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

Growin’ Your Own Food: Quarantine Edition

Even before the spread of COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, people were buying their groceries in bulk. As countries around the world began announcing social restrictions and business closures, it became clear that going to the grocery store for fresh produce was becoming a higher risk without a guaranteed... Continue Reading

The Gaps in Trudeau’s Gun Policy

Trudeau banned 1,500 models of “assault-style” guns through regulations approved by an order-in-council from Cabinet on May 1. On paper, this looks like a right step towards controlling gun violence in Canada. And although the Liberals promised they would ban “all military-style assault rifles, including the AR-15” in their election campaign last year, it’s not... Continue Reading

The Canadian Government Should Be Enforcing Social Distancing Measures

The COVID-19 global outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. Not long after the Canadian federal government placed a ban on social gatherings of more than 50 people, and provinces and territories followed suit with their own restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. By the end of... Continue Reading

Non-medical Essential Workers Need More Protection Against COVID-19

When my partner asked me to be his emergency contact for work, I thought I would never actually get the call. His job is considered essential because his company supplies and distributes food across Canada, and last Wednesday, I got the call. “I’m having trouble breathing,” was the first thing he said to me. “I... Continue Reading

Explainer: What does the Canadian Emergency Student Benefit look like?

Last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Canada Emergency Student Benefit as part of a $9 billion package to help post-secondary students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible post-secondary students receive $1,250 per month from May to August. If eligible students have a disability or are taking care of someone else, they can instead receive... Continue Reading

Explainer: What the Canadian military is doing for Canadians during the pandemic

Emergencies are first handled by local authorities and municipal services such as firefighters, the police and medical professionals, but when first responders are overwhelmed, provinces and territories can request support from the federal government. After the request is approved, the federal government’s response is managed by Public Safety Canada, who may ask the Canadian Armed... Continue Reading

Explainer: Residents of Small B.C. Communities Are Asking Visitors to Stay Away

In response to a recent spike in travel despite the COVID-19 pandemic, MPs from small communities are calling on the provincial and federal government to restrict who can ride BC Ferries during this health crisis. Most of the islands have a median age of over 60 and either limited or no access to medical services.... Continue Reading

The Challenges of Coping With Chronic Illness While Quarantined

If I have learned anything in my short life, it’s to accept the things I can not change. I was ill throughout my adolescence and diagnosed seven years after my first symptoms showed. I was severely nauseous, fatigued, and had constant abdomen and chest pain. At one point, I couldn’t eat, surviving on rice crackers... Continue Reading

Explainer: Canada’s Recent Ban on Conversion Therapy For Minors

The Canadian federal government recently introduced a bill which would make it a criminal offence to subject people to conversion therapy against their will, and would ban the practice for all Canadians under the age of 18. The legislation is an act to amend the Criminal Code to include conversion therapy. Specifically, it would make... Continue Reading

Get to Know the Kwantlen Psychology Society

The Kwantlen Psychology Society is a student-led club with the aim of enriching students’ educational experience in the field of psychology through events and community.. The club has been hosting events since it was founded in 2003. It  provides unique resources and lessons from faculty and alumni, teaching students about graduate school, tools used in... Continue Reading

In Defence of Defence

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was established after World War II as a formal military alliance between the capitalist countries of Europe and North America. The Soviet Union was gaining control by capturing surrounding satellite countries, imprisoning civilians, and forcing them to join their military. NATO was formed in response. They have a collective security... Continue Reading

Explainer: ICBC’s Proposed No-Fault Insurance Model

Last month, the provincial NDP government announced that ICBC, the auto-insurer of B.C., will be switching to a no-fault insurance model in May 2021. On its website, ICBC breaks down the benefits of the system. Drivers will no longer have to file a lawsuit after a crash to win damages, as ICBC will pay directly... Continue Reading

Get to Know KPU’s Muslim Student Association

The Muslim Student Association is not only for students of Muslim faith. Their club welcomes students of any background, religion, or race, and their goal is to promote diversity and create a safe space. The club founders’ vision was to build a community for people to feel represented within while also promoting awareness of their... Continue Reading
Attorney General David Eby announced amendments to the BC Supreme Court Civil Rules Regulation that will put a stop to the disproportionate use of experts and expert reports currently being used in motor vehicle-related court cases. These amendments are designed to encourage earlier settlements and help reduce the costs of settling vehicle injury claims. rrLearn more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019AG0009-000208

A Breakdown of ICBC’s Financial Dumpster Fire

Attorney General David Eby blamed ICBC’s present state on the previous Liberal provincial government’s mismanagement. “Years of reckless decisions by the former government have undermined ICBC’s ability to deliver low cost insurance to British Columbians,” Eby said. Two years ago, Eby called ICBC’s situation a “financial dumpster fire” when he addressed reports of $1.3 billion... Continue Reading