Posts Categorized: Features

Drug safety and students

It has been 17 months since B.C.’s provincial health officer declared a public health emergency regarding the prevalence of fentanyl-related overdoses and deaths. In that time, B.C. has seen hundreds of overdose deaths. July 2017 saw 91 suspected drug overdose deaths in the province—the equivalent of nearly three deaths every day — at a rate 30 per… Read more »

How to Skin an Apple

My sister Abeline showed me how best to skin an apple, how to save the fruit, how to pull it off in one piece. Carve out the calyx like a cone. Let it fall into the bowl, onto the table, but not onto the floor. Do not skin an apple like you’d peel a potato,… Read more »

Louisiana Lightning

I’m rosy in the music club heat and this flush feels a little like love, like a spring in my spine. The air is fluid, juicy with Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island.” The band massages Herbie till everything melts. The keyboard player is slicked back and smooth, his hair shiny like someone licked their fingers and… Read more »

A critical look at Canada 150

Identity is oftentimes very personal. While we are influenced by our families and friends, no one else can decide how we identify. In all likelihood, you walk past hundreds of people each day, with whom you have nothing in common. But every so often (usually during the Olympics and in the lead up to Canada… Read more »

A critical look at Canada 150: Lisa Helps

We asked community leaders and educators about Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary, to reflect on this country’s present, past, and future. Lisa Helps | Mayor of Victoria The Martlet: What does it mean to you to be a Canadian, and what is a Canadian identity? I think what it means to be a Canadian is, first of… Read more »

A critical look at Canada 150: Qwul’sih’yah’maht (Robina Thomas)

We asked community leaders and educators about Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary, to reflect on this country’s present, past, and future. Qwul’sih’yah’maht (Robina Thomas) | Director of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement and Associate Professor at the School of Social Work I am a mother and a grandmother, and I think that’s really, really important for me,… Read more »

A critical look at Canada 150: John Lutz

We asked community leaders and educators about Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary, to reflect on this country’s present, past, and future. John Lutz | Chair of the History Department The Martlet: What does it mean to you to be a Canadian, and what is a Canadian identity? What does it mean to be Canadian? It’s interesting —… Read more »

A critical look at Canada 150: Jordan Stranger-Ross

We asked community leaders and educators about Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary, to reflect on this country’s present, past, and future. Jordan Stranger-Ross | Associate Professor of History and Project Director of the Landscapes of Injustice The Martlet: What does it mean to you to be a Canadian, and what is a Canadian identity? I guess I… Read more »

A critical look at Canada 150: David Lau

We asked community leaders and educators about Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary, to reflect on this country’s present, past, and future. David Lau | Executive Director of the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society The Martlet: What does it mean to you to be a Canadian, and what is a Canadian identity? Well, in terms of me being… Read more »

A critical look at Canada 150: Eva Patenaude

We asked community leaders and educators about Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary, to reflect on this country’s present, past, and future. Eva Patenaude | Media and Events Coordinator at the Victoria Pride Society The Martlet: What does it mean to you to be a Canadian? That is really a tough one. For me on a personal level,… Read more »