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Consultation process

on uOttawa tuition fees


October 27: Student leaders make presentation
to Board of Governors
November 5: Senate agrees to a moratorium on
exams to enable students to lobby
provincial government on
tuition fees
November 17: uOttawa administration makes
presentation to Board of Governors
November 24: Board of Governors will hear the
SFUO and GSAED response to
administration’s presentation
Only then will the Board proceed to
a debate and a vote on the issue.

www.uOttawa.ca
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Frank Appleyard

Letters
University education is not a right school, but if they want to get a degree
Nov. 21–26, 2008
An open letter to Julie Séguin
Editor-in-Chief
editor@thefulcrum.ca
An open letter to Marc Kelly actually contain physics.
Re: “Why university education is a badly enough, they will persevere. Re: “Enough isolation already” The purpose of having said fac-
right” (Opinion, Nov. 13) What about the fact that a univer- (Letters, Nov. 13) DEAR MARC KELLY, ulty members is to ensure that re-
sity degree is the key to employment? In response to your letter of com- search is done with established
I RECENTLY READ an article titled Should we be seeking to make univer- DEAR JULIE, plaint against the president of U of guidelines that conform to the sci-
“Why university education is a right” sities, the places from which some of I am not taking a side on the ref- O, I would also like to ask why it entific process. Also, I very much
in the Fulcrum. The author stated that humanity’s greatest progress has come, erendum on Student Federation of was deemed necessary to forward doubt the Faculty of Physics de-reg-
post-secondary education should be a just one more step on the path to the the University of Ottawa member- your email to every student. I have isters a student from a class without
right based on two arguments. First, accumulation of wealth? ship in the Canadian Federation of read the email and the background a justifiable basis.
that any student who can complete a By admitting anyone who can pass Students (CFS), and I’m sure that information, and I do not feel much If there is no basis, why is there
degree has the right to education, and their courses for free, which is what you know the old adage about opin- sympathy for you. no communication with the dean?
second, that a university degree is “a the idea of the right to education is ions. However, I feel that it is un- While I agree that President Al- There is a reason a hierarchy exists,
ticket to employment” and therefore a fundamentally proposing, degrees are fair of you, especially as an elected lan Rock’s dismissal of you from his and the president at the U of O is
requirement in a fair society. There is devalued. representative of the undergraduate office was not necessarily polite, I not responsible for an undergradu-
definitely something wrong with these I do not mean devaluation in the students of the University of Ot- do not see how it was unwarranted. ate student handing something in
arguments. sense that the quality of university tawa, to label the arguments of the It is evident from your recording that does not conform to criteria. As
Essentially, by saying that any student education within the institution is No campaign as “wrong-headed”, that you summarily ignored his as- there is no mention of anybody else
who can finish his or her degree has the reduced. Despite what the author of “crazy”, and “angry”. I am unsure of sistant—who mentioned the neces- in the class having the same prob-
right to an education, we are equalizing “Why university education is a right” how I will be voting and I am not sity of making an appointment to lems, it is safe to assume that said
students who achieve 60s and students posits, that is not the devaluation argu- a member of either campaign, but I you—and have done so in the past criteria were available.
who achieve 90s. How is that fair? In ment. Rather, the argument is that the feel that your letter to the Fulcrum as well. The president presumably In any case, I fail to understand
fact, this equalization penalizes high university degree is devalued in soci- belittled those who, for legitimate has things to do other than listen- how an individual telling another
achievers because they put in more ety because it becomes mandatory. No reasons, oppose membership in the ing to you whine, and therefore in- individual to “get out” of his private
work and get the same degree as some- longer is it a representation of a strong CFS. I for one have not heard any sisting on an immediate response is space is in any way violent. Secu-
one who just passes. It’s not as if finan- desire for knowledge and furthering arguments which I would describe rude as well as ambitious. rity was not summoned to drag you
cial aid is not there to help those who society. By allowing university to be- as you have, from either side. Let’s I have no physics knowledge outside and break your toes. In ad-
want to achieve. There are entrance and come a rung in the career ladder, we try and keep this campaign clean, past high school, and can there- dition, I do not appreciate receiving
merit scholarships available for those have made it into something to take because in the end, we’re all in it fore make no comment on your your bile against the administration
who earn them. This isn’t to say that for granted. together. research. I fail to understand your in my inbox.
people who don’t get high marks can- Carmen Grillo Spencer McKay difficulty in accepting your faculty Kate Goddard
not get degrees. They will have to work Second-year economics and political Second-year political science and committee’s rejection of your pro- Second-year conflict studies
hard in a different way to get through science student religious studies student posal on the basis that it did not and human rights student

Contents thefulcrum.ca poll


News Undergrads cast Do you think the Maclean’s Last week’s results
their votes rankings of Canadian
Consequences and controversies of the
CFS referendum. p. 4
How do you plan to vote
universities accurately in the CFS referendum?
p. 4 Is the U-Pass in danger? p. 5
portray the country’s
schools?
Arts Fashion forward
Laurel Hogan tries on Ottawa Fashion
Week. p. 10 Yes Yes No
Jaclyn Lytle embraces Arms of the Girl.
p. 11
No
p. 10 49% 51%
Sports Basketball’s back Go to
Men’s and women’s teams combine to go 4-0
on the weekend. p. 16
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p. 16 the Outdoors Club a try. p. 17


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Emma Godmere

News Nov. 21–26, 2008


News Editor
news@thefulcrum.ca

Controversy at CFS polls


Students encounter
campaigning, identified ballots
at polling stations
by Amanda Shendruk
Fulcrum Staff

REFERENDUM POLLS CLOSED Nov. 20 at


8 p.m. after three days of voting by University
of Ottawa undergraduate students to decide
whether or not the Student Federation of the
University of Ottawa (SFUO) should accept full
membership in the Canadian Federation of Stu-
dents (CFS), a national lobbying organization
that represents approximately 500,000 students
across Canada.
Federico Carvajal, a member of the Yes com-
mittee and the external commissioner for the
Graduate Students’ Association (GSAÉD)—a
CFS member union for just under a decade—
indicated his satisfaction at the amount of stu-
dents that showed up at the polls.
“I think the voter turnout has been great … It
is really high in comparison to [the SFUO] elec-
tions last year,” he said, noting that approximate-
ly 2,500 students had voted on the first day.
In the 2008 SFUO elections, fewer than 4,000
undergraduate students cast a ballot.
Despite the notable turnout for this referen-
dum, many students were concerned and con-
fused by the voting procedure. photo by Martha Pearce
At polling stations, students were asked to seal Voters line up to cast their ballots at one of the Unicentre polling stations on Nov. 18.
their ballot in an unmarked envelope, which was such an important vote … we wanted to ensure going to be [a] pretty smooth [process].” between campaigners and voting booths.
then placed in a separate envelope tagged with that we took all the safety precautions.” Haldenby explained that scrutineers from The ROC rules state, “there shall be no
their name and student number. Ryan Kennery, chairperson of the No com- both the Yes and No committees would super- campaigning within 15 feet of the polling sta-
According to the Referendum Oversight mittee, indicated that he had never witnessed vise the ballot counting process. tion on voting days. There shall be no cam-
Committee’s (ROC) rules, “each member of the this voting procedure before. He also indicated that the voting method paigning within sight or sound of the polling
student federation shall be allowed to cast one “I’ve experienced online voting in college, chosen for the referendum was not uncommon; stations.”
(1) secret, non-transferable ballot.” I’ve experienced elections here with [scanning it is a system that has been used in previous CFS Campaigners from both sides were frequent-
Students began to question the secrecy of student cards], I’ve experienced elections here referendums. Haldenby noted that as chair of ly seen distributing election materials in SITE.
their vote not long after polls opened on Nov. with just a ballot, but never [had] an experience the elections committee he will be reviewing the They were behind the 15 meters taped line, but
18, but some uncertainty subsided when expla- with students being asked to write their name process following the referendum. were clearly within sight of the voting station.
nations of the process were placed at voting sta- and student number on there,” he said. “It was Complaints regarding violation of ROC cam- Kishek, one of the many campaigners present,
tions the following day. concerning, but I guess we’ll see. I’m hoping that paigning limits were also heard over the three- said that both committees had mutually agreed
SFUO President Dean Haldenby, who sits on it’s legitimate. day voting period. One complaint alleged that that their distance was appropriate.
the ROC, clarified the situation. “I have no choice but to trust the process,” poll clerks, who are expected to be impartial, “We’re not in front of the polling stations …
“People don’t think it’s secret, but it is still se- Kennery continued. “I think students should be were wearing CFS Yes buttons at certain voting We, as individuals, are not out of sight, but our
cret,” he said. “The reason why [we did it this skeptical when a new process is there.” stations. materials are out of sight,” she said. “We are defi-
way] is so that we can track down the ballot if Yes campaign volunteer Amy Kishek ex- On Nov. 20, Haldenby said he had yet to see nitely within the referendum rules.”
someone voted twice.” pressed complete faith in both the voting and any proof of the situation. However, when informed of the situation, the
During the 2008 SFUO elections, student counting processes. “I’ve never seen it. If I see it, they’ll be prob- ROC was not of the same opinion.
numbers were entered into a computer database “At some point, we need to recognize and re- ably relieved on the spot. We don’t accept that,” “That’s unacceptable, and we’ll look into it,”
to determine voter eligibility. spect that this is the best system that [the ROC] he said. “Neutrality at the polling stations is of Haldenby said.
“We didn’t want to risk it with technology,” could come up with … and then have faith in the utmost importance.” Results from the CFS referendum will be re-
said Haldenby, referring to the CFS referendum. whoever we set to scrutinize the counting,” she During the referendum, there also appeared leased by the afternoon of Nov. 21.
“It’s not just the SFUO making this decision. For said. “I have no question in my mind that ... it’s to be confusion about the appropriate distance —with files from Emma Godmere

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results on Friday, Nov. 21.
U-Pass hanging on U of O prof accused in
by a thread 1980 Paris bombing
Canada.
“We will oppose his extradi-
France alleges prof’s tion because this is a case of mis-
taken identity,” he told the Ottawa
involvement in Citizen. “It will be difficult for the
decades-old prosecution to make its case be-
cause all this happened 20 years
synagogue attack ago.”
Quoting unnamed sources,
by Amanda Shendruk France’s Le Figaro newspaper al-
Fulcrum Staff leged in October 2007 that Diab
led the commando team responsi-
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA soci- ble for the attack, and that French
ology professor Hassan Diab was authorities had requested assis-
arrested in Gatineau on Nov. 13 tance from Canada in inquiries
amid allegations of involvement in at the time. In September 2007, a
the bombing of a Paris synagogue French magistrate reopened the
in 1980. investigation into the case when
The RCMP arrested Diab at the German authorities discovered
request of French authorities who Diab’s name on a list of former
are asking for his extradition to members of the group blamed for
France, where he is wanted for mul- the attack.
tiple counts of murder, attempted Diab, who is also a professor at
murder, and willful destruction of Carleton University, was teaching
property. three sociology courses at the U of
On Oct. 3, 1980, a blast outside O when he was arrested last week.
the Copernic Street synagogue in In an official statement released
photo by Lihang Nong Paris killed four people and in- Nov. 14, the university said that
Kanata North Councillor Mari- the Transit Committee, felt that many jured many others. The explosion these classes would not be inter-
anne Wilkinson presented the motion councillors are too caught up in bud- came from a bomb hidden inside rupted by the incident.
Councillors to reconsider the U-Pass, believing it getary concerns and are missing out the saddlebags of a motorcycle While the U of O Department
reconsidering U of O would encourage transit use among on the potential benefits of the pilot parked outside the synagogue. A of Sociology and Anthropology
youth. project. Palestinian extremist group, The has refused to comment, Matt Bab-
pilot project after “I’m doing it to help the students “We want to consult with [council- Popular Front for the Liberation of cock, president of the undergradu-
out. I think it’s a good idea,” she said. lors], to make sure that they have the Palestine, Special Operations, was ate Sociology and Anthropology
original proposal “I think if we can encourage students right information, but then we also blamed for the event, which quick- Students Association, was willing
defeated to use transit when they’re at school want to consult to give them the low- ly sparked the imposition of tight to briefly discuss the situation with
they’ll be more likely to use it later on, down on what happens if they say no, security measures at synagogues the Fulcrum.
by Emma Godmere especially if we can give them good because there are a lot of implications around the world. “He has the right to remain in-
Fulcrum Staff service.” for the city if they end up saying no According to Agence-France nocent until proven guilty,” he said.
However, Wilkinson realizes the fi- on this,” he said. Presse, the 56-year old is accused “It will be a long process.”
THE PLAN TO implement a univer- nancial barrier that U of O students in Rausseo cited better air quality, of constructing the explosive de- Babcock was a student of Diab’s
sal bus pass pilot project for Univer- support of the U-Pass currently face. less traffic congestion, fewer young vice. However, Ontario Superior last year, and had kind words for
sity of Ottawa full-time undergradu- “The timing of this is dreadful. We drivers at higher risk of collisions on Court Justice Michel Charbonneau the professor.
ate students in September 2009 nearly just got the budget, and it shows cut- Ottawa roads, and more sustainable has imposed a publication ban on “He was very kind and helped
arrived at the end of the line after city ting ice rinks and all kinds of other funding for transit services—with proceedings, meaning the public students wherever he could,” he
councillors voted on the U-Pass at the approximately 30,000 U of O student will not be told the particulars of said.

