Clare Hennig – The Langara Voice News, entertainment and sports from Langara College journalism students Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:30:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Clare Hennig – The Langara Voice 32 32 VOICE PODCAST 07: Fake news, declining audiences and Trump’s media Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:30:44 +0000 Produced by Clare Hennig and technical producer Sean Hitrec

On this week’s edition of The Voice podcast, we look at where people get their news from, reputable sources of information versus fake news and why this all matters.

We talk to students at Langara to find out their go to outlets for information. A survey by Statistics Canada found that only a third of Canadians between the ages of 15 and 35 read the news daily and most people only look at one online source. Is this true in our community?

We also hear from Langara instructors Lealle Ruhl and Stephen Phillips about why news is important and how to find reputable sources for information.

The topics that come up in this week’s podcast were inspired by the Issues and Ideas section in The Voice this week. We invited editor Bonnie Lee La Madeleine to come talk about the theme of her section and what take-aways there are in her stories about truth in journalism, propaganda and confirmation bias.

Check out The Voice podcast below to find out more.

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Burnaby Public Library finishes last outreach project of 2016 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 03:59:14 +0000 Librarian Kelsey Jang and community recreational leader Laura Meehan staff the pop-up library at Wesburn Community Centre. Photo by Clare Hennig
Librarian Kelsey Jang and community recreational leader Laura Meehan staff the pop-up library at Wesburn Community Centre. Photo by Clare Hennig

Reported by Clare Hennig

The Burnaby Public Library set out to do 60 community outreach events this year for their 60th anniversary – they ended up doing nearly 80, the last of which was a ‘pop-up’ library at Wesburn Community Centre yesterday.

Kelsey Jang, a community outreach librarian, said making the library’s services and resources more readily available to the public is a priority. At the pop-up library, people can borrow or browse through books without having to commute to one of the branches.

Accessibility is key

“We realize that it’s hard for people to get out into the libraries,” Jang said. ”There are a lot of people who aren’t able to get to the libraries easily from this area, especially families with young ones.”

This is the third time this year the library has partnered with Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services to host a morning of children’s activities, such as a craft table and build-your-own-playground, with the pop-up library.

Laura Meehan, a community recreational leader at Wesburn Community Centre, said the initiative is designed to bring the community together.

“It’s essentially to give people a place to come and meet each other and create a space to see what services the city has,” said Meehan.

Alda Llabani, who came with her four-year-old daughter, said she enjoys the event because it’s a chance to do something different and meet new people.

Books aren’t the only appeal of libraries

Jang said creating a feeling of community is part of the magic of libraries.

“Library services are more than just about getting books these days, it’s about being able to interact with other community members and take advantage of the things that the community has to offer,” said Jang.

Although the anniversary initiative is almost over, there are plans to continue bringing the pop-up library to Wesburn Community Centre in the new year, starting again on the last Monday of January.

Parents enjoy freedom to vaccinate their children or not Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:34 +0000 03_vaccines-2
Students at Langara have vaccines as part of a Flu Shot Clinic offered by the Student Health Services and the nursing department this past week. Photo by Clare Hennig.

Reported by Clare Hennig

Several vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough are on the rise in Canada as more people opt out of immunization according to Katharine Browne, an instructor of philosophy at Langara.

Browne, led this month’s Philosophers’ Jam, focusing on vaccinations and whether they should be mandatory. The speech also focused in on many parents who are choosing against vaccination for their children. B.C. has one of the lowest vaccination rates in comparison to eastern provinces according to the Statistics Canada website.

“People who choose not to vaccinate are in fact acting rationally,” Brown said. “I’m not claiming that they are acting morally, but it is rational.”

Sarah Carrey, mother of two school-aged children, said she likes having the choice to vaccinate her sons or not.

“They have the important ones, like tetanus and measles,” Carrey said. “But I don’t give them the flu shot … getting the flu is normal for kids.”

The November Philosophers’ Jam, hosted by Langara’s philosophy department, was led by Katharine Browne who discussed vaccinations and whether they should be mandatory. Photo by Clare Hennig

The key point, though, is that having the flu shot is a choice rather than enforced, said Alex Boston, coordinator of the talk. He said the availability of flu vaccines on campus this past week is a good example.

“They’re literally giving you access to vaccines but it’s not that a student would lose grades or not be allowed to come to Langara if they did not have vaccines,” Boston said. “It’s not a case of the government forcing anyone to take vaccines, they’re just making them very easy to get.”

Boston said he doesn’t know if that kind of enforcement would happen in Canada, but pointed out there are other laws restricting people’s freedom in the name of public safety.

“It’s about balancing individual autonomy with the collective good,” said Browne.

Hailey Clyde, a mother of a 4-year-old girl, said she lacks the desire to believe in vaccines, specifically the flu vaccine.

“If someone gets a flu vaccine shouldn’t they be protected by people who choose not to get the flu shot?” Clyde said. “I’m choosing not to vaccinate my child, it’s a choice and I should have the right to make my own.”