Help Win the War Against Fentanyl

The epidemic of deaths in Metro Vancouver caused by fentanyl continues to rapidly grow. Prescribed by physicians to help control severe pain, fentanyl is a syn-

Graffiti found in Vancouver, the “City of Dope,” promoting the use of Naloxone kits

thetic opioid 10 to 100 times stronger than heroin.Unfortunately, fentanyl is often mixed with other drugs in illegal labs and sold on the streets. Users don’t realize they have consumed drugs laced with fentanyl until after consumption, and


may be mere minutes away from irreversible or fatal consequences. Fentanyl has taken away the lives of many fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, friends and students. More precisely, B.C. Coroners Service reported in September, 2018 that over 76% of drug related deaths are caused by illicit fentanyl, illustrating the powerful impact of this silent killer.

A possible solution to ‘winning the war’ against the drug that has taken numerous lives is a wearable device created by Sampath Satti, a biomedical engineering student at the University of British Colombia. The primary solution is “Naloxone,” a medication that quickly  reverses the effects of an overdose. It can be administered via injection or nasal spray. The problem is, many individuals don’t own or carry a kit with them. Our organization, Before It Hits consisting of professors and researchers from the University of British Columbia, have partnered with Satti and his team to create a non-invasive wearable device that will look at pulse rate and calculates the respiration rate. These aforementioned markers of an onset overdose will connect to the users phone and call 911.

We ask you to help us win the war against fentanyl by donating today. Your donation will help us fund our research and to purchase materials to create this weapon for overcoming this epidemic. Our highly knowledgeable and dedicated staff have also lost loved one’s to this war. Thus, we want to help as much as you do and will donate $20 from our own pockets per donation made. Lets unite and reduce the amount of lives taken away by this enemy – fentanyl.

What Every Student Needs to Know about Final Exams!

The time when students consume a ridiculous amount of coffee and spend more time in the library than at home is fast approaching. Studying and completing your final exams is an overwhelming experience and can be difficult to approach because final exams are not just any tests. These exams test your knowledge from the entire semester and can heavily influence your final grade. We want your final exams experience to be as stress-free as possible so here is everything you need to know in advance about final exams.

 Start early and organize yourself

If possible, start studying for finals a few weeks before your first test. If you have a lot due before your first final exams prioritize your time and don’t stress – you can get a lot done in 24 hours. In terms of preparation, it is important to gather everything you need before you begin to study. This could consist of printing out all your notes or even collecting notes from missed classes.

Study strategies

During final exams it feels as though there is never enough time to study everything! Thus, it becomes essential that you devise a study plan that is efficient. For example, first study the things you are certain to be on the test and then move onto studying what will probably be on the final and then studying what might be on the final. This ensures that you have reviewed the basics if you do run out of time. It is also important that you give yourself more time to study for your toughest class, even if it is your last final exam.

Take care of your body

Not sleeping enough during final exams does more harm than help to both your knowledge and body. Pulling an all-nighter to cram information only really fuels your sporadic coffee addiction and inhibits you from retaining information. Don’t jeopardize your health for one exam – make sleep a priority, eat healthy and drink plenty of water.

Make it fun

Final exams are stressful and given the library’s cold temperature and grey aesthetic, studying feels like you are trapped in a dungeon. So, make studying fun! After a day of studying, treat yourself with your favorite type of food or talk about the test material with a friend. There are so many ways in which your suffering can be mitigated, and luckily winter break is on the other side of the dungeon.

Have a mantra

Four simple words that you can say to yourself before, during and after your exam are “I tried my best.” Sometimes it helps to come up with a line like the aforementioned when you are feeling stressed and anxious, which will help you feel empowered to keep on fighting through finals.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

Despite the importance that is placed onto final exams, it is crucial to not be too hard on yourself – they are just tests. Remember many successful individuals like Steve Jobs dropped out of school so don’t stress yourself out more than you have to.

Good luck and believe in yourself – Ryan Gosling does!


Frequently Asked Questions: A Beginners Guide to Shopping at Costco

There is no denying that an individual’s initial experience at Costco can be overwhelming and unfamiliar. With many memberships to choose from, hundreds of products to purchase and many aisles to navigate – shopping at Costco takes some expertise. Fortunately, we have proposed 9 questions that can serve as a guide to navigating the not so scary world of Costco.

 Question 1: Do I need a membership?

Yes – Upon arrival go to the membership desk. Having a membership is the only way you can shop and try all the delicious samples at Costco.

Question 2: How much does a Costco membership cost?

