The four best places to see cherry blossoms in Metro Vancouver

Spring has sprung in Metro Vancouver, with cherry blossom trees starting to bloom last week. Growing up in southern Ontario, I didn’t have the chance to see these kinds of trees often. I had the odd trip to Toronto to see them bloom in High Park, but it was very rare. Living in Metro Vancouver... Continue Reading

Netflix? More like NotFlix!

Time has started to melt into nothingness as we finish our spring semester. You log off from your online class, miss talking with people, and distance yourself from the news because you don’t want to hear about the many things going wrong because of COVID-19. In order to escape the boredom and mundanity of lockdown,... Continue Reading

If there’s one thing that Horgan has, it’s the audacity

During a COVID-19 briefing earlier this month, B.C. Premier John Horgan said that young people aren’t paying attention and are endangering the rest of the province. He addressed those in the province aged 20 to 39, saying, “My appeal to you is do not blow this for the rest of us. Do not blow this... Continue Reading

Fines should continue to rise for breaking COVID-19 restrictions

Since last November, British Columbia has had province-wide restrictions on social gatherings with anyone outside the household. Despite constant reminders from the provincial government to not hold any gatherings, people aren’t listening. If individuals have no remorse for their actions, which can endanger others’ lives, they should receive hefty fines. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth... Continue Reading

Water privatization should not be an accepted standard practice

As we get closer to summer, with sunny weather and high temperatures, many people may be planning to visit swimming pools or lakes to stay cool. However, after a recent court ruling in a B.C. on March 5, two of the province’s lakes may be harder to access. Stan Kroenke, a U.S. billionaire and rancher,... Continue Reading

Debate: Optional COVID-19 vaccine passports would be helpful if implemented strategically

Read the other half of this debate here. There’s an understandable level of suspicion when people think of attaching government credentials to personal and private things like one’s health. To many, the idea of having to obtain a “vaccine passport” to prove that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine sounds like a recipe for authoritarian... Continue Reading

Debate: A hard look at what vaccine passports entail

Read the other half of this debate here. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organisation declared a global pandemic for SARS-CoV-2, otherwise known as the COVID-19 virus. Among the early controversies of social distancing and masks, ideas of vaccine passports circulated among national governments. In theory, this seems like the best move to reopen... Continue Reading

Surrey’s plan to build a road through Bear Creek Park should be stopped

Natural parks, such as Bear Creek Park, are one of the ways that we can relax and connect to the environment. It is a section of land full of recreation space for activities that people can enjoy while immersing themselves in nature. It is also a habitat for various birds, fish, squirrels, and other living... Continue Reading

Paid parking is only a temporary solution to regional parks' congestion problems

As the pandemic gets closer to the end, and as we get closer to summer and further away from winter, people will soon be roaming about in the warm temperatures and sun once again. Many may flock to the many parks across the Metro Vancouver area. However, with the number of park visitors rising yearly,... Continue Reading

The PST exemption on vape products, pop, and streaming services should continue

Do you have a guilty pleasure of some sort? Drinking a pop here and there or maybe watching a few too many episodes on Netflix when you were supposed to be doing homework? Yeah, me too. On Feb. 18 last year, the B.C. government announced their budget, where they planned to add a seven per... Continue Reading

Canada needs to fix tech giants’ digital market domination

In 2020, News Media Canada released a report which calculated that for every dollar of ad revenue spent by digital advertisers through Google, only 51 cents go to the content publishers. The rest is eaten up by numerous fees that fund platforms in an “ad tax,” which mostly goes to Google, including an agency fee,... Continue Reading

Oversimplifying company logos takes away their meaning

The magic of a good company logo can help set it apart from other companies that sell similar products and stay in a customer’s mind. They play a part in our everyday lives. We pass by them every time we visit the store, and they are the trademark symbols that we seek out whenever we... Continue Reading

No, I didn’t need to see that ad

Ads are meant to promote things, and convince people they’re worth thinking about. The best ones are able to utilize creativity to grab their audience’s attention and to encourage them to buy the product being advertised, while the worst ones can come off as cringey and pretentious. One of the most notable forms of ads,... Continue Reading

Long standing dress codes need to change

A grade 12 student was sent back home from Norkam Senior Secondary School in Kamloops for breaking the district’s dress code of conduct, creating a contentious debate on B.C. dress code ethics. Karis Wilson was wearing a black knee-length dress layered over a white turtleneck when she was told that her outfit was distracting to... Continue Reading

Recent medical assistance in dying amendments don’t go far enough

I remember the last time I held my grandfather’s hand. His skin was wrinkly from old age and cold to the touch from the hospital’s low temperature. He was pale and thin from weeks of unintentional self-neglect. It had been about five months since my mom had been trying to arrange a home for him,... Continue Reading