U-Pass approved by City Hall; program to begin Fall 2016
The City of Winnipeg officially approved the U-Pass (or universal bus pass) program on March 25, 2015. The program, formally proposed by the students' unions at both the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg in Fall of 2012, earned strong support at City Hall, including that of Mayor Bowman and 12 of the 15 other members of City Council.
Winnipeg Transit will now be obtaining new staff and buses to meet the expected increase in bus ridership; to provide Transit with time to do so, the program is slated to begin in September 2016.
UMSU, the UMGSA, Winnipeg Transit, and the University of Manitoba Administration will also be meeting before September 2016 to finalize how the program will be implemented at the University of Manitoba campus, including how opting-in and opting-out will work. Information will be posted here as it becomes available.
About the University 2015 Budget Cuts
The University of Manitoba Administration is currently considering a sizable budget cut that will affect students and their academic programs.
The Administration has asked the various faculties and non-academic units, as part of the University’s annual budget drafting process, to prepare for and make recommendations for cuts that will be “on average 4% across the University”. These are not the first cuts the Administration has implemented, but they are largest in some time.
UMSU has prepared a short, but detailed, review of these proposed budget cuts based on the information available. You can download of a copy of this review here - Understanding The Cuts: How The University’s Budget Cuts Will Affect You.