Nuclear disarmament unlikely, but possible

There are many barriers in the way of a global nuclear disarmament North Korea’s recent claim of nuclear warhead testing has brought up the discussion of worldwide nuclear disarmament once more. The possibility of a nuclear-free world is something that could potentially happen, but there are still many important barriers to discuss before making it... Continue Reading

A Case of Kwantlen

Why not showcase KPU Beer on every campus? Like many workplaces, the staff of The Runner conformed to annual holiday tradition and conducted an office-wide Secret Santa, wherein each staff member gives a single gift to a randomly selected coworker. My past experience with Secret Santa means I know that I can expect one of... Continue Reading

Attack on Syrian refugees not the first hate crime in Canada

Nation has long history of discriminating against others When the Muslim Association of Canada held a welcome night for Syrian refugees on Jan. 8, an unknown man on a bicycle ambushed a group of 100 people with pepper spray. Paramedics and firefighters treated 15 people from the attack. As the story spread, so too did... Continue Reading

At Home And Abroad

In considering the resettlement of refugees, the government also has an obligation to our homeless citizens With the continued increase of Syrian refugees being granted asylum in Canada, there are some citizens who are concerned about who the government is letting in. According to the Government of Canada website, the process has five distinct phases,... Continue Reading

Are Trudeau’s refugee numbers for 2015 reasonable?

Refugee assistance money is less than you think Before this year’s election, the Liberal’s political campaign was already stirring the country. Between promises of legalizing of marijuana, new laws on doctor-assisted suicide, and the possible repealing of Bill C-51, anyone would agree that Trudeau had his work cut out for him. Not everyone knew about... Continue Reading

Alberta NDP government seeks to lead in green initiatives

Could carbon taxes improve Canadian influence on the international stage? Environmental concerns were amongst the most hotly debated topics amidst Canada’s 2015 national election, and in the end the Conservatives’ monotonous defense fell on deaf ears. Canadians have shown a proactive interest in maintaining responsible environmental policies, and in the case of BC we have... Continue Reading
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The Runner Debate: The Niqab

Demanding niqab removal threatens charter rights Harper’s suggestion is fundamentally flawed by Alyssa Laube The Tories seem to love repressing Canadians’ freedom of religion and expression. This year, they supported Quebec’s Bill-62, which aimed to ban “face-covering religious garments for public servants.” Now, their gaze has fallen on niqab-wearing women swearing in as Canadian citizens.Back... Continue Reading

Viet Cong No More

Polarizing group changes their name after controversy By almost any account, indie rock band Viet Cong have achieved quite a bit of success since forming in 2012. They’ve toured across Canada, signed a record deal with Flemish Eye, a national label, and released a critically celebrated self-titled album that was recently shortlisted for the Polaris... Continue Reading
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The Politics of White Students' Unions

Not everything is so black and white Black students’ unions started in the ‘60s as a way to bring struggling students and people together during hard times. Other groups followed not long after. Fast-forward a few decades and each of these groups is now much more inclusive, allowing anybody to join as they share the... Continue Reading

The Conservatives won’t talk

Why we have no interviews with Conservative MPs On Monday Sept. 28, I sent out emails requesting interviews with Conservative MPs of eight major “KPU” ridings. As you can tell, I wasn’t very successful. The day after I sent my requests I got a phone call from the Mark Warara office—the Conservative incumbent for Langley-Aldergrove.... Continue Reading
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Macabre Content, and Why We Can’t Get Enough of It

Horror movies, crime shows and the nightly news make you feel better about your life There is a reason why our media covers unsettling content. And don’t worry—liking it does not make you a weirdo. Have you ever wondered why you or someone you know enjoys horror movies? Or why news channels incessantly reports on... Continue Reading
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Polygamy Is About Freedom of Consent

Marriage between two (or more) consenting adults Polygamy and polyandry are still taboo subjects in most of the western world. However, the recent steps forward in marriage equality, specifically the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage this summer, have been forcing people to reexamine what it means to be in love, and whether love... Continue Reading
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Swatting Is Not a Prank, It’s Much Worse

When online harassment breaks into the real world Pranks, on the most basic level, are fundamental to how we interact with others. They can break tension, release stress and promote playful competition. But we must always remember the old saying, “It’s all fun and games until someone shits their pants.” Some forms of pranking have,... Continue Reading

An Unhelpful Guide to Starting Your Very Own Kwantlen Club

A story of red tape and tennis When I figured I’d start Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s first-ever student organization for tennis enthusiasts, I didn’t expect to be reading my weight in “Start a Club” documents. Well actually, my editor told me to start a club, then write about my experience. In doing so, I found out... Continue Reading

The Problem With First-Past-the-Post

Here’s why three out of four of our major political parties want to change our electoral system. One of the many talking points you might notice during this extended election season has been the issue of the election itself—namely, the system by which we elect our government. Currently we have three of the four major... Continue Reading