Posts Categorized: Features

Cannabusiness in YYJ

A closer look into how the legalization of cannabis will affect Victoria, and what people are saying about it “Gonna have to get used to that,” my sister whispered to me. Sitting on a bench on the outskirts of the University of Toronto campus, over 4 000 kilometres from home, we were watching a group… Read more »

Fort on Fire

                    In August 2018, the Shovel Lake fire threatened my hometown of Fort St. James, B.C. My town always felt removed from the province; it’s a small northern community that often seems forgotten. It’s the last place I ever thought would be threatened by disaster. The… Read more »

Falling through the cracks

Over the past year, some students feel the implementation of UVic’s Sexualized Violence Policy has left them without confidentiality, support, and protection   Three weeks into her first year at UVic, Alex* had her consent and autonomy disregarded when she was sexually assaulted. But in the months that followed, it was UVic that continually violated… Read more »

What not to do in your first year

Unfortunate true stories that should inspire UVic’s fresh faces to not do the same Always be prepared, especially when writing exams. I was writing a midterm for a math course in my first year at UVic. A few minutes before the exam, I found out that I had gotten my period. I tried to get tampons from… Read more »

Ring: Winner of the Martlet’s Summer Fiction Contest

Ring, by Marley Sterner: Fiction Winner of the Martlet’s Summer Writing Contest  Whenever my father wiped the kitchen counter, his wedding band scratched against the granite. I’d watched him clean in the mornings for so many years that even from my bed I could visualize the scene through sound alone. Sinatra seduced the bleached air, … Read more »

The centre of innovation

The secret resource on campus helping UVic entrepreneurs go global It’s March 2018, and Quinn MacDonald, a recent University of Victoria graduate, admires the printed copies of Concrete Garden Magazine that have just been shipped to her. She has only a brief moment to revel in her creation before she must get to work. All… Read more »

The hidden cost of avocados

Green gold bleeds red Avocado (aguacate) is increasingly referred to as oro verde — “green gold.” When I left Mexico City in 2011, you could buy a kilo of the allihgator pear at a wholesale market for about 30 pesos (approximately $2 CDN). In 2017, just six years later, the price had doubled to over 60 pesos… Read more »

Where are the missing UVSS votes?

A statistical breakdown of the latest UVSS election As the elected and acclaimed Envision candidates are readying themselves for a year in the public eye at the UVSS, we at the Martlet believe it necessary to review and evaluate a certain pertaining topic. Namely, in the 2018 UVSS election, there was a severe disparity between the… Read more »

“Climate leaders don’t build pipelines.”

Trudeau gets a gritty greeting from concerned Salish Sea residents at Kinder Morgan protest The rain wasn’t the only cause for a cold welcome to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on April 5 as he and his security entourage made their entrance into the Canadian Coast Guard Base in James Bay, Victoria, for a visit and… Read more »

The Rule of Three

Breaking down the Bigsby’s Martlet dynasty Jim Bigsby, my granddad, would describe his UVic education as a major in the Martlet with a minor in Economics and Political Science. And while his degree certificate may only make note of a double major in Economics and Political Science, him being the Managing Editor and subsequently the Martlet’s… Read more »