupies a
key position on the front lines of
the fight for aboriginal self
When he speaks, one cannot help but listen with an intensity equal to that with whi ch
he delivers his words. It was no
exception when we spoke with
Ovide Mercredi following his
keynote address at the First
Nations Issues conference on
Friday night.
The Ubyssey—Because, as
an unrepresented minority,
Natives have continually
been the acted upon, is autonomy generally tho ught to
be a last avenue towards
Ovide Mercredi—Under the
current bureaucracy of the department of Indian and Northern Affairs, the final decision
(re: land claims) is left with the
ministry. Self government suggests some sort of self help, and
a belief in your power of leadership, so we don't see it as a
last avenue, but rather the only
comprehensive road towards
What then, would that self
determination entail? You
mentioned Sechelt, is that
the kind of autonomy
sought, or would it be on a
more continental level, including those peoples within
US borders?
The municipal autonomy of
Sechelt is what we want to avoid.
State of the First Nations:
an interview with Ovide Mercredi
Oka protest during the summer
Why should the provincial and
national borders, arbitrary to the
distribution ofNative populations,
determine the borders ofthe First
Nations? The people within US
borders are the same as those
within Canadian borders, so yes,
Native self sovereignty includes
those nations within the US.
You mentioned Saskatchewan
as having opted out of the Assembly of First Nations. Could
you clarify this and explain if
you feel that this will inhibit
settlement and negotiations?
Saskatchewan has opted out ofthe
Assembly because its chief failed
to win the presidency ofthe body.
Currently there is still contact with
Saskatchewan and additionally
there will be new national elections
in 1991. So they will be back.
There is a perception on the
part of some Canadians that a
"comprehensive settlement"
will be at the expense of non-
aboriginal comfort and living
standards. What about a national plebiscite regarding
Native issues like self sovereignty and land claims? Do you
feel there is any legitimacy to
such an exercise?
Any national referendum could
only take place in an atmosphere
of respect and information. Unfortunately, the current climate is
one of misinformation. However,
in principle, I am not opposed to
such an effort, but only among an
informed populace. Without this,
the exercise would be invalid.
The result ofthe civil disobedience exercised in the summer
was that Canada came to realize the extent of Native dissatisfaction. What now is the follow-up strategy to the Oka
The occurrence at Oka was not the
crisis. The crisis, for the Native
people, is happening now. We m ust
maintain what was achieved at
Oka, that is, tokeep the awareness
level high and ensure that the
government deals with the leadership put forward by Natives
rather than hand picked individuals by the department of Indian and Northern Affairs.
Many land claims are presently
on-going in the courts. Is the
legality of self government
currently being challenged in
the courts?
Yes. The unsatisfactory response
to the land question is largely a
political problem. The courts have
already acknowledged some legitimacy to the claims for self government and we are presently
pursuing the legal right to autonomy in the forum of the supreme court.
Do you feel that with the
demise of Meech Lake, the
possibilities for negotiations
regarding self government
have reached an impasse?
And do you feel that the
current government
harbours too much animosity right now to address
Native issues?
This government has two years
left in its mandate and it is my
belief that it will not bend over
backwards to solve the aboriginal problems. What is urgently
needed for a comprehensive solution is a change of government.
Are Native women's issues
being overshadowed by the
need for general reforms, or
are there specific strategies,
movements or organizations
that deal solely with the
problems faced by Native
They are one and the same. Rec ■
ognition ofthe right to be different is foremost in our objectives,
and that includes women.
Women are joining hands in
support groups, and in doing so
are gaining strength, but the
right to be different is one that
ensures that unique gender
differences are recognized, as
well as racial differences.
In closing, do you have anything you would particularly
like to address to the university constituency?
Well...we don't have too much
experience in telling people
what to do. My words to this
group of future leaders would
be to always strive to reach for
consensus rather than to impose
their views. This is the basis of
hope for any real change to occur. What is needed in Canada
is a policy to bring about the
realization of people's right to
be different.
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T-Birds claw pandas, back in play-off hunt
Lisa Nickle
by Mark Nielsen
Just when the UBC
Thunderbirds women's basketball
team could least afford to have
things go wTong—they went right
over the weekend.
