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Open Letter to the VP of Student Afairs, Amy Hammett IT IS MY understanding that for the G20 Summit on June 26th and 27th, the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa organized for at least one bus load of students to go down to Toronto to protest the summit. My concern is that it has been alleged that funds were taken from the budgets of at least four student services—the Women's Resource Centre, the Pride Centre, the Student Appeal Centre and Foot Patrol— in order to fund to this adventure. I think we can all agree the last two services in particular are crucial to student life and safety on our campus and have nothing to do with political activism. As the SFUO executive member responsible for these services I am wondering if you can answer a few questions: 1. Were resources taken out of these services to fund G20 protests? If so how much money was taken from each service? What cuts will be made to front line student services as a result? Who authorized this misuse of funds? Was there an executive or board vote on this issue? 2. What were the funds spent on: food, transportation, accommodation, protest materials or other expenses? What tactics did students engage in? Were any of these unlawful? Was there anything identifying the protesters as representatives of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa? 3. How many students were involved? What speciically was being protested? What concrete beneits will these activities have for all undergraduate students at the University of Ottawa? I look forward to hearing your responses to these questions at the next Board of Administration meeting. Laura McLennan Fourth-year political science student Open letter from the candidate for city councillor for the Rideau-Vanier As we approach the municipal elections, we begin to hear more and more about the issues that are afecting the residents of Ottawa. It plays a much larger role in everyday life than most people see, yet few make the efort to stay on top of the issues that are being debated in City Hall. Election time ofers a refreshing sense of engagement among the population of Ottawa. One thing that we have consistently seen over the course of the last few elections is little involvement by the youth of Ottawa. his is the case across Canada where municipalities struggle to engage youth in the political process. Many factors contribute to this regrettable situation. Having taken my fair share of political science classes during my time at the University of Ottawa, I have seen how oten municipal politics are neglected in discussions about political institutions. he basis for the lack of participation of youth is oten attributed to a vicious cycle in which underrepresented youth avoid voting because they do not see the point—and politicians do not see the value of accommodating the needs of youth because their inconsistent voting makes them a small demographic to want to please. In order to break this cycle, there must be some fundamental changes in the way policy is created at City Hall, one that would force youth interests into public debates. his could be done through a concerted efort from our City Council and Mayor, or through a transition by appointing young people to municipal positions or through engagement from youth in general. he interests of young people can only be protected if they are properly represented. his is the reason why I am running for city council for the Rideau-Vanier community because I believe that I can ofer a voice to many of the young people who live in this city. Having grown up in this community, I feel like I have a strong understanding of the current issues. I did both my undergrad and master’s studies at the University of Ottawa where I developed the leadership skills needed to adequately serve as a city councillor. I understand the needs of students and I know that they have rarely been met by city council. he U-Pass is a step in the right direction, but it is still coming at too expensive of a cost for students. While seniors are paying $36.00 per month for access to all routes, students continue to pay $73.25 for a regular bus pass. his is precisely the kind of favour that is awarded to the people who take the time to go out and vote. It is no coincidence that two segments of the population who both generally live on ixed incomes have such disparity in the costs of transit: seniors oten vote it much larger numbers than young people and elected oicials must cater to them to keep their positions. On October 25th, I invite you to join me in voting for a new voice for our community. It is only through eforts from students will we start to make progress in having true representation in City Hall. To ind out how you can help volunteer in my campaign, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit mathieuleury.ca By helping our team, you are supporting a change at City Hall. Let your voice be heard. Mathieu Fleury U of O alumni
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Students protest high tuition during G20 summit
$1-billion security price tag could have been spent on student debt, they say
Alexandra Posadzki | CUP Ontario Bureau Chief
TORONTO (CUP) – CHANTS OF “WHOSE campus? Our campus!” echoed through the empty walkways of the University of Toronto as a procession of students snaked its way through the campus to reclaim the space. he campus had been shut down for the duration of the G20 summit and on June 26, roughly 150 students marched through its deserted streets on their way to Ontario's legislative building. here they met up with the larger organized protest, comprised of labour groups and various international organizations. Donning oversized cardboard convocation hats, with cowbells and umbrellas in hand, the students didn't allow the aternoon's rainy weather to dampen their spirits. “Education is a right, we will not give up the ight!” they shouted, as the rain poured down on them. Some huddled under umbrellas and wore windbreakers to stay dry, while others grinned and embraced the downpour. Students from Montreal's McGill University joined the U of T group as well as students from Ryerson and York universities, other schools around Toronto and student lobbying groups. David Molenhuis, national chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students, said the student feeder march was geared towards raising awareness of issues that students think should be on the table at the meetings between world leaders. hese issues primarily surround the inancial barriers to education that college and university students face. Molenhuis said Canadian students have signed onto a global student statement calling on world leaders to support public education. “A lot of what's being discussed [in the G20 meetings] is outside of what [students] are demanding,” said Molenhuis. “We feel that the plan so far has been abysmal. It hasn't addressed our concerns, or the concerns of workers, so that's why we're out here demonstrating,” he added. Gilary Massa, equity and campaigns organizer for Ryerson's students' union, said the protest was also a commentary on the amount of money that the government has spent towards security and building a fake lake for the summit. “hat's money that could go towards things like reducing student debt, investment into grants and investing into post-secondary education in the country,” stated Massa. f
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Students hold signs to protest tuition fees during G20
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SFUO sends bus to G20
Services use student money to make protest accessible
Amanda Shendruk | Fulcrum Staff
THANKS TO THE Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO), students from the U of O were able to participate in protests at the Toronto G20 summit June 26–27. At least four SFUO services—the Student Appeal Centre, the Women's Resource Centre, the Pride Centre, and Foot Patrol—combined i nances from their budgets to rent a bus which took students to Toronto. “he services got together and said ‘there’s a bunch of us that really care about these issues, so let’s pool our money and go to Toronto’,” said Tyler Steeves, president of the SFUO. Georgeanne Blue, a fourth-year women's and religious studies major, and Community Relations Coordinator at the Women's Resource Centre was involved in requesting the bus access. She expressed pride that students were represented at the G20 protests, and lauded the SFUO and its services for the role they played. “I think what [the SFUO] did was great because [it made] sure that going to the protests was accessible to everybody that wanted to go,” she said. “I think that students have a lot of privilege ... and so we need to use that privilege in positive ways to make changes.” h ird-year U of O student in women's studies and sociology Rita Valeriano also attended the summit protests. “It’s really important to be there as a student to show that you’re in solidarity with all the other movements, but also you’re there on behalf of students to ight for justice in terms of accessibility to education,” she said. “I think there was dei nitely a demand to send [the transportation] ... he SFUO works on behalf of the students, so if the students were demanding to get access to these movements then I think it was dei nitely in their right to faciltate that,” she said. Not everybody was pleased by the acquisition of the bus, however. Peter Flynn, president of the University of Ottawa Campus Conservatives, thought the decision represented a misuse of student funds. “I understand that at the G20 groups of protesters protest everything under the sun, however ... I don’t necessarily see how sending individuals down to participate in protests, and potentially riots, at the G20 is a positive, cost efective way, or even legitimate way of spending students' money,” he said. Flynn noted that encouraging activism was not under the mandate of any of the SFUO services. “I don’t necessarily understand how students on the University of Ottawa’s campus w h o are trying to appeal their marks apparently need to be represented at the G20. It just doesn’t really make sense ... If we had a protest service, I would say, ‘you know what? It’s part of their mandate [and] as much as I disagree with it, it passed a referendum. Send them down there!' I wouldn’t be happy about it, but it wouldn’t be as troubling or as disturbing, or as blatant a violation of the use of student funds by the services.” Steeves said that the services were simply doing their job by sending the buses—engaging students. “[Activism is] a part of the student experience. Part of that [experience] is being politically active and having your voice heard and getting out there and rallying for something you care about. Just like part of [the student experience] is playing intramurals, joining a club, debating, or running for student politics.” f
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Kathrine DeClerq | News Editor
The Coulter Controversy re-opened?
ANN COULTER’S APPEARANCE at the University of Ottawa created a lot of debate on campus — whether it revolved around Francois Houle’s letter of warning, the protests that encouraged Coulter to cancel the event, or the administration’s absence throughout the entire process. h rough these series of public-relation mishaps, the Allan Rock administration was shoved down a media mudslide. And, unfortunately, it’s just going to keep on tumbling. he news brief at right explains that emails were obtained by the Canadian Press demonstrating that it was in fact Rock that had asked Houle to write the now infamous email, and that he himself had sent internal emails using inappropriate language to describe his guest presenter. I am not, by any means, a member of the Coulter fan club, but even I was shocked by the rhetoric used in these emails. Although Rock admitted that he used “intemperate language” when discussing Coulter with his colleagues, it wasn't until these emails were released that the public became aware of the true nature of his words. here is no hiding that Rock spoke crudely about a woman he confessed to knowing very little about. While Rock did adhere to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by allowing Coulter to speak on campus; calling her “a mean-spirited, small minded, foul-mouthed poltroon” behind her back is not going to get him any brownie points. he fact that Rock used such powerful words to describe Coulter, and then turned around and apologized for the behaviour of the university and the cancellation of the event, made his actions even more astounding. Now, I have never been a minister of justice, and I am only in my third-year of university, but I believe the professional and politically correct way to handle the situation would have been: “I am concerned with Ann Coulter’s appearance on campus and the discriminating tone her lecture may take. Can we remind her of the Canadian law restricting words of hate?” Basically, you don’t need exaggerated or demeaning insults to say what is on your mind. In elementary school we are all taught that “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. Maybe it’s time to re-teach this philosophy here at the U of O. Especially since he is the face of our university, Rock needs to be more careful about what he says (or writes)— and how he says it. Although our president was brutally honest with his colleagues, his opinions were hidden until forcibly obtained by the media. Instead of simply saying that he disagreed with Coulter, he insisted on adding colourful and unnecessary name calling. I like to see our U of O president being honest, but he also needs to be professional. Maybe someday that will happen, but, at the moment, it looks like the Rock rhetoric mudslide may just roll over the university’s reputation. email@example.com 613-562-5260
President of U of O implicated in email contempt WITH NEW EVIDENCE on i le, the Canadian Press published an article on June 29 in the Toronto Star holding the University of Ottawa’s president, Allan Rock, responsible for the controversial email sent to Ann Coulter before her scheduled appearance last spring. he email—sent by Francois Houle, vice-president academic and provost at the university—warned Coulter about Canada’s laws on freedom of expression, including the restrictions against promoting hatred towards identiiable groups. Although Houle took responsibility for the email when it was made public by Coulter, university records obtained under Ontario’s freedom-of-information law reveal the email was sent at Rock’s request. “You, Francois, as Provost, should write immediately to Coulter informing her of our domestic laws ... You should urge her to respect that Canadian tradition as she enjoys the privilege of her visit.” In addition to urging Houle to write the letter, Rock's correspondance contained some choice words about Coulter, describing her as being “a meanspirited, small minded, foul-mouthed poltroon. She is the loud mouth that bespeaks the vacant mind.” — Katherine DeClerq
One of the reasons Rock should not use email as his main source of communication
[Coulter] is an ill-informed and deeply offensive shrill for a profoundly shallow and ignorant view of the world. She is a malignancy on the body politic. She is a disgrace to the broadcasting industry and a leading example of the dramatic decline in the quality of public discourse in recent times. –Allan Rock, President of the U of O
