Posts Categorized: Opinions

Farewell from the editor’s desk

Of all of the pieces I have put off writing (still sorry about that, Myles), this is one I could procrastinate away forever. Because by the time this piece makes its way into the paper (or the website, if we can get it to work for just a little while), my time as co-Editor-in-Chief will… Read more »

The Martlet’s 5 hottest takes of 2017

Every year, white-hot opinion pieces are printed to figuratively burn holes through newspapers far and wide. This year, however — fueled by the numerous outlandish statements of U.S. President Donald Trump, the outbreak of sexual harassment allegations amongst celebrities, and a number of other controversial happenings — seemed an especially big year for scalding ‘hot-takes.’ Here are the Martlet’s… Read more »

Canada’s deadly role in the Yemen war

Canada exports weapons to Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia exports bloodshed and famine to Yemen Seven million people in Yemen are on the verge of famine due to a brutal war and naval blockade led by Saudi Arabia, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported in November. The blockade began in June 2015, a… Read more »

The Hollywood treatment of sex abuse is dangerous for the real addict

The image of Kevin Spacey toting a blue yoga mat around a rehabilitation clinic angered many when it circulated online a few weeks ago. “Cause yoga practice stops pedophiles,” wrote one sarcastic internet commenter. The 58-year-old Spacey is reportedly attending a 45-day ‘Gentle Path’ program at The Meadows, an addiction treatment centre in Arizona. The… Read more »

Fighting with flags

Why dismantling a demonstration isn’t the same as dismantling an argument The space that exists between the sides of the abortion debate is one that has never been easy to navigate. Every individual story and circumstance raises new questions as to where the balance lies in Canadian law. However, after the events of the demonstration… Read more »

Apathy and Elections

What the UVSS Health Care Controversy tells us about students In the spring of 2017, the UVSS Board of Directors voted to change the student health and dental plan to BC. Fair Pharmacare. This new plan offers a decrease in coverage for prescriptions of all kinds — though if you are a student at UVic you are… Read more »

Health care town hall sums up every UVSS problem

Low turnout. A stand-offish attitude. An unwillingness to apologize. The Nov. 9 town hall on UVSS health care encapsulated every single problem this UVSS board has faced this year. They mumbled through apologies, offset the blame for the low participation, and acted without a shred of the responsibility they hold for over 18 000 students. There… Read more »

Anti-Semitic posters on UVic campus abhorrent

Canada welcomes all The federal Liberal government is set to welcome one million new immigrants to Canada by 2020, through a three-year plan that will slowly increase the number of immigrants each year. In light of the recent anti-Semitic posters being spread across UVic, this message couldn’t be more important than it is right now…. Read more »