UVic Launches Dual Degree Program Combining Canadian and Indigenous Law

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which called upon post-secondary institutions in Canada to include more Indigenous courses, the University of Victoria has recently launched a dual degree program which combines Canadian common and Indigenous law. The B.C. government will contribute $2.25-million in funding over two years, according to the CBC. The program... Continue Reading
Protester hold a sign during Occupy Vancouver Day 2.

Canada’s Contract University Faculty Struggle to Make Ends Meet

While many university students scrimp and save to get through school, they tend to think of their instructors as relatively well-off. Unfortunately, gainfully employed academics enjoying five or six-figure salaries are rarely seen in reality. A recent survey by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) of over 2,600 contract university faculty members reveals that... Continue Reading

How to be Financially Responsible this School Year (Like an Adult)

If I asked a room full of KPU students if they were struggling financially, I imagine that most would raise their hands. But there are things you can do to alleviate that burden. I know what you’re thinking: “Why am I taking financial advice from someone with a journalism degree?” Well, I learned from the... Continue Reading

The War on Women Rages on in Media and Reality

I recently started watching The Handmaid’s Tale and quickly became enthralled by its drama and characters. Then I felt terrified because that fictional world isn’t too far off from our own. In the critically acclaimed Hulu series, adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, a religious dictatorship governs the Republic of Gilead—formerly the United States—where women... Continue Reading

Remembering January Marie Lapuz Through Film

January Marie Lapuz, a 26-year-old transgender woman, was found in her New Westminster apartment in September 2012 with multiple stab wounds. She later died in the hospital. My Name Was January is a documentary film that explores Lapuz’s life. It was created by Elina Gress and Lenee Son, graduates of KPU’s journalism program. Gress explains... Continue Reading

Journalism Isn’t Dead; It’s Changing

The life of a journalist is a demanding one. In addition to dealing with long hours and waning pay grade, students in university journalism programs are told repeatedly that the industry’s glory days are over. Despite the challenges, newsrooms are still evolving with the times, helping to shape—as well as being shaped by—a modern public.... Continue Reading

Zed Cred Program Continues to Cut Out Textbook Costs with New Diploma

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s trailblazing Zed Cred program is offering a new diploma for students who haven’t yet graduated from high school. The program is a collection of courses which come with zero associated textbook costs. The first half includes arts courses, which students can take to earn a one-year Certificate of Arts credential or any... Continue Reading

Past and Present KPU Brewing Students Collaborate on New Line of Beers

As if beer wasn’t already glorious enough, the work being done at KPU’s brewery just made it a bit more enticing. The Alumni Collection Series is a new line of beers developed by students in the Brewing and Brewery Operations program working in collaboration with six of the program’s graduates. Alek Egi, an instructor in... Continue Reading

Talking About the Orcas Won’t Be Enough to Save Them

Last month, my boyfriend and I vacationed in Victoria for the first time. While sailing to Vancouver Island, I peered over the edge of the ferry at the ocean below, silently wishing to see a black dorsal fin breaching the surface of the water. Though I didn’t see one, it got me thinking about how... Continue Reading

Where KPU Succeeds and Fails at Student Representation

Kwantlen Polytechnic University boasts a diverse student body. It welcomes folks of various nationalities, ethnicities, genders, ideologies, and sexual identities. Representing these groups, however, has always been a challenge for members of the Kwantlen Student Association, which balances the day-to-day duties of student governance with advocating for a sizeable and widely-dispersed student populace. In many... Continue Reading

Trinity Western University Revokes Mandatory Signing of Community Covenant for Students

Nearly three months after losing its legal battle in the Supreme Court of Canada, Trinity Western University is once again making headlines because of its community covenant. The Christian university, based in Langley, B.C., revoked its controversial community covenant on Aug. 14. According to the TWU website, the “Supreme Court of Canada decision was a... Continue Reading

Female Leaders in Academia to Meet for Unique Conference this Fall

Women in academic leadership roles from across North America will come together this fall to share personal stories, participate in workshops, and learn from mentors in the hopes of shattering the glass ceiling in the world of academia. The Women in Academic Leadership program will be held in Winnipeg over the course of four days... Continue Reading

KSA Hires Several New Staff Members for the Fall Semester

Over the summer, the Kwantlen Student Association has embarked on a mission to fill multiple vacancies on staff. The positions which have been filled are for the Policy and Political Affairs Coordinator and Clubs and Outreach Coordinator. The Sustainability Coordinator and MultiPass Program Coordinator positions are currently occupied but will be immediately filled by new... Continue Reading
Wayne Davis, former 17 year veteran of the RCMP who was affected by the LGBTQ Purge says the federal government's formal apology and recent settlement has helped bring closure to those affected, himself included (submitted).

Victims of “LGBT Purge” Receive Justice and Closure Decades Later

In the spring of 1986, a 17-year veteran of the RCMP named Wayne Davis was called into his superior’s office and asked point blank why he was recently seen in a gay bar. Despite the RCMP’s zero-tolerance policy against homosexuality, Davis responded that he was there because he is a gay man. Afterwards, when he... Continue Reading
Three modular housing sites have been opened for previously homeless residents from the Surrey Strip. (Ashley Hyshka).
Three modular housing sites have been opened for previously homeless residents from the Surrey Strip. (Ashley Hyshka).

New Modular Housing Project Offers Shelter to Surrey’s Homeless

A joint effort by the City of Surrey, BC Housing, Fraser Health, and various non-profits has ensured that members of the homeless population living along Surrey’s 135a Street will now have a warm place to call home. Between June 18 and 21, residents from the tent city along 135a Street and neighbouring shelters were moved... Continue Reading