Former U of O president appointed Member of the Order of Canada GILLES G. PATRY, former professor of civil engineering and president emeritus at the University of Ottawa, will be given recognition for his countless years of academic service, as well as his contributions to the expansion and development of the community. Later this year, he will be honoured by the Governor General, Michaëlle Jean, in a ceremony where he will be appointed a member of the Order of Canada. he Order of Canada recognizes those who have dedicated themselves to their country and community, and is one of the highest Canadian honours awarded. —Katherine DeClerq U of O professor to receive $500,000 in funding A GRANT HAS been awarded to Professor Xudong Cao, a research scientist in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa. he Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has ofered Cao $500,000 to develop a new treatment for spinal cord regeneration. With approximately 400,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in North America, Cao’s research could provide to alternative stem cell therapy—ultimately facilitating cell reparation in numerous organ systems. —Katherine DeClerq Lisa Lalamme to become CTV News anchor LISA LAFLAMME, A University of Ottawa alumni, has recently been promoted to replace Lloyd Robertson as CTV’s top news anchor. Lalamme, winner of the U of O Meritas-Tabaret Award for Alumni Achievement on Nov. 25, 2009, has repeatedly stated that “to follow in the footsteps of Lloyd Robertson is an enormous honour and extremely humbling.” Ater spending years travelling the globe reporting on Canadian troops in Afghanistan and the events of 9/11, in addition to co-hosting the Vancouver Olympics daytime coverage, Lalamme is ready to take on the big chair. —Katherine DeClerq U of O student recognized for work with youth NATALIE ANDREWS, A biochemistry master’s student at the University of Ottawa, will be receiving the Canadian Institute of Health Research Synapse Award, a national honour given to those who have contributed to health research among high school students. Andrews works with youth at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Cancer Centre, leading them through numerous experiments involving DNA and cancer cells. Andrews created the program to make students aware of the disease and what is being done to help cure it. With only three awards given out annually, Andrews is honoured by the acknowledgement. “It validates all of the hard work I've done and makes me feel like I have made a diference,” Andrews said in an interview with the Ottawa Citizen. “Nothing is more important than getting younger kids interested and knowledgeable about scientiic research.” —Katherine DeClerq
Being Good Neighbours
U of O joins with Sandy Hill community to promote good will
Sherine El Sharnouby | Fulcrum Contributor WITH YEARS OF disputes behind them, the Sandy Hill community, in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, has formed the Good Neighbours Committee. his joint initiative is designed to bring together students, residents, and members of the community to debate and discuss issues that afect the district. he committee, formed in April, represents all parties of the Sandy Hill neighbourhood: Robert Stehle, president of Action Sandy Hill; Ted Horton, vp university afairs, representing the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa; Pierre de Blois, representing the university administration; and Councillor George Bedard of the Rideau-Vanier ward. “he objectives are to increase communication and collaboration between students, the university, and the local neighbourhood in order to build a stronger community,” said Ted Horton. he Good Neighbours Committee was fashioned ater a three-year stand-of between the University of Ottawa and the Sandy Hill community over a proposed expansion at the Nicholas-Mann area near the Queensway. he U of O wanted to use the shared land to expand the campus, whereas the residents of Sandy Hill wanted to preserve their community and increase local businesses. he debate was let in a deadlock indeinitely. Despite past disagreements, Stehle believes that the Good Neighbours Committee is the next step in promoting open communication and a more detailed knowledge of tenant rights. “We are very optimistic about this committee in hopes that we can begin trusting one another to build a better relationship,” said Stehle. Housing for students, noise complaints, and better communication among residents are all important issues the committee intends to address. he committee is concerned about residents who are unfamiliar with their rights as tenants or the minimum acceptable standard of living. “Some [students] are living in slum conditions,” explained Bedard. Horton echoed the need for students to understand their rights, but also noted the importance of promoting an agreeable relationship with neighbours in the comunity. “Students need information like their rights as tenants, their responsibilities with regard to noise and open container laws, how to avoid angering their neighbours with parties by getting to know them and warning them if you’re going to be loud on a particular night, and much more.” he committee will deal with the frequent noise complaints made by residents objecting to the late-night parties of U of O students. When asked to compare the number of noise complaints to other neighbourhoods, Bedard stated that “[Sandy Hill is] the noisiest neighbourhood in Ottawa.” With the end of summer fast approaching, Horton explained now is the best time to be reminding students to keep it down and respect their neighbours. “101 Week and September [are] always a hectic time in Sandy Hill and all around the University. By helping to educate students about how to be engaged and knowledgeable members of the community, we can make Sandy Hill a more welcoming and warm place for our students to live.” f
thefulcrum.ca | July 22–Sept. 1, 2010
Supermileage team takes second-place vehicle for a test-run
photo courtesy of uosupermilage.com
Speed meets fuel efficiency
U of O Supermileage team aiming for perfection after second-place win
Sarah Gisele | Fulcrum Contributor
FOR THE UNIVERSITY of Ottawa’s Supermileage team, fuel is not served up as tall, grande, or venti. Fuel, according to these U of O engineers, correlates with eiciency, and that has become the basis of the team’s challenge since the group was founded in 2008. Led by captain Lihang Nong, a recent engineering graduate, the Supermileage team has created a vehicle that recently scored them second-place among the 30 North American universities competing in the fuel eiciency category at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Supermileage Competition. he goal of the competition is for the vehicle to run through a pre-set course while obtaining the highest number of miles per gallon. heir vehicle was rated at 1,496 miles per gallon, allowing it to travel from Ottawa to Winnipeg on a single gallon of gas. According to the SAE Competition website, “the Supermileage competition provides engineering and technology students with a challenging design project that involves the development and construction of a single-person, fuel-eicient vehicle … Students have the opportunity to set a world fuel economy record and increase public awareness of fuel economy.” he vehicle’s fuel eiciency lies in its weight—or lack thereof—and aerodynamic build, enabling the vehicle to travel at a consistent speed using only 0.03 horsepower. In fact, the driver is able to turn of the engine and coast for the majority of the run. Although the vehicle is ultra fuel-eicient, Nong admits that “driver comfort was not a top priority when designing the vehicle.” “he visibility is rather poor, the steering is very hard, and every bump on the road can be felt. It is also like a giant oven in there [especially] if you drive it outside when it’s sunny and warm.” Nong explains that the Supermileage vehicle’s lightweight design is the secret for transferring this fuel-eicient technology from the U of O campus to the car dealership. “By making road vehicles lighter and smaller, we can expect huge gains in eficiency,” said Nong. “he eiciency of internal combustion engines has also been steadily improving with the introduction of technology such as direct injection, variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation, etc.” Despite taking home second-place at their irst competition, the team believes there is room for improvement. he Supermileage team is making periodic test runs throughout the summer at Capital City Speedway in Stittsville to prepare for an attempt at breaking the North American fuel eiciency record. he team shares their progress via a blog on their website, uosupermileage.ca, and even posted a video of a 1 a.m. test run through the corridors of Colonel By Hall. he oicial record-breaking attempt will take place next April at a competition in Houston. f
Campus grows behind Sports Complex
Sustainable development to include carrots and turnips at U of O
Briana Hill | Fulcrum Staff
OVER THE PAST few years, the University of Ottawa has pushed for a more green and sustainable campus. During the 2009–10 school year, the Student Federation at the University of Ottawa (SFUO) initiated numerous green campaigns, including the launch of the plastic-bag and water bottle-free campus promotion. This year, the U of O has gone one step further to increase sustainability. In conjunction with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), the U of O has launched a new initiative to create a community garden on campus. Julia Laforge is coordinator of the Community Garden Group, a separate action group at OPIRG. She was approached by Jonathan Rausseo of the Campus Sustainability Office to organize the expansion of a pre-existing garden located behind the University Centre. Despite weather and soil testing delays, the garden has been available to students since the summer began. “The vision was for the university to supply the physical space, including the plots, water, and a shed, while OPIRG would be responsible for programming, including recruitment, putting on workshops, providing tools and some plants,” explained Laforge in an email to the Fulcrum. The garden is approximately 2.9 square metres with 42 plots near the Sports Complex on King Edward. The garden will act as an addition to the garden at the Unicentre, where there was a lack in space for the expansion. Laforge explains that individual plots can be requested by students and members of the community so that they are able to grow their own private produce. The land can be accessed for free on a first come, first serve basis. “The plots are the responsibility of each individual gardener ... the [Community Garden Group] has to work together to maintain the whole garden, including a couple communal plots and looking after plots when there’s no one there to weed or water them.” In addition to the individual pieces of land, three large communal plots have been reserved for students and faculty of the U of O. Laforge’s goal is to get classes involved in development, workshops, and research of sustainable growth and horticulture. “So far, we have had a fair amount of interest from professors who want to use the space for their class. We’re currently working out the details, but they range from engineering classes to biology, to social and health sciences,” said Laforge. While the garden does provide a sustainable resource for students and residents of Sandy Hill, OPIRG hopes to be able to expand this project in order to include some tentative new developments such as the People’s Republic of Delicious—an organization staffed by U of O volunteers that offers healthy, vegan food alternatives to students—to provide them with produce grown on the communal land. Rooftop gardens attached to campus eateries, such as Café Nostalgica, are also being considered. According to Rausseo, the garden cost an estimated $15,000 to create and maintain. The U of O administration has supported all of the sustainability campaigns throughout the year, and their encouragement was not forgotten by Laforge, who told the Fulcrum that funding was not a problem for this project. All the facilities for workshops and research are provided by the Community Garden Group at no cost to the community. The U of O is touting the garden as an opportunity to “create long-term relationships with members of the community... [while] taking an important step towards sustainability on campus.” There are currently no plots available for the duration of the summer. To place your name on a waiting list for next summer, contact garden.uottawa@ gmail.com. f
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Dear Di, I’ve been with my boyfriend for about a year and a half now. When he and I irst met, I was in excellent shape, worked out several times weekly, and ate well. As time wore on and he started taking up more and more of my extra time my dedication to my igure started slipping. Now, instead of a it, slim frame, I’m labby, lazy, inlexible, and have terrible eating habits! his is killing my selfesteem and, I suspect, his desire for me. How do I get my hot body back? —Expanding Everyday Dear EE, Judging from what you’ve written, I suspect that your problem may be less about the state of your body and more about the state of your self-image. Ask yourself this, EE, do you really want to tone up to become healthier, or is it because you don’t think you can be desirable with this extra weight on your frame? If you’re just craving the crunch then all you need to do is leap into those lulus and head down to the Sports Complex, but if your hankering to hit the gym is because you think you need to slim down to be sexy, then you need to turn your focus elsewhere. Try to ind the source of your insecurity and face it head on. In the meantime, you should probably give some thought to telling your boyfriend how you’ve been feeling. You may be surprised how sexy you really are to him, and how much hearing it can turn your body issues right around. Love, Di Dear Di, Four months ago I went through, like, the worst breakup in the history of time. It was heart-wrenching on an epic scale. In order to move on and put my pain behind me, I packed up for the summer and headed to a whole new town where I thought I could get a fresh start. Lo and behold, less than two weeks into my new life I discover that my evil ex has had the same idea—the exact same idea. When I was back home we lived on diferent sides of town, now she lives only six blocks away from me! Di, do I pack up and hit the road again or should I stick it out and face fate? —Ready to Run Dear RR, You may have the sorriest luck I have ever heard of. Either the gods are making a game of your love life or maybe, just maybe, there’s more to your not-so-longlost-lover’s unexpected arrival than you think. You may have skipped town in the interest of moving on, but if you’re anything like the countless jilted lovers that have written to me over the years then you probably weren’t too tightlipped about your travel plans. hink RR: did you happen to announce your sudden departure via Facebook? Twitter? Text? Word of mouth even? My money’s on yes, and if I’m right then I think it’s fair to say you got what you wanted by letting the world know you were taking of—she found out, and she followed you. At this point, whether you stay or go, the situation stays the same. hings aren’t over between you and your lady love, so grab your jacket, walk the six blocks, and ind out what she came all this way to say. Love, Di Dear Di, he other night I went out to a bar in the market with some friends and met the cutest bartender! My god, this girl was to die for, so I felt super lucky when she gave me her number. I held of for a couple of days and then inally sent her a message asking her for cofee, but she didn’t respond! I tried a few more times over the next two weeks but still nothing. Di, what gives? —Broken-Hearted Bar-Hopper Dear BHBH, It pains me to have to be the one to break this to you—it truly does—but bartenders’ jobs don’t just end at bottle service. A big part of their responsibility is pulling cash-laden saps like you into the bar early. It’s entirely conventional for bar-keeps to have a quota of customers to pull in, usually before a certain time. Sadly BHBH, it seems your waitressing woman was just using you to up her numbers, and wasn’t really interested at all. I’m sorry to say it, honey, but this one sounds like a lost cause. Time to terminate the texting and ind a new watering hole. Love, Di If you have a question for Di, email email@example.com
Sudoku and crossword answers on p. 9.
