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Published monthly by the University Neighbourhoods Association

Volume 1, Issue 7

November 23, 2010

UBC and UEL Files Find Third Home in Six Months Stephanie Cadieux is new minister with oversight for UBC,UEL issues; ministry is new also Responsibility for overseeing land use planning at the University of British Columbia has gone to new government minister Stephanie Cadieux, the third minister to bear this responsibility in the last six months. Responsibility for governance of the University Endowment Lands (UEL) also goes to Ms. Cadieux, a rookie MLA who heads the new ministry called ‘community, sport and cultural development’. Ms. Cadieux, MLA for SurreyPanorama, follows Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart in overseeing UBC land use planning. Mr. Stewart, who did the job for four months, followed Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett, who did it for the first two months following provincial government takeover of UBC land use planning oversight from Metro Vancouver on April 29. Mr. Bennett (no longer a minister) and Mr. Stewart (now minister of agriculture) controlled what was then the ministry of community and rural development whereas Ms. Cadieux controls what is now the ministry of community, sport and cultural development.

Ms. Cadieux was elected MLA for Surrey-Panorama in the 2009 general provincial election. She resides as chair of the special committee to appoint an information and privacy commissioner, and is also a member of the select

Board Begins Look at UNA Election Turnouts

UBC Unveils Public Hearing Date

Annual meetings are poorly attended; committee is tasked to determine why

Hearing to be held November 30th at Ponderosa Centre, 2071 West Mall

The University Neighbourhoods Association has begun a review of why turn-out at its annual general meetings and balloting at its annual election of resident-directors is low while membership growth is high. The need for a review became apparent as UNA directors at their November board meeting reflected on a historical report on elections prepared by staff. The staff report tracks the number of UNA members at the time of all annual general meetings since 2002, the year in which the UNA was formed. It also tracks the number of (nonstudent) housing units on campus, the number of ballots cast at the annual meetings and the number of members attending those annual meetings. On the one hand, the report shows prolific growth in both the number of UNA members and number of housing units on campus since the November 26, 2002 date of the first UNA annual meeting.

UBC has scheduled a November 30th public meeting on campus for discussion of proposed changes to its Land Use Plan. To be held at the Ponderosa Centre, 2071 West Mall, the meeting will start at 6 PM. Plans for this upcoming public meeting succeed a series of events precipitated in April when the provincial government appropriated oversight of land use planning at UBC from Metro Vancouver. The University—charged with amending and converting an Official Community Plan overseen by Metro into a Land Use Plan overseen by Victoria—set about organizing an Open House, two workshops, technical studies and two rounds of public consultation. A second round of community consultation materialized next. As part of it, UBC met with 44 community groups over a four month period stretching from July 13 to October 7th.

ELECTION cont’d page 8

Parade of Ministers

Stephanie Cadieux

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Ben Stewart

standing committees on health, and on children and youth, and the special committee to review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Living with a spinal cord injury since a car crash at the age of 18, Ms.

Bill Bennett

Cadieux became a strong community advocate for programs to assist people with physical disabilities to achieve their goals and regain independence. In 2007, she worked with 2010 LegaMINISTER cont’d page 4

RCMP Officers Embrace Tech to Avert Online Suicide

University RCMP Constables (left to right) Ben Savard, Gurbir Atwal and Keith Simpson, along with Cst. Amir Ocampo (not pictured), used an innovative combination of technology, common sense and observation skills, in combination with other emergency responders, to help avert a suicide on UBC campus in June. STORY ON PAGE 10

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Old Barn and UNA Office Staffs Serve in Separate Buildings



Old Barn staff is at Community Centre in Hawthorn Place; UNA Staff is in new office in South Campus

Old Barn staff members (from left to right), Stephanie Nesbitt,Charlie Rabbit, Jessica McLachlan, Laura Tennant, Katrina Giang

University Neighbourhoods Association staff members (from left to right), Rocio Escalona, Katherine Xu, Ralph Wells, Cathie Cleveland, Glendon Scott, Jan Fialkowski and John Tompkins

Until the beginning of October, the staffs of both the University Neighbourhoods Association and Old Barn Community Centre served campus residents and others under the same roof. Today, they serve under different roofs. The Community Centre staff remains in the Old Barn. The UNA staff has relocated to South Campus (see below for details). The Old Barn Community Centre— whose staff reports to the UNA—is

ed from UBC with a degree in General Biology. Stephanie has a background in sports, programming for ESL summer programs, and she is currently captain of the Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Team. Stephanie is enthusiastic about providing programs that will meet the needs of our growing community and that will encourage individual fitness and community participation. Communications and Events Coordinator, Laura Tennant, is from Delta, British Columbia and has a Publishing Diploma from Langara College. Laura has a background in design and is also a Social Media Assistant at The Cultch Theatre. Laura is always ready to help you plan your memorable moment whatever the occasion – birthday, anniversary, conference, reception, family gathering, or business meeting. Program Coordinator, Jessica McLachlan, moved to Vancouver from Vernon, British Columbia to complete her degree in Human Kinetics at UBC. Jessica started at The Old Barn Community Centre when it opened in 2007 as a front desk receptionist and has since moved into her current position after the completion of her schooling. Recreation Assistant, Katrina Giang, is from Burnaby, British Columbia and is currently in the co-op program in the School of Human Kinetics at UBC. Katrina is excited to be part of our welcoming community centre staff and is hoping to learn a lot while she completes her work term here! Should you wish to visit The Old Barn Community Centre or contact a mem-

