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april 4, 2012 issue 15 | volume 22 nexusnewspaper.com

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Gone. nEVER forgotten.

In September, we reported on the ongoing missing women crisis in BC. Now there’s a new crisis: the state of the missing women’s inquiry. Special report by Ali Hackett page six

Camping out on Mount Everest page nine

The strange world of Rococode page eight

Through the eyes of Rose Henry page five


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April 4, 2012

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editor’s letter

The strength of hope

camosun’s student voice since 1990

Dylan Wilks

Next publication: April 11, 2012

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One of the strongest forces in this universe is hope. Hope is the opposite of despair; hope is an emotional state—a feeling—that promotes the belief that there will be a positive outcome, no matter the circumstance. At the end of the day, hope keeps people going. Hope gets them through the situations that are hardest in life. When it came to the Missing Women Inquiry at the end of 2011, there was hope that the voices of the missing indigenous women in British Columbia would finally be heard by those who failed them the most: the Canadian government, the Vancouver police, and the BC RCMP. But that’s not what happened, and on page 6, for the 15th Nexus feature of the 2011–2012 year, staff writer Ali Hackett revisits the topic from our first issue of the school year. Few things could be more devastating than receiving news that you have cancer and, at 20 years of age, a second-year University of Victoria student is fighting for survival. Contributing writer Rebecca Kerswell has that story of hope on page 3. On a lighter note, on page 12 Nexus has a new food recipe from columnist Keira Zikmanis, who always manages to take the most mouthwatering pictures of her creations. The annual general meeting of the Nexus Publishing Society is taking place on April 12 at noon in Fisher 200, Lansdowne campus. Come get involved in the inner workings of the student newspaper! Also, there will be free pizza. Just sayin’.

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First, and probably the last: According to our April 13, 1992 edition, Victoria was a pretty hot spot for concerts 20 years ago. Over a two-week period, the Royal Theatre hosted Little Richard, K.D. Lang, and the first Victorian appearance of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. The Garden City was feeling the good vibrations that night. Student calendar or beer?: An article on page 6 talks about how the Camosun calendar being sold instead of given away for free had proven to be a wise environmental decision, despite being met by student complaints. At least students were kept in mind during the college’s decision-making process: Camosun’s Joan Yates, then manager of college relations and communications (now the college’s executive director, communications and advancement) is quoted in the story as saying they wanted the $3.25 calendar to be “less than the price of a pint of beer.� Words to live by: In an opinion piece on page 2, Camosun student Shane Birley sums up in a few wise words a stance that’s still held today by us around the Nexus office. In his article, which talks about how students should get involved with their student newspaper (that’s us!), Birley says: “The Nexus: the final frontier. Where every student should have gone, at least once.�

All editorial content appearing in Nexus is property of the Nexus Publishing Society. Stories, photographs, and artwork contained herein cannot be reproduced without written permission of the Nexus Publishing Society. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors, not of Nexus. Nexus has no official ties to the administration of Camosun College. One copy of Nexus is available per issue, per person. Nexus is printed on recycled paper. Nexus is a member of Canadian University Press. Nexus is a member of Associated Collegiate Press. Send a letter Nexus prints letters that are 250 words or less in response to previous stories. Nexus reserves the right to refuse publication of letters. Letters must include full name and student number (not printed). Nexus accepts all letters by email to editor@nexusnewspaper.com. We reserve the right to edit all letters. Editorial meetings Come out to our weekly Nexus editorial meetings, where all Camosun students can get involved in their student newspaper. Meetings take place every Tuesday at 11:30 am in the Nexus office, Richmond House 201, Lansdowne. Call 250-370-3591 or email editor@nexusnewspaper.com for more information. COVER PHOTOS: Gone, not forgotten: Carol-Lynne Michaels/Nexus Mount Everest: Photo provided Rose Henry: Jean Oliver/Nexus Rococode: Photo provided

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Over the past year there has been considerable media coverage given to the increasing incidence of ecstasy-related deaths in Canada. In BC alone, 16 people died from adverse effects to the party drug in 2011; two more have already died in 2012. At least five of these deaths have been blamed on the drug being cut with a previously rare and harmful ingredient, PMMA, which is up to five times more potent than the drug’s preferred ingredient, MDMA. When this bad batch surfaced in June of 2011, police and media alerted the general public and went on to rail about the deaths as pointless and preventable, while the numbers continued to mount. What police should have really done, instead of giving the tired “you’re always in danger when you take drugs� validation, was something far more useful and potentially life-saving, like sharing real details (colour, shape, stamp) of the tainted drug. We should be focusing on equipping those inclined to take the drug with the knowledge to recognize a bad pill if they come across one. Measures like this need to be taken to protect our youth and inform and arm them so that future loss of life can be minimized.

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School presidents say 2012 budget will affect students “This has never happened before in BC’s history, where all of the presidents of public post-secondary institutions come together in a unified voice to express their dismay.” Michelle Mungall NDP critic for advanced education

Arshy Mann CUP Western Bureau Chief

VANCOUVER (CUP)—BC’s university and college presidents believe that service cuts will come if the provincial government cuts funding to post-secondary education. A letter signed by presidents of the 25 publicly funded universities and colleges in BC, including Camosun College president Kathryn Laurin, argues that it’s “unrealistic to assume that the [funding] reductions contemplated by Budget 2012 can be achieved without implica-

tions for service levels.” This contradicts the government’s claim that the $70-million funding gap can be overcome through administrative savings and that neither student services nor research will be affected. “It is critical for government to understand that the $70-million reduction to institutional grants over the last two years of the fiscal plan, combined with five years of unfunded inflationary pressures, creates a strain on the operations of post-secondary institutions,” reads the letter addressed to advanced education minister Naomi Yamamoto. The letter also expresses worries that post-secondary was the only sector that received an overall funding reduction. “We are very concerned that the provincial government is not aware of the measures the post-secondary sector has undertaken in the last number of years in response to significant cost pressures and no increases in institutional operating grants,” reads the letter. The presidents did, however, praise the government for providing more money for capital maintenance and that the overall funding would stay stable for the next year.

