Posts By: Trina McDonald

Getting down in a good way

A review of Distant Grand’s Fascination EP The EP Fascination by Victoria’s dreamy new duo Distant Grand is a sensuous hip-swaying and heart-breaking treat. The smooth vocal harmonies, sweeping synth, and rhythmic guitar provide the right amount of melancholy for lonely nights and plenty of sultry funk for crowds of two or more. At times… Read more »

Three decades later, CFUV still sounding good

The University of Victoria’s campus-community radio station turns 30 this December. And with increases in funding and new technologies, CFUV is only improving with age. Fresh thinking and extra funds have allowed CFUV to adapt as younger generations shift away from traditional media formats. In addition to a Students’ Society levy, voted in by student… Read more »

Is UVic edgy enough to divest?

Last February, the University of Victoria unveiled UVic Edge, a branding initiative meant to convey a “consistent” image of a forward-thinking institution. But Divest UVic’s volunteer organizer, Malkolm Boothroyd, argues that UVic’s investments in the fossil-fuel industry contradict this new image. After years of awareness and support raising, Divest is now urging university decision-makers to… Read more »

Backyard chickens: ‘til death do us part

Early in the spring of 2014, while my partner and I were planning our garden for the year, we became convinced that in the distant future we should get chickens. It made sense. We already feed ourselves almost exclusively from the garden six months of the year, and heavily supplement our diet with garden produce… Read more »