Posts Categorized: Opinions

Give me liberty, or give me library fines

Why the UVic library should end the archaic practice of fining students for late returns Deadlines are everywhere, especially in university. Essays, projects, rent, tuition, graduation application — it can be a lot to keep track of. But perhaps the most trivial deadlines a student can miss are the ones enforced by the library. Which… Read more »

It’s okay to study something different

Second annual Biomedical entrepreneurship day highlights academic diversity across campus — and that’s a good thing As someone handed me a lab coat and a pair of goggles, I thought to myself: I do not belong here. With blistering white light radiating from the ceiling, along with both red and green liquids sitting on shelves,… Read more »

LETTER: OFAR against anti-semitic and racial violence

Dear community, As an organization committed to the principles of anti-racism, anti-colonialism, and combatting anti-semitism, the Open Forum Against Racism (OFAR) embraces the humanity of all people. Our core principles are democracy, equality, social justice, inclusion, pluralism, respect, safety, and compassion. We are outraged and deeply saddened by the carnage that occurred in Pittsburgh, PA… Read more »

The importance of Daylight Saving Time

Although the bi-annual time shift is being pushed to extinction, here’s why you should care about the tradition Originally a satirical proposition by Benjamin Franklin that later became an official proposition  by a New Zealand bug expert in 1895, Daylight Saving Time (DST) has evolved into one of the greatest bi-annual debates across the world… Read more »

EDITORIAL: Give us a real resistance

Because Maclean’s Magazine’s definition isn’t satisfactory The word ‘resistance’ is not just a word. As with most language, there are substantial connotations that can be attributed to it. Perhaps one of the most famous resistances took place in Nazi-occupied France in WWII. La Resistance was a collection of grassroots groups that fought against the racism… Read more »

Legal drugs can solve a litany of problems

(Like fighting the Taliban, curbing money laundering, reducing addiction rates, and ending the opioid crisis) On Oct. 17 Canada became the first G7 country, and the second country worldwide, to fully legalize recreational cannabis. This means that of the 4.2 million Canadians who use cannabis, those who use it recreationally are no longer criminals.  … Read more »

Camp on the run

Namegans Nation and the case for community While the socioeconomic causes of homelessness are well understood, victims are still blamed as if they caused the problem themselves. Countless solutions have been shot down with the familiar refrain: Not In My Back Yard! — even though our current punitive ‘solutions’ cost taxpayers more than structural solutions… Read more »

LETTER: The most important aspect of reconciliation

Justice for the victims The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada did not include the most important aspect of reconciliation: justice for the victims. Justice is normally epitomized by a court of law prosecuting individuals for having committed criminal acts. Such prosecution may result in criminal convictions and incarceration, such as the case of similar… Read more »

EDITORIAL: Response to Khashoggi murder is unacceptable

While there are many questions still remaining over what transpired on Oct. 2 when Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing, one thing’s certain: the sudden disappearance of one of Riyadh’s harshest critics is a blow to the backbone of democracy and freedom of the press around the world. The last known public sighting of… Read more »