Let’s Give Surrey LRT a Chance

Mayor Hepner talks about the benefits of light rail transit, and she makes some good points Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor Citizens of Surrey have been calling for more efficient transit for ages. The city’s population is growing at such an incredible rate that it will soon be earmarked as the largest community in the province,... Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Everyone is Welcome at Surrey's Vaisakhi celebration

Arshdeep Singh Battu, Business Students Representative at the Kwantlen Student Association At Kwantlen Polytechnic University, there are many students from different countries and cultural backgrounds. From time to time, KPU organizes events and activities during which students can get the chance to share their cultures. The Surrey Sikh Parade, which is celebrated every year, will... Continue Reading

Don’t Spend Your Summer Voluntouring

If you visit impoverished countries, make sure you’re not going for yourself Braden Klassen, Contributor The decision to volunteer abroad isn’t something most people take lightly. There are many things to consider, like where you wish to go and for how long, what you’d need to pack, and what kind of work you’d like to... Continue Reading

Vancouver’s 4/20 Event Needs to be Held to a Higher Standard

Last year’s gathering was an embarrassment to responsible cannabis consumers Joseph Keller, Web Editor April 20th used to be my favorite day of the year. I looked at the yearly festival as a way of showing the community that cannabis users don’t necessarily fit the negative stereotypes that have been perpetuated for decades, and to... Continue Reading

Minimum Wage Should be Abolished

Calvin Boghart, Contributor The first minimum wage was imposed back in 1938 and set at a modest sum of 25-cents an hour. Many workers have lost their jobs since then because of this misguided policy. Its unintended consequences have been well-documented for nearly 80 years. For instance, Economists David Neumark and William Wascher reviewed more... Continue Reading

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