Spectrum: Surviving the Holidays 101

“If you want to be happy in a million ways, for the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home.” This lyric, from the perennial Christmas classic “Home for the Holidays,” relays a popular idea that is frequently reinforced throughout the holiday season. However, for many members of the LGBTQ+ community, the truth is a lot... Continue Reading

A Critical Look at ABA, a Dubious Autism Intervention Method

In 1961, Ole Ivar Løvaas began working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, where he practiced techniques derived from applied behavioural analysis — or as it’s more commonly known today, ABA. Today, ABA is considered by many to be the most effective treatment for ASD, to the point where it... Continue Reading

Spectrum: Knowing your Rights in the Canadian Workplace

By now, you’ve probably heard about the three big cases in the U.S. Supreme Court regarding workplace discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals. Two of them, Bostock v. Clayton County and Altitude Express v. Zarda, involve individuals who claim they were fired from their jobs for being gay. The other case, R.G. and G.R Harris Funeral Homes... Continue Reading

Provincial Forum Discusses Improving Accessibility Legislation

The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction hosted an open forum on accessibility legislation at the Surrey Civic Hotel on Oct. 6. The forum, which went from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, is one of several being hosted across the province from Sept. 16 to Nov. 29 as part of an ongoing consultation process... Continue Reading

Riding Profile: Cloverdale-Langley City

John Aldag The Liberal Party  The incumbent MP for the Cloverdale-Langley City riding, John Aldag, was elected during the 2015 federal election. Aldag has a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University and had a 32-year career with Parks Canada. During his term as an MP, he was a member of the Environment and... Continue Reading

Spectrum: Where each party leader stands on LGBTQ+ issues

As you know, the federal election is underway, and we have heard much about the candidates and their stances on many vital issues. However, the LGBTQ+ community is a topic neglected in the majority of media coverage. Some may defend this by mentioning that the LGBTQ+ community in Canada makes up only 5.3 per cent... Continue Reading

Surrey-Newton Candidates Debate at KPU Election Forum

Dr. Ross Pink, an instructor and chair of the political science department at KPU, hosted a federal election forum on the Surrey campus featuring Liberal candidate Sukh Dhaliwal, NDP candidate Harjit Singh Gill, and Conservative candidate Harpreet Singh on Sept. 26. The forum was attended by KPU students and Surrey residents. After a brief introduction... Continue Reading

Low Tide Renovictions Lead to the Loss of Independent Art Spaces

The name Chip Wilson is probably familiar to most people in Vancouver. Born in California and having graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s degree in economics, Wilson is a businessman who is responsible for a number of Vancouver-based retail apparel companies, most notably the athleisure wear brand Lululemon. He and his wife... Continue Reading

There’s Nothing Visionary About Anti-Vaxx Views

Last month, the Surrey Board of Trade announced its plans to welcome Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as a keynote speaker at their annual Surrey Environment and Business Awards lunch on Sept. 17. The son of former New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of John F. Kennedy, Kennedy Jr. has an admittedly impressive resume... Continue Reading

Spectrum: Canada Needs to Publicly Support LGBTQ+ Rights Everywhere, Not Just in Big Cities

In recent years, the installation of a rainbow crosswalk has become a popular way for cities such as Vancouver, New Westminster, and Coquitlam to show support for the LGBTQ+ community. Even Abbotsford and Maple Ridge, two of the more rural towns in the Lower Mainland, installed rainbow crosswalks. Abbotsford installed one near the University of... Continue Reading

The Addictive Allure of Paying to Play

For today’s post-secondary students, video games have long been a part of everyday life. And for many of us, myself included, there was no greater joy as a child than coming home after a long day at school, finishing up your homework, and rushing over to the nearest TV to turn on whichever console you... Continue Reading

Climate Change is Not a Politically Partisan Issue

Here are some facts that we know to be true thanks to science: We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. We need carbohydrates, proteins, and minerals such as calcium (in addition to clean air, proper exercise, and a good night’s rest) to survive and function. Now imagine if saying those things in a... Continue Reading
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Media Bias Has Led to a Morbid Fascination with Privileged People Who Murder

If you’ve been paying attention to the news cycle for the past month and a half, you probably know about the manhunt that took place for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky after they were suspected of murdering three people in northern B.C. While there haven’t been any concrete details or developments in the story since... Continue Reading

“Freedom of Speech” Does Not Mean “Freedom from Responsibility”

“With great power, comes great responsibility.” This Spider-Man quote is repeated time and time again with respect to many facets of society, and with good reason; whether you’re a politician, a teacher, or a CEO, the power you have comes with the expectation that you will use that power wisely and with consideration for those... Continue Reading

There’s No Such Thing as a “Politically Neutral” LGBTQ+ Symbol

Amidst protesters and supporters, cops raised the LGBTQ+ pride flag at Surrey RCMP headquarters for the first time on June 24. The protests against the raising of the flag were led by the anti-LGBTQ+ group Culture Guard, whose leader, Kari Simpson, called the rainbow flag a “political symbol” and claimed that the RCMP raising the... Continue Reading