Posts Tagged: UVSS

UVSS Food Bank forced to tighten belts, welcomes donations

Whether it’s turkey, tofurkey, or spiked eggnog, sharing a meal with friends and family is at the heart of nearly every holiday tradition. But a troubling hiccup in the UVSS Food Bank & Free Store’s budget may leave many students with a little less this year. Courtney Striker, Assistant Coordinator of the UVSS Food Bank… Read more »

Ramifications of Bill 41 still uncertain

In May of 2015, the B.C. legislature culminated a five-year process of revamping the B.C. Societies Act by passing a new version of the legislation. The new act made significant changes to a student’s ability to opt-out of their student society fees at universities around the province. The UVSS saw the new act as a… Read more »

Questions abound after UVSS take-backsies

Following the UVSS’s retraction of a $6 000 academic grant paid to the Undergraduates of Political Science (UPS) to fund a conference hosted by the Canadian Political Science Students’ Association (CPSSA), many of the involved parties have been left with more questions than answers. The fallout from the grant’s opposition was the centre of debate for… Read more »

Bill 41 poses threat to UVSS advocacy groups

The UVSS and affiliated student groups are mobilizing to oppose Bill 41, otherwise known as the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, which was introduced to the provincial legislature on Oct. 20. The bill has the potential to drastically affect funding for student services and programs. According to a release from the provincial government, the bill would… Read more »

Resolutions come and go at UVSS AGM

Oct. 28 marked the UVSS Annual General Meeting, and having achieved quorum after a half-hour delay, several bylaw amendments as well as the 2015-2016 draft budget were ratified. While much of the agenda passed with ease, concerns were raised over two amendment proposals in particular: the motions to amend bylaws 4.9 and 8.1. Special resolutions… Read more »

An open letter on Bill 41

To Minister Wilkinson, The University of Victoria Students’ Society strongly opposes sections of the proposed amendments to the University Act and the College and Institute Act contained in Bill 41. While the primary intent of the proposed amendments address a particular concern — allowing students to disassociate from membership while being required to pay fees that ensure… Read more »

EDITORIAL: The system is broken, and needs to be fixed

In light of recent developments around the Board of Directors and the erroneous approval of $6 000 in academic grants to the Undergraduates of Political Science (UPS), one might be tempted to ask: what the hell is going on with our elected officials at the UVSS? This is obviously not the first time UVSS policy inadequacies… Read more »

UPDATE: UVSS, NSU oppose UPS conference after granting $6000 in funding

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to Blake Desjarlais as the administrative councillor for NSU; he is in fact the firekeeper. We sincerely regret the error. The print version of this article also stated the conference’s topic was national sovereignty. In fact, the title of the conference is meant to reflect a move away from state-centric ideas of sovereignty. … Read more »

Club proposal met with skepticism at board meeting

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to Saul Brown as the board representative for the Native Students Union. It was in fact Blake Desjarlais who was in attendance representing the NSU. We sincerely regret this error.  In a board meeting on Monday, Oct. 26, that saw two new advocacy group representatives added to the board,… Read more »

UPDATE: Salty remarks from UVSS unpalatable to student body

On Oct. 19, as the Liberal Party of Canada won a landslide majority government with Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister, two UVSS directors took to social media to voice their dissent — by sharing memes jokingly advocating for killing and eating him. Both directors’ posts were captured in screenshots provided by a concerned source that wished to… Read more »