Premier John Horgan and his Executive Council were formally sworn in by Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon. Learn more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PREM0061-001322

B.C. Should Embrace its Gender Balanced Cabinet

“Merit” isn’t the perfect qualifier for a cabinet position that some would have you believe Braden Klassen, Photo Editor Following the precedent set by the federal government, the B.C. NDP has made their new cabinet gender balanced, meaning that half of its members (11 out of 22) are women. This is a historical first for... Continue Reading

Basic Guaranteed Income Should be a Key Focus in NDP Leadership Race

Leadership Hopeful Niki Ashton has shot down basic guaranteed income—why? Joseph Keller, Staff Writer The last federal election cycle was not kind to the New Democratic Party. After the late Jack Layton managed to position the party as the official opposition in 2011, a series of odd choices that nudged the party to the centre from... Continue Reading

Inhabitants of Surrey’s Manufactured Homes Deserve to be Heard

Evicting homeowners isn’t worth the consequences Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor As Surrey continues to sprawl, the threat to local inhabitants posed by urban development looms. Communities of manufactured and mobile homes in Surrey are dreading being removed from their lots to make room for big developers’ projects like new transit lines and condominiums, just as family... Continue Reading

The Runner Debates: Military Spending: Pro

A military spending increase has been long overdue and is more important now than ever Joseph Keller, web editor Read the other side of the debate here In June the federal government announced plans to increase the national defence budget by $32.7 billion, an increase of 70 per cent. In addition to slightly increasing the... Continue Reading

The Runner Debates: Military Spending: Con

The Trudeau administration is being bullied by Trump, not representing Canadian ideals Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor Read the other side of the debate here As Trump’s America becomes less of an ally and more of a threat, Trudeau’s Canada is being pressured to step up to the plate on defence and foreign affairs. A response... Continue Reading

The B.C. NDP/Green Alliance is not Unconstitutional

Northern B.C. leader’s letter to the Lieutenant Governor claiming otherwise is simply baffling Joseph Keller, Web Editor When the B.C. NDP and Green Parties announced their agreement to form government as a coalition last month, observers waited with interest to see if B.C. Premier Christy Clark would blast the agreement as undemocratic. To the premier’s... Continue Reading

Canada Doesn’t Have an Anti-Christian Bias

Accusations of Liberals being intolerant of Christian groups are unfounded and offensive Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor A small number of Canadians are calling foul against the federal Liberal government, which they allege is full of anti-christian bias. Meanwhile, the world is reeling from unprecedented and widespread Islamophobia, and conflicts motivated by religious beliefs and values... Continue Reading

It’s Time for the Creep Catchers to Chill

The group has become more and more reckless, so it’s time to rein it in Braden Klassen,Contributor Ryan LaForge, the president of the Surrey Creep Catchers, was recently charged with assaulting a man who believed he was meeting an underage girl. The assault is just the latest event in a string of unruly actions by... Continue Reading

B.C. Needs to Protect its Bears, Not Just its Campers

Leave Yogi alone Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor Watch any promotional video for B.C. tourism and you’re likely to see a grizzly bear with a salmon in its mouth. According to recent events, that’s no more than a marketable symbol for the province. When it comes to keeping bears alive and healthy in B.C., it seems... Continue Reading
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Examining the Corporate Shell Game behind Pemberton’s Cancellation

Thousands of ticket buyers left twisting in the wind after Pemberton Music Festival bankruptcy Braden Klassen, Contributor The Pemberton Music festival has been cancelled due to bankruptcy, and the head festival organizers have decided not to issue automatic refunds to the thousands of people who paid for tickets. Instead, the majority of the revenue generated... Continue Reading

New Gun Regulations in the Fraser Valley Don’t Go Far Enough

Legislation targeting recreational shooters is a start, but hunters should also face greater restriction Stephanie Davies, Contributor The Fraser Valley region is home to a great number of rural areas, but its wild and free nature has been greatly abused by certain residents. It’s become a popular spot for gun owners to use as a... Continue Reading

Consider Joining a Political Party

Becoming a “card-carrying” member of a political party can help the direction of your country Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor To the shock of most of my left-leaning friends, I purchased a $15 one-year membership to the Conservative Party of Canada, despite the fact that there’s no guarantee that I’ll vote for them. I’m under the... Continue Reading

The Living Wage in Fraser Valley is Still Too High

Nuclear and non-nuclear families struggling to make ends meet Stephanie Davies, Contributor A report published by The Abbotsford News reveals that the 2017 living wage in the Fraser Valley is $15.90—a 38-cent difference from last year’s wage of $16.28. $15.90 is the hourly wage that a family of four—two working parents with two children—needs to... Continue Reading
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Voter Turnout for B.C. Election Remains Disappointing

At 57 per cent, we have to ask ourselves what’s going wrong Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor This year’s provincial election was a hot one. Some citizens called for the ousting of Premier Christy Clark while others fought to keep her at the head of the B.C. government. The Green Party enjoyed its biggest following yet,... Continue Reading

B.C. ELECTION: B.C. Parties Lack Solid Proposal for Regulating Legal Cannabis

Local dispensaries unsure of how their business will change next year Braden Klassen, Contributor The federal government revealed their plans to legalise the possession of cannabis for recreational purposes on April 13. In the weeks leading up to the provincial election, the major parties have all tossed out suggestions as to how they might regulate... Continue Reading