“We’re not
Nov. 12 City Council meeting. potentially locked in to purchase the the French government’s case, or The U of O released an official
Councillors were originally tied $125 U-Pass in September 2009—as what evidence was presented dur- statement last week confirming

dead yet.”
12-12 in their vote to pass the Tran- reasons councillors should support ing Diab’s Nov. 20 bail hearing. Diab as an employee of the uni-
sit Committee’s motion to launch the the pilot project. Rene Duval, Diab’s lawyer, has versity, but refused to comment
Student Federation of the Univer- Dean Haldenby SFUO President Dean Haldenby, said he will fight to keep Diab in further.
sity of Ottawa’s (SFUO) U-Pass at the SFUO president who has led the project along with
price of $125 per semester, a motion Rausseo, indicated that they have
which acknowledged the need to find things,” she said. “This says it’s going several steps to take to get the U-Pass
approximately $2 million in the city’s to cost us $2 million, and that $2 mil- back into the city’s budget consulta-
budget to balance OC Transpo’s po- lion is not in the budget right now, so tions.
tential loss of revenue on the pass. we’ve got to find another $2 million “Now we’re at the point where we
Mayor Larry O’Brien broke the tie in savings.” need students’ help,” he said. “We need
to defeat the U-Pass motion after first Hunter agreed that budgetary con- those who voted for this [and] those
defeating an amendment presented cerns are currently the priority. who support this pass to make that
by Knoxdale–Merivale Councillor “While I think the universal pass is clear to council.”
Gord Hunter that sought a ‘revenue- an attractive idea—and it might be at- “We’re going [with] a kind of three-
neutral’ price point instead of the tractive across the whole city—it didn’t pronged approach: number one, we’re
$125-per-semester proposal in an ef- make sense to be adding a two or three going to be lobbying the councillors
fort to ensure the city would not lose tenths of a per cent increase to our with [U of O President] Allan Rock
money on the project. budget in 2009 when people are ask- within the next week; number two,
“The universal bus pass lost at ing us to do the opposite,” he said. “If we’re going to be doing an email and Im in ur website,
council on a tie vote, but it’s coming it came up tomorrow with a revenue fax campaign; and number three,
before council for reconsideration neutral [price], I would support it.” we’re going to be encouraging stu- steelin’ ur newz.
at the next meeting,” said Lindsay U of O sustainable development dents to get out on [Nov. 26] to coun-
Valente, press secretary for Mayor coordinator Jonathan Rausseo, who cil to show them that we’re serious
O’Brien. “The mayor is hoping for has worked with the U-Pass project and that we’re ready to go,” Haldenby
more information on the cost to [be- on campus for several years and re- said. www.thefulcrum.ca
come] available at that time.” cently helped to present the plan to “We’re not dead yet.”

www.thefulcrum.ca Nov. 21, 2008 NEWS 5


Students face ‘unfair practices,
systemic racism’ at the U of O

photo by Ian Flett


Mireille Gervais is the coordinator of the Student Appeal Centre.
“I observe a lot of contempt for students,” said
Report alleges Gervais. “I can tell in a minute or two of the hear-
ing if the student will win or lose, by judging the
injustice in university [Senate] members’ attitude toward the student.”
The report indicated that many students lose
appeals process determination to pursue their appeals due to the
by Len Smirnov amount of problems that permeate the whole
Fulcrum Contributor process. Some students abandon their appeals
after being subjected to long delays or allegedly
“MISTREATMENT OF STUDENTS, Unfair experiencing a condescending attitude from the
Practices and Systemic Racism at the University administration. Sixty-two out of 388 students
of Ottawa” was the title of the Nov. 12 report re- abandoned their appeals over the past academic
leased by the Student Federation of the Univer- year.
sity of Ottawa’s (SFUO) Student Appeal Centre “Some students don’t trust the system at all,”
(SAC). The report is the latest development in the said Gervais. “Students realize that there are no
ongoing struggle between the student body and policies to protect their rights and are complete-
the U of O administration regarding academic ly disillusioned with the system.”
appeals at the U of O, outlining numerous ob- The SAC report also suggests that professors
structions that students face and criticizing the and the Senate Appeals Committee wilfully dis-
administration’s role in the appeals process. criminate against visible minorities. Seventy-
According to the report, students encoun- one per cent of academic fraud cases recorded
ter long delays in the resolution of their cases between Nov. 1, 2007 and Oct. 31, 2008, in-
primarily due to a lack of deadlines for the U volved students of visible minority status. The
of O adminstration to respond to students’ ap- SAC alleges that these statistics are not coinci-
peal requests. The Senate Appeals Committee, dental but indicative of systemic racism within
the highest level of appeal for individual cases, the university administration.
is also accused of not resolving the cases it re- Director of the U of O’s Office of Communi-
ceives in fewer than six months. In the mean- cations Andrée Dumulon questioned the accu-
time, students encounter little guidance as to racy of the report’s statistics and the existence of
where to direct their claims or seek professional problems within the appeals process.
support. “We have to evaluate the information that is
“Students are uninformed [about] where to in the report, but that takes time and at the mo-
address their appeals. They have little informa- ment it is premature to say anything,” she said in
tion and have to do the follow-ups themselves,” response to the report’s accusations.
said Mireille Gervais, SAC coordinator. The SAC pressured the university to make
Unwritten rules create additional complica- several changes to the appeals process in Febru-
tions for students entering the appeals process, ary 2008, including revoking Senate members’
according to the SAC. Gervais estimated that anonymity, adding an undergraduate seat to the
approximately 80 per cent of her work is based Senate Appeals Committee, and forcing facul-
on unwritten practices, where the administra- ties to send in submissions concerning student
tion may not strictly adhere to standard proce- appeals in no more than 21 business days. The
dures. Students unfamiliar with these practices new process has already experienced setbacks,
lack important knowledge on how to file their however: average delays for Senate hearings in-
claims and conduct themselves during case creased to 82 days from 78 days, and the candi-
hearings. dacy of recently de-registered sixth-year physics
Many students testify that they were mis- student Marc Kelly as the undergraduate student
treated during their Senate Appeals Committee member on the Senate was rejected, namely due
hearings. The SAC report claims that students are to the fact that Kelly is currently pursuing ap-
treated as guilty before they present their cases peals of his own.
and that the students’ intentions have little value
in comparison to the professors’ statements. APPEALS continued on p. 8

6 NEWS Nov. 21, 2008


Endowment woes at the U of O
have an estimated $11 billion in en-
dowment funds. On average, Cana-
Global economic crisis dian schools invest over half of their
takes a toll on endowment and pension funds in
Canadian universities world markets, which have dropped
more than 30 per cent in 2008, falling
by Amanda Shendruk 17 per cent in October alone.
Fulcrum Staff According to the Globe article,
some universities have already taken
WITH THE VALUE of university measures to brace themselves for
endowment funds decreasing across projected further negative economic
Canada, students at post-secondary impacts. Hiring freezes have been put
institutions may soon experience cuts in place at several institutions, while
to scholarships, student aid, and pro- others have begun to cut their distri-
gram funding. butions from endowment funds.
The Globe and Mail reported on At the U of O’s Nov. 17 Board of
Nov. 3 that Canadian universities Governors meeting, university trea-
have already lost hundreds of mil- surer Barbara Miazga presented an
lions of dollars from their endow- overview of the impact of the finan-
ment funds as stock markets around cial crisis on the U of O. It stated that
the world continue their downward the total market value of the school’s
trend. endowment fund assets on March
Endowment funds are created en- 31 was $139 million. By September,
tirely by donor contributions. The however, the market value of the en-
capital from these charitable dona- dowment fund had dropped to $133 photo illustration by Martha Pearce
tions is invested and the income is million. economic situation will be a challenge short term.” ment fund. At the end of last year, the
distributed annually, providing long- These losses come at a difficult for the U of O, it is not projected to In the short term, students could University of Toronto and the Univer-
term and relatively stable funding for time for educational funding. Across have serious lasting impacts. be significantly affected. sity of British Columbia (UBC) held
universities. Donors allocate funds the country, government cash and tu- “Over the long term, we expect “It could mean in the short term the top spots for size of endowment
to the areas they are most interested ition-fee increases have failed to keep that at some point the economy is go- that we will have to reduce the amount fund—Toronto at $2.1 billion and
in financing, such as a university’s up with operating expenses, reported ing to turn around and markets are that is paid for scholarships and bur- UBC at just over $1 billion. The U of
general mission or scholarships and the Globe, and Canadian universities going to recover,” said Miazga, in an saries,” she said. O does not rank in the top 20 uni-
bursaries. have already begun to cut costs. interview with the Fulcrum. “So that’s Relative to other Canadian univer- versities with the largest endowment
Canadian universities currently Although dealing with the current not where the risk is. The risk is in the sities, the U of O has a small endow- funds in Canada.

Maclean’s rankings hammer U of O Tuition hikes proposed for


U of O places last in
received for U of O’s undergraduate
programs did not even make it into
the Maclean’s list.
to look closely at it in the course of
the coming months.”
University spokesperson Andrée
2009–10
student-faculty relations One of the lowest rankings the U of Dumulon also explained that the U of by Emma Godmere part-time and international students’
O received was in student-faculty in- O has boycotted the Maclean’s rank- Fulcrum Staff tuition at the same rates as regular full-
for second straight year teractions, where the university placed ings for several years. time students, and indicated that the
last for the second straight year. This “The university does not provide UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA students revenue collected from the increase
by Jolene Hansell statistic gauges the role that professors data to Maclean’s,” she said. “There are are facing a 4.2 per cent average in- “will be invested exclusively to enhance
Fulcrum Staff play as mentors and examines how of- 20 universities that do not provide in- crease in tuition fees for 2009–10, ac- the student experience, and primarily
ten students either meet with faculty formation to Maclean’s because they cording to a document from the office in financial aid and scholarships”. The
MACLEAN’S MAGAZINE HAS once to discuss career plans or how often question [the magazine’s] methods.” of U of O VP Resources Victor Simon document also detailed that the rec-
again placed the University of Ottawa students work with professors on re- Other universities who began a that was presented at the Nov. 17 Board ommendations are reasonable, “given
at the lowest end of the majority of search projects outside of class. boycott of providing information to of Governors (BOG) meeting. what all other universities in Ontario
their academic and student life stand- Maclean’s annual university rank- Maclean’s in 2006 include Western, The document, entitled “Tuition Fees are doing, and given all other costs go-
ings in their annual university rank- ings issue examines and rates over 40 the University of Toronto, the Uni- for the 2009–10 Academic Year”, pro- ing up”. According to the document, if
ings issue published on Nov. 13. Canadian universities on such aspects versity of British Columbia, Carleton, posed a 4.5 per cent fee hike for first- the proposals are accepted, most U of
Since last year’s issue, the U of as academics and campus life every Queen’s, Concordia, and York. Ma- year undergraduate students, and a four O students will pay an average of $200
O fell two places to come in 10th— year, as prospective university stu- clean’s normally gathers information per cent rise for returning graduate and more in tuition next year.
tied with the University of Western dents prepare to decide which post- on these universities through statis- undergraduate students alike. At the Nov. 17 meeting, U of O
Ontario—in an overall ranking of the secondary institutions to attend. tics provided by both the federal and Notably, first-year students entering President Allan Rock reiterated that
undergraduate experience at Canada’s At the U of O’s Nov. 17 Board of provincial levels of government. certain graduate programs can expect the potential increases were still only
15 medical doctoral universities (uni- Governors meeting, Rock recognized U of O Research Chair in Educa- to be hit harder than any other student proposals, and that the Student Fed-
versities who provide a wide range of the student experience issues that tion Joel Westheimer indicated that at the university. Several programs, eration of the University of Ottawa
PhD and medical programs). When were raised in the Maclean’s rankings surveys such as the one featured in including common law, civil law, and and the Graduate Students’ Associa-
compared to 46 other universities and several other publications and Maclean’s too often rely on reputation the MBA program could see an eight tion have been given the opportunity
across Canada, the U of O was award- indicated his intentions to address for rankings. per cent increase in tuition fees, while to officially respond to the proposals at
ed 24th place for quality of education, them. “What you get is a self-perpetuat- first-year medical school students another BOG meeting on Nov. 24 at 5
21st for its innovation, and 24th for “There’s a message for us to receive, ing system where the elite universi- could expect a potential increase of p.m. in room 4101 of Desmarais Hall.
its likelihood of producing the “lead- and I think it’s important that we be ties stay elite, like the University of five per cent. The BOG will finalize and vote on next
ers of tomorrow”. frank about it, that we be direct and Toronto or UBC, because they have a The document also proposed raising year’s tuition fees at this time.
While the majority of the rankings not defensive, that we be eager to perception of being elite,” he said.
included both undergraduate and learn why we’re getting these num- “From a prospective student per-
graduate programs, the numbers are bers, and that we tackle the problem,” spective, the main thing that people
quite different when the two levels of he said. “Our objective in life is not can do is take it as one data point

