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Protesters from across the country Fill the Hill
Walking for awareness Baker Street project
a possible no-go
Jamie MacDonald
Guelph Citizens and
Students Walk for
Peace in Northern
Uganda
Landlord and business
owner speak out
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On Saturday, Oct. 24th, students
and Guelph community members
met at Branion Plaza on the
University of Guelph campus dressed
in orange to participate in the Gulu
Walk, a one-day, worldwide, annual
event to support peace in Northern
Uganda-home to Africa’s longest
running war. In Guelph, the event
is run through the campus club
Save the Children. Te impassioned
participants walked to St. George’s
Square and back, their primary
goal to make people aware and to
raise some money in the process.
Te Gulu Walk, founded
by two people, originated in
Toronto in 2005 as a modest
expression of sadness and solidarity.
As a result of both spreading
the word and a media-targeted
campaign and film called Invisible
Children, there are now at least
30,000 people in 16 countries taking
it to the streets. Gulu-walkers have
Ray Mitchell is working less
than he did when he was operating
the Family Trift Store. Te
owner of Dis-a-Ray, an antique
store sandwiched between the
Cornerstone and Ouderkirk
and Taylor on Wyndham St.,
did say his new business was
also doing quite well, however.
But other than being proud of
turning things around after being
evicted from the space he used to
operate the Family Trift Store out
of, Mitchell finds little solace in
being forced out of a building that
served a unique cross-section of the
Guelph community for 16 years.
For him, it wasn’t about the money.
What leaves a particularly
nasty taste in both his and his
former landlord’s mouth is that
the City of Guelph has yet to
act on their intentions to buy the
series of buildings on Wyndham
St., including the one that
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raised at least $1 million toward
educational and rehabilitative
programs for Ugandan youth.
Over the past 23 years, the Lord’s
Resistance Army (LRA), a terrorist
group headed by rebel leader Joseph
Kony, has abducted, mutilated and
killed tens of thousands of people.
Kony has specifically targeted
children as young as six for the
purpose of transforming them into
his soldiers. Te crisis resulted in
hundreds of children being forced to
walk all night to the nearest city to
avoid being kidnapped while asleep.
Kony has refused to participate in
peace negotiations. Most recently,
as a result of some much-needed
political attention, night commuting
in Uganda has halted. However, the
LRA has moved out of borders,
taking their army toward Uganda’s
neighbouring countries Sudan and
the Congo-a fact volunteers admit
might change the campaign strategy.
After this year’s walk in Guelph,
Guelph organizers Jasmine
Sereda, Brenna Anstett and Jon
Belanger were inspired by the
showing of support for the issues
Mitchell’s store operated out of.
“You can’t schedule a project
when you don’t have the money,”
said Mitchell at his downtown store.
In early 2008, it was revealed
that the City of Guelph was
considering buying a series of
buildings for the Baker Street
redevelopment project, including
the one that the Family Trift
Store operated out of. Te project
included a new main library branch,
parkade and residential element. Te
development was planned to front
on to Wyndham Street, requiring
that those buildings be demolished.
In March of this year, Mitchell
was evicted from his store after
failing to reach a lease agreement
with his landlord, Milan Lesic.
According to a Guelph Mecury
article from September, the City
told Lesic to pursue nothing more
than a six-month lease agreement
with Mitchell because the City
had the intentions of buying the
building; Mitchell on the other hand
wanted a three to five year lease.
DANIEL BITONTI
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Students gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to send a message to the government: climate change should be a focal issue.
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A recent survey from
the Globe and Mail
provides accolades…
with some room for
improvement
Does the University of Guelph make the grade?
student as typical mid-size school.
“It’s an issue. We’re doing things
to address it, as you’ll see in the
report,” said Chuck Cunningham,
Director of Communications at the
University of Guelph. “Te president
and provost are rethinking ways to
better serve first-year students...
small classes for first years are on
hold for now. Tey’re not cancelled.”
Guelph also received
an unfortunate C+ grade in
“satisfaction with co-op/internship
opportunities.”
Tis did not come as a surprise
to Carolyn Wentzell, a third-
year student in Hotel and Food
Administration.
Now halfway through her co-op
term as a junior server, Carolyn said,
“If you are interested in a managerial
role, the skills learned in certain co-
op jobs will not really apply because
you are doing entry-level work... I
guess the job gives the fundamentals
you need to start your career, but we
aren’t going to march out of co-op
ready to be managers.”
According to Wentzell, Guelph’s
co-op course, mandatory for
students in co-op programs, does
not adequately prepare students for
the world of work.
“It was a bit of a drag,” said
Wentzell. “It was boring and the
things taught felt juvenile and often
didn’t help.”
Perhaps most worrisome was the
lukewarm C+ that Guelph students
Tere has been a lot of back-
patting, hand-shaking, and hat-
tipping going on around campus
lately.
Guelph number one (again),
according to a recent student
survey. Te University Report Card,
published this past Tursday in
Tthe Globe and Mail, ranked the
University of Guelph number one,
or at lest tied for first, in a variety of
categories including food services,
buildings, student services, quality
of teaching, and environmental
commitment.
Most tellingly, Guelph was
the only school among the small,
medium, and large-sized universities
surveyed to earn an A+ in student
satisfaction, although some very
small schools shared the honour.
Guelph also received an A+ for
campus atmosphere and an A in
“overall quality of education”.
Congratulations are certainly in
order all around.
But not all aspects of our report
card were quite so rosy. For example,
according to the survey, a first-year
class at the University of Guelph
on average has twice the number of
in Uganda. Teir organizing
team brought out about 40 walkers,
more than all three previous years.
“I was overwhelmed by the
amount of people who showed up,”
said Sereda.
Tey proudly announced a gain
of $1348 in proceeds, which is a
significant increase from last year’s
$600.
Anstett pointed out that the U.N.
said what is happening in Uganda is
of the world’s most neglected crises.
She explained that the group plans
to send 75 per cent of the money
directly to children’s programs. Gulu
Walk partners with a number of
aid and development organizations,
including Canadian Physicians for
Aid and Relief (CPAR), African
Medical and Research Foundation
(AMREF), War Child Canada, the
Liu Institute and the Gulu District
NGO Forum.
“I was really proud of Guelph and
our team this year,” said Anstett.
Belanger stressed the importance
of events like the Gulu Walk in
Guelph.
“Small steps are the catalyst for
change,” he said. “On the walk, so
many people were reading our signs
and honking their horns. [Making a
difference] doesn’t have to be some
grandiose thing.”
Sereda, who had walked in all
four of the Guelph Guluwalks,
agreed.
“Being in Canada, it’s important
for us to realize that we’re lucky we
don’t live in fear, and we have the
power to do something,” she said.
Students Rank U of G
at the Top of Its Class
In the Globe and Mail’s annual
survey of undergraduate students
across Canada, the University of
Guelph was given top marks by its
students. Te University earned an
A+ for having the most satisfied
students, making it the only
university in the small, medium and
large categories to score that high.
Guelph itself is classified as medium.
Other notable grades were an A+ for
campus atmosphere and an A for
overall quality of education. In total,
the University earned four A-pluses,
nine A’s and 15 A-minuses.
Afghanistan braces for
run-off
After a first round election
marred by violence, Afghanistan’s
President, Hamid Karzai, took just
less than the 50 per cent of the votes
required for his re-election. Tis was
after election officials were forced to
throw out more than a million votes
due to suspected tampering. With
a second round scheduled for Nov.
7, there are worries that voters are
already questioning the credibility
of the process and will be unwilling
to put their lives on the line again.
Meanwhile, the Taliban have
promised violence against those who
participate in what they characterize
as the “deceitful and foreign-made
electoral process”.
(Te Globe and Mail)

Ontario Posts Record
$24.7-billion Deficit
Te global recession has hit
Ontario’s government hard, forcing
it to project for 2009-10 the largest
deficit in the province’s history.
Tis has resulted in a downgrading
of the province’s credit rating that
could increase its burrowing costs.
Many Ontarians fear a return to
the massive social program cuts
that have become a hallmark of
former premier Mike Harris.
Te government has said that the
necessary cuts to spending won’t
take place for another two years.
(Te Globe and Mail)
Children in China
given new rule; salute
all cars
Children in Huangping County
in Southern China have been told
to salute every passing car on their
way to and from school. Officials
have said the rule was put in place in
order to reduce accidents and teach
courtesy. Critics have characterized
the edict as unnecessary saying that
speed bumps would be much more
appropriate. Such bizarre rules are
not uncommon in China where
many local officials are not well
trained and can only be ousted by
the party.
(Te New York Times)
GENNA BUCK
Information courtesy Globe & Mail
Brenna Anstett
Report Card
Most satisfied students A+
Quality of education A
Student-faculty interaction B+
Teaching A-
Class size B
Ease of course registration B+
Student services A-
Food services A
Course availability B+
Recreation and athletics A-
Buildings and facilities A-
Student residences B
Campus pubs/bars B+
Libraries A-
Campus technology A
Campus atmosphere A+
Career preparation B
Academic reputation A-
Environmental commitment A-
Name: University of Guelph
Concerned students walked from the University to downtown Guelph and back to encourage
peace in Uganda
gave the university for “satisfaction
with services for aboriginal students.”
Cara Wehkemp, Aboriginal
Student Advisor, stated that under
representation of Aboriginal
students is “a national problem”.
“We need to get the message
to Aboriginal youth that post-
secondary education has a place for
them,” she said. “At Guelph, this is
a priority.”
Guelph does offer many support
services for Aboriginal students,
and events such as the recent
Aboriginal Awareness Week help to
raise awareness about issues facing
aboriginal students and showcase
aboriginal culture to everyone on
campus.
Ms. Wehkemp pointed out that
there is new provincial funding for
Aboriginal post-secondary education
and she expects this to help the
university provide even better outreach
to Aboriginal students soon.
Cunningham agreed.
“It’s not a terrible grade, it’s an
average grade,” he said. “We are
improving in many areas. We used to
get poor grades in course selection.
Since we introduced Web Advisor,
we have had great grades...overall,
this [survey] was a great feel-good
story for the University.”
Gulu Walk in Guelph for peace
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Students fill the hill in Ottawa
Katie Shum had three midterms
coming up but threw caution to
the wind and made the journey
regardless.
Shum, along with 70 fellow
students, left Guelph early on
Saturday, Oct. 24, bound for
Parliament Hill to attend the
Fill the Hill Climate Day Rally.
Te rally brought thousands of
students and young people from
across eastern Canada together
from as far away as Winnipeg and
Halifax. Te intention of those at
the rally was to put pressure on
the Federal government to make
climate change a focal issue in time
for the United Nations Climate
Conference taking place this
December in Copenhagen. It is at
the Copenhagen Conference that
countries will determine the next
international agreement on climate
change, succeeding the Kyoto
Protocol, which expires in 2012.
Te rally’s ceremonies, emceed by
“I can’t speak specifically to
Milans’s building because I’m not
privy to that information and even
if I was I would probably not be
able to legally talk about it,” said Ian
Findlay, a downtown city councilor.
Mayor Karen Farbridge would not
speculate on whether a conversation
between City staff and Lesic took
place regarding his lease situation.
But with the City facing
a possible budget deficit this
year, some city councilors are
now speculating that the library
project could be further delayed.
Canadian documentary filmmaker
Rob Stewart, opened with a variety
of musical acts including a choir,
a rock band, a Jamaican drummer
and a samba band. Te latter, a
20-person Afro-Latin orchestra,
had the demonstrators dancing all
over Parliament Hill. A hundred
people strong conga line led by
Guelph student Ashley Lowenthal,
snaked through the crowd.
“I had to come here. Tere’s
strength in numbers,” Lowenthal,
a second year International
Development student later said.
Rally organizers initially hoped
to attract 10,000 protestors to
Parliament Hill. Te number of
actual attendees was significantly
lower than that, but still
considerable. Te Climate Day
Fill the Hill rally was one of 4000
such demonstrations held across
the world last Saturday as part of
year Guelph student, also spoke.
For the past year, Johnston, a
full-time student, has led a cross-
Canada contingent of volunteers in
organizing the Climate Day Fill the
Hill Rally. In her talk, she framed
the current climate change debate
as a generational issue, something
that young people today have the
duty and the ability to solve.