Michelle Mungall, the NDP’s critic for advanced education, stressed the importance of the letter. “This is unprecedented,” says Mungall. “This has never happened before in BC’s history, where all of the presidents of public post-secondary institutions come together in a unified voice to express their dismay and what I interpret as their lack of confidence in the Liberal government and the minister.” Mungall also argues that because the letter was sent out on February 28, seven days after the budget announcement, it indicated a lack of consolation between the ministry and the institutions. “Shouldn’t [minister Yamamoto] have worked with the institutions on this very issue before the budget was developed rather than just telling them what’s going to happen and leaving them feeling like they’re out in the cold and not involved?” she says. In the letter, the post-secondary presidents also state that the government’s mandates around collective bargaining are going to place further pressures on university finances. The provincial government has instructed university and colleges

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BC Finance Minister Kevin Falcon at the February budget announcement.

that are undergoing collective bargaining with any of their employees that they can only raise wages or benefits if those increases are offset by savings found elsewhere in the institution. Robert Clift, executive director of the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC (CUFA) says that the expectation that universities and colleges will be able to find savings for both the provincial government and for unions is going to create strife during negotiations. “This is the flexibility you’ve given us, and then you remove all

the flexibility,” says Clift of the government’s proposal. “Now I doubt we’re going to see faculty at the research university marching the picket line over this, but what happens is that thing that just keeps eating away at the desirability of BC as a place to [work].” The collective bargaining agreements for the faculty association at the five major BC research universities, the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern British Columbia, and Royal Roads University, all expire this year.

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Twenty-year-old UVic student battles rare form of bone cancer Rebecca Kerswell Contributing writer

The unconditional love from family and friends surrounding Subha Gill, a 20-year-old secondyear UVic student and aspiring doctor who is battling bone cancer, may be the key to the success of an upcoming fundraiser. An April 6–7 event, including a 24-hour skating marathon and a three-on-three hockey tournament, hopes to raise $5,000 for Gill, who was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, last August. After several trips to the hospital last summer due to an agonizing pain in her hip, an MRI discovered the quickly growing tumor in Gill’s left femur. “The news was devastating,” says Jeevan Sohi, Gill’s mother. “I broke down but Subha was so

strong. She was the one that was consoling us and telling us not to worry and that she was going to be fine.” Gill’s rare form of cancer, similar to that suffered by Terry Fox, is most common among male teenagers and is one of the most painful types of cancer. Gill’s family found her diagnosis hard to believe at first because the cancer isn’t initially something you can see. “When her hair started falling out it was devastating, so we had a gathering and invited friends, family, and my hairdresser over to cut Subha’s hair,” says Sohi. “My eight-year-old son shaved his head first, then my older nephew. If you saw her you can’t even tell she is going through this. She looks normal and beautiful.” After recent testing to see how

Gill was responding to chemo, the family learned that her cancer hadn’t responded and had spread to other bones in her body. Gill has now started a new chemo medication while her family researches alternative treatments. “All the support from our family, all the prayers, and all the love that she feels from everyone around her keeps Subha going,” says Sohi. “We’re just going through a rough time and she has her whole life ahead of her and that motivates her to stay strong and continue fighting.” A flood of community support has come in since Gill recently shared her condition, including fundraising efforts like the event on April 6–7. Funds from these events will help Gill’s family cover healthrelated travel and other expenses. Michelle Belland, fundraiser

coordinator at the Island Centre of Excellence, where the benefit events are taking place, says that she’s happy to be helping out, as Subha’s diagnosis hit close to home for her. “Cancer has been a silent killer in my family for as long as I can remember,” says Belland. “When I was given the opportunity to help a girl my age who was recently diagnosed, there was no way I could say no.” Through it all, Sohi has been reminded of what a special person her daughter is. “Subha has never let me down,” says Sohi. “She’s an amazing daughter and sister. She was a joy as a child and always has a smile on her face. I don’t think anyone could have asked for a more perfect child than Subha. We just have to keep fighting until she gets well.”

UVic student Subha Gill.

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“Not living up to expectations; I don’t want to be a disappointment.”

“Focusing on homework. I have a hard time sitting down for a long time.”

“Chocolate brownies, because they make me feel good.”

“Swimming. I don’t know how to swim.”

“Procrastinating. I’m lazy and always find something better to do.”

“Confrontation. I’m not good at confronting others and try to avoid conflicts.”


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April 4, 2012

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Students take issue with plagiarism checker Jonathan Faerber The Gateway (University of Alberta)

EDMONTON (CUP)—Textmatching technology is currently under scrutiny at the University of Alberta, with the department of biological sciences’ plagiarism checker the latest subject in a long discussion about academic integrity on campus. The mandatory text-matching tool, used by the biological sciences department since September, is inciting controversy after the department’s decision to go ahead with the technology last year left students unhappy with the lack of communication about the service. The department’s plagiarism checker is currently the university’s most extensive use of text-matching software. The increased use of text-matching software, and the need to discuss its advantages and drawbacks, was recognized by the Academic Integrity Task Force Report, a 2011 document outlining survey results and recommendations on academic integrity at the U of A. The report’s proposed committee on text-matching software,

however, is still in the works. Its emphasis on dialogue also seems to have come too late for the biological sciences department, which left all student bodies, including the Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society (ISSS), shut out of the decision-making process. University of Alberta Students’ Union vice-president academic Emerson Csorba says he was surprised by the decision to use the software and expressed concern with the lack of consultation between students and faculty. “You want to see the officials going to the representative body before any decision like this is made, something that has the potential to affect a lot of students and has a lot of controversy as well,” says Csorba. But University of Alberta discipline officer Chris Hackett, who headed up the Academic Integrity Task Force, argues that the department had no obligation to seek student feedback. “There’s nothing in the code that says there’s anything wrong with [text-matching software]. There’s no policy that says you can’t

use it, so the [biological sciences department] is doing absolutely nothing wrong,” says Hackett.

“My concerns with anti-plagiarism programs are the presumption of guilt.” Emerson csorba univeristy of alberta students’ union

The decision was made with students’ best interests in mind, according to senior lab coordinator Maggie Haag, who admits that the checker is imperfect, but is also an effective “guide” for instructors. Csorba, however, is worried that the program may be counterproductive in its promotion of incorrect perceptions about plagiarism among students. “My concerns with anti-plagiarism programs are the presumption of guilt, the fact that a student has to send in the biology report even when

that student hasn’t plagiarized and disagrees fundamentally with the program,” says Csorba, who says he’d rather see a proactive program instead of a reactive one. Hackett admits that the program risks compromising the relationships between instructors and students. “The most powerful tool in dealing with plagiarism is an instructor talking to his students,” says Hackett. “If [text-matching software] becomes something that makes people complacent, that’s one of the dangers that I would worry about.” But Haag feels that there’s plenty of opportunity for dialogue in the biological sciences department, and stressed that the program is still an imperfect process that is only the first step in teaching students about intellectual property and the processes surrounding it in the field. “The whole point is to get the students to think like a scientist, write like a scientist, and do all the processes like a scientist,” Haag said. “We’re trying to ingrain that from year one.”

