Published by the University Neighbourhoods Association Volume 8, Issue 3
March 20, 2017
Reconciliation Pole at UBC: Moving Forward Together
UBC–UNA Joint Financial Task Force Reconvened Updated terms of reference (TOR) will apply through four years ending 2021; goal is to ensure adequate UNA reserves
James Hart, a Haida master carver and Hereditary Chief 7idansuu, working on the Reconciliation Pole honouring the time before, during and after Canada’s Indian Residential Schools. On Saturday, April 1, members of the UBC community are scheduled to lift the 55-foot, 800-year old red cedar pole into place. See story on Page 6. Photo credit Paul Joseph, UBC Communications and Marketing.
Frat Students Step Forward with ‘Quiet’ Proposition Campus residents living adjacent to fraternity houses have been rocked in recent years by noise of late-night parties; summer months have been especially noisy Fraternities have been active at UBC since 1921, and the number of fraternities on campus now stands at ten. The governing body of all UBC Collegiate Fraternities is the Interfraternity Council (IFC), and at the March 14 meeting of the UNA Board of Directors, ICF President Jeriah Newman stood to pledge quieter times ahead for campus residents who have felt at times under siege by the noise of late-night parties coming from one or other of the ten fraternity houses. Mr. Newman began a short presentation before UNA directors by explaining what fraternities stood for. “Striving for excellence,” he said, “The ten fraternities at UBC push their members to embrace the scholastic, social, athletic and philanthropic aspects of university life.” He admitted the UNA—acting on behalf of residents—had legitimate
grounds for complaint about the noise at times, especially during the summer months when rooms in the houses were sub-leased to a different group of students (mostly from Ireland), and called certain “quite noisy” incidents which had given the UNA cause for concern “inexcusable.” Mr. Newman referred specifically to “the Irish tenants” and explained how rental income from them played an important part in fraternal society finances. He said, “Our organizations rent rooms out to the Irish tenants to make up for the costs associated with our members going home for the summer and not paying rent from May to August.” Evidently, “these (Irish) individuals have somewhat of a tradition of traveling to Vancouver and surrounding areas of the West Coast upon graduation.” Mr. Newman said that he and the presidents of the ten individual fraternity houses
had proposed to establish a set of rules for noise control that would distinguish between the four months of summer and the remaining eight months (the academic year) and fetch relief to residents in both two periods. According to the summer rules, all fraternities shall follow these quiet hours: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10 pm – 7 am; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 11 pm – 7 am. According to the rules for the remaining eight months of the year, all fraternities shall follow these quiet hours: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 11 pm – 7 am; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 1 am – 7 am. During quiet hours, (1) audio equipment may not be played outside the fraternity house. (2) audio equipment may be played inside the house, but the audio equipment may not be played such that sounds, and especially the bass (low frequency sounds), can be heard outside the Greek Village vicinity. As a show of good faith, Mr. Newman said he had provided his telephone number to both the UNA and the RCMP. “If there is any noise at 3 am, call RCMP, and they can call me.” FRATERNITIES continued on Page 10
UBC has agreed to a UNA request that the Joint UBC–UNA Financial Task Force—set up to address the declining Services Levy and declining Rate Stabilization Reserve—be reconvened. UNA Chair Richard Alexander said the task force will meet “as needed”, and he anticipated the first meeting before the end of March. The work of the Task Force in 2015–16 resulted in recommendations approved by the UNA and implemented in the UNA 2016–17 and 2017-18 Operating Budgets and beyond. The list of recommendations includes the following: • To use the Neighbours’ Fund Reserves to cover the $0.5M budget shortfall for fire costs in 2016–17. • To reduce $0.8M in expenses in 2017– 18 and use $0.8M from the Neighbours’ Fund Reserves. • To generate additional revenues in 2018–19. After its work was completed, the task force sat down. The UBC agreement to reconvene the task force comes after UNA directors unanimously approved a motion requesting it at their January meeting. The motion, which was passed, reads: THAT the UNA Board of Directors supports the recommendation of the Finance and Audit Standing Committee and requests that UBC reconvenes the UNA UBC Joint Financial Task Force to review the Reserve Fund management policies and practices to determine if they require amendments to ensure that the Rate Stabilization Reserve, Capital Reserve and any other discretionary reserves are adequate to maintain the long term financial viability of the UNA neigbourhoods. At the March 14 Board meeting, Mr. Alexander—who was not able to attend— provided written advice that UBC has agreed to reconvene the Joint UBC–UNA Financial Task Force to further review management of the UNA reserve funds. JOINT FINANCIAL continued on Page 2
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UNA Board Briefs President Santa Ono On February 15, dtirectors of the UNA had the pleasure of meeting UBC President Santa Ono at the UNA–UBC Quarterly Meeting. The President expressed his interest in building stronger ties with the residential community on campus and offered his time on several initiatives which are being explored, including writing a regular column for The Campus Resident. Readers may find the first column by Professor Ono on Page 3 of this issue.
Appointments to Volunteer Committees There are several UNA volunteer committees: Children’s Garden (Plant Stewardship), Community Gardens, Multicultural Committee and Civic Engagement Committee among them. Each year, the UNA puts out a call for volunteers to UNA residents to apply for appointments to these committees. The volunteer committees are a great way for residents to become more involved in the community. A call for volunteers is posted in this (March) edition of The Campus Resident and in the weekly community announcements. Applications will be presented to the Governance Standing Committee for consideration, and a recommendation for appointments to the volunteer committees will be presented to the UNA Board for approval.
Rural Tax Letter to Victoria Directors set a deadline of March 31 for sending a letter to Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, asking for clarity on how the Province spends the $2 million in general Rural Tax money collected every year from the residents of UBC. Directors had hoped to have this letter out by the March 14 meeting, but said that work—and other distractions—prevented them from the planned schedule. The UNA Board agreed to send this letter to Mr. Fassbender following a resolution adopted and approved in September 2016.
