Posts Categorized: News

Canadian military poses $3-million question to Geography department

UVic’s Department of Geography has the opportunity to propose a research project that could earn it $3 million in funding from the Canadian military through the Department of National Defence (DND)’s All Domain Situational Awareness Program. This DND program is in response to climate change and its effects on northern borders, which has led to… Read more »

Buoy, oh buoy: UVic engineers get powered up by ocean waves

Grey waves crash against a lone buoy off the coast of Vancouver Island. Pale sunlight glitters across the Pacific and stretches far into the distance — a silver blend of sea and sky. A seagull hops atop the buoy’s red surface and bobs along to the ocean’s beat. Another wave slams into the metal. And on the… Read more »

Lock your bike in designated areas, says campus security

UVic students face the threat of having their bikes impounded by campus security if they fail to secure them to designated bicycle racks on campus. With the large amount of cyclist traffic at UVic, designated bike parking is often full at busy locations around campus. As a result, students are resorting to locking bikes against… Read more »

Demonstrators give pipeline expansions the thumbs down

More than 1000 people braved the cold of downtown Victoria on Thursday, Dec. 1, to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock and voice their opposition to the federal gov- ernment’s approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion project. Those in favour of pipeline expansions point to Canada’s flagging economy, arguing that expansion will create… Read more »

The final UVic Senate meeting of 2016, recapped

The UVic Senate wrapped up 2016 with a concise meeting on Dec. 2, covering a host of topics with rela- tively few major decisions but several important updates. UVIC FALLING IN UNIVERSITY RANKINGS Tony Eder, executive director of academic resource planning, gave a presentation on UVic’s standing in university rankings, specifically the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)… Read more »

Supreme Court dismissal concludes student club legal battle

On Dec. 1, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) dealt a final blow to a UVic pro-life student cub in its extensive legal battle with the university. The UVic club Youth Protecting Youth (YPY) originally filed a constitutional lawsuit against the university in 2013 when its outdoor-space booking privileges were revoked for one year after… Read more »

Board of Directors vote to rescind VIPIRG referendum

The UVSS Board of Directors voted unanimously to rescind a motion that would put the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group’s (VIPIRG) fee to a student referendum after directors were taken to task by its membership at last night’s board meeting. The referendum, which was proposed last week by Jordan Quitzau, UVSS director of events,… Read more »

Board of Directors backpedal on VIPIRG referendum

The UVSS Board of Directors has quickly backtracked on a motion put forward at last night’s board meeting that would have seen students vote on funding currently allocated to the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG). The referendum would have students choose between continuing to pay $3 per academic term to VIPIRG, or re-allocating half… Read more »

Muslim and Jewish student associations host shared dinner

The Jewish and Muslim community have a long history of both peaceful and violent interaction, but to the UVic Jewish Students Association (JSA) and the UVic Muslim Students Association (MSA), what matters is the present.  The two student societies, along with help from the Hillel B.C. Society, held a shared culture dinner on Nov. 21,… Read more »

We read the UVSS Strategic Plan so you don’t have to

At the Oct. 27 Annual General Meeting, the UVSS Board of Directors released their two-year Strategic Plan. The 32-page document includes the results of an annual survey published by the UVSS in May, and updates students on the board’s goals and how they’re doing so far in their year-long term. The results of the survey… Read more »