Yves Engler and The Ugly Canadian

On Nov. 9, Yves Engler spoke to students and community members at VIU to promote his seventh book, The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy. Engler opened his talk by mentioning the World Statesman of the Year award Harper received in Sept., issued by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation. There was irony in Engler’s voice, … Continued

Local music recording class recognized internationally

Local music engineer, producer, and instructor Jim Blair’s “Reaper Course” has gained international recognition. Reaper is a Digital Audio Workstation and is used to record musical instruments directly onto a computer. Blair, a former VIU student, began teaching the course at Arbutus Music Education Centre in Jan. Recently his class has been adopted by the … Continued

American marijuana legalization raises questions for B.C.

BURNABY (CUP)—On Nov. 6, both the states of Colorado and Washington passed ballots legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, raising interest from advocates about the possible impact of the decision in British Columbia, in Washington, 55 percent of voters approved Initiative 502, legalizing the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by anyone over … Continued

The Nanaimo Haven Society presents anti-sexism advocate Jackson Katz

The Nanaimo Haven Society is hosting three events featuring American author and educator Jackson Katz, a leading male anti-sexist advocate. Katz is the co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program (MVP), a gender violence, bullying, and school violence prevention program that encourages students to report violence when they see it. The program teams up … Continued

Bike for Aids

Vancouver Island University’s local World University Service of Canada (VIU-WUSC) held their third annual Bike for Aids fundraiser on Oct. 25. Students cycled on stationary bikes and collected pledges and donations to support WUSC’s national campaign to purchase bike ambulances for the rural communities in Malawi affected by HIV and AIDS. Ryan Butler, a co-organizer … Continued

Provincial Court Judge brings unique workshop to VIU

On Oct. 30, Honourable Judge Justine Saunders visited Marilyn Assaf’s CREW 201, News Writing and Research class to present an interactive workshop, explaining the role in which journalists play in the Court and Canada’s legal system. Judge Saunders, provincial court judge located in Nanaimo, co-delivered the upbeat Journalism Students’ Education Program presentation alongside journalist Paul … Continued

Protestors aim to “sink the Harper agenda”

More than 400 protestors marched through downtown Nanaimo on Oct. 27. They were demanding fundamental change in the Harper government, austerity measures, and to advocate for the environmental concerns surrounding the Enbridge Pipeline project. The protest was organized by the Council of Canadians Mid Island Chapter to draw support towards the Council of Canadian’s Making … Continued

Who gives a dam?

No more late night skinny-dipping down at the dams this summer? You better believe it. The City of Nanaimo has decided to drain the middle and lower lakes situated in Colliery Dam Park. This measure is said to prevent a potential flooding hazard which poses a threat to inhabitants downstream in Harewood. But why wasn’t the … Continued

CRTC looks to create national standards for mobile providers

OTTAWA (CUP)—To help consumers avoid surprises on their cell phone bills, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is looking to develop a national and mandatory code for providers to follow. After requests from Rogers and Telus, the CRTC is also asking the public to provide input, having received over 700 online responses so far. … Continued

Local activist returns home from Israeli prison

Jim Manly spent three days in an Israeli prison. Upon his release, he spent over twenty hours on a plane ride back to his Nanaimo home. But the 80-year-old former New Democrat MP did not forget why he had gone—by noon the next day, Manly was picketing downtown, calling for an end to the Gaza … Continued

Blood Donation Awareness Week

From Nov. 6 to Nov. 8, Fourth-year Bachelors of Science in Nursing students (BSN) ran an information booth on campus to promote blood donor awareness week. Claire Parkhouse, a fourth year BSN student participated in the event as part of her practicum with the Canadian Blood Services (CBS). She says that through working with CBS, … Continued

Dennis Lee delivers his Gustafson Distinguished Poets Lecture at VIU

Well-known Canadian poet Dennis Lee chronicled key moments from his 50-year career at VIU’s annual Gustafson Distinguished Poetry event on Oct. 17 and 18. Lee, this years’ Gustafson Poetry Chair, was Canada’s First Poet Laureate and winner of the Governor General’s award. Lee is known for his children’s poetry, such as Alligator Pie and Garbage … Continued

Q and A with Vice President Academic Dr. David Witty

Q: What were your recommendations in the Summative Program Assessment (SPA)? A: My recommendations included that 80 percent of the programs be maintained, two programs be expanded, 20 be enhanced, three be suspended, and four be cancelled. The programs that are going to be suspended in this case are going to go through a review. … Continued

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