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Tue February 13

CSU applauds on-campus housing in throne speech


NORTH VANCOUVER – February 13, 2018 – The Capilano Students’ Union would like to thank the provincial government for including on-campus student housing in today’s throne speech. Post-secondary institutions have been unable to build on-campus housing for the past 10 years, forcing students to compete for limited rental housing available in Metro Vancouver.

“Everyone has been impacted by the housing crisis, including post-secondary students,” said Noah Berson, the CSU’s vice-president external. “Moving students on campus and out of market rental will benefit everyone and help make universities a better place.”

There are a range of benefits to on-campus student housing, including reducing traffic congestion in the region by decreasing the number of students that have to drive or transit over the Second Narrows Bridge to get to Capilano or drive through the heavily congested North Shore. Student housing will reduce the number of students competing for the rental market, where they are often competing for the low end of the market. Student housing will also ensure that there are more suites available for rent by those who need them most. Universities and colleges will become more vibrant education hubs with a major expansion in student life.

The CSU supports initiatives that improve access to education, and affordable on-campus housing is a key component in accessibility. “Students that are able to live on campus will save both money on housing and time spent commuting, allowing them to focus on their studies. This is a big win for accessibility,” concluded Berson.


Noah Berson, vice-president external
Capilano Students’ Union
p 604.831.1159

CSU applauds on-campus housing in throne speech2018-02-15T10:58:19+00:00
Wed February 7

Capilano Students’ Union recognized as a living wage employer


NORTH VANCOUVER – February 7, 2018 – The Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) has been recognized by the Living Wage for Families Campaign as a living wage employer. This means that the CSU has committed to ensuring that its direct and contracted workers receive a combined wages and benefits package that totals at least the living wage for our region; for Metro Vancouver, this is calculated to be about $20.62 per hour.

The CSU’s board of directors recently approved a living wage policy, making it organizational policy to pay all direct and contract workers a living wage for their work, and determining that the CSU should be a public advocate for ensuring that all workers receiving a living wage.

“The CSU’s continued advancements in providing services, events, and advocacy for our members would not be possible without the work of our professional and dedicated team of staff,” says Christopher Girodat, executive director of the student union. “Our staff team, student and non-student team members alike, works hard everyday to support students; I appreciate this formal recognition that we are committed to supporting them in return.”

According to Perry Safari, president of the student union, paying a living wage is also about leading by example for other employers. “We know first-hand the barriers that our members face when navigating through post-secondary education,” says Safari. “When employers pay a living wage, including to student and part-time workers, it helps to reduce student debt, and reduces barriers to accessing post-secondary education.”Click edit button to change this text.

Perry Safari, president
Capilano Students’ Union
e t (604) 910-5963

Christopher Girodat, executive director
Capilano Students’ Union
e t (604) 990-7965

Capilano Students’ Union recognized as a living wage employer2018-02-07T11:45:43+00:00
Mon September 11

MEDIA ADVISORY: Provincial budget provides relief for adult basic education and English language training


VICTORIA (September 11, 2017) — Today, the Province of British Columbia announced the details of their budget update, which included the elimination of tuition fees for adult basic education and English language training. These programs are vital tools to help lift people out of poverty and serve as a good step forward for improving access to education in British Columbia.

“This is exactly the kind of programming the government should be expanding access to,” said Noah Berson, vice-president external at the Capilano Students’ Union. “The decision by the previous government to charge for these programs was indefensible and we are glad to see this mistake corrected.”

Adult basic education and English language training are key tools for recent immigrants and those who, for whatever reason, were unable to graduate high school to be able to put themselves on a path to success.

“Many of those enrolled in these programs are working service sector jobs for minimum wage and can’t afford the cost and risk that comes with attempting to complete their high school education,” said Caitlin McCutchen, chair of the Alliance of BC Students, a student lobbying organization of which the CSU is a member. “We are happy to see that the this government has listened and we look forward to continuing what has been a very rewarding relationship.”

Other budget changes of interest to students include an increase in capital spending for post-secondary institutions to expand academic buildings, an increase to the carbon tax to help combat climate change, increased funding for 1,700 new affordable rental units, and expanded enforcement of residential tenancy rights.

Noah Berson, vice-president external
Capilano Students’ Union
c 604.831.1159

MEDIA ADVISORY: Provincial budget provides relief for adult basic education and English language training2017-09-11T15:53:37+00:00
Wed September 7

Student housing a solution to the housing crisis


wheres-the-housing_NORTH VANCOUVER – The Alliance of British Columbia Students (ABCS) released research today outlining the way that a minor change in government policy would unlock nearly two billion dollars in new housing in British Columbia. The Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) contributed to the research effort, and the data indicates that for only $18 million dollars per year over a ten-year period, the government could enable the construction of over 20,000 units of rental housing in the form of student residences.

“We think it’s a huge untapped possibility, and would go a long way to fixing the housing market in Metro Vancouver,” said Sacha Fabry, vice-president of external relations for the CSU. “All that’s holding this back is a thin line of red tape, stopping universities from building the housing our cities badly need.”

The effect on Capilano University would be profound. The housing market is so constricted on the NorthShore that students are beginning to live farther and farther from campus. This reduces their quality of life and further chokes the congestion on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. Pulling students out of nearby rental markets, or those as far away as Burnaby, Coquitlam, or Surrey, opens up  rental opportunities for others, helping the entire region.

Because of government regulation, there have been almost no new residence spaces added to BC universities, other than at UBC, over the past ten years. In that same time, student population has increased significantly, including international students.

“We keep hearing stories from our students, living out of their cars, or spending 50, 60 or even 70% of their income on rent,” said Jullian Kolstee, CSU president. “Students just can’t afford to live in this region, and the province has all of the power to change that.”

