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Meters spark petition Delicate discipline Erasing sex stigma


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PRODUCED BY LANGARA JOURNALISM STUDENTS | WWW.LANGARAVOICE.CA FEBRUARY 13, 2020 • VOL. 53 NO. 01 • VANCOUVER, B.C.

Climate
fears high,
program
intake low
First-year
enrolment for
enviromental
studies declining
 By JESSICA A. FROUD

D
espite resounding student
involvement in global
protests over the past year,
enrollment in first-year climatol-
ogy courses at Langara has declined,
according to one program instructor.
Andrew Egan, coordinator of
Langara’s environmental stud-
ies program said there are various
reasons for this, but a message from
the federal government is a princi-
As news of the COVID-19 virus spreads, so does a higher demand for face masks. Langara's community update suggests more practical measures such as pal deterrent. He said its message
frequent hand washing, and staying home if you're sick to prevent the spread of infections. JESSICA A. FROUD PHOTO has been clear: you can either care
about jobs or you can care about the

Students want clearer virus plan


environment.
“The government hasn’t incentiv-
ized that we should have an under-
standing of the environment and
students wonder if there is a job in
the end,” said Egan, adding there are

College posts updates online but no contingency protocol a variety of Langara courses consid-
ered to be climate-based.
“While there is an uptick in enrol-
ment in third year courses, we’re
 By MAX LECKIE break out within the college. seeing a decrease in enrollment in
“I’d like to know what would first year classes."

C
ases of COVID-19, happen if someone within the However, some students say that
formerly referred to as college caught it, would classes be climate change worries are enough
coronavirus, remains at shut down? Would there be a certain to motivate them. Environmental
four confirmed infections section of the building shut down?” studies student Max Keller said his
in B.C., and one Langara student said Rahnumah. fear of climate change pushed him
wishes the college’s plans for poten- Rahnumah admits she doesn’t into the program.
tial outbreak were more informative check the college website as often “I can’t lie. It has put in me
should the virus become widespread as she should, but wishes there were an existential terror,” Keller said,
in the province. more regular social media updates. adding he sometimes feels over-
As of Feb.12, Langara had posted Steven Taylor, a clinical psycholo- whelmed at the enormity of what
three community updates on its gist and UBC professor, said if the needs to be done.
website, Instagram and Facebook. virus were to spread more in B.C. “We want to think that we can
The updates state that since the and become more serious, initiatives make change but it’s actually reor-
academic term has been in prog- called “social distancing” would likely dering society,”.
ress longer than the virus incubation be implemented. Frank Williams, chair of inter-
period and there are no reported “School closures are effective in disciplinary studies and coordinator
cases on campus, classes and normal curtailing the spread of infection … for the Canadian studies depart-
campus operations will not be inter- so that’s a possibility if things got ment at Langara, said he has seen
rupted. It also asks that any students really bad,” Taylor said. the emotional impact of climate
or employees who have recently Social distancing protocols have change on students who have chosen
arrived from Hubei Province stay not been mentioned on the Langara to enroll.
home for 14 days, and inform their website or social media platforms. “People don’t feel powerful
instructors or supervisors. An email The COVID-19 virus was first enough to do anything and that’s
from the college said its protocol reported in Wuhan, China, in a recipe for depression,” Williams
includes following the recommenda- December 2019. As of publication said.
tions of the B.C. Centre for Disease time, the virus has since spread to 24 Williams also said concerns that
Control and Vancouver Coastal countries with over 45,000 confirmed they can’t make a difference may be
Health. cases and 2068 deaths, according to a reason why students aren’t rushing
Nadia Rahnumah, a first-year the World Health Organization. But to take environmental studies.
general arts student at Langara, said news outlets are saying more than “You see a disaster but you can’t
that she was not aware of Langara’s 14,000 new cases were reported by do anything about it. That’s where
protocols, and she has a lot of unan- Hubei Province on Wednesday. students are. That’s certainly where
swered questions, should a virus —With files from Kristian Trevena A passenger on the Canada Line wearing a face mask. MAX LECKIE PHOTO a lot of climate scientists are.”
2 THE VOICE | THURSDAY, FEB. 13, 2020 | EDITOR SOUBHIK CHAKRABARTI
Atlarge
Burnaby
shelters
test free
tampons
City's pilot project
could make more
dispensers available to
low-income residents
 By LIAM HILL-ALLAN

