Posts By: Martlet Staff

EDITORIAL: Casting a shadow on diversity

If the 2016 Oscars were a fence, Tom Sawyer could show it to his Aunt Polly with pride. But as Hollywood’s most esteemed — for better or worse — celebration of film, this year’s Academy Awards leave much to be desired. Look directly at the list of nominees in the acting categories, and you might need shades. None of… Read more »

EDITORIAL: Trudeau’s ‘sunny ways’ not so sunny after all?

In 2015, Justin Trudeau defied his detractors and skeptics as he led the Liberal Party from political underdog status to the top of Parliament Hill, winning a majority in the 42nd federal election. Campaigning on a message of “real change,” Trudeau not only took down Harper, but decimated the favoured runner-up, Thomas Mulcair and his… Read more »

EDITORIAL: UVic should look inward for residence funding

As enjoyable (or unenjoyable, if Star Wars makes you want to take a whiff of bantha poodoo) as this themed issue has been, the Martlet would like to take this editorial to get serious. Because as fun as it is to run stories about lightsabers, Jedi, and other fictional things, the real Empire is right… Read more »

In conversation with the Hitch

Watching Trumbo this past week, starring John Goodman, Louis C.K., as well as Bryan Cranston playing the titular role of the American screenwriter blacklisted due to his communist sympathies, I couldn’t help but think of the late Johnny Walker Black Label-imbibing, untipped-Rothman smoking, polemic-writing journalist and verbal sabre-rattling Trot Christopher Hitchens. He came to mind… Read more »

EDITORIAL: On free speech

The UVic student political landscape saw the entrance of its newest contender last week, with the advent of the UVic Students for Free Speech and Accountability (USFSA). Borne of the desire to hold the powers that be (ie. the UVSS) accountable — as well as the release of a problematic report by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms… Read more »

EDITORIAL: The Martlet stands with Paris

We are deeply shocked and saddened by the recent massacres in Paris, and we offer our most sincere condolences to the friends, families, and loved ones of the victims. But while we come to terms and deal with the aftermath of these atrocious acts, please remember who is truly responsible. DO NOT blame refugees, and… Read more »

EDITORIAL: Refugee crisis response has room to improve

If you’ve managed to keep up with the news as well as your assignments in these first weeks, you’ve almost certainly watched the Syrian refugee crisis ramp up right alongside your reading list. Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, four million people have fled the country in hopes of finding refuge. Although this… Read more »

EDITORIAL: Pride not a matter of convenience

On June 26, 2015, mere hours after the Supreme Court of the United States issued their landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country, big-box retailer Target tweeted: “Here’s to having, holding and marrying who you love. #takepride #SCOTUSMarriage.” On the surface, it seemed like a lovely—maybe even welcome — gesture. But go back exactly three years,… Read more »

EDITORIAL: On truth and reconciliation

On June 2, the Truth and  Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released their summary report detailing six years of testimony from residential school survivors. The report comes with 94 recommendations to federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments as a call to action, so that a “respectful and healthy relationship amongst people” may be established. The… Read more »