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Sexualized violence policy gets final approval

After months of consultation, feedback, and review, the UVic Board of Governors voted to approve a finalized Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Policy on March 28. The policy will now be implemented this coming May. “The creation of this single, encompassing policy to prevent and respond to sexualized violence on campus is an extremely important… Read more »

South Island MLA candidates go face-to-face with students

On March 31, the South Island Candidate’s Fair, organized by the UVSS as part of its Count On Our Vote campaign, welcomed a pool of candidates from the B.C. Green Party and B.C. NDP to the SUB. A steady stream of students flowed and ebbed through Vertigo Lounge, conversing with candidates about politics and provincial… Read more »

Students petition UVic to dump coffee cup waste

A petition and YouTube video released by the University of Victoria Sustainability Project (UVSP) is demanding UVic provide more sustainable options for students sipping on their cup of morning joe. While the university does provide recycle bins, over 3 000 coffee cups are tossed in the garbage every day only to sit in the landfill, and… Read more »

Growing momentum across Canada fuels the fire for divestment at UVic

As the debate rages around the future of fossil fuels in public industry and private life, university campuses have become a hotspot for pushback against investing in companies that deal in non-renewable energy. Recently, the divestment movement (divestment being the act of withdrawing invested funds from fossil fuel companies) won its first major victory: a February 2017… Read more »

UVic responds to petition supporting student excluded from convocation

UVic students and community members are rallying behind Nathan Bodie, a student with autism who may not be allowed to participate in his graduation ceremony due to his enrollment in the STEPS Forward B.C. Initiative for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (BC-IPSE).   According to its website, BC-IPSE “provides the support for students with developmental disabilities to… Read more »

Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA candidates face off as election looms

What began as an amicable discussion developed into a frantic, heated debate between Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Candidates at UVic last Wednesday, as those in attendance vied for student’s votes in the fast approaching provincial election. Andrew Weaver, sitting MLA and current leader of the B.C. Green Party, took on Bryce Casavant, the newly minted… Read more »

Board of Governors approves international tuition hike

The UVic Board of Governors (BoG) has voted in favour of increasing international student tuition fees by four per cent effective May 1, 2017, during open session at their meeting on Tuesday, March 28. The increase is part of the university’s overall planning and budget framework, which outlines UVic’s financial priorities and funding allocations for… Read more »

Students poised to protest international student fee increase

On Tuesday, March 28, the UVic Board of Governors (BoG) will be asked to approve an increase of four per cent to international student fees. The proposed increase is part of the university’s integrated planning and budget framework, which would take effect starting May 1, 2017. In response, the UVSS will protest the meeting to… Read more »

To ban or not to ban the ‘new DDT’

On Feb. 21, Health Canada was supposed to decide on imposing a phase-out of a neonicotinoid insecticide — imidacloprid — because of its threat to insects and wetland ecosystems. The consultation period was then extended to March 23. Traditionally, the use of imidacloprid has been framed as one of the factors contributing to the global decline of bee populations…. Read more »