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
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