The Thunderbirds snapped a
vicious nine game losing streak
with a thrilling 78-75 victory over
the University of Alberta Pandas
on Friday night. They followed it
up the next evening by dumping
the Pandas 86-
And now,
instead of being Canada
West doormats, the
have suddenly
become contenders for a
spot in postseason play. In
short, they are
getting their
act together.
"We're not
a different
team," coach
Misty Thomas
said. "It's a team that's coming
together and doing things consistently that they've been capable of
doing throughout the year.
Thomas also pointed out that
the Thunderbirds have played
some good basketball since coming
back from the winter break.
"We've had to play some tough
teams in the three weeks we've
been back, you know—Victoria,
Calgary and Lethbridge are not
the three easiest teams to try and
take games from.
"But the girls have played really
well...and its good to see that when
things are on the line, and the
chips are down, they came
The incentive of a pi ay off spot
aside, fourth year pivot Tania
Gladiuk, who scored 26 points and
hauled in 16 rebounds on Friday
night, said the players are coming
together as a team.
"We're a lot more comfortable
with one another," Gladiuk said.
"A lot of these people haven't really played together as a team.''
UBC got off to a quick start on
Friday night and were up by as
much as 10 points before the Pandas went on an eight point tear to
put Alberta up 28-25.
The Panda's stayed in front
and built up a 14 point lead early
in the second half be fore UBC went
to work, outscoring Alberta 25-6
for a 73-63 lead.
"We were down by 10 (at the
half) and we said, 'look, we don't
need to go out there and try and
fire through a bunch of three
pointers; just chip away at it—
we've got 20 minutes to chip away
at it," Thomas said.
"It was
a wild finish, but
we came up with
the win."
Following up on
Gladiuk's performance was
Val Philpot who
scored 15 points
and snagged
eight rebounds,
while Lorraine
Mar ken got 12
points and Lisa
Nickle added 10.
year point
guard Lisa
Nickle put in
her best performance ofthe season
on Saturday night when she scored
32 points and was seven for 12
from the three point range.
"Maybe at the start ofthe year
I was a bit hesitant about taking
that shot," Nickle said. "But Misty
tells all of us, "if it's open, shoot,'
and that's what I was doing."
Thomas, meanwhile, said that
as far as Nickle's shooting is concerned, she should keep up the
good work.
"She's our best shooter, and
sometimes it's hard to convince
her that that's what she should be
doing," Thomas said.
"She's also got a lot of responsibility as point guard. A lot of time
she's so concerned with running
the offence and trying to get the ball
to her teammates. ..that she forgets
about her own opportunities.
In addition to Nickle's performance, Devanee Peterson canned
14 points, Philpot nailed 13, and
Gladiuk drained 11, but grabbed
nine rebounds. Jana Jordan,
meanwhile, got seven assists.
The Thunderbirds head to
Saskatoon this weekend to for a
pair of must-win contests against
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Thunderbirds trampled by Bisons
by Michael Booth
The Thunderbird hockey
team's problems continued on the
weekend when they were run
over by stampeding buffalo in
The T-Birds slipped to sixth
place in the Canada West conference and stretched their losing
streak to seven games when they
dropped a pair of contests 6-3 and
7-2 to the hometown University of
Manitoba Bisons.
The T-Birds got off top a slow
start in Friday's game, falling behind 3-0 after one period of play
before rebounding to play the
Bisons evenly the rest ofthe way.
The T-Birds pulled to within two
late in the third only to have
Manitoba score in the final five
minutes to salt the game away.
T-Bird captain Grant Delcourt
led UBC with two goals and one
assist while defenceman Scott
Frizzell scored the other T-Bird goal.
On Saturday, the T-Birds iced
five skaters who played despite
suffering from the flu. The teams
played to a 1-1 tie after one period
before Manitoba ran away with
the game in the last two periods.
Forward Charles Cooper and
defenceman Dean Holoien scored
for the T-Birds.
UBC coach Terry O'Malley is
understandably concerned about
the team's performance of late.
"Its been a real skid and there
might be plenty of reasons for it
but we're going to have to get back
to our first half form and get there
quickly," O'Malley said. "A playoff
spot is still in the offing but we're
going to have to put together a
string of sweeps in upcoming
This weekend the T-Birds begin a four game homestand with a
pair of games against the cellar-
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T'Birds split in Bears den
by Matthew Clarke
The Thunderbirds battled the
University of Alberta Gol den Bears
in Edmonton last weekend and
when the dust had settled, both
volleyball teams emerged with a
win and loss.