According to the UNA, its Board and the University have only ever been told in vague terms that the Province uses that money for provincial roads (but not in the neighbourhoods) and for policing (although residents pay a police tax as part of the Rural Tax). The Board made a commitment to residents that they would find out more specifics about where the money goes—hence the proposed letter. As well as $2 million a year in Rural Tax money, UBC residents send $ 1 million a year to Victoria to pay for the cost of fire protection services. The fire protection tax was imposed recently; the Rural Tax has always been in place.
Wesbrook Community Café It was always anticipated that the Westbrook Community Centre would have a small café for community centre patrons. Executive Director Jan Fialkowski reports that staff had negotiations with a local retailer while the community centre was under construction. However, the retailer has indicated that it no longer wishes to accept the UNA’s offer.
Old Barn Petition Until recently, the fitness centre at the Old Barn Community Centre opened at 7 am. Then along came budget cutbacks, and so, effective April 1, the fitness centre will open at 8:30 am. The UNA says it is saving money by requiring the services of fewer staff. At the March 14 UNA Board meeting, directors received a petition signed by 20 fitness-minded residents who are opposed to the new opening hour and wish to have the old one restored. They say they prefer the earlier hour for exercise and don’t consider this an outrageous preference. The directors discussed this issue at a later point of the meeting with some expressing sympathy for the petitioners. Executive Director Jan Fialkowski reminded them, however, that they had recently supported the later opening hour at the Old Barn Fitness Centre and as a result, the 2017–2018 budget was passed.
JOINT FINANCIAL continued from Page 1 To go with the agreement, Mr. Alexander provided an updated set of terms of reference (TOR) for the work of the Task Force over the upcoming fouryear period ending 2021. The Task Force will focus on the following: • Use the UNA five-year Budget Analysis Study and financial planning tool, project funding and expenses for UNA operations, including Services Levy revenue. • Explore all potential revenue generation opportunities and costsaving strategies to mitigate the funding pressures. • Provide direction to a consultant for a UBC-funded study to review UNA operations and identify revenue generation opportunities and cost-saving strategies. • Review UNA Reserves Policy and opportunities for adjustments to ensure long-term fiscal health. • Provide recommendations to UBC
administration and UNA Board on strategies to address financial pressures. • Assess future capital needs in neighbourhoods compared against the projected revenue in Community Amenity Charge (CAC) budget to 2041. • Understand costs and revenue impacts of changes in road jurisdiction. In the summer of 2015, in response to the ongoing reduction in Services Levy collected by UBC, the UNA and UBC agreed to the development of a five-year financial plan to ensure the UNA long term financial health. As well, the advisory financial task force was established to give consideration to the five-year budget analysis to inform recommendations for managing funding pressures. The Task Force had membership from the UNA directors and staff, and staff from UBC and UBC Properties Trust.
Wesbrook Community Centre Child Care Project Executive Director Jan Fialkowski told directors the Wesbrook Community Centre Child Care project has started. Ms. Fialkowski said the first meeting of the Steering Committee met on March 7 to discuss the Project Charter which will guide the project, the size of the facility and the required budget. In the original plans, the facility was to be 6,000 square feet to accommodate 49 children; however, working with the YMCA and architects, it was determined that closer to 8,000 square feet is required. The format agreed upon at the Steering Committee will accommodate 56 children (12 infants, 12 toddlers, and two 16-child classrooms of 3 to 5 year olds. The Steering Committee agreed to increase the funding from $1.8M to $3.25M (which will require UBC Executive approval) in addition to the Provincial Capital Grant of $500k secured by the YMCA for a total construction budget of $3.75M. Target completion date is February 2019.
Metro Name Change Maria Harris, Electoral Area A Director, told UNA directors in March that the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) has officially changed its name to the Metro Vancouver Regional District. Since 2007, the brand name ‘Metro Vancouver’ has been used to collectively describe the four legal entities – GVRD, Metro Vancouver
Housing Corporation (MVHC), Greater Vancouver Water District (GVWD) and Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (GVS&DD) – but the interchangeable use of Metro Vancouver with the GVRD has caused significant confusion outside the organization. As a result, the Metro Vancouver Board decided in September last year to petition the Province for a legal name change to Metro Vancouver Regional District. The name change was enacted on January 30 when the B.C. Lieutenant Governor in Council amended the Letters Patent and is expected to help strengthen the region’s identity as an urban centre within a national and international context.
2016 Census Reporting to the UNA Board on the 2016 Census, Electoral Area A Director Maria Harris said the population growth rate of the UBC–UEL area was so great that a second Electoral Area A Director will be required shortly. According to Census 2016, UBC’s population grew by 3,220 residents between 2011 and 2016, marking a 33% rise over the five-year period and setting the highest percent growth rate across Metro Vancouver region. UBC’s population reached 12,856 residents in 2016 and is expected to double again over the next 30 years. The ultimate population for UBC’s market housing is 24,500. UEL’s population was 3,034 in 2016 and is expected to be about 6,500 residents upon completion of the Block F development.
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MLA Eby Pays Tribute to Late Jim Taylor at BC Legislature David Eby, MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey, delivered the following speech in the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria February 27 The neighbourhood where I live at UBC is made up of people from all over the world. The university neighbourhood community truly is the definition of diversity. But this didn’t happen overnight or by accident. One of the founders of this diverse community was Jim Taylor, Queen’s Counsel, who, sadly, passed away last year at the age of 72. Jim’s influence in the university neighbourhoods and at UBC, where he had been a law professor, was so profound that the flag was lowered to half-mast when he passed away. His work in establishing the University Neighbourhoods Association, a local resident group at UBC, led in part to him receiving a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his work. I learned only after he’d passed away that as a lawyer, I knew Jim before I met him. He was co-author with current Supreme Court of Canada Justice Beverley McLachlin of McLachlin and Taylor, the go-to civil procedure guide for all litigators in the province. Without Jim, I would have been an even more confused law student. So thank you, Jim, for the help. In his later years, Jim was a founder
and driving member of the University Neighbourhoods multicultural committee, which is often the first interaction new arrivals in Canada have with community involvement in our neighbourhood. Rather than attempt to explain to you Jim’s influence in this new arrival community, I’ll draw from quotes from members describing Jim’s influence. Florence Luo, the current Chair of the UNA Multicultural Committee, wrote: “Jim was the most supportive and openminded mentor…. He was a kind and insightful soul…. Jim was the type of true friend who wanted to take your troubles on his shoulders and used real actions to help out.” Ying Zhou, a prominent campus volunteer and outspoken elected member of the University Neighbourhoods Association Board, wrote: “My life as a new immigrant to Canada changed dramatically after I met Jim…. Jim encouraged my friends and me to get involved in the UNA election that year. This was the first time I had voted, and it was my introduction to democracy.” Thank you, Jim, for all of your work for British Columbians and for our community.
