Music is a powerful thing—it brings people together, motivates us to keep going, and allows us to truly be ourselves. Music isn’t confined to a single genre, or length, and it most certainly doesn’t have an age limit.  SoundWave, a choir like no other, proves that. Holly Wright was born with a burning desire to … Continued

Have Yourself a Quiet Little Christmas

BC residents are facing new restrictions for the holidays. The province announced an initial set of restrictions on Friday, December 17 with additional measures outlined on Tuesday, December 21. The latest restrictions come into effect Wednesday and will be in place until January 18, 2022. They include: The closure of bars, nightclubs, gyms, and fitness … Continued

The Hand They’re Dealt

Students have a lot on their plate this year: school, finances, COVID-19 restrictions, and as of September 13, vaccine cards.  Proof of vaccination is required to access non-essential services such as restaurants, theatres, and fitness centers. Customers could use their paper vaccine cards (stamped after each dose) until September 26; now, they must show the … Continued

Counselling Through COVID

A new school year is stressful at the best of times. During a pandemic, it’s especially challenging. As classes resume at VIU for the 2021-22 academic year, both in-person and online, the focus is on mental health—especially for students.  Prior to the pandemic, counselling was available in-person through Student Affairs and the former faculty of … Continued

BC Administers First Vaccinations for COVID-19

The first COVID-19 immunizations in BC have been administered in what the province is calling the most comprehensive vaccine program in the province’s history. Nisha Yunus, a residential care aide of 41 years in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, was one of the first people in BC to receive the vaccine, while Linda Latour, a … Continued

Mothers Requested for COVID-19 Questionnaire

VIU’s Sociology Department is asking all mothers whose caregiving efforts have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to participate in a questionnaire. The department has formed a research team comprised of both students and professors to study the effects the pandemic has had on mothers. The research team wants to learn about maternal challenges and … Continued

BC Suspends Team Sports

Sports are off the table in BC, indefinitely. The province has put a hold on all adult (19+) indoor and outdoor team sports due to climbing COVID-19 cases, Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Wednesday, December 2. All other indoor group physical activity has also been suspended. The decision came in step with VIU’s extension … Continued

Communicate Through Your Mask

As I sit in the VIU library—my favourite place to get work done—it is now mandatory to wear a face mask at all times. This is fine by me, as mask-wearing is a critical factor in minimizing the spread of COVID-19, but I can’t help but think should I even be here?  In speaking to … 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

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