So, this year we decided to get up off our butts and find out what campus politics is all about.  And make endorsements! But not just any endorsements, we’re endorsing the candidates we think have the best ideas at solving the child care crisis at UBC (because yes, it has officially become a crisis).

As a feminist publication based at UBC, we have chosen child care as our priority theme for the 2009/2010 school year. So, natually we want to make sure that we help elect a group of people who also support increased access to child care at UBC.

Why is Child Care important?

Why is this something that is important? Well, at last count, there were 1400 children on the UBC Child Care waiting list. The estimated wait time is 2-4 years (some women have done their whole degree without getting child care access). There are few other non-UBC options in the area because of UBC’s seclusion and though UBC has continually promised to increase child care spaces… they aren’t doing much about it. In fact, they just refused to cover the shortfall in the Longhouse’s child care program, thus causing 30 child care spots to vanish.

While child care isn’t just a woman’s issue, it is an issue that is especially important to female students and staff. We MUST do something about it now. Let’s help elect an AMS Executive who feels the same way. Here are our endorsements:

* Endorsed candidates are listed in bold. Candidates who have received Honourable Mentions (either because they did respond in time or because they are not our first choice but we would love to work with them) are in italics.

President:

Blake Frederick

Paul Korczyk

Alex Monegro

 

VP Academic

 

David Nogas

Sonia Purewal

Johannes Rebane

Jeremy Wood

VP External

Timothy Cho

Iggy Rodriguez

 

VP Administration

 

Crystal Hon

Tristan Markle

 

VP Finance

 

Ale Coates

Tom Dvorak

 

Board of Governors

Bijan Ahmadian

Andrew Carne

Michael Duncan

Blake Frederick

Tristan Markle

 

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SEE A BREAKDOWN OF EACH RACE AND OUR REASONING FOR ENDORSING THE CANDIDATES WE HAVE ENDORSED.

 

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ONLINE VOTING: Thursday, January 29 to Monday, February 2
Please note the link for ONLINE VOTING will be posted here once online voting begins.

ON CAMPUS PAPER VOTING: Wednesday, February 4, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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