What did we learn from the Simushir incident?

On Oct. 17, I spent an entire class refreshing a CBC web page every five minutes. As a proud Haida Gwaiian, it was hard for me to pay attention to my afternoon lecture knowing there was a 135-metre cargo ship floating free just a few miles off the west coast of the island. With the… Read more »

New route, new website, same problems

B.C. Transit has a brand-new website. There is also a brand-new route: the 33 UVic via Richmond. Some transit execs could slather these accomplishments on a PowerPoint and present them at some sort of “look at how we’re improving” board meeting, but they don’t solve the bigger problems that affect all users. Any regular transit… Read more »

Q&A: Thomas Tacker from Gob

Simply put, Thomas Thacker is Canadian pop-punk royalty. The 40-year-old Vancouver native has been rocking with his band Gob for over 20 years, while also holding down guitar in Ajax, Ont.’s pop/punk/metal rock-stars Sum 41. After releasing Gob’s sixth studio album Apt. 13, Thacker and his bandmates spent the summer on an extensive Canadian tour…. Read more »

Events: October 30-November 6

Community Salmon Run at Goldstream Park Get outside this fall and make your way to Goldstream to experience the spawning salmon tours happening all November. A guide will discuss local flora and fauna as well as end by dissecting a ‘spawned out’ salmon. Tea and coffee are included. Nov. 1-30 (Saturdays and Sundays only), 9:30… Read more »

Bar raised this year for Raptors

At the quarter-mark of last season, the Toronto Raptors looked like a team going nowhere. They sat six games under .500 and had just traded away Rudy Gay, their best and highest paid player. The Raptors had every appearance of a team willing to tank the entire season in an effort to improve their chances… Read more »

$5 million renos to compensate for smartphone use in washrooms

HUMOUR—After years of increasing line-ups for washrooms all over campus, UVic has announced plans to double the number of washroom stalls available in every building. In a highly anticipated news release Monday, building manager P. Leez Holdit announced the $5 million initiative. The project would see funding flowing to many different buildings, with the hopes… Read more »

Personal paradise: East Sooke Park

East Sooke Park is a wonderful example of West Coast nature, with arbutus trees, rocky shores, and the obligatory seagulls. Among the lookout points and private beaches, you can feel the immensity of the natural history in this place. I recommend taking the coastal trail, which takes several hours of solid hiking, and passes by Cabin… Read more »

100 per cent Canadian, 100 per cent pissed

Sitting in a crowded lecture hall a few weeks ago, I was in the process of making a new friend. We had dutifully slogged through the get-to-know-you checklist (what’s your major, what year?), when the inevitable question popped up like a fresh fall mushroom: Where are you from? “Kelowna,” I said. “Oh really, you don’t… Read more »