Posts By: Colin Grainger

September’s “Housing for All” rally saw results at Victoria City Hall ahead of the upcoming municipal election

A small crowd of supporters rallied outside Victoria City Hall just before a key council meeting on Sept. 6 to show support for changes to Victoria’s building laws that would make affordable housing units mandatory for all future developments. The rally was hosted by city council candidates Sarah Potts and Laurel Collins, renters who are… Read more »

Proportional representation vs. First-past-the-post

Turns out which one’s better isn’t so black and white, says UVic poli sci prof Daniel Westlake The referendum to decide on changing B.C.’s electoral system is coming up on Oct. 22. With opinions bombarding us from all sides, it was time to talk to an expert. The following is a truncated version of an… Read more »

UVic Broad St. development would create 52 rental units

Rented at a market rate, students would have preferential access to the units UVic Housing, a subsidiary of UVic that manages the university’s revenue properties, has struck a deal with Chard Development Ltd. to create 52 studio and one-bedroom units on downtown’s Broad Street. The press release announcing the move, published on June 2, indicated… Read more »

Andrew Weaver hosts town hall on housing; students a no-show

Student housing and Victoria’s rental market were the focus at a town hall on the housing affordability crisis, which took place on Oct. 18. Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver and a panel of experts held presentations at Camosun College Lansdowne to a crowd of about 60 attendees notably missing a student demographic. Alex McGowan, chair… Read more »

Housing solutions brainstormed at NDP town hall

On Oct. 11, New Democrat MLAs of the South Island and other panelists garnered some feedback on the housing crisis in B.C. at a local town hall meeting. Troubling statistics, stories of renovictions, and some possible solutions were examined at the public meeting for a mostly older crowd of 150 attendees at Reynolds Secondary School…. Read more »

Deconstructing the UVSS Food Services deficit

A curious running deficit in the Food Services budget for the University of Victoria Students’ Society was brought up at the last Annual General Meeting on Oct. 28, with little explanation for the cause. An interview with Food Services Manager Brad Mielke, however, revealed a design in the accounting that indicates Food Services may be… Read more »

Electricity could drive change in B.C. says report

Electric vehicle popularity is racing ahead in Norway, and a report by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) at the University of Victoria has suggestions for what B.C. can do to catch up. Norway has much in common with B.C. according to the report, released Oct. 26, including similar population size, mountainous geography, and… Read more »

Engineering Students Society gets pushy―for a good cause

In support of The University of Victoria’s United Way Campaign, the Engineering Students Society (ESS) will have teams of students push a gutted Volkswagen Beetle around Ring Road from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 18 to raise money for the charity. “The Engineering Students’ Society does a charity event every term,” says ESS… Read more »

Elizabeth May takes to Twitter to participate in debate

After being left out of a national party leaders debate held by the Globe and Mail on Thursday, Sept. 17, Elizabeth May used Twitter to add her input in real time. The Green Party held an event showcasing May’s participation via Twitter to a full house at First Metropolitan United Church at 932 Balmoral Rd…. Read more »

News brief: Debit at Mystic Market

As a result of student feedback, including a survey of 1398 respondents done earlier this year, Mystic Market now accepts debit as of July 31. Sarah Dusterbeck, Coordinator, Marketing & Communications for UVic Food Services, said in an email that they want to be responsive to students despite the possibility of longer wait times in… Read more »