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A pig of two tales
T
he issue of genetically
modifying our plants and
animals, often in the pursuit
of fulfilling the needs of consumers,
continues to be met with great
debate and resistance. It’s no surprise
then, that on Tursday, Oct. 7, Peter
Clark Hall filled with students and
community members who watched
as professors and experts from the
field came together to deliberate
over the University of Guelph’s
own unique genetically modified
creation – a particular type of hog
known as ‘Enviropig™.’
Spearheaded by a team of
researchers led by Dr. Cecil Forsberg,
Enviropig™ was first invented
in 1999. Enviropig™’s central
purpose is to reduce the amount
of phosphorus that is emitted
from the feces of pigs. Excessive
amounts of phosphorus often end
up in waterways from manure run
off, causing soils to become polluted
and entire freshwater ecosystems
Enviropig™ invention
continues to be a
heavily debated issue
for professors, students
and Guelphites alike
KELSEY RIDEOUT
to be threatened. Trough the
manipulation of the pig’s genes,
researchers have found a way to
significantly reduce phosphorus
in pig feces and therefore alleviate
some of the environmental pressures
associated with hog farming.
Sounds pretty straightforward?
Not quite. If Enviropig (™)
ends up passing a series of federal
regulations, it will be the first
genetically modified food animal
ever to be on the world market.
Tose against Enviropig™ argue
that the invention merely allows
for the ongoing practice of factory
farming, as it would enable farmers
to sustain their large-scale hog
production operations, knowing
that levels of phosphorus could
be decreased irrespective of the
number of pigs they house on their
lands.
Lucy Sherratt from the Canadian
Biotechnology Action Network
(CBAN), explained why CBAN has
vehemently opposed Enviropig™
throughout the last decade.
“Let me say very clearly that
we don’t view Enviropig™as
an ‘environmental’ solution,”
said Sherratt. “Enviropig™ is
misnamed. Te environmental
solution to the problems created by
factory farming have always existed,
and this is because the pigs are not
the problem here, the model of
production, the scale and practice
of factory farming is the problem…
and Enviropig™ simply facilitates
and in fact could entrench this
industrial model.”
Organic farmer from the
National Farmers Union, Sean
McGivern, echoed Sherratt in
a plea to understand the pig for
what it really is - a disaster that will
bring with it severe consequences
to animals, farmers and the public
at large.
“Te Enviropig™ simply allows
for an increase of factory farm
pork and factory farmed food. It’s
a disaster in my opinion, and this
is just another disaster waiting
to happen. I believe in a farm of
What changes in climate could mean for Canada
A
forum that enables the
public to come together
and discuss scientific
issues that have significant
implications on communities and
individuals around the world has
returned once again to Guelph.
Café Scientifique is comprised
of a monthly lecture series that
is founded and sponsored by the
School of Environmental Sciences,
in efforts to raise awareness
about the environment within
the community of Guelph. Tis
Insightful climate
change talk kicks off
Café Scientifique
lecture series
KELSEY RIDEOUT
see “CAFE,” page 4
see “ENVIROPIG,”
page 4
Kelsey Rideout
year’s row of speakers began with
Integrative Biology professor Dr.
Merritt Turetsky, who presented her
topic entitled “Beyond Warming:
Climate Feedback, Tipping Points
and Canada’s North.” In her
presentation, Turestsky explained
how northern regions are being
disproportionately impacted by
climate change.
“Much of my research focuses
on how warming is triggering
permafrost degradation,” said
Turetsky. “Permafrost is critical for
the stability of northern soils, and
any infrastructure such as roads and
buildings are built on top of it…
A key question in climate science
is whether thawing permafrost
will release large amounts of
greenhouse gas through increased
decomposition of old soil organic
matter, which was previously
frozen.”
Turessky emphasized that it
is necessary to piece together a
more accurate portrayal of climate
change, which is about more than
just a shift in temperature. She
described her research into the
increasing possibility of wildfires
in boreal regions due to climate
change - an issue that has not yet
been widely discussed.
“Fire releases carbon to the
atmosphere during biomass
burning, and our research has
shown that fire events and their
carbon emissions have gotten larger
in recent decades. We have also
shown that boreal fires not only
release carbon to the atmosphere,
but also mercury, which has
consequences for human and
ecosystem health. Increasing fire
will be a reality in Canada under
climate change, and we will see
more people affected - displaced
and evacuated - as fires encroach
on communities more frequently
than in the past,” said Turetsky.
Turetsky, who has worked
across Canada, Alaska and Siberia
to collect data on climate change
in boreal and subarctic regions,
also studies the impact of climate
change on peatlands - areas where
decayed vegetative matter has
accumulated.
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What does Tanksgiving really mean to you?
T
he heavenly smell of
a roasted turkey, the
sounds of an intensely
violent football game, and the
vibrant hues of trees. Tese are
the different sights and moments
we have learned to associate with
Tanksgiving, a beloved holiday
celebrated with feasting and
lazing about.
University of Guelph students
have returned, bellies full, from
Tanksgiving weekend rejuvenated
and ready to take on their heavy
textbooks and multiple-choice
nightmares. What better way to
relax than to enjoy a lovely family
meal and have an excuse to watch
excessive amounts of football?
Tanksgiving holds for many of
us cherished memories of making
NOORAIN SHETHWALA
How the annual holiday
may be more than stuffed
birds and pumpkin pie
turkeys out of toilet paper rolls
in elementary school. It is to be
expected that university students
would continue to take great
pleasure in this holiday as it gives
them an opportunity to revisit
their old lives and feel like a kid
once again. However, strangely
enough, Tanksgiving has actually
lost a lot of its appeal as students
grow older and move farther
from home and in some cases, it
has tragically become considered
nothing more than a weekend
filled with unnecessary amounts
of food.
“Tanksgiving used to be a big
deal in our family, but now most
of us are older, so it has lost its
charm,” said Sarah Jones, a first-
year U of G student. Jones goes
on to explain why she believes
the older generation is no longer
thrilled at the prospect of apple
picking. “When you’re younger,
you do all these different activities
and crafts in school to get you all
excited about the holiday. How
do you get excited about it when
you’re older?”
But second-year U of G
student, Lucas Picolla, still sees
Tanksgiving as a time to express
gratitude.
“My entire family has had a
hard year because of the recession
[and] illness, among others.
Tanksgiving is just that one time
we can come together and realize
that we’re all still here, we’re
healthy and things are going to be
okay,” he said.
And then there’s also another
side to the Tanksgiving tale.
Some argue that it is still slightly
ironic that ‘tranquility’ is what
most people associate with this
holiday when its history shows
quite the opposite. Te commonly
told version of the beginning of
Tanksgiving states that after
half the pilgrims who arrived in
the Mayflower died during the
first winter, they all anticipated a
new beginning for the summer.
Governor William Bradford
decreed a three-day feast to be held
for the special purpose of prayer
and celebration. However, the part
that is often ignored is that the
English settlers violently betrayed
the indigenous people, who had
originally helped them, and stole
their land once the settlers had
grown in significant numbers.
Tis part of Canadian history
is for many, completely left
out of modern Tanksgiving
celebrations. A group at the
University of Guelph gathers every
year to combat misconceptions
about indigenous history and
present conditions of aboriginal
communities, through organizing
an annual event known as the
‘Anti-Colonial Tanksgiving
Dinner.’
“Te intention of this event was
to start dialogue among settlers
about current indigenous land
struggles happening across North
America,” said Matthew Lowell,
a key organizer on behalf of the
Anti-Colonial Tanksgiving
committee. Lowell emphasized
the need to become educated
about the struggles that continue
for local native communities.
“Our communities have come
into conflict, but no meaningful
resolution of that conflict will
come until we support each other,”
said Lowell. Te dinner, which
takes place on Oct. 22, a few
weeks after the statutory holiday,
brings together native speakers,
artists and community members
in solidarity for indigenous rights
and freedoms.
At the end of the day, if the
holiday is simply a time to give
thanks while recognizing those
that are undergoing conflict or
suffering, it would seem absurd to
overlook serious problems in our
Canadian communities that date
all the way back to the history of
thanksgiving itself.
Embracing the carbon-free commute
T
hough Mother Nature
gifted us with some
wonderful warm weather
for the holiday weekend, it’s hard
to deny that winter is on its way.
With winter comes the usual
deluge of snow, sleet, and whipping
winds. If you’re anything like me,
when those winds menace from
outside your window, the last thing
you’ll want to do is zip up your
massive downy coat and head out
into the elements. But while many
are dashing from bus to class, there
are some brave students who walk
or even bike to school, no matter
what weather comes their way.
Even in the more temperate
seasons, the Gordon hill is a force
to be reckoned with - the stuff of
‘I walked a mile to school in the
pouring rain’ legends. So how do
ANDREA LAMARRE
Why walking and
biking to campus is a
popular choice amongst
U of G students
some students laugh in the face of
exhaustion and bike up the steep
terrain every single day?
Tere are many reasons to make
the trek or the pedal. While taking
the bus is more environmentally
friendly than riding solo in your
sedan, walking and biking are the
clear choices for carbon-neutrality.
“We pollute way too much,
and literally are fueling the
dependency on oil,” said Sonia
Preisler, a fifth-year International
Development student.
Preisler depends on her bike to
get around our fine city, and advises
other students to do the same.
“Everyone should own a bike. We
do not have to drive short distances.
Tose are suitable for biking.”
Tird-year Sociology student
Katie Stephenson agrees with
Preisler’s environmental motivation.
“Vehicles are a luxury item that can
cause environmental harm,” she
said of four-wheeled transportation.
Instead of taking the bus or a car,
Stephenson walks to school on a
regular basis.
While you might be thinking
that walking is all well and good
on a sun-shiny afternoon, there
is something to be said for those
eight am treks. But Stephenson,
who has class most mornings,
explained how the morning air
gives her a fresh start.