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE NEXUS PUBLISHING SOCIETY Thursday, April 12, 2012, 12 pm, Fisher 200, Lansdowne AGENDA I CALL TO ORDER 1.) Ratification of meeting chairperson II INTRODUCTION TO RULES OF ORDER III APPROVAL OF AGENDA IV APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS AGM V REPORTS 1.) PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2.) FINANCIAL REPORT VII ADOPTION OF FINANCIAL STATEMENT 1.) Adoption of Mar. 31, 2012 financial statement 2.) Adoption of April 2012 to March 2013 proposEd budget VIII RESIGNATION OF CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS (excluding president and treasurer) IX BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTIONS X ADJOURNMENT

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NEWS BRIEFS Camosun students named academic all-Canadians Camosun College Chargers basketball players Jordan Elvedahl and Caitlin Marshall have been named academic allCanadians. The Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC) and the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) recently announced the 2011–2012 SIRCCCAA Academic All-Canadian Award recipients, which included 162 student-athletes from across Canada. The SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian award is the CCAA’s most prestigious student-athlete honour and symbolizes both organizations’ commitment to academic success and athletic achievement.

New representatives for Camosun’s Board of Governors Madeline Keller-MacLeod and Chris Marks have both been elected as student representatives to the Camosun College Board of Governors, as Lansdowne and Interurban student representatives respectively. Keith Todd has been acclaimed in a seat representing support staff. A term of office for a student representative is one year. For support staff, the term of office is three years.

BC Transit restores cut hours to avoid passing up users BC Transit has restored 7,000 service hours in order to combat the large numbers of riders being passed by full buses. The announcement was made in transit’s 2012–2013 budget. Students enrolled at the University of Victoria and Camosun College recently presented to the Victoria Regional Transit Commission (VRTC), asking for the hours to be restored. Between September 1 and January 31, BC Transit drivers recorded 29,296 transit users who were left behind at bus stops.

Chargers win Bear Mountain Collegiate The Camosun College Chargers golf team won the 2012 Bear Mountain Collegiate Tournament on March 17–18, with a team score of 598—an impressive 25 strokes less than second place Grant MacEwan University. Jordan Krulicki, a fifth-year Camosun student, claimed the men’s individual low with a 145 total.

VCC first postsecondary in Vancouver to ban bottled water Vancouver Community College (VCC) president Kathy Kinloch and Students’ Union of VCC chairperson Charmaine Waters recently announced a pledge to make VCC the first post-secondary institution in Metro Vancouver to be completely bottled-waterfree by spring of 2013.

-Dylan Wilks


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Local activist Rose Henry looks back at a life well lived

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Rose Henry was once a Camosun student. She’s now known for her tireless social crusading.

Jean Oliver Contributing writer

Rose Henry’s Coast Salish roots run deep. They run so deep through the local activist that she simply has to be blunt in her assessments of Canadian government. Blunt, because she has lived the truth the government won’t speak of. “Mainstream society has been denied their right to hear the truth of what an entire race of Canadians has suffered,” she says. “Unfortunately, in the normal course of a discussion, the Canadian government won’t use words that end in ‘ide’ or ‘ism.’ But what they call assimilation I call genocide and racism.”

Henry was once a student here at Camosun College. And while her analysis of the government is scathing, she recalls classes at the college back in 1985 with affection. “I remember one teacher who taught with great compassion,” she says. “He talked about the different ways of learning and thought my ability to read a person was a rare gift. Maybe I can’t write well but he validated my other strengths.” Henry, who was raised in the oral tradition, never mastered the written word. She tests verbally at a third-year university level but writing exams was a struggle for her during her time at Camosun.

But her story starts long before her struggles here. In 1985, she decided to leave the small town of Tle’men (located just north of Powell River) with her young son to come to Victoria. She had visited the city before and knew she wanted to return. “I left for a better future for myself and my son,” she says. “Education is important to me, but I looked too at the future of employment and realized if I stayed in a small town my options were limited. I had good memories of coming to Victoria as a child with my foster mom, so I knew that was where I wanted to go.” But it wasn’t smooth sailing

from there. In 1985, Victoria was on the brink of a general strike, a tough situation to understand for a lone, tired, and scared young woman pushing her son in his carriage every day to and from school. And because Henry is also a child of the Sixties Scoops, she views everything the general population is doing with suspicion. “Because of the strikes there were no buses running and no garbage pickup; it was terrible,” she says. “I remember calling my mom to ask if I got dropped off at the right city because this one didn’t look at all like the one on the postcards.”

Since then, Henry has managed to become one of Victoria’s most prominent and tireless activists, often working in the side of the city that doesn’t look anything like a postcard. She founded the Committee to End Homelessness, has run for office, sits on various boards, and is a speaker on human-rights issues. Her work has taken her to Scotland and South Africa. And Henry’s advice for Camosun students who want to see social change is simple. “Get involved in the elections— all of them,” she says. “Every vote is a marker for social change; every election, a demonstration.”

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FEATURE

April 4, 2012

Gone but not forgo A look at the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry

It felt like a turning point. After years of requests by advocacy groups, the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry was finally about to begin. This was back in September, when Nexus covered the epidemic of missing and murdered women in BC. Many hoped that justice would be served. As the commission was preparing to launch its investigation, our September 7 article looked at the disproportionate number of Aboriginal women represented, and the lack of attention that has been paid to this situation historically. Discrimination, colonization, racism on behalf of the media, law enforcement, and justice system, as well as the indifference of society to the violence faced by Aboriginal women, were all suggested as being causes of this disturbing situation. Meanwhile, the commission pledged to look at how the missing women investigations were conducted in Vancouver between 1997 and 2002; to examine why charges against Robert Pickton were dropped in early 1998, a decision that likely allowed him to continue killing; to recommend changes respecting homicide investigations, missing women investigations, and suspected multiple homicides; to recommend changes respecting investigations that cross jurisdictions and organizations; and to submit a final report to the attorney general of BC. It’s time to look at what’s actually been done.

Something rotten in Vancouver Unfortunately, there were early indications the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry wouldn’t hear the voices of those most affected by tragedy. First, the appointment of Wally Oppal as head of the inquiry in 2010 came as a shock to many. He was fresh out of politics, having been the attorney general from 2005 to 2009. As attorney general, Oppal was reported as opposing a provincial inquiry, saying not much would be learned.

