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AMS Endorses 350’s JustRecovery Principles

The AMS has long advocated for the various levels of governments and the university to act swiftly and boldly to combat climate change, the greatest threat to human existence. With the pandemic sweeping through the globe, it has given the human race a chance, if not the last chance, to change our steering to a…

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COUNCIL SUMMARY – AUGUST 5, 2020

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of August 5, 2020 (held virtually on Zoom):   Omnibused Motions: Council approved a number of motions en masse, including: Endorsement of a Statement of Principles for a Just Recovery after COVID. Approval of $44,646 to replace the current surveillance system server. Approval of a revised MoU with the University…

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Council Summary- July 15, 2020

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of July 15, 2020 (held virtually on Zoom):   Transit Subsidy: VP External Kalith Nanayakkara told Council that the suspended U-Pass program is scheduled to restart on September 1.  In the meantime the AMS has put together a subsidy program for students taking transit in the…

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Open Letter Regarding the Usage of Proctorio

July 3, 2020 Dear President Santa Ono, Provost Andrew Szeri, Dr. Simon Bates, and Deans of UBC, In moving to remote instruction, we recognize how the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges surrounding the rising incidents of academic misconduct, and we commend the efforts of faculty and teaching staff to produce a quality online teaching experience.…

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Council Summary – June 24, 2020

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of June 24, 2020 (held virtually):   Indigenous Seat: Laura Beaudry became the first person to fill the new Indigenous seat on Council in accordance with the bylaw amendment passed in March and a Code amendment approved tonight.   Other Code Changes: Council also amended Code to clarify…

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Statement Regarding Report of Anti-Black Racial Profiling Incident

The AMS is aware of a report regarding an incident of racial profiling that occurred on June 8th at the UBC Vancouver campus. You can read more about the incident here. We call upon the University to conduct a fair, independent, and transparent investigation into this incident. The AMS highlights the recent pattern of racism…

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COUNCIL SUMMARY- JUNE 3, 2020

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of June 3, 2020 (held virtually):   AMS Strategic Plan: Council heard a history of attempts to create a plan, which stretch back almost 20 years, and was presented with various options for going forward, but the consensus in discussion was that this was not the time to proceed…

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Council Summary- May 13, 2020

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of May 13, 2020 (held virtually):   Turnover: It was the first Council meeting for the new Executive and for many Councillors.  Also the first time using new agenda software.  And the fourth meeting held virtually.   Sustainability Action Plan: Council approved a new AMS Sustainability Action Plan (to be known as…

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COUNCIL SUMMARY – APRIL 22, 2020

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of April 22, 2020 (held virtually):   Omnibus Motions: Council approved omnibus motions covering a number of items:        1) Appointment of a new Ombudsperson (Oluwakemi Oke).        2) Appointment of a new Chief Electoral Officer (Isabelle Ava-Pointon).        3) Reappointment of Kareem…

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Students Applaud Additional Supports

UCRU PRAISES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR STUDENTS AFFECTED BY COVID-19 22 April 2020 Ottawa, ON – This morning, the Canadian government released a nine billion dollar student support package to help students who are facing financial insecurity as a result of COVID-19. The Undergraduates of Canadian Research-Intensive Universities (UCRU) is extremely grateful that the government…

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