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Undergrads could be pulling out of the CFS, p. 3 ‘Green’ UVic invests in cigarettes and tar sands, p. 4 Vitamin deficiencies can prove lethal to your health, p. 10 Antimatter Film Fest obliterates art expectations, p. 12

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YPY denied club funding, again by DAVID J.A. FOSTER The pro-life club Youth Protecting Youth (YPY) has once again been denied funding by the UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) Board of Directors. At the UVSS Clubs Council meeting on Sept. 29, a majority of 29 clubs voted to fund YPY, while 17 were opposed. But the UVSS Board overturned Club Council’s decision at an Oct. 5 board meeting, after a heated twohour debate. Director-at-Large Kelsey Hannan said he’s pro-choice, but thinks

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YPY should receive club funding. “YPY was denied funding back in November, supposedly for activities of postering,” he said. “It’s been a year — I don’t believe they’ve done any of that [since then.]” Hannan suggested that denying funding to YPY could create a precedent for a future pro-life board to refuse funding for pro-choice clubs. Director-at-Large Christine Comrie objected to YPY’s plans to host speaker Stephanie Gray from the Genocide Awareness Project, a group which compares abortion to genocide. “[YPY] said they would never bring the Genocide Awareness Project to campus,” said Comrie. “A year later, they have. This board decided not to give funding to YPY because what they were doing was deemed as harassment of students.” But YPY club president Anastasia Pearse said the motivation to bring

in a speaker was to start a dialogue on the issues. “We are bringing Stephanie Gray here for a debate on campus,” said Pearse. “We have contacted multiple groups, multiple people in the community, and no-one has yet stepped up to debate Stephanie Gray.” The vote on funding for YPY was held by secret ballot, a proposal made by Director-at-Large Meghan Shannon and passed by the board. Shannon said she felt “intimidated” and she was more comfortable voting anonymously. Hannan opposed holding a secret vote. “I don’t think we’re doing anyone a service, no matter what side they’re on in this issue, by trying to hide our votes and not being accountable to our membership,” he said. The final ballot count was 10 board members opposed to funding YPY, six in favour and one abstention.

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Petition questions future of UVic’s CFS membership by KAILEY WILLETTS According to UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) chairperson Veronica Harrison, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) is like a marriage. It’s the institution through which the UVSS has a relationship with other student societies across Canada. Now, some UVic students are asking for a divorce. A petition is being circulated, asking students if they want a referendum where they will then vote on whether or not they want to continue being part of the CFS. It is the first time since UVic students voted to join the CFS in 1985 that such a question has been posed. The petition has already reached the required number of signatures — 1,664, or 10 per cent of undergraduate students — to require a referendum. In fact, they’ve exceeded it. Jose Barrios, one of the petition’s organizers, said they are aiming for 2,000 signatures before they submit the petition to the CFS national office. From there, the CFS determines whether the petition meets the requirements stated in its bylaws and whether or not a referendum can be held. “Due to the CFS’ aggressive litigations against any school wanting to conduct a referendum to de-federate, we will continue to collect signatures until we reach a number closer to 2,000 ... just to be safe,” Barrios wrote in an e-mail. In 2008, the CFS was involved in legal disputes with three out of four schools who held referenda. The UVic Graduate Student Society (GSS) was the only one to avoid legal action and successfully defederate. UVic isn’t the only school currently questioning its CFS membership, however. At least 13 other student societies across the country are circulating their own petitions. However, Barrios suggested there may be up to 26 student societies circulating petitions. At press time, no petitions had been formally received by the CFS national office. “This is a massive grass roots movement across the country, thousands and thousands of students are signing this petition across the country,” said Barrios. “As a matter of fact more than a thousand UVic students have already singed this petition. The numbers speak by themselves.” Barrios hopes that by petitioning

at the same time as other schools, the organizers will make it clear that the dissatisfaction with the CFS isn’t isolated to UVic students. “There are many benefits to petitioning at the same time,” wrote Barrios. “But the most important one is that, contrary to what the CFS would like us to believe, there is a nation-wide feeling of dissatisfaction with the CFS and their inability to effectively lobby for students across the country.”

Membership — what does it get us, undergrads? Every UVic undergrad student pays $7.98 per semester to the CFS through their UVSS fees. With more than 16,000 undergraduate students at UVic, the UVSS will send more than $200,000 in membership fees to the CFS (which includes CFS-BC) this year. In return, the CFS organizes, campaigns and lobbies at the national and provincial levels for things like lower tuition fees and better student aid. One of the main concerns from the organizers is that students’ money could be put to better use. “We decided to start petitioning when we became aware that the CFS gets $210,000 from us, UVic undergrads, each year,” said Barrios. “They have received literally millions of dollars from us alone, yet we are not seeing any effective lobbying being done in our behalf. We continue to pay higher and higher tuition fees year after year since we joined the CFS in 1986.” Barrios noted that the economy is poor, and that the UVSS itself is running a deficit of $300,000. “Why send money we don’t have to an organization that isn’t working? The money could be invested in our student society to reduce our deficit and advocate for local issues that affect everyday students in UVic,” he said. However, others argue that there are benefits to being a member of the CFS. Harrison says that the CFS is a way for student societies to work together on collective interests. “Essentially, those who are advocating [for] a referendum on the matter are proposing an isolationist approach under which the UVSS would cease to work together on a democratic, cooperative basis

with student societies from across Canada,” she wrote in an e-mail. Harrison said defederating would leave the UVSS with two alternatives: sit back and do nothing, hoping other student societies will do the work, or try to represent UVic students’ interests on its own. “Obviously, the latter would be ineffective and cost prohibitive,” she said. “With respect to the former, the fewer student societies working on these issues, the less effective the national student organization will be, to the detriment of UVic students.” CFS-BC chairperson Shamus Reid said that being members of the CFS allows UVic students to “benefit from a more affordable and higher-quality post-secondary education system.” Reid says that decisions affecting the quality and affordability of postsecondary education are made by federal and provincial governments. “Students need to be united and organized provincially and federally in order to have any chance of influencing these decisions,” he said. “Obviously, this costs money; and if the UVSS tried to do the work involved on its own it would cost UVic students a whole lot more money.” Reid says through membership with the CFS, UVic students get to share this cost with more than 150,000 students across the province, and more than half a million students in Canada. CFS-BC, the provincial component of the CFS, which is composed of 18 B.C. student unions, has an estimated revenue of $856,833.33 for 2009/2010, $725,000 of which comes from membership fees. The top-three expenses in CFS-BC’s draft budget for 2009/2010 are campaigns and government relations at $180,000, wages and benefits at $134,550 and $95,970 for executive members’ salaries and stipends. Nicole O’Byrne, who sat on the referendum oversight committee during the GSS referendum, said their decision to defederate was almost entirely for financial reasons. “There’s not one thing I can tell you that we got out of our membership with the CFS directly,” she said. “[We asked] ‘what are we getting for this money?’ and honestly, I can’t tell you.” O’Byrne admitted the argument could be made that the CFS was

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The organizers of the petition at UVic show off some 1,500-plus signatures they have already received from students interested in leaving the CFS.

lobbying in Ottawa on behalf of members, but added that the GSS was able to provide their own handbooks at two-thirds of what it cost to purchase them from the CFS. They were also able to make their own student cards, and arrange for their own health care plan.

Asking the question The petition can only pose the question of defederation; from there, it’s up to the students to decide. Harrison said a petition is only to hold a referendum, and that you can’t presuppose the outcome. “To describe the petition as being ‘to leave the CFS’ is a mischaracterization,” Harrison said. “It may be that it is the ultimate motivation of one or more individuals, but

there is no such thing as a ‘petition to leave the CFS.’” The petitioners are also looking for students’ thoughts and opinions. “The question for me is not one about leaving or staying, rather a question of democracy and due diligence — 1986 was the last time this question was asked of students,” said petitioner Curtis Smith. “Whether or not one feels they ought to defederate, they should support having a referendum in order to gauge the opinion of students.” Smith believes 23 years is too long to remain a part of an organization without asking students if they still want to be in it. “If students feel they want to stay, that’s fine, but the question must be posed to the student body,” he said.

WE’RE NOT ALONE Other student societies currently circulating petitions to leave the CFS: McGill’s Post Graduate Student Society, the Concordia Student Union, the Graduate Student Association of Concordia, the Dawson Student Union, the Society of Graduate Students at Western Ontario University, University of Windsor Students’ Alliance, Carleton University Students’ Association, the Central Student Association at Guelph University, the Trent Central Student Association, the Kwantlen Student Association, the Graduate Students’ Association of the University of Calgary, and the University of Regina Students’ Union.

