City buys Arbutus Greenway from CP for $55-million

Greenway to be used as “transportation corridor” for pedestrians and cyclists A “historic agreement” was reached between the Canadian Pacific Railway and the City of Vancouver when they settled on the purchase of the Arbutus Corridor. The corridor was a long-unused railway which will now be converted into a pedestrian and cyclist passage connecting False... Continue Reading

Weeding Them Out

City council strives to close hundreds of marijuana-related businesses Over the past two years, the number of “marijuana-related business” in Vancouver has grown by over 200 per cent, according to Vancouver City Council. That, and a lack of strict regulations, has led them to enforce a new set of policies in an attempt to reduce... Continue Reading

“Because it’s 2016” Pushes for Gender Parity in Vancouver

Motion suggesting that the 50 per cent gender split in advisory committees is made mandatory When Justin Trudeau established Canada’s first gender-balanced cabinet, he set an example for political bodies throughout the nation. Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer was one of many inspired by the Prime Minister’s decision. “I do a lot of work on... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: One and the Same

An interview with One and the Same “You put us all together and somehow we manage without killing each other,” says One and the Same drummer, Corey Buchan. The band consists of a noise rock guitarist, a pop punk frontman, an alternative metalhead drummer, and a jazz funk bassist. Guitarist Josh MacDonald adds, “We’re capable... Continue Reading

Review: 4000 Miles at the Surrey Arts Centre

Play boasts one brilliant standout and three bland stereotypes The plot of the play 4000 Miles is simple—an aloof, free-spirited grandson requests sanctuary with his grandmother after completing a bike tour. Stuck between being a jobless traveller and returning to an unpleasant family situation, he reluctantly stays in the old woman’s house and they bond... Continue Reading

KPU students raise money for single mothers in Vancouver

A Night in Wonderland organized in support of Cause We Care As a group of mostly women, some of whom were raised by single mothers, Kwantlen’s public relations class is proud to be raising funds for Cause We Care. According to the charity’s website, Cause We Care “was founded in 2007 for the purpose of... Continue Reading

Vancouver Aquarium Sues Documentarian

The lawsuit is over copyright infringement in aquarium-critical documentary Less than three months after filmmaker Gary Charbonneau released Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered, the aquarium has filed suit against him for copyright infringement. Charbonneau’s film criticizes the facility for keeping whales and dolphins in captivity, emphasizing the high death rate of captive cetaceans. According to a notice... Continue Reading

Documentary on Vancouver Aquarium Incites Controversy

The Aquarium rebuts, “It’s not grounded in truth.” The Vancouver Aquarium refers to itself as a “conservation organization that Canadians look to for science and facts on important issues,” but according to a recent documentary by Gary Charbonneau, they’re failing to live up to that title. The film, Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered, attacks the aquarium for... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Hawking

An interview with Hawking frontman Tom Vanderkam Until last year, the members of Hawking cringed at the term “radio-friendly.” With two feet planted firmly in their math rock origins, they refused to enter the mainstream of music for the sake of artistic integrity. This year’s creation of their self-titled EP seems to have changed that... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Failing Street

An Interview with Nik Pang of Failing Street You wouldn’t guess that geography would play much of a role in a pop punk band. However, Failing Street frontman Nik Pang has a fascination with maps and, “likes knowing where [he is], both literally and figuratively.” Since he began bussing around the city as a child... Continue Reading

#OscarsSoWhite, or To Boycott or Not to Boycott?

People of colour discuss the lack of diversity in nominees The Academy Awards seldom fail to present boundless glitz and glimmer, but on the diversity front, they’re undeniably lacking. Less than 150 people of colour have been nominated over the past 87 years. The Academy’s questionable nominee picks have been a topic of discussion for... Continue Reading

Pacific Centre security alarm demonstrates our true colours

Is “Innocent until proven guilty” just for show? In Canada we claim to believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. We proudly strive to demonstrate acceptance towards all of our nation’s cultures. Judging by what happened to three British tourists on Jan. 12, however, those ideals are only words, not likely to translate into... Continue Reading

The No Pants SkyTrain Ride

I see London, I see France… Imagine you’re riding the SkyTrain. Now imagine everyone around you is slowly removing their pants and standing nonchalantly in their underwear. If you were on the Canada or Millennium line on Jan. 9, this probably happened to you in real life. The No Pants SkyTrain Ride draws inspiration from... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: What it means to make it

An interview with singer-songwriter Tamara Seeley Solo artist Tamara Seeley is a recent addition to Vancouver’s music scene. She left her hometown in Australia to play shows in Los Angeles, Calgary and New York, ending her journey here, where she’s now working and residing. Back in Australia, Seeley performed the songs off of her five-track... Continue Reading

Run-Down: The Kurds

Who are the Kurds in the Syrian Civil War? The Kurds are a Middle Eastern ethnic group that descended from the Iranian people. They are not united by a specific language or religion—though many follow Sunni Islam—but they do share a race and culture. Indigenous to the plains and highlands of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran,... Continue Reading