KDocsFF to Mark Transgender Day of Remembrance With Their First Virtual Screening

KDocsFF is hosting their first virtual event with the screening of the award-winning documentary on trans activist January Marie Lapuz in recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance. KDocsFF has partnered with the Kwantlen Faculty Association LGBTQ2S+ Committee and the Kwantlen Student Association’s Queer Constituency to live screen the short documentary My Name Was January on... Continue Reading

Why I Can’t Wait to Change My Clock for the Last Time

Pandemic or not, I still hate changing my clock. While this time switch gives us an hour head start on our day, it won’t be long before we change the clock back, and the awful annual adjustment begins again. Port Arthur, Ontario (now Thunder Bay) was the first municipality to enact daylight savings time in... Continue Reading

The Importance of Remembrance Day During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Remembrance Day ceremonies will be different this year. In B.C. we still have our restrictions on gatherings of people, and with cases on the rise, it is not likely that restriction will loosen soon. COVID-19 has stopped us from participating in many things this year, but we can still give our moment of silence and... Continue Reading

Opinion: The Self-Defence and Defence of Property Laws in Canada Don’t Protect You From Harm

Self-defence laws in Canada need to be looked at again. The laws were incorporated into the Criminal Code in 1892, the basis of which was formed by the authors of the 1879 report of the Criminal Code Bill Commission, which recognized a person’s right to defend themselves. In 2012 under former prime minister Stephen Harper’s... Continue Reading

Riding Profile: Surrey-Newton

Paul Boparai (BC Liberals) Paul Boparai grew up in Surrey and is currently raising his family there. He’s involved in local clubs such as Surrey Lions Field Hockey Association, Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen, and the South Asian Business Association. Boparai has an undergraduate degree in Marketing Management and Advanced Business studies from BCIT. He completed... Continue Reading

Riding Profile: Langley

Mary Polak (BC Liberals) Mary Polak has been in office since 2005 and is the Official Opposition House Leader. Polak grew up in Cloverdale and lives in Langley City with her daughter. She was appointed to sit on the Select Standing Committee on Education. Polak has previously acted as vice-chair of the Environment and Land... Continue Reading

Advocates Say The Need for Safe Supply Has Never Been Clearer

B.C. has been facing the opioid epidemic for years, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the need for safe supply for drug users. In the BC Coroners Service report updated on Sept. 23, 1,068 people died of overdoses in the first eight months of this year. B.C. has seen over 100 reported overdose deaths... Continue Reading

Runner Debates: Now is Not the Worst Time for an Election

Read the other half of this debate here. B.C. premier John Horgan has called for an election on Oct. 24, one year earlier than we all expected, and there is a lot of controversy about the timing. It seems both Horgan and the new B.C. Green party leader Sonia Furstenau feels their parties’ confidence and... Continue Reading

Explainer: Equal Bathroom Rights in Canada

Transgender people are publicly banned in the United States from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity. In Canada, there are some regional considerations for those individuals to use the bathroom they choose, as well as gender-neutral bathrooms available in some schools and some province and city-owned buildings. In 2016, Bill C-16 was introduced... Continue Reading

Explainer: B.C.’s Fuel Price Transparency Act

Last year, the B.C. provincial government introduced the Fuel Price Transparency Act, which requires gas companies to report their prices for the wholesale gas market.  Gas companies are expected to begin their regular reports to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) starting this October. The BCUC is an independent agency responsible for regulating B.C.’s natural... Continue Reading

New CPC Leader Erin O’Toole Could Let Down Marginalized Canadians

A former Royal Canadian Air Force officer, lawyer, and Minister of Veterans Affairs in the Harper government, Erin O’Toole has been an MP for Durham, Ontario, since 2012. This month, he was nominated to be the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. In his victory speech, O’Toole shared how he plans to lead... Continue Reading

Explainer: The City of Vancouver’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan

The Vancouver City Council COVID-19 Recovery Committee’s final report was unanimously approved earlier this month. The CCRC formed in May to share information about the City’s COVID-19 pandemic response and business and community recovery planning. The report summarizes recommendations from several meetings with experts and stakeholders who shared their advice for how the City can... Continue Reading

Explainer: The Canada-U.S. Border Closure

Earlier in July, the Canada-U.S. border received its fifth extension to remain closed for another 30 days, with exceptions for essential traffic. The border closure prohibits people from travelling between countries for tourism-related activities. Only commercial traffic through railways and trucks, people returning to their home country, essential workers and temporary workers, and immediate family... Continue Reading

Explainer: The Legality of Sex Work in Canada During COVID-19

Sex work and human rights advocates are calling on the federal government to stop enforcing sex work laws during the pandemic. They say enforcing them is creating undue harm and contributing to human rights violations. In late 2014, Bill C-36 was passed in the House of Commons to amend the way in which the Criminal... Continue Reading

Explainer: Canada’s Blood Donation Ban Policy

Advocates for the LGBTQ community are calling for an end to the three-month ban which prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood. Originally, the ban was implemented in the 1980s during the AIDS epidemic as reports of HIV and AIDS were associated with gay or bisexual men. However, as more cases were reported, people... Continue Reading