B
urnaby residents in poverty
could see widespread access
to free menstrual products,

This post makes you pay


The notorious post at the Dairy Queen parking lot on 56th Street in Tsawwassen. AUSTIN EVERETT PHOTO
pending the success of a recently
approved pilot project for the city.
At a city council meeting on Jan.
27, Burnaby city council approved
the Period Promise Pilot Project, a
plan to “expand access to menstrual
products in city facilities.” The pilot
project will install free menstrual
product dispensers at six city-run
facilities around Burnaby aimed at
A particularly unlucky post is creating nightmares for drivers
fighting “period poverty.”  By AUSTIN EVERETT Mellish, who lives in Powell River I’d had for decades,” Mellish said. such as equipment or signage, there
According to a staff report to and often visits Tsawwassen, was the “It was totally not visible to me, zero are other ways to provide protection

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city council, “period poverty, which ara Mellish wanted to treat latest casualty. visibility.” if the post is hazardous for motorists.
affects girls, women, and transgender her elderly mother to a soft- “I think somebody should do The claim amounted to $8,000. Infrastructure such as “adding a
individuals, refers to having a lack serve ice cream cone. But something because I know I’m not In a Facebook post by Mellish that curb, positioning a bollard closer
of access to sanitary products due to an encounter recently with alone in this,” Mellish said. received more than 80 comments, to the asset or painting the exist-
a notorious post in a parking lot When she took her car into the Tsawwassen residents shared their ing bollard a bright reflective colour
“[Menstrual left her with a detached car fender, Tsawwassen Collision, they knew stories and opinions about the post. or a combination of these options
a wheel that could barely turn and exactly what she was referring to Posting on Facebook, Thea [would work],” said Asp in an email
products] are not an expensive appointment with an when she told them she had a single- Wessler shared her story, and said response to The Voice.
autobody shop just up the road. vehicle accident with a post, she said. the post should stay: “I think the post Mellish said she was suggesting
always available to The post, in the centre of the park- Tsawwassen Collision did not should not be changed. My sister changes to the post in a letter she
everyone.” ing lot of the Tsawwassen Dairy
Queen on 56th Street, has been
want to comment for the story.
Mellish said she was turning into
and her first high school boyfriend
hit this post, my friend’s mom hit the
was writing a letter to the owner of
the Dairy Queen.
— SAV DHALIWAL, BURNABY CITY COUN.
blamed for causing Tsawwassen resi- the Dairy Queen parking lot when post then hit the school president. Karen Gill, the manager of the
financial constraints.” dents expensive repairs and frustra- a truck came her way. Deciding to I’ve hit the post after a much needed Tsawwassen Dairy Queen, told The
Burnaby city Coun. Sav Dhaliwal tion for decades. go around it, she turned left. But dipped cone.” Voice she has hit the post herself.
said low-income Burnaby residents The black and red post, which the sun was low and the post, being Aaron Asp, the CEO of Parking She said she is committed to ensur-
could have access to free menstrual has been there since 1970, has been short in stature, was blocked by the BOXX, a company which manu- ing the store owner Rahul Mehta
products at “all facilities all over the a well-known factor for ICBC frame of Mellish’s car window. She factures and designs parking lots takes action.
city” if the pilot project is successful. claims, according to residents, and hit the post. and equipment throughout North “I will talk to my owner about it,
The staff report identified 168 has brought autobody repair shops a “I had to make a claim, so I did America, said that while bollards, or but for now I have no clue what we
washrooms at 38 “potentially viable lot of business. lose my safe driving discount that posts, are installed to protect items can do,” Gill said.

Richmond city council looks to


locations” across Burnaby capable of
housing dispensers.
“[Menstrual products] are not
always available to everyone,” Dhali-
wal said. “Considering we have a

