The Ring

UVic formalizes research agreement with City of Victoria

Tue, 2011-12-06 13:21

By signing an official protocol of cooperation last month, the University of Victoria and the City of Victoria have formalized their mutual interest in research of benefit to both entities.

Gold—good for development, toxic for children

Thu, 2011-10-06 11:00

100g of mercury ($30) for amalgamating gold, with young teen panning in the background. Photo: Kevin Telmer 2011 Nigeria

For nearly two decades, UVic geochemist Dr. Kevin Telmer (earth and ocean sciences) has been working with small-scale and artisanal gold miners, whose practices can expose people and communities around the world to toxic levels of mercury and lead even while the rare metal itself means better livelihoods, healthier lives, and a chance at a more prosperous future for the miners and their families.

Hope drying up for Iraqi marshlands

Thu, 2011-10-06 10:55

Marsh dwellers in a mashoof in once-lush wetlands.
Ancient culture and livelihoods may no longer be sustainable in the marshlands. Photo: courtesy of CIMI (Iraq)

A woman milks a water buffalo on a floating island near homes made from reeds. This image of a simple yet sustainable life in the southern Iraqi marshes—an image formed by Wilfred Thesiger’s classic text The Marsh Arabs—is vastly different from the present reality. The University of Victoria’s Canada-Iraq Marshlands Initiative (CIMI) wrapped up last year, but it is still not clear whether the traditional way of living will be anything more in future than descriptions of old photos or lives lived on the marshland margins.

Student Refugee Program changes lives at UVic

Thu, 2011-10-06 09:44

L-R: Ali Issack, Mohamed Idle and Hanna Godalle Photo: Sasha Gronsdahl
L-R: Ali Issack, Mohamed Idle and Hanna Godalle Photo: Sasha Gronsdahl

The arrivals area of the Victoria International Airport is generally a pretty quiet place. So this August, when it was filled with UVic students holding brightly coloured signs in Swahili, it was clear they were celebrating an important occasion. The welcoming committee was there to greet Ali Issack, Mohamed Idle, and Hanna Godalle to Canada. The three students were sponsored to come to Canada and study at UVic through the World University Service of Canada’s (WUSC) Student Refugee Program.

United Way campaign: Change starts here

Tue, 2011-09-27 08:31

The UVic 2011 United Way campaign is officially away from the starting blocks, following the barbeque launch on Sept. 21. This year’s fundraising target of $290,000 is UVic’s most ambitious goal ever.

UVic downtown gallery provides space for teaching and research

Tue, 2011-09-06 11:47

The Carmanah Valley Experience by Donald Harvey
The Carmanah Valley Experience by Donald Harvey

Imagine being surrounded by original works of art from the contemporary artists of the Northwest—artists such as Emily Carr, E. J. Hughes and Max Maynard. Now imagine how inspiring it would be to study original art and curatorial practices in that space. That’s just what art students from the University of Victoria are doing now at UVic’s recently renovated Legacy Art Gallery.

2nd annual Latin American and Spanish film week coming to Cinecenta

Mon, 2011-08-22 14:32

2011 Latin American & Spanish Film Week

Beyond the usual headlines—poverty, drug-related violence and political turmoil—Latin America is a thriving region in terms of cultural production. The second annual Latin American and Spanish Film Week brings to Victoria a fresh look on a variety of subjects—soccer, social justice, historical memory and romantic longing—as seen by a recent crop of talented directors from Latin America and Spain.

Charity harnesses students' community spirit

Fri, 2011-07-29 17:52

This summer, Mosqoy, a grassroots Canadian charity founded by UVic alumna Ashli Akins in 2006, is bringing students and staff together from all over UVic in order to make a difference.

Mosqoy and its sister NGO, the Q'ente Textile Revitalization Society, have enlisted the services of four co-op students, one teacher, and a dedicated pack of student volunteers in bringing their unique skills and experience to the challenging issue of global education.

Government funding boost for assistive technology projects

Wed, 2011-07-13 10:05

BC Premier Christy Clark and CanAssist researcher/writer Luke Melchior
BC Premier Christy Clark looks on as CanAssist researcher/writer Luke Melchior demonstrates CanConnect technology.

On June 27, BC Premier Christy Clark visited campus and announced a $3.5-million grant from the Ministry of Health for two innovative projects involving technology that will help seniors and people with disabilities remain as independent as possible. One partner in the projects is CanAssist, a University of Victoria organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and promoting the independence of those with disabilities.

Board gives green light to CARSA facility

Wed, 2011-07-13 09:18

UVic’s Board of Governors has approved funding for the construction of the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities and the renovation of the McKinnon Building. Among other features, the $59-million project will include a performance gymnasium, field house and a state-of-the-art fitness and weight-training space. It will greatly enhance UVic’s health-related research and educational programs by providing room for teaching and research for the Department of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education.