“Walking to school, especially
now that it’s cooler weather, gives
me the jolt I need to wake up.”
Walking or biking to school
can also minimize the panic that
comes with relying on a somewhat
unpredictable bus schedule in a city
busy with construction. “I love biking
because it gives me independence
from the packed and time restricted
city buses,” said Preisler of this reason
to choose two wheels over four.
Tough many work up a sweat
thinking about the dire prospects
of missing the city bus, walking and
biking to school is also a fun way to
fit a little physical activity into a busy
student lifestyle.
“Sometimes my schedule doesn’t
leave me with much time or energy
to go to the gym every day. At least
with walking I’m getting a minimum
of 20 minutes of exercise daily,” said
Stephenson.
Biking up the Gordon hill is not
a physical feat to be scoffed at- it’s
this hill that dissuades many would-
be bikers. Recently, encouraging
signs saying things like ‘You’re
almost there!’ found their way onto
telephone poles. Tough they have
since disappeared, Preisler has
some advice for powering through
the climb. “You just have to pace
yourself, and push yourself. It’s
actually not that bad, especially if
you make it up everyday.”
Tis all might be starting to sound
pretty good - a little fresh air to wake
you out of your morning haze, some
physical activity, independence from
bus schedules, and an affordable and
environmentally friendly option.
Tat is, until you think about Jack
Frost nipping at your nose in the
not-so-distant future. Well, making
the carbon-neutral commute is still
possible come winter, as long as you
take the proper precautions.
“Layer, good gloves, and cover
your neck. But no bulky gloves,”
advised Preisler.
Winter in Canada is not a time
for fashion- bust out that anorak
and toque. But be careful - as
Stephenson pointed out, “Snow and
cold isn’t such an issue when wearing
appropriate winter gear, but ice hurts
when you fall!”
If you’re willing to sacrifice a
little fashion for function and
put a little extra energy into your
commute, biking or walking to
school might be for you. Tough
biking and walking top the charts
for positive environmental impact,
even ditching your car for the bus
will save both the air and your
wallet some stress. And if more
students chose options such as
these, we all might be able to
breathe a little bit easier.
So for all you bikers and walkers
out there, here’s to you, and for those
still unsure about the transition,
take Preisler’s words of advice if
you choose to have a face off with
Gordon hill: “Be safe, keep your
mind alert and enjoy the ride.”
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human scale not one worthy of the
name factory attached to it. Tis is
not an ‘enviro’ pig in any sense. Te
environmental hog does not spend
its days traveling from one confined
environment to another,” said
McGivern to a pack of cheering
audience members.
Richard Moccia, associate VP
of research at the University of
Guelph in the area of Agrifoods and
Partnerships, praised both Sherratt
and Sean for their participation in
debating this issue, but continued
to assert that Enviropig™ is “one
tool in a toolbox” to help solve the
environmental problem of excessive
phosphorus leaching into the
environment.
“Tere are many ways to look
at managing phosphorous output
from hog farms. You can grow
fewer hogs on the same size of land.
You can dispose of hog manure
on larger parts of the land…you
have nutritional supplements…
Now along comes Cecil and his
colleagues. Tey have a novel idea for
yet another way to try and manage
and manipulate the physiology
of the pig…so that it can utilize
phosphorous and produce less in
waste,” said Moccia.
Te talk closed with Marcelle
“ENVIROPIG,”
continued
expressing great apprehension over
the exclusion of public feedback in
decisions related to Enviropig ™.
Marcelle criticized federal policies
and the University of Guelph
for failing to enable public and
democratic discussions that take
into account the views and concerns
held by the community.
“I think it’s very necessary
that the university recognize the
context into which this project is
being launched, into which the
university is commercializing or
seeking to commercialize this
project,” said Marcelle. “Tere is
a profound social conflict over
genetic engineering, and there
actually is no democracy in our
country to resolve that conflict…
Will society accept Enviropig™?
Tis question is being asked when
there is actually no mechanism by
which we as society can answer
that question or have our voice
heard. So I think the university has
to do more than ask that question
into a vacuum.”
“CAFE,” continued
on peatlands, which cover about
12 per cent of Canadian land,”
said Turetsky. “Tese ecosystems
have been storing carbon from the
atmosphere as peat for thousands
of years. A question that we try
to answer through our research is
whether these systems will continue
to serve as carbon sinks, or whether
they will begin to release all of that
stored carbon back to the atmosphere.
If boreal peatlands were
to lose all of their carbon
tomorrow, it would more
than double atmospheric
CO2 concentrations.”
Turetsky believes events
like Café Scientifique
play an important role
in bridging the gap
between scientists and the
community - something
that must happen in order
to raise enough awareness
to foster an understanding
about significant issues
that impact both the
future of our environment
as well as our society.
“Many scientists
such as myself have
dedicated their careers
to understanding how
northern ecosystems will be
impacted by climate change,” said
Turetsky. “We often work extremely
long hours in very difficult remote
situations to conduct this research
and to collect data that will be useful
in answering questions about key
uncertainties in climate science. It
is my hope that the more people are
able to hear directly from scientists
and about their research, the more
they will become engaged with the
issue of climate change.”
Megan Verhey
Te Critical Knowledge Collective organized a panel discussion about
the University of Guelph’s Enviropig™, a genetically modified pig that
seeks to decrease the levels of phosphorus output from manure.
Megan Verhey
Dr. Merritt Turetsky, professor of Integrative
Biology at the U of G, presented a talk for
Café Scientifique called “Beyond Warming:
Climate Feedbacks, Tipping Points and
Canada’s North.”
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Arts & Culture
Writer in residence, a dual citizen in more ways than one
W
hile leaves replace
flowers as the
colourful protrusions
of the campus floor, a new artist
is welcomed. It is with great
fortune that the University of
Guelph will be hosting widely
acclaimed author Shani Mootoo
as their writer in residence for
the fall of 2010. Now a citizen
of Canada, Mootoo was born in
Ireland and raised in Trinidad,
where she lived with her family
until the age of 19.
Despite a foreign upbringing
that many would deem enviable,
Shani has experienced her
share of difficulties as a result.
A misunderstanding resulted in
Mootoo no longer being considered
a Trinidadian by the government,
having dual citizenship in Canada
where she now resides, and Ireland,
a place she’s barely familiar with.
“How I feel about being born in
Ireland is conflicted. My first sense,
this place that I am so rooted in
culturally, I am not a citizen of that
place. Tose first 19 Trinidad years
completely influenced everything
I do,” Mootoo said.
As a girl still in her teenage years
Mootoo had hopes of attending
art school in England, but because
the decision was not hers alone
this would never come to be. Like
most of us at that age, Mootoo
lacked the funds necessary to
put herself through school. And
like most of us at that age, she
therefore had to rely on her parents
for support. Tis was all fine for
Mootoo and her parents, who
“saw higher education as part of
their responsibility,” and intended
to put Mootoo through school
anyhow. However, this meant
that they would have some say in
where their money, and daughter
would end up.
“Tey’re friends had children
who were doing business, and
they were all going to Western
at the time, because Western was
known for business. Even though
I wanted to do art they felt that
was a more respectable place than
an art college,” said Mootoo of the
decision that would finalize her as
an art student in London Ontario.
Mootoo did not become bitter
over her situation. In fact as she
put it, she made the best of it, and
is thankful for the people she met
through that institution. Tese
were the people that would mentor
her as a painter; the same people
who would help Mootoo bridge
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her unique cultural past
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her life as painter with her life as
an author. She was no stranger to
writing when she came to Canada,
and the discipline that has granted
her so much accomplishment was
never far off.
“My first thing was actually
writing. But what I wrote tended
to get me in trouble. I tended to
question race relations in Trinidad
and gender stuff and so on and it
made my parents very nervous and
we’d have fights. By the time I was
ten I made a decision to put away
the words and make pictures,” said
Mootoo. Writing remained a part
of Mootoo’s life even while she
was practicing as a visual artist, but
it stayed a personal endeavor until
she was called upon seemingly out
of the blue to share her work with
a broader audience.
Certainly breaking into the
world of writing is one of the
most difficult and discouraging
aspects of being a new writer,
and stories of success come as
welcome support to those who
may have the talent but lack the
drive. Unfortunately Shani could
not help in this respect, because
this was not how Mootoo
became the author we know her
as. Instead the publisher’s came
to her while she was focusing on
her career as a painter, and was
not the least bit concerned with
getting a book printed.
“A publisher started harassing
me monthly and asking me if I
was interested in writing. And
eventually, after saying to them,
‘No I’m a painter,’ I thought
this is kind of weird. People are
always sending manuscripts off
and getting rejections, and here
somebody’s actually asking me to
write,” Mootoo said. She revealed
that one of her mentors had
been so impressed with writings
Mootoo had let her read, that she
had been quietly delivering them
to a publication company.
“Tey offered me 500 dollars for
a manuscript, and at the time living
as an artist, 500 dollars seemed like
a windfall. I said yes, and that just
took me in another direction.”
While Mootoo may not be
the author to speak with about
establishing oneself as a new
writer, she holds a wealth of
insight in other areas of life
and writing. As an individual
who, through her life and work,
has crossed nearly every border
one can think of be it cultural
or racial, gender or geographic,
Shani would be a valuable person
for a young writer to talk with.
Tis is the sort of conversation
she readily anticipates and it is
actually part of her position as
writer in residence at the U of G,
where she will remain until the
end of the fall semester. Students
wanting to speak with Mootoo
can schedule an appointment
with her at Massey Hall, where
she’s working on her new book.
Knowing how busy students
can be, I thought it only courteous
to confront Mootoo with the
proposal that she offer the sort of
advice that isn’t case specific; the
sort that can be useful to any and
all writers, especially those still
hopeful. It was not surprising that
her response was both practical
and inspiring.
“You have to be open to wanting
to know the answers to hard
questions, which sometimes means
putting yourself in hard positions
and training yourself to truly see.
