Earthquake preparedness on campus

On Oct. 18 there will be an earthquake drill in B.C. called “The Great Shake out.” It is a big event in which parents, teachers, students, and workers from all over B.C. are becoming involved. The event is now an annual occasion that recognizes practice is better than panic in our seismically active area. The … Continued

Iran embassy closure has big implications for Iranian students in Canada

MONTREAL (CUP)—After suspending diplomatic relations with Iran almost two weeks ago, Iranian students studying in Canada are still waiting on directives from Ottawa as to how, or if, they will be able to continue their studies. According to the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) there are about 4000 Iranian students affected by the government’s … Continued

Vancouver-based textbook rental company qualifies for Top 25 of the BCIC New Ventures Competition 2012

Big Mama Student Services LTD, a Vancouver-based textbook rental company, qualified for the 2012 BCIC New Ventures Competition. The competition began in Apr. with 146 companies. It is one of North America’s largest technology business-idea events, allowing early stage businesses the chance to network, attend seminars, and improve their business strategies. Ramona McLeod, founder of … Continued

Pauline Marois is cut from a different cloth

Québec politics is seldom predictable and most election results often demonstrate that the political analysts are off the mark. For some time, the unpopularity of Jean Charest’s Liberal government seemed so extensive that the party would suffer a huge defeat and even be reduced to a distant third place. So, on election night of Sept. … Continued

Grad student aimed at giving ‘dignity’ back to LGBTT seniors

Imagine spending your entire life fighting against discrimination—only to reach old age and retreat back to the closet for fear of intolerant residents or care workers. Now imagine being forced out of your neighbourhood by skyrocketing rent costs. For Vancouver’s aging LGBTT community—this is a grim reality. Alex Sangha, 40, of Vancouver is trying to … Continued

Loud TV ads—A thing of the past

Listen up slackers, your five hour marathons of Storage Wars and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo shall never be ruined by clamoring commercials again! Hurrah. The Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ushered in new laws that prohibit digital broadcasters from airing commercials that are louder than regular programming. “Starting on Sept. 1, Canadians … Continued

VIU free store popular among students

On Sept. 6 students flocked to the lower cafeteria in search of school supplies, housewares, and clothing—all for free. Several portable tables were arranged into a makeshift store. Cardboard boxes containing dishes and utensils were displayed on the floor. There was even a few television sets. Elaine Gabler, a customer service representative at VIU’s welcome … Continued

Duncan fitness studio offers pole dancing class for children

Kristy Craig, the owner of Twisted Grip Dance and Fitness Studio is offering a children’s pole dancing class called “Little Spinners.” These weekend kiddie classes will run on Saturdays in the fall for a staggering fee of $70 an hour. Craig claims that she is simply catering to the demands of her adult clients. “My … Continued

Violence is Preventable Program recruiting male students

A school-based outreach program called Violence is Preventable (VIP) is looking to recruit male students. In this program, supportive men present to grade 10 students in School District 68 about domestic and dating violence. Tracy Meyers, Coordinator for the Children and Youth Who Witness Abuse Program at Haven Society says, “The mandate [of the VIP … Continued

Science centre proposed for Bowen Park

On Sept. 8, an open house was held at Bowen Park to discuss plans for a proposed science centre. The event allowed the public to ask questions and provide feedback through a survey. The proposed science centre is geared towards all-age groups. There would be hands-on activities for children to foster learning at a young … Continued

Bank of Canada to issue new $20 polymer banknotes

In May, the Bank of Canada unveiled a new generation of $20 bank notes adorned with a holographic image of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. The notes are constructed from a single piece of polymer instead of paper, making them a more sustainable alternative to the previous paperbills. “These new polymer notes have very secure … Continued

Go Topless

On Aug. 26, a procession of bare-chested women from the Canadian chapter of theinternational organization <GoTopless.org> flagrantly paraded down the streets of Toronto. Some participants donned furry angel wings and halos while their male counterparts wore redbikini tops. The procession handed out pamphlets to bystanders explaining that women should not feel ashamed to be topless … Continued

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