In a media release issued on January 23, the BC Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) — an independent licensing tribunal which makes decisions related to passenger-directed vehicles — gave the two companies approval to begin operations in the Lower Mainland and Whistler.
On January 13, the JCCF and FSC wrote statements on social media and the JCCF website saying they will be taking legal action.
The strike continued for five days before UBC released a letter from President Santa Ono that was published on the university’s website and social media.
Hosted on the second floor of the Nest by the Thaqalayn Muslim Association UBC, the vigil drew over 50 friends and community members who packed in to pay tribute.
The groups announced their strike — including eight fasting students — with an elaborate ceremony in the lower atrium of the Nest.
Ngo has been reported by various outlets to allegedly provoke protesters and associate with right-wing hate groups to promote narratives that antifa groups are ideological, militant and dangerous.
The statement follows months of activism from student groups including UBCC350, Extinction Rebellion UBC (XR UBC) and the Social Justice Centre.
“I thought it was a little weird that drivers were just chillin’ in hoodies instead of their uniforms,” said McCormick. “I figured it was just casual Friday — but, like, every day.”
Committee Chair Nancy McKenzie brought forward a motion recommending the Board conduct financial and legal reports into the possibility of fully divesting its $1.71 billion Main Endowment Pool and $1.82-billion Staff Pension Plan.
The committee met to consider a motion authorizing UBC to transfer funds from its Trek Endowment to the Sustainable Future Pool, a low-carbon fund that excludes fossil fuel investments.
While the union has voted in favour of striking, it has not issued its three-day strike notice. No job action has been taken and SkyTrain services are continuing as normal.
In a live press conference from Unifor’s headquarters, Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle announced a full strike as the next phase of job action.
The strike vote comes after the BC Rapid Transit Company rejected the latest proposal by Canadian Union of Public Employees 7000, the SkyTrain workers’ union, for new collective bargaining dates.
Unifor rejected the offer, asking for higher wages. But CMBC claims their proposal is more competitive than that of most public sector employees.
The current mathematics building and the mathematics annex were built in 1925 as semi-permanent structures.