B.C. ELECTION: Are B.C. MLA’s Dominated by Party Whips?

Like other democracies, parties in B.C. should be less disciplined Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor In the United States, it’s not bizarre to see Republicans speaking against their party. John McCain has spoken against the judgement of Trump, Arnold Schwarzenegger has talked about climate change, and Ron Paul voted against the war in Iraq. Very few... Continue Reading

B.C. ELECTION: John Horgan and the Leap Manifesto

Horgan lashed by competition after supporting the environmental document Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor The Leap Manifesto has been rustling Canadian feathers ever since it was made public in 2015. The document calls for an intense—some say impossible—plan for halting global warming and reverting to community-based economies, eliminating free trade, the fossil fuel industry, and the... Continue Reading

B.C. ELECTION: Runner Run-Down: Public-Private Partnership

What looks good on paper ends up costing more taxpayer money in the long run Braden Klassen, Contributor A Public-Private Partnership—or “P3”—is a contractual arrangement between a government entity and a private company or companies that allows them to work together to invest in, create, and maintain public services or infrastructure projects like hospitals, roads,... Continue Reading

B.C. ELECTION: Can We Trust Polls?

The NDP were projected to win by a landslide in 2013, so what are we to think? Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor When I was speaking to Linda Reid, a B.C. Liberal running in Richmond South-Centre and current speaker of the House, she said that if the Liberals took the polls as gospel in 2013, they... Continue Reading

B.C. Election: B.C. Greens Want to Experiment with Basic Guaranteed Income

It isn’t as crazy as it seems Joseph Keller, Web Editor Perhaps the most striking aspect of the B.C. Green Party’s platform is the idea of a guaranteed income as a safety net for British Columbians who find themselves unable to bring in a living wage. It’s an idea that has been toyed with in... Continue Reading

B.C. Election: Which Parties Will Protect Whistleblowers?

B.C., NDP, and Greens protect them, Liberals leave them in the cold Joseph Keller, Web Editor Issues like housing affordability and environmental protection have rightfully come to the forefront of this provincial election, but how has each party committed to protecting those who watch for and expose the government’s ethical shortcomings? It’s troubling that, even... Continue Reading

B.C. Election: The Liberals have Failed British Columbians on Climate Action

Justin Bige, Contributor This election, the continued exploitation of B.C. land is at stake. From the constant issuing of permits for projects like the Mount Polley mine, Trans Mountain’s pipeline expansion, and the Site C Dam, to the subsequent lack of consultation with First Nations, this election will determine who makes important decisions regarding the... Continue Reading

The Maple Leaf Education MOU is a Disappointment

KPU is disrespecting local students by going forward with the project Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor The term “MOU” hasn’t done much to help the university’s reputation as of late. Back in 2015, President Alan Davis signed a memorandum of understanding with Kinder Morgan’s environmentally damaging Trans Mountain Expansion Project, and was later shamed into terminating... Continue Reading

Let’s Give Surrey LRT a Chance

Mayor Hepner talks about the benefits of light rail transit, and she makes some good points Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor Citizens of Surrey have been calling for more efficient transit for ages. The city’s population is growing at such an incredible rate that it will soon be earmarked as the largest community in the province,... Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Everyone is Welcome at Surrey's Vaisakhi celebration

Arshdeep Singh Battu, Business Students Representative at the Kwantlen Student Association At Kwantlen Polytechnic University, there are many students from different countries and cultural backgrounds. From time to time, KPU organizes events and activities during which students can get the chance to share their cultures. The Surrey Sikh Parade, which is celebrated every year, will... Continue Reading

Don’t Spend Your Summer Voluntouring

If you visit impoverished countries, make sure you’re not going for yourself Braden Klassen, Contributor The decision to volunteer abroad isn’t something most people take lightly. There are many things to consider, like where you wish to go and for how long, what you’d need to pack, and what kind of work you’d like to... Continue Reading

Vancouver’s 4/20 Event Needs to be Held to a Higher Standard

Last year’s gathering was an embarrassment to responsible cannabis consumers Joseph Keller, Web Editor April 20th used to be my favorite day of the year. I looked at the yearly festival as a way of showing the community that cannabis users don’t necessarily fit the negative stereotypes that have been perpetuated for decades, and to... Continue Reading

Minimum Wage Should be Abolished

Calvin Boghart, Contributor The first minimum wage was imposed back in 1938 and set at a modest sum of 25-cents an hour. Many workers have lost their jobs since then because of this misguided policy. Its unintended consequences have been well-documented for nearly 80 years. For instance, Economists David Neumark and William Wascher reviewed more... Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Quiet Study Zones Should Stay Quiet

Josef Porcina You may have noticed those “quiet study zone” signs around the library, but—if you’re like a lot of people—you walked right by them and joined in on a conversation with your friends. The quiet study environment has the perfect acoustics for engaging in a group discussion, or studying silently. Fortunately for groups, they... Continue Reading

Who are KPU’s Rivals?

Douglas, UFV, SFU, Cap… where does KPU fit in? Keely Rammage-Scott, Contributor Most students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University can agree that there are some pretty great advantages in attending a smaller institution, but how does our unviersity compare with other postsecondary schools in the area? Who are KPU’s real rivals, and for what reasons do... Continue Reading