“You need to look at why those women were so vulnerable, and why they were getting into Pickton’s car in the first place. Those issues need to be addressed.” Robyn Gervais Aboriginal lawyer “When [the calls for an inquiry] started he was in a position to promote positive social change. He chose not to do it then, and he’s choosing not to do it again, through the current process,” says Gladys Radek, the co-founder of Walk4Justice, a long-time human rights activist, and the aunt of Tamara Chipman, who

disappeared near Prince Rupert in 2005. These initial misgivings were exacerbated when the provincial government refused to fund legal aid for groups representing women, Aboriginal interests, and those living and working in the sex industry in Vancouver’s downtown east side. “The funding for the women’s groups and advocates should have been top priority. Those groups were there on the frontlines when these women were disappearing,” says Radek. “When it comes to public safety measures and recommendations, they are the ones who should have the voice and deem what is necessary for us to live in a sustainable society that’s going to protect women and children.” Oppal said publicly that he supported provincial funding for every group who was accepted to participate in the inquiry, but repeated appeals made to the provincial government were denied. At the same time, police officers involved in the inquiry were all provided with provincially funded legal support. The province defended their decision, saying it wasn’t required to have a lawyer to participate in the inquiry, but the groups fought back, saying the inquiry would be one-sided. It was at this point, before the inquiry had even begun, that organizations started dropping out. Different organizations had many reasons for withdrawing from the inquiry, but the root issue appeared to be a lack of faith in the inquiry to serve justice. By February of this year, only a few groups representing the Aboriginal community and no groups representing sex workers remained, casting doubts any fairness or validity was left in the process. The most recent blow came when Robyn Gervais, the lawyer representing Aboriginal interests, quit the inquiry on March 6. Gervais was originally representing the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, but says she was let go when the funding the council was expecting wasn’t provided. When the position at the inquiry was announced last summer, Gervais saw it as an opportunity to participate. “Being an Aboriginal person and being part of that community, it was something that I definitely needed to think through,” says Gervais. “At the time, I thought that some Aboriginal voice at the table was better than none, so I accepted the appointment.”

Sorely mistaken On the day of Gervais’ resignation on March 6, nearly five months into the inquiry, there had been 39 days of police testimony, with minimal input from the Aboriginal community. Gervais outlined her reasons for leaving the inquiry in part of a 51-point statement she made regarding her resignation. It was an emotional moment for Gervais, who wept as she read her statement to the inquiry. “The delay in calling Aboriginal witnesses, the failure to provide adequate hearing time, the ongoing lack of support from the Aboriginal community, and the disproportionate focus on police evidence have led me to conclude that Aboriginal interests have not and

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will not be adequately represented in these proceedings,” wrote Gervais in her resignation. She also says in the statement that she regrets not being able to find a way to bring the voices of Aboriginal women to the inquiry. “If you look at the terms of reference strictly, which is to inquire into police conduct, they’re doing that,” she says. “But is this the kind of inquiry that needed to happen? I don’t think so.” Gervais says the terms of reference should have been much broader. “You can address policing issues, you can address investigative issues, and that’s all fine and good,” says Gervais, “but I think there’s a bigger question and that was not a part of this inquiry.”

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“There’s a serious lack of voices. It seems to me they’re more interested in protecting the police officers at fault.” Gladys Radek Walk4Justice

So far, Gervais, Radek as the Union of BC Indian being examined by Oppal “police filter.” Without the input of key drop-in centre for sex worker International Canada, the and the Native Women’s A doubtful that a well-round police conduct will be hear “There’s a serious lack o seems to me they’re more in police officers at fault.” Radek feels that issues s systemic racism and historic within the police force can way: acknowledgement. Sh from organizations with evi inquiry is enabling ignoran Radek says she unders to resign. “We can’t have o there, expecting her to cove percent of the Canadian po a daily basis.”

Gervais feels that only an approach that encompasses all aspects of our society is adequate. “They need to include looking at things like systemic racism,” she says. “I think basically when you boil it down you need to look at why those women were so vulnerable, and why they were getting into Pickton’s car in the first place. Those issues need to be addressed.” The Vancouver Police Department has denied allegations of discrimination in the past, although they declined our request to comment while the inquiry is ongoing. Much of their testimony at the inquiry has been on possible structural and investigative issues within the organization. Critics of the inquiry say the testimony so far is tantamount to finger-pointing, without responsibility being taken by many of the officers for mistakes that may have been made.

Something amiss At the beginning of the inquiry, Gervais was looking forward to a report that apparently explored institutional bias. “When I was first appointed, Dr. Bruce Miller [from UBC] was on a list of witnesses that we were given,” says Gervais. “He had written an expert report but we never saw it, and he was never called as a witness, and we don’t know why.” During the first two months of the inquiry Gervais says she asked six other experts to write reports on the same topic, but nobody would touch it. Gervais says she hasn’t had any luck contacting Miller either, and he hasn’t spoken to the media. Another troubling scenario for Gervais involved missing documents from the Native Liaison Society. The society worked in the same building as the officers investigating the missing women and helped

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1988: Two sex trade workers found murdered in alleys in Vancouver; the incident is called “the alley murders.” 1995: Three women from the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver found murdered in mountains near Mission, BC; known as “the valley murders.” 1995: Bisected skull of a woman found near Lougheed Highway near Mission. Woman later linked to DNA found at Pickton’s farm. 1997: Pickton attacks a sex trade worker in his trailer. She escapes. He’s investigated, but the Crown drops charges in early 1998.

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1965–1988: Between eight and 10 deaths due to alcohol poisoning are linked to Gilbert Jordan. “The Boozing Barber,” as he’s called, is convicted only of manslaughter in one of the deaths, the only one considered not to have been a “marginalized” woman.

1998: Community activists report a number of women missing to patrol officers of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), not only from 1998, but years previous as well.

needs to be addressed. “I don’t know if my views are different than the average person, but I just wish [the public] would starting treating sex workers with a little respect,” says Kiselbach. “Don’t look down on them as horrible human beings.” Marion Little, executive director of Victoria’s Prostitutes Empowerment Education and Recovery

“Our decision around who gets services and who doesn’t is coloured by whether or not we approve of the kind of poverty they’re in.” Marion Little Prostitutes Empowerment Education and Recovery Society Society, says a recent survey of their clients indicates women working the stroll are 60 to 100 times more likely to face violence than other women, which is alarming even at the lowest end of the spectrum. “Out on the streets we don’t afford [prostitutes] the same care, consideration, or belonging,” says Little. “Often it’s because of our judgement. Our decision around who gets services and who doesn’t is coloured by whether or not we approve of the kind of poverty they’re in.” It’s those working on the stroll, often alone, who are generally the most vulnerable to violence, and it’s these women that Robert Pickton targeted. With this kind of discrimination present, it becomes clear that Pickton was easily able to kidnap and murder women working the streets in Vancouver.

