CFS’ decline greatly significant for student lobbying groups

How the mighty have fallen There was a time, not too long ago, when speaking ill of the Canadian Federation of Students caused many to vehemently defend the organization’s honour, sometimes claiming that those critical of it were enemies of the student movement. It would seem those days are now behind us. The days of... Continue Reading

Hollywood’s ongoing whitewashing is problematic

Nina Simone’s character should have been better cast Hollywood has often been criticized for whitewashing, using white actors to portray people of colour. Their latest example, where Zoe Saldana portrays Nina Simone in the newly released biopic of the singer’s life, is no exception. Simone was a black woman in a racially conflicted society, in... Continue Reading

Diet Orange Crush no longer

NDP has strong leadership options that will help party One of my favourite memories of Tom Mulcair is when he went ziplining with Rick Mercer. He talked about his childhood, was reasonably a little scared, and also had fun flinging himself down a little wire. I think you can tell a lot about a politician... Continue Reading

The Conservatives need to be more libertarian

More “Progressive Conservative” than “Reform” Canadian political parties have an interesting dynamic against each other. Small dips or bumps in the popular vote can mean massive changes in the house. Because of this, our parties need to have a somewhat broad appeal. What this means is that a Conservative party that touts banning abortion and... Continue Reading

Forging Some Kwantlen Traditions

KPU needs an annual group activity to combat the lack of student life Kwantlen Polytechnic University has many unique perks which set us apart from other schools. For example, we have campuses in four different locations across three cities, small classroom sizes, and tuitions costs that won’t force you to sell your home. Noticeably absent... Continue Reading

We need women in government

International heads of state lead the way, while we play catch-up Women are far from infallible creatures. Like men, they can be corrupt, wretched, and dangerous. In the 20th century, Mao Zedong’s wife, Jiang Qing, committed horrific crimes under the name of communism. Queen Ranavalona, who reigned over Madagascar from 1828 to 1861, tortured and... Continue Reading

Girls with Guitars and Rad Attitudes

Appreciating women in American rock music   Some of the OG ladies of rock and roll are now household names. Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Janis Joplin and Patti Smith have shaped the history of music by daring to enter the industry at a time when it was overwhelmingly dominated by men. The Breeders, Siouxsie and... Continue Reading

Can you be anti-immigration without being racist?

Immigration is the spice of a nation, but it shouldn’t burn the throat When someone says they don’t like Trudeau for bringing in refugees from Syria, some of us instinctively begin to wonder if we’re hearing from a racist. But while our attentions are often drawn to the loud, obnoxious people who want to ban... Continue Reading

Low Barriers, Low Standards

How (not) to take care of people Low barrier shelters were recently the topic of some controversy in Maple Ridge. The provincial government was in the process of buying an unused hotel and transforming it into a low barrier shelter for homeless people in the area. On the surface this sounds nice—but what low barrier... Continue Reading

The Runner Debates: The Road More Travelled

LRT is the future of transit in Surrey by Kyrsten Downton Surrey is one of the largest municipalities in B.C. and it is steadily rising. Many people are moving there because of its affordability, but it’s difficult to get around. To help build a stronger city, Surrey is looking into expanding the public transit system.... Continue Reading

Where have all the smart people gone?

A look at the perceived ‘Brain Drain’ in Canada Where is Canadian talent going? It’s a question that has been asked in Canada for some time. The phenomenon of skilled Canadians looking abroad for better opportunity has been noticed by analysts as far back as the 1860s, and fear of the dreaded “brain drain” reached... Continue Reading

BC’s Wolf Cull Is Nothing But A Selective Slaughter Program

Society should be more concerned with removing our impact on nature The B.C. government is a firm believer in supporting the lesser of two evils. In terms of conservation in the British Columbian wilderness, the “lesser evil” happens to be the mass killing of wolves in support of our province’s dwindling caribou population. Saving one... Continue Reading

The Singular “They”

The next step in the evolution of the English language? Advance apologies to those who were hoping that “on fleek” or “squaaaaaaaaaaad” would make the cut. On Jan. 8, the American Dialect Society declared that the singular form of the pronoun “they” is their word of the year for 2015. In English, “they” typically refers... Continue Reading

The La Loche Shooting is Not A Part of an American Trend

A tragic, isolated instance should not be conflated with America’s problems A Canadian town already plagued by high suicide rates stepped into the spotlight on Jan. 22 when a school shooting left four dead and seven in critical condition. The shooter, a teenager who cannot be named due to the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was... Continue Reading

Pacific Centre security alarm demonstrates our true colours

Is “Innocent until proven guilty” just for show? In Canada we claim to believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. We proudly strive to demonstrate acceptance towards all of our nation’s cultures. Judging by what happened to three British tourists on Jan. 12, however, those ideals are only words, not likely to translate into... Continue Reading