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

City Seeks Input on New Animal Responsibility Bylaw

Do you think all outdoor cats should be spayed or neutered? Or that cats should be banned from entering someone else’s property? The City of Nanaimo is asking residents to provide feedback on a new Animal Responsibility Bylaw so their opinions are heard. The bylaw was developed from recommendations following an Animal Control Service Review … Continued

BC Liberal Party Leader Steps Down

BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson is stepping down after a two-year run as the leader of the official opposition. In a Facebook post published by Wilkinson on November 21, he said he will be stepping down from his role. He congratulated BC NDP leader John Horgan for winning the recent BC election, and said he … Continued

The Nav’s Board of Directors Are Up For Election

All VIU students, alumni, faculty, and staff have until Saturday at noon to vote for who they would like to sit on The Navigator’s Board of Directors this year. The Navigator—The Nav for short—was founded in 1969 and ran as a print newspaper until 2017, when its in-print format transitioned into a full colour 40-page … Continued

Winter Is Coming

As the snow starts to fall on the northern part of Vancouver Island, the City of Nanaimo reminds residents to be prepared for a West Coast winter. Since winter will bring rain and wet snow to the area, the City of Nanaimo sent out a press release asking residents to clear leaves and debris from … Continued

Beyond 2020 Job Fair

If you’re a student looking for meaningful employment during a time when it seems scarce, you are in luck. Beyond 2020: Vancouver Island Career and Connections Fair is a virtual job fair co-organized by VIU, Royal Roads University, North Island College and Camosun College. The all-day event takes place on November 19 and registration is … Continued

The Last Straw

Three years ago, the single-use plastic straw became the poster child for the anti-plastic movement after a video of a sea turtle with a straw stuck in his nose went viral. Plastic pollution became a global concern, and the public uproar pressured people in power to implement changes, and straws were an easy target. One … Continued

Declining Bull Kelp on Our Coast

The West Coast boasts a year-round exploration season of forested trails and rugged shorelines that seem to never end. The dense-growth temperate rainforests are filled with tall trees covered in mosses and forest floors brimming with lush vegetation. The beaches are fiercely traversed by wild winds and beating waves. This is my home. Many West … Continued

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