And to know also that it’s not an
easy lifestyle, but it’s probably one
of the most rewarding, because you
live so much. You live through the
world and then you live through
the characters, and then you live
through the worlds you create,”
Mootoo said.
She concluded her rather
profound advice with a mention
of writing as something more
than a simple choice of what to
do for a career, commenting in
such a way as to make clear the
approach that has made her work
so remarkable.
“It’s not something you do if
all else fails. It’s more like, if this
fails what on earth are you going
to do.”
Michael Boterman
“ You have to be
open to wanting
to know the
answers to hard
questions.”
Shani Mootoo
Canadian author Shani Mootoo is the U of G’s writer in residence for
the fall semester
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Arts & Culture
Canadian funny man takes on Guelph
P
erhaps you’ve seen Gerry
Dee on YouTube or TV,
performing at the world
famous Just for Laughs comedy
festival in Montreal. Maybe
you caught him as a finalist on
the 2007 season of Last Comic
Standing, or interviewing a
sports celeb as “Gerry Dee:
Sports Reporter,” on Te Score.
No matter where you’ve seen him
Gerry probably made you laugh,
as is his way and has been for as
long as he can remember.
“I just felt I was pulled into
[comedy] and I had a natural
ability. I never thought I’d get the
success I had, that comes with
a little bit of luck, breaks and
timing, and talent and work. It’s
like anything,” said Dee.
Now comes your chance to see
Mr. Dee without the intrusion of
a television or computer screen,
when this newly crowned legend of
Canadian comedy visits the River
JOSH DOYLE
Canadian comedic
star Gerry Dee comes
to the River Run
Centre
Run Centre next Tursday Oct. 21.
With a name like Dee’s you
might wonder what brings him to
the small time stage of downtown
Guelph. He made note of this
idea last week, when he talked
about the realistic side of being a
Canadian comic.
“I get people say ‘Why don’t you
do the Air Canada Centre?’ I’m
like ‘Are you kidding me?’ Tey
have no idea. Tat would be the
most embarrassing thing ever,”
Dee said.
Despite his admitted inability
to fill a massive stadium
with a comedy show (a feat
barely accomplishable by any
Canadian comic) Gerry has done
exceptionally well for himself.
Gerry didn’t start out as a
comedian, and it wasn’t until
around age thirty that he
finally made the leap he’d long
anticipated. For ten years before
then he worked as a phys-ed
teacher at a private school in
Toronto; a position that’s helped
Gerry amass his large repertoire
of hilarious and creative stories.
“In 2003 I went in to my
principal and said I want to take
a sabbatical. Tey knew I was
dabbling in comedy at that point
and I said I wanna go to LA, and I
just never looked back,” Dee said.
“Eventually it became a financial
thing where my salary in comedy
was more than my salary in
teaching, and I thought, well, what
am I afraid of?”
Since his debut Gerry has found
success all over. In 2002 he became
the first Canadian in over 20 years to
win the San Francisco International
Comedy Competition, a prestigious
event that has hosted the likes of
Robin Williams, Dana Carvey,
and Ellen DeGeneres. He’s been
nominated three times for Best
Male Comic in Canada, and
appeared in Trailer Park Boys: Te
Movie in 2006. Gerry let on that a
more recent development was what
catapulted him to the success he’s
gained as of late.
“I think coming third on Last
Comic [standing] was what took
me from somewhat known to very
well known,” said Dee.
Dee has made a name for
himself, becoming one of the very
few Canadian comedians who can
not only get by but actually prosper
off of just being funny. And while
it was always his style to make
people laugh,
he in no way
walked onto
the scene over
a “Welcome to
success” mat.
“One day
I went to an
amateur night
at Yuk-Yuk’s,
when I was
30. I walked
on stage and
bombed and
thought, ‘Yeah,
that was so bad
[but] I gotta
try that again.’
And I slowly
got better and
better,” said
Dee.
Dee cited the development from
just being funny to being funny
on stage as one of the greatest
obstacles in his professional career.
We all know funny people, but as
Dee pointed out there is a big
difference between making your
friends laugh and entertaining a
crowd of hundreds.
“It took me a long time to realize
that. Once I got on TV it became
easier because everyone watching
is a fan already. Te people coming
to see me in Guelph know who
they’re coming to see. It’s easier
now, but its very hard to get to that
stage,” he said.
Gerry is certainly at that stage
now, and next Tursday Oct. 21 he’ll
be at ours. If you like to laugh, a lot,
then seeing Gerry’s show is not an
opportunity worth passing up.
Popular Canadian comic Gerry Dee will be hosting a
show at the River Run Centre Oct. 21
Gerry Dee
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Arts & Culture
A hole lot of attention
O
n the evening of Oct. 12,
the Zavitz Gallery opens its
doors to the general public
for “A Hole Fixation,” showcasing
the works of 15 different students
enrolled in the Masters of Fine
Arts program at the University of
Guelph.
Te University of Guelph’s MFAs
have forged an annual tradition
holding opening exhibitions that
introduce their individual works to
the general public. A key difference
concerning this year’s opening is
that while past exhibitions have
been held towards the beginnings
of subsequent fall semesters,
this year’s show faced a delay
into October. With the annual
Universities Art Association of
Canada (UAAC) conference being
held this week at the University of
Guelph, the introductory nature
TOM BEEDHAM
MFAs showcase work
throughout UAAC
conference
Te jukebox
T
here are few bands
who can master the
atmospheric album,
but yet again Deerhunter has
released a fantastically eerie LP
that will leave any listener in
awe. Released on label 4AD in
September, Halcyon Digest is
an absolutely consistent album
from start to finish and an easy
contender for album of the year.
Even after listening to only
one song on Halcyon Digest, it
is obvious that main vocalist/
guitarist Bradford Cox is unlike
any other. His incredible musical
and lyrical abilities shine in this
third LP release by Deerhunter.
OLIVER DZUBA
Deerhunter,
Halcyon Digest
of the MFA exhibition is being
employed simultaneously for the
sake of the immediate Guelph
community as well as for the art
world of Canada at large; this year,
the MFAs have a more “national”
audience to exhibit to.
Te UAAC is an organization
composed of university and college
faculty, scholars, art aficionados and
others working in the fields of art, art
history and visual culture throughout
Canada. Its annual conferences
gather these distinguished voices and
offer experienced words on various
art topics. Tis year’s conference
will be held from Oct. 15to 16, with
panel discussions touching on topics
such as the history of photography,
art and surveillance, architecture,
and more.
Because the purpose of past
MFA exhibitions as well as this
year’s show has been to serve
more as a broad survey of what
the university’s MFAs’ directions
are, “A Hole Fixation” lacks a
specific conceptual direction, but
it offers variety to those who find
themselves curiously investigating
what Zavitz Gallery has to offer
this week. Including pieces that
range in approach from the abstract
to Victorianesque portraiture, the
show features works composed
of everything from oil paints to
kitchen counter fragments.
“A Hole Fixation” is comprised of
works from eight students in their
second year and seven in their first
year of MFA study. Te artists who
lent their hands to the mixed bag of
an exhibition are Ashleigh Bartlett,
Nadia Belerique, Marco D’Andrea,
Martie Giefert, Jessica Groome,
Julie Hall, Melissa Hamonic, David
Hucal, Dawn Johnston, Maryse
Lariviere, Tiziana LaMelia, Maura
Marotta, Amanda McMorran,
Erica Mendritzki, and Jennifer
Murphy.
An exclusive lunch for graduate
students attending the UAAC
conference will be hosted at the
Zavitz Gallery on Friday Oct. 15.
“A Hole Fixation” closes its doors
on Friday, clearing the space so that
Zavitz hall can return on Monday to its weekly tradition of showcasing one artist’s work at a time.
Te profoundly deep lyrics on this
album are a wholesome appeal to
real human emotion, particularly
the emotions we don’t like to talk
about or admit we have. While
much of it seems hopeless at
times, the album isn’t necessarily
depressing. Instead it’s just a
true testament
of the human
condition.
Hearing
Halcyon Digest
is comparable
to having a
melancholic
but enjoyable
dream. Te
album puts you
in such a trance
that you don’t
even realize
you have been
listening to
the same band
for 46 minutes.
Containing
no filler, each
of the 11 songs stand out on
Halcyon Digest. All of the tracks
have both instant likability
and staying power, a rare
achievement in music. It would
be inappropriate to even suggest
this album has any sort of novelty
that could be worn out; rather it
should be considered as one of
the few albums to be instantly
called timeless.
Tis is also Deerhunter’s
most accessible album, which
is saying a lot as it really is not
too different from their previous
efforts. Songs like “Revival” and
“Memory Boy” are far more pop-
esque than any other Deerhunter
song, with that being no discredit
at all as they fit perfectly within
their experimental sound. While
Bradford Cox sings on most
songs, guitarist Lockett Pundt
shares the vocal duties on “Desire
Lines.” “Basement Scene” is
undoubtedly the best track on the
album, with lines like “It could
be the death of me/Knowing that
my friends/Will not remember
me/I wanna get old” showcasing
the existential dilemma Cox is
facing.
Halcyon Digest is one of the best
albums recently released, and it
would be a shame to miss out on
this masterpiece. If you listen to
one album outside of your genre
tastes this year, it should be this
one. You will not regret it.
4.5/5
Courtesy
Hayley Mullen
A large collection of MFA students will be exhibiting their art in Zavitz
hall this week
8 Oct. 14 - 20, 2010 163.5
Arts & Culture
Let the acting begin
T
his is a big week on the
Broadway of campus.
Curtain Call Productions
is gearing up for another eventful
year with their performance of
Jekyll & Hyde the musical, set to
debut in March. Showtime is still
a long way off but the people at
CCP tend to get things rolling
early, with auditions being held this
as early as week. As Brian Cunha,
interim producer for Curtain
Call and director for this year’s
show mentioned, this is the most
opportune time for the production
team to hold auditions.
