Campus Shorts: 01/09/2013

Future of UBC microbrewery remains murky

UBC’s new Student Union Building (SUB) will be opening soon, but there are questions about the student-run microbrewery set to be located there.

In a spirited debate, Alma Mater Society (AMS) executives, permanent staff, alumni, and a vocal delegation from the BrUBC home-brewing club discussed the financial aspects of bringing a microbrewer to the university. Discussions centred around whether the potential monetary and social gains from brewing beer in the SUB outweighed the project risks.

A final AMS Council vote on the status of the microbrewery is expected to take place in January 2013.


Langara student union restricts student access to board meetings

Langara Students’ Union (LSU) is enforcing a set of changes to its bylaws, passed in a referendum, to prohibit students from attending meetings of the LSU’s board of directors.

The LSU has ignored repeated email, phone and in-person requests for information from national student media coopperative Canadian University Press and Langara’s campus paper, The Voice.

University of Alberta researchers proposed tax on sugary drinks

Two University of Alberta researchers have proposed a tax on all sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) sold in Alberta saying it could decrease consumption and raise $750 million in revenue.

Research conducted by PhD student Sue Buhler and supervisor Kim Raine led to a sweet discovery: Albertans drink about 1.5 billion litres of SSBs annually, amounting to more than one litre per person each day.

They found that implementing a tax of $0.05 per 100 mL of SSBs could lower consumption by 10 to 17 per cent in the province, as well as provide revenue that could finance a wellness foundation, or promote health throughout Alberta.


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