Meet KPU: Dr. Asma Sayed

Dr. Asma Sayed is a faculty member in the English department, and she was named Canada Research Chair in South Asian Literary and Cultural Studies in August. Sayed is also the President of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta, and... Continue Reading

From the Editor: This isn’t your average back to school issue

Every September, The Runner publishes a back to school issue to kick off the beginning of the fall semester. These issues usually contain a few articles about campus groups, handy tips, updates on any notable changes that happened over the summer, and previews of upcoming events to look forward to. For students coming back from... Continue Reading

Meet KPU: Harriet Ronaghan

Harriet Ronaghan was about to start classes at KPU in 2007. Then she was in a car crash that left her in a three-month coma with a traumatic brain injury that required emergency surgery. Against all odds, she was able to overcome her coma and has since visited rehabilitation centres and physiotherapists to share her... Continue Reading

From The Editor: Staying Safe Does Not Mean You’re Missing Out

As human beings, we construct our own identities in relation to others. Sharing experiences and interacting with a community helps us define who we are as individuals, and the relationships we have with friends and family shape our lives and contribute to our sense of self. We are nearing the five-month mark since the B.C... Continue Reading

Editorial: Protest During COVID Is Different for Chronically Ill Canadians

Living through the COVID-19 pandemic and participating in the Black Lives Matter movement simultaneously has proven to be a difficult task for even the healthiest Canadians, let alone people with special mobility needs or chronic health conditions. As an immunocompromised person with chronic health conditions who has a sincere desire to participate in these demonstrations,... Continue Reading

Canada Could Use a Four-Day Work Week

In New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has sung the praises of the four-day work week as a method for supporting its COVID-decimated tourism economy. She reasons that having three whole days off could encourage people to travel more within their own countries, thereby boosting net tourism revenue without having to rely on visitors from... Continue Reading

A Self-Education Starter Pack for Non-Black Canadians

Many non-Black people have decried violent protest as a means of making social change. This opinion is hollow and damaging if those making criticisms do not dedicate themselves to unlearning internalized racism by listening to and uplifting Black voices. We must know the truth supported by fact and testimony before using our voices as non-Black... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: Down With the Duopoly

The success and health of news media in Canada is inextricably chained to capitalism. The largest and most recognizable news organizations in this country are all for-profit endeavours which need to make money to survive. If they can’t make things work, they disappear or are bought out by larger companies. In both cases, scores of... Continue Reading

Going Global: The Oil Slump

In the biggest crash in oil prices that history had ever witnessed, oil, for a day, reached a value of -$35.00. That negative symbol is not a typo. While that number is no longer negative, prices nevertheless remain highly volatile. One thing that many casual observers have gotten wrong is the idea that oil as... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Blue Rivera

Blue Rivera applies hip-hop production to pop sprinkled with latin influences — the sonic trademark of the songwriters behind the project, 21-year-old twins Julián Borderas-Ochoa and Joaquin Borderas-Ochoa. Joaquin plays guitar and sings and Julian plays the bass backed by drummer Stephen Coley, pianist Simon Freeman, and synthesist Hourmazd Naderi. Joaquin and Julian have been... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: COVID-19 by the Numbers

If you check most news sites any day of the week, odds are that their top story has something to do with reporting on the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Canada. Many news publications have an ongoing portal which presents stats meant to give readers an idea of how the virus is... Continue Reading

Going Global: It’s No Longer Business as Usual

Three billion people around the world are living under a quarantine order although many of them simply can’t work from home. It’s not surprising that this has had a massive impact on the global economy. It was clear months ago that China shutting down much of its production was going to have an early impact.... 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

Letter to the Editor: KPU staff and faculty should treat students better

I have been at Kwantlen Polytechnic University off and on for four years, and I have noticed a trend of students not just being affected by the stress of their course load, but also by the treatment they receive from some faculty and staff. This ranges from staff giving incorrect information and poor communication from... Continue Reading

From the Editor: How The Runner is Adapting to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Over a very short amount of time, COVID-19 became a global health pandemic, spurring countries around the world to declare states of emergency and urge residents to stay inside. Here in Vancouver, the last week has been a whirlwind of federal, provincial, and municipal announcements, but citizens are feeling it on the ground too. Our... Continue Reading