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Library “books” challenge stereotypes, p. 5

Activist’s adventure raises awareness, p. 10-11

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Campaign targets pass-ups by full buses UVSS’ project “Passed Up, WTF?” encourages students to let B.C. Transit know where they’ve been left behind by a bus > Karolina Karas Complaints of being passed by full buses are ubiquitous among students. That’s why the UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) recently launched a transit campaign aimed at making the morning commute easier for UVic students who use the Victoria Regional Transit Service. Together with the UVSS Political Action Committee, UVSS Directorat-Large Jaraad Marani is hoping to both improve Victoria’s transit system and promote the recently renewed late-night transit program through a campaign called “Passed Up, WTF?” “Passed Up, WTF? is a good way to get students involved because it is an interactive activity,” said Marani. “It’s just like saying that we appreciate everything that the transit authority has done for us but there may be some things we could work on.” B.C. Transit is aware of the passups on its busiest routes. “Passing buses is an anomaly that occurs every September,” said Joanna Morten, a B.C. Transit spokesperson, “but we do our best

to monitor these pass-ups.” Morten added that eight buses have been added to accommodate the morning transit rush, including the new number 16 bus, an express route traveling past Uptown and toward UVic. One way the “Passed Up, WTF?” team plans to monitor passings is through a transit map located at UVSS events and in the resource centre. Marani is asking students to come by and place a sticker on the location of the bus stop where they are left behind every time they are passed by a bus because it is full. The goal of the campaign is to obtain raw data that will tell transit authorities exactly when and where buses pass students on the morning commute. “There’s a lot of lobbying that [the UVSS] does with the transit authority and this campaign is a real good way to start a change because Victoria Transit likes numbers, figures and visual representation of what the issues are,” Marani said. Marani stresses that the purpose of the campaign is to work with Victoria Regional Transit Authority rather than against it. “We don’t want it to be completely

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UVSS directors-at-large Jaraad Marani and Tara Paterson are lobbying for better bus services for students.

negative, so we’re promoting the positive, like late-night transit, and showing where there could be improvement. We appreciate everything that the transit author-

ity has done for us, but this issue is something we could work on.” For now, students can stop by the resource centre, place a sticker on the map and wait as the

data comes in. “Time will tell,” Morten said. “We’ve seen the support from the UVSS with the late-night transit. We can expect the same with this.”

UVic engineers work toward car of the future The EcoCAR competition challenges North American university students to build the most sustainable, eco-friendly vehicle > Stafford Richter

Canada and the United States. The goal of EcoCAR is to build a car with minimal fuel consumption and A modified GM SUV isn’t a time emissions. The contest has been traveling Delorean, but UVic’s running in three-year cycles since Engineering Departments’ efforts 1991. The most recent incarnation, to convert an SUV into a plug-in hybrid electric car could push North started in 2008, draws to a conclusion this year. In 2011 a brand new America back to the future. competition will begin. The modified SUV is part of Jeff Waldner, first-year graduate EcoCAR, a friendly engineering MARTLET AD aSep 24 2010 student in mechanical engineering, competition happening on 16 difis team leader for UVic EcoCAR. He ferent university campuses across

got involved with the project two years ago, at the end of the first year of the competition. Waldner says the first year of the competition was all about doing “a lot of research and modeling in order to determine what kind of components that we wanted to have within our vehicle.” These components are pretty substantial and integral to the overall functionality of the EcoCAR.

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the car, Waldner and his teammates patch their laptops into an onboard control system, which immediately gives them access to the EcoCAR’s network of 25 integrated onboard computers. Connecting into the car’s operating system allows Jeff and his teammates to alter “stuff on the fly,” such as “how the gas pedal feels like, how much power you get, we can also change the power steering almost everything in the car is computer controlled.” Waldner’s overwhelming passion for the EcoCAR Challenge Project makes it difficult to understand why electric technology is only becoming fashionable and widely adopted now, when electric cars have been around in various forms for decades. He cites the documentary movie Who Killed the Electric Car. “The vehicle [featured in the film] had a lead acid battery and they can’t even come close, when compared with today’s technology. They were a lot heavier and their usability decreased the more you used them.” With successive improvements to battery technology, this problem is now accounted and compensated for by “automotive manufacturers [who] are really careful about determining how much battery capacity you are allowed to use,” he explained. “I definitely think hybrids and plug-in hybrids will be the next step in the progression of vehicles.” To find out more information about UVic’s participation in the EcoCAR Challenge visit them at ecocar.uvic.ca.

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Sororities head to student vote at AGM > Gemma Karstens-Smith Students are being asked to give the UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) a clear stance to take regarding sororities and fraternities on campus. At their Sept. 27 meeting, the UVSS board of directors put three motions about having sororities and fraternities on the agenda for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Oct. 14. “I think, at the AGM, a decision needs to be made one way or the other,” said UVSS Director-at-Large Rob McDonald during the meeting. “It’s a no-man’s-land that we don’t want to be in.” At last spring’s Semi-Annual General Meeting (SAGM), students voted to rescind a UVSS issues policy that said the society was “committed to the principle of non-recognition of fraternities and sororities” because they “exclude portions of membership for elitist ends” and have been associated with “racism, sexism, homophobia and degradation of pledges.” The absence of policy left the UVSS officially neutral on the issue. A Victoria chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity was set up soon after the SAGM. Around the same time, students Rachel Chapman and Ashley Slade decided to start a sorority. “We know there’s a lot of clubs available and a lot of different things that people can do at UVic, but neither of us really found anything that’s for us, so I think that sororities are a really good opportunity to … do community work, to have people help you do study hours, to make friends,” said Slade. “There’s really good connections that you can make.” According to Slade, the sorority is about “promoting positivity,”

networking, “philanthropy and leadership.” “It’s like a family away from home,” she said. The women decided they wanted to go through the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), an umbrella organization that governs 26 international sororities, but to get started, they needed UVic’s approval. They turned to UVic’s VicePresident of Student Affairs Jim Dunsdon, who told them he would write a letter of support if they could get support from the UVSS. Slade presented at the June 14 UVSS board meeting, where the board said they were “not opposed” to sororities and fraternities at UVic. Soon after, a petition was circulated to show that not all students supported the UVSS’ stance and there was, in fact, opposition to having a Greek system on campus. “For all the people I talked to, I can count on one hand the number of people who actually supported sororities and fraternities,” said UVSS Director-at-Large Jaraad Marani who started the petition at the request of several students and groups. Tara Paterson, another UVSS director-at-large who worked with Marani on the petition, says that the UVSS Women’s Centre is one group that expressed concern over having sororities and fraternities on campus. Slade, however, believes that the goals of the sorority and the Women’s Centre really aren’t that different, in that she feels they are both “trying to increase women’s participation in men’s areas.” “We want to be inclusive. The only way that we’re not inclusive is the man thing. And there’s a fraternity for that,” she said. According to Slade, many of the concerns people have surrounding sororities and fraternities, such as

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Taylor Sands, Rachel Chapman, Ashley Slade and Georgia Clyde (from left) want to start UVic’s first sorority.

hazing, are “a bunch of Hollywood movie stuff.” She notes that any sorority accused of hazing or other illegal activities would be disbanded by the NPC. But Paterson and Marani both raised other concerns about having a Greek system on campus. “What I’m worried about is that students are already stressed out about life. And when you talk about the rush weeks that happen, that just adds more stress on to them,” said Marani. “So we’ve got all these things that they’re bringing to campus that provide an exclusive nature to campus rather than trying to be an inclusive place for people.” Paterson said that having these groups on campus would alter campus culture. “I think sororities and fraternities also sometimes increase the perpetuation of privilege and exclusivity,”

she said. “We may also see further divisions on campus” Marani and other petitioners collected hundreds of signatures, as well as letters from concerned groups and students, and delivered them to Dunsdon. Because of the lack of clear support, Dunsdon decided to postpone his letter of support until the issue had been raised at the UVSS AGM. Slade and other members of the sorority petitioned to have the question of sororities and fraternities added to the AGM agenda. They received about 450 signatures, well above the required one per cent — approximately 170 — of the student population. Despite the fact that they do not yet have approval from the university, Slade says that interest in the sorority has not diminished. She says there are currently about 55

women interested in being part of the group and that they are excited to discuss the issue at the AGM. “I really feel that we deserve the chance to prove ourselves as something beneficial rather than having people base what they think we’ll be like on things they’ve seen in movies or things they’ve heard of,” said Slade. At the Sept. 27 meeting, several UVSS board members advocated for adding the issue of sororities and fraternities to the AGM so it can be dealt with once and for all. “I think that it’s really important that there’s a sense of permanency on the issue because this isn’t a question of whether this one group of people should be able to start a sorority or not but a question of whether or not sororities and fraternities should be at UVic at all,” said Paterson.