open seven days a week from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. One of the Centre’s friendly reception staff is always at the Reception Desk while the Community Centre is open. Staff members are happy to answer any questions you may have about the facility or assist you in registering for specific classes or purchasing Exercise Room memberships. Community Centre Manager, Stephanie Nesbitt, is a native of North Vancouver, British Columbia who graduat-

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For casual dining 7 days a week join us in the Westward Ho! Public House & Grill Room. We have ample free parking, weekly entrĂŠe sheets and a warm and welcoming staff. Come in, sit back and let us do the cooking for you! Visit for information on our Prime Rib Dinners, Wine Weekends and to ďŹ nd out more about What’s Happening at UGC. 5NIVERSITY"OULEVARDs &ACEBOOK5NIVERSITY'OLF#LUBs4WITTER 5NIVERSITY'OLFsUNIVERSITYGOLFCOM

ber of staff, please note the following: 6308 Thunderbird Blvd. Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4 Tel: 604.827.4469 Fax: 604.827.3471 E-mail: Should you wish to visit the University Neighbourhoods Association or contact a member of UNA staff, please note the following: Mailing Address #202-5923 Berton Ave. Vancouver, BC V6S 0B3 Tel: 604.827.5158 Fax: 604.827.5375 E-mail: Jan Fialkowski, Executive Director Tel: 604.827.5317 Email: Cathie Cleveland, Administrative Manager Tel: 604.827.5540 Email: Glendon Scott, Operations Manager Tel: 604.822.4356 Email: Ralph Wells, Sustainability Manager Tel: 604.822.3263 Email: Katherine Xu, Special Project Coordinator Tel: 604.822.9931 Email: Rocio Escalona, Receptionist Tel: 604.827.5158 Email:

Adera Building Bags Nominations Pacific project at UBC is listed in three categories; Georgie awards will be presented in March Adera’s Pacific project at UBC is a 2011 Georgie Awards finalist in three categories: •Best Multi-Family Low Rise Development •Best Kitchen Under $40,000

•Best Outdoor Living Space The Canadian Home Builders Association released the list of finalists October 26. Awards will be presented in March.


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Powerful Opportunity? Could aggressive new provincial energy conservation targets and new BC Hydro initiatives spell opportunity for UNA residents? The likely answer is yes. The recently passed Clean Energy Act (CEA) has committed the Province of BC to meeting at least 66% of future electricity demand by conservation (rather than new generation capacity) and to address climate change by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) by 33% below 2007 levels by 2020 (and an 80% reduction by 2050). Closer to home, UBC plans to significantly exceed the Province’s GHG targets, setting a 67% reduction target for 2020 (and a 100% reduction by 2050!) and recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BC Hydro to help achieve those goals. The UNA has the opportunity to participate in one of the programs under development through the MOU — the BC Hydro Sustainable Communities program for local governments. In this program, BC Hydro provides financial support to communities to fund a community energy manager and the development of a community energy and emissions plan — and is considering doing so in partnership with the UNA and UBC for campus residents and businesses, including our UNA neighbourhoods.

The community energy manager would work with the UNA to bring BC Hydro Power Smart incentive programs to our community, help implement building energy audits and develop energy conservation education programs. Power Smart programs would include incentives for such things as home and common area lighting for strata buildings (e.g., underground parking) but could also include opportunities to participate in innovative programs such as LED street lighting or electric car infrastructure trials. The community energy and emissions plan would have a focus on the future to support the development of an energyefficient, low-GHG community (possibly through an innovative district heating system), but would also provide for improving energy efficiency in existing buildings and identify transportation alternatives intended to reduce community GHG emissions. Interested UNA residents can expect to be involved in the development of this plan through public engagement programs. If we choose to proceed with this program, the UNA will be among a limited number of communities province-wide as BC Hydro has strict criteria for participation. Be sure to watch future editions of The Campus Resident for more information as this interesting story develops.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICY UBC is committed to consulting with residents on academic developments impacting them, VP says By Stephen Owen, UBC Vice President, External, Legal and Community Relations For the past 15 years, UBC has been building a vibrant, sustainable community on campus. We know that we have created something truly special at UBC – a unique, sustainable university community in one of the world’s most exciting metropolitan centres. This is one of the reasons people choose to make UTown@UBC their home. We believe that proposed changes to the Land Use Plan will support and improve what residents love about UTown@UBC. They will allow for a greater variety of housing choices, bringing more faculty and staff to campus and ensuring a diversity of residents. As our year-round population grows, we know that our campus needs the services to support those residents. Changes to the Land Use Plan will permit more shops and services, allowing

es to the academic lands impact people in our residential communities as well. In response to the issues raised by the University Neighbourhoods Association Board and residents through the Land Use Plan consultation process, the University is developing a new policy that ensures the UNA Board is briefed on proposed academic projects immediately adjacent to a neighbourhood housing area boundary (i.e. within 30 metres) prior to final siting decisions. This will enable discussion with the UNA about potential concerns and options for addressing them. And we are committed to an inclusive planning process for Totem Field North, modeled on neighbourhood planning processes. We also know that campus green space is important to those who live on campus. We are dedicated to ensuring that

