After Thought: Reigning in The Corporate Spending in B.C. Politics

B.C. NDP will limit the amount of influence that corporations can buy from the government, but at what cost? The word “capital” refers to an accumulated wealth of financial or other assets. While money and politics are inseparable, capital can take different forms, and for politicians, the “other assets” category can sometimes be more important.... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Club Sofa

Vancouver’s new all-girl band talks about their place in the city’s music community Like many local scenes, Vancouver’s music community is somewhat of a boys club. But four female musicians passionate about creating safe environments at shows are making space to help change that with their new band, Club Sofa. Jasmine Carlin on bass, Dominique... Continue Reading

From The Editor: Don't live in fear of Surrey's gang violence

When shells fall on the doorsteps of Surrey’s upper-middle class homes, local media often flock around the homeowners for information. Much more common than interviews with a gang member’s loved ones are profiles on citizens who are concerned about feeling secure in their neighbourhood. This concern might be valid in theory, but in practice, average... Continue Reading

Decolonial Discourse: Trudeau Splits INAC in Two

Dividing INAC will not improve the quality of life for Indigenous Canadians Justin Bige, Contributor Where decolonization seeks the demise of colonial hydras, such as the department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), Justin Trudeau instead splits one head into two. The Liberal government has divided INAC into the Ministry of Crown-Indigenous Relations and... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Milkers Wanted

The hard-hitting garage rock group that’s broken out of Maple Ridge Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Off the rails and explosive, Milkers Wanted shows are guaranteed to leave your head spinning. The Maple Ridge-made band fits most snugly into the darker and dingier venues of East Vancouver, where young members of the underground music scene come... Continue Reading

After Thought: B.C.’s New Environment Minister

George Heyman should come as a breath of fresh air for those who enjoy breathing fresh air Braden Klassen, Photo Editor George Heyman is the new Minister of Environment and Climate Change succeeding Mary Polak, who served as the environment minister for the Liberal Party since her appointment in 2013. Heyman has been the NDP... Continue Reading

Runner Run-Down: The Innovation Superclusters Initiative

What’s a supercluster? It’s like Tinder for businesses and research institutions Braden Klassen, Photo Editor According to Cloverdale MP John Aldag, Kwantlen Polytechnic University—along with SFU and UBC—is currently in negotiations to receive funding from a superclusters program that would potentially begin sometime early in the fall semester. This begs the question, “What’s a supercluster?”... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Casinos

Abbotsford band released “Sean”, their first single in three years, in May Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Casinos, an Abbotsford band that has been cranking out alternative rock tunes for nearly a decade, wants you to know that their hometown “is cooler than you think.” The four piece was born out of Catholic school, back when... 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

Artist Spotlight: Mellt

New EP takes a critical look at human nature Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor Dreamy pop cushioned in high-quality production is at the heart of Mellt’s new Visions EP, which explores modern society’s relationship with technology and intimacy. The record is smooth and captivating. Some tracks revolve around strong bass lines and gentle falsettos, and others... 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

Decolonial Discourse: The Fatigue of Cultural Appropriation

Justin Bige, Contributor Indigenous people, especially artists, don’t have the time to educate and listen to repetitive commentary while dealing with the actual impact of cultural appropriation. In the past year alone, cultural appropriation has been made visible to the Canadian public in incidents with notable artists, photographers, writers, and more. For Indigenous people, and... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Willolux

Kristina Emmott Shows Vulnerability on New EP Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor “I feel like everything is changing, but I still feel the same,” sings Kristina Emmott in the chorus to dreamy folk ballad “I Remain”. The track is the first song on Willolux’s new record, and its lyrics sum up the essence of the EP.... Continue Reading

Massey Megaproject: A Troubled Bridge over Water

B.C. government’s lack of project consultation complicates an already tempestuous situation Braden Klassen, Contributor The province of British Columbia is seeking qualified firms for the Massey replacement project, as announced on its website on June 28. The project will see the construction of a new bridge with lanes for transit, carpoolers, cyclists, and pedestrians, as... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Jodi Proznick

A decade of stories will be told on Proznick’s upcoming record Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor Jodi Proznick, an instructor in the Music department at KPU, has played with stars like Michael Bublé, performed at the Vancouver Olympics, and is part of an esteemed quartet that practices under her name. This year she will be putting... Continue Reading