Letter to the Editor
Good Neighbours? I have a puppy that I walk at Hampton Place. On these sojourns, I have the pleasure of watching him ingest a variety of litter: cigarette butts abandoned by smokers; sodden, used tissues, white so they contrast with the grey sidewalk attracting his puppy eyes; chewed gum spat out but presenting an intriguing smell for his puppy nose and mouth. I also have the pleasure of admiring other dogs’ poops. Many owners just leave the droppings on the grassy areas, so my puppy sniffs all of them. This allows me, at the end of his leash, to play vet, contemplating their texture, colour, size… Then at nighttime, these same boulevards offer me fun obstacle courses to maneuver through. As well, I
have benefited from a free science lesson. Owners, who leave their dogs’ offerings in the snow drifts, have taught me that dog poop doesn’t melt when the temperature rises. And finally, other owners, who are oblivious that their canine friends plop on the sidewalk, provide innocent pedestrians the opportunity to produce modern art. Their footprints leave poopy patterns which I admire as I carefully step from one artistic paving stone to another. Good neighbours? Only some. Margot Brown, Hampton Place resident and dog owner P.S. Since littering on highways means a $2,000 fine, I think I will start fining the residents mentioned above. What an easy way to pay my UBC Services Levy?
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UBC’s Next Century Welcome to my first monthly column in The Campus Resident. Since I arrived here last year, I have had the privilege of meeting many of you face-to-face and I have been moved by how passionate you are about your community. I look forward to further engagement with you, our neighbours and friends. In this first column, I would like to invite you to participate in UBC’s new strategic planning process. As our neighbours, your views on the university’s future are important. The University of British Columbia is a globally renowned place of learning, research and service. UBC is developing an updated strategic plan, entitled UBC’s Next Century, to provide an effective framework to guide and implement key priorities, goals and actions over the next 25 years and to transform an outstanding institution from excellence to eminence. While looking ahead to UBC’s future, we intend to build on the achievements of the past. UBC has been well served by both Trek 2000, the strategic plan introduced by President Martha Piper in 1998, and Place and Promise, the plan introduced in 2009 by President Stephen Toope. Thanks in large part to those plans, today UBC ranks among the world’s leading universities. We are the most international university in North America, as a result of a commitment to global citizenship that we first adopted in Trek 2000. But UBC needs to revisit its goals and priorities to reflect our changing world. We now have an opportunity to set the course for the next 25 years, to take an outstanding university and make it even better. UBC has already achieved great things and we are recognized worldwide for the quality of our research, our innovative teaching, our international outlook and our community engagement. To preserve and enhance that reputation, we need to make strategic investments in the people and initiatives that form our community. The UBC’s Next Century strategic planning process started with a webbased survey that elicited more than 1,000 responses from members of the UBC community. Several key themes were identified from the results, and a steering committee – comprised of UBC faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members – has distilled those themes into eight strategic priorities: 1. Local/Regional/Global 2. Working Across Disciplines 3. Creativity, Innovation and Risk Taking 4. Engagement and Reciprocity
Professor Santa Ono. Photo credit Paul Joseph, UBC. 5. Our Community and Wellbeing 6. Sustainability 7. Indigeneity 8. Diversity And four core activities: 1. Teaching and learning 2. Research 3. Knowledge mobilization 4. Institutional activities Over the next few months, we want to engage with the entire UBC community – including you – to come up with suggestions and goals for the eight priorities and how they relate to the four core activities. Already, two in-person sessions have been scheduled: Thursday, March 23, 11-1pm, in The Nest (Great Hall) and Tuesday, March 28, 11-1pm, in the Alumni Centre (Jack Poole Hall). I hope you can join us at one of these events, but if you’re not able to participate in person, there will be additional opportunities to share your ideas; for example, through a survey about the draft priorities, core commitments and challenges. You can find out more information about ways to participate – and the strategic plan in general – online at http://president.ubc.ca/ strategic-initiatives. Together we can transform an already outstanding institution from excellence to eminence. I encourage you to take part in the shaping of UBC’s future, and I look forward to further engagement with you, our friends and neighbours. Professor Santa J. Ono President and Vice-Chancellor
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Bringing West Coast Beauty to Wesbrook Community Centre Krysta Wallbank UNA Sales and Communications Ambassador
Artist Barbara San Severino with her painting.