On Friday, the T-Birds
dropped their match 3-1 due to an
inability to win close games under
pressure. In all four games, the T-
Birds beat the Golden Bears to the
ten point mark but then stumbled
and were unable to win the rallies
they needed to win the games.
UBC blocked well—making
20 stuff blocks—but hit poorly as
they had 27 shots stuffed and com
mitted 16 spike errors. The scoring
was spread evenly with Randy
Wagner nailing 15 kills, Rob Hill
adding 12, and Conrad Leinemann
11. Bobby Smith and Charles
Hebert added 10 kills each and
six and five stuff blocks respectively.
For Saturday's match, UBC
coach Dale Ohman attempted to
improve his team's play by inserting 6'9" Jason Bukowski in at power
hitter in place of team captain Rob
Hill. Bukowski had eight stuff
blocks i n the first game but faltered
late in the game to lose 14-16.
In the second game, Hill was
back in the starting line-up and
the T-Birds won easily 15-7. The
third game was tied at 9 but once
again the team struggled in the
key rallies and lost 12-15. The
'Birds took game four 15-11 and
won the match with an exciting 17-
15 victory in the fifth and final
The T-Birds played the Bears
evenly throughout the weekend but
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One week after absorbing a
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Thunderbirds are back in the hunt
for first pi ace i n Canada West men's
basketball play.
While the Thunderbirds disposed ofthe University of Alberta
Golden Bears 111-91 and 94-75 at
War Memorial Gym over the
weekend, the Vikings split their
series with the lowly University of
Lethbridge Pronghorns, giving
UBC a window through to top spot.
Both the Thunderbirds and
the Vikings possess 11-3 won-lost
records, and with six games left in
the season, their destiny, as the
saying goes, is in their own hands.
If UBC finishes first they will
is not only have home court advantage throughout the playoffs,
but also will not have to put up
with the sell-out crowds at UVic.
"We dont want to go back to
the Island and play," said UBC
assistant coach Perrie Scarlett.
"Besides, it's always better if you
have home court advantage."
Not surprisingly, Scarlett said
the Thunderbirds went through
some tougher than average practices following the two Island setbacks, and worked especially hard
on defence.
J.D. Jackson led the
Thunderbirds scoring on Friday
night with 31 points, and chipped
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followed up with 18 points, while
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Al Lalonde scored 15. Rick Stanley
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the latter assisted on six others,
and Derek Christiansen followed
up with 21 points. Micheal Frisby
led the Bears with 21 points.
The Thunderbirds travel to
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Volley'Birds prepare
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by Gwen Parker
The UBC women's volleyball
team came up with twomore easy
wins last weekend against the
University of Alberta.
The 3-1 victory on Friday
was good, 15-10, 12-15, 15-5, 15-
4, but Saturday's 3-0 triumph
was better, 15-1,15-8, and 15-5.
Alberta needed two wins to
stay in the running for the upcoming Canada West playoffs.
The pressure they felt was evident by their consistently poor
As a result ofthe 'Bird's success, they remain in second place
in the Canada West conference
with eleven wins and three losses.
UBC coach Donna Baydock
was satisfied with the weekend
and said, "There were solid performances by everyone." Power
hitter Jenny Rauh especially
drew praise, and her statistics
show why.
With 21 kills in the first
match, and 10 in the second, Rauh
handily controlled the offensive
aspects of the game. "Kyla Lee
(setter) gave Jenny the ball, and
she hit at will," said Baydock.
The second game lull on Friday night was remedied by centre blocker Sarah Dunlop's
strong serving. Dunlop came up
with five ace serves, five stuff
blocks, and seven kills in the
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"...then a few people, maybe
300, start again. Black flags waving with a sense of urgency. Not
happy and calm, but angry, disgusted, and willing to show it..."
About 300 frustrated demonstrators displayed their anger in a
second anti-war rally following
Saturday's sanctioned Peace Rally
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on Beatty Street, they then temporarily blocked traffic on the
Georgia Viaduct. The march ended
in a confrontation with riot police
inside the Sinclair Centre on
Hastings Street.