Elizabeth May holds town hall with students > Stuart Armstrong The federal Green Party proudly states that they and their leader have 80 per cent less bullshit than the other parties. Elizabeth May spoke of her vision of Canada to an audience of UVic students, faculty and staff at a speech on Sept. 27 in the Bob Wright building, telling them of her party’s Green dream for Canada. Karl Martinson, head of the UVic Green Club, began the event by introducing May with a biography of her government and NGO experience in environmental policy. May gave the audience an outline of the history and electoral successes of green political parties across the globe. “Green parties across the world are supporting governments in coalitions in Germany, Italy, France and supporting governments in Sweden … In Australia, the Green Party was the kingmaker between the Labour and Liberal

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parties, choosing Labour to form a new government.” May outlined differences between Greens and other federal parties. “The Green Party is more grassroots than the other parties, which

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You might find it hard to return your human books during UVic Library’s Human Library on Oct. 27–28.

Library to lend living books Human Library program aims to combat prejudices, challenge assumptions > Mark Worthing UVic’s McPhereson Library is thinking outside dusty chapters in books in order to raise awareness about prejudices. From Oct. 27–28 the Human Library Project will take place on the main floor of the library, allowing individuals to ‘check out’ a title that is actually a person instead of a book. The Human Library is an opportunity for a ‘reader’ to put their prejudices to the test, with the chance to have a half-hour conversation with peoples of stereotyped, subjugated, minority or generalized identities. It’s a chance to engage with individuals from varying religions, ethnicities, philosophical perspectives and sexual orientations, or simply with someone who might have a unique and interesting story to share. The idea has been in the making for a year, and borrowed inspiration and motivations from the University of Guelph’s human library, which took place in March 2009. “The idea has just mushroomed. You see it happening all over the world now. It’s happening in lots of libraries, in lots of Canadian sites,” said Vicky Nielsen, Advisor to the University of Victoria’s Librarian on equity and diversity. Some of the ‘book titles’ available will be: Polyamoury: Journey of an ethical slut; Lesbian Mother of Three Sons; Is it Nap Time: Narcolepsy; East-meets-West: Born in Malaysia to an Irish mother; Pursuit of Happiness: Former member of the military, now philosophy student; and The Sensitive Fireman. “Prejudices are the more overt portion of this. But I think this event also points out that we have areas of exclusion. There may be

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people representing certain groups that we may simply exclude from our daily conversation,” said Susan Henderson, Communications Officer with the University of Victoria’s Libraries. “This is about exclusion and how it works ... Maybe you don’t go towards this person, or talk to them, some people may just seem to be absent from your life. We often don’t feel as if we are acting prejudices out, but we always have that little bit of exclusion, avoidance or sidestepping. It’s not so overt but it’s always there in our lives.” Nielsen explained that the project is about highlighting the complexity of human identity. “There are myths to dispel. For those who are in traditional roles such as the military or the police, there are myths to dispel there too,” she said. “Just because you have taken that on as your profession doesn’t mean that they are without liberal thought, or that your whole lifestyle is based around that identity.” The first human library took place at Roskilde Festival, a music festival in Denmark. The inaugural human library focused on anti-violence, and the natural theme of human libraries since surround questions of prejudices and building diversity. Since then, human libraries have been duplicated all over the world with the local flare relevant to that area. UVic’s human library theme is “Visible and Invisible Diversity in Our Communities.” “We’re looking for people who are willing to face their prejudices. We hope for students, staff, faculty, lots of people who may be interested, who have never had a chance to talk to someone from a given community or orientation,” said Neilsen. “There is a certain amount of daring in having a conversation

with someone that might challenge your perception of something. You have to ask the open questions. We are expecting the people who are to be a book to be honest; not preachy, just to be honest with who they are. We’re looking for a human experience.” The Human Library is still looking for volunteers to be books. Contact humanlib@uvic.ca if you are interested in responding appropriately to stereotypes and helping people learn about difference. If you are confident in talking about sensitive issues with a range of people, then the Human Library wants to give you a book title. Henderson emphasized the event will be a safe space. “The zoo affect is something that we have thought about because it has to be a public event. Why would you schedule something where people just go off into rooms? The whole power of this is that it is seen out in the open. But there is that quality, that the books — the people — are out on display. It’s tied in with that,” said Henderson. “But I also think that we all know that if at any point that conversations goes wrong, that conversations ends. And that’s just the end of it. It doesn’t have to go anywhere that is painful. They are the ones that control it and say ‘that’s enough,’ it’s time to end these conversations. We have to protect our volunteers.” Neilsen adds that while maintaining a safe space is extremely important, she hopes the questions will be challenging. “It’s a public safe space to have conversations. We’re controlling the venue, and not the conversation,” she said. Let’s ask some challenging questions, and have some honest answers.”

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Vancouver group says ‘NO’ to oil tankers > Mark Worthing In 2007, the Vancouver Harbour was inaugurated into one of the biggest, blackest, most environmentally destructive markets in the world. Without public consultation from British Columbians or Vancouverites, Canada began shipping Alberta’s tar sands crude oil to China through the port of Vancouver. Currently two tankers a week, each of which holds up to 700,000 barrels of tar sands oil, leave Vancouver from energy company Kinder-Morgan’s Burrard Inlet terminal. The tankers traverse under the Second Narrows Bridge, the Lions Gate Bridge, and out into the Georgia Strait along the North Pacific coastline. Now the oil companies are aiming to increase this traffic to 10 tankers a week. But a Vancouver community group is standing up and saying “no” to tankers, and they are hoping to get Victoria’s support.

“None of the local stakeholders want tankers in these waters. The fishermen don’t want tankers in these waters, commercial and recreational boaters don’t want tankers in these waters, tourism doesn’t want tankers in these waters, whale watching tours don’t want tankers in these waters,” said Rex Weyler, Greenpeace co-founder, author and events coordinator for NOTANKS Vancouver. “And let’s not forget that the whales, fish, and seals are some of the most important stakeholders too. A spill in this region would devastate our ecology, and it would also devastate our economy. The consequences to our local economies could have a $10–15 billion cost.” NOTANKS is a Vancouver-based community group seeking to resist oil tanker traffic in and out of Vancouver harbour and consequently the pristine coastal waters of B.C. One of the founding members of NOTANKS is certified managing accountant Bill Gannon who prepared

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a risk assessment of tanker traffic for Vancouver. The risk assessment concluded that the City of Vancouver should “ban crude oil tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet” due to three main risks: the narrowness, shallowness and lack of proper response time in an emergency while passing under the east-railway bridge of the Second Narrows Bridge; the risk of collision resulting in a partial spilling; and the escalation of what the oil industry calls “normal spillage,” which will rapidly grow with increased tanker traffic and tanker size. “Mayor [Gregor] Robinson and his council have commissioned an

inquiry into the increased tanker traffic in the harbour. They have said that they are very concerned,” said Weyler. On July 6 the Vancouver City council commissioned a request to the Metro Port Cities Committee to “further investigate” tanker traffic with concerns focused on specifics such as planned increase in numbers and size of tanker loads, recent changes lowering staff on escort tugs, identifying formal opportunities for municipal and public input on tankers, identifying a “map” of agencies, organizations and government legislation involved in oversight, safety and emergency response, and to

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Walking around campus lately, you may have felt like a movie star. Everywhere you turn, someone’s looking for your autograph. The UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) and UVic Pride have both been collecting signatures to add questions to a November referendum. One individual has been looking for support for his “UVSS reform package,” hoping to have about 170 students sign on so that it can be discussed at the UVSS Annual General Meeting (AGM) next month. Another group circulated a petition to have a question added to the AGM agenda asking students whether they support having sororities and fraternities on campus. All of these people have been looking for students’ input, trying to create the changes they want to see in the most democratic way possible. Sure, it’s a little annoying to give an apologetic smile as you scuttle past petitioners by the fountain, but you have to respect the fact that these people are trying to involve their peers in the process. Then there’s the “individuals not associated with the University of Victoria” who, according to a campus advisory, “have been circulating clipboards in classes on which they are collecting student names and contact information.” Apparently the document they’re passing around reads “Summer Opportunities 2011” and “appears to be soliciting personal information for employment opportunities.” The advisory cautions students that this is NOT a sanctioned UVic activity and is a violation of the university’s commitment to student privacy. In other words, sign it and you’re going to get scammed, or, at the very least, spammed. glen Glen o’neill O’Neill