solve city's birth tourism issue


very diverse population.”
According to a 2016 study by the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alterna-
tives, Burnaby has the fourth highest
rate of poverty in Metro Vancouver.
Beresford Warming Centre
located at 5970 Beresford Street in
South Burnaby is one of the six loca-
City passes vote that refugees are entirely different
issue than ending birth tourism.
in the future.
Greene said she is 100 per cent
gaining a Canadian citizenship. The
issue is people are essentially paying
tions approved to receive a dispenser
for the pilot project. The centre is to ask feds for “The resolution is to keep it
simple. I don’t care if they come back
against birth tourism. But changing
the Immigration Act will also harm
money to get their child a Canadian
passport,” Adams said.
one of a number of warming spaces
made available to homeless Burnaby changes in the or not. These are wealthy people
clogging our housing space and
vulnerable people and refugees who
are trying to resettle in Canada, she BIRTH TOURISM
STATISTICS
Immigration Act
residents over the winter months. hospital space,” said.
If the project is successful, dispens- Steves said. “It has been extremely disrup-
ers could be made available to low- An SF U grad tive to our neighbourhood, hospi- » 313 newborns
income Burnaby residents at other  By STEVEN CHANG student, one of tals and maternity services. I have Total births in Canada to mothers
similar spaces around the city. se veral public been personally impacted by birth who resided outside Canada in

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According to Dhaliwal, the project he City of Richmond took speakers who at tourism,” Greene said. “This motion 2016
was inspired by United Way’s Period its first step against birth council Monday doesn’t ask the federal government to
Promise Campaign. tourism after city council night, presented stop birth tourism. It is ending birth- » Richmond Hospital
Natalie Hill, in charge of media voted 6-3 to ask the federal govern- KELLY GREENE his thesis on birth right citizenship for everyone who The hospital had 469 births to
relations at United Way, said that ment to change the Immigration CITY COUNCILLOR, tourism and said aren’t Canadian citizens.” mothers who reside outside
RICHMOND
the campaign is dedicated to provid- Act. 66 per cent of Councillors Greene, Alexa Loo Canada, the highest in Richmond
ing “greater free access of menstrual Multiple public speakers attended all non-resident and Michael Wolfe opposed the in 2017-18.
products.” the council meeting on Monday births in B.C. are born in Richmond. motion.
Hill added that Burnaby will be night to express their thoughts on Richmond is seeking help from The challenge of birth tourism is » 1.5% of total births
joining other B.C. cities like New stopping birth tourism in Rich- the federal government to prevent beyond the city’s jurisdiction, says
Westminster and Victoria in the mond, which led to Coun. Kelly automatic citizenship for babies born the city’s spokesperson, Clay Adams. The percentage of total births in
wide adoption of menstrual product Greene raising her concern about the in Canada to non-resident parents. Adams said while the city is Canada to mothers who resided
dispensers. exclusion of refugees from govern- Birth tourism is an ongoing practice concerned about birth tourism, it outside the country between
“[There’s a] domino effect of ment services if citizenship rules are by foreigners who come to Canada can only enforce businesses licences 2010-2017.
municipalities,” Hill said. “We are changed. to give birth so their child can and bylaws. SOURCES:
seeing this plan ripple across the Coun. Harold Steves said Canada receive Canadian citizenship with “Changing the immigration law WWW. CIHI.CA
STATCAN.GC.CA
Lower Mainland.” should open its door to refugees, but the option of returning to Canada is not meant to punish people from
Businessnews EDITOR LINA CHUNG | THURSDAY, FEB. 13, 2020 | THE VOICE 3

Sam Shaer, owner of Vic's Styling Centre on Fraser & 45th, cuts hair and talks about the decrease in customers. Pay parking came into effect in the South Fraser area during the Thanksgiving Day
weekend, October 12-13, 2019. Shaer has owned his shop for 16 years. LINA CHUNG PHOTO

Pay parking hurting bottom line


Some small Fraser Street businesses reporting a 30% customer downturn
 By JACOB HOHEISEL “It affects everyone on Fraser Vancouver city council voted to Rob Nijjar, executive director MONEY FROM FRASER
Street … especially in the back end 60 years of free parking in the of South Hill Business Associa-
STREET PAY PARKING LOTS