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ined separately. The U of O received magazine, don’t get me wrong, but I school is right for them. It’s one piece
top marks in graduate studies as re- see that from all of these sources and of information … but it’s by no means
search grants given to the university studies [there is] a consistent mes- the final word on which universities
totalled over $178,000 last year, sage. There’s something here for us to are better than others.”
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APPEALS continued from p. 6

News in brief The SAC met with U of O President Al-


lan Rock in September and sent an advance
copy of their annual report for his review.
“We thanked the Student Appeal Centre
for the advance copy and saw it as a sign of
goodwill,” said Dumulon. “We want to work
closely with the students. We are hopeful
that we can come to some collaborative
agreement.”
At the Nov. 17 Board of Governors meet-
ing, Rock indicated that the university has
taken the report quite seriously.
“I know enough about the work that’s
been done to date to tell you that we’re go-
ing to disagree very strongly that there’s any
evidence to support the allegations that have
been made,” he said.
“We’ve just about completed our analysis
of the report … and we’re going to be tabling
photo by Braeden Urbanek (CUP)
a response to the report in the coming days,”
York strike leaves York Dean of Arts Robert Drummond indi- A study by University of Guelph professor David Rock added.
students in the cold cated that the university will be willing to “make Walters indicated that those who are leaving gen- The SAC is less optimistic about swift res-
moves” once they can ensure the union is in fa- erally tend to be in the fields that are considered olutions to the issues raised in the report.
TORONTO (CUP) – CLASSES AT YORK Uni- vour of reaching a settlement. vital to the emerging knowledge-based economy. “The university holds 100 per cent of the
versity were cancelled as the union representing The York Federation of Students (YFS) is back- Engineers, computer-science graduates, and power,” said Gervais. “Until we have a pow-
faculty, teaching, and graduate assistants walked ing CUPE 3903 and YFS executives were all seen especially those in help-related fields are at the erful student body, the problem will not be
off the job on Nov. 6. picketing alongside union members. top of the list. The amount of nurses heading resolved.”
Graham Potts, negotiator for CUPE 3903—the Drummond indicated that the strike could last south actually outnumbers the total doctors
union representing the part-time York staff— for several weeks. leaving the country.
said they are willing to go back to the negotiating —Scott McLean and David Ros, Walters believes his study could aid the coun-
table, but only when the university comes back The Excalibur try’s graduate retention by influencing the gov- Staff meetings.
with a fair deal. ernment into providing tax incentives for gradu- We have them.
Potts indicated that it was not wages that were Canada’s most vital graduates drawn to U.S. ates, or making additional efforts to keep them
the biggest concern of the union, but rather pro- in Canada. Businesses may also want to consider Thursdays at 4 p.m.
tection against the cost of living. He detailed that EDMONTON (CUP) – A NEW STUDY shows competitive wage rates to keep the more quali- 631 King Edward Ave.
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price index, so that if the index rises, workers “do ed States than anticipated, but it’s the smarter stu- —Kirsten Goruk,
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SAFA to examine relations with SFUO
regulated the campaign for SFUO
membership in the Canadian Federa-
Ad hoc committee tion of Students (CFS)—was one of
created to study the more recent and most pressing is-
sues. The ROC penalized the No com-
relations between mittee upon receiving complaints that
student associations a SAFA survey sent to undergraduate
students regarding the CFS was too
by Emma Godmere slanted toward the No side.
Fulcrum Staff “In light of the complete alienation
on behalf of the [ROC] to SAFA in
THE STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION regard to the survey, as far as I was
of the Faculty of Arts’ (SAFA) Board concerned, that was kind of a boiling
of Directors (BOD) has struck an ad point and I needed to let the Board of
hoc committee to “examine relations Directors know what was going on
between SAFA and the Student Fed- and all of the things I’ve been dealing
eration of the University of Ottawa with,” said Doneathy.
(SFUO)”, according to a press release. SFUO President Dean Haldenby
In the statement dated Nov. 13, indicated that the SFUO had met
SAFA outlined the intentions of this with SAFA, but not directly before
graphic by Ben Myers ad hoc committee, which include in- the federated body created the ad hoc
vestigating “the possibility of seeking committee.
independence; the possibility of op- “They’re more than welcome to
tional membership within the SFUO; look into these options, [although]
the possibility of bringing in outside it’s unfortunate that the executive of

Nov. 24 & 25 mediation; the possibility of sending


open letters, legal letters or petitions
to the SFUO; or the possibility of
[SAFA] didn’t make an effort to con-
tact me before they took this step of a
measure to look into that,” he said.
seeking no action”. “Our relations, in my view, are
While SAFA is incorporated and okay,” he continued. “There are issues

University Centre -
does collect money from its own lev- from time to time, and we deal with
ies, the association still receives fund- them usually on a case-by-case basis.
ing from the SFUO and, as a feder- The problem is, I was totally unaware

Outside Auditorium ated body, is represented at various


roundtables and is expected to follow
SFUO policies.
of this happening. I had met only once
with the president of [SAFA] regard-
ing these relations and ... I thought
“There have been lots of instances that we had dealt with quite a bit of it
that have been building up within at that point.”
the last couple of months within our “We don’t want to put our personal

9-6
mandate, in terms of relations with grudges or whatever out on the fore-
the SFUO, and they have not been front,” explained Doneathy. “We want
positive,” said SAFA President Eliza- to make sure that we’re making the de-
beth Doneathy. “We’ve tried meetings cision that is best for all arts students.”
and one-on-ones, and solutions have The eight-member ad hoc com-
not been coming out of it.” mittee, which includes Doneathy and

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Doneathy indicated that the recent other SAFA members, will present
decision by the Referendum Over- their findings during SAFA’s Feb. 8
sight Committee (ROC)—which has BOD meeting.

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Arts & Culture Nov. 21–26, 2008


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Ottawa moves fashion forward


of his label’s clothing, he doesn’t think the way down the grand red staircase
it’s a sustainable market. to the lobby below. Many lined up 45
Ottawa Fashion Week “We’ll never be successful if we’re minutes in advance, hoping to snag a
only in Ottawa,” he explains. front-row seat for the next show.
puts the capital on Nicole Colbourne, owner of Gals The efforts of those who managed
Royale, a mobile personal-shopper to do so were not in vain. Toronto-
the fashion map boutique, also understands the dif- based Melissa Clemente Designs’
ficulty in getting Ottawa consumers awe-inspiring parade on Saturday
by Laurel Hogan to sit up and take notice. According night of one-of-a-kind, mixed-media
Fulcrum Staff to her, success doesn’t come easily in necklaces drew nods and audible ex-
this city. clamations of approval from the audi-
OTTAWA HAS LONG had a reputa- “If you can make it in Ottawa, you ence of fashion industry professionals,
tion for being one of the most cultural- can make it anywhere,” Colbourne amateur fashionistas, and even sup-
ly apathetic and stylistically challenged says, welcoming the challenge. “Ot- portive moms who were there only
cities in Canada. It’s often said to pale tawa needs fashion, period.” to see their model daughters walk the
in comparison to other major Cana- And fashion is just what Colbourne runway. The long, chunky jewellery—
dian cities, especially its famously cul- brings to the city, importing her pieces made of fabric, pearls, semi-precious
turally vibrant neighbours Montreal from perennial fashion hotspots Los stones, wooden beads, and vintage
and Toronto, cities that hold interna- Angeles and New York. She jets back charms on brass, gold, silver, iron, and
tionally renowned fashion weeks. Ot- and forth to personally select pieces surgical steel chains—were easily the
tawa Fashion Week, held Nov. 13–15 for her boutique, which she brings to freshest and most eclectic designs of
at the National Arts Centre (NAC), her clients’ homes, where they ‘shop’ the night. The most impressive piece
boldly set out to make its own mark Colbourne’s carefully selected prod- was a simple yet painstakingly crafted
and prove the critics wrong. ucts and even enjoy spa treatments mass of small, turquoise nuggets at-
The event debuted in May for the courtesy of Gals Royale. tached to lengths of silver chain.
2008–09 fall/winter season. This time, “We treat them like royalty,” she Another standout designer was
it showcased the spring/summer 2009 explains. Ashley Zaba, who sent pin-up in-
collections of jewelry, swimwear, cou- Other designers, like Stacey Bafi- spired puff sleeves and high-waisted
ture, and sportswear from 13 design- Yeboa of Kania Couture, work on a swimwear—including a cute, striped
ers and retailers, most of whom live, national scale. Hush (1440 Welling- take on the itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny yel-
work, or deal in the Ottawa area. And ton St. W) and Workshop Studio & low polka-dot bikini—down the run-
don’t think any of these fashion gurus Boutique (242.5 Dalhousie St.) are way. Her best pieces were those that
are bothered by Ottawa’s apparent just two of 23 stores across Canada stayed true to her retro inspirations,
lack of high-class fashion events. that carry the Kania line of “luxury oozing glamorous sex appeal with-
Kamar Hargadon, one of the three street style clothing”. out giving everything away. A curve-
designers behind golf-inspired mens- Bafi-Yeboa has nothing but praise hugging, lipstick-red pencil skirt was
wear line Triple Bogey Apparel, ex- for Ottawa’s fashion world, putting a great example of this cheeky—not
plains that Ottawa’s dearth of high- a positive spin on the city’s apparent cheap—sexuality, and exemplified
class fashion might not be such a bad passivity. Zaba’s ability to make 1950s glamour
thing. “I love being here. There’s a real look right at home in 2009.
“Ottawa’s a great place to sort of test balance of fashion and … the laid- It may not have been anywhere
your product out … because it’s not back life as well,” she says. “I find in near the scale of Paris Fashion Week,
going to get out of Ottawa,” he says. other cities you get people who are a and technical difficulties may have
“You can get some good feedback.” bit competitive … whereas here ev- abounded (the Nov. 13 opening show
He and his design partners don’t erybody’s really supportive.” was nearly two hours behind schedule),
have much to worry about after sell- That support was evident through- but, thanks to Hargadon, Colbourne,
ing their edgy, board-wear inspired out the three-day event, where Ot- Bafi-Yeboa, Clemente, Zaba, and other
line of golf polos to both Milk (234 tawa’s booming fashionista populace talented local designers, the fall/winter
Dalhousie St.) and Shoreline (325 (armed with Louis Vuitton handbags) edition of Ottawa Fashion Week was a
Richmond Rd.), as well as other Ca- was out in full force. Runway show resounding success. Ottawa fashionis-
nadian retailers. Although Hargadon attendees formed a line stretching tas proved they know what’s in, and as
likes Ottawa as a market for trial runs from the NAC’s Panorama Room all for apathy—that’s so five years ago.

photos by Martha Pearce


Cock’d Gunns aim for success, fail hilariously
ing in a Comedy or Variety Series, Best
Comedy Series, and Best Ensemble
McGill grads Cast for a Comedy or Variety Series.
make a rock n’ roll The onscreen chemistry between
the bandmates and their manager
mockumentary stems from their long friendships off
screen. King, Gray, and Scherman
by Lindsey Rivait went to McGill University together,
The Lance where they became friends. After
graduating, they moved to Toronto
WINDSOR (CUP) – Rock star diva where they dabbled in online com-
wannabes Cock’d Gunns want it all: edy. Meanwhile, Waters had his own
fame, fortune, and status as the big- after-school kids’ show on the CBC,
gest rock band in the world. Unfor- The Morgan Waters Show, and the trio
tunately for them, they’re lazy, lack ended up being recruited as writers
musical talent, and have no fans. and producers for the show. The early
Cock’d Gunns, a mockumentary se- concept of Cock’d Gunns was born
ries airing on Showcase, documents while the four were still working on
the exploits of the three members of a Waters’ show.
fictional rock band of the same name “I talked to [King and Waters]
on their half-assed rise to mediocrity. about playing brothers in something
The band features singer/songwriter because I thought they looked simi-
Reggie Van Gunn (Morgan Waters), lar,” says Scherman. “That’s where we
his brother, bassist Dick Van Gunn first came up with the idea of playing
(Andy King), drummer Barry Cic- musicians and it would be a comedy photo courtesy Showcase
carelli (Brooks Gray), and their man- show in the spirit of Spinal Tap.” for the first season. Unfortunately, “We’ve been really lucky finding ence for Reggie’s character,” explains
ager Keith Horvak (Leo Scherman). King, Scherman, and Waters Showcase announced it would be a great production company and a Gray. “He is a diva. He pretends to
While Reggie and Dick bicker about pitched the idea of Cock’d Gunns to ending the show’s run with the Nov. great broadcaster that helps us make be artistic, but at the same time he’s
everything under the sun, Barry tries Canadian production company Tri- 8 episode, but the show will return to a show,” says Gray. “There’s very little an idiot. That’s one thing we want to
his best to keep the band together— con before they recruited Gray. The IFC. There is no word yet on a second interference.” skewer with the show—just the levels
all the while dealing with Keith and Independent Film Channel (IFC) season. Cock’d Gunns is inspired by a lot of of pretension in music in general and
his multitude of problems. picked up the show, and ordered 13 The group writes the show, impro- over-the-top rock divas, and the cast how misplaced it is.
Only in its first season, the series episodes. The first episode aired on vising heavily along the way. They has a lot of fun mocking their rock
has already been nominated for three IFC in December 2007, and Show- also produce the episodes, and are idols. COCK’D GUNNS
Gemini Awards this year—Best Writ- case also bought the broadcast rights involved in the editing process. “I think Axl Rose is a good influ- continued on p.14

