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

Filed under Campus   ·   February 28th, 2016   ·   0 comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Social Justice Synonyms #23: “Exotic”

Filed under Feminism, Race and Racism, Social Justice Synonyms   ·   February 2nd, 2016   ·   1 comment

Welcome to another instalment of Social Justice Synonyms, a column at The Talon that discusses  reasons we should be critical of the language we use, and why we should unlearn certain words that maintain the status quo. Previous segments can be found here.   Today I’d like to talk about the word “exotic” and the […]