Xenophobia shouldn’t be steering our policies towards refugees

Look in the mirror, Canada. Finally, it seems, we’re talking about refugees. Canada has been taking a hit over the past couple of weeks with critics suggesting that the country isn’t doing enough to support Syrian refugees. Instead, it’s getting caught up in notions of “protecting Canadians” from “terrorism” as justification for why our number... Continue Reading

Vanc-Uber Needs to Become a Reality

Metro Vancouver’s laws against ridesharing have us trailing other metropolises. Having been on exchange in Vienna for a month now, I can say that one of the highlights of living abroad is the opportunity to sample products that are not available to you back home. For me this product has been Uber, a service that’s... Continue Reading

Bank separation law returns to American congress

The Return of Glass-Steagal comes from Democrats and Republicans Early last month in the United States, Republican John McCain and Democrat Elizabeth Warren announced that they were going to work together to pass a new version of the Glass-Steagall Act, otherwise known as the Banking Act of 1933. For the Americans, and the rest of... Continue Reading

The ‘Green Pope’ Just Might Save the Catholic Church

Pope Francis’ encyclical is a move in the right direction for the church When Pope Francis released his unprecedented encyclical this past June, he did more than just provide a valuable tool for those fighting for sustainable energy solutions. He may have also made an important step toward saving his Church from its ongoing decline.... Continue Reading

Protecting B.C.’s Freshwater, the Wrong Way

Petition to charge corporations more for groundwater is misguided As temperatures soar and British Columbia’s drought carries on, and as restrictions on water use become ever tighter, many B.C. residents have been understandably shocked and angered to learn that multinational corporate giant and literal manifestation of Satan Nestlé continues to legally extract the province’s groundwater... Continue Reading

Female Athletes Aren’t Treated with Equal Dignity

The media sends ambiguous messages about women’s sports Media coverage for sporting events is often different when it involves female athletes, typically highlighting gender rather than talent or skill. Coverage for the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup held here in Vancouver was no exception. While traditional sports reporting will cover scores and player statistics, and... Continue Reading

Vote for Me or the Terrorists Will get You: Fear and the 2015 Election

Let’s keep some perspective when we head to the polls One thing you may notice as the election season ramps up is that there’s been a lot of talk about terrorism. This isn’t particularly surprising, simply because terrorism (and fear of terrorism) has been something of a theme for more than a decade, and the... Continue Reading
Tristan Johnston / The Runner
Tristan Johnston / The Runner

The makings of an authoritative regime

This bill is terrifying. Really terrifying. Yet it garnered support from Canadians. In fact, according to an Angust Reid poll in February 82 per cent of Canadians that were surveyed support the bill, with 25 per cent of that group saying they “strongly” support C-51. That’s a majority of people surveyed, despite the ongoing criticism coming from the media, and opposing politicians within parliament.... Continue Reading
Scott McLelland / The Runner
Scott McLelland / The Runner

How to turn yourself into a bill-fighting superhero

Let’s get rid of C-51 once and for all. Bill C-51 is a terrible piece of legislation. It was drawn up in a ridiculously short time in a moment of national tragedy and fear, without the reflection or consideration required for legislation that seeks to provide a means of exemption to the Charter of Rights... Continue Reading
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Pifanida / The Runner

The Runner Debate: Kanye West

Kanye West is misunderstood: Waste your energy on someone else. Tristan Johnston, Staff Writer Kanye West has become the undeserved punching bag of popular music. He has never hurt anyone, and merely interrupted a handful of “awards shows” that would be long forgotten if it weren’t for his interference. However, it would be difficult to... Continue Reading

Should education be free? Absolutely...kind of

Imagine a world where you get free post-secondary education, and can focus on improving yourself through educational means and improving chances for employment post graduation. Well, this world does exist. In Europe and South America, for example.... Continue Reading

Vancouver marine life important in emergency measures

If you were in Vancouver in the afternoon on March 4, chances are you witnessed or heard about a chemical fire that swept across the eastern part of the city from the Port of Vancouver.... Continue Reading
Rosaura Ojeda / The Runner
Rosaura Ojeda / The Runner

Canada needs a new post-secondary plan

Why we can relate to the student protests in London. By Tristan Johnston [staff writer] On Nov. 19, university students in London marched towards Parliament in protest of tuition fees. Thousands came out from all over, including as Glasgow, Newcastle and Leeds. Organizers claim that over 10,000 protesters came out, making it the largest student... Continue Reading

Ottawa shooting used to expedite problematic legislation

Be wary of letting the tragedy reduce your rights. On the morning of Oct. 22 in the nation’s capitol, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau allegedly shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo, an unarmed honour guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. Zehaf-Bibeau then walked into the parliament buildings where he certainly would have taken more lives had it not have... Continue Reading
Hailey Logan / The Runner
Hailey Logan / The Runner

It’s Going Timber

Kesha’s lawsuit against former producer represents bigger issue. By JJ Brewis Pop icon Kesha re-emerged several weeks ago, but it wasn’t a catchy new single that had the world abuzz. Rather, it was a brave statement that Kesha released, shocking fans and media alike. If this whole situation plays out as it should, the entertainment... Continue Reading