Category Archives: Campus

Reflections on Raising and Burning Flags…

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As a queer man, the recent burning of the gay rainbow flag at the University of British Columbia has not caused me any lost sleep. I can assure you, however, that I’m not impervious to homophobic threats or attacks, nor am I apathetic to the struggles of the several marginalized communities that I navigate and […]

AMS candidates answer our questions: President

Filed under Campus   ·   February 28th, 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 past few days we have been […]

Vote NO: How the AMS’s undemocratic referendum question undermines student voices

Filed under Campus   ·   February 28th, 2016   ·   0 comments
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Every year, the AMS finds various bits of its bylaws to change, sometimes small changes, sometimes larger. Sometimes housekeeping, sometimes more controversial. This year the AMS has proposed a significant bylaw change that will severely undermine students’ ability to democratically direct our student union’s actions, and they’re passing it off as a minor housekeeping change. […]

AMS candidates answer our questions: Senate

Filed under Campus   ·   February 28th, 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 Administration

Filed under Campus   ·   February 27th, 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 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 […]