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Agricultural trade unaffected by carbon tax

July 22, 2014 - 

BC’s carbon tax does not appear to have had a measurable impact on international agricultural trade, according to new analysis commissioned by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).


Can BC forests help keep climate change in check?

July 15, 2014 - 

A major new study announced today will help ensure one of British Columbia’s (BC’s) most important sectors–forestry–can endure under a changing climate, and even help slow down the rate of global warming.


Construction begins on expanded transit exchange

June 3, 2014 - 

The Victoria Regional Transit Commission (VRTC) along with the Government of British Columbia, BC Transit and the University of Victoria are pleased to announce the construction of a 10-bay expansion of UVic transit exchange.


UVic appoints Shelagh Rogers as next chancellor

May 29, 2014 - 

Respected broadcaster Shelagh Rogers has been named the University of Victoria’s 11th chancellor. She assumes office for a three-year term Jan. 1, 2015.


Honorary degrees for museum, business leaders

May 28, 2014 - 

Former Royal BC Museum chief executive officer Pauline Rafferty and newspaper publisher David Black will receive honorary degrees at the University of Victoria holds spring convocation ceremonies.


Trudeau Scholar seeks change for Indigenous people

May 28, 2014 - 

University of Victoria law student Aaron Mills is being lauded as one of Canada’s best young minds for his doctoral work on modern-day colonialism reflected in the relationship between Indigenous legal traditions and Canadian constitutional law.<


Witness Blanket and CUVic 2014

May 14, 2014 - 

During the CUVic 2014 opening ceremonies, people can view the Witness Blanket -- an art installation created by Kwagiulth artist and Master Carver Carey Newman and inspired by the traditional woven blanket as a symbol of protection and comfort.


New BC research seeks solutions to climate change

May 13, 2014 - 

Developing climate-friendly refrigerators, saving lives during extreme weather events and making carbon pollution cost accounting more accurate—these are just some of the projects among the 11 new fellowships announced by the Pacific Institute fo


UVic names top researchers for 2014

May 1, 2014 - 

Jim Tully (political science) is one of four recipients of a 2014 Craigdarroch Research Award. Tully’s work has implications for virtually all major areas of public policy—including democracy, federalism, multiculturalism, Indigenous rights


Michael J. Prince receives 2014 CUFA-BC award

April 25, 2014 - 

Influential political scientist Dr. Michael J. Prince of UVic's Faculty of Human and Social Development received a top provincial award on April 23. The long-time champion of disability rights was named 2014 Academic of the Year by CUFA-BC.


UVic artist wins Guggenheim fellowship

April 23, 2014 - 

Well-known contemporary artist and sculptor Mowry Baden, a professor emeritus with the University of Victoria’s Department of Visual Arts, can now add one of North America’s most prestigious awards to his long list of honours.


Toward a "smarter" BC coast

April 14, 2014 - 

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is partnering with Western Economic Diversification Canada and IBM on a three-year multimillion dollar project known as Smart Oceans BC.


2014 3M National Student fellow

April 8, 2014 - 

Tye Landels, a third-year honours student in the University of Victoria’s Department of English, has been awarded one of 10 highly competitive 3M National Student Fellowships in recognition of his outstanding leadership and motivational approach


UVic Masterminds lecture series returns

April 1, 2014 - 

Retired professors return to the University of Victoria throughout the month of April to offer insight on topics ranging from Islam to the use of math in slowing the spread of infectious diseases and more.


Three UVic researchers win prestigious award

March 28, 2014 - 

Improving aircraft design, understanding the ocean’s role in climate change, and finding new ways to deal with vast amounts of medical imaging data—these societal challenges are being tackled by the UVic’s three newest CRC Chairs.


Washington honoured as Distinguised Entrepreneur

March 17, 2014 - 

Dennis Washington, founder of The Washington Companies, has won UVic’s Gustavson School of Business Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award (DEYA) for 2014.


UVic introduces Informed Dining

March 11, 2014 - 

The University of Victoria is the first public institution to implement the Informed Dining program, as part of its overall commitment to healthy and active living.


Evidence of impacts of Managed Alcohol Programs

March 10, 2014 - 

The first controlled study of Managed Alcohol Programs provides evidence of the health and safety benefits for participants, as well as economic savings for local communities, according to study by UVic's CARBC.


Trans* Symposium

March 10, 2014 - 

From March 21-23, an international gathering of people working to retrieve and preserve the stories and records of trans* pioneers of the early 1960s and beyond will take place at the University of Victoria.


2014 Victoria Leadership Awards

February 26, 2014 - 

The 2014 Victoria Leadership Awards took place Feb. 26 in Victoria. Helene Cazes and Donna Greschner received the two UVic awards.


UVic hosts third IdeaFest, March 3-8

February 25, 2014 - 

The University of Victoria is posing some big questions during its third annual IdeaFest, March 3-8. There’ll be plenty of invigorating and entertaining ideas up for discussion and debate in every corner of the campus.


Biochar use could slash GHG emissions

February 20, 2014 - 

A renewable fuel called biochar could substitute for all coal and some natural gas burned in BC resulting in as much as a 22 per cent reduction in BC's greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new policy paper from PICS.


Patent approved for cancer-fighting process

February 12, 2014 - 

A new process developed at the University of Victoria that will help oncologists better identify and target cancerous tumours has been granted a US patent.


Indigenous master's degree a Canadian first

February 6, 2014 - 

A new Indigenous Communities Counselling master's degree at the University of Victoria encourages its 14 students to incorporate both western and Indigenous approaches to clinical counselling.


CUVic 2014: Call for abstracts

February 5, 2014 - 

The University of Victoria is welcoming more than 300 delegates from around the world to Victoria May 20-22 to discover and highlight the innovative experiences of universities and communities working in partnership.


12 to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards

February 3, 2014 - 

Outstanding members of the University of Victoria alumni community—selected by each of the university’s faculties, divisions and the UVic libraries—will be honoured on Wed., Feb. 5.


Impact of electrical grid integration: study

January 29, 2014 - 

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) is beginning a major research project to explore the costs and benefits of a range of electrical grid integration options for Canada.


2014 VLA Lifetime Achievement Award

January 29, 2014 - 

UVic is a founding partner of the annual Victoria Leadership Awards, now celebrating its 10th anniversary. The first award for local community heroes was announced Jan. 29 - to Mickey and Donna Hajash – and they will be lauded at the Feb. 26 gala


New online course shows how to slow climate change

January 23, 2014 - 

A new online, animated course released today by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) outlines an arsenal of practical methods and policy options for successfully combating human-induced climate change.


New model proposed for BC water management

January 22, 2014 - 

A new model for BC’s fresh-water management and policies, including improved accountability for decision-makers, is proposed in a report released today by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria.


Ottawa invests in ocean commercialization centre

January 10, 2014 - 

The ONC Innovation Centre at UVic has received $4.4 million to continue its work on commercializing marine technologies, products and services to benefit the marine safety, energy and transportation sectors.


2014 Harvey Southam Lecturer

January 9, 2014 - 

Just in time for the Sochi Winter Olympics, noted sports writer and veteran journalist Tom Hawthorn will be focusing on sports writing in his role as the University of Victoria’s 2014 Harvey Stevenson Southam Lecturer in Journalism and Nonfiction