Local band has the


right recipe for living
Getting the band together for This summer they played both Club
shows seems to be the biggest prob- Saw and Ottawa’s SuperEx. Origi-
U of O band lem for the band, due to its members’ nally, they went by the name Afton’s
balances school unnaturally hectic schedules. Both
Côté and bassist Afton Penny are
Angels, a nod to bass player Afton
Penny.
and folk music currently studying at U of O, in edu- “We decided it wasn’t a very cool
cation and engineering respectively. name,” Côté states. “I mentioned the
by Jaclyn Lytle The other two musicians, drummer play, [George Bernard Shaw’s Arms
Fulcrum Staff Chris Zimmerman and lead guitar- and the Man], and we thought we’d
ist Sammy Jo Elderbroom, are also make it Arms and the Girl, because
ASPIRING LOCAL FOURSOME students. there were three girls in the band at
Arms of the Girl understands the “It’s unbelievable,” says Côté. “For the time. Eventually it just sort of be-
hectic student lifestyle. Between our show on Dec. 5, I’ll be up at 6 a.m. came Arms of the Girl.”
class, assignments, studying, and I’ll be teaching for a full day before The group met through a program
work, most students barely have the show. One time, Sammy even ran at an Ottawa music school that focus-
time to breathe. As all members of an entire marathon for something es on uniting musicians and provid-
the folk-rock band are full-time stu- with school before a show.” ing mentorship for fledgling bands.
dents, two at the U of O, Arms of the Booking the shows themselves has In the case of Arms of the Girl, each
Girl is often left panting. Guitarist also proved to be a challenge for the member brings their own unique
and lead vocalist Carolyn Côté ex- band, which Côté admits is a difficult taste in music, which Côté says has photo courtesy Tammy Raybould
plains what it’s like to add the stress- process. helped them to develop a sound that out in April, into Ottawa stores. everyone has jobs,” Côté explains.
es and responsibility of being in a “It’s been a weird learning experi- she calls “acoustic folk-rock”. “The song we all agreed is best is “It’s funny, originally we didn’t
band to the long list of demands on a ence,” she explains. “I’d never been “We do have a lot of different in- ‘Ten Thousand Days’,” says Côté. “It’s know each other at all and I’m
student’s time. in a band before, so I came in know- fluences,” she says. “We always fight our baby. It would be our big single amazed we’ve lasted this long and
“It’s absolutely crazy,” says Côté. ing nothing. But we had friends, and over this because there’s a definite if we were huge. We had a good CD we’ve come to be so close. We do it
“The only time we really have [for the we had a mentor to give us pointers. country influence that comes from release in April, and we’re trying to because we love it, not because we
band to work together] is practice once There was a lot of basically going in me, and all the other members are get [the album] out there and get it want to be superstars. It’s not easy, it
a week. It’s just so hard coordinating and begging for them to let us play. into different heavier stuff. We al- into stores. It’s hard for a local band can be pretty crazy, [but] we’re like
all these schedules. [Some of us] are Some people have been responsive, ways fight about what kind of music to make [an album]. It’s expensive a family.”
impossible to [get together], with all but others have been complete as- we really make; it’s hard to define.” too.”
the different schedules. It’s especially sholes.” Earlier this year the band released Regardless, the band intends to re- Arms of the Girl play The New Bayou
hard to get in any extra practice before Arms of the Girl has been togeth- their seven-song debut album, Recipe lease a second album featuring their at 1077 Bank St. on Dec. 5. at 8:30
shows, or to get everyone organized er for almost three years, excluding for Living. The band has been focus- newer material. p.m. Tickets are available at the door
for a photo shoot or shows.” the recent addition of Zimmerman. ing on getting the disc, which came “Everyone is in school right now, for $10. All ages.

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Innocent until
proven
The global trend toward HIV/AIDS criminalization positive
Last March, The New York Times reported that HIV-positive homeless man Willie
Campbell, while resisting arrest for drunk-and-disorderly conduct, spat in the face
of the arresting officers. Campbell was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
That weapon was his infected saliva.

by Nadja Popovich HIV transmissions by deterring or changing risk in the arrest tested positive for HIV, the jury up- A model law—a law encompassing multiple
The McGill Daily behaviours.” held the assault charge. Campbell was convicted issues around the subject—adopted in many
As defined in “The Case Against Criminal- under a habitual-offender statute for similar of- West African countries has been the basis of the
MONTREAL – “WHAT I WANT to do is to ask ization of HIV Transmission,” an article by fences of disorderly conduct in the past and sen- criminalization push.
you this morning to come on a journey with me,” Scott Burris, published in the August volume tenced to 35 years in prison—at least half of which The African Model Law on HIV in Africa, un-
invited Edwin Cameron, justice of the Supreme of the Journal of the American Medical Associa- must be served before he is eligible for parole. der Article 36, applies to “any person guilty of
Court of Appeal of South Africa, in his closing tion (JAMA), the criminalization of HIV/AIDS The characterization of saliva as a deadly wilful transmission”. However, “wilful transmis-
plenary speech at the International AIDS Con- “takes the form of HIV-specific criminal statutes weapon exemplifies one major problem behind sion” is defined as “[the] transmission of HIV
ference in Mexico City in August. The journey and the application of general criminal law (such criminalizing HIV/AIDS: such cases often ig- virus through any means by a person with full
he proposed was to examine the criminalization as assault) to exposure or transmission of HIV.” nore scientific evidence. knowledge of his/her HIV/AIDS status to an-
of HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS issues have been a Attempts to criminalize HIV/AIDS have According to the Centres for Disease Control other person.”
point of discussion around the globe for the past cropped up internationally, but this type of leg- and Prevention’s website, “contact with saliva, This law came out of a largely U.S.-funded 2004
two decades. HIV directly attacks the human islation has seen opposition from some of the tears, or sweat has never been shown to result in project on HIV/AIDS in West Africa, AWARE-
immune system, weakening the body’s defences highest international authorities on the disease. transmission of HIV.” HIV/AIDS, and has been written into legislation
against illnesses, and causes the development of Some of the most prominent opposition is found In developing countries, where the prevalence in a number of countries since its inception.
the fatal disease known as acquired immuno- with UNAIDS and non-governmental organi- of HIV/AIDS is often much higher than in the This model has led many countries, includ-
deficiency syndrome (AIDS). According to the zations including the Medical Foundation for western world, there is a more immediate need to ing Sierra Leone, to criminalize mother-to-child
World Health Organization, 2.1 million people AIDS and Sexual Health in Great Britain. mitigate the spread of the disease. Criminalization transmission. Such laws stipulate that a woman
died of AIDS worldwide in 2007. “Criminalization is driven by an AIDS pho- laws can seem more appealing in these countries. can be criminally charged for not taking the
bia and an exaggerated view of the risks of “As the epidemic has exploded in the developing steps necessary to prevent HIV transmission to
HIV/AIDS as a crime HIV transmission,” said Richard Elliott, execu- world, there has been a simultaneous push to legis- her fetus, such as taking anti-retroviral medica-
tive director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal late against the disease. Often it comes in the form tions during pregnancy.
The criminalization of HIV/AIDS, one of the ma- Network. “It comes down to the fact that we’ve of omnibus laws, which address many issues and It is hard to imagine a mother wanting to
jor topics at the AIDS conference, has garnered seen the kinds of cases where people are being usually throw in criminalization,” said Elliott. spread HIV to her child. However, as the stigma
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scant media attention in comparison to other of- charged for spitting or scratching.” While the adoption of criminalization laws can surrounding the disease is combined with limit-
the-moment HIV/AIDS issues, such as the race A case in Texas from earlier this year is an provide a concrete way to fight the spread of HIV, ed knowledge about medications, many mothers
to find a cure and the efforts to educate the Af- oft-cited example of such legislation stretched the legal systems in many developing countries do not know how to prevent the transmission.
rican population on the syndrome. Yet a wave of to an extreme. Last March, The New York Times tend to be ill-equipped to deal with the complexi- The ambiguity of such laws, especially in devel-
new legislation attempting to control the spread reported that HIV-positive homeless man Willie ties of such laws and their social consequences. oping areas, is exactly what Elliott finds troubling.
of HIV/AIDS through criminal prosecution has Campbell, while resisting arrest for drunk-and- Furthermore, according to an UNAIDS pol- While in developed states these types of laws are
been gaining momentum around the world. Ac- disorderly conduct, spat in the face of the arrest- icy brief on the criminalization of HIV/AIDS; often born from precedents set by prosecution,
cording to the Joint United Nations Programme ing officers. Campbell was charged with assault “There is no evidence that criminal laws specific in the developing world they are written directly
on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the purpose behind with a deadly weapon. That weapon was his in- to HIV transmission will make any significant into legislation. As a result, they tend to be loosely
such legislation is to “punish harmful conduct fected saliva. impact on the spread of HIV or on halting the defined and risk spiralling into an extension of
by imposing criminal penalties, and prevent Although neither of the police officers involved epidemic.” criminal law beyond reasonable bounds.
illustration by Alex Martin

groups such as sex workers, men who have sex ended with the woman, D.C., filing an assault
Legislation to stigmatize with men, and drug users are seen as prime tar- charge over claims of domestic abuse against the Worldwide dissent
gets of such criminal legislation. man, J.L.P. This move was countered by a charge
The negative repercussions that may arise from Elliott cautioned that these groups are among of aggravated assault against D.C. for failure to Whether dealing with unintentional exposure to
HIV-specific legislation in the public health and the most vulnerable, often already working out- disclose her HIV-positive status to J.L.P for the risk, or mother-to-child transmission, concerns
human rights arenas are central to the problem. side the protection of the law. first three months of their five-year relationship. over the implications of criminalization and the
The 2007 issue paper for the UNAIDS Refer- The uneven application of HIV-specific crimi- D.C. testified that the couple had used pro- extent to which these laws can be stretched are
ence Group on HIV and Human Rights raised nal laws is reiterated in the UNAIDS policy brief, tection over the initial three-month period. Al- voiced around the globe.
concerns over the use of criminal law specific which adds that criminalization risks reinforcing though J.L.P. tested negative for HIV/AIDS, the UNAIDS has urged “governments to limit
to HIV transmission as a “return to ‘blaming’ stigma, “driving [people living with HIV] further court found that the couple had engaged in un- criminalization to cases of intentional transmis-
people with HIV,” and resulting in a possible in- away from HIV prevention, treatment, care, and protected sex at least once. D.C. was found guilty sion, i.e., where a person knows his or her HIV
crease in stigma against people living with HIV, support services”. of aggravated assault for not immediately mak- positive status, acts with the intention to trans-
and a possible decrease in people taking individ- According to Richard Pearshouse, the director ing her HIV status known, thereby invalidating mit HIV, and does in fact transmit it.”
ual responsibility for protecting themselves”. of Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, “There her then-boyfriend’s consent to engage in sexual The UNAIDS policy brief emphasized the limita-
Christine Vézina, lawyer and head of the is no good evidence that the criminal law is ef- relations. tion of criminalization, stressing that governments
Rights and HIV Program at the Coalition of fective at preventing HIV transmission.” The judge ruled that anyone with HIV has a should be expanding those “evidence-informed”
Québécois communities fight against AIDS legal duty to inform their partner and that not strategies already proven to reduce HIV transmis-
(COCQ-SIDA), agreed. She argued that the idea Criminalization hits home doing so was irresponsible. sion, such as education to combat stigmatization
of criminalizing HIV transmission contradicts This case is not the first of its kind in Canada. and discrimination, testing and counselling, and
the last two decades of public health strategies Though Canada does not have any formal laws A number of cases involving undisclosed HIV access to medication and care facilities.
for combating the disease. regarding the criminalization of HIV-AIDS, it status have been tried as sexual or aggravated In Cameron’s closing speech at the AIDS con-
“The major point regarding public health strat- is no exception to the trend of finding ways of assault. ference, he accused the criminal approach to ad-
egies is focusing on shared responsibility. This using current laws to criminalize the syndrome. The reasoning that without full knowledge of a dressing HIV prevention as being “punitive and
means that everyone is responsible for their own Many cases involving HIV transmission as a person’s HIV status, one cannot be in a position angry,” adding there is now, more than ever, a
the fulcrum | page 13

sexual life,” Vézina said. “The criminal laws are criminal act have been tried. to legitimately consent to sexual relations may need for a human-rights based, “positive vision
hurting this idea. What they suggest is that even “Normally what we see [in Canada] are law- be well intended, but it can lead down a slippery of HIV prevention”.
if you don’t protect yourself, [you shouldn’t] stress suits that are based on aggravated assault, or slope from accountability to blame. “Criminalization assumes the worst about
too much, because it is the responsibility of those sexual assault, turned to HIV/AIDS cases,” said As Vézina said, too many value judgments are people with HIV, and in doing so, it punishes
who have HIV to do the protecting, and the law Vézina, recounting a case in Montreal—ruled already placed on those with HIV-AIDS and it their vulnerability,” Cameron said.
will make sure of this. People are looking for a se- on in July—that saw a woman charged with ag- would be hard to believe that such biases could His call to action encouraged people around
curity net, and shared responsibility is less able to gravated assault for exposing her ex-boyfriend to be kept from the courtroom. the world to come out explicitly against the use
provide this. It’s not comfortable for them.” risk of HIV infection. “It is hard to keep a presumption of innocence of the unchecked criminalization of HIV/AIDS.
A rights-based concern with HIV-criminal- According to a July 9 CBC report, a woman for the defendant when the party has HIV,” said As Cameron, the only HIV-positive member
ization is the risk of disproportionate effects on and a man—identified only by their initials— Vézina, adding that this played a large role in of the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa,
marginalized populations. Already-stigmatized were involved in a long-term relationship, which D.C.’s conviction in the Quebec case. asserts: “It’s a virus, not a crime.”
You’ll never eat brunch in this town again COCK’D GUNNS chords where it’s clearly joke
continued from p. 11 music,” says Gray.

