What I Learned from Being a Hufflepuff

I am a Hufflepuff. I am loyal, kind, and particularly good at finding things. But a few years ago, I would never have admitted that. I remember being called “weird” and a “know-it-all” every day. I remember the nasty, bitter tone that laced every vowel. I remember that pit in my stomach I’d feel. It... Continue Reading

Millennials Shouldn’t Ignore the Stock Market

Note: This article does not constitute investment advice and should be read as an opinion based on the experience of the writer. The writer has no securities qualifications. Capitalism has left a bad taste in the mouths of a lot of millenials. Bankrate found in a 2016 survey that only one-third of people aged 18... Continue Reading

What I Wish Student Orientation Had Taught Me

First-year orientation is a great way to learn about resources designed to help new students transition from high school to university. During the typically day-long event, students are given a tour of the campus to identify important offices and facilities. They’re also told how to engage with the Kwantlen Student Association, which will advocate for... Continue Reading

Protecting Yourself from Data Breaches Just Got Personal

Hackers may not be specifically targeting you, but if they are targeting a larger business or service that you use, you are still at risk of having your personal information leaked or sold to the highest bidder. Companies may claim that their online security is invulnerable but, in reality, that is not the case. While... Continue Reading

Let’s Talk About Sex Toys, Baby

Girls are expected to talk about boys—in particular, the sex they have with boys—but very rarely do our coming-of-age stories include sharing the intimate relationships we have with our own bodies. Growing from kids into women, we’re very seldom encouraged by those around us to discuss the details of our sexuality unless they revolve around... Continue Reading

Talking About the Orcas Won’t Be Enough to Save Them

Last month, my boyfriend and I vacationed in Victoria for the first time. While sailing to Vancouver Island, I peered over the edge of the ferry at the ocean below, silently wishing to see a black dorsal fin breaching the surface of the water. Though I didn’t see one, it got me thinking about how... Continue Reading

Buck the Chilliwack Rodeo

Earlier this month, The Fraser Valley Animal Rights Association staged a peaceful protest at the Chilliwack Rodeo. The Association drew the support of actor and outspoken animal right activist Pamela Anderson, who called for an end to “rodeo cruelty in Chilliwack” on Twitter. The reason why the Chilliwack rodeo was singled out is because it... Continue Reading

Despite Noble Intentions, Callout Culture Isn’t Effective

When Jordan Peterson held a rally in opposition to language policing at the University of Toronto in 2016, the event was stormed by a group of students who disagreed with his stance. They publicly denounced him because they perceived his statements as a form of bigotry. During the rally, students for and against Peterson’s views... Continue Reading

Political Instability in Brazil Threatens the Financial Security of International Students

Since the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in 2016, political polarization has kept the country divided and in perpetual conflict. On the one hand, there are those who regard the impeachment as an undemocratic coup to conceal third-party interests. On the other are those who support the impeachment, claiming to be fed up with... Continue Reading
Brightly colored straws thrown around on a table. Some of them are showing the lower side of the tube, with only a few of the flexible heads visible. The colors range from blue to red tones.(flickr/Horia Varlan)

Banning Plastic Straws Raises Questions About Inclusivity and Effectiveness

In May, Vancouver became the first major Canadian city to ban the use of plastic straws and foam containers by restaurants and food vendors. The ban, which will come into effect in June of next year, is just one of a number of initiatives that the city is undertaking to eliminate the disposal of solid... Continue Reading
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The “First-Year Experience” at KPU Isn’t so Fresh, Man

I can’t blame Kwantlen Polytechnic University students if they feel let down about their first year at university. Rather than a year full of friends, parties, and ramen noodles, we face stress, student loans, and a lack of school spirit. Likely the biggest difference between the expectation that new students have about their first year... Continue Reading
Farewell Greyhound buses. (flickr/Isriya Paireepairit)

The Public Sector Should Step in as Greyhound Steps Out

The recent announcement that Greyhound is discontinuing almost all bus routes in Western Canada has left people who don’t have access to a car with no way of reaching the rural communities in B.C.’s interior. Thankfully, there are currently plans for BC Bus North to make up for some of the lost network, and there’s... Continue Reading
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Teahouse Manager Was Wrong to Refuse Service to a Trump Supporter

Darin Hodge, a manager at the popular Teahouse restaurant in Stanley Park, was fired after refusing to serve a Trump supporter wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat in early June. According to an article by CTV News, the customer was asked to remove his hat in order to dine in the restaurant, but chose... Continue Reading
Surrey RCMP cruisers parked outside the District 3 precinct police station in Newton. (Braden Klassen)
Surrey RCMP cruisers parked outside the District 3 precinct police station in Newton. (Braden Klassen)

Surrey Community Alliance Proposes the Creation of a Police Force

According to an article in The Vancouver Sun, Doug Elford, a city council hopeful and president of Surrey Community Alliance, wants the City of Surrey to create a municipal police force to diminish local gang violence. In response to the recent targeted shooting of two teenagers—16-year-old Jaskarn Singh Jhutty and 17-year-old Jaskaran Singh Bhangal—the alliance wants to... Continue Reading
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Social Media Helps Breath New Life Into Old Artforms

You’ve probably seen them on your feed as you’ve scrolled through various slime videos and Jeff Goldblum appreciation posts. Instapoets—who, as you might guess, are poets whose fan bases are bolstered mainly through the app Instagram—are becoming increasingly prevalent. Celebrities have quoted them, their works have become bestsellers, and almost every social media-savvy person nowadays... Continue Reading