Smoking on campus

VIU implemented a new smoking policy on the Nanaimo campus last fall, designed to reduce students’ and faculties’ exposure to second-hand smoke—but not everybody on campus is happy about it. The new smoking policy, which was effective as of Sept. 2012, establishes 11 designated areas for tobacco use around campus and replacing the old policy, … Continued

Dignity House moves closer to becoming a reality

Dalhousie University grad student Alex Sangha’s vision of an affordable housing community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit seniors, and their allies, in Vancouver is becoming more concrete. As reported in issue 2 of the Nav., Sangha is fundraising towards a feasibility study for the proposed LGBTT housing development. Since Aug. 31 he has managed … Continued

Attitudes around cannabis shifting in Canada

Fredericton (CUP)—Want to get high? With the Liberal Party of Canada adding marijuana legalization to their platform last year, along with the recent legalization for recreational use in Washington state and Colorado, it looks like a lot of people do. Decades ago, many thought marijuana was the devil’s drug—which would cause whoever uses it to … Continued

Federal government loses data on half a million student debtors

Charlottetown (CUP)—The misplacement of an external hard drive from a federal government office in Gatineau, Quebec, has Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) publicly acknowledging a loss of data concerning over half-a-million recipients of Canada Student Loans. “I want all Canadians to know that I have expressed my disappointment to departmental officials at this … Continued

“Idle No More”

The “Idle No More” movement has been sweeping across Canada. On Friday, Jan. 11, and Saturday, Jan. 12, “Idle No More” hit Nanaimo, and not for the first time. The demonstration on Friday took place at VIU in the main quad outside the library. Close to 100 people showed up to show their support for … Continued

VIUSU serves chili and cheer at their annual Funky Frost Fair

Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch? The VIUSU served up hearty amounts of chili and cheer with their annual Funky Frost Fair; a carnival-like celebration to help students shake off their winter blues. “Its a welcome back event for the students to bring in the spring semester,” says Delaney Sullivan, … Continued

Going with your gut

The act of being spontaneous holds a different meaning for everyone. For some, it means ordering the feature instead of their favourite from the restaurant menu. For others, it means taking a different way home, touching base with an old friend, or watching Vampire Diaries instead of True Blood. To some, spontaneity is a foreign … Continued

VIU to host trades training and community careers dialogue

Thinking of a future in skilled trades? A community trades training and career dialogue hosted by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) will be held at VIU’s Nanaimo campus on Jan. 15. This free event is open to all members of the community and will cover topics from youth engagement in trades, apprenticeship, and skilled trades … Continued

“Idle No More” interview with Jesse Recalma

“Idle No More” is a Canadian First Nations protest movement, which started in response to Bill C-45, an omnibus bill that overhauled the Navigable Waters Protection Act. First Nations feel that this bill threatens First Nations’ sovereignty over water. It has since expanded to include many other topics important to Canadian First Nations. Chief Theresa … Continued

New Year’s day polar bear swim

Nearly 200 brave participants of all ages celebrated the New Year with a splash at the 22nd annual RDN Polar Bear Swim at Parksville Beach. Registration for the event began at 11:30 a.m. and the swimmers were to be ready to dive in by noon. “We thought we were supposed to just jump in and jump out, but we had to swim out to a rope … Continued

Study warns of smartphone addiction

WINDSOR (CUP)—A new survey suggests Canadians are becoming addicted to their smartphones; good news for those in the business, but phone dependency is a real problem. On behalf of Canadian cellphone provider, Wind, Vision Critical recently conducted an online survey of 1501 Canadians to determine what they would give up in order to keep their … Continued

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