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Together, we are possibility

UVic’s 2015 United Way campaign kicked off on Oct. 1. This year, we’re working towards a fundraising goal of $246,000. We also aim to increase the number of UVic donors to the United Way campaign by 100 people over the next two years.

UVic challenges campus members to leave their cars at home

Cycling, transportation options and reducing individuals’ carbon footprint are key themes of UVic’s second annual Sustainability Week, Oct. 13-16.

Nominations now open for 2016 VLAs

Nominations are now open (through Dec. 1) for the 2016 Victoria Leadership Awards, a program led by Leadership Victoria. UVic is a founding partner of the annual awards established in 2004 to showcase the accomplishments of local community heroes.

UVic students, alumni make a difference through volunteering

Over 250 University of Victoria students and alumni will fan out across the region on Saturday, Oct. 3 to volunteer in 19 local organizations as part of Project Serve Day.

Pot's bad rap as a gateway drug disputed: study

Cannabis’ reputation as a gateway drug may be turning over a new leaf, according to a study by researchers at the University of Victoria and UBC. The findings suggest that cannabis can be a safer substitute for potentially more dangerous drugs like prescription opiates, alcohol and illicit substances and that for some people, it might even be an "exit drug" to addiction.

New SSHRC-funded study on ethics of big data

What are the social and political consequences of surveillance and big data collection? International privacy expert Colin Bennett brings UVic into a new study led by Queen’s University on the ethics and implications of surveillance and big data in Canada.

Retrofit loans, done differently, mean energy efficient homes plus jobs for BC

A streamlined form of borrowing that enables homeowners to repay the cost of energy retrofits via their electricity bills would, in time, save British Columbia four terawatt hours in energy use plus make homes a lot cheaper to run, according to a new study from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at the University of Victoria.

El Nino and La Nina pose double whammy for BC coast

As storm season approaches, BC coastal communities need to prepare for the possibility of extreme flooding and erosion that come with both El Nino and La Nina weather systems, according to a new study published on Sept. 21. Researchers from 13 different institutions including Ian Walker of UVic’s geography department analyzed wave, water level and shoreline response data to identify the impacts.