Surrey Needs a (Night) Life

I was over at a friend’s house one evening when someone suggested that we go out for a few beers. “Awesome,” I thought, and proposed that we go to The Lion, or One20 — both strategic suggestions as they are walking distance from my house. But everyone in the group I was with gave me... Continue Reading

Facebook’s New News Feature is Bad News

“Journalism plays a critical role in our democracy. When news is deeply-reported and well-sourced it gives people information they can rely on. When it’s not, we lose an essential tool for making good decisions.” This isn’t a quote from Woodward or Bernstein, Pulitzer, or one of the KPU journalism instructors. This is a quote from... Continue Reading

The Benefits of Speaking Multiple Languages

Knowing Multiple Languages Can Help You Grow, but Can Sometimes Get Confusing Dilpreet Kaur For me, being born in India and fluent in three languages brings a lot of benefits. In the very beginning, when children step into schools, they’re taught that they can’t survive without learning English. That’s the power of English language. It... Continue Reading

ICBC Rates And Young Drivers: What the Hell?

Young drivers and students are paying a lot more than they used to in car insurance because ICBC — and by extension, our provincial government — considers us to be a higher risk. While Attorney General David Eby argues that the new insurance rates reflect the risk young drivers represent, I find it more likely... Continue Reading

Surrey’s Decision to Ban Parking RVs on City Streets at Night is Oppressive

The City of Surrey voted to remove the right of RV owners to park their vehicles on city streets and sleep in them overnight on Nov. 4. The vote comes on the heels of a report presented by the Corporate Services and Engineering departments of City Hall. The report suggests that there have been complaints... Continue Reading

Millennial Burnout: Two Student Perspectives

Academic Workism Pushes Students Past Their Limits Jayne Wright There is a new idea emerging in North America: the concept of “workism,” which suggests that the most personal fulfilment can be found through professional achievement. Derek Thompson works for the Atlantic and is a self-professed “workaholic.” He has researched the concept of workism and the... Continue Reading

The Process of Opting Out of the U-Pass Fee is Unfair

Every semester, KPU students have to pay a fee with their tuition of $51 per month per semester for the KSA U-Pass BC program. The U-Pass is offered to all post-secondary schools in Metro Vancouver provided by TransLink. This program gives commuters access to discounted transit. However, drivers, like me, do not need to use... Continue Reading

It’s PSL Season: Here’s Your Guide to the Trendiest Drink of the Fall

October signifies the beginning of my favourite season: pumpkin spice season. My obsession with the pumpkin spice latte began years ago and has shown no signs of slowing down. With this in mind, I taste-tested the famous fall drink from four popular coffee shops to give you a quick reference guide for where to get... Continue Reading
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It’s Okay to Be Afraid this Halloween (and Year-Round)

Fear is one of the most powerful emotions. It allows us to doubt, to second-guess, and to cower away. Even the strongest individuals in history at one point experienced it in their lives. As formidable as fear is, it can also be the greatest weapon in one’s arsenal. In the same way that it can... Continue Reading

Why Vancouver Shouldn’t Ban Fireworks

Ever since I was a kid, festive October holidays were punctuated with loud explosions and colorful lights in the sky. Any kid who’s grown up in Vancouver, or Delta for that matter, knows that fireworks are an essential part of having fun on Halloween. There’s something that feels adventurous about making loud explosions that echo... Continue Reading

Why the Conservatives Won Where You’d Expect but Nowhere Else

Even though the Conservatives won more popular votes than any other party, the nature of our electoral system ensured that they wouldn’t have the most seats. If they had made a few key choices, they could have had even more. I have been reading posts by many NDP-voting friends on my social media feeds, and... Continue Reading

A Few Suggestions for Other Places you can Learn About Election Issues

Tristan Johnston, Contributor Other than my casual intake of CBC and the Globe and Mail, National Observer is a somewhat underappreciated source of news. Formed in 2015, the National Observer was partially created to avoid the big oil money that was finding its way into other newspapers. This makes their B Corporation status notable, which... Continue Reading

Here’s Why It’s Important to Vote Again and Again

Many of us voted in the federal election in 2015. We got up early or made time in between classes to rush to the voting station and waited in line to fill in the circle beside the party we believed in — the party we felt would be the best government for our future. I... Continue Reading

Divest for the Environment and for our Future

Over 100,000 people from all across the lower mainland participated in the International Climate Strike on Sept. 27. The strikers gathered at Vancouver City Hall and marched down the Cambie Street Bridge to the final gathering space outside of the CBC headquarters to express the need for world governments to take major action on the... Continue Reading

A Beginner’s Guide to the Federal Election

My attention has always fallen short when it comes to politics. It’s exhausting to scrutinize someone whose job is to make themselves more likeable. Politicians lie or tell half-truths because they’re people, and people can be hard to read. However, deciding not to vote simply because it’s the easy choice is not the right response.... Continue Reading