Beat Your Pandemic Burnout

Although it’s certainly not what students were expecting, moving classes online is a necessary measure to protect public health during the coronavirus pandemic. Many of us are taking a full course load or at least a few extra classes during the summer, although sitting in your house staring at a computer screen is a much... Continue Reading

Growin’ Your Own Food: Quarantine Edition

Even before the spread of COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, people were buying their groceries in bulk. As countries around the world began announcing social restrictions and business closures, it became clear that going to the grocery store for fresh produce was becoming a higher risk without a guaranteed... Continue Reading

Unpacking the Ethics of “Two-Tier Tuition”

Earlier this month, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan announced that it will be trying out a new model for tuition payment: Applicants who don’t get accepted can pay $60,000 per year instead of $10,000 to be admitted to the program despite not making the cut. This decision was made... Continue Reading

How to Talk to Someone Who Refuses to Socially Distance

There have always been some subjects you just can’t bring up at parties. Among them are the tried and true pot-stirrers — Israel and Palestine, American gun rights, and immigration law — as well as some new and controversial topics that pop up every couple of months which keep us at each other’s throats. Before... Continue Reading

The Gaps in Trudeau’s Gun Policy

Trudeau banned 1,500 models of “assault-style” guns through regulations approved by an order-in-council from Cabinet on May 1. On paper, this looks like a right step towards controlling gun violence in Canada. And although the Liberals promised they would ban “all military-style assault rifles, including the AR-15” in their election campaign last year, it’s not... Continue Reading

What to Know About Here2Talk’s Online Mental Health Support for Students

Like many post-secondary students, I am a firm believer in the importance of caring for and maintaining one’s mental health. I believe going to a therapist or a counsellor is just as important as going to a doctor, and I make sure to let those around me know that they are welcome to talk to... Continue Reading

Canada Can Only Reopen Public Spaces Safely by Taking Baby Steps

A month of quarantine and lockdown has passed and many people seem to be holding up pretty well. However, tension seems to be growing as the economy suffers from lack of business, the populace becomes restless from the inability to socialise in-person, and too many people get worked up about not getting a haircut. As... Continue Reading

The Canadian Government Should Be Enforcing Social Distancing Measures

The COVID-19 global outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. Not long after the Canadian federal government placed a ban on social gatherings of more than 50 people, and provinces and territories followed suit with their own restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. By the end of... Continue Reading

Non-medical Essential Workers Need More Protection Against COVID-19

When my partner asked me to be his emergency contact for work, I thought I would never actually get the call. His job is considered essential because his company supplies and distributes food across Canada, and last Wednesday, I got the call. “I’m having trouble breathing,” was the first thing he said to me. “I... Continue Reading

Sugar-Coating the Pandemic Won’t Get Us Through It

As COVID-19 spreads, we all need something positive to divert our attention from the death and destruction surrounding us. Still, too much positivity can become a dangerous thing. Preaching positivity is not inherently bad, but if you preach nothing but positivity, things can get very toxic indeed. Say, for instance, you start to suffer panic... Continue Reading

Find the Type of Movement that Works for You in Quarantine

Now that the spring semester is over, I’ve found myself with more unoccupied time than I know what to do with. Like many others, I’m unable to go to work. Both of the studios I teach yoga and group fitness classes at are closed, and condensed versions of their schedules have moved to Facebook Live... Continue Reading

How to Cut Your Own Hair While Socially Distancing

Whoever decided hairdressers aren’t essential workers never had to suffer through an unintentional mullet. The first person I see after this is over will be my hairdresser, so I understand if some of you are itching to give yourself a new ‘do. But before you run to your kitchen and grab those scissors, consider these... Continue Reading

KPU’s All White Journalism Faculty Needs to Diversify

In early 2020, the Canadian Association of Black Journalists released seven calls to action to address the lack of diversity in newsrooms across Canada. Roughly 25 per cent of the Canadian population are Black, Indigenous People of Color, but newsrooms are not representative of this number. In 2006, only 3.4 per cent of journalists in... Continue Reading

How to Make Masks and Face Coverings from Home

When the COVID-19 pandemic first began, people all over the world started wearing medical and N95 masks. Stores sold out worldwide after the virus was declared a pandemic, as people began hoarding hundreds of packs of masks. Hospitals even began to see shortages, and health workers across the country feared what would happen to them... Continue Reading

Four Free Alternatives to Zoom that Make Connecting Easy

With everyone staying at home lately due to COVID-19, Zoom has quickly become a household name. Companies and schools have been integrating online video conferencing into their workflow now more than ever. Everyone may be using Zoom, but it’s far from perfect. The Canadian government and others have banned Zoom from being used for government... Continue Reading