Following are first hand impressions from several people involved in the anti-war protest:
"Surrounded by black flags,
militant slogans, and echoes of
anarchy, we gathered power from
the crowd. It made us stronger and
we added to it."
"And then the Armouries.
Reclaim the Building!'Scrambling
up, up...and the Canadian flag, no
longer sacred, gives way to black.
Then walking again, yelling,
shouting, trying to make people
listen. Maybe being heard?"
"People on the roof, burning
the maple leaf. Raising the black
flag. Looking down on the crowd I
felt strong, was part of everything.
But I also felt trapped. There was
only one way down...what if the
police came?"
"Blockingthe Georgia Viaduct,
we danced and chanted and
laughed. We were making them
stop their cars, take a pause in
their routines. Maybe they would
think, ask themselves why we were
disrupting their lives. Maybe they
would re-examine their position
on this stupid war. Maybe?"
"Then a glint in the bright
sunlight. Clear plastic visors, blue
uniforms, brown billy clubs. "Everybody link arms—for strength,
for solidarity!'... but my gut is
heaving, I'm shaking. Is it the cold,
or the fear? 'Keep walking. Stay
together.' A grandiose terror, exhilaration, marching straight toward the enemy."
"Then we saw them. Two columns, long and black with no faces
behind their battle helmets. For
an instant we paused, ready to
meet them...then fear took over.
Fear. Intimidation. Panic. Flight.
"We ran, took shelter in a
building...it would protect us. But
we were trapped. Faceless automatons with clubs at every door.
Backs against a wall we shouted:
"The whole world is watching,'
"Gestapo, Gestapo,' and "Shame,
Shame, Shame!'"
"'Three minutes to clear the
building, no one will be arrested,'
came a warning over the police
"The unity was splintering,
absolute mayhem. Should we run
should, we sit down? But Squeig
was yelling "don't sit down, don't
sitdown.'Such confusion. I wanted
to leave now, we've made our point.
I don't want to get arrested, I'm not
quite ready to get arrested...yet."
"But they had lied. 'No one
will get arrested,' they had said.
But they grabbed the leaders."
"Panic. Anger. Mayhem.
People running everywhere. Cops
with shields with their backs to
the walls. Anything was possible.
Reason was tucked away to be
taken out later, over coffee when
this was over. .Anything was possible, they were faceless, they had
clubs. I was terrified...we left and
they took our leaders."
But from the outside the impression was different...
"The marchers pushed forward and reached their destination in the Sinclair Centre. Aero wd
of people rushed into the building.
I followed, but was cut-off by a blue
uniformed body."
"Steppingback I realized that
more than two thirds ofthe crowd
remained outsi de. What surprised
me was the cross-section of the
protestors: young people, old
people, babies. One woman standing beside me said, 'Look at them
(the police), they're just like the
SS, believe me, I was there.'"
"For what seemed like an
eternity we waited outside, trying
all entrances, trying to show support for those inside. Intimidation
turned to anger as we real ized that
in this "free land" of Canada, one
doesn't always have the right to
public assembly."
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THE UBYS$EY/9 God bless
It was half time at the Super Bowl. The television station
broke for a Gulf Update.
We would miss the big gala half-time show. But never fear,
the station was diligent in showing us the highlights—the most
moving parts of the Disney World extravaganza.
A young, golden haired boy stood before us, all clean and
white and he sang for us. In a Shirley Temple like voice this little
angel murmured "You are my Hero," a song dedicated to the
troops over seas—those brave men and women ofthe US and UN
armies who were away from home on this most hallowed of days,
Super Bowl Sunday.
A president George Bush, live from his own home and with
his stalwart wife beside him, told us that all 'peace loving" people
should cherish the efforts and sacrifices of these fine young men
and women, and of their families, many of whom had been trotted
out onto the field for all to see.
How the hearts of Americans must have swelled to have
heard Whitney Houston belt out her movi ng rendition ofthe Star
Spangled Banner, duly dedicated to the troops.
The hearts of all Americans go out to our heroes in the Gulf,
president Bush told us.
All Americans? I guess this includes the tens of thousands
who gathered all across that fine country to protest against war.