Justice for who? It has yet to be seen whether Oppal will address these issues in his final report. Due to a shortage of testimony by frontline downtown eastside workers, Oppal may not be given all sides to this story. As of last week, both attorney general Shirley Bond and premier Clark have said no extension will be given to the inquiry, even after requests from Pickton’s victims’ families and BC New Democrat leader Adrian Dix. The families said in a press conference last week that they are worried about the inquiry running out of time before the remaining witnesses have testified, especially after an unscheduled two-week break was added to the inquiry when Gervais resigned. Most agree this is a multifaceted issue. Gervais is uncertain if justice will be served by the inquiry. Her frustration can be heard in her voice. “Whose definition of justice? How do the families feel? I don’t know,” she says, sounding defeated. “I think there may be some recommendations that come out of it with respect to policing, in terms of missing persons investigations going forward, and they may be valuable policing recommendations. But this certainly was not the holistic inquiry that I was hoping it would be.”

July 1998: Detective constable Lori Shenher transferred to missing persons unit. Still no unit designated to missing women. One week after her transfer to missing persons, tips are made to the Crimestoppers hotline about Pickton. Bill Hiscox claims Pickton, whom he worked for sometimes, offered him use of his meat grinder if he ever wanted to dispose of a body. Shenher believes immediately that Pickton is their guy, but says senior officers believed otherwise. 1998: VPD form Project Amelia. Compile official list of 27 known missing women; no remains have been found. 1999: Project Amelia mistakenly believes the disappearances have stopped. This belief seriously hampers further investigations. November 2000: A presentation regarding the disappearances is made to a multi-jurisdictional group. Group concedes that missing women are likely victims of one or more serial killers. January 2001: Project Evenhanded takes over missing women file from Project Amelia, which had been stalled. Project Evenhanded pools suspects from the valley murders and the new disappearances, believing it could be the same killer. Later that month, three more women are reported missing from the DTES. These disappearances are investigated by the VPD, not Evenhanded. This separation of investigation is thought to have had a major impact on the direction of Evenhanded. April 2001: Pickton is cleared as not being responsible for the valley murders through DNA testing. May 2001: VPD tells Evenhanded the number of new missing women is at five. August 2001: Concerned that more women are missing, Evenhanded kicks off an intense effort to get an accurate number. Later that month, Evenhanded adds an additional 17 women that were likely missing, bringing the total number to 49. September 2001: Evenhanded creates a suspect pool of 130 men from across the province. Pickton is considered a top priority. Fall 2001: A woman who had claimed earlier to have witnessed Pickton killing a woman is re-interviewed. The woman lies to Evenhanded about the event. Officers of Evenhanded believe her truthful account would have elicited a search warrant. January 2002: List of missing women stands at 50. Later that month, the suspect list is whittled down to 39. February 4, 2002: Constable Nathan Wells of the Coquitlam RCMP obtains a search warrant for Robert Pickton’s property during a separate case involving firearms. February 5, 2002: An inhaler and identification of two of the missing women are located in Pickton’s trailer. The search is halted while Evenhanded obtains a murder search warrant. Fencing is put up around the entire Pickton property. Investigators begin what will become Canada’s longest forensic investigation, totalling over 17 months and identifying the DNA of 33 of the missing women. December 12, 2006: A jury is selected for the Pickton trial. January 22, 2007: The Pickton trial begins. December 9, 2007: After nine days of deliberation, the jury finds Pickton guilty of six counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Sereena Abotsway, Mona Wilson, Andrea Joesbury, Brenda Ann Wolfe, Georgina Faith Papin, and Marnie Frey.


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music

Rococode fuse melody with spontaneity “We spent eight months trying to find a band name. Every band name is taken.” laura smith rococode

Lucas Milroy Contributing writer

Lots of people claim, sometimes in an incorrect and hyperbolic manner, that music is their life. But when it comes to Laura Smith, vocalist and keyboardist of the Vancouver-based pop-rock sensation Rococode, music really always has been her life. “I played piano since I was really little,” she says. “It got to the point where my parents actually had to tell me to stop practising. I think it has always been a thing for me, and I don’t know what I would be doing if I wasn’t doing it.” All of her hard work has paid off, as Rococode just released their first full-length album, Guns, Sex

& Glory. More than anything else, Rococode is a group of friends. At the beginning, Smith was working on a self-titled solo project, and she enlisted the help of Andrew Braun. “It started with Andrew and myself going to school together,” explains Smith. “I’d been working on a solo project at the time and he was helping me. At first he was just playing guitar with me, and then he was writing all the songs with me. Then one day we thought, ‘We’re pretty much doing it equally, we might as well start a band.’” Once the band got up and running there was still one more step: coming up with a name. And in a world that has countless bands already, this isn’t an easy feat. “We spent eight months trying to find a band name. Every band name is taken. Basically we were like, ‘Well, every band name is taken, and we cannot really think of one, so we’ll take some words that we really like and put them together,’” says Smith. The word “rococo” is a style of art that’s very ornate and elegant, using many different materials to create a delicate effect, which is rep-

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Rococode’s Laura Smith does her best Stepford Wives impression.

resentative of the band’s pop side. This fuses together with “code,” which represents the underlying twists and turns that are incorporated into their music. Rococode aspire to travel the world and share their music and have expressed particular interest in branching into the US, Ger-

spoken word

High-school poetry slammers on roll

many, and Japan. But, really, as long as they’re hanging out together and continuing to produce melodic ear candy they’ll be more than content. “We plan to just keep going, and to grow, and to make our way into new territory,” says Smith. “We’re just hoping for bigger and

better as things go on so that we can keep making music that is bigger and better.”

Rococode April 6, 8 pm Lucky Bar, $12 atomiqueproductions.com

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The Black Seeds hit dirt

Rose Jang Contributing writer

There won’t be any dusting off of tomes or reciting of iambic pentameter at Victorious Voices, the third annual high-school poetry slam championships. Instead, teams of students from six Greater Victoria high schools will perform spoken-word poems for a panel of judges including mayor Dean Fortin and poet laureate Janet Rogers. The performances will be scored and one school will be crowned the high-school slam champions. In the past, the high-school slam championship finals have been held at Reynolds High School, but this year they’ve moved downtown. “For the last two years it’s been the most inspiring night of my entire year,” says program director and spoken word poet Jeremy Loveday. “We want the public to see how amazing this is, so I’m not the only one who’s stealing all this inspiration.” In three short years, high-school slam teams have sprung into existence at Esquimalt, Glenlyon-Norfolk, Pearson College, SJ Willis, Spectrum, and Reynolds (the reigning champions). Loveday says high-school students are drawn to spoken-word poetry because they can write not for their teachers, but for themselves. “This is really something they feel ownership of, and I really think it instills a lasting love of poetry, and also of the power that comes with speaking the truth,” he says. Some adults may be skeptical about the quality of teenagers’ poems. But Loveday believes that

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New Zealand seven-piece The Black Seeds prefer travelling like a Boss.

