Posts By: Martlet Staff

Now is the time for intersectional action

Stolen Sisters March as important as any demonstration Victoria’s first Stolen Sisters Memorial March was held Feb. 14, 2009, on the unceded and traditional territories of the Lekwungen communities, Songhees, and Esquimalt First Nations. A nationwide event, the Memorial March is an opportunity for communities to remember and honour Indigenous women, girls, and 2spirit people… Read more »

Cape Town’s water consumption crisis

A scary reminder of the effects of global warming Cape Town, South Africa, may be one of the first industrialized cities in the world to begin rationing fresh water due to extremely low reserves. Without action on behalf of the citizens of Cape Town to drastically reduce water consumption, April 21 will mark what is… Read more »

Health care town hall sums up every UVSS problem

Low turnout. A stand-offish attitude. An unwillingness to apologize. The Nov. 9 town hall on UVSS health care encapsulated every single problem this UVSS board has faced this year. They mumbled through apologies, offset the blame for the low participation, and acted without a shred of the responsibility they hold for over 18 000 students. There… Read more »

Speak loud to protect our minority neighbours

Earlier this month, the provincial government in Quebec passed bill C-62—a rule that will require individuals to remove all face coverings when in government and municipal offices, and when accessing public services. The bill was passed in adherance to the province’s declaration to ensure a state of secular neutrality—to guarantee all its citizens are being… Read more »

#MeToo in the newsroom

Time to let experiences dictate what we discuss On Sunday, Oct. 15, actress Alyssa Milano took to Twitter and encouraged women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to respond to her message with #MeToo. Since then, hundreds of thousands of tweets have been written with the hashtag, and it has spread to Facebook and… Read more »

A tough pill to swallow

UVSS’ health care slip up costs students a lot It’s a bit of a running joke that no one really knows what the UVSS is doing (especially the UVSS themselves). People are often only reminded of the fact that they exist each March, when the faces of prospective student politicians are literally plastered to every… Read more »

Unpaid and unacknowledged

The volunteers behind UVic’s sexualized violence resources On April 26, 2016, the provincial government announced all public post-secondary institutions must create sexual misconduct policies by May 19, 2017. After a year of consultations and months of bureaucracy, May 2017 saw the UVic Board of Governors approve a new sexualized violence policy, listing out definitions of violence… Read more »

Out with the old

Why John has to go The question: should we rename public monuments/institutions named after problematic people? Our answer: obviously. For anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock (or deliberately hiding from the daily disaster that is the news), the debate surrounding memorials for harmful colonial historical figures has been raging in the United States… Read more »

UVic’s technology is in need of a serious update

Ah, back-to-school season. You’re nearly upon us, and that means, once again, that fresh faces and grizzled graduates will be subjected to the steaming trash heap that is UVic technology. For those of our readers who are new to UVic, who have somehow never needed to use a UVic map or MyPage, sit down and… Read more »

When it comes to UVic parking, no change is good change

On Saturday, June 24, a Martlet staff member drove to UVic to attend the Autism’s Own Conference being held in the SUB. Not knowing how long the conference would last, they paid for a full day of parking. As they were leaving the parking lot a few hours later, another student pulled in beside them…. Read more »