Have you ever stopped to look up at a big fir tree, and wondered how its beauty took your breath away? Have you ever looked out at the sky or the ocean, and counted how many different shades of blue there are? These are some of the questions that occupy the mind and soul of Barbara San Severino, local Vancouver artist and lover of nature. Having lived most of her life in Vancouver, Barb tells me that she has always been drawn to nature. Whether it’s hiking, biking, boating or skiing, being outside on the West Coast is where she feels most at home. Her passion for nature began specifically with trees, and she couldn’t bring herself to pass one by without stopping to admire it. These gentle giants offer vast amounts of colours and textures, radiating an energy that she finds simply incredible. Naturally, Barb was drawn to representing the trees that she so admires. She began painting over 12 years ago. She completed several works showing trees as if you are looking up at them. In 2015, Barb displayed them in her first art show entitled Look Up. The exhibit sent a message to viewers that we should look up from our electronic devices once in a while and appreciate the natural beauty that is all around us. No longer just looking up at trees, Barb is now also looking out at water and the ocean. Her passion has been taking her to the serene West Coast shorelines of
southern British Columbia, where she finds beauty in waves meeting land to create a shoreline, or the ways in which the sky meets the ocean to create an endless horizon. The artist is currently working on an exciting new piece that includes Vancouver’s beloved Stanley Park and its surrounding waters. Barb considers her artistic ability as a gift, and she is always trying to learn and improve. She strives to portray on a canvas the natural world that she sees. Her artistic inspiration is “raw, West Coast nature”, and this is exactly what you will see in Barb’s paintings. When I look at her work, I can feel the joy and wonder that this artist must feel when she is looking at our West Coast beauty. It makes me feel like she is bringing these places inside to share with me, like I am already there. If you’d like to see Barb’s artwork, many of her pieces are now on display at Wesbrook Community Centre. I highly recommend checking them out! And on Saturday, March 25 from 2–4 pm, Barb will be at the centre to showcase and discuss her work with the public. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided. Everyone is welcome! If you’d like to know more about Barb and see samples of her paintings, visit www.barbsansart.ca. For purchasing inquiries, you can contact Barb at email@example.com or call 604.779.2953.
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Peace Dancer Delivers Message: Don’t Make Gods Angry Peace Dancer is the fourth in a series of books of Northwest First Nations legends co-authored by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd John Tompkins, Editor
On March 2 at the First Nations Longhouse, the UBC Sustainability Initiative took the imaginative step of presenting the world-renowned artist, carver and writer Roy Henry Vickers telling the story of Peace Dancer. In an event titled UBC Reads Sustainability, Mr. Vickers related the timeless First Nations legend about Peace Dancer to a rapt audience of 150 people in
the Great Hall of the Longhouse building. According to legend, the children of the Tsimshian village of Kitkatla love to play at being hunters, eager for their turn to join the grown-ups. But when they capture and mistreat a crow, the Chief of the Heavens, angered at their disrespect, brings down a powerful storm. The rain floods the Earth, and villagers have no choice but to abandon their homes and
Artist Roy Henry Vickers signs copy of Peace Dancer, his latest book, at UBC First Nations Longhouse. Photo credit Kaitlyn Tissington-Turner, UBC Sustainability Initiative.
flee to their canoes. As the seas rise, the villagers tie themselves to the top of Anchor Mountain, where they pray for days on end and promise to teach their children to value all life. The storm stops and the waters recede. From that point on, the villagers appoint a chief to perform the Peace Dance at every potlatch and, with it, pass on the story of the flood and the importance of respect. Following the presentation, Mr. Vickers answered questions, and in one question, he was asked what was to be learned from the Peace Dancer story. The artist said he read into the story a warning: Don’t make the Gods angry lest they send a ‘great flood’ similar to the one that descends on humanity in the Book of Genesis. And what makes the Gods angry? Disrespect for the environment makes them as angry as heck, Mr. Vickers said. If we wish to avoid a great flood of disasters, we should mend our ways and treat the land, sea and air—and all who inhabit these worlds—with more consideration and less with massive resource exploitation in mind. On stage at the Great Hall during a 90-minute presentation sponsored by UBC Sustainability Initiative, Mr. Vickers was introduced as an artist best
known worldwide for his limited edition prints—Peace Dancer is the fourth in a series of lavishly-illustrated books about First Nations legends co-authored with historian Robert Budd. The artist was also introduced as an accomplished carver, design advisor of prestigious public spaces, a sought-after keynote speaker, and publisher and author of several successful books. Roy Henry Vickers was born in June 1946 in the village of Greenville, in northern British Columbia. His love and respect of the magnificent natural beauty of this area is clearly evident in his art. Roy’s father was a fisherman with the blood of three northwest coast First Nations’ -Tsimshian, Haida and Heiltsuk- flowing in his veins. His mother was a schoolteacher whose parents had immigrated to Canada from England. This unusual mixed heritage has had a strong influence on Roy’s art. A member of the Order of British Columbia, Roy studied traditional First Nations art and design at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art in Hazelton. After the UBC Reads Sustainability event, Mr. Vickers signed copies of Peace Dancer, a prize-winning book co-authored by him and historian Robert Budd.
Will 16th Avenue Parking Lot Be Site of New Works Yard? Little Australia site is no longer considered; however, 16th Avenue site is still under consideration for new $2 million works yard The 16th Avenue parking lot—where the old Pacific Spirit Regional Park administrative office used to be—is a popular staging ground for hikers entering the park. On a recent Saturday morning, for example, 50-60 cars were observed in and around the parking lot, and as cars left the lot, others moved in. However, this use of the old park administrative area seems inconsistent with its possible future use as a service yard for the whole of the park. This possibility arises given a report received on February 15 by the Metro Vancouver Parks Committee on the Pacific Spirit Regional Park Service Yard
Replacement Project. The report lists 16th Avenue parking lot as a site under consideration for possible use as a service yard along with the following sites: • Sedgwick Fill • 16th Ave (Homestead) North of Reservoir • Chancellor Boulevard near University Hill Elementary School. Meanwhile, two other sites once considered—Little Australia and 29th Avenue at Imperial Road—are no longer being considered. In the March Electoral Area Director’s Update, Metro Vancouver Director
Maria Harris notes that the second phase of analysis of potential sites for the replacement service yard is nearing completion. Primary considerations include impacts to park visitor experience, adjacent land use, park ecology, cost, servicing and access, as well as the values identified by participants in the first public engagement event, Ms. Harris reported. The replacement service yard will have a footprint of less than one acre and will include equipment, vehicle and material storage, maintenance facilities, basic shared office space, a change room and
first aid facilities. Ms. Harris says, “Staff will complete analysis of the sites under consideration before hosting a public engagement event in spring 2017 to share their analysis and solicit feedback from the public. “Staff will continue to engage Musqueam First Nation, the Pacific Spirit Park Society and community groups before reporting back to the Regional Parks Committee with a preferred service yard location. Detailed design will move forward later in 2017 in order to implement the project in 2018.”
