Celebrating the Ninth International Transgender Day of Visibility

Members of the trans community recently marked the ninth annual International Transgender Day of Visibility. Celebrated on March 31, the day encourages people to recognize the lives of transgender people and speak up about discrimination still endured by the community. For Morgane Oger, executive director of the Morgane Oger Foundation and a vice-president of the... Continue Reading

City of Surrey Unveils State-of-the-Art Biofuel Plant

Surrey is undertaking a unique initiative by using discarded biomatter in green bins as renewable fuel. As part of the effort to be more environmentally sustainable, the city recently opened the Surrey Biofuel Facility, a $68 million plant located in Port Kells Industrial Park. Food scraps and garden waste, which are collected once a week... Continue Reading

Uncovering the Face of Vancouver’s Opioid Epidemic

While conversations about Vancouver’s opioid crisis often conjure images of litter-strewn back alleys on the Downtown Eastside, recent data has revealed that the crisis is actually most prevalent in the private homes of middle aged men. Last year, 1,422 people in British Columbia died from illicit drug overdoses, according to the B.C. Coroners Service. Of... Continue Reading

Chelsea Johnson Brings “Old Soul Rock & Roll from the Heart” to Grassroots Cafe

Students, KPIRG directors, and curious passersby listened as Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Chelsea Johnson belted out her songs during a Feb. 28 performance at the Grassroots Cafe. The event was held by the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group as part of a string of events celebrating Black History Month. KPIRG Outreach and Communications Coordinator Idil Isse says... Continue Reading

KPU Shows its Colours for Pink Shirt Day

If you saw more people than usual wearing pink on Feb. 28, it wasn’t a new fashion trend or an elaborate reference to Mean Girls, but rather an awareness campaign that aims to address bullying in everyday life. Pink Shirt Day has been occurring every February for the past 10 years. Its founders created the... Continue Reading

Balancing Parenthood and Post-Secondary Education Remains a Challenge at KPU

Between being enrolled at school, working part time, and covering the cost of ever-rising tuition fees, most of today’s university students live under considerable pressure. That pressure is even greater for those who have a child to care for at home. Data analyzed from 1976 to 2005 revealed that “between 11 and 16 per cent... Continue Reading

The Editor of The Baron Deserved to be Dismissed for Publishing Racist Material

Anna De Luca, former editor-in-chief of the University of New Brunswick-Saint John student newspaper The Baron, was fired after deciding to publish two articles featuring Michael Thurlow, the founder of the National Socialist Canadian Labour Revival Party (NSCLRP). The publishing of the articles—one an unedited letter to the editor, the other an interview—came on the... Continue Reading

No More Stolen Sisters

Over the past four decades, nearly 1,200 Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been murdered in Canada, according to a 2014 RCMP report. Some other estimates put that number at approximately 4,000. The failure of various police departments around the Lower Mainland to investigate the epidemic enabled serial predators to target vulnerable women,... Continue Reading

“Bell Let’s Talk Day” Breaks the Silence on Mental Illness

It’s 2018, but people are still frightened to speak publicly about mental health. We see this when someone with a physical health condition is treated with empathy, while those suffering from depression, anxiety, or mood disorders are shunned and stigmatized. For the eighth year in a row, Bell has been helping people talk about mental... Continue Reading

Thousands Brave the Wind and Rain to Take Part in Vancouver Women’s March

Pouring rain and strong winds were not enough to dampen the spirits of hundreds of people who marched in Downtown Vancouver’s Jack Poole Plaza on Jan. 20. The second annual Vancouver Women’s March coincided with hundreds of other events worldwide. Last year’s march was held in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., which... Continue Reading

Former Hells Angel Hopes to Steer Youths Away from Lives of Crime

Since he was in eighth grade, Joe Calendino has been in and out of trouble. The former Hells Angel, co-founder of the Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative, now spends his time mentoring youth in an effort to prevent them from taking the same turbulent path to adulthood that he did. He recalls how, during... Continue Reading

KPU Should Follow These New Year’s Resolutions

Well, KPU family, it’s finally a new year. This is the time to start working on all of our resolutions for 2018—most of which we’ve already given up by the second week of January but, hey, it’s the thought that counts. As students, we’re constantly under pressure to meet our academic standards, and yet many... Continue Reading

City of Surrey Moves Forward with LRT Project

The City of Surrey is committed to the idea that supporting Light Rapid Transit instead of a SkyTrain extension will help create a future with dependable public transportation for its citizens. Working with the city, TransLink’s director of the Surrey LRT project, Stephan Mehr, believes that Light Rapid Transit will help transform Surrey in ways... Continue Reading

B.C. Holds Public Consultations on Recently-Implemented Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policies

The government of British Columbia recently announced that it will be hosting public consultations regarding the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act, which was enacted by all B.C. post-secondary institutions in May 2017. This move, spearheaded by Advanced Education, Skills, and Training Minister Melanie Mark, builds upon the existing foundation of the Act and aims... Continue Reading

Fentanyl Dealers Should Face Manslaughter Charges for Causing Fatal Overdoses

Society is quick to write off the drug users on Vancouver’s streets as expendable, or as junkies unworthy of our attention and the government’s cash. Even though media covers the province’s fentanyl crisis, the reports are so frequent that they often go unnoticed, and they don’t typically mention the people who supply the fentanyl. British... Continue Reading