But that’s not all you need to watch out for on campus. Your money may be at risk too. Recently, a woman was removed from the university by campus security after selling discount spa packages. Many students purchased these $60 packages that touted more than $400 in salon services, only to find out the salon, Hair Garden Salon, was reporting these coupons as a scam. The woman selling the cupons told campus security she had a contract with the salon, but has yet to bring it down to the salon for review. Hair Garden Salon owner Jennifer Davies told media she had agreed to let Elite Image Marketing sell a limited number of these coupons door-to-door. They were never meant to be sold at UVic — or any of the other public places they ended up. Davies estimates that 1,000 coupons were sold, and Elite Image Marketing took payments directly. Vancouver salons have reported similar experiences with this marketing company. Now Davies says her business is in jeopardy. The moral of the story is this: think about whom you’re talking to and what they’re peddling before you sign something — or give up your hard-earned cash. Legitimate businesses have to follow a procedure to book space on campus, either through the university or the UVSS. They’ll be at tables in approved spaces with clearly displayed signage. If they’re walking around, or you can’t figure out what company they’re with, steer clear. If you’re unsure, check. Ask the petitioner/seller. Still not sure? Check with the university or the UVSS. And as for you scammers, if you happen to pick up this paper while cruising campus with your so-called steal of a deal, beware: we don’t take kindly to your thievery. You might not be wearing a cat burglar’s mask or creeping around with a full gunnysack in tow, but we’re wise to you. And you can’t wheedle us out of our bounty.

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letters Pandora Street beautification: who is benefitting? I was one of many who voiced their opposition to the proposed boulevard “beautification” bylaw that the City is implementing for the 900 block of Pandora Street. Councillor Thornton-Joe, like Mayor Fortin, repeatedly insisted that this beautification bylaw was precipitated by a concern for the “health and safety” of the homeless community that occupies the area. Careful observers should, however, review the rhetoric coming from the City of Victoria and assess for themselves whether these justifications are in accord with elementary findings of fact. In 2008, the B.C. Supreme Court found that the City’s attempt to prevent the homeless community from erecting rudimentary shelters to protect themselves was a violation of the life, liberty and security of the most vulnerable segment of society: a direct violation of our Constitution, the highest law of the land. The City responded, not by attempting to address the very legitimate needs of this vulnerable group, but by appealing the decision of the learned Supreme Court justice. The City was joined in this protest by the Provincial government. In 2009, the B.C. Court of Appeal confirmed, in a unanimous decision, the lower court’s decision and reiterated that the City of Victoria was acting to violate the life, liberty and security of its most vulnerable residents.

What has been the City’s response? Again, the City could have opted to address the legitimate needs of this marginalized segment of society. However, as with all recidivists, the City advises that they have now made a complete about-face! The Mayor and Council purport that they are now grievously concerned with the “health and safety” of Victoria’s homeless and they need to move the homeless from the 900 block of Pandora where the few services available to the homeless exist. Who are we to believe? The B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal have found, as a matter of fact, that the City acts to violate the life, liberty and security of the most vulnerable community in Victoria. But Mayor Fortin and Council proclaim that they are concerned for the “health and safety” of this same community. I think the answer is obvious. The City of Victoria should stop marginalizing and violating the rights of the vulnerable and start treating them with respect, dignity and decency. The first step would have been to consult them about this proposed bylaw that is purportedly being enacted in their interests. Rajinder Sahota Martlet lawyer

Bring some balance, please On Sept. 24, the UVic Social Justice Department co-sponsored a presentation by Michael Keefer on our campus. Keefer, who teaches English and Theatre Studies at the

University of Guelph, stood in front of a small Victoria crowd and claimed to be an expert on Middle East politics. For over an hour, he voiced tired criticisms of what he sees as the unjust creation of Israel. However, he failed to mention many important facts including the historical Jewish connection to that land. The UVic Social Justice Department claims to “show concern with the practices that promote social justice.” Yet, they sponsor a prejudiced speaker on campus. I call upon the UVic Social Justice Department to live up to its promise of “practices that promote social justice” by bringing true social justice: bring a speaker to campus who will present a balanced view of the conflict. Or, since Keefer and previous speakers have strongly criticized Israel, would it not be just to bring out a person to criticize Hamas? Or Hezbollah? Or the Palestinian authority? Irina Chernov President of Israel on Campus

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> Steph Schlachter A few days ago I was stung by one of what seems like billions of wasps that have swarmed the UVic campus over the past couple of weeks. Wasps and I officially don’t get along. We’re not cool. And this is why. It’s a beautiful day. I’m lying down in the quad, enjoying my paper, and this little bastard comes along and ruins it all. I am of the James Dean-esque “cool” type that plays mercy with the wasps and always hold my stance until they back down. This time, I am unjustly stung for doing so. I know I’m not the only one to fall victim to this pandemic. I’ve begun to share my story with fellow students and found common ground with this subject. I’m not suggesting we make a new club where students

come together to share their stories of where and how many times they were attacked, but many UVic students have doubtlessly had such conversations. It’s ironic: as UVic authorities have spent their summer slaving away to rid campus of the “pests” that hop about, the wasps remain unharmed. Wasps are undoubtedly more annoying, and the damage that they cause is unquestionably more painful than that caused by rabbits. Does the UVic Students’ Society hear my cries to tackle the infestation? Could this be something students unite over? We could hand out wasp swatters with orientation bags, facilitating student bonding in the mutual contempt for these creatures. Then again, this will probably spark protests (liberal students storming the campus, rioting to

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“save the wasps”). Perhaps we can make light of the situation. The rain, which I know everyone is trying to ignore, is bound to be noticed sooner rather than later. One plus to the cold and

wet months that lie ahead is their effect on the wasps. Hold on UVic: a solution is coming that doesn’t pickpocket our tuition. As I sit relieving the constant itch the wasp provoked, I am filled with hope.

Boom and bust Knowledge is power, so use it An intergenerational conflict is brewing > STUART ARMSTRONG

If you haven’t noticed, for the last 18 months (or for however long the its unemployment rate has been sitting at a steady 15 per cent) the Internet and newspapers have been rife with stories about Gen Y every couple of weeks, and they all sing the same song — the baby boomers don’t like us. Before the world went broke, the message was how annoying Gen Y was going to be in the workplace and how we were going to cause managers headaches with our desire for jobs not consisting of being coffee gophers. Now, the message has changed to how screwed Gen Y is, how we are the new “Lost Generation,” and how we are now learning a valuable lesson that all baby boomers seem to want us to learn: it is not your turn yet, and we are going to stay a little while longer, so suck it up. Well, the times they are a-changing faster than they might think. While the current recession seems to have delayed things, the dire state of the labour market won’t last forever. The labour market seems devoid of jobs, but Statistics Canada reports that Canada has recovered almost all of the jobs that were lost in the Financial Crisis; and new jobs are being created across the country, with some 36,000 new part-time and full-time jobs created last August. So the recovery is chugging along, however slowly. But what will happen after the recovery is finished and real growth resumes? To get a possible glimpse of the future you have to look at our cousin in the southern hemisphere, Australia. Australia, being relatively unscathed by the global recession, is starting to see what Canada will eventually experience: fierce competition for educated and trained workers of all types. Worries about a diminishing tax base, increased welfare state expenses and growing labour shortages are starting shake

the Australian media as the Australian government predicts that they will reach peak employment in 2011 (after which the only labour growth will come from immigration). Here at home there is already a demand for skilled labour in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba, with the professional sectors not far behind. In B.C., for instance, there is a shortage of lawyers. While baby boomers in Canada are holding onto their jobs longer, they won’t be holding on forever. Jobs currently held by baby boomers that are stressful and emotionally taxing (lawyers, judges, doctors, soldiers, public servants, firefighters and police officers to name a few) are going to be vacated in the next few years just because there comes a point when people say, “I’ve had enough,” or they are physically unable to do it anymore. When this shift happens, three things will occur. First, the healthcare system will be stretched to the limit when the baby boomers begin to require more medical care. Second, funding for everything from education to road maintenance will be slashed for decades. Third, there will be a tax increase that will make the harmonized sales tax (HST) look like a tollbooth charge as money is funnelled into what remains of the Canada Pension Plan (which I doubt people my age will ever collect) and into any social programs that are designed to care for the now-elderly baby boomers. The question is this, baby boomers. In the years to come when more members of Gen Y become MLAs and MPs, will we want to keep footing the bill for your retirement homes and prescription drug programs, or will we start slashing your budgets like you have ours as an “austerity measure?” So why don’t you tone down the rhetoric, stop blaming us for everything with one hand and mocking us with the other; when the economic recovery comes, give us a fair deal. Let’s shake on it.