Arts & culture cuts deep


“We’re not supposed to be
“It’s a pretty fun and flam- some kind of cooler-than-thou
boyant industry to base some- indie band; we’re supposed to
thing on,” adds Scherman. “I want to be some mainstream
the public trough, saving the city approx- pertain to 2009, but their effects will be think you have a natural ex- international rock band, but
imately $100,000. Although the massive felt for years to come. Youth-oriented cuse for fairly eccentric char- we’re lazy and stupid, so that
revenues of Bluesfest don’t necessarily projects like the Orleans Young Play- acters that take themselves prevents us from getting any-
make this a fatal blow to the festival, it ers Theatrical School, the Ottawa Youth pretty seriously, too. I think where,” he adds. “That’s kind
says something about our local govern- Symphony Orchestra Academy, and the that fame and popularity play of the crux of the show. We
ment’s priorities when they won’t fund Ottawa Children’s Choir will see their just as much a role for them, if aspire to be a huge stadium
a festival that brings in millions of dol- funding slashed this year. These pro- not more, than the actual mu- rock band, as big as Guns ‘N
lars in tourism revenues. Bluesfest is not grams and schools are important for the sic. They aspire to be the most Roses, but we can barely play a
alone—the proposed 2009 budget calls development of the artists of tomorrow, popular people in the world, single gig in a bar without fall-
for the complete withdrawal of public and cutting their support means impov- even if they may not be pre- ing apart.”
funds from all local festivals. This leaves erishing our artistic future. pared to work for it or sacrifice Even though the show has
Peter Henderson the Ottawa Folk Festival, the Ottawa Ottawa isn’t the cultural wasteland that like most other people in life.” been dropped from Showcase,
Fringe Festival, and even newer events some make it out to be, but that prospect But, like the fake band Spi- the boys behind Cock’d Gunns
Arts & Culture Editor like Festival X and Ladyfest, among oth- is almost inevitable if these proposed cuts nal Tap, who were memora- are still planning ahead for fu-
IT SEEMS LIKE the Ottawa arts scene ers, on uncertain financial ground. are made permanent. The nascent artistic bly chronicled in the 1984 ture storylines.
just can’t catch a break. Hot on the heels Unfortunately, unlike the larger festi- scene in this city is full of people working musical mockumentary This “Keith is going to unfortu-
of the decidedly arts-unfriendly Con- vals, many of the smaller arts initiatives their asses off to deliver culture both high is Spinal Tap, Cock’d Gunns nately experience another big
servative Party’s re-election, the City of in this city may not survive without pub- and low to a seemingly unresponsive have explored the possibility problem with a woman, so his
Ottawa has proposed massive cuts in lo- lic funding. Without help from the city, populace, and the least the city could do is of expanding to other media cycle will repeat itself. I think
cal arts funding. These are no ordinary SAW Gallery, Propeller Dance, and the give something back. I realize that this is outlets. The band already has the band will get some success,
cuts, either. The City’s draft 2009 budget Ottawa edition of the Inside Out GLBT crunch time for everyone—the economy an album’s worth of music and but whether or not it’s the suc-
calls for a $4.1 million drop in the city’s Film Festival might never have gotten off is lousy, housing prices and therefore tax will be playing their first live cess they’re looking for and
arts and culture funding, a 54 per cent the ground. The same goes for the many revenues are trending downward, and the gig on Nov. 13 in Toronto at a if it lasts is very much up for
cut from 2008. This is bad for you, bad local theatre companies that are also los- city can’t afford any supposed luxuries. special fan appreciation event. question,” explains Scherman.
for me, and bad for the City of Ottawa. ing a portion of their municipal funding, But these cuts can’t be made permanent, “People have responded “Annie and Dick will break up,
Let’s hope it’s a one-time exception, not a including A Company of Fools and the or we’ll lose the beginnings of our long- very positively to the music I could tell you that. I think
brave new rule. Great Canadian Theatre Company. Even awaited cultural revival. A city without even though it’s not as out Keith might get falsely accused
Even some of the biggest events in Ot- our very own University of Ottawa Choir arts and culture is a city without life. there like Flight of the Con- of murder.”
is losing 100 per cent of its funding from
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personified
Revolution
photos by Ian Flett

that Ottawa needed a dose of the Sometimes I can’t pay my artists be- ies are meant to work by themselves, Bérubé sees art everywhere, and
avant-garde, and in October 2005 cause I have to pay my bills first.” grab as many artists as they can, hold doesn’t hold to the traditional idea of
Guy Bérubé’s he opened his own gallery, La Petite Despite the challenge of succeed- onto them, [not] share them. That’s what should and shouldn’t be shown
La Petite Mort Mort. ing in Ottawa’s arts scene, Bérubé bullshit. It’s not fair to hold on.” in a gallery setting.
Bérubé utilized the skills he honed has persevered. He’s made a name for This laid-back approach to the “Somebody wanted to rent the gal-
challenges during his years as an art dealer to cre- himself with his inventive gallery and standard practices of the art world lery for their four-year-old’s draw-
convention ate a gallery that seeks to impress and the strange collection of art housed reaches beyond his artists’ freedom ings,” he recalls. “I thought that was
disturb viewers in the same moment. within. La Petite Mort has played to the selection of artists themselves so cute. I thought, why not? I don’t
by Megan O’Meara The gallery’s name itself—French for host to hundreds of artists in its short and the way he works on a daily ba- want my gallery to be exclusive just
Fulcrum Staff “the little death”, and another term for lifetime and has garnered recogni- sis. He explained his concept with a to artists that are established.”
an orgasm—embodies this strange tion from both the local and national comparison to some of the galleries Currently, Bérubé’s gallery has
NEW YORK, SAN Francisco, Paris— union. La Petite Mort is described on media. he found when living in Paris. over 100 member artists, and each
these are the cities that come to mind its website as “that gorgeous moment Bérubé holds to the philosophy “You walk into these galleries and one is guaranteed at least one indi-
when thinking of thriving artistic that juxtaposes suspense, tension, and that change is necessary in all aspects [it’s] a little tiny bachelor apartment vidual show. He calls these shows
communities. Luckily for Ottawa, La relief just after the release of a really of life. This ideal is evident in the di- and the guy is cooking his soup on “one-night stands”, and hosts one ev-
Petite Mort Gallery (306 Cumberland good orgasm”. verse and unconventional work in his his desk and it’s very personable. ery Friday night, from 7 to 10 p.m.
St.) owner Guy Bérubé has called Bérubé brings 25 years of expe- gallery. That’s what I wanted … I didn’t want “I discovered a long time ago that
each of these cities home and wants rience in the art world to La Petite “You have to move into the 21st it to be pretentious.” it’s all about the opening night … be-
to bring his experience in artistic in- Mort, including his time as both a century and realize that some things, One thing Bérubé never shies away cause if people came once, they won’t
novation to the nation’s capital. recognized art curator and accom- even though they’ve been the same from is controversy, but controversy come back, they’ve seen it.”
Bérubé was raised in Ottawa and plished interior designer in several forever, have to change. Change is for its own sake is not his goal. He As much as Bérubé hates to admit
obtained a photography diploma of the world’s most culturally vibrant healthy,” he says. “There’s a lot of rules tries to show art that is worthwhile he plans on leaving Ottawa again,
from Algonquin College. He moved cities. Bérubé uses his unconvention- I choose not to follow.” and intelligent, regardless of how ac- he has always felt that it’s healthy
to the United States and worked in al approach to art—honed through Bérubé has come to realize over the cepting people are of its content. His for him to keep moving.
several galleries, including the San his experiences in the world’s most years that while the concept of exclu- shows frequently deal with erotica as “What I would like to do [next]
Francisco Museum of Modern Art. cosmopolitan cities—to challenge sivity may work for the gallery, artists a central theme—part of the reason is take the business and expand it,”
In 1989 he settled in New York and patrons and shift the paradigms of usually hate it. If they depend entirely his collections often have a strong he says hopefully. “I would imagine
spent a decade working and selling the Ottawa art world. on one gallery for all of their sales, reaction from the art world. the possibility of keeping this one
art out of his apartment. In 2000 “Ottawa would probably be the they will miss many opportunities to “There’s a little bit of controversy here and … I would open one in
Bérubé crossed the ocean to deal art last place I would have wanted to showcase their creativity. because people think [I] just show Toronto or Montreal with the same
at Au P’tit Bouchon, an arts venue open a gallery because it’s a difficult “Normally a gallery has exclusivity anything and everything,” he says. name and branch it out.”
in Paris, before returning to Ot- market and a tough sell here,” Bérubé [with artists], but I don’t believe in “But the stuff I show here, it works.
tawa in 2001. His extensive experi- explains. “The reality is sometimes I that,” he explains. “My artists are en- It’s affordable, it’s unique, and the For more information visit
ence in other cities convinced him have to borrow money to pay the rent. couraged to show elsewhere. Galler- artists have something to say.” lapetitemortgallery.com.

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David McClelland

Sports Nov. 21–26, 2008


Sports Editor
sports@thefulcrum.ca

Sparks leads team to victory important defence is [and] I think play—including their overhauled
they’re learning to support each defensive game—came from Sparks’s
Women’s basketball on a other, learning to trust each other a fresh approach. She was also quick
four-game winning streak little bit. And I can’t reiterate enough to praise the team’s two transfers:
how important that is that you know, Allison Forbes, a fourth-year guard
but still not perfect when you’re out on the floor, that from the Brock Badgers, and Kaitlin
you’ve got your teammates behind Long, a fifth-year guard who origi-
by David McClelland you and supporting you, and that nally played for the Dalhousie Ti-
Fulcrum Staff you’ve got the same thing from the gers.
people on the bench.” While Sparks is proud of his team’s
THE UNIVERSITY OF Ottawa While Sparks has had only a few performance to date, he recognizes
women’s basketball team no longer that there is room for improvement.
looks like the team that won only “We could have been beaten to-
three in the 2007–08 season. “It’s a different day,” said Sparks after the game
With a convincing 59-40 win over atmosphere in practice. against Lakehead. “We went 3-for-11
the McMaster Marauders on Nov. 14 from the foul line down the stretch,
and a close 61-57 win over the Lake- We’re working a lot and to our credit we finally got to
head Thunderwolves the next day, harder [and] mistakes— the foul line and we need to do that.
the Gee-Gees are on a four-game we’re just not allowed There’s been too many games where
we’ve settled for the perimeter.”
winning streak and have already
surpassed last season’s total number to make them.” Sparks emphasized that the Gees
of wins. Melina Wishart need to take a long-term approach in
While the roster is almost entirely order to build a successful team.
unchanged from last season, head “Offensively, we’re not executing
coach Andy Sparks, who replaced months with the team, his influence as precisely as I would like to see us
Carlos Brown in July, now leads the can be seen clearly on the court. Ot- execute,” he said. “That’s something
Gee-Gees behind the bench. tawa took care of the Marauders with that takes a lot longer, though. We’ve
“It’s a different atmosphere in ease, and played with poise against only been going for two and a half,
practice. We’re working a lot harder Lakehead, never losing confidence, three months, and that’s really a one-
[and] mistakes—we’re just not al- even after falling seven points be- or two- or three-year process. We
lowed to make them,” said third- hind the Wolves in the first quarter. don’t fix everything [right away].”
year guard Melina Wishart, who had “That’s our coach,” said Wishart.
a 14-point game against Lakehead, “He doesn’t let us get on those runs The Gee-Gees now have a 4-1 record,
including four three-point baskets. when teams are beating us down the and are second in the Ontario Univer-
“I think the [team is] probably court. He brings us in, he talks to us, sity Athletics east division. They next
buying into a system,” said Sparks of [and] he knows what to say.” play Nov. 21 when they host the Brock
the difference between the two sea- Wishart also mentioned that she Badgers at 6 p.m. at Montpetit Hall.
photo by Elizabeth Chiang sons. “They’re understanding how felt much of the team’s improved Tickets are $4 for students.

