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As February draws to a close, so does Black History Month’s annual look-back at the events involving, and the contributions of, Canadians of African descent. Many may be forgiven for assuming that most of the important events in the history of blacks in Canada occurred several decades or centuries ago. Indeed, there is no shortage of events or personalities to recall. The Black United Empire Loyalists who came to this country during the American Revolution, the “passengers” of the Underground Railroad, and, more recently, Daniel Hill as the first director, then commissioner, of the Ontario Human Rights Commission are but a few of many examples. Yet buried beneath these positive examples which serve to affirm the pleasantlyCanadian belief in values such as pluralism, tolerance and, arguably, anti-Americanism, lies a lesser-known history that would belie the things that Canadians hold so dear – a history of anti-black racism. For example, did you know that Canada has its own Rosa Parks? Her name was Viola Desmond. On November 8, 1946, Desmond, an AfricanCanadian beautician, bought a ticket at a New Glasgow, Nova Scotia movie theatre. She then proceeded to take a seat in the lower portion of the theatre. Moments later, the theatre manager returned with a policeman and informed Desmond that she could not sit on the main floor, as she had paid for a balcony ticket, and hence did not pay the one-cent ticket tax required for a main floor seat. The unspoken rule being enforced here was the theatre’s

It’s hard not to be a little offset after hearing the words “Urinetown: The Musical.” While musicals are generally enjoyable, the notion of a vulgar musical evokes a rather bitter taste thanks to the recent “Jerry Springer: The Opera” debacle. While enough time has passed to once again be open-minded towards the concept, it’s still too soon for me to be optimistic. Imagine my surprise, then, when Urinetown turns out to be a completely selfaware satire that is thoroughly enjoyable yet entirely benign. A twenty year drought has led to a terrible water shortage, which causes great concern over water consumption. As a result, a mega-corporation called Urine Good Company (UGC) steps in to regulate the bathroom habits of the popula-

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policy of segregation, which restricted blacks to the upper balcony. Desmond was forcibly removed from her seat, jailed, and charged with tax fraud for failing to pay the one-cent tax. Though convicted, she would, with assistance from friends and the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, have her conviction overturned on appeal. After Desmond’s acquittal, black activists would eventually win their battle against discrimination in Nova Scotia with the province’s outlawing of segregationist policies in 1954. One year after the campaign sparked by Desmond achieved victory, Rosa Parks took a seat in the front of a Montgomery, Alabama bus. What does Desmond’s case tell us about the history of anti-black racism in Canada? First, it proves false any notion that Canada, unlike its southern neighbour, has been spared the stain of racism against people of African descent. Secondly, it shines a light on the role that the criminal justice system has played in aiding and abetting racism. “But Desmond’s ordeal oc-

curred over sixty years ago,” you might think.” Canada is a different country now, one with a Charter of Rights and Freedoms outlawing discrimination and enough human rights legislation to fill a swimming pool.” While it may be true that race plays less a role in post-Multiculturalism Act, post-Charter Canada than it once did, you don’t have to look very hard to find allegations of anti-black racism in contemporary Canadian society. One potent time frame in this regard was the 1990s in Toronto. It was during the first half of that decade that not one but two governmentcommissioned inquiries found that black Canadians were the victims of discrimination in Toronto, and Ontario, society. The direct cause for both inquiries can be found in the 1992 Yonge Street Riot. The riot began as a peaceful demonstration in front of the U.S. Consulate on University Ave. over the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King. However, the event was given a newfound Continued on page 5...

Belting it out in Urinetown

tion. Private lavatories are a thing of the past, and everyone must now use public amenities and pay to pee for the sake of mediating water usage. Unfortunately for the population, UGC runs a fairly dictatorial ship, and it isn’t long before the citizens rebel against their iron rule. The rabble’s revolt is apprehensively led by charming everyman Bobby Strong, a strapping young lad whose father was hauled off to the mysterious Urinetown for breaking the seal in the middle of the street. No one knows exactly what Urinetown is, except that people who are sent there are never to be heard from again. Bobby Strong eventually falls for the beautiful Hope Cladwell, daughter of the Continued on page 6...

