Explainer: What’s new in B.C.’s money laundering commission

Over the last month, former B.C. Premier Christy Clark and former Ministers Mike De Jong and Rich Coleman have spoken at hearings with the Cullen Commission, a team investigating the systemic reasons behind the rise of money laundering in B.C. casinos over the past two decades. Clark, who was premier of the province from 2011... Continue Reading

Surrey Art Gallery to host talk with collage artist Susan Jessop

Coquitlam paper collage artist Susan Jessop doesn’t let her art stay confined to a white canvas rectangle. Jessop will speak to viewers for a Thursday Artist Talk with the Surrey Art Gallery on May 6 from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm through Facebook Live. She says she hopes the audience will get an overview of... Continue Reading

Explainer: The results of the 2021 Liberal and NDP conventions

The federal New Democratic Party and Liberal party held virtual conventions earlier in April and discussed what policies will matter most to voters before the next election. The 2021 Liberal convention ran from April 8 to 10, while the NDP’s ran from April 9 to 11. At the virtual conventions, the Liberal party approved 26... Continue Reading

The four best places to see cherry blossoms in Metro Vancouver

Spring has sprung in Metro Vancouver, with cherry blossom trees starting to bloom last week. Growing up in southern Ontario, I didn’t have the chance to see these kinds of trees often. I had the odd trip to Toronto to see them bloom in High Park, but it was very rare. Living in Metro Vancouver... Continue Reading

Building greener: Canada’s green recovery path

When Canada locked down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, carbon dioxide emissions went down by seven per cent around the world. The pandemic has changed our lives drastically. People are travelling less and social distancing. With the pandemic altering our lifestyles so much, several government organizations and climate advocacy groups have addressed the need... Continue Reading

Explainer: The proposed Rogers Communications merger with Shaw

Potentially one of the biggest transactions ever to take place in the Canadian economy, Rogers Communications has proposed signing a deal with Shaw Communications valued at $26 billion, including debt. In a news release from March 15, Rogers announced a proposal to purchase all outstanding shares from Shaw for $40.50 per share in cash. Shortly... Continue Reading

The PST exemption on vape products, pop, and streaming services should continue

Do you have a guilty pleasure of some sort? Drinking a pop here and there or maybe watching a few too many episodes on Netflix when you were supposed to be doing homework? Yeah, me too. On Feb. 18 last year, the B.C. government announced their budget, where they planned to add a seven per... Continue Reading

New Westminster renaming ferry dock to commemorate Komagata Maru

New Westminster city council has passed a motion to rename the Q to Q ferry dock in remembrance of Komagata Maru, a tragic chapter in Canadian history. In May 1914, 376 passengers from Punjab, British India, arrived in Vancouver on the Komagata Maru and were denied permission to dock. For two months, passengers were confined... Continue Reading

City councillors raise questions about Surrey’s police transition

Surrey city councillors Jack Hundial and Brenda Locke sent a letter on Feb. 15 to over 1,000 elected officials in B.C., saying there is a need to have a feasibility study done on the transition of the Surrey Police from the RCMP to a municipal force. Hundial and Locke say the study would make sure... Continue Reading

How to book a KPU peer tutor during the pandemic

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Learning Centre is still offering their services to students online. Students can access the Learning Centre’s tutoring services through TutorOcean to book a half hour or hour-long session. Instructors can also sign up and be a faculty tutor or offer their office hours. Before the pandemic, sessions were a combination of in-person... Continue Reading

Explainer: Canada’s expansion of the list of terrorist groups

The federal government added 13 groups to its list of terrorist entities on Feb. 3, with four of them being white supremacists groups: Atomwaffen Division, The Base, The Proud Boys, and the Russian Imperial Movement. This brings the total number of entities on the list to 73. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the new... Continue Reading

Coquitlam artist featured during inspirational talk hosted by Surrey Art Gallery

Local abstract artist Deb Chaney was featured at the Thursday Artist Talk Online presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association on Feb. 4. Thursday Artist Talk Online is a weekly event for local and regional artists to discuss their work and bring more awareness to what’s happening in the community. Since the beginning of the... Continue Reading

KPU brewing student is the first recipient of the Nancy More Award

Second-year KPU brewing student Emily Comeau has won the first annual Nancy More Award presented by the BC Hospitality Foundation and BC Craft Brewers Guild. The $1,000 award is named after Nancy More, who became the first North American female brewmaster in 1985. More has been a KPU instructor for six years and helped create... Continue Reading