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UVic Foundation invests in tar sands and cigarettes by GRAHAM BRIGGS UVic may be committed to being one of the greenest schools in the country, but millions of dollars of UVic’s endowment are invested in oil, one of the most environmentally-harmful industries in Canada. The University of Victoria Foundation is a charitable foundation that handles UVic’s $150 million endowment. Foundation Treasurer Kristi Simpson says the foundation’s investment strategy does not involve any ethical considerations. “The Foundation does not have a policy of divesting or saying we won’t invest in certain companies,” said Simpson who is also UVic’s Associate Vice President of Finance. “Their current policy is they work for the best financial return. The board does not apply an ethical screen.” According to its March 31, 2009 Schedule of Investments, the UVic Foundation has millions of dollars invested in oil – especially in Alberta’s tar sands.The Foundation owns shares of five oil super-majors: $174,307 in British Petroleum, $193,803 in Total, $204,465 in ConocoPhillips, $626,019 in Chevron and $675,916 in Royal Dutch Shell. Alberta Tar Sands firms are among the Foundation’s top equity picks: Encana Corp., $2,333,146; Exxon Mobil-owned Imperial Oil, $1,057,980; Nexen, $1,030,516; Suncor Energy, $1,384,488; and Talisman Energy, $838,380, among others. “Alberta’s Tar Sands [are] the most destructive project on the planet,” said Jamie Biggar of the climatechange action network, Common Energy UVic. Biggar said the tar sands cause “a phenomenal amount of green house gas emissions.” He noted that the emissions are just one problem associated with the Tar Sands, citing the pollution of the Athabasca River, the vast quantities of water used to extract oil from the tar sands, the huge amount of natural

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Above is the start of a long list of companies UVic Foundations invests in, but some UVic groups are questioning the ethical problems with these choices.

gas (a relatively clean fossil fuel) used to make oil and the high cancer rates in First Nations communities downriver from the tar sands as well as other issues. “We can’t be naïve to what it’s doing environmentaly,” said Matt Dell, a director of the UVic Sustainability Project (UVSP). “It’s an outrageous act.” The Foundation also has $188,011 invested in cigarette-maker Philip Morris International and another $235,818 in tobacco giant Altria Group. “I would agree that the research shows that cigarettes cause cancer,” said Simpson. But she declined to comment on whether investing in cigarettes is ethical or not.

“As an institution, we don’t have a position on that. We’ve not sat down and developed a position on cigarettes,” said Simpson. The university does, however, have a position on the environment. UVic’s Sustainability Policy encourages members of the university community to “steward out natural resources in a responsible manner,” and to “maintain the functioning of natural systems.” Simpson said that the sustainability policy, passed last March, has not yet been sent to the UVic Foundation board for consideration. Simpson also noted that the Foundation is a separate entity from UVic, and entirely responsible for its own policy decisions. She said UVic’s Board of Governors considered the

UVic Foundation’s status in 2001 and decided it is a separate entity. But UVic Foundation Chair Lisa Hill disagreed, saying that the Foundation is not a separate entity. “[UVic President] David Turpin is on our board, Kristi [Simpson] is on the board, Shannon von Kaldenberg [UVic’s Associate Vice President of Alumni and Development] is on the board — these are all high-level members of the university,” Hill said. UVic’s influence over the Foundation is “significant – very significant,” said Hill. “[The Foundation board is] just supposed to be stewarding the assets in the Foundation,” said Hill. “All the rules and regulations … are put in place by the university, and we have to abide by those.”

Hill said that UVic executives and its Board of Governors “are the ones that put the rules in place.” Biggar said he would like the UVic Foundation to adopt ethical investing guidelines. “The Foundation board has an opportunity to show leadership on this, and ultimately [UVic’s] Board of Governors is responsible,” he said. Dell said that by not investing in the Tar Sands, the Foundation could create real change. “At some point, someone’s going to have to take a stand … and say, ‘you know what, we know we’re getting funding from [the Tar Sands], but it’s wrong,’” he said. “And UVic needs to take that stand … because without investors, nothing will go forward.”

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by GARRETT E.S. THERRIEN Live music blared over the sound of tires and engines by the bus loop on Sept. 30 as the Boston Molasses Disaster helped celebrate the 10th anniversary of UVic’s Universal Bus Pass, the U-Pass. The celebration, put on by the UVic Students’ Society (UVSS), also included free cake and speeches from several speakers. The speakers, who included Victoria-Hillside MLA Rob Fleming, UVic’s Sustainability Co-ordinator Sarah Webb and UVSS Chairperson Veronica Harrison, extolled the merits of the U-Pass and the vision of the three major players (B.C. Transit, Camosun College Student Society (CCSS) and the UVSS) in implementing the U-Pass before any other university in Western Canada had such a program. B.C. Transit’s Chief Executive Officer Manuel Achadinha spoke to the crowd about how the U-Pass was conceived in 1998, when he was in charge of BC Transit’s marketing. He recalled that it was a student movement that brought it about — when the idea of having a pass was brought to referendum, voter turnout was over 80 per cent and over 65 per cent voted in favor. Chris Foord, co-chair of the Capital Region District’s (CRD) Traffic Safety Commission, praised the effects of the U-Pass on traffic flow in the capital, saying that it

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Jens Ohrstrom proudly shows his U-Pass student transportation card.

significantly reduced the number of cars on the road. Fleming, who was the chair of the UVSS when the U-Pass was first introduced, also praised the reduction of car trips to the university, saying that it was the largest green initiative the university has taken. Gayle Gorill, UVic’s Vice President of Finance, added that the reduced number of car trips meant that the university could construct buildings on parking lots and still have enough parking on campus. “Affordable transit” was frequently mentioned during the speeches. At $69.25 per term, the U-Pass is cheaper than any other bus pass out

there — a one month pass would otherwise cost $73.25. Achadinha said that part of the idea of providing a U-Pass was getting students used to using public transit so that after graduation they would continue to use transit. He said that students continuing to use transit after they graduate keeps cars of the road and greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. Harrison was also concerned with fair and affordable transit. She noted that there are colleges in Vancouver, such as Vancouver Community College, who are not part of the UBC and SFU U-Pass program, and their students pay significantly more for bus services.

The UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) are planning on running a massive deficit this year, but they’ll need students’ approval before anything goes ahead. The board passed their budget at the Oct. 5 board meeting, though students will need to vote to adopt the budget at the UVSS Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Oct. 15. The UVSS’ deficit is now forecast at $291,519 for the end of the 2009/2010 fiscal year, up from the $170,000 deficit forecast last February. Director of Finance Edward Pullman explained that the $118,223 discrepancy is due to business not returning to the Student Union Building (SUB) after the strike last fall. “We expected to earn a lot more,” said Pullman. The UVSS budget is divided into three main categories — business operations, support and administration, and board operations. On

the support and administration side, the biggest item is the salaries and benefits of the three senior managers, budgeted at $246,176. Under board operations, the chairperson and directors of finance, services and academics will receive salaries of nearly $28,000 each, for a total of $111,209. Funding for political action campaigns has been slightly scaled down from previous years, when over $5,000 was spent. Campaigns are now budgeted at $3,100. The Special Events committee is scheduled to lose $7,000, and Armed with Understanding and the Environmental Responsibility Committee will each lose around $3,000. Since the budget is vital to the continued operation of the UVSS, quorum (defined as 0.6 per cent of the student body of around 17,000) will not need to be met at the AGM for the budget to be voted on.

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Vigil for women missing in justice by AUSTIN SIMPSON The Sisters in Spirit Vigil, held on Oct. 4 to honour missing and murdered aboriginal women, became a plea for government action for all missing and murdered women as well as a call to recognize problems of violence against First Nations peoples. The event sought to honour those dead and missing mothers, daughters and sisters. Speakers from local bands and churches called on the government to rise above inaction and bring closure to the families of missing and murdered women. The Native Women’s Association of Canada has 520 documented cases of missing women. Community activist Rose Henry claims to have 3,000. A crisp wind blew down the legislature lawn as a crowd of 50 or so, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women and men, gathered to stand vigil for those lost. The first speaker, local aboriginal elder Bob Nye, made a plea for equitable treatment for Aboriginal men and women. “The government should be held responsible. They are just as guilty

as the people who murdered these women,” Nye said, in reference to what he and others in the Aboriginal community feel is lax police work and ineffective government support for the cases. Bishop John Hannen of Christ Church Cathedral was the next to speak, offering a prayer for the dead and missing women. He spoke of the Highway of Tears, a stretch of the Yellowhead Highway 16, where so many Aboriginal women have disappeared. Henry was the last to give her speech, about her family, her friends and her sisters who have gone missing. “[The issue of] missing and murdered women is not just about poor people, not just about Aboriginal people, but about [all]women,” Henry said. Speaking afterwards, UVic Law’s Maxine Matalpi stressed the event was intended to be apolitical. “We’re here to celebrate and honour the lives of these women,” she said. To learn more about the Sisters in Spirit campaign, visit their web page at nwac-hq.org.

