Posts Categorized: Opinions

Pro pro-rep

A case for fairer elections Beginning on Oct. 22, British Columbians will have the opportunity to change the way we vote in provincial elections. Electoral reform was a top federal election promise for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, but shortly after they came to power, the Liberals said that electoral reform would not be in their mandate… Read more »

Protect What You Love

Southern Resident Killer Whale town hall speaks to the future of the Salish Sea “You saved my home,” said Joan Morris, a Lkwungen Elder. The gravity of these four words still weighs heavy on me in the weeks following the “Protect What You Love: Southern Resident Killer Whale” town hall. Held on Aug. 30 in… Read more »

Letters from the UVSS

The case for and against UVSS faculty representation FOR No one’s ever surprised by the lack of engagement in UVSS elections. You can find Martlet articles dating back to the 1960s talking about student apathy, and a general distaste for student politics. One aspect of apathy is the consistent lack of candidates running from different… Read more »

Namegans Nation seeks community connection as means of survival

On Sept. 11, the B.C. Supreme Court ordered the established community of Namegans Nation to vacate their camp in Regina Park, Saanich. The Court allowed only two days for the campers to vacate their home on Sept. 13. Namegans Nation eventually relocated to Goldstream Park. Some members of this community are retirees, divorcees, or people… Read more »

Contented but conflicted

The Trans Mountain pipeline federal court ruling You’ve probably heard by this point that the Federal Court of Appeal ruled in favour of First Nations regarding the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, stating that the Canadian Government did not engage in “meaningful two-way dialogue” with First Nations affected by the project. The Court also said that… Read more »

EDITORIAL: The “costs” of the overdose crisis can never be recouped, class-action lawsuit or not

On Aug. 29, the B.C. government launched a class-action lawsuit against 40 manufacturers of opioid-based medications. Largely reminiscent of class-action lawsuits against tobacco companies in the 90s, B.C. Attorney-General David Eby announced that the lawsuit is being launched in an attempt to address the “corporate corruption and negligence” of drug manufacturers that the government believes… Read more »

Shouldn’t we all stand up (or kneel) for what we believe in?

Why Nike’s decision to make Colin Kaepernick the face of their 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign is inspiring and you would be ignorant to think otherwise With nine simple words, the world’s largest sports apparel company has taken the moral high ground on issues larger than sport, angering some investors and millions of consumers… Read more »

The colonizer’s unwelcome gift

Why we need to recognize the patriarchy’s effect on First Nations women The patriarchy. The concept is so often talked about within the framework of feminism, but then why wouldn’t it be? The dismantling of the patriarchy is one of the main foundations of feminism. Yet how the patriarchy affects First Nations communities in Canada… Read more »

This fall, don’t turn a blind eye to local politics

The first week of school is a busy time, whether you’re hauling a stack of insanely expensive textbooks out of the bookstore, outfitting your new dorm room, or finalizing your class schedule. But now is also an important time to remember something you probably heard back in grade school. Thousands of students from across the… Read more »

Letter from the (outgoing) Editor: a long-overdue farewell

When writing heartfelt goodbyes, people typically start with a “As [important job position] of [company with a terrible, stuffy name], people always ask me . . . ” Unfortunately I can’t do that, because as Editor-in-Chief of the Martlet, no one ever really asked me about the stuff I did here. Instead, I spent a lot of time asking… Read more »