The West Coast Needs to Take Students’ Mental Health Seriously

B.C. needs to follow in the footsteps of Atlantic post-secondary institutions Beautiful British Columbia, you truly are stunning with your extensive evergreen mountain range, deep blue ocean, and vibrant cities. I wish I could go outside and explore the places I love—but instead, I’m stuck inside working on a pile of homework. Deep in the... Continue Reading

Make Sure You’re Equipped for a B.C. Disaster

The province is due for a devastating earthquake, having an emergency kit prepared is vital to staying safe A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City and the surrounding area on Sept. 19, killing almost 400 people and injuring over 6,000. I was there one year to the day before that quake, and watching the chaos... Continue Reading

Whistler Mayor Should Defend or Clarify Comments About Lower Mainland Daytrippers

My thoughts here come at the request of Roundhouse Radio morning host Gene Valaitis. The response to my previous article reacting to Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden’s comments about day trippers from the Lower Mainland was considerable, with commenters expressing outrage at the mayor’s apparently elitist comments. Over the past couple of weeks, requests for clarification... Continue Reading

The Netflix Deal Could be a Game Changer For Canadian Content

Half a billion dollars could help get a lot of Canadian stories told, if Netflix does it right At the end of September, Netflix made an announcement that could be the biggest thing to happen for Canadian content since an old man in northwestern Ontario shared his passion for duct tape with us on The... Continue Reading

Conservative MP Dianne Watts Could Offer Honesty as B.C. Liberal Leader

Watts’ identity and history could be an indicator of her great leadership potential Conservative MP and former Surrey mayor Dianne Watts announced on Sept. 24 that she will be seeking the leadership of the B.C. Liberals. When journalist Liberty Craig asked about her political future for Fresh Magazine in 2010, Watts said that she didn’t... Continue Reading

Canada Still Needs Rick Mercer’s News Commentary

The retirement of the beloved Canadian performer is sad news for satire fans Canadians were dismayed to learn last month that we will be losing a long-standing favourite news commentary show: The Rick Mercer Report. The program has been on the air for 15 seasons and Rick Mercer himself announced that the one currently airing... Continue Reading

Conservatives Should Forget the “Goldilocks Zone” and Commit to Opposing Bigotry

“Can gay people enjoy low tax rates?” ask Tory and GOP Senators Both in the United States and Canada, the dominant conservative parties (the Republicans and the Conservative Party of Canada, respectively) keep bigotry at a peculiar distance—not so close that the party becomes inseparable from it, but not so far that they lose a... Continue Reading

Advanced Directives Help Dying Canadians Control Their Future

Bill C-14 is an Act passed by the federal government last May which legalized medical assistance in dying. Though it was an important accomplishment for Canadian legislatures, the bill fails to address the availability of advanced directives for patients seeking a medically assisted death. Advanced directives are documents which specify what steps should be taken... Continue Reading

When “No” Isn’t Enough, We Need to Speak Up

The never-ending cycle of victim blaming, misogyny, and rape culture needs to come to an end I sat aboard the 319 to Scott Road Station on the side of the road for around 15 minutes one evening before I asked my fellow passengers why we were at a standstill. One lady responded that we were... Continue Reading

Mindfulness Helps Manage Student Stress

How to holistically handle anxiety in school If you already sense the imminent stresses of being a student, the best way to start a successful semester is to acknowledge the need for self-care. To control stress, it’s crucial to understand where it comes from. Solutions come easier once you understand the fundamental issues you are... Continue Reading

KPU’s Cannabis Professional Series May Not Be Good for Surrey

The Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology has become the first institution in North America to offer a certificate program in the production of commercial cannabis. The course is open to any post-graduate student with a degree in the faculty of Horticulture, though potential students must be eligible to apply for an Access to... Continue Reading

A Message to Whistler Mayor: British Columbia Belongs To All British Columbians

Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden thinks Lower Mainlanders shouldn’t visit on the cheap In a recent interview with CBC News, Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden had a couple of complaints about some of the summer visitors to her little piece of our province, and she specifically singled out day trippers from my little piece of British Columbia.... Continue Reading

Plagiarizing Someone Else's Work Should Not be Tolerated in the Literary Community

Former Canadian Poet Laureate accused of stealing from Tupac, Maya Angelou When former Poet Laureate Pierre DesRuisseaux passed away in January of last year, he left behind a legacy as one of Canada’s greatest French-language poets in the modern era. That legacy has now been called into question. DesRuisseaux, who served as the Canadian Parliamentary... Continue Reading

Pull the Plug on Animal Retailing

Surrey is urged to enact a bylaw to stop the retail sale of animals If you are planning to buy an animal at a pet store—particularly a dog, cat, or rabbit—you may want to consider a few things first. According to an article by Maple Ridge News, Kathy Powelson, Executive Director for the Paws for... Continue Reading

Richmond’s Underground Food Market is a Too-Risky Business

Underground food markets and private kitchens in Richmond put consumers at risk with lack of health and safety regulations Something’s growing underground in Richmond, and it’s not just the vegetables. Like several cities before it, Richmond has seen an underground food market spread its roots over the last few years, giving community members easy access... Continue Reading