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Job action: still unresolved by EVAN PIVNICK Now entering its seventh month, B.C.’s paramedic union job action shows no sign of ending — despite resolution attempts by both sides. Paramedics are an essential service, making a formal strike illegal. However, members of CUPE 873 posted “ON STRIKE” signs on the ambulances when they initiated job action in April, hoping to get their message out. And the signs are still there. The British Columbia Ambulance Services (BCAS) brought a new offer to the table on Sept. 29, hoping to end the job action. However, Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. President John Strohmaier went so far as to call the offer SOL KAUFFMAN “repugnant.” But in a new effort to make B.C. paramedics continue to protest standby wages and poor conditions. sure executives are representing the deal-breaker issue of a signing wouldn’t work on standby. This the 3,500-member strong union, bonus. Since then, talks haven’t Strohmaier announced he’d ask the speaks to a strike issue: the union gone anywhere productive. says the majority of its members paramedics themselves. This job action is made more “[BCAS] has implied our bargain- work on a “call out” basis, where time-sensitive by the Olympics in ing team and executive don’t repre- they are only paid $2 an hour to February. Vancouver’s Olympic be on standby. sent our members,” he said. organizing committee (VANOC) The B.C. Supreme Court quashed He also said the executives recexpressed a desire to have paratheir attempt, on the grounds that, ommended rejecting the offer, but medics on standby at every eventunder the Essential Services order, the decision was now in the hands but they don’t know if enough ambulance attendants have to of the paramedics. paramedics will be available. work. In September, the union atVANOC CEO John Furlong CUPE 873 execs voiced uncertempted to put added pressure tainty about government hesitation admitted the games would have to on the government by declaring improvise if that happens. But he to accept their offers. A Sept. 15 paramedics would only work also declared the ambulance strike offer put forward by the union was their regularly-scheduled shifts at “needs to be settled.” almost fully agreed on, except for assigned ambulance stations and

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HST impacts student jobs RCMP can’t police themselves: expert

by JULIA HUNTER There’s been plenty of buzz around July 1, 2010 — when Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) will kick in on many goods and services. But exactly how is it going to affect students? HST will combine the five per cent federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) with the province’s seven per cent Provincial Sales Tax (PST). HST opponents note the new tax will apply to all the same goods and services GST applies to — which also means the seven per cent PST will be tacked onto anything GST-applicable, even items that were PST-exempt. UVSS Director of Finance Edward Pullman says HST will affect a range of university services used by students, although he noted tuition would likely only see the usual two per cent hike next year. “But an increase in fees for auxiliary services is to be expected,” he said. Auxiliary services include counselling services, food and catering services, as well as the bookstore and printing services. The news is especially grim for the restaurant and tourism industry, and other small businesses that are already struggling to survive the economic downturn, Pullman says. “The hospitality and construction industries are the highest employers of students,” he said. “We should expect to see [fewer] jobs to be had for students and a rising difficulty to gain part-time employment.” B.C.’s Liberal government has been criticized for saying, during the campaign for the May provin-

“The implementation of HST will not help the B.C. economy,” - Dennis Pilon UVic Political Science professor

cial election, that it had no plans to implement an HST. The ongoing debate over the provincial government’s proposed harmonization of sales tax hit the streets on Sept. 19, when an antiHST rally waged on the back lawns of the Legislature. Speeches were shared on how British Columbians felt (and still do feel) outraged and mislead. “The implementation of HST will not help the B.C. economy,” said Dennis Pilon, a professor in UVic’s Department of Political Science. “It is only a shifting of the tax burden from the wealthy to the less wealthy.” Pilon noted HST-type tax increases are regressive, meaning they take a higher toll on low income consumers than they do on high-income ones. Sales taxes, especially on food, clothing, medicine and other basic necessities, are widely cited as examples of regressive taxes. Pilon said that these types of taxes are easy to impose on students because, in the grande scheme of things, they don’t have a voice. “What about the people who can’t afford this tax?” he asked. “The implementation of a harmonized sales tax takes advantage of those who cannot pay.”

HST here, HST there Ontario also instituted a harmonized sales tax in April. The federal government cut checks for both Ontario and B.C. to ease the transition to HST, the Toronto Sun reported in August. The Sun also reported federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Saskatchewan, Manitoba and PEI could get in on transition money if they chose to switch to HST. Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotion, Labrador and Quebec have had HST since the ‘90s. Students can expect to see an increase on prices off campus too. A July 24 article in the Vancouver Sun noted the public can expect increases on stuff like: -Hydro and cable bills -Non-prescription medicines and vitamins -Hair salon -Dry cleaning -Bicycles -School supplies -Magazines and newspapers -Theatre and movie tickets -Club membership fees

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by STUART ARMSTRONG According to a civil rights expert at UVic, B.C.’s RCMP forces shouldn’t be allowed to investigate themselves anymore. Litigation Director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), Grace Pastine, gave a presentation at UVic’s Department of Law on Sept. 30, calling for the provincial government to remove the power of internal investigation from the police forces of B.C. Public confidence in RCMP internal investigation was shaken by the October 2007 death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski, who died after being tasered five times by RCMP officers in Vancouver International Airport. Pastine also touched on the 1998 death of homeless man Frank Paul, who died of hypothermia after being left in an alley by Vancouver police. The internal investigation that followed had a number of question marks, according to Pastine. “The officers being investigated were not segregated from the rest of the force — their stories later were remarkably similar,” she said. To solve the problem of police investigating themselves about deaths in police custody, the BCCLA envisions creating something like Ontario’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU), a civilian organization formed in 1990 that investigates the Ontario Provincial Police.

But according to Pastine, the B.C. version must be properly funded and staffed with people who have no connection with the police. She asserted that some people might wonder where to get trained investigators if they have no contact with the police, but added that people from the securities and regulatory sectors or other public sector agencies could be recruited. The new organization must also have legislative teeth to back up its mandate, she said. “The members of this organization must be made peace officers, so that the police will be legally required to cooperate with them,” she said. UVSS Director-at-Large Kelsey Hannan and Cyrus Sighn, two students attending the lecture, were interested not only in the need to oversee the police but also forming associated organizations or branches of the BCCLA at UVic or at Camosun College. Sighn stated he and some friends had already started a general civil liberties organization of 30 people at Camosun, in collusion with several political clubs. “Though this type of attendance is great,” stated Pastine, referring to the 30 people that attended the talks, “there is really no [formal] campaign to create an independent investigative organization of the police — and that needs to change.”

University of Victoria Students’ Society Local 44 of the Canadian Federation of Students Thursday, October 15th, 2009 – Cinecenta – 3:00pm

1. CALL TO ORDER 2. APPROVAL OF CHAIR 3. ADOPTION OF AGENDA a) Agenda of 2009/10/15 AGM 4. ADOPTION OF MINUTES a) Minutes of 2009/02/12 SAGM 5. SPECIAL RESOLUTIONS • Motion to Amend Bylaw 6.7 - Voting • BIRT the word “majority” under Bylaw 6.7.f be amended to read “plurality.” • Motion to Amend Bylaw 8.3 – Director of Services • BIRT that parts d and f of Bylaw 8.3 be repealed; and • BIFRT Bylaw 8.3 be renumbered accordingly. • Motion to Amend Bylaw 6.4 – Maintenance of Electoral Committee • BIRT the University of Victoria Students’ Society Constitution and Bylaw Six, Article Four [6.4] Part E be removed and Bylaw 6.4 be renumbered. • Motion to Amend Bylaw 6.8 – Recounts and Appeals • BIRT the University of Victoria Students’ Society Constitution and Bylaw Six, Article Eight [6.8] be renamed as “Recounts”. • Motion to Amend Bylaw 6.8 – Recounts and Appeals • BIRT the University of Victoria Students’ Society Constitution and Bylaw Six, Article Eight [6.8] Part B be amended as follows: 6.8 Recounts and Appeals a) A nominee may request a recount of votes cast, provided such request is made in writing to the electoral committee within seven [7] days following the committee’s announcement of election results. b) A nominee may appeal any decision of the electoral committee to a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Students’ Society. b. Each candidate may call for no more than one [1] recount. • Motion to Amend Bylaw 6.9 – Electoral Policy of the UVSS • BIRT the University of Victoria Students’ Society Constitution and Bylaw Six, Article Nine [6.9], be renumbered to Bylaw Six, Article Twelve [6.12]. • Motion to Amend Bylaw VI – Election of Members of the Board of Directors • BIRT the University of Victoria Students’ Society Constitution and Bylaws be amended to create Bylaw Six, Article Nine [6.9] as presented: 6.9 Appeals a) A decision of the Electoral Officers may be appealed to the Elections Adjudicator. b) A decision of the Elections Adjudicator may be appealed to the Arbitration Panel. c) All decisions of the Arbitration Panel are final. • Motion to Amend Bylaw VI – Election of Members of the Board of Directors • BIRT the University of Victoria Students’ Society Constitution and Bylaws be amended to create Bylaw Six, Article Ten [6.10] as presented: 6.10 Elections Adjudicator The Electoral Committee shall be responsible for seeking nominations for the position of the Elections Adjudicator. a) The Elections Adjudicator shall not be a Member as per Bylaw 2.1 b) The Elections Adjudicator must be nominated by the Electoral Committee to the Board of Directors and be ratified by a two-thirds [2/3] vote. • Motion to Amend Bylaw VI – Election of Members of the Board of Directors • BIRT the University of Victoria Students’ Society Constitution and Bylaws be amended to create Bylaw Six, Article Eleven [6.11] as presented: 6.11 Arbitration Panel The Electoral Committee shall be responsible for seeking nominations for membership on the Arbitration Panel. a) The Arbitration Panel shall be comprised of three [3] members: i. Members, as defined by Bylaw 2.1 shall not compose a majority of the committee; ii. No member of the arbitration panel shall seek election to, or be a current member of the Board of Directors while serving on the arbitration panel; b) Members of the Arbitration Panel must be nominated by the Electoral Committee to the Board of Directors and be ratified by a two-thirds [2/3] vote. 6. PRESENTATION OF 2008-2009 AUDIT Motion to Receive the 2008-2009 Audited Financial Statements BIRT the 2008-2009 Audited Financial Statements be received. 7. PRESENTATION OF 2009-2010 BUDGET Motion to Adopt the 2009-2010 Budget BIRT the 2009-2010 Budget be adopted as presented. 8. REPORTS a. Board of Directors Report Motion to Adopt the Report of the Board of Directors BIRT the October 2009 report of the Board of Directors be adopted as presented. b. Directors at Large & Advocacy Representative Reports Motion to Adopt the Reports of the Directors at Large and Advocacy Representatives BIRT the reports of the Directors at Large and Advocacy Representatives be adopted as presented. 9. QUESTION PERIOD (limit 30 minutes) 10. OTHER BUSINESS 11. NOTICE OF MOTION 12. ANNOUNCEMENTS 13. ADJOURNMENT

