Op-eds

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…

Looking back on this year’s activism: What’s next?

Judging by the enthusiastic and liberal participation of rallies, protests, and direct action that has happened on campus and in the city this year, UVic students have certainly been stickin’…

Engagement starts with YOU(VSS)

In the main 100- and 200-levels of the David Turpin building and on the exterior, there were 60 posters up, including multiple large billboard-style posters, not to mention the chalking…

Scott Morrison’s leadership is a death sentence for Australia

"For the past couple of decades, Australia’s fires have been getting bigger and more destructive, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison says that, while he recognizes the connection between global climate…

The RCMP is a force of colonial bigotry

The bigotry we are witnessing is institutional, systemic, violent, and unjust. No matter how many land acknowledgements are performed, the patterns of the past remain. Indigenous people are treated as…

Victoria’s accessible housing is not accessible

"Despite their assertion that Victoria is facing an accessible housing crisis, the city’s housing plan will not be accessible for citizens in the most immediate need."

Saanich’s rental bylaw system puts the onus on students, not landlords

"Saanich’s rental bylaw system, does little to protect students from inadequate housing conditions. Instead, the current system largely holds students — not landlords — responsible for bylaw violations of Saanich…

The unfair public image costs of “policing poverty”

"Should police officers be on the front lines of dealing with people who, for a multitude of reasons, cannot afford housing in Victoria? Of course not. But the answer is…

A misleading solution: “Compostable” plastics are horrible for the environment

Thanks to the demands from eco-conscious consumers in Victoria, compostable plastics are popping up everywhere. But there’s a catch: all compostable plastics are ending up in landfills, where they cannot…