“We do [auditions] a lot earlier
than some companies,” said Cunha,
adding that holding the auditions
early in the year allows the company
more time to mold the production
into Curtain Call itself as opposed
to just rehearsing a show. “Curtain
Call’s first priority is not to put on
a good show, that’s actually our
second priority. Our first priority
is to make sure that our members
have a positive experience and that
they learn something.”
Te Curtain Call philosophy
is a welcoming one, and the
environment they create thrives
on a community feeling amongst
the whole company. Tis may offer
consolation to those who see the
JOSH DOYLE
Actors and Executives
share their anxieties as
auditions for Curtain
Call’s next production
get underway
auditioning process as unfriendly.
Cunha wants nothing more than
the actors in Curtain Call to be
comfortable with one another,
but takes nothing away from the
importance of the auditioning
process. As Cunha noted this
four-day stretch is actually one of
the more pivotal moments in the
production year.
“Tere are usually three really
big events in Curtain Call. Te
auditions, tech week, and of course
the show,” he said. Cunha added
that these auditions are especially
important to their production
company because unlike other
companies, CCP do not just
call their hopeful actors to tell
them whether the news is good
or bad. CCP goes the distance,
providing their applicants with
feedback and aspects of their
audition they can improve on.
Tis makes the process a learning
experience for everyone from the
actors to the executive team. But
by now the members of this four-
person panel have their priorities
straight, leaving the floor open for
creativity while maintaining their
artistic vision.
“We feel like we’re very organized
and we’re very prepared. We do try
to think of what we want before the
auditions, but we don’t really know
what to expect so we come in with
an open mind, hoping to find what
we’re looking for,” said Cunha.
And while the executive team
shares a common vision, this taxing
process will not be without its
discrepancies.
“We’re all artists. A lot of us
are type-A personalities, so of
course there’s going to be some
disagreements. In the end we make
sure we’re all happy. It’s great, but it
is stressful,” Cunha said.
Te pressures behind running a
full-length production run deep.
It’s hard to know from the outside
looking in just what’s involved
in preparing these auditions, and
making those critical casting
decisions that can make or break a
show. Perhaps the only parties more
anxious than the executives at this
point will be the actors auditioning.
Channelle Oullet is a former
student and theatre major at the
U of G. Spending part of her time
in Toronto, balancing between
auditions and various classes to
improve her craft, she sees the
auditioning process as important
not only in the instance of CCP
but for her future career as well.
“I would say a few weeks in
advance I’m finding the music I
want to sing and the monologue
I want to do. In past auditions
for CCP there has been a very
professional atmosphere, so taking
that into account it’s important to
be well prepared,” she said.
After a successful audition last
year that landed her a lead role in
Reefer Madness, Oullet is trying
out again for a much different
show. In preparing for auditions
this time around Oullet is keeping
in mind the importance of not
holding back, and seeing any role
in the show as a great one.
“When I go into an audition
my mindset is ‘I want to be a part
of this show regardless if it’s a
chorus or lead role.’ Tere would
be no show without a chorus.
You really have to go in thinking
I want to be a part of this show,
period,” Oullet said.
Chanelle confessed that audition
time does make her nervous, but she
doesn’t choose to see this feeling in
a negative light. Instead she uses
it to improve her performance,
and believes it shows during the
auditions. She and others like her
will have a central focus this week,
as CCP begins another promising
year with one of the more daunting
elements of the theatre world.
“I don’t go into it thinking
‘I’ve definitely got this part,’” said
Oullet. “I’m confident because
I think it’s important to really
believe in yourself, but I think
that it’s beneficial when you’re
scared. I think that translates to
the exec board that you’re not over
confident.”
“I can’t wait. I hope I get in.”
Curtain Call Productions is starting their season this week with auditions
from Oct. 13-16
Megan Verhey
9 Oct. 14 - 20, 2010 .com
Sports & Health
Women’s rugby team conquerors the field yet again
T
heir cleats shred the earth
-- and their competition
-- like paper...their
impenetrable line of defense
invokes the image of an immense
monolith, towering proudly,
whilst rival ambitions of scoring
fade into the nothingness below.
Te onslaught that is the Guelph
women’s rugby team is short, sweet,
and whisking off the team to home
field advantage throughout the
OUA playoffs.
Te Brock Badgers bit the
dust against the Guelph women’s
rugby team this weekend in a
94 - 0 Gryphon win, securing
their place in the grab for OUA
SARAH DUNSTAN
Gryphons off to OUA
playoffs
Rookie Transitions
W
e all know this feeling;
at one point or another
we too were, or
currently are, freshmen students on
the University of Guelph campus.
Some of us moved in with pits in
our stomach over the thought of
leaving the comfort of home, others
with the euphoria of finally being
independent and on your own.
Regardless of the way you felt
on your first day here at Guelph,
no one can dispute the obvious
changes in your everyday life from
high school to university. No truer
are these changes than for Guelph’s
rookie student athletes, who must
change physically and mentally both
on paper and on the field for their
switch into the university lifestyle.
Dominique Monaghan and
Jordan McCoskey are both
freshman student-athletes here at
the University of Guelph and both
fully understand the dedication it
takes to succeed in the class and on
the field.
Monaghan graduated from St.
Augustine in Markham where she
played rugby for four years both in
Tier 1 and Tier 2. She ultimately
picked Guelph for two reasons, “I
received an academic scholarship,”
said Monaghan. “And I had a lot of
friends who went here [Guelph].”
McCoskey graduated from South
Collegiate Institute in London
and participated in a variety of
varsity sports including basketball
and hockey, but stuck it out with
football from his grade nine
freshman year and that is essentially
ANDREW DONOVAN
Guelph rookie student-
athletes move from high
school to university
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gold. Eight-year rugby player and
four-year Gryphon veteran Jacey
Murphy, recently recognized as the
Pioneer Petroleum OUA athlete
of the week, last week -- was able
to provide insight on the team’s
incredible success.
Tis year’s roster is largely
composed of girls who’ve played
on the team together for upwards
of two seasons, along with some
talented rookies who’ve managed to
mesh very nicely with the veteran
players. Murphy said that she
herself couldn’t be happier with this
year’s line-up.
“Having good team dynamics
and knowing how your teammates
play is a really important part of
the game,” said Murphy. “Knowing
how your teammate is going to
react in a sequence of a play can
really give you that extra split
second of time, and ultimately, the
upper hand in a situation.”
As the players are already
well versed with each other, the
time that would be used to mesh
rookie players with the veterans
can be devoted to running plays,
streamlining team flow and further
honing individual skills. Te
combination of well-established
friendship and hard work has paid
off, as the ladies are ranked first in
the Shiels division, as well as - a
single point ahead of the first place
team in the Russell division, the
Queen’s Gaels.
“One of the reasons we have
been so successful this year is that
we are really being pushed by our
coaches to make ourselves better,”
said Murphy. “Increasing intensity
and competitiveness at practices
has us better prepared for games,
and made us a better team.”
Te Gryphons have literally
shut out the competition this year,
by dominating every single game,
but preventing rival teams from
scoring a single point. Tough
the championship games will
undoubtedly be tougher, the women
are aiming to drag their shutout
streak well into the OUA finals.
“Defense is one of our main
focuses as a team,” said Murphy.
“Tis year, we’ve been a lot more
disciplined on defense and have
focused on cutting back on
penalties, which has helped keep
teams out of our end.”
Te Gryphons dream run has
certainly left the team with an air
of confidence heading into the
quarterfinals, but Queens have also
remained undefeated, although
the Gaels have allowed 40 points
against. While the ultimate goal
for the team is winning the OUA
and CIS championships, Murphy
said the Gryphons will not be
getting cocky -instead, utilizing the
remainder of the season to practice
even harder; increasing intensity
during practices, and working on
flow on the field.
“Tere’s always a lot of
anticipation because there’s so
much on the line,” said Murphy. “A
chance to come up against Queens
would make a great game, but we’re
taking the season one game at a
time at this point.”
Te Gryphons are facing off
against the Western Mustangs,
whom they dominated 84 - 0 during
the regular season, to kick-off the
OUA playoffs, the quarter-final
matchup is set to go on home soil
this Saturday Oct. 16, at one pm.
what landed him here at Guelph.
While McCoskey also obtained an
academic scholarship for graduating
in the high 80
th
percentile, he jokingly
added that wasn’t his only reason for
choosing Guelph, “I didn’t want to
go to Western.”
Whether it is through the media,
movies or television shows, many
have a pre conceived notion that for
a freshman athlete their first year on
the team could be a living nightmare
caused by notorious hazing from
upper year students.
Tis couldn’t be further from the
truth for both players, “Te most
‘hazing’ I ever saw was making the
rookies carry the equipment bags,”
said Monaghan. While McCoskey
never experienced any hazing, thanks
of large part to the team ethics.
“Coach Lang drew the line right
at the beginning; no hazing,” said
McCoskey. “We’re a family.”
Te university has really been
applying their agenda on fairness,
equal opportunity, and community
atmosphere in light of a few
situations early in the academic year;
and athletically, this message seems
to be getting across.
Level of Play
One definite change from
secondary to post secondary athletics
is the level of play.
Monaghan describes the level in
high school as “laughable” compared
to university while McCoskey
refers to the speed and size as being
noticeably different.
“I went to my high school this
past weekend to watch them play,
and the biggest difference was the
pace of the game, it was just so much
slower,” said McCoskey.
Te jump into a whole new level
of athletics such as the high calibre
OUA, undoubtedly brings on a
certain level of anxiety when you
first step on to the field.
Monaghan describes her feeling
before she stepped onto the field for
the first time, “It was like the calm
before the storm. I wasn’t nervous
all game until right before it was
my time to go on the field.” Te
proverbial ‘butterflies’ ensue and
“you begin to think too much about
what you’re supposed to do, instead
of just doing it,” said McCoskey.
