Category Archives: Campus

AMS candidates answer our questions: VP Finance

Filed under Campus   ·   February 26th, 2016   ·   0 comments
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Another year rolls around, another set of AMS Elections. We at the Talon aim to ask hard-hitting critical questions, and in that spirit, we invited all candidates in the election to answer a set of questions that we hope will help our readers in casting their ballot. Over the next few days we will be […]

AMS candidates answer our questions: VP Academic and University Affairs

Filed under Campus   ·   February 25th, 2016   ·   0 comments
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Another year rolls around, another set of AMS Elections. We at the Talon aim to ask hard-hitting critical questions, and in that spirit, we invited all candidates in the election to answer a set of questions that we hope will help our readers in casting their ballot. Over the next few days we will be […]

AMS candidates answer our questions: VP External

Filed under Campus   ·   February 25th, 2016   ·   0 comments
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Another year rolls around, another set of AMS Elections. We at the Talon aim to ask hard-hitting critical questions, and in that spirit, we invited all candidates in the election to answer a set of questions that we hope will help our readers in casting their ballot. Over the next few days we will be […]

Busting the myth of Northern exceptionalism – CIRDI and Lundin’s colonial corporate (ad)ventures

Filed under Campus, Capitalism & Class, Decolonization, Global Politics   ·   February 24th, 2016   ·   1 comment
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The story I am going to tell is not one of a “few bad apples”, but rather a problem that resides at the core of what we call “development”. In any case, let me begin with the analogy of apples: a particularly bad apple called Lundin. Lundin is a conglomerate of extractive companies based in both Sweden and Canada headed by the Lundin family. Lundin Mining is based in Vancouver, whereas Lundin Petroleum trades on the Swedish stock exchange. The founding myths of the Lundin Foundation, ostensibly a philanthropic organization, are also based on the myth of northern exceptionalism. The foundation states that it helps create sustainable livelihoods. It was established by the Lundin brothers who dreamed up the idea on a motorcycle trip through Africa.

UBC’s secrecy is nothing new

Filed under Activism, Campus, Capitalism & Class   ·   February 18th, 2016   ·   0 comments
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In an editorial on January 22, the Ubyssey staff rightly criticized UBC’s shameful contravention of Freedom of Information (FOI) laws, by going over the legal time limit in providing access to documents about the Gupta resignation, apparently as a way to avoid public scrutiny. This has in fact been a common practice, and has been […]

Public Statement on Campus (Un)safety

Filed under Activism, Campus, Capitalism & Class, Decolonization, Feminism, Race and Racism   ·   December 11th, 2015   ·   2 comments
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University of British Columbia xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Musqueam Territory socialjustgradstatements@gmail.com / socialjustgradstatements.wordpress.com Note: The views in this statement are solely of the authors. They do not reflect the views of all faculty, staff, and students at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice Research. Recently gaining public attention, student activism at UBC has illuminated the […]

there’s the rub;

Filed under Campus, Feminism   ·   December 4th, 2015   ·   0 comments
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TW: rape, secondary victimization/victim-blaming, PTSD, dissociation do you remember when the nightmares of your childhood were the only notion you had of the existence of evil where you’d stare wide-eyed (doe a deer a female deer) into the eyes of your monster while your mouth, an open grave, tried to give voice to the singing, […]

We are Here, We are Needed: UBC Students of Colour Ready to Speak Out against Racist Violence Worldwide

Filed under Activism, Campus, Capitalism & Class, Events, Global Politics, Race and Racism   ·   November 19th, 2015   ·   0 comments
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Next Friday, November 27th, an event at UBC is taking place where students of colour and allies will gather to show solidarity for the racist violence occurring throughout university campuses worldwide. Please join us at 2PM in the Performance Theatre of the AMS Nest, to show your support for #Mizzou, #Yale, #UWC, #FeesMustFall, #StudentBlackOut, #BlackLivesMatter […]

On “Top 16 Talon-Approved Initiative on Campus”

Filed under Campus, Feminism, Trans Issues   ·   November 13th, 2015   ·   0 comments
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In response to concerns expressed in regards to the inclusion of the Women’s Centre in the “Top 16 Talon-Approved Initiatives on Campus” article, The Talon would like to acknowledge that we are aware of and share concerns about the history of transmisogyny within the Women’s Centre. The Talon works to end all forms of oppression […]

Excellence or Exclusion?

Filed under Campus, Capitalism & Class   ·   November 12th, 2015   ·   1 comment
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Excellence has been the Board of Governors’ word of choice since announcing the implementation of international tuitions increases averaging at 49% over the next three years.  But what does the BOG’s vision of excellence really look like and does it foster exclusion? To date, UBC has published very few statistics on the economic and racial […]