Spectrum: Surviving the Holidays 101

“If you want to be happy in a million ways, for the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home.” This lyric, from the perennial Christmas classic “Home for the Holidays,” relays a popular idea that is frequently reinforced throughout the holiday season. However, for many members of the LGBTQ+ community, the truth is a lot... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Use streaming services to educate yourself and stay #woke over the holidays

These days, it seems like every producer and their dog is making a cutting-edge documentary or weaving bold, progressive narratives into their series scripts. If you look at the Netflix homepage, you’ll see a whole bunch of social commentary rife with comedy and drama. Many of the most popular shows on right now like Dear... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Girlsnails

Jackson Bell was starry-eyed at a talent show when he first grew interested in playing music with Michael Robertson, the guitarist who would later become one of eight members of the Surrey-born and based math rock band Girlsnails. Alone with his guitar on stage, a teenaged Robertson performed a progressive metal riff which impressed Bell... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Don’t cry — here are some recent wins for climate action

There, there. I know it’s been a hard year for all the environmentalists out there, but buck up! There is a silver lining, such as the bankruptcy of leading coal giant Murray Energy and a slew of other natural resource companies. Yay! “Murray Energy, once a symbol of American mining prowess, has become the eighth... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: mellowhaunt

Aliens, deserts, and “masturbating to static TV” are some of the images you might find drifting through your head as you listen to dark pop duo mellowhaunt’s first record, set to be released on Feb. 28 at Red Gate on Main Street. The concept for the album came about when half of mellowhaunt, Matthew DeBeer... Continue Reading

Spectrum: Knowing your Rights in the Canadian Workplace

By now, you’ve probably heard about the three big cases in the U.S. Supreme Court regarding workplace discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals. Two of them, Bostock v. Clayton County and Altitude Express v. Zarda, involve individuals who claim they were fired from their jobs for being gay. The other case, R.G. and G.R Harris Funeral Homes... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Now that the scariest season of the year is over (bye-bye, election 2019), let’s celebrate Halloween

Go on and breathe a deep sigh of relief, because the election is finally over. Whatever happened happened, and we’re stuck with it for the next four years. Yay, democracy! Regardless of how you feel about our new government, Halloween is on its way, and that means it’s time to bust out your pumpkin-carving knives... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: The Fragile Balance Between Federal Division and Unity

The election happened. It’s over. We have a Liberal minority government with four other parties and an independent candidate in the House. Everyone has a different idea of how the country should be run, but none of the parties have as much power to make it happen as they would if they held a majority.... Continue Reading

Spectrum: Where each party leader stands on LGBTQ+ issues

As you know, the federal election is underway, and we have heard much about the candidates and their stances on many vital issues. However, the LGBTQ+ community is a topic neglected in the majority of media coverage. Some may defend this by mentioning that the LGBTQ+ community in Canada makes up only 5.3 per cent... Continue Reading

From the Editor: How New Students Can Most Out of Their Time at KPU

Want to know how you can benefit the most from your time at KPU? The number one thing I would recommend is a cliché, but it’s true: What you get out of it depends on what you put into it. There can be so much more to this experience than just the things you learn... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: The Canadian Election Campaign 2019: Sorry, Eh?

It’s been a weird couple of weeks for Canadian politics. A number of MPs have had to issue public apologies for strange and offensive behaviour ranging in severity from the Green Party’s photoshopping a reusable cup into a picture of Elizabeth May, to Conservative candidate Arpan Khanna Tweeting some pretty vicious and threatening homophobic statements... Continue Reading

Canadian Elections Are Open to Security Risks, But Not Like the U.S.

Canadians like to look to our Southern neighbours and reassure ourselves, “At least it’s not as bad as what the Americans have to deal with.” We do it with racism, healthcare, firearms—you name it. However, most problems the Americans have, we also have, though arguably to a lesser degree. The same goes for our elections’... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Take the reins on your education by getting into experiential learning

I’ve been here almost four years now—going on five in the journalism program—and in all that time, I have not had what I consider a genuine hands-on learning experience in my field during class hours. When I say hands-on, I don’t mean taking necessary baby steps like capturing photos on campus to learn how to... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Primary

At the heart of any improvisational music is the desire to perform with creativity and freedom, to experiment independently and collaborate with like-minded artists at the same time. Such is the case for Primary, a three-piece jazz-inspired improv group that has been leaving its mark on stages around Vancouver since its debut at the Museum... Continue Reading

Spectrum: Canada Needs to Publicly Support LGBTQ+ Rights Everywhere, Not Just in Big Cities

In recent years, the installation of a rainbow crosswalk has become a popular way for cities such as Vancouver, New Westminster, and Coquitlam to show support for the LGBTQ+ community. Even Abbotsford and Maple Ridge, two of the more rural towns in the Lower Mainland, installed rainbow crosswalks. Abbotsford installed one near the University of... Continue Reading