“Act like you’ve been here before”
were the words of advice McCoskey
was given prior to his first play on
special teams. Easier said than done.
Academics
Most important, you can’t be a
student-athlete without making
your academics a priority, while
attending the University of Guelph.
Te University combined with the
relentless assistance of coaches and
faculty, have established an incredible
system to ensure the success of their
athletes in the classroom.
Te Student Athlete Mentor
program, or ‘SAM’, was a program
set up by the football team to assist
athletes in their hectic schedules
and to make sure they stay on top of
assignments and course material.
“Tere’s no time to procrastinate.
Whenever I have spare time I try
and do work,” said Monaghan.
To be a student-athlete here at
Guelph is a diffi cult task, but rest
assured the university is here to help
you succeed and countless player
testimonies demonstrate the success
they are having.
Whether the transition
academically is stressing you out, or
having to play against a 6’10”, 360
pound linemen from the Queen’s
Gaels football team has you losing
sleep at night, rest assured you’re not
the only one.
Rashaad Bhamjee
Gryphons football rookie Jordan
McCoskey gets set to take the field.
P
rostitution has long been
a controversial occupation
and a suppressed topic of
discussion, but a recent
court ruling is forcing a
national dialogue to take
place regardless of the hesitations
or associated stigmas that may have
prevented any large-scale debates on
sex work in the past. On Sept. 28,
Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice
struck down three key provisions
in Canada’s anti-prostitution laws.
Prohibitions on keeping a common
bawdy house, communicating for the
purposes of prostitution, and living on
the avails of the trade were deemed as
unconstitutional. Some are calling this
decision a major victory for the safety
and empowerment of sex workers,
while others decry the court’s ruling
in potentially making the trade more
accessible and ultimately more popular.
Presently in Canada, the buying
and selling of sexual services is
legal but surrounding activities are
illegal, making it near impossible for
individuals to engage in prostitution
without breaking a law. Justice Susan
Himel’s ruling to throw out several
of Canada’s anti-prostitution laws is
a landmark decision, one that could
decriminalize activities associated with
prostitution in Canada and set a new
precedent in Canadian legal history. In
response to the decision, Ottawa has
filed an appeal and is supported by the
provincial government of Ontario in
its action to challenge the ruling. Tere
is a stay of 30 days, meaning that the
state of law will remain unchanged, as
time for government appeals has been
permitted.
Te Ontarion wanted to find
out how members of our local and
national community have reacted to
the decision. With this compilation
of opinions, we hope to facilitate a
discussion within the newspaper on the
subject of prostitution in Canada, and
enable students to learn more about an
issue that has until recently been near
absent from public discourse.
Is the decriminalization of activities surrounding
prostitution a step in the right direction for Canada?
Student Help & Advocacy Center
(SHAC), University of Guelph
“I was really surprised to see even though
a conservative government is in power, that
there is still action being taken towards
protecting these women, and not just
women, there are men in the sex trade as
well who we may not see as prominently
as women…It seems that we’ve gone in a
good direction and it’s heartbreaking to
hear that the [government] is appealing
this decision.”
- Brittany Brassard, Human Rights &
Advocacy Coordinator
Te Native Women’s Association of
Canada
“While this decision highlights the
inherent harm and risk of violence
in prostitution, the Native Women’s
Association of Canada is concerned
that this judicial decision was based on
the fact that the law is written from the
perspective of street nuisance (reducing
the street nuisance associated with
prostitution) and not with the safety of
the individuals working as prostitutes.
Additionally as NWACPresident Jeannette
Corbiere Lavell says ‘Te decision itself
acknowledges systemic injustice but
nowhere mentions the overrepresentation
of Aboriginal women in the sex industry.
Tis decision glosses over the fact that
Aboriginal women, women in low income
situations, those suffering from mental
health and addictions issues are working in
prostitution because of systemic racismand
classism, as well as a fundamental power
imbalance and issues of inequality, which
is at the root of prostitution’…What this
ruling does suggest is that violence against
sex workers is endemic and more efforts
need to be made to protect their safety and
well-being.”
- www.nwac.ca
Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice
“Te Government is very concerned
about the Superior Court’s decision and
is seriously considering an appeal….Te
Government of Canada is committed to the
health and safety of all Canadians and the
well-being of our communities.We will fight
to ensure that the criminal law continues to
address the significant harms that flowfrom
prostitution to both communities and the
prostitutes themselves, along with other
vulnerable persons.”
- www.justice.gc.ca
Karen Farbridge, Mayor of Guelph
“Tere seems to be a lot of conflicting
opinions about whether this is going to
improve the health and safety of prostitutes
or not. I hear very different opinions about
that, and I guess that’s my primary concern
as a mayor in a community, is the health and
safety of women, particularly when I hear
that the average age for most prostitutes
for starting is 12 to 14 - that raises a real
concern to me about our children. I know
that there are often immigrants engaged
in prostitution in our communities,
so that raises a concern and that drug
addiction plays a big role in prostitution
as well. When you have something that
you can’t get rid of I’m a strong advocate
of harm reduction and I would hope that
as we move forward, we can identify ways
to make sure that the health and safety of
women are protected.”
Demetria Jackson, Communications &
Corporate Affairs Commissioner
“It’s nice to see that the legal system is
acknowledging the fact that women who
are sex workers are in need of protection,
and that historically they haven’t had
any…Alot of the arguments I hear is that if
you legalize [prostitution], then everyone’s
going to become a prostitute. I hear that
a lot from men too. But I’m thinking
that women don’t make this money by
themselves. Men have a big role to play in
prostitution as well.”
Anastasia Zavarella, Local Affairs
Commissioner
“Let the flag waves and the banners
fly. Te laws against prostitution have
everything to do with morality and they
have nothing to do with reality. On a lot
of levels, I don’t feel that we can tell folks
what they can and cannot do with their
own bodies. And I think to criminalize
sex work when we’re letting so many other
injustices happen, and allowing the socio-
economic coercion that forces many folks
into prostitution, we can’t stand in the way.
Te only way we’re going to ‘deal’ with
prostitution is with a better social safety net
and a more equitable social justice oriented
government and system of governance.”
Denise Martins, External Affairs
Commissioner
“I definitely think decriminalizing
prostitution is a step in the right direction
because the criminalization of prostitution
puts the onus on the women as the
criminal… In criminalizing prostitution,
women are less likely to seek help, and seek
medical help. Women in brothels are scared
to go to hospitals and women who are
raped are also scared to go to hospitals…
I think in a lot of cases it’s not a choice, it
is the only means through which a lot of
women can get by.”
Kevin Bowman, Academic & University
Affairs Commissioner
“Personally,I am pleased withthe Ontario
court’s decision. I believe what happens
between consenting adults in private is
none of the state’s business unless it can
be demonstrated that it negatively impacts
others in a significant way. Hopefully this
decision will result in a redirection of
resources from monitoring and booking of
prostitutes to preventing true crimes such
as the traffi cking of people and use of drugs
to control people in the sex trade.”
Did you know:
Street prostitution accounts t
for only 5-20 per cent of all
prostitution in Canada
Between 75-80 per cent of t
people selling sexual services
are women
On average, studies have shown t
that the first experience with
prostitution is between the ages
of 14 and 18
Studies have shown that 20 per t
cent of prostitutes are males,
transgendered peoples and
transvestites
In many areas in Canada, t
aboriginal women
disproportionately comprise
the demographic of sex workers.
In Winnipeg, the police service
has estimated that aboriginal
women account for 70 per cent
of street prostitutes
Since the late 1980s, t
approximately 70 women
have gone missing from
the Downtown Eastside in
Vancouver, an area known for
drugs, poverty and prostitution.
One third of these women are
expected to be aboriginal
Between 1994 and 2003, at least t
79 prostitutes were murdered
while engaging in sex work
activities. 95 per cent of these
victims were women and 5 per
cent were men.
Te clients of prostitution are t
mostly men
Reasons for entering t
prostitution vary. Some
prostitutes feel that socio-
economic reasons drove them
into sex work, while others
claim it was their own decision
to engage in the profession
Compiled from a 2006 Canadian
House of Commons Report entitled
“Te Challenge of Change: A Study of
Canada’s Criminal Prostitution Laws”
REALWomen of Canada
“Te Ontario Superior Court of Justice
has handed down a decision…on the
prostitution law that merely confirms the
court’s liberal perspective, which previously
legalized marijuana for “medical” reasons,
three-parent families, and same-sex
marriage. Te decision on the prostitution
law…is just more of the same. Madame
Justice Himel has used the vague wording in
the Charter of Rights as a tool to interpret
a grave national social policy according to
her ideology, rather than on sound facts
and legal principle. To declare prostitution
and all its accompanying activities as a legal
right and activity protected by the Charter
of Right’s section 7 (security of persons)
is an absurdity. Te purpose of the law
on prostitution is to protect women and
children (and also some men) from harm
and possible death. To remove the law, as
Madame Justice Himel has done, increases
the number of individuals involved in legal
and illegal prostitution. It is particularly
important to protect the most vulnerable
women, such as aboriginal and other
women, who are used and exploited in the
human traffi cking business.”
– Diane Watts, www.realwomenca.ca
Stepping Stone
“We know...based on our work here at
Stepping Stone that [this ruling] is going
to result in a safer work environment for
sex workers to eliminate the violence...It’s
going to open up communication between
sex workers and reporting crimes to law
enforcement.”
- Rene Ross, Executive Director of
Stepping Stone, in Global News
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“Well, I think that the decision gives the
government some opportunity to come up
with ways to change the landscape in the
country in relation to how the country has
dealt with, how the law has dealt with, with
this issue in the past. And I think what that
means is that they must come up with policy,
with law and policy that allows people to
work in safe environments. It’s not as if
prostitution is going to go away, and you
know, all of the marveling that people can do
about it, is not going to result in people not
working on the street, or not working to get
pay for sex, so it seems to be there’s got to be
a way in resolving the matter, so that in the
end, women benefit…As long as there are
people who are willing to buy sex they’ll be
people who are willing to sell it, so we must
come up with solutions that are creative
solutions, to saving lives and to make people
safe while they engage in various practices.