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Investing in hypocrisy The UVic administration loves to toot its own horn over its environmental consciousness. For example, in the visitors’ section on the UVic website, it claims our university “offers outstanding social, cultural, artistic, environmental and athletic opportunities.” And the Sustainability section tells us that “The University of Victoria has both a role and a responsibility to respond and take action [in regards to the environment].” But the most telling portion of UVic’s policy is where the sustainability section speaks of the “triple bottom line” of economic, social and environmental consequences. It’s no accident the website lists “economic” concerns first. According to the investment policies of UVic Foundations, a charitable foundation that handles UVic’s $150 million endowment, our university is throwing its money in some pretty hypocritical directions. Like investing millions in the Alberta Tar Sands, or hundreds of thousands in cigarette-maker Philip Morris International. Think about it. This university builds new buildings, and flaunts how “green” it is, then invests millions in some of the world’s most destructive industries. This university bans selling cigarettes on campus, and promotes activities like the “Campus Smoke Out,” then hurtles money at Big Tobacco. Apparently, the official policy is “do as I say, not as I do.” If not the tar sands and cigarettes, exactly when does UVic’s “responsibility to respond and take action” come into play — when there is no money to be made? When the PR gets UVic some free advertising? When it becomes visible to the student body? So we want to know, why doesn’t the foundation, the board responsible for deciding where to invest its endowment, “apply an ethical screen” to its investing? This seems like common sense. It’s overwhelmingly clear that the majority of the student body is concerned with climate change. Sure, we have compost stations set up around the campus, but that doesn’t counter the amount of fresh water usage and pollution created in the pursuit of tar sands profit. And what of UVic’s carbon neutral goals? Presumably, that won’t include carbon created through investments. Take this statement from UVic’s Carbon Neutral Action Report: “We recognize that sustainability is a commitment to future generations and requires the collective action of our entire community through long term planning, shared learning, grassroots activities and institutional leadership.” Yeah, they’re leading all right. Leading all the way to the bank. As for those “future generations,” if they happen to live down stream from the tar sands, they can learn to plan for life with cancer. But hey, there’s no reason not to smoke cigarettes if your water and air are already giving you a terminal illness, right? At least it’s more money in the coffers of the UVic Foundation — we want an institution that can afford to educate, after all. So next time you’re in your Environmental Studies class, or reading a UVic press release patting the administration on the pack for going green, just remember that the tar sands and cigarettes are bad — if you aren’t making any money off of them.

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Who does shelter legislation really assist? by KATIE TSUJI To help avoid another tragic death like Tracey’s: that is B.C. Housing Minister Rich Coleman’s emotional catalyst for the proposed Assisting to Shelter Legislation (ASL). Tracey, a 47-year old homeless woman, burned to death last December while trying to stay warm with a candle after refusing to go with a police officer to a shelter. If passed, the new legislation would give the RCMP the right to forcibly detain the homeless in community shelters or jails during periods of extreme weather. But while this sounds reasonable to many, some critics are suspicious. They feel ASL, despite Coleman’s framing it as a moral response to the needs of the homeless, is actually a shallow response to B.C.’s housing crisis in the shadow of the 2010 Olympic Games. Yes, ASL can be understood as a short-term solution during the transition to affordable housing, but the legislation’s broad powers are grounds for concern. One possible consequence is that the act would force the homeless to hide from authorities to avoid detainment, putting them at further risk. It is foreseeable that they would migrate from areas where shelter and medical resources are accessible in order to avoid being picked up by police. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms states no one can be forcibly detained if they have not committed a crime. The homeless’ right to refuse

shelter is crucial for maintaining their constitutional freedoms. However, homelessness denies this group the right to privacy that is taken for granted by those permanently housed. While the average Canadian citizen has the ability to avoid the growing systems of police surveillance, the homeless do not. In effect, the proposed legislation further

Critics feel ASL, despite Coleman’s framing it as a moral response to the needs of the homeless, is actually a shallow response to B.C.’s housing crisis in the shadow of the 2010 Olympic Games. marginalizes this demographic to further surveillance by the criminal justice system. This proposed act deals with only one of the many barriers that impede a permanent break from the cycle of poverty and homelessness, while evading long-term solutions. For example, adequate health care is a critical component of this complex problem, but is not addressed by ASL. And it certainly doesn’t address the biggest need: more permanent housing. The Victoria Cool Aid Society

conducted the Homeless Needs Survey in February 2007 and de-mystified the commonly-held belief that homelessness is a choice by revealing that 97 per cent of survey participants desired stable and affordable housing. The ASL overlooks the evidence which supports that homelessness is cyclical and can be mediated by providing affordable housing. It also ignores other less intrusive options, such as Victoria’s Extreme Weather Protocol (EWP). This program came into effect in January 2004 and has been largely successful in coordinating shelter providers, faith groups, social service agencies, fire and police to increase the number of emergency shelter beds available during acute winter weather conditions. In 2008/2009, the EWP was invoked 57 times between November and March. But according to the Greater Victoria Extreme Weather Protocol Coordinator’s Report, “at no point during this year, were all of the shelters opened at full capacity.” So it has to be asked, is the ASL really intended to benefit the next Tracey? Consider the number of mentally ill people found living on the streets, and then consider who would rather sleep in a doorway than a shelter bed during extreme weather conditions. Is putting someone who has done no wrong in jail really for their benefit? It may be just a cosmetic clean-up of the politically insignificant while the world’s television cameras are focused on Vancouver.

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Dump the scooter, bike instead by SOL KAUFFMAN The world is in the midst of the climate change debate and UVic is trying to clean up its ecological act — and now we get a melodramatic scooter advocate? I’m shocked and disappointed. A motorcycle is one thing; the thrill of the open road, enough storage for your camping gear, fast enough for highway driving and even enough oomph to pull a tent trailer. Plus you look like Judge Dredd. But I’ve choked on enough fumes in traffic to hate the little two strokes some scooters have these days — not to mention how bad these engines are on the environment. Even with paying only $3 a week for gas, a scooter is impractical. Anything you can do on a Yamaha Instant-Loser you can do on a bike, or on public transit — and it’s cheaper, healthier and greener. Buying groceries? Stick some panniers on your road bike or throw a badass messenger bag on your back. You’re never more than a 15-minute pedal from a Fairway Market in Victoria. Going on a date? Why don’t you both ride? You’ll build up an appetite and actually deserve that $20 steak you bought to look like a player. And

she’ll be impressed with your rocksolid calves. You have to get around anyway, why not get some exercise? You’ll even get free parking. Taking a road trip? You can’t drive on the highway if you can’t go over 65 km/h, and if your scooter is over 50 cc, or goes faster than 70 km/h, it’s a motorcycle and you need a special license. Buddy having a kegger? You certainly shouldn’t take your scooter, that’s for sure. I’ve had enough boozy nights to know that the only safe way to stay out of the driver’s seat is not to bring one. I’m sure the cops (and your mom) would agree. With the $1,000 to $2,500 you’d pay on craigslist or on Used Victoria for a scooter, you could buy a brand new bike with enough accessories to turn you into Lance Armstrong. A Kona Dew Deluxe like mine, designed right here in B.C., will run you $799 before tax. That includes hydraulic disc brakes, a comfortable hybrid posture and enough gears to get you up Mount Doug without breaking a sweat (well, okay, you’ll sweat, but you ate too much at Church Dinner anyway). Cool vintage bikes for the hipster are even cheaper and have low-slung frames

so you can ride them in your nutbusting jeans. You’ll also pay no insurance, and your gas money can go straight into the grocery budget. Slap on some cheap fenders to keep your butt dry, a cool-looking helmet, some bike lights for those latenight library sessions and a serious u-lock and you’re laughing. You might even want to get a cycle computer so you can convince your mom you aren’t just playing Scribblenauts all the time. “Aw, but it’s raining,” you say. Come on, man up — do you need your mommy to come pick you up after school so you don’t catch a cold? If you don’t already own a nice MEC gore-tex, what the hell are you doing on the west coast? You know what else bikes have? Snow tires. And what could be better cardio than slogging through two-inch slush on your way to class? Besides, you can just take the bus or carpool on the two or three days we do get snow in Victoria. So seriously, there’s never been a better time to invest in your own two-cylinder, horsepower road hog. Maybe one day you’ll even look good in spandex.

