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    NOVEMBER 12, 2015 VOL. 49 NO. 6 VANCOUVER, B.C.


    A first-of-its-kind partnership be-tween two B.C. and Ontario post-secondary institutions will allow students to transfer Lan-

    gara College credits towards a degree at Queens University.

    Last week, a memorandum signed by both institutions will allow Langara students with associate of arts or asso-ciate of science degrees to transfer to pursue faculty of arts and science de-grees at Queens. This is the first part-nership between a college in British Columbia and a university in Ontario.

    Lindsey Fair, associate director of marketing and communications at

    Queens said, by email, that the univer-sity wants to open as many doors as possible for Langara students.

    The exciting news is that not only are these programs set up for ease of transfer between our two institutions, but on a case-by-case basis we will also look at other transfer requests from Langara students as well, Fair said.

    Depending on the program, the mini-mum GPA required for Langara trans-fer students starts at 2.6., compared to 2.0 minimum requirement at UBC.

    The initial conversation between the two institutions began in the spring of 2014 Julie Longo, the dean of arts at Langara, said in an email.

    We are always working to build

    more educational pathways for stu-dents, Longo said.

    Second year Langara kinesiology student, Winston Yeung, said he hopes to transfer to UBC next September, and that partnerships with other post-sec-ondary institutions will definitely in-crease the popularity of Langara.

    Based on his experience, Yeungs ad-vice to students looking to transfer to Queens is to carefully plan out their course schedules while at Langara.

    While registering for my first two semesters, I was waitlisted on all my courses, but luckily I was able to fill my schedule full of electives, Yeung said.

    Visit the registrars office for more information on transferring to Queens.

    We are always working to build edu-cational pathways for stu-dents



    Schoolshuffles staffers


    A Vancouver brewmaster is bring-ing the citys beer drinkers their first local organic pints.The Lower Mainland has seen a

    surge in microbreweries in recent years. South Vancouvers Dogwood Brewing distinguished itself as the citys only organic brewer when it opened six months ago.

    The brewery caters to beer drinkers looking for local brews from an envi-ronmentally sustainable company, as some commercial breweries can leave a large carbon footprint.



    Vivian Lee, Langara Colleges direc-tor of financial services, is just one of three senior administrative staff members who have either left their po-sitions or been shuffled to others with-in the college in the last year.

    Despite the numerous changes in the colleges ad-ministration in re-cent months, the college has not been forthcoming with information as to why.

    On Nov. 2, Viktor Sokha, vice-presi-dent of administra-tion and finance at Langara, sent out an email to staff an-nouncing that Lee was no longer em-ployed at the col-lege.

    He made no mention about the reason she left.When asked why Lee was no longer employed at Langa-ra, Dawn Palmer, associate vice-presi-dent of human resources at Langara, said only that Changes in administra-tion happen at all levels in organiza-tions as big as Langara, and that the

    college sometimes needs to restruc-ture itself.

    Lees departure follows those of Bradley OHara and Roy Daykin.

    OHara left his position of provost and vice-president, academics and stu-dents in Septem-ber for the same position at Univer-sity Canada West.

    Roy Daykin, for-merly the vice-president, administra-tion and community engagement at Langara, left in December of 2014 for the position vice-president of finance and administration at Okanagan Col-lege after four years at various senior administrative positions at Langara.

    Palmer said to The Voice by email: Both Vice Presidents moved because the roles that were offered to them were a perfect fit for what they were personally looking for at this point in their career.

    Trouble with organic brews has bubbled to the surface Finding ingredients is an issue for local producers


    B.C. and Ontario schools signed new groundbreaking agreement

    Departure of senior admin raises questions about the colleges recent turnover

    BRIDGETTE WATSON photoDogwood Brewing is the first to serve

    organic beers in Vancouver.

    theVoiceEN GARDE! .....................................8Tapping into childrens combative side key to harnessing their energy, says one parent

    ROY DAYKINFormer vice-president of administration and community at Langara

    Changes in admin-istration happen at all levels in orga-nizations as big as Langara



    KATHRYN WU photo illustrationThe newly signed memorandum will give Langara students the opportunity to transfer certain credits to Queens University in Ontario.

