Posts Categorized: News

‘Amalgamation Yes’ aims to restructure Greater Victoria

Three cities, seven districts, two towns, and a township make up what is known as Greater Victoria. Spanning from Sidney to North Saanich and all the way down to Sooke, the distance spans 63 kilometres. These are areas that the movement titled Amalgamation Yes suggests ought to be united. It’s an idea that’s been in… Read more »

Department of Germanic Studies launches its first Conversation Café

On Sept. 19, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies enjoyed a successful turnout for the first session of German Conversation Café, which takes place every Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the McPherson Library’s international commons, next to the Maltwood Gallery, room A025. It welcomes all German speakers of any background to talk… Read more »

A smartphone with exchangeable hardware

If you tell me that you’ve never complained about your phone, I’ll tell you that you’re lying. We’ve all had phones suddenly stop working or become painfully slow overnight for no reason. We’ve all seen a friend’s screen turn into an intricate web of fractures after a simple standing-height fall. When these things happen, one… Read more »

New bus exchange to neighbour the SUB

A new set of 10 bus bays, like the set of 11 bays in front of the UVic Bookstore, is in development for beside the Student Union Building (SUB). B.C. Transit and the university had been in talks to add three bus spots along Ring Road, in addition to the existing three on the ring,… Read more »

York University looks to hire teaching-only faculty

The Gazette — ONTARIO — Most students are aware that an extensive amount of their professors’ time goes to research in addition to their teaching duties. York University, however, has become the first university in Canada to announce extensive hiring of teaching-only professors, who will focus on teaching almost exclusively while doing little or no… Read more »

Can cell service in Canada get more expensive?

You’re probably well aware that Canadians pay among the highest cell phone rates in the world. In fact, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada ranked 32 out of the world’s leading 34 industrialized countries for expense of data-only smartphone plans. This kind of data doesn’t settle very well with most… Read more »

UVic’s Ocean Networks Canada heads to China for international partnerships

Ocean Networks Canada (previously called the ONC Centre for Enterprise and Engagement) is a world-leading national research facility, based at the University of Victoria, that specializes in deep-sea observation programs on the West Coast. Ocean Networks Canada has been developing advanced ocean technologies using VENUS, a coastal observatory located in the Salish Sea, and NEPTUNE,… Read more »

Museum develops new vision after public input

After a summer-long tour listening to people in cities and towns across B.C., the Royal B.C. Museum is incorporating citizen input into its master plan for redevelopment. “The community members told us . . . how important it was to them that the collections be preserved properly, and also be made accessible,” said Angela Williams, the chief… Read more »

The new hands-free smart device: SmartWatch

Just from surveying the bare wrists of people around you in any public situation, it becomes obvious that watches have been phasing out in favour of the smartphone. It makes sense—smartphones, recently, have offered much more than any simple watch could hope to. They have messaging, calendars, apps, the Internet and the time is on… Read more »

Student questions summer fees

UVic students may not be getting their fees’ worth, especially in summer, says third-year philosophy student Yan Rakhmilov. A student who takes three or more courses within a term, whether the courses are one-month-long summer courses or spread over the full term, pays the full UVic Students’ Society  (UVSS) fee (currently listed on the UVSS… Read more »