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mall businesses say pay park- [lot s] . Pe ople area at the recommendation of the tion, said that North American
ing on Fraser Street is taking driv ing from city’s engineering services depart- studies about implementing pay
its toll. ot her neigh- ment. parking in business areas show » Approximately 260
It’s been four months since bourhoods don’t A petition signed by 90 busi- that although there is an impact
the introduction of new park- stay as long now nesses, representing about 50 per to businesses at first, the benefit parking spots
ing meters and pay parking lots because they cent of the stores on Fraser Street, is more people come into the area Spread over12 parking lots.
in the Fraser Street area between have to watch the opposed the installation of meters. and they’re able to find parking.
43rd and 49th avenues and some time.” The city still went ahead despite Theresa Ng uyen, ow ner of » Approximately
small businesses are reporting Shaer says his the opposition. Purple Rainbow Florist, said like
fewer customers and a downturn business is down
Sam Shaer
OWNER, VIC'S The engineering service’s report the other independently owned $851,760/year
in business. 20 to 30 per cent. STYLING CENTRE cited revenue generation, an effort shops in the area, her business is To be collected by the city from
Sam Shaer, owner of Vic’s Styl- “The big busi- to cut emissions, and a way to down since the meters went in. above parking spots.
ing Centre, a barber shop, said ness takes over the little business. rotate more traff ic through the When people do come into her
he has to speak out against the It’s like a shark eating all the small area as reasons for installing the shop, Nguyen said they don’t stay SOURCE: LINA CHUNG USING CITY
COUNCIL INFORMTIONM
meters. fish.” meters. as long anymore.

Campusnews
Weaving sparks conversation, learning
Students gain everything about the process. student who has taken the course, has
“There’s a huge component with learned other aspects of traditional
appreciation of Debra’s class about conversation,” Indigenous culture by completing
Aitken said. “It’s a history class the weaving course.
Indigenous values disguised as a weaving lesson in
many aspects.”
“One of the most wonderful things
that I’ve learned about Aboriginal
Aitken took the course last year. people is their generosity,” Duttchen
 By SAFOURA RIGI-LADIZ S p a r r o w, a said. “ The y
Coast Salish artist, “It's a history class don’t measure

L
angara’s Salish weaving course specializes in their wealth by
gives students an opportunity weaving. Together disguised as a what they have,
to learn a once-lost tradition with her sisters, they measure
of B.C.’s Coast Salish people.  they revived this
weaving lesson..." their wealth
The history of the traditional lost art of weav- — STEPHANIE AITKEN, by what they
weaving practice and its cultural ing, according to LANGARA, CHAIR FINE ARTS give away, and I
applications are an important part Aitken. Her art think we could
of what students learn. Students is currently being displayed at the learn a lot from that.”
are taught to prep the wool, which Vancouver Art Gallery. As a result, Duttchen said she
includes spinning and dyeing the  “It was really great to hear Debra’s wouldn’t sell her art; she would give
wool using natural dyes, before using experiences with her life and her life it away.
it for weaving. choices to revive this lost art,” said This is the third time Langara has
Stephanie Aitken, chair of Langa- Leah Hille, a fine arts student who offered Salish weaving. Classes are Carolee Duttchen shows off Salish weaving she created during Debra Spar-
ra’s fine arts department, said instruc- completed the course last semester. limited to 10 people, with five slots row's course, last semester. She will be gifting it to her daughter-in-law.
tor Debra Sparrow teaches students Carolee D uttchen, another held for Indigenous students. SAFOURA RIGI-LADIZ PHOTO
4 THE VOICE | THURSDAY, FEB. 13, 2020 | EDITOR STEVEN CHANG

Okinawan performance sport


South Vancouver-raised instructor says kobudo is rare and expensive

“I
chi! Block with tional. wielding weapons. Chung is no
the rochin,” Sensei Chung’s kobudo students use a exception. He was on the Canadian
William Chung yelled, long staff called a “bo,” a small dagger National Kung Fu team in 1986 that
as his students alter- with three-prongs called a “sai,” competed in Tianjin, China. He
nated thrusting forward with their a wooden baton called a “tonfa,” a came fifth in the competition.
short spears and their tortoise nunchuck or as it’s correctly spelled Chung said he now enjoys teach-
shaped shields. “nunchaku,” a small brass knuckle ing kobudo to his group of commit-
“Ni! Step forward and block with looking weapon called a “tekko,” and ted students every weekend, and has
the tinbe!” the “tinbe-rochin,” a shield shaped no plans to stop any time soon.
Chung teaches Okinawan kobudo, like a tortoise’s shell and a small “Every time they learn something
a rare martial art that uses weapons, spear. new, I see it in their face. I see it in
to a group of dedicated students at He said having students practise their personality and that’s reward-
Dunbar Community Centre. with these large, expensive weap- ing to me,” Chung said.
When asked about the sport, ons means smaller, more expensive Bob Mooney, one of Chung’s
Chung agreed that the reason classes and fewer instructors to open kobudo students said, learning
kobudo is still so rare is because of new classes. kobudo is about having a physical
its biggest strength, the weapons. Even for Chung, who grew up in connection with the weapon and
The sport, practised by few, South Vancouver and went to Lang- learning how to connect that [weap-
requires unusually staunch commit- ara, began studying kobudo in the on’s movement] to the floor.
ment from the toughest of students 80s. He said it was difficult to find Mooney first started learning
— from buying incredibly expensive someone qualified to teach him. taekwondo and transitioned into
equipment, lugging it to practise, “I was taking karate at the time. studied wado ryu karate under sensei
tiring repetitious training exercises There was an exchange student from Norma Foster in 2000.
and hearing your sensei critique the Japan who knew a little about the Today, Mooney teaches karate at
tiniest of muscle movements. weapons,” Chung said. “That was Simon Fraser University and is also
Sensei Krister Naab, from North the first [kobudo teacher he] got a head instructor at Guseikai Karate
Vancouver’s Hinode Karate & exposure to.” in Burnaby.
Kobudo, said a lot of the weapons Most kobudo students have exten- “When you have one [martial art,
people aren’t even familiar with sive experience in other martial arts you think] ‘how could I augment
because they’re so old and tradi- because of the added difficulty in this?’”

