VIU student copes with the closing of Zellers

Brittany Caldwell, a VIU student, works as a cashier at the Zellers in Nanaimo North Town Centre. She says that the immediate closing of the store is leaving her worried. “It’s really difficult to find a job right now,” says Caldwell. “I’m worried because I have some bills that I need to pay, [but] I’ve … Continued

Gateway to Hell

“No fucking Pipeline!” That was the message sent by protestors and activists who gathered in Victoria on Monday, Oct. 22 from all over the Province to tell Premier Christy Clark. However, Clark was nowhere to be found. After denouncing Vancouver Islanders as part of a “sick culture,” Clark fled the Island to go pedal dirty … Continued

Disability Awareness Club

VIU’s Disability Awareness Club held a meeting on Oct. 11 in bldg. 355 of the Nanaimo campus. Members discussed areas of the campus that could be improved for wheelchair accessibility, how they could improve disability awareness among students, and how to increase the club’s publicity. The Disability Awareness Club was founded in Sept. by Richard … Continued

How Low Can We Go?

Oct. is B.C. Hydro Power Smart month, which highlights ways in which energy conservation can be implemented and achieved. During the last few weeks of Oct. the Office of Environment and Sustainability at VIU hosted the event “How Low Can We Go” to encourage students to help VIU become a more sustainable institution. They metered … Continued

VIU to host symposium on food security in Cowichan Valley

A Cowichan-centric food security symposium is being held at VIU’s Cowichan campus on Oct. 20. This daylong symposium will feature local food activists, farmers and food producers, and VIU faculty members discussing the issues of food security in the Cowichan Valley. Panel discussions by food experts and community groups will cover topics such as the history … Continued

Milner Gardens fall openings

On Oct. 21 and 28, Milner Gardens will be hosting fall openings to savour the autumnal scents and crisp colour changes seen on the leaves of plants at the gardens.  The Camellia Tea Room located in the drawing room of the picturesque seaside estate expands its regular hours to offer hot soup and fresh scones.  … Continued

Start Something with Alesse

“Apparently I’m on posters on busses in Toronto and Vancouver so that’s something new and exciting,” laughs Jesse Robson, the 2012 winner of Start Something with Alesse, an initiative that provides guidance and financial support for ambitious young men and women to make their dreams a reality. Now into its third year, the contest provides … Continued

Nanaimo wins provincial award for efforts to support small business

The B.C. Small Business Roundtable has recognized Nanaimo as one of six small business–friendly communities in the Province. The award recognizes local policies, projects, and programs that make it easier for small businesses to operate. “The City of Nanaimo is committed to making it easier for small businesses to operate,” says John Ruttan, Mayor of … Continued

Students’ Union and Hub City Cycles hold workshop on campus

On Oct. 3 the VIU Students’ Union (VIUSU) and Hub City Cycles held a free campus bike workshop outside of the library. Students who brought their bikes in were offered a free tune-up and tips on bike maintenance. The workshop is part of the Students’ Union’s plan to encourage more students to cycle. “We’re developing … Continued

Striking CUPE union unhappy with B.C. plan to centralize university services

VANCOUVER (CUP)—A provincial plan to combine administrative services at B.C. universities has cast a shadow over labour negotiations at UBC. The government hopes to save money by consolidating services at universities and colleges across B.C. But service and support staff unions currently striking at various B.C. universities say that this amounts to privatization and worry … Continued

Voices through time

Dr. Stephen Davies, a History professor at VIU, has been building his database of Canadian war letters for over a decade, and now he plans on giving the soldiers who wrote them a voice. Davies is hosting a lecture called “Voices Through Time,” which focuses on letters written by Canadian soldiers from World War I. … Continued

LETTERS

Lack of Diversity I recently picked up volume 44, issue 1 of the Navigator at the campus here in Duncan. There were 31 articles in this issue. Of those 31, 18 were written by just three contributors. Of those 31, just five articles were written by men. Of those articles written by men, one man … Continued

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