Buck the Chilliwack Rodeo

Earlier this month, The Fraser Valley Animal Rights Association staged a peaceful protest at the Chilliwack Rodeo. The Association drew the support of actor and outspoken animal right activist Pamela Anderson, who called for an end to “rodeo cruelty in Chilliwack” on Twitter. The reason why the Chilliwack rodeo was singled out is because it... Continue Reading

Despite Noble Intentions, Callout Culture Isn’t Effective

When Jordan Peterson held a rally in opposition to language policing at the University of Toronto in 2016, the event was stormed by a group of students who disagreed with his stance. They publicly denounced him because they perceived his statements as a form of bigotry. During the rally, students for and against Peterson’s views... Continue Reading

Political Instability in Brazil Threatens the Financial Security of International Students

Since the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in 2016, political polarization has kept the country divided and in perpetual conflict. On the one hand, there are those who regard the impeachment as an undemocratic coup to conceal third-party interests. On the other are those who support the impeachment, claiming to be fed up with... Continue Reading
Brightly colored straws thrown around on a table. Some of them are showing the lower side of the tube, with only a few of the flexible heads visible. The colors range from blue to red tones.(flickr/Horia Varlan)

Banning Plastic Straws Raises Questions About Inclusivity and Effectiveness

In May, Vancouver became the first major Canadian city to ban the use of plastic straws and foam containers by restaurants and food vendors. The ban, which will come into effect in June of next year, is just one of a number of initiatives that the city is undertaking to eliminate the disposal of solid... Continue Reading
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The “First-Year Experience” at KPU Isn’t so Fresh, Man

I can’t blame Kwantlen Polytechnic University students if they feel let down about their first year at university. Rather than a year full of friends, parties, and ramen noodles, we face stress, student loans, and a lack of school spirit. Likely the biggest difference between the expectation that new students have about their first year... Continue Reading
Farewell Greyhound buses. (flickr/Isriya Paireepairit)

The Public Sector Should Step in as Greyhound Steps Out

The recent announcement that Greyhound is discontinuing almost all bus routes in Western Canada has left people who don’t have access to a car with no way of reaching the rural communities in B.C.’s interior. Thankfully, there are currently plans for BC Bus North to make up for some of the lost network, and there’s... Continue Reading
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Teahouse Manager Was Wrong to Refuse Service to a Trump Supporter

Darin Hodge, a manager at the popular Teahouse restaurant in Stanley Park, was fired after refusing to serve a Trump supporter wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat in early June. According to an article by CTV News, the customer was asked to remove his hat in order to dine in the restaurant, but chose... Continue Reading
Surrey RCMP cruisers parked outside the District 3 precinct police station in Newton. (Braden Klassen)
Surrey RCMP cruisers parked outside the District 3 precinct police station in Newton. (Braden Klassen)

Surrey Community Alliance Proposes the Creation of a Police Force

According to an article in The Vancouver Sun, Doug Elford, a city council hopeful and president of Surrey Community Alliance, wants the City of Surrey to create a municipal police force to diminish local gang violence. In response to the recent targeted shooting of two teenagers—16-year-old Jaskarn Singh Jhutty and 17-year-old Jaskaran Singh Bhangal—the alliance wants to... Continue Reading
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Social Media Helps Breath New Life Into Old Artforms

You’ve probably seen them on your feed as you’ve scrolled through various slime videos and Jeff Goldblum appreciation posts. Instapoets—who, as you might guess, are poets whose fan bases are bolstered mainly through the app Instagram—are becoming increasingly prevalent. Celebrities have quoted them, their works have become bestsellers, and almost every social media-savvy person nowadays... Continue Reading
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It’s All Greek To Me: The Future of Frats at KPU

Fraternities and sororities are formal, club-like groups of students who are looking to network socially, engage in community service, and throw legendary parties. Once you have pledged to your chosen frat or sorority house, you have committed to attend and promote house events and initiatives and to support members of other houses and your own.... Continue Reading

Four Ways to Keep Cool at School this Summer

If you’re stuck commuting to KPU this summer, I’m so sorry. All jokes aside, you better be prepared to endure the heat wave that will accompany you to campus over the next few months. This summer is expected to be one of the hottest ones on record, so here are just a few ways to... Continue Reading

The Runner Debates: The Ethics Behind 13 Reasons Why

Read the other half of the argument here: http://ow.ly/zCA550hR3Te Warning: this article discusses potentially triggering topics such as suicide and rape. As someone who has seen the devastation that follows a loved one’s suicide, I can confidently say that the now-infamous rape scene in 13 Reasons Why isn’t the bane of the production. It’s show’s entire underlying... Continue Reading
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The Runner Debates: The Ethics Behind 13 Reasons Why

Read the other half of the argument here: http://ow.ly/w9jy50hR42I Warning: this article discusses potentially triggering topics such as suicide and rape. Few shows are as polarizing as Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, which depicts the aftermath of high schooler Hannah Baker’s suicide. In the show, Hannah uses 13 audio-cassette tapes to reveal one-by-one the reasons why she... Continue Reading
Cycling through Burn's Bog. Victoria Day practice ride with a group of fellow Hong Kong bicycling enthusiasts. (Kristine Hui)
Cycling through Burn's Bog. Victoria Day practice ride with a group of fellow Hong Kong bicycling enthusiasts. (Kristine Hui)

I’m Leaving the Nest to Bike Across Canada

Every year for the last six years, I’ve asked myself if I would ever achieve my dream of biking across Canada. Now, I’m finally getting ready to begin the seven-week trip that will take me to the opposite side of the country alongside 19 other riders. When I think about the 7,550 kilometre journey ahead... Continue Reading
The BC NDP have been criticized for deleting emails in a manner that made them inaccessible to the public. (Braden Klassen)

Explainer: The NDP Email Deletion Scandal

During the NDP’s first 100 days in power, seven of Premier Horgan’s staff members and three of the party’s ministers were caught deleting emails from their work accounts.  Every single email sent by John Horgan and his closest employees was deleted. These included emails focused on policy changes, hiring staff, and setting budgets. Don Wright,... Continue Reading