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Petition not the right approach by VERONICA HARRISON and RAJPREET SALL You may have recently been approached with a petition asking for a referendum to question UVic’s membership in the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). Before you sign, there are some things you should know about our association with the CFS. The CFS-BC is the provincial framework which brings student unions from every corner of our province together. It is our formal relationship with other students, from Cranbrook to Prince George to Nanaimo and all places in between. Membership has allowed UVic undergrads to work together with hundreds of thousands of students across the country since 1985. Issues tackled include the availability of transit, soaring tuition fees and funding for post-secondary institutions. The student movement has a successful history of realizing and

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accomplishing goals. Students can achieve great victories through support and mass mobilization. For example, this fall the federal government introduced a new $400 million student grant after pressure by our student movement from coast to coast. A province-wide framework for advocacy is not unique to students. Unity of purpose allows other constituencies on campus, such as professors, cafeteria workers, secretaries and groundskeepers, to initiate change through this same resourceful and efficient model. Even university presidents are united provincially to lobby the government. If you are not satisfied with the campaigns or policies of the CFS, there are a myriad of democratic opportunities to propose changes without withdrawing from the federation. The CFS-BC has two general meetings a year to do

exactly that. Also, UVic has a permanent seat on the CFS-BC board of directors, which meets regularly throughout the year and allow concerns from each local to be raised. The CFS exists to provide students with the opportunity to be a part of a movement which caters to their concerns. If members are dissatisfied with the federation, they are encouraged to explore the above mentioned democratic channels as well as meet with the CFS-BC representative for UVic. A strong, united student movement is the ultimate goal of the CFS and its provincial components; this can only be done with your support. Veronica Harrison is the current UVSS Chairperson and Rajpreet Sall is a UVSS Director at Large and UVic undergraduate students’ representative on the CFS-BC Board of Directors.

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Invalid One woman’s search for health and happiness Story by Alison Wagner Illustrations by Jennifer Zhou

“The good news is, it’s not your iron,” my girlfriend’s mother, Wendy, told me after hanging up the phone. “But your B12 levels are way below normal.”

I couldn’t believe it had taken more than a year to reach such a simple conclusion. My illness, known to the medical community as a type of anaemia — Vitamin B12 deficiency — has an elusive list of symptoms. And I have only recently settled into a routine that lets me function like a human being. But one little vitamin, that can be found in any health-food store, caused me years of strife. There are two reasons for this: the first is my own journey to understand this affliction. The second is that I was misdiagnosed.

Diagnosis pressure With the sheer number of diseases and deficiencies (and the often similarity between symptoms), it’s impossible to accurately measure how many people are misdiagnosed per year. According to Canadian Medical Association President Brian Day five million Canadians do not have access to a family doctor. Day said in 2008 that Canada now ranks 26th out of 28 countries in doctors per population. “Adding to the pressure,” he said, “is the fact that 4,000 doctors are about to retire.” As a result anything minor enough to be treated at home is grounds for a short talk and a “call me in the morning” smile before you’re ushered out of the office — often with very little actual information passed between the patient and the doctor. In 2005, my mother ended up in hospital because her doctor assumed that her abdominal pain was stomach-based. It turned out to be kidney stones. I called the ambulance at five o’clock in the morning from my mother’s bedside phone while she groaned and clutched my hand until her knuckles were white. That experience was a warning for what was to come.

How it started In early 2007, I was in my last year of high school. I had elected to undertake the rigorous International Baccalaureate program and found it to be far more taxing than I expected. I was under a lot of

self-imposed pressure to do well in the program with unrealistic expectations of myself that simply couldn’t be met. The constant anxiety began to take a toll on my health. I couldn’t sleep well, I couldn’t keep my dinner down long enough to absorb any nutrients, and I was experiencing increasinglysevere abdominal pain. The doctor I was seeing at the time informed me that these symptoms were the result of the self-induced stress. I told myself that if I could just push through to graduation that I would be free of the stress and ensuing health problems. I graduated alongside my friends in June 2007 and watched with anticipation as the summer rolled out before me. The stress left me. The health problems didn’t.

A growing problem My doctor never requested blood or urine tests for me, even after I left high school. By this time my mother had suspicions that my deteriorating health was due to more than just stress. We performed small experiments in attempts to self-diagnose and discovered that I was lactose intolerant. I cut dairy out of my diet for a week and felt better. My parents started bringing home lactose-free milk. They did everything they could to help in the absence of a proper diagnosis — but it was hard to be grateful when I hurt so much. Between my father and my girlfriend’s support the transition to university life came smoothly. They helped me through the move and in establishing myself. With a new home, new school and new opportunities, I was prepared to start over. There was only one problem — I couldn’t stay awake. I dragged myself from bed to class and back again with no energy and was sleeping 12 to 16 hours a day. Attributing the fatigue to increasing abdominal pain brought on by bad cafeteria food, I fought to stay on top of my schoolwork. Studies fell by the wayside and I began to wonder if I lacked the academic discipline to continue. In October of my first term I sought professional therapy.

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Think you might have a chronic illness? Here are a few tips to help you and your doctor reach a quick and accurate diagnosis. 1) If you have recurring symptoms, keep track of them. Write down the days they occur, what time and how frequent they are. Make sure to include any information you think is pertinent, such as whether you have your period, if you are under stress, or if you just switched medications. 2) If your problem appears food or stomach related, write down your mealtimes and what you ate in detail. 3) Check your body regularly for any changes. (After a shower is the best time.) Any discoloration or bumps could be a warning sign. 4) Mental health is just as important as physical health. If you find yourself struggling to cope, seek help. You don’t have to commit to the first therapist you see. Keep looking until you find someone you’re comfortable with. 5) Keeping a journal can also help you spot patterns in your physical and mental health.

My therapist successfully helped me to view my emotions objectively. Unburdening myself to him brought me incredible relief; however, I did not think to ask him about my physical problems. This type of healing was for my mind — and I assumed my body would follow. By November I was sick enough that it was visible to those around me. I still slept profusely and abdominal pains struck after every meal. Having cited stress as the cause in the past, I began to fear for my life. I distrusted doctors, predicting they would only attribute it to stress again. I couldn’t eat without getting violently ill and I feared that I would end up in hospital. I can’t remember much of my first university term. My illness consumes that time in a haze of darkness and pain.

If you’re healthy, thank a nurse Finally, sometime in December of 2007, I spent the weekend with my girlfriend’s family. I arrived after a long bus ride and collapsed on the couch to doze for an hour. When I woke up Wendy was leaning over the back of the couch, watching me. “You’re sick, kid,” she said. I poured out the whole story. She listened with all the sympathy of a mother, but also with the critical ear of a nurse. Wendy is a phlebotomist. She takes blood for a living. Her experience as a nurse is what saved me. “It sounds like some kind of anaemia,” she said. “Probably an iron deficiency.” She told me to go back to my doctor and request a certain form that would allow her to legally take my blood. She said not to take no for an answer. Bolstered by her support, I went to my therapist and demanded to see one of his associates in practical medicine. I was fed-up and determined not to have my affliction dismissed as stress again. It was incredible how quickly things progressed after the shift in attitude. My therapist listened patiently and got me a consultation that same day. I received

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the required form took it to Wendy and had her draw my blood. She sent it off with a specific request that the results be returned to her directly. I didn’t even have to visit the lab. Waiting for the results is a state of nervous agony. What if it was something terrible? I have a wicked fear of cancer and other terminal things and (as irrational as it seemed) my fatigue left me with the terror that I would one day fall asleep and never wake again. Every minor bad feeling could mean a relapse and more hours lost to pain. Before long we got the results. Once we knew what it was, I went back to the doctor and was advised to get some pills from the drug store. If I took 500 mg of B12 once a day with food, it should start repairing my body’s depleted stock. I bought the biggest bottle of pills I could find and tried not to collapse with relief. My hope for a normal life returned.

Looking ahead Now that I am on the road to recovery, I feel both thankful and frustrated. I know my body’s warning signs very well, having spent a lot of time training myself to listen to them. But my former doctor dismissed my symptoms even though I knew it was something more than stress. I worry for those with more serious complications. Self-diagnosis is becoming more prominent due to the wealth of information on the Internet, yet doctors repeatedly claim that there is no substitute for a proper consultation with a physician. In truth there isn’t, but, considering the difficulty of getting a proper consultation, it should come as no surprise when patients attempt to do it themselves. “Really, it’s about empowering the patient,” says Sara Wegwitz, a registered Outreach nurse with the Jack Petersen Health Services at UVic. “Patients are the experts on their bodies and we’re the experts on biology. We encourage patients to record their symptoms so that the health care professional can then help them navigate through to diagnosis.” But Wegwitz and I are in agreement: the problem is larger than individual clinics can handle. What is needed is a cultural shift.

“It’s interesting that we put funding toward health care and we’re still getting sicker,” Wegwitz says. “I’ve read that only one percent of [Canadian] health care funding goes toward prevention. As a society, it’s like we’ve given up the responsibility for our own health.” Wegwitz reinforces the idea that being healthy is not as difficult as being sick. “Even a 15-minute walk per day is doable,” she says. “Once you realise how easy it is, you’re already taking small steps on the way to wellness.” One of those steps is to “be in the driver’s seat,” as Wegwitz says. Do your own thorough research and listen to your body. Learn to understand its signals so that you can document them and bring them forward to give your doctor something to work with. If we all do this, it will speed up the diagnosis process. “But, do not treat yourself,” Wegwitz says. “Doing so is extremely dangerous.” “There’s a lot of misinformation on the Internet,” Wegwitz says. “It tends to create a lot of unneeded anxiety and tension in the patient; they think they have something serious when they don’t.” Wegwitz says it’s best to be sure of your sources — Health Services website has a list of approved sites. And consultation with a physician is always best when you’re unsure. You can work with your doctor so that he or she is not beleaguered and you can still get the treatment you need to heal and return to your life.