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Good people and People of ‘the newspaper,’ we live in a thrilling and wondrous time! A bold and lawless age that has yet to be fenced in by the razor-wire of legislation. I am speaking, of course, of the Internet. Not just the Internet as a whole, but specifically the ‘comment community.’ An article published Monday at highlights the issue and has renewed my faith in the future of freedom of speech. Are we really free to speak? Even in this paper, at this university, people are afraid to speak openly about what they think or believe for fear of unknown reprisal; sadly these fears are not unjustified. We condemn repression and censorship on one hand, and then get up-in-arms when someone presents a strong viewpoint in stark contrast to our own. Numerous articles in ‘the newspaper’ are published under pseudonyms by

writers who want their voices heard but not their names. ‘The newspaper’ does not publish hateful or prejudiced work and yet, at supposedly one of the most enlightened and tolerant universities in the county, members of our community are afraid to speak openly. What does that say about us as a community? That we fail. But, I digress. The so-called ‘comment community’ refers to varying and concentric circles of people who go online to comment on articles, blogs, videos and any other website that will allow it (this may seem obvious to some of you, but I do have a *ahem* diverse readership). While most websites have live webmasters or bots to moderate discussions, due to the sheer volume of daily comments even the best webmaster or most sophisticated bot cannot effectively and accurately moderate or control the discussions absolutely. This means that people and, unfortunately, People, have a venue where freedom of

thought can express itself in all its varied manifestations. Freedom of speech is a double-edged sword. Intelligent and provocative on one hand, and ignorant and inflammatory on the other; often the two are confused or seem subject to interpretation. I believe in taking the good with the bad. I have found that any idiot given the opportunity will quickly reveal himself as such, and any non-idiots will quickly recognize him for what he is. The key to all this freedom is anonymity. Like a truck-stop bathroom, People are free to scribble what they will, without fear of being identified. And anyone who’s perused the comments on youtube videos knows that there is little difference between those comment walls and the ones in the truckstop. Nowhere are humans more People-like than when operating in the warm blanket of online anonymity. However, this is a politically correct society we live in and harmful language (however that is classified) is regulated and sometimes illegal. So the question remains: who is responsible for the words of the ‘comment community’? As is common with teh internets,

the law has yet to catch up and rulings thus far seem split down the middle with about half assigning responsibility to the website and its owners. While I’m a big fan of People being held accountable for being the dribbling morons that they are, I’m a bigger fan of people feeling that they are free to speak, contradict, and discuss whatever, however and wherever they choose. People will always be People, and they will always act in reckless and idiotic ways because they just don’t know any better. Ultimately, I’m most concerned with protecting the freedom of intelligent and self-reflexive people; the kind of people who read this column and discuss it as opposed to the People looking for another excuse to spout off words like “hegemony,” “patriarchy,” “post-_____” and other such rhetoric. (seriously, do you People actually understand what those words mean or do you like them because they make you sound smart?) Mathew Ingram, the communities editor for the Globe and Mail, said “My principle is: When in doubt, leave it [in].” This is the kind of thing I like to see. People should be offended and shocked into responding. Moreover, it should be extraordinarily easy to do so. The ‘comment community’ is proliferous, expansive and selfpolicing; in other words, free.