Te rally concluded with
the demonstrators organizing
themselves into a massive
coordinated clock. Counting down
while the participants repeated
“tick, tick, tick”, the clock signified
the limited amount of time that still
exists for concrete action on climate
change before it is too late.
Te prospect of progress at
the Copenhagen round of talks
already appears stalled. Green Party
leader Elizabeth May suggested
that Canada will actively impede
any agreement that stipulates
stringent emission targets. Indeed,
the day before the rally, Federal
Environment Minister Jim Prentice
told the media that it is unlikely
any agreement will emerge out of
the Copenhagen conference.
“Te people [at the rally]. We’re
not sure this is going to work,” said
Guelph student Alasdair Edwards
referring to the protestors at the
rally. “But even if it doesn’t, we’d
still [have tried].”
Jamie MacDonald
Katie Malo
Tose who journeyed to Ottawa to fill Parliament Hill found creative
ways to pressure the government into action about climate change.
Ray Mitchell stands in front of his former store, the Family Trift
Store.
JOSHUA NASIELSKI
“Te staff has presented their
five-year capital plan for council’s
consideration and in that five year
plan the Baker Street development
with that library is not included,”
Findlay told the Onatrion. “So city
council will be considering that when
we do our budget deliberation in
December. So we will finalize what
is and what isn’t in that budget. But
it is only staff’s recommendation. “
Lesic, who pays $27,000
annually in property taxes, is
still uncertain about his future.
“I can’t get anyone in here,”
he said. “No one wants to come
if they [the city] can expropriate.”
Mitchell has his own frustrations
with the City. He said the City
promised to help him relocate when
he gave up his Wyndham St. business.
“Tey claimed they wanted me
downtown, that they would help me.
It’s just weasel words. What does
that mean ‘promise me to help,’”
Mitchell said. “Tey did nothing.
So now morally they should do
what they told me they would.”
Te City sees it differently.
“Te assistance we were offering
at that time was to find another
suitable location in the downtown,”
said Farbridge. “It was not in respect
to moving costs. Te assistance
would have transpired through the
city’s negotiations with it acquiring
the property. Because his landlord
evicted him in a couple weeks, it took
away any opportunity to assist him.”
Farbridge points to this past
Monday’s recent accusation of a
property on Wyndham St. as evidence
that the city is still moving forward
with their redevelopment plans.
“Te Baker street redevelopment
Baker Street redevelopment
International Day
of Climate Action
sees thousands fill
Parliament Hill to
raise awareness on
climate change.
the International Day of Climate
Action organized by 350.org.
After the opening musical acts,
a variety of speakers gave short talks
to the crowd about the importance
of showing political leaders that
public support exists for strong
action on climate change. Speakers
included Environmental activist
Tzeporah Berman, Canadian
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May
and three Inuit youth.
Gracen Johnston, the event’s
primary organizer and second
along with some other high profile
projects have been removed from
City plans,” she said. “Tat doesn’t
mean they’re axed as projects or
not council’s top priority. It means
getting the project to a point of
readiness to be able to go out to
seek additional funding to move
forward with the development.”
Farbridge also said that
Lesic is free to pursue any lease
agreement that he chooses.
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Te people [at the
rally], we’re not sure
this is going to work
but even if it doesn’t,
we’d still [have
tried].
Alasdair Edwards
protester
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ARTS & CULTURE
Five Canadians artists in one room
REBECCA BENSON
A D.J. spinning subtle house
music, wine aplenty, and a room
full of bustling conversation:
from this description, one might
confuse Friday’s Alma Gallery
exhibition opening with a night
out at a lounge. Instead of
dimmed lighting and glowing
martinis, Alma’s main attraction
was the work decorating its walls,
provided by some of Canada’s
most esteemed artists.
Te Alma Gallery has proven
itself as a credit to Guelph’s
downtown strip and cultural life
with its latest exhibition, “Five
Canadian Artists,” featuring
University of Guelph Professor
and Master Print Maker Stu
Oxley, local mixed media artist
Cheryl Ruddock, abstractionist
Paul Kuhn, and esteemed Order
of Canada recipients Tony
Urquhart and Wanda Koop.
Te unifying characteristic
between the “Five Canadian
Artists,” is their ability to present
colour in inventive, unique ways.
Tis theme was made deeply-
apparent by the organization of
the space, and the pieces chosen
by each artist. I had the pleasure
of interviewing Ruddock on
Friday night, who works with
Oxley at Riverside Studio in
Elora, Ont. She shed light not
only on her own work, but also
on the show as a whole.
Visible from the sidewalk
of Wyndham St. are the lonely,
infamous canvases of Wanda
Koop. Koop’s canvases chronicle
stagnant landscapes interrupted
by jarring bands of colour,
perhaps making the viewer more
aware of the emptiness of the
images. An existential addition
to the evening, canvases such
as Untitled (India) feature a
road, flanked by palm trees,
chronicling the walk of four
separated figures; a reminder of
the walk each person completes.
Koop’s images can make a
viewer deeply aware of their own
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solitude, an alarming feeling in
a room filled with wine-sipping
gallery goers. Her works were a
colourful introduction to one
of the apparent themes of the
exhibition: the human condition.
Moving past Koop’s works,
viewers are confronted with
a multiplicity of colours and
textures belonging to Ruddock,
Kuhn and Urquhart. Ruddock’s
images struck me first, as
Puttyroot and Tresses are both
painted with gouache, a richly
pigmented paint similar to
watercolour but opaque in nature.
She uses handmade paper and
linen thread to add texture to
her haunting, ghost-like images
of flowers. Ruddock was led to
flowers as a subject years ago
when she lived in the Yukon. Her
first spring, she began drying
flowers and buds; signs of new
life after an eternal winter. She
still has those dried flowers, and
continues to look to plants as a
subject.
When I admitted the
ephemeral, melancholy feeling her
works evoked, she replied “they
are all introspective…I imagine
all of these plants, I change all of
them, they’re not very realistic,
they’re disintegrating, they’re
holding on for life, and that’s
really what they’re about; that
feeling of memory and staying
rooted in the world despite what
we have to be in the world.”
Ruddock also uses images
of empty clothes painted on
handmade paper, and creates
prints that are reminiscent of her
gouache pieces.
Moving past Ruddock’s
plant images is a selection of
works by Kuhn and Urquhart.
Kuhn works with acrylic on
silk, painting bright, geometric
bands of colour, ranging in hues
from blue and black, to yellow
and orange with lime green. As
any studio art major will tell you,
painting straight lines can be
labour-intensive and not always
successful, so Kuhn’s perfect lines,
and inventive colour combinations
caught my eye immediately.
Grouped next to the abstracted
landscapes of Urquhart, their
rigidity and colour stand out.
Urquhart’s pieces are straight out
of a dream world. “My Garden-
Toledo,” was a personal favourite,
a landscape circularly morphed,
and transformed with red and
orange hues, abstracting trees
and grass into a fantasy land.
A single, contemplative figure
observes the transformation;
perhaps representing the changes
of autumn, an appropriate work
to share space with Ruddock’s
gouache flowers. A clever
addition to the space was Oxley’s
black and white monoprints.
A set of three are a dominant
presence; gestural tornadoes
of dripping black ink on stark
white backgrounds. Oxley’s more
subtle monoprints are undeniably
moving, one featuring a muted
palette of black, sand, and green;
delicate and dramatic next to
the bright pigments of some of
Ruddock’s smaller images.
Each piece in the gallery
seemed to fit in the space, and
as Ruddock stated, “everyone’s
voice is really clear, I think that’s
why it works.”
Kimberly Richards
It was a good turnout at Alma Gallery for the opening reception of “Five Canadian Artists”.
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Anti-colonial Thanksgiving
Enlightenment by The Hidden Cameras
Michelle Kaweesa
Tis past Friday Oct. 23, people
from various parts of the community
came together for the 5th Annual
Anti-Colonial Tanksgiving
dinner and presentation. Te event
featured four indigenous speakers
from the area who discussed how
their traditional native cultures have
changed over their lifetimes due to
forces emanating from mainstream
Canadian society.
For most of the speakers, the
term “colonization” refers to the
original European settlement on
their homeland, and the growth
of Canadian society, which, for the
most part, has been at odds with
their First Nations communities.
Deb Sprinkler, a Mohawk from
the Grand River area, explained
how her clan has been affected both
environmentally and economically
by the actions of mainstream
Canadian society.
It may have been an
unexpected occurrence in a
church, but on Friday, twenty or
so individuals from the crowd felt
compelled to run up to the front
and dance. Tis was the scene
during the headlining set of Te
Hidden Cameras at the Dublin
Street United Church. Te
vibe and engaging music gave
the audience a reason to dance,
or at least stand, and leave the
discomfort of their wooden pews.
Anyone who has seen a show at
this church can attest to the ideal
atmosphere of the location. It has
a small, homey capacity, great
acoustics, and an immaculate and
immense pipe organ. In short, it’s
a great venue that brings a whole
new element to any performance
within its walls.
Te openers of the night were
Daniela Gesundheit and Dan
Goldman who form the current
touring band of Snowblink,
a Toronto/California based
group. Tey were a great fit for
the night’s overall atmosphere.
Accompanied by a few members
of Te Hidden Cameras during
a song or two, they also played a
couple of covers, including Dolly
Parton’s “Jolene” and a melodic,
more beautiful/less scary mash-
up version of Michael Jackson’s
“Triller.”
Te dynamic between the two
musicians was unique. With soft-
spoken dialogue to their audience,
they seemed very meditative and
relaxed. While playing, it was not
uncommon for the two of them to
look at one another, as if singing
to each other, giving the show a
really intimate ambiance. With
delicate vocals comparable to
Feist, their music was filled with
subtle guitar bends, well-placed
harmonics, ambient looping, and
some gentle whistling. At one
point during the set, the lead
female vocalist commented on
how lucky we were to have such a
beautiful place to see live music.
JAMES HAWKINS
ADAM MARINELLI
Te Hidden Cameras make church especially fun at their Saturday night show at the Dublin Street United Church.
She described her interpretation
of the history of European
settlement: “When they first arrived,
we took it as our responsibility to
take care of them,” she said. She
points to a drawing that portrays
two narrow figures resting parallel
to each other.
“Our canoe and their ship,” she
said.
Te fact that they are parallel
implies that two cultures were to
exist harmoniously alongside one
another.
“But then,” said Sprinkler,
“they realized the natural resources
present within native communities.”
She draws a curved line that crosses
the two boats and finishes by
looking like an S over top of them.
It took only a few moments for a
member of the audience to point
out what this new figure was: a
dollar symbol. For Sprinkler, this
reminds natives of what the settler
Snowblink are continuing
a short tour with Te Hidden
Cameras as well as some dates with
Timber Timbre (who have been
playing in and around Guelph for
communities truly wanted.
Te event also featured a
workshop in which several speakers
gave their say about issues relating
to development, land, and the
environment within Guelph. A
common theme throughout
their discussions was a question,
a big one to say the least: “Will
we and future generations truly
be better off with industrial and
commercial development? Or will
the environmental damage of this
development end up being greater
than the benefit we gain from an
advanced economy?”
Te speakers asserted that
development is generally seen as
positive change for the people doing
it. Tese people reap the rewards
of high-paying jobs and high tax
revenues from government coffers.
However, the rest of the public does
not feel this improvement and are
negatively impacted, or in the case
Hidden Cameras were well
suited to play a church that night.
Tis appropriate setting was
emphasized when lead vocalist
Joel Gibb began singing. With a
of many indigenous people, the
social fabric of their communities
are put into jeopardy.
Te proposed development of
the Hanlon Creek Business Park
was at the centre of the night’s
criticism; it purportedly has “sacred”
value as an environmental gem
right in our backyard. Wetlands act
as reservoirs through which water
can flow and be filtered from toxins.
Also, in times of heavy rainfall,
they absorb excess water, thereby
preventing flooding. Tey are also a
simple beauty and an integral part
of nearby ecosystems.
It was pointed out that water
from Hanlon Creek is a primary
tributary to the Grand River, which
has severe pollution. Taking away
one of the few clean water sources
of the Grand River, and replacing it
with a waterway that runs through
what will be industrialized land
in the future, will only add to the
incredible repertoire that night
was “Walk On,” which is from
their very recent September 2009
release Origin: Orphan. Every
song displayed the group’s talent
and experience while providing a
high-energy show that the group
openly described as “church folk.”
