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The Runner Debate: The Niqab

Demanding niqab removal threatens charter rights Harper’s suggestion is fundamentally flawed by Alyssa Laube The Tories seem to love repressing Canadians’ freedom of religion and expression. This year, they supported Quebec’s Bill-62, which aimed to ban “face-covering religious garments for public servants.” Now, their gaze has fallen on niqab-wearing women swearing in as Canadian citizens.Back... Continue Reading

Viet Cong No More

Polarizing group changes their name after controversy By almost any account, indie rock band Viet Cong have achieved quite a bit of success since forming in 2012. They’ve toured across Canada, signed a record deal with Flemish Eye, a national label, and released a critically celebrated self-titled album that was recently shortlisted for the Polaris... Continue Reading
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The Politics of White Students' Unions

Not everything is so black and white Black students’ unions started in the ‘60s as a way to bring struggling students and people together during hard times. Other groups followed not long after. Fast-forward a few decades and each of these groups is now much more inclusive, allowing anybody to join as they share the... Continue Reading
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From the Editors: The Election

Finally… it is done It’s been a wild ride, friends. Given the way our production schedule works, you’ll be reading this after the election, knowing who won. But one thing that even I know, in my pre-results position writing this, is that this election was a weird one. While 2011 was the first election I... Continue Reading
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From the Editors: Please Vote

Where did I put that? Oh. Oct. 19 is voting day, and like many others on your Facebook feed, I am going to ask that you vote. I actually feel pretty patriotic when I go to the polls. Getting to change your government is something that many people immigrate to Canada for. In fact I... Continue Reading

The Conservatives won’t talk

Why we have no interviews with Conservative MPs On Monday Sept. 28, I sent out emails requesting interviews with Conservative MPs of eight major “KPU” ridings. As you can tell, I wasn’t very successful. The day after I sent my requests I got a phone call from the Mark Warara office—the Conservative incumbent for Langley-Aldergrove.... Continue Reading
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From the Editor: The Economy Debate

No clear winner in recent economy debate While watching the Maclean’s debate last month, I thought that our politicians were incapable of letting each other speak. Watching the Globe and Mail debate two weeks ago, I thought that they bickered even more, and I could feel second-hand stress from David Walmsley. I think that a... Continue Reading
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Macabre Content, and Why We Can’t Get Enough of It

Horror movies, crime shows and the nightly news make you feel better about your life There is a reason why our media covers unsettling content. And don’t worry—liking it does not make you a weirdo. Have you ever wondered why you or someone you know enjoys horror movies? Or why news channels incessantly reports on... Continue Reading
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Polygamy Is About Freedom of Consent

Marriage between two (or more) consenting adults Polygamy and polyandry are still taboo subjects in most of the western world. However, the recent steps forward in marriage equality, specifically the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage this summer, have been forcing people to reexamine what it means to be in love, and whether love... Continue Reading
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Swatting Is Not a Prank, It’s Much Worse

When online harassment breaks into the real world Pranks, on the most basic level, are fundamental to how we interact with others. They can break tension, release stress and promote playful competition. But we must always remember the old saying, “It’s all fun and games until someone shits their pants.” Some forms of pranking have,... Continue Reading

An Unhelpful Guide to Starting Your Very Own Kwantlen Club

A story of red tape and tennis When I figured I’d start Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s first-ever student organization for tennis enthusiasts, I didn’t expect to be reading my weight in “Start a Club” documents. Well actually, my editor told me to start a club, then write about my experience. In doing so, I found out... Continue Reading

The Problem With First-Past-the-Post

Here’s why three out of four of our major political parties want to change our electoral system. One of the many talking points you might notice during this extended election season has been the issue of the election itself—namely, the system by which we elect our government. Currently we have three of the four major... Continue Reading

Xenophobia shouldn’t be steering our policies towards refugees

Look in the mirror, Canada. Finally, it seems, we’re talking about refugees. Canada has been taking a hit over the past couple of weeks with critics suggesting that the country isn’t doing enough to support Syrian refugees. Instead, it’s getting caught up in notions of “protecting Canadians” from “terrorism” as justification for why our number... Continue Reading

Vanc-Uber Needs to Become a Reality

Metro Vancouver’s laws against ridesharing have us trailing other metropolises. Having been on exchange in Vienna for a month now, I can say that one of the highlights of living abroad is the opportunity to sample products that are not available to you back home. For me this product has been Uber, a service that’s... Continue Reading

From the Editor

The Refugee Crisis in Europe and the Levant Why are so many Syrians and other refugees dying as they make their way to Europe? A plane ticket from Lebanon to London costs around $600 Canadian, which you might think is too expensive for them, but refugees and migrants that cross the Mediterranean by boat do... Continue Reading