Posts Categorized: Opinions

16 sounds sweet to us

Why B.C. youth should choose if they want the vote or not When one Martlet contributor was in high school, her school ran a mock election in the fall of 2015 during the federal election, inviting all the local party candidates to the school to have a panel discussion with the students. The platforms of… Read more »

Why student athletes shouldn’t be paid

Student athletes should not be paid. It’s that simple, and as a current student athlete myself, I couldn’t be more comfortable saying that. What makes us any different than any other student? Student athletes already have a head start on regular students who have to pay for their own university classes. In 2013/14, the governing… Read more »

Why are international students footing the university’s bill?

Provincial governments should step up to help students Does a valuable education have to come at the expense of students’ wallets? UVic’s budget strategy suggests that the answer is yes. At a time when a post-secondary education is becoming increasingly essential in the job market, tuition fees have been a hot topic. Compared to the… Read more »

Why St. Patrick’s Day sucks

Associating Ireland with alcohol isn’t harmless By the time I was in second year at UVic, I was already annoyed by the concept of St. Patrick’s Day. But when I checked my Instagram on March 17 and saw that Felicita’s was proudly displaying a deal on “Irish Car Bombs,” my annoyance quickly turned to anger…. Read more »

New generation brings hope for gun control

Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough anymore On Feb. 14, 17 people—mostly high school students—were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This tragedy adds to the ever-growing list of mass shootings in the United States. And as the news broke, everyone braced themselves for a repeat of the same rhetorical… Read more »

Mountains of royally wasted bagels

Stores must do a better job donating food waste Victoria has a reputation as a fairly environmentally friendly city, and I’ve always thought people here seemed quite conscious of food waste. However, I’ve started to doubt that I assumed correctly. Upon moving to Victoria from Kelowna this September, I quickly integrated myself into the dumpster… Read more »

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 »