Subsistence is Survival

It’s cold out there for a seal When it comes to seal hunting, there’s plenty of mud to sling. Two years ago Ellen DeGeneres called the seal hunt “one of the most atrocious and inhumane acts against animals allowed by any government.” While many of the arguments against the practice are largely emotional, it’s still... Continue Reading

Runner Run-Down: Understanding Wildfires

They have many causes, but we need better solutions Earlier this month we were hit with one of the biggest wildfires in Canadian history. The fire at Fort McMurray may even become the costliest disaster in Canadian history. The Bank of Montreal has already released an evaluation suggesting that it might cost the insurer up... Continue Reading

Co-operative education adds value to our degrees

Enhancing learning in a society focused on jobs The purpose of education is a question we ask ourselves throughout our university experience. Whether you’re just starting to attend university or are already on a trajectory to finishing, it’s easy for the answer to get lost amidst the various entrance requirements, classes, clubs, work responsibilities, and... Continue Reading

Government apologies need follow-through to have impact

Being sorry without action is not truly being sorry Canadians are stereotypically known for apologizing for pretty much everything. Our extensive list notably includes apologizing for historic injustices and, in recent decades, Canadian politicians have with greater frequency formally apologizing for the racist and discriminatory actions of our predecessors. The multicultural nature of Canada means... Continue Reading

The significance of learning another language

Parlez-vous? The globalization of English may have reduced some anglophones’ willingness to adopt non-native tongues. Now many English speakers ask, is learning another language really worth it? Of course it is. Languages shape the world. They impact everything, from history, to art, to politics, to entire identities. From the most intimate viewpoint they shape the... Continue Reading

The Runner Debates: Minimum Wage

Minimum wage should stay where it is Merit, not entitlement by Kyle Prince The minimum wage is being reconsidered in BC as people push to raise it once again to $15 an hour. Only problem is, minimum wage isn’t meant to be living wage. It’s meant to put a bit of spending money into high... Continue Reading

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