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Population number corrected Stephen Owen

In the story entitled “Metro Makes Plea for Planning Clarity” in the October issue of the Campus Resident, there is an error in the population numbers quoted. UBC has never intended to grow the campus population to 50,000, this figure is a result of Metro Vancouver double-counting our student population. The campus population today is 16,500, comprising 8,000 people living in family housing and 8,500 student beds. Under amendments to the Land Use Plan, the family housing neighbourhoods would increase to approximately 24,000 over the next 20 to 30 years, a change from the 20,000 projected in the original Official Community Plan (OCP). The population change is due to the proposed amendments to the Land Use Plan that allow for a greater number of smaller, more affordable housing units. The future population on campus will also be influenced by adding stu-

dent residents. Capacity for a total of 16,000 student beds on campus (double the current numbers) has been identified in the university’s academic plans, but building these beds will depend on many factors. Accounting for a range in how many beds could be built in the future, the total population on campus could be between 34,000 and 40,000, with a year-round population of 25,00035,000. The year-round population depends on how many student beds are 12 month contracts versus eight month contracts. This varies from year to year and therefore there is a range provided for the year-round population. Finally, it is important to note this growth will take place slowly, meaning it will take 20 to 30 years before we see these population ranges on campus. Kera McArthur Associate Director, Communications Campus and Community Planning

residents to meet their daily needs without leaving campus. UBC will also create more amenities for our residents, more parks and community centres. And a new element of the Land Use Plan is a daycare requirement, equivalent to what is used by the City of Vancouver and adjusted for our unique demographics. We believe these are the ingredients that will make UTown@UBC an even more livable community. As our on-campus neighbourhoods are growing and changing, so too is the university. We have become one of the top ranked Canadian universities, with the London Times Higher Education Supplement ranking UBC as the second best university in Canada, number 30 in the world. Improving and changing our academic program means building more and better facilities. We understand that chang-

this unique aspect of our campus is maintained. Our Land Use Plan has a number of policies designed to ensure the protection of green space on campus, and these will not be changed. Furthermore, we are proposing to augment the current tree management policy to include a 1:1 tree replacement policy for residential projects. This is in addition to retaining the UBC Farm area, which means that a large forested area on campus will be maintained. Because of its unique geography and history, UBC has had the opportunity to build a model university community that is vibrant, sustainable and livable. And we see the members of our UTown@UBC neighbourhoods as part of what makes this university one of the best in the world. We look forward to working with residents to ensure UBC remains a unique and wonderful place to live, work and study.

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Include us in Transit Talks, Says Kits Commerce Group Kitsilano Chamber is voice for 600-plus businesses; consultation re UBC rapid transit line is priority to them Kirsten Severson, chair of the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce, has called on Metro Vancouver and TransLink to ensure that broad consultations take place with the business community regarding any planning of a rapid transit line to the University of British Columbia. As Metro Vancouver develops its regional growth strategy, the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce believes the businesses and residents located along a potential line need to be included in the planning process to mitigate any negative impact from its construction.

“The Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce represents more than 600 businesses across Vancouver. Many of these businesses, and hundreds of other businesses, are located on potential transit corridors,” Severson said. “To ensure that the residents and business owners along these streets are not negatively impacted by the construction of a rapid transit line to UBC, the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce is calling on Metro Vancouver to include us in broad consultations in the planning of the line.”

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cies Now to develop an accessible tourism plan for BC.Ms. Cadieux worked with the BC Paraplegic Association for eight years, most recently as director of marketing and development. She has been an active community volunteer, and was the president of Realwheels Society, ambassador for the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation, as well as a member of

the advisory panel and a researcher with International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries (ICORD). In 2007, prior to entering politics, Ms. Cadieux was voted one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40. She has lived in Surrey for seven years with her husband and enjoys sailing and travel.