Give us a fair deal when the economic recovery comes

> Cody Willett You’re here to learn. Understanding how to derive a physics formula or what gaps exist in aboriginal education are only one part of that learning — the content rather than the form. Learning how to learn, how to think critically and how information is related to the vast whole of human knowledge is our real reward. As any fan of Spider-Man knows, with great power comes great responsibility. Our power is knowledge and we have a responsibility to use it to solve the global problems we’re about to inherit. But where do we begin to challenge such a daunting array of crises? It starts with rejecting the seductions of apathy and its pimp, anti-intellectualism. We’ve all seen someone sneered at or mocked for being thoughtful, keen, or rational. For every activist marching to the legislature with homemade sign held high, there’s an over-tanned guy wearing white-framed sunglasses calling her a stupid hippie. For every politician defending the value of good statistical data in policy-making, there’s a pundit talking about how badly such a stand plays with the Tim Hortons demographic. I’m pissed off about it and you should be too. For the most part, we stand by as the selfish stand up for themselves by calling us elites, eggheads and idealists. No more. There’s no time to indulge these people’s failure to comprehend the consequences of living the way we do. If they want to stick their faces into their iPhones every time conversations turn into a genuine exchange about something that really matters, that’s one thing. But next time one of them pipes up with some witty rejoinder like, “Oh goodness, you don’t actually care about what [insert earnest public figure here] says,” tell them that they’re just as screwed as the rest of us if we fail to respond to the issue. The worst thing you can do is

clam up for fear of being accused of caring. Instead, use the opportunity to draw them into the conversation. Ask them why they don’t care. Question any answer that hints that they don’t know enough about a given topic. Find out if they ever worry about how their friends, family, or dreams will be impacted if the issues you’re talking about go from bad to worse. It’s our responsibility to reach out to those who sense the complexity of this world and conclude that the safest response is to let alienation and apathy take hold. Don’t blame them. For years before George W. Bush made being a C student into a badge of honour, the greedy and the selfish have tried to turn ignorance into a virtue. Television has been a masterful means of achieving this degradation of public responsibility and community. The Internet has turned it into an art. Vast stores of conflicting information have people throwing up their hands in frustration, thinking that there’s nowhere to turn for meaningful answers. It’s up to those of us who see through all the bullshit to foster understanding among those who have given up on judging complex competing claims. We have to show them that we can’t do it alone, that they have the power to change the world if they only shed their fear of standing up, standing together and standing out. Ours is a generation of immense potential. We’re the most educated, tech-savvy and adaptable kids ever, but it’s been said that we suffer from an absence of suffering. If we let that suffering turn off our empathy, curiosity and confidence, we will suffer all the more. Alone, it’s easy to be cynical, anti-intellectual and lost in a glut of trivial information. Reaching out, sharing meaningful knowledge and using that power to act responsibly together is the ultimate act of rebellion. You’re not alone.

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Opening spaces 23 Challenging “isms” one thumb at a time

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The picture showed four or five black men standing in a field, with a caption reading “Used farm equipment for sale.” I was looking at an email attachment on the cell phone of a guy I had just met. “That’s some racist shit,” I said, handing back his phone. I took a swig of beer, hardly believing that this guy was for real. “It’s not me, it’s the phone,” he said. “People just send me this stuff.” I was surprised that he was defensive about it, assuming he knew that finding humour in that sort of thing was racist. I drank more beer, realizing there would be no way that I would be able to like this person. I was sitting in a neighbourhood bar in my hometown having beers with an old friend, who had stepped outside to smoke. The charmer with the racist phone was a new guy she’d brought along. I wanted to tell my friend that she could do better. Then I realized that if he’d shown me within minutes of meeting me, it was likely that he had shared these racist pictures with her before. I was dismayed. The rest of the evening was short, as I felt awkward, and I didn’t get a chance to talk to my friend again before my visit ended. So, like many people in a similar situation, I let the racism slide and said nothing further. Instead of pursuing a deeper dialogue about racism, many of us like to pretend that it does not exist anymore. Then when the ugliness does expose itself, often casually as in my experience, we don’t know what to do. How can we begin to address a problem that, to us, doesn’t exist? Could there be another way, like acknowledging the reality of continuing racist oppression against non-whites? Instead of being caught off-guard and trying to figure out an appropriate response, can we take steps to address racism and other forms of social oppression before they manifest themselves in hateful email attachments and, worse, things like violence? Yes, we can. And luckily, some people already are.

The traveler Shortly after I returned to Victoria from that visit, I met Hurly Meraveles. Hurly spent the summer hitchhiking across Canada to raise awareness about racism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression. Originally from the Philippines, Hurly immigrated to Toronto six years ago. This June, he completed the Community Worker Program, and now he runs anti-oppression workshops.

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The day after he graduated, Hurly began hitchhiking across Canada. At the time, only one workshop was scheduled in Winnipeg. By the end of August, he had also put on workshops in Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, and Vancouver — all of which resulted from “last-minute organizing” via the network he has been building as he travels. Hurly describes the rationale for his trip in elegant simplicity: he had no money, enjoys hitchhiking, and wanted to see Canada. To make the trip meaningful on another level, Hurly addressed issues of oppression both through one-on-one conversations and the small workshops he ran. His areas of focus are racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ immigrants’ issues. He has been documenting the journey on his blog, thumbsupcanada.blogspot.com. The blog is not Hurly’s first foray into media, however. He worked for a radio station in the Philippines for three years and studied journalism. But he laments that in his native country, media can be a dangerous field. “We describe ourselves as ‘the freest press in Asia,’” he said. “We can say what we want, but then there’s these forces that actually kill you … It’s not censored — the media is not censored… So you report, and you get killed.” Hurly links this culture of intimidation to corruption of institutions and widespread poverty. “[Corruption has] become a part of the culture, so there seems to be no way out.”

The ubiquity “Racism is real. I experience it while traveling,” Hurly says. Each place seems to have its own selection of out-groups to direct racism towards. Where I grew up in the U.S., racism is frequently directed towards black people. There’s been a resurgence of this base American beast since Obama’s election, as noted by the Southern Poverty Law Center: “Since 2000, the number of hate groups has increased by 54 per cent. This surge has been fuelled by fears of Latino immigration and, more recently, by the election of the country’s first African-American president and the economic crisis.” Maybe living in that fear-filled environment is why the guy with the racist cell phone felt so entitled to share his pictures. In Europe, where I lived and traveled for a time, racism is often directed towards Roma people (“Gypsies”). This is demonstrated by the recent controversial Roma expulsions from France, in addition to the dreadful living conditions in many Roma communities and the walls built in Slovakia to separate Roma from non-Roma townspeople. In B.C., racism often targets First Nations people. Hurly noticed this during his adventures. He asked some other hitchhikers if they thought his skin colour was a factor in people’s decision to pick him up, after he spent seven hours waiting for a ride out of Kelowna, during which time he saw three white people get rides in under an hour. They answered him with a definitive yes, he says, “because I could be mistaken for a Native person.” Hurly, a relative newcomer to Canadian culture, “sees the divide very clearly” between “mainstream” Canadian society and the racist stereotypes of First Nations people. Hurly says that people excuse this racism when confronted with it, saying that

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it goes both ways. “Always the same line,” Hurly said. Only one or two people that Hurly talked to during his trip acknowledged their own racism. He was also dismayed to find that some white people he’s met “don’t validate” his experiences of racism and seem “not interested” in the issue. Still, Hurly believes that being a person of colour enables him to begin dialogues around racism with people and that the resulting diversity discussion can sometimes lead to a discussion of homophobia. Through his conversations, Hurly is trying to create room to talk about different forms of oppression. “You have no idea how open people can be when you create that space,” he said.