The mighty American propaganda machine rolled on and
over an unsuspocti ng public around the world who tuned in for a
mere battle for physical supremacy on the football field.
This is propaganda at its best, and worst. Who could not be
moved by all this. Shots ofthe troops watching the game in the
Gulf, children singing, crying, the entire crowd holding cards,
which when held up in unison made massive American flags.
True, this is a glaring display of pro-war drivel, but what a
masterpiece. They tugged at every possible emotion. Sympathy
for the families of those over seas. Fear ofthe prospects of war.
Patriotism, perhaps the greatest cause of death in our history.
Religion, the tacit"good Christian/bad Moslcm"attitude, perhaps
running a close second for the greatest killer. The cruel draw of
this beautifully innocent boy. And on and on.
But perhaps they slipped. At least for a thinkingindividual
they did. As part ofthe half time show the network showed some
footage of a Marine commander preparing his troops battle. He
was talking about land mines planted by Saddam Hussein—
American land mines. These were bought for pennies a piece
when Iraq was America's ally. When Saddam Hussein was the
West's man in Baghdad. We are killingour allies in the hundreds
because they are no longer useful.
God bless America, God bless the Super Bowl.
Sentenced to surf
Just when we thought we had seen and heard everything,
Diamond Dave Strangway introduces discipline with an escape
Although the punishments handed out to some of the
Cariboo House letter writers was appropriate, the vast majority
was token at best. To suspend" 15 ofthe men for the four months
of sum mer break is hardly discipline they will take seriously and
notingthe suspensions on their transcripts was rendered meaningless when Strangway revealed that all references to the
suspension may bo liftedupon appeal in thestudents'graduating
The 15 men who were "suspended" for four months are no
doubt in a quandary right now trying to decide which beach they
will hang out at this summer while "doing time."
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January 29, 1991
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Matthew Johnson hung his head over the railing, green with
sea sickness. First mate Martin Chester, angry at the lack of
sea worthiness of his crew, yelled angrily at Paul Dayson,
who was busily swabbing the deck. Rebecca Bishop danced
a slow waltz with Victor Chew Wong while Lucho van Isschot
looked on with a raging jealousy. Gwcn Parker was having
a secret conference in her bunk, convincing the bartender,
Michael Booth, and yoeman first-class Yukie Kurahashi to
mutiny. When Captain Effie Pow discovered the evil plot to
overthrow her leadership, she threatened to throw the
entire crew in the brink. Fortunately, Elizabeth
managed to calm the captain's raging emotions. Ken managed to convince the captain to throw a party to improve
morale. Steve Chan ran about spreading the news, as Don
Mah made party favors. This may have been enough to
satisfy the average crew member, however Andrew Epstein
was still angered at the lack of respect his job of waste
management was given. ErnieStelzer suggested that Andrew
be quiet and eat another fish stick. " Yar Billy" agreed
Graham Cameron
who happily hoisted the party sails. Kevin Brett smiled
giddily at Yvette Ipsarlexi, who was cleaning out the fish
hold. Joanne Stecko decided that the night was perfect for
swimming and jumped overboard. Matt Clark searched in
vai n for a lifesaver, finally gave u p, and went back to blowing
up balloons. Paul Waxman quoted the Rime ofthe Ancient
Mariner, as Don Koo listened sleepily, a light breeze ruffling
his hair and the setting sun warm in his face.
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NASA isn't a waste of money
January 28. Does that
date ring a bell? Any particular significance? No?
Didn't think so. Ill add the
year: 1986. Still no recognition? January 28, 1986
was when the space shuttle
Challenger exploded 73 seconds into flight, killing all
seven astronauts, including
Sharon Christa McAuliffe, a
There have been other
deaths in the exploration of
space: two cosmonauts were
killed in a landing accident,
and three astronauts died in
an oxygen fire during a
capsule test. However,
Challenger was the only
deaths thus far during actual
flight, and in the most dangerous phase of flight,
launch. It was also the only
such accident to be witnessed
live by television audiences.
In memory of this tragedy, and also because the
White House is playing its
usual game of "We want
more out of NASA for less
money", I'm goingto do some
honest pro-space axe grinding.