On the mend I am mending. I have enough energy to get through a full day and the pain only comes when I’m overtired or I’ve eaten something that doesn’t agree with me. I am so incredibly grateful to my therapist and my new doctors for their patience and prompt action, to my parents for helping and supporting me, my girlfriend for taking care of me while I recover and to Wendy, without whom I would probably still be ill. I am thankful that my illness didn’t turn out to be something worse. Some are not as lucky as I, and I pray that they find a support system to help them through it. I am 20 years old and I was looking at a future spent indoors, unable to experience everything the world has to offer for fear of being away from the bathroom. I no longer have that fear. I can write, work and do more than just live day-to-day. My life is mine again.

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Victoria gears up for film fest with a quirk by NADINE SANDER-GREEN WHAT: Antimatter Film Festival WHERE: Cinecenta, UVic Visual Arts Building, Open Space Arts Centre, Deluge Contemporary Art and Window Project on Government Street WHEN: Oct. 9 to 17 HOW MUCH: $6 for adults, $5 for students. Cinecenta showings are regular price The Antimatter Film Festival is about more than just movies. With art installations, musical performances and groundbreaking hybrid media, the festival aims to shatter traditional perceptions of art. The festival, which takes place at venues around town, includes work from about 25 different countries — and the films are all premiering in Victoria. In most cases, it’s the only

opportunity audiences will have to see these pieces of art. Antimatter is celebrating its 12th year of bringing experimental cinema to Victoria. The festival is free from any commercial or industry agendas. “It’s a festival of primarily experimental and art-based films,” said Eacrett. “We’re showing work made by individuals rather than studios. You’re going to get a lot of individual viewpoints at the fest, a lot of do-ityourself techniques.” Nightly programs include titles such as Circadia: Performative documents shaped by fractured time and circumstance disorder of ‘reality’ and Strange Particles: Scientific and celluloid inquiries investigating phenomena from photochemical to biomechanical: hypothesize, experiment, repeat. alth.org

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“We don’t have a theme or anything,” said Eacrett. “The films go from very abstract shorts to featurelength documentaries. It really runs the gamut.”

Some Highlights of the Fest Small World-Friday, Oct. 9, 9 p.m. at Open Space Arts Centre To kick off this year’s festival, musical artists Slut Revolver, the Pine Family, Run Chico Run, Natasha Enquist and more explore the world of Walt Disney. The Antimatter website reads: “This ride includes smoke machines, nostalgia, tinfoil, corporate iconography, pretty lights ... To experience Small World, you should be in good health, free from high blood pressure, heart conditions, fatigue, or any other physical limitations that could be aggravated by this attraction.” Sounds like an adventure.

Loki: Arnaldo Baptista-Tuesday, Oct. 13, 9 p.m. at Cinecenta Loki is an award winning documentary following the life of Arnold Baptista — the “musical genius” behind the Brazilian pop band Os Mutantes. “I’m really excited about Loki,” said Eacrett. “ It’s about a psychedelic band that really set the tone for rock and roll in that era.” The band flourished in the late 60s and early 70s by taking American and British-style rock’n’roll and adding a Brazilian flare and a whole lot of psychedelia. The film tracks the ups and downs of Baptista’s music obsession and sometimes LSD-driven life, as he falls into a depression. The festival program promises that the film ends on “a triumphant note with the return of the regrouped Mutantes to a delirious-packed house at London’s Barbicon in 2006.” Everyone likes a happy ending.

Just One Kiss: The Fall of Ned Kelly Wednesday, Oct. 14, 9 p.m. at Cinecenta This is the world premiere of Just one Kiss: a reconstruction of found footage of the first film ever created. “The showing is going to have live music,” said Michael Ryan, Manager of Cinecenta. “That’s something we used to do here at the Cinecenta quite a bit and it really adds a new dynamic.” Local musician Lee Hutzulak will create a collage of synthesiser, turntable, acoustic guitar, prepared CD-Rs, field recordings and an assortment of amplified objects. The filmmaker, Sami Van Ingen from Finland, is known for his examination of the cinematic and exploring the boundaries within it. He’ll be in the audience on Wednesday, too, for those of you who like stargazing.

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Zombieland splatters audience expectations by WILL JOHNSON If you don’t like slow-motion shots of ravenous cannibals spewing up blackened blood, chances are you won’t appreciate Zombieland. A schlocky, ultra-gruesome B-movie on steroids, this film is certain to get a strong reaction one way or another. Like the equally-dazzling 28 Days Later, Zombieland takes all the conventions and clichés of the living dead and blows them away with a shotgun to the face. 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle re-invented zombies as crazed, sprinting psychopaths with red eyes and monstrous appetites for human flesh. Zombieland’s director, Ruben Fleischer, does the same thing — but makes it funny. “You have a purty mouth,” Woody Harrelson says, right before beating a belching, overweight zombie to death with a banjo. Hamming it up as Tallahassee, a Twinkie-loving, zombie-killing cowboy, Harrelson delivers his best comedic performance since the Farrelly brothers’ overlooked bowling comedy Kingpin. His face craggy and angular, Harrelson spits out his lines like chewing tobacco. “My mother always told me, someday you’ll be good at something. I don’t think she could’ve guessed that something would be zombie killing,” he says.

Harrelson is joined by Columbus, played by indie-favorite Jesse Eisenberg, who first wowed audiences with his awkward virgin shtick in The Squid and the Whale, and Adventureland. There will be inevitable comparisons to Michael Cera. Eisenberg has perfected the awkward pause, the nervous stammer and the wide-eyed innocence of the über-nerd. “The first girl I let into my life and she tries to eat me,” he complains, after a brilliant appearance by rising hottie Amber Heard. In possibly the most disturbing scene of the movie, she is instantly transformed into a moaning, eye-bleeding monster dragging a broken leg behind her. Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone round out the cast as a pair of zombie-fighting sisters who routinely steal Tallahassee and Columbus’ vehicle. Each gives a decent performance, but they are overshadowed by their larger-than-life co-stars. Many zombie movies, on top of their terror and gore, often strive for social commentary and gravitas. Zombieland makes no such efforts, but rather revels in the bloody chaos of the zombie apocalypse. The audience watches as zombies are blown to pieces by shotguns, beaten to death with blunt instruments or splattered against the

The action scenes are such a visual feast, such a disturbing freak show of carnage, that it puts previous zombie efforts to shame.

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pavement after falling from great heights. The action scenes are such an absolute visual feast, such a disturbing freak show of carnage, that it puts previous zombie efforts to shame. The audience always expects the camera to cut out just a moment earlier, but instead we watch every spray of blood, every splattering impact and every cringe-inducing violent death.

Somebody had fun writing this script. Savvy theatre-goers can watch for countless pop-culture references and homages to basically every cool thriller or supernatural schlock movie made in the past 50 years. On top of that, the middle has one of the most hilarious and random guest performances of all time. I won’t spoil it for you, though.

This is America’s version of Shaun of the Dead, and so far it has exceeded everyone’s expectations at the box office. If word of mouth continues (Rottentomatoes.com gave it a 90 per cent score), Zombieland is well on its way to becoming a surprise blockbuster. It could be one of the only times we see an awesome film be released in the month of October.

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Canadian punk rockers excel amidst dismal big-label flops “I promise that I won’t let you go,” sings lead singer Dallas Smith with his bland, cliché rock star voice. “Show me I am the one.” He’s not. Avoid this album at all costs. Will Johnson

Default Comes and Goes EMI

These guys are douche bags. A couple years ago, along with Theory of a Dead Man and Nickelback, Default rode the gravy train of cookie cutter alternative hard rock. Discovered by Chad Kroeger, this Vancouver-based band got some mileage out of their two hits — “Wasting my time” and “Deny.” They racked up a bunch of Juno awards and even went platinum. But they failed to garner much attention outside of Canada. Now they’re back with their fourth album. (You read that correctly.) Originally slated to be released in 2007, it got postponed when their record label went bankrupt. (Insert punchline here). For many, Default is a perfect example of everything that’s wrong with the music industry. With this album, they’ve furthered cemented that reputation. “All work and no play makes another dull day,” the band sings in chorus on the track “Goodbye.” It’s unimaginative lyrics like this, along with the boring, repetitive guitar riffs, that make this album uniquely awful.

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Just about every track on this CD has that same patented drum beat from every dance song since 1983. Most of the songs on “One Love” aren’t all that memorable. You could put this CD on in the background at your house party and no one would complain or even remember. Will.i.am and apl de ap from the Black Eyed Peas both appear on “On The Dancefloor.” It’s like we went back in time before the Black Eyed Peas had Fergie in their band. I forgot that they were so boring without her. I’m not really sure who David Guetta is, where he came from or if he actually ever sings. But if you like the dance/pop genre and you want to be in the club even when you’re at home, then put on “One Love.” Jason Stasiuk

David Guetta One Love EMI

David Guetta’s “One Love” has a lot of your favourite and maybe some of your least favourite guests on it, including Kelly Rowland, Akon, Will. i.am and Ne-Yo. The liner notes don’t include any lyrics, just lots of pictures of Guetta trying to look cool. I’m beginning to understand what the purpose of this CD really is–it’s more of a demo reel. Guetta doesn’t make too many vocal appearances on his CD, but his work is heard in the layering of sound. I’m sure the third track, “Sexy Bitch,” will be playing in clubs in no time. It’s reminiscent of Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance.” Akon belts out the chorus: “Damn youse a sexy bitch/A sexy bitch/ Dayum Girl.” Really? Is there any lyrical integrity anymore?

ing and rapping for a playful song. Each track on this 16-song CD is different, showing the band’s versatility and stylistic flavour. For three tracks, reggae artist Jah Cutta lends his vocal talents. His voice really complements the band on those tracks. Almost every track on the CD fades out before it should. It’s really annoying when a song ends before it’s come to a conclusion. It sucks when you’re finally getting into the song and then it just comes to a halt. Subb has a socially conscious side that comes out in their lyrics. The first song, titled “Black Gold,” states “Support fair trade by any means/Make the right choice and please come clean.” To This Beat is a solid album that will please fans of the genre. For newbies to ska, this would be a good starter that has enough elements of punk and rock to please everyone. Jason Stasiuk

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This punk/ska outfit hails from Quebec. They have been playing for almost 15 years now and this is their eighth studio album. Their sound is pretty typical but they have a unique melodic style that comes out in songs like “I Love MTL.” In an upbeat tribute to their hometown, Subb combines whistling, sing-

Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue VIRGIN

Some bands just don’t know when to stop.