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High school slam poets slam people with poetry at poetry slams.

teens’ and adults’ poems aren’t so different. “Often the most effective poems that teenagers do are when they find the universality in the problems that they’re facing as a teenager,” he says. “The honesty and purity and rawness are there, but these poets have honed their craft at a very young age.” Spoken-word poetry doesn’t end after students have graduated from high school. Many students who went through a high-school poetry-slam program have gone on to compete at Vic Slam. Victorious Voices’ alumnus of honour, Keenan Proud, even made the Vic Slam team last year. “Making the Vic Slam team was a huge surprise,” says Proud, who graduated from Oak Bay High School two years ago and is now the volunteer coordinator for the

Tongues of Fire poetry night. “I’d been slamming for less than a year. It was one of the best experiences, for sure. It’s a great community. We love new blood so much that you’re in the fold so quickly.” The high-school slam championships will consist of semifinals, a recent event that happened on April 2 in which all the teams competed, and the April 4 finals, where the top four teams will fight it out for first place. Loveday is determined to make the event fun: “It’s going to be a high-energy, rocking good time, and I think everyone’s going to be inspired.”

Victorious Voices Finals April 4, 7 pm, $5 Victoria Event Centre litlive.ca/event/430

When New Zealand dub/funk/ soul band The Black Seeds are on the road, what gets them through to their next gig might be a little surprising. “The asphalt on the road is what takes me to the next gig,” jokes the band’s bassist, Tim Jaray. “But, actually, listening to Bruce Springsteen’s album Nebraska while driving on the road on a beautiful evening is picturesque.” And while Springsteen may not be what immediately comes to mind when thinking of a band who formed in the late ’90s in the town of Wellington, New Zealand, it’s the same spirit and love for music that drives them and the likes of the Boss. “Along the way we have had many influences, with some members more into rock, while others are more into funk and soul,” says Jaray. In the past 13 years, The Black Seeds have recorded seven albums, with their most recent, Dust and Dirt, debuting early this April. And, of course, with all of those albums there’s bound to have been some important live shows along the way to support them. “For me, our most memorable

concert was when we played for 30,000 people in Rotorua, New Zealand opening for The Wailers,” says Jaray. “There’s nothing like checking out Aston Barrett’s [of The Wailers] bass rig right before you play.” Before each show, though, the band doesn’t spend as much time partying and going wild as some might think: they stretch, focus, have a cup of tea, and lie down. Their fans, however, have been known to put a bit more effort in before the band’s shows. “I’m always amazed when the people who come to see us have traveled further than we have to get to the show,” explains Jaray. “I remember someone in Colorado saying that they had driven five hours to get there just to see us.” Even though The Black Seeds have a large repertoire of seven albums in 13 years, the band still has big future goals and dreams to conquer. “A personal short-term goal,” says Jaray, “is to get though this tour in one piece.”

The Black Seeds April 10, Club 9One9, $25 victoriaskafest.ca


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Climbing film explores human ambition via Mount Everest “Climbers literally have to step over the dead to get to the top.” Dianne Whelan

40 Days at Base Camp

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Mt. Everest peaks at 8,858m above sea level; anything above 8,000m is in the “death zone,” where there isn’t enough oxygen to sustain human life.

Megan Gibson Contributing writer

Climbing Mount Everest is an unattainable dream for many people, unless you have $100,000. It used to be that a climber would spend many gruelling years in training before approaching Mount Everest; now all you need is money. Documentary filmmaker Dianne Whelan spent 40 days at the base of Mount Everest documenting the climbing season of those who were motivated, for one reason or another, to conquer the world’s

largest (and most commercialized) mountain. “For me, the mountain has always been a metaphor for human ambition,” says Whelan. “Today there are over 250 dead bodies on Everest, frozen failed ambitions. Climbers literally have to step over the dead to get to the top. So I think the mountain is still a metaphor for human ambition, but that metaphor has changed and I think that says something about who we have become.” 40 Days at Base Camp had its world premiere at the Vancouver

International Film Festival (VIFF) this past October; all three screenings sold out. “I’ve seen a lot of Mount Everest and climbing documentaries; what’s really outstanding about this one is that you got to see the climbers’ personalities,” says VIFF’s Canadian images programmer Terry McEvoy. “Usually a documentary is about the glory of getting to the top of the mountain, but this one’s about an outlaw community; you’re dying a little bit every day that you’re there.” 40 Days at Base Camp was

also the opening film for the Banff Mountain Film Festival. In April it will screen at the Trento Film Festival in Italy, the world’s oldest mountain film festival. “This is an independent film, so I want to get it out to the world,” says Whelan. “Getting out in Canada is the first step in that long process.” During her cross-Canada tour, Whelan hopes to create awareness that Canadian-content films are both rare and unregulated. “We want to bring attention to these two points,” she says. “One, [Canadian] English films have

represented only one percent of the domestic box office in Canada for decades; two, unlike in radio and television, which both have strict Canadian content regulations, there is no protection for Canadian content in movie theatres. With all the mergers in media, essentially a handful of people decide what we see on TV and in the theatres.”

40 Days at Base Camp Thursday, April 5, 7 pm Vic Theatre, $13.50 thevic.ca

New Music Revue

Miike, not Mike; My Friend, go West; Trampled, by Turtles Hey Mother Death

Miike Snow

Hey Mother Death (Divorce Records) 2.5/5

(Universal Music)

The first release by Halifax/ Paris-based duo Hey Mother Death is a dark, atmospheric soundscape. But Hey Mother Death are largely inaccessible and far too on-thefringe for most listeners. The EP begins with the compelling and moody instrumental “You Left Me.” Dark, eerie synths, a slow, resonant, almost reggae bass line, and spidery guitar arrangements make this track a masterpiece of ambient music. The second track is an unfortunate shift into more sprawling, sparse, and ultimately more pretentious territory. “Black Monday” is a bloated, boring piece that has none of the charm of the previous track. The experimental guitars are completely abandoned, as is all sense of melody. Smatterings of French spoken word are peppered throughout, which instead of adding to the atmosphere give the impression that this song is nothing more than entry-level, art-school garbage. -James Down