It was at this point that
Gibb encouraged the audience
to not be so “prim and proper”
because we were in a church and
come to the front and dance.
Numerous people took his advice
and remained dancing for the
remainder of the set. After plenty
of fast-paced, upbeat songs, the
group exited the stage only to be
called back on by the applauding
audience to play two more encore
songs.
Overall, the show was
a fascinating, high-energy
experience that was eerily fitting
for a church leaving the attending
congregation satisfied and
wanting more.
problems experienced by those
living off the Grand River, such as
Sprinkler’s Mohawk clan.
So, we must ask the question
- will we be better off with an
advanced industrial park on this
land, or is it better to preserve the
gem and forego a few extra dollars?
Furthermore, will the development
cause additional grievance for
indigenous communities that have
already put up with so much?
Workshop host Joshua Gilbert
had advice as to how the general
public can intervene. He pointed
out that many of the developments
going on in Guelph can be
traced to a handful of business or
government officials. As it most
often does, in the end, it all comes
down to people power: “If we
build alliances with other people
with similar goals, we have a better
chance of safeguarding our land
and culture.” he said.
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With the backdrop of the looming
pipe organ, pacing members,
and their monk-like attire, Te
Hidden Cameras were well
suited to play a church that night.
years) in late November.
As the lights dimmed for
the second time, eight hooded
members of Te Hidden Cameras
approached the stage. With
the backdrop of the looming
pipe organ, pacing members,
and their monk-like attire, Te
multitude of instruments backing
him, Gibb’s deep, booming vocals
conjured images of a medieval cult.
I half expected the show to be lit
by candlelight as the chanting
vocals echoed throughout the
temple walls.
My favorite song of their
ARTS & CULTURE
8
OCT. 29 - NOV. 4, 2009 THEONTARION.CA
Anuta Skrypnychenko develops the snapshot aesthetic by
working within the fleeting moment - which is kind of what
photography is all about. What complicates this is Anuta’s keen
eye and technical strength, the ease of the photograph belies the
dedication to process.
Understanding Anuta’s praxis is not necessary in order to
receive a rich impact. Within art speak, the word punctum refers
to a small point in a piece which opens it up to material beyond
the work. In Anuta’s photographs, these triggers invoke a sort of
memory without context. Te viewer is affected with a sense that
the narrative is familiar but unfamiliar.
-Miles Stemp, Ryan Clayton, Ruth Sodtke, and Anthony Cooper
Featured artist: Anuta Skrypnychenko
see our Cost ume Consul t ant s f or assi st anc e
LARGEST SELECTI ON ANYWHERE
Rashaad Bhamjee
Library Voices front man Michael Dawson uses his outdoor voice in the UC courtyard during a noon hour
concert on Monday.
As part of the noon hour concert
series put on by the CSA, Library
Voices, a ten piece band from Regina,
played a free show this past Monday
in the UC courtyard. Library Voices
are currently finishing up their fall
tour and stopped in Guelph for two
shows. Te band is scheduled to play
their second show at the Ebar on
Wednesday Oct. 28 with Julie Fader
and In-Flight Safety. After a couple
more shows in Southern Ontario,
including: Toronto, Hamilton, and
Barrie, the band is headed through
Tunder Bay back down the Trans-
Canada Highway to Regina for
some much needed rest after nine
weeks of straight touring.
Library Voices are no stranger
to Guelph. Tey played at this
summer’s Hillside Festival on
the shores of Guelph Lake. Band
member Carl Johnson remarked
that “Hillside should be a model for
all festivals.” He was blown away by
how peaceful it was, and enjoyed the
chance to meet other artists.
A self declared pop band, Library
Voices make infectious songs you
can’t help but sing along to. With
well crafted vocal harmonies and
complex instrumentation they
know how to keep an audience
listening. Tis isn’t your regular
bubblegum pop band either, they
have mature songs and lyrics filled
with references to literary greats
EMILY DRYSTEK
Library Voices: pop as f**k
such as Kurt Vonnegut and Franz
Kafka.
I guess the formation of this band
was almost inevitable, considering
the finite number of musicians in
Regina, and the numerous -40˚C
winter nights. Te only sensible
result is the formation of a 10 piece
pop band.
Library Voices put on a high
energy show to say the least. Teir
up tempo music and audience
engagement attracted a sizeable
audience that was head-bobbing
along with them. Near the end of
the set the lead singer was jumping
on chairs and doing summersaults
on the floor. At the same time, two
members of the band took a drum
and ran up two flights of stairs,
toward the student affairs offi ce
and started beating the drum as the
crowd watched from below.
Since their formation in the
spring of 2008, Library Voices has
been mugged twice, had $10 000
worth of equipment stolen from
their van and won a Bucky award
from CBC Radio3 for the best new
band name. Te band currently has
a 6 song EP out called “Hunting
Ghosts (And Other Collected
Shorts)” available at your local
record store or on iTunes. If you
want to know more, check them out
on Facebook, Myspace, CBC Radio
3, or their blog, which they update
pretty regularly.
ARTS & CULTURE
9
THE ONTARION 160.7
Rashaad Bhamjee
Kyle Gillespie
Haley Uyeda’s “Painting Sculptures” installed in the Zavitz Hall
gallery.
A traditional British meal that will stick to your ribs.
Tis week at Zavitz from Oct.
26 to 30, artists Haley Uyeda and
Shannon Dickie share the space
and are presenting their shows,
Painting Sculptures and FLASH,
respectively.
Upon walking in, the viewer
notices that the gallery is divided,
with each artist’s work easily
distinguishable; Dickie provides oil
on canvas while Uyeda works with
an installation along the far wall of
the gallery.
FLASH, Dickie’s offering in
the gallery, is a unique collection
of paintings that border on the
abstract. Each painting seems to
share with the viewer a very personal
and nostalgic moment that he/
she is more than likely not familiar
with. Dickie seems to purposefully
blur the detail and subject matter
of her paintings in an attempt to
engage the audience and promote
discussion.
Each piece is like a snapshot
or an everyday moment that the
artist has chosen to showcase. Te
abstraction of the paintings gives
I find myself with a curious
gastronomic fetish. While it would
have made sense to fall headfirst
into an obsession with the food
of France, Italy, or Japan, I find
myself captivated by something
altogether different and outside
of the usual ‘good food’ cannon:
traditional British food.
Britain, although known
worldwide for its superior trench
coats and teas, has rarely been
applauded for the quality of its
traditional food. While quite basic
and generally not what anyone
would consider heart healthy, I
find something exciting about its
strangeness.
I was recently in a British pub
in downtown Guelph, enjoying a
pint, when I experienced a food
revelation.
Having never been properly
exposed to traditional British food
before, other than the Sunday roast
dinner with Yorkshire pudding,
their glorious gift to foodstuffs, I
had dismissed it as painfully dull
and odd. But suddenly as I stared
down at the pub menu before me,
covered in Union Jack clip art, I
realized that there was an entire
culture of food that has suddenly
made me feel like a gastronomic
neophyte.
It was all so exciting and exotic
to someone who had previously
avoided British food like the plague.
For the first time, I had stumbled
upon a culture that simply had to
have a sense of humour about their
Simmer the potatoes until soft.
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Push the sausages to the outside of
the pan and cook the apple wedges
for two minutes, moving them
around slightly throughout to allow
for an even cooking. Remove the
apples from the pan and set aside.
Add the onion slices to the pan and
cook until soft, about six minutes.
Leaving the sausages and onions
in the pan, gradually add the wine,
Worcestershire sauce and mustard
and then add the flour to thicken.
Add 60mL of water and allow to
bubble for a few minutes. Place
the softened apple back in the pan
and season with salt and pepper to
taste. Drain the potatoes and mash
with the butter and milk. Season
the potatoes with salt and pepper
to taste as well. Divide the mash
between two plates and place the
bangers on top followed by the
gravy and apple wedges. Serve.
a few glugs of olive oil
4 pork sausages
1 lb of Yukon Gold potatoes
1 Spy or Cox apple
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 tsp flour
75mL red wine
1/2 tsp wholegrain mustard
1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
25g butter
25mL milk
ZACK MACRAE
NICOLE ELSASSER
At Zavitz this week
Discovering the world of aspic, fruit cake and mushy peas
Bangers and mash for two
each piece a dream-like quality that
makes the viewer feel like he/she
is looking at a memory on a wall.
Te abstraction might play on the
Platonic idea that art is, and can only
be, a representation of reality; an
artist is not painting a scene, he/she
is in fact painting a representation of
that scene.
food. How could they not?
Te dishes had strange campy
names, meat jelly was considered
delicious, and everything could be
smothered in gravy or deep-fried.
Tey used the kidneys, livers and
tongues of animals so liberally,
and anything good could be made
better if thrown into some kind of
pie.
I felt like I had stumbled
on a glorious treasure trove of
unpretentious, kitschy food and
excitedly went out and bought
cookbooks filled with puddings,
a extensive assortment of mashes,
and more meat pies than I could
ever hope to make. I returned
home excited to cook these gems
for my family and friends only to
hit a snag.
I realized that I may be the
lone foodie with an appreciation
for aspics, fruitcakes, and mushy
peas. Tis, of course, meant that
the unconverted should be allowed
a gentle easing into the strange
and glorious world of traditional
British food. Bangers and mash
anyone?
Uyeda’s Painting Sculptures
portion of the gallery is quite a
departure from the traditional
presentation found in Dickie’s work.
Uyeda uses large patchwork
canvases, an interesting species of
wooden creature and a whole lot
of canvas string installed in a way
that is meant to encourage viewer
interaction. Her work touches on
“Evolution and human nature
and how people project their own
narratives and stories onto objects,”
explained Uyeda on Tuesday.
Each canvas in Uyeda’s
collection is a communal system of
patchwork, with individual painted
patterns coming together to form a
whole. Each pattern on the canvas
seems to have a correlation with a
wooden figure installed either on
the floor or on the wall, doubling
as the “Tools” that Uyeda used to
paint each piece.
“Te images on the canvases,”
said Uyeda, “are each supposed
to show how people build their
environments and build their
surroundings.”
Go take a look in the Zavitz
gallery this week to see the work
of Haley Uyeda and Shannon
Dickie. Te opening reception is on
Tursday Oct. 29 from 7-10pm.
Painting Sculptures
and FLASH
I enjoyed how Dickie’s paintings
were physically engaging as well.
Space and distance seem to play
an important role in her work. Te
variation in distances I was standing
away from the wall changed my
perception of what was on the
canvas. Te further I came away
from the wall, the more colour and
form would come out of the scene
on the canvas. As well, her use of
colour and the variety found in each
piece was engaging.
Te images on the canvases
are each supposed to show
how people build their
environments and build
their surroundings.
Haley Uyeda
Artist
Heat the olive oil in a large
frying pan at medium heat until
it smokes slightly and add the
sausages. Cook the sausages for
approximately 15 minutes or until
they are browned. Wash and peel
the potatoes and then cut them
into chunks. Place them in a pot
of salted water and bring to a boil.
INGREDIENTS
DIRECTIONS
10
OCT. 29 - NOV. 4, 2009 THEONTARION.CA
SPORTS & HEALTH
Domination, start to finish
A not so mighty third
It’s no secret that the mobility
of the Guelph Gryphons women’s
rugby team has been the key to
their undefeated success this fall.
So it came as no surprise to see
the high-flying Gryphons run all
over their opponents, once again,
in their OUA semi-final game on
Saturday, a 56-3 victory over the
Queen’s Gaels. Teir latest victory
has advanced the Gryphons to the
OUA final, to be played in Guelph
next weekend against the Western
Mustangs.
Tere was no evidence of a slow
start that has characterized many
opening frames for the Gryphons
this season. From the opening
kick, the Gryphons played like a
well-rounded unit, retaining the
ball through the play breakdowns
and deftly executing plays through
the backs. Te offensive attack was
relentless, whether in the form of
forwards driving through the Gaels’
defence and keeping the ball alive
through the tackle, or the backs
overlapping, out-maneuvering
and outrunning their opposition.
It was a potent formula with the
Gryphons taking a 34-3 lead at
halftime.
