Everyday Earth: An edible revolution

Above: 📷 via By contributor Chantelle Spicer There is nothing like farm fresh food bought from the market—potatoes and carrots with soil still clinging, strawberries juicy and ripe all the way through, tomatoes still warm from the sun. It’s a reminder of the heart of food—a gift, a life given for sustaining your life, something slightly miraculous. In the winter months, particularly this long cold one, it’s easy to forget these things. I go to Costco or Country Grocer to buy food that has been shipped from afar, food that resembles the plastic food my friend’s children play with in their […]

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The social media vortex

Above: 📷 via By contributor Kelly Whiteside Time I started writing this article: 3:24pm. Time I finished writing this article: 9:47pm. Time actually spent writing this article: 32 minutes. Time spent scrolling through Facebook: Five hours, 51 minutes It’s so easy to get lost in the vortex of social media. You’re just quickly checking what time that event is at tomorrow, but then that video on your news feed automatically starts to play and you find yourself watching it even though you don’t really care for the content but it’s already started playing so you might as well finish. Then […]

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Dirtyin’ The Nav: Accessing sex

By columnist Diana Pearson Expressing sexuality and finding intimacy are incredibly important for health and well-being. But let’s be honest—many conversations about sex prioritize able-bodied sexual beings, leaving people who have physical disabilities behind. People with physical disabilities face much more stigma around sexuality, namely the myth that they are non-sexual, infantilized beings. These assumptions often leave them with limited space to explore their desires. But today, more and more organizations in Canada are finding ways to support people who have physical disabilities and who may have faced barriers to meeting their sexual needs. These groups are finding creative ways […]

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The Rising Threat of Racism: A call to action

Above: VIU’s Nanaimo campus. Photo courtesy By contributor Joshua Chumsa-Jones VIU is known to be an accepting and welcoming campus for students of different faiths, cultures, identities, abilities, and sexual orientations. We have a Positive Space Alliance on campus as a safe space for LGBTQ+ students, as well as stairs painted the colours of the pride flag. VIU has many international students studying here from across the globe. There is The Gathering Place (Shq’apthut) on campus as a resource for Aboriginal students. We like to think ourselves as living in a tolerant community, that racism, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and […]

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