From the Editor: Why the Pope won’t apologize for residential schools

Many were shocked to hear that Pope Francis—widely celebrated as one of history’s most progressive pontiffs—refused to apologize to victims of Canadian residential schools when asked to do so by Justin Trudeau, on behalf of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Little explanation for this decision was offered to the public despite the debate that now... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Sleepy Gonzales

It’s not every day that an indie rock band plays at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The chances of being able to watch live music anywhere near the Surrey campus are usually fairly abysmal, with only open mics and special performances popping up from time to time. That’s why, when Sleepy Gonzales played at the Grassroots Cafe... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Consider the unintended consequences of banning ivory

At a recent conference of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Canada was one of a measly four countries to oppose the notion of banning domestic ivory trading. With the particular type of ivory left unspecified in the motion, Canada had cause to be concerned about harming the national Inuit narwhal and walrus... Continue Reading
Stephen Dyrgas

After Thought: A Post-Budget Primer on Carole James

Now that the provincial budget has been announced and the dust has somewhat settled, it warrants a retrospective look at the woman who is at the centre of it all: The Honourable Carole James, MLA for Victoria Beacon Hill, B.C. NDP Finance Minister and Deputy Premier of British Columbia. James first entered the public arena... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Getaway Van

A band that only came together last October has successfully gigged, released a record, and made touring plans for the summer in a mad dash to create a name for themselves in the local music scene. Getaway Van—a four piece with members Charlie Cole, Devon Sutherland, Derek Lionas, and Zach Fox—put out a live-off-the-floor three-song... Continue Reading

After Thought: B.C. Youth Deserve an Equal Place in Our Democracy

In mid-March, B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver made an announcement suggesting that the province should lower the voting age to 16. It’s a good idea based on a simple premise: that the youth of today deserve to have a say in their future. The internet has given members of our society an unprecedented ability... Continue Reading

Going Global: Postmodern Warfare

War has changed. Years ago, when cyberwarfare became a serious point of discussion within think tanks and state departments, it was believed that there was danger in a hacker being able to shut down a nuclear plant. Even worse, there was the fear that hackers could steal national secrets and destabilize financial institutions the world... Continue Reading

Going Global: Britain’s Response to Russian Poisoning

While the American executive branch rolls over for Russia, the British have shown that foreign governments don’t get to kill someone on their soil and get away with it. Headlines were made across the world when a poisoning in a quiet English village nearly killed a former Russian double agent named Sergei Skripal and his... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Win fabulous prizes and support The Runner on March 27!

On March 27, we’ll be giving away three prizes to KPU students: a MacBook Air, a Nintendo Switch, and a designer Herschel backpack. The editors of The Runner have spent the past few months working to change the Polytechnic Ink Publishing Society’s extremely out of date bylaws, which are the rules we need to abide... Continue Reading

Going Global: India Might Be a Budding Superpower

While all eyes are on China, many people have been talking about India as another up-and-comer on the world stage. Both China and India have massive, 1 billion-plus populations, low labour costs, high agricultural fertility, and GDP growth rates above 7 per cent. There are, however, many obstacles keeping India from reaching China’s status. Beijing... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Virtue Signalling: More Complicated Than It Seems

Virtue signalling has been a hot topic in the northern hemisphere this year, especially with anyone following Justin Trudeau’s humiliating “peoplekind” flop. What the Prime Minister is now calling a joke ended up sending more than a few writers into a fit of anti-virtue signalling rage, and it wasn’t the first event this year to... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Future Star

With only drums and keys accompanying Celina Kay’s hushed vocals, intimacy becomes key to appreciating Future Star’s indie folk-pop spirit. The band is currently a two-piece formed in 2016 by Kay, a long-time Vancouver musician, who invited her friend and producer Christopher Ellis to join as a percussionist. Although the lineup and name of the... Continue Reading

After Thought: Whining and Dining with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley

Economic sanctions are supposed to be used as a last resort to end a pattern of harmful behaviour undertaken by a government—usually as a deterrent to armed conflict and human rights violations. Currently, Canada has imposed sanctions against 19 countries worldwide, including Russia for its role in supporting separatism in the Ukraine, North Korea in... Continue Reading

After Thought: No LNG or No Confidence

On Jan. 15, B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver tweeted, “If BCNDP caucus continue the generational sellout embodied in the LNG folly of the BC Liberals, their government will fall.” This was in response to a DeSmog Canada article that illuminated the provincial government’s appalling failure to meet their emissions reduction target for 2020. The... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Wax Cowboy

The “bandmates first, friends second” mentality is at the heart of plenty of indie acts, but it means something special to Wax Cowboy, a Vancouver four-piece who have known each other since high school. Together, frontman Atley King, drummer Eric Sanderson, bassist John Domenici, and guitarist Taliesin Mason-McCrea grew up listening to Billy Talent, fumbling... Continue Reading