Posts By: Alistair Ogden

Canada to fly advertising banner over Trump inauguration

In a bold attempt to increase immigration from south of the 49th parallel, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the federal government will be flying an advertising banner over Washington, D.C., during Donald Trump’s presi- dential inauguration on Jan. 20. The banner, which will reportedly picture a Canadian flag and the words “Still An… Read more »

The final UVic Senate meeting of 2016, recapped

The UVic Senate wrapped up 2016 with a concise meeting on Dec. 2, covering a host of topics with rela- tively few major decisions but several important updates. UVIC FALLING IN UNIVERSITY RANKINGS Tony Eder, executive director of academic resource planning, gave a presentation on UVic’s standing in university rankings, specifically the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)… Read more »

GMO backlash takes root in Department of Environmental Studies

The Department of Environmental Studies has drawn criticism from students after hosting a former research scientist for Agriculture Canada whose views on genetically modified crops have been met with heated opposition in the past. Dr. Thierry Vrain, a research scientist turned organic farmer and anti-GMO advocate, gave an open talk as part of an Environmental… Read more »

UVic chemist teams up with Phillips Brewery for a better brew

What reaction do you get when you combine a UVic chemistry pro- fessor and the quality manager at Phillips Brewery while they sit down and have a beer? A groundbreaking yeast fermentation research project with the potential to revolutionize the craft brewing process. UVic’s Fraser Hof and Euan Thomson, a chemist at Phillips Brewery, have… Read more »

The Walrus Talks bring optimistic perspectives on youth leadership

On a dreary Monday night in the Farquhar Auditorium, seven inspirational Canadians suffused the University of Victoria with stories of youth leadership. The return of The Walrus Talks to Victoria on Oct. 24 was by no means a full-house event — plenty of empty seats decorated the room — but the speeches filled the venue with optimism. The seven… Read more »

Boy & Bear break their limits with new album, tour

Boy & Bear have come a long way in seven years. What started out as a solo project for singer-songwriter Dave Hosking in 2009 became a duo with the addition of Killian Gavin, also on vocals and guitar, and kept expanding into a quartet and finally a five-piece band. The Sydney, Australia-based group, who relied… Read more »

Rifflandia 2016: Music overcomes divisive ‘shock politics,’ says Michael Franti & Spearhead frontman

Since the release of their new album Soulrocker this June, Michael Franti & Spearhead have been touring through the United States, spreading good vibes and inspiring countless crowds. This Friday, the “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” hitmakers are bringing their act to Rifflandia’s main stage, and the band’s eponymous frontman took the time to speak… Read more »