Posts Categorized: News

A timeline of the Quebec mosque attack

How misinformation and ambiguity reinforced social media bubbles On Sunday, Jan. 29, the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City was attacked by a lone gunman. In what was later called a “terrorist attack” by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, six men were killed, and 19 others injured, all of whom were in the midst of evening… Read more »

Poor turnout strikes again, limits SAGM agenda

The UVSS semi-annual general meeting (SAGM) came and went with little fanfare after failing to meet quorum on Thursday, Feb. 2. For the membership to vote on any resolutions amending UVSS policy, 109 students needed to attend the meeting, which was held in Cinecenta. But only approximately 80 students showed up, forcing the meeting to… Read more »

Working group established to assess UVic response to U.S. travel ban

UVic President Jamie Cassels has appointed a working group to develop “effective and responsive” ways to address the executive order which bans entry into the United States by citizens and refugees of seven designated countries, it was announced at today’s UVic Senate meeting. According to an article in the Ring, the working group “will look… Read more »

Victorians march in solidarity with women

A crowd of approximately 2000 people (as reported in the Times Colonist) gathered in Centennial Square on Saturday, Jan. 21, to show solidarity with those women who marched on Washington, D.C. the same day. With the inauguration of Donald Trump fresh in everyone’s minds, the rally was one of many across the globe in which… Read more »

B.C. NDP tackles big money at UVic open house

With the pungent political stew south of the border still bubbling away at high heat, it can be easy to forget that British Columbia’s provincial election is sitting on the back burner, waiting to be served up on May 9, 2017. But at an open house on Thursday, Jan. 19, B.C. NDP leader John Horganand… Read more »

U.K. school visits UVic in search of teaching talent

Canadian teachers were put to the test at UVic on Jan. 17 for recruitment to teach at a ground-breaking school in England. Bohunt Education Trust (BET) is an innovative academy school that places less emphasis on memorizing information for tests, instead focusing more on collaboration. “In my experience we find Canadian teachers are really skilled,… Read more »

News Briefs—Jan. 26

E-cigarette concerns blown out of proportion  A comprehensive review of the harms and benefits of e-cigarettes and vapour devices shows that fears of vaping acting as a gateway drug to tobacco use are unfounded, according to UVic’s Centre for Addictions Research of B.C. (CARBC). The report, titled “Clearing the Air,” presents evidence that tobacco use… Read more »