ABOVE: William Chung's students preparing for their warmup.


TOP RIGHT: A kobudo weapon with purple handles called the sai.
CENTRE-RIGHT: William Chung practising with his students using the tekko.
BOTTOM RIGHT: A close up of kama, it is a tool used by farmers in Okinawa.
Photos by Steven Chang.
News&Features 5

Kobudo origins mysterious


The beginning of traditional martial art is unclear CENTRE LEFT: A photo of eku
with Japanese writings. It was
used by Okinawan fishermen.

A
lthough kobudo was first practised Okinawan children, that could also be practised Photo by Steven Chang.
around the 13th century, there are no as a martial art for adults.
evidences of its exact origin of place, Chung said kobudo has not been continuously BOTTOM-LEFT A student prac-
according to Sensei William Chung. practised throughout its history, and at one time tising kobudo with nunchaku.
Okinawan kobudo, practised with a series it was becoming a dying form of martial arts.
of weapons, is distinct from other “open hand” “The Okinawans preferred the more easily BELOW: Bob Mooney practising
martial arts like karate. exportable karate and they didn’t find kobudo as kobudo with tinbe and rochin. A
The weapons used in kobudo reflect the austere interesting. But the foreigners enjoy kobudo more shield with a small spear.
nature of the Ryukyu Islands in Japan. For than the locals,” Chung said. Photos by Christopher
instance, the shield used in kobudo is often shaped As karate gained popularity around MacMillan.
like the shell of a tortoise, the wooden batons look the world, karate students also began
like simple handles. Students of kobudo tend to exposed to kobudo and fell in love
own the weapons they practise with, admiring with it.
each other’s during the short breaks of the class. “Unfortunately, the expen-
Chung, head of Karate Kobuto, believes that sive nature of teaching kobudo
while nothing was documented during the kobu- means that there’s not a lot of
do’s invention, kobudo gained popularity in the knowledgeable instructors
early 20th century as a fitness routine to teach out there,” Chung said.

Stories and photos by Christopher MacMillan


6 THE VOICE | THURSDAY, FEB. 13, 2020 | EDITOR KRISTEN HOLLIDAY
Viewpoints
Pay
parking
pays
off
T
here are valid reasons for pay
parking to be implemented
along Fraser Street, but
concerns raised
by small business
owners should
not be ignored.
In 2019, the
City of Vancou-
ver, with support
of the South Hill
Business Asso-
ciation, dissolved
OPINION
the South Fraser KRISTEN
Street Collective HOLLIDAY
Parking Project.
For 60 years, this
project ensured 260 free parking
spots along Fraser Street, between
43rd and 49th avenues. According
to a City of Vancouver report, free
parking cost neighbourhood busi-
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control said the risk of contracting COVID-19 in B.C. is low, but some students are still concerned. ILLUSTRATION BY JACOB HOHEISEL

Led by panic, not passion


nesses over $300,000 in annual fees.
According to the business associa-
tion, it was difficult for patrons to
find places to park.
Implementing pay parking is a
strategy to reduce the number of
vehicles in the area, and to ensure
steady turnover of cars that park