The queering Like racism, homophobia is everywhere. “In every single ride I’ve been able to discuss at least racism,” Hurly told me. “Homophobia is trickier, because I have to … feel safe. It’s the same oppression but it’s a lot more challenging to talk about homophobia.” As a gay person, one of the biggest tasks I’ve personally had in life is overcoming my own socially-instilled homophobia. Facing that was necessary before I could even contemplate confronting the homophobia of others. This homophobia is in our textbooks, our laws, even in the games our children play. When I was growing up, for example, the kids in my neighbourhood played a game called “smear the queer,” in which the queer was the person with the ball and the others had to take the ball away — by any means necessary. I was glad I was a good athlete and could play rough. It was one of the more violent games we played and being the queer was obviously bad. Now, however, I self-identify as “queer” not only because I am gay, but also because I’m a (very) butch woman who does not fit neatly into the illusory gender dichotomy. It may seem counter-intuitive to embrace a term that can be pejorative, but it’s actually oddly empowering. The term ‘queer’ encompasses the manifestations of both my sexuality and gender in a non-limiting way. My youth coincided with the rise of gay activism sparked by the gay men who were dying in droves from AIDS, while no one else gave a shit. ACT UP-style empowerment is one response to marginalization and oppression; self-loathing is another. The AIDS epidemic is an example of the invisibility that targets of oppression can internalize to their detriment. In early adulthood I watched some of my gay friends succumb to heroin addiction and other self-destructive behaviour, a couple of whom died too young as a result. Things have changed for gay people in the past few decades, and we should not lose sight of that. People are coming out younger, laws are changing, and societies are becoming more accepting of us. There have been real victories for respect that can be celebrated, even while we acknowledge that our societies all have improvements to make. However, the unfortunate reality remains that violence directed toward those of us who are queer /perceived to be queer is something that we must be prepared for. According to a 2006 report from Statistics Canada, “Unlike hate crimes motivated by race/ethnicity or religion, those driven by hatred toward a particular sexual orientation were primarily

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violent (56 per cent).... Incidents motivated by sexual orientation were more likely than other types of hate crime incidents to result in physical injury to victims.” “You’d be surprised how many homophobic comments I heard,” Hurly said. One guy claimed that AIDS is punishment for gay people, that gay people are all child molesters, and that gays had all been sexually traumatized. Hurly said he did his best to just “take it,” but after four hours of this misinformed nonsense, Hurly had to tell the guy to let him out of the vehicle because he felt sick. To his credit, the homophobic guy did apologize to Hurly. Even after that appalling experience, Hurly maintains a positive perspective. “You can’t excuse a person who is racist or homophobic. But a lot of it is due to ignorance and lack of education or lack of awareness, right? So, I think that if people experience racism, they need to stand up,” Hurly said. One of the biggest surprises Hurly encountered in immigrating to Canada was the existence of racist aspects of (white) gay culture. This experience clashes with the outside perception of gay immigrants who see Canada as having an inclusive and diverse gay scene. Hurly says that the shock of racism within (white) gay culture only serves to reinforce the difficulties of immigrants of colour, who are already often coping with the demeaning attitude of mainstream culture towards them. “People need to accept … that we’re a diverse society,” Hurly said. “And more than even tolerating our diversity, we need to embrace our diversity, right? And our differences. ”

The way forward “What’s next?” I asked Hurly before he left Victoria. “Hitchhike,” he said. “Continue the discussions.” He wants to write a book and is in talks with a publisher. Hurly visited Tofino then hitchhiked back across Canada, arriving in Toronto on Sept. 18 after a three-month journey. He will be doing workshops in P.E.I. and Newfoundland and resuming his journey after a short break, as he says he still has “itchy feet.” But what’s next for us? For you, for me, for society? Oppression is still institutionalized and ignorance still rules. People — not only minorities, but allies as well — must speak up against all forms of oppression. We need to create spaces in society where these discussions can take place. If you don’t feel informed, educate yourself. Email Hurly, talk to the advocacy groups on campus about what forms of oppression still exist and what you can do in your own daily life to help yourself and others. Ask questions, read. And always remember that we are all diminished when one of us is diminished.

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Hot Hot Heat are re-kindling the flame of fame > Clare Walton Victoria is a special place to local band Hot Hot Heat. “It’s the only place in the entire world where we have ever headlined a festival,” said Luke Paquin, the band’s guitarist. The band, which consists of two Victoria natives Steve Bays (vocals and keyboard) and Paul Hawley (drums), plus Louis Hearn (bass) and Paquin, played Rifflandia on Sept. 25. The show was a party from start to finish with the crowd unable to stand still. Many enthusiastic concert-goers crowd-surfed their way over the barrier and security had their work cut out for them. The band played a mixture of old favourites (“Talk to Me, Dance with Me,” “Bandages”) and new tracks off Future Breeds, like “21@12” and “JFK’s LSD.” It was a show geared towards Victorians. Bays acknowledged the crowd, calling them the best of the entire tour and pointing out that “Get In or Get Out” was the first song he wrote about Victoria. Bays also talked about his love for the Victoria music scene while growing up. Hot Hot Heat became involved with Rifflandia through their friendship with the fesitval’s main coordinator Nick Blasko, whom Bays dedicated a song to during the set. In Rifflandia’s first year,

the band attended shows but did not play. Instead, they had so much fun that they decided that they had to get in on the action. They decided on this year because they were busy making Future Breeds the previous year. Hot Hot Heat are signed to both an American and a Canadian label. Paquin says that the major difference between Canada and the United states is our national pride. “People think the US is patriotic but Canada is the most patriotic country I’ve ever been to,” he said. “People in the States don’t care if your band is from Canada or New Zealand. They just want it to be good.” Paquin believes that once the band signed back with a Canadian label, they gained back their Canadian popularity. Originally from San Francisco, Paquin met the band through friends before joining in 2005. Along with the rest of Hot Hot Heat, he now split their time between Vancouver and Los Angeles. Hot Hot Heat are not “arena sized mega billionaires” said Paquin with a laugh. “Our name precedes us. We have a lot of fans but people just assume that everywhere we go we are rich and famous. It’s not quite as glamorous as people make it out to be, but having a high profile works for you too.”

Recently, the band has been touring and promoting their new album Future Breeds, which was released June 8. The album is very much a product of experiences in Vancouver. “We made the whole album in Vancouver in a neighbourhood where there’s a lot of interesting characters,” said Paquin. The band would explore the city, then return to their studio, Tugboat Place, and reflect on what they have seen through their music. A lot of the album is about stories of people the band met and experiences they had in their seven years in Vancouver. Each band member influenced the sound of Future Breeds by having totally different tastes in music. “Over half the songs just came from jamming together,” said Paquin. “Everyone brings whatever they’ve been listening to that day.” They did residencies at small clubs in New York and Los Angeles to receive feedback from fans about their new sound. Paquin acknowledged that residencies are “a bit of a selfish move for a band,” but that it went pretty well, giving the band an idea of how the album would be received. Hot Hot Heat will continue to bring high-energy concerts to Canadian fans until mid-October when they leave for Europe.

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Victoria native Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat drove the crowd wild at Market Square on Sept. 25.

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AAS sets sail from Victoria for continental tour > Nathan Lowther Abandon All Ships (AAS) demands that you abandon yourself to a great show when they bring their unique mash of hardcore and techno to Victoria’s Fairfield Hall on Oct. 1. It is the first of over 50 shows on a tour that will zigzag across Canada and the U.S. to promote their first fulllength studio album, Geeving, due to be released on Oct. 5. “[There’s] going to be a crazy light show with a full-hour set of all the new tracks on our record; we’re playing it back to front,” said frontman Angelo Aita via phone from California where AAS played their final show in We Came as Romans’ Band of Brothers tour. “There’s going to be some old tracks as well; it’s going to just be a [ridiculous] show.” The band first assembled in 2006, when Aita and keyboardist/synthesizer Sebastian Cassisi-Nunez attended high-school together in Toronto. Members shuffled in and out before they “finally got a steady band together,” Aita says. After

some successful touring on both sides of the border, AAS went on MuchMusic’s disBAND. “It was an iffy decision because being a hardcore band, you have to think about credibility first of all, and you know people can look at that as a sell-out move, which it definitely was not,” Aita said. “I don’t give a fuck anyways—but it was basically a morality decision.” But one that worked out for the band. In fact, one of the judges from the show became their manager while another became their booking agent. “We did the show, we had fun doing it, and it worked out for us,” said Aita. The show also got them signed with new labels, as they now work with Universal Music Group and Underground Records. So any morality decisions in signing with a new label? “No complaints so far,” said Aita. “Everyone we work with is awesome.” “We” consists of six members. In addition to Aita and Cassisi-Nunez

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Abandon All Ships, who appeared on Much Music’s disBAND, will play Victoria’s Fairfield Hall on Oct. 1.

there is also Martin Broda on bass, Kyler Stephen Browne and Andrew Paiano on guitar, and Daniel Paiano on drums and percussion. The band’s creative process involves all of them. “It’s a strong collective, it’s a group of minds coming together to write songs,” explained Aita.

