They’re Sexy, They’re Sweet—But They’re Also Your Instructor

Most students have been attracted to a teacher at some point in their lives, but relationships between the two have been a controversial topic for a long time. In most of Canada, student-instructor relationships are not banned, but the age of consent does prohibit younger students from being involved in romantic or sexual relationships with... Continue Reading

Reach Out to Your Campus Community

My journey to engaging with KPU’s on-campus community was not an easy one. I was filled with anxiety about meeting new people and always worried about how I would look to others if I reached out. Would they accept me? Would someone tell me that I didn’t belong there? Maybe it was better if I... Continue Reading

B.C. Should Be More Ambitious in Tackling Poverty

At the beginning of October, the provincial government tabled legislation that is intended to reduce child poverty by 50 per cent and overall poverty by 25 per cent within the next five years. Although these targets are bold, they could stand to be more ambitious. B.C. currently has the the second highest rate of overall... Continue Reading

When Faith Lets you Down, Pick Yourself Back up

Since news broke that 300 priests in Pennsylvania were being accused of sexually assaulting more than 1000 children, members of the Catholic faith have been expressing their disappointment in the Church. While this is only the latest in a series of Catholic sexual abuse cases that have come to light, hugely upsetting scandals like this... Continue Reading

Run-Down: What Legalization Means for You

Canada is the second country after Uruguay to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use. Medicinal marijuana was legalized in Canada in 2001, but now, thanks to the 2018 Cannabis Act, every adult citizen here can take part in purchasing the green leaf. Gabriel Bélanger, a professor for Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Cannabis Professional Series... Continue Reading

Keep Yourself and Others Safe by Understanding Consent

All over British Columbia, universities like Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Victoria are working on campaigns to educate students about consent. Through videos, events, and online information, the topic is becoming more and more prevalent. Student governments en masse are encouraging people to learn what consent is and... Continue Reading

Hiring Instructors from Diverse Backgrounds Helps Dismantle Power Structures in Class

In the ceaseless struggle to achieve societal equality, the increasing number of university courses on the past and present oppression of marginalized groups is immensely helpful. When it comes to who should be teaching such courses, is it acceptable to have people in the highest position of privilege—straight, white men—standing at the head of these... Continue Reading

Post-Secondary Students in Vancouver Need to Vote

On Oct. 20, Vancouverites will be voting to elect a mayor, 10 city councillors, seven commissioners for the Board of Parks and Recreation, and nine school trustees for the Vancouver School Board. That is, if they decide to vote. During the last municipal election in November 2014, residents of Metro Vancouver voiced their concerns about... Continue Reading

Your Vote Matters in Municipal Politics

With a bunch of people you’ve probably never heard of running for office, it’s no wonder that turnout for municipal elections, especially those in Metro Vancouver, are so low. Despite the anonymous candidates and the seemingly insignificant stakes involved, you should vote in this October’s election and every municipal election that you can. As it... Continue Reading

Going Global: USMCA or “NAFTA 2” is a win-win-win

During a late night session some weeks ago, Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walked outside of an old, wooden-doored building in the middle of the night. Reporters tried to chat with the PM, but all he had to say was that it’s a “good day for Canada.” Though the... Continue Reading

How to be Financially Responsible this School Year (Like an Adult)

If I asked a room full of KPU students if they were struggling financially, I imagine that most would raise their hands. But there are things you can do to alleviate that burden. I know what you’re thinking: “Why am I taking financial advice from someone with a journalism degree?” Well, I learned from the... Continue Reading

The Case Against Tim Hortons

Everyone who has been to the Cedar building knows that the Tim Hortons on KPU’s Surrey campus is easily the most popular destination for students looking to grab a quick coffee or snack in between classes. Most items on the Tim’s menu cost less than similar ones at the Grassroots or the cafeteria, and its... Continue Reading

What Other Departments Could Learn from My Favourite KPU Course

You won’t often see me racing down the narrow and crowded halls of KPU, itching to get a front row seat in class. I’m more of a “stroll in 10 minutes late with a venti chai latte and a dumbfounded look on my face as the instructor collects papers” type of student. The fall 2016... Continue Reading

The War on Women Rages on in Media and Reality

I recently started watching The Handmaid’s Tale and quickly became enthralled by its drama and characters. Then I felt terrified because that fictional world isn’t too far off from our own. In the critically acclaimed Hulu series, adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, a religious dictatorship governs the Republic of Gilead—formerly the United States—where women... Continue Reading

The Dangers of The Amazon

Jeff Bezos’s net worth reached a staggering $150 billion on July 16, finally granting him the title of the world’s richest man. Bezos is the owner and founder of Amazon, the largest online commerce company in the world, which offers an expansive catalog of products from technology to groceries. By diversifying his areas of investment,... Continue Reading