Olympic dreams put on full display at CARSA

The athletes who filed into CARSA’s gym on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 19, differed in gender, height, size, and age, but they all had one unifying trait—they dreamt about becoming Olympians. “For me,” says Avalon Wasteneys, one of those athletes, “that was always the goal.” The RBC Training Ground program is a joint initiative… Read more »

‘The Lego Batman Movie’ builds on character’s Lego-cy

The Lego Batman Movie may be the best crusader movie since the Christian Bale trilogy. With countless gags and cinematic references to everything from Adam West to Suicide Squad, Lego Batman has a unique and refreshing self-awareness that will appeal to all ages. A lonely Batman, the ideal crime fighter, is now forced to work… Read more »

In memory of Stuart McLean: The best of ‘The Vinyl Cafe’

Canada has lost one of its most beloved storytellers: Stuart McLean, longtime host of The Vinyl Cafe, passed away from melanoma on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Generations of Canadians have grown up listening to McLean’s distinctive drawl. His radio show, which debuted in the summer of 1994, featured music, essays, and stories, but the focal point… Read more »

EDITORIAL: Acting smug about Canada is to our own detriment

When President Donald Trump issued an executive order halting the intake of travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations on Jan. 28, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted in response, “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.” Many Canadians were quick to point to this… Read more »

Trudeau is right to scrap electoral reform

More pressing matters require federal attention This article originally appeared in The Manitoban, the University of Manitoba’s student newspaper,  on Feb. 16, 2017. WINNIPEG — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have reneged on an election promise in discarding his commitment to electoral reform, but he was right to do so. Electoral reform is not a pressing need for Canadian democracy, nor… Read more »

Asian erasure in Hollywood is more than just skin deep

As both a South Korean immigrant and a pop-culture junkie, I grew up searching for Asian representation in the TV shows and movies I watched — kind of a weird, racialized version of Where’s Waldo? I guess. More often than not, I was left disappointed by Hollywood’s portrayal of Asian characters, which varied from insensitive tropes to… Read more »

Students lead push to rename Joseph Trutch Hall

For the second time in seven years, UVic students are attempting to change the name of Joseph Trutch Hall. Lisa Schnitzler, a Trutch Hall resident, started a petition in December that has since garnered 107 signatures, as well as the endorsement of the UVSS Board of Directors, and sparked a formal name change appeal. “I… Read more »