Posts Categorized: Opinions

So long to all my haters: A letter from the outgoing EiC

And so it goes, another year has come and gone. With that, volume 69 of the Martlet has drawn to a close, and after three volumes, I’m moving on to new endeavours and passing over the reins of this venerable institution for its next volume. In previous years, the outgoing EiC has taken the last… Read more »

A concerned citizen for fair elections in B.C.

Lobby group ads are purposefully misleading On April 11, the Chief Electoral Officer and Lieutenant-Governor officially called the B.C. provincial election, marking the start of the campaign period — and with it, the authorization of official party advertisements. Both the B.C. Liberals and the B.C. NDP have shown there will be no mercy when it comes to… Read more »

Open letter to Jamie Cassels: Take action, lead change

To UVic President Jamie Cassels, We, the undersigned, request that you consider attending more deeply to the matters of white supremacy and racism, sexism and homophobia in efforts to transform the working and learning climate at UVic. On March 23, 2017, your office posted your response regarding the UVSS Third Space interactive art installation that… Read more »

Letter: UVic Food Services operates at highest standard

We are disappointed in the March 9 Martlet story, “Lax food standards give UVic students a case of indigestion.” [Online headline: “Bugs, mould, other horrors discovered in residence meals”] Dishing up nutritious, healthy food for students keeps the staff at UVic Food Services busy 365 days a year. As with all B.C. institutional food providers,… Read more »

Gibson, Affleck, and Hollywood’s history of harassment

At the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, host Nick Kroll quipped, “People wondered, ‘How long would it take Hollywood to forgive someone for anti-Semitic, racist hate speech?’ The answer? Eight years.” He was referring, of course, to Mel Gibson. The actor and director’s personal life has long been mired in scandal; infamous for his vicious… Read more »

Positives abundant for Uber startup in British Columbia

Ever been caught trying to find your own way home after a late night party? The options are scarce: buses have stopped running, and calling a cab would do more damage to your wallet. The answer to this problem, or rather a cheaper alternative to get home, is an app on your phone: Uber. However,… Read more »

Open letter: Let STEPS Forward students participate

To members of the University of Victoria Senate, Re: STEPS Forward student participation in convocation [Read story here.] We are writing to you regarding the proposal to include members of the STEPS Forward program who have completed their studies in convocation proceedings. In fulfillment of our partnership in the STEPS Forward program, and in the spirit of… Read more »

Letter: In response to Jamie Cassels

Dear Jamie Cassels, This letter is a response to the statement “No room for racism or discrimination at UVic” that was published on the UVic announcements page. We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the University of Victoria, and the University of Victoria Students Society discussed the teardown of the project in the absence of… Read more »

Letters to the editor — March 23

Racism alive and well in Canada I noticed that early Thursday afternoon, near the UVSS, there was somehow an event about “How do you challenge white supremacy?” But I assume you know that this event is taking place. [Ed. See here.] There was interesting informations about white supremacy on the side, and also a big… Read more »