Artist Spotlight: Chris Kelly & Nicole Gibson

After a year spent producing YouTube covers in Montreal, indie duo Chris Kelly and Nicole Gibson have brought their music to Vancouver, and for the first time, it’s original. Following an EP of cover songs, the band recently released four singles that they wrote themselves—”Dream Out Loud”, “Can’t Stop Me Now”, “Ghost of You”, and... Continue Reading

Road Through Hawthorne Park Approved Via Alternative Approval Process

Steven Pettigrew, the primary organiser of the activist movement to prevent the construction of a road through Surrey’s Hawthorne Park, says that the city’s decision on Nov. 6 to pave over part of the green space hasn’t shaken him. Instead, he is working with provincial legislators to change the alternative approval process that contributed to... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Remembering Little Doug, the hero of the Surrey Strip who passed away last month

After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, the man known as the guardian angel of the Surrey Strip has passed away. “Little” Doug Nickerson reportedly saved close to 150 lives during his time on the streets by carrying naloxone kits with him everywhere he cycled. His bike route primarily stretched along the two most impoverished... Continue Reading

Beyond Crime and Punishment: Alana Abramson’s Restorative Justice Story

The KPU professor who spent her adolescence on the streets was recently awarded for her work in the community At the age of 14, Kwantlen Polytechnic University criminology professor Alana Abramson began sleeping on the streets of Vancouver. She spent the year leading up to her 15th birthday using and selling drugs under the influence... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Late Night Takeaway

The White Rock trio’s main goal is to keep alternative rock fun Late Night Takeaway’s success is more of a happy accident than an end goal for members Mike Bremner, Miller Koop, and Ryan Robinson. The band is easy to groove to, vaguely jazzy, noticeably upbeat, and inspired by a little bit of everything. Their... Continue Reading

From The Editor: Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker: whoever wins, we lose

I spoke on a panel about media censorship that included a screening of Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, a film which, in part, examines Hulk Hogan’s secretly-funded court case against Gawker for releasing his sex tape. The event was presented by KDocs, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s documentary festival, and contemplating the importance of journalism... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: No Regrets Music

A KPU Human Resources student is half an upbeat rap duo dedicated to diversity Multiculturalism is at the heart of No Regrets Music, a local rap group made up of KPU Human Resources graduate A.J. “Cliche” Gazdar and his business partner, Marcus “Scoota” Lester. Born in Mumbai but raised in Vancouver, Gazdar works hard to... Continue Reading

Vancouver Ranked Fifth Best Canadian City for Women to Live In

Study by the CCPA does not have an “intersectional lens,” but its future work will Vancouver was declared the fifth best city in Canada for women to live in by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives this month, following Kingston, Hamilton, Gatineau, and Victoria, beating out over 20 other cities. It received the high ranking... Continue Reading

Summoning the Spirits of New Westminster

Peer into six of the most haunted places in the city As one of the oldest cities in Western Canada, it’s no surprise that New Westminster is home to a slew of ghost stories. The Great Fire, a blaze that nearly levelled the area in 1898, helped stoke the rumors that something lurks in the... Continue Reading

From the Editors: Stop Tolerating Small Doses of Sexism

Misogyny doesn’t always show itself as a slap on the ass or a grotesque catcall. More often than not, it rears its head through the little things—the microaggressions that are barely detectable unless you’re paying attention or they’re fixed on you. These are the issues we don’t often talk about when we discuss feminism because... Continue Reading

New KSA Health and Dental Plan Offers Extensive Mental Health Resources to Students

KPU students will now be able to claim up to $500 for medical help per year As part of an effort to start a conversation about mental health and ensure that KPU students are faring well on campus, the Kwantlen Student Association has released a new and improved version of its health and dental plan.... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Independent news sheds light on stories that major outlets ignore

The persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has grown increasingly violent since the 1970s, but it wasn’t until last month that North American news outlets started broadcasting the significance of the problem. The death toll for Rohingya Muslims in the Asian country is not conclusive, but it’s likely to be near 3,000 since the most... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Fake Fruit

The New York band is sharing introspective post-punk in Vancouver Conceived in New York and raised in Vancouver, Fake Fruit has its roots in two artistically vibrant communities. Frontwoman Hanna Amato moved to Canada for a nannying job and brought her music with her, picking up Jess Lebenburg on lead guitar, Tom Waelen on drums,... Continue Reading

Research and Scholarship Celebrated with KPU’s Arts Speaker Series

Members of the Arts faculty will be presenting from September until April Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts Wade Deisman says that the purpose of KPU’s Arts Speaker Series is to “boost the profile of research and scholarship at the institution, and make the role that research plays in teaching excellence clearer.” “What we... Continue Reading

The Fight to Save Surrey’s Hawthorne Park

Hundreds of protesters, including David Suzuki and members of the Kwantlen First Nation, rallied by Surrey City Hall on Sept. 16 Some of the protesters at the rally to save Hawthorne Park grew up playing on its fields, while others came upon it later in life as a place to birdwatch and admire nature. Advocates... Continue Reading