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

Universities shouldn’t ban student-faculty relationships

We’re all consenting adults here As of late, the University of British Columbia’s interim President Dr. Martha Piper has been discussing a potential policy reform which would see the regulation of student-faculty relationships at the university. In practice, the policy she’s discussing would be less of a regulation and more of an outright ban on... Continue Reading

The Runner Debates: Public Schools v. Private Schools

Funding increase to private schools is a symbol of elitism and ignorance by Alyssa Laube Despite receiving over a half-billion taxpayer dollars in public school funding last year, the Vancouver School Board finds itself encumbered with a $24-million deficit. Nearly 30 other districts are facing similar crises province-wide due to a collective funding cut of... Continue Reading

Canadian woman’s face to be shown on the national bank note by 2018

It’s time to cash in on the achievements of Canada’s most inspirational women After nearly a century spent with Queen Elizabeth II as the only woman to adorn the Canadian bank note, it’s been announced that another female face will be printed on bills by 2018. Unlike the Queen, however, she will be a native-born... Continue Reading

Subsistence is Survival

It’s cold out there for a seal When it comes to seal hunting, there’s plenty of mud to sling. Two years ago Ellen DeGeneres called the seal hunt “one of the most atrocious and inhumane acts against animals allowed by any government.” While many of the arguments against the practice are largely emotional, it’s still... Continue Reading

Runner Run-Down: Understanding Wildfires

They have many causes, but we need better solutions Earlier this month we were hit with one of the biggest wildfires in Canadian history. The fire at Fort McMurray may even become the costliest disaster in Canadian history. The Bank of Montreal has already released an evaluation suggesting that it might cost the insurer up... Continue Reading

Co-operative education adds value to our degrees

Enhancing learning in a society focused on jobs The purpose of education is a question we ask ourselves throughout our university experience. Whether you’re just starting to attend university or are already on a trajectory to finishing, it’s easy for the answer to get lost amidst the various entrance requirements, classes, clubs, work responsibilities, and... Continue Reading

Government apologies need follow-through to have impact

Being sorry without action is not truly being sorry Canadians are stereotypically known for apologizing for pretty much everything. Our extensive list notably includes apologizing for historic injustices and, in recent decades, Canadian politicians have with greater frequency formally apologizing for the racist and discriminatory actions of our predecessors. The multicultural nature of Canada means... Continue Reading

The significance of learning another language

Parlez-vous? The globalization of English may have reduced some anglophones’ willingness to adopt non-native tongues. Now many English speakers ask, is learning another language really worth it? Of course it is. Languages shape the world. They impact everything, from history, to art, to politics, to entire identities. From the most intimate viewpoint they shape the... Continue Reading

The Runner Debates: Minimum Wage

Minimum wage should stay where it is Merit, not entitlement by Kyle Prince The minimum wage is being reconsidered in BC as people push to raise it once again to $15 an hour. Only problem is, minimum wage isn’t meant to be living wage. It’s meant to put a bit of spending money into high... Continue Reading