Letter from the News Editors: Overwhelmed by yet another election? The Ubyssey is here to help.

Just two years after the last one, a federal election is coming on September 20.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the idea of having to live through yet another election season while a pandemic and wildfires rage across the province, we are too. Luckily, The Ubyssey’s news section is here to make this year’s election a little more accessible for UBC students.

We won’t be covering every intricacy of the election Canada-wide, but we will be covering everything that happens in our local MPs race in the Vancouver-Quadra riding.

Not sure which party or MP you want to vote for? Turn to us for quick and dirty profiles of the local candidates and their platforms. We’ll also be aiming to provide you with everything you need to know about the issues students care about: from affordable education to the climate crisis and more.

In the meantime, there are a few important things for you to do before Election Day.

First (and most importantly) is to make sure you are registered to vote. Canadian citizens who are at least 18 years old can register online at the Elections Canada website. This is also where you can double-check your registration status, as well as update your address if you have recently moved. You can choose to register at a polling station, but if you want to avoid added stress or vote by mail, we recommend registering ahead of time.

Next, you should figure out which riding — or voting district — you live in. Again, just go to Elections Canada’s website and type in your postal code. You’ll be able to figure out which riding you live in, as well as all the candidates who are running. For students living on campus or west of Arbutus, you are a part of the Vancouver-Quadra riding.

Lastly, stay informed! Our coverage will only be centred on the happenings in Vancouver-Quadra, so make sure you look to other credible news sources for updates on what’s happening elsewhere — citywide and nationwide — especially if you’re a commuter or still taking online classes from home.

If you have a topic you want us to cover or questions you need answered about the election, email us at news@ubyssey.ca. For all of our election-related coverage, click here.