Artist Spotlight: Whisper Disco

One of the first things Viviane Chiamulera did when she arrived in Vancouver from Brazil was meet her future guitarist, Darren MacDonald, at a holiday get-together. Through a friend of a friend, Chiamulera heard about MacDonald’s annual “misfits Christmas,” meant to offer a cozy, festive space for people who don’t have family to spend the... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Independent newspapers and magazines are in a pinch; here’s why you should care

It’s a strange time for independent media outlets right now, and an even stranger one for those owned by multi-million dollar companies and investors. In the transition from the golden era of journalism—when every family on the block woke up to a daily on their doorstep—to today’s digital age, it’s nearly impossible to guarantee the... Continue Reading

Afterthought: Canadian Journalists Face a Dilemma About Accepting Government Subsidies

In mid-November, the federal government proposed a subsidy to Canadian news publications by introducing tax credits and giving non-profit journalistic organizations access to tax incentives similar to ones used by charities. These measures are expected to direct about $595 million to Canadian news organizations over five years in order to help keep the industry afloat... Continue Reading

Going Global: Brexit Negotiations Remain a Mess

Shortly after the Brexit referendum results came in, many were expecting uncertainty in the days, weeks, and months ahead. But almost no one expected that there would be even more uncertainty two years down the road, and it’s looking more likely as we approach March that Brexit might not even happen. The deal that the... Continue Reading

Going Global: The U.S. is Enabling the Yemen Civil War

Yemen is to Saudi Arabia and Iran as Vietnam was to the U.S. and U.S.S.R. in the Cold War. Although there are differences between these conflicts, both saw seemingly endless humanitarian crises with children as prominent victims—all in the name of politics. Despite years of conflicts, not much has changed for Yemen in the last... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Total Ed

Total Ed is a reflection of their city, staking their place in Vancouver as a band inspired by the environment they live in. While most groups can claim to be a product of their hometown, this three-piece focuses their music on conversations about local culture and politics, taking their name from a nearby secondary school... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Trans Day of Remembrance Reminds Canada to Look Back and Move Forward

Warning: This article includes information about violent hate crimes committed against members of the LGBTQ+ community. Each year, on the twentieth day of November, the world is asked to acknowledge the lives and struggles of transgender people, to learn about their community’s history, and to pay respect to those whose lives were taken from them... Continue Reading

Afterthought: Mayor’s Council All Aboard for Skytrain Development

If you haven’t heard, Surrey is dropping its light rail transit project with the intention of replacing it with a new SkyTrain line. The plan is to extend the track from King George Station to Langley Centre along the Fraser Highway, though the amount of time this will take is so far unclear. In 2017,... Continue Reading

From The Editors: Conservatives shouldn’t fear a perceived liberal bias in student media

In my time with The Runner, I’ve had the good fortune to work with a lot of talented young writers. Most frequently, I enjoy reading stories from students who can write with both passion and contemplation, who can read extensively on a topic before delivering an opinion that is at once fiercely held and well-informed.... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Jock Tears

If any band in Vancouver puts the “fun” in “fundamental human rights,” it has to be Jock Tears. The band’s self-description as “sweet, mean, and everything in between” has proven to fit them nicely over the two-or-so years that they’ve been together. All that time, the group has stayed consistent with their approach to writing... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Mind Offline

A classical guitar major, a jazzy singer-songwriter, and two twins with a shared passion for Latin music are the members of Mind Offline, a local group that made it into the Roxy launch project this year. That project, which will see five finalists face off on Nov. 8, ends with a cash prize and bragging... Continue Reading

From the Editor: D.O.A’s Joey Shithead isn’t just a Local Punk; He’s Burnaby’s Newest City Councillor

Burnaby has a punk in office. Joey “Shithead” Keithley is Burnaby’s newest city councillor, marking the first successful campaign of all his past attempts to get elected—in 1996, 2001, 2015, and 2017 for the same role with the Greens and again as an NDP provincial candidate in 2013. Above all else, the guy is resilient,... Continue Reading

Afterthought: McCallum Promises Big Changes for Surrey

Doug McCallum, Surrey’s newly elected mayor, has a lot of work to do. First, there’s the task of reforming the police. Over the last two years, community advocates have been supporting the notion of converting Surrey’s RCMP police force into a municipal force. This would take the responsibility out of the hands of the federal... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Socially progressive horror movies can keep you scared straight

Some of the most successful horror movies to come out in recent years have been strikingly progressive, with titles like Get Out, It Follows, Hereditary, The Descent, and The VVitch making the rounds among critics and horror buffs alike. However, having a cast full of women, or people of colour, or members of the LGBTQ+... Continue Reading

Afterthought: Municipal Election Shenanigans Continue in Surrey

It’s strange to think of how interesting this year’s municipal election season has already been, especially when you consider the fact that people haven’t even started voting yet. So far, we’ve seen shady party advertising that bends election rules in Vancouver, candidates being cited for unprofessional conduct in Richmond and West Vancouver, a mayoral candidate... Continue Reading