Posts Tagged ‘UBC’

UBC VoteMob – Get the Word Out

April 16, 2011

Check out the UBC votemob youtube page is here. Here’s the promo…yes, I said promo. This is serious.

See you there Wednesday at noon at the Knoll outside the SUB.


UBC Needs To Have a Vote Mob

April 9, 2011

Update!: There is so going to be a UBC VoteMob

A federal election is coming in just four weeks. That means you’ll still have time to think about voting after your exams are over.  If young people actually come out this election and vote at the same rate of the rest of the population it will have a huge, unpredicted impact on the outcome of the election.  There is a lot at stake this election that should be important to young people.  The current government has been fundamentally disrespecting the democratic institutions of our country and has made a lot of policy choices that young people need to think about in terms of their long term benefit.

One of the most exciting things happening this election is a new movement called Lead Now. They are gathering opinions from the people of Canada about what is important to them and they’ve come up with four broad types of issues that are important to Canadians: Health, Environment, Economic Opportunity and Equality and, wait for it, Democracy.

If you agree with these topics, or even if you don’t, you owe it to yourself to stand up and be heard this election.  They aren’t expecting young to vote so your opinions are not part of the predictions or something the party leaders worry about. So UBC needs to make a loud statement that this is a place that cares about democracy and this election, young people are going to do the unexpected and vote. We need to have a vote mob.

And Just to get you riled up to here are two videos. Rick Mercer’s call out to young people to vote. And the University of Victoria’s (WHAAAA????) awesome video for THEIR vote mob.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t think we can let them have a more awesome vote mob than us (hint: it’s easy to beat nothing)

Maybe these people could make a video?

Your move UBC.

Update: some thoughts on why Arcade Fire has the perfect song for a votemob lipdub.

BC-STV, and why it’s annoying that I’m ineligible to vote for it.

April 30, 2009

This article was written by Darren Peets, recently graduated PhD student in Physics from UBC and formerly of the UBC board of Governors. If you are on FaceBook you can read the original post here.

On May 12, 2009, BC residents have the extremely rare opportunity to change their voting system. Not having lived in BC the last 6 months, I’m not eligible to vote, which is rather annoying given the importance of this referendum. But I can encourage others to vote. I wholeheartedly support BC-STV, and would be voting Yes. Read the rest of this entry » | The Coalition, BC-STV and next steps for the Left

April 15, 2009

Read this great article on about support for the BC-STV referendum and how it will affect political parties on the left.

The Coalition, BC-STV and next steps for the Left

I think the author has a fantastic point about mobilizing youth.  Read the rest of this entry »

Test Drive BC-STV

April 13, 2009

The best way to understand some things is to give it a try.  Democracy is like that.  If you still don’t have a good idea of how voting in BC-STV works or how votes are counted up why not trying voting right now online. Read the rest of this entry »

That was a Great Farm Trek

April 7, 2009

The Great Farm Trek of 2009 is over and it really lived up to the hype.  It was an exciting, enormous mass of people moving down the avenues of UBC.  There was music, singing and dancing.  There were chants and slogans.  There were signs and pamphlets and buttons from many different causes.  Our hardy, blue shirted band of BC-STVers were part of this sea of people,  around ten of us by the end of it.  The word got out, many words did, some eyes were opened and fun was had by all.

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Save the Farm and Save Democracy, All in One Day!

April 6, 2009

This tuesday April 7 at 3:30 there will be a rally for supporting keeping the current size and boundaries of the UBC farm, its called the “Great Farm Trek 2009“.  There will be great speakers, food, music and its a big end of term rally for  a cause loads of people believe passionately in.

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COPE Hosting Yes/No Debate on BC-STV

March 31, 2009

Its Bill Tielemen vs. UBC’s own Anthony Hodgson for this wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Creative Individual Studio (#110 60 East 5th Avenue) in a BC-STV debate hosted by COPE.  What can we say except “Go get ’em Tony!”

If anyone can make it to the debate and would like to post up a review of how it went let me know or post to the comments.

The Drama is Over: AMS President Confirmed

February 25, 2009

Just a quick note to let people know that SlateGate has been resolved.  Frederick Blake will be the president.  See detailed reports here and here.

Maybe now we can found out about those Condorcet results, eh, Sarina?

Op-Ed : Blake, don’t pull an Al Gore

February 7, 2009

The recent AMS elections left me with a warm feeling in my heart in more ways than one.  It was the highest turnout in UBC history, over 6000 students, a big achievement in a  campus democracy.  Read the rest of this entry »