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along the street. he idea of young people and Atmospheric Administration and insect outbreaks and diseases, who chose to enrol in environmental
In 2013, a report was published pursuing environmental study, 2019 was the second-warmest according to the Canadian Public studies because he feels “existential
by IBI Group and Nelson Nygaard, studies seems wonder- year on record, with nine of the 10 Health Association. terror” due to climate change. Most
two urban planning companies, ful but this betrays a sad warmest years At this point, none of this is really young people can relate to this anxi-
for TransLink’s Regional Trans- reality. The danger stemming from having occurred a surprise to anyone. Some young ety, environmental majors and others
portation Strategy. The report said climate change is forcing young since 2005. people, myself included, are pledg- alike. 
free parking increases neighbour- people to make life choices out of If tempera- ing to not have children due to the In a perfect world, environmen-
hood traffic congestion and is tied fear, not necessarily out of true tures continue severity of the climate emergency. tal studies shouldn’t be a career path
to increased vehicle ownership and passion or interest. to increase This illustrates the bitter truth of to pursue out of fear and uncer-
increased vehicle use. The action and initiative that on a global climate change action. tainty of the planet’s capacity to
Driving impacts the rate of climate young people are taking against scale there will Langara’s Canadian Studies coor- host humans. Instead, it should be a

OPINION
change and environmental damage. climate change is inspirational and be changes dinator and biologist Frank Williams career to pursue out of genuine inter-
In Vancouver, there are alternatives unprecedented. But the reality is f elt loc al l y. is right when he says that the est, like all other majors. Pursuing a
for transportation. South Fraser is that environmentalism has become This includes increase of environmental depression career out of fear adds another layer
rated as a highly walkable area, with increasingly popular because we SAFOURA coastal erosion, is a sad outcome of the reality of just of unhealthy anxiety.
high bike and transit scores, accord- don’t really have another choice.  RIGI-LADIZ a n i n c re a s e how severe the climate emergency Unfortunately, this feeling is only
ing to walkscore.com. When alter- According to a National Oceanic in wildfires is. Max Keller is a Langara student becoming more widespread.
natives are available, it’s a healthy

Current risk low but virus fear spreading


and forward-thinking decision to
encourage other ways of commuting.
The urban planning report also
emphasized that space and main-
tenance for parking isn’t free. Why

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shouldn’t drivers contribute to the oronavirus, now named 19 virus seem to be similar, if not the website, there have only been seven necessary as some may believe.
cost of the assets they use most COVID-19, is dominat- same, to that of the worry of catch- cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Langara is following suit with
often? ing the headlines. People ing the flu. the country, as of The Voice’s publica- most post-secondary institutions by
All this being said, rising prop- are nervous and at times fearful of Stress causes tion date. Three cases are in Ontario suggesting practical ways of limiting
erty taxes and redevelopment have the potential for disease outbreak sleeping issues and four are in B.C. The probabil- the spread of disease.
already negatively affected small in Canada. However, the anxi- and trouble focus- ity that the virus could be infecting This includes washing your hands,
businesses. In light of this, the city ety surrounding the issue may be a ing, and the threat as many people in Canada as it has practising proper sneezing etiquette
should be open to altering the rate or bigger problem. of a major illness abroad is still very low. To panic at (sneeze into your elbow, not your
type of parking management system At Langara, the fear is as much sweeping any this stage would be wildly irrational. hands) and taking a break from
especially if business owners consis- about missing class due to illness, place, be it a coun- Many major health organizations are classes if you’re feeling sick.
tently report a loss of customers. and the impact this can have on a try or a college, monitoring the spread of the disease, So please wash your hands and
Ultimately, it’s important for all to semester. Anyone who has caught can be terrifying. OPINION and the status of anyone infected. take a few days off if you’re not feel-
be open to change. It’s uncomfort- the flu during the school year can According Still, many students have been ing 100 per cent, but don’t panic.
able now, but in time, it may just be attest to the stress this causes. The to the Govern- LUCAS wearing face masks, and while this This probably isn’t the beginning
the new normal. feelings surrounding the COVID- ment of Canada’s JORNITZ does limit the spread, it is not as of the end.