Happy to You 4.5/5

Swedish indie pop trio Miike Snow’s latest album, Happy to You, makes me want to run barefoot through a misty, overgrown garden with friends, laughing and eating candies. It’s cinematic. It’s happy-go-lucky danceable. And it just sounds good. Happy to You is full of synths, piano, marching band-style percussion, and effect-laden vocals. The beat carries most songs. Heavy piano, bass drum, and bass balance well with delicate snare, vocals, and synth lines. Highlights include “Bavarian #1 (Say You Will),” which builds from charming whistles and snare drum to a lush, layered conclusion, and album opener “Enter the Joker’s Lair,” an upbeat, fairytale-esque tune with an almost Caribbean sound. The antidote to grey skies and long study nights is here: Happy to You is the perfect album with which to welcome spring. -Rose Jang

Simone Felice

West My Friend

Simone Felice (Dine Alone Records) 4/5

Place (Grammar Fight Records) 4/5

Simone Felice is a dreamer, a lover. He’s a musician from the Catskill Mountains of New York who escaped death twice (brain aneurysm as a child; emergency open-heart surgery as an adult) before creating this debut album. Because of this, Felice has a true understanding of the fragility of life; it shows in songs like “New York Times,” where he expresses that he never wants to see anyone he loves as a headline for the biggest newspaper in the world. Really, the theme of life in the spotlight is all over the album: Felice’s ability to empathize with a rock star is highlighted in “Courtney Love,” while he laments a slain movie star in “Sharon Tate.” At the heart of Felice’s music is a perverse honesty in the lyrics and a haunting beauty, which resonates throughout this album. Felice has shown death the door twice with his love of life. Now he’s sharing his love of life with the world with this album. -Dan Darling

Trampled by Turtles Stars and Satellites (Six Shooter Records) 4/5

Not every band can use the word “ethnobotanist” in a song. Victoria indie folk band West My Friend can. Their debut album, Place, is a joyous, charming addition to the Canadian indie folk scene. It will warm your heart and get your toes tapping. The songs, played primarily on mandolin, accordion, guitar, and bass, are 13 rays of sunshine. West My Friend’s earthy sound is catchy and it’s undeniably west coast. Place is carried by lead singer Eden Oliver’s crystal-clear voice. Oliver is also the band’s main songwriter; crafting a melody seems to come as naturally to her as breathing. Her vocal lines often vault all over the place, engaging the listener and complementing the instruments gracefully. Put Place on over the speakers, grab a dance partner, and get ready to smile.

The concept of being trampled by turtles is far from ideal. But if the experience is anything like the pleasure of listening to Trampled by Turtles’ newest album, Stars and Satellites, I suppose I would have to give it a shot. (At worst, it would make for a good story to tell later.) This group of five rockers-gonefolk from Duluth, Minnesota have developed an exciting, folksy, bluegrassy sort of ride that you’ll want to go on over and over with Stars and Satellites. The band’s use of acoustic instruments forms a very down-toearth sound, while the poetic lyrics deliver an ethereal element to the proceedings. Together these two components create a tranquil escape from the rush of final exams. Stars and Satellites is the perfect album to pick up as we plunge face-first into spring, and Trampled by Turtles would make most excellent mates for a day by the lake.

-Rose Jang

-Lucas Milroy


COLUMNS/EVENTS

10 What’s Up with Her?

by Chantal Kyffin

April 4, 2012

Double Teamed

by Dylan Wilks and Clorisa Simpson

camosun college women’s centre

How to confront a prof I recently had a professor make a discriminatory remark about people with mental illness. The prof argued that most people wouldn’t want someone with a mental illness flying a plane. Our society has a very skewed idea of what mental illness is and usually associates it with negative tendencies. This adds to the fear these people face of discrimination, unequal access of opportunity, and marginalization. After my prof’s discriminatory remarks, my heart was racing. Knowing that boiling anger and confrontation don’t always make for a good stew, I waited a day to decide on an action plan. In the end I chose the “you’ve got mail!” approach. I knew I needed to present my arguments in a professional manner.

Green Your World

Here are a couple of tips for confronting a prof. Tip one: avoid using “you” language. It might not be best to say, “Your opinion that people with mental illness shouldn’t fly a plane...” As soon as you use “you” language, the person on the other end is going to feel attacked. This is what you want to avoid. What you do want to use is “I” language. For example, “I felt the point being made...” This attacks the point being made, not the person. Tip two is end on a high note. Thank your prof for allowing the space they provide in class to have discussions/debates such as these. I wish you all the best in finding your own way to stand up to profs and others in your life for what you feel is right.

by Luke Kozlowski

camosun students for environmental awareness

Bottled water bailout A few weeks back, the Camosun College Student Society hosted Sustainability Day, which coincided with National Bottled Water Free Day. This is the reason why there were a bunch of plastic water and pop bottles in the fountain next to Dawson building. We did this because one in three Canadians drink bottled water as their main source and because water, a publicly owned resource, is being increasingly privatized to the detriment of our wallets, health, and environment. I could go on about the amount of plastic water bottles that end up in the landfill every year, or the toxic carcinogens that get emitted in the manufacturing of water bottles. I could elaborate how the bottledwater industry is hardly regulated, or how over 900 million people worldwide lack access to clean

drinking water. But instead I’d like to remind you that bottled water is, by my calcuations, 744 times more expensive than local tap water here in the Capital Regional District. It’s for all these reasons and more that the Sierra Youth Coalition has started the Back the Tap campaign to get educational institutions to ban bottled-water sales on campus and to get students to pledge to drink tap water. Camosun College has already agreed to phase out bottled water sales and provide enough water refilling stations around campus for students. While eliminating bottled water on campus may seem like a daunting task, it’s really quite easy. All you have to do is buy a reusable water bottle, fill it up every day, then just enjoy watching the savings trickle in.

Vomit, wet noodles, and thin blood Considering that we’ve left few taboos untouched, Double Teamed decided it was time to tackle the topic of sex while wasted. Clorisa: I am opposed to it. In my relationship now, she knows that if I’m drunk, she will not get laid. So we’ll go out sometimes and she’ll be like, ‘I think you’ve had enough,’ and it’s like, ‘Yeah, you’re probably right.’ If I’m drunk, I’m tired. When I get home, it’s sleeping time. I’m never drunk and ready to go; I get drunk and sleepy. When I was younger, I’d be drunk and ready, but it was going to be awful. Dylan: I’m against it in the sense that I am a sensualist, and I enjoy the actual act of what I’m doing and feeling it. And you get less of that when you’re on anything. Except E. I’ll still do it if I’ve had a few drinks

and she has had a few drinks, and it’s like, ‘Yeah, sweet, let’s do this.’ It’s hard not to get turned on by the enthusiasm of it, I guess. C: That’s like a threshold thing. If someone is sloppy drunk and you’re sober, it’s just like, ‘No, I don’t care how much you want it, you just vomited in your hair a little and it’s not gonna happen for either of us tonight.’ D: If there is a chance they will puke on you or pass out on you or something, then no. C: There is a fine line between how drunk. D: Say you’ve had a couple drinks, two or three drinks. A couple of drinks is almost like an aphrodisiac. It removes your inhibitions and you’re good to go. C: A couple drinks is fine.