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Community groups outside the immediate orbit of UBC included Western Canada Wilderness Society; Heritage Vancouver Society; Vancouver School Board; Dunbar Resident Association (with a representative of the Southwest Marine Drive Ratepayers Association in attendance); Metro Vancouver (regional parks west); the City of Vancouver; Pacific Spirit Park Society; Musqueam First Nation; staff of the University Endowment Lands; Northwest Point Grey Homeowner

Association; TransLink; Dunbar Village Business Association; and the Vancouver Airport Authority. Community groups inside UBC include the University Neighbourhoods Association, both staff and directors; strata groups, the Alma Mater Society; the Graduate Student Society and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (which represents staff at UBC). UBC planners say that if accepted by the government, the new Plan will guide more sustainable commu-

nity development and better meet the needs of UBC’s current residents. “We have a campus community that was planned many years ago with very low density,” says UBC’s Campus and Community Planning associate vice president, Nancy Knight. “Our goal is to create a model university community that is vibrant, livable and sustainable, but that vision is challenged by a number of the Land Use Plan’s current parameters.” UBC’s Land Use Plan (the former

City Supports UBC Plan To Amend Land Use

UBC Uses Park to Sell Condos Without Committing to its Protection, Says Spokesman for Pacific Spirit Park Society

Show of support will be communicated to UBC; favourable review will also be registered at November 30th Land Use Plan public hearing Vancouver has come out firmly in favour of changes UBC proposes to its Land Use Plan (LUP). City council on November 4th concluded that if implemented, the changes would—among other things—increase the range of housing on campus and make new homes there more affordable. Council announced its support after reviewing a staff report also supporting the changes UBC has proposed in its LUP. Council members then asked staff members to communicate their position to UBC and speak to it at the November 30th public hearing on the proposed LUP amendments. The affirmative position of Vancouver towards LUP amendments proposed by UBC reads as follows: •Council supports UBC’s proposed approach to increase housing choices and improve housing affordability for their faculty, staff, and students, including: their overall population target; their commitment to maintain capacity to build student housing for 50% of their students over time; and, their target to have 50% of all market and non-market units occupied by UBC faculty, staff, or students. •Council supports UBC’s proposed change to the land use designation for the UBC Farm from “Future Housing Reserve” to “Green Academic” to support teaching, research, and innovation; and, to transfer previously contemplated housing density from the Farm to other suitable sites within UBC. •Council supports UBC’s proposed standards and delivery approach for

amenities and community services for their residents as they meet, or exceed, the City standards and are not anticipated to result in additional burdens on City services provided in adjacent communities. •Council supports UBC’s proposed continuation of transportation demand management provisions contained in their existing land use plan as they have resulted in significant traffic reductions to-date to the benefit of adjacent communities in Vancouver. Meanwhile, a list of instructions to Vancouver staff reads as follows: •Council instructs staff to work with UBC to update the Charter for the relationship between the City and the UBC adopted by Council, September 16, 2003 to reflect the new jurisdictional relationships arising from the Municipalities Enabling and Validating Act (2010) which puts the provincial government in the place of Metro Vancouver regarding land use planning at UBC. •Council instructs staff to continue to work with, and partner with, UBC on initiatives of mutual interest, including: implementation of the Greenest City Action Plan; the UBC/Broadway Corridor Rapid Transit Study and implementation of a rapid transit solution, as well as other transportation related matters; and, provision of direct services such as Fire Protection, (and policing) where appropriate. •Council instructs staff to convey its appreciation and support for UBC’s work to develop a sustainable community at the Vancouver campus.

Official Community Plan), is the “bylaw” establishing general land uses and policies for the entire 1,000-acre campus, with a special focus on noninstitutional development. The Land Use Plan, which was created in 1997 with a 25-year planning horizon, also sets housing and transportation targets for the UBC campus. Each year, the university assesses its progress against these targets and has since met or exceeded them.

UBC is called upon to provide its own park space; Dave Forsyth is spokesman for Society In a hard-hitting letter about UBC plans to amend its Land Use Plan (LUP), a spokesperson for the Pacific Spirit Park Society claims the University is using the presence of parkland around campus to sell condos without committing to protect the park in return. Dave Forsyth, a long-time senior member of the Society, claims in a letter to Metro Vancouver representative Maria Harris that “like any municipality or developer, UBC should be required to provide its own green space. “Instead, they are using Pacific Spirit Park (a regional park asset) as an amenity to market their high-end housing developments, while at the same time refusing to include in the LUP any commitment to strengthen the existing measures to protect the Park from the impact of development.” Mr. Forsyth, whose letter to Ms Harris was made public by Metro Vancouver staff ahead of the November 2nd Metro park committee meeting, said the Spirit Park Society was substantially concerned about this lack of UBC commitment to protecting the park from the impact of development. He argued that the LUP should strengthen the existing protection measures in the Official Community Plan it is being designed to replace, and advanced the idea of UBC accepting the following measures: •More on-campus green space; •Increased building set-backs form the

park; •Green buffer zones and transition areas; and •Height restrictions. Mr. Forsyth also argued UBC was remiss in not producing a draft of its proposed LUP prior to the start of public discussion called to discuss the proposed changes. “It follows that all of the public consultation activities to date (open houses, workshops, etc) have been taking place in a vacuum. “UBC should be required to publish the draft LUP and then provide a reasonable period and opportunity for the public to review and comment on the plan.” The Pacific Spirit Park Society describes itself as a community-based volunteer organization. A note on its website states, “We work together with the Metro Vancouver as part of the Regional Park Partners Program, for the benefit of Pacific Spirit Regional Park. “Like other park associations in the program, we act as the public steward of the Park. “We provide a way for groups and individuals who enjoy the park to meet, coordinate activities, educate the public, raise funds for special events and recruit members and volunteers.” Its ‘partners’ in the park, include the Wreck Beach Presentation Society, Dunbar Residents Association and Spanish Bank Streamkeepers.