Te decision is a call to the government,
some people see this as being an exercise
of judicial activism, but the court has to
respond to what it sees as an ever-present
danger for women. It can’t write legislation
and it wasn’t attempting to write legislation
here, it’s basically saying that legislation
needs to be fixed - this is their opinion. And
I think they’re playing the proper role that
courts must play under the charter, in saying
to the government, you know what, your
legislation is found wanting, fix it.”
Dr. Karen Houle, Department of
Philosophy
“Tis is adecisionI stronglysupport. Tere
will always be prostitution, and many forms
of it. Given that, the best thing we can do is
to try to support the safety of prostitutes, a
majority of whomare women.”
Dr. Terisa Turner, professor of Sociology
and Anthropology
“It is good that the new ruling focuses on
the safety of sex workers. However, careful
studies have demonstratedthat it is only with
thecriminalizationof thebuyerof prostituted
sex that the safety of the sex worker can be
significantly enhanced. In countries where
the JOHN is liable to prosecution, the
activity of purchasing prostituted sex has
declined by about one half. Tis combined
with serious programming to provide other
income generating and socially integrating
activities that might be options for some sex
workers could combine to address the real
social relations within which prostituted sex
is embedded.”
Written and compiled by Kelsey Rideout
12 Oct. 14 - 20, 2010 163.5
Sports & Health
Back to the scene
O
ct. 24. of last year, Cameron
Torn left Ron Joyce
stadium on the campus
of McMaster University in an
ambulance rushing him to the nearest
hospital. Torn suffered a severely
dislocated ankle and a shattered
fibula that day, while running down
the field to cover a punt. Torn’s
ankle was facing almost backwards
and medical personnel rushed to his
aid to put his ankle back into place.
Less than one year later, Oct. 7,
Torn walked off the Ron Joyce
stadium turf, home field of the
McMaster Marauder football
team, under the power of his own
two legs.
“It was a little bit nerve wracking
at the start [of the game],” said Torn
about returning to the place where
the injury occurred. “Once I walked
off that field it was a relief. I don’t
have to think about it ever again.”
Torn has been a dominating force
on the Gryphon defensive line in
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his second season, registering three
quarterback sacks on the year, while
also being a key cog in stopping the
opposition’s rushing attack.
“I pretty much had to get it out
of my mind and realize that it was
a freak accident,” said Torn about
his injury.
Torn bounced back from the
broken leg very quickly and did not
miss any training in the summer,
which is so crucial in order to
show up for training camp in peak
physical shape.
“In the summer I did all the
lifts, all the running and nothing
really affected [the leg] too much,”
said Torn.
All the hard work from lifting,
running, and physiotherapy was well
worth it as Torn avoided missing
a single regular season game.
Although, Torn never wanted to
believe that his roster spot would
be there waiting for him after he
became fully healed.
“I was hesitant to think that I
would play,” said Torn. “I didn’t
know if I was going to step right
in there as soon as I got back from
injury.”
Torn had to trust that his leg
would hold up in a game again. After
a major injury like Torn sustained,
it is tough for an athlete to regain
confidence in the injured part of the
body until they can see how it holds
up when the bullets are live.
“Once you get that first play over
with, it just went right out of my
mind because your thinking about
the game,” said Torn.
Torn was front and centre
witnessing another player’s horrific
injury at the end of the Gryphons
game in Hamilton against McMaster
on Tursday Oct. 7.
McMaster punter Tyler Crapinga
suffered a serious leg injury with
three seconds left in the game after
two Gryphons trying to block his
punt fell awkwardly on the kicker.
“It was just kind of weird that it
happened. It definitely did bring
back some memories,” said Torn.
Injuries are a part of the game in
any contact sport such as football.
Te physical and mental toll that a
major injury can have on any athlete
is immeasurable.
“I went to physiotherapy three
days a week all through the summer
in Barrie,” said Torn. “When I got
to the fall camp it still hurt to cut
some ways but now it is one hundred
per cent. Sometimes it is in the back
of my mind, but I just had to forget
about it.”
Torn has put the injury behind
him, but he has focused on the
positive aspects of his freak injury.
“It made me a better football
player going through all of that,” said
Torn. “You really understand how
much you love the game when you
spend that much time rehabbing.”
Rashaad Bhamjee
Second year Gryphons defensive lineman Cameron Torn, back
in action less then a year after a serious leg injury.
13 Oct. 14 - 20, 2010 .com
Sports & Health
Trowing it down with Dunk: Professional star playing with amateurs
I
like the CIS, especially for
the chance it gave me to play
football at a high level. What
I don’t like about the CIS, is how
each conference, Ontario, Quebec,
East and West, all seem to operate
under their own set of rules.
Case in point, Hayley
Wickenheiser, one of the most
recognizable hockey players in
our nation, is suiting up with the
University of Calgary Dinos for the
2010/2011 women’s hockey season.
For anyone who doesn’t know,
Wickenheiser is a 32 year-old
female hockey player who has led
the Canadian national women’s
JUSTIN DUNK
hockey team in many international
tournaments. Wickenheiser is
arguably the best female hockey
player in the world, her four
Olympic medals: three gold, one
silver, speak for themselves.
But wait, there’s more,
Wickenheiser made hockey
history in 2003, when she became
the first female player ever to score
a point in a men’s professional
league. Wickenheiser’s hockey
resume is littered with many
great achievements and world
championships. She has become
a Canadian hockey icon and has
worked hard to gain support for
women’s hockey in Canada.
So one might wonder why
exactly is Wickenheiser playing
Canadian university hockey?
How is a 32 year-old elite
athlete who has played at the
highest level of women’s hockey
in the world, allowed to suit up
and play against young women
that are at least 10 years younger?
Is it really fair to have this star
athlete taking away a roster spot
from a young female hoping to
start a hockey career and become
the next Hayley Wickenheiser?
Te University of Calgary
women’s hockey coach Danielle
Goyette, just happens to be a
former Team Canada teammate
of Wickenheiser. Goyette believes
she will only make the league
better. How is Wickenheiser
going to make the league better
by dominating and skating circles
around younger hockey players?
Imagine any world-class
athlete, going back to university
to play their sport when they were
32-years old. It just wouldn’t be
fair, but the CIS seems to think
this is just fine. Sure it gives CIS
women’s hockey some enhanced
coverage and attention from
media that would normally never
cover the sport, and increase some
ticket sales for the Dinos, but is
the extra attention really worth
sacrificing the purity of Canadian
University sport?
Student-athletes in Ontario
must have ‘amateur status’ in
order to be eligible to participate
in OUA sports. If the Gryphon
women’s hockey team makes it
to the CIS championships, they
might have to play against the 32-
year old Wickenheiser who has
played professionally, against men
no less, in Finland and Sweden.
Meanwhile, the Gryphons
under OUA rules, which state
you must use your five years of
playing eligibility within seven
years of being out of high school,
would not of been able to add
Wickenheiser to their team even
if they wanted to.
In comparison, the Canada
West eligibility rules state, all CIS
eligibility rules shall be applicable
to the Canada West association;
in addition, the association may
enact, repeal or amend and enforce
such other eligibility rules, which
it deems necessary and applicable.
Needless to say the rules must
have been ‘amended’ to allow the
32 year-old superstar to play for
the Dinos this year.
Te CIS crowns champions in
many different sports every year,
so shouldn’t the teams competing
for these titles operate under the
same set of rules? No I guess that
would make too much sense.
Tree keys to success: how the Gryphons can reclaim their star status
A
s they say, what goes up,
must come down. Every
peak precedes a valley.
Every winning streak is ultimately
counterbalanced by a run of losses.
And after looking so promising
in the first three games of the
2010 football season, the Guelph
Gryphons are tumbling down the
mountain.
Te Gryphons were perhaps
the OUA’s most surprising team
through the first four weeks of
the season, winning all three of
their games, including a startling
upset over the Queen’s Gaels back
on Sept. 18. Te Gryphons were
led by their stud running back, a
stifling defence and a developing
quarterback, who managed the
game well, despite never putting up
gaudy statistics.
Life was good in Gryphonville.
It has now been nearly a month
since that remarkable home
victory over the Gaels, and to say
things have changed would be an
MIKE TREADGOLD
understatement.
After being named to the CIS top
10 list following their three early
season victories, the Gryphons have
since lost their last three games,
most recently a 43-35 defeat at the
hands of the McMaster Marauders,
which saw their fourth-quarter rally
come up just short.
What happened? Were the first
three games a mirage? Are the past
three games a correctable swoon?
Let’s take a comfortable seat
on the fence and say it’s a little of
column A, and a little of column B.
Te Gryphons were helped
by an easy schedule to begin
their season, going up against
perennial pushovers U of T and
York. Anything less than a pair of
victories would have been a massive
failure and the Gryphs didn’t
disappoint. Coming off of their bye
with a Week 4 victory over Queen’s
legitimized Guelph as a contender
in the OUA, with tough tests lying
ahead.
And when teams from Western,
Laurier and McMaster came
calling, the Gryphons came back to
Earth, dropping all three contests,
falling back into the middle of the
OUA pack.
With just a pair of games
remaining – Saturday Oct. 16,
against seventh-place Windsor and
Oct. 23, against first-place Ottawa
– there are many things that the
Gryphons must do to stay afloat
and try to re-establish momentum
with the playoffs approaching. Let’s
look at three areas where the team
can improve.
Slow starts: Particularly against
Laurier and McMaster, the
Gryphons offence has been virtually
non-existent until it’s too late.