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Count Down to Raising of Reconciliation Pole at UBC All are welcome at April 1 ceremony to raise 55-foot carved pole into place on Main Mall; a few hundred members of the UBC community will be required to lift the pole, carved from a 800-year old tree John Tompkins, Editor
7idansuu, Mr. Hart, has been carving since 1979. In addition to his monumental sculptures and totem poles, he is a skilled jeweller and printmaker and is considered a leader among Haida artists in the use of bronze casting. This 800-year-old red cedar tree was shipped from the island of Haida Gwaii where carving began two years ago under the direction of Mr. Hart and with the helping hands of Gwaliga Hart, John Brent Bennett, Brandon Brown, Jaalen Edenshaw, Derek White, Leon Ridley and Carl Hart (late son of James), all of the Haida Nation of Haida Gwaii.
James Hart, a Haida master carver and Hereditary Chief 7idansuu, at the tent at Main Mall and Agronomy Road where he works with the team of carvers from the Haida Gwaii community on the Reconciliation Pole. On Saturday March 11, at the suggestion of UBC Campus and Community Planning, I dropped by the white tent at Main Mall and Agronomy Road to watch Haida master carver James Hart and his team of carvers from the Haida Gwaii community at work on the Reconciliation Pole there. “We are counting down the days,” Mr. Hart told me. By counting down the days, Mr. Hart meant there were relatively few days left until Saturday, April 1, when— starting at 1 pm—the UBC community is scheduled to lift the 55-foot, 800-year old red cedar pole into place from its current prone position on Main Mall. When I asked Mr. Hart how the huge pole will be raised, the master carver said that it will be raised in the manner Haida people have been raising poles for thousands of years—meaning it will be raised by hand. UBC advises a few hundred people will be required to pull ropes to help raise the pole. There will be a ceremony director and then sub directors at each rope (approximately five or six ropes in all) who will tell the raisers what to do, when to pull, etc. The process will take approximately 1–1.5 hours.
UBC welcomes everyone to attend and participate in the event at the intersection of Main Mall and Agronomy Road which will go ahead regardless of the weather. Plentiful parking is available nearby (at Thunderbird Parkade). The University of British Columbia, which is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam First Nation, has partnered with well-known art collector and philanthropist Michael Audain on this project to carve a totem pole that recognizes the complex aspects of reconciliation related to Canadian Indian Residential Schools. UBC Ceremonies provided significant background material to the event. The Reconciliation Pole is one of two UBC initiatives that aim to capture the long trajectory of Indigenous and Canadian relations and to ensure that one part of that, the history of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools, will never be forgotten. The other initiative is the construction of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, located between the Koerner Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The Indian Residential
Part of the Reconciliation Pole is a small replica of a residential school with copper nails embedded in it symbolizing the deaths of over 6,000 children in the Canadian Residential Indian Schools. Photo credit Paul Joseph, UBC Communications and Marketing.
Part of the Reconciliation Pole. Photo credit UBC. School History and Dialogue Centre will provide former students and their families with access to the records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and give students and visitors ways to understand the history and lasting effects of Indian Residential Schools as a context for thinking about contemporary relationships. UBC has a long-standing commitment to Aboriginal engagement, with programs and initiatives across campus addressing issues of concern to Indigenous students, scholars and communities as well as developing the capacity of all students to better understand Indigenous history, perspectives and issues. UBC has Canada’s oldest aboriginal law program, an Indigenous teacher education program, an aboriginal residency program for medical students, the First Nations and Endangered Languages program, the First Nations and Indigenous Studies program and many other programs and concentrations. The Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery at UBC also provided significant background material to the event and to Mr. Hart, who was born in 1952 into the Eagle Clan at Old Massett, Haida Gwaii. A master carver and Hereditary Chief
The Indian Residential Schools were instituted by the federal government of Canada in the second half of the nineteenth century, and operated for more than 100 years, with the last school closing in 1996. Located across Canada, the schools separated an estimated 150,000 children from their parents, families and culture. More than 6,000 students are estimated to have died in the schools and many more suffered severe forms of psychological, physical and sexual abuse. Mr. Hart has carved two miniature replicas of the residential schools, and these models will be attached to the Ceremonial Pole. He has also embedded copper nails in the pole to symbolize the deaths of children in the schools. Both Reconciliation Pole and the Dialogue Centre provide ways to develop an understanding of the history and lasting effects of the schools, not only on Indigenous peoples, but on Canadian society as a whole. James Hart was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2003, and an Honourary Doctorate of Letters by the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in 2004. In the work tent, Mr. Hart told The Campus Resident he hoped that raising the Reconciliation Pole would lead to two communities in Canada—Indigenous and non-Indigenous—“moving forward together.”
Part of the Reconciliation Pole. Photo credit UBC.
