Going Global: China’s Growing Influence

While it might be too early to call China a superpower on the level of the United States, the time to do so is quickly approaching. Recently, Time, The Economist, and the BBC all referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as the most powerful man in the world. When it comes to the way China... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Remembering Little Doug, the hero of the Surrey Strip who passed away last month

After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, the man known as the guardian angel of the Surrey Strip has passed away. “Little” Doug Nickerson reportedly saved close to 150 lives during his time on the streets by carrying naloxone kits with him everywhere he cycled. His bike route primarily stretched along the two most impoverished... Continue Reading

From The Editors: What About Whataboutism?

A parent catches one of their kids misbehaving—let’s say, bullying someone on Twitter. In addition to telling him that online harassment is wrong, the parent decides to give the child a punishment. No Twitter for a week. The kid says, “What about my sister? Last week she cheated on her homework and you haven’t punished... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Late Night Takeaway

The White Rock trio’s main goal is to keep alternative rock fun Late Night Takeaway’s success is more of a happy accident than an end goal for members Mike Bremner, Miller Koop, and Ryan Robinson. The band is easy to groove to, vaguely jazzy, noticeably upbeat, and inspired by a little bit of everything. Their... Continue Reading

From The Editor: Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker: whoever wins, we lose

I spoke on a panel about media censorship that included a screening of Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, a film which, in part, examines Hulk Hogan’s secretly-funded court case against Gawker for releasing his sex tape. The event was presented by KDocs, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s documentary festival, and contemplating the importance of journalism... Continue Reading

Afterthought: “Adopt BC Kids” is the Craigslist of B.C. Foster Care

The site is an example of poor marketing that insults the children it seeks to help Last year, the provincial government launched an online service called Adopt BC Kids. The service, which is touted as the first of its kind in Canada, is meant to expedite the typically slow process of adoption by aggregating the... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: No Regrets Music

A KPU Human Resources student is half an upbeat rap duo dedicated to diversity Multiculturalism is at the heart of No Regrets Music, a local rap group made up of KPU Human Resources graduate A.J. “Cliche” Gazdar and his business partner, Marcus “Scoota” Lester. Born in Mumbai but raised in Vancouver, Gazdar works hard to... Continue Reading

From the Editors: Stop Tolerating Small Doses of Sexism

Misogyny doesn’t always show itself as a slap on the ass or a grotesque catcall. More often than not, it rears its head through the little things—the microaggressions that are barely detectable unless you’re paying attention or they’re fixed on you. These are the issues we don’t often talk about when we discuss feminism because... Continue Reading
Culture and heritage ministers from across Canada attended the 2016 Federal-Provincial-Territorial Conference of Culture and Heritage Ministers in Victoria from July 5-6, hosted by British Columbia.   Attending the conference were, from Newfoundland - Minister Christopher Mitchelmore, Quebec - Minister Luc Fortin, Alberta - Minister Ricardo Miranda, Federal Minister: Mélanie Joly, British Columbia - Minister Peter Fassbender, Prince Edward Island - Minister Doug Currie, Yukon - Minister Elaine Taylor, and Nova Scotia - Minister Tony Ince

After Thought: The “Three Pillars” of Creative Canada

There are a lot of unanswered questions about the future of Canadian content Canada isn’t exactly known for being a hotbed of cultural activity—a fact that Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly vowed to change when she unveiled the government’s new Creative Canada plan in September. The plan contains several elements that have the potential to... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Independent news sheds light on stories that major outlets ignore

The persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has grown increasingly violent since the 1970s, but it wasn’t until last month that North American news outlets started broadcasting the significance of the problem. The death toll for Rohingya Muslims in the Asian country is not conclusive, but it’s likely to be near 3,000 since the most... Continue Reading

Decolonial Discourse: The Walk for Reconciliation

We can walk to reconcile, but can we make the distance to find the truth? Reconciliation has been talked about a lot in Canada lately, but are institutionally organized public events enough to restore what’s been taken from Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island through the Indian Residential School system? At the Walk for Reconciliation on... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Fake Fruit

The New York band is sharing introspective post-punk in Vancouver Conceived in New York and raised in Vancouver, Fake Fruit has its roots in two artistically vibrant communities. Frontwoman Hanna Amato moved to Canada for a nannying job and brought her music with her, picking up Jess Lebenburg on lead guitar, Tom Waelen on drums,... Continue Reading

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