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Author: Ashley Hyshka

No Discrimination – The Fentanyl Epidemic

The midnight sky is dark as thick snowflakes fall in the frigid air towards the earth. As the snow blanket’s Downtown Vancouver’s city streets, a high-pitched wail screams throughout the Downtown Eastside. Increasing in volume, flickering, and panicked red and white lights reflect themselves on the wet streets. It’s an ambulance, and it’s rushing towards another suspected fentanyl overdose victim. The numbers shock even seasoned veterans in the field. Per the BC Coroners Service, there were 922 illicit drug overdose deaths in 2016. In 60% of these deaths, the potent opioid fentanyl was detected. Fentanyl made its way onto...

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Silent No More – Destroying the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

The shadow constantly follows them. Clinging to their bodies, its claws gripping their victim’s flesh, it refuses to let go. It viciously thrashes from side to side, tearing off parts of its victim in the process. Each time this occurs, two things are certain: first, after every attack a small piece of them dies inside, and second, that shadow will always follow them. Mental illness isn’t a monster – but it sure as hell feels like one. One in five. Over the course of their lifetime, 20% of Canadians will suffer from a mental illness. The statistics are staggering;...

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Alone in the Dark – Why the Majority of Domestic Violence Cases Go Unreported

Makeup covers up the bruises and wounds on her face. She wears sweaters and long-sleeved blouses to hide the trauma on her body. When confronted with the abuse, she blames herself, or makes excuses for her partner. Unreported, the cycle repeats once more. It’s this fact that scares Dr. Balbir Gurm. A nursing instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and an expert on domestic violence, Dr. Balbir Gurm is a dedicated women’s advocate. Lately, Dr. Gurm’s crusade has been how the clear majority of domestic violence cases have gone unreported in British Columbia, and how to combat it. “It could...

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In the Search for Housing, KPU Students are Left Out in the Cold

In spring of 2015, I was a second-year arts & science student living in Saskatoon, SK. My acceptance letter from Kwantlen Polytechnic University arrived in my mailbox one day, and I began planning out the next phase of my academic career. That was the easy part. I soon learned that KPU does not offer student housing, and undergraduates who seek to live away from home, or transfer to KPU from another city/province soon find themselves scouring Kijiji, Craigslist, and bulletin boards advertising an affordable place to live. KPU is a “commuter school” and therefore has satellite campuses across Metro...

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