Posts Categorized: Opinions

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 »

Learning from the past and each other

Australia’s stringent guns laws could provide the model America needs Many Australians can tell you exactly where they were when news of the Port Arthur massacre broke; I was in grade school when our worst mass shooting — to date — happened. Although shocked, I felt safe — a certainty that someone would do something about it. Once the media grew… Read more »

Writing the change we want to see in the world

Women underrepresented in Nobel Prize in Literature Every year, the Swedish Academy awards the Nobel Prize in Literature to a writer who, according to the will of Alfred Nobel, “has produced the most outstanding work [of literature] in an ideal direction.” On Thursday Oct. 5, Japanese-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro won the prize: much to… Read more »

#MeToo in the newsroom

Time to let experiences dictate what we discuss On Sunday, Oct. 15, actress Alyssa Milano took to Twitter and encouraged women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to respond to her message with #MeToo. Since then, hundreds of thousands of tweets have been written with the hashtag, and it has spread to Facebook and… Read more »

Letter to the editor: Re: A tough pill to swallow

As you are aware, last year the 2016–17 board of directors made changes to the health and dental plan to adopt the B.C. formulary, the standard in most student unions in British Columbia. At the beginning of our board term we were given the responsibility of administering the changed plan. The 2016–17 board was faced… Read more »

A tough pill to swallow

UVSS’ health care slip up costs students a lot It’s a bit of a running joke that no one really knows what the UVSS is doing (especially the UVSS themselves). People are often only reminded of the fact that they exist each March, when the faces of prospective student politicians are literally plastered to every… Read more »

We should applaud athletes who kneel against Trump

It was last December at the United Center  on the west side of Chicago that I witnessed the impact politics has on sport. “Ladies and gentlemen, please rise and remove your caps,” said the public address announcer, and, as I have done at countless sports events, I rose to my feet. The capacity crowd, dressed… Read more »

UVic is that bad neighbour

The issue of UVic’s reputation as a neighbour came to light recently at a Martlet story meeting. There were about six or seven of us talking about how ridiculously annoying it must be for people living across the road from the university to deal with students trying to park on their lawns. “Man,” I realized… Read more »

10 social justice words you need to know

Have you ever been confused by the words “unceded”, “intersectional”, or “cultural appropriation”? Have you ever had lunch with your friends in the humanities and thought they were speaking in a different language? Or have you ever been unsure about why someone’s Halloween costume is offensive? I have. It can be really hard to understand… Read more »