The B.C. Hotel Boom has Surrey Soaring to Unaffordable Heights

The forthcoming Civic Hotel is a 52-storey reminder of the high living cost of our city Ashley Hyshka, Community Reporter Rising 52 storeys high in Surrey Central, the $200 million Civic Plaza Hotel is aiming to be the newest crown jewel of the province. And so are the other 20 hotels slated for construction across... Continue Reading

Burnaby City Government and “Demovictions” Protesters Clash Over Metrotown Plan

The municipal government views the plan as progress while protesters see it as vulnerable people being evicted Ashley Hyshka, Community Reporter Burnaby City Council unanimously approved the controversial “Metrotown Development Plan” on July 24, 2017, which calls for 3,000 units of affordable low-rise apartment buildings to be demolished and replaced with high-rise condominiums. The plan... Continue Reading

Surrey Board of Trade Concerned About the Economic Impact of Gang Violence

CEO Anita Huberman feels it’s time for the government to step in Ashley Hyshka, Community Reporter With every story that breaks about gang violence in Surrey, Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade, grows more worried that it will damage the city’s economy. To address this, the board is requesting the newly elected... Continue Reading

KPU Brewing Department Offers Chemistry Prep Course for New Students

There’s chemistry brewing in Richmond Ashley Hyshka, Community Reporter Being enrolled in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Brewing and Brewery Operations program consists of more than just drinking and learning about beer. Sometimes you’ve got to put down the stein and put on a lab coat. On Aug. 2, KPU introduced a new not-for-credit class called “Brewing... Continue Reading

Rare Solar Eclipse to be Seen From Vancouver

Keep your eyes on the skies on Aug. 21 Ashley Hyshka, Community Reporter For a short amount of time on Aug. 21, day will turn into night. Vancouver will experience a partial solar eclipse, in which 90 per cent of the sun will be temporarily covered by the moon, during late morning that day. Beginning... Continue Reading

Cloverdale Arena Provides Critical Role for B.C. Wildfire Evacuees

The KSA is currently planning a fundraiser for wildfire relief as well Ashley Hyshka, Community Reporter The smoke that has lately shrouded our city is a stark reminder that, just hundreds of miles away from Greater Vancouver, the province is burning. City of Surrey Deputy Chief Mark Griffioen oversees emergency planning, community engagement, and operations.... Continue Reading

Tri-Cities Friends of Refugees Extends Helping Hand to Syrian Refugees

The organization seeks to ease the painful transition of those forced to leave their home Ashley Hyshka, Contributor A promise made by Justin Trudeau during his election campaign has turned into real help for Syrian refugees in the cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody. Volunteer-Based Organisation Tri-Cities Friends of Refugees has kept busy... Continue Reading

KPU Brewing Students Take Home the Gold

U.S. Open College Beer Championship honours two students’ Witbier brew Ashley Hyshka For most university students, beer is a beverage enjoyed outside of the classroom. But for first year KPU brewing students Derek Kindret and Ryan Jurgens, their love of beer was nurtured at school. Kindret and Jurgens won gold in the Belgian category at... Continue Reading

Measuring The Tipping Point

Host of CBC Vancouver’s 2050: Degrees of Change Sheds Light on Climate Change Ashley Hyshka According to current climate research, temperatures across British Columbia will increase by 2.5 degrees by the year 2050. Johanna Wagstaffe, a meteorologist with CBC Vancouver, is determined to shift the public’s attention towards this issue. “I’ve been thinking a lot... Continue Reading

Statistics Canada Show a 60 per cent Increase in Nationwide Hate Crimes Against Muslims

RCMP Hate Crimes Unit, president of Muslim Student Association talk about what to do if you’ve been the victim of Islamophobia Ashley Hyshka A 2015 report from Statistics Canada shows a 60 per cent increase in hate crimes targeting Muslims across the country since last year, though the number of reported hate crimes in B.C.... Continue Reading

KSA Aims to Improve Student Mental Wellness

Student health care plans may soon include support for those seeking better mental health Ashley Hyshka Tanvir Singh, President of the Kwantlen Student Association, wants to change how mental illness is addressed at KPU, as he feels it “isn’t addressed in the open as much as it really should be.” About a year ago, the... Continue Reading

New Sexual Assault and Misconduct Policies to Help Fight Rape Culture on Campus

KPU’s recently passed policies will focus on protecting students and supporting survivors of sexual assault Ashley Hyshka Sexual assault is an unnerving topic for many people. On university campuses, its existence and consequences couldn’t be clearer. According to a CBC report, there were 16 reported cases of sexual assault at UBC between 2009 and 2013.... Continue Reading