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TOP LEFT: The cast lines up to pee. RIGHT: Gabriel Covarrubias as Caldwell B. Cladwell. BOTTOM LEFT: Ivy Charles as Pennywise. PHOTOS BY EMILY COOPER

Urinetown takes piss out of life


Studio 58's current production is flooded with commentary
 By LUCAS JORNITZ Director Courtenay Dobbie said water shortage, prompting the group wasn’t seeking simple answers and “There are important things
the play’s themes are all explored to rebel. she wants the audience to be both to consider and laying them out

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tudio 58’s newest produc- through humour. The play’s messages are obvi- entertained and informed. through comedy is a really good way
tion Urinetown, The Musical “Urinetown asks us to laugh in ous and hit home in a world where “It doesn’t provide any easy solu- to do it,” How said.
tackles heavy themes with the face of our human-caused self- conservation is at the forefront of the tions and acknowledges the grey Dobbie said the musical’s themes
a humorous touch, using destruction,” Dobbie said. “But also public consciousness. areas between what’s right and are even more relevant now than
comedy to shed light on climate to question authority and power.” But it never gets too serious, wrong,” she said. “Once the laughter they were 20 years ago, given the
change, corporate greed and social The play centers around a group according to Studio 58 actor Liam subsides the audience has a chance to current state of the world.
uprising. of impoverished people who are Stewart-Kanigan who plays Officer reflect on how the themes presented “It’s unfortunate that in some ways
Using satire, Urinetown is a outraged at the greed of the corpora- Lockstock. are relevant to their own lives.” we are only just now waking up to a
commentary on how the wealthy tion, Urine Good Company or UGC “It’s such an absurd concept it’s Audience member Paterson How, lot of what the play warns about.”
abuse their power over the disen- for short. The company controls the like how can you be offended?” who watched the play, said the satiri- Urinetown, The Musical runs until
franchised. toilets used by the people amid a Dobbie said the production cal nature worked. Feb. 16.

Online dating apps a temporary fix for loneliness


Sites might give you a “When I was swiping left and
right, and not (getting) a single
based dating site PlentyOfFish alone
has 150 million users worldwide
dents that connect through technol-
ogy. Where heart thou Romeo?
boost but can end up match, I felt as though I was still with 65,000 new users a day. At least 17 per cent of people also
pretty lonely,” Cuizon said. “I guess “If you start off the relationship feel that they spend too much time » 15,157,267
dragging you down it doesn’t really reduce loneliness in in a way that’s largely text-based or with technology and that it takes The number of single Canadians as
a way. It just increases it.” online, I think that doesn’t necessar- away from in-person connections. of 2019, according to StatCan.
He said he became addicted to it ily translate that you’ll have the same Suparna Bakaya, a psychol-
 By RYAN NG just to get at least one match. dynamic in person,” said Tesicca ogy instructor at Langara, said she » 55%
“And when I did get one match, I Truong, co-founder of the youth believes that the long-term effects Percentage of Vancouverites who

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angara student Jian Cuizon found out it was a bot.” engagement organization CityHive. of these types of online interactions use technology to connect with
doesn’t recommend dating According to Statistics Canada, In 2019, CityHive’s cohort-based do not lessen the feelings of social others.
apps to end loneliness because there are over 15 million single education program City Shapers, ran isolation.
he’s tried it — and it ended up just Canadians. a five-session class on social isola- “Short term, if somebody is really » 31%
being a temporary fix. The online dating app scene is a tion. struggling and they want a quick Percentage of Vancouverites aged
Cuizon, a first-year criminology highly saturated one that continues The Vancouver Foundation’s uplift in emotion and being able to 18-24 who spend more time alone
student, abandoned dating apps after to grow, with a 0.5 per cent increase Connect and Engage 2017 report free themselves of feeling completely than they would like.
trying Tinder once. Cuizon said he of Canadians participating in online found that 60 per cent of people lonely in that timely fashion, then
actually felt worse when he was using dating from 2019 to 2020 accord- would prefer connecting in-person okay, yes,” Bakaya said. “But in the VANCOUVERFOUNDATION.CA
the app. ing to satista.com. The Vancouver- while there are 55 per cent of resi- long term, not so much.”
8 THE VOICE | THURSDAY, FEB. 13, 2020 | EDITOR KIRSTEN HOLLIDAY & STEVEN CHANG
Sportsnews
Mixed
results for
Falcons
Four more
regular season
games remaining
for both teams
 By RUI YANG XU

