Posts Categorized: Features

Bringing the Oireachtas to the Rock

Victoria hosts Irish dance championships For the first time in its 43 years, the Western Canadian Regional Oireachtas (pronounced uh-ROCK-tus) was held on Vancouver Island. Six hundred dancers (representing 24 dance schools) flocked to the island from across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba to compete in the Irish dance championships. These dancers were aged anywhere… Read more »

On picking up tampons

“Say who you are, really say it in your life and in your work. Tell someone out there who is lost, someone not yet born, someone who won’t be born for 500 years. Your writing will be a record of your time. It can’t help but be that. But more importantly, if you’re honest about… Read more »

Coffee Culture on Campus

Coffee can signify different things to different people. To some, it’s a social lubricant and a warm beverage to gather around and talk. To others, it is fuel to make it through midnight and beyond. Some chug it quickly before rushing out the door in the early morning. Others sip it slowly on their commute…. Read more »

Food security for starving students

How the community fills the bellies of growing minds The aroma of juicy, oregano-scented chicken wafted throughout the hallways of the church as starving cash-strapped students filled the tables in the gymnasium. If you were looking through the Emmanuel Baptist Church window on this unusually crisp September Tuesday night, it would have seemed as if… Read more »

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 »