KSA seeks to increase mental health support on campus

Student Services VP Alison Gonzales discusses accessibility to resources at KPU Since last summer, Kwantlen Polytechnic University students struggling with their mental health have mostly relied on the Peer Support Program, supported by the university and the Kwantlen Student Association. Options for treatment within the program include one-on-one meetings with volunteers, referrals for on and... Continue Reading

Making the Leap Towards Climate Justice

Naomi Klein and her team create plan, suggest fifteen steps towards a brighter future “The Leap Manifesto is an unashamedly radical plan to convert the world to 100 per cent renewable energy, fast,” says world-famous activist and author, Naomi Klein. “And you can be a part of it.” Klein drafted the Manifesto during a meeting... Continue Reading

KPU Prof’s Photo Essay Sheds Light on the Lives of Long-Term Heroin Users

Aaron Goodman photographs and interviews participants of heroin-assisted treatment program Heroin use is spiralling out of control in North America. The New York Times has called it an “epidemic,” and it’s not just in the United States—there are as many as 90,000 heroin users in Canada alone, according to Providence Health Care. Aaron Goodman, a... 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

Surrey Campus Screens Out in Schools

Film spotlights growing up as a part of the LGBTQ community For most youth, school is about fitting in. Kids can be cruel, and any student considered abnormal by their peers may face bullying and rejection. Unfortunately, identifying as anything but cisgendered and heterosexual is sometimes wrongfully considered an abnormality in educational settings, and the... Continue Reading

City buys Arbutus Greenway from CP for $55-million

Greenway to be used as “transportation corridor” for pedestrians and cyclists A “historic agreement” was reached between the Canadian Pacific Railway and the City of Vancouver when they settled on the purchase of the Arbutus Corridor. The corridor was a long-unused railway which will now be converted into a pedestrian and cyclist passage connecting False... Continue Reading

Weeding Them Out

City council strives to close hundreds of marijuana-related businesses Over the past two years, the number of “marijuana-related business” in Vancouver has grown by over 200 per cent, according to Vancouver City Council. That, and a lack of strict regulations, has led them to enforce a new set of policies in an attempt to reduce... Continue Reading

“Because it’s 2016” Pushes for Gender Parity in Vancouver

Motion suggesting that the 50 per cent gender split in advisory committees is made mandatory When Justin Trudeau established Canada’s first gender-balanced cabinet, he set an example for political bodies throughout the nation. Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer was one of many inspired by the Prime Minister’s decision. “I do a lot of work on... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: One and the Same

An interview with One and the Same “You put us all together and somehow we manage without killing each other,” says One and the Same drummer, Corey Buchan. The band consists of a noise rock guitarist, a pop punk frontman, an alternative metalhead drummer, and a jazz funk bassist. Guitarist Josh MacDonald adds, “We’re capable... Continue Reading

Review: 4000 Miles at the Surrey Arts Centre

Play boasts one brilliant standout and three bland stereotypes The plot of the play 4000 Miles is simple—an aloof, free-spirited grandson requests sanctuary with his grandmother after completing a bike tour. Stuck between being a jobless traveller and returning to an unpleasant family situation, he reluctantly stays in the old woman’s house and they bond... Continue Reading

KPU students raise money for single mothers in Vancouver

A Night in Wonderland organized in support of Cause We Care As a group of mostly women, some of whom were raised by single mothers, Kwantlen’s public relations class is proud to be raising funds for Cause We Care. According to the charity’s website, Cause We Care “was founded in 2007 for the purpose of... Continue Reading

Vancouver Aquarium Sues Documentarian

The lawsuit is over copyright infringement in aquarium-critical documentary Less than three months after filmmaker Gary Charbonneau released Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered, the aquarium has filed suit against him for copyright infringement. Charbonneau’s film criticizes the facility for keeping whales and dolphins in captivity, emphasizing the high death rate of captive cetaceans. According to a notice... Continue Reading

Documentary on Vancouver Aquarium Incites Controversy

The Aquarium rebuts, “It’s not grounded in truth.” The Vancouver Aquarium refers to itself as a “conservation organization that Canadians look to for science and facts on important issues,” but according to a recent documentary by Gary Charbonneau, they’re failing to live up to that title. The film, Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered, attacks the aquarium for... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Hawking

An interview with Hawking frontman Tom Vanderkam Until last year, the members of Hawking cringed at the term “radio-friendly.” With two feet planted firmly in their math rock origins, they refused to enter the mainstream of music for the sake of artistic integrity. This year’s creation of their self-titled EP seems to have changed that... Continue Reading