Posts Categorized: News

The ins and outs of your new UVSS health plan

Everything you need to know about the tiers, coverage, and how to opt out entirely Ratified in last spring’s referendum and finalized at a summer board meeting, students returning to campus this month will now have access to a two-tiered health and dental plan along with the option to opt out entirely before the Sept…. Read more »

A conversation with the federal minister of Fisheries and Oceans

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson speaks to the Martlet about the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales On Sept. 7, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, federal minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, was in Victoria to make announcements regarding government marine and infrastructure initiatives. During his visit, the minister took time to stop by the… Read more »

Nominations open for great post-secondary teacher accolade

National Teaching Fellowship is Canada’s most prestigious recognition for educators Whether they buy the class a drink at the end of the semester, never dock marks for late submissions, or understand how to work the classroom computers, we all have our favourite professors from university. Now you can help that professor be recognized for their… Read more »

Meet your 2018-19 UVSS Board of Directors

Of all the uncertainties and anxious energy flying around campus during the opening week, one guaranteed thing is meeting new people — whether in class, on campus, or at your favourite study spot in the SUB. Whether you’re a fifth-year engineering student who could make the trek from ECS to the library with their eyes… Read more »

Hit the brakes: Lisa Helps to change the default speed limits on neighbourhood streets

As part of her platform announced today, Mayoral candidate Lisa Helps has suggested reducing the standard speed limit to 30 km/h from the current 50 km/h On Friday, Sept. 7, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps released the platform for her re-election bid, informing reporters gathered outside her campaign headquarters of her two primary platform commitments. The… Read more »

Here’s what you missed at UVic this summer

But I’m sure the cottage at the lake was nice Pipeline protests If you missed this story, I envy how secluded your summer must have been. In what became international news, the federal government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline from Texas oil company Kinder Morgan, for a price upwards of $4 billion. Victorians took to… Read more »

A brief introduction to electoral reform

As you may already be aware, 2018 is set to be a big year for B.C. politics. Between Oct. 22 and Nov. 30, the provincial government of British Columbia will hold a referendum on whether the province should continue with the current voting method of “First-Past-The-Post” (FPTP), or switch to a system based on proportional… Read more »

Cannabis likely to be eased into current smoking policy, UVSS says

Details about the policy will be released some time before the Oct. 17 legalization date, university says With less than two months until consumption of cannabis is officially legalized across the country, updates on how UVic will implement the substance continue to surface. In an Aug. 27 UVSS board meeting absent of any new motions,… Read more »

Federal court lands blow against construction of Trans Mountain pipeline

Federal Court of Appeal says First Nations were not adequately consulted on the project and that marine traffic was not taken into account The Federal Court of Appeal ruled today that the Government of Canada did not properly consult with First Nations before the National Energy Board approved Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion… Read more »