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as it makes you think about it at about the conference? You had me at ‘sex.’ The all. second annual conference of U NS: We wanted to include specific of T’s Sexual Diversity Students words that would garner an tn: What makes it academic? What Union (SDSSU) is entitled “$ex emotional response. “Sex For Sale” makes it interesting and accessible For $ale,” and the event promcould include things like erotic to the general public? ises to be as provocative as its advertising, but “prostitution” is a NS: Mariana Valverde is an name suggests. The confervery specific term. We’re conscious SDS and Criminology Professor, ence will explore the “world’s of the pejorative nature of the word, and I’m personally a 4th year oldest profession” – prostituand we’re hoping that the very title undergrad in SDS… Six of our tion – its history, its moral and itself will stimulate discussion. eight presenters have first-hand legal implications. The most Interestingly, our keynote speaker, experience in prostitution, so it’s exciting part of this conferCarol Leigh, actually coined the not just going to be a citation-fest; ence will be the opportunity to term “sex work” in the 1970s, but presenters will be relating their discuss a controversial, often emotionally-charged and rarely never intended for it to replace real lived experiences. acknowledged issue in an open “prostitution.” She meant for tn: Does this subject matter speak it to include all forms of work and academic atmosphere. to you in any personal way? that directly relate to sexuality, The SDSSU began its annual NS: For me, it represents an conference schedule last year intersection of my professional with the equally groundand academic lives. I call myself breaking “Working out the a “Tuition Whore” because Kinks,” a conference designed I financed my education by to explore the oft-misworking in the sex trade. There understood and stigmatized are many other students who do world of fetishes and nonthe same, but they tend to keep normative sexual behaviour. that part of their lives private; I’ve After the success of last year’s been very open, if not outspoken, conference, it was clear to the about my current career choice. SDSSU that the opportunity Part of it is to dispel myths and to explore the vast tapestry stereotypes about desperation of human sexuality and and exploitation; but I’m also identity was one that many aware that my experience in people were happy to take prostitution is highly subjective advantage of. So, they’ve – as is the case with most people returned a year later to push who have worked in the trade. the envelope again with “$ex for $ale.” I had the chance to If you look through the list speak with Nikki Stratigacos, of speakers, you’ll see that who, in addition to being one everyone has a very different of the conference planners view on the subject… Nobody Nikki Stratigacos is treasurer of SDSSU and and SDSSU’s treasurer, is also a key organizer for the “$ex for $ale” confer- would dare call themselves an speaking at the conference. expert or authority on the topic, ence, as well as a speaker for the event. but everyone has something the newspaper: Why this valuable to contribute to the including stripping, S & M work, subject and why now? conversation. nude modeling, phone sex, and Nikki Stratigacos: The Sexual anything else that could fall under Besides, how many chances will Diversity Studies (SDS) program the “sex work” umbrella. She freely I get to speak at a conference and has been growing larger every year, chooses to describe herself as a use words like “f***,” “whore” and the strength of that growth prostitute, and her recent book is and “regulatory bodies” all in the involves an expansion beyond the titled “The Unrepentant Whore.” same sentence? I’m bursting at the traditional focus on “GLBT (Gay, seams with excitement, and I’m tn: Is the conference structured confident this conference will be a Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans) issues.” to appeal to academics and non- great success. I think of “Sexual Diversity” as academics alike? referring to the vast diversity of sexual behaviors that different NS: This conference is meant to $ex For $ale runs March 6th & people engage in, not simply their appeal to anyone interested in 7th at the University of Toronto. the sex industry, as a participant choice of partners. Commercial For locations, times and tickets sex, for both buyers and sellers, or an observer. There’s been a (including student discounts) certainly speaks to that diversity, lot of academic discourse around please visit http://sdsconferand since there’s no course (yet) prostitution in recent years, but that focuses specifically on the we’re not limiting the discussion sex trade, we thought it was a to academics. We want to engage great opportunity to start the members of the community as discussion… Obviously we can’t well… cover everything in two short days, I hope that some people will leave but it gives people a forum to ask the conference thinking, “Wow, I questions and learn things that never looked at it that way before,” might never appear in their course which will hopefully incite further textbook. discussion down the road. I expect tn: With a provocative title like this conference will mean different this, what do you want to convey things to different people; as long

Recently, the Toronto city council has taken steps to ban smoking within nine metres of Toronto playgrounds in an effort to preserve the health of children. A couple years ago, smoking was banned in all enclosed public spaces. Mere weeks ago, smoking was banned in vehicles carrying children. Now, it seems that you can no longer enjoy a cigarette on a beautiful day in the park without running the risk of being slapped with fines. The new ban was passed by council in a 31-6 vote on January 27th, further constricting Toronto’s legal smoking areas, in what appears to be an attempt to make smoking a social aberration. As more and more laws against smoking are passed, those who light up seem to be increasingly viewed as criminals rather than just average people enjoying a lifestyle choice that perhaps isn’t all too healthy. This might seem like an extreme depiction, but rest assured it is the desired effect. Howard Moscoe, one of the 31 councillors in favour of the regulation, claims that the bylaws are self-enforcing. “We have made smoking socially

unacceptable,” he boasts. The purpose of the bylaw, then, is essentially to remind people that no one likes a smoker, a fact driven home by the 833 playgrounds about to be outfitted with new no-smoking signs. The estimated $16,000 cost is evidently a small price to pay to antagonize the smokers of Toronto. No official list of the splash pads, wading pools, and playgrounds where smoking is now banned has yet been released, and uncertainty is sure to result over how close to a play area is too close. This bylaw appears to be the type that no one wants to enforce anyway, and the city is hedging its bets that a fine of $305 for smoking near children is a gamble no smoker wants to take. However, much of the responsibility will likely lie with parents and children themselves, and their success as bylaw enforcers will depend on how far they’re willing to go to protect the lungs of the young.

