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U-Pass BC Referendum

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SUMMARY

MEDIA ADVISORY: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Capilano students vote to continue U-Pass program

NORTH VANCOUVER November 19, 2015 – Students at Capilano University have voted overwhelmingly in favour of continuing the U-Pass BC program. A referendum on the continuation of the program was passed with 96% casting their ballots in favour of continuing the program at renewed prices.

The new prices of the program were approved as follows:

$39.50/month: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017
$41.00/month: Beginning May 2017

“The U-Pass program is one of the most popular services that the student union provides,” says Zach Renwick, president of the Capilano Students’ Union. “Without the U-Pass, Capilano students would be forced to pay hundreds of dollars more for public transit each year.”

Had the new pricing model not been approved, Capilano University students would have been at risk of losing the program entirely.

Vote turnout was 23.3% of eligible voters — up from 18.7% in the previous U-Pass referendum in 2013.

Key elements of the U-Pass BC program include:

  • a considerable discount on transit (a similar transit pass would otherwise cost around $170/month to purchase on its own)
  • numerous environmental benefits and lowered greenhouse gas emissions through increased public transit use
  • improved access to educational facilities

The Capilano Students’ Union extends their thanks and appreciation to all those who took the time to vote.

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Zach Renwick, president and spokesperson
Capilano Students’ Union
t (778) 886-7153
e president@csu.bc.ca

Sacha Fabry, vice-president of university relations & services
Capilano Students’ Union
t (604) 779-4865
e vpur-services@csu.bc.ca

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.

A referendum on the U-Pass BC program took place on November 17, 18, and 19. The question members were asked to vote on was:

Do you support and approve the continuation of the U-Pass BC program at the following prices?
$39.50/month: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017
$41.00/month: Beginning May 2017

*Note: If this referendum is not approved, Capilano University students will no longer be eligible for the U-Pass BC program effective May 1, 2016.

Results are as follows:

Total ballots cast: 1536
Yes: 1473
No: 60
Spoiled: 3
96% in favour

Thank-you for taking the time to vote!

A referendum on the U-Pass BC program is taking place on November 17, 18, and 19. The U-Pass BC fees are going up, so the CSU is asking students to come out and vote on whether or not they approve of the increased fees. The question is:

Do you support and approve the continuation of the U-Pass BC program at the following prices?
$39.50/month: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017
$41.00/month: Beginning May 2017

*Note: If this referendum is not approved, Capilano University students will no longer be eligible for the U-Pass BC program effective May 1, 2016.

Polling will take place in Library hallway on the following dates and times:

  • Nov. 17  from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 18  from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 19 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Remember: You must have valid student or government issued photo ID to be able to vote.

CONTACT

Nancy SmealChief Returning Officer
Contact Nancy for all matters surrounding the CSU referendum complaints, questions, or comments.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Any student taking at least one course at Capilano University in the Metro Vancouver region as well as any students who pays student union fees is eligible to vote.
If this referendum is not approved, Capilano University students will no longer be eligible for the U-Pass BC program effective May 1, 2016.
Polling will take place in Library hallway Nov. 17 (9:30am-5pm), Nov. 18 (9:30am-6:00pm), and Nov. 19 (9:30am-4pm).