Posts By: Martlet Staff

Piracy seeds alternative market

A recent survey by Media Technology Monitor reports Canadian Netflix subscribers have increased by approximately 13 per cent since 2012. The numbers suggest that roughly 25 per cent of Canada’s English-speaking population uses Netflix regularly. The service costs $8 per month, resulting in annual payments of just under $100. Even if cable companies allow people… Read more »

Who cares?

On Thursday, Oct. 17, not enough students attended the UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) Annual General Meeting (AGM). The issues at hand were contentious; one was the UVSS’s ongoing dispute of pamphlets distributed by the Catholic Students’ Association (CSA). However, even with an issue this polarizing, few people bothered to show up—less than 0.6 per cent… Read more »

A dim urban hum

On Oct. 4 and 7, UVic’s computing network experienced outages. UVic webmail, Moodle, online student resources, and UVic netdrive, amongst other online computing services, were all inaccessible. Undoubtedly, UVic’s computer Help Desk was inundated with calls for assistance from staff and the student body. Outages should be considered only mildly inconvenient. Perhaps it’s a testament… Read more »

UVic downvoted in World Ranking

Every student knows grading can be an uncomfortable process. It is, however, an instructive one. The Times Higher Education (THE) supplement recently released their annual World University Rankings. The THE is the preeminent standard for many; it uses a rigorous five-index scoring system paired with sophisticated methodology using extensive data collection. Canada, as a whole,… Read more »

Highway to the texting zone

Ninety-one rest stops along New York state highways are now redubbed “text stops.” New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement at a roadside podium Sept. 23, in front of large, blue highway signs reading, “It can wait—text stop 5 miles,” and “Text stop—parking area 1 mile.” Two-hundred and ninety-eight of the signs are… Read more »

Greenpeace confrontation with coast guard is questionable

On the morning of Sept. 18, activists from Greenpeace attempted to scale an oil platform belonging to Russian energy corporation Gazprom, the first company to start drilling above the Arctic Circle, which is considered fragile and pristine. Even though the activists were protesting in international waters, the Russian coast guard fired 11 warning shots across… Read more »

Editorial: Obama offers Canada environmental wakeup

Last month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, hoping to team up on an oil industry environmental strategy. Obama replied that he would only approve the Keystone XL pipeline project if Canada reduces its oilsands greenhouse gas emissions. Essentially, the U.S. told Canada it needs to clean up its… Read more »

Editorial: Crosswalk woes

Students rush to school by various modes of transportation, including driving, cycling, walking and, of course, busing. Those new to UVic may notice the frequent holdups due to congestion consisting of both cars and people—a daily event on campus. While there’s no preventing thousands of students walking across campus, or other traffic, the Martlet staff… Read more »

Editorial: Sealed government records compromise the right to know

On Sept. 28, International Right to Know Day will be celebrated in 40 countries around the world. Its purpose is to “raise awareness of an individual’s right to access government information, while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance.” Governments shouldn’t withhold information from their people unless the people are informed enough… Read more »