THE CAMPUS RESIDENT March 20, 2017
Musqueam Make Traffic Safety Priority at Block F Select trees were due to be removed to Musqueam Reserve at press time; harvested trees will be used there for cultural purposes John Tompkins, Editor
Musqueam Indian Band crew members work on Block F site in the University Endowment Lands. Photo credit Musqueam Capital Corporation. Musqueam Capital Corporation (MCC) want neighbours to know that safety is a priority as work continues on Block F development in the University Endowment Lands. MCC has a traffic management plan in place, and the company expects minimal impact on traffic. Under the terms of the traffic plan, • Road crews will be on site to ensure the safety of vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. • Work hours will be from 8 am to 5 pm. No street tree removal will be done during school drop-off and pick-up times, which are 8:30 am – 9 am and 3 pm – 3:30 pm. Doug Avis, MCC Vice-President, Real Estate, said at press time select trees were due to be removed along Acadia Road within the road right-of-way. Jay Mearns, MCC Manager of Operations, said the trees were due to removed “using best practices and under the strict supervision of environmental experts.” The trees—harvested at the Block F site in February and early March—are bound for the Musqueam Reserve three miles
south of the UEL. Mr. Mearns commented they will be made available there to artists, totem pole carvers, weavers, band members who smoke fish (using maple, alder and cherry) and others. The trees will also be used for making Block F benches and signs. “No trees will go to the dump,” Mr. Mearns commented. Mr. Mearns, a member of Musqueam First Nation, and Mr. Avis accompanied The Campus Resident on a tour of Block F, which lies between University Boulevard, Toronto Road, Acadia Road and Ortona Road. During the tour, a crew of nine or ten male members of the Musqueam Indian Band was observed clearing the forest of such invasive plants as holly and Himalayan blackberry. Workmen said they had never seen invasives as huge as those they were cutting down. Holly plants climbed up tree trunks to thirty to forty feet above the ground, while the stems of some holly plants measured a foot in diameter. “We should have been at Christmas,” one workman joked. Mr. Mearns said the ability of invasives
Crew member from Musqueam Indian Band prepares logs harvested on Block F site for removal to Musqueam Indian Reserve. Photo credit Musqueam Capital Corporation.
to grow back after being cut down meant a mitigation program would be needed for two to three years until complete eradication was accomplished. The band would likely assign one of its work force to undertake the program. Asked when the first resident might move into a new home in Block F, Mr. Avis replied that, probably, it will be in the spring or summer of 2020. He based his calculation on “shovels in the ground
for digging by early next year” plus a twoyear building program. In July and August, MCC will reconstruct Acadia Road, including adding a sidewalk on the UBC side of the street, where currently one does not exist. Once built out, Block F—consisting of 18-storey condo buildings, a 12-storey rental building and a mix of four- to sixstorey buildings and townhomes—will house 2,500 people. An estimated 1,900
The forest is cleared for the future residential development on Block F. Photo credit Musqueam Capital Corporation. jobs will be created through construction and beyond completion. Amenities will include a 15,000 square-foot community centre, a gym/sport court, fitness centre, meeting rooms and office space, a child care facility for 40 children, retail shops coffee shops and a specialty grocery store. Musqueam Capital Corporation is the property development arm of the Musqueam Indian Band, which is a descendant of the Coast Salish. For thousands of years, the band has lived in their traditional territory now known as Greater Vancouver. In 2008, the Province of British Columbia transferred the Block F land to the Musqueam First Nation as part of a Reconciliation,
Settlement and Benefits Agreement. Block F—which will take ten to 12 years to complete—marks the first time an Indian band in Vancouver has independently embarked on a comprehensive real estate development. Mr. Mearns said that as well as developing Block F, Musqueam Capital Corporation is in a sense developing a new brand for real estate development— a brand that is consistent with “our world view of taking care of Mother Earth.”
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Giving Back With Music Judy-Hyojoo Rhee Member of the UNA Youth Band It is the end of the concert. The band’s manager Michael steps forward and concludes, “Thank you all for listening— we hope you enjoyed our music. We feel privileged to be performing for you and would love to come again to play for you next season.” Michael peers out of the window—where snowflakes are falling gracefully—and adds, “We hope you have a great spring.” Everyone breaks into laughter. Then, I hear applause and catch a glimpse of the band players smiling. This is why I play in the UNA Youth Band: the learning, fun and sharing the sound of music with those who appreciate it. The UNA Youth Band was founded in 2011 by high school students. Our mission statement was—and still is—to provide youth the opportunity to express themselves through music in a safe environment. We are the only band in the area ‘run by youth, for youth’. Normally the band size averages 20 students, and we welcome youth between 12-17 years of age. We are comprised of passionate musicians who play woodwind, brass, strings such as bass, piano and more. As of now, our band is led by conductor John Xing and manager Michael Rhee. Until this year, the Youth Band performed in organized events, mainly in the UNA area, and was very successful. The band played at the Barn Raising, the Annual Christmas Concert and during
UNA Youth Band at Sunrise Living. Photo credit Kyung Wook Hwang. BC Youth Week. While we continue the traditions of past years, now we are focusing on reaching out to neighbouring communities to create meaningful connections with our local seniors. We have increased the number of annual performances, making it a minimum of 8 concerts.
So far, the highlights of this season have included performing at seniors residences Crofton Manor and Sunrise Senior Living. In these concerts, we featured many soloists and duets. Lisa and Cindy played a beautiful duet of the classic Canon in D on the flute. Chris, also a flutist, played an amazing solo of Elegie by Clifford Benson. Judy, yet another flutist, played an Irish air Danny Boy that resonated with many in the audience. We also invited guest pianists, Grace and Maria, and a guest clarinetist, Timmy, to perform. Along with our solos and duets, our band performed various pieces we had practiced at our Sunday rehearsals. The pieces had contrasting musical atmospheres, since they had been chosen out of different periods and cultures. Musically, we were successful. An important aspect of performing is connecting with the members of the audience. I could see this happening when seniors nodded along with the rhythm of the music, or closed their eyes and
smiled while listening to the solo pieces. We were able to interact through the medium of music with seniors feeling the same emotions as performing musicians. What’s more, members of the band took the initiative to engage in conversations with the seniors, who in turn were pleased to converse with us. In my experience, I spoke with one of the seniors who spoke French, and I listened as she explained her life in France. The UNA Youth Band is all about developing each individual’s musical ability through performing in concerts. Underneath the surface, our band is also about building true connections with our local community through a common platform that we share: the love for music. We don’t strive for musical perfection. So even though the occasional high notes by some of our band players *trumpets* sound questionable indeed, I’m happy to play in a band with youths who look for more than just practicing their skills— youth who look to give back with music.
UNA Youth Band members mingle with seniors at Crofton Manor. Photo credit Jeannie Lee.
