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

Together Alone

The fall semester will soon come to a close as VIU students complete their first full semester of online schooling. Although many students have returned to school, they have not returned to the normalcy of what they expected or what they wanted—they have returned to something many are calling a waste of time, a waste … Continued

What is the Future You Want to See for VIU?

From November 2–November 27, VIU is inviting students, staff, and alumni to have a say in the changes they want to see for the university. Between March and July of this year, over 1000 people shared their thoughts and opinions about VIU and their hopes for the future, which the campus captured in its What … Continued

An Interview with Sheila Malcolmson

The ballots have been counted, and Sheila Malcolmson is expected to return to her position as the MLA for the Nanaimo district. Although many mail-in and absentee ballots are still to be counted, Malcolmson finished election night with 52.8 percent of the vote. Malcolmson was elected as the MLA for the Nanaimo district back in … Continued

Turning Setbacks Into Goals

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to not only be an exemplary citizen in your community, but in school and in your personal life, look no further than VIU student Vantaisha (Taish) Tommy. Tommy is being recognized for her community service and commitment to her studies after being awarded the Mike Coleman Award for … Continued

BC NDP Expected to Make Majority Government

BC NDP leader John Horgan’s gamble for his provincial power lead him to win the jackpot. His party will be able to form a majority government for the first time in 20 years. After a six-week long campaign, Horgan will be making history as the first leader of the BC NDP party to win a … Continued

Have a Safe and Spooky 2020 Halloween

With many children’s favourite holiday fast approaching, now is the time to prepare yourself for October 31—so you get all the treats and none of the tricks. The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has released information to their website on how to keep this year’s Halloween fun and safe as the COVID-19 pandemic … Continued

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