The ABCS has launched a campaign called “Where’s the Housing?” that can be found at, calling on the government to strip the red tape that prevents students from getting out of the rental market and onto campus. There are a number of events planned through September to continue to highlight this campaign and the dire need for more housing in Metro Vancouver.


CSU volunteers collect signatures for the “Where’s the Housing?” campaign


The “Where’s the Housing?” campaign tent at the Capilano University Street Party on September 6, 2016


Student housing a solution to the housing crisis2016-12-05T12:12:18+00:00
Thu April 28

CSU applauds Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act as first step


NORTH VANCOUVER April 28, 2016 – The Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) applauds the introduction of the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act as a first step towards helping to prevent sexualized violence on campus, developing a culture of survivor support, and making academic environments safer.

The legislation will require public post-secondary institutions to develop a sexual misconduct policy addressing instances of sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism, “revenge porn,” and attempts and threats to commit acts of sexual misconduct.

“Cases of sexualized violence are vastly underreported and too often perpetrators walk free,” said Taylor Wilson, vice-president of external relations of the CSU. “On-campus resources, policy, and procedures are essential to providing survivors the support they need.”

Of particular note is Bill 23’s requirement that sexual misconduct policies must be made in consultation with students. “The CSU looks forward to collaborating with Capilano University on this crucial issue, and we thank Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson, Premier Christy Clark, and Dr. Andrew Weaver for making this legislation a reality,” said Wilson. “Together we can support survivors with respect and compassion, commit to consent, and ensure safer campuses for everyone.”


Taylor Wilson, vice-president of external relations
Capilano Students’ Union

Zach Renwick, president and spokesperson
Capilano Students’ Union

The Capilano Students’ Union advocates for the interests and needs of its members by lobbying Capilano University and all levels of government. The CSU delivers student services, provides resources to clubs and organizations on campus, and hosts a variety of events each year to promote the social, political, recreational, and academic welfare of its membership.

CSU applauds Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act as first step2017-02-01T11:53:21+00:00
Fri March 27

CSU PRESS RELEASE: CSU board votes to encourage CapU and CFA to reach fair settlement to avoid job action


March 27, 2015 – North Vancouver – The elected board of directors of the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU), at a board meeting on March 25, voted to encourage a swift resolution to the impending labour dispute between the Capilano Faculty Association (CFA) and Capilano University. The CSU’s position does not support either party over the other, but encourages a fair settlement as soon as possible to avoid disruptions to students’ classes and exams.

Throughout the week of March 9, the CFA (the union representing faculty members at CapU) conducted a strike vote, which garnered over 80% support in favour of job action if the ongoing negotiations hit an impasse. If a strike is implemented, that could mean a range of consequences for CapU students – from faculty members’ withdrawal of voluntary services; to partial or rotating strikes; to a full-scale strike, shutting down classes and deferring exams. The CSU hopes that the parties resolve their differences before that happens.

“The best outcome for students is for a fair settlement to be reached before any job action is taken,” says Sacha Fabry, the CSU’s vice-president of university relations and services. He continues to say, “It’s important to remember that the root cause of the current dispute is inadequate funding for post-secondary education by government.”

The CSU is committed to acting as a hub of information for all CapU students as the situation unfolds. Students are encouraged to keep themselves informed by checking the CSU website for updates at, to look for membership bulletins online and around campus, and to keep themselves connected and involved in the conversation through the CSU’s social media.

CSU PRESS RELEASE: CSU board votes to encourage CapU and CFA to reach fair settlement to avoid job action2017-02-01T11:54:55+00:00
Wed January 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CSU supports Transportation and Transit Plan


January 21, 2015 – On January 14, the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) board of directors voted in favour of endorsing and promoting a ‘yes’ vote for the upcoming Transportation and Transit Plan plebiscite. The decision was based on the positive impact that improvements to the public transportation system would have on the lives of students.

“Capilano University is a commuter campus, meaning that we do not have campus residence or student housing,” explained CSU President Brittany Barnes. “This means public transit and overall transportation is a serious concern for all of our students and an important part of their everyday lives,” she continued. “We need to see this system improved so that our students aren’t continually left on the side of the road as full busses pass by them or stuck in traffic congestion.”

The improvements that would result following a successful ‘yes’ vote are based on the Transportation and Transit Plan proposed by the mayors’ council outlining the following projects:

  • adding bus service and new B-Line rapid bus routes
  • increasing service on SkyTrain, Canada Line, SeaBus, and West Coast Express
  • maintaining and upgrading the region’s major roads build a new Pattullo Bridge
  • building rapid transit connecting Surrey Centre with Guildford, Newton, and Langley
  • building rapid transit along Broadway in Vancouver
  • extending the region’s cycling and pedestrian walkway networks

Region-specific improvements, including those that directly benefit Capilano University and the surrounding area, can be found here.

The question that residents of Metro Vancouver will be asked to vote on is: “Do you support a new 0.5% Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax, to be dedicated to the Mayors’ Transportation and Transit Plan?”

Ballots will be mailed beginning March 16, 2015 and must be mailed back by May 29, 2015. Voters must be registered with Elections BC in order to receive a ballot.


For more information please contact:
Brittany Barnes, President & Vice-President of External Relations
Capilano Students’ Union
p (604) 789.6660| e

The Capilano Students’ Union advocates for the interests and needs of its members by lobbying Capilano University and all levels of government. The CSU delivers student services, provides resources to clubs and organizations on campus, and hosts a variety of events each year to promote the social, political, recreational, and academic welfare of its membership.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CSU supports Transportation and Transit Plan2017-02-01T12:10:42+00:00