“Obviously, we know how to
Te regular season is over and the
former national champion Guelph
Gryphons men’s lacrosse team sits
third in the standings. Te Gryphons
have missed the chance to gain home
field advantage for CUFLA quarter-
finals, following Sunday’s critical
PETE NORTON
JUSTINE BASKEY
Gryphons run over
Gaels in OUA semi-
final
Men’s lacrosse team
moves into postseason
without last year’s
fanfare
Rashaad Bhamjee
Rashaad Bhamjee
Jacey Murphy was once again instrumental in her team’s victory, a
56-3 win over Queen’s in the OUA semi-finals.
Braden Gallant and the Gryphons were on the offensive this weekend, splitting a pair of games against
McMaster and Brock.
score,” said head coach Colette
McAuley. “We had excellent team
continuity and ball carrying today.”
McAuley’s observation was an
apt summation of a theme that was
hard to miss throughout the game.
Te Gryphons put on an excellent
display of cooperation between the
forwards and the backs with the
forwards joining the back line and
helping to swing the ball out to the
wings. In contact, the Gryphons
were quick to support and ruck over,
retaining possession and resuming
the offensive attack.
One of the Gryphons’
most dominant players, Jacey
Murphy, offered a similar
take on the team’s success.
“I’d say we played really well
as a team today, we had a good
forward-back connection going
on,” she said.
With five tries scored by the
backs and four scored by the
forwards, along with a penalty
try, the scoresheet was certainly
a testament to the statements of
Murphy and her coach.
Te second half was slower than
the first as the Gaels began to succeed
in pressuring the Gryphons’ offence
with small mistakes beginning to
impede the play continuity. However,
the Gryphons still managed a fine
display of diverse skill. Te forwards
demonstrated their power in the
scrum, driving one into the end
zone for a try. Ten, in a similarly
impressive demonstration of speed,
Guelph’s Mimi Rahneva cut back
into the centre of the field from the
wing and beat the Gaels’ back line in
a 60-yard foot race for another try.
Te game closed with two tries from
Brittany Benn, the first on a big run
set up by a smooth eight-pick out of
the scrum, the second a successful
chase down of her own kick.
Having already played Western
once this year, the Gryphons
have an idea of what they’ll be up
against. As rivals competing for the
OUA championship, the Gryphons
are expecting Western to put out a
strong effort.
“Confidence is definitely up
after the last couple games but we’re
still going to have to work hard in
practice,” said Murphy.
McAuley shared that outlook
when asked how she felt about the
upcoming game against Western.
“We are confident but we have to
practice, especially our defence; the
defence wins games and the offence
just determines how much you score
on the way,” said McAuley.
McAuley was happy to
acknowledge her team’s collective
talent, their individual depth and
their improving sense of teamwork.
“It’s not that we don’t have
the outstanding individuals and
individual efforts,” said McAuley.
“But it’s the team effort that really
matters and it’s the team awards
that we’re after.”
said head coach Sam Kosakowski.
“Pound for pound, we’re a better
team than they are; we have more
threats than they do.”
In Saturday’s game, the
Marauders visibly tried to keep the
game at their pace but the Gryphons’
offence hustled hard and the defence
did their job to protect their end
while goaltenders Gary Muzzin and
Jeremy Snider maintained a strong
presence in the net. Te effort paid off.
“Saturday really was a big plus,
everyone seemed to be working really
hard together,” said goaltender Gary
Muzzin. “We basically capitalized on
our opportunity on our home field.”
With such a roller coaster season,
it’s hard to predict how the Gryphons
will fare in the playoffs. After losing
some key players from last year and
picking up a handful of rookies, the
team has been working hard to gel
and recapture their 2008-09 success.
“[Te captains] had meetings
about changes that needed to be
made at this point in the season,”
explained Muzzin. “Tere’s no
excuses anymore, it’s all left on
the field. Every player is taking
responsibility for their own play now,
everyone’s kind of becoming more of
a team.”
Te switch from the regular
season mentality to the playoff
mentality makes a difference for the
entire team.
“We’re on track,” insisted
Muzzin. “At this point in the season,
everything goes out the window and
the one goal is winning. Playoffs are
a new season.”
Kosakowski pointed out that, in
the playoffs, he shortens his bench
and needs to keep his strongest
offensive and defensive players on
the field as much as possible if the
team hopes to make it to Ottawa
two weeks from now.
“Tese guys are talented lacrosse
players; a couple of guys play
professional ball, a lot of guys play
Junior A and Junior B,” explained
Kosakowski. “We have to rely on
them to be able to make decisions
and do the things they are capable of
doing.”
Te team hasn’t played to the
level they are capable of yet, which
reflects in their not so impressive
6-4 record this season. If Sunday’s
play against the Badgers carries on,
this slippery slope to the semis is
going to get steeper. Kosakowski
hopes that the repetition in practice
will drive what needs to be done on
the field into his players’ minds. His
playoff mantra is clear:
”Play out of control, under
control.
13-5 loss to the Brock Badgers.
Next Sunday, the team will travel to
McMaster to battle the Marauders
for a spot in the CUFLA semi-finals
in Ottawa. Te Marauders beat the
Gryphons on Marauder turf earlier
in the season, but last Saturday, the
Gryphons responded, outplaying
the Marauders in every aspect of the
game, despite playing on a muddy
Gryphon field.
“[McMaster] is a dangerous
team, they’re very well coached and
they have some players who, if they
have a good game, can hurt you,”
At this point in the season,
everything goes out the
window and the one goal
is winning. Playoffs are a
new season
Gary Muzzin
Gryphons lacrosse goaltender
SPORTS & HEALTH
11
THE ONTARION 160.7
Ready for the next step
With the football and rugby
seasons coming to a close, Gryphon
hockey is underway for another
exciting season. Six games into the
regular season, the women’s team is
already off to an impressive 4-2-0
start, following wins over Windsor,
Western, UOIT, and Waterloo. Te
Gryphon women are looking to
build off of their successful season
last year that saw them take the
silver medal in the OUA following
a heartbreaking loss to the Laurier
Golden Hawks in the final series.
RYAN CUNNINGHAM
time to be successful.
“We got so close last year and
it leaves them wanting more,”
Flanagan continued. “Failure is
often a better teacher than success
so we will continue to learn how
to play smarter and stronger and
to know how to succeed when the
time comes.”
With four wins already, it seems
the Gryphons have picked up right
were they left off. Outscoring
their opponents in those wins by a
count of 15-6, there is definitely no
lack of offence on this team. But
Flanagan is the first to say that it’s
not all about the number of goals
scored.
“Tis year’s team has chemistry,”
she said. “Te girls are a family and
they treat each other with respect.
Tey hold each other accountable in
ways that only teammates can.
“On the ice, we are faster and
hungrier. Our forwards up front
are pushing each other and we are
bigger and stronger on the back
end.”
Unfortunately, in Sunday’s loss
to Laurier, the Gryphons couldn’t
get going against bitter rivals,
falling in a 1-0 shutout. Tis game
brought back some of the intensity
these two teams had in the final
series last year when throughout the
first two periods, neither team could
best the other. Laurier broke the
stalemate with an early third period
goal by Katherine Shirriff and
Golden Hawk goaltender Liz Knox
preserved the shutout, making 20
saves. Gryphon goaltender Chelsey
Roy played brilliantly, stopping 32
shots to keep her team in the game
after Laurier went ahead. Despite
several late chances, the Gryphons
could not solve Knox and suffered
their second loss of the season.
Tere won’t, however, be too
many nights where the Gryphons
Rashaad Bhamjee
Dayna Kanis digs for a rebound in Saturday’s 5-2 victory over the visiting Waterloo Warriors. Te Gryphons
currently sit third in the OUA standings.
Gryphon women will
challenge for the title,
but must deal with
rival Golden Hawks
are shut out and Guelph will have
two more opportunities to exact
revenge on Laurier this season.
“Our number one line of Jessica
Zerafa, Tamara Bell and Erin
Small is arguably the best line in
the OUA,” said Flanagan. “Tey
combined for a total of 23 points in
our first five games”.
With a new season comes new
faces, and one face in particular that
fans should keep an eye on is Kim
Wong.
“Kim Wong has been a standout
rookie defender in her first six OUA
games,” beamed Flanagan. “She is
patient and moves the puck with
speed and accuracy. Expect big
things from Kim in this season and
beyond.”
“Te team has set high goals for
this season,” said head coach Rachel
Flanagan of her squad’s ambitions.
“Tey are committed to being in
better shape than last year and they
are prepared to give up more of their
Our number one line of
Jessica Zerafa, Tamara Bell
and Erin Small is arguably
the best line in the OUA.
Rachel Flanagan
Gryphon women’s hockey coach
W L T
Queen’s
Western
Brock
McMaster
Laurier
Waterloo
RMC
Guelph
U of T
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7
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5
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4
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Rugby ( M)
Guelph v McMaster: 3-40
W L T
York
Windsor
Waterloo
Guelph
McMaster
Western
Laurier
Brock
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Soccer ( M) West
Guelph v Windsor: 0-1
W L T
Guelph
U of T
Western
Waterloo
York
McGill
Queen’s
Carleton
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Fi el d hockey
Guelph v McGill: 7-0
W L T
York
Laurier
Brock
McMaster
Western
Windsor
Guelph
Waterloo
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Soccer ( W) West
Guelph v Windsor: 2-2
W L T
Brock
McMaster
Guelph
Western
Laurier
Laurentian
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7
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5
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3
5
8
9
0
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0
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Lacr osse ( M)
Guelph vs Brock: 5-13
W L T
U of T
Western
Queen’s
Laurier
McGill
McMaster
Guelph
12
9
8
7
3
2
0
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3
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11
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Lacr osse ( W)
Guelph v U of T: 4-14
Rowi ng
OUAChampionship
Gold
Women’s LW Doubles
-Kerith Gordon/Nicole Gough
Novice Men’s 8s
-Abby Greenbloom/Christopher Britton-Foster/George Payne/
Justan Lougheed/Evan Bell/Tim van Steenbergen/Robert
Berger/Jason Deen/Alexander Patrican
Silver
Men’s LW Doubles
-Mark Henry/Jakub Kwiecinski
Novice Women’s Doubles
-Heather Reid/Danielle Sullivan
Bronze
Women’s Doubles
-Courtney Kiss/Kirsten Henderson
Men’s Singles
-Ian Edwards
Novice Men’s Doubles
-Tyler Wilson/Mike Veltri
Team Standings
Gryphon Women - 5th place
Gryphon Men - 8th place
W L OTL
Laurier
Queen’s
Guelph
Windsor
Brock
U of T
York
Western
UOIT
Waterloo
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4
4
3
2
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3
2
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3
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0
0
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0
0
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0
Hockey ( W)
Guelph v Laurier: 0-1
Lakehead
Laurier
Waterloo
Brock
Western
York
UOIT
Guelph
Windsor
5
5
4
4
3
2
2
1
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1
2
2
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Hockey ( M) West
Guelph v Waterloo: 2-4
W L OTL
Queen’s
Western
Laurier
McMaster
Ottawa
Guelph
Waterloo
Windsor
U of T
York
7
6
6
6
6
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3
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Foot bal l
Guelph v McMaster: 29-32
W L OTL
Rugby ( W) Shi el s
OUASemi-Ànal
Queen’s vs Guelph: 3-56
WesternvsMcMaster: 26-17
Playoffs
OUAÀnal (Oct 31)
Guelph vs Western (gold)
McMastervsQueen’s(bronze)
The Guelph Gryphons Àeld hockey team Ànished
the regular season undefeated with a 12-0-2 record.
Third-year forward Brienne Stairs (top) was named
OUA Player of the Year, leading the league with 30
goals. Brienne’s sister, Tegan (bottom), was also
named OUA Rookie of the Year and the Stairs sisters
were joined on the OUA all-star teams by teammates
Angela Lancaster and Krissy Wishart. With their
Àrst place Ànish, the Gryphons received a bye to the
OUA semi-Ànals to be played Saturday in London.
Photos by Rashaad Bhamjee
CSA sentiments. Te display stood
alone, without explanation from
those responsible for it, to raise a
question increasingly on the tips of
many tongues.
How much of a priority is
ethical buying on this campus
really? While offi cial policy
may express a great concern for
ethical purchasing practices on
campus, it remains questionable
as to whether all university
organizations really consider it a
priority. An increasing concern
has been expressed about ethical
practices by apparel suppliers
for both the CSA as well as the
University of Guelph Athletic
Centre, leading many to question
the university’s commitment to its
ethical purchasing policy.
