The First Annual Tree Planting Film Festival Breaks Ground in Vancouver

The first ever tree planting film festival was about tree planters, by tree planters, and attended by — yep, you guessed it — tree planters. People filed into the Imperial for the festival on Nov. 14, which started with a friendly mixer followed by film screenings, live music, and dancing. The point of the night... Continue Reading

What Lowering the Voter Registration Age Means for Youth in B.C.

Perhaps one of the scariest occurrences that happened this Halloween was the introduction of B.C. legislation lowering of the youth voter registration age in B.C. In case that fooled you at first as it did me, this doesn’t mean that youth aged 16 and 17 can vote. They can just pre-register. “What does this mean?... Continue Reading

Millennial Burnout: Two Student Perspectives

Academic Workism Pushes Students Past Their Limits Jayne Wright There is a new idea emerging in North America: the concept of “workism,” which suggests that the most personal fulfilment can be found through professional achievement. Derek Thompson works for the Atlantic and is a self-professed “workaholic.” He has researched the concept of workism and the... Continue Reading

KDocs Screens Because We are Girls Documentary to a Full House

The KPU Surrey Conference Center was packed with audience members awaiting the KDocs screening of Because We are Girls on Oct. 24. The waitlist exceeded over 200 people who waited in line outside hoping to get a last-minute seat to view the film. Directed by Vancouver-based filmmaker and director Baljit Sangra, Because We are Girls... Continue Reading

Vancouver Podcast Festival Prepares for Its Second Year

Vancouver is hosting its second annual VanPodFest from Nov. 7-10, welcoming guests from podcast series like Dirty John, Secret Life of Canada, The Allusionist, Red Man Laughing, Thunder Bay and Dark Poutine. It will also include local podcasters, master classes, meet ups with creators, panel discussions on podcasting, and a pod fair. Selina Crammond, the... Continue Reading

Spooky Scary S...tuff to do on Halloween

The Aldor Acres experience, a fun fall event for all ages Katherine Charlton, Contributor Aldor Acres Farm is an amazing family-friendly pumpkin patch nestled away in a farming area near Fort Langley. It provides a variety of fun activities and cute animals to see. You can not only pick out your perfect pumpkin in the... Continue Reading

Pieces of Mind Conference Explores “Playing With Anxiety”

Maintaining your mental health may be serious business, but talking about it doesn’t have to be. This year, the theme for the KSA Peer Support Program’s annual Pieces of Mind Mental Health Conference was “Playing with Anxiety.” The event featured a variety of carnival games and snacks including mini donuts and ice cream on the... Continue Reading

KPU Signs Letter Committing to Carbon Neutrality by 2050

The term “carbon neutrality” is used to describe the elimination of as much carbon dioxide as is emitted by an organization, business, and individual. Oftentimes, this is accomplished through reducing waste and energy usage and implementing sustainability-centric policies. At the beginning of October, KPU signed a letter committing to reach carbon neutrality across all campuses... Continue Reading

Riding Profile: Surrey Central

John Werring The Green Party John Werring is a longtime Surrey resident. He resides there with his wife and four kids. Werring obtained a Master’s degree in Animal Resource Ecology from UBC and is a registered professional biologist. He hopes to “build a strong and vibrant community” for Surrey through the use of renewable energy... Continue Reading

The KSA Plans to Join Get Out the Vote Campaign

With the federal election just around the corner, the KSA is ready to help you cast your vote. The Kwantlen Student Association is more than just a non-profit organization designed to assist you with your basic needs as a student. It is also committed to guiding you through the mysterious and confusing world of politics.... Continue Reading

Health Officials Say Evidence Ties Vaping to Lung Damage and Disease

Seeing someone vaping using an e-cigarette at a bus stop or on their walk between classes has become a common occurrence. Originally invented to assist cigarette smokers looking to wean off nicotine, vaping has become a huge trend all across North America. Health officials have speculated that vaping is not a consequence-free alternative to smoking... Continue Reading

It’s Time to End the Practice of Reciting Christian Prayers in Government

Following the shootings on Parliament Hill in 2014, Conservative Party leader Andrew Sheer was seen in the House of Commons on national television (HOC) reciting the standard prayer as part of Parliament’s Compendium of Procedure: “Almighty God, we give thanks for the great blessings which have been bestowed on Canada and its citizens, including the... Continue Reading

Experts and Politicians Discuss Whether Vancouver Should Become a Megacity

Citizens from around the Lower Mainland gathered at SFU’s downtown campus on April 2 to discuss whether Vancouver should become a megacity. Through this process, Vancouver would amalgamate all of the municipalities in the Metro Vancouver area to become one city under a central government. As one would expect, there are many benefits and drawbacks... Continue Reading

Unlearning Anti-Blackness Workshop Helps Allies Learn and Self-Criticize

A workshop focusing on Black history in Canada was led by best friend activist duo Cicely Blain and Ivan Leonce on March 28. Blain, founder of Black Lives Matter Vancouver, worked with Leonce to create a space conducive to honest conversation about the Black experience in both past and present-day Canada. The workshop, which took... Continue Reading

Documentary The Shadow of Gold Exposes How the New Wave of “Gold Fever” Affects Us All

With glasses of wine and bags of popcorn in hand, the audience in the Vancouver International Film Centre on March 11 were prepared to watch The Shadow of Gold, a documentary by Denis Delestrac, Robert Lang, and Sally Blake. The Shadow of Gold takes an intimate look into the impact of gold mining across the... Continue Reading