The Institution of Kari Michaels

Starting the feminist collective, building student advocacy are just some of her KPU accomplishments Tristan Johnston, Contributor If you’ve had a dispute with the university, gotten involved with the KSA in the last few years, or been to a WOOW meeting, then you’ve likely been in the same room as Kari Michaels. Though she is... Continue Reading

KPU Students Bring Hong Kong Nostalgia to Marpole

“Entrepreneurial Leadership” students discuss challenges and risks of starting your own business Tristan Johnston, Contributor For Aurelia Au and Wayne Poon, the decision to start an original company as part of their KPU Business practicum came naturally. Together they co-own and operate Snackshot—or 糖百府 (tong baak fu) “sugar house”—which is located at the south end... Continue Reading

Richmond Signage Bylaw Debate Put on Hold

Nearly 100 per cent of signs are already “compliant” with current expectations Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor Out of an estimated 1500 signs in Richmond, only 13 reportedly don’t have either English or French on them. This figure has been used as good reason to both create a bylaw to put the languages on Richmond signs... Continue Reading

Going Global: Brexit, Again

I’m still pretty cross about it Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor The story of Brexit has been a sad and humiliating one for the Conservative Party, and a distressing and worrying one for myself. My passport is about to lose 96 per cent of its citizenship value. In fact, the only reason I even applied for... Continue Reading

Going Global: The Gulf

Why are neighbours shutting the lights off on Qatar? Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor Qatar has lost diplomatic ties with many nearby Arab countries such as Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. The small state of Qatar, which juts out of the side of the Arabian Peninsula, has been accused of seemingly everything relating... Continue Reading

Consider Joining a Political Party

Becoming a “card-carrying” member of a political party can help the direction of your country Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor To the shock of most of my left-leaning friends, I purchased a $15 one-year membership to the Conservative Party of Canada, despite the fact that there’s no guarantee that I’ll vote for them. I’m under the... Continue Reading

B.C. ELECTION: Are B.C. MLA’s Dominated by Party Whips?

Like other democracies, parties in B.C. should be less disciplined Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor In the United States, it’s not bizarre to see Republicans speaking against their party. John McCain has spoken against the judgement of Trump, Arnold Schwarzenegger has talked about climate change, and Ron Paul voted against the war in Iraq. Very few... Continue Reading

B.C. ELECTION: Can We Trust Polls?

The NDP were projected to win by a landslide in 2013, so what are we to think? Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor When I was speaking to Linda Reid, a B.C. Liberal running in Richmond South-Centre and current speaker of the House, she said that if the Liberals took the polls as gospel in 2013, they... Continue Reading

B.C. ELECTION: Richmond North-Centre and South-Centre Riding Profiles

RICHMOND NORTH-CENTRE Liberal Candidate: Teresa Wat Teresa Wat has been a Richmond MLA since 2013, and was the Minister responsible for Pacific Trade and Multiculturalism. She has also been involved in Chinese-language broadcast radio and television. Wat immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong in 1989, and has worked in media and broadcasting since. The B.C.... Continue Reading

B.C. ELECTION: How the B.C. Government Works

What you need to know about your provincial government Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor If you’re like a lot of people, you probably don’t pay much attention to provincial politics until it comes time to vote. And if you’re like the 45 per cent of people in my riding, then you don’t even vote. Like the... Continue Reading

Going Global: Hong Kong

Will Carrie Lam be status quo for Hong Kong? Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor A few weeks ago Hong Kong held its election for Chief Executive, the highest political position within the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The winner, Carrie Lam, is friendly to Beijing—but that’s not much of a surprise. Hong Kong is famously a... Continue Reading

Going Global: Baltic Security

Sabre-rattling in northeastern Europe Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor With the potential of a weaker NATO and an aggressive Russia, Sweden has decided to bring back military conscription, while Polish parliament has voted to construct a canal in the Vistula Lagoon. Even though a future invasion is unlikely, some states believe it’s better to be safe... Continue Reading

To Win in 2019, Conservatives Should Choose Michael Chong

Chong is the best bet for millennials and immigrants Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor As a left-leaning, swing-voting millennial who acknowledges the urgency of global warming, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a Michael Chong-led Conservative party would be a very attractive option for my vote come 2019. However, it’s extremely frustrating to see that... Continue Reading

Car2go to suspend Langley and Cloverdale campus service

Surrey in need of greater use to justify service Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor Ride sharing service Car2go is discontinuing service on both Langley and Cloverdale campuses at Kwantlen polytechnic University. Service will remain at the Richmond location, as well as Surrey campus. Usage at Richmond campus remains standard, while Surrey campus usage is on the... Continue Reading

The Runner Debates: Why Do Pipelines Get Approved?: Tristan Johnston

Politicians weigh the benefits against the costs, and take a risk   Check out the other side of the debate here In a poll conducted last September, about half of B.C. opposes the construction of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, while about half approve. Obviously pipelines are an extremely controversial issue in Canada, so why are... Continue Reading