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

B.C. Should Reconsider Sending Students Back to School This Fall

The government of B.C. has decided to go back to in-school instruction in the fall, a decision which has elicited a lot of concern from many people. There will, however, be some changes to the way that kids are taught in September. One of the biggest changes is the introduction of “learning groups”. The size... Continue Reading

How to Plan Your Day for Online Learning

Two days before KPU shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I had a 10:00 a.m. class on the Langley campus. It was normal, except for one thing: During a group discussion about COVID-19 coverage in the mainstream media, most students believed it was receiving “too much coverage” instead of not enough. Obviously, hindsight... Continue Reading

It’s Alive (And Not Extinct): The Morality of the Sturddlefish

Quarantine has allowed us to feel the sting of boredom. In this era of uncertainty, the most absurd happenings occur: NASA has released footage of UFOs, monkeys have overtaken Thailand, and Hungarian scientists have bred two endangered fish species to create a ‘frankenfish.’ The Russian sturgeon and American paddlefish are two endangered fish species that... Continue Reading

How to Stay Creative During Quarantine

While others complain about being stuck at home, I believe quarantine is the perfect opportunity to experiment with some new hobbies, like growing an oyster mushroom farm or starting a YouTube channel. I got my dad an oyster mushroom farm for Father’s Day. I didn’t want to go for cremini mushrooms or portobello mushrooms because... Continue Reading

How Vancouver Should Go Greener

Back in 2011, the City of Vancouver released an action plan which detailed its goals to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. That goal was not met, but the City did achieve some milestones — including a 35 per cent increase in green jobs since 2010, 139,000 new trees planted, and a... Continue Reading

We Need to Rethink The “Friendly Canadian” Trope

As movements in solidarity with people of colour and against police brutality have grown around the world, many are looking to the City of Surrey to condemn anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism and commit to helping end systemic racism. Despite a petition with over 3,500 signatures which resulted in four bands pulling out of Surrey’s virtual... Continue Reading

Stop Panicking About Gaining Weight During the Pandemic

Wearing the same hoodie and sweats for days at a time may not be as socially acceptable now as it was at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Life is slowly beginning to move forward again. Places that require you to wear pants are reopening. We’re starting to hang out in small, carefully selected groups.... Continue Reading

Vancouver Should Consider the Ward System This Election Season

Following a CBC analysis that concluded that approximately 90 per cent of elected municipal officials in Metro Vancouver are white, questions are being raised about what could be done to more accurately represent the voices of 49 per cent of people in the region who identify as non-white minorities. When systems of power like municipal... Continue Reading

Confronting My White Privilege as a Polish Immigrant

Poland has a long history of experiencing discrimination, beginning with World War II when the country was divided by the Germans during their first invasion in 1939. They were divided by the way their citizens looked. Those with blonde hair and blue eyes were labelled as pure and of the superior Aryan race, and people... Continue Reading