An unnamed youth demonstrates his distaste for smoking while courting a fine in a Toronto-area playground Photo: Ashley Minuk

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Appearance vs. reality Transit in turmoil Op-Ed

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Sadly, in a short time, the fifth annual Israel Apartheid Week is set to disgrace the University of Toronto campus. It is expected to be as loud, as pointless, as divisive, and as potentially violent as anything that you’ve come to expect from anti-Israel forces at U of T. The organizers appear to be under a great deal of pressure this year to up the general embarrassment factor, since their counterparts at York staged a demonstration some time ago that was objectionable even by York standards, with students being subjected to cries of “Die bitch, go back to Israel,” and “Die Jew, get the hell off campus.” Feeling outdone by their York buddies, the organizers of IAW #5 have brought in some big names in the anti-Israel movement to aid their cause. Because they are somewhat less familiar to the students of U of T, the following is a brief primer on the IAW speakers, so as to shed a little light on their real motives. Omar Barghouti, who will introduce IAW, believes that “it is not the occupation […] that is the problem, but the existence of Israel itself.” His contempt for progressive voices in Israel was also exposed when he wrote the following: “Those in Israel who officially call themselves “the left” […] easily make the far-right parties in Europe look as moral as Mother Teresa.” Another speaker-to-be, blogger and journalist Leila El-Haddad, committed a serious breach of journalistic objectivity when she referred to a Jewish blogger as a “f***ing whore” and allowed a commenter on her own blog to attack the same blogger by writing, “Welcome to Treblinka.” “Independent” journalist Jon Elmer believes that Hamas, the terrorist organization currently controlling Gaza, is carrying out a “liberation struggle.” Elmer displayed his enthusiasm for terrorist groups once again when he referred to Hezbollah as a “popular movement.” The views of these three

speakers may be contemptible, but at least they can be deemed honest statements. Other speakers at IAW have been accused of intellectual and academic dishonesty, which does not bode well for their appearance here at U of T: Robert Lovelace, who is advertised on the IAW website as a “retired chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation,” was accused in a recent Mohawk Nation News press release of falsely claiming to be a member of the Cherokee, Algonquin, and American Indian Movement groups and fraudulently negotiating a land claim settlement, among other agreements. Another IAW speaker, Marxist professor David McNally, has also been taken to task recently for using a variety of irrational assertions and outright lies in a pamphlet he wrote, entitled “Socialism from Below.” And yet, none of these luminaries compare to IAW’s most famous and decorated speaker, former South African cabinet minister Ronnie Kasrils. The organizers of IAW praise Kasrils for his lifetime of “political activism,” but we prefer to remember him for his role in attempting to “peacefully occupy” the South African city of Bhisho in 1992 during a demonstration. In what has been described as a “disastrous miscalculation” – later known as the Bhisho Massacre – Kasrils decided to lead a group of demonstrators through a gap in razor wire, resulting in the deaths of 29 protesters. Kasrils later referred to the blood shed that day as “blood that nourishes the tree of freedom.” The organizers of IAW may claim that their week is about fighting racism and standing in solidarity with oppressed peoples. But don’t be fooled. If the views and actions of their speakers are any indication, the true purpose of this event is to promote a radical agenda that the vast majority of U of T students do not endorse.

