Liam Hill-Allan – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca News, entertainment and sports from Langara College journalism students Thu, 05 Nov 2020 00:52:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://www.langaravoice.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LOGO-100x100.png Liam Hill-Allan – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca 32 32 Burnaby shelters test free tampons https://www.langaravoice.ca/burnaby-shelters-test-free-tampons/ Tue, 18 Feb 2020 19:00:23 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=45422 By Liam Hill-Allan Burnaby residents in poverty could see widespread access to free menstrual products, pending the success of a recently approved pilot project for the city. At a city council meeting on Jan. 27, Burnaby city council approved the Period Promise Pilot Project, a plan to “expand access to menstrual products in city facilities.” […]]]>

By Liam Hill-Allan

Burnaby residents in poverty could see widespread access to free menstrual products, pending the success of a recently approved pilot project for the city.

At a city council meeting on Jan. 27, Burnaby city council approved the Period Promise Pilot Project, a plan to “expand access to menstrual products in city facilities.” The pilot project will install free menstrual product dispensers at six city-run facilities around Burnaby aimed at fighting “period poverty.”

According to a staff report to city council, “period poverty, which affects girls, women, and transgender individuals, refers to having a lack of access to sanitary products due to financial constraints.”

Burnaby city Coun. Sav Dhaliwal said low-income Burnaby residents could have access to free menstrual products at “all facilities all over the city” if the pilot project is successful.

The staff report identified 168 washrooms at 38 “potentially viable locations” across Burnaby capable of housing dispensers.

“[Menstrual products] are not always available to everyone,” Dhaliwal said. “Considering we have a very diverse population.”

According to a 2016 study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Burnaby has the fourth highest rate of poverty in Metro Vancouver.

Beresford Warming Centre is one of the six locations approved to receive a dispenser for the pilot project. The centre is one of a number of warming spaces made available to homeless Burnaby residents over the winter months.

If the project is successful, dispensers could be made available to low-income Burnaby residents at other similar spaces around the city.

According to Dhaliwal, the project was inspired by United Way’s Period Promise Campaign.

Natalie Hill, in charge of media relations at United Way, said that the campaign is dedicated to providing “greater free access of menstrual products.”

Hill added that Burnaby will be joining other B.C. cities like New Westminster and Victoria in the wide adoption of menstrual product dispensers.

“[There’s a] domino effect of municipalities,” Hill said. “Were seeing this plan ripple across the Lower Mainland.”

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Video: Students speak out on single-use plastic at Langara https://www.langaravoice.ca/video-langara-to-reduce-plastic-use/ Wed, 27 Nov 2019 20:00:56 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=44924 Mark Adams, director of ancillary services at Langara said the college is “investigating options to reduce single-use plastics.”]]>

by Liam Hill-Allan, Henri Ngimbis, Nathan Gan

Mark Adams, director of ancillary services at Langara said in an e-mail response that the the college is “investigating options to reduce single-use plastics.”

B.C. residents concerned

A recent study conducted by Insights West, found that 88% of B.C. residents are concerned about the environmental impact of these items, while 81% support a proposed ban.

Straws, plastic bags, plastic utensils, plastic plates, clamshells and plastic cups are all considered to be single-use plastics by the Recycling Council of British Columbia.

While Langara is yet to fully stop the use of these items on campus, the college has made efforts to reduce waste in the past, including adding extra water fill stations in an effort to “reduce single-use plastic waste.”

In an email, Adams said that the college is currently looking into using less single-use plastics on campus “while maintaining high-levels of service for our community.”

Post secondary institutions produce significant amounts of waste. In 2013, Langara reported 750 pounds of garbage a day.

 

Some have already stopped using the plastics

While the government of Canada has announced a plan to ban harmful single-use plastics by 2021, some institutions like UBC have already stopped providing single-use plastics, following a student-led petition.

Some students at Langara, like student Prerna Malik, have a similar outlook on single-use plastics.

“We understand that this is a global issue,” Malik said. “So we must discard the practice of single-use plastics.”

Langara student Shannon Ha said he was concerned that Canada is behind in it’s policy.

“Every time I go back home [to Korea] for the holidays, they’ve already implemented paper straws for few years,” Ha said.

For those who continue to use single-use plastics, Harvinder Aujala, director of policy & communications at the Recycling Council of British Columbia said that this kind of waste doesn’t always need to end up in a landfill.

“We advise people that waste must not always end in landfills,” Aujula said. “There are many solutions like recycling [or] reusing.”

