From the Editor: MyWellness Isn’t up to snuff for suffering KPU students

Seeking help when your mental health is faltering is hard enough. Once you take that step, being met with insufficient resources can be a huge setback, one that potentially determines whether your well-being will be on the upswing or downswing. The MyWellness app adopted by the Kwantlen Student Association and offered through its health and... Continue Reading

Local Limelight: Dante’s Paradise

The jazz program at CapU is home to a community of young and talented creatives, many of whom have started their own projects in the Vancouver music scene. Some are bands previously featured in this column (formerly titled “Artist Spotlight”), such as Club Sofa, Wind-Up Birds, and Wax Cowboy. Another is Dante’s Paradise, a four-piece... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Stevie’s Revenge

Musical fusion defines Stevie’s Revenge, a local four-piece most commonly described as “dreamy” but just as easily deemed indie rock or psych pop. Listen to their eponymous EP and you’ll be in for roughly 15 minutes of funky, easy listening music that was recorded, mixed, and mastered by the members themselves last year. Multi-instrumentalist Daniel... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Hot tips for surviving on a plant-based diet at KPU Surrey

When I first stopped eating meat I was living on Commercial Drive and had all the options a vegetarian could dream of right on my doorstep. Within a couple blocks of my house, I could find delicious plant-based fare from burritos to curries without once having to check Yelp. That all changed when I came... Continue Reading

Weighing the Cost of Corporate Accountability

From the first day of 2016 to the last day of July 2018, the BC Coroners Service reported that 3,214 people died as a result of illicit drug overdoses in British Columbia. Prescription opioids, including codeine, oxycodone, morphine, and hydromorphone were detected in 16.5 per cent, or one in six, of these deaths.   This... Continue Reading

Afterthought: What Proportional Representation Means for B.C.

On Oct. 22, eligible B.C. voters will receive voting packages that will allow them to determine whether the province will drop its current electoral system—first-past-the-post—and adopt a new system of proportional representation. This is the province’s third attempt at electoral reform, following similar referendums posed in 2005 and 2009, both of which failed to pass.... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Smithy Ramone

As much a nod to Joey Ramone as it is a means of self-discovery for Vancouver musician Lauren Smith, the debut of Smithy Ramone promises to deliver an energizing burst of bop-along punk. The EP, Cursed, will come in a zine that follows the ill-fated life of Smithy Ramone, a leather-clad bassist who learns from... Continue Reading

From the Editor: It’s tuition time again; here’s who your money goes to

The birds are chirping, the province is on fire, and it’s time for a brand new semester at KPU. This year our student body is bigger than ever, which means tuition dollars are rolling in. Yet very few of us truly know how our money is used or who exactly spends it. The university accepts... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Little Sprout

Little Sprout’s eponymous EP is plucky, sweet, and just lyrically dark enough to be hotly sardonic. The band places themselves under the “fuzzy pop rocks” genre, a label that—whether through an explosive chorus or a punchy line about vomit on the carpet—makes plenty of sense for their sugary but shocking sound. The band has three... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Tone deaf coverage of the DTES does nothing to help the community

The impoverishment that has come to define the Downtown Eastside is ever-prevalent in local news, but often this coverage does little more than exploit those who live there to capture public attention. Anyone with access to the internet can read about the misfortune that’s rampant in the area which surrounds Main and Hastings, and they... Continue Reading

Afterthought: The NDP’s Dawdling on Ride Hailing is a Major Disappointment

It’s getting harder and harder to bear the look of bewilderment that visitors to Vancouver give you when you tell them the city does not have Uber, Lyft, or any other ride sharing services. Totally befuddled, they ask, “Wait, Vancouver doesn’t have Uber? At all? Doesn’t B.C. have one of the biggest tech industry sectors... Continue Reading

From the Editor: If you really want to represent LGBTQ+ folks, you’ve got to cast queer

Erasure dominates the history of queer cinema, from the infamously white Stonewall movie to the recent announcement of Scarlett Johansson’s role as a trans man and sex worker named Dante “Tex” Gill. The movie about Gill’s life is already set to be a gross misrepresentation. Rather than being accurately portrayed as a businessman who was... Continue Reading

Afterthought: What’s on Deck with the New Federal Cabinet Shuffle

Always one of the more exciting parts of the political cycle, cabinet reshuffling is an opportunity for governments to update their roster of ministers to fit the party’s strategy. It’s also a chance for journalists and political junkies to speculate and analyze what each change says about the party’s intentions for the future. This most... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Emma Citrine

Emma Citrine’s first album was chaotically diverse, opening with a honky-tonk guitar riff before barrelling into just under a half-hour of alternative rock, blues, and folk. The record, Sad Surprise, was more of a collaboration between her and her friends than a true solo album. Now, Citrine is preparing to release the first album written... Continue Reading

From the Editor: When cops bring guns to Italian Day, it’s time to question the management of the VPD

Police officers carried rifles at a family-friendly event intended to celebrate Italian food and culture on June 10, and for many in attendance, this reminder of the Vancouver Police Department’s potential to be violent came as an unwelcome shock. Hoards of people filled the streets for the festival and, as such, a police presence there... Continue Reading