Momentarily setting
aside pioneering rhetoric,
there are a number of benefits and profits to be gained
from space, many of which
are available today.
No one can deny the
impact of communications
satellites on society, which
allows us to monitor the Gulf
War as it happens. Comsats
are a billion dollar industry
Military reconnaissance
satellites are an important
tool for peace. They can observe the movement and deployment of armed forces,
reducing the chance of success in a first strike and confirming that both sides are
holding to their treaties.
It was once saidof earth
observation satellites that
they changed the science of
oceanography as much as
ships had. The view from
orbit allows us to understand
our planet
as a whole
far better
than we
just from
the ground. Sending probes
to other planets also allows
us to know earth's evolution.
Experiments conducted
on the shuttle, the Soviet
station Mir and other satellites have returned valuable
information in astronomy,
pharmacology, metallurgy,
and physics.
Now, let's take a look
into the future.
Though I hate to dangle
a promise, one of space station Freedom's missions
would be to conduct experiments in pharmaceuticals
production. In free fall,
electrophoreisis can extract
compounds in quantities and
purities that are near impossible on Earth. Protein
crystals can be grown to un
precedented size. Such experiments may lead to treatments for many illnesses,
including cancer and AIDS.
Other experiments could
produce room temperature
superconductors, lighter and
stronger alloys or ultra-pure
No guarantees can be
made, but the return on such
an investment could be huge,
and there's also the chance
of serendipity, digging for
worms and finding gold.
Space is not a waste of
money; NASA's budget is
less than a
and compare that
to the
amount of
money that goes to Defense,
which makes things we had
better not use.
Looking further ahead,
space has a wealth of energy
in the form of easily tapped
solar energy, and materials
in the form of asteroids.
Earth's entire industry could
be moved to Mercury orbit,
the moon and the asteroid
belt. In fifty years, Earth
would never see another
strip mine or smokestack,
leaving the way for environmental reconstruction.
Settlement of space
could encourage new cultural diversity and reduce
the chance of humanity being wiped out by plague, war,
meteor strike or other disaster.   Eventually, all of hu-
manity could move into
space. Alternately, Venus
and Mars could be turned
into abodes for life by
None of this sounds very
appealing if you're of the
"People are no damn good"
school of thought. Otherwise, space is a new arena
for human experience. Humanity has settled the Arctic to the Sahara, and space
would be merely another
place to live. It would be as
cold and inhuman or as
pleasant and homey as the
people who lived there
wanted it to be.
Human history can be
seen as a Darwinian search
for the ideal society, the
perfect mode of human existence, the culture that, can
survive and prosper. In aid
of that, experiments are
undertaken, in terms of how
people are organized and
where they live. Prom that
viewpoint, itis an imperative
that humanity experiment,
try everything. Space offers
an unlimited venue for
growth and diversification
in quantity and quality, for
being human.
Peter Tupper
Arts 1
a rare note from yer letters
coord-person: profound
apologies to Peter; his perspective should have been
printed on jan 25 but
wasn't...so here it is.
January 29,1991 Anti-choice is
I have aquestion for the people
who created the display that was
set up beside the Pro-Choice information in the SUB this past week...
Why do you people so often
find it necessary to illustrate your
propaganda in the manner that
you do? Pro-Choice information
rarely contains graphic photographs of young women who lie
bleeding to death in back alleys as
aresult of self-induced coat hanger
abortions. Nor do they visually
display any of the other realities
that befall women who have no
legal control over their own lives
and bodies. Is it necessary that you
resort to such low-grade sensationalism? Would it not benefit any
cause to take a more intelligent
approach? If nothing else it would
at least relieve the rest of us from
having to be exposed to your own
particular and peculiar form of
exploitation and abuse.
Christine Stewart
Arts 4
Simon not "trippy"
Re: An old man plays great music,
by Matthew Johnson
Friday, January 11
We were greatly offended by
the review of Paul Simon's concert.
Mr. Johnson comments "...if you
got high, you would get so mellow,
you'd pass out listening." Frankly,
what did you expect from Paul
Simon? Did you expect leather clad
bimbos, fog machines, and, perhaps, a dance solo by Paul Simon
himself? Mr. Simon apparently has
more respect for women than to
parade them around half naked on
the stage. He also hasmore respect
for music.
