A Critical Affair: The Greasy Game of Fossil Fuel Politics

Politicians make dishonest statements all the time. It benefits them to bend or deny the truth in order to gain or consolidate power by, say, protecting wealthy and reliable donors—like we’ve seen with SNC Lavalin—or by ignoring scientific evidence and expert opinions on climate change or the price of gas. It’s up to voters to... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Only a Visitor

At the heart of art pop group Only a Visitor, listeners will find sentimental storytelling that looks to the past for meaning. Known for its uplifting three-part harmonies sung by composer Robyn Jacob and vocalists Emma Postl and Celina Kurz, the project has always been a symptom of Jacob’s self-exploration, both as an artist and... Continue Reading

Going Global: The Golan Heights

Late last month, U.S. President Donald Trump declared that the United States considers the Golan Heights—a region of Syria that was annexed by Israel during the Six-Day War—to be part of Israeli territory. This makes the United States the only country in the world that currently recognizes the area as “Israeli.” By all accounts, Trump... Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: #kpumusicmakenoise

The day that we KPU Music students and faculty members had been waiting for in fear, dread, and determination arrived at the end of March. The KPU Board of Directors voted to pass the university’s budget plan for 2019/2020, which would scale back our program and prevent us from taking in new transfer or first... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Devours

Jeff Cancade didn’t come out until he was in his mid-twenties, but as soon as he did, the rest of his life started to change. After moving to Vancouver from Montreal, he was experiencing life as an openly gay man for the first time when he started Devours, a pseudo-goth, synth-heavy electronic project that occupies... Continue Reading

Column: Mission Impossible

I’ve been asked many times to explain exactly what life in the town of Mission is like and, as a local, I can very confidently say that I don’t really know. Mission exists on what can only be described as an alternate plane of reality, where the most peculiar and curious events seem to become... Continue Reading

Afterthought: The West Van B-Line Debate Rages On

Tensions are running high in the once idyllic hillside communities of West Vancouver and North Vancouver. Residents are fighting over the introduction of a consolidated bus route between Phibbs Exchange and Dundarave planned as part of TransLink’s strategy for increasing the transit capacity throughout Metro Vancouver. The debate has become so heated that councillors have... Continue Reading

From the Editor: To preserve what little identity KPU has, the university must keep its programming diverse

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is in a financial pinch right now, as you’ll read about in the cover story for this issue, and one of the unfortunate consequences is that the administration is cancelling intake into some of the university’s most beloved programs. The faculties thus far impacted by proposed cuts for the 2019-20 budget include... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Pale North

A lot has happened for the two members of Pale North since they started playing music together in Grade 9. Back then, drummer Brie Rose’s only experience with instruments was through Rock Band and guitarist Frank Hops was champing at the bit to get on stage. While they’re still best friends today, most aspects of... Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: If you’re critical of the KSA, get informed and get involved

Editor’s Note: Tanvir Singh has been the president, vice-president university affairs, arts faculty representative, and Surrey campus representative with the Kwantlen Student Association in recent years. He has also chaired and been a member of various KSA committees This letter has been edited for length and clarity. Now that the recent election for the Kwantlen... Continue Reading

Going Global: The Balakot Airstrike

For the first time since 1971, several aircraft from the Indian Air Force crossed into Kashmir late last month to perform airstrikes on a terrorist group in retaliation for a terror attack two weeks prior. Moments later, Pakistan responded by scrambling several of their own aircraft, causing the Indian aircraft to retreat. In the ensuing... Continue Reading

Afterthought: SNC-Lavalin Finally Bursts out of the Ottawa Bubble

The national discourse regarding the SNC-Lavalin affair has escalated sharply following the revealing testimony of Jody Wilson-Raybould on Feb. 27. The controversy is based on a relatively straightforward situation: members of the prime minister’s office pressured former Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould into approving a deal (called a deferred prosecution agreement) that would... Continue Reading

Afterthought: The Scourge of Cause Marketing

Everybody likes to buy things. Everybody likes to feel moral validation. Why not do both at the same time? Lucky for us consumers, there’s cause marketing, the practice of combining corporate promotion with the advancement of social causes. As it has become more commonplace for people to give their money to companies who commit to... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Biawanna

It wasn’t until Ash Weis found herself watching Janelle Monae in concert that she knew she wanted to start Biawanna, a project informed by her identity as a queer woman of colour with Indigenous Fijian and German heritage. Equal parts neo-soul, synth pop, and R&B, Biawanna’s sound is at once soft and provocative, recognizable by... Continue Reading

From the Editor: The Ford government’s move to make student fees optional could hurt B.C. campus press

As anyone working in the field will know firsthand, student journalism is rarely taken seriously. It’s a battle to earn respect and to carve out a spot for yourself in campus culture, especially if you’re a new paper like The Runner. What’s more, there’s very little public faith in the press right now, and debates... Continue Reading