Sher Vancouver releases survival guide for queer newcomers and students

Sher Vancouver, a non-profit society for LGBTQ+ South Asians and their allies, has released “Destination YVR”, a survival guide for queer newcomers and students in Metro Vancouver. The free survival guide, released last week, is meant to be a go-to resource for LGBTQ+ newcomers and students who just arrived or are planning to come to... Continue Reading

Student union building funding authorized at KSA annual general meeting and more

The Kwantlen Student Association’s annual general meeting was held on March 25 through a Zoom video conference. Notice of the meeting was emailed to Kwantlen Polytechnic University students and announced on the KSA’s social media pages and website a week in advance. The meeting agenda included amendments to the KSA’s bylaws under sections “Councillor Non-Attendance,”... Continue Reading

KPU plans to reopen campuses for the fall semester

On March 8, Anne Kang, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, announced in a statement that Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry advised the presidents of all post-secondary institutions to prepare for a return to on-campus learning in the fall semester. The following day, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s president Dr. Alan Davis announced in... Continue Reading

KSA election chaos

This year marked the first time that the Kwantlen Student Association held its annual general election entirely online. It was also the first time that the vast majority of candidates running were disqualified due to widespread violations of the campaigning rules, with only two candidates successfully being elected. Out of the 24 candidates, 21 were... Continue Reading

Canadian airsoft community worried the sport will be banned under proposed bill

Canada’s airsoft community is calling on the government to reverse the proposed federal gun bill, which members say will cause a ban on the sport entirely. Bill C-21 is currently being debated in the House of Commons. Federal Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair said its goal is to “end the proliferation, importation, export or... Continue Reading

Recent medical assistance in dying amendments don’t go far enough

I remember the last time I held my grandfather’s hand. His skin was wrinkly from old age and cold to the touch from the hospital’s low temperature. He was pale and thin from weeks of unintentional self-neglect. It had been about five months since my mom had been trying to arrange a home for him,... Continue Reading

Scammers are such hypocrites

Every year we see reports that scam calls in Canada are getting worse and worse. Our media feed fills with ways we can protect ourselves from scammers, such as watching for red flags like demands for money or gift cards, threats, or coercive language. Even calling back an international number gives the scammer money when... Continue Reading

Justin Trudeau does not have the support to win another election

During the year-end interview, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he isn’t eager for an election but is ready for one. This is likely to happen if the opposition parties put together a vote of non-confidence in Trudeau’s government, or they hinder the Liberals’ pandemic relief efforts. Trudeau touched the hearts of many Canadians since the... Continue Reading

Explainer: The plan for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in B.C.

Update: the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was approved for distribution by Health Canada on Dec. 23. At the start of December, B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the arrival of the first COVID-19 vaccines in the province. Pfizer-BioNTech is the first vaccine approved by Health Canada for distribution in the country, having been pre-ordered... Continue Reading

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

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