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BC Provincial Election #TheClimateTalk

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Culture, News | 0 comments

Tierney Watkinson | News Director   As our next Provincial Election approaches, youth of BC are raising questions about the future of the environment, and asking voters to go to the polls with the fate of that future in mind. A video has been circulating Facebook featuring Canadian youth speaking to their families about the importance of voting with the issue of climate change as their main concern, as well as encouraging other voters to do the same. “Sit your family down or call them up. Have #TheClimateTalk.” The video was created by the Wilderness Committee. “The Wilderness Committee, founded in 1980, is a registered non-profit society with charitable status…Canada’s people-powered, citizen-funded wilderness protection group,” their website says. Over The Edge was contacted by Peter McCartney, Climate Campaigner for the society. “#TheClimateTalk came out of a number of conversations...

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In Remembrance of Richard Wagamese

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Sam Wall | News Editor There are days when the sadness of the world feels overwhelming. When this sadness comes knocking, it is never slow or gentle, it is a rough punch busting splinters to the floor. So I write. I journal, I poem, I story. A few days ago, we lost an incredible author. A teacher, a poet, a storyteller, a journalist, and a guide. I never knew him. I only ever met him through his work, and that itself threatened to blow me clean away. He was still publishing the last of his dozen books in 2016, Embers. His first book, Keeper’n Me, was required reading for First Nations 100. The book was published in 1994, the same year my brother was born. I was born just over two years earlier. I try to imagine the world...

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Misgendering at Service Canada

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Sam Wall | News Editor Two Service Canada locations in northern BC have come under fire for inappropriately dealing with clients who are transgender. According to Northern Pride Centre President Krystal Vandenberg, a friend of theirs was misgendered by a front end worker at the Prince George location of Service Canada. In discussing this, Vandenberg learned that someone else had a very similar experience at the Prince Rupert location. Vandenberg went on to create a video about the issue, and wrote a letter to the editor which was published in the Prince George Citizen. Over The Edge connected with Vandenberg over messenger to get their thoughts on the situation, how it should be resolved, the impacts that this behaviour has on transgender people, and how citizens can support their transgender community. In recounting this event, Vandenberg said: “My friend...

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EGM Analysis and Interviews

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

Sam Wall | News Editor On Wednesday, March 22nd, the Northern Undergraduate Student Society hosted their Extraordinary General Meeting in the NUSC event space. The meeting was called due to a variety of concerning issues that were brought up at the NUGSS Annual General Meeting this past October, including the society’s debt, potential closure of the Thirsty Moose Pub, and decreased funding for Student Led Organizations (Clubs). As well, NUGSS put forth a motion to restructure their Board, and two students answered questions about a potential Oversight Board for NUGSS. The meeting brought passionate student engagement from across campus, with several students actively making comments and asking questions over the course of the long meeting. With the NUSC space filled with over 100 undergraduate students and other interested parties, NUGSS sat on a panel facing the audience. After calling the meeting...

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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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