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

Artist Spotlight: Lowkita

When Camille Brereton was a little girl, she danced in a group called the Caribbean Singers and Dancers alongside her mom, a singer, and cousins. In elementary school, she started writing her own lyrics in a notebook that had Lola Bunny from Space Jam on the cover and eventually picked up rapping by borrowing friends’... Continue Reading

From the Editor: The Runner’s Stance on Covering the Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Movement

A recent Media Indigena episode by Rick Harp, Kim TallBear, and Candice Callison examined the debate between the media’s use of the term “protectors” versus “protestors” in reference to Indigenous people acting against the Coastal GasLink Pipeline. The episode opened with commentary about a story titled “War of words: Experts say the Wet’suwet’en actions are... Continue Reading
Minister Carole James delivers the 2020 Budget to stakeholders and journalists. Learn more at bcbudget.ca

The 2020 B.C. Budget Breakdown

The announcement and release of the annual provincial budget marks an important time for determining how the government is keeping up with its commitments. It’s also a great time for gauging which kinds of changes they want to commit to in the future and how they plan to implement them. Though it’s not necessarily a... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Newsrooms are disproportionately white. Here’s what The Runner’s doing about it.

Picture a journalist. Who do you see? Most minds will conjure up a Walter Cronkite type — white, male, cisgender, probably straight. Likely wearing a stiff tie and a button-up, nearing their fifties, semi-decrepit. Embarrassingly enough, that image isn’t far off from the truth. Much like politics, journalism has long been overwhelmingly dominated by white... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Non La

Feeling isolated as a queer Chinese-Vietnamese man in Vancouver was getting old for DJ On by the time he decided to spend a year in Taiwan, where he hoped life would be gayer, more fun, and less white. In retrospect, On says, that wish was granted. When he left Canada, he was a bored, seventh-year... Continue Reading

Spectrum: Use These Tips to Be a Better Ally and Respect LGBTQ+ People

It seems as though everywhere you go these days there’s a story pertaining to the LGBTQ+ community — whether it’s here, in the U.S., or beyond. And typically, with these stories comes a predictable onslaught of wannabe comedians making jokes about “the alphabet people” or identifying as an attack helicopter, as well as numerous keyboard... Continue Reading

The BCLC Reports and Freedom of Information law

Last week, after a nine year struggle, the CBC was finally granted the right to gain access to documents related to the largest penalty fine ever issued to a provincial gaming corporation. In 2010, FINTRAC, the federal agency which investigates and prevents money laundering, issued a $695,750 “Administrative Monetary Penalty” to the B.C. Lottery Corporation... Continue Reading