Posts Tagged: UVSS

UVSS must respect the right to free speech

In his essay “A Plea for Free Speech,” abolitionist Frederick Douglass argued that, “[. . .] to suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.” One-hundred-fifty-four years after this speech was delivered in Boston, Douglass’s words still ring true. Despite having a mandate to… Read more »

Student elections end amid budget controversy and resignation

Campus elections have come to a close once again. Five new paid members of the UVSS have signed on and nine new directors-at-large, with two who were re-elected, eager to begin their terms. However, as the posters are torn down, traces of controversy still stick to the walls. Yet again, voter turnout has declined. In… Read more »

The UVSS—Robin Hood in reverse?

David Foster was a UVSS director-at-large in 2011-12.   The UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) constitution states that the society’s purpose is to organize students democratically; advance students’ rights and representation; and provide services that supplement the learning experience and meet students’ needs. Unfortunately, the UVSS has rarely lived up to these high ideals. In reality,… Read more »

Give the UVSS a break, or at least your attention

We need campus events. Student societies are unparalleled in their direct connection to campus culture and community. They also have a specific mandate to serve students, and are uniquely equipped to do so. In theory, events put on by the UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) should be widely appealing, culturally appropriate, and highly valuable to the… Read more »

UVSS open house solicits input on SUB renovations

On Nov. 22, the UVSS hosted an open house to give students the chance to voice their opinions on the SUB renovations. The event took place in the SUB Upper Lounge where students were able to take a look at proposed ideas for renovations of the Upper Lounge itself. Ideas ranged from what the lighting… Read more »

UVSS AGM fails to make quorum

The University of Victoria Students’ Society’s (UVSS) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was unable to address its hot topic issues on Oct. 17. The issues were an increase of Executive Directors’ hours of payment, an amendment that would allow board executives to not be students for their first term as directors, and the Catholic Students’ Association’s… Read more »

Fear and loathing on campus

Prelude to conflict Today at its Oct. 17 Annual General Meeting (AGM), the University of Victoria Students’ Society’s (UVSS) directors will request a mandate to ban certain pamphlets, which are based on religious doctrine, distributed by the Catholic Students’ Association (CSA). Additionally, they will ask for salary increases, as well as the privilege of remaining… Read more »

Former YPY president sues University of Victoria

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and Cameron Côté, a UVic grad and former president of UVic student group Youth Protecting Youth (YPY), are pursuing a constitutional lawsuit against UVic. The BCCLA and Côté have filed the petition with notice to the UVic Students’ Society (UVSS). They reference the UVSS’s decision, made on Feb…. Read more »

Send the UVSS back to Civics 101

On September 24, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms released a report outlining what it thinks is the state of free speech on Canadian university campuses. What this report says about the UVSS is very disturbing. The UVSS received an F grade, making it one of the three worst student unions in Canada for censoring… Read more »