Posts Categorized: Opinions

Who will be the free-enterprise cheerleader?

Your guide to the B.C. Liberal leadership race The B.C. Liberal party — who prior to the last election had been preparing for another decade in government — are now leaderless. Former premier Christy Clark stepped down when she lost the confidence of the house, elevating the NDP into government and triggering a leadership race for the B.C. Liberals…. Read more »

Clarifying our climate reality

Thinking ahead, not beyond If you’re an active citizen, chances are you’ve had one or two conversations concerning climate change. Considering you’re reading this in a university newspaper, it’s likely that  you’ve been engaged in, or even maybe led, these conversations. When discussing climate change, at some point there will inevitably be a drive to… Read more »

My experiences with sexual harassment at CARSA

Sierra has organized a petition asking for accountability from the university regarding sexual harassment at CARSA and UVic. Click here to check out the petition.    On June 18, I told a creepy old man in the hallway of CARSA to fuck off when he was ogling me as I walked by. He apparently did not… Read more »

B.C. minority government destined for conflict

Now several months beyond the May 9 B.C. provincial election, we finally have a new leader — or leaders — governing our province. On July 18, B.C. NDP leader John Horgan was officially sworn in as British Columbia’s 36th Premier, the result of an agreement with Andrew Weaver’s B.C. Green Party to form a coalition government. Together, the NDP… Read more »

It’s time to stand up to your landlord

VANCOUVER — It can be hard to prioritize understanding the Residential Tenancy Act when you’ve got mountains of readings and assignments to do. Especially as a student, chances are that you’ve moved out for the first time and are already drowning in scary adult responsibilities. However, no matter who you are, where you live, or how much… Read more »

Does liking rap make me a bad feminist?

My name is Jess, and I am a feminist who loves rap. “Hi, Jess,” the group of feminists say back with disdain, clutching their copies of Gloria Steinem’s A Book of Self-Esteem, Revolution from Within. I prepare myself in case one of them tries to hurl a copy of The Bell Jar at my head,… Read more »

UVic’s technology is in need of a serious update

Ah, back-to-school season. You’re nearly upon us, and that means, once again, that fresh faces and grizzled graduates will be subjected to the steaming trash heap that is UVic technology. For those of our readers who are new to UVic, who have somehow never needed to use a UVic map or MyPage, sit down and… Read more »

Letter to the editor: Re: “CARSA member suspended after swearing at sexual harassers”

Your story July 6, “CARSA member suspended after swearing at sexual harassers,” is misleading in implying that CARSA does not respond appropriately to complaints about sexual harassment. You reported that a UVic alumna was suspended for one month for violating the facility’s behavioural policy after several meetings to address behaviour in CARSA. Indeed, CARSA has… Read more »

When it comes to UVic parking, no change is good change

On Saturday, June 24, a Martlet staff member drove to UVic to attend the Autism’s Own Conference being held in the SUB. Not knowing how long the conference would last, they paid for a full day of parking. As they were leaving the parking lot a few hours later, another student pulled in beside them…. Read more »

Bridging the divide

Autism and Neurodiversity in Universities If you look at how autism is portrayed in the popular media, you might be forgiven for assuming that autistic kids never grow up to be adults. However, I am an autistic adult who is just now graduating from UVic, and I can assure you that autistic kids do grow… Read more »