According to Statistics Canada, fewer and fewer teens have been handing in their V-card since we’ve entered the 2000s. The 1996–97 National Population Health Survey reported that 47 per cent of teens aged 15–19 were getting down and dirty in their parents’ basements, but the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey found that only 43 per cent of teens in the same age group were going at it.
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arts & culture
Arts fun in the sun!
Editor’s picks for what summer in Ottawa has to offer
Charlotte Bailey | Fulcrum Staff
SO, ALTHOUGH WE all might want to deny it, our summer is half over. And cry as we may at the thought of picking up textbooks and paying tuition, we should relish the month and a half we have let! To help you do so, the arts and culture editor—yours truly—will share all of the awesome arts events in Ottawa I think you should check out before we’re all stuck in class again! ByTowne Cinema—325 Rideau St. ByTowne Cinema might be outdated when it comes to methods of payment (cash only, no plastic!), but their movie selection is a spectacularly relevant mix. Showing both recent releases and older ilms, the ByTowne’s bill for this summer includes: he Secret in heir Eyes his summer, try something new and check out the awesome world of foreign ilms. Winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Film, this movie tells the story of an investigator who can’t stop thinking about a 20-year-old rape case. he Secret in heir Eyes will show six times between July 21 and Aug. 22. he Ghost Writer In Roman Polanski’s latest thriller, a “ghost” writer is hired to write a former British Prime Minister’s autobiography. When the history he’s been given isn’t adding up—and he begins realizing that many around him are starting to die “accidentally”—this writer goes on a dangerous quest for the truth. Starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan, this conspiracy-themed thriller is bound to shock and thrill. he Ghost Writer will show on Aug. 18 at 6:40 p.m. and Aug. 19 at 4:15 p.m. his Movie Is Broken Watch a lovesick hero try to win over the girl of his dreams by trying to get backstage tickets to a Broken Social Scene concert. Honestly, even if the romantic story didn’t already look amazing, the concert clips in the trailer would still have me going out to see it. his Movie is Broken plays seven times between the end of July and the beginning of August. For more information, visit bytowne.ca/
A Midsummer Night’s Dream If you snoozed through Shakespeare in high school, here’s a refresher: Hermia and Lysander love each other, but their plan to get married is being ruined by Demetrius, who loves Hermia and wants to break the couple up (and has Hermia’s father’s permission to do so). Demetrius is loved by Helena, who is Hermia’s best friend. hey all run of to the forest one night to escape their fates, and fall into the grasps of several feuding fairies. Is your head spinning yet? If you can keep up, chances are that you’ll love this Shakespearian classic (which also happens to be this arts and culture editor’s favourite). Add a park and the scene is set; the Company of Fools theatre troupe will be travelling with A Midsummer Night’s Dream in various parks every weeknight and Saturday until Aug. 2. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation of $10—ideal for students! Visit fools.ca for more information. he Andrew Brothers Take a trip back to the 1940s, when he Andrews Sisters were one of the most popular musical acts around. When these headliners don’t show up for a South Paciic Concert for American Troops, it’s up to three men to come up with a plan, fast—which involves them donning wigs, dresses, and high-heeled shoes. Slapstick humour with musical interludes, he Andrews Brothers will play at he Gladstone heatre from July 22 to Aug. 14. For more information, visit thegladstone.ca
he Ottawa Public Library (OPL) has 33 branches in Ottawa—and they hold events and workshops every day of the week. Interested in getting your driver’s licence? Check out everything you’ll need on Aug. 13 at the Greenboro branch. Want to improve your French before the school year starts? Go to conversation classes almost every day of the week. Hoping to get a job when you return to classes? Visit their Employment Services and Resources workshop on Aug. 18. Do you need some feedback on the novel you’ve been writing? Check out the writing circles that the library hosts. For more information, and to register for workshops, visit biblioottawalibrary.ca. And for anyone trying to enjoy the arts outside of Ottawa, you might be in luck: the OPL has started a new audio book program online. With your library card, you can visit their website and temporarily download some of your favourite books. To check out this service, log on to overdrive.biblioOttawaLibrary.ca.
here’s a bunch of really great concerts that have played this summer, but just because Bluesfest is over doesn’t mean that there aren’t more bands playing soon. In addition to artists playing at the Ottawa Folk Festival (see p. 9 for more information), artists playing in Ottawa this summer that I’m gearing up for include: Sting If the fact that it’s Sting doesn’t tempt you, I don’t know what will. He’ll play at Scotiabank Place 8 p.m. on July 25. Black Eyed Peas I’m taking a trip to two thousand and late… or maybe just Scotiabank Place at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 1. Ke$ha She may only talk-sing, but I’m still curious to see what she’d be like live; she’ll be performing at the Ottawa Civic Centre at 8 p.m. on Aug. 4. Kim Churchill Hailing from Australia, his sultry lyrics, sweet sound, and guitar/harmonica harmonies are deinitely worth catching. Churchill plays at he Blacksheep Inn at 8:30 p.m. on July 30. Stellar Band of Neighbours With their style being reminiscent of slower Elvis Costello songs, their laidback, melodic music can be heard at he Blacksheep Inn at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 13. Blue Rodeo his Canadian rock-country band has been kicking it for 26 years, and will be returning to Ottawa’s Nepean National Equestrian Park on Aug. 21.
Mayfair heatre—1047 Bank St. Mayfair heatre always promises a unique and entertaining show, putting on themed events such as “Sunday Night Geek Nights” or “Silents is Golden.” Must-see licks showing soon include: Ghost World See a young Scarlett Johansson and hora Birch “accentuate the negative” in this comedy that comments on the eccentricities of characters in our lives and the absurdities of life itself. Ghost World will show on July 25 at 9 p.m. he Square his Australian movie pays homage to the ilm noir genre. Although contemporary, this suspenseful story of betrayal, crime, and passion evokes strong memories of classic crime thrillers. he Square will show on July 26 at 9 p.m., and July 28 and 29 at 9:30 p.m. Short Cuts One of the last ilms playing in the Mayfair’s Robert Altman-directed movie run, Short Cuts is a ilm adaptation of stories and poems by Raymond Carver. Set in L.A., this ilm depicts several families within a community whose common denominator are their habits of lying, cheating, and stealing. Warning: this is not a feel-good movie. Short Cuts will show on July 27 at 8:25 p.m. Iron Man Double Bill Now, although I loved the i rst one, I haven’t seen the second yet—but this double bill of Iron Man movies might be the only chance I get to see Tony Stark suit up on the big screen for four hours. Iron Man and Iron Man 2 will play at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 3. Iron Man 2 will also play on Aug. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit mayfairtheatre.ca/
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thefulcrum.ca | July 22–Sept. 1, 2010
Bluesfest brings Hollywood home
Popular festival continues to evolve
photo byAlex Smyth
photo by Alex Martin Clockwise from left: Great Big Sea lead singer, Alan Doyle; Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler; The Budos Band trumpter Andrew Greene; and Plants and Animals guitarist Warren Spicer.
photo by Alex Smyth
photo by Alex Martin
Charlotte Bailey | Fulcrum Staff
LUESFEST HAS COME to an end—and, once again, it was a colossal success. Five outdoor stages, hundreds of performers, and over a quarter of a million audience members poured into downtown Ottawa to experience the capital’s biggest music celebration. he festival line-up was star-studded, featuring an eclectic mix of musical styles. Although the name “Bluesfest” suggests that the festival is primarily devoted to blues music, the focus on blues has been fading over the years. One mandate of Bluesfest has actually become “to support and sustain the growth of emerging and diverse musical genres.” his support was apparent this year as artists and bands, including Drake, Rush, Metric, and Marianas Trench, took to the stage. hese groups may claim huge fan bases, but they cannot claim “blues” as
their musical style. “We don’t know any blues songs,” he Arcade Fire’s lead singer, Win Butler, admitted to the audience during their July 13 show. Of course, this is not the i rst year that Bluesfest has included bands that didn’t claim “blues” as their genre of choice. he Bluesfest website states that, on their 10-year anniversary in 2003, the festival administration made the conscious decision to actively include diferent musical styles in their festival line-up, opening Bluesfest’s stages to legendary singers and bands such as ZZ Top, he Tragically Hip, and Etta James. In 2007, Bluesfest hosted what its website deemed “serious star power,” bringing stars to Ottawa like Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, he White Stripes, and Kanye West. h is tradition was continued at last year’s festival, where Kiss, Ludicrous, and he Yeah Yeah Yeahs performed. his year’s theme of “Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest Goes Hollywood” brought a
new kind of star to Ottawa—Hollywood actors who had formed their own bands, including he Bacon Brothers with Kevin Bacon, and Kevin Costner’s Modern West. Less blues bands, more celebrities, and diferent genres of music all contribute to Bluesfest’s evolving nature—from a festival comprised of only blues bands to one that features all types of music by wellknown artists and bands. “It’s not that it’s moving away from blues, but I think that it’s more inclusive of all the diferent music that’s out there,” explained Bluesfest volunteer Denyse Labonte. “herefore, it may appeal to a larger audience than the blues would otherwise bring in, so having a chance to ofer more than just blues brings people to listen to a variety of music styles.” Bluesfest is also changing the dynamics of its festival by including new non-musical attractions. h is year, a comedy tent was added to the list of features. Comedians who performed included
Wayne Brady, Lewis Black, and Debra Digiovanni. Digiovanni, who hosts MTV’s Video On Trial and competed as a inalist on the TV show Last Comic Standing, was very excited to be doing stand-up at Bluesfest. “It feels a little like a working vacation to be a part of such a super festival,” joked Digiovanni. “Except I get on stage and get a paycheque.” his was Digiovanni’s irst time performing at a music festival, and she thought that fusing comedy and music together was an inspired idea. “All comedians want to be rock stars, and all rock stars want to be comedians,” said Digiovanni. As a host of Video on Trial, where comedians heckle music videos and the musicians who create them, she is used to teasing celebrities—although she refrained from doing so during her Bluesfest routine. Digiovanni also commented that comedians at the festival were like opening bands, warming up the
audiences before the big musical acts. “[A comedy tent is] a nice option if you just want to sit [and relax],” described Digiovanni. “It kind of loosens you up— you have a cocktail, laugh for an hour and a half, and then you’re ready for a really great evening.” Whether through the addition of new attractions or the growing variation in musical acts, Bluesfest keeps fans happy by delivering a dynamic show every year. Many people are pleased with the festival’s evolution, such as concert-goer and thirdyear University of Ottawa student Allan Johnson. “It’s the most eclectic music festival I’ve ever heard of,” explained Johnson. “Even the really big [festivals], like Warped Tour or Coachella, are in one vein. But Bluesfest is all sorts of music. You can go see any type of music, and at the same time there will be ive other types playing. So while it might not be getting blues to the masses, it’s certainly getting all sorts of [music] to the masses.” f
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thefulcrum.ca | July 22–Sept. 1, 2010
“Pop!” goes Ottawa
Modern artists captivate capital with compelling concepts
Dani-Elle Dube | Fulcrum Contributor MODERN ART FANS are getting that extra pop in their step this summer. he National Gallery of Canada is hosting Pop Life: Art in a Material World, an exhibit dedicated to the pop art movement that began in the 1950s. In collaboration with Tate Modern, Britain’s national museum of international art, this showcase takes a look at the complicated afair between art and its place in marketing and the mass media. Made widely available to the public due to its use in advertising, pop art— short for “popular art”—is an art movement that encompasses works focused on ordinary, everyday objects and celebrity life. he term emerged from English writer Lawrence Alloway in the late 1950s, who described what he saw as a trendy and fashionable shit in the subject matters used in this form of art. “Pop art is neither abstract nor realistic, though it has contacts in both directions,” wrote Alloway in his essay, “Popular Culture and Pop Art.” “he core of pop art, however, is at neither frontier. It is, essentially, an art about signs and sign-systems.” Works by iconic artists such as Andy Warhol, Jef Koons, Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, and Takashi Murakami are on display in Pop Life, among many others. he National Gallery of Canada is the only North American venue hosting the exhibition, which includes over 250 paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings, videos, prints, and fashion. All the pieces vary greatly in material and form, relecting each artist that contributed to the show. Koons created a metal sculpture in the shape of a balloon animal in his work, “Rabbit”. In another piece, multiple sets of twins were hired in each city that Pop Life took place in to be a part of Hirst’s “Twins” project, which is now 18 years in the making. A replication of artist Haring’s “Pop Shop” store from New York City allows visitors to buy souvenirs based on Haring’s pop art designs. hese pieces, along with the rest of the exhibit, have been open to the public since June 11. Jonathan Shaughnessy, assistant curator of the National Gallery of Canada, has been on the receiving end of the feedback given by exhibit patrons. “he responses have been really positive,” said Shaughnessy. “here has been a lot of enthusiasm around the exhibition. A lot of people are excited.” Among the excited was University of Ottawa’s ine arts student Paula Collins. “It was amazing,” said Collins. “Maurizio Cattelan’s stufed horse in an otherwise empty room [was particularly powerful],” said Collins. “he comparison of the two dead and preserved horses I found incredible.” he travelling show made two stops, in Britain and Germany, before the National Gallery of Canada. Although Germany’s exhibit displayed every piece, the British exhibit censored the collection, removing several works of art, including a nude 11-year-old Brooke Shields in a bathtub by Richard Prince. he National Gallery of Canada has also chosen to remove this piece, among others. “We don’t have Andrea Fraser’s video called “Untitled”, [in] which she literally sleeps with [someone],” explained Shaughnessy. “It’s a 60-minute long sexual video. hat’s been taken out because of the artist’s request and replaced with documentation of the video.” Collins thought that the removal of these pieces had an efect on how controversial the exhibit was—or rather, was not. “I think the shock value is gone, but the art remains interesting,” said Collins. “At times provocative and controversial, this exhibit lives up to the reputation of pop art that we’ve come to know—and then some.” f Pop Life will be showing at the National Gallery of Canada until Sept. 19. Admission for full-time students is $12 ($15 otherwise). For more information, visit the National Gallery of Canada website at gallery.ca/poplife
photo by Bruce Yamakawa
Pop art comes to life
Still from movie “Akihabara Majokko Princess” with artist Takashi Murakami (let) and Kristen Dunst (right).
