Posts Categorized: Opinions

Why Victoria marches

Violence towards Indigenous people in Canada is not only historical On Feb. 17, I participated in Victoria’s Stolen Sisters Memorial March, standing behind the Indigenous women, girls, and 2spirit drummers and singers who were leading the community. We walked to remember and honour Indigenous women, girls, and 2spirit people who have gone missing and been… Read more »

Trudeau’s troubled trip to India

For the majority of his time as Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has been perceived as a golden boy by the rest of the world. But after his eight-day visit to India last week, that perception and his public image seem to have imploded. The trip began on a bad note, as India’s Prime Minister Narendra… Read more »

Your vote still matters!

In fact, it might even be more important than it was before In any “normal” year, the UVSS election would have somewhere between a 15–20 per cent turnout rate; the former, unfortunately, more likely than the latter. However, a normal year has two full slates running against each other along with a handful of independent… Read more »

Abortion: everyone’s right and nobody’s business

A response to the YPY demonstration For the second time in only a few months, University of Victoria students are protesting anti-abortion demonstrations on the university campus. Youth Protecting Youth (YPY), a student group whose tagline is “Defending the Dignity of all Human Life,” is once again calling for limitations on access to abortion by… Read more »

Cannabis on campus is an election pipe dream

Sorry to kill your buzz, but legalization is hard work. Imagine this: you finish class and swing by the Campus Pharmacy, grab a pre-rolled joint and get really, really baked on the quad. That’s the vague idea that the Envision slate was circulating, eerily echoing Justin Trudeau’s premature declaration that weed would be legalized. It’s… Read more »

One side does not fit all

Lack of options in UVSS election means important issues go unmentioned This year’s UVSS election is taking on a different appearance than years’ past. Generally the election has at least two full slates with a number of independent candidates. (Like political parties, slates give students the opportunity to work together on a cohesive platform.) But… Read more »

The predictable backlash to #MeToo

The #MeToo movement is making strides at upping the ante on a societal level when it comes to taking cases of sexual assault more seriously. The process and sentencing of Larry Nassar —  former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University sports clinic doctor accused by 265 young women and girls of sexual abuse and sentenced to 40… Read more »

Is it harder for our generation to find love?

How our social media personas affect relationships That five-inch device in your pocket or in your hands (and what you’re probably using to read this article with) may be the reason why dating has become so complicated for our generation. No, not the actual smartphone, but the social media apps found within the phone — apps like… Read more »

Now is the time for intersectional action

Stolen Sisters March as important as any demonstration Victoria’s first Stolen Sisters Memorial March was held Feb. 14, 2009, on the unceded and traditional territories of the Lekwungen communities, Songhees, and Esquimalt First Nations. A nationwide event, the Memorial March is an opportunity for communities to remember and honour Indigenous women, girls, and 2spirit people… Read more »

Wilkinson in to right the BC Liberals ship

Can he regain the trust of a politically exhausted province? With a new year comes new beginnings as the BC Liberal party elected its new leader — Andrew Wilkinson. Similar to the Federal Conservative Party leadership race that resulted in a come-from-behind victory for Andrew Scheer, Wilkinson took the leadership on the fifth ballot. His closest contender,… Read more »