The discussion focused on the issue of housing — the central issue of the election — as more and more Vancouverites and UBC students feel the pressure of the city’s housing market.
“It essentially wielded its illegal delays in the FOI like … they were trying to squash the human rights complaint,” said Hansen.
In the days leading up to election day, the AMS and student groups are ramping up their efforts to encourage students voter turnout in the municipal elections.
Former Prime Minister Paul Martin was joined by UBC’s former Associate Dean of Indigenous Education Dr. Jo-ann Archibald and University of Winnipeg’s Associate VP Indigenous Affairs Kevin Lamoureux.
Following an Indigenous student discussion circle on October 2, the AMS has apologized for its sluggish efforts to engage Indigenous campus communities and “advance reconciliation.”
During the conversation, Robertson chose not to speak about the recent disruption within his party.
The October 2 event featured the latest works of three prominent food security experts: Public Policies for Food Sovereignty co-edited by Dr. Annette Aurélie Desmarais, Big Hunger by Dr. Andy Fisher and Food Bank Nations by Dr. Graham Riches.
“It’s not a good use of tuition money, and it’s something that is not supported in the values we believe at the university, which include sustainability.”
As first reported in The Globe and Mail, the Association of Administrative Professional Staff at UBC (AAPS) — which represents 4,500 university employees — announced yesterday that they had helped six of their members file complaints against UBC and senior officials since May.
A Harvard-educated UBC associate professor is petitioning US Senators who are also Harvard alumni to vote against Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as Supreme Court judge.
“Insofar as assessing teaching effectiveness is concerned -- especially in the context of tenure and promotion -- SETs are imperfect at best and downright biased and unreliable at worst,” reads the decision.
LeBlanc, who received his Ph.D. from UBC in environmental microbiology in 2015 is hoping to continue his predecessor’s legacy of pushing forward an agenda that strongly promotes sustainability within the Metro Vancouver regional district.
At its September 12 meeting, AMS Council unanimously approved the appointments of Frank Ju as ombudsperson and Halla Bertrand as elections administrator, who will both serve the student population independently from the AMS.
"What we’re trying to do is recruit from French immersion graduates here in BC, to grow our own population of French language teachers here and to work closely with faculties of arts and language departments,” she said.
UBC launched a national campaign on September 24 to showcase its new branding as a university engaged in “tackling society’s largest challenges,” following negative press attention and increased global competition in recent years.
“It’s a really important academic and student service components to this project … it’ll begin to create the student service precinct that we’re envisioning,” said interim Vice-President Students Andrew Parr.
“I was shocked that it was allowed to happen because there were elected officials in there and none of them stopped the process,” he said. “There was no other Indigenous people in there."
The “small partnership” between UBC and Simon Fraser University’s student unions for this year’s Welcome Back BBQ did not deliver a bump in sales — but both societies believe it was a positive experience that could lead to more collaborations in the future.
“It’s a discussion that really needs to happen after we develop an MoU and further understand the academic use [of the brewery] and how much is going to be brewed out of this,” he said. “Right now, the focus is on getting an MoU.”