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UBC Unites China, Ca Jade in the Coal about

Jade in the Coal is playing at Frederic Woo Late one mid-November afternoon, as dusk darkened into evening, an unusual troupe of actors gathered in a room in the UBC theatre department for a first read-through of Paul Yee’s new play, Jade in the Coal. An ambitious work commissioned by director Heidi Specht of Pangaea Arts & Theatre at UBC, Jade in the Coal reimagines the town of Cumberland, on Vancouver Island, in the year 1900. Turn-of-the-20th-century Cumberland was a thriving mining town, with a population of 3,000, including many Chinese. The city became home to one of the largest Chinatowns in North America and boasted two 400-seat opera houses where Chinese opera troupes could entertain homesick miners, supplying a thread of continuity in lives lived so far from home. First readings are notoriously tense and adrenaline-filled and this one was no exception. In the plain room, gar-

ishly lit by fluorescent light, there were some nervous faces – although mostly those of UBC theatre interns who form

Costume Design by Margaret Mckea

part of the production crew -- as everyone sat down. The assistant stage manager had pushed tables together to form one long table, as at a banquet. But the

banquet here was one of sound, as some of the finest Cantonese Opera performers in the world joined a Singaporean actor renowned for playing female roles, plus several Canadian actors, to kick off Specht’s bold experiment in cross-cultural communication and interdisciplinary theatre creation. Vancouver in the new millennium faded away as the actors brought a bygone Cumberland to life. Peng Mun Aw Yeong mimed sewing with exquisite precision as he recited Cantonese lines in a feminine voice. Minh Ly, a Chinese-Vietnamese-Canadian actor, delivered his English lines with passion and verve. But as he began to warble a Cantonese tune, his delivery faltered at times and the Cantonese Opera actors giggled. Petite Diana Tso, Minh Ly’s character’s love interest in the play, brushed her long black hair off her face and delivered the next line straight-faced: “Someone’s been practicing!” The room exploded with laughter. “It wasn’t that bad,” Ly muttered, devi-


By Barbara Stowe

Scene from Jade in the Coal, a Theatre at UBC co-p November 25. Foreground: Peng Mun Aw Yeong as nelli Parnes, Joanne Liu. (left to right back): Andre

The Chinese opera costume pictured here (Cantonese Opera Robe by Gam Leuhn Cheung, 1910. Museum of Anthropology N1.649) was worn to represent an emperor or high-ranking official in performances by a Chinese opera troupe visiting Vancouver circa 1910. A large number of itinerant Cantonese Opera troupes visited Vancouver to perform in Chinatown theatres pre World War II. The Museum of Anthropology houses many such costumes, along with musical instruments, props, trunks and stage fittings that once belonged to the Jin Wah Sing Musical Association. You can see examples of these robes and accessories in MOA’s Multiversity Galleries.

ating momentarily from the script. Finally though, even he succumbed to a chuckle, albeit still blushing. Such are the vagaries of producing a bilingual, multicultural production like Jade in the Coal. During a dinner break, director Specht made clear that in the three weeks Ly had to improve his Cantonese singing before opening night, she’d ensure his song became note-perfect. “Minh Ly’s parents came from China originally. Then they lived in Vietnam, and finally they came here,” Specht explained. “So, Chinese was his first language, but he’s been so Anglicized… he can’t quite hear all the (Cantonese) tones yet and he’s not necessarily a singer. He’ll be working with Master Ieong Hoi Seng and the actors over and over and over again. It’s a short sequence so I’m hoping…”. Her voice trailed off, and it was obvious this director would not rest easy until every moment of the production met

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anada in Drama called t Cumberland Miners

od Theatre at UBC November 25-December 4 fluent in two languages and the only one they came up with was BC Lee! I said I already cast him, who else you got?” Specht herself doesn’t speak Cantonese. “I speak some Mandarin, but I don’t speak Cantonese, just a few words, so it’s tricky…when we’re running things an interpreter will have to sit next to me and help me…and then I have a colleague, Willy Lau, who’s a Canadian opera artist that I’ve worked with a lot and he’ll be coming in and listening to their tones, especially the Canadians when their tones aren’t perfect. I’ve worked a lot with Chinese Opera so I know what (the actors) are thinking in terms of their performance style but I rely heavily on my team to help me, to say “Oh, that line doesn’t work because of this or because the tone is wrong”. But I can see if a scene’s not going the way I want or they’re not giving me enough specificity. All the basics are the same and you can tell, even if you don’t know the language.”

