The Ring

UVic hosts Saanich Cyclefest

Sat, 2012-04-21 23:00

Cyclists of all ages were treated to blue skies and warm weather as Saanich families came out in packs to the third annual Saanich Cycling Festival, held on campus April 22. The venue was fitting for the Earth Day-themed cycling celebration, as the festival transformed UVic’s parking lot 10 into a bicyclist’s paradise for kids and adults alike. Co-hosted by the University Sustainability Office, the event kicked off with two group rides for older and younger bikers, which converged on the University campus for an afternoon of music, entertainment, and education.

UVic Carrot Mob helps raise over $9K for green business

Thu, 2012-04-12 08:13

Michael Traverse and Linsi Comfort hold Carrotmob planning team member Anthea Ch
Michael Traverse and Linsi Comfort hold Carrotmob planning team member Anthea Cheng (in carrot suit). Photo: UVic Photo Services

On March 21 downtown Victoria’s Sauce Restaurant and Lounge was the site for the second annual Carrot Mob, organized by UVic’s Business Sustainability Club and dedicated to helping local businesses become more sustainable. The day of business generated $9,084 that went into a fund to help the restaurant become a greener community member.

Symbols speak eloquently of living-with-dying

Wed, 2012-04-11 10:46

Image from the exhibition "Symbols of Living In-between." Poem is reproduced in
Image from the exhibition "Symbols of Living In-between." Poem is reproduced in article, below.

For many, living with a life-threatening illness is unimaginable. How does one garner the optimism and endurance needed to continue living while the end of life approaches? To help shed light on the experiences of people living with the uncertainties of serious illness, 32 people diagnosed with cancer, chronic kidney disease or HIV/AIDS joined forces with a group of nurse researchers to share stories and ideas about living with dying.

$1-million gift funds co-operative outreach

Tue, 2012-04-10 13:55

Central 1 Credit Union is donating almost $1 million over the next five years to the University of Victoria’s Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy (CCCBE)—a gift that could increase if the province’s 1.7 million credit union membership expands as well. The financial contribution is based on a unique funding arrangement of nine cents per British Columbia credit union member. Subject to an annual review by Central 1’s board of directors, the centre could benefit by up to an additional 5 per cent per year

Public feedback informs CARSA redesign

Tue, 2012-04-10 08:44

Work on a revised design for a parkade related to the proposed Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) is under way following a series of open houses and public feedback on five options in March.

IDEAFEST 2012: New media remediates old media

Mon, 2012-03-12 07:49

The Faculty of Humanities went parliamentary for IdeaFest with their humourous but insightful March 7 debate about whether or not the book is dead. Dean of Humanities Dr. John Archibald acted as “The Speaker of the House” in the packed lecture class turned House of Commons.

IDEAFEST 2012: From Occupy Wall Street to the People’s Assembly of Victoria

Fri, 2012-03-09 14:27

Reported by Rachel Goldsworthy, Coordinator, Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

Purkis, Weaver win 2012 Victoria Leadership Awards

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:23

Weaver. Photo: Diana Nethercott
Weaver. Photo: Diana Nethercott

UVic climatologist Dr. Andrew Weaver and Dr. Mary Ellen Purkis, dean of UVic's Faculty of Human and Social Development, are this year's recipients of the University of Victoria Community Leadership Awards. On Feb. 21 they were two of 29 nominees celebrated at the eighth annual Victoria Leadership Awards (VLA) gala at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

CARSA community consultation continues

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:11

This month UVic is renewing its community consultation process for its proposed Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) and related parkade. The upcoming process follows recommendations in the Better Neighbours report commissioned by UVic from community engagement and municipal planning firm HB Lanarc-Golder to evaluate concerns regarding last year’s consultation efforts for CARSA.

"I found my voice at the UN"

Thu, 2012-03-08 10:18

Slade. Photo: Robie Liscomb
Slade. Photo: Robie Liscomb

In September 2011, I received an email detailing an opportunity to attend the pre-session for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The email, from the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS), was calling for youth ambassadors to speak about their life experiences being Aboriginal Canadians in todays’ society.