Membership prices are dependent on whether you decide to become a gold star member (60$), a business member ($60) or an executive gold star member ($120).

Question 3: What is the difference between a gold star membership and an executive gold star membership?

Having a gold star membership allows you to purchase products for personal use at any Costco warehouse throughout the world. The only difference between the goldstar membership and the executive one, is that the executive membership allows you to enjoy an annual 2% reward on most Costco purchases.

Question 4: What membership do you suggest I chose?

Choose the gold membership if you do not anticipate shopping a lot at Costco. Choose the executive goldstar membership if you do anticipate shopping a lot at Costco because you receive your money back!

Question 5: Can I smile when they are taking my photo for my membership card?

Yes –First, think of all the food, appliances, cosmetics, drinks, furniture that Costco offers (the list really goes on). Then, smile big

A picture of what you will look after receiving a Costco membership – happy

Question 6: I am feeling overwhelmed – there are too many aisles!  What do I do?

There are three things you can do

  1. Calm down and navigate each aisle on its own. Each aisle is themed in terms of appliances, packaged goods, produce etc.
  2. Don’t shop in the appliances sections if you don’t need appliances, it is that simple.
  3. Once you begin to shop more at your local Costco, you will know what each aisle has to offer
A picture illustrating an aisle categorized by packaged goods. As shown – it’s just you and the aisle, breathe. 

Question 7: Is there a limit on how many food samples I am allowed to try?

No – try them all. In fact, go to Costco hungry. Allow your stomach to enjoy Costco as much as your eyes and wallet do.

Question 8: When is a good time to leave Costco?

Leave when you feel as if you have gotten everything you need. Costco is just like a grocery store and you can always come back the next day.

Question 9: Everything is in bulk, what if I don’t like what I purchase?

Stop worrying – Costco has one of the most generous return policies in the retail world. At any time, you can return anything you have purchased and receive your money back. The only exception is for electronics and major appliances in which have to be returned back in 90 days for a full refund.













Restaurant review: Café Parvis – an urban oasis


Café Parvis’ main section – an oasis where plants, sunlight and good food is found.

The oxford dictionary describes “parvis” as an enclosed area in front of a cathedral or Church, typically one that is surrounded with colonnades or porticoes. Café Parvis is nestled in the heart of the entertainment district near St-Catherine Street and despite not being in front of a church, it is indeed surrounded by luscious plants, vintage décor, fresh food and attentive staff. Being a frequent diner at this restaurant, I believe Café Parvis wins for ambiance, menu and service.


The moment I walked into Café Parvis’ I observed the natural light that illuminated the restaurants vintage décor and vines that descended from the ceiling. We can thank the friendly and imaginative Zébulon Perron, a specialist in commercial interior design for Café Parvis’ beautiful and open aesthetic. Rather than embracing modernity like other restaurants do, Café Parvis successfully differentiated themselves by including diner-style counter stools at their bar and rustic wallpaper.

My biggest critiques were towards the style of tables and how loud the restaurant was, which negatively impacted the ambiance. First, the large style family tables forced me to sit with individuals whom I did not know, which created a less intimate setting.  Additionally, its popularity made the restaurant quite loud, which made it difficult to hear who I was sitting with. Nonetheless, the bursting vegetation throughout the café coupled with their fresh and handcrafted menu made me feel as if I was in a jungle.


Delicious combinations of ingredients and generous portions – Café Parvis’s menu fitted perfectly with the environment. The chefs have crafted meals such as their beet, pear, goat cheese and walnut salad that ensures to take your taste buds on an experience. Each time I go I order the watercress pizza which is a combination of the two things I love –feta and avocado. If you are gluten free, vegetarian, or anyone who enjoys food, like me, Café Parvis provided an abundance of options for brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert.  Expect new and innovative dishes every week as their menu constantly changes!

Watercress pizza accompanied with feta and avocado


Friendly and fast were two ways to describe the service at Café Parvis. My first time at Café Parvis I was a bit hesitant to order in English however I was put to ease when they informed me they spoke both French or English. They were also highly attentive, and you can expect to be waiting on average 15-20 minutes for your food. Given the ambiance, menu and service, I can assure you that you will want to return to this urban oasis.

My biggest critique for their service was in regard to reservations. When I tried to book a reservation via phone call, it was quite difficult to hear them. Additionally, one time I went to Parvis, I had wait 10 minutes for the reservation I booked a week in advance. My suggestion to Parvis would be to locate their phone somewhere that can still be heard but in a less noisy area.