Gavin Fridell, a leading
expert on fair trade issues and
a political science professor at
Trent University, articulated the
importance of such policies to
Universities.
“Universities are supposed to
have a broader agenda than just
educating. Tey’re supposed to be
about connecting with the world,”
saidFridell.“Tere is a broader moral
missionthatUniversitiesshouldhave.
To interpret internationalization as
actually meaning having a positive
global impact.”
To encourage such a positive
global impact, members from
Students Against Sweatshops
(SAS), urged the University of
Guelph to developed an ethical
purchasing policy in 2004
outlining a plan
to allow only
ethical apparel
to be used on
the campus.
An advisory
c o m m i t t e e
made up of
representatives
from many
c a m p u s
organi zat i ons
oversees the
a p p l i c a t i o n
of the policy;
all groups on
campus are to
comply with the
stipulations. Te
policy requires
that all suppliers
of apparel to the
University must
comply with the
code of conduct
or jeopardize
their contact.
For members
of SAS, the
limitations of this policy have
never been more visible than when
addressing concerns about the
Athletic Department’s contract
with Russell Apparel. SAS
received unflattering news about
the corporation from the Workers
Rights Consortium (WRC), a
group that provides the university
with workplace condition reports.
In a strongly worded article
published on the Guelph Young
Communist League website
and written Denise Martins, a
member of SAS and a second year
International Development, major
violations committed by Russell
Apparel were outlined.
“Tis apparel corporation has
shut down the only two factories
in Honduras in which workers
had organized unions. Tis is a
clear violation of the University’s
code: University suppliers and
subcontractors must recognize
and respect the legal rights
of employees to freedom of
association, to freely form and join
unions of their choice.”
According to Patrick Case, the
director of Human Rights and
Equityforthe Universityof Guelph,
to address the issues with Russell
Apparel the advisory committee,
which includes a representative
from the Athletic Centre, sent a
concerned letter to HD Brown,
the third party distributor used by
the Athletic Centre to purchase
Russell Apparel, outlining their
hopes that working conditions in
Honduras could be improved. Tis
letter was issued on
March 5, 2009, four
months after Russell
Apparel’s initial
violation of the code.
At present, it remains
to be seen whether
Russell Apparel
will be making
changes to address
these concerns. Te
Athletic Centre
continues to be
supplied by Russell
Apparel.
A c c o r d i n g
to Martins, the
procedure that the
policy recommends
when dealing
with an offending
apparel company is a
problem.
“Te [advisory]
c o m m i t t e e
doesn’t have any
i mp l e me nt a t i o n
power,” said
Martins. “Tey can
recommend things…but at the
end of the day, they don’t have any
power.”
A fellow member of SASS,
Drew Garvie, agrees with these
sentiments claiming
little faith in its ability to
encourage any real action.
“It’s slow moving
bureaucracy that, even
[within] the people we’ve
talkedtoonthecommittee,
nobody thinks that the
ethical purchasing policy
works in an enforceable
way,” said Garvie. “It’s
not an active committee.
Nothing’s been done in
the last, well, since it’s
been formed.”
Case explained that
unlike the University’s
previous ethical
purchasing code, the
goal is for the University
to engage with any
companies with ethically
questionable practices
and use their influence to
encourage improvements.
“Te stance that the
ethical code of conduct
takes is educational,” said Case.
“It requires that people enter
into a period of engagement with
companies that were in violation
of codes of conduct, in other
words [we] don’t just walk away
anymore.”
Tis period of engagement is
generally a year, according to Case,
and has traditionally involved the
sending of concerned letters like
that which was sent to Russell
Apparel.
According to Tom Kendall,
the Director of Athletics for the
University of Guelph, the Athletic
Department remains completely
satisfied with its contact with
Russell Apparel and is not
looking to change suppliers unless
specifically instructed to by the
University.
“My understanding is that
Russell has been given a year to
comply with the enforcement
standards. I think that’s an
ongoing investigation between the
University and Russell. We’re really
not involved in those investigations
at all,” said Kendall. “At the end of
the day, if the University decides
they don’t want to deal with
Russell, then that’s their decision.”
Case explained that the
advisory committee considers the
issues between the University and
Russell Apparel as a critical test
of the effectiveness of the code in
general.
“Right now, the situation we’re
in, I think Russell is a tremendously
important case because at the end
of the day, if the Russell case is
unsuccessful, that would represent
a significant defeat to the model in
total,” said Case.
According to Kendall, these
kinds of issues are fairly common
when dealing with apparel suppliers.
“Just so you know, this sort of
thing happens with every apparel
company. When we had Nike,
[the university] had the same
issue with Nike. Nike complied,
and then there is no issue,” said
Kendall. “When you dig into this a
little you find that all these apparel
companies are having similar issues
because they’re doing business
offshore.”
Te University Bookstore,
however, has found
a way to avoidthese
issues becoming an
inevitability.
Despite its
apparel being
sweatshop free
since 1999, Sean
Enright, who is in
charge of clothing
for the University
Bookstore, took
the call for ethical
purchasing from
the University
very seriously by choosing to carry
predominantly local, Canadian, or
organic fair trade brands.
“Besides just being sweatshop
free, some of our clothes our local
and they come from a company
called Unlearn. Tey are sweatshop
free but they are made locally…
they are a non-profit organization
and [their money] goes into the
tri-city area,” said Enright.
According to Enright, he takes
a hands-on approach to ensuring
that the University Bookstore is
fully ethical.
“I have an ethical code of
conduct that I make everybody
sign and I don’t just leave it at
that because what companies do
is they sell off their factories, so
they don’t own them, and then buy
from the factories so they can say
‘No, we don’t have any sweatshop
factories,’” said Enright. “So any of
my suppliers are not allowed to use
anything unethical or else I drop
them. And they know that.”
Enright insisted that this level
of dedication to ethical purchasing
is crucial given the reputation
that the University of Guelph has
for being progressive and socially
conscious.
“We are such an aware campus
and community and …it would be
quite hypocritical for us to bring in
all this [unethical apparel] when
we’re recognized for being agents
of change,” said Enright. “It’s
just a reflection of us. Tere is a
responsibility here.”
When you dig
into this a little
you find that all
these apparel
companies are
having similar
issues because
they’re doing
business offshore.
Tom Kendall
director of athletics
University of Guelph
Universities, as institutions, you’d love to
think that they were driven by the moral
code of their faculty or students but when
it comes to policy…you have a team of
administrators running the university
who’s own goals are completely different
Gavin Friddell
political science professor
Trent University
Tat responsibility is something
that has become increasingly
important to the Central Student
Association upon facing the
allegations that their Gildan
Athletics orientation week t-shirts
were in violation of the university’s
ethical purchasing policy.
Gildan Athletics was
blacklisted for unethical practices
in the past but, according to Case
and the advisory committee, the
University now considers them an
acceptable apparel supplier.
Te problem, according to
Martins, lies not with Gildan’s
ethical present but with their
notorious past.
“Just look at the history of
Gildan,” said Martins. “I don’t
understand why the CSA would
choose Gildan over [a fair trade
option] when it’s not even that
much cheaper. It makes no sense
to me. What do you want to
support?”
Case explained the problems
that arise from refusing to forgive
a corporation’s dark past.
“Te reason why we have the
policy is so that people will change.
If they change, then we do business
with them. Tat’s the reason that
we do this,” said Case. “So if they
change, we don’t keep trying to
kick them, that makes no sense.”
According to Gavin
Armstrong, the Communications
Commissioner for the CSA, after
being informed of the recent
display at the cannon, the CSA is
trying to take a proactive stance
to ensure that their suppliers and
related third party companies are
following the ethical code.
“We’re going to get all the
third party companies that we get
[apparel] throughandlookthrough
the contacts to make sure that they
followed the ethical purchasing
policy,” said Armstrong. “If they
didn’t then we’ll put a report in
to the [CSA] board and never do
business with them again.”
With strong efforts being
made by many organizations at the
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Fair trade. Fair game?
by Nicole Elsasser
Te Cannon is normally a
central meeting place for those on
the University of Guelph campus.
But on a dismal, gray afternoon in
October, it became the stage for a
very specific political statement.
While normally not a fixture
of the campus scenery, the display
features a lone, wind-torn banner
accusing the Central Student
Association (CSA) of purchasing
their orientation week apparel
from a company that uses slave
labour and several of the offending
t-shirts hanging on a clothes line
spray painted with strong anti-
University, a question continues to
persist: does it all do any good?
Fridell asserted that while it
is important for universities to
encourage ethical purchasing
practices, he remains skeptical
as to whether offi cial university
policies can truly be effectual.
“My skepticism comes in
the ability, at the end of the day,
that these corporations have to
manipulate what these policies
will amount to and whether
universities have the guts to stand
up for the policies that they create,”
said Fridell. “Passing these policies
is a great step, but it’s one step, the
second becomes actually following
through on them.”
While he doesn’t lend too much
of his sympathies to university
administrators, Fridell explained
the diffi culties of actualizing such
a policy in a university.
“Universities, as institutions,
you’d love to think that they were
driven by the moral code of their
faculty or students but when
it comes to policy…you have a
team of administrators running
the university who’s own goals
are completely different,” said
Fridell. “[Te administrators]
have to worry about what kinds
of contacts they sign with an how
much money that will bring to the
university. Also if they’re really
willing to upset these corporations
for the sake of a moral stance.”
“I think [these issues] make it
transparent that they’re here for
profit, that it’s a profit industry-a
university,” said Martins of the
perceived inaction on the part of
the university. “It’s about selling
the cheapest t-shirts we can, and
getting the most money from
students. It becomes clear.”
Martin explained that before
she looked into the issue of
sweatshop labour on our campus
herself, she took for granted
that a university had to be doing
everything ethically correct.
Despite being disappointed
at the reality of the situation,
Martin remains optimistic about
the ability of students to enact
change in ethical practices of the
university.
“I think students really care
about sweatshop labour…and I
think it’s very important to inform
students that the university doesn’t
have as great an implementation
of its policy as it should,” said
Martins. “I think it’s important to
mobilize students and to get them
active about [ethical purchasing
issues] and to pressure the
university to act.”
Russell Athletic
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SPORTS & HEALTH
14
OCT. 29 - NOV. 4, 2009 THEONTARION.CA
Curbing the (bad) enthusiasm
Living with your liver
MIKE TREADGOLD
JORDAN SLOGGETT
Justin Dunk is an emotional
football player.
Whether it’s an emphatic fist
pump after a crucial third-down
conversion, a team-rallying call to
arms in the huddle or the now-
famous “F*** Western” exclamation
on national television, it’s safe to say
that when the game is on the line,
Dunk’s emotions run high.
But what happens when these
displays become too much? What
happens when emotions start
negatively affecting gameplay?
Following Dunk’s impromptu
and uncensored Homecoming
comments about the rival Mustangs,
the fifth-year quarterback was
suspended by the department of
athletics for one game. At the time of
his suspension, the Gryphons were
being named among the nation’s
most potent and dangerous teams.
And since Dunk’s return to the
gridiron?
A three game losing streak
that has left the team reeling as
Everyone has heard the
comments about excessive drinking
and liver damage, yet we tend to
laugh them off. But how much
truth is there behind them?
Te typical university
student is at an age when
it is easiest to believe that
nothing can harm us. We are,
in our own minds, invincible.
For many, the freedom of
living away from home means
drinking can become a way
of life. Tere’s a tendency to
romanticize the idea of the student
who studies all week and drinks in
excess every weekend.
To gain some further insight
about just how drinking affects
our liver, I went no further than
to seek the expert opinion of
Dr. James B. Kirkland, a U
of G Associate Professor
of Human Health and
Nutritional Sciences.
Jordan Sloggett: Are
students well enough
informed about the health
effects of heavy drinking?
James Kirkland: Probably not.
Most students know that alcohol
can damage their liver, but they
probably don’t know how widely
the range of dangerous intake varies
between individuals. Te most
sensitive individuals can develop
severe liver damage with a regular
consumption of two to three drinks
per day. You may have lost 50 per
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Te Gryphons will take on the Western Mustangs in Saturday’s
quarterfinal match up.
it approaches its quarter-final
playoff matchup against those same
Mustangs. Dunk’s play has fallen
off considerably; he’s not getting
the ball downfield and appears
to be lacking the confidence and
consistency in his decision-making.
