Vancouver Should Consider the Ward System This Election Season

Following a CBC analysis that concluded that approximately 90 per cent of elected municipal officials in Metro Vancouver are white, questions are being raised about what could be done to more accurately represent the voices of 49 per cent of people in the region who identify as non-white minorities. When systems of power like municipal... Continue Reading

Keeping up With the Cullen Commission

Since February, members of the provincial government have been facilitating a public inquiry into the prevalence of money laundering throughout B.C. in response to demands that the practice be addressed and stopped. This followed the release of multiple reports on money laundering in the province written by Dr. Peter German, former RCMP deputy commissioner for... Continue Reading

Critical Thinking Education Can Help Fight the Spread of COVID Conspiracy Theories

A recently published study conducted by the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University found that, of the 2,000 Canadians surveyed, 46 per cent reported believing in at least one of four conspiracy theories or myths about COVID-19. The four myths include the idea that the coronavirus is a bioweapon engineered in a chinese... Continue Reading

Unpacking the Ethics of “Two-Tier Tuition”

Earlier this month, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan announced that it will be trying out a new model for tuition payment: Applicants who don’t get accepted can pay $60,000 per year instead of $10,000 to be admitted to the program despite not making the cut. This decision was made... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: Down With the Duopoly

The success and health of news media in Canada is inextricably chained to capitalism. The largest and most recognizable news organizations in this country are all for-profit endeavours which need to make money to survive. If they can’t make things work, they disappear or are bought out by larger companies. In both cases, scores of... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: COVID-19 by the Numbers

If you check most news sites any day of the week, odds are that their top story has something to do with reporting on the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Canada. Many news publications have an ongoing portal which presents stats meant to give readers an idea of how the virus is... Continue Reading

KSA Council Postpones Vote for new Executives After Election Confusion

The Kwantlen Student Association executive committee is in limbo after a recent council meeting which was described by outgoing KSA President David Piraquive as “a shit show.” During the April 3 meeting, which took place over video conference, the council failed to elect a full executive committee after encountering problems and confusion while casting votes,... Continue Reading

Wildfire Prevention Could be Crucial in the Fight Against COVID-19

We’re about a month into the outbreak of COVID-19 in British Columbia, and health officials are expressing cautious optimism about the province’s ability to handle the pandemic. Recent data suggests that social distancing is slowing the increase of transmission in B.C., but with wildfire season approaching, it may become more difficult to mitigate the dangers... Continue Reading

KPU to Move Summer Semester Course Delivery Online

On March 24, KPU President Alan Davis issued a statement online announcing that the university plans to move classes online for the upcoming summer semester, in accordance with recommendations made by the B.C. Provincial Health Officer to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. “We will soon be releasing the list of courses that can... Continue Reading

KPU Announces Two-day Pause to Classes to Transition to Online Instruction

Classes will be paused on March 17 and 18 as KPU deans and faculty work “to develop a plan to transition from face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the semester” in response to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. “Exceptions to this pause include all classes at KPU’s Faculty of Trades and Technology, as well... Continue Reading

Love, Loss, and 13 Stolen Paintings

After enrolling in a painting course at KPU during the 2019 fall semester, Julian Dix finished his semester with 13 completed works of art. Seven of these paintings were part of a series he titled Love, Loss, and Hope, exploring his state of mind following the loss of his wife to cancer. He estimates that... Continue Reading

News Brief: KPU Cancels Spring Convocation Amid COVID-19 Concerns

KPU has cancelled the upcoming Spring Convocation for graduates in response to growing concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus. On Mar. 10 KPU sent out an online survey to students to determine if students would be attending, and cancelled the event two days later. The convocation cancellation was announced shortly after the B.C. Ministry of Health... Continue Reading

KPU Geography Department Hosts Transit Experts Forum

According to 2016 census data, 15 per cent of Surrey’s population, or roughly 77,600 people, use transit to commute to work. As the city grows and its population increases, changes need to be made to transit systems in order to sustain that growth and serve the needs of those who live and work in the... Continue Reading
Minister Carole James delivers the 2020 Budget to stakeholders and journalists. Learn more at bcbudget.ca

The 2020 B.C. Budget Breakdown

The announcement and release of the annual provincial budget marks an important time for determining how the government is keeping up with its commitments. It’s also a great time for gauging which kinds of changes they want to commit to in the future and how they plan to implement them. Though it’s not necessarily a... Continue Reading

The BCLC Reports and Freedom of Information law

Last week, after a nine year struggle, the CBC was finally granted the right to gain access to documents related to the largest penalty fine ever issued to a provincial gaming corporation. In 2010, FINTRAC, the federal agency which investigates and prevents money laundering, issued a $695,750 “Administrative Monetary Penalty” to the B.C. Lottery Corporation... Continue Reading