Posts Categorized: News

UVic announces $2.4 million investment in marine energy

As students returned from reading break on Nov. 17, flocking to Mystic Market and filling the air of the University Centre with chatter, UVic announced a serious donation to increase research into sustainable energy. The $2.4 million dollars — $1.4 million from the Government of Canada and $1 million from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in… Read more »

UVSS criticizes UVic’s handling of YPY demonstration

UVic apologizes for failing to provide timely notification In a Facebook post published the day after campus club Youth Protecting Youth (YPY) held a public anti-abortion demonstration in the quad outside of the McPherson Library, the University of Victoria Students’ Society criticized the university administration’s handling of the situation. The demonstration included the planting of… Read more »

What are those flags in the quad?

Five hours after they were planted into the quad grass, 10 000 flags were removed by students demonstrating against Youth Protecting Youth, UVic’s anti-abortion club. Students arriving back on campus today, Nov. 16, after reading break were greeted by an unusual sight — thousands of small flags covered the quad grass outside of the library. But just… Read more »

Vulture Culture perched at “charged standstill” with Food Services

The Vulture Culture student group, known for hovering around second-hand hamburgers, quesadilla scraps, and other leftover treasures of the Mystic Market tray racks, is circling around a different type of prey: UVic’s food policies. Vulture Culture and UVic Food Services have recently been engaging in dialogue around food-safe alternatives for salvaging food waste, but whether… Read more »

UVic student rallies for access to life-altering drug

Lilia Zaharieva is far from giving up her fight for access to Orkambi, the life-altering drug that was taken from her when the UVSS changed their health plan this past summer. Zaharieva, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, began taking Orkambi approximately a year ago, and it has changed the course of her life. She says… Read more »

Report highlights Victoria’s student housing crisis

A new study highlights the impact of the ongoing housing crisis for Victoria-area students. The study found that 70 per cent of post-secondary students reported that their yearly earnings place them under the national low-income cut off, or “poverty line.” The report, “Victoria’s Student Housing Crisis” by the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG),… Read more »

Canada’s first cannabis course

The regulation, sale, and distribution of cannabis in Canada is joining the emerging industries of e-commerce, digital storytelling, and social media public relations in becoming a tertiary business course. “I am not aware of another course quite like this within Canada,” said Professor David Cram, who teaches ‘Special Topics in Management: The Business of Marijuana,’… Read more »

UVic panel debates how to battle fake news

Harvey Southam panel features six fine journalists “I look out here, and there must be 600, 700 000 people — at least!” joked David Leach, chair of the UVic writing department, to the crowd gathered on Nov. 7 for the 10th Harvey Southam panel. “If you hear anything different tomorrow, [it’s] fake news.” Although the crowd was considerably… Read more »

Frustration, sadness at UVSS health care town hall

Room agrees referendum needed to fix health care plan It was an emotional evening for those gathered in the Michele Pujol room on Thursday, Nov. 9, though emotions varied between each party in attendance. Those sharing their stories of losing coverage after the UVSS switched to a new student health care plan expressed frustration, sadness,… Read more »

Anti-Violence Project referendum passes

Full-time student fees will increase by $2 in funding towards the advocacy group Students have voted in favour of increasing the student fee allocation for the Anti-Violence Project (AVP), UVic’s on-campus sexual assault centre. In a vote that took place between Nov. 8 and 10, 3 955 students voted on the question of a 100 per… Read more »