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Opinion: Consumer fireworks ban not the answer https://www.langaravoice.ca/opinion-consumer-fireworks-ban-not-the-answer/ Wed, 06 Nov 2019 21:13:39 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=43983 Produced by Liam Hill-Allan On Nov. 5, 2019, Vancouver City Council voted to ban consumer fireworks, starting in 2021. Councillor Pete Fry originally put forward a motion to ban fireworks in late October. The motion cited issues such as damage caused by fireworks and the impact of loud noise on local wildlife and those living […]]]>

Produced by Liam Hill-Allan

On Nov. 5, 2019, Vancouver City Council voted to ban consumer fireworks, starting in 2021. Councillor Pete Fry originally put forward a motion to ban fireworks in late October. The motion cited issues such as damage caused by fireworks and the impact of loud noise on local wildlife and those living with PTSD.

In this video, Liam Hill-Allan, managing web editor for The Voice, addresses these issues and explains why the ban could be a wrong move for Vancouver.

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Video: Many Canadians skipping flu shot this year https://www.langaravoice.ca/video-almost-half-of-canadians-may-skip-flu-shot/ Wed, 30 Oct 2019 20:26:42 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=43738 Produced by Liam Hill-Allan A recent poll commissioned by London Drugs has found a statistic which some health care experts find concerning. According to the survey, four in 10 Canadians may forgo their flu shot this year. Last year, 3657 Canadians were hospitalized due to flu related issues and 223 Canadians died from influenza. Langara […]]]>

Produced by Liam Hill-Allan

A recent poll commissioned by London Drugs has found a statistic which some health care experts find concerning. According to the survey, four in 10 Canadians may forgo their flu shot this year. Last year, 3657 Canadians were hospitalized due to flu related issues and 223 Canadians died from influenza.

Langara college is currently offering staff and students the opportunity to be immunized for free as part of annual influenza clinics held on campus. The shots are administered by  Langara nursing students as part of a hands-on, educational experience.

Langara will be holding clinics on Nov. 5 and 12.

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‘This is just the beginning’: Greta Thunberg addressed thousands in Vancouver https://www.langaravoice.ca/this-is-just-the-beginning-greta-thunberg-addressed-thousands-in-vancouver/ Sat, 26 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=43629 Story by Austin Everett, photos by Liam Hill-Allan Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg said she stands in solidarity with Canadians who are willing to fight the government over climate change.  Ten to 15-thousand people, according to police reports, attended a climate strike outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Friday. They heard from speakers, including Thunberg […]]]>

Story by Austin Everett, photos by Liam Hill-Allan

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg said she stands in solidarity with Canadians who are willing to fight the government over climate change. 

Ten to 15-thousand people, according to police reports, attended a climate strike outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Friday. They heard from speakers, including Thunberg and Indigenous leaders, who rallied the crowd to pressure the Canadian government to act immediately on fighting the climate emergency. 

The protest coincides with 15 young Canadians who announced they are suing the government, who said their rights have been violated, due to the federal government’s contributions to climate chaos, according to the David Suzuki Foundation.

Brennan Strandberg-Salmon, a second-year SFU resource and environmental management student, who voted in the federal election for the first time, said that climate change is an issue that affects all of humanity and people should speak up.

“This was an opportunity I had to express myself and have a voice,” said Strandberg-Salmon who said he will take any opportunity to stand up for the climate no matter what it takes. 

Thunberg speaks

Thunberg encouraged the group to protest Friday afternoons and according to her, adults leaving work and students skipping school, is ideal to get elected officials’ attention.

“We are not just some kids leaving school or some adults going to work, we are a wave of change and together we are unstoppable,” said Thunberg.

Jenna Rowley, 17, from Maple Ridge Secondary School said although she values her education she will leave school more often to join the movement to promote change. 

“Hopefully instead of speaking about it, they actually take action to do it,” said Rowley, referring to federal and provincial government leaders.

And “doing it” is what Stranberg-Salmon defined as stopping all subsidies and fossil fuels.

Taking action

“Fossil fuels, especially in Canada are the number one thing for climate change action,” said Stranberg-Salmon who continued to say, “Canada has a responsibility and duty to be a world leader.” 

“Change is coming whether you like it or not,” Thunberg added, “Change is coming soon.” 

Today, being a provincial professional development day, students in public schools did not need to skip classes.

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Voice Radio Ep. 8 – TransLink service increases and pumpkin waste https://www.langaravoice.ca/voice-radio-ep-8-translink-service-increases-and-pumpkin-waste/ Wed, 16 Oct 2019 21:40:12 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=43240 In the eighth episode of Voice Radio, web editors Liam Hill-Allan and Mandy Moon preview some of this week's Langara Voice stories and look at TransLink service increases and pumpkin waste at the VanDusen Botanical Garden]]>

Produced by Liam Hill-Allan and Mandy Moon

In the first episode of Voice Radio of the the school year,  web editors Liam Hill-Allan and Mandy Moon preview stories that will appear in the October 17 issue of The Voice.

