Identifying Plants on Vancouver Island:

My New Year’s resolution, like many people’s, was to start going to the gym more come January. With the restrictions keeping gyms closed for the first few weeks of January, however, I decided to come up with another resolution—plant identification.  Last year for Christmas I was given a book about plants in Canada and how … Continued

The Importance of Increasing Indigeneity at VIU

With everything that has happened so far in 2020—the pandemic, a steep rise in awareness about systemic racism, alarming weather events due to climate change, among many others—it’s clear the need for diversity in leadership to combat these issues is crucial. And, not just at a federal level, but in every institution. One thing that’s … Continued

The Education Expo is coming to town

By News Editor Aislinn Cottell On February 3, the Year 5 Post Baccalaureate Education students are presenting the Education Expo, a day of workshops and presentations which will explore 40 different educational topics. The expo will be held on the second floor of bldg. 356, the room locations for individual workshops can be found on … Continued

Education pioneers cross the Atlantic to recruit VIU graduates

By News Editor Aislinn Cottell Based in the South of England, the Bohunt Education Trust (BET) is an academy school sponsor organization, well known for it’s innovative and ground-breaking educational practices. Their first school was established in Liphook in 1978, but they currently run five secondary schools across England, and are only growing. Teachers at … Continued

Food, Music, and Local Politicians

The VIU Political Society will be hosting an event that will give students the opportunity to listen to, and mingle with, local politicians on March 24.                 The event will give students a chance to socialize with each other and local politicians, and act as an opportunity to provide knowledge about the VIU Political Society … Continued

Women in Action: VIU hosts third annual conference

            This Saturday, March 14, five successful local women will visit VIU to share their stories. Hosted by the VIUSU, the conference is in its third consecutive year.             The event features activists, politicians and businesswomen, including Jean Crowder MP for Nanaimo-Cowichan.             “I think it is important for women to hear from others who have … Continued

You’re invited! RSVP to the student-debt wedding

            The VIUSU is holding an event tomorrow, February 19; to demonstrate the marriage many students are signed into when it comes to their debt, at the Malaspina Theatre at 11:30 am. [slideshow_deploy id=’7081′]             “Students and their families are feeling the squeeze of high tuition fees and student loan debt,” said Alec Patterson, Director … Continued

Students react to ABE funding cuts

A decision by the Liberal Government to cut Adult Basic Education (ABE) funding and bring back tuition fees has caused outrage among many VIU students and staff. “This is largely affecting people who already have so many obstacles in their life,” said Patrick Barbosa, Chief Returning Officer of the VIU Students’ Union. “Up to 20 … Continued

Standardized testing is so last decade

At least, it should be. The Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) was introduced to grade four and seven BC students in 1998 to replace the census tests that were given to a random sample of students. And, apparently, the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) has opposed the FSA ever since, arguing that the test disrupts classroom learning, … Continued

Forever Indebted

Something very exciting happened earlier this school year for Canadian students living in Manitoba. You may not have heard about it over the sound of the deep fryer at your part-time fast food gig. Let me recap: in November, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger announced that starting sometime in 2015, students studying in Manitoba will no … Continued

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