With opposing defences stacking
the box against running back
Nick FitzGibbon, the Gryphons
offensive attack has been held in
check, leaving Kevin MacNeill’s
defence on the field for extended
periods of time and allowing
their opponents to capitalize. In
Tursday’s loss to the Marauders,
the Gryphons found themselves in
a 40-15 hole heading into the fourth
quarter before the offence woke
up to attempt a comeback. If the
Gryphons want to have any chance
against Windsor and Ottawa, they
must take advantage of their scoring
opportunities early
in the game.
Passing offence:
In Tursday’s loss
to McMaster, we
started to see some
semblance of a
passing attack as
quarterback Chris
Rossetti put up his
most impressive
numbers as a
Gryphon, throwing
for 221 yards and
three touchdowns.
Tese kinds of
numbers have been
largely absent from
the Gryphons boxscores throughout
much of the year, but if the Gryphs
have real playoff aspirations, they
must continue to threaten opposing
defences through the air.
Penalties: Unfortunately, the
Gryphons have often been their
own worst enemy throughout much
of the season, amassing hundreds of
yards in penalties that have translated
directly into points for their
opponents. Objectionable conduct
flags have littered the field and the
team’s lack of on-field discipline has
been a common theme in the first six
games. With their season hanging in
the balance of the next two games,
emotions will be running high and
game intensity will surely reach an
all-time high. Te Gryphons must
stop giving away free yards if they
are going to have any chance at
reclaiming a position among the
OUA’s top teams.
Megan Verhey
14 Oct. 14 - 20, 2010 163.5
Sports & Health
Living the Pure Life: Making the switch to whole grain
N
o matter where you go or
who you talk to, everyone
is proclaiming the health
benefits of switching from white to
brown. But did you know that not
all products are created equal? And
do you really know why you should
be making these changes, besides
the fact that ‘It’s good for you?’
Well fear no more, now you will
be able to understand the difference
between ‘brown,’ ‘whole-wheat’
and ‘whole grain.’ Even more,
you’ll finally know what making
the switch can do for your health,
both short term and long term.
Brown
Let’s start with the basics. Almost
everyone knows that, nutritionally,
they shouldn’t eat white bread, that
brown is healthier. So what does
brown bread really mean? Well,
depending on the product, it could
really just be a matter of molasses
being added to white bread. Hey,
technically it is now brown bread!
LEIGH MCSWAN
While this may look healthier, it
actually does nothing for your
nutrient intake. Te addition of
molasses to white bread is nothing
short of a mind game! Considering
molasses is made of 50 per cent
sugar, this is definitely an option
you want to skip!
In terms of rice, brown is
nutritionally superior to white.
No added molasses here! Brown
rice is the complete grain, all
three parts remain intact during
harvest; white rice endures
removal of 2 components of the
grain. Tis is problematic because
you’re also losing many nutrients
during this process.
Brown rice has the ability to
lower your cholesterol and blood
sugar, gives you slow releasing,
sustainable energy, supports healthy
bones, teeth, nails and hair, is high
in fibre and contains vitamins, B6,
B3, B1, and Vitamin K. Te good
news is that since brown rice tastes
great, and is similar to cooking
white rice, this switch is easy: good
for your health, easy to prepare and
pleasing to the taste buds.
Whole-wheat
Most of us think of whole-
wheat as a good choice when we
are grocery shopping. And yes,
this is definitely a step in the right
direction; however, it isn’t always
as good as it may sound. Many of
the products in our major grocery
stores are imported from the
United States and this means that
what we purchase falls under U.S.
jurisdiction. Let’s look at whole-
wheat bread as an example. In
the United States, products such
as bread can be listed as ‘whole-
wheat’ with as much as 40 per cent
of the ingredients being extracted
(removed during processing).
What this leaves you with is a
measly 60 per cent whole-wheat
remaining in your bread. Tis isn’t
just true for bread, it happens
with baked goods, pasta and
noodles too - so read your labels
carefully. You will be missing out
on a ton of nutrients, 40 per cent
to be exact! Although this is a
better purchase than white, it isn’t
necessarily optimal.
Whole Grain
Whole grain is where we finally
get to experience the entire
ingredient in its whole, natural
form, no removal of certain
components,
no bleaching,
and no tricky
word play.
Whole grain
products
contain 100
per cent of
the grain
without white
processed
flours. You
want to
consume
whole grains
because this
is where the
nutrients are!
A diet that is
rich in whole
grain products can reduce your
risk of heart disease by lowering
your cholesterol and blood sugar,
reduce your risk of cancer, and it
has been shown that people who
eat whole grains are more likely
to weigh less than people who eat
refined, processed grains.
So, how do you identify this
type of product? Read your labels,
the first ingredient should be
listed as whole grain_____ (name
of the grain). You should not see
words such as “enriched”, “de-
germinated”, “bran” “wheat flour”,
or “organic flour” as these do not
ensure that the grain hasn’t endured
refinement and processing.
Remember, making small
changes in your diet such as
switching from white bread to
whole grain bread reduces your
risk of disease. Gradual changes
decrease your likelihood of falling
back into old habits, and this is the
right way to living a pure life!
Megan Verhey
15 Oct. 14 - 20, 2010 .com
Traveling without leaving home...New York
I
’ve recently returned from a
visit to New York. Tis is a city
I have loved forever in films and
for significantly less time in reality.
Now that I’ve returned to a slightly
(read: much) smaller apple, I delight
in the ability that movies, television,
books and food have to transport me
to another place far away. Tis week
this place is, of course, New York.
Film
So many movies not only take
place in New York but also seem
to be a kind of love letter to the
great city as well; allowing it, in
a sense, to be a character in the
film as well as a setting. Tere are
countless movies that do this but
I will only recommend a few that
best do the job of transporting a
Guelph-bound person to the big
apple. Firstly, two obvious but by
no means clichéd members of this
category are the Woody Allen films
Manhattan and Annie Hall. While
the New York of Woody Allen
is not that of everyone, there is
certainly something exciting about
the old(er) New York inhabited
by the neurotic, intellectual and
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colourful characters in these two
films. Secondly, the classic romantic
comedy When Harry Met Sally
takes place almost entirely in New
York and features iconic cinematic
moments in equally iconic New
York locals (like Meg Ryan’s faked
orgasm in Katz Delicatessen).
And the last movie I’ve selected
is Ghostbusters. While it depicts a
New York of myth, pivotal scenes
take place in several famous New
York spots like the initial ghost
encounter that takes place in the
New York Public Library. Tis list is
incomplete but these will certainly
suffi ce in taking you to New York
in spirit, if only for an afternoon
movie marathon.
Books
Tere are as many, perhaps more,
books that capture New York as
there are films but two stand out to
me as sure-fire ways to read myself
to the big city. Te first is A Tree
Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
which shows the Brooklyn nearing
Prohibition in the 20th Century.
Tough this semi-autobiographical
account of a young girl growing
up in an Irish immigrant family
doesn’t resemble the Brooklyn of
now, it helps to understand the
strong foundation that the city was
built on. Another book that I read
to get taken away is E.B White’s
Here is New York. Tis book, rather
than being a novel, is an essay
written by White on a hot night in
August. In the pages of his book, he
muses about what makes New York
New York and while it was written
decades ago, much of his insight
still rings true today.
Food
Food and talking about food is
vitally important to the average
New Yorker but there are certainly
some that have become classics in
the city. If you were seeking to have
one whole day filled with New York
classics, you would be best to start
off your day with a sesame seed bagel
with cream cheese and lox and a
big coffee. Sometime around lunch
you would find a hotdog stand and
eat your hotdog either perched on
a bench or stoop or while walking
back to work. If you were feeling
hungry in the afternoon, maybe
you would have a donut but if good
cupcakes were to be had, they could
not be ruled out as a possibility. At
dinner time, which would be late,
you would either grab a slice of
pizza, covering it in garlic or red
pepper flakes at the pizzeria before
eating it standing up on the street
or you would get some friends
together to try a hot new restaurant.
After dinner, you could pull a stool
up at your favourite dive bar and
order a microbrew or, depending on
your mood, a good stiff drink to cap
off the day.
Tese things certainly won’t take
you to New York City but they’ll
certainly get you a little closer in
spirit.
Come back next week to see
where we will travel to next time
without ever leaving Guelph.
Megan Verhey
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Foodstuffs makes fresh pasta
F
resh pasta is one of those
things that’s not that hard
to make but the very task
seems unfathomable to those
who’ve never attempted it. You
tell someone that they are eating
pasta that you made yourself
and they are instantly overcome
with gratitude and awe as they
picture you, up at the crack of
dawn rolling a thin sheet of
dough over and over, your arms
aching with a job well done.
Have no fear though, impressing
your unassuming friends will not
require this much dedication or
arm muscles; it’ ll be a breeze.
Te catch is that making
pasta the easy way requires a
little equipment, namely a pasta
machine. Sure, you can roll out
the sheets of pasta yourself to
save some money but it will be
tiring to get the sheets as thin
NICOLE ELSASSER
Loose Cannon: Guelph should try e-voting
P
olitics is all about people. At
no time is this more apparent
than during an election, when
a candidate’s electability hinges
largely on his or her ability to connect
personally with constituents.
However, that doesn’t mean
technology shouldn’t play an
important role in an election. Since
the 1990s, municipalities have
explored using technologies such as
touch-screen and online voting as a
way to increase voter turnout.
It’s an idea whose time has come
in Guelph, a city that prides itself on
being progressive but whose voting
system in still largely stuck in the
early 20
th
century.
A number of major cities, including
Toronto, Edmonton, Windsor,
Brantford, Oakville and Mississauga
have used direct-recording electronic
(i.e. touch screen) voting machines
in either municipal or provincial
elections.
In addition to being accessible to
the visually impaired, touch-screen
voting machines require fewer
personnel to operate and can present
information in different languages.
Tey also remove the need for paper
ballots, which is a significant cost in
any election. (However, paper ballots
can still be printed as a precautionary
measure to verify a vote).
