Posts Categorized: News

2017–2018 Elections budget ran a $23 000 deficit, UVSS reports

Cause of the overspending still unclear, Director of Finance and Operations says In an executive report at the latest UVSS board meeting on Monday, June 18, Director of Finance and Operations Curtis Whittla announced that this year’s Elections Office ran $23 000 over their allocated budget. The students’ society originally allocated $26 237 for their 2017–2018 Elections… Read more »

The UVSS June meetings: a Tweet-cap

June 4: Perhaps the biggest tension to come out of the first UVSS Board of Directors meeting of the month came not from the directors themselves, but from a spelling error in a live tweet session. But I digress, for now. The 2018/19 Board, continuing to familiarize themselves with one another, met for the third… Read more »

The good, the bad, and the hairy: the horse-drawn carriage debate rages on

Video re-ignites old question of whether horse-drawn carriages should be banned Horse-drawn carriage rides have long been a controversial topic on the downtown streets of Victoria. From angry honking drivers, to protestors walking with signs, to those just being concerned with the horses’ overall safety, most people have an opinion. Following an incident on May 4… Read more »

UVic look for feedback on proposed student housing designs

In the middle of a week of celebration for the graduating class of 2018, plans to welcome the next batch of undergraduate students to campus were already in the works. Nestled a few hundred metres from ‘Grad 2018’ merchandise booths and ceremonies taking place in the University Centre for convocation week, Campus Planning and Security… Read more »

Martine Conway, long-time UVic Ombudsperson, retires after 19 years

Not many people know about UVic’s ombudsperson office. Come to think of it, not many people even know what an ombudsperson is for that matter. Generally speaking, the position is an independent, impartial resource for the public to advise on disputes involving fairness, rights, administration, government, and equality. UVic’s ombudsperson is a confidential and trustworthy… Read more »

UVic gets serious traction during Bike to Work Week

In a city divided over bike lanes, members of the UVic community came together from May 28 to June 3 for the annual Bike To Work Week (BTWW), 24 years after the province-wide event first originated in Victoria. UVic has been an official sponsor of BTWW since 2001, although UVic Sustainability Coordinator Susan Kerr said… Read more »

Concerns, resignations plagued job search for Malahat Editor

Two Hiring Committee members quit amid larger worries for the journal’s future It’s been an anxious few months for The Malahat Review, the prestigious Canadian literary journal with a seemingly uncertain future. After long-time editor John Barton resigned earlier this year, officials at the University of Victoria decided to limit their search for a new… Read more »

Chinese bike-share company sprouts up on campus

If you have been on campus lately, you will have likely noticed it’s not only herds of deer or bunnies that you need to watch out for — instead, a plethora of lime-green bicycles have become a new daunting obstacle.   The bikes, created by the China-based company U-bicycle, were brought to Victoria in the fall. But… Read more »

Kinder Morgan demonstration transforms from 20-protester phone bank to 200-person rally

Protest staged days after hundreds of anti-pipeline demonstrators march downtown About 200 protesters wearing red clothes gathered outside the Atrium in downtown Victoria to rally against the federal government’s recent decision to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan. The demonstration was planned in solidarity with 80 other protests across the country for the… Read more »