Nanaimo’s Plastic Bag Ban Receives Provincial Approval

The movement to ban plastic grocery bags on Vancouver Island has been an arduous one, but various obstacles haven’t halted its progress. In January of 2018, Victoria instituted Vancouver Island’s first bylaw banning plastic bags. Unfortunately, having failed to receive provincial approval for the ban before its implementation, Victoria repealed the bylaw in October of … Continued

Knock Out Interest:

In November 2019, students studying in British Columbia achieved a hard-fought victory—the elimination of interest rates on government-issued student loans. Well, the provincial portion, anyway. Students in BC still have to pay interest on the portion of their loan that comes from the federal government—which was roughly a 60/40 split between federal and provincial interest, … Continued

The City of Nanaimo: Resilience Grant 2021

Nanaimo based artists, collectives, and non-profit organizations can now apply for the City of Nanaimo’s 2021 Resilience Grant. The Resilience Grant will provide the recipient(s) with a one-time award of $1k to $5k to support Nanaimo arts and culture among the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, promoting community resilience. Julie Bevan, Nanaimo’s manager … Continued

Global Citizens Week

From February 8 to February 12 you’ll be able to see the world and learn about many different cultures from the comfort of your own home. VIU will be exploring topics of systemic racism and unconscious bias during this year’s Global Citizens Week, a week devoted to exploring issues of global development. This year’s theme … Continued

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

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