ISIS or Daesh. Why Does it Matter What We Call Them?

An enemy by any other name There has been a change in the official language used by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals lately. Anyone who’s been paying attention to the speeches of Trudeau and his ministers may have noticed that the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has not been referred to by that name... Continue Reading

Is Vancouver Even All That Liveable?

Despite high standing in The Economist’s liveability index, Vancouver tends to price out most student residents Vancouver, the city of mountains, ocean, and clean air, has received the title of the world’s third most liveable city for the fifth year in a row. Last month, The Economist released its annual ranking of the world’s top... Continue Reading

The Death of Private Prisons in America

American divestment in the facilities arrives after scathing investigative piece This month, media outlet Mother Jones released a harrowing and gritty account of four months spent inside one of America’s private prisons. That specific prison happened to be so private, in fact, that the article rattled bones across the entire continent, including the President of... Continue Reading

Tips to Survive and Thrive at University

It’s not hard to make the most of your time here Being a college or university student is an opportunity to meet new people, learn new things, make mistakes, and just generally figure your shit out. Whether you’re just starting at university for the first time or you’re a returning student, here are a few... Continue Reading

Editorial: Meet Your New School, Same as the Old School

From the Editors As with all universities, your experience will be what you make of it. When I first came to Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2012, I would do nothing but simply show up for class, take notes, and leave. I wasn’t making many friends, nor did I feel a strong connection to the school.... Continue Reading

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

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

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

From the Editors: News

It’s better than you think Lately the news appears to be much more depressing than usual. Shootings in the U.S. are constantly being reported, Turkey almost had a military junta, and there was another massacre in France. It would appear at first glance that the world is getting worse. I’m not the only one who’s... 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

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