To Double Mask or Not to Double Mask?

With COVD-19 numbers in BC averaging over 400 new cases a day, the conversation around “double masking” is starting to grow while the waiting game is still on for vaccine administration to all willing British Columbians. At the end of January, the medical advisor to President Joe Biden, Anthony Fauci, spoke with TODAY about double … Continued

BC Announces Province-wide COVID-19 Immunization Plan

British Columbians can soon look forward to gatherings, concerts, and family barbecues as the timeline for the large-scale and complex rollout of COVID-19 immunizations in BC was announced. On January 22, Premier John Horgan, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, Minister of Health Adrian Dix, and the executive lead for BC’s immunization efforts, Penny Ballem, … Continued

Government Grants Promote Health of BC Youth

Six BC non-profit and not-for-profit organizations received a total of $833,293 to support mental health, substance use, and wellbeing programs for BC youth. This funding comes from the BC Government Capital Project Grants, part of the Community Gaming Grants program, which provides $140 million annually to BC non-profits and not-for-profits supporting their communities. In a … Continued

BC Government Acknowledges Black Shirt Day

January 15 marked the first unofficial Black Shirt Day in BC, and government officials marked the day with some important commitments. Black Shirt Day—which coincides with Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s birthday—is a day to don a black shirt and stand in solidarity with Black Canadians against racism. The day has been heavily advocated for … Continued

New Provincial Funding to Enhance Bee Health

There seems to be a new buzz in the air now that groups can start receiving funding from the provincial government to help protect the health and habitat of bees around BC. Eligible beekeepers, beekeeping associations, and regional and community-based organizations are now able to apply to receive up to $5,000 to fund projects to … Continued

Mariners Announce Recreation Return

Mariners Athletics & Recreation has reopened the weight room and gym floor in the VIU Gymnasium as of January 11. Outdoor events are also back on schedule. The announcement was made on the Mariners website on January 7—one day before the BC government extended its COVID-19 restrictions on team sports and gatherings to February 5. … Continued

In Plain Sight

“You’re going through withdrawal, it’s from all the alcohol you people drink; you’ll have to wait for your booze.” An Indigenous woman recalls hearing these words yelled at her from across the recovery room after she underwent surgery for a brain aneurysm back in 2018. She was one of many Indigenous people who shared their … Continued

A Steep Climb to Accessibility

A VIU press release announced that the Nanaimo campus and the Cowichan Trades Centre will be seeing new upgrades for greater accessibility. The Rick Hansen Foundation recently granted the VIU Foundation $240,000 for improving VIU’s 12 least accessible buildings. VIU’s Universal Access Committee Chair Dr. Linda Derksen explains that the money comes from the BC … Continued

BC Administers First Vaccinations for COVID-19

The first COVID-19 immunizations in BC have been administered in what the province is calling the most comprehensive vaccine program in the province’s history. Nisha Yunus, a residential care aide of 41 years in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, was one of the first people in BC to receive the vaccine, while Linda Latour, a … Continued

Mothers Requested for COVID-19 Questionnaire

VIU’s Sociology Department is asking all mothers whose caregiving efforts have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to participate in a questionnaire. The department has formed a research team comprised of both students and professors to study the effects the pandemic has had on mothers. The research team wants to learn about maternal challenges and … Continued

Jagmeet Singh Versus AOC

“Jagmeet, you just killed her right in front of me!” US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez screamed after witnessing Canadian NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh kill a fellow game opponent during a round of Among Us. The two elected representatives met for the first time after Singh invited Ocasio-Cortez to join him in a live stream playing the … Continued

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign

VIU is participating in the 16 Days of Activism Campaign that aims to eliminate gender-based violence. The United Nations (UN) campaign to end violence against women begins on November 25 each year (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and runs until December 10 (Human Rights Day). The campaign indicates that violence … Continued

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