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Yelling over bulldozers: the City, UFV, and the people on the ground

Yelling over bulldozers: the City, UFV, and the people on the ground

If Council’s decision was made unanimously despite the concerns brought by a large number of concerned citizens and students, then how effective is public forum as a way to influence City decisions? Read more…

News

With pomp and parchment, convocation transforms students into alumni

With pomp and parchment, convocation transforms students into alumni

After joking about looking like wizards in full regalia backstage, the 2015 class of UFV graduates filed onto the floor of the Abbotsford Centre, led by the beat of a traditional Stó:lo drum. Read more…

Opinion

Spending summer inside: not as crazy (or boring) as you might think

Spending summer inside: not as crazy (or boring) as you might think

Contrary to what Tide detergent commercials would have us believe, not everyone wants to spend their summer rolling around in fresh grass in an attempt to gradually turn off-white khakis into mint-green khakis. If, like me, you don’t practice khaki alchemy, here’s a couple of things you can do this summer that won’t require you to journey outside for very long, if at all. Read more…

Culture

David Newkirk’s art exhibit at the Reach imagines visual dialogues among the greats

David Newkirk’s art exhibit at the Reach imagines visual dialogues among the greats

In David Newkirk’s exhibition at the Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford, the Ontario artist plays with his own inspiration and influences through imagined conversations between his artistic predecessors. Newkirk explores his gratitude and connection to historical painters, dedicating each work to his different inspirations. Read more…

Arts in Review

Jurassic World sells soul, suspense, sense of wonder for dino screams and cheap thrills

Jurassic World sells soul, suspense, sense of wonder for dino screams and cheap thrills

This film, in my mind, is the inevitable completion of InGen’s dream, pushing the limits of a fully functional park and genetic manipulation. As a summer action movie, it works fine; it has action, it has monsters. As Ian Malcolm would say, it always starts with “Oooh” and “Aah,” but later there’s running and, uh, screaming. Where things fall apart is Jurassic World’s script, written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, which is dumb from the premise on down. Read more…

Sports & Health

From Bangkok to the Fraser Valley: a lesson in cycling

From Bangkok to the Fraser Valley: a lesson in cycling

When you ride down the parallel road toward Abbotsford you are able to glimpse the people inside passing vehicles on Hwy 1: blank-faced drivers, passengers absorbed in their smart-phones, and back-seat sleepers. As I pedalled onward — clocking in at 55 minutes as Whatcom Rd. passed by — the sweat soaked my shirt and my legs started to ache. Yet I felt as if nothing this day had in store for me could weaken my spirit. Read more…

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