Along with acts like Soundgarden, Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains was a pretty awesome band in the ‘80s and ‘90s. They had some hits and some misses. They had a few good albums, they won a few awards and then they faded away. With the release of Black Gives Way to Blue, Alice in Chains has returned after a 14-year hiatus. The music industry moved on — they didn’t. On this album, newcomer William DuVall takes on lead vocals for the late Layne Staley, who died of a drug overdose in 2002. The two are interchangeable, but DuVall doesn’t bring any originality or personality to his performance. It seems like a cheap impersonation. Each track on this album is a textbook example of how to write a radio hit in the ‘90s. Their grungy, heavy metal sound will bring instant comparisons to Creed or Godsmack. In other words, they sound like bands that haven’t been relevant for at least half a decade. The album is fairly well produced, but angry metal doesn’t have the same primal kick it once did. They don’t compare to acts that successfully made the transition, like Nine Inch Nails or Pearl Jam. Strangely enough, Elton John makes an appearance on the title track — playing the piano. I can’t think of a stranger, more arbitrary collaboration. People nostalgic for the glory days of the Seattle grunge scene might find something to appreciate in this album. Everyone else should move on. Will Johnson

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Victoria’s low vacancy rate trouble for students by MARIA KENNEY With term papers piling up and midterms already around the corner, UVic students can add finding living accommodations to their list of school concerns. Approximately 2,300 rooms in on-campus residence buildings have been full since the start of the year, but the waiting list still holds hundreds of names. First-year students are lucky enough to be guaranteed accommodation if they are coming directly from high school. However, since the number of first-years has increased by eight per cent from last year, many students further along in their education are stuck searching for off-campus housing in a tight market. But there’s good news and bad news for off-campus accommodation seekers. The good: rental costs probably won’t increase. While the federal government’s Rental Market Report shows about a years delay in the current trend, rental costs are likely to be consistent with, or even less than last year’s average. “Over the past three or four months ... our office has heard of more than a few landlords who

are decreasing their rents both during tenancies and on turnover,” said Member Service Manager Carly Ludwar at the Rental Owners and Managers Society of B.C. The bad news: Victoria’s vacancy rate consistently ranks among the lowest in the country. While this autumn’s vacancy rate has not yet been published, the 2008 figure was a near-bottom 0.5 per cent, higher only than Kelowna, at 0.3 per cent. Canada’s average, based on 34 Census Metropolitan Areas, was 2.2 per cent,down from 2.6 per cent from the previous year. Also, while B.C.renters are protected from unfair price hikes by rent control, some landlords’ costs increase by more than the rent increase amount. When landlords don’t have money to put back into the property,repairs and upgrades get neglected. “If they are losing money, they won’t be landlords anymore,which causes another problem: an even bigger lack of rental housing,” said Ludwar. Because the low to mid-cost rentals are often secured well

in advance, last-minute accommodation seekers are faced with high prices coupled with stagnant vacancy rates. Students who do find accommodation do so almost solely as a result of tenants vacating their current rentals for other ones — this shift doesn’t affect the vacancy rate. Bernadette Pauly, chair of UVic’s Working Group on Housing and Homelessness, points out that many students who are unable to afford these prices are faced with few alternative options. “Students with limited financial resources often live in crowded conditions in order to afford the rent,” she said. “Some may be living in their cars and may be part of the hidden homeless.” Because students are also likely to be dealing with unemployment, high tuition rates and student loans, these high rental costs contribute to what Pauly calls inequities in the accumulation of wealth. UVic is currently in the process of raising another on-campus residence building, which will provide a further 106 beds and is set to be occupied by January 2011.

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Although new housing units are being constructed on campus, Victoria’s vacancy rate consistently ranks among the lowest in the country.

As the student population increases, UVic students can only hope that the university is prepared to match the numbers in accommodation as well.

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“The role of the university in providing adequate quantity and quality of student housing is essential to address the housing crisis in all cities,” Pauly said.

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Prof tells history of death threats

THE ADVENTUROUS VEGAN

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Ingredients from an autumn garden make for healthy, colourful cuisine.

Peasant stew appeases by ELIZABETH HAMES Raid the raised beds to gather up the basics for this totally hip, and delicious autumn-inspired ratatouille. Currently, rosemary, tomatoes, squash, greens, carrots and

chilies are all the rage in backyard vegetable and herb patches, and Salt Spring Islandgrown shitake mushrooms are a hot item in local organic grocery stores.

October Garden Ratatouille 30 ml (2 Tbsp) olive oil 1 medium yellow onion 2 cloves garlic Half a fresh chili pepper 5 large spinach leaves 3 giant tomatoes 125 ml (1/2 cup) of squash 125 ml (1/2 cup) zucchini 3 medium carrots 3 tiny bell peppers, or one small bell pepper 1 or 2 mushrooms 3 large green beans 15-35 ml (1 -2 Tbsp) fresh rosemary 125 ml (1/2 cup) of parsley Salt and pepper to taste Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan. Chop the onion, garlic and chili pepper. If even the spice of mild salsa is threatening, use less chili. Cook on medium-low heat until the onions turn clear, about five minutes. Dice and chop and slice all the remaining vegetables and herbs and add them to the pot along with the salt and pepper. Put the lid on and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until all the vegetables are soft. Serve hot, with fresh parsley, over polenta or brown rice.

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“When you get your first death threat, you know you’re on the right track.” That’s how journalist Les Wiseman tells students to measure their career success. Wiseman, who just joined the Professional Writing Department at UVic this year, is passing on his experience to developing writers. Thirty-three years ago, Wiseman began his own career at Vancouver Magazine, and over the years has worked at T.V. Guide, Canada Wide magazines and has done extensive freelancing. At 55 years old, Wiseman has comprehensive wisdom to pass on to aspiring journalists. Perhaps the most important piece of advice: keep it interesting. Wiseman himself has received a few death threats, the most notable being one related to a Michael Jackson album review. Wiseman commented that Jackson didn’t do anything that Sammy Davis Jr. hadn’t done better before and a reader took great offense. Wiseman did learn something important from this experience: if you are creating controversy, editors will want you to write stories for them. This is important, says Wiseman, in an industry that is suffering from “declining ad revenue and smaller publications.” He is quick to point out, however, that the Internet is helping journalists with their careers because it frees them from their locale. Despite being painfully realistic at times about journalism — “you’re going to spend most of your life alone, in a room” — Wiseman clearly loves writing. There’s nothing cooler, he says, and it helps that the job has some pretty awesome perks — not only has Wiseman been to a few rocking parties, he’s also had the chance to meet a multitude of celebrities, such as Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart. In the future, Wiseman would “rather be writing fiction,” and have a chance to explore the more creative side of writing. His novel, Jane and the Satanists, is under construction, as he takes inspiration from the Satanist community in Victoria.

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Les Wiseman is a new addition to the Professional Writing Department at UVic. Weisman has 33 years of experience as a journalist, but is now interested in a career as a fiction writer.

While Wiseman is no longer “drinking champagne with Iggy Pop until two in the morning,” his life has turned in another new direction. By using his own personal experience and unconventional advice,

he hopes to pass his passion onto others. Whatever style his students may choose to pursue, they can be sure of an eventful career ahead. “Writing ain’t going away,” as Wiseman puts it.

October 8, 2009


Squash: the secret to winter locavore diet by NADINE SANDER-GREEN A long hibernation is about to begin in Victoria and the pantry is looking rather dismal for locavores accustomed to a fecund summer and autumn. The farmers markets are closing, and gardens are growing nothing but kale and potatoes. It can be difficult to lead a healthy lifestyle while going to school, but it may be possible to eat local, fresh produce throughout the winter. “There is some local produce. There’s cabbages, leeks, parsnips and, of course, potatoes,” said Jodi Demedeiros, owner of Ambrosio’s Market in Cadboro Bay. A lot of crop in the Victoria area is grown until October and then stored for the rest of the season, but eating fresh produce in the winter can be difficult, she added.