T
he Falcons’ men’s basketball
team lost two crucial matches
against the top-ranked Doug-
las College Royalsthis weekend, sink-
ing further to a 4-10 season record.
Meanwhile, Langara’s women lost a
first game to Douglas but overcame
them in a tight nail-biter the follow-
ing day for a timely confidence boost.
The men lost 85–99 and 87–102
to the standing leaders. Despite the
losses, coach Paul Eberhardt said he
felt good about how the team played.
“It showed that we can compete
with the best in Canada,” he said.
Currently, Douglas tops the rank-
ings at 15-1, followed by Vancou-
ver Island University at 12-2, with
Camosun sitting third at 8-6. Lang-
ara is currently ranked fifth of seven
teams.
With a tough four games remain-
Watch footage at
ing, missing the playoffs remains a www.langara-
possibility but the team isn’t overly voice.ca
worried.
“We just got to perform, come out

“It’s a good chance


for us to really show
the improvement that
we made over the
Christmas break.”
— STEPH VON RIEDEMANN,
FALCONS FORWARD

with energy and commitment and


we’ll be fine,” said Falcons guard Luka
Lizdek.
The women opened their week-
end with a 56–79 loss Friday. Unde-
terred, they rallied in a chaotic game
on Saturday with Meagan Briggs TOP and BOTTOM-LEFT: Leslie Law from the Langara Kendo club competes with a kendoka from the Steveston Kendo club. BOTTOM RIGHT: Leslie Law.
making three clutch free-throws to DANAUCA DORY PHOTOS

Langara kendokas in top 3


secure a 58–57 win with less than .2
seconds remaining on the clock to
end the weekend with a 7–7 division
record.
Falcons forward Steph Von
Riedemann, who leads the team in
rebounds, said the back-to-back

Underdog beginner, veteran overcome the odds to place


games were “a good chance for us to
really show the improvement that we
made over the Christmas break.”
Despite the split, Langara women’s
coach Virginia Watson wasn’t too  By DANAUCA DORY to be able to improve from here. both Wu and Lee placed in their
concerned and planned to stay Anthony Lee, a computer science division. KENDO FACTS

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focused on preparing for the final angara Kendo Club major at Langara, came in third in Although the kendokas, the word
games of the season. members placed at the the unranked 0 Kyu division. for people who practice kendo, did >> Kendo evolved from the cen-
“It’s nice to get the ‘W’,” Watson Steveston Taikai on Feb. “I learned a lot from my oppo- very well in the individual tourna- turies-old practices of Kenjutsu
said. 8th. nent, definitely my faults,” Lee said. ments, Langara College did not dating back to 1336.
The women sit in fourth place with Steveston’s Taikai is one of the Before the tournament, Lee said place during the team matches.
four games remaining. VIU tops the largest taikai in North America, The Langara Kendo club was >> Kendo competitions have 3
leaderboard with 13-1, followed by bringing together teams from B.C. formed in 2012 in order to create referees who use red or white
Capilano on 11-3 and Douglas on to Hawaii. Kendo is a traditional “I learned a lot a space for people to learn about flags to indicate a successful
blow.
9-7. Japanese martial art that uses protec-
tive armour and bamboo swords.
from my opponent, Kendo for beginners and those with
experience. >> The Steveston Kendo Club is
GAMES SCHEDULE Due to an injury, Langara club definitely my faults.” This is true for Leslie Law, a the oldest of its kind in Canada,
president David Wu said he was not former student at Langara who
— ANTHONY LEE, founded in 1914 by Tsuzuki
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL expecting to place at the Taikai. The COMPUTER SCIENCE MAJOR remains a member of the Langara
Kenta.
VS Vancouver Island University club has spent most of the semester Kendo club. She said that she found
Home game training beginners, leaving little time he was looking to place. Although about Kendo through the college’s >> The Steveston Taikai has been
Feb. 14, 2020 6 p.m. to practice for themselves. proud of his win, Lee said he believes website and has been doing it off held for over 50 years and is
“We are the underdogs and we will that he can always improve and learn and on for the last four and a half attended by clubs all over North
MEN'S BASKETBALL try and do as best as possible,” Wu from his mistakes. years. America.
VS Vancouver Island University said, before the tournament. The club has been spending a lot “I’m excited [for the Taikai]
Home game However, Wu came in third for the of time this year helping beginners because I want to learn different
Feb.14, 2020 8 p.m. 1 Kyu division. He said he is incred- learn the art of Kendo, which leaves techniques from other schools,”
SOURCE: MARTIALARTSWORDS.COM
ibly happy with the results and hopes them with less time to practice. Still, Law said.