The Ubyssey has compiled the primary health care policies of the four major political parties so that students can remain informed for the upcoming election.
Equity and Accessibility
With the 2021 federal election fast approaching, The Ubyssey has broken down the platforms of the four main political parties and their promises on the climate crisis.
From vaccine mandates to bolstering vaccine research, The Ubyssey compiled the most topical points pertaining to COVID-19 policy from the four main political parties.
Some remote First Nations communities have had limited access to medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. UBC's Remote Communities Drone Transport Initiative aims to fill this gap in our health care system by flying beyond geographic (and systemic) barriers.
“Seeing an increase in the budget means nothing but good."
Amidst the long-overdue review of academic accommodations for students with disabilities, the Senate has released proposed changes to the policy on academic concessions — which deal with “conflicting responsibilities and unforeseen events” — for feedback.
Students with mobility impairments are unhappy with UBC’s measures to facilitate accessibility during snowfall.
UBC cancelled an “accent reduction workshop” for international co-op students following backlash.
Of the six students enrolled in UBC’s Masters of Philosophy program, only one is female.
One study had students evaluate online courses with randomized male or female names. Almost invariably, students rated the male names higher than the female names, regardless of the actual gender of the professor.
Today, students drowned out a small anti-transgender demonstration that took place mere steps from UBC’s Pride installation outside the Nest.
“Ultimately, the entire policy has resulted in a student disability policy that is modernized and more transparent for students and faculty.”
Since kicking off last year, the Blue and Gold campaign has raised over $50 million for student scholarships. The AMS is arguing that more of that money should be put towards need-based scholarships for Indigenous students to uphold the school’s commitment towards reconciliation.
“The university has very much embraced the idea of diversity and the idea of equity, but actually turning that into an empirical reality is hard, [and] it requires hard work,” said Hirsh.
UBCFA Contract Faculty Committee Chair Sarika Bose said sessional faculty are treated as a “second tier of professors,” whose precarious employment status and low wages impacts every area of their lives.
“There is no opportunity for career advancement for someone like myself with the contract structure I have,” said Dr. Jennifer Gagnon, a sessional instructor in the faculty of political sciences at UBC.
Spurred on by the province, UBC is working on a comprehensive action plan to advance its commitments to support Indigenous communities.
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.
The AMS’s Sexual Assault Support Centre is expanding its offering of workshops to campus groups, following a recent surge in volunteers. According to the Centre’s update at the September 26 AMS Council meeting, SASC has seen over 100 volunteer applications this term.