Campus Shorts: 01/09/2013


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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.

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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.

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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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