No growing
pains here options with rookie centres Louis
Gees winning weekend Gauthier and Matt Michaud, both
over 6’8”.
displays bigger, more “We got lucky this year,” said
experienced men’s DeAveiro. “We got a chance to recruit
some big [players] and they all decid-
basketball lineup ed to come [play for the Gee-Gees].
by Ben Myers Other times, we try to recruit some
Fulcrum Staff big [players] and we don’t get any ...
But they’re young. They’re raw.”
THE GEE-GEES MEN’S basketball Along with their newly acquired
team did a lot of growing up over the big guns, the Gee-Gees can still de-
summer. Literally. pend on fourth-year guard Josh Gib-
In their home opener on Nov. 14, son-Bascombe, an Ontario University
the Gees suited up their tallest and Athletics (OUA) East first-team all-
most physical starting five in recent star last season. Although he strug-
memory. Along with returning fifth- gled during Ottawa’s first two games
year centre Dax Dessureault, who of this season, collecting an unchar-
at 6’9” can easily hook shots over acteristic five and 10 points respec- photo by Alex Martin
smaller forwards, the Gee-Gees have tively, Gibson-Bascombe returned to Veteran centre Dax Dessureault uses his height to his advantage against McMaster.
bolstered their lineup with recently form against the McMaster Maraud- “Coming into my first year, I knew “When I got hurt, I had to take a floor, more confidence on the floor,”
recruited 6’5” first-year forward War- ers in the Gees Nov. 14 home opener, it was going to be a learning experi- sideline view. I had to look at the DeAveiro said.
ren Ward. scoring 25 points. ence, but I thought it was going to be a game from an outside perspective, Jacob shared duties with his broth-
Returning forwards Nemanja Ba- Even Josh’s younger brother, sec- learning experience on the court,” Ja- and I thought that helped me a lot. I er throughout much of Ottawa’s game
letic and the currently injured Da- ond-year point guard Jacob Gibson- cob Gibson-Bascombe said following got to look at different aspects of the against McMaster. A dominant first
vid Labentowicz add to the offensive Bascombe, admits to having grown a a 12-point performance against Mc- game.” half from Dessureault and the elder
depth, standing 6’7” and 6’5”, respec- couple inches since he last played in Master. Jacob suffered a foot injured DeAveiro said Jacob’s growth can Gibson-Bascombe gave the Gees a
tively. On the bench, Gee-Gees head the 2007–08 season, though his bas- in January, and spent the remainder be seen on the court. 14-point lead going into halftime.
coach David DeAveiro has even more ketball IQ may have grown the most. of the season in the stands. “[He’s got] more maturity on the GROWING continued on p. 19
Splashing into third This record-breaking team included rook-
ie Rob Irvine, who came in first in the men’s
Swim team sets 200-metre individual medley. He swam his
best time of the season and will compete in
records at Divisional the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS)
Championship in Vancouver Feb. 19–21.
Championships “He was really the standout for the week-
end,” said McDonald.
by Megan O’Meara On Nov. 27, Irvine and the rest of the men’s
Fulcrum Staff team will travel back to Toronto to compete
in the University Challenge Cup. McDonald
WITH THE SEASON half over for the Gee- explained that this meet unites eight of the
Gees varsity swim team, the outlook is prom- top 10 CIS teams in competition.
ising as the team finished third among six “We’ll be racing against the University
teams at the Ontario University Athletics of British Columbia and the University of
(OUA) Divisional Championships hosted by Calgary,” he said. “It’s a pretty prestigious
the University of Toronto Nov. 15–16. event.”
Head coach Iain McDonald was impressed After the Nov. 27 meet, half of the men’s
with his team’s performance both this week- team will compete at the Canada Cup—an in-
end and throughout season. ternational meet in Toronto—the next day.
“We had some really strong performances,” The team will participate in several com-
he said. “Everyone was basically where I ex- petitions in addition to the championship
pected them to be in this part of the year. We events, with most taking place in the new
were really happy with the meet.” year.
Team captain Hans Fracke noted that there “After Christmas, we have a few minor
were several highlights throughout the meet, competitions before the OUA championship
as many of the Gee-Gees posted their best [on Feb. 6] and the CIS championship,” he
times this season. explained.
“A lot of people had [personal] best times, The team is already working hard to pre-
so at this point in the season that’s really pare for these meets despite the fact that they
good,” said Fracke. “I think as a team we did are still months away. They are hoping to
really well.” build on the momentum they aquired from
The team placed first in the men’s 400-me- the Divisional Championships.
tre freestyle relay, beating out top teams from “We were all pretty tired and were still
the U of T and Western. As well, the team able to perform like that,” said Fracke. “Once
broke its record for total score at a meet, we’re rested up and shaved down and tapered photo courtesy Meg Fracke
encapsulating their impressive performance I think we’ll be even faster and do reallyy The U of O swim team set a record for their best total score at a meet during the Divisional
this season. well.” Championships in Toronto.

There’s more to Canada


than just rocks and trees
vices and they were charging ridicu- “There’s a lot of interest [in the
U of O’s Outdoors Club lous amounts for trips that should be outdoors] for students, especially
$60,” said Lamy, who is now one of exchange students,” she said. Lamy
gives students a chance to the club’s three co-presidents along also noted that the club had gener-
experience the outdoors with Ellorie McKnight and Stéphane ated interest among students in pro-
around Ottawa Wojciechowski. “The Adirondacks grams like Environmental Science
trip is $200 ... that’s just too expen- and Leisure Studies.
by David McClelland sive for a student. There just really With events such as a trip to the
Fulcrum Staff wasn’t anything available for stu- Laflèche Aerial Park planned—
dents to go to [Gatineau Park] or go where students can ride 200 metre-
WHEN YOU GO to school in the camping at a reasonable price.” long zip lines and explore suspension
downtown core of one of Canada’s During her second year at the U bridges high in the forest canopy—
biggest cities, it’s easy to forget that of O, Lamy brought together some as well as less intense activities like
the city is surrounded by plenty of of her friends and formed the Out- orienteering and snowshoeing, the
natural recreation areas. The Uni- doors Club. Despite some initial club offers plenty of activities for
versity of Ottawa Outdoors Club problems gathering enough mem- students. Lamy said that they’re al-
reminds U of O students that there bers to sustain the club and have ways looking for new things to try.
is a vast world beyond the city, and it keep official club status, it now “Everyone likes to be outside, and
gives them a chance to enjoy the boasts a large membership from it’s fun to try sports that are a little
great outdoors. across campus. more adrenaline-oriented,” Lamy
Karina Lamy, now a fifth-year bi- The club currently organizes a explained. “We haven’t done bungee
ology student, created the club in wide variety of activities, including jumping or anything, but there’s po-
2006 after she recognized that there camping, snowboarding, and paint- tential to do stuff like that.”
was a gap in affordable outdoor rec- ball trips, and regularly hosts first-
reational activities for students at aid courses, which teach an essential Students interested in joining the
the U of O. And so the Outdoors skill for outdoor safety. Outdoors Club can contact them at
Club was formed. Lamy feels that the club is suc- out.dehors@gmail.com and ask to be
“I was part of the Carleton Univer- cessful because spending time out- put on the club’s mailing list. There
sity Outdoors Club in my first year, side of the classroom and meeting is no registration fee to join, however
photo courtesy Outdoors Club but [at the U of O] the only thing new people appeals to many differ- many of the club’s events require a
The U of O Outdoors Club gives students a chance to experience
that was available was Sports Ser- ent students. moderate fee to attend.
Canada’s outdoors.

www.thefulcrum.ca Nov. 21, 2008 SPORTS 17


Number four,
Bobby Orr
Searching for Bobby Orr
a fascinating look at hockey
in the 1960s and 70s
Explore
by David McClelland
Fulcrum Staff the art and
influence
THERE ARE FEW hockey fans who aren’t familiar with Bobby
Orr. Like any of the other greats who have played the game, of the artist
from early stars like Maurice Richard to Sidney Crosby today, behind Mack
his name stands out in the annals of hockey history. Orr won
the Stanley Cup twice with the Boston Bruins, and was one of
the Knife
the most prolific scoring defenders ever to play the game. Yet
many fans know little of the story behind Orr’s career, which
is where Canadian sports journalist Stephen Brunt’s 2006 na- The National Arts Centre
tional bestseller, Searching for Bobby Orr, comes in. English Theatre presents
Brunt’s book, technically speaking, contains nothing new.

THE
Since it is an unauthorized account of Orr’s life, there are no
new interviews with him or those close to him, but neverthe-
less, it’s an excellent overview of his hockey career.
There are three basic themes running through the book, the
first of which is Orr’s genius as a hockey player. Brunt takes
readers from Orr’s days as a young child learning to play the

ARK:
game in Parry Sound all the way to his storied NHL career.
Orr’s skills are described in intricate detail, including an entire
chapter (one that is perhaps the highlight of the book) devoted
to a description of Orr’s 100th point in the 1969–70 season. It
may sound tedious, but Brunt’s fluid prose keeps things inter- Orr played hockey during a time of transition, beginning
esting without getting bogged down by superfluities. his NHL career in 1967 and playing until 1979, and this larger
Of course, fans already understand Orr’s incredible hockey
skills, and Brunt’s praise is not what makes the book stand
historical context forms the book’s third theme. During that
period, the NHL tripled in size from six teams in the northeast-
THE THEATRE OF
out. Rather, the book’s other two themes make it truly inter-
esting. For one, significant time is devoted to the people who
ern corner of North America to 18 spread across the continent,
while the NHL’s short-lived rival, the World Hockey Associa-
BERTOLT BRECHT
surrounded Orr throughout his playing career and how they tion, sprung up and tried to steal away the NHL’s best players. Directed by Peter HINTON
influenced him and helped (or hindered) him. Orr’s father is Hockey changed in a big way over the course of Orr’s career,
mentioned frequently, as is Orr’s infamous agent, Alan Eagle- and Orr played a big part in those changes—a fact that Brunt With a company of 41 actors, designers,
son, who often used an unwitting Orr to further his own ends. emphasizes many times in his work. directors, dramaturgs, historians, musicians
Through these and other interactions, Brunt delivers a more It is this historical backdrop that makes Brunt’s work truly and playwrights
complete portrait of Bobby Orr—who he was as a man, not just exceptional. From Orr’s roots in conservative 1950s Parry
as a hockey player. Sound to his transformation into a cosmopolitan Bostonian,
Brunt also exposes the other side of Orr’s career. In addi-
tion to the aforementioned Eagleson, passages detail poor
Brunt follows Orr’s career and sketches a portrait of an all-star
defender, while managing to showcase Canada’s national game
November 29 | 19:30
coaching or managerial decisions affecting Orr’s career, as during a period of major change. Searching for Bobby Orr is Dominion-Chalmers United Church,
well as Orr’s battle with a persistently injured knee and sur- easily one of the best hockey books to come out in recent years 355 Cooper Street, Ottawa
geons constantly assuring him and the public that all would and is highly recommended for anyone interested in the career
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soon be well. of one of the game’s greatest players.
($15 for 2008-09 ET subscribers)
Available at the NAC or at the church on the evening

Around the horn


of the performance

Rudolf Schlichter, Portrait of Bertolt Brecht, 1926


Produced by the NAC English Theatre Company
in association with the National Theatre School of
Men’s hockey team loses “It was a back and forth game,” said Gee- Canada with assistance from the Goethe-Institut
twice in Kingston Gees head coach Dave Leger. “We couldn’t Toronto, the University of Ottawa, and the Friends of
bury our chances in the shootout.” NAC English Theatre.
WHILE THE GEE-GEES men’s hockey team The next day, RMC took advantage of Ot- Generously supported by The Cyril & Dorothy,
had chances to win this weekend in Kingston, tawa’s slow start to build a 3-0 lead in the first Joel & Jill Reitman Family Foundation
they were unable to come up with a victory in period, before the Gees narrowed the gap to
The National Theatre School’s participation is made
either game. On Nov. 14, Ottawa lost 2-1 in a 3-2 by the end of the frame. After exchang-
shootout to the Queen’s Golden Gaels, and a day ing goals in the second and third periods, the possible in part by
later lost 7-6 in overtime to the RMC Paladins. game was tied 6-6 when RMC forward Justin
The Nov. 14 affair was a goaltending duel be- Lacey scored on Gee-Gees goaltender Martin
tween the Gees’ Riley Whitlock and the Gaels’ Bricault in overtime.
Brady Morrison, who surrendered just one goal “We were disappointed with the trip,” said National Arts Centre ENGLISH THEATRE
PETER HINTON, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
each in regulation and overtime while facing 35 Leger. “We left two points back in Kingston.”
and 37 shots respectively. Gee-Gees left-winger The Gee-Gees now hold a 5-4-2 record and
Matthieu Methot scored the lone Ottawa goal. sit third in the Ontario University Athletics Far www.nac-cna.ca
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GROWING continued from p.16 head Thunderwolves on Nov. 15, and

