With Policy 131, UBC’s sexual violence policy, up for review next year, all eyes are looking to see how the university will continue to address sexual violence.
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Tensions surrounding tuition hikes escalated in 2014 and 2015, culminating in the birth of the #IAmAStudent movement.
Gupta resigned from his position in August 2015, following conflict and in-fighting with the Board of Governors (BoG). Having only served 13 months of his presidency at the time, his resignation came as a shock for much of the UBC community.
In 2013, The Ubyssey filed a freedom of information (FOI) request to see the broad-based admissions rubric used by the university, an institution run by the provincial government. This became the start of a four-year legal battle between the university and the student paper.
The decade began with two AMS execs narrowly avoiding impeachment, after filing a human rights complaint to the UN about access to education on behalf of the AMS without consulting AMS Council.
Malone, who ran with a focus on equity and affordability, has worked alongside Holmes whose platform included increased support for sexual violence survivors, a focus on divesting UBC funds and greater transparency.
The SkyTrain workers’ union, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 7000 and their employer, BC Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC) bargained right until the shutdown of the Millenium and Expo Lines was scheduled to begin.
The strike will include a full system shutdown of the SkyTrain beginning at 5 a.m. on December and resuming at 5 a.m. on December 13.
Evans came into the year benefitting from experience with the AMS and student governance at UBC, having served as an AMS representative for the Arts Undergraduate Society and as Chair of the Human Resources committee last year. He believes that he has leveraged that experience into some early successes.
The strike notice comes after 40 days of collective bargaining failed to reach an agreement between BCRTC and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 7000, the union that represents approximately 900 SkyTrain workers in Metro Vancouver.
The statement follows months of activism from student groups including UBCC350, Extinction Rebellion UBC (XR UBC) and the Social Justice Centre.
In June 2018, a draft of UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan was presented to the Board of Governors, intending to replace the university’s 2009 Aboriginal Strategic Plan and implement the TRC's 94 Calls to Action.
While Ilnitchi has kept busy with the 2019 federal election and provincial government advocacy, some of her other campaign promises have yet to hit full stride.
Her platform aimed to tackle some lofty goals, like supporting the Sexual Assault Support Centre in a year where UBC’s sexual misconduct response policy is under review and pushing UBC to divest from fossil fuels.
Hakim campaigned on the platform of improving sexual assault support, affordability, Indigenous inclusion, sustainability and increased student consultation throughout all aspects of his work.