D: Plus, for guys, the other thing is you get sloppy wasted and it becomes a wet noodle. C: That’s unfortunate. D: That’s what happens. Alcohol thins blood. It makes sense. I’ve had good and bad experiences . C: While drunk your senses are lower, it never feels that great, and if you’re really drunk you don’t even really remember, and the next morning you’re like, ‘Oh, I guess we did stuff.’ You never really want the person you’re with to know that you don’t remember being intimated with them. That’s a low blow. D: “Sorry, baby, you’re not memorable.” C: “I don’t remember doing anything.” D: Yeah, that gets you into trouble.

eye on campus

by Dylan Wilks

Wednesday, April 4-Thursday, April 5

CCSS Elections The last two days to vote in the Camosun College Student Society elections are Wednesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 5. Fill out a ballot and enjoy participating in democracy. Polling stations are located in the Campus Centre at Interurban and the Fisher building at Lansdowne, open from 8 am until 7 pm.

Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7

Subha Gill Fundraiser The Island Centre of Excellence (2657 Willfert Rd.) is hosting a charity event on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 on behalf of Subha Gill, a second-year UVic student with a rare form of bone cancer. The event will consist of a 24-hour skating treadmill marathon, a three-on-three hockey tournament, and a silent auction. Entrance is by donation: a minimum of $100 for the

skating marathon, and a minimum of $200 for the tournament. Contact the Island Centre of Excellence at 250–590–7811.

Monday, April 16-Friday, April 20

vide information on what programs are really like at Camosun. Most sessions run between 6–8 pm. Sessions are also campus-specific, so check out camosun.ca/learn/infosessions to find out where to go for sessions that may interest you.

Textbook buyback The first of the two end-of-theterm textbook buybacks begins on April 16. There will be another buyback the following week, but that textbook you want to sell will probably no longer be taken. So don’t miss out; go early. Take your books to the campus bookstore during regular business hours. Visit camosuncollegebookstore.ca for more information.

Thursday, April 19

College-wide info session It’s that time of the month again, when you can come check out what Camosun College has to offer at a college-wide info session. Staff and faculty from Camosun will be on hand to answer questions and pro-

Monday, April 30

Deadlines for awards applications A couple of awards deadlines are fast approaching. The Leadership in African Awareness Award is intended to recognize the volunteer work of a student who has demonstrated a leadership role and commitment to raising awareness about the achievements and issues in Africa. Meanwhile, the Peter and Muriel Mixon Animal Rights Endowment Award is intended to recognize full-time students active in the cause of animal rights. The deadline for applying for both awards is April 30. Go to camosun.ca/services/financialaid for info on applying for scholarships and bursaries at Camosun College.

local, live, and loud by Adam Price

INTERURBAN VOLUNTEERS WANTED! Contribute to your school newspaper.

The Wooden Sky will be playing Lucky on April 10. Come find out just how good they are.

Friday, April 6

The Sentimentals, Lovers, Capital Region Logans, $8, 9:30 pm

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Lovers had one of my favourite releases of 2010, and, to my understanding, the release went virtually untouched. Darklight is a fantastic album and has some really enjoyable, mellow pop songs. The trio has a lot of energy and emotion behind their music. Check them out April 6.

Friday, April 6

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Rococode, The Archers Lucky Bar, $12, 8 pm

The ones with the name that lovably rolls off your tongue better than most dirty limericks, Rococode is back in Victoria. Joining Rococode is the exquisite local talent of The Archers. Expect a delicate mixture of pop, folk, and rock.

Saturday, April 7

Raw War, Recapitation, Dangler, The New Krime The Cambie, $7, 10 pm

Raw War’s music is almost as literal as their name

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implies: these furious D-beat Victorians are going to be grinding apart the Cambie. Bring earplugs.

Tuesday, April 10

The Black Seeds, Rocky Mountain Rebel Music Club 9ONE9, $25, 9:30 pm

The kings, the absolute and total kings, of New Zealand reggae dub, The Black Seeds are again returning to Victoria, courtesy of the Victoria Ska Society. The Black Seeds are a multifaceted, socially conscious dub experience that any ska or reggae fan would be foolish not to entertain.

Tuesday, April 10

The Wooden Sky Lucky Bar, $15, 8 pm

The Wooden Sky were one of my favourite finds in high school when they released their 2007 debut, When Lost at Sea. Shamefully, I haven’t kept up with their unique blend of powerful alt folk and country rock. They just released Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun, which is an unbelievably good album. Can’t wait for this show.


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Note: Feel free to use 3 ½ cups of your favourite gluten-free flour mix instead of the mix suggested here. You may have to use a little bit less or more water to get your dough to the right consistency. Ingredients: Crust 4 tsp active dry yeast ½ cup warm water (not hot!) ¾ cup tapioca starch 1 ¼ cup sorghum flour ½ cup white rice flour ½ cup oat flour 1 tsp guar gum (optional) 1 ½ tsp salt ¼ cup olive oil 1 egg, beaten

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3 tbsp olive oil ½ tsp salt 2 cloves of garlic, minced 3 ½ tbsp basil pesto 2 cups mushrooms, sliced 2 cups loosely packed arugula, de-stemmed 1 cup grated smoked cheddar cheese ¾ cup grated cheddar cheese 1 ½ tbsp raw sunflower seeds Pinch of salt and pepper Directions: Combine the yeast and warm water in a medium-sized bowl and set aside for a few minutes. In a separate, large bowl sift together the tapioca starch, flours, salt, and guar gum (if using). Once the yeast starts to bubble and the water has cooled slightly, whisk in the olive oil and egg. Stir the wet ingredients into the flour mixture, adding small amounts of

water or flour if needed. The dough should feel soft and pliable, but not sticky or wet. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place for one hour. While the dough is rising, prepare your toppings. Slowly cook the onions in the olive oil until they become brown (carmelized), adding salt and more oil as needed. Add the garlic to the pan one minute before the onions are done. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Roll out the dough directly onto your baking sheet. Once it is as thick or thin as you desire, perforate the dough by poking it with a fork over its entire surface. Pre-bake the crust for six minutes. Now add your toppings in order, with the caramelized onions on top of the mushrooms, spreading them evenly over the crust. Bake the pizza for five minutes, then rotate the tray and bake for another five minutes or until done.

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Nexus newspaper April 4, 2012