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Community members come together to make record-breaking button blanket

Victoria’s Legacy Art Gallery is currently showcasing an Indigenous button blanket (dancing regalia) that is six metres tall and six metres wide: a world record. Peter Morin and Carolyn Butler-Palmer, collaborating with Butler-Palmer’s UVic HA 392 undergraduate class, headed the project. The exhibit is called “Adaslā: The Movement of Hands.” The makers started sewing in… Read more »

North Vancouver builds addiction recovery house

On Dec. 18, North Vancouver began building its first licensed recovery house for women suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. Much of the funding received for the project has been a part of the larger Federal-provincial initiative to fund a range of housing needs for low-income individuals. The North Shore, nine-bed facility is a two-million-dollar… Read more »

Protesters follow Harper through his B.C. tour

“It wouldn’t be B.C. without it,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the two sign-wielding protesters were taken off the stage in their catering uniforms. The incident transpired on Jan. 6, during Harper’s talk at the Vancouver Board of Trade, but it wouldn’t be the last time that Harper was met with dissent during his… Read more »

New U-Pass activation system implemented

UVic is seeking to save labour costs and cut down on lineups at the beginning of semesters by bringing in automated kiosks for students to activate their public transit service. The U-Pass system was originally implemented through a student referendum in 1999. The U-Pass allows students to use their student card as a bus pass… Read more »

B.C. Ferries prices to rise

The travel home for next month’s reading break just became a little bit more burdensome. As B.C. Ferries raise their fare prices by 3.5 per cent on Jan. 17, UVic students with family and friends on the mainland breathe an understandable collective sigh. Although the surcharge is minimal, the increase comes just three months before… Read more »

Victoria wraps up 2013 with zero homicides—almost

Living on the Island, many come to think of it as a distinct entity, separate from the happenings and kafuffle of the Lower Mainland. In 2013, Victoria set itself apart yet again in a dramatic way. According to the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit, the Capital Regional District (CRD) boasted zero homicides in 2013,… Read more »

Toronto gets ice storm for Christmas

Three days before Christmas, the power went out for Toronto resident Evan Yeong. Freezing rain had assaulted Toronto for several days. The ice that built up on trees eventually caused branches to snap under the weight and fall onto power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power. Yeong and his brother were staying… Read more »

Low salmon returns make for hormonal bears

A recent study has uncovered that coastal grizzly bears are more prone to hostile behaviour when salmon numbers are low. The study, conducted by the University of Victoria, the University of Calgary, and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, traced stress hormones in bears’ fur during periods when the expected salmon run was lower than average. Less… Read more »

UVSS director of events resigns

UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) Director of Events Ariel Mishkin resigned in early December for personal reasons. Chairperson Kelsey Mech says Mishkin made the decision to step down before students had voted down a proposed increase to their student fees on Nov. 27 in a UVSS events funding referendum. Events funding proposal fails The proposal would… Read more »

Kinder Morgan submits pipeline proposal despite protests

Energy company Kinder Morgan submitted a proposal to the National Energy Board (NEB) on Dec. 16 for an expansion of its Trans Mountain Pipeline. The expansion of the pipeline, which they refer to as a twinning of the existing pipeline, would allow for the company to transport 890 000 barrels worth per day of a form… Read more »