Girls with Guitars and Rad Attitudes

Appreciating women in American rock music   Some of the OG ladies of rock and roll are now household names. Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Janis Joplin and Patti Smith have shaped the history of music by daring to enter the industry at a time when it was overwhelmingly dominated by men. The Breeders, Siouxsie and... Continue Reading

Can you be anti-immigration without being racist?

Immigration is the spice of a nation, but it shouldn’t burn the throat When someone says they don’t like Trudeau for bringing in refugees from Syria, some of us instinctively begin to wonder if we’re hearing from a racist. But while our attentions are often drawn to the loud, obnoxious people who want to ban... Continue Reading

Low Barriers, Low Standards

How (not) to take care of people Low barrier shelters were recently the topic of some controversy in Maple Ridge. The provincial government was in the process of buying an unused hotel and transforming it into a low barrier shelter for homeless people in the area. On the surface this sounds nice—but what low barrier... Continue Reading

The Runner Debates: The Road More Travelled

LRT is the future of transit in Surrey by Kyrsten Downton Surrey is one of the largest municipalities in B.C. and it is steadily rising. Many people are moving there because of its affordability, but it’s difficult to get around. To help build a stronger city, Surrey is looking into expanding the public transit system.... Continue Reading

Where have all the smart people gone?

A look at the perceived ‘Brain Drain’ in Canada Where is Canadian talent going? It’s a question that has been asked in Canada for some time. The phenomenon of skilled Canadians looking abroad for better opportunity has been noticed by analysts as far back as the 1860s, and fear of the dreaded “brain drain” reached... Continue Reading

BC’s Wolf Cull Is Nothing But A Selective Slaughter Program

Society should be more concerned with removing our impact on nature The B.C. government is a firm believer in supporting the lesser of two evils. In terms of conservation in the British Columbian wilderness, the “lesser evil” happens to be the mass killing of wolves in support of our province’s dwindling caribou population. Saving one... Continue Reading

The Singular “They”

The next step in the evolution of the English language? Advance apologies to those who were hoping that “on fleek” or “squaaaaaaaaaaad” would make the cut. On Jan. 8, the American Dialect Society declared that the singular form of the pronoun “they” is their word of the year for 2015. In English, “they” typically refers... Continue Reading

The La Loche Shooting is Not A Part of an American Trend

A tragic, isolated instance should not be conflated with America’s problems A Canadian town already plagued by high suicide rates stepped into the spotlight on Jan. 22 when a school shooting left four dead and seven in critical condition. The shooter, a teenager who cannot be named due to the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was... Continue Reading

Pacific Centre security alarm demonstrates our true colours

Is “Innocent until proven guilty” just for show? In Canada we claim to believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. We proudly strive to demonstrate acceptance towards all of our nation’s cultures. Judging by what happened to three British tourists on Jan. 12, however, those ideals are only words, not likely to translate into... Continue Reading

Nuclear disarmament unlikely, but possible

There are many barriers in the way of a global nuclear disarmament North Korea’s recent claim of nuclear warhead testing has brought up the discussion of worldwide nuclear disarmament once more. The possibility of a nuclear-free world is something that could potentially happen, but there are still many important barriers to discuss before making it... Continue Reading

A Case of Kwantlen

Why not showcase KPU Beer on every campus? Like many workplaces, the staff of The Runner conformed to annual holiday tradition and conducted an office-wide Secret Santa, wherein each staff member gives a single gift to a randomly selected coworker. My past experience with Secret Santa means I know that I can expect one of... Continue Reading

Attack on Syrian refugees not the first hate crime in Canada

Nation has long history of discriminating against others When the Muslim Association of Canada held a welcome night for Syrian refugees on Jan. 8, an unknown man on a bicycle ambushed a group of 100 people with pepper spray. Paramedics and firefighters treated 15 people from the attack. As the story spread, so too did... Continue Reading

At Home And Abroad

In considering the resettlement of refugees, the government also has an obligation to our homeless citizens With the continued increase of Syrian refugees being granted asylum in Canada, there are some citizens who are concerned about who the government is letting in. According to the Government of Canada website, the process has five distinct phases,... Continue Reading

Are Trudeau’s refugee numbers for 2015 reasonable?

Refugee assistance money is less than you think Before this year’s election, the Liberal’s political campaign was already stirring the country. Between promises of legalizing of marijuana, new laws on doctor-assisted suicide, and the possible repealing of Bill C-51, anyone would agree that Trudeau had his work cut out for him. Not everyone knew about... Continue Reading

Alberta NDP government seeks to lead in green initiatives

Could carbon taxes improve Canadian influence on the international stage? Environmental concerns were amongst the most hotly debated topics amidst Canada’s 2015 national election, and in the end the Conservatives’ monotonous defense fell on deaf ears. Canadians have shown a proactive interest in maintaining responsible environmental policies, and in the case of BC we have... Continue Reading