With potentially just one game left
in his university career, this is surely
not the way that the most successful
quarterback in Gryphons history
wants to be remembered.
But those emotional displays
that have characterized Dunk’s play
for the past five years, for better or
for worse, keep hurting his chances.
In Saturday’s game against
McMaster, with the Gryphons
trailing early, Dunk got his team on
the move, making a series of timely
throws, mixed in with some big runs
by himself and running back Nick
Fitzgibbon. With the Gryphons
driving, Dunk converted a critical
2nd-and-long situation with an
elusive 16-yard scramble. Te big
play, however, was marred by a 15-
yard penalty for unsportsmanlike
conduct, which Dunk received
following the end of the play for
making an emphatic first-down
gesture directly in front of the
offi cial. Having already been jawing
with Marauder players throughout
the game, head coach Kyle Walters
promptly benched Dunk for the
rest of the series, replacing him with
backup Chris Rossetti. Te Gryphon
drive stalled and their momentum
dissipated. Dunk’s timing couldn’t
have been worse.
Te benching was short-lived as
Dunk returned for the Gryphons
next series, helping to rally his
team from behind, only to fall three
points short in the end. Despite his
second half success, one can’t help
but wonder whether if Dunk had
simply handed the ball to the offi cial
following his scramble, and returned
to the huddle, that the game
outcome might have been different.
Make no mistake about it; Justin
Dunk is a great football player. He’s
got a cannon for a right arm, the
elusiveness of a running back, and
the speed of a wide receiver, making
him the most dangerous player on
the field at all times. Few players
parallel his leadership skills and
athletic abilities and when his career
is finished, many CIS leaderboards
for career passing accomplishments
will feature his name among the best
ever to take a snap in this league.
And yet the question remains;
how will he be remembered?
Dunk and the Gryphons are on
the ropes. Tey travel to London
this weekend as heavy underdogs
with most people questioning their
ability to recapture that early season
offensive potency.
To succeed, their leader and
most talented player will have to
play the game of his life and keep his
emotions in check. Te Gryphons
are sliding and are in need of a spark.
Justin Dunk’s legacy may depend
on it.
Speak into the Mike is a weekly column
written by Mike Treadgold, taking an
in-depth look at Gryphons athletics.
cent or more of your functioning
liver tissue before clinical signs begin
to appear, and then you’re in trouble.
JS: Would a university student
who drinks one or two times per
week be at a risk?
JK: It is not so much how
often, as how much. It is probably
beneficial to your health to have
one drink per day, but it
is definitely bad for
your
health to
have seven drinks
every Tursday night. If someone
binges a couple of times each week,
the liver will be damaged and a
chronic inflammatory condition
may start to develop.
JS: What are the dangers of
mixing alcohol with other over-
the-counter drugs?
JK: Tere is one very dangerous
combination that is responsible for
a large number of acute and chronic
liver toxicities in Canada. Tis
combination is the consumption of
large amounts of alcohol one night
and taking Tylenol the next day. Te
alcohol changes the biochemical
pathways of the liver, which turns
Tylenol into a dangerous toxin that
kills liver cells. Acetaminophen
(Tylenol) probably wouldn’t be
approved if it was introduced as
a new drug at this point, but it
is very well established in the
marketplace. Many cases of
alcoholic liver disease are likely
from a combination of alcohol
and acetaminophen.
JS: What advice would you
give to university students who
want to drink and still maintain
their health?
JK: It is better to go for three
drinks on Tursday and three on
Saturday than to have six on Friday
and swear it off for the next week.
Eat quality foods that will help
your liver handle the stresses
you place on it – NOT fries and
gravy! Vegetables like broccoli
can inhibit P450 enzymes,
decreasing the dangerous routes
of alcohol and acetaminophen
metabolism.
JS: If there was one drinking
myth or liver damage myth you
have noticed to be commonly
believed around the University of
Guelph what would it be?
JK: (laughs) I’m not too tied
into the campus drinking scene.
[I’m] probably too old to fit in. I
think that when I was a student, no
one really wanted to bring up the
subject and be a buzz kill.
Understanding the
connection between
alcohol and one of
your critical organs
Healthy liver
Liver with cirrhosis
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SPORTS & HEALTH
15
THE ONTARION 160.7
Guel ph prof essor
takes par t i n
H1 N1 vacci nati on
study
Fi l l the Hi l l a
success despi te i ts
l i mi ted i nf l uence
The truth about the shot
A shift in the right direction
Jamie MacDonald
As more and more cases of
H1N1 emerge, so do the number
of studies examining the issue.
One such study has involved
the work of University of Guelph
mathematics professor Chris
Bauch. Te study, published in the
Oct. 13 edition of the Canadian
Medical Association Journal, has
predicted that early and widespread
vaccination is the most effective
way to limit the spread of the
H1N1 virus. Te findings are based
on a population simulation model
that used demographic data from
London, Ont. and epidemiologic
influenza data.
“Te study has an age-specific
probability of effectiveness,”
said Bauch. “[It has] 80 per cent
On a cold windswept
Parliament Hill, the voices of
hundreds were raised in protest.
Protest towards Canada’s growing
climate failures, her growing laxity
towards her Kyoto goals and the
growing horrors of the Tar Sands,
the largest industrial operation
within Canada. Tis initiative, also
known as Fill the Hill, was one of
the largest demonstrations I had
ever seen, let alone one for climate
change.
But if it had not been for the
participants of another initiative,
the Fill the Hill goal would have
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effectiveness for those (aged
less than) 65 and a 60 per cent
effectiveness for those above 65,
which is basically [equal to] the
effectiveness of the seasonal flu
vaccine.”
Te study reports that
early vaccination is essential to
effectively reduce the spread of the
virus, and according to the study,
“delays in vaccination of 30 days or
more reduced the effectiveness of
vaccination in lowering the attack
rate.”
As Bauch explained, early
vaccination is a highly effective
mitigation strategy as it decreases
the likelihood of everyone
contracting the virus, even non-
vaccinated individuals.
“Vaccination is highly effective
because when you vaccinate, you’re
not only protecting the vaccinated
person, you also reduce the
probability of transmission because
the vaccinated person is less likely
to spread the virus,” he said. “You
fallen sorely short.
Coinciding with the Fill the
Hill initiatives and protests, the
Power Shift Canada conference
was also held at the University of
Ottawa. Hosted by the Canadian
Youth Climate Coalition, it was a
cross-Canada university summit
that saw youth and university
students gather to address the
growing issues and concerns
surrounding climate change and
the environment in Canada.
Te summit itself offered a range
of workshops, panels and seminars
on a series of environmental issues,
run by some of the most prominent
and influential environmental and
native leaders fighting for climate
control, including Clayton Tomas-
Muller and Stephen Hazell.
It was these participants who
can actually eradicate the disease
without…vaccinating 100 per cent
of the population.”
Te study also looked at
how widespread the vaccination
coverage needs to be within the
community to render it effective.
Specifically, it examined the effects
of vaccinating 30 and 60 per cent
of the population. “Under the 60
per cent coverage, the outbreak can
be prevented and that is consistent
with other studies,” said Bauch.
“With 30 per cent coverage, that is
not enough to prevent the outbreak,
but it does prevent a lot of people
from being sick and reduces the
percentage of [those] infected to a
much lower level.”
Of course, the study’s findings
are dependent on the vaccination
actually working.
“Tere’s no reason to think
it won’t be effective, as it uses the
same technology as the seasonal flu
vaccine,” assured Bauch. “We won’t
know for sure until we are able to
arrived to reenergize and bolster
the crowds outside of Parliament,
and according to the Globe and
Mail, by Monday, it was them
who disrupted the parliamentary
question period to such a degree
that security had to remove a
majority of the 150 participants
within the House.
While only taking place on
one weekend, both Fill the Hill
and the Power Shift Conference
highlighted the issues both within
Canada as well as abroad, to a
degree that I had seen before,
despite its limited scope and relative
influence. Te individuals that
these events reached, the ideas that
they inspired and the dialogue that
they initiated is impossible to view
in a negative light, representing a
necessity for the future.
compare a group of people who
have been vaccinated to a group
that has not.
“So we won’t know how
effective it is until the pandemic
has already happened.”
‘all nighters’ trying to get the study
done. [Tat is) something I haven’t
done since college.”
Bauch said the response to the
study from experts has generally
been positive. However, the
impact the study has had on policy
makers is difficult to determine.
Nevertheless, the results appear to
coincide with how communities
across Canada are dealing with the
virus.
Tis past Monday, the H1N1
vaccine became available across the
country to those believed to be most
susceptible to the virus: healthcare
workers, the elderly, pregnant
women and people living in remote
communities. Beginning on Friday,
H1N1 vaccination clinics will be
available to everyone in Guelph.
People will be able to receive
both the H1N1 and seasonal flu
vaccines. No appointments are
necessary and information about
these clinics is available at www.
wdghu.org.
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To render the study useful,
Bauch said that time was of the
essence.
“We had to be sure that the
study was completed before
the virus itself came into the
community,” he said. “I pulled two
EYE ON THE WORLD
Tere’s no reason to
think [the H1N1
vaccine] won’t be
effective, as it uses the
same technology as the
seasonal flu vaccine.
Chris Bauch
Mathematics professor
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Climate Day: are we really behind it?
PETE NORTON
Political action on climate change
is a matter of considerable personal
significance for myself. When Jean
Chretien committed Canada to the
Kyoto Protocol in 2003, I had just
begun to feel politically aware. Tat
is to say I had just begun to realize
that very important decisions are
regularly made on my behalf. I had
a responsibility to understand them
and see how my representatives
represented my interests. Between
George Bush’s invasion of Iraq and
an absurdly disinterested lack of
action on an environmental crisis, I
was roused from my passivity toward
politics and began seeking answers.
Surely, I told myself, there was an
explanation for how politicians could
be so deaf to voices of reason and,
more importantly, there must be a
remedy.
Saturday was Climate Day, a
day of international demonstrations
intended to draw attention to the
public concern over climate change
and the lack of an effective response
from national leaders. Te protesters
were trying to put pressure on their
governments to agree and follow up
on an effective plan to reduce the
levels of carbon in the atmosphere
at an upcoming conference in
Copenhagen, Denmark. I admire the
cause and action of those protesters
and, consequently, was all the more
disappointed (though not surprised)
by the government’s reaction, or lack
thereof. I can at least credit Stephen
Harper for not falsely trying to get
anyone’s hopes up, as he has been
active in discouraging expectations for
a major commitment to significantly
decrease Canada’s emission levels.
But I grind my teeth wondering
how he can still promote an increase
in tar sands oil production when
there is so much public opposition
to it. I mean, come on, as a politician,
you won’t keep your job if you ignore
the sentiment of the people.
Tere is, however, a fairly simple
explanation: Canadian politicians are
not actually deaf to voices of reason,
something I had long ago concluded.
While I could go on all day about the
shortcomings of Canadian democracy
as a form of rule by the people, I
would never suggest that we are left
without a voice. Demonstrations
like Climate Day are excellent
examples of an active civil society
where people demonstrate their
collective cause by acting collectively.
When you consider the instability
of the federal government, a well-
coordinated public rally should be
especially effective; if Mr. Harper is
unable to respond with a satisfactory
environmental policy, Mr. Ignatieff
could topple his government and
lead a campaign founded on
environmental responsibility.
So why doesn’t he? Well, because
we (the Canadian electorate) would
be more likely to demolish his party
for wasting our time and money with
another election.
we very much prefer it that way.
Te oil in the tar sands is our
most valuable resource. Te wealth
it generates is absolutely enormous
and the growth of the operation
has been a keystone of Canadian
economics for years. So consider
what kind of response would meet
a government proposal to reduce
the tar sands output. Personally, I
would get behind it because I see the
costs (which would be substantial)
The power to make
change is in citizens’
hands
If it were politically expedient
to call for an election with the
environment as top priority, Ignatieff
would do it. He wants to be the Prime
Minister of Canada, and it’s not like
he hasn’t heard of that issue before. If
he won’t do it, then the simple reason
must be that he knows Canadians
won’t get behind him.
But what about all the people from
the Climate Day demonstration?
