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Post-EGM Interviews

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in News, UNBC | 0 comments

Sam Wall | News Editor After the EGM concluded, Over the Edge connected with Erik Searle, Chris King, Ana Saenz, and Seth Jex to get their opinions on the events of the Oversight Board debate. Searle said “I think it was really quite a positive debate. We had a lot more input from students on this issue than we’ve seen at any AGM on any issue for years. Obviously, we’re disappointed that it didn’t go through. I think students raised a lot of really good concerns and I hope that we can move forward to find a solution to this in the future that works for everybody.” King added “I was just really glad at how many people showed up and were willing to actually talk. Even at the last AGM that we had, where everybody was talking about financial problems,...

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NUGSS EGM Leaves Students Uncertain

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in News, UNBC | 0 comments

Tierney Watkinson | Team Member Last month NUGSS held an Extraordinary General Meeting in order to engage with undergraduate students on the issues and information surrounding last year’s revelation that the society had run into financial trouble through indelicate managements of funds. NUGSS General Manager Duncan Malkinson started by briefly outlining NUGSS’ finances. According to Malkinson, The Moose’s financial numbers have experienced a slight drop, but seem to be holding. Degrees Coffee, on the other hand, has seen increased performance. Malkinson continued his presentation by revealing that the last three years of accumulated debt for student UPASSes were paid in full to BC Transit, thanks to $108,000 forwarded from UNBC. That debt is owed directly to the university. As a result, $27,000 per year will act as a “hit to our budget” in order to pay off this debt. Malkinson...

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Gathering Place Hosts Unist’ot’en Support Rally

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Sam Wall | News Editor This past Friday evening saw a celebration of the Unist’ot’en camp in the Gathering Place of UNBC. The event featured live entertainment, information about the camp, and a speech by Freda Huson, the camp spokesperson. The Unist’ot’en, formally known as the Unist’ot’en of the C’ilhlts’ehkhyu, are one group among the Wet’suwet’en who have been most active and vocal in their resistance to resource extraction projects in their territory. The newly developed Prince George Unist’ot’en Support Group hosted the event, using their Facebook page as a platform to discuss the camp. The evening began with an introduction by the MC, Doug Koyama, a musician from Quesnel. Koyama handed over the microphone to Clarence John, who welcomed everyone to the Lheidli T’enneh territory, on behalf of the chief and council. The first performers were the Khast’an...

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Rememberance of Violence Against Women

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Sam Wall | News Editor This past November saw the ceremony for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women occur in the Wintergarden at UNBC. The event featured a variety of speakers and other creative performances, while honouring the women lost in the Montreal Massacre. This ceremony was also helped to wrap up the many events put on over the previous two weeks by Inspiring Women Among Us (IWAU). Shannon Williams, the Women’s Representative with NUGSS, was the MC for the event, introducing each speaker as well as giving a speech herself. Other speakers such as the Executive Director of the Northern Women’s Centre, Sarah Boyd, and Associate Professors Si Transken and Zoë Meletis addressed the various states of women’s experiences, available resources, and other IWAU events. Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall and UNBC President...

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Transgender Day of Rememberance

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Sam Wall | News Editor On Sunday, November 20th, the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) Ceremony was held in the Artspace above Books and Co. The ceremony is held to honour those who have been lost to violence because they are transgender. As a nonbinary person, I, and my other transgender friends and allies, make an attempt to attend this ceremony every year. TDOR was cohosted by the Northern Pride Centre from UNBC and Inspiring Women Among Us. Taking the lead in the ceremony was Krystal Vandenburg, the President of the Northern Pride Centre. Krystal chose not to prepare a speech, rather they spoke powerfully and with sadness about the horrific transphobic violence occurring globally. Other speakers included Leasa Kells, who gave a general overview of issues facing transgender people and the history of TDOR. Hira Rashid also...

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Prince George Women’s March

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Sam Wall | News Editor (Full disclosure: the writer of this piece was involved with the Women’s March that took place in Prince George on January 21) This past Saturday was a powerful one in Prince George and all over the world. With the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America, marginalized groups that have been targeted by the new regime, starting with women, are carrying out large-scale protesting. Thus the Women’s March on Washington was born as an alternative to the inauguration. The event caught on, and several cities held their own sister rallies in solidarity with the Women’s March, including Prince George. There were even Pussy Hats. The rally in Prince George occured at the Civic Plaza, and included various chants, speakers, and a short march through the Plaza. UNBC professor Zoë...

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