Vancouver and Victoria Should Hop Off of Horse-Drawn Carriages

You’ve probably seen them in Stanley Park or on the streets of Victoria: cartloads of sweaty, uninterested tourists awkwardly bunched into horse-drawn carriages. And for some reason, if you drive one of those things, you’re required by law to dress like it’s the 1800s. That’s your first sign that horse-drawn carriages are an outdated mode... Continue Reading

Canada Will Finally Break Free from Relying on Single-Use Plastics

Plastics are one of the many sources of pollution devaluing and poisoning our oceans, forests and cities. Animals, including humans, suffer from this common unnatural enemy, but thankfully, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on June 10 a plan to ban all harmful single-use plastic items as early as 2021. These items include straws, bags, cutlery,... Continue Reading

Show Your Support By Learning About LGBTQ+ Issues and History

Half a century ago, Canada decriminalized homosexuality. In the 70s, Pride Week became a national LGBTQ+ event and Vancouver was one of two Canadian cities to first host an official parade. It was only in 2005 that same-sex couples gained the legal right to marry in Canada, making our country the fourth in the world... Continue Reading

The Chicago Principles Blur Lines Between Free Speech and Hate Speech

As Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party unfurls its stiff, right wing feathers across the Albertan prairies, its shadow falls over college and university campuses. According to the Calgary Herald, Kenney’s Advanced Education Minister—Demetrios Nicolaides—has talked about how applying the famous Chicago Principles would ensure that Alberta post-secondary institutions “are competitive with those in the United... Continue Reading

Surrey Doesn’t Need to Ban Vape Shops

Remember when it seemed like everyone and their mom had a fidget spinner? You could find those puppies everywhere from convenience stores and gas stations to mall kiosks. This sensational trend eventually died out, as even the most trendy trends tend to do. But vaping, on the other hand, has all the fashionable qualities of... Continue Reading

We Should all be Judging Matthew Begbie

Looking back at human history helps us predict obstacles that we may face going forward, but it isn’t always a pleasant experience. Such is the case while reflecting on Judge Matthew Begbie, a lawyer and politician who was alive from 1819 to 1894. He was honored by having a statue of his likeness placed in... Continue Reading

Learn Something New This Summer

For KPU students who aren’t taking classes this summer, the days between May and September may include some rare leisure time. I always feel like summer is the best time to pick up a new skill or to get reacquainted with something you once loved, but I also easily get overwhelmed by all the ways... Continue Reading

What We Do with Our Bodies After We Die Can Change Our Views of Mortality

It can be scary to think about planning your own funeral. For many of us, death is a soundless and gaping black hole that plagues our minds and bodies, only serving to remind us about the impermanence of our fleshy vessels. But instead of mourning the loss of life, some companies are finding new ways... Continue Reading

If You Want to Have a Laugh in Vancouver, Go Underground

People who still think of Vancouver as the “no fun city” usually don’t know where to find local and independently-run events—partially because they aren’t always happening downtown. This is especially true for our city’s underground comedy scene. Over the years I’ve lived in Vancouver, I have heard countless people tell me that comedy in Vancouver... Continue Reading

Add Some Spice to Your Life by Trying Something New

As students, we often get to feel like we’re making constant progress towards the ultimate goal of getting our degrees. This can be mentally and physically exhausting, but at least it creates a sense of bringing us closer and closer to success. However, there can be days when we have no drive to push forward,... Continue Reading

The 319 is, Officially, the Worst

“Move to the baaaack!” is something that anyone who takes the 319 bus route between Newton Exchange and Scott Road station hears a lot. It’s what the driver yells pretty much every time they stop in front of KPU’s Surrey campus during peak hours. For its part, TransLink has proposed to solve the problem by... Continue Reading

Academics Need to Stop Using Overly Complex Writing

One of my biggest pet peeves when reading academic journals, books, or course materials is when the author begins a sentence with the word “indeed.” It makes me picture the author as a top-hat-and-monocle-wearing aristocrat, stroking their chin and holding an oversized pipe to their mouth, swirling an expensive scotch and playing a game of... Continue Reading

John Singleton Taught Us About the Importance of Representation

As a writer, I spend most moments in my head, imagining and dreaming. What I see on screens has informed the way I conjure images; my mind often mimics the things I’ve seen in television shows and movies. It was alarming to realize that, because of the images I was absorbing, I spent a long... Continue Reading

Video Games and the People Who Play Them Can Change Reality

As an interactive medium that engages the player’s sense of individuality, games are uniquely capable of changing the individual and forming their sense of self. The Impact of Video Games on Identity Construction, a literature review by Charlie Ecenbarger of Ball State University, explores the role of video games in forming one’s identity. In it,... Continue Reading

Sustainability Concerns Should Keep Students Away from Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is defined by the distribution of trendy, cheap, and disposable items made available to consumers at breakneck speeds. Each season, the latest trends hit the catwalk and can be found in stores within weeks. Cheap clothing is of great interest to students in particular, who often survive on loans and tight budgets. Although... Continue Reading