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Don’t you hate it when a few bad seeds ruin the bus ride for everyone? I carry my switchblade on the subway to defend against potential pushers, Maple Leaf wieners and identity thieves; but soon, getting caught carrying a weapon on any Ontario transit system might mean doubling my student debt. After a slew of violent incidents on Toronto’s transit system, culminating on Monday with the shooting of a 17-year-old boy, liberal MPP Mike Colle is ready to introduce a private member’s bill calling for “zero tolerance,” which would mean up to two years of jail time and $50,000 in fines for future TTC offenders. It’s a frightening commute when the TTC has just become Toronto’s hottest crime scene. Recent weeks have seen armed robberies of TTC collectors at Lawrence West and Yorkdale stations, a shooting at Osgoode station on January 22nd, a stabbing at Wilson station’s bus terminal on February 12th and a narrow escape from death for two teenagers shoved off a subway platform on February 13th. TTC spokesperson Brad Ross insists that these incidents were isolated events that could just as easily have happened anywhere else in the city. Nonetheless, the Zero Tolerance to Violence on Public Transit Act was immediately endorsed by the Amalgamated Transit Union, representing 9,000 TTC workers. While “zero tolerance” may be a tactical term used to raise citizens’ awareness of impending transit doom, it is questionable as to whether the popular playground phrase will actually serve to deter subway violence. It’s not as though the Criminal Code currently condones assault, armed robbery, or gun wielding. So

is it realistic to assume that violent offenders will rethink their agendas on account of harsher punishments for TTC criminals? The man who pushes two teenagers in the path of an oncoming subway is probably not the type to reconsider his actions in the face of a “zero tolerance” bill. As it stands now, the bill lacks support from the governing liberals, and so is not likely to be passed. For now, as you board your next TTC vehicle, try to take comfort in the security cameras installed on all 1,700 busses and 248 streetcars, along with the extra 38 police officers dedicated to making your subway ride crime-free.

...continued from page 1 intensity after the fatal police shooting of 22-year-old black man Raymond Lawrence two days prior. What began as a peaceful, multi-racial protest over the King beating and alleged Toronto Police racism escalated into a full-blown riot after police barred protesters’ efforts to reach politicians at city hall. The crowd then headed up Yonge Street, overturning hot dog carts and smashing store windows along the way. After about an hour, police stepped in and ended the chaos, but not before people were talking about Toronto’s first race riot. The Bob Rae government called on Stephen Lewis to study race-relations in the province. In his report, published one month after the riot, Lewis concluded that the city did indeed have a problem with “anti-black racism,” which was not only “pervasive,” but which “violate[d] certain minority communities more than others.” A large portion of the Lewis Report was devoted to accusations of racism in the criminal justice system. Though the Toronto police were engaged in their own study on the topic, Lewis nonetheless recommended a formal inquiry into race relations in the justice system. The Rae government agreed and formed the Commission on Systemic Racism in the Ontario Justice System in 1992. Over the coming weeks I’ll examine in detail the report of the Commission, which found that systemic racism did exist in the Ontario justice system, and I will try to figure out whether the Commission’s key findings remain true more than thirteen years later.

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the arts Wavelength #450 19 bands celebate 9 years JAKE STEINMETZ Community Events Bureau Last weekend, just before U of T students kicked up their feet for a well-deserved reading week, Sneaky Dee’s played host to the final evening of Wavelength’s annual four day anniversary extravaganza. The eclectic series celebrated its ninth anniversary appropriately – with a rambunctious showcase of pure noise. Beginning on Thursday, bands from across the country could be enjoyed from a variety of venues that included The ...continued from page 1

oppressive Caldwell B. Cladwell, who is president of UGC. Hope, on the other hand, is torn between her love for her father and her growing feelings for Bobby. Urinetown is narrated through the combined efforts of the corrupt Officer Lockstock and street urchin Little Sally. The two admirably perform narrative duties as well as offer the audience everything from amusing asides, minor plot predictions, and even pointers on how to write effectively for the stage. They also frequently debate the direction of the plot and the merits (if any) of naming your production “Urinetown.” The production’s best moments are when the play steps out of itself to directly engage with what the audience is thinking, and often these moments consist of the banter between these two characters. Don’t interpret this as meaning that the play itself is substandard. While admittedly the story itself isn’t particularly remarkable, save for a few novel narrative choices, the presentation more than compensates for this. Urinetown boasts some excellent song and dance pieces, notably Act One’s “Mr. Cladwell” that introduces the audience to the principle antagonist. It is this number’s light-hearted tongue in cheek selfawareness that simultaneously sets the mood for the evening and assuages any lingering sense that you made the wrong plans. If nothing else, the individual moments are what make Urinetown a solid performance. Between the comedic powerhouse of Officer Lockstock and Little Sally, the generally successful lampooning of mainstream Broadway, and the cynical ending that manages to retain an ecological message, Urinetown is a biting musical that rises above the sum of its parts to the tune of a jaunty piano.