The secret Perhaps the secret to local eating in the winter is in an awkward, plump and occasionally warted winter vegetable: the squash. The squash was one of the three main indigenous plants, along with maize and beans, used for agriculture by aboriginals in North America. Winter squashes, like the butternut, spaghetti, acorn and pumpkin varieties, are usually harvested in early fall and then cured to further harden the skin. Squash seeds can be eaten directly or ground into a paste, and the vegetables’ shoots, leaves and tendrils can be used as greens. “Every squash has a different texture and taste,” said John Demedeiros, another owner of the market. “Squash is like meat for vegetarians. There’s so many things you can do with it. You can put it in tacos or lasagna.” Ambrosio’s Market sells 13 varieties of locally-grown squash. “You can mash it, eat it with carrots or bake it. Some people it eat plain and some like it with butter and brown sugar. I use spaghetti squash instead of noodles,” Jodi said. “You can freeze your tomatoes in the summer for a sauce, bake your squash upside down on a pan and then scoop the strands out with a fork. It’s a warm winter dish, it’s easy and affordable.”

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Buying local can be a challenge in a Victorian winter, but many varieties of squash can be harvested in the fall and stored for the cold months.

nutrients because it has spent less time getting from the farm to our plate. It reduces our carbon footprint and helps the local economy. “It just tastes better,” said Jodi about local foods. But can the 100-Mile Diet mentality go too far? “I’ ve seen young cooks who are so adamant about eating local that they are afraid to buy olive oil and salt, and you just can’t cook without these things,” said Jamie Sellar, a local specialty food distributor. “I met a farmer near here who was trying to grow olives. We

just don’t have the right climate for that.” Demedeiros agrees.

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Varga defends world title, looks to turn pro by MAX SUSSMAN Gabriel Varga finished his amateur kickboxing career undefeated, defending his International Sport Kickboxing Association (ISKA) World Light Welterweight title on Saturday, Oct. 3. The unanimous-decision win over Calgary’s Nathen Smandych was Varga’s 15th consecutive amateur victory. “This was a dream; to finish undefeated,” said Varga. “My goal when I started was to get to 10-0. Then I got there and I had to come up with a new goal — now I’ve met that goal.” Varga was one of four local fighters to win at “Quest for the Title: IV,” the promotion run by Varga’s father, Keith, and Lisa Mettett. In a grueling five-round decision that saw Varga scoring the more precise and powerful shots all night, the UVic alum believes his conditioning is what won him the fight. After the fight, Varga shared a moment with his strength and conditioning coach, Darcy Dommett, who also fought on the card. “I didn’t gas as much as I usually do,” Varga said. “I usually just run and lift weights in terms of working out, but Darcy really brought in some new elements. He totally changed my cardio.” Fighting in a modified Muay Thai match, fighters are allowed to clinch

with their opponent for five seconds and may throw knees to the head or body. Elbows are not allowed, the main difference between this and traditional Muay Thai. The first two rounds were as close as it gets, with both Varga and Smandych scoring with leg kicks and short punches, and Varga playing the counter-puncher for the first rounds. In the third round, however, Varga began to take over, landing more clean strikes. But Smandych was able to throw some nasty knees to the body in the clinch. Varga was displeased with his effort in the clinch. “I kept just falling into the clinch. I would drop my weight forward, and he’d have me,” he said. Varga also scored with a few throws, often foregoing striking to dump Smandych to the mat. “I didn’t train as hard in the clinch as I think I should have,” said Varga, “but I was surprised I was able to toss him. His camp, they’re real big clinchers.” With 15 fights to his name and two world titles, Varga is looking to branch out. He and his brother, Aaron (also an ISKA world champion), opened Varga Bros. Martial Arts, but Varga is still focused on kickboxing as

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Gabriel Varga and Nathen Smandych grapple at Quest for the Title: IV.

a career. And like most of the top kickboxers in the world, he is looking to Asia. “There’s a trainer in Ontario who wants to take me on and he’s trying

to set me up with a fight in China,” Varga said. If that doesn’t pan out, don’t be surprised to see him in January’s upcoming “Quest for the Title: V.”

Sidney’s Chase Ingalls defeated Liverpool, UK’s Darren Till to win the ISKA World Light Middleweight Title. In the most exciting fight of the night, the 17year-old Ingalls battered Till, just 16, for the first two rounds. Ingalls was faster, and clearly had the heavier hands. The southpaw Till made a rousing comeback, keeping good distance behind a very accurate right push kick to out point Ingalls in the third round, before buckling the North Island MMA-trained fighter with hard knees to the body in the fourth. Ingalls hung tough, and took the final round on pure aggressiveness, working Till over in the corner and in the clinch. Vancouver’s Bruce Khademi won a unanimous decision over Sidney’s Cory Hastings to win the ISKA B.C. Middleweight title. Khademi proved that leg kicks can win you a fight, as he repeatedly chopped at Hastings’ legs, making him pay for every foot he advanced forward. While Hastings landed some flashy superman punches and spin kicks, Khademi easily out-pointed him. On the undercard, Parker Lang, of Canada’s Best Karate on Ceder Hill Cross Road, stopped Dustin Ellsworth midway through the final round to win his amateur debut, and Varga Bros.trained Darcy Dommett won a decision victory over Serbia’s Slavko Paic.

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Vikes offence floods Saskatchewan

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by PAUL SEYMOUR The Vikes men’s soccer team comfortably beat the Saskatchewan Huskies of 4-0, Sunday, Oct. 4, at Centennial Stadium. The Vikes spread the offence around, getting four goals from four different players. Fourth-year midfielder Corey Sanford opened the scoring at the 25-minute mark with a sublime solo effort as he darted down the left wing before beating his defender to the inside and calmly slotting the ball just inside the far post. The Vikes added to their lead two minutes before halftime with a powerful header from Daniel LePage. LePage found the top corner of the net after he was set up beautifully by Sanford, who was all over the pitch. Sanford drove a ball in from the right flank and LePage did well to finish with his head from 10 yards out. The Vikes began to pull away midway through the second half, as substitute David Adams chipped a ball to the back post from the right corner of the 18-yard box, finding substitute striker Gavin Barret who headed the ball past the helpless Saskatchewan keeper. The substitutes got in on more of the scoring, as first-year winger Andrew Ravenhill rounded off a beautifully constructed goal with a low strike which inched just inside the right post off a pass from fourthyear midfielder Miguel Romeo. While the Huskies demonstrated that they were a formidable op-

ponent at times throughout the match, any attempt at a goal they made was thwarted by the strong play of Vikes’ goalkeeper Daniel Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick earned his second clean sheet of the season, dominating the territory around his net. At times, Kilpatrick was forced into making a few difficult saves, but for the most part he will be thankful for the work that his defenders put in. The Vikes defenders did a great job in containing Huskies’ forwards Jerson Barandica-Hamilton and Josh Northey, two of the more lethal offensive players in the Canada West Conference. The Vikes were pleased with the quality they showed in the win. The team was effective in stringing passes together, thanks in large part to fourth-year midfielder and Canada West All-star, Sam Wingham, who also did an excellent job in maintaining possession for the Vikes. Although Vikes leading scorer Cole McFarlane was unable to find the back of the net, he gave the Huskies plenty of defensive headaches as the shifty forward forced the Husky defenders into making a few reckless challenges. Sunday’s result was a great way for the Vikes to round off the weekend of play. After losing the previous weekend’s games to their mainland rivals, the UBC Thunderbirds and the Trinity Western Spartans, the Vikes needed a couple of strong

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The Vikes men’s soccer team moved to 5-2-1 with a 2-1 win over Alberta on Saturday and a 4-0 drubbing of Saskatchewan on Sunday. They are down one point to Trinity Western and Alberta for CanWest supremacy.

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Vikes turn in solid weekend performance by KATE SHEPHERD The Vikes women’s field hockey team hosted the University of Calgary Dinos in their home opener on Saturday, Oct. 3, proving the team has what it takes to stay on top. The double-header was the third one for the Vikes this season, after dropping two games at UBC last weekend and posting a win and a tie two weeks ago in Alberta. On Saturday morning, the Vikes walked off the turf with a 1-0 victory over the Dinos. Fourth-year defender Perri Espeseth’s powerful shot on a penalty corner put the home team ahead in the first half. Espeseth was a solid force for the Vikes over the weekend, as the entire defensive line effectively kept the Dinos’ forwards at bay. The Vikes’ three fifth-year players, Natalie Wise, Katie Collison and Katie Tittler, led the home team’s attack, as the Vikes controlled the majority of the play and maintained their lead. Goaltender and 2007’s CIS Rookie of the Year Kaitlyn Wil-

liams shone throughout the match, with several key saves in both halves. Sunday’s game resulted in goal-less tie, as the visiting team managed to gain several penalty corners in the early minutes. Again, Williams’s skill was outstanding, as she warded off the early offensive charge by the Dinos. The Vikes showed their skill with a number of offensive attacks in the second half, but were unable to produce as many scoring opportunities as the day before. Rookie Kyla Kirby had a standout performance, offering both skill and confidence in her first CIS game on the Vikes’ home field. Playing as a defender and a mid-fielder, Kirby both thwarted a number of Calgary’s scoring attempts and generated offensive opportunities for the Vikes. UVic’s record now stands at 2-2-2, as they begin the second half of their regular season.

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Peri Espeseth was a solid force for the Vikes over the weekend.

The Vikes play another doubleheader at home next weekend against the Alberta Pandas, when they will attempt to gain ground on the Canada West conference leader, the UBC Thunderbirds.

Both of the games against the Alberta Pandas start at 11:00 a.m., and will be crucial as the Vikes move into the final series of matches before November’s CIS Championships.

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