Get to Know a Researcher - Chase Joynt

Assistant Professor Chase Joynt joined the Department of Gender Studies in July. His research sits at the intersection of cinema and media studies, gender and feminist studies, documentary film production, trans studies and queer theory. Joynt is also a moving image artist and writer. He talks to Stephanie Harrington about his latest award-winning film project, Framing Agnes.

Op-ed: SNC-Lavalin affair fails the scandal test - so far

The Globe and Mail has published an opinion piece by Penny Bryden in the national edition of the newspaper about the SNC-Lavalin affair. Following breaking news on the ethics commissioner's report released this week, Bryden proposes that the SNC-Lavalin affair has the makings of a political scandal of the highest order, but may not yet meet the three criteria needed for a true scandal in Canadian politics.

In the news: New course connects UVic and incarcerated students

UVic is launching a first-of-its-kind course this fall in partnership with BC Corrections. It brings together 10 UVic students with 10 incarcerated students in a class on philosophy to be held at the Vancouver Island Regional Correction Centre. Philosophy Associate Professor Audrey Yap spoke to CTV Vancouver Island, CBC Radio, CFAX Radio and Victoria News about her new course and what students can expect.

Jason Colby comments on the death of three orcas

Three orcas, well-known to local researchers, have been missing for months are now presumed dead. Jason Colby spoke to CTV News about the changes that need to be made to help the species survive. Colby also spoke about the misconceptions of orcas in the 1960s and 1970s for the special CBC series "Killers: J pod on the brink," hosted by Gloria Macarenko.

Ruby Peter receives honorary degree for language revitalization

Nearly five decades ago, sti’tum’at Ruby Peter of the Quamichan First Nation made a daily trip from Duncan, driving north to Nanaimo to collect a passenger, and then onto the University of Victoria. She was among six Hul’q’umi’num’ educators who made the journey together for several months to attend classes at UVic, the first collaboration of its kind in North America. Their mission: to develop Indigenous language teaching training and help pass on their language to younger generations. Peter received UVic’s highest accolade—an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD)—at the Faculty of Humanities’ spring convocation on June 10, recognizing her dedication to documenting, teaching and revitalizing the Hul'q'umi'num' language.

Mural presents new vision of university life

Free textbooks and tuition, a community garden, an accessible campus for all people—a new mural created by University 101 students depicts an inclusive vision of what university life could be like. Student volunteers from University 101 designed and painted the colourful mural, which was celebrated yesterday and now hangs next to the program’s home in Clearihue Building’s D-wing.

Rachel Cleves talks about the sexual identity of presidents with Time

South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg has announced that he will be seeking the Democratic nomination for the US presidency in the upcoming election. UVic historian Rachel Cleves talks to Time magazine about the politics of sexual identity. “Most historians of sexuality would tell you that the identity categories, the terms and the ideas that we use to organize things like sexual behavior, sexual identity, sexual desire, change over time,” Cleves says. “It might be more accurate to say that there may have been presidents in the past who desired men, or had sexual experiences with men… they wouldn’t have necessarily identified as gay in a 21st century sense.” Read the full story in Time.