Posts Categorized: Opinions

Students deserve a better controversy than #MakeUVicLitAgain

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re smack in the middle of Campus Kickoff season, which means you’re being bombarded from all sides with a slightly unhealthy overload of school spirit. And that’s okay. Back-to-school festivities are great for newbies to get acclimated to an unfamiliar environment, and soften the blow for returning students who… Read more »

Safe spaces host freedom of expression, not the thought police

Shawn Garbutt is the Comment Editor at The Manitoban, the University of Manitoba’s student newspaper. WINNIPEG —The current war against political correctness saw the conservative side celebrate a major victory when University of Chicago dean of students John Ellison warned future undergraduates that trigger warnings and safe spaces would not be tolerated on campus. “Our commitment… Read more »

An open letter from the Third Space

Dear Martlet staff, Thank you for your recent article on our policy changes and the anti-transgender hate group that has targeted our centre. At the end of the article I mentioned that the current board can do a lot more to make this campus a good place for transgender and non-binary people. I think we… Read more »

Why political movements can’t forget their marginalized members

When Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, it didn’t take long for pundits, thinkpiece writers, and Sanders detractors (some of them one in the same) to ask why those rabble-rousing Bernie Bros couldn’t just take the L and go home rather than cause a fuss at the Democratic National Convention. “They’re sexist,” some said…. Read more »

Housing market reform needs to put communities first

As a student at the University of Victoria, I understand that becoming a homeowner any time within the next five to 10 years is unrealistic. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not feeling the effects of our crooked housing market now. According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) Spring 2015 Rental Market Survey, Victoria’s… Read more »

EDITORIAL: It’s better to break walls than build them up

On June 23, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in the Brexit referendum, a landmark decision that sent shockwaves throughout the world, and has left an entire nation in the midst of an identity crisis. Many Leave voters based their decision on the premise — albeit a shaky one — that doing so would close UK… Read more »

I refuse to be a target

This article was originally published in The Manitoban, the University of Manitoba’s student newspaper, on June 22, 2016. WINNIPEG — I had recently turned nineteen the first time I went to a gay club. I was in Berlin and I had come out to my friends and family not long before. In all honesty, I was incredibly… Read more »