Fourth-year McMaster centre


won 80-67 with Ward collecting 19
points and seven rebounds. Fifth-year
Lighting the lamp

What a difference
Mouctar Daiby had a tough time Lakehead forward Kiraan Posey scored
defending against the lankier Dessu- 26 points in the losing effort. Des-
reault, and collected only four points sureault and Josh Gibson-Bascombe
in the first half thanks to some strong contributed 18 and 22 points, respec-

a coach makes
defence from the Gees. Dessureault, tively, showcasing what could become
on the other hand, collected easy bas- a potent offensive triple-threat when
kets off fast breaks and ended the first Ward is playing up to form.
half with 15 points. DeAveiro summed up the team’s
McMaster managed to whittle Ot- growth in two categories: recruiting
3-19 record. per game than last season.
tawa’s lead to only five points with and experience.
Now, I don’t know exactly what Sparks has been able to turn the
five minutes remaining, as Ottawa’s “We’re a little deeper than we were
went on behind the scenes, but it’s women’s basketball team into a
shooters went cold in the final two last year, and we’re a year older—and
obvious that Brown was not the winning squad, tightening up their
quarters, shooting only 38 per cent a year wiser, hopefully.”
right fit for the team. That’s not to defence and challenging the unit to
after a blistering 67 per cent first half.
say he was a terrible coach—after play harder. In a recent interview,
It took a three-pointer from Josh Gib- The Gee-Gees are now 3-1 and tied
all, men’s basketball head coach third-year guard Melina Wishart
son-Bascombe with one minute left for first with the Carleton Ravens in
Dave DeAveiro decided to take spoke of the team’s improved work
to break the Marauders’ spirits and the OUA East division. They host the
him on as an assistant coach this ethic and heightened confidence.
seal the game for Ottawa. Brock Badgers on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. at
season—but for whatever reason, I think what’s truly interesting
To round out their weekend home- Montpetit Hall. Tickets are $4 for stu-
Brown wasn’t able to gel with the here is how much one person can
stand, the Gee-Gees faced the Lake- dents.
David McClelland women’s team. change a team. I know from my
Sports Services asked Brown not own (admittedly limited) athletic
Sports Editor to return after the season ended, experience that having an excel-
and hired local Ashbury College lent coach can motivate you to play
sudoku I HAVE A lot of respect for a good
coach. They don’t always get the at- head coach and former Carle- harder and improve your perfor-
ton Ravens assistant coach Andy mance, while a terrible coach can
answers tention they deserve, as they tend
to be relegated to the background Sparks as his replacement. While have the opposite effect and detract
Sparks was heralded by Sports Ser- from your play.
from p. 22 while athletes perform their hero-
ics on the floor, ice, or field. But vices for his coaching abilities, no Sparks’ coaching abilities have
coaches are often the most crucial one thought that the Gees team obviously had a huge effect on
element of a team, more important would be instantly transformed the Gee-Gees women’s basketball
than any one player. They’re the into a winner. team, but there is still work to be
%9%(:%28%+)*0)<-&-0-8= glue that holds the team together But we were wrong. done. While the team’s results are
and provides leadership and strat- After dropping a 52-50 decision fantastic so far, they are not with-

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tionless, the team loses its ability to son opener, the Gee-Gees haven’t can be frustratingly inconsistent,
win games. looked back and are currently en- and they need to learn how to de-

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example of coaching making a dif-
ference than the Gee-Gees wom-
joying a four-game winning streak.
Much of this success can undoubt-
edly be traced back to Sparks. As he
fend more carefully and take fewer
fouls. Thankfully, Sparks seems to
have recognized these issues and is
en’s basketball team. Last season, patrols the sidelines, he looks very working to fix them. It will be in-
with Carlos Brown at the helm, the much at home with the Gee-Gees, teresting to see the team adapt and
team was mired in problems. Sev- his veteran demeanour betraying change under his guidance over the
eral veteran players quit the team his still-brief tenure. His influence remainder of the season.
after disagreeing with him over the shows on the court—the team is
team’s coaching system, and the playing with more confidence and sports@thefulcrum.ca
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Michael Olender

Opinion Nov. 21–26, 2008

Lord Jones is dead


Executive Editor
executive@thefulcrum.ca

Heckles: A word on impartiality


“Are you allowed to say that? I thought you were
impartial.” To me, this expectation of perpetual
impartiality is not reality for a journalist.
A journalist’s job is not to be impartial on a

Hey OC Transpo, personal level, but rather to present an unbiased


look at events and issues to readers in his or her

stop cutting corners


articles. The job requires the ability to set aside
personal feelings and ensure that readers have
access to a comprehensive look at issues and

and do your job


an unbiased summary of key events. Every day,
writers and editors set aside their own thoughts
Frank Appleyard on Stephen Harper or the War on Terror to pro-
Editor-in-Chief vide readers with reporting steeped in fact, with
input from all sides of the story.
FOR THOSE READERS who may not have seen This practice of impartial reporting is a funda-
last week’s Fulcrum, or who may have flipped mental part of the Fulcrum. While the Fulcrum
through the paper quickly, in the middle of the indeed took a stance on CFS membership in last
issue was an ad inviting students to attend a de- week’s editorial—a space reserved exclusively to
by Jaclyn Lytle one end of Barrhaven to the other, both begin- bate co-hosted by the Fulcrum and La Rotonde present the editorial board’s opinion on issues—
Fulcrum Staff ning and ending at Fallowfield station. Once the regarding Student Federation of the University the same edition’s news section contained none
new station became serviceable, OC Transpo of Ottawa membership in the Canadian Federa- of this bias. Instead, the same editors who lent
THE FORMERLY REMOTE, lacklustre Bar- carved up these two routes to create four sepa- tion of Students (CFS). However, a day before their voices to the editorial strived to ensure
rhaven community has developed a reputation rate local bus routes in the community. This the issue hit stands, the Fulcrum pulled out of that readers had access to the facts, free from
as the definitive Ottawa-area suburbia in recent means that for someone to travel from one end the debate, leaving La Rotonde to host the de- any personal or institutional slants. Newspapers
years. The community is located anywhere from of Barrhaven to another, he or she must take a bate alone. contain both information and commentary, and
30 minutes to an hour from Ottawa’s downtown minimum of two buses. This would not have This move was in response to concerns from journalists recognize the importance of keeping
core for commuters travelling via bus, and any- been too inconvenient if it weren’t for the fact our hosting partners that the Fulcrum could not the two separate, regardless of biases.
where from 20 minutes to two hours for those that absolutely none of these local bus routes be involved in the debate, following our edito- The student media was not permitted to host
travelling by car, depending upon traffic. The actually run through Strandherd station. The 95 rial board’s decision to take a position on CFS the official CFS debates because we aren’t im-
bus is largely relied upon by commuters, mak- route offers the most accessibility to this station. membership in last week’s editorial. Essentially, partial, so we set up our own debate. To me, this
ing Fallowfield station the transportation hub of However, it only goes as far as Strandherd one- as the Fulcrum had presented its take on mem- debate’s purpose was to prove that the media
the Barrhaven community. Unfortunately, the third of the time, which inflates waiting times bership, it was argued that it would be inappro- could present an unbiased, informative debate
transit stations and routes to, from, and within for passengers so much that it is more worth- priate for staff or volunteers to participate in the despite our opinions.
the ever-burgeoning community are the worst while to forget the whole thing altogether, and moderation of the debate. No journalist is impartial on a personal level.
planned in the city. leave from Fallowfield instead, which more and This is a belief that I disagreed with at the time, But every writer and editor with a passion for
Fallowfield station, Barrhaven’s first park- more passengers are doing. and still disagree with now. Appearance-wise, it the craft believes in setting aside personal biases
and-ride facility located at Fallowfield Road Strandherd station, although OC Transpo may not have been appropriate for a publication and giving readers the opportunity and infor-
and Woodroffe Avenue, initially had only one disagrees, simply does not provide the neces- with a distinct opinion to be involved with the mation to make their own decisions.
parking lot when it was built. In designing the sary services that passengers in the community debate. But in practice? I think someone with those beliefs would
station, the rate at which the community was require (and has basically become a useless It comes down to the concept of impartiality. make a pretty good moderator.
growing was not taken into account. Rather eyesore). Instead of inexplicably carving up a In my experience, journalists are often expected I would love to hear what readers think of this
than accommodating the number of commut- well-designed local transit system, OC Transpo to be beacons of neutrality in every aspect of their situation. Please, let me know.
ers that could be expected to make use of the should have had the foresight to heed predic- lives. I have met people who are amazed when I
station say, for instance, five to 10 years down tions regarding the massive growth of the Bar- opine in casual conversation about federal poli- editor@thefulcrum.ca
the road, Fallowfield was built in accordance rhaven community and planned to accommo- tics or the U of O administration. I have heard, 613-562-5261
with the estimated number of commuters in date the future population size.
Barrhaven at the time. It was not long before the Until recently, the issue of Strandherd sta-
number of commuters far exceeded the capac- tion has been, at best, an annoyance to those

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ity of the station and, shockingly, the Fallowfield members of the Barrhaven community who
park-and-ride was forced to expand. are obliged to rely on public transit. That was
A proposal was put forth by members of the until OC Transpo decided to start actively tick-
Barrhaven community that the park-and-ride eting cars at Fallowfield station that were not
facility expand upward, creating multi-level parked within the lines of a designated space.
parking that would have the potential to grow OC Transpo clearly does not understand that
with the expansion of the community. Naturally, passengers using the park-and-ride facility are
to save precious dollars, the proposal was reject- forced to find whatever space they possibly can,
ed. Instead, an adjoining field was transformed be it on the sides of the lot or on the gravel, as
into a massive paved lot. Considering the lack the lot is always full. In addition to ticketing,
of planning and the refusal to accommodate OC Transpo put up a sardonically friendly sign
the projected number of future commuters, one reminding Fallowfield patrons of the expanded
can only imagine the astonishment that ensued convenience of Strandherd.
when, lo and behold, some short years later the What I cannot understand is why OC Trans-
number of commuters in Barrhaven again far po is punishing passengers for its own mistakes.
exceeded the capacity of Fallowfield station. One parking ticket costs more than a monthly
In an idiotic attempt to resolve this issue, OC student bus pass. Why should students have to
Transpo elected not to address the problems of pay parking tickets when the inconvenience of
Fallowfield station at all and instead decided to OC Transpo offers them no other choice but to
build yet another park-and-ride facility, which park the best they can and ride the bus? Perhaps
has come to be known as Strandherd. This new one student may offer a suggestion: take the
station was built in the centre of the commu- money that is being siphoned from the pockets
nity, which unfortunately is the only convenient of those of us who have to rely on public transit
thing about it. and put it toward the smart planning required
Prior to the construction of Strandherd sta- to create a system that is both convenient and
tion, there were two local buses that ran from efficient.
Redefining ‘charitable’
by Katie DeClerq support for non-profit charities. Just
Fulcrum Staff think of all the events and clubs that
have been promoted around the Uni-
HEY, WHAT’S $25 A month? It’s like versity of Ottawa within the last two
half a cup of coffee a day! Isn’t that months: Green Weeks, Trick or Eat,
easy? Actually, what’s $25 a month? and Engineers without Borders, End
It’s $300 a year! Extreme Poverty, and Students Aid-
We have all received the dreaded ing Village Empowerment. We invite
phone calls from charities asking for speakers to address students, promote
donations, or even the door-to-door the issues, throw fundraisers, and in
visits from organization representa- addition to this we are the ones asked
tives, but nothing is as intrusive as to donate money!
the fundraisers who stand on public Greenpeace fundraisers will stand
streets and corner you into a conver- on busy street corners by the Second
sation. Their mystifying persuasive Cup on Rideau Street and the ByTowne
talents often sway you into guiltily Cinema, and Amnesty International
signing a paper and, before you know representatives stand on campus by the
it, you have adopted a child or are busy walkway near Tabaret Hall to en-
paying $25 a month to save the trees. tice students to give to their organiza-
Unfortunately for students, fundrais- tion. I feel that students are ordinarily
ers’ target audience is students. willing to listen, and charities have rec-
For these charity representatives, ognized this. Targeting students—many
university of whom are
students are in debt—
a school of Targeting students—many isn’t right,
fish. They’re
swimming
of whom are in debt—isn’t especially on
their own
around cam- right, especially on their campus. Al- illustration by Amlake Tedla-Digaf
pus everyday
and, with the
own campus. though most
students
tions, fundraisers’ tones of voice
become more commanding. The
potential donors. Of course, not all
fundraisers are professionals; some
more time to carefully consider your
situation and there will be less pres-
right bait, would love demanding nature of these represen- representatives are students or adults sure for you to decide right away. If
they can be reeled in. While some stu- to donate to charity, most just don’t tatives on the street sets them apart who just believe in the cause and are you prefer a less passive-aggressive
dents are strong-willed and fight until have enough money to do so. Students from the many heartening fundraising so passionate that they may come off approach, you can always just say
the very end, most are either hungry shouldn’t be asked to donate to charities events on campus, making it appear as a little pushy. sorry and walk away.
to help others or naïve enough to take but rather should be encouraged to ac- if their only goal is getting your money. If you are stuck in any of the situ- If you do get sucked in to donat-
the bait. tively participate in causes and further And if that isn’t enough, certain orga- ations above, there are lots of ways ing against your will, know that it is
Students are more open and opti- any interests they may have. nizations such as UNICEF—conve- to sneak away in a dignified, kind- always possible to cancel a donation.
mistic about working for a better fu- What is truly fascinating, however, niently placed in the Rideau Centre hearted fashion. Ideally, if you are Give the organization a call and tell
ture than out-of-school adults, who are the ways in which fundraisers are where many students go during their aware of the trap ahead of time, them that you misjudged your finan-
are focused on their lives and those able to attract people and convince spare time—have the phone numbers avoid eye contact and ignore the rep- cial situation, and can’t donate at this
of their children. Students are inter- them to donate. The conversations of Ontario banks and will actually call resentatives. If you are already stuck time.
ested in broadening their awareness usually begin with a horrifying sta- them and allow you to set up the trans- in the middle of the conversation Remember that a donation is only
on social justice issues and are willing tistic or a tragic story involving sick actions right then and there. and forms start getting stuffed into half a cup of coffee a day. A worthy
to stop and have an intelligent con- children or cute animals. These sto- It is important to note that these your hands, calmly explain that you charity will use that money to success-
versation with a representative of a ries are meant to make you feel sad or people are trained to persuade you would love to help but you need to fully help others and your donation
charitable organization. Students are guilty about being in a privileged situ- to give money. Certain schools even double-check your financial situa- could truly make a difference. But you
also more likely to feel guilty about ation while others dream of living like offer degrees in professional fund- tion before you can commit. If this shouldn’t be forced to donate. Just be
standing there with a Starbucks coffee you do. They continue to talk faster raising. For example, Humber Col- doesn’t work, you can always look at aware of your financial situation and
in hand while someone is telling them and more confidently, telling you that lege in Toronto offers a program your watch and say you have to run if you absolutely cannot donate, don’t
how a dollar a day will save someone’s it is possible to donate regardless of entitled Fundraising and Volunteer to class, saying you’ll donate online. be afraid to say no. They may be pushy,
life. your student budget and lifestyle. Management, in which people learn If you are genuinely interested in do- but no means no, and fundraisers will
University students already show While they get out their applica- to organize campaigns and deal with nating, doing so online will give you let you swim away.

