Posts By: Martlet Staff

Stephen Hume: Why do we need the Martlet?

As part of the Martlet 70 Fundraiser, we’ve asked former Martlet staff to answer an important question: why do we need the Martlet? The Martlet and I met by accident. We were teenagers. It wasn’t supposed to be a long-term thing. But here we are, still pals half-a -century later. My only newspaper writing (I proofread… Read more »

16 sounds sweet to us

Why B.C. youth should choose if they want the vote or not When one Martlet contributor was in high school, her school ran a mock election in the fall of 2015 during the federal election, inviting all the local party candidates to the school to have a panel discussion with the students. The platforms of… Read more »

New generation brings hope for gun control

Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough anymore On Feb. 14, 17 people—mostly high school students—were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This tragedy adds to the ever-growing list of mass shootings in the United States. And as the news broke, everyone braced themselves for a repeat of the same rhetorical… Read more »

One side does not fit all

Lack of options in UVSS election means important issues go unmentioned This year’s UVSS election is taking on a different appearance than years’ past. Generally the election has at least two full slates with a number of independent candidates. (Like political parties, slates give students the opportunity to work together on a cohesive platform.) But… Read more »

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 »