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

From the Editor: What’s Going On for Black History Month in Vancouver

According to Historica Canada, the first named Black person to set foot on Canadian soil was Mathieu Da Costa, a translator hired by European explorers to communicate with Indigenous people in 1605. Fourteen years later, the first ship of African slaves to reach British North America docked in what is now Jamestown, Ontario, and systemic... 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

Artist Spotlight: Oatmeal Queen

Paloma Pendharkar really likes oatmeal. Specifically, she likes rolled oats cooked with chia over fresh banana and walnuts, topped with hemp seeds, cinnamon, and soy milk. Her name’s origin story is as simple as that. She’s a queen who loves her oatmeal. Her origin story as an artist, however, is longer and more complicated. Pendharkar’s... Continue Reading

From the Editor: A Year of The Runner in Review and What’s to Come for 2020

January is always an exciting time for The Runner staff. Having just come back from Canada’s annual student journalism conference, NASH, our newsroom usually kicks off the new year full of passion and ideas. This year is no different. And although 2020 marks my fifth year with the paper — as well as my fifth... Continue Reading

Spectrum: Richmond artist Paige Gratland puts a spotlight of the work of LGBTQ+ artists

This will be the first of many “Spectrum” columns highlighting LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies in Metro Vancouver, including Surrey, Langley, Cloverdale, and Richmond. If there is a member of the Metro Vancouver LGBTQ+ community you would like to see featured, contact The Runner. While cities in the Metro Vancouver region have started becoming more... Continue Reading

Going Global: The Impact of the Iran Crisis

Three days into the new year, U.S. President Donald Trump approved of an operation to assassinate the highest profile military general in Iran, Qasem Soleimani, leader of the Quds Force. Mere days afterwards, the Iranian army responded by firing rockets towards U.S. assets in Iraq. However, in the heat of the moment, a civilian airliner... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Now that we’re big kids, the holidays just aren’t what they used to be

With each passing year, it becomes harder to tell if the holidays were immeasurably more magical as a kid or if the world just isn’t fit for fun anymore. Admittedly, things get a little less whimsical after you find out Santa isn’t real or discover that the gently falling snow outside is actually due to... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Nimkish

Nimkish Younging’s evolution as an artist is a tale of metamorphosis as much as it is a testament to art created through hardship. Her debut album, Heartbreak on the Coast, is a creative representation of the time she spent grappling with her identity as a queer Indigenous woman — a struggle that remained private until... Continue Reading