When “No” Isn’t Enough, We Need to Speak Up

The never-ending cycle of victim blaming, misogyny, and rape culture needs to come to an end I sat aboard the 319 to Scott Road Station on the side of the road for around 15 minutes one evening before I asked my fellow passengers why we were at a standstill. One lady responded that we were... Continue Reading

Remembering Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Two Indigenous KPU instructors and “Butterflies in Spirit” hosted an event to raise awareness on Sept. 26 In Canada, around 1,000 Indigenous women and girls have been reported by the RCMP as missing or murdered over the last four decades. Other statistics put that number as high as 4,000. KPU instructors Lisa Monchalin and Melinda... Continue Reading

“Embers and Ashes” Smolder at Vancouver Fashion Week

KPU alumni Sam Stringer unveiled her new collection at the prestigious event Backstage at Vancouver Fashion Week, a soft violet glow envelops the models as they prepare to walk the runway. Sam Stringer, graduate of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s fashion design program, has been waiting for this night for a long time. Stringer unveiled her 2018... Continue Reading

Walk for Reconciliation Touches the Heart of Downtown Vancouver

The event was followed by speeches from Mayor Robertson, Premier Horgan, and National Chief Perry Bellegarde, among others Tens of thousands of people marched from the Queen Elizabeth Theatre to Strathcona Park, a distance of two kilometers, in the Walk for Reconciliation on Sept. 24. The event was an effort to better relationships between Indigenous... Continue Reading

LGBTQ+ Refugees Face Uncertain Future due to Lack of Community Resources

SFU and DiverseCity collaborated on a recent study about the satisfaction of refugees in the Lower Mainland People who flee their home countries due to persecution of their sexual orientation often encounter new and unique challenges once they arrive in the Lower Mainland. Unfortunately, their situation is typically made more difficult by a lack of... Continue Reading

Cutting the Red Tape on Student Housing

ABCS, KPU, and the KSA are fighting for a future with on-campus accommodations Ashley Hyshka, Community Reporter The Lower Mainland’s housing crisis is perhaps the most prevalent issue facing the region, yet one demographic that’s greatly affected by it is too often being left out of the conversation. Post-secondary students are finding it harder than... Continue Reading

A Lesson in History from KPU’s Elder-in-Residence

KPIRG event sees the Kwantlen First Nation’s past help to inform the future of KPU students Ashley Hyshka, Community Reporter Students and eager listeners in Lisa Monchalin’s Indigenous Activism criminology course were treated to a speech by KPU’s very own Elder-in-Residence, Lekeyten, on Sept. 19. The event, titled Our Home on Native Land, was hosted... Continue Reading

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

Introducing KPU’s Student Institutions

Your guide to the big three student-run organizations on campus Joseph Keller, Staff Writer and Ashley Hyshka, Community Reporter University life is about far more than just attending class—it’s also about being part of a community of students, staff, and faculty. Whether you’re just coming to KPU from high school or returning for your final... 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