UNA Youth Band members perform for seniors. Photo credit Kyung Wook Hwang.
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Chan Centre Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Finest Musical Tradition to world music, the Chan Centre is a vital part of UBC campus life where artistic and academic disciplines merge to inspire new perspectives on life and culture. Past performers and guest speakers include Wynton Marsalis, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Renée Fleming, Dan Savage, Yo-Yo Ma, Mariza, Sigur Rós, Mavis
Staples, Lila Downs, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. The Chan Centre is part of UBC’s Arts and Culture District and hosts rehearsals and performances by the UBC School of Music and the UBC Department of Theatre and Film throughout the year.
Chan Centre Interior Full Hall. Photo credit Don Erhardt. On April 8, 2017 the UBC School of Music celebrates the Chan Centre’s 20th anniversary as one of Canada’s premier launching pads for talented young musicians with a special performance of Mozart’s Requiem and Dr. Stephen Chatman’s A Song of Joys, featuring the UBC Symphony Orchestra and Choirs. Since its opening in spring 1997, the
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts has earned an international reputation for its striking design, stellar acoustics and exceptional programming. Artists, critics and audiences alike are unanimous in their praise of this multi-faceted facility, winning it a place among North America’s premier performing arts centres. From classical, jazz, theatre and opera
Chan Centre Exterior Night. Photo by Tim Matheson.
Resounding Gratitude: Commemorating 20 years of Joy Dr. Richard Kurth Director, UBC School of Music
Dr. Richard Kurth, Director UBC School of Music.Photo credit UBC. For students and faculty in the School of Music, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts is a temple, dedicated to the cultivation and nourishment of human spirit through music. We gather here almost daily, devoting our energies and imaginations to the infinitely rewarding pursuit of music. From the quiet grove of ancient trees beside the building, and from the serene and soaring architecture of the Chan Shun Concert Hall, we draw oxygen for our hearts and minds. The music we make here is powered by the purifying breath this hall inspires, vitalizing our artistic and creative aspirations. The wonderful
acoustics allow us to hear our dreams, and to refine them. The Chan Centre has immense importance for the School of Music: here students and faculty perfect their art together in rehearsals, and then share their efforts in public events like this one. This beautiful place embodies our sense of community in every way: students coming together in shared aspiration; faculty and students working together in shared accomplishment; and performers and audience members gathering together in shared excitement and delight. We marvel equally at the beauty of this concert hall, and its extraordinary resonance. For performers and audience alike, we all hear special meaning in the lustrous reverberations that hold our attention after each piece ends. The evanescent echo is not a fading away, but an accelerating movement into the infinite; it rings with our liberated energies and deepest hopes. The reverberations are a final pulse of music-spirit, surging from the lively concentration the music has energized in all of us, from each thrilling moment to the next. The echo tells us that we have been listening and marveling together, woven in attentive friendship by the music. Tonight’s concert celebrates the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Chan Centre, echoing the inaugural concert presented by the School in April 1997, and 10th anniversary concert in April 2007.
Tonight we celebrate with two major works: Mozart’s reverential Requiem from the past and Stephen Chatman’s exciting Song of Joys from the present. We begin in thoughtful contemplation, and end in exuberance. Our performance tonight expresses our deep gratitude to the Chan family for their vision, and to architect Bing Thom for his soaring design; together they have created this glorious place for all of us! This building is an expression of their
friendship, and it also reminds us that music harmonizes our community and our global fabric. The School of Music dedicates tonight’s concert in lasting gratitude to the Chan family, and in resounding memory of architect Bing Thom (1940–2016). Bing’s imagination soars in all of his buildings — and in this one, it also sings. In the enduring resonance of this magnificent concert hall, our music joins with his.
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Get Your ‘Passport’ Stamped at Night Quest in Pacific Spirit Park Metro Vancouver Regional Parks is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with Night Quest in Pacific Spirit Regional Park on Saturday, March 25 (7 pm–9:30 pm), one of its many free, family fun commemorative events.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary, the annual fun-filled Night Quest event will showcase a new interactive light display amid old growth trees, new animal stations and a full line-up of community
Park visitors are greeted by a frog on a trail.
Night Quest visitors discover the magic of nature in the park. exhibitors. This event is ideal for all ages. Participants should meet at the 16th Avenue parking lot, 400m west of Blanca St. and allow 1.5 hours to complete. Critters of the night have a lot to say about life after dark in Pacific Spirit Regional Park. During the Night Quest event, park visitors will meet nocturnal wildlife who speak the language of humans and tell their tales, wander down lantern-lit trails and discover the magic of nature at night. Other activities include drumming, roasting marshmallows over
an open campfire, face painting and storytelling. Bring a flashlight or lantern and a mug for the cash-only concession. Trails are wheelchair and stroller accessible. The event is hosted by Metro Vancouver Regional Parks in partnership with the Pacific Spirit Park Society. No registration is required. For more information please call 604.224.5739 or visit website at http:// www.metrovancouver.org/events/check-itout/Pages/default.aspx. To make it easier for nature lovers to discover new beaches, forests, rivers,
FRATERNITES continued from Page 1 This offer prompted Laura Cottle, UNA Resident Director, to comment, “This goes a long way—offering your phone number.” Other UNA directors also seemed impressed. Mr. Newman was asked by another director, “Can’t you lease to other tenants (May to August)?” Mr. Newman replied, “It likely would be the same wherever they (renters) come from.” Meanwhile, the IFC President said that fines charged to individual fraternities by the ICF would go to charity. The money would not go into a pot to pay for parties, he said. Following the IFC presentation, UNA directors discussed how to proceed in forming a lasting and meaningful relationship with the fraternities. Agreement was reached that Kathleen Simpson, an UNA Director appointed by the Alma Mater Society, would undertake to form a working group dedicated to moving the process forward. In concluding his presentation, Mr. Newman raised the following question: How can the IFC and the UNA strengthen our relationship? He offered several suggestions: • Community BBQs; • Inviting members of the UNA to IFC philanthropic events; • Establish a clear line of communication to the IFC executive council; • Provide a calendar with IFC social events to members of the UNA;
• Have a formal line of complaints to IFC executive council Referring to the upcoming Arts County Fair, an event held annually on the last day of classes at UBC, Mr. Newman said, “Our organizations are grateful for the understanding the UNA has shown us in regards to this tradition.” Every year, the Greek (fraternal) community gathers around the courtyard of the Greek Village to celebrate the last day of classes. “Beginning around 6 am, our organizations celebrate finishing another year of studies,” Mr. Newman said. This year, the last day of classes is Thursday, April 6. Asked after the meeting how many fraternity students were on UBC campus, Mr. Newman replied, “We are just in the process of finalizing numbers as many organizations brought new members in this semester. “Although the numbers fluctuate every year, we are currently at around 800 individuals in the ten fraternities averaging about 70-100 members per fraternity.” Not all fraternity members live in the Greek Village, however. “We have three fraternities with locations other than 2880 Wesbrook Mall. It is also important to note that not all fraternity members reside in their respective houses. Many also live off campus but they are included in the averages numbers”.
