Elizabeth May in Sept. 2015 - Laurel L. Russwurm Flickr CC

Elizabeth May to Remain Green Party Leader Despite Controversy

The Greens’ support for BDS movement to be revisited The Green Party of Canada held its annual convention from Aug. 5 to 7, during which the party’s membership voted in favor of supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel. According to the movement’s website, Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions is a Palestinian-led movement that has... Continue Reading

Living in a Net Zero Home

What it’s like getting off the grid and on the bandwagon Sleeping in a net zero home has always been a pipe dream of mine. In the dense and buzzing metropolis of Vancouver, they’re hard to come by and even harder to justify. This twentieth-century world runs on technology and the city simply can’t operate... Continue Reading

The Runner Debates: Fraternities & Sororities: The Pro Side

Despite the bad rap, fraternities might just be what KPU needs Click here to read the other side! Recent rumblings from the Kwantlen Student Association and the Alliance of BC Students about the possibility of one day building student housing on campus have gotten me thinking about what our young university could look like a... Continue Reading

The Runner Debates: Fraternities & Sororities: The Con Side

KPU Doesn’t Need a Frat, and Neither Does Anyone Else Click here to see the other side! Caution: This article discusses sexual assault. The backbone of fraternities is friendship, and that’s lovely. Student morale is indisputably important. It’s an attribute that KPU is notoriously lacking in, and in that regard, a frat house on-campus might... Continue Reading

Donald Trump Lives Where Ever Reason Sleeps

Canadians are not immune to the monster of Trump Given the turmoil of American politics, as spearheaded by Republican candidate and professional buffoon Donald Trump, many sit astounded at the difference in quality between the Canadian and American democracies. Canadians, however, are not immune to manipulative demagogues like Trump—those authoritarian figures who appeal to human... Continue Reading
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No Reason for Canada’s Monarchy

Having a Queen is incompatible with Canadian values This fall, the duke and duchess of Cambridge–Prince William and Kate Middleton—will be returning to Canada for their second visit. The royal couple has not toured our country since 2011 and their return is a fitting occasion to re-examine the role that the House of Windsor plays... Continue Reading
Housing Tax

Runner Run-Down: B.C.’s New Property Transfer Tax

15% tax for foreign investors seems great in theory, but flawed in practice After what feels like an eternity of listening to Vancouver locals complain about foreign investment in real estate, the province has decided to slap a 15 per cent property transfer tax onto the city’s homes for buyers from out of the country.... Continue Reading

Think Globally, Shop Locally

KPU environmental protection technology chair explains how to combat climate change “There’s a lot of stuff we can do better, but we have to do it together,” says Dr. Paul Richard, the Environmental Protection Technology Chair at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Aside from the obvious recommendations—turn off your electronics when they aren’t in use, walk more... Continue Reading
Liberal Party Popularity

Are we going too easy on Trudeau's Liberals?

We overwhelmingly approve of the new government, but are we overlooking its flaws? Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberal government is now well into its first year in power, and if recent data is to be believed Canada’s love affair with its dreamy-eyed PM is still going strong. Polls from Forum Research over the last few months... Continue Reading

In All Our Songs Command

What our anthem lacks in common appeal speaks to our confused national identity When a bill which changes the lyrics to “O Canada” from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command” comes into effect later this fall, we Canadians will solidify our national identity as a citizenry obsessed with not hurting... Continue Reading

The Too-Dirty Secrets of KPU Confessions

The group ought to start keeping objectionable posts to themselves “Send your funny, embarrassing or even darkest confessions and they will be posted anonymously,” promises KPU Confessions, a Facebook group dedicated to creating a safe space for students to speak their minds and spill their beans. Scroll down the page and you’ll find a handful... Continue Reading

The Case Against Christy Clark

Premier still deserves public criticism British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has been getting a lot of flack lately, and rightfully so. In May she travelled to Asia to promote provincial trade deals but brought two real estate companies with her, leading to suspicions that she aims to drive up the provincial housing market even further... Continue Reading

The study of Dead White Men

English literature focuses too heavily on one demographic English literature at Kwantlen Polytechnic University does not unreasonably favour white, male authors. But in order to be well-versed in the history of poetry, drama, and philosophical musings in a university setting, one must navigate the sometimes murky waters of the eurocentric, male-dominated past. One cannot—nor ought... Continue Reading

Nikki Ashton’s Honest Intentions

Her trip south may have positioned her above the mere political pawns Last month Nikki Ashton, the NDP MP for the northern Manitoba riding of Churchill-Keewatinook Aski, took her door-knocking talents south to Fargo, North Dakota to support American presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. By aligning herself with Sanders, a social democrat who is the farthest... Continue Reading

The Vancouver housing market is teetering

More regulations are needed before the whole thing collapses Many people will tell you the housing market in Vancouver is a house of cards, but realistically a Jenga tower is a more apt comparison. People are not only adding to the problem, they’re compromising the structure as they do it. Housing prices in the city... Continue Reading