Posts By: Anna James

Canada’s first cannabis course

The regulation, sale, and distribution of cannabis in Canada is joining the emerging industries of e-commerce, digital storytelling, and social media public relations in becoming a tertiary business course. “I am not aware of another course quite like this within Canada,” said Professor David Cram, who teaches ‘Special Topics in Management: The Business of Marijuana,’… Read more »

Broke, overworked, and lucky

Despite high rent and low pay, Victorians still consider themselves fortunate As we strolled through bustling Blanshard Street one day, my friend Kevin Shepheard turned to me and said, “You know, I’ve never heard someone who lives in Victoria say, ’I’m really happy with the amount of rent I’m paying and I’m totally good for… Read more »

The Malahat Review turns 50

UVic alum celebrated with journal’s 200th issue The Malahat Review, a literary journal that compiles the best in Canadian poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction, is celebrating its 50th anniversary and 200th issue with a party at Munro’s Books on Nov. 8. The event, scheduled from 7:30–11 p.m., will honour Victoria’s literary artists — past and present — and mark… Read more »

Learning from the past and each other

Australia’s stringent guns laws could provide the model America needs Many Australians can tell you exactly where they were when news of the Port Arthur massacre broke; I was in grade school when our worst mass shooting — to date — happened. Although shocked, I felt safe — a certainty that someone would do something about it. Once the media grew… Read more »

ROAM-ing around with Victoria’s pet searcher service

“I’m very sorry, we had to poster for a cat this morning,” said Lesli Steeves during our third call to finalize this interview. “What can I say? Cats and cars do not mix.” In our next conversation, Steeves confirms the cat in question was found “safe and unhurt.” Steeves is one of the nine volunteer… Read more »

Chris Hadfield takes Victoria on odyssey through sound and space

There are few questions Chris Hadfield hasn’t been asked. It’s been twenty-five years since Commander Hadfield was accepted into the astronaut program by the Canadian Space Agency, and his work — on the ground and in space — is embedded into Canada’s national consciousness, to the point when sharing that I was researching for this interview, not one person… Read more »

Our chat with Jay T. Cullen, UVic prof and Canadian astronaut candidate

Oceanographer. Marine chemist. Professor. Father. Jay T. Cullen wears many hats, and last month, he received another: Canadian astronaut candidate. On Feb. 1, it was announced that Cullen, a professor at UVic’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, made the Canadian Space Agency’s shortlist, becoming one of just 72 chosen candidates from a pool of… Read more »

UVic study challenges conventional sex work narrative

A new UVic study reveals sex work as an occupational choice, challenging the stigma that entry into the adult industry is by “predisposing factors beyond sex workers’ control,” reads the paper published with Sage Publishing on Jan. 30. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the study found that sex workers—like most workers—choose to enter… Read more »

Single, white, murderer: Behind Canadian Inmates Connect

It reads like a standard dating site profile: “I’m 32 years old, tall and fit (6’2″, 215lbs), SWM, seeking exciting adventurous attractive female pen pal who likes to write,” writes Brian Dickson. Now Google him. Dickson is currently serving a life sentence for the first-degree murder of a 23-year-old York University student during the course… Read more »