Apparently there aren’t enough of
them, not even by a long shot. I think
it can be taken as a given that the
people at that demonstration voted
in the last election (if they didn’t,
their expectations to pressure the
government into hearing them now
is hypocritical) but what about the
rest of us? Most eligible first time
voters (58 per cent) didn’t even cast
a ballot in last year’s election. As for
the Canadians who did vote, the
environment was not their greatest
concern. While a lack of voter support
for carbon reduction explains a lot,
there’s actually an even better reason
for why the federal government has
gotten away with dropping the ball -
as justified, as the necessary cost of
being responsible and conscious of a
greater purpose is larger than instant
gratification.
Don’t get me wrong, I know it
would mean a sacrifice for all of us and
a complicated economic adjustment.
I just think it’s worth making. Tat
isn’t the popular sentiment.
When you control one of the
world’s largest oil deposits, it can
be hard not to take advantage. It’s
especially hard when you enjoy a
very privileged lifestyle that you have
grown into taking for granted. Not
many people are going to voluntarily
give that up. Our political leaders
know it.
If you want, blame the politicians
for being out of touch.
But you will be fooling yourself.
Tey know what we really want and
they deliver accordingly. It won’t be a
day of demonstration that will drive
political action on the environment,
only a sincere cultural shift that
sees all Canadians (or at least the
majority) willing to put their vote
and money where their mouth is.
If you want, blame the politicians
for being out of touch. But you
will be fooling yourself. Tey
know what we really want and
they deliver accordingly.
OPINION
17
THE ONTARION 160.7
POP CULTURED
How to
horrify
yourself this Halloween
DUNCAN DAY-MYRON
I’ve always been a big fan of
horror movies, probably because, as
a child, I was never allowed to watch
them. It all started with Stephen
King’s “It” at the tender age of nine.
It might have ruined clowns for
me, but I was okay with that. I soon
broadened my horizons to include
the Friday the 13th, Nightmare on
Elm St. and Halloween movies. By
the age of 13, I was a seasoned veteran
of the Golden Age of Hollywood
Horror. It was a wondrous time, and
one I didn’t know I’d be reliving so
soon.
But by now, Friday the 13th
and Halloween, as well as the
Texas Chainsaw Massacre, have all
been rebooted, and Nightmare on
Elm St. is in the wings. Tey’re re-
imagined with younger, sexier casts;
ten times the violence and gore;
and bailout-sized budgets. But no
matter what patina they cover these
gruesome goliaths with, they lack
a lot of what made the originals so
shocking. Foremost, the originals
were just that: original. Tat kind
of bloodbath, serial killer slasher
flick was a rare breed before Freddie,
Jason, Leatherface and Michael
Myers made them de rigueur.
But part of the charm was also
in their low budgets. Te lack of
special effects meant more effort
was given to creating tension,
buildup and mystery, as ways to
scare the audience, rather than the
hyper-graphic murder-orgies that
these kinds of funds can afford,
which do more to shock than
genuinely scare.
It’s no wonder that studios would
try though, especially since so few
horror movies have been popular
enough to market into a franchise
of their own in the past 20-or-so
years: essentially just Scream, Final
Destination and Saw.
Te sixth (sixth!) installment of
the Saw movies recently hit theatres,
just in time for Halloween.
Te first Saw was, in a word,
brilliant. Although it looked like a
Nine Inch Nails video and was as
well acted as softcore porn, it was
clever, well-paced and suspenseful.
But the series went downhill from
there. And much like the above
train of reboot-failures, as the
budgets increased, down went the
quality. Te stories have become
progressively less involving, and the
attempted continuity between films
is weak and forced.
Saw VI is a slight improvement
over a few other movies in the series,
but it’s still far from the standard
set by the original. Te Jigsaw
killer’s methods of mayhem are still
surprising and probably the only
interesting thing about the film, but
it’s far more sadistic than the series
set out to be. While initially Jigsaw’s
setups mostly only punished self-
destructive people, and typically they
were the ones who ended up being
forced to kill themselves, in Saw
VI, the protagonist is sent through
a series of Herculean trials where
he must effectively murder a series
of innocent people. It’s twisted to a
degree that feels like it undermines
the entire principle of the Jigsaw
character, and in effect, the entire
Saw series.
And none of it is spared. In the
first film, the audience never actually
sees Westley saw off his own foot.
It’s off camera, entirely implied. But
we still cringe, because it’s enough.
So there’s really no reason for the
audience to see all the blood and
bone of a woman hacking off her
own arm, and before the opening
credits no less.
Te writers tried to phone in
some substance through flashback
scenes of seemingly endless
proselytizing about the evils of
private health insurance companies,
but the tie-in between that and the
actual story playing out in front of
us was tenuous at best. Sure, the
idea that this man is an insurance
exec is there, but it is essentially
meaningless, and the two stories
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feel like more of a coincidence than
anything.
My expectations were low, but
apparently not low enough. I still
walked away from it disappointed.
Further proof that big budgets,
blood and torture don’t really
mean anything for horror movies
comes in the form of the sleeper
hit Paranormal Activity. Filmed in
2006, and having done the festival
circuit in 2007, the film is only just
getting a theatrical release now.
In the vein of the inimitably
disturbing Blair Witch Project,
Paranormal Activity is presented
as a home movie documenting a
couple, Micah and Katie, and the
supernatural incidences that happen
to them in their new home.
And that’s it.
Micah and Katie are on screen
for about 90 per cent of the movie,
and they never leave the house with
the camera. For a movie with so
little framework, any information
becomes too much information. Te
thrill of the movie is in how utterly
immersive it is, to the point that a
bang, a blowing sheet, or a moving
chandelier—things which would
be utterly mundane in most other
Hollywood horror movies—become
absolutely harrowing.
It takes a bit of a vivid
imagination and few hangups about
what movies need to be scary, but
when approached with an open
mind, Paranormal Activity manages
to make a bump in the night
(literally) one of the scariest things
I’ve seen in a movie in a long time.
Paranormal Activity crushed
Saw VI at the box offi ce, despite
Saw VI having a huge marketing
campain and over 700-times the
budget. An amazing feat for such
a small, simple movie, and further
proof that people don’t need blood,
guts and torture to be scared (hi, Eli
Roth). Just a good idea.
Duncan Day-Myron
OPINION
18
OCT. 29 - NOV. 4, 2009 THEONTARION.CA
Only happy thoughts for the CFS
GREG BENETEAU
Discussion about the Canadian
Federation of Students these days
is like that episode of the Twilight
Zone, where a boy with magical
powers forces everyone to think
happy thoughts.
In this case, the one hooked
on good news is CSA External
Commissioner Momina Mir, who
also represents the Central Student
Association at the CFS.
Te CSA Executive has
offi cially adopted a neutral stance
on the referendum, but that line
becomes blurry when one of your
executive members is required to
advocate for the CFS as part of
her job. It becomes even blurrier
when people aren’t allowed to ask
questions of that executive.
Instead, Communications
Commissioner Gavin Armstrong
has become the spokesperson
on questions about the CFS
referendum. Tat way, Mir can
continue to work on campaigns
that make the CFS look good,
while avoiding questions that may
portray the federation in a negative
light.
Te issue of vanishing petitions
has become the elephant in
the room. In Ontario, the CFS
bylaws require that schools
submit two separate petitions to
hold a referendum on federation
membership - one to the CFS-
Ontario and one to the CFS-
National.
A university of Guelph
student, Curtis Butuszkin, and
his group, collected more than
1,854 signatures, which were
later verified by the Offi ce of the
Registrar.
After the provincial petition
was delivered on September 29,
the CFS-O denied that they
had received it. Batuszkin then
produced a sworn affi davit from
the Process Server who delivered
the petition. Confronted with the
evidence, the CFS-O continued
their denials. Ten they did the
same thing to the petitioners at
Trent and Carlton.
on thecannon.ca’s comment board
attempting to “clarify” what the
CFS does for students, despite
the fact she didn’t answer anyone’s
questions or respond to the article
itself.
“CFS does not just lobby the
government for students’ rights,
they also do a lot of research,
provide services and do several
campaigns, especially in the
areas of social justice to fight for
marginalized students’ rights,” she
wrote.
Last week, I wrote about
the allegations surrounding the
CFS petition process. Among
other things, I reported that at
a recent CSA Board meeting,
Mir accused Batuszkin and his
petitioners – without any evidence
– of misleading students to get
signatures.
In a reply, Mir cried foul
because I wasn’t focusing on the
positive. “Tis article says nothing
about the days on end that CSA
executives slave away for students
which is unfortunate but I guess
that’s the beauty of the media!” she
posted on the Facebook link to the
article.
Mir is right. Te media tends
to cover conflict more than they
cover success. As the old saying
goes: if it bleeds, it leads.
But we don’t ignore all the
good news coming out of student
politics. Last Friday, Mir was
invited onto the Press Conference
radio show to talk how the CFS
was campaigning to reduce tuition
fees.
For more than 20 minutes, Mir
had undivided attention from me
and Daniel Bitonti, Editor-in-
Chief of the Ontarion. She spoke
about the government’s failure
to properly fund post-secondary
education; about how hard she was
working ahead of the Nov. 5 Day
of Action; about how wonderful it
is to have the CFS advocating on
students’ behalf.
In the meantime, neither
thecannon.ca nor the Ontarion
have been able to speak with staff
at CFS or CFS-Ontario for more
than two weeks. Tey were invited
to come onto the show, but didn’t
reply.
Tis is why the current situation
is incredibly frustrating. In spite of
the many successes CFS can take
credit for, the current stonewalling
is disenfranchising due-paying
members at the University of
Guelph. No matter how many
ISIC cards they hand out, or how
many campaigns they run, it is still
unacceptable.
Tanks to the intervention of
the executive, Mir doesn’t have to
worry about those 1,854 students,
or the reporters on campus who
are working to keep students
informed. She only has to think
about the good things the CFS
does.
Happy thoughts. Heaven for
her, hell for the rest of us.
Rashaad Bhamjee
Momina Mir, CSA External Comissioner works closely with CFS
campaigns.
LOOSE CANNON
We don’t know if the national
branch received their copy of the
petition because they aren’t talking
about the issue. Not to the media.
Not to Armstrong. Not to anyone.
In the past week, “the CFS did not
return calls for comment” became
one of the mostly frequently
written phrases in the student
papers across the country.
I know Armstrong is frustrated
with the situation. It would be nice
to hear even a polite rebuke from
our offi cial representative to the
CFS, but since Mir isn’t required
to give her opinion on missing
petitions or unreturned phone
calls, she carries on like nothing
has happened.
After I wrote an article
criticizing the CSA for their
neutrality, Mir posted information
After I wrote an article
criticising the CSA for
their neutrality, Mir
posted information on
thecannon’s comment
board attempting to
“clarify” what the CFS
does for students, despite
the fact she didn’t answer
anyone’s questions or
respond to the article
itself.
OPINION
19
THE ONTARION 160.7
NATALIE MALTZ
TRAVIS ERBACHER
SEXPOSURE: 2 GIRLS, 1 (SEX) COLUMN
Erasing the STIgma
Salvia neither “party drug” nor threat
Courtesy
According to doctors on campus,
one-third of university students
have sexually transmitted infections
(STIs). Tis article will investigate
STIs in all of their glory: what are
they and how are they contracted?
How can I protect myself? What
should you ask your physician? Can
you still enjoy a healthy, active sex life
after being diagnosed with an STI?
“Te date went great, we went
for a walk to the Arboretum and
then back to my house...and the
region looked good, real good.”
Is this a good enough reason
to think that your partner is STI-
free? No way. Te best way to keep
yourself, and your partner safe, is
to use protection such as condoms
or dental dams (these resources are
available for free at the Wellness
Centre on campus). We know that
you’ve all heard this before, but it’s
the truth: you’re not invincible; you
can contract an STI, even if you are
in a monogamous relationship.
According to the Wellness
Centre, Sexually Transmitted
Salvia Divinorum is a plant
that has seen shamanic use as a
visionary sacrament in Mexico
and South America for centuries.
It is a unique drug, as it is the
only k-opioid receptor agonist,
which has a strong hallucinogenic
effect. Scientists have been very
interested in researching the
medicinal potential of the drug;
however, due to growing hysteria
surrounding salvia, that research
may be cut short.
