Posts Categorized: Opinions

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 Langford 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 »

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 »