Posts Categorized: Opinions

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 »

Letters: Nov. 9 UVSS Health Care Town hall

I [know how to communicate with students] and Cumberland and the UVSS do too: class talks. Just take five minutes, especially at the beginning of large 100–200 level classes. You have so many directors in the UVSS; surely you can do this even without the help of volunteers at your disposal. Have a permanent tabling… Read more »

It’s a Lang shot

Why Amazon in Langord makes no sense Amazon announced their intention to construct a second North American headquarters — dubbed HQ2 — in September, inciting an international frenzy of cities desperate to prove their exceptionalism. At time of writing, Amazon boasts it has received “238 proposals from cities and regions in 54 states, provinces, districts, and territories across North… Read more »

Wilful blindness to Peterson’s antics verges on impunity

Harassment, threats from University of Toronto professor — all while the university stands idle Twitter brings out the worst in us. This is especially true of Jordan Peterson, who took to the social media platform on Oct. 26 to air his latest grievances in notably unorthodox fashion. The University of Toronto psychology professor was lamenting the postponement… Read more »

What to do about the dark

Working together to expose sexualized violence For most of my life, I remember my mama warning me about walking alone at night. I know that she didn’t fear for her daughter because of the dark — she feared the people and violence that can lurk behind it. While it’s true that about 65 per cent  of sexual assaults… Read more »

Speak loud to protect our minority neighbours

Earlier this month, the provincial government in Quebec passed bill C-62—a rule that will require individuals to remove all face coverings when in government and municipal offices, and when accessing public services. The bill was passed in adherance to the province’s declaration to ensure a state of secular neutrality—to guarantee all its citizens are being… Read more »