This month’s first AMS Council meeting had councillors discussing the creation of a strategic plan, representation at the University Neighbourhoods Association and the resumption of the U-Pass program.
President Santa Ono, the AMS and the Arts Undergraduate Society have all released separate statements in support of Black communities after yesterday’s protest at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Organized by Jacob Callender-Prasad, the demonstration followed a string of anti-racist protests in the United States that erupted after Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody.
The BSU said it stands in solidarity with the family and friends of Floyd, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Ahmaud Arbery and those “who were violently murdered by the police.”
The student, reported to be a Chinese national, was safely recovered after the RCMP and the Vancouver Police Department tracked her to a residence in the 6000 block of Fremlin Street.
Behind my face mask, I felt tomato bits stuck in my mouth. But I couldn’t let anybody know they were there. I had to prove myself through the fluency of my English that I was from here just like everyone else. That I was not the other.
Senators discussed fall reading break, COVID-19 transcript notation, the final report from the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Diversity and Inclusion (SACADI) and the Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP), and other topics.
Students will be refunded for their April U-Pass, UBC announced in an email this afternoon.
Students are particularly prone to housing insecurity, with many looking for new housing as winter semester comes to a close. The pandemic is only intensifying the instability.
Canada’s employment minister said there are no penalties for students who apply “in good faith,” even if they end up not qualifying. Notably, international students are excluded from the benefit.
UBC’s announcement that the fall term will be primarily online is slowly being clarified as faculties individually release their plans to students.
The Zoom call was packed as around 50 participants sat through 6 hours of discussions at last night’s virtual AMS Council meeting.
President Santa Ono made the announcement in a May 11 broadcast email as the province recently revealed its plan to phase out of social distancing measures.
The ceremonies will take place online June 17 after the university cancelled spring in-person graduation ceremonies in light of COVID-19.
Fare collection and front-door boarding on all buses will resume on June 1, TransLink announced this morning. Resuming fare collection is estimated to provide TransLink with $2 million a month.