I'd say UBC is probably more corporate than UVic (from what I've heard about UVic), but if you are interested in social justice issues, there are more than enough courses and activities to fill your time.
I was in the same situation in law school. Your grades are not the end of the world, but I would agree with other comments that you have to bring something else to the table to offset the bad grades. I would emphasize on things like how you can to bring in clients for the firm. Certain boutique firms also tend to care less about the marks you got in 1L (I got my articles at a PI firm because I did ok in tort and above average in Remedies). Start networking hard and get people to meet with you virtually.
Hearing this said by you and others is part of why I thought UBC had a lot catered towards social justice. But apparently UBC is way more corporate than UVic?
If that attitude is a west coast thang then that makes sense!