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

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