David Nixon

On Tuesday, the UBC Faculty Association (UBCFA) emailed an unusual advisory to its more-than 3,200 members about Peter Wylie, a professor of economics at UBC Okanagan. The advisory was sent during the UBCFA elections, in which Wylie is a candidate for vice-president. The online elections are open to faculty members until April 5.

The Ubyssey is investigating UBC’s Student Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) after it ran unprecedented deficits in 2015 and 2016 — more than $300,000 each year, or about 23 per cent of annual revenue, while simultaneously running an ineffective grant program.

Students may now “resign” from UBC’s AMS, thanks to new provincial legislation. Under that legislation, students are also entitled to a number of court remedies if their society has “oppressed” or “unfairly prejudiced” them.

For over a decade, students, journalists, privacy agencies, community members and MLAs have lobbied for legislative change that would prevent UBC from using an accountability gap to shelter what are widely considered public documents. "This year we’ve made a very hard push with the government," said Crasta. "It’s a very dangerous avenue for public bodies to go down, creating these shell corporations to enclose information away from public eyes."

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