Music Gallery (behind the AGO on John St.), the Cameron House, Wrongbar and the Polish Combatants Hall. Among the twenty-odd bands that took the stage, the performances on Sunday proved to be among the most engaging; bands were even smuggled across the border from the far corners of the United States to serve this purpose (including San Francisco, Baltimore and New Jersey). Indeed, the lush melodies of the varied

performers mixed like a nice, refreshing Long Island Iced Tea: a mischievous blend that’s sure to knock you off your feet. San Fran-based Mia Mi showed a burgeoning creativity that initially evoked the sometimes outlandish sounds of Sonic Youth, yet the shrill screams of the lead singer quickly lay to rest any direct parallels. The solid bass line grooved alongside the thundering drums, while the guitarist (also lead singer) produced fluttering riffs that flew high and mighty above the well-grounded rhythms. Though Mia Mi garnered much attention for their energetic and creative performance, any dazed audience members were, with little

doubt, promptly and violently shaken back to full consciousness by the arena anthems of New Jersey natives, Vowels. The drummer smashed the snare and toms like hammers against panes of glass while their lead singer managed to find a balance between the sullen and high-impact in her melancholic screams – not an easy feat. Thank You, a Baltimore based band, produced hypnotic drones that captivated the audience, chewed them up, and spit them back into reality when the show started to come to a close. Thank You essentially consists of guitarists Jeffrey McGrath and Michael Bouyoucas, who alternate between the strings and the chops (that’s piano for all you squares), while drummer Emmanuel Nicolaidis (a musician since the tender age of 10) banged out some gyration-inducing beats. Although these guys have made a name for themselves, McGrath

maintains that the “priority is to play… getting our name out there is secondary.” Finishing off the four day long festivities, the band Fox Fire seemed to pose two questions: Do you like (if you can remember) the 80’s? Do the killers make the hairs on your neck stand on end? If your answer is yes to either of these questions, then this glam-fab squad, replete with two lead singers and a horde of guitarists and bassists, is probably your dream band come true. The sexy shrills of the female vocalist proved a perfect complement to her male counterpart. All in all, the beer buzz wasn’t the only feeling I walked away with. What remained is the unforgettable impression of a night shared with a roomful of strangers, celebrating the gift of raw music (insert audience: “aww”).

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Offer ends March 31, 2009. Available with compatible devices within Bell Mobility high speed mobile network coverage areas. Weeknights Mon-Thu, 6pm-7am; Weekends Fri 6pm-Mon 7am. Other monthly fees, i.e., e9-1-1 (75¢), system access (not a government fee) ($8.95), and one-time device activation ($35) apply. Long distance and roaming charges (including foreign taxes) may apply outside your local area. Upon early termination, price adjustment charges apply. Subject to change without notice; not combinable with other offers. Taxes extra. Other conditions apply. (1) With new activation on a 3-yr. term. (2) Received messages include local, international, roaming and service related messages from Bell and exclude premium, alerts and dial-up messages. Sent messages include local messages and exclude international, roaming, alerts, premium messages and messages sent with an instant messaging application. (3) Applies to airtime for calls in your local calling area. (4) Bonus minutes apply during the initial contract term. (5) Simultaneous use of airtime. (6) With new activation on a post-paid voice plan and a data feature with a total min. value of $45/mo. (7) With new activation on a post-paid voice plan. (8) With new activation on a post-paid voice plan and a data feature with a total min. value of $35/ mo. BlackBerry® and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of Research In Motion Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. Rumour is a trademark of LG Electronics Inc. Samsung Cleo is a trademark of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., and its related entities.

Issue 20 - February 26 2009  

Urine for good ow February 26th – March 4th, 2009 Vol. XXXI, No: 20 University of Toronto’s community newspaper Independent since 1978 ANDRE...

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