Report uncovers use of toxic chemicals in sportswear

A toxic chemical banned from children’s toys has been found to be used in the production of sportswear. According to a Greenpeace International report, sportswear and fashion brands, have been using phthalates and other toxic chemicals to keep their clothing sweat-free. The chemical was previously banned from the production of children’s toys in 2008 due... Continue Reading

First students set to graduate from inclusive KPU arts program

The Including All Citizens program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University will see the graduation of three of its first students. The program, designed by sociology instructor and Inclusion BC president Dr. Fiona Whittington-Walsh, was designed to fully include students with intellectual disabilities into arts courses. The graduates will receive a Faculty of Arts certificate, which consists... Continue Reading

Explainer: Julie Payette stepping down as governor general

Julie Payette stepped down from her role as governor general on Jan. 21 after a report conducted last year by Quintet Consulting Corporation showed Payette to be responsible for workplace harassment at Rideau Hall. According to the report, 43 staff members at Rideau Hall described the work environment as being “hostile or negative” during Payette’s... Continue Reading

Meet KPU: Erin Pedersen

Having first joined the KPU community as a student in 2016, Erin Pedersen has been active since becoming the KSA’s Sustainability Coordinator in 2018. One of her most recent accomplishments has been her partnership with Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery, which allows KPU students to get a $25 gift card for their grocery orders. She also... Continue Reading

Canada’s historical problem with sex censorship

Ah, Canada. You don’t often censor film or print these days, but when you have, you’ve made some interesting choices. A recent blog post has revealed that Canada has ranked tenth in the top 10 countries with the most banned films, with 29 films making that list. Most of the bans have since been lifted,... Continue Reading

The BC Liberals have a pride problem

On Sept. 21, Langley Township City Council motioned to paint a rainbow crosswalk between the local RCMP detachment and the school board office. This would be the second rainbow crosswalk to grace Langley’s streets after one was painted in Fort Langley at Glover Road and Mary Avenue in 2017. While the motion ultimately passed, city... Continue Reading

Riding profile: Surrey-Cloverdale

Marvin Hunt (BC Liberals) Before being elected as the MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale in 2013 and re-elected in 2017, Hunt was elected to Surrey City Council in 1987 and served as the chair of Metro Vancouver’s Board. Hunt currently serves as the official opposition critic on Transportation and Infrastructure and Citizens’ Services. In the provincial government,... Continue Reading

Explainer: Party platforms for this provincial election

Here is a handy guide on the key players in the upcoming provincial election: The NDP, Liberals, Green Party, and Conservative Party. This should fill you in on their stances regarding housing, public health, the economy, and other issues that matter to you. Housing In the last election, the BC NDP promised to build 114,000... Continue Reading

Collaborative Food Strategy Seeks to Improve Food Security in Vancouver’s DTES

When the Our Place Food Strategy was first formed, it was considered a necessity by many people working to improve food security in B.C. According to the website, the strategy’s goal is to “apply a collective impact approach to improving food access for all in the Vancouver inner city” by sharing resources and skills. Those... Continue Reading

What’s New With The Updated Pride at KPU Website

KPU students may have noticed something different about the school’s website: For the first time, it offers resources for LGBTQIA2S+ students and educational materials about the Pride community. When it was unveiled in July, it was considered essential for creating “safer and more inclusive spaces for people of all genders and sexualities” at KPU. “In... Continue Reading

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