Different strokes for different folks
Ottawa Folk Festival celebrates its 16th year
Charlotte Bailey | Fulcrum Staff
BLUESFEST MIGHT BE over, but that doesn’t mean that festival season is i nished in Ottawa. August will give way to the Ottawa Folk Festival, a weekend of international bands coming together to expose Ottawa to the world of folk music. “It’s a really unique experience,” said festival director Dylan Griith. “It’s [a] chance to see some stellar artists in a really intimate environment.” Although this will be his irst year directing the Ottawa Folk Festival, Griith isn’t new to the scene by any means; he directed the Dawson City Music Festival in the Yukon for ive years. “hey’re very diferent events,” described Griith, who cited the festival’s size as the major diference. “[But] at the same time, at their root, they’re both community festivals. It’s about reaching out to the community, engaging them, and creating a dialogue.” Folk is Griith’s favourite music genre, as he says he gets the most authentic experience from it. “Folk music [is the opposite of] music made for monetary gain and for commercial purposes. [hat music is] a very manufactured product, as opposed to expression of feeling, thought, and ideas,” he explained. hese expressions will be seen over the course of three days, as bands from Russia, Wales, England, and all over Canada come to perform. One of these is Ottawa-based band he Musettes. Although the band’s singer and guitarist, Rachel Harrison, attended the festival last year, this will be he Musettes’ i rst time playing . “he festival itself is a really great atmosphere to be in,” said Harrison, who met her band mates, Laura Inostroza and Meaghen LaGrandeur while studying vocal music at Canterbury High School’s arts program in Ottawa. “I love folk and I think it’s [a] kind of universal music.” “Folk music is the oldest type of music,” she continued. “Bob Dylan actually made it [popular]. he whole 60s era was the one that put folk in the spotlight. Instead of i zzling out, I think it kind of ini ltrated other genres.” Folk might not be as mainstream as rap or rock, but there’s no denying that Ottawa has a large folk following. “We’re looking at about 10,000 [people] over the course of the weekend,” stated Griith. “here’s a really strong community. We’ve [also] got great partners, like the Ottawa Folklore Centre.” Harrison has also noticed the numbers of folk supporters in Ottawa have increased since last year, and thinks that the festival is growing with its supporters. “I think it has the potential to grow into a larger festival.” said Harrison. Although the festival has seen its numbers rise, something that might keep concert-goers at home could be people’s distaste for the word “folk.” Harrison expressed that because of the stigma oten associated with the word—that it’s an outdated form of music—many people are missing out on a dynamic musical style. “Because folk has had such an inluence on mainstream music, I think [that there’s something for everyone],” said Harrison. “If you like indie [music], you will like folk. People would be surprised at how much they’d like folk if they gave it a chance.” Whether you want to enjoy music or learn it, the festival will keep you entertained: sessions to play music with the festival musicians, as well as learning how to play instruments, are both a part of this weekend. “he Ottawa Folklore Centre is running a great series of educational music workshops, so we’re encouraging people who play music to bring their instruments and play,” said Griith. “Even if you don’t [own an instrument], [at] a lot of these workshops there will be instruments available, so you can just join in and learn how to play the ukelele, noselute, etc.” “here’s something for everyone,” said Griith. “Obviously, the main focus is on the music, but there are all kinds of activities going on in the park. here’s storytelling, there [are] artisans, there’s the food fair, [and] there’s a whole range of children’s programming and activities. It’s the overall experience that is incredibly rich.” f he Ottawa Folk Festival will take place Aug. 13–15 at Britannia Park. Weekend tickets for youth aged 16–25 are $49. For more information, visit ottawafolk.org
Sudoku and crossword anwsers (See p. 6 for puzzles)
We’re not all quacks.
fulcrumca | July 22–Sept. 1, 2010
Former on-campus researcher creates a media motion machine
Tyler Shendruk | Fulcrum Contributor
HANE HEINS, SUPPOSED inventor of a perpetual motion machine, identiies with homas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, and the Wright brothers. Despite his lack of any university education, he compares himself to these heroes of science because, like each of them, he claims to have invented an unbelievable technology. But is there a diference?
Heins, whose company Potential Diference was recently asked to leave the University of Ottawa’s SITE laboratory they were occupying, claims that using his discovery “generators can now accelerate themselves... It’s a cancelling of the workenergy principle.” he work-energy principle describes the conservation of energy for mechanical work: the work done is exactly equal to the change in energy. Any violation of this would call into question humanity’s entire understanding of the physical world—you can’t get something from nothing. Heins claims “Our generator can create power from no power. What that means is [that] it’s not a perpetual motion machine, but it is more than 100 per cent eicient. here’s a huge diference.”
Not everyone sees the diference. Brian Dunning, the host and producer of Skeptoid, a popular weekly pro-science,
anti-pseudoscience podcast, says in an email to the Fulcrum that “Heins has built another in a very long line of variations on electric motors, claimed by the inventors to be ‘over unity’ or ‘free energy’ machines, where more energy is produced than is put in. hink of pouring a litre of water into a measuring cup, and expecting to get two litres out. hat’s not the way the universe works. It would be nice, but it just isn’t so. he basic laws of thermodynamics state that over unity machines are impossible, and all known experimentation supports that.” Dunning, who has never seen Heins’ machine, sees problems even with his fundamental concept of full energy eiciency. MIT-educated electrical engineer Seanna Watson also sees problems with the details of Heins’ experiments. Watson and a group of engineers from Ottawa Skeptics visited Heins’ lab in 2008. “From what I could tell at the time, he was taking measurements and he was, for example, measuring volt-amps instead of watts, not taking into account phase diferentials, and he was doing some rather odd math,” explains Watson about her doubts regarding Heins’ invention. Watson made the results of the group’s investigation public through the Ottawa Skeptics website. She summarizes the skeptics’ disquietude saying “there seems to be people who do not have enough of a background to be able to look at what he is doing and see a problem with it ... It’s a concern that he’s trying to dupe people. And when I say ‘dupe’ I have to be a little bit careful because I don’t believe that he is deliberately trying to deceive anybody.
I think he really does believe in what he is doing, but I think that he is very badly mistaken.”
Despite the validity of the skeptics’ claims, not everybody has always been so apprehensive. According to the Dean of Engineering, Claude Laguë, the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Engineering opened its doors to Heins in order that he might get Potential Diference on its feet at the request of Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI). However, on March 1, ater two years of facilitating Heins with lab space and access to the expertise of campus professors, the faculty asked Heins to vacate SITE due to his claims of external funding and a lack of return from his lengthy residency. “Ater two years, our assessment was that we had moved beyond what we consider the normal start-up period. he company had also indicated that they were expecting inancing from external sources. Due to that change to the situation, we felt that it was no longer appropriate for the faculty to continue to provide resource to that company free of charge,” Laguë explains of the faculty’s decision. Heins has claimed inancial support from various individuals over the years. In a 2008 Ottawa Citizen article by Tim Shufelt, Heins claimed that a $15-million investment was ofered by inluential Oregon private investor Jacques Nichols. he Fulcrum contacted Nichols by email about his investment. “I met Mr. Heins during the summer of 2008 and we discussed his company and
its capital requirements. No ofer to thing invest was made, and I heard nothing se more,” says Nichols in response to Heins’ claim. anced Currently, Heins is inanced estors by a number of personal investors der including Robert Clark, founder of VesCells, a company that treats heart disease by stem cell therapy, who ble optimistically expects to “be able to clearly see the returns,” and Kevin gwood histle, president of Coppingwood nvested Golf Club, who has already invested nearly $250,000 in capital.
Heins can attribute some of his investors’ attention to the notoriety otoriety given to him by the media. When energy n and green technologies columnist Tyler ist Hamilton wrote about Heins, his article s became the Toronto Star’s second most nd read online story of 2008. “I think Heins used it to his advantage dvantage to try to get in the door because it gave e him a bit of [a] proile… He beneited from that and he rode that exposure,” xposure, asserts Hamilton. Although Hamilton says his intention was never to create debate, the Star’s article gave a level of credence to Heins— o and started its own chain reaction of action perpetual media attention. Canadian Business wrote an article. Heins garnered s a mention on Gizmodo, Slashdot, BoingBoing, Wired.com, and innumerable numerable private blogs. he Internet was abuzz, and both the Ottawa Citizen and the Toronto he Star each devoted an article to all the attention he was getting.
