How to handle silverfish this summer

If you live in Victoria (or in any damp city), you’ve probably seen those nasty little bugs that inhabit our bathrooms, kitchens, and closets. They’re silver with long antennae and turn into powder when you smoosh them. They are the not-so-elusive silverfish. Silverfish are gross and seem to respawn in seconds. So how do you… Read more »

Martine Conway, long-time UVic Ombudsperson, retires after 19 years

Not many people know about UVic’s ombudsperson office. Come to think of it, not many people even know what an ombudsperson is for that matter. Generally speaking, the position is an independent, impartial resource for the public to advise on disputes involving fairness, rights, administration, government, and equality. UVic’s ombudsperson is a confidential and trustworthy… Read more »

The hidden cost of avocados

Green gold bleeds red Avocado (aguacate) is increasingly referred to as oro verde — “green gold.” When I left Mexico City in 2011, you could buy a kilo of the allihgator pear at a wholesale market for about 30 pesos (approximately $2 CDN). In 2017, just six years later, the price had doubled to over 60 pesos… Read more »

UVic gets serious traction during Bike to Work Week

In a city divided over bike lanes, members of the UVic community came together from May 28 to June 3 for the annual Bike To Work Week (BTWW), 24 years after the province-wide event first originated in Victoria. UVic has been an official sponsor of BTWW since 2001, although UVic Sustainability Coordinator Susan Kerr said… Read more »

Concerns, resignations plagued job search for Malahat Editor

Two Hiring Committee members quit amid larger worries for the journal’s future It’s been an anxious few months for The Malahat Review, the prestigious Canadian literary journal with a seemingly uncertain future. After long-time editor John Barton resigned earlier this year, officials at the University of Victoria decided to limit their search for a new… Read more »

Chinese bike-share company sprouts up on campus

If you have been on campus lately, you will have likely noticed it’s not only herds of deer or bunnies that you need to watch out for — instead, a plethora of lime-green bicycles have become a new daunting obstacle.   The bikes, created by the China-based company U-bicycle, were brought to Victoria in the fall. But… Read more »

Kinder Morgan demonstration transforms from 20-protester phone bank to 200-person rally

Protest staged days after hundreds of anti-pipeline demonstrators march downtown About 200 protesters wearing red clothes gathered outside the Atrium in downtown Victoria to rally against the federal government’s recent decision to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan. The demonstration was planned in solidarity with 80 other protests across the country for the… Read more »

New book humanizes health care in Canada

Andrew MacLeod’s “All Together Healthy” offers accessible criticisms for an all-too-often inaccessible health care system The joke goes like this: the premise of Breaking Bad would never work in Canada. That’s funny, right? It’s because we have publicly subsidized health care and the United States doesn’t. There aren’t any high school chemistry teachers turned meth cooks… Read more »

Orcas and objectors protest government’s pipeline

May 29 march draws hundreds to downtown Disgusted. Angry. Disappointed, but not surprised. Those are some of the words that Victorians used to describe how they felt after becoming surprise owners of a 60-year-old pipeline on May 29. The decision came after months of dispute between Canadians as to the best route forward for the… Read more »