Personnel are still needed to verify
GREG BENETEAU
voters’ identities and help people
register on voting day. Online
voting, like its low-tech cousin the
mail-in ballot, goes a step further,
giving people who are already on the
voters list the option voting from
the comfort of their own home or
workplace.
Te methods differ, but generally
involve mailing out a special PIN
number or code to people whose
names are registered on the voters
list. People use their PIN, plus a
piece of identifying information (say,
a birth date) to access a website and
vote.
Early results have shown online
voting can have a positive impact on
voter turnout. Te city of Markham
tried online voting for advanced
polling during the 2003 and 2006
municipal elections. Not only did
voters use embrace the technology
(ballots cast at advanced polling
jumped 300 per cent in 2003),
they eventually came out in greater
numbers.
Tough turnout in Markham’s
2003 municipal election was roughly
the same as before the technology
was introduced – notable in itself,
as turnout for municipal elections
in the province dropped on average
that year - turnout in the 2006
election was 58,309, up 38 per cent
from 2003’s turnout of 42,198.
Tis increase was fuelled largely by
an increase in turnout at advanced
polls.
Electronic voting is not a panacea
for voter apathy, nor is it free of
problems. However, with careful
planning and safeguards, such
technologies could help reverse
low voter turnout among those
who find themselves too busy with
work, school or family to line up at a
polling station.
Te City of Guelph has taken
some small steps toward the use of
technology in elections. Voters can
enter their address into an online
website to see the locations of their
polling stations.
However, you have to be on
the voting list in order to view the
information, which defeats the
convenience of such technology and
is needlessly restrictive.
Most everything else in this
election is being done the old
fashioned way. Registering to get on
the voters list requires you to fill out
a form and submit a hard copy to city
hall. On voting day, you still need to
take travel to a polling station and
mark an x on a piece of paper.
It’s time to recognize that current
voting methods present a barrier to
many individuals in the community,
including students, who a) don’t get
time off from school to vote, and b)
may have trouble traveling to polling
stations.
Te city won’t even be setting
up a polling station on campus
for students as it has in the past,
reducing accessibility for a significant
proportion of the city’s population.
Turnout for Guelph students
during the last municipal election
was an anaemic 7 per cent.
Voters need more incentive and
opportunity to vote, not less.
as they need to be. Instead, for
the low, low price of something
like 25 dollars, you can have a
little machine roll your sheets
out for you and the only effort
you have to take is winding the
crank and feeding the dough in
every so often. Te following are
instructions for making linguine
with the recipe and instructions
inspired by the New York Italian-
American food geniuses, Frank
Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo
of the restaurant Frankies
Spuntino so you can trust the
process.
Makes 4 servings
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
½ cup water
Make a mound of flour 1.
in the middle of a large
wooden cutting board, and
then burrow out a well or
crater, if you will, in the
middle of the mountain.
Crack the eggs into a 2.
bowl and beat them with
a fork.
Add the water to the eggs, 3.
beat again and then pour
the egg/water mixture into
the crater.
Add the salt to the egg 4.
mixture in the well.
Use a fork to stir in the 5.
egg mixture moving in
steady, controlled but
gentle circular motions.
Tis way the flour will
be added from the edges
gradually.
When what you’re working 6.
with is a runny egg part in
the centre and some flour
on the outside, flour your
hands and knead the dough
for about eight minutes
until it has become an
elastic ball of dough.
Wrap it in plastic wrap 7.
and let it rest for an hour
or two in the fridge.
Clamp the pasta machine 8.
to your work surface. Cut
the ball of dough into
three pieces and lay a damp
kitchen towel over them.
Using your hands, shape
the dough into a rough
rectangle just compact
enough to fit through the
pasta machine.
Roll the pasta through 9.
the widest setting on
the machine six times,
folding it over end to
end after each pass. At
the sixth pass, dust the
dough lightly with flour.
After the seventh pass it
should have a light sheen
to it. Continue passing the
dough through, narrowing
the rollers as you go. Stop
a few steps before the
thinnest setting. Flour
the sheets and set under
a damp towel until you’re
ready to cut into noodles.
Use the thinner cutting 10.
setting on the pasta
machine and pass the
sheets through, storing
the noodles on a baking
sheet, covered with plastic
wrap until you’re ready to
cook them.
Drop them in salted 11.
boiling water for two
minutes, drain, toss with
your sauce of choice and
then serve to awestruck
friends.
Courtesy
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Editorial
Changes to prostitution laws are a step in the right direction
P
rostitution is legal in Canada.
Tis is nothing new. What’s
new is that many of those
laws surrounding prostitution that
make prostitution difficult to carry
out have been struck down. In
September of this year, Superior
Court justice Susan Himel did
away with laws against soliciting
prostitution publicly, “pimping,” and
operating a common bawdy house
or, “brothel.” Te decision was made
after a dominatrix sex worker and
two former prostitutes challenged
prostitution laws over a year ago,
leading ultimately to the decision
this month, which found that those
laws involved in prostitution have
served only to increase the risk
under which prostitutes operate.
Public response to this decision
has been mixed, but it is hard to
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editors:
Regarding your story: Women
take to the streets to Take Back
The Night, by Kelsey Rideout.
The author equates feminism
with disdain for domestic
violence, and the list of victims
(women, children and trans
people) makes clear who the
villain is, but the facts do not
support Kelsey’s assertions.
In our society, men are
the overwhelming victims of
violence. Stats Can shows in
2008 that total homicides were
611, 465 men 146 female.
Feminists consistently
misrepresent domestic violence
ratios. The real truth according
to Stats Can’s 2004 General
Social Survey, published in 2005
Danny
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see how shedding a light of legality
on prostitution will have any
significant negative outcome. After
all, it is most often when people
must work under a veil of secrecy
that they are subjected to many of
the dangers we as a society face.
Increased attention can only help
to remedy many of the preventable
unnecessary dangers that go hand
in hand with prostitution.
Tis is not to say that prostitution
is going to become a safe and
diffident matter. In fact it is
assumed by most of those who’ve
studied the issue that this move will
only assist those prostitutes who’ve
had the benefit of choosing this
occupation for its empowerment,
or because of the financial rewards.
Tose women and men who are
pushed into prostitution by the
conditions of their lives, who would
probably choose other means of
supporting themselves had they
been granted the opportunity, will
probably carry on with the same
risks to their health and safety that
they operated under before these
laws are changed. Tose issues will
likely not disappear with the advent
of regulated brothels and frequent
sexual health tests. It’s an issue of
poverty, and this ruling alone will
not solve it.
But these laws cannot hurt, and
in many ways they are very likely
to help. With increased regulation
many prostitutes can be more
frequently for STI’s, lessening one
of the primary causes of concern
with prostitution. If prostitutes
are allowed to solicit they will no
longer be forced to operate under
shady conditions attracting likewise
shady clients, and can be effectively
protected by police. And let’s not
forget about what happens when a
new profession is legitimized; the
government taxes it, meaning more
money will go into government
circulation and come to benefit
society as a whole.
Te benefits of legalizing
activities surrounding prostitution
seem to drastically outweigh the
downsides, which are namely what,
a possible increase in prostitution?
Society has been dealing with this
issue for thousands of years, and it
hardly seems that cleaning up the
issue now will cause a whirlwind
of people lining up to become
prostitutes. Te fact is, that like
anything customary to human
nature and society, prostitution will
go on whether we legalize it or not.
It’s only a choice between taking
the necessary steps to help those
involved, or continuing to ignore
them.
Nobody is quite sure with what
will come of this ruling. Te federal
government is putting forward
an appeal, and reactions from sex
workers, advocacy groups, politicians
and community members have
been incredibly varied. But the
fact that a public dialogue is finally
beginning to emerge after decades
of paying blind attention to this
issue is what should be highlighted,
encouraged and even celebrated
as victorious in and of itself. We
hope that as students, you will
educate yourselves and join in the
debates that discuss the realities of
prostitution in Canada.
is “7 per cent of women and 6
per cent of men representing
653,000 women and 546,000
men in a current or previous
spousal relationship encountered
spousal violence during the five
years up to and including 2004.”
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/Daily/
English/050714/d050714a.htm
Reading ‘unreported’ abuse
into these numbers takes us to
the realm of counter-factual
speculation and it should be
remembered that men could
play that game too.
In the U.S. and Australia, (there
is no reason to conclude Canada
is an exception) mothers, and
particularly single mothers are
the most predominate killers and
abusers of their children. http://
victimfeministcentral.blogspot.
com/2009/09/mothers-commit-
vast-majority-of.html
Those who believe domestic
violence and rape is a male
driven phenomena need look
no further than the American
Psychiatric Association. At least
one in four same-sex individuals
can expect violence within their
relationships, and fully one-third
of lesbians have been victims
of sexual assault or coercion at
the hands of another woman.
http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/
content/37/12/22.full
Domestic and sexual violence
is deplorable. But your author’s
misandrist portrayal of this
scourge represents a bigoted
approach that will ultimately
fail. Issues of power and control
that descend into violence are
human problems. Women (even
feminists) are well advised to
recognize their own capacity for
disgusting behaviour if they are
truly interested in combating
domestic violence, as opposed to
simply bashing males. After all,
half the children of women grow
up to be men.
Yours,
Ted Wakef ield
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS – OCTOBER 2010
Proposals are welcome from all members of the University of Guelph community:
accredited student groups, student governments, employee groups, faculty and staff
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and equipment that address women’s safety, sexual harassment
and violence against women. Proposals will demonstrate that
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being addressed. We especially encourage submissions from or
on behalf of the following at risk campus populations: aboriginal
women, women with disabilities, women of colour, women shift
workers, women in non-traditional studies, lesbians, bisexual
women and transgendered women.
Guidelines for applications are available from the Human Rights and Equity
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The application deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 27, 2010.
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