Congrats to Next Uppers on their recent elections…

Congrats to Max FineDay (NUSask1) for being elected as the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) President, Dan LeBlanc (NUSask2) as student representative to University Senate and Melissa Gan (NUSask2) as Arts and Science representative on Student Council!

Student engagement tops priority list for new USSU president

Kris Foster, April 12, 2013, University of Saskatchewan News (link)


Max FineDay
It was a pretty simple campaign platform really; Max FineDay just wanted to make student life better.

And it was a platform that helped him get elected University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) president.

“I’ve been in student politics for my entire post-secondary career,” said FineDay. “I talk to a lot of students and ask ‘What do you want to see?’ I think sometimes student politics has too much pride and not enough humility to ask that question.”

FineDay didn’t have too much pride to ask; in fact he asked not only in person but through Twitter as well. “I think a few (USSU candidates) have campaigned with Twitter before, but I used it a lot. Twitter is a direct way to get a message out in 140 characters. It is a great way to share ideas with representatives.”

The ideas and comments the third-year political studies student heard reaffirmed just how important student engagement is to the USSU and the university.

“Absolutely, student engagement is a priority. It needs to be more at the forefront. Students, not just those who are in politics, but in medicine, vet med, dentistry, ag-bio, all have ideas on how to engage with university administration and the province and how to make the university better.”

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PowerShift is Going Local: Help Make PowerShift 2013 Happen in BC

Last year, as well…all of you know….we held the 2nd PowerShift Canada, bringing together nearly 1500 youth from all across Canada. The event was a huge success and kicked off what we are planning to transform into a long term organizing project to hold regional PowerShifts all across the country to train up, embolden and support the climate movement across Canada.

The first of these events is going to be happening in BC this October. Right on the heels of the new government taking office, PowerShift will be a moment to deliver a resounding message to politicians and the fossil fuel industry that BC won’t be transformed into a Carbon Corridor. Imagine, hundreds of youth sending a strong, clear message against pipelines, fracking and coal projects that are endangering our future. One of the goals of this PowerShift is going to be to strengthening the links between climate and tar sands/pipelines, as well as to bolster all the amazing work being done here in the province with hundreds of newly trained organizers.

We are also hoping to connect PowerShift with other groups and allies, and (for those of you in BC!) your work in BC and beyond. More information about strategy meetings, the establishment of the organizing committee and more along those lines will be coming your way in the near future.

Right now, we really need your help sharing our crowd-funding campaign to kick PowerShift organizing off. If you are able to, please considering donating to our crowd funding campaign to get this campaign up and running. Whether its $10, $50 or $500 every single contribution helps us to make PowerShift BC happen. If you can’t support financially, if you could take a moment to share this link: http://www.weeve.it/project/home/50 through your networks that would be amazing.

Thanks all for your help and support!

Karen Rooney
Next Up Sask Year 1

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