Just this month, on the very heels of Hei Heins’ exodus from campus, EV World published an article entitled d “he H Heins Efect,” in which tech editor Micheal Brace’s admitted purpose was to laud Heins with purpos tenability. Brace writes that “[Heins] tenabi asked me to write this article because he’s h hoping to change the public perception of his discovery.” percep Dr. Riadh Habash, the U of O Dr engineering professor who opened engin his lab to Heins, is not interested in la discussing supposed controversy. discu “We worked with him and we “W couldn’t prove his claims and, in could science, to prove your claim you scien should be able to demonstrate that shou experimentally. In addition, you expe might write that in terms of a paper migh reviewed by others ... When you do revie research in science you shouldn’t rese contact journalists.” cont he role of journalism in scientiic debate is an important scie one in modern society, and the degradation of that debate is deg a main concern of each of the m skeptics approached by the ske Fulcrum. Ful
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Robert Park knows all ab about public debate regarding sc scientiic issues. Park, who sp spent 25 years in Washington re representing the American P Physical Society to politicians a and the press, sees a critical p problem with the media.
“Many people in the media who write science stories do not themselves have a real appreciation for the basic laws of science, so they are perfectly willing to violate the second law of thermodynamics. hat doesn’t trouble them at all.” Park says about ive new perpetual motion machines are brought to his attention each year and he inds that astounding. “Five perpetual motion machines a year? And you know, every one of those is a drag on the economy, but, worse than that, it encourages people to believe in this kind of mythology.” Dunning agrees with Park. “he media is not engaged in the charitable act of educating people; they are engaged in the business of drawing attention ... he problem is that the media is the main source of science information for most people, and viewers are ofered little reason to suspect the information that’s reported might not be complete or correct. Such reporting erodes the already low level of public understanding of science, technology, and medicine.” Béla Joós is not only the head of the Physics Department at the University of Ottawa, but also the editor of Physics in Canada, a monthly periodical published by the Canadian Association of Physicists. Physics in Canada reports on research indings, but also keeps physicists informed about important issues relevant to the scientiic community. “A newspapers’ true purpose is just announcing things, but their purpose is not in that sense critical analysis,” Joós says. Joós does not necessarily see this as a
fault, but does note the need for caution. “Journalists do have a responsibility to not take as fact what is being proclaimed by one solitary voice.” Joós points to the beneits of the peer review system in which fellow researchers in the same ield are asked to evaluate scientiic work before it can be published in reputable journals. “Nobody can be a specialist in everything, so peer review is essential to make sure that the proposed new results have followed the scientiic method of reproducibility, quality of data or error calculation, and spurious efects which may explain the data which are not being accounted for ... Peer review manages also to identify questionable steps which have been taken or questionable assumptions that are not based on reality.”
Heins has had more success with the media than with scientiic journals. According to Heins, “People were more critical than they should have been,” and so he has chosen to focus on the mass media rather than the scientiic community. “My initial approach was the scientiic approach. Have it evaluated, have it legitimized, go through the scientiic route, but we hit a wall—we hit a wall that you couldn’t get over.” And so with no discernible support from the academics on campus, Heins continues his “letter writing campaign” to Macleans, National Geographic, the CBC and whomever will listen—even the Fulcrum. f
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thefulcrum.ca | July 22–Sept. 1, 2010
New Inheritors Labwork Music A
WINTERSLEEP CONTINUES THEIR Juno award-winning ways with their new album New Inheritors. he Canadian group from Yarmouth, N. S. has released another brilliant album illed with catchy rifs and stick-in-your-head lyrics. heir undeniable punk-pop style is created so subtly that your mom wouldn’t get ofended if this came blaring out the boom-box. Songs such as “Black Camera” and “Terrible Man” continue to exemplify Wintersleep’s style—a mix of non-threatening, but catchy, bass-lines strung together in humble fashion—despite their obvious expertise. Not looking to be placed irmly in the pop-punk section of the music rack, the title track and the song “Experience the Jewel” showcase the orchestral inluences of the band and a much more mellow side. A truly Canadian band—try listening to the guitar on “Trace Decay” and not think of the Tragically Hip—their fourth ofering reairms the reputation they’ve gained for themselves as one of Canada’s great punk-pop bands.
The Chemical Brothers
Further Virgin Records D
IMAGINE SOMEONE CLICKING their pen on and of in a completely silent room, unaware that it’s slowly grating on your last nerve. hat’s exactly how you’re going to feel about he Chemical Brothers’ opening song “Snow” of their new album Further. Admittedly, the new techno album starts showing variety with “Dissolve”. Song three raises the bar from “Snow”—it’s listenable. he sound of the pen gets accompanied by the tapping of rulers, feet, and i ngers. You get the metaphor. It’s great background music for monotone work, but pick a diferent soundtrack for working out. here’s no intensity or breakthrough beats with which to ight boredom. With their mellow, annoying sound, this album doesn’t stand out from other techno bands’ mixes. Unmemorable and bland, he Chemical Brothers disappoint with the album despite their promise to go Further. —Jane Lytvynenko
The Blue Shadows
On The Floor Of Heaven Sony D+
IF YOU’RE ASKING yourself, “Who are he Blue Shadows?”—you’re not alone. he Blue Shadows formed in ‘93 and disbanded by ‘96. he band featured Billy Cowsils, a member of the pop-country group he Cowsills from the late ‘60s to early ‘70s. he album, On the Floor of Heaven, is a re-release of (luckily) their only album. he words “corny” or “twangy” seem far too kind for this album—the only way to properly describe their music is to picture a country fair. Do you remember how there was always a tent or stage set up where men and women in their elder years would put on cowboy attire and dance around to Godawful music? Well, they were probably playing he Blue Shadows. For those interested in line dancing alongside the elderly at next week’s Legion Dance, then this two-disk album is for you! —Brett Skidmore
Southern Gothic Virgin Records B+
THE CONSTELLATIONS’ DEBUT album, Southern Gothic, is sure to ensnare you with their mélange of music genres. h is album starts of with a predominantly indie sound, moves on to funky hip-hop, and then mixes into soul for the album’s end. Lead vocalist Elijah Jones delivers sultry lyrics in “Felicia”, describing the numbing efects this woman from his past had on him. hey sing about how “she’s got a crocodile smile and switchblade style/ she’ll stab you in the back with her i ngernail i le”. hey’ve also added a baroque lare to their mix in “December” by using harpsichord efects. he album switches to upbeat dance music using an abundance of cowbell in “Step Right Up”. he Constellations’ unique mix is due to their experimentation with numerous percussion instruments: shakers, cowbells, tambourines, and bongos are all used on this album. A stellar debut album, he Constellations will have you dancing to their distinct sound with every song on Southern Gothic. —Lisa Le
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Evola ready to face new challenges
Women’s hockey coach excited for university coaching career
Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff AT AGE THREE, Yanick Evola was introduced to the sport of hockey and instinctively fell in love with the game. Ater 31 years, he has completed his transformation from a power skating toddler into a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) head coach—on May 17, Evola was named the sixth head coach of the U of O women’s hockey program. “I’ve always been passionate about the game,” said the newly hired coach. “Being at the rink everyday is something that I enjoy.” Like many others with a lifelong infatuation with hockey, it was a goal of Evola’s to coach at the university level. For the past three years, Evola was highly successful as the head coach of the women’s hockey team at Édouard-Montpetit College, a CEGEP in Longueuil, Quebec. But when the position at the University of Ottawa opened up, Evola jumped at the chance. “For me, it was an opportunity that I didn’t want to miss because the University of Ottawa has a great program,” he explained. Evola was also an elite hockey player with St. Francis Xavier University from 1998 to 2002. He was named to the CIS All-Canadian team on three occasions as a forward. he former student-athlete, who lit up the scoreboard during his playing career, hopes that his players can now do the same. “I used to be an ofensive player at the university level. I like my defenders to jump the rush [on the attack]. his is something new that you will see with the team,” said Evola, revealing his coaching philosophy. Luckily for Evola, the majority of the team who i nished third in the Quebec Student Sports Federation (QSSF) last season is returning for another year, including i t h-year centre and team MVP Kayla Hottot. Although the roster looks great on paper, Evola realizes that the onus is on him to translate the team’s high talent level into wins. “here are good returning players for next season and we have some good recruits coming in. I’m really impressed with the quality of the team we’ll have next season. It’s going to be up to me to make sure that we win some games,” said Evola. he Gee-Gees have had success at the provincial level in recent years, but most pundits do not expect them to contend for a national title. Once again, the QSSF will provide stif competition for the Gees—especially the McGill Martlets— who had their 86-game winning streak snapped in last season’s CIS championship game. “here are some very good teams in the country and in Quebec, like McGill and Montreal,” said Evola. “he biggest thing I want to [stress] is to have a great work ethic and to believe in our chances to win. If everyone believes that we can win, we can be successful.” In the end, Evola promised one thing to the fans: that his team will work hard at all times. “One thing is for sure and it is that we’re going to be a hard-working team. We’re going to give the fans a really good show. I welcome everyone to come see our team.” f
photo by Alex Martin
A fresh face:
Evola eager for hockey season to start
Derouin to succeed DeAveiro
Former Gee-Gee captain returns to lead men’s basketball team
Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff
IN SOME WAYS, the new men’s basketball coach is q quite similar to the old one. Both James Derouin and Dave DeAveiro were former student-athletes at the University student-ath of Ottawa and held assistant coaching he positions at the university before becoming the head honcho. I n short, they are both dedicated Gee-G Gee-Gees and that’s why the 34-year-old Derouin w was shocked when D DeAveiro announced th that he was leaving Ottawa this past April. O “Coach DeAveiro did an amazing job here at the am univers university,” said Derouin. “I nev thought he would never leave. When he took the job at W McGill, I was shocked.” In the end, it worked out well for end Derouin, who was oicially named the wa new head coach of the Gee-Gees men’s o basketball program June 15. he young, excit excitable coach described his current position as a “dream job.” “I applied right away when the job was a posted. When I found out that I got the fou job, I was driving and I almost crashed my car,” Derouin said with a laugh. s Derouin worked as an assistant work coach at the University of British U Columbia (UBC) for the past two (UB years ater holding the same position with the Gee-Gees from 2002 to 2008. he two years spent under UBC head coach Kevin Hanson will prove to be an invaluable experience, explained Derouin. “he way [coach Hanson] runs his program is the model I’m using to start my own program. Everyone wanted to play for coach Hanson due to a combination of his coaching and personality. He’s a real players’ type of coach.” In Derouin, Ottawa has garnered a head coach with proven leadership skills—he served as a Gee-Gees captain from 2000 to 2002. hanks to his longtime ailiation with the program, the transition process has been going smoothly. “A lot of familiar faces are still here,” explained Derouin. “[Assistant] coach Emil O’Neil has really helped in the transition process as well.” Another helping hand came in the form of former head coach DeAveiro, who elected to leave most of his recruits under Derouin’s care. his was especially crucial for the young Gee-Gees team as possibility exists for Derouin to start a couple of rookies on opening night. “DeAveiro still cares a lot about the [Gee-Gees] program. For the most part, he has passed his recruits onto me,” said Derouin, who also mentioned with a grin that DeAveiro did bring his two top recruits to McGill. As it now stands, the Gees have only two ith-year players and one proven scorer in third-year guard Warren Ward. Derouin, who compared his squad to the youthful Oklahoma City hunder of the National Basketball Association, expressed his faith in Ward—his very own Kevin Durant. “He’s the man,” said Derouin when asked about Ward. “His potential is absolutely staggering and more responsibility will fall on him this year. With Ward on the court, we have a chance to win every time.” hough the Gee-Gees may not be able to fully replace the graduated Josh Gibson-Bascombe and Donnie Gibson, Derouin was extremely upbeat about the upcoming season. “We’re an extremely young team and I like that we can grow [together] as a team. here’s going to be some tough days but I’m prepared for that and we’re just going to stay positive throughout everything. Derouin, who emphasized that his team will play an exciting style of basketball, wanted to leave one inal message for all U of O students. “As a player and a coach, having the students out to the games is everything. hey are the sixth man and they have such a positive inluence [on the game]. When the opponents come into Ottawa, I want them to hate playing here.” f
thefulcrum.ca | July 22–Sept. 1, 2010
A summer of Fury
Gees’ star defender prepares for CIS season with local soccer club
Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff
IN THE PAST 10 seasons, the women’s soccer team at the University of Ottawa has never i nished below third-place in Ontario—an amazing feat for a program founded in 1994. Equally as impressive is the record that the Ottawa Fury W-League team has logged since 2003: 82 wins, seven losses, and ive draws. h is summer, Gee-Gees fourth-year defender Gillian Baggott entered the history books of both programs by earning a roster spot on the Fury W-League team. At the age of 15, Baggott joined the Fury youth program ater hearing about the advantages of playing for the team. “I heard about how [playing on] the Fury [youth team] was good for getting scholarships to American schools and getting scouted,” Baggott recalled. In her i rst year of playing for the Fury franchise, Baggott was named MVP of the U-16 youth team. She quickly rose through the ranks, which led to an invitation to play for Fury’s lagship W-League team this summer. Baggott’s head coach Craig Smith had only positive things to say about his capable defender. “She’s a fantastic talent. I don’t think Gillian knows how good she could be yet,” said Smith. “She’s so composed on the ball and we’re absolutely delighted to have her here.” he W-League represents the second highest level of women’s soccer in North America. hough there are plenty of gited players in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), Baggott explained that the W-League is a step above, talent-wise. “I would say that the W-League is at a greater level [in terms of diiculty]. here’s a lot of older players—girls that have already inished college who have lots of experience. In the CIS, everyone’s still learning.” Without a doubt, playing in such a diicult league will provide Baggott with excellent preparation for the upcoming CIS season, her second with the GeeGees. Before the start of last season, she transferred from Florida Atlantic University of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. “[Playing with the Fury] is probably the best preparation I can get,” Baggott said. “I’m playing with the best of the best players here.” As a dedicated Gee-Gee, Baggott expressed her excitement for playing on the U of O team in the fall. Once again, the Gees are hoping to contend for a provincial title and Baggott will be vital to her team’s success, along with other returning veterans such as third-year midielder Brittany Harrison. “I think we’re going to have a really good year,” said Baggott. “I’m really excited to be ready for the start of the season.” At the end of her career with the Gee-Gees and the Fury, Baggott aspires to play for the Canadian national team and possibly in a professional league in Europe, such as England’s Women’s Premier League. “I’m hoping to play for a couple of more years [with the Fury], then get asked to play for the national team or go play overseas in Europe,” Baggott said of her goals. As long as she continues her current course of development, Gee-Gee fans could expect Baggott to trade her garnet and grey jersey for a diferent one in the future—a red and white one with a Canadian maple leaf on it. f
A busy summer
Gees defender Gillian Baggott hones her skills with the Ottawa Fury.
