Letter to the Editor: Quiet Study Zones Should Stay Quiet

Josef Porcina You may have noticed those “quiet study zone” signs around the library, but—if you’re like a lot of people—you walked right by them and joined in on a conversation with your friends. The quiet study environment has the perfect acoustics for engaging in a group discussion, or studying silently. Fortunately for groups, they... Continue Reading

Who are KPU’s Rivals?

Douglas, UFV, SFU, Cap… where does KPU fit in? Keely Rammage-Scott, Contributor Most students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University can agree that there are some pretty great advantages in attending a smaller institution, but how does our unviersity compare with other postsecondary schools in the area? Who are KPU’s real rivals, and for what reasons do... Continue Reading

Vancouver Would Lose its Charm as a Megacity

Why the city should avoid amalgamation as seen in Toronto and Montreal Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor The area previously known as the Greater Vancouver Regional District took on a new identity last month when it adopted “Metro Vancouver” as its official title. The shiny new name marks the beginning of prosperous branding campaign for the... Continue Reading

The Ubyssey Protected Students’ Rights By Releasing Undergraduate Admissions Rubric

Making the document available holds UBC’s feet to the fire Neil Bassan, Contributor The University of British Columbia’s official student newspaper, The Ubyssey, released what is known as the Broad-Based Admissions rubric (BBA) halfway through February. The UBC BBA, now available in full on the The Ubyssey webpage, informs graders who evaluate admissions essays from... Continue Reading

KPU Should Take After UBC on Indigenous Community Planning Program

The university needs to give students the ability to get more involved through school Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning is thrilled to be organizing five more years of its Indigenous Community Planning Program, thanks to a $500,000 grant it received from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. The program began... Continue Reading

Surrey’s New Dog Bylaw Will Benefit Both Dog Owners and the Public

Keeping an extra eye on your pooch Daniella Javier, Contributor No matter how friendly your dog may be, keeping it leashed and/or muzzled in public is a smart move. If you do that, you’ll avoid getting fined or restricted. The City of Surrey is in the process of implementing its new Animal Responsibility Bylaw as... Continue Reading

On The Importance of Free Speech

Aside from calls to violence and coercion, we should all speak up Neil Bassan, Contributor Restrictions on free speech stunt our capacities to reason effectively. Why bother thinking when certain ideologies are placed outside the purview of critique? To put this another way, people like the Flat Earth Society members serve a great purpose in... Continue Reading

Canadians Are in the Front Lines in the Protests Against Trump

We can’t forget that this is not normal Keely Rammage-Scott, Contributor Canadians have made it clear that Trump will not just be on the front cover of American newspapers for the foreseeable future. He’ll be on ours as well. In the few short weeks of his presidency, Trump has already begun to repeal Obamacare, and... Continue Reading

Stay Mad About the Death of Electoral Reform

When it comes to politicians abandoning election promises, time should not heal all wounds Braden Klassen, Contributor When the federal government officially announced that it was breaking a steadfast campaign promise by abandoning its efforts towards facilitating electoral reform, Canadians reacted in delight and dismay, but mostly in disinterest. Those who were upset by the... Continue Reading

Blackstock Says No to Bribe from INAC

There’s no such thing as just a gift Justin Bige Renowned Indigenous children’s advocate Cindy Blackstock knows well enough not to fall for an obvious bribe, even if it’s offered by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). A $149,000 donation by INAC was rejected by The First Nations Child and Family Services Society (FNCFSP) when... Continue Reading

The Great White Terror

Xenophobia has caused Canadians to turn a blind eye to domestic hate groups Braden Klassen, Contributor. In 2015, The Toronto Star obtained declassified CSIS files indicating that white-supremacist ideologies were linked to more “lone-wolf” acts of terrorism than any other hate group or terrorist organization in Canada. Yet the public’s awareness of these groups was... Continue Reading

TransLink is Finally Addressing their Outdated Fare Structure

If you feel the fare isn’t fair, you can help them overhaul the system Braden Klassen, Contributor The South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority—known to most by their brand name TransLink—has provided a myriad of indispensable transit-related services for the population of the Metro Vancouver area. However, in the years since its formation, the transit... Continue Reading

Whatever You Do, Dodge the Flu

Avoid germ warfare with these simple flu-season safety tips. Paula Aguilar Headaches, watery eyes, sweats, chills, upset stomachs—no, I’m not talking about falling in love. I’m talking about influenza season. It’s an agonizing period, and most would do anything to avoid it. Here are some tips and home remedies to help you get through this... Continue Reading

Deceitful, Divisive, Dollar-Bound: Politics as Usual in B.C.

Depth of Christy Clark’s pockets made it difficult for her supporters to justify their support Even if you’re generally apathetic about provincial politics in B.C., there is still a good chance that you heard “stipend”, “turned down”, and “Christy Clark” being thrown around in the news lately. You would not be incorrect to say that... Continue Reading

The Runner Debates: Why Do Pipelines Get Approved?: Alyssa Laube

The benefits are politically smart, but ethically and environmentally dangerous Check out the other side of the debate here Surrey may soon accept a benefits deal from Kinder Morgan, the company responsible for the Trans Mountain Pipeline. The project was built in 1953, running from Strathcona County to Burnaby, and is expanding by 980 kilometres... Continue Reading