The Hand They’re Dealt

Students have a lot on their plate this year: school, finances, COVID-19 restrictions, and as of September 13, vaccine cards.  Proof of vaccination is required to access non-essential services such as restaurants, theatres, and fitness centers. Customers could use their paper vaccine cards (stamped after each dose) until September 26; now, they must show the … Continued

VIU Webinar to Address Housing Crisis

VIU’s October 14 Engaged Citizens Speaker Series will address a crucial topic: housing. Housing was already an issue before the pandemic, but with job losses and economic uncertainty due to COVID-19, it’s become a struggle for many Canadians. The Engaged Citizens Speaker for the webinar, Leilani Farha, believes access to safe and affordable housing is … Continued

Eyes Wide Open

The provincial government has taken another step to protect postsecondary students from illicit and potentially lethal drugs. The BC government announced that it was extending its Toxic Drugs Are Circulating campaign on Thursday, September 9. The campaign ran provincewide in August, but it will now specifically target students on university and college campuses across BC. … Continued

Counselling Through COVID

A new school year is stressful at the best of times. During a pandemic, it’s especially challenging. As classes resume at VIU for the 2021-22 academic year, both in-person and online, the focus is on mental health—especially for students.  Prior to the pandemic, counselling was available in-person through Student Affairs and the former faculty of … Continued

We’re Hiring!

Are you a VIU student who wants to be closely connected to your community? Maybe you’re wondering what more the university environment can offer you and what you can contribute to it. The Navigator Student Press is looking for journalists and creatives who want to inform themselves and their peers through storytelling. If you strive … Continued

British Columbia Looking to Electrify Industrial Vehicles

A Vancouver Island-based electric vehicle company has received nearly $300k in government funding through the CleanBC Advanced Research and Commercialization (ARC) program. Canadian Electric Vehicles (CanEV) is a Parksville-based company that specializes in designing and producing electric vehicles (EVs) and converting vehicles from combustion to electric systems. The company has converted a wide variety of … Continued

The Bee’s Knees

Thanks to the VIU Eco Club, those looking to help out their local pollinators can get some native wildflower seeds for free at the VIUSU Pub. “[We] wanted to give wildflower seeds out, but just didn’t know how to get them to people,” Haley Andersen, event coordinator for the Eco Club, said in an interview. … Continued

Updating Gendered Language in BC and Beyond

If you haven’t heard the news, everybody’s favourite plastic potato is getting a rebrand. Hasbro’s Mr. Potato Head products will be sold as just Potato Head in the near future. Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head as characters will still be available for purchase, just sold under the brand Potato Head.  This news came as part … Continued

Seeing Light at the End of the Tunnel

Exactly one year ago, on March 15, 2020, VIU’s University Relations team sent every VIU student an email with a subject line reading, “COVID-19 UPDATE: VIU transitioning to alternate course delivery and assessment.” VIU, along with other post-secondary institutions around the province, had finally decided that, for the safety of students, staff, and faculty, all … Continued

Perseverance on Mars

Perseverance, NASA’s fifth Mars rover, successfully landed on the Red Planet on February 18, 2021. The newest Mars rover is a product of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission. The mission’s primary goal is to investigate astrobiology by searching for signs of ancient microbial life in Martian rock and soil. Perseverance is the first Mars rover equipped … Continued

Lights, Camera, Action:

Emerging filmmakers and storytellers will soon be able to dust off their cameras and start working on their creative endeavours again as the provincial government announces the Reel Focus BC program. Through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, the Province will be launching its first development program with $200k targeted to up-and-coming and/or … Continued

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Must Go On

It will be astounding. Time will fly by. Madness will take its toll. The VIU Satyr Players will bring back The Rocky Horror Picture Show for their 25th run of the cult classic. The student cast will perform their annual production on March 12 at 7 pm through the live stream platform Twitch. The VIU … Continued

Holistic Energy Care Workshop

Personal energy levels and how to maintain them can be different for everyone. With the pandemic still in full swing, acknowledging when your energy levels are low, and knowing how to build them back up is more important than ever. Noelle Hanuse, VIU counsellor, is giving a workshop on Wednesday, February 24 to help people … Continued

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