Another challenge was getting the Cantonese Opera troupe to Vancouver. “There’s not a lot of collaboration between artists from China and Canada and part of it is… it’s a government run company and it’s difficult for artists to even get out…it was hard for me to get them to come for any long period of time because this is -- well, people say, and I’ve read -- this is the best Cantonese Opera company in the world and they tour a lot, they’re busy, it’s a financial loss for the company if their members are off doing something else. It’s a lot of work and very hard. I didn’t find out about their visas ‘til last week so it’s very stressful.” Back in rehearsal, Diana Tso starts to sing. The sound is high, clear, piercingly beautiful. The air in the room seems to quiver with every note, and the room falls silent. Suddenly there is no cultural divide, no China, Canada, or Singapore, just actors around a table, working together, making art. Show site: jade_in_the_coal/index.shtml

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production with Pangaea Arts, showing at the Frederic Wood Theatre at UBC—opening night s “Crimson”. Miners: (left to right, front): Justin Chen, Yiran Zhu (behind Peng Mun), Parea Yu, Liyan Liu, Wenbo Zhao

her exacting standards. Putting Jade in the Coal together has been a two year process for Specht, whose determination to create the show was driven partly by her passion for Chinese opera – which she’s studied for years, traveling to China many times – and partly by her desire to break down existing barriers in the Vancouver theatre community. “I feel Cantonese Opera has so much to offer us. The Cantonese Opera community has a long rich history in BC, and yet there’s no interaction with the theatre community in Vancouver. I wanted to create an opportunity for those communities to come together.” She also feels strongly about commemorating the Cumberland Chinese miners’ history. “I find it very moving that there’s still a community of the relatives of the miners who meet every year and have a picnic. That history still exists and it’s still being carried on and yet it’s

virtually been erased…the government razed those buildings in the ‘60’s…you know, Dunsmuir has a castle and yet these people lost their lives. His legacy is remembered, but the Chinese miners, their history is gone.” Among the many challenges she faced was finding the right performers. “Casting for the show was exceedingly difficult. It’s hard to find people who are fluent in both languages. Most Chinese Canadians who have gone to acting school speak hardly any Cantonese.” She sighed in frustration. “I did a casting call and a lot of people came forward but most didn’t speak very well. And then I’d heard about BC Lee…he’s a local celebrity…he’s not a professional, acting is not his career, but he’s done lot of TV and hosting and he’s a showman, he’s been around the business. He was on the last Vancouver City Council. He’s just a natural and he’s fluent in both languages. I phoned Omni TV and said I need actors who are Jade in the Coal 4.875x7_CMYK_OUT.indd 1

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Eco-Density Dawns in West Point Grey

Dave Carson, who lives at 11th and Blanca (across the road from the UBC Gates), welcomes the development of ‘lane-way houses’ in his West Point Grey neighbourhood. Mr. Carson does not worry about the potential loss of privacy from having others living closer to him than normal because he thinks residents in the new lane-way houses will behave responsibly when they move into the neighbourhood. Fifty yards east in the same lane behind 11th Avenue stand two other lane-way houses. One seems almost ready for occupancy, while the other stands forlorn—subject to a stop-work order for building code violations. A successful businessman who ran unsuccessfully for election as mayor of Vancouver in 2002, Mr. Carson accepts that his affirmative, ‘Eco-Density’ view of lane-way housing in Vancouver sets him apart from many of his neighbours at 11th and Blanca. He argues, however, that this kind of urban ‘densification’ is a reasonable attempt by the City to provide affordable housing in Vancouver.

ELECTION from page 1

Membership rose from 255 then to 2,800 at the time of the recent September 22, 2010 AGM, a rise of over 1,000%. In the same time period, the number of housing units rose from 956 (all in Hampton Place) to 3,212 (including Hampton Place, Hawthorn Place, Chancellor Place, Wesbrook Place and East Campus), a rise of over 300%. Unfortunately, the report shows less remarkable numbers elsewhere. The number of ballots cast as a percentage of membership trends generally downwards over the nine-year period: from 51% in 2002 to 55% in 2004, to 14% in 2005, to 35% in 2006, to 19% in 2007, to 11% in 2008, to 14% in 2010. Meanwhile, a graph charting the number of members attending the annual meetings follows an essentially flat course despite the prolific growth in membership: •30 at November 26, 2002 AGM; •78 at December 3, 2003 AGM; •99 at January 19, 2005 AGM; •100 at December 7, 2005 AGM; •89 at February 1, 2007 AGM; •98 at November 21, 2007 AGM; •80 at September 18, 2008; •61 September 30, 2009; and •60 at September 22, 2010 AGM. The staff report also compares the 2010 UNA election on UBC campus

with the Metro Vancouver (local government) election in Electoral Area A in 2008. Electoral Area covers both UBC and the adjacent University Endowment Lands with a combined population—according to the 2006 census—of 19,252 residents. The 382 ballots cast in the 2010 UNA election of resident-directors represented a voter turnout of 5.5% of a UBC campus population of 7,000 (from which the 2,800 UNA members are drawn). The 743 votes cast in the Metro Vancouver election represented a voter turnout of 3.9%. UNA directors spoke of hopes for better turnouts at future annual meetings and elections. Erica Frank said, “I would like for it to be an aspiration of ours to do a whole lot better.� Ms. Frank stated that casting ballots for UNA directors and attending annual meetings is “part of social sustainability on campus.� Following further discussion board chair Sharon Wu looked to vice-chair Prod Laquian for his committee to start reviewing the matter of why campus residents seem averse to attending UNA AGMs. Mr. Laquian leads the standing committee on governance. (The full UNA report on elections may be found on line at Go to package for November board meeting.)