As for Simon's new version of
"Cecilia" and the focus on "how
'trippy'Simon couldmake his voice
sound", Mr. Johnson seems to be
the only critic of this new style.
Reviewsin both the Vancouver Sun
and the Calgary Herald praise the
new interpretation ofthe song.
In addition, the review indicates the type of audience present
at the concert. We ask, Mr. Johnson, where exactly do you fit in?
Are you with the "old yuppies from
hell, or their neopseudohippie
patchouli-wearing children"? Fortunately, we do not fit in with either of these groups. As we are
about to graduate, we are neither
old yuppies nor children, thus we
beg to differ with your broad generalizations.
We close by stating that we
thoroughly enjoyed the concert and
were very impressed with Simon's
presence, intelligence and ability
to weave his various musical styles
into a cohesive, entertaining performance.
Heather Cole, Science 4
Janette Hellmuth,
English 4
Any a Carrel, English 3
Yes, it's redundant
At the risk of having this letter made redundant before it is
published, I suggest a solution to
the Middle East's crisis. As is well
known, millions of troops and billions of dollars in equipment are
lined up against each other, ready
to wreak havoc. Iraq's government,
which in recent history displayed
aggressions, bellicosity, and general disregard for pacifist principles, may be compared to Japan's
government in the 1930's and
1940's, which displayed similar
tendencies on a far larger scale.
Today, Japan is considered one of
the most peaceloving, productive
nations on this planet. Why did
Japan exchange so dramatically?
In 1945, Harry Truman nuked
Japan, ending decades of imperialistic aggression. Well, the same
justification that Harry T. used in
1945, includingreduced loss of life,
a quick resolution of the hostilities, and retention ofthe enemy's
industrial infrastructure, can be
used now. With just a little more
fortitude, no doubt inspired the
Rev. Billy Graham's prayers,
"Jingo George" Bush should be
capable of pushing the button,
eradicating the pesky problem of
control over the Middle East, and
changing Saddam and the Iraqis
into another "kinder and gentler
Baden Kudrenecky
A male
anti-choice rant
Re: Is Choice the Issue?
In the SUB display case, near
Travel Cuts, are two very well
prepared displays on the issue of
abortion rights. Congratulations
to SUB management for providing
space to both sides ofthe issue—
the radical views ofthe pro-lifers
are often suppressed these days
(yes, when the majority of Canadians favor free choice o n abortion,
the pro-lifers are now the "radicals", and the pro-choicers are the
Prominent in the center ofthe
pro-choice display is the by-now-
familiar slogan "THE ISSUE IS
CHOICE". Is this true? Is "choice"
as a stand-alone concept really the
issue? Get real! I'm willing to bet
that NOBODY claims to be "pro-
choice" really believes that people
should be allowed to choose.
Should Saddam be allowed to
choose to drop mustard gas on the
Kurds of the Israelis? Should
French arms dealers be allowed to
choose to get wealthy by trading
billions of dollars of weapons for
Saddam's petro bucks? Should
American military leaders be al
lowed to choose to build enough
nuclear weapons to destroy the
world umpteen times over? Should
Exxon executives be allowed to
choose to send huge oil tankers
through the pristine waters of
Alaska? Should Brazilian settlers
of Canadian loggers be allowed to
choose to clear cut the Earth's last
remaining rain forests? Should
Newfoundland fishermen be allowed to choose to bash in the heads
ofthousandsofwhitecoatseal pups
each spring? Should me be allowed
to choose to assault or rape women
walking alone through the Endowment Lands? ...
Enough already, you get the
point. There are issues for which
the consequences of making a
choice are so devastating to humanity, or to the environment, or
to seal pups, or to women's rights,
that with one voice we must rise up
and declare "No! You may not
choose to behave this way!"
So, pro-choicers, when you see
these pro-life radicals walking the
streets with their picket signs,
please realize that they are playing the same role in the abortion
issue that you have played on environmental issues. Yes, they want
to restrict your choices, but then,
you wanted to restrict MacMillan
Bloedels' choices.
Ultimately, choice is not the
issue, doing the right thing is the
Mike Davenport
Physics Grad Studies
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THE UBYSSEY/11 25« Are Tuition Hikes
Fair to Students?