The final chapter
Wide receiver Cyril Adjeitey returns for ﬁfth year after CFL E-camp
Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff
EVERY DECEMBER, AFTER the end of another gruelling football season, a select few players from Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) teams are invited to the Canadian Football League (CFL) E-camp. he E-camp is a three-day event in which top football prospects are given the chance to impress CFL scouts and coaches. Simply put, it’s a showcase of talent, reserved for the best. Naturally, All-Canadian wide receiver and Gees athlete Cyril Adjeitey was a perfect it for the 2010 camp, held this past March in Toronto. “I prepared tirelessly [for E-camp],” said Adjeitey. “he moment the season was over, I took a week and a half of to let my body rest. Ater that, I started working out with a personal trainer ive times a week.” Adjeitey took part in various drills at the camp, including the bench press, the vertical jump, and the 40-yard dash. he workouts were designed to demonstrate one’s potential to play in the CFL. hough he was well-prepared, the Gees’ star receiver explained that some of the drills were still quite nerve-wracking. “he bench press was absolutely ridiculous,” said Adjeitey. “It’s set up in a way where all the scouts, cameras, and other athletes are watching you while you do the presses right on centre stage, in front of everyone.” Athletes at the E-camp managed to set some amazing records, such as Steven Turner, a speedy receiver from Bishop’s University who ran 40 yards in an astonishing 4.31 seconds. Adjeitey performed admirably as well, especially in the shuttle run, which he completed in an impressive 4.24 seconds. “I’m quite competitive [when doing drills]. For me, having the last name ‘Adjeitey,’ I always have to go irst in drills, so I have to set a good benchmark. If you don’t have that competitive edge, you can’t get the best out of yourself,” he explained. However, Adjeitey admitted that he’d rather be known for his play on the ield than for his skills in the itness room. “he biggest compliment you can give to someone playing football is calling him a [true] football player. I would say I’m more of a game-type situations player.” Adjeitey wasn’t the only one representing the U of O at the camp; a trio of ith-year Gee-Gees were present as well, including fellow receiver Steven Hughes, defensive back Chayce Elliott, and defensive tackle Sébastien Tétreault. “It was amazing to share the experience with the other [Gee-Gees]. We had a lot of fun with it, including training together beforehand. It was great to have teammates by your side, as opposed to you being there by yourself. It made a lot of things easier,” said Adjeitey. Unfortunately, none of the Gees had their names called by a CFL team during the drat held on May 2. Many options remain on the table for Adjeitey, a ithyear biochemistry student who will soon begin a master’s project. “Football, [to me], was always something fun to do. It wasn’t the end goal of my life. At this point, I guess I’m leaning towards academia but this year is another chance for me to play.” Like all student athletes, Adjeitey wants only one thing in his last year of CIS eligibility: a championship. “We have a good nucleus of guys coming back. he feeling among the [players] of the team is: Vanier cup or nothing. Personal accolades are not what I need; the team goal to win a championship is the biggest expectation I have.” f
thefulcrum.ca | July 22 – Sept. 1, 2010
Welcoming the new Gee-Gees
Recruits, transfers look to make impact on U of O sports teams
Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff
VERY YEAR, DOZENS of young, aspiring athletes choose to dedicate the next four to ﬁve years of their lives to the Gee-Gees program straight out of high school. Others decide to transfer to the University of Ottawa from another post-secondary institution with hopes of winning a championship. Though only a few of theses recruits and transfer athletes will end up as star players, all of them will forever become a part of the Gee-Gees family. With welcoming arms, the Fulcrum takes a look at some of the most intriguing recruits and transfers of 2010.
Key Transfer: Forward Jenna Gilbert, from La Salle University of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Last season, fourth-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley dominated her opponents in the paint and was named the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East player of the year. With the addition of six-foot forward Gilbert from the NCAA, the Gees frontcourt will dei nitely be one of the nation’s best this upcoming winter. Gilbert, the Ottawa native who started 20 games for the La Salle Explorers and averaged 4.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 2008–09, has decided to come home to play for head coach Andy Sparks. Underutilized as a defensive player in the La Salle program, Gilbert will have a bigger role with the Gee-Gees and should be a i ne compliment to Sunley-Paisley. “[Gilbert] is a dominant post player,” Sparks said. “I think our frontcourt could compete with anybody’s frontcourt in the country.”
Key Recruit: Defenseman Dominic Jalbert, from Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Ater a dismal season in 2009–10, in which the Gee-Gees i nished last in the OUA, the men’s hockey team received a major boost in the form of recruit Dominic Jalbert—the reigning Canadian Hockey League Scholastic Player of the Year. Jalbert, an intelligent player both in the classroom and on the ice, has enjoyed a stellar four-year career in the QMJHL—recording 33 goals and 98 assists in 228 games. he blue-chip recruit originally from Hull, Que., should immediately solidify the Gees defence corps and improve their special teams, especially on the power-play.
Key Recruit: Marie-Élyse McGuire, from École Secondaire Louis-Riel, Ottawa, Ont. A talented local recruit, McGuire was captain of the LouisRiel Rebelles for the past two seasons and was named the most valuable player of the U-17 Ottawa Fury team in 2009. Another major accomplishment was being named to the Super-Y League Olympic Development Program from 2006–08. McGuire’s family has a tradition of attending the University of Ottawa—her mother and her maternal grandparents are all graduates of this university. f
Key Transfer: Matt Hawes, from the University of British Columbia (UBC) A bronze medallist in the 2007 Pan American Games held in Brazil, Hawes is a backstroke specialist who holds the Canadian record in the 200-metre backstroke event. He transferred from UBC in order to be reunited with Gees head coach Derrick Schoof, a long-time mentor of Hawes. he newest member of the Gee-Gees swim team brings plenty of national team experience to the U of O— and will look to make a huge splash on the Ottawa swimming scene.
Key Recruit: Quarterback Alex Lundstrom, from Radnor High School in Philadelphia, P.A. With fourth-year Brad Sinopoli sitting i rmly at the top of the Gees’ depth chart, Lundstrom isn’t likely to see much playing time this year. He is, however, certainly a fascinating recruit—it is very rare that an American high school quarterback signs on with a Canadian Interuniversity Sport program. His highlights, found on the Internet, reveal a capable dual-threat quarterback; it will be interesting to keep an eye on Lundstrom for years to come.
Waterloo steroid scandal
Football team suspended from competition in 2010; Gee-Gees’ schedule altered
Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff
ON JUNE 14, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) announced that nine players from the 62-man football squad at the University of Waterloo tested positive for doping violations. he test was conducted March 31 ater the University of Waterloo was informed that one of their former wide receivers, Nathan Zettler, was under investigation of traicking human growth hormones and anabolic steroids. he university then submitted a request to the CCES to test the entire football team for possible doping infractions. With the release of the CCES test results, the university announced that its football team would be suspended from competition for the 2010 season. Feridun Hamdullahpur, vice-president academic and provost, ordered the suspension with the full support of Waterloo’s senior administration. “h is is the most signiicant doping issue in CIS history and we’re taking it very seriously,” said CIS Chief Executive Oicer Marg McGregor in a press release. he University of Waterloo also declared that an internal investigation of the entire situation would take place immediately. he university’s two full-time football coaches—head coach Dennis McPhee and assistant coach Marshall Bingeman—were placed on paid leave. he players who tested negative were initially concerned that they would be let without a team to play on, but the CIS is allowing the players to transfer to another CIS institution and play immediately. As a rule, players must sit out for one season when transferring, but an exception was made in this extraordinary case. CIS coaches are still forbidden from actively recruiting the Warriors players as the studentathletes must initiate contact according to current recruiting policies. In the wake of the suspension, Ontario University Athletics published a revised schedule for the 2010 football season. he Gee-Gees now begin their season on Aug. 31 on the road against the Windsor Lancers—a team Ottawa was not scheduled to play under the original format. he Gees will now have their bye on week eight instead of facing the Waterloo Warriors. he accommodations in the regular season schedule were made in order to retain the current six-team post-season arrangement. f
thefulcrum.ca | July 22–Sept. 1, 2010
Ottawa’s summer sports scene
A guide for the city’s hardcore sports fans
Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff
HE LACK OF Gee-Gees games in the summertime creates a huge void in the life of the student sports fan. To help you pass the time until unt September, the Fulcrum takes a look at the city’s major ta summer sporting events. s
back to the community because there is no football in Ottawa right now. Our end goal is to act as a farm team to the CFL.” he Invaders (2-3-1) are currently fourth in the NFC and are scheduled to begin post-season play ater i nishing up their eight-game regular season schedule.