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Concept of proposed new Student Union Building (SUB) at UBC

In mid October Dialog and B+H, the architects for the New SUB Project, presented five conceptual design options to the New SUB Committee for the design of the new building. On October 18th & 19th a public open-house was held to showcase the five options where feedback was given by students, faculty, staff, and the general public. The design team utilized the comments and suggestions from the open-house and discussions with the New SUB Committee, the AMS, and UBC and came up with an Option 6, or “The Preferred Option”. The central theme of this design was to create a positive ‘knoll flow’. The preferred option was presented on October 26th to the New SUB committee. The preferred option has continued to evolve with input from the consulting team, the New SUB Committee, and different stakeholder groups. The schematic design for the New SUB will be presented on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 in the SUB main concourse.

Student President Presents Transit Case Bijan Ahmadian is head of Alma Mater Society; students are determined to keep plans for UBC rapid transit line moving forward

Express bus to UBC

The leader of 46,000 students at the University of British Columbia presented his case for “rapid transit to UBC now” to a group of mostly Metro Vancouver mayors November 5th. The mayors presented little encouragement in return. Appearing before the Metro regional planning committee, which consists mainly of mayors, Bijan Ahmadian, president of the Alma Mater Society (AMS), asked for help in getting “rapid transit down the Broadway corridor—all the way to UBC—as an equal priority to a rapid transit line south of the Fraser River to Surrey.” Mayor after mayor advised Mr. Ahmadian that he was asking for help from the wrong group.

“We have no say in what TransLink does,” Mayor Derek Corrigan of Burnaby said. “You need to be appealing to TransLink.” Mr. Ahmadian sought to pressure mayors into siding with his ‘equal priority’ request by reminding them that UBC students live throughout the Lower Mainland and “we vote.” He singled out three or four mayors by name for this approach. “Mayor (Malcolm) Brodie of Richmond, 3,000 UBC students live in your city, and they vote! Vancouver mayor (Gregor Robertson), 18,000 students live in your city, and they vote! Maria Harris, thousands of students live in your district (Electoral Area A, which includes UBC and the

University Endowment Lands), and they vote!” Some mayors said they did not appreciate being hectored. Don MacLean, mayor of Pitt Meadows, argued it was “a threatening” way of attempting to gain support. Mr. MacLean also appeared unmoved by student lamentations of 4,000 ‘pass-ups’ by buses heading to UBC every day. A pass-up arises when a full bus passes a bus stop where people are waiting without stopping. “Buses in Surrey have pass-ups also,” he said. The recent ‘de-prioritizing’ of a rapid transit line to UBC in the new regional

growth strategy bylaw Metro is drafting lies behind the student discontent expressed by Mr. Ahmadian. He said students would like to see planning for the proposed rapid transit lines to Surrey and UBC having equal treatment regardless of what might happen in the implementation stage—should implementation ever occur. Asked by one mayor to choose hypothetically between students gaining better transit to UBC or student having more housing on campus, Mr. Ahmadian chose better transit. Another mayor called equal priority between the proposed Surrey and UBC lines “no priority at all.”

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from Trees That Touch Our Lives -- Continued October issue

Ponderosa Proves Fine Place for Pine Tree The Ponderosa Cafe was a key meeting place for UBC students for at least 30 years. Today, the once-busy building has been turned over to UBC administrative activities among other things. You will still find a tiny coffee pit stop in what was once the entrance and lobby. Current campus transportation options may lead to the Ponderosa being finally torn down to be replaced by a bus loop or perhaps another highrise apartment complex. I was reminded of the old Ponderosa Cafeteria the other day as I was biking across campus on West Mall. Normally I just bike through that intersection, but on this particular day the sunlight brought me up short, and I clicked a couple shots on my phone of the giant pine which is just one of many large heritage trees located around campus. Just down the street is a monkey puzzle tree, while over toward Marine Drive one will find a host of large cedars (one or two sporting eagle’s nests). If I wasn’t on my way to teach a class I would have grabbed a cup of coffee and allowed myself to imagine the days when the old Cafe was hopping with students. It’s nice that even while uses of buildings change, some things do remain the same—this old pine tree being one of those things. (Charles Menzies is a Hawthorn Place resident and professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia. View his blog on trees at )