trails and wetlands, Metro Vancouver has introduced the Passport to Regional Parks, a soft-cover booklet that lists public events in parks and includes maps and facts about the history, wildlife and notable features of each park. Visitors can collect stamps every time they visit a new park, event (such as Night Quest), nature house or campground to earn rewards like commemorative stickers, crests or pins. The Pacific Parklands Foundation will also offer rewards in a random draw to those who collect up to 10 or 15 stamps. The Passport to Regional Parks is also available as a smartphone app where residents can receive virtual stamps. Passports were distributed with each copy of the special spring edition of the Check It Out! program guide. Greg Moore, Metro Vancouver Board Chair, and Heather Deal, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Committee Chair, invite you to join them in celebrating 50 years of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. While regional parks are great places to go for a walk, breathe fresh air and enjoy
the beauty of nature, they are also part of a larger system that includes regional park reserves, ecological conservancy areas and greenways – all located within the traditional homelands of the Coast Salish First Nations. These green spaces protect diverse natural landscapes and habitats spread out over British Columbia’s largest metropolitan area. They are our shared legacy.
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New MOA Exhibition Examines Threat to Amazon Angelica Poversky Assistant Communications Marketing Manager
The Museum of Anthropology has launched a new exhibition entitled Amazonia: The Rights of Nature, exploring the social implications of threats to the rainforest, and by extension, the environmental effort of the Indigenous people who are working to protect the land. Dr. Nuno Porto, the curator of the exhibition (March 10, 2017 – January 28, 2018) says the themes can be broken down to “Indigenous knowledge as revealed by artifacts and their histories, and innovative legal systems.” Over 385 Indigenous groups have developed a balanced relationship with the Amazon rainforest for over 11,000
years. This exhibition allows visitors to “think of the forest as an inhabited space”, continues Porto. The curator believes that such an immersive experience will result in visitors seeing the root of the threat to the Amazon is not one between humans and nature, but rather one that is caused by “an ongoing creation of a socioenvironmental relationship.” In the coming weeks, MOA will be hosting a performance event seeking to engage students in the issues of the exhibition, where students will be performing and immersing themselves both in art, culture and ideas of social intersection.
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Biodiversity in your backyard Make the Most of Spring Break Emmanuel Villamejor I Administrative and Communications Assistant, Beaty Biodiversity Museum Spring, the season of rebirth and rejuvenation, is right around the corner. Buds bloom once again, birds chirp all day long, and the sun starts to show itself a little bit more. But a restart shouldn’t be limited to Mother Nature. Here are three things to make sure that the learning doesn’t stop during your spring break. Explore your backyard Vancouverites are blessed to live in an amazing city – a bustling urban space that’s wonderfully interwoven and integrated with nature – and one would be remiss not to take advantage of this. The days are getting longer and the weather is starting to be a tad bit warmer, making it the perfect time to check out a new trail or revisit the old ones we’ve stayed away from during the winter. Take the opportunity to see nature’s changes up close: make note of the colour finally coming back to the plants, listen for and spot the increased animal activity, and breathe in that crisp spring air. Watch award-winning documentaries Plopping on the couch and surrendering the rest of your day off to a screen might not seem like the most productive spring break tip, but hear me out. In this day and age, it’s hard to break away from screens as they permeate almost every aspect of our lives. And we all know there are going to be some days when the rain just
makes it impossible to want to go outside. So instead of fighting it, why not use it to our advantage? Take control of the remote and devote one-hour to a quality nature documentary. Here are a few notable titles available in Netflix Canada: • Life (2009). A BBC production that showcases different animal and plant groups, and strategies they employ to survive. • Planet Earth (2006). Another BBC production and the predecessor to the amazing 2016 Planet Earth II. While Life looks at nature through different animal and plant groups, Planet Earth discusses nature through different biomes or habitats, ranging from the cold Antarctic to the lush tropical jungles of the Amazon. • Growing Up Wild (2016). Made by Disney, this hour-long documentary follows five baby mammals from different parts of the world growing up and learning to survive in the wild. • The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans (2001). This BBC production explores the marine world from the familiar coral reef communities to the dark unknown. Check out the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s spring break programming. This spring break, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum offers more than our regular guided tours or a showing of our own documentary about our blue
Make sure the learning doesn’t stop this spring break. Photo credit Derek Tan. whale skeleton. Every day at noon during spring break, we’re running hands-on activities in the museum, with each day featuring a different topic. Curious about the creatures that live in our pond? Maybe you’re interested in learning more about fossils and the wonders of Planet Earth? Would you like to learn how to collect and preserve those wonderful flowers you see around your house? With the diversity of activities we have lined up, there’s always something for everyone. Stop by for some outsidethe-classroom learning that will deepen your appreciation for Mother Nature.
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