Students to Vote for VIUSU Reps

The polls are now open for VIU Students’ Union Fall 2020 General Election! Even though we’re not in typical class settings this year, VIUSU is still working hard to ensure students have the best year possible. The candidates are from diverse backgrounds and programs, and promise to serve students as best they can both online … Continued

MLA Candidates for Provincial Election

As much as we would love it if choosing our MLAs for the upcoming provincial election was as easy as choosing a character for a game of Super Smash Bros., it’s an often confusing process—and some may not even know what an MLA is. The legislature of British Columbia is made up of the Lieutenant … Continued

The Great Shake Out

The annual ShakeOut BC will be happening in Nanaimo and across the province on October 15. On October 15 at 10:15 am residents, businesses, and schools are asked to practice safety protocols for a potential earthquake by finding a proper space to ‘drop, cover, and hold on.’ During the drill, people are asked to follow … Continued

VIU Webinar Addresses Food Security During COVID-19

The start of the COVID-19 pandemic saw job losses, empty food shelves, and a rise in food level insecurities. A VIU press release stated that since the start of COVID-19, grocery stores ran out of certain products, and there “were interruptions in food supply chains as virus outbreaks affected producers, processors, and transport systems.” COVID-19 … Continued

Have You Registered to Vote Yet?

It’s official, the writs have been issued and a BC election will be coming our way on October 24. No matter if this is your first time voting or your third, we can all agree that registering to vote is confusing. But ultimately, voting is a great way to have a say in the future. … Continued

Sonia Furstenau:

The British Columbia Green Party announced their new leader after a three-way race. Sonia Furstenau, the MLA for Cowichan Valley, will be taking on the new role after a tight win. Furstenau won after gaining 52.4 percent of the votes on the second ballot, beating out Cam Brewer and Kim Darwin. Brewer was close behind … Continued

RDN Approves Recycling—But More is Needed

Nanaimo has made an important step to becoming a greener, more sustainable city. So, why doesn’t it feel that way? The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) has partnered with the non-profit group Nanaimo Recycling Exchange to assess the waste produced by local businesses and industries. The evaluations by the non-profit will go towards finishing a … Continued

Call for Nominations:

A letter from Antony Stevens, board president of the Navigator Newspaper Society: I hope this letter finds you: a passionate student, professor, or member of the public with a drive for arts, business, or empowering students. It wasn’t until my third year as a Creative Writing major that I became a part of The Navigator … Continued

Smoke and Schools Do Not Mix

As smoke flies through the air, students in the Nanaimo Ladysmith School District will be spending a lot more class time inside. This change comes as the air quality reaches a very high-risk level on the Province’s Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). The smoke comes from uncontrolled wildfires happening in Washington and Oregon—some burning just … Continued

VIU Residences COVID-19 Restart

Every year, the VIU Student Residences welcomes over 500 new and returning students from across the world and invites them to build communities and make long-lasting connections. With new COVID-19 rules and regulations, this year will look very different for the “Reslife” community. Back in March when VIU sent out emails informing the student body … Continued

VIUSU and VIU Foundation support students in need

During this time of global crisis, the VIU Students’ Union (VIUSU) has contributed a leadership gift of $75,000,  now matched by the VIU Foundation, to establish a $250,000 fund for Emergency Student Bursaries in effort to support vulnerable students affected by COVID-19. VIU chairperson Anouk Borris is hoping community members will join the students’ union … Continued

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