Months After Legalization, Black Market Cannabis is Still More Appealing

The legalization of cannabis has not prevented Canadians from purchasing cannabis on the black market as the government had hoped it would. If anything, legalization has made cannabis being sold illegally even more appealing due to the variety of products being offered at unlicensed dispensaries and how much cheaper they are than legal weed. Still,... Continue Reading

My Experience Filing an Informal Complaint Against an Instructor

Last semester I experienced racial insensitivity from an instructor that made me so uncomfortable that I skipped a few classes, ultimately affecting my grade. None of this adheres to KPU’s policies regarding safety and diversity. I decided to file a complaint, but without the encouragement of one of my classmates, I never would have considered... Continue Reading

The Robot Uprising Has Begun, and It’s Happening Online

The internet just ain’t what it used to be. What was once a playground of memes, games, and impulse shopping has now become the most effective platform for political manipulation as well as social and economic disruption. This month, CBC reported that Twitter trolls have been targeting Canadians debating over pipelines and immigration policies with... Continue Reading

Enjoy Vancouver’s Landmarks Before They’re Torn Down

I’m surrounded by a sea of stories at MacLeod’s bookstore on the corner of Richards and West Pender. Each book has been held tenderly in a previous owner’s hands. There are cracks along their spines, worn in and comfortable with frayed pages, happily overread and overused. A narrow path cuts through the store, wide enough... Continue Reading

Students Who Want to Improve KPU Should Look to the New Left Movement for Inspiration

It’s no secret among KPU students that our university is a lacking a strong on-campus community. I remember meeting a student who attended class here for a semester, and after telling her I currently go to KPU she immediately asked me, “Did you make any friends?” I ran solo throughout my first semester, mostly because... Continue Reading

With an Election Looming, Here’s What Each of the Major Parties Need to Worry About

This year’s election landscape looks very different from the one we saw in 2015. Both the Conservatives and the NDP have new leaders, while the Liberals are contending with a fresh set of scandals. So what does every major party need to do to stand a chance? The NDP has not been having a good... Continue Reading

Don’t Hide Your Guilty Pleasures

When it comes to the media we consume, the thought of revealing our guilty pleasures to the world sounds like social self-sabotage. Nobody really wants to reveal their love for Avril Lavigne, sappy romantic comedies, or cheap tabloid magazines. Now, while everyone’s idea of a guilty pleasure is unique, all guilty pleasures seem to follow... Continue Reading

Canadian Universities Should Consider Saying No Way To Huawei

The political climate between China and Canada has been tense since the Canadian government detained Huawei’s CFO,  Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver last December​. Consequently, Canadian universities are reconsidering existing partnerships with the telecommunications company. Many Western and European countries—including the United States, U.K., Australia, and New Zealand—have banned Huawei and ZTE, a similar telecom company... Continue Reading

Therapy Chat Bots are Paving the Way for New Psychological Assistance Technology

If you find that therapy is too expensive, inaccessible, or time-consuming, online therapy bots could be the solution. Online conversational agents work with the user to provide support and resources that fit their mental health needs. These recently developed tools, such as Woebot, Wysa, or Facebook’s Serenity employ cognitive-behavioral techniques (CBT) to help manage your... Continue Reading

“Toxic” and “Justice” Make Perfect Sense for Words of the Year

Trigger warning: The following article makes reference to police brutality, racism, genocide against Indigenous people, and sexual assault and violence. The Oxford Dictionary and Merriam-Webster have decided that the Words of the Year for 2018 are “toxic” and “justice” respectively. Ironically, 2018 seems to have given us far too much of one and not nearly... Continue Reading

Vancouver’s Snowfall Chaos Should Be a Wake Up Call About Climate Change

It feels like it happens every year in Vancouver. The first snowfall that piles up more than a few inches sends the entire city into a spiral of near-apocalyptic chaos. Road accidents skyrocket, services like electricity begin to fail, and worst of all, transit all over the region shudders to a halt. When the weather... Continue Reading

What Went Wrong with KPIRG?

The Kwantlen Public Interest Group’s days may be numbered, but if a well-organized group of students were to restart a PIRG at KPU, they could learn from the torrid history of their predecessors. For context, KPIRG has spent the past year scrambling to reorganize and reestablish itself after becoming the subject of controversy for filing... Continue Reading

“Surrey Theme Song” Plays With Fun, And Harmful, Stereotypes

As part of an ongoing series of videos humorously depicting the “Surrey Jack” stereotype, Melvin Medici (Melvin Voon) released a video titled “Surrey Theme Song”. While the videos can be funny, Voon’s work has begun to create awareness about the dark side of the Surrey Jack lifestyle. With over 76,000 views on YouTube, the video... Continue Reading

Ontario’s Free Speech Policies Were a Good Idea Executed Poorly

Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms lists “freedom of expression” as a “fundamental freedom” to the Canadian way of life. The government of Ontario recently reinforced the importance of this freedom by mandating that the province’s universities and colleges have a policy addressing free speech on campus in place by the... Continue Reading

Mental Health First Aid Kits Have the Power to Help Students

Tina Chan, a first year student at the University of Waterloo, has developed a mental illness first aid kit called the Panic, Anxiety, and Stress Support (PASS) Kit to help students who experience serious mental health issues while on campus. According to a Maclean’s article written about it, Chan felt that the kit—which includes earplugs,... Continue Reading