Rainbow crosswalk met with celebration, condemnation

The weather on July 2 may have been pleasant, but it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly-painted rainbow crosswalk on UVic’s ring road. Speeches by UVic staff— including President Jamie Cassels, Vice-President Academic and Provost Valerie Kuehne, and Student Recruitment Communications Assistant Gillian Cornwall — were followed by queer/trans activists Kat Palmateer… Read more »

Photography by Michelle Rachel

Local photographer Michelle Rachel captures life on the island in all its majesty with this dazzling selection of photos. To see more of Michelle’s work, go to her website at: www.michellerachelphoto.com.

Agalloch brings eclectic energy to Victoria June 19

Although a cellist may seem like a peculiar choice for a metal bill, the evening’s opening duties were given to the L.A.-based Alison Chesley, who goes by the stage name Helen Money. However, Chesley is not your average cello player. Her heavy musical pedigree is strong, as she is a session player at the legendary… Read more »

Events: July 2–August 5

ART Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form I wouldn’t consider myself the artsy type, but I know what I like. And I like what I’ve seen of Jock Macdonald. He’s considered a pioneer of postwar abstraction in Canada, and wouldn’t you know it, the AGGV has an entire exhibit showing off his work! There are drop-in tours… Read more »

A funny, insightful interview with Brian Regan

Brian Regan will be coming to Victoria for what should be called his “historical records” tour. Although Regan is not the kind of guy to claim such a title, he has every right to.  After his record-sealing 26th performance on The Late Show with David Letterman (more than any other comedian) on May 8, Regan… Read more »

Shatterbox Coffee brews sustainable almond alternative

In light of the extreme drought in California, Kalen Harris, owner of Shatterbox Coffee downtown, has started brewing up hemp milk as an alternative to almond milk. The world’s obsession with almonds is no secret. According to the Almond Board of California, 80 per cent of the world’s almonds are produced in California — a booming industry… Read more »

EDITORIAL: Pride not a matter of convenience

On June 26, 2015, mere hours after the Supreme Court of the United States issued their landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country, big-box retailer Target tweeted: “Here’s to having, holding and marrying who you love. #takepride #SCOTUSMarriage.” On the surface, it seemed like a lovely—maybe even welcome — gesture. But go back exactly three years,… Read more »

70 years under the bomb; a reflection

July 16, 2015, marks the 70th anniversary of the birth of the nuclear age — starting with the first atomic test in Los Alamos, N.M. as part of the Manhattan Project’s aim to develop an atomic bomb before the Nazis did. Watching the fireball rise, lead scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer remarked on its significance, quoting the Hindu… Read more »

Women’s soccer in for the long ball

The 2015 Women’s World Cup, held in multiple cities across Canada, is setting records —in attendance, ratings, and quality of play. Ask any women’s player, however, and they will tell you that there are still many problems that plague the sport. Whether it’s player salaries, level of competition, or even lack of interest from the majority… Read more »

Price increases create bottleneck for brewers

The Liquor Distribution Board (LDB) of B.C. changed its pricing model on beer, with the previous three-tiered system falling to the wayside. A wholesale model was introduced in April and prices were hiked up on June 1. Which, for Gary Lindsay one of the Partners at Driftwood Brewery, came as a bit of a surprise…. Read more »