By Charles Menzies

Ponderosa pine tree

RCMP Officers Embrace Tech To Avert Online Suicide University RCMP was contacted by California authorities; response was quick, skilled and decisive and a life was saved To locate a suicidal man who was broadcasting his suicide attempt online, University RCMP constables used an innovative combination of technology, common sense, and observation skills, in combination with other emergency responders. University RCMP had been contacted by California authorities after a California resident was shocked to watch a live feed of a man preparing to commit suicide. The victim was interacting with viewers while preparing a poisonous cocktail. When University detachment members received the call, they raced to the housing complex where the victim reportedly resided, but the address was wrong. “The dispatcher downloaded photos from the chatroom to my blackberry,” said Cst. Keith Simpson, senior con-

stable on “C” watch. “We could see the type of windows in the photo, and they didn’t match those at the building where we were.” Then officers were told the victim had ingested the dangerous drink. “We needed to act fast,” said Cst. Simpson. Constables Amir Ocampo and Ben Savard worked with student housing and UBC Campus Security to determine the victim’s address. Cst. Gurbir Atwal went back to the detachment and logged onto the chatroom to connect directly with the victim if possible. Other members took pictures of the victim and canvassed the University Village. Officers questioned the Californian complainant further, and learned he remembered hearing sirens in the background after he first reported the incident. “The husband of one of our off-duty

dispatchers was able to recognize the type of windows of still shots of the victim’s room,” said Cst. Simpson. In the meantime the victim had regained consciousness, but other chatroom visitors were encouraging him to continue with the suicide attempt. With new information about the building windows, “C” watch officers brainstormed to narrow down the victim’s location. Cst. Savard traveled through the area where they suspected the victim could be, with his sirens activated. “When I heard the sirens through the speakers it was like music to my ears,” said Cst. Atwal, who was still logged onto the chatroom with the victim. “I told Cst. Savard to stay right there.” He and Constables Ocampo and Simpson rushed to Cst. Savard’s location and saw the victim at the window of his residence, and asked him to meet them

outside. “Cst. Simpson and I then entered the room and appeared in front of the web cam. I remember the people who were on that site and the shocked looks on their faces as they saw myself and Cst. Simpson in full uniform. They definitely did not have anymore comments to make when we were there,” said Cst. Atwal. The victim was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital. Since then he has fully recovered, and is receiving treatment for mental health issues. “It really was a race against time,” said Cst. Simpson. “Quick thinking, common sense, and great cooperation between agencies helped save this man’s life.” (Reprinted from RCMP Pony Express publication)


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Birds Break Journey South To Rest on Cedar By Neville West A tree in my Chancellor Place neighbourhood is the most popular bird tree in the whole of UBC. I have no doubt about this. This tree is a cedar. It stands amidst maples between the car park attached to Carey Centre and Walter Gage Road. This tree is without doubt, the most favoured tree by the smaller birds. It is not uncommon to see birds landing there by the dozen—not in the maples but in the cedar with its more open boughs. I think this tree is an important resting point for birds migrating across the water from Lighthouse Park point in West Vancouver to the Point Grey Peninsula. This is a threatening crossing for many small birds and is part of an obviously-important flyway for these smaller birds which travel in flocks to the south at this time of year. I think this tree should be earmarked as a very important tree, and should be protected at all costs when the proposed development of the car park into a building extension of the Theology Department moves ahead. It is very near to the property line, and therefore is a tree which could be conveniently removed (by a developer). As I watch the birds migrating, I can see no near alternative to this tree for them to rest. (Neville West is a Chancellor Place resident.)

Chancellor Place resident Neville West stands before cedar he calls “the most popular bird tree in the whole of UBC.”

‘Eagle Perch’ Trees Take Beating from High Winds Forest around UBC is home to many eagles; large fir trees on whose tops the eagles perch are in need of protection A large fir tree attracts as much admiration as any tree on the UBC campus as much for the eagles which perch in it as the fir itself. Many of these fir trees both in and around campus will soon approach their natural life spans of 80 years, however, and as these trees rot and become windfall, the soaring eagles must aspire to new tall perches. A committee at UBC has promised to look at how best to sustain these eagle perch trees. Among other things, the committee will ponder a policy of pruning the ‘sails’ at the tops of these trees to lessen the destructive impact of winter winds from offshore. These winds gain speed as they climb the cliffs around UBC. They then gain further speed as they climb the growing number of high-rises on campus.

Large firs in Chancellor Place neighbourhood at UBC serve as ‘eagle perch trees’.

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U B C L A N D U S E P L A N A M E N D M E N TS The University of British Columbia’s Public Hearing Committee will hold a Public Hearing respecting proposed amendments to the Land Use Plan for UBC’s Vancouver Campus. The Public Hearing is being held in accordance with Part 10-2010 of the Municipalities Enabling and Validating Act. Proposed amendments affect the UBC Vancouver campus lands, as shown in Map A. The proposed Land Use Plan amendments include, but are not limited to:

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The Campus Resident November 2010  

The UNA publishes a monthly newspaper “The Campus Resident”.

The Campus Resident November 2010  

The UNA publishes a monthly newspaper “The Campus Resident”.