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UBC Votes: November 19th

As (hopefully) many of you know, there’s a Vancouver municipal election happening tomorrow. However, since UBC isn’t a part of the city of Vancouver, we don’t vote for mayor and city council. What you might not know is that the UBC Endowment Lands make up an area known as Electoral Area A, and we have one elected representative who sits on the board of Metro Vancouver.

Only 31% of Electoral Area A residents voted in the last election, and only 8% of those voters were UBC students. This is an insanely low turnout, but it also means that your vote has a lot of pull. Municipal elections are important since the issues at hand will directly affect you and your everyday life, arguably on a larger scale than provincial and federal politics. Rapid transit at UBC in particular is one issue for which the Metro Vancouver board is responsible. Sick of your hour and a half commute every morning? This might be the way to make sure your voice is heard.

You are eligible to vote if you are:

1. 18 years of age or older on election day

2. A Canadian citizen

3. A resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months

4. A resident in your municipality for at least 30 days

How to vote:

Vote tomorrow, Saturday November 19th, between 8 am and 8 pm.

If you live on campus, you can go vote in the SUB. If you live in Vancouver, find your voting location here. Bring 2 pieces of government-issued ID and proof of address.

Want more information on how to vote? Get the facts at Apathy is Boring. To read a Ubyssey article on the candidates and their platforms, click here.

Since I’m from Ontario and haven’t lived in BC for more than six months, I’m not eligible to vote, so I’m going to live vicariously through you, blog readers. In case you need a little more incentive, here’s a video of the UBC Vote Mob in April to get you inspired. Now get out there and rock the vote!

Sightseeing Sunday

The display in Cupcakes on W Broadway. I’m a sucker for red velvet with cream cheese frosting.

I got to be a tourist in my own city today. My friend Ella from home was in Vancouver for a ballroom competition this weekend, so I met up with her and showed her around. Here’s a rundown of our stops:

We started our day off at Granville Island. Although it’s pretty touristy, Granville Island will always be one of my favourite places in Vancouver. It has such a unique, artsy vibe that reminds me of Kensington, St. Lawrence Market and the Harbourfront in Toronto, all rolled into one man-made island. I picked up some fruit from the public market today to deter myself from heading to Hubbard’s, and showed my friend the houseboats sitting by the docks. I’d say it was a pretty successful trip.

Next stop: The Eatery on West Broadway. Hands down the coolest sushi place I’ve ever been to, complete with neon signs, lava lamps, and puns in their menus. It can get a little pricey, but I really like the atmosphere…and their Pacifica rolls (cream cheese, BBQ salmon and avocado. Absolutely amazing, take my word for it).

After lunch we went consignment shopping on West Broadway. Confession: I have an addiction to buying ugly, oversized knit sweaters. The one I found today is blue with waves and various sea creatures printed on it. It’s pretty awesome.

Our last stop was Cupcakes. I think the name is pretty self-explanatory. A store on Broadway with the prettiest cupcakes I’ve ever seen. It also gets bonus points for playing Taylor Swift the entire time we were there.

Other awesome things that happened today:

  • I bought a 10 class pass to Semperviva Yoga for 65% off (thanks, Groupon!)
  • I listened to two whole episodes of Radiolab while bussing around the city
  • I went to the library when I got back and finished all my readings for this week (high five for being on top of my academics!)

Not-so-awesome thing that happened today:

I got my psych midterm mark back. Apparently, multiple choice and I are not friends. On the plus side, only one midterm to go, and the ski season is about to begin (only 10 more days until Whistler opens!). Things are looking up.

Vancouver vocabulary

“Live the Language: Vancouver” by Gustav Johansson. Just in case you needed more proof that Vancouver is amazing, beautiful, awesome, and just about every other positive adjective you can come up with. This video is what happens when I do random “Vancouver” YouTube searches in the Forestry building while I should be studying for my chem midterm on Wednesday. Procrastination win.

Beautiful British Columbia, indeed.

Braving the rocks to get down to the ocean for a photo op.
Whenever there’s a sunny day in Vancouver, I feel so guilty when I stay indoors. So, this morning, I decided to take advantage of this amazing weather by going hiking at Lighthouse Park in West Van. I’m usually not very outdoorsy at all, but thanks to my seasoned hiker of an aunt, I managed to get through the 3 hour trek with only minor scrapes and a large bruise from when I fell off a particularly slippery log. I consider this to be a great accomplishment. Next stop, the Grouse Grind? (Maybe I’ll wait for my bruise to heal, first…)

More pictures from Lighthouse Park:

There was actually a lighthouse at Lighthouse Park. I was impressed.
What my aunt suspected to be Paul Allen of Microsoft’s boat, hanging out off the coast of one of Vancouver’s surrounding islands

Say hi to UBC, that tiny little peninsula of land poking out from across the water.

This is why I love Vancouver


Hey Ocean, nature, and Vancouver. These are a few of my favourite things. This song discovery comes to you courtesy of 100.5 The Peak, which is hands down the best radio station in the city, if I do say so myself (and I think fellow blog squadder Erica will back me up on this one). All my Vancouver born-and-raised friends in rez swear by The Peak, and I promise that if you walk around KU 2nd, you’re guaranteed to find it streaming from someone’s laptop. Check out the Peak Performance Project for more emerging BC artists.