This week’s podcast also features a look at the current state of the TransLink 49 bus route, one of the busiest routes in Vancouver, and how VanDusen Botanical Garden is managing its pumpkins, a discussion about food waste.

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Mixed fan feelings on Vancouver lacrosse team rebrand https://www.langaravoice.ca/mixed-feelings-on-vancouver-lacrosse-team-rebrand/ Wed, 03 Apr 2019 02:23:36 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=42008 While the recent purchase of the Vancouver Warriors has been good for the team, reactions by fans have been mixed.]]>

Reported by Liam Hill-Allan

While the recent purchase of the Vancouver Warriors has been good for the team, reactions by fans have been mixed.

The team is now almost a year into its new ownership, and according to head coach Chris Gill, the changes have had a positive impact on the team.

“[The Warriors are] part of the Canucks organization and you know they’re not going to be frugal or you take you for granted,” Gill said. “There was a lot of lot of perks.”

No more Stealth

In September 2018, the Vancouver Stealth lacrosse team was bought by the Vancouver Canucks and rebranded as the Vancouver Warriors, which changed their uniform colours and logo. The acquisition saw the team relocate to from Langley to Vancouver and they now play home games at Rogers Arena.

The rebrand coincided with efforts to reorganize the team’s roster.

“We got rid of some guys who maybe didn’t fit in with the program,” player Mitch Jones said. “We brought in a lot of local talent.”

Fans respond

Karen Hertslet, a longtime fan, said the move has made it harder for her to attend games.

“At first, I was annoyed because I live in Port Coquitlam,” she said. 

According to Hertslet, there have also been upsides to the move.

“I was really impressed that their prices were actually lower than what I paid the year before,” Hertslet said. “I ended up buying season tickets again.”

Fan Dylan Forest said he likes the teams new gold, white and black color scheme, but is uncertain about the new jerseys.

“There’s not a lot going on,” Forest said. “They’re just plain white, plain black.”

Going for (future) gold

After facing a rocky season, the team did not qualify for this year’s National Lacrosse League Championship.

“There’s a lot of turnover in players and not so many draft picks in the last couple years,” Gill said.

Despite the team’s rocky season, the head coach is maintaining his optimism.

“We’re kind of building a team for the future,” said Gill. “All signs are pointing up for this team.”

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High numbers of international students, low numbers of support and staff, says expert https://www.langaravoice.ca/41799-2/ Thu, 28 Mar 2019 16:00:12 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=41799 As Langara College proposes an increase of its international student recruitment budget, concerns surround the ability of B.C. institutions to accommodate an influx of international students.]]>

Reported by Liam Hill-Allan

As Langara College proposes an increase of its international student recruitment budget, concerns surround the ability of B.C. institutions to accommodate an influx of international students.

Langara’s 2019 Operating and Capital Budget would see an increase of $763,000 for international recruitment agent fees. The budget projects an increase in revenue made from international students every year for the next three years.

According to Statistics Canada, the number of international students enrolling in Canadian post-secondary institutions has been on the rise for decades, a fact that has some educators questioning whether B.C. is capable of accommodating the growing number of international students.

George Davison, president of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators said that a large number of foreign students is not an issue so much as a lack of support for staff and students.

“The biggest concern I hear today is that international students aren’t prepared for courses and programs that we offer,” Davison said. “We’re less concerned about the numbers then properly supporting the ones that we have.”

Managing growing numbers

Kwantlen Polytechnic University closed applications for international students in 2018 after receiving a record number of applications. KPU enrolled 2,519 international students in the 2018 summer semester, more than double from the previous year.

Comparably, Langara College had a total of 7,114 international students enrolled in the 2017-18 school year.

In an emailed statement sent to The Voice, Ajay Patel, Langara’s vice president of external development, said that Langara does its best to not exceed the number of international students the college can handle.

“We do our best to ensure our enrolment targets consider whether there are enough courses for the students who accept our offer can get the courses they need,” Patel wrote.

Mel Broitman, an international student recruiter, said a growing population of international students has presented post-secondary institutions with an attractive source of revenue.

“[There are countries] that have lots of young people that need a world class education, they can’t get it at home,” Broitman Said. “[Universities] are looking at foreign visa fee paying students as a way of generating revenues to meet their bottom line.”

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Opinion: No illness policy places students and staff at risk https://www.langaravoice.ca/opinion-no-illness-policy-places-students-and-staff-at-risk/ Thu, 28 Mar 2019 00:00:37 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=41752 By Liam Hill-Allan Langara’s lack of a concrete illness policy is putting students and staff at risk. When I fell ill in early March, I faced the classic dilemma — to attend my Langara classes or stay at home. I knew attending eight hours of classes would do nothing to cure my pounding headache and […]]]>

By Liam Hill-Allan

Langara’s lack of a concrete illness policy is putting students and staff at risk.

