We Need to Rethink The “Friendly Canadian” Trope

As movements in solidarity with people of colour and against police brutality have grown around the world, many are looking to the City of Surrey to condemn anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism and commit to helping end systemic racism. Despite a petition with over 3,500 signatures which resulted in four bands pulling out of Surrey’s virtual... Continue Reading

EXPLAINER: A Recent History of Police Brutality in Canada

The wave of protests following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky — both of which occurred at the hands of police — have sparked global conversations about police brutality and power. Canada has its own history of police brutality targeting people of colour, especially Indigenous people. As Indigenous journalist... Continue Reading

Surrey Pride 2020 Mixes Celebration with Solemnity

For Martin Rooney, president of Surrey Pride, moving the event online in 2020 proved to be a challenge. “We had decided that we either were not going to hold one or that we were going to go online, and we had no experience in our group as to how to do that,” says Rooney. “Fortunately,... Continue Reading

Celebrating Pride in a Time of Social Distancing

Social distancing measures mean that many large events have been either canceled or postponed, with Vancouver and Surrey Pride among them. It can be hard not to feel as though celebration is pointless without any in-person events to look forward to. Fortunately, there are still events taking place online to help Metro Vancouver’s LGBTQ+ community... Continue Reading

What to Know About Here2Talk’s Online Mental Health Support for Students

Like many post-secondary students, I am a firm believer in the importance of caring for and maintaining one’s mental health. I believe going to a therapist or a counsellor is just as important as going to a doctor, and I make sure to let those around me know that they are welcome to talk to... Continue Reading

Facebook Group Reflects Student Frustrations with KPU

If the Facebook group KPU Complaints is any indication, some students enrolled at Kwantlen Polytechnic University are looking for new ways to voice their frustrations with the institution. “I think one issue is the tuition breakdown,” said Renee Singh, a Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Psychology. “When I look at the new semester charges,... Continue Reading

Gender-Critical Feminism, The Wolf in “Girl Power” Clothing

In a world where sexual violence, workplace discrimination, and unequal pay are prevalent issues for women (especially women of colour), feminism is crucial to making positive change. However, with B.C. having seen a 77 per cent rise in anti-LGBTQ hate crimes from 2017 to 2018 we must look to a movement branding itself as “feminism”... Continue Reading

The Historical Importance of Civil Disobedience

You’ve probably heard about the numerous protests and blockades going on across the country in support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs against the proposed Coastal GasLink Pipeline. You’ve probably also heard or read some of the complaints people have lobbed at the protestors, mostly accusations of them being lazy, needing a job, or being reliant... Continue Reading

KPU Hosts Second Annual Multicultural Dance Day

The KPU School of Business hosted the second annual Multicultural Dance Day in the Cedar Conference Centre on Feb. 13. The event, which ran from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, hosted groups performing traditional dances from six countries around the world including Japan, Scotland, Spain, and Mexico. Each performance was accompanied by a presentation on the... Continue Reading

Robert's Bank, a Fragile Delta Ecosystem, Could be Damaged by Port Expansion

Opened in 1970, expanded between 1983 and 1984, and given a second terminal in 1997, the Roberts Bank Superport currently ships about 29 million tonnes of coal per year and is one of the busiest single coal export terminals in North America. From a business perspective, a proposed expansion to the port that would provide... Continue Reading

Spectrum: Use These Tips to Be a Better Ally and Respect LGBTQ+ People

It seems as though everywhere you go these days there’s a story pertaining to the LGBTQ+ community — whether it’s here, in the U.S., or beyond. And typically, with these stories comes a predictable onslaught of wannabe comedians making jokes about “the alphabet people” or identifying as an attack helicopter, as well as numerous keyboard... Continue Reading

Ways to Support Wet’suwet’en from Home

On Dec. 31, the B.C. Supreme Court granted Coastal GasLink an injunction against the Wet’suwet’en First Nation for blocking access to its planned pipeline route. Armed with weapons, the RCMP began removing Wet’suwet’en people from their unceded land last Thursday. As a result, thousands of protests and blockades have popped up across the country in... Continue Reading

Spectrum: Use These Tips to Be a Better Ally and Respect LGBTQ+ People

It seems as though everywhere you go these days there’s a story pertaining to the LGBTQ+ community — whether it’s here, in the U.S., or beyond. And typically, with these stories comes a predictable onslaught of wannabe comedians making jokes about “the alphabet people” or identifying as an attack helicopter, as well as numerous keyboard... Continue Reading

KDocs 2020 Explores the Meaning of Truth

In the span of eight years, KDocs has grown from a Miss Representation screening and town hall event to Metro Vancouver’s leading social justice film festival. The upcoming 2020 film festival, which spans from Feb. 20 to Feb. 23, will be showing 13 documentaries in addition to hosting a slew of filmmakers, keynote speakers, panel... Continue Reading

Spectrum: Richmond artist Paige Gratland puts a spotlight of the work of LGBTQ+ artists

This will be the first of many “Spectrum” columns highlighting LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies in Metro Vancouver, including Surrey, Langley, Cloverdale, and Richmond. If there is a member of the Metro Vancouver LGBTQ+ community you would like to see featured, contact The Runner. While cities in the Metro Vancouver region have started becoming more... Continue Reading