Vancouver Should Consider the Ward System This Election Season

Following a CBC analysis that concluded that approximately 90 per cent of elected municipal officials in Metro Vancouver are white, questions are being raised about what could be done to more accurately represent the voices of 49 per cent of people in the region who identify as non-white minorities. When systems of power like municipal... Continue Reading

Confronting My White Privilege as a Polish Immigrant

Poland has a long history of experiencing discrimination, beginning with World War II when the country was divided by the Germans during their first invasion in 1939. They were divided by the way their citizens looked. Those with blonde hair and blue eyes were labelled as pure and of the superior Aryan race, and people... Continue Reading

Ways to Support the BLM Movement

The murder of George Floyd less than two weeks ago by four Minneapolis police officers in broad daylight catalyzed a social movement against anti-Black racism in the United States. Protests were organized all over the country. Two days later, Regis Korchinski-Paquet was allegedly pushed off her balcony by a Toronto police officer. Since then, people... Continue Reading

B.C.’s Public Schooling System Needs to Address the Realities of Racism

In order to succeed in a province as diverse as B.C., we must work together to eliminate racism  and ensure everyone’s lives are valued equally. Oftentimes, white people struggle to talk about racism, but you can’t fix the problem if you’re not willing to talk about it. We need to start introducing these conversations to... Continue Reading

Celebrating Pride in a Time of Social Distancing

Social distancing measures mean that many large events have been either canceled or postponed, with Vancouver and Surrey Pride among them. It can be hard not to feel as though celebration is pointless without any in-person events to look forward to. Fortunately, there are still events taking place online to help Metro Vancouver’s LGBTQ+ community... Continue Reading

Debate: B.C. Is Slowly Reopening at the Right Time

Read the other side of this debate here. The province of British Columbia revealed its restart plan for the province last month. The restart plan contains four phases, and the province is currently in the second phase, which includes the opening of salons, barbershops, restaurants, and retailers. These businesses can open as long as they... Continue Reading

Debate: B.C. Should Slow Down Reopening to Avoid a Second Wave

Read the other side of this debate here. B.C. is getting ahead of itself by giving some businesses, schools, and other service providers to reopen so early in the pandemic. Now that we are in phase two of B.C.’s plan, the province could face major consequences resulting from a second wave of COVID-19 cases. Just... Continue Reading

Critical Thinking Education Can Help Fight the Spread of COVID Conspiracy Theories

A recently published study conducted by the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University found that, of the 2,000 Canadians surveyed, 46 per cent reported believing in at least one of four conspiracy theories or myths about COVID-19. The four myths include the idea that the coronavirus is a bioweapon engineered in a chinese... Continue Reading
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Conservative Leadership Hopefuls Haven’t Learned From Harper

With the Conservative leadership race to replace Andrew Scheer ramping back up, members should be worried that their party hasn’t learned from either the 2019 election or from the leadership of Stephen Harper. If the membership and their leadership candidates don’t learn quickly, their movement could dissolve as it did in the 1990s. The current... Continue Reading

Beat Your Pandemic Burnout

Although it’s certainly not what students were expecting, moving classes online is a necessary measure to protect public health during the coronavirus pandemic. Many of us are taking a full course load or at least a few extra classes during the summer, although sitting in your house staring at a computer screen is a much... Continue Reading

Growin’ Your Own Food: Quarantine Edition

Even before the spread of COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, people were buying their groceries in bulk. As countries around the world began announcing social restrictions and business closures, it became clear that going to the grocery store for fresh produce was becoming a higher risk without a guaranteed... Continue Reading

Unpacking the Ethics of “Two-Tier Tuition”

Earlier this month, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan announced that it will be trying out a new model for tuition payment: Applicants who don’t get accepted can pay $60,000 per year instead of $10,000 to be admitted to the program despite not making the cut. This decision was made... Continue Reading

How to Talk to Someone Who Refuses to Socially Distance

There have always been some subjects you just can’t bring up at parties. Among them are the tried and true pot-stirrers — Israel and Palestine, American gun rights, and immigration law — as well as some new and controversial topics that pop up every couple of months which keep us at each other’s throats. Before... Continue Reading

The Gaps in Trudeau’s Gun Policy

Trudeau banned 1,500 models of “assault-style” guns through regulations approved by an order-in-council from Cabinet on May 1. On paper, this looks like a right step towards controlling gun violence in Canada. And although the Liberals promised they would ban “all military-style assault rifles, including the AR-15” in their election campaign last year, it’s not... Continue Reading

What to Know About Here2Talk’s Online Mental Health Support for Students

Like many post-secondary students, I am a firm believer in the importance of caring for and maintaining one’s mental health. I believe going to a therapist or a counsellor is just as important as going to a doctor, and I make sure to let those around me know that they are welcome to talk to... Continue Reading