Salvia and its active ingredient,
Salvinorin A, are currently being
researched for unique anti-
depressant properties, analgesic
effects, as well as potential as a
treatment for alcohol or narcotic
addiction. Just as with the African
plant psychedelic Ibogaine(which
is one of the best available
treatments for heroin and crack
cocaine addiction), and LSD
(which had a 50% success rate
Infections (STIs), are infections
spread mostly through sexual contact
when bodily fluids are exchanged.
Tese bodily fluids include (but
are not limited to): semen, pre-
cum, vaginal fluids, and blood.
Some infections can be transmitted
through skin contact, like genital
herpes. Tese infections can be
bacterial (for example, Gonorrhea
or Chlamydia), parasitic (for
example, pubic lice, or scabies) or
viral (for example, HIV and HPV).
It’s real easy to get caught up
in the moment with someone you
like, and the last thing you want
to do is say, “wait a sec, I’ve gotta
grab a condom.” Te problem
here might be that you’re looking
at protection as getting in the way
of your pleasure. Try incorporating
condoms into foreplay, so that it
doesn’t feel like an interruption.
For example, ask your partner
to put it on for you, or, skip the
conversation altogether and just
put it on. Oh, and don’t worry, you
can still orgasm!
Still, it is important to get
tested. But have no fear. STI tests
are quick and easy. Tey can take
many forms including blood or
urine tests, physical inspections, or
swabbing. Your physician should
ask you if you would like to get
tested. However, if your doctor
does not ask, you can ask yourself.
Doctors at Student Health Services
recommend getting tested at least
once a year, if you are sexually active.
Tese tests are recommended for
someone who doesn’t have any
symptoms. Even if you don’t have
any symptoms, it is possible to have
an STI and pass on the infection.
Testing is the only way to know for
sure; ignorance is not bliss.
By the way, you can get tested
on campus for free at Student
Health Services.
But what does an STI test
actually test for? Most STI
exams check for Chlamydia and
Gonorrhea and for women, HPV,
which can lead to cervical cancer.
Most doctors will also do a physical
check for any obvious lesions but
you should always ask for a full
screening and a blood test. Tis
will cover all of the bases, including
HIV, which can only be detected
through a blood test.
It isn’t easy to say, “Hey, Honey,
can you pass the hot sauce, and oh,
by the way, I have an STI” over
MegaPizza after a night out. It’s
not easy at all to accept that you
have an STI — you may feel guilty,
frustrated, and deceived. But as the
saying goes, it takes two to tango,
and responsibilities are shared
between you and your partner.
By warning your partner, you’re
preventing possible additional
infections to others. If you’re too
ashamed to tell your partner or
partners, there are ways to make it
easier to come out and reveal it. Tell
yourself that you’d be grateful, in a
reverse situation, that your partner
would come to you and reveal it.
Many STIs are treatable by
lotions, antibiotics, etc. While
there is no cure for a viral infection,
there are medications to manage
symptoms associated with the
infection. Don’t forget, even with
an incurable STI, you can certainly
have a great sex life!
Last, but not least, for those
who want to erase the STIgma, get
educated, get tested and be open
minded: stereotypes and prejudices
only breed ignorance and closed-
minded behavior.
Stay safe and sexy!
treating alcoholism in the 1950’s),
and Psilocybin Mushrooms (which
is one of the best treatments for
cluster migraines), and MDMA
(commonly known as Ecstasy, one
of the most effective treatments
for returning soldiers with Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder), the
war on drugs continues to impede
medical research.
It is being said that salvia is the
latest craze; a new party drug that
is addicting kids everywhere. Are
we in the middle of a new drug
epidemic? What is the truth about
this little known plant?
Smoking Salvia brings on
intense hallucinations and altered
states of consciousness, and
therefore has been compared to
LSD. Unlike LSD, however, the
effects of Salvia last only minutes
rather than hours. Te effects of
the drug are unpleasant and the
smoke tastes like a mix between
burnt rubber and rotten fish.
When a person smokes
Salvia, it is nearly impossible
to say a single word, much less
hold a conversation, and it is a
very introverted, personal, even
spiritual experience. It is almost
the complete opposite of a “party
drug”. It does not make a person
particularly social and is certainly
not “fun”. Most people who use it
gain insight on a particular issue in
their life, or learn something about
themselves. However, the effects
are so unpleasant that most people
try it once or twice, then never go
back to it. If someone tells you that
salvia is addictive, they are lying.
Hysteria about drug use is
certainly not new. Te drug war in
this country began following the
1907 Vancouver riots, in which
white British Columbians harassed
and attacked Chinese-Canadians.
Along with the Chinese Head
Tax, drug prohibition was passed
into law. Both laws were passed
with the same goal in mind: make
Canada a pure, white, Christian
society.
Emily Murphy, the most
famous of Canadian ‘feminists’,
who was also a major league racist
and an advocate for Alberta’s
forced sterilization program, was
the mother of Canadian drug
prohibition. Much like those
in the southern United States,
Ms. Murphy viewed drug use as
an extension of the evil of non-
whites. Following the 1907 riots,
opium and marijuana use among
Chinese-Canadians became an
opportunity for Murphy to try to
force non-whites out of Canada,
as well as to control the depravity
of the public. Murphy believed
that the public are sinful and need
to be punished by the federal
government, a view similar to that
of our current Prime Minister.
She claimed that two puffs of
marijuana would make somebody
go insane and commit murder. Tis
claim was never challenged and
became the basis for our drug laws.
Now people are saying similarly
ridiculous and unfounded things
about Salvia.
Some people who are calling
for Salvia to be banned may very
well be concerned parents. Keep
in mind, however, that two of
the biggest contributors to “Te
Partnership for a Drug-Free
America” and other ‘anti-drug’
lobbies are the alcohol and tobacco
industries, followed closely by the
pharmaceutical industry. Te drug
war is big business.
You are being lied to, and the
media has been useless to expose
the lies. I thank Te Ontarion for
the opportunity to cut through
the hysteria. Research the history
of drug policy and you too will
come to the conclusion that the
only rational option is to legalize,
regulate, and educate.
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person’s heritage – one characterized
by oppression from white people
– into a costume for your own
entertainment. Te pictures I saw
of the party on Facebook did just
that: men in boxer shorts painted
stripes across their cheeks and chests.
Women wore moccasins, and fringe,
and their hair in braids.
Know that there were points in
history when there would be serious
negative consequences for First
Nations people if they wore their
traditional dress, and that this is still
true today. Recognize that you, as a
white university student, will likely
not face discrimination if you wear
those same clothes.
Tere were other pictures, too.
Ones that showed Cowboys and
Cow-gals “humourously” aiming
at these “Indians” with their plastic
pistols. When you role-play in
this way, what you are doing is
harkening back to the colonization
of Aboriginal people by white
settlers, which continues today. Tis
history is not something to celebrate
with a keg stand. If you are a First
Nations student, even getting to
university represents victory over
substantial obstacles. As a white
Last Friday, I spoke with a
friend of mine about her plans for
the weekend. She mentioned that
some people in her residence were
planning a “Cowboys and Indians”
themed party. She said she wasn’t
sure if she would go. She didn’t have
anything to wear. Unable to keep
my mouth shut, I told her that she
should re-think it, not because of
potential problems with choosing an
outfit, but because the whole thing
seemed culturally insensitive.
On Monday, Oct. 19, a workshop
called “Aboriginal 101: Everything
you wanted to know but were afraid
to ask!”was held as part of Aboriginal
Awareness Week. It explored the place
of Aboriginal students at universities,
and discussed ways of funding and
supporting these students. Te forum
was open to all students to raise their
questions about the complexities of
Aboriginal culture.
And that is the issue. First
Nations cultures are multiple and
sophisticated. Te racism that these
communities have faced has been
systemic and long lasting. When you
put on an “Indian” outfit, you cannot
possibly represent these cultures
without stereotyping. You turn a
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student, you should take it to be your
responsibility not to minimize this
fact. Parties that make light of this
oppression are offensive, but they also
make common space, like residences,
feel unsafe and unwelcoming for
Aboriginal students.
Tese lessons in basic, acceptable,
anti-racist behaviour do seem to be
hard to learn. In June 2008, Prime
Minister Stephen Harper apologized
to students of residential schools,
citing “the emotional, physical and
sexual abuse and neglect of helpless
children, and their separation
from powerless families and
communities.”
But this September at the G20
Summit, Harper was too busy
bragging about how great he thinks
Canada is to remember actual
historical facts about our country’s
oppressive past and present.
“We also have no history of
colonialism,” he said. “So we have
all of the things that many people
admire about the great powers but
none of the things that threaten or
bother them.”
Be clear about this: Canada was
built on a foundation of colonialism.
We appropriated land from
With midterms here we all
need a good laugh, and I got mine
reading the anti-Conservative article
in last week’s Ontarion. Apparently,
Canadians outside of “the West” hate
Conservatives. Maybe Mr. Norton
could explain how the province with
the largest Conservative Caucus is
Ontario, with 51 seats?
Norton also claims that it’s wrong to
put the Party logo on the cheques from
the government. Liberal PM Chretien
said “We are the government ... I don’t
see why we can’t try to get credit for
what we do.” Our government is the
one that came up with the Economic
Action Plan that is helping Canadians,
and because of that, it has the right to
put the logo on the cheques, just as past
governments have done. Even Deputy
Ontario Premier – Liberal George
Smitherman – commended our
government for the balanced approach
it is taking to funding projects.
Norton seems to believe that
Conservative popularity was because
Dion did not inspire. Are you saying
that Ignatieff does inspire? If that’s
the case, then why have women
and new Canadians moved to the
Conservatives? Why are the Liberals
polling lower under Ignatieff then they
ever did under Dion? Maybe it could
be the fact that Michael Ignatieff
compared Canada’s proud flag to a
cheap imitation of a beer label (Te
Observer, 1990). Or that he clamed
“Where terrorists need covert support,
there are Muslim communities” (New
York Times, May 2, 2004). Perhaps it
was his statement that “we should cut
off food aid to countries who disagree
with us” (Harvard, 2005) or that
Ukrainians are all “nasty anti-Semites”
(Blood and Belonging p. 73, 1993).
One thing is clear: our government
Aboriginal communities. We forced
indigenous communities to obey
Canadian laws, and then used those
laws to make the way of life for First
Nations people, and their languages,
illegal. We separated families to make
assimilation easier for us. Troughout,
First Nations people faced physical,
psychological, and sexual violence at
the hands of white colonizers. Te
consequences of our actions resonate
in First Nations communities today,
and racist attitudes persist. And it
should bother you.
In this Issue of the Ontarion,
you can read about a few issues
that currently affect First Nations
communities. At Anti-Colonial
Tanksgiving, Deb Sprinkler spoke
about the harmful effect of building
the Hanlon Creek Business Park on
a wetland for communities living
along the Grand River. Tis is just
one of a multitude of issues where
First Nations communities must
stand up for their rights in the face
of resistance from development,
government, and ordinary citizens.
So if you were thinking that
“Indian Princess” would be a great
Halloween costume, please, give that
a second thought.
is getting things done for Canadians,
while Michael Ignatieff doesn’t care
about you or Canada: he’s just in it for
himself.
Michael Sona
President, Guelph Campus Conservatives
Recently I have seen, two days in
a row, a Gideons International “Free
Bible” booth in the University Centre
here on campus. I don’t understand
why our supposedly secular University
allows outsider organizations to set
up camp in our public space for such
purposes? Not that these individuals
were pushy, rude or anything of the
sort.
I’m assuming (and I have emailed
the Gideons International and await
their response regarding this) that
they feel their purpose is to allow free,
widespread access to biblical literature
for the purposes of those who are
interested in educating themselves
regarding the scriptures. But, let’s
face it, if there was NO WAY to
obtain converts doing such a thing,
organizations such as these would
likely not be distributing religious
propaganda. Te definition of
propaganda being, according to the
Merriam-Webster dictionary: “ideas,
facts, or allegations spread deliberately
to further one’s cause or to damage an
opposing cause; also : a public action
having such an effect”. I would say
that the Bible is an idea -- some would
argue fact -- that furthers the cause of
Christianity. A ‘public action having
such an effect’ being the Gideons’
placement in our UC, for all to walk by
and take notice of.
Why does our University facilitate
such things?
Ema Suvajac
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