“We write on the bus, which makes it a lot easier.” The bus is for more than writing however. It’s also where part of Geeving was recorded, and will be kept rolling for the rest of the year by the album’s promotional tour. “Geeving” is defined by Urban

Dictionary as “apathetic or to not give a fuck,” but Aita is anything but apathetic about the band’s future. “It’s going to be a fun year.” To learn more about the band or hear their music, check out Abandon All Ships on MySpace at myspace.com/abandonallships.

Film festival fundraiser features fancy fun drinks > angela mccleery This year’s Art of the Cocktail fundraiser for the Victoria Film Festival is open to everyone — everyone with a prepaid ticket and a valid ID, that is. Taking place in the Crystal Gardens from Oct. 16–18, Art of the Cocktail seeks to serve its community and cocktail culture. In addition to supporting film, “the main goal is to show people we take matters into our own hands for fundraising,” said Mike Vardy, Operations Manager at the Victoria Film Festival. Vardy hopes greater public awareness this year will allow the

event to sell out, despite Crystal Gardens being a larger venue than the Victoria Arts Connection, where it was held last year. The money raised will go towards continuing the Victoria Film Festival and free public events, including the Free-B Film Festival attended by over 6,000 people last August. Yet the fundraiser does not solely serve as a sieve for money to squeeze through. For Shawn Soole, writer and mixologist at Clive’s Classic Lounge in the Chateau Victoria Hotel, the goal of the event is to educate the public and “put pressure on the industry to

change.” Clive’s Classic Lounge features a variety of cocktails, wines and beers from abroad, with no space behind the bar for common, “cookie-cutter” alcohols. From the 23 in- and out-of-house bitters to the Früli strawberry beer, Clive’s gives a glimpse through the glass of what to expect from this year’s fundraiser: education. “Victoria is a diamond that needs to be polished,” said Soole, casually placing two $65 cocktails on the bar, “no one sees it as a cocktail scene.” Part of the problem for Soole, who is also running the bartending competition presented by EAT

Magazine, is that there exists a “foodie mentality” where people will pay extra money for a certain type of espresso or buy a $15 local wine, but “then sit down, and without even looking at the menu order a Cosmo.” He hopes that will change with the bartending competition, grand tasting, dinner and the variety of workshops which will be featured throughout the fundraiser. Recommended especially for students is the Grand Tasting, held on Oct. 16 from 7:00–10:00 p.m. Tickets for the tasting are $40 and include five cocktail samples prepared by Global Brand Ambas-

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Rifflandia 3: bigger, badder, better than ever > Karolina Karas Rifflandia 3, the festival featuring music and art, concluded on Sept. 26 with producer Nick Blasko receiving thunderous applause from an enthusiastic crowd of concert-goers. “This is uncalled for,” he told the crowd at Club 9ONE9 right before the last act of the festival, Bucan Bucan, took to the stage. “Everyone on the Rifflandia team should be up here with me. This is a total dream.” While the concerts at Rifflandia may have started on a sour note on Sept. 23 with pouring rain that continued on-and-off the entire weekend, the weather didn’t seem to stop wristband holders from running from venue to venue around downtown Victoria to reach their next musical discovery. Their dedication speaks of the popularity of the festival and fans’ love for the artists.

Brasstronaut Vancouver-based band, Brasstronaut, played Market Square’s outdoor stage on a very rainy Sept. 23 evening, proving that it was the place to be over the weekend. Brasstronaut’s smooth jazz/rock rhythms created a mellow atmosphere which set the perfect tone to start the weekend. Of course, the band wasn’t shy about promoting themselves: they’re currently nominated for an ECHO Songwriting Prize for their song “Hearts Trompet.”

War Child Lounge As a new addition this year, Rifflandia 3 set up the War Child Lounge, hosting eight intimate acoustic acts on Sept. 24 and 25. Jets Overhead and Yukon Blonde played Sept. 24 to an enthusiastic crowd in the small room overlooking over the Market Square stage to an enthusiastic crowd. “It is rare to stop and play our music like this,” Adam Kitteridge of Jets Overhead said at the end of the 30-minute set.

Topless Gay Love Tekno Party Sometimes a band is worth seeing simply because of their name. That

was the case with Topless Gay Love Tekno Party’s Sept. 24 performance. At first glance, the band seems like a gimmick. The five-piece band was dressed in silver spandex shorts or pants, jackets and moonboots, with white war paint on their faces. The band had the audience enraptured before the first note was played. If the name doesn’t draw you in out of sheer curiosity, the catchy dance tunes will. Gay Love don’t just do dance songs either; the set was diverse with a good mixture of slower tunes and crowd-pleasing upbeat ones.

Aidan Knight The chatty Victorian singer serenaded the Metro Theatre audience on Sept 24. Aiden Knight clearly loves his hometown and the audience loves him back. If his soulful songs don’t draw you in, his personable demeanour on stage will. “It’s kind of like a job interview, being up here on stage. It’s a job interview with vocal harmonies. How’s your A-minor 6?” Knight joked before pausing, “Never mind ... stupid joke.”

Men Without Hats Perhaps the most surprising billet for Rifflandia 3 was 1980s band Men Without Hats, who played Sept. 24 at Metro Theatre, creating one of the biggest dance parties witnessed during the festival. By the third song, “Pop Goes the World,” the entire audience was on their feet, many crowding around the stage. Young and old danced to the closing hit, “Safety Dance” and rambunctiously demanded an encore. Outside after the show, teenage audience members incredulously asked themselves, “Did we seriously just rock out to ‘Safety Dance?’” Yes. Yes you did.

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s set started out normal enough. The audience was enthusiastic about the band and the set started on time with an upbeat song. But then the lead, Ariel Pink, ended the set six songs in by saying “I want to go home.” The bizarre stage presence started

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Revelers rocked out to the gypsy/folk sound of Bucan Bucan, who closed Rifflandia 3 on Sept. 26.

after the opening song, when Pink started roaming back and forth across the stage, clutching his head and searching for his water bottle. The audience was more enthused by his behaviour than the music, a real shame because Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti could have been one of the hidden gems of the festival.

Bucan Bucan The last act of Rifflandia certainly deserved their spot in the festival. Full of grandeur and whimsy, the eight-person band surprised the audience at Club 9ONE9 by rambunctiously starting their set from the back of the club. Weaving through crowds and standing on tables before finally settling on stage, the audience fed off their energy. Besides the odd yelp, the majority of Bucan Bucan’s songs were instrumental featuring two drum

sets, a trio of trumpets, a tenor sax, a violin and, in some songs, an accordion. Their Eastern European inspired garments, as well as the mustaches the men sported, added to their theatrical performance. To enjoy Rifflandia 3 to its fullest potential, many concert-goers left one set early to catch another in a different venue. But the complaint about never-ending lineups due to a venue’s capacity was almost unheard of during this year’s festival. Instead, things outside of the organizers’ control constituted the only snafus. Sets that were either too long — Felix Cartel’s set was nearly two hours long opening for JFK on Sept. 23 — or too short — Mount Kimbie played for only 20 minutes due to technical difficulties — were common. There were sound checks that went on for 45

minutes; thankfully, the Market Square crowd for Hey Rosetta! was apologetic and patient. Conversely, poor technical quality in spite of sound checks, as was the case with Treelines on Sept. 25 at the Victoria Events Centre. It wasn’t ideal, but at every venue, the audience seemed to take things in stride and simply enjoy. Lovable local, Aidan Knight, seemed to describe the festival best: “The thing about Rifflandia is that all my friends that are in bands get to hang out for a weekend, see each other play, and just drink good beer.” While not all of us had that exact experience, the sentiment is understandable. Rifflandia really is about meeting up with friends, enjoying some music and perhaps enjoying some Rifflandabrau.