    Historic transfer deal sealed

    Beaus Brewery, ON

    Mill Street Brewery, ON

    Cranng Ales, B.C.

    Nelson Brewing Company, B.C.

    Alley Kat Brewing Company, AB



    South Van MP rising star Political rookie, Harjit Sajjan, is set to represent his riding, and Justin Trudeaus defence portfolio

    FLICKR photoLt. Col. Harjit Sajjan, the new minister of defence Canada

    LSU info is hard to come by onlineFinancial records and meeting minutes available only by requests and in person, no notes allowed


    After years of little usage, the Gar-den City Lands that sit in the heart of Richmond will be trans-formed into something Canada hasnt seen before.

    Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be running a research lab farm on the Garden City Lands, in partnership with the City of Richmond.

    The university will be creating a minimum of eight hectares on the lands to be used for instructors to help students with farming skills. Students and agricultural scientists will re-search skills such as crop producing and managing organic soils.

    This farm will directly support our applied research work in small-scale

    agriculture, said Kent Mullinix, direc-tor of institute for sustainable food sys-tems at Kwantlen.

    The farming school falls in line with the regional food system action plan put forward by staff for the Metro Van-couver planning committee of the re-gional growth strategy, which looks at expanding regional food systems, food security and production.

    We are developing a world-class, small-scale alternate market research and teaching farm (to extend our) under-graduate teaching program,Mullinix said.

    The Garden City Lands are, by law, to be used for agriculture, since they are considered part of the Agricultural Land Reserve.

    Long-time cattle farmer and Rich-mond Coun. Harold Steves said that in 2006, delegates from the United Na-tions approached fellow Coun. Chak Au, then school board trustee, about a farming school in Richmond, which led to an agreement by Au, Mayor Malcolm Brodie and then KPU President Skip Triplett.

    Steves also said that the United Na-tions delegates told him that a farming school on the Garden City Lands would be an international training example.

    Given the limited land available in Richmond, Steves also said how its critical to make sure there is enough farmland available for students when they graduate

    Some people whove finished school are looking for farmland. Weve set aside farmland for students where they can farm until they find a place for themselves, Steves said.

    Mullinix also said how farming schools are incredibly crucial to the fu-ture of farming.

    Were the only university in Canada doing thiscommunity-linked commu-nity farming (and) food systems, it is going to be increasingly important[in the future].

    KPU hopes to have the research farming operating this spring.

    Were out to feed the world. It was their (the UNs) idea. We said yes and were ready for it, Steves said.

    The city will be turning a large tract of unused land into a way for scientists to study agriculture

    Richmond begins tilling the soil STEPHAN REES photo

    A small group gathering at the Garden City Lands in Richmond, B.C. on International Day of Climate Action


    Canadas new minister of defence will keep local issues on govern-ments agenda, expert says.

    Harjit Sajjan, member of par-liament for the federal riding of Van-couver South, was named minister of defence last Wednesday, less than one month into his first term in Ottawa. Sa-jjan is the first Sikh to be given the de-fense portfolio.

    Stephen Phillips, a political science instructor at Langara College, said Saj-jans powerful position on the federal scene will help ensure the federal gov-ernment pays attention to local issues.

    He said Sajjans recent experience in the Canadian military could mean more government empathy for military issues and for veterans. Sajjan served

    11 years with the Vancouver Police De-partment and had four operational de-ployments with the Canadian Armed Forces: three in Afghanistan and one in Bosnia.

    Theres a lot of attention on the quality of the appointment, Phillips said. I cant think of a defense minis-ter whos been a military man since General McNaughton and [his role] in the Second World War.

    Stewart McGillivray, president of the Vancouver South Federal Liberal Rid-ing Association, said Sajjans cabinet position solidifies strong local repre-sentation in Parliament.

