Posts Categorized: Opinions

Letter to the Editor: fair trade avocados the way to go

Re: Green Gold Bleeds Red: The hidden cost of avocados I appreciated Anabelle Budd’s informative and well-researched article on the hidden cost of avocados.  I was alarmed by the fact that Mexican producers of non-organic avocados are continuing to spray “huge quantities” of “highly toxic pesticides” on their avocado crops, and that a “significant number… Read more »

A love letter to my divided department

I was so proud to be accepted into the University of Victoria. My first time on campus, I cried — I was struck by the beauty of the gardens, the rabbits (I miss the rabbits), the international languages, and the smell of weed floating on the air (it was April 20). I spent the first few years… Read more »

Youth sport specialization is ruining childhood sport

Parents pushing their kids to be the next ‘Connor McDavid’ or ‘Christine Sinclair’ put too much pressure on youth’s shoulders For the past four summers, I have seen the dark side of youth sport first-hand. I have been witness to the greed, hunger, and self-indulgence of parents who unnecessarily push their children to become youth… Read more »

Letter to the Editor: Disappointment in UVic Sociology

Dear Editor, My name is a name, I am 49 years old, I am female . . . I am indigenous. I am writing in response to the article “A department divided” dated April 19, 2018. I have always always been socially motivated, so much so, that now I have worked and raised my family, I would like to… Read more »

Letter to the Editor: UVic’s Sociology Department

To the Editor; The Faculty of Social Sciences is committed to provide an incredibly high quality academic experience to help students achieve success. We continually look for ways to improve courses and programs. Your characterization of the Department of Sociology in your article, “A department divided,” included generalizations and unsubstantiated claims that minimized the constructive… Read more »

Letter from the Editor: The last hurrah

A farewell from the Vol. 70 co-Editor-in-Chief If there is one thing I can trust in, it is that everything will change. Yet again, the winds of change have come and I must let them carry me. Although my time at the Martlet as co-Editor-in-Chief has been brief, the knowledge I’ve acquired will last a lifetime…. Read more »

Letter to the editor: student senate attendance

The lack of attendance from Student Senators at UVic is profoundly disturbing. Sadly, it is a trend that has continued every year on Senate and all I can do is shake my head in disappointment. This is not a new issue. Visiting the main Senate website and looking at the records of past meetings will… Read more »

Tuition hikes hurt our university

“When public colleges and universities operate under a knowledge/education regime informed by academic capitalism, they begin to see students as revenue sources and products. Instruction is redefined as workforce preparation more than as personally and socially enhancing education.” —Sheila Slaughter and Gary Rhoades, The Neo-Liberal University (2000) A couple of weeks ago, I left an… Read more »

Canada’s gun control problem

As I’m writing this, there are marches in the United States for better gun control in the wake of another school shooting. There were even some in Canada in order to show solidarity for our neighbours down south. It’s no surprise that when it comes to the U.S., their own problems can overshadow ours. But… Read more »