Artist Spotlight: Duck!

With a sound inspired by 90s pop punk, Duck! invites the Vancouver community to get silly with them at their live shows. The band in its current form has only existed since the end of the summer, when Jens Johnson, Sam Herle, Devalin Galloway, and David Webb came together to start a playful, down-to-earth project.... Continue Reading

Afterthought: Don’t Hold Your Breath for High-Speed Rail to Seattle

In late November, Washington Governor Jay Inslee paid a visit to the B.C. Legislative Assembly to announce that he would soon release a report on the feasibility of a high speed rail system that would stretch from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia. A part of the report apparently says that the trains on the... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Universities Must Differentiate Between Free Speech and Hate Speech

Wilfrid Laurier University was right to apologize to Lindsay Shepherd, a teaching assistant who was chastised for showing her students a controversial video about using gender neutral pronouns in academic writing. The video demonstrated the thoughts and opinions of an outspoken advocate named Jordan Peterson who disagrees with using the gender neutral “they” as a... Continue Reading

Afterthought: The Profitability of the Alt-Right’s Cults of Personality

Thinking for yourself is hard, and it’s getting harder these days. Technology is a double-edged sword—it’s given us access to more information than ever before, as well as a platform to distort and disseminate that information without being held accountable. The internet has become a rhetorical battleground for the “SJW” hegemony and the “Alt-Right” crusaders... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Chris Kelly & Nicole Gibson

After a year spent producing YouTube covers in Montreal, indie duo Chris Kelly and Nicole Gibson have brought their music to Vancouver, and for the first time, it’s original. Following an EP of cover songs, the band recently released four singles that they wrote themselves—”Dream Out Loud”, “Can’t Stop Me Now”, “Ghost of You”, and... Continue Reading

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