Journalistic Sources Protection Act Slated to Become Federal Law

Bill S-231 will protect journalists’ confidential sources in almost all circumstances Bill S-231, also known as the Journalistic Sources Protection Act, received royal assent on Oct. 18, amending both the Canada Evidence Act and the section of the Criminal Code that relates to the protection of journalistic sources. The bill was first proposed in November... Continue Reading

The West Coast Needs to Take Students’ Mental Health Seriously

B.C. needs to follow in the footsteps of Atlantic post-secondary institutions Beautiful British Columbia, you truly are stunning with your extensive evergreen mountain range, deep blue ocean, and vibrant cities. I wish I could go outside and explore the places I love—but instead, I’m stuck inside working on a pile of homework. Deep in the... Continue Reading

KPU Sports and Rec, the Peer Support Program, and the KSA Teach Students How to Thrive

October was Mental Health Awareness Month, so the KPU community came together in a series of events to let students know that support systems are out there College and university students who battle mental illnesses often feel like they’re alone in their fight. The organizers of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Thrive Week sought to let those... Continue Reading

The Delicate Balance Between Equality and Religious Rights at TWU

Trinity Western University and the law societies of B.C. and Ontario will have their case heard in court later this fall A contentious battle over equality and religious rights in post-secondary institutions is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada on Nov. 30. Trinity Western University, a private Christian school in Langley, B.C., requires its... Continue Reading

KPU Instructor Publishes Study Analyzing False-Belief Reasoning Across Lifespans

Daniel Bernstein and researchers discovered toddlers and adults’ abilities are roughly equal In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, protagonist Atticus Finch tells his young daughter Scout that “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … Until you climb into his skin and walk around in... Continue Reading

Diwali Celebration Lights up KPU Surrey

The first-of-its-kind event was hosted by KPU International on Oct. 20 The sounds of Punjabi music bellowed out of the Cedar conference room at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey campus on Oct. 20, marking the first Diwali celebration to be held at the university. The six-hour festival of lights featured a Bhangra dance performance, henna tattoo... Continue Reading

KPU’s Cannabis Professional Series to Improve and Adapt as Legalization Draws Nearer

David Purcell, the university’s Director of Emerging Business, is optimistic about the future of the program The government of British Columbia recently announced that it will be consulting the public about how marijuana legalization, including regulations and sales, should be undertaken across the province. Director of Emerging Business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University David Purcell is... Continue Reading

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