Radical politics makes for radical art exhibit WHAT: Graohic Radicals exhibition WHERE: Legacy Art Gallery (630 Yates) WHEN: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Oct. 31 HOW MUCH: Free

> Lynden Sherman A war has taken over the Legacy Gallery, showcasing how art and activism can be one and the same. Graphic Radicals, on display until Oct. 31, celebrates 30 years of political resistance through the work of World War 3 Illustrated (WW3), America’s longest running political comic. Founded in 1980 by Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper, WW3 brought together a diverse array of artists with the “unified goal of creating a home for political comics, graphics and stories.” While involved in the squatting movement in New York City in the 1980s, these artist activists developed a knack for political communication — utilizing posters, stencils, and pamphlets to document and promote their anti-authoritarian cause. Producing WW3 allowed a greater number of the artists to collaborate on a broader and more permanent basis.

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“They were already familiar with the power of graphic arts to communicate across a broad spectrum; and producing WW3 Illustrated was a way of communicating to an audience that wasn’t necessarily part of the New York scene, but rather a continental one,” said Allan Antliff, Canada Research Chair in Modern Art at the University of Victoria, fellow activist, and exhibit curator. WW3’s work both reflects and rejects many of the classical assumptions of the archetypal American comic book. Like most comics, it portrays an antagonistic, often violent, juxtaposition between the forces of good and evil, leaving little ambiguity between the dastardly villains — characterized by power-hungry government bosses, profiteering corporate executives, ruthless land developers, and malicious bankers — and the heroic defenders of the common good — activists engaged in housing co-ops and squats, DIY recycling depots, free clothing exchanges, needle exchanges, and protests. However, unlike in most comics, the resulting clashes are not imagined. The comics document the brutal realities of forced eviction, homelessness,

incarceration, racism, patriarchy, war, biomedical experimentation and ecological collapse. While other writers such as Joe Sacco and Guy Delisle have popularized illustrated alternative journalism in war-torn areas such as Palestine and Burma, rarely do they bring to their work the same level of personal engagement with and critical analysis of their subjects’ struggles as WW3 does. “[The artists] experienced poverty, violence, and injustice first-hand. Their stories ring true because they reflect this first-hand experience,” reads an exhibit heading at the Legacy Gallery show. As a result, the magazine has provided the foundation for some interesting collaborations, including projects with Palestinians protesting against the Apartheid wall, U.S. political prisoners, soldiers stationed in Iraq, and African American solidarity groups. “These are not things that happen when you open up a newspaper and open up the comics section,” said Antliff. Nor is WW3’s work confined to the realm of comics: it encompasses a diverse array of media and forms.

The Legacy Gallery exhibit also includes original paintings, banners, posters, pamphlets and murals of differing styles that vary by the artist and his or her particular context. “Because anarchism advocates a diversity of perspectives, methods, and techniques, individual artists are also encouraged to pursue their own unique style and fully develop their skills in this way,” said Antliff. Much of WW3’s work is charged with the seemingly contradictory task of stimulating an esthetic appreciation while communicating a coherent political message. In utilizing highly politicized images, one may ask if WW3’s work belongs within or transcends the confines of a traditional gallery space. “This is something completely out of our comfort zone, which has been really good,” said Gallery Manger Christine Woychesko. “It really does make you stop and think.” “It’s all art,” said Antliff. “In terms of the mechanisms that might separate activist art from so-called high art, those mechanisms are usually imposed by established art institutions, the art market, and all these socio-economic forces which seek

to filter out politics from art, and twist the perception of the work in such a way that you don’t recognize it for what it is.” Local visual artist Leya Tess Anderson shares similar sentiments. “Part of me thinks this is what art should be, but I’m simultaneously aware of the inherent contradictions of what this elitist space represents,” she said. “Nonetheless, art can transcend the confines of traditional beauty … In the time and energy that goes into creating a particular image, I see beauty.” If visual art is truly meant to inspire contemplation, challenge existing norms, and promote debate through the expression of competing meanings, ideas, thoughts, feelings, experiences and emotions, WW3 does all of this with fearless passion and style. According to WW3’s website, “WW3 isn’t about a war that may happen, it is about the ongoing wars our so-called leaders have been waging all our lives around the world and on our very own doorsteps. WW3 also illuminates the war we wage on each other and sometimes the one taking place in our own brains.”

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Annual General Meeting Agenda (draft) University of Victoria Students’ Society/Local 44 of the Canadian Federation of Students Thursday October 14, 2010 – Michele Pujol Room – 3:00pm 1. CALL TO ORDER 2. APPROVAL OF CHAIR 3. ADOPTION OF AGENDA a. Agenda of 2010/10/14 AGM 4. ADOPTION OF MINUTES a.Minutes of 2010/02/11 SAGM SPECIAL RESOLUTIONS Motion to Repeal Bylaw 13.4.a – Auditors BIRT Bylaw 13.4.a is repealed. Motion to Amend Bylaw 4.9.b – Quorum for General Meetings and Referenda BIRT Bylaw 4.9.b is amended as follows: b. In the event that attendance at an Annual General Meeting is more than twenty [20] but less than six tenths of one percent, the meeting will continue for the purposes of fulfilling the Society Act of British Columbia, but shall be limited to the following items of business: i. report of the activities of the Board of Directors ii. members’ questions on the activities of the Board of Directors ii. report of the committees of the Students’ Society, or adoption of the budget and the approval of the audited statements iii. appoint an auditor to hold office until the close of the next annual general meeting Motion to Amend Issues policy BIRT Issues Policy, Part J: Governance is amended as follows: 3. In recognition of students’ rights to organise a representative student union and to have dues, duly authorised by the student union, collected and remitted to the student union, the Society supports amending Section 27 (1) of the Universities Act to clarify which clarifies that educational institutions will collect and remit to student organisations all student fees duly authorised in accordance with their organisations’ constitution. Adopted SAGM 98/02/12 4. The Society supports the Canadian University Faculty Association’s boycott of the Technical University of British Columbia until such time as an elected senate of academic representatives, students and peers is put in place. Adopted SAGM 98/02/12 Motion to Amend Issues Policy BIRT the following section is added to Issues Policy: PART I: FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES Preamble Fraternities and sororities are by definition exclusive organizations. Recognition of such groups is contrary to the spirit of the UVSS constitution, which seeks to create inclusive spaces. Clubs and course union policy states that no club shall prejudicially exclude UVSS members from membership nor shall it charge membership fees, nor shall it discriminate against marginalized groups. Fraternities and sororities restrict membership to UVSS members on the basis of economic or social background, and they restrict membership through a selection process where select individuals determine membership, or where arbitrary criteria pre-determine exclusive membership. Fraternities and

sororities have been and currently are deeply connected with issues of racism, sexism, homophobia and degradation of pledges. For the reasons stated above, both the Society and the University have a long history of non-recognition of fraternities and sororities. The UVSS, as an organization to which all undergraduate students at the University belong and contribute fees, seeks to provide a social environment on campus that is open to all of its membership. Thus, the UVSS should not recognize fraternities or sororities on the basis that they by definition seek to exclude portions of the membership. Policy The Society is committed to non-recognition of fraternities and sororities at the University of Victoria. Motion to not recognize fraternities or sororities BIRT the UVSS does not recognize fraternities or sororities at the University of Victoria. Motion to approve of the formation of sororities Whereas sororities must be approved by the university administration in order to be registered nationally and enjoy the benefits and opportunities of sororities on other campuses; Whereas UVic administration refers to the VP of Student Affairs; Whereas the UVic administration will only approve sororities at UVic if the UVSS approves of them as well; Whereas sororities offer self-identified female students opportunities for academic enhancement, community service experience and personal and business connections; Whereas fraternities currently exist as the University of Victoria, and unlike sororities do not need university approval to register nationally and function as orginizations; Whereas the UVSS Board of Directors has already passed a motion to write a letter to the VP of Student Affairs saying that it has no opposition to the formation of a sorority; Whereas approval of sororities by the UVSS is necessary to allow both self-identifies male and female students an equal opportunity to participate in Greek Life at UVic; BIRT the UVSS approves of the formation of sororities by UVic students; BIFRT the chairperson be instructed to write a letter to the VP of Student Affairs communicating the above decision. Motion to Amend Constitution Article 3 – Dissolution of the Students’ Society BIRT Article 3 be amended as follows: 3. Dissolution of the Students’ Society Upon the winding up or dissolution of the Students’ Society, any assets remaining after the satisfaction of its debts and liabilities shall be given or transferred to the Canadian Federation of Students to hold in trust until the society is re-established. Upon the winding up or dissolution of the Students’ Society, any assets remaining after the satisfaction of its debts and liabilities shall be transferred to the University of Victoria for the establishment of a needs-based student bursary with terms of reference to be set by the Students’ Society at the time of its dissolution. At such time as an undergraduate student society is established at the University of Victoria which meets the criteria of a student society under the Universities Act of British Columbia, any assets remaining in the bursary fund shall be transferred to the new student society. This article is alterable. Motion to Amend Bylaw 3.3 - Alteration of Membership Fees BIRT Bylaw 3.3 is amended as follows: a) Any alteration of membership fees collected by the Society, either for the Society or on behalf of another organization that reduces or removes existing fees shall require petition of ten percent [10%] of the membership. b) Any alteration of membership fees collected by the Society, either for the Society or on behalf of another

