Opinion

The labour of social activism: what are we working for?

As we work for social justice, we must remember where our social movements came from and consider what they can realistically achieve. From Singapore to Canada, considering the colonial origins…

Why I’m hatin’ Vape Nation

Too many people think vapes are exempt from the rules due to their overall low profile, and I’ve frankly had enough. Respect my right to clean air within campus, and…

The trials and tribulations of returning to my small hometown for the summer

Despite its flaws, Nanaimo isn’t all bad. We have nice beaches once you clear the empty cans of Lucky Lager. We have some semblance of a nightlife if you can…

LETTER | Canada was colonized based on racism and classism

To suggest that the proposed international student tuition fee hikes will further, or create, class divisions is a backward logic, and is just as much a fallacy as the dominant…

EDITORIAL | The role of the Martlet in fostering social change

So what is our role as the Martlet? In our efforts to remain objective, we have sometimes shied away from expressing support for students in a way that counters the…

LETTER | To the UVic Board of Governors on international tuition hikes

I am writing in advance of your March 26 meeting, [having] learned that UVic is proposing to increase the tuition fees of international students. At a time when xenophobia, racism,…

Union or bust: BuzzFeed Canada joins U.S. in unionizing

If you follow any BuzzFeed employees on Twitter, your feed was likely flooded with Tweets about people being laid off around the end of January. The company let go of…

Decriminalizing sex work is a better solution

A response to “It’s time to legalize prostitution in Canada” It’s not time to legalize prostitution in Canada. It’s time to listen to what sex-workers’ rights groups are saying. And…

It’s time to go cold turkey on meat consumption

Remember how you used to think your grandparents were crazy for still smoking a pack a day of Export As when you were young? It took many years after doctors…