SFSS PROPOSED REFERENDA FOR SPRING 2019:
U-Pass Referendum Question
The cost of a current monthly adult transit pass for the Metro Vancouver region is $95 for one zone, $128 for two zones, and $174 for three zones.
The Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) BC program represents a discounted transit fare for students in Metro Vancouver and has existed since 2011.
The current U-Pass BC program price is $41.00 per month and has not changed in 2 years, and the current contract is set to expire at the end of December 2019.
There is a proposed five-year agreement between the Province of BC and TransLink to continue offering the U-Pass BC program starting January 2020 at all Metro Vancouver public post-secondary institutions.
The proposed structure extends the current rate of $41.00 per month until April 30, 2020, then adjusts the rate to $42.50 per month beginning May 1, 2020. Thereafter, the rate would increase by up to 2% per year rounded to the nearest $0.05 (see the proposed fee schedule below). This structure could continue past April 30, 2025, upon renegotiation or renewal of the agreement.
The U-Pass BC program will be discontinued for SFU undergraduate students if a majority of SFU undergraduate students vote “No”.
Are you in favour of continued participation in the U-Pass BC program beginning January 1, 2020, at the following monthly rates?
January 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020 – $41.00
May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021 – $42.50
May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022 – $43.35
May 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023 – $44.20
May 1, 2023 – April 30, 2024 – $45.10
May 1, 2024 – April 30, 2025 – $46.00
May 1, 2025 onwards: annual increases of up to 2% per year rounded to the nearest $0.05
Student Union Building Naming Referendum Question
The new SFSS building is under construction between the AQ and MBC and is currently known as the Student Union Building. The building will be devoted to student activities and will include lounges, game rooms, and indoor and outdoor spaces for independent and group study, as well as all SFSS programs and services.
The SFSS Board of Directors would like to survey students to determine whether the name “Student Union Building” should stay or if a new name should be chosen instead.
The following options were shortlisted from a list of student submissions:
Student Union Building (Building code: SUB)
“Student Union Building” is the name traditionally used for this type of building on Canadian campuses.
The Den (Building code: DEN)
This name is meant to evoke a cozy feeling where you can sit by the fire after class, hold a study session in a team room, or unwind in the gaming lounge. “The Den” is where you can kick back and hang out.
The Hive (Building code: HIVE)
This name suggests a building alive with activity – whether you’re in a club, student union, or with a group of friends, “The Hive” is filled with ideas, events, and people who make this campus their home away from home.
The Treehouse (Building code: TREE)
This name reflects SFU’s natural environment and elements of the building’s design: wood, scenic views, outdoor patios, and a focus on sustainability. “The Treehouse” is your place to escape, right here on the mountain.
Select your preferred name for the new SFSS building:
- Student Union Building (SUB)
- The Den (DEN)
- The Hive (HIVE)
- The Treehouse (TREE)