When I fell ill in early March, I faced the classic dilemma — to attend my Langara classes or stay at home.

I knew attending eight hours of classes would do nothing to cure my pounding headache and sore throat. I also knew my presence would put students and staff at risk of contracting whatever I had been afflicted with.

However, when faced with the potential stress of missed classes and with no clear cut policy in place telling me to stay at home, I took an Advil, put on a scarf and headed to campus.

This choice is all too common among students and staff.

In a recent interview with The Voice, Chris Horan, a TA in the college’s computer science department, said he always attends class, even when sick. Horan added he thinks Langara staff are confused about what to do or suggest when students are sick. They don’t even know what to do when they are sick.

The lack of policy places the choice of whether or not to attend classes on to sick students and staff, who may not always make the right choice.

The consequences of sick students and staff attending classes have the potential to be serious. Earlier this year, a measles outbreak was reported at Langara. While the illness was contained, the incident highlights the risks associated with attending school sick.

Langara should look to the Vancouver School Board for policy inspiration. Some VSB schools issue recommendations to parents, “If your child is sick, please keep her/him home.”

While Langarites are probably more independent than the average VSB-aged student, a similar “better safe than sorry” attitude from the college could help prevent future incidents.

See related post https://www.langaravoice.ca/langaras-lack-of…h-a-tough-choice/

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Vancouver mourns for New Zealand https://www.langaravoice.ca/vancouver-mourns-for-new-zealand/ Wed, 20 Mar 2019 21:38:29 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=41565 Hundreds of people gathered at a somber vigil Sunday at the Vancouver Art Gallery to show solidarity with the victims of New Zealand’s recent terrorist attack, and members of the Muslim community.]]>

Correction March 26, 2019: A previous version quotes a Keegan McIntosh, the proper attribution was Bill McIntosh.

Reporting and photos by Liam Hill-Allan

Hundreds of people gathered at a somber vigil Sunday at the Vancouver Art Gallery to show solidarity with the victims of New Zealand’s recent terrorist attack, and members of the Muslim community.

More than 11,000 kilometres from New Zealand, throngs of Vancouverites mourned the deaths of the victims, and pledged intolerance of these targeted attacks.

Langara student Noor Fadel recited a poem to those at the vigil, from the perspective of the victims to an emotional crowd, leaving many in tears.

“Bodies fall, all around me, screaming loud, I’m down on my knees,” Fadel recited. “Nowhere to run, no place to hide, I’m stuck in this place, prepared to die.”

On March 15, an Australian white-nationalist armed with a semi-automatic assault rifle, entered two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch and murdered 50 worshippers before being stopped by police officers.  He livestreamed the entire attack.

Fadel described her anger at the gunman’s racist motives which he laid out in a manifesto before the attack.

“Because of our colour, because of our race,” Fadel said. “Because of the fear he hears in the news, he never bothered to ask so he continued to shoot.”

Ignorance and hate still exists

Adnan Akiel, an organizer from the Bridging Gaps Foundation, said the event was created to draw attention to spread of racist violence.

“[The New Zealand terrorist attack] woke us up to the reality of ignorance and hate that exists in our society,” Akiel said. “I wanted to use this as an opportunity to address it.”

The terrorist’s manifesto, which was published on the internet, referenced many popular alt-right internet personalities, whom he said influenced his ideology.

The event brought both Muslim and non-Muslim supporters together.

“People from all walks of life, from all faiths, all different genders, different lifestyles, they all came here for the same reason, which is to end ignorance and hate” Akiel said.

Bill McIntosh, an event attendee, said he showed up, “to be human and to be supportive.”

“Intolerance really touches us all,” he said.

Organizers at the vigil offered information on Islamic culture and free copies of the Qur’an.

Naveed Nadeem, an organizer handing out pamphlets, said increased education on Islam could help fight hatred.

“If it happened there, it can happen here.”

“The root cause of these acts is ignorance,” Nadeem said. “We are here to answer any questions.”

Humza Rai said he and many other Muslims in attendance showed up to express their grief with other Muslim communities around the world.

“If it happened there, it can happen here,” Rai said.  “It was really heartbreaking and really fearful, so we hope some change can come out of this.”

Even before the New Zealand attack, two alt-right personalities say they had their speaking events pushed out of various venues after activists and city councillors wrote letters expressing their concerns. Stephan Molyneux and Lauren Southern said they eventually had to cancel their events after being unable to find any venue following the attack.

Metro Vancouver has an active Muslim population of over 110,000 people and over a half-dozen mosques in the city alone.

Police officers have stepped up their patrols of Muslim worship areas to make the community feel safe.

Read Kirsten Clarke’s related opinion article about Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s reaction to Friday’s terrorist attack.

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