Ottawa Fat Cats Ottawa Invaders
Tickets: $7–10 for adults, $4 for children he Invaders are the newest team in the Northern F Football Conference (NFC), a semi-p semi-professional league currently made up of eight teams from u across O Ontario. hey are playing their ina inaugural season at Carleton University’s Keith Harris Stadium, Universit but the t team has quite a few links to the U of O. Two of the team’s three coowners attended the University of Ottawa, Ottawa including James McAllister, president of the Invaders. the pr “I started a Facebook group to s see if anyone was interested in playing playin semi-professional football. hen a website was created to promote promo the idea of the team,” said McAllister of the team’s humble McAllis beginning. More connections to the university co Gee-Gees exist in the forms of Gees ofensive li coach Irv Daymond, who line is holding the same position with the Invaders, and former Gee-Gees running a Alidu. he team also has a bigback Joe A name head coach, Ken Evraire, who enjoyed a nine-year playing career in Canadian the Canadi Football League (CFL) as receiver. a recei In the end, the main goal I of the franchise is to change people’s perception about pe semi-professional football and sem to eventually serve as a feeder ev system to th CFL. the “We wan to change what people want about think abou semi-professional football. Semi-pro f football is not guys drinking beer and g getting drunk on the ield,” McAllister explained. “We want to give Tickets: $12 for adults, $8 for students, $6 for children Baseball has returned to Ottawa in the form of the Fat Cats, a semi-professional team playing in the Southern Ontariobased Intercounty Baseball League (IBL). hey play at Ottawa Stadium, last used by the Ottawa Rapidz of the CanAm League in 2008. he Fat Cats started with a solid 4-4 record and had an opening day attendance of 3,724 back on May 16. he team’s play quickly deteriorated in the following weeks as the Fat Cats (11-23) are now clinging to the eighth and i nal playof spot in a nine team league. Attendance at recent games has also dropped, with the Fat Cats struggling to attract fans, though they still lead the league in average attendance thanks to their strong start. A problem may exist in the ticket pricing—other teams in the IBL, such as the rival Toronto Maple Leafs (no, not that one), allow people to watch for free or charge a much lower price. Still, the Fat Cats i ll a nice baseball niche in the city and their mascot, Grape, is a huge hit with the kids.
successful, since 2000 for the women, and 2005 for the men, the years in which the two teams were founded. he Fury program is based out of the soccer complex at Algonquin College and their developmental academy allows children to hone their soccer skills from age 10. A bonus fact for U of O fans: Gillian Baggott, a stalwart defender for the Gee-Gees women’s soccer team, plays for the Ottawa Fury in the summertime (see article on page 14). he men’s team is currently 8-2-3, good for i rst in their division, and the same goes for for the women who are 7-1-1.
he Ottawa Marathon
Tickets: Free Since 1975, the Ottawa Marathon has attracted both amateur running enthusiasts and elite athletes from all over the world, not to mention numerous spectators. People have the opportunity to root for their favourite runners from the eight designated cheering stations that are strategically placed throughout the 42.195 kilometre race. he 2010 men’s edition of the marathon was won by Arata Fujiwara of Japan with a record time of two hours, nine minutes, and 33 seconds. He also took home $23,000 in prize money and qualiied for the prestigious Boston Marathon. Many students and professors at the U of O participated at the weekend-long event, held May 29–30, which included races of two, ive, and 10 kilometres, along with the half- and full-marathon. Dr. Mary-Ellen Harper, a biochemistry professor at the university, recounted her experience of running in the 10-km event in an email to the Fulcrum. “I had never done a 10-km run before. I saw the 10-km run as a challenge and was motivated by friends and colleagues who had run this distance. I joined a training clinic before the marathon; it was great—I learned a lot, met a bunch of great people, and felt prepared for the event.” f For those interested, registration for the 2011 Ottawa Marathon begins on Sept. 1.
Tickets: $10 for adults, $4 for youth If you want to see a winning team in Ottawa, a good bet would be to attend an Ottawa Fury game. he Fury program actually has two lagship teams: the men’s side plays in the Premier Developmental League (PDL), which is three levels below Major League Soccer, while the women’s team plays in the W-League—the second highest tier of women’s soccer in North America. Both teams have been highly
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THE WEATHER: FOR better or for worse, it dominates our lives. It’s an integral part of small talk amongst strangers, has a permanent place in the news, and helps us answer the timeless question “What should I wear today?” But amidst the extremes of each season, another question emerges: which season is best? The Fulcrum faces off over blossoms and golden leaves, heat waves and snow days, to reveal—once and for all—which three months of the year are the most enjoyable.
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Autumn: not too hot, not too cold
I’LL START MY argument with this: in Ottawa, every season sucks—except for autumn. Winters are ridden with bitching about frostbitten i ngers and toes, while summers are too sweaty and smelly. And spring, well, apart from the slush that soaks socks and turns loors into semi-permanent slip and slides, brings with it the melting snow mounds of garbage and weeks of anticipation until the grass returns to green. Autumn, on the other hand, produces not only the most ideal weather— sweater weather—but also picturesque landscapes. If you disagree, take a walk down Embassy Row when the leaves begin to change colour and the combination of sights, smells, and sounds is sure to convince you. Besides, students should rejoice as gorgeous fall weather and scenery coincides with new student loans and recently rei lled lines of credit. What better time to receive fuckloads of money to waste than in the fall when, unlike summer or winter, the chances of collapsing of heat stroke or catching pneumonia on your quest home from the mall or the bar are drastically slim. And don’t forget Halloween, one of the most visually appealing holidays—as girls wearing naughty nurse outits and sexy, short school-girl skirts prance around the streets and guys strut around in superhero costumes complete with tights to show of their... muscles. Plus, the corresponding candy feasts are socially acceptable and oten span over several days! Autumn excites each and every sense—from the tantalizing smell of burning leaves to the satisfying crunching underfoot as you tread from class to class. It’s time to face the facts, people: autumn is awesome. —Merissa Mueller Mue
Summer: clothes are minimal
SUMMER IS OBVIOUSLY the best season. Because we’re in the midst of it, the other three seasons’ proponents just have a serious case of “the grass is greener on the other side.” I hate to break it to you guys, but the grass will never be greener than it is right now. Besides the wonderful horticultural opportunities that abound, the season of summer ofers a plethora—that’s right, a plethora—of other perks. We’ll start with the obvious: it’s socially acceptable to walk around in little more than your underwear. Bonus: the opposite sex will also be wearing little more than their underwear. h row in music and theatre festivals and longer days—what more could you want? Maybe a lack of lectures, assignments, and exams? Summer means school is out, so check that of the list. Stress levels go down as mercury levels rise. Sure, the heat can be unbearable, but the things you can do to avoid it aren’t. During summer you can eat unlimited amounts of ice cream without having to go through a terrible breakup. You can hit up the mall for some AC, your crush won’t say no to an aternoon at the beach, you can see that friend who has a pool, or you can lounge naked in your basement watching Degrassi reruns. And so I rest my case: summer is no doubt the coolest season in town. —Ali Schwabe
Spring: the chase is always better than the catch
SPRING IS A three-month period of anticipation: it is a wait for beautiful lowers and the warm summer sun. It represents rebirth and the hope for something more. And when nine times out of 10 anticipation is more enjoyable than the end result—well, by that logic, spring is the best season 90 per cent of the time. Look at it this way: the desire for bathing-suit-clad members of the opposite sex to i ll the streets amidst the heat of summer is far more preferable than that hope being materialized. For every attractive, barely-dressed person you see on the street this summer you’ll see another 26 you would never glance at twice. I’d rather have the dream of Carmen Electra strutting down my block half-nude than the realization that it’s actually Rosie O’Donnell. Similarly, longing for the warmth of the sun is far more enjoyable than the heat wave it will most certainly incite. he summer sun leaves you showing up to job interviews in a soaked white shirt—which only works to your advantage if you‘re a busty female—scaring away people with your body odour, and collapsing at volleyball tournaments. Although every season has its pros and cons, spring is, by far, the most universally enjoyable. We all need desire and hope in our lives—even if it’s only the hope for a beautiful naked woman running down your street— because without hope human progress would slow to a halt. Spring is the most symbolically representative of that. he only season that even has a ighting chance at competing with spring is summer—and summer is only victorious if it meets your expectations. —Josh Bereza
Winter: wishing for a wonderland
YOU KNOW WHAT I miss right now? Snow. I love snow. I oicially decided this ater experiencing that massive heat wave earlier this month. Over a week of temperatures in the 30s had people rushing into air-conditioned buildings or heading to nearby beaches to cool of. h is wouldn’t have happened if there was snow. One of the best things about winter is that you can always adjust the amount of clothes you’re wearing when you’re too cold—but in the summer, you can only strip down so far. Winter also brings about the best activities: suri ng down the hills of Camp Fortune on your snowboard, crosscountry skiing or snowshoeing in the heart of Gatineau Park, or skating on the world’s largest rink, the Rideau Canal, while eating Beavertails and sipping on hot cocoa. Not to mention activities for the less-athletically inclined: building snowmen, making snow angels in your backyard, shovelling the driveway, and cuddling away the cold with a loved one. And one last thing, if I haven’t convinced you yet: winter, in all its glory, is a truly Canadian season. It keeps our beer cold and hockey ice crisp. Our ability to endure snow-past-ourknees winters, characterized by that my-face-is-falling-of bitter cold, unites Canadians—and diferentiates us from our Southern neighbours. Face it: winter is in our blood! So please, Mother Nature, bring back snow. Bring back snow cones, snowball ights, snowmobiles, frostbite, hot tubs, and long johns! I can’t take another day of heavy smog, journeys in hot cars, overused deodorant, melting makeup, sunburn blisters, smelly, overcrowded buses, and dirty, long-nailed, callused, toe-jam infested feet... —Lai Hoang
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Confessions of a FIFA skeptic
No, I don’t hate the beautiful game, but some South Africans might
Stephanie Marentette | Fulcrum Contributor
AST SUMMER, I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in one of the University of Ottawa’s ield research projects in South Africa. Like many students studying international development, this was my irst time travelling to a developing country—and along with my luggage, I brought my own preconceived notions about the place. Perhaps one of the greatest examples of my misconceptions was the belief that large sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup, bestow signiicant political, economic, and social beneits on their host countries, especially when they are held in the h ird World. My experience, however, suggests quite the contrary. While conducting my research on issues relating to communities living in close proximity to large industry in the South Durban Basin, I stumbled upon a housing crisis perpetrated by an unlikely adversary: FIFA. he South Durban Basin is divided into several small communities, usually based on race. One community—which afectionately refers to itself as “he Bunker”— consists of a village of approximately 100 residents of Zulu heritage. It is a slum through and through, but families have access to schools and individuals live in close proximity to their livelihoods. It is the kind of place that embodies an old-world village quality where inhabitants embrace one another not just as neighbours, but family. h is won’t be the case for long, though. All levels of government have forced the entire town to relocate. Why? To build a green belt—essentially a park—to prevent the world from bearing witness to the fact that thousands of people live within 100 yards of the sulphur plant of the largest oil rei nery on the East African Coast. he residual efects of terrible cityplanning from the apartheid era are problematic in themselves, but FIFA has brought South Africa under an uncomfortably microscopic lens—similar to what China encountered during the
Beijing Olympics—which has forced the country to attempt to mask its persistent social problems. As a result, residents of areas such as the South Durban Basin have been relocated to areas far from their livelihoods, leaving them with no access to schools, hospitals, or, in some cases, even roads. Relocation of this fashion economically cripples thousands of people every year, most of whom have little to no means for recourse. he World Cup has reinforced this process through South Africa’s desperate attempts to hide the fact that yes, ladies and gentlemen, we still have slums! Large groups of people have also been relocated for other projects in relation to the FIFA tournament, including the building of stadiums, hotels, and airports. he worst examples of this can be found in the northern city of Pretoria. Ordinary South Africans are unlikely to see any beneit from these developments as the majority of them cannot even aford to purchase a ticket to a World Cup match. he housing crisis inadvertently caused by FIFA is not the only troubling issue. In 2008, 31 per cent of South Africa’s workforce was employed in the “informal sector.” h is typically refers to the street vendors common to large urban areas, such as the Congolese barbers that famously line the streets of downtown Durban. Not only are these vendors prohibited from selling anything that resembles World Cup fanfare—items with lags or relating to soccer—because they are not considered “oicial vendors” for the tournament, but they are also no longer able to populate their stalls with all sorts of other goods and snacks. To have a ‘World Cup stall’ (one within close proximity to stadiums or other venues found in most major cities in the country), individuals are required to pay as much as $8,500 Canadian—an inconceivable sum to working-class South Africans. hese policies have cut street vendors of at the knees, and subsequently contributed to mass unemployment in every major urban centre in South Africa. If we thought 9.8 per cent unemployment was bad in the wake of the recent i nancial crisis, imagine if a third of Canada’s pop-
photo by Stephanie Marentette
ulation was suddenly unable to work— and the social problems that would ensue as a result. In a nation such as South Africa, with weak infrastructure and lack of social programs to absorb such an inlux of unemployment, this has caused a societal disaster. In the months leading up to the 2010 World Cup, favourite buzz words included “economic surge,” “international exposure,” and “authentic African event,” but this really is not the case. Ordinary South Africans will experience very few economic beneits associated with the temporarily expanding infrastructure and tourism industry. Albeit, interna-
tional exposure has contributed to the geographical repertoire of soccer fans and the tourism industry, the average South African will not see any beneit. And since ordinary South Africans have met insurmountable barriers in their quest to participate in the World Cup festivities, soccer fans are not likely to get the authentic South African experience. I can hear the groans now as I write this and the “Oh, but wait! What about the trickle down efect from all of the revenue the government has received?” But in a nation such as South Africa, the basic infrastructure and mechanisms for that to occur simply do not exist.
