UVic Broad St. development would create 52 rental units

Rented at a market rate, students would have preferential access to the units UVic Housing, a subsidiary of UVic that manages the university’s revenue properties, has struck a deal with Chard Development Ltd. to create 52 studio and one-bedroom units on downtown’s Broad Street. The press release announcing the move, published on June 2, indicated… Read more »

Confronting diversity and the lack thereof

When we reported on UVic’s most recent diversity award win — when the university was named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the sixth year in a row — we were once again confronted by the question of whether or not this recognition was deserved. Is UVic actually diverse? Is it just best among Canadian universities? Is that… Read more »

Let’s watch people sweat

Three sports to check out in Victoria this summer You’ve already hit up all of Victoria’s beaches, every amazing restaurant, and you’ve poked around all the cool shops close by. So now what? If you’re into sports, or just like to watch fit people run around, a few of the many professional sports teams in… Read more »

Diversity in Academia

  Grace Wong Sneddon, the adviser to the provost on equity and diversity, smiles as she points up to the framed certificates that hang on the wall of her office. “I hear people go, ‘what are you worried about? Stop worrying so much — you’ve got six of those things,’” Wong Sneddon says. She’s pointing at diversity… Read more »

Enjoying music festivals, not the ER

A harm-reduction guide to doing festival drugs It’s safe to say that it’s summer time, folks, and that means it’s time to gear up for all your favourite music festivals — but can you guarantee your safety this summer? Along with the joys of listening to music from your favourite band, rubbing up against sweaty strangers, and… Read more »

Learning how to learn to drive

Navigating the roads of life and the obstacles of mental illness To me, life feels like driving a car. Cars are complex systems, but deceptively so. The individual skills needed to safely drive a vehicle provide little challenge on their own; even people who are too young to drive can understand the basics behind how… Read more »

UVic Professor’s ‘garden Spicer’ goes viral

Dr. Lisa Kadonaga finds internet stardom with White House correspondent’s “anxious, forlorn” eyes The printers at Zap Copy in the Student Union Building have no doubt seen plenty of odd material pass through their doors, but it’s not often that they help create something that will spend a weekend making its way through every major… Read more »

UVic’s most famous dropout

An unauthorized biography of Thomas Middleditch The list of famous UVic alumni is a long and illustrious one, containing some of the most well-known names in Canada. Ryan Cochrane, Andrew Weaver, Rona Ambrose, and Nathan Fielder (to name but a few) have all earned degrees in Victoria. Usually, the names of the students who didn’t… Read more »

What the soul does want: new Lorna Crozier poetry

What the Soul Doesn’t Want is Lorna Crozier’s seventeenth book of poetry, and the mastery that comes with long practice certainly shows. The collection launched with a reading at Munro’s Books on May 30th, where Crozier, a Professor Emeritus at UVic and a legend among Canadian poets, addressed the familiar faces of the Victoria literary… Read more »