Opinion: The Self-Defence and Defence of Property Laws in Canada Don’t Protect You From Harm

Self-defence laws in Canada need to be looked at again. The laws were incorporated into the Criminal Code in 1892, the basis of which was formed by the authors of the 1879 report of the Criminal Code Bill Commission, which recognized a person’s right to defend themselves. In 2012 under former prime minister Stephen Harper’s... Continue Reading

The No Pet Policy Has Finally Been Removed In Vancouver’s Rental Housing

Earlier this month, Vancouver councillors Pete Fry and Jean Swanson put forward a motion to prohibit rental contract clauses which ban renters from keeping pets. On Oct. 15, the motion was approved. Now tenants with furry friends can sit back and relax as they caress their companion. Prohibiting these “no pet” policies can reduce pet... Continue Reading

The BC Liberals Have a Pride Problem

On Sept. 21, Langley Township City Council motioned to paint a rainbow crosswalk between the local RCMP detachment and the school board office. This would be the second rainbow crosswalk to grace Langley’s streets after one was painted in Fort Langley at Glover Road and Mary Avenue in 2017. While the motion ultimately passed, city... Continue Reading

Televised Debates Still Matter

In high school, my Grade 11 social studies teacher dedicated a 75-minute class to watching the 2008 Canadian federal elections debate. She was the only social studies teacher who felt it was important to apprise her students of current events. I remember uncle Harper, blue-eyed Duceppe, Liberal Dion, mustached Layton, and smiley May sitting around... Continue Reading

Misogyny Against Female Journalists Must End

Trigger warning: This article discusses subject matter related to sexual abuse and harassment, violence against women, and explicit language.  Miranda Fatur is a video journalist with City News Vancouver. On Sept. 24, she shared her story of being sexually harassed by two separate men while shooting a stand-up. One said, “F**k her right in the... Continue Reading

Water Scarcity Caused By Avocado Farming is Unethical

The word “avocado” comes from Mexico. In 500 BC, the Aztecs named the fruit “ahuácatl,” which means testicle. When the Aztecs were looking at the avocados hanging from the tree, they came to a realisation that the fruit looked similar to that particular male body part. Therefore, they called it a testicle. Ahuácatl has become... Continue Reading

Runner Debates: A Provincial Election Can Wait, Battling a Global Pandemic Cannot

Read the other half of this debate here. Because 2020 wasn’t full of enough surprises, Premier John Horgan recently called an election. So on Oct. 24, like it or not, some British Columbians are heading to a polling booth. “I’ve struggled mightily with this decision, and it did not come easy to me,” Horgan said... Continue Reading

Runner Debates: Now is Not the Worst Time for an Election

Read the other half of this debate here. B.C. premier John Horgan has called for an election on Oct. 24, one year earlier than we all expected, and there is a lot of controversy about the timing. It seems both Horgan and the new B.C. Green party leader Sonia Furstenau feels their parties’ confidence and... Continue Reading

B.C. Should Adopt a Version of Ontario’s Mandatory Mask Policy

Before you leave the house in B.C., you make sure your door is locked. In Ontario, you also ask yourself, “Do I have a mask?” Wearing masks in public places was made mandatory throughout Ontario in July. After three months, it has become part of the “new normal” in the province, which saw a high... Continue Reading

Aquatic Spaces Should Be Safe for Everyone, Not Just English Speakers

Hearing languages other than English is nothing new to me. I grew up hearing my dad speak Spanish in our household, to our family back home in Mexico, and to his friends at get-togethers. I work at a pool in Surrey, where many patrons speak to each other in languages other than English. Parents call... Continue Reading

Party Now, Regret Later

Life has not been easy for the past five months due to the “new normal” created by the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, our 2020 was nothing but filled with cancelled summer plans, school and work from home, and binge-watching all day. Even though most shops and restaurants are now open, everything has changed with new... Continue Reading

Vancouver Needs Patio Season to Last All Winter

Vancouver City Councilor Sarah Kirby-Yung proposed last month that the city extend restaurants’ patio permits past their October expiry date. She says the patio program has saved many local eateries from going out of business due to financial strain from the pandemic. And according to a poll she made on Twitter, most people are in... Continue Reading

New CPC Leader Erin O’Toole Could Let Down Marginalized Canadians

A former Royal Canadian Air Force officer, lawyer, and Minister of Veterans Affairs in the Harper government, Erin O’Toole has been an MP for Durham, Ontario, since 2012. This month, he was nominated to be the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. In his victory speech, O’Toole shared how he plans to lead... Continue Reading

Stay Calm, Cool, and Conscious

Vancouver is notorious for crappy, cold, wet weather. At its worst, the weather curses us with an oppressive greyness that makes you want to do nothing. At its best, it provides warm days dotted with clouds to give you a break from the sunshine. Still, when the hottest months hit in Vancouver, they hit hard.... Continue Reading

To Trace or Not to Trace

All over the world, people are starting to use contact tracing apps. While each app might work slightly differently from the others, the premise is the same: They will alert you if you have been in contact with anyone that has been infected with COVID-19. The Government of Canada is encouraging us to use COVID... Continue Reading