he far-from-aluent street vendor will not, upon returning to his family each night, proudly exclaim, “hank God for the World Cup! Look at this [healthcare/ education/tax break/unemployment insurance/pension plan/entrepreneurial grant/paved road/reliable electricity] I’m getting! Woohoo!” Personally, I love soccer. I was a proud mid-ielder for many years and I watched the i nals on the edge of my seat proudly sporting my Spain jersey and Corona— yes, I know it’s from Mexico. But I won’t be crossing my i ngers that FIFA imposes on another developing nation any time so on. f
G20 protester personality profiles
Brandon Rosario | The Nexus
VICTORIA (CUP) — THE $1.9-BILLION weekend of madness and inger-pointing that was the G20 is over, leaving the city of Toronto to pick itself up groggily like a college student ater a 48-hour drinking binge. he G20 protests brought all of the expected violence and theatrics to our living rooms, giving us insight into the mentality of disapproving Canadians across the country. Now, here’s your chance to meet the stars of the G20 protests—or any protest for that matter. matter what the issue is, as long as it has a catchy slogan she’ll scream it for hours during a march—even when it starts to rain and everyone is feeling tired because the revolution isn’t going so well. he enthusiastic chanter serves a dual purpose: to turn the crowd into a frenzied, shouting mob, and also to provide comic relief by mispronouncing “prorogued” into the megaphone 14 times in a row. Whose streets? Our streets! with a shoe for being woken up by the RCMP at 1:30 a.m. he “Fuck you, pigs!” guy carries this vendetta with him to every rally, protest, and social gathering, using verbal abuse against authority igures to get revenge against that bastard who wasn’t even his real dad. He got that scar above his let eye at the Vancouver Olympics when he was kicked in the forehead by a police horse in an attempt to steal a mounted oicer’s riot shield. World Cup scores at the same time. Don’t forget to read her blog post!
The one with all the ﬁgures
You can usually ind this quasi-intellectual lurking around near the big news cameras hoping for an interview. He’ll use a simple question like, “Why are you here?” to launch into an over-the-top numerical tirade where he mentions the G20’s $5.5 million security fence, 11,560 security personnel, and 12 CH-124 Sea King helicopters in a single sentence. He is a walking, talking, Wikipedia-spewing, university campus cliché that, sadly, has never said an interesting thing in his entire life. f
The iPhone journalist
Armed with her trusty mobile device and a steady hand, the iPhone journalist can’t wait to upload all her awesome pictures to Facebook. During the G20 summit, she used Google Maps to ind Yonge Street and Twitter to keep Steve, Mark from work, @CanucksFan51, and her two sisters updated on what was happening. hanks to the CBC app—purchased exclusively from the app store—she was able to receive breaking political news and
At any protest, he’s the guy you want to have on your side. More than willing to take a face full of pepper spray and a nightstick to the shins for the cause, the hero becomes an invaluable asset when things start to get rough. Like the “Fuck you, pigs!” guy, he hates everything in uniform and will be the irst one to throw the empty Jones Soda bottle during a standof.
The “Fuck you, pigs!” guy
Back in 2001, this guy had his bag of pot coniscated by the cops in a Canadian Tire parking lot. Ater a stern lecture from the oicer and a ride home in the squad car, his short-tempered stepfather beat him
The enthusiastic chanter
She was born with vocal cords of solid steel and a passion for rhyme. It doesn’t
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THE FULCRUM HAS set sail. h is issue, the maiden voyage of the Fulcrum’s 2010–11 publishing year, exempliies everything the publication will strive to be in the future. And as captain (you can call me Skipper), it’s my job to see this vessel through its travels successfully, steering it through both calm seas and uncharted, undoubtedly rough and rocky, waters. OK, enough with the sailing analogy (but you can still call me Skipper). Here at the Fulcrum, our mission is to inform, entertain, provoke, excite, and anger you. We will provide you with news, analyses, and commentary you
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You’re not an explorer...
RECENTLY, I STUMBLED across some travel writing done by an acquaintance of mine. I found nothing unusual about this travel blog: the stories, the photographs, the advice—when suddenly I realized that this itself should be cause for alarm. My friend sufers from an emotional al iction that I like to call “Columbusitis.” Or, for my French-Canadian compatriots, “la Grippe Cartier.” As “Westerners,” when we travel abroad we tend to think of ourselves as modern-day “explorers,” which really means, as we all know, going where no Westerner has gone before. he contemporary notion of an explorer is entirely a Western construct. It goes without saying that none of the bloated, white, European explorers from the pages of our grade eight history books were explorers in any sense of the word. Cartier, Columbus, Hudson, Champlain, Vespucci—they were all “exploring” land known to the indigenous inhabitants of the region for countless generations. So why, still, do so many of us think of ourselves in these fallacious terms? I’m not suggesting that this is always a conscious phenomenon. What I am suggesting is that, on some level, when we go somewhere like India or Tahiti or hailand or Sierra Leone, we still think of ourselves as explorers, eager to write to the King (the Internet) of our experiences with the “natives,” immersed in “local” culture, embracing a truly “foreign” psyche—sometimes even requesting funds from private donors (our parents) eager to support a civilizing mission of such intrigue. he trouble with this equation is the fact that all of these constructs—natives, locals, foreign—represent a sort of lesspronounced Orientalist mindset which we, by virtue of our own culture, upbringing, and ringing, environment, project on foreign ect bodies to render ourselves all the more heroic, worldly, and interesting to other people. r When you mark the diferenk ces between you, your culture, your background as so foreign or distinct from the “natives,” he ting you are perpetuating a myth about East-West, North-South relations that has been possibly ve the most destructive in human history. As soon as you stop, gnize step back, and recognize this aspect of your humanity, you are not only a less egocentric, arrogant, and Orientalist traveler, but you are a more productive and less pretentious member of the global community—which is what we should all aspire to, shouldn’t we? he more of the world one experiences, the more it is made abundantly clear that no matter where in the world you travel, the human experience is one of remarkable uniformity. h is is not to suggest that there is no nuance, no diferences in culture, no individualism. What I am saying is that, I believe, every human being in the world has a great deal in common— philosophically, intellectually, emotionally—with every other human being. So get over yourself: you’re not an “explorer.” You’re one human being blessed with a precious opportunity to see some other places, eat some good food, learn, and interact with other human beings. You’re not Jacques Cartier—indeed, neither was he.
Devin “batty” Beauregard Josh “beserk” Bereza Brennan “round the bend” Bova Dani-Elle “delirious” Dube Sherine “erratic” El Sharnouby Josh “laky” Flear Sarah “of her rocker” Gisele Lai “lunatic” Hoang Lisa “loony” Le Michelle “crazed” LePage Jane “cuckoo” Lytvynenko David “moonstruck” MacIntyre Tyler “peanuts” Shendruk Stephanie “cracked” Marentette Merissa “maniacal” Mueller Hoang “psycho” Pham Ali “ape shit” Schwabe Brett “bananas” Skidmore Alex “screw loose” Smyth Zachary “zany” Stockill
cover art by Alex Martin and Tyler Shendruk
July 23: Salt released to theatres; Oceans and Cropsey opens at Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.); Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky opens at Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.) July 26: The Square opens at Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.); Le Diner des cons plays at Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.) July 30: Dinner for Schmucks released to theatres; Flooding With Love For the Kid opens at Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.) Aug. 6: I Am Love opens at Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.) Aug. 13: Eat Pray Love and The Expendables released to theatres Aug. 20: Piranha 3D, Lottery Ticket, and The Switch released to theatres
June 11–Sept. 19: Pop Life and Without A Camera… exhibitions on at the National Gallery (380 Sussex Dr.) July 22–Oct. 3: Bodies in Trouble exhibition open at SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas St.) July 23–29: Five Day Exhibit featuring Martin Ouellette, Juno Youn, and Theo Pelmus opens at La Petite Mort (306 Cumberland St.) July 30: One Night Stand exhibition featuring Bruno Souliere at La Petite Mort (306 Cumberland St.) Aug. 3: Homage to the Abstract exhibitions opens at Cube Gallery (1285 Wellington St.) Aug. 13: One Night Stand exhibition featuring Max Wellington at La Petite Mort (306 Cumberland St.) Aug. 20: One Night Stand exhibition featuring Laura Mitchell at La Petite Mort (306 Cumberland St.)
July 23: Hunter Valentine plays Mavericks (221 Rideau St.); Ghost Cousin plays Avant Garde Bar (135 ½ Besserer St.); High On Fire, Priestess, and Skeletonwitch play Capital Music Hall (128 York St.) July 24–Aug. 7: Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival at various locations across downtown July 26: In-Flight Safety play Zaphod Beeblebrox (27 York St.) July 31: Social Code, Airbourne, and Bleeker Ridge play Capital Music Hall (128 York St.) Aug. 12: Juliette Lewis plays Mavericks (221 Rideau St.)
July 22–24: Lawrence Morgenstern at Yuk Yuk’s (292 Elgin St.) July 23–24: Glen Foster aka “That Canadian Guy” at Yuk Yuk’s (379 Preston St.) July 26: Open Mic Monday at Absolute Comedy (412 Preston St.) July 29–31: Darryl Lennox, Gord Paynter, and Waﬁk Nasralla at Yuk Yuk’s (292 Elgin St.) July 30–31: Gord Paynter at Yuk Yuk’s (379 Preston St.) Aug. 2, 9, 16: Open Mic Monday at Absolute Comedy (412 Preston St.)
July 14–Aug. 1: Educating Rita on at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave.) July 14–Aug. 28: SUMMER FLING—A Theatrical Affair! theatre festival on at venues across downtown July 22–Aug. 14: The Andrews Brothers playing at the Gladstone Theatre (910 Gladstone Ave.) Aug. 6–7: Satin Dolls on at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave.) Aug. 10–22: Inseparable on at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave.) Aug. 12–22: Swimming in the Shallows on at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave.)
July 23–25: Ottawa Turkish Festival at City Hall, Confederation Park, and various other locations
July 30–Aug. 2: Rideau Canal Festival at various locations along the canal Aug. 7–21: Ottawa Lumiere Festival on at Stanley Park Aug. 28: Grand Master’s Fiddling Championship competition at Centrepointe Theatre (101 Centrepointe Dr.)
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