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22
Sarah Leavitt

Distractions Nov. 21–26, 2008


Features Editor
features@thefulcrum.ca

Dear Di Thryllabus
Friday, Nov. 21
Seminar: Terrorism at the Olympic Games.
2 p.m. Montpetit Hall. Room 221. Register via
marcel.fallu@uottawa.ca. Free.

If you have a question for Di, Women’s basketball: Ottawa vs. Brock. 6 p.m.
e-mail deardi@thefulcrum.ca. Montpetit Gym. Students $4.

Saturday, Nov. 22
Women’s volleyball: Ottawa vs. York. 2:30 p.m.
Dear Di, Montpetit Gym. Students $4.
I’m a guy who has ab-
solutely no trouble get- Dear Di, Men’s basketball: Ottawa vs. Guelph. 8 p.m.
ting girls interested and My girlfriend gives great head Montpetit Gym. Students $4.
back to the bedroom, and I love and appreciate her for it,
but every time I do the but whenever she’s done she comes
same problem comes up. I am a young back up to make out with me and Sunday, Nov. 23
and healthy male, but I have problems her kisses taste like come. I don’t sudoku answers on p. 19
lasting all the way to the ninth in- want to stop getting head, but I Master’s recital: Sara Spigott on the oboe. 8 p.m.
ning. Many girls enjoy coming home hate the taste of my own come. I Pérez Hall. Freiman Auditorium. Free.
and humping like bunnies all night don’t know how to approach her
long, but I have trouble making it last about it. Should I tell her to use Monday, Nov. 24
longer than three or four minutes. some mouthwash afterwards?
Nothing is more embarrassing than —Salty Kisses Hearsay by Jordan Moffatt Seminar: The Rule of Law, a Victim of the War
that post-coital conversation and the on Terror in Canada and the United States? 10 a.m.
disappointed look on the face of girl Dear SK, Fauteux Hall. Room 232. Free.
after girl. Is there anything I can do to You spoiled, spoiled boy. Here is
avoid the hit and run? a girl who performs well and—from Christmas Craft Fair. 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
—Two-Pump Chump the sounds of it—with enthusiasm, Minto Place. 427 Laurier Ave. Free.
and you’re bitching about a little
Dear TPC, salty tonsil hockey? Listen, as you
Listen, your early blast-off isn’t that may know, not all girls have a taste Tuesday, Nov. 25
uncommon, especially for guys aged (or a talent) for giving head. The
18–25. There are a couple of things you fact that you’ve found one with both Japanese cinema: Nippon: the Land and its
can do to keep your cock as equally makes you a very lucky guy. On top People. 7 p.m. Fauteux Hall. Room 135. Free.
enthusiastic as your enthusiasm. You of that, you’re just shuddering at
could have more frequent sex, but you the aftertaste. Have you given any Public talk: Botanist Barbara Gamble. 7 p.m.
seem like a one-night-stand, no-talk, thought to what a whole mouthful Canadian Museum of Nature. 240 McLeod St. Free.
all-cock jock. So let’s focus on other must taste like? You and your girl-
things. You can up your stamina by friend could just have very different Wednesday, Nov. 26
masturbating more often, especially taste buds, but my guess is she’s not
before you hit the town. Once you’ve exactly crazy about the taste of your Play: The Constant Wife.
schmoozed and you’re back on home spunk either. So the real question 8 p.m. Ottawa Little Theatre.
turf, spend more time on foreplay. here should be: how can you make 400 King Edward Ave. Students $10.
Don’t let her pump you off; instead treat your come taste better for her (and,
her like you would if she were a Playboy consequently, for you too)? First
bunny, focusing more on her pleasure and foremost, smoking and drink-
than your own. Consider going down ing alcohol are both big no-nos, so
on her, which will not only distract her if either of those are overly prevalent
but please her as well, giving you more in your everyday life, they are prob- Itch by Daniel Kaell
time to recoup if the countdown begins ably major contributors to bad-tast-
prematurely. Switch positions; different ing blowjobs. Also stay away from
positions make different guys come. dairy, which just makes come taste
If you know you always come during plain bad. If your girlfriend enjoys
doggy style, leave that until the end. sugary treats, try eating acidic fruits
Be vocal during sex; ask her what she like plums and blueberries, which
likes in between sweet-nothings, which can make semen sweeter. Or if you
could motivate you to keep going and want to lighten the taste of your
hint at which positions she loves. Most load, try kiwi and watermelon. And
importantly, vary your thrusting speed remember that meat and fish tend
and relax. Obviously, the faster you go to make semen taste stronger and
the more likely you’ll come. Personally, more bitter, so you may want to stay
if I can tell a guy is nervous, something I away from those. There are lots of
often do is suck the guy off before I fuck guys out there whose spunk may be
him. This saves face for the guy while more to her taste, but she isn’t com-
giving the girl some extra time getting plaining. So even if your post-head
penetrated. Whatever happens, you’re makeout sessions are still a little
lucky you can have sex while drunk weird, give her a big kiss and a big
because some guys are complete flops thank-you. If she can suck it up and
after a couple drinks. Happy humping! swallow, then so can you.
Love, Love,
Di Di
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Frank Appleyard

Editorial Nov. 21–26, 2008


Editor-in-Chief
editor@thefulcrum.ca

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Nov. 21–26, 2008
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Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 light at the University of Ottawa. However, while
editor@thefulcrum.ca a campaign dealing with lowering tuition and lob-
www.thefulcrum.ca bying efforts was slowly taking over campus, U of
O students have been faced with the prospect of
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or Care Bear stare! equally grave issues much closer to home.
The issues in the City of Ottawa’s draft 2009
Staff budget have gone virtually unnoticed amid the
Frank ‘champ bear’ Appleyard CFS referendum pandemonium.
Editor-in-Chief While the astronomical amount of funding
editor@thefulcrum.ca cuts and fee increases in the draft budget affect
Ben ‘grumpy bear’ Myers
every Ottawa resident, the proposed implications
Production Manager are an affront to Ottawa students’ needs and in-
production@thefulcrum.ca terests. City staffers seem to have forgotten that
while the city’s 100,000 post-secondary students
Michael ‘bedtime bear’ Olender
Executive Editor may not necessarily pay property taxes, they nev-
executive@thefulcrum.ca ertheless deserve access to resources and services
to promote a better quality of life.
Martha ‘beastly’ Pearce
In a testament to the low standing afforded
Art Director
design@thefulcrum.ca to student issues in planning for the upcoming
year, the Transit Committee-approved Universal
Emma ‘tenderheart bear’ Godmere Bus Pass pilot project for U of O undergraduate
News Editor
news@thefulcrum.ca
students may not even make it into budget dis-
cussions at all. During debate on the U-Pass on
Peter ‘wish bear’ Henderson Nov. 12, Mayor Larry O’Brien broke a 12-12 tie
Arts & Culture Editor among councillors and put an end to the ambi-
arts@thefulcrum.ca
tious project. While a motion for reconsideration
David ‘funshine bear’ McClelland earned the U-Pass a second chance at inclusion in
Sports Editor budget discussions later this month, the Nov. 12
sports@thefulcrum.ca meeting made it clear that council has little inter-
Sarah ‘good luck bear’ Leavitt est in including the pass in the same discussions
Features Editor as recreation funding and road maintenance.
features@thefulcrum.ca As if the potential failure of the U-Pass isn’t illustration by Devin A. Beauregard
Danielle ‘hugs’ Blab
enough, a proposal in OC Transpo’s 2009 market-
Laurel ‘tugs’ Hogan ing plan would cap eligibility for its reduced-fare lose their municipal funding in the name of sav- While a city needs sound infrastructure to
Copy Editors student passes at age 24 starting in September ing taxpayers some cash—$215,000 between the function day-to-day, vibrant communities are
2009. According to the plan, such a move would three. These festivals are only a handful of the greater than the sum of their bridges and traffic
Amanda ‘shine bright bear’ Shendruk
Associate News Editor force 6,331 U of O students—largely graduate stu- arts events that keep Ottawa vibrant for students lights. City Council needs to be reminded that
associatenews@thefulcrum.ca dents—to fork over the extra money for an adult throughout summer and fall, and all three are a communities must serve all residents, even those
pass, despite holding the same status at the school cherished part of the Ottawa post-secondary ex- students who may not pay property taxes, but
James ‘daydream bear’ Edwards as their younger counterparts. This move would perience, like Nuit Blanche is to Toronto and the who also cannot afford increased user fees.
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webmaster@thefulcrum.ca affect 20 per cent of Ottawa’s post-secondary stu- Osheaga Music and Art Festival is to Montreal. The city is holding budget consultations across
dents, while saving OC Transpo $350,000 annual- While these events are certainly not a necessary the city Nov. 24–25. If students hope to retain
Jessica ‘forest friend bear’ Sukstorf ly—mere pennies of the city’s total budget. part of students’ post-secondary education, they some tangible status within the City of Ottawa’s
Volunteer & Visibility are treasured additions to the city’s culture that strategic plans, they need to speak up and tell
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And the proposed budget doesn’t stop there.
volunteer@thefulcrum.ca As submitted, the city will take an axe to local enrich students’ off-campus lives. council that students are Ottawa residents too,
arts funding next year, leaving galleries, festi- In looking at each of these points, it is clear and don’t deserve the cruel cuts they’re facing in
Megan ‘proud heart bear’ O’Meara vals, and musicians to essentially fend for them- that the City of Ottawa has drafted a budget that this budget.
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selves. The proposed 100 per cent funding cut to doesn’t simply under-serve students—it pays no After student issues beyond this campus have
Alex ‘sea friend bear’ Martin many Ottawa area arts initiatives will likely result attention to them. The city’s accountants and poli- dominated U of O students’ minds for the last 13
Staff Illustrator in either higher costs passed onto participants ticians alike have turned municipal services into a days, it’s time to draw attention back to our own
or the deaths of the undertakings themselves. tug of war between reducing the load on taxpay- backyard.
Inari ‘secret bear’ Vaissi Nagy
Jiselle ‘share bear’ Bakker Events including Bluesfest, the Ottawa Folk Fes- ers and maintaining a functional community, with
Ombudsgirls tival, and the Ottawa Fringe Festival all stand to students’ needs lost somewhere in the middle. editor@thefulcrum.ca
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