IUBC President Strangway
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Alternative to
CFS examined
by Matthew Johnson
UBC and the University of
Victoria will be among five western universities getting together
to discuss what options are
available to non-Canadian Federation of Students schools.
AMS co-ordinator of external
affairs Jason Brett and coordinator of external affairs elect
Kelly Guggisberg will be travelling to Edmonton early next month
for a three day forum at the University of Alberta.
"It might turn out that all we
need is to share each other's fax
numbers," said Brett. "That might
be all that comes of it. I'd expect
something a little bit more
Both the number of large
schools not in the CFS and a lack
of dialogue between them are the
prevailing reasons for the forum,
according to organizer Suresh
Mustapha, president ofthe U of A
students' union.
Four major themes—need,
structure, communication, and
continuity—will be discussed at
the forum. Mustapha said, however, that they will not try to form
an alternative to the CFS.
"I don't know if we need a
formal organization," he said. "I
think we can get by with a series
of meetings between schools."
Additionally, Mustapha said
such ideas as an international
computer network with a base at
the U of A have not been fully
"It (the forum) is an experiment. We don't know it's going to
work. The greatest thing we can
provide is continuity of information and structure," he said.
"If we don't get the ball rolling, it'll fall flat."
When attending a CFS conference last summer, Brett said
he and AMS vice-president
Johanna Wickie noted similarities
between other schools and UBC
in respect to size, opinion regarding the CFS's policies, and dissatisfaction with the CFS's
"We certainly have a problem
with the fact that they have one
school, one vote, instead of one
person, one vote," Brett said. "We
don't believe that by joining the
CFS we'll pack enough clout to
change their policies."
Brett also said that a lack of
Quebec schools participating in
the CFS could well become a "fatal weakness" for the organization.
"I think that at this time in
Canada's history it's important
that a national voice include
schools from every province," he
students harassed,
intimidated by CSIS
federation claims
by Heidi Modro
Canadian students involvedin the
anti-war movement are becoming
the target of harassment and intimidation by the country's secret
police, the Canadian Arab Federation says.
A handful of Arab-Canadian
students who have participated
in peace demonstrations protesting Canada's involvement in the
Gulf war have been photographed
by agents ofthe Canadian Security Intelligence Service said
James Kafieh, president of the
Canadian Arab Federation.
The agents are then circulating the pictures among members
ofthe Arab community for identification, he added.
Kafieh said CSIS's tactics aim
to intimidate Arab-Canadian students into not expressing their
opposition to the war.
"There have been a handful of
cases in Toronto," he said. "It
seems to be becoming standard
practice that if an Arab-Canadian
demonstrates against the war, his
basic human right to express an
opinion is sure to be challenged by
Canadian security agents."
Kafieh said that in the past
two weeks his organization has
received complaints from some 30
Arab-Canadians about CSIS
agents approaching them for information.
"In one case, CSIS agents
stayed in the home of one person
for six hours to conduct an interview," Kafieh said.
Apparently many of the
agents have been watching too
many spy films.
"They actually call people up
and tell them that to meet them at
a certain time and place and to
bring no one with them," Kafieh
said. "What movie do they think
they're starring in?"
The federation has published
a pamphlet entitled "When CSIS
Calls" which advises Arab-Canadians on what to do if they're approached by CSIS.
"Many people don't know that
they don't have to reveal anything
if they don't want to and that they
have a right to a lawyer," he said.
CSIS was created in 1984 to
take over the RCMPs much-maligned domestic surveillance operations. It comes under the jurisdiction of the Solicitor General
and is subject to the different review committees.
In response to complaints,
Liberal MP John Nunziata has
asked that the Solicitor General
Pierre Cadieux appear in front of
the Justice and Solicitor General
"Our principal concern is that
CSIS's questionning of Arab-Canadians may be based on their
ethnic origin rather than on any
real suspicion that they may be
engaged in illegal activities," said
David Pratt, an aid to Nunziata
"If the questionning is based
on a person's ethnic origin then
what they're doing is not allowed
by the CSIS act."
Kafieh also said that Iraqis
living in the country on student
visas are also getting CSIS visits.
"We've gotten reports that
these students are being
questionned by CSIS about their
stance on the war," he said.
January 29, 1991


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