Referendum brings city council back to drawing board

By contributor Kelly Whiteside After five months of rushed planning and heated debate regarding the proposed Nanaimo Event Centre, it appears that the spontaneous project has been rejected by the public. The referendum, held on March 11, resulted in 80.3 percent of votes favouring the “no” side. Voters were asked at the referendum if they were in favour of the “Loan Authorization Bylaw 2017 No. 7237”, which would authorize city council to borrow up to $80M to build an events centre on waterfront property, with the primary function of being home to a possible WHL team. There was a total […]

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Nature Canada launches new Youth Leadership Grant

Above: 📷 Aislinn Cottell By News Editor Aislinn Cottell In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Nature Canada is launching the Young Nature Leadership Grant. The 1K bursary will be given to a young Canadian under 30 years old who is looking to develop and implement a project inspired by the Canadian Parks Council’s The Nature Playbook, a recently published “how-to” guide for young nature conservationists. Recipients of the grant will have the opportunity to be mentored and coached on this project by Women for Nature, a philanthropic initiative of professional women across Canada, and the donators of the grant.  “The more Canadians […]

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New VIU counselor focuses on Indigenous students

Above: Noelle Hanuse, who is from the Oweekeno and Klahoose First Nations, is the latest member of VIU’s Counseling Services team. 📷 VIU Communications By Jenn McGarrigle, VIU Communications  Noelle Hanuse is on a quest – to reach out to Indigenous students at Vancouver Island University (VIU); those who may not be aware of the counselling services available at the university, or might have previously hesitated to access those services. One of VIU’s core values is to provide a welcoming and culturally relevant environment for Indigenous students. As part of supporting this value, VIU recently hired Hanuse, who is from the Oweekeno […]

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A Portal to student publishing

By contributor Vinci Lam Whether a creative writing, digital media, or business student, there is an opportunity to play a part in the creation of a magazine, before you complete a degree. Portal magazine is VIU’s very own student-published literary magazine, with 100 percent student-created content, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art, and book reviews. Perhaps a lesser-known fact to those outside the Creative Writing program is that the creation of the magazine is done through a year- long process with an instructor, as course requirement for CREW 430/431 (Publishing Workshop I & II). As a creative writing minor with interest […]

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