    Its really important for people to see themselves in the government, and its important for people of the riding and for Vancouverites and British Co-lumbia to have a cabinet with such

    strong local repre-sentation, said McGillivray, who helped develop Sa-jjans election cam-paign.

    Sajjans appoint-ment includes a position on the cabinet committee on agenda and re-sults, which deals with overarching government priori-ties. His responsi-bilities also in-clude public security, military intelligence and emergency issues.

    Sajjan did not respond for comment.

    Some peo-ple whove finished school are looking for farmland. Weve set aside farm-land for students where they can farm ... until they find a place for themselves




    Despite a 10 day wait, the Langara Students Union allowed The Voice to view, in the LSU office, financial audits and budget information. The records show summarized accounts of the bod-ies spending and the auditor reported all was in order.

    B.C. student advocacy groups such as the Kwantlen Student Association and University of Victoria Students Society have information such as meet-ing minutes and financial statements posted on their website. Bront Ren-wick-Shields, spokesperson and chair of the UVSS said, the society keeps cop-ies of minutes and financial statements in the office for anyone to take at any time, adding student governments have a duty to be transparent with their electorate.

    Langara Students Union media spokesperson Jared Braverman said via email, the union is transpar-ent with its mem-bers by posting lots of information to its website and on social media, be it the cancella-tion of elections, or LSU events.

    Many students get information by coming in and speaking with staff at the front desk or looking at the notice boards, Braver-man said.

    According to article 13 of the LSU by-laws, members are allowed to look over union records, but must provide 48 hours notice and must be supervised by an LSU staff or board member to ensure that records are not reproduced or noted in any way.

    Though members must provide no-tice to request such documents, LSU bylaws do not specify a time by which they must be provided.

    Meeting minutes are also only avail-able subject to an article 13 request.


    Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Ray-

    bould, Vancouver


    Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan,

    Vancouver South

    Minister of Sport and Persons with

    Disabilities Carla

    Qualtrough, Delta


    B.C.federal ministers



    The new Langara Space and As-tronomy Club is looking for oth-ers who are interested in scenes outside of Earths atmosphere.

    Initiated by two physics students, Charlie Rud and Derek Greenaway, the club is trying to fill the gap of an ab-sence in scientific based clubs at the college.

    Since similar clubs like the UBC As-tronomy Club has many members, the absense of one at Langara was a reason for Rud to jump start his own.

    I created this club, because I love space and astronomy, and there was a lack of such a club here, Rud said. Also I was looking forward to joining a community of people who are interest-ed in physics and space.

    With their own personal telescopes, and other equipment available from Langara, they are planning stargazing events on and off campus.

    A trip to Vancouver observatory the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, or to places like the town of Merritt, which is considered the best place in B.C. for stargazing.

    During the day, they use special fil-ters, to provide a sungazing oppourtu-nity as well.

    Watching space is an exhilarating experience. You feel very small, which actually is very cool, Rud said. It is remarkable how big the universe be-comes when you look at it from your telescope.

    For stargazing, this club needs a clear, dark night, just after sunset. From campus through telescopes, it is possible to see planets, nebulas, or even galaxies.

    Any bright thing in the sky, to be

    honest, what you can see with your na-ked eyes. Greenaway said.

    The next meeting of The Langara Space & Astronomy Club is Friday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.. Their first stargazing meet-up will happen this weekend after sun-set on Langara campus. Further infor-mation is available on their Facebook page.

    Come out with us, or come to our meetings, Greenaway said. See the beauty of space through a telescope. No math is involved. You will enjoy the fun and pleasurable side this experi-ence.


    Though playing video games is usu-ally more about having fun, a group from the Langara eSports Assiciation dedicated a full day to gam-ing for a more serious reason.

    Gamers from around the world teamed up with a fundraising event called Extra Life, where gamers live stream themselves playing video games for 24 hours to raise money for their local Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals.

    Six members from the Langara eS-ports Association played in the mara-thon on Saturday, Nov. 7 and gathered $1,111 in donations.

    Jonathan Wong, second year busi-ness administration student and c...