Runner Run-Down: Don't Groan Over Your Student Loan

Important info to consider when signing up for debt Paula Aguilar, Contributor Considering the price of university tuition, coupled with the ever-rising cost of living in the province, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for B.C. students to be able to afford postsecondary education without the help of a Student Loan. This somewhat faustian agreement with a... Continue Reading

Why We Can’t See the Stars

Light pollution is more dangerous than it sounds Earth and outer space lovers have been protesting light pollution since before the 21st century began. The push against excessive artificial light got its big break with the dark-sky movement, spearheaded by astronomers afraid of losing sight of the stars. Since then, the movement has welcomed activists... Continue Reading

Surrey’s Ban on E-Cigarettes in Public Places Raises Important Questions

To vape or not to vape? If you ask someone whether they think e-cigarettes are safer than real cigarettes, you’ll most likely hear a strong opinion about it. However, if the person you ask lives in the City of Surrey, the answer you hear may not even matter. For anyone who isn’t familiar with vaping,... Continue Reading

Healthcare Privatization is Not the Answer

Advocates for a two-tiered healthcare might be suffering from symptoms of affluenza The Supreme Court of B.C. is hearing a charter challenge from Dr. Brian Day, who says that Canada’s laws preventing doctors from practicing publicly and privately are in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and should be repealed so that Canadians—or... Continue Reading

From the Editors: Trudeau’s political credit card is maxed out

In the moments after the announcement that the Kinder Morgan pipeline project had received governmental approval, leader of the opposition, Rona Ambrose, said that Trudeau and the Liberal Party had “run out of political capital.” She’s right. A friend of mine pointed out that, in some ways, Trudeau approving the pipeline is worse than Harper... Continue Reading

Teachers (And Students) Benefit from Smaller Class Sizes

The Supreme Court’s ruling provides room for students to grow properly Our public education system needs significant reform, and few solutions can offer the immediate benefit of individualized education. Having fewer students in class would allow teachers to focus more on each individual child, understand their educational needs, and tailor instructions accordingly. This extra investment... Continue Reading

A Tax on Empty Homes is Not Enough to Fix the Problem

The B.C. Residential Tenancy Act needs an update Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s 1 per cent tax on vacant homes may be a step closer to addressing the housing crisis, but it’s far from a wholesale solution. The CBC reports that Robertson justified the measure as a “business tax” on owners he said were treating housing... Continue Reading

SUSTIANABLE LIVING: Holiday Edition

The tree isn’t the only thing that should be green this holiday season Marketing during the holidays is pretty intense to say the least. It seems that advertisements demand your attention everywhere you look, telling you that you can’t be happy without the product they’re selling. You might feel momentarily elated by making new purchase,... Continue Reading

Moving Away From Coal is a Step in the Right Direction, Albeit a Tiny One

It’s time to finally let the coals die out The Federal Liberal Party of Canada has announced that they are planning to drastically reduce the country’s reliance on coal-based power by 2030—as if taking 15 more years to do something that should’ve been done forever ago is somehow positive. For decades, coal power has been... Continue Reading

Electoral Reform Needed for True Democracy

It’s time for FPTP to go, whether the Liberals or the electorate make the decision It’s been speculated that a preliminary survey, which will be conducted in early December, might be the precursor to a national referendum on whether or not the electoral system should change. While a referendum result that opposes the change would... Continue Reading

Sustainable Living: The Bathroom

How to green your bathroom routine From using ethically sourced ingredients to picking out bathroom decor, there’s always a way to be a little friendlier to the environment in your life. As with any switch to a new product or routine, work within your means and make choices that reflect your goals as an individual.... Continue Reading

Legal Cannabis Means More Pleasure

What is the harm in pleasure seeking if we are so drawn to it by nature?    As the recreational use of marijuana is legalized, to say that we must strike a balance between allowing and regulating the substance on university campuses would be to make a stale and uninteresting argument about policy. After all,... Continue Reading

Going Global: All Trumped Up

Trump’s foreign policy could be a disaster If Trump wants to enact the changes that he talked about on the campaign trail, there could be a massive shift in the geopolitical chessboard, and it’s not good. While many consider the United States to be the most powerful country in the world, they’re not the superpower... Continue Reading

It’s Time for Mary Polak to Resign

The Minister of Environment hasn’t been following through, and Bella Bella proves it Once again, British Columbian waters have been contaminated by corporate oil under the province’s Minister of Environment, Mary Polak. A tugboat containing 200,000 litres of diesel fuel sank off the coast of Bella Bella on Oct. 13, and stormy weather has prevented... Continue Reading

Why We’re not Proud of our Country

Canadian nationalism is dwindling in Millennials, to no one’s surprise Gone are the days when Canadians sang their national anthem crying tears of pride and joy. Singing the anthem seems more like a chore than a tribute nowadays—an obsolete tradition that we’re all forced through, full of reluctance and lip-syncing. Whereas the Americans flip their... Continue Reading