Balancing Parenthood and Post-Secondary Education Remains a Challenge at KPU

Between being enrolled at school, working part time, and covering the cost of ever-rising tuition fees, most of today’s university students live under considerable pressure. That pressure is even greater for those who have a child to care for at home. Data analyzed from 1976 to 2005 revealed that “between 11 and 16 per cent... Continue Reading

The Editor of The Baron Deserved to be Dismissed for Publishing Racist Material

Anna De Luca, former editor-in-chief of the University of New Brunswick-Saint John student newspaper The Baron, was fired after deciding to publish two articles featuring Michael Thurlow, the founder of the National Socialist Canadian Labour Revival Party (NSCLRP). The publishing of the articles—one an unedited letter to the editor, the other an interview—came on the... Continue Reading

No More Stolen Sisters

Over the past four decades, nearly 1,200 Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been murdered in Canada, according to a 2014 RCMP report. Some other estimates put that number at approximately 4,000. The failure of various police departments around the Lower Mainland to investigate the epidemic enabled serial predators to target vulnerable women,... Continue Reading

“Bell Let’s Talk Day” Breaks the Silence on Mental Illness

It’s 2018, but people are still frightened to speak publicly about mental health. We see this when someone with a physical health condition is treated with empathy, while those suffering from depression, anxiety, or mood disorders are shunned and stigmatized. For the eighth year in a row, Bell has been helping people talk about mental... Continue Reading

Thousands Brave the Wind and Rain to Take Part in Vancouver Women’s March

Pouring rain and strong winds were not enough to dampen the spirits of hundreds of people who marched in Downtown Vancouver’s Jack Poole Plaza on Jan. 20. The second annual Vancouver Women’s March coincided with hundreds of other events worldwide. Last year’s march was held in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., which... Continue Reading

Former Hells Angel Hopes to Steer Youths Away from Lives of Crime

Since he was in eighth grade, Joe Calendino has been in and out of trouble. The former Hells Angel, co-founder of the Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative, now spends his time mentoring youth in an effort to prevent them from taking the same turbulent path to adulthood that he did. He recalls how, during... Continue Reading

KPU Should Follow These New Year’s Resolutions

Well, KPU family, it’s finally a new year. This is the time to start working on all of our resolutions for 2018—most of which we’ve already given up by the second week of January but, hey, it’s the thought that counts. As students, we’re constantly under pressure to meet our academic standards, and yet many... Continue Reading

City of Surrey Moves Forward with LRT Project

The City of Surrey is committed to the idea that supporting Light Rapid Transit instead of a SkyTrain extension will help create a future with dependable public transportation for its citizens. Working with the city, TransLink’s director of the Surrey LRT project, Stephan Mehr, believes that Light Rapid Transit will help transform Surrey in ways... Continue Reading

B.C. Holds Public Consultations on Recently-Implemented Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policies

The government of British Columbia recently announced that it will be hosting public consultations regarding the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act, which was enacted by all B.C. post-secondary institutions in May 2017. This move, spearheaded by Advanced Education, Skills, and Training Minister Melanie Mark, builds upon the existing foundation of the Act and aims... Continue Reading

Fentanyl Dealers Should Face Manslaughter Charges for Causing Fatal Overdoses

Society is quick to write off the drug users on Vancouver’s streets as expendable, or as junkies unworthy of our attention and the government’s cash. Even though media covers the province’s fentanyl crisis, the reports are so frequent that they often go unnoticed, and they don’t typically mention the people who supply the fentanyl. British... Continue Reading

CASA Tackles Problems Felt by Canadian University Students During Advocacy Week

The goal of the Canadian Alliance of Student Association’s annual Advocacy Week is to “talk about how the government can reduce barriers to post-secondary education,” according to Caitlin McCutchen, VP External Affairs for the Kwantlen Student Association. McCutchen was in attendance for this year’s Advocacy Week, which was held jointly by CASA and the Quebec... Continue Reading

Surrey May Soon Be Home to a Professional Sports Stadium

Surrey residents soon might not have to travel far to see professional sports teams in action. According to City Councillor Bruce Hayne, the creation of a professional sports stadium has been in the works for the last six months. Hayne says that a group approached the city with a concept for a project which government... Continue Reading

Without Operation Red Nose, Surrey and Langley Might Not Have a Holly Jolly Christmas This Year

It’s almost that time of year again—the smell of cinnamon and spice lingers in the air, golden light reflects off ornaments on evergreen trees, and the sounds of carolers fills our ears. For some people in Surrey and Langley, however, their holiday plans might end at a red light. Operation Red Nose is a non-profit... Continue Reading

Friendship After Murder: How Margot Van Sluytman Befriended the Man Who Killed Her Father

On Easter Day in 1978, Glen Flett murdered Theodore Van Sluytman during an armed robbery in Scarborough, Ontario. 39 years later, on Nov. 24, Van Sluytman’s daughter Margot shared how she dealt with the loss of her father while sitting next to Flett at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s first Restorative Justice Week event. The discussion was... Continue Reading

Pilot Program Opens the Door for Students with Intellectual Disabilities To Earn an Arts Certificate

The Including All Citizens Project—brainchild of Kwantlen Polytechnic University Sociology Chair Fiona Whittington-Walsh and Teresa Swan of KPU’s Access Program—is an attempt to tear down some of the walls faced by students with intellectual disabilities. The pilot program, which Whittington-Walsh and Swan started early last year, enrols five students with intellectual disabilities who have graduated... Continue Reading