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annual basis. A salary and honorarium cap shall be set in policy by general meeting or referendum of the Students’ Society. a) Executive Directors shall be paid for services rendered during their term of office. b) The salary paid each executive director shall be established at a rate equivalent to the monthly rate of pay earned by student staff supervisors working a thirty-seven and a half [37.5] hour week. c) Executive Directors shall receive Health and Dental coverage during their term of office. d) Executive Directors who are parents shall receive monthly payments equal to fifty per cent of the cost of their childcare. Motion to Amend UVSS Operational Policy BIRT UVSS Operational Policy be amended to add the following section, with subsequent sections renumbered accordingly: Part A: BOARD OF DIRECTORS SALARY AND HONORARIUM CAPS 1. The salary cap for executive directors shall be $2000 per month. 2. The honorarium cap for Directors-at-Large and constituency group representatives shall be $50 per regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors. Motion to Amend UVSS Operational Policy BIRT UVSS Operational Policy be amended to add the following section, with subsequent sections renumbered accordingly: PART H: MANAGEMENT 1. The Students’ Society shall have a maximum of two management positions above the departmental level. 2. No employee of the Students’ Society shall earn a base salary in excess of $60,000 per year. 6. FINANCIAL MOTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION Motion to Adopt the 2010-2011 Budget BIRT the 2010-2011 Budget be adopted as presented. Motion to Receive the 2009-2010 Audited Financial Statements BIRT the 2009-2010 Audited Financial Statements be received. Motion to Re-appoint the Auditors BIRT the firm of Allen & Krauel Inc. be appointed as the official auditors of the University of Victoria Students’ Society for the fiscal year of 2010-2011. 7. BOARD OF DIRECTORS REPORT 8. QUESTION PERIOD (30 minutes) 9. OTHER BUSINESS 10. NOTICE OF MOTION 11. ANNOUNCEMENTS 12. ADJOURNMENT

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Vikes look forward to season after NRC success > Nathan Lowther Canada’s best rowers flooded Elk Lake from Sept. 24 to 26 for the National Rowing Championships (NRC), and the results have UVic coaches excited about the upcoming season. The NRC, put on by Rowing Canada, sees athletes row for provincial teams. This was the first time the regatta was held in Western Canada, which caused concern that rowers from the east wouldn’t make the trek. It was a concern that proved to be unfounded. “It was the largest [NRC] to date,” said Howard (Howie) Campbell, who’s been coaching UVic’s men’s team for 20 years. “By all benchmarks, this was a very good regatta.” Those benchmarks include results on the water, with Josh Morris, Kai Langerfeld, Eric Bevan, Pete Brooks, Richard Herlinveaux, Niall Paltiel, Brendan Downey and Kevin Mitchell all having noteworthy weekends. The women didn’t have the same success, as the flu kept the Vikes’ top boat in dry dock and limited the effectiveness of others. “Our top pair could have won the B Final, but they had to withdraw due to being sick,” said women’s coach Rick Crawley, now in his 27th year at UVic. “Another pair came last due to being sick.” Not all his rowers were under the

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weather. First-year Vike Renae Barks won gold in the U23 Lightweight (59 kilograms or less) Singles and bronze in the Open category. “She really made them take notice of her,” Crawley said. Crawley’s crew won the Western Canada Rowing Championships and finished fourth in the Canadian University Rowing Championships (CURC) last year, results he expects to at least match this season. “I’m really excited about our Lightweights, we’re really strong. It’s going to be tough to get into the top boat,” said Crawley. Crawley’s Vikes are a little slim in the Open category however, due to some recent graduations and nonreturnees. “We have a good core group, but we’ll see how the depth develops. We might be a year away there,” Crawley said. Barks, Ingrid Braul and Alex Meiklejohn lead the way for the lightweights, while Antje Kurzbach, Lara Kemp, Claire McCormick and Alexandra Marchuk are key heavyweights. The men’s team are the defending CURC champions, but had a lot of roster turnover in the off-season.

“We have a good group of young guys,” said Campbell. “The results this weekend show we are no weaker than last year.” This year’s CURC races will be held at Elk Lake Nov. 5 to 7, but the rowing championships are a little different than most varsity sports at UVic, as they are not governed by Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS). The first championship regatta was held in 1997 and it has grown ever since. “The first CURC had seven universities attend; now we see over 20,” Campbell said. Each university is allowed 12 rowers, with a minimum of four lightweights, who participate in singles, pairs, fours and eights. The eight is the most prestigious, but all races contribute points in the final standings. “It really is the depth of programs that determines the champion,” said Campbell. Another big regatta will be the annual Head of the Gorge, held on Oct. 30. It is perhaps the most spectator friendly event. “It’s narrow, easy to see; you’re right up close and personal,” said

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until university. Because of this, both teams run a novice program. “This year’s [CURC] team will probably feature guys that came up through that program,” said Campbell. Crawley points to Kasia Gwiazda, who quit playing soccer for the Vikes due to concussions, joined the program and is now an “up-andcomer” in rowing. Derek Porter joined the novice program before going on to win medals in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and becoming world champion in 1993.

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BY CANDACE O’NEILL Aries (March 21 - April 19): Aries, you’ve been riding the emotional roller coaster the past few weeks. But have no fear, this week you’ll finally be able to level out and life should become much more peaceful. Enjoy the calm.

Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): Pay attention to your gut instincts this week, Libra. They will definitely come in handy when a big decision is presented to you. You can weigh the pros and cons all you want, but you know what to do.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20): Are you feeling well rested, Taurus? This week is going to bring more work your way than you ever thought possible. Stay organized and don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. When all else fails, coffee, red bull, power nap, repeat.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 22): An opportunity to climb up the corporate ladder will present itself to you this week. The catch? You gotta speak up and show ’em what you’re made of, Scorpio! Have confidence in yourself, and others will follow suit.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20): You’ve been feeling restless these days, Gemini. Don’t have the means to take a ’round the world trip? Try rearranging your apartment, getting a new hairstyle or picking up a new hobby. Change is good, and it will help you from going stark raving mad.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21): Feeling like the whole world is against you these days? Time to put on the gloves and fight back. Keep your head held high and your eye on the prize, and you’ll come out on top, Sagittarius.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22): Cancer, your generosity is abounding. While helping out friends and family is great, be sure that you don’t get taken advantage of this week. Not everyone is as pure of heart as you.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19):  It’s time to tear down those walls you’ve been building around yourself. When you open up to the world around you, good things happen. So, Capricorn, tear down this wall!

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22):  An old flame comes back into your life this week, Leo. While it’s alright to reminisce every now and then about the good ol’ days, be careful not to play with fire; you will get burned.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18): Aren’t you the popular one these days, Aquarius! Your cell phone won’t stop ringing, and your Facebook page is getting more hits than a celebrity sex tape. Get out there and be your social self, but be careful not to let your work slip by the wayside.

Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22):  I know you’re a hard worker, Virgo, but this is just getting ridiculous. You’ve been diligently working away the past few weeks, and now it’s time for some fun! Get out there and play. If anyone deserves it these days, it’s you.

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20):  Are your palms getting itchy, Pisces? They should be. The stars are aligning in your favour this week to bring you some much-needed cash. But just like Grandma would say — you’d be best not to spend your new found fortune all in one place.

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66- Goes out with 67- Broad valley

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