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

From the Editors: The Runner needs you

Ever since our founding in 2009, the Polytechnic Ink Publishing Society—which funds The Runner and Pulp, and which all current students are members of—has been operating on a budget of $0.75 per credit. With your vote, we’d like to increase this number by 20 cents per credit. Hypothetically, if you’re taking four courses when the... Continue Reading

From the Editors: Trudeau’s political credit card is maxed out

In the moments after the announcement that the Kinder Morgan pipeline project had received governmental approval, leader of the opposition, Rona Ambrose, said that Trudeau and the Liberal Party had “run out of political capital.” She’s right. A friend of mine pointed out that, in some ways, Trudeau approving the pipeline is worse than Harper... Continue Reading

Going Global: All Trumped Up

Trump’s foreign policy could be a disaster If Trump wants to enact the changes that he talked about on the campaign trail, there could be a massive shift in the geopolitical chessboard, and it’s not good. While many consider the United States to be the most powerful country in the world, they’re not the superpower... Continue Reading

From the Editors: Those in or running for public office need to speak to the media

Though I’ve only been doing this for two years, I have already developed a habit of being extremely bothered when I don’t get responses to interview requests. The more damaging that refusing to respond is to the interviewee, the more confused I get. It’s one thing during the Canadian federal election, when my coworkers and... Continue Reading

Going Global: The Philippines

President Duterte pivots towards China Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte made a name for himself when he called U.S. President Barack Obama a “son of a bitch,” and said that he didn’t like Americans. It was little surprise that Obama cancelled their meeting the day of his comments. Duarte might appear controversial from the outside, given... Continue Reading