Keeping a watchful eye on a gang riddled Honduras neighbourhood (EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations)

Going Global: Central America

When the knowledge that migrant and asylum-seeking children were being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border was made public, it made headlines for days. Most North American media focused on the abusive treatment towards these children by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, but little attention has been paid to what... Continue Reading
Maria Barrington-Foote, originally from North Vancouver, recently released her first record as a solo artist. (Alyssa Laube)

Artist Spotlight: My Sister Maria

My Sister Maria’s first record feels weightless and whimsical, but nowhere near superficial. At face value, it’s a collection of piano ballads written over some of the most dynamic years of Maria Barrington-Foote’s life, composed and recorded on the piano she grew up playing in her father’s house in North Vancouver. The record is entitled... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Student Apathy is Enabling Scandals at KPU

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has seen its share of controversy over the years, whether it’s full-on criminal activity within student groups or a lack of transparency within the university administration. Again and again, we’ve witnessed student dollars abused and allocated without consultation with those trusting that their money will be well-spent. At this point, scandal has... Continue Reading
Irani President Hassan Rouhani in a press photo taken after his victory in the 2017 election. (Wikimedia Commons)

Going Global: Iran, Israel and the Deal

The announcement came earlier than expected, but the decision was no surprise. On May 8th, President Trump announced that the United States would be backing out of the Iran nuclear deal. This will be, possibly, the dumbest and most short-sighted political decision made yet by the President, and it will cause damage outside of their... Continue Reading

Afterthought: Trudeau Ups the Ante in Bid to Nationalize Trans Mountain

On May 29, the federal government purchased the embattled Trans Mountain pipeline project from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion. Their strategy is to re-sell the project as soon as possible, so as not to incur the extra $7.4 billion it will take to finance the construction of the project. Regardless of whether or not you... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Prison education is key to creating a safer and more equitable Canada

“Taking college classes helped me forget that I wasn’t free.” This is what a former incarcerated person, Marcus Lilley, told a writer for The Marshall Project, a non-profit news website dedicated to covering criminal justice. The publication recently released “Finding College by Way of Prison”, a first-person account of taking college courses as a prisoner... Continue Reading
The school tax increase would raise Vancouver residential property taxes for homes valued over 3 million dollars by 0.2%, and for homes over 4 million dollars by 0.4%. (flickr/pnwra)

Afterthought: Crying a River in Point Grey

Since the beginning of May, wealthy homeowners in Vancouver have been up in arms about the newly proposed increase to the school tax on multimillion-dollar properties. The tax—which already applies to every property in B.C. with a few special exemptions—would increase by 0.2 per cent on homes valued over $3 million and 0.4 per cent... Continue Reading
From top left to bottom right: Melissa Kuipers, Hannah Karren, Nada Hayek, and Sonya Rez of Necking in their Vancouver jam space. (Alyssa Laube)

Artist Spotlight: Necking

A band that started as a joke between friends has blossomed into a festival-playing local favourite by the name of Necking. One thing that’s absolutely essential to know about them: the band is witty. And while each of the individual members are funny—and use the word freely to describe one another—the material covered in their... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Dilemma Season

Between finding the right session artists to fill out the sound, planning out a record alone, and constantly cranking out content, chasing success as a solo musician can be extremely taxing. This is the way that Scott Hardy, a Vancouver singer-songwriter who has been contributing to the scene for years, has been living since he... Continue Reading
On behalf of David Eby, Ravi Kahlon announced that he will lead dialogues regarding the BC Human Rights Commission over two months with individuals and groups, both online and in person. Learn more:

After Thought: All Eyes on David Eby as B.C. Reviews Money Laundering Report

  B.C.’s Attorney General and MLA for Point Grey, David Eby, travelled to Ottawa to speak with the House of Commons finance committee about the province’s problem with money laundering on March 27. Casinos in B.C. like the River Rock in Richmond have been identified as channels for obscuring the origins of money that may... Continue Reading

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