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From the Editors: Trudeau’s political credit card is maxed out

In the moments after the announcement that the Kinder Morgan pipeline project had received governmental approval, leader of the opposition, Rona Ambrose, said that Trudeau and the Liberal Party had “run out of political capital.” She’s right. A friend of mine pointed out that, in some ways, Trudeau approving the pipeline is worse than Harper... Continue Reading
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Teachers (And Students) Benefit from Smaller Class Sizes

The Supreme Court’s ruling provides room for students to grow properly Our public education system needs significant reform, and few solutions can offer the immediate benefit of individualized education. Having fewer students in class would allow teachers to focus more on each individual child, understand their educational needs, and tailor instructions accordingly. This extra investment... Continue Reading
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A Tax on Empty Homes is Not Enough to Fix the Problem

The B.C. Residential Tenancy Act needs an update Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s 1 per cent tax on vacant homes may be a step closer to addressing the housing crisis, but it’s far from a wholesale solution. The CBC reports that Robertson justified the measure as a “business tax” on owners he said were treating housing... Continue Reading
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SUSTIANABLE LIVING: Holiday Edition

The tree isn’t the only thing that should be green this holiday season Marketing during the holidays is pretty intense to say the least. It seems that advertisements demand your attention everywhere you look, telling you that you can’t be happy without the product they’re selling. You might feel momentarily elated by making new purchase,... Continue Reading
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Moving Away From Coal is a Step in the Right Direction, Albeit a Tiny One

It’s time to finally let the coals die out The Federal Liberal Party of Canada has announced that they are planning to drastically reduce the country’s reliance on coal-based power by 2030—as if taking 15 more years to do something that should’ve been done forever ago is somehow positive. For decades, coal power has been... Continue Reading
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Electoral Reform Needed for True Democracy

It’s time for FPTP to go, whether the Liberals or the electorate make the decision It’s been speculated that a preliminary survey, which will be conducted in early December, might be the precursor to a national referendum on whether or not the electoral system should change. While a referendum result that opposes the change would... Continue Reading
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Sustainable Living: The Bathroom

How to green your bathroom routine From using ethically sourced ingredients to picking out bathroom decor, there’s always a way to be a little friendlier to the environment in your life. As with any switch to a new product or routine, work within your means and make choices that reflect your goals as an individual.... Continue Reading
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Legal Cannabis Means More Pleasure

What is the harm in pleasure seeking if we are so drawn to it by nature?    As the recreational use of marijuana is legalized, to say that we must strike a balance between allowing and regulating the substance on university campuses would be to make a stale and uninteresting argument about policy. After all,... Continue Reading
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Going Global: All Trumped Up

Trump’s foreign policy could be a disaster If Trump wants to enact the changes that he talked about on the campaign trail, there could be a massive shift in the geopolitical chessboard, and it’s not good. While many consider the United States to be the most powerful country in the world, they’re not the superpower... Continue Reading
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It’s Time for Mary Polak to Resign

The Minister of Environment hasn’t been following through, and Bella Bella proves it Once again, British Columbian waters have been contaminated by corporate oil under the province’s Minister of Environment, Mary Polak. A tugboat containing 200,000 litres of diesel fuel sank off the coast of Bella Bella on Oct. 13, and stormy weather has prevented... Continue Reading
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Why We’re not Proud of our Country

Canadian nationalism is dwindling in Millennials, to no one’s surprise Gone are the days when Canadians sang their national anthem crying tears of pride and joy. Singing the anthem seems more like a chore than a tribute nowadays—an obsolete tradition that we’re all forced through, full of reluctance and lip-syncing. Whereas the Americans flip their... Continue Reading
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The Runner Debate: CCTV Cameras Will Make for a Safer Campus

Click here to see the other side. Security cameras, a new addition to KPU, have the potential to make the campus safer for students, faculty, and visitors. The impact they will have on safety and security will likely be small, but anything is better than nothing at all, and cameras make it more probable that... Continue Reading
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The Runner Debate: CCTV Cameras Create The Illusion of Security

Click here to see the other side An ongoing commitment to the safety and security of all its members by our fine university sounds like it might actually lead to something useful, but instead has caused KPU to install external closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at our Surrey campus. Perhaps they forgot about the level... Continue Reading
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From the Editors: Those in or running for public office need to speak to the media

Though I’ve only been doing this for two years, I have already developed a habit of being extremely bothered when I don’t get responses to interview requests. The more damaging that refusing to respond is to the interviewee, the more confused I get. It’s one thing during the Canadian federal election, when my coworkers and... Continue Reading
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Aspiring Parents Should Be Required to Obtain a License to Have Children

It takes a village to raise a child, especially when the parents happen to be village idiots You’ve heard it before—being a parent is hard. Extremely hard. For many people it may be the most difficult thing they ever have to do. In the confines of modern society, it seems like there are an infinite... Continue Reading