A Rich and Majestic Land

VIU’s Engaged Citizens Speaker series returns on February 8, 2022, with an important human rights issue—climate change. Sheila Watt-Cloutier Siila’s presentation Re-imagining a New Way Forward with Intention examines climate change and meaningful action from an Inuit perspective, drawing upon her own activism and experiences. Born and raised traditionally in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (northern Quebec), Watt-Cloutier … Continued

Precedented Times

The extreme flooding in southern BC has been and continues to be devastating. The prolonged heavy rainfall caused mudslides that blocked and destroyed major highways, for thousands of people to abandon their homes, and the death of hundreds of thousands of farm animals. While some British Columbians experienced minor or no changes to their daily … Continued

A Call for Greater Climate Action at VIU

VIU students, staff, and faculty, along with community members, are calling on the university to take more action against climate change. In an open letter addressed to VIU president and vice-chancellor Dr. Deborah Saucier, the signers asked the university to declare a climate emergency. This is something that the Nanaimo City Council, and other universities … Continued

The kids aren’t alright

Back in 2014, a study by the American Psychological Association found that teens reported higher stress levels than adults, especially during the school year. In 2019, the Pew Research Centre found that 70 percent of teens reported anxiety and depression as a major problem among their peers. We know young people are stressed the hell … Continued

Chasing Coral showing at World VIU Days

On Tuesday, November 7th, during World VIU Days, there will be a showing on campus of “Chasing Coral” about the worldwide coral reef crisis. The film was directed by James Balog of National Geographic and of the documentary, “Chasing Ice,” which examined the retreat of glaciers and ice shelves resulting from climate change. The film … Continued

Five years bottled water free

Five years ago, VIU became a leader in campus sustainability by successfully banning the sale of bottled water on campus—the first university in BC to do so. The Vancouver Island University Students’ Union spearheaded the campaign, called “Ban the Bottle,” which quickly gained support from students, administration, and labour groups at VIU. The joint Water … Continued

Listen to Leo

By Associate Editor Natalie Gates Sometimes I worry people are getting sick of hearing about climate change and the environment’s bleak future. At times it seems like there is nothing we can do that will really slow or stop the process because the Big Dogs’ power is just too strong. But I’m going to talk … Continued

Liberal MP Jonathan Wilkinson talks climate change at VIU

Above: Photo by Jessica Pirson By News Editor Aislinn Cottell Jonathan Wilkinson, Liberal Party MP of North Vancouver and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment, held a Q&A on climate change last week at the VIU Nanaimo campus. The event was organized by the VIU Young Liberals, a branch of the youth wing … Continued

The epoch of humanity is here

Above: Photo via economist.com By contributor Dallas Bezaire Our Earth is said to be 4.5 billion years old. Its age has been calculated in a number of ways, one being through the use of stratigraphic layers—layers of sediment left by millions of years’ worth of silt and soil. The largest divisions are called eras, the … Continued

VIU climate change symposium a hit

By contributor Claire Jones On Saturday October 12, VIU had the honour of hosting a climate change symposium, organized by the VIU group Awareness of Climate Change through Education and Research (ACER), to educate students, staff, and members of the public about the science of climate change and the actions and policies that can help … Continued

News in a nutshell

By contributor Aislinn Cottell WHAT Free open textbooks available for student use through the BC Open Textbook Project, the first government-sponsored site of its kind. WHERE <open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/> WHY YOU SHOULD CARE Free textbooks. Need we say more? WHAT September 27: Screening of the documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, followed by a Q&A and discussion. … Continued

ACER hosts 5th annual symposia to combat climate change

By contributor Aislinn Cottell The Awareness of Climate Change through Education and Research group (ACER), is hosting their 5th annual symposia on the VIU campus this month, and would like to encourage all students and faculty to attend.  The symposia will begin at 9 am on Saturday, October 1, and be hosted in bldg. 355, … Continued

Combating climate change in Nanaimo

“The power of our vision must be so much stronger than the power of our fear,” said ecofuturist and founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association Guy Dauncey when speaking as a guest at a VIU political studies class. “The challenge is huge, but it’s mostly achievable.” As Canada and the world meet in Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate … Continued

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