Posts By: Kaitlyn Kokoska

CARSA under fire after harassment complaints

On March 1, Vikes Athletics announced that the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) had been recognized with an Outstanding Sports Facility award by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). A notable achievement for UVic, to be sure, but not everyone believes CARSA and its members are so outstanding. In recent weeks, female… Read more »

Shams, satire, and poop: ‘The Inspector’ is a comedic masterpiece

As the cast returned from intermission, the audience gasped as they set their eyes upon a scene featuring two characters eerily resembling the notorious “Mr. Floatie” mascot — poop. The Mr. Floatie characters sang and danced as police officers attempted to chase them, making light of the Victoria sewage dumping problem. Tent City, human waste, Donald Trump…. Read more »

The CFL is a unique and tight-knit community. Let’s treasure it.

A true David and Goliath story always warms the hearts of audiences. So why does the less popular Canadian Football League struggle to succeed against the American National Football League in its own country? The 2016 Canadian Football League’s (CFL) championship game, the Grey Cup, attracted an average audience of 3.9 million viewers in Canada…. Read more »

U.K. school visits UVic in search of teaching talent

Canadian teachers were put to the test at UVic on Jan. 17 for recruitment to teach at a ground-breaking school in England. Bohunt Education Trust (BET) is an innovative academy school that places less emphasis on memorizing information for tests, instead focusing more on collaboration. “In my experience we find Canadian teachers are really skilled,… Read more »

Why I run 100 kilometres a week

“Why do you run?” is a question I frequently hear. My non-running friends think it’s torture, and when I tell them that I run 100 kilometers a week in the winter, their mouths drop. When I tell those same non-running friends that I balance my classwork with running for the UVic Varsity track team, they… Read more »

Lack of training opportunities for bike mechanics problematic

With the rise in demand for profes- sional bike mechanics but a lack of training opportunities, aspiring bike mechanics in Canada are left in a difficult position. Currently, there is no standardized provincial or federal bike mechanic certification process, leaving mechanics to learn inconsistent repair techniques acquired from private companies. Recyclistas, a local bike shop… Read more »

Blue Jays fever quickly turns into Blue Jays uncertainty

For just over two weeks this October, Blue Jays fever took over a country and a campus. The Toronto Blue Jays, “Canada’s Team,” had a playoff run that fell just short of the World Series. With their cleats now hung up, the upcoming offseason raises a lot of questions for the Jays. Fans at UVic… Read more »

Restrictions on private health care in Canada are unconstitutional

18.3 weeks. That was the median wait time in Canada between getting a referral from a general practitioner to receiving the treatment in 2015, according to the Fraser Institute. Yet, the Canada Health Act’s main goal is to “protect, promote and restore the physical and mental well-being of residents of Canada.” It’s ironic, then, that… Read more »