KSA Supports CFS Ontario Provincial Court Challenge

In late May, the Canadian Federation of Students launched a court challenge in response to the Ontario government’s proposed Student Choice Initiative, a policy which would categorize particular student fees as “non-essential.” The challenge states that the initiative, which is being backed by Ontario’s Minister of Training Colleges and Universities, “improperly and arbitrarily” designates which... Continue Reading

International Students at KPU Speak Out Against Work Hour Limits

Jobandeep Singh Sandhu, a mechanical engineering student from India, was driving a truck from Montreal to Toronto in December 2017 when he was pulled over and arrested for exceeding a 20-hour work limit placed on international students. A year and a half later, he faced deportation.  A petition was created in an effort to stop... Continue Reading

How to Get More out of Life by Owning Less

When I was younger, I was really into the movie Fight Club.  The film, based off of a book by Chuck Palahniuk, is known for its depiction of violence and toxic masculinity, and for its nihilistic spite towards social conformity. I loved it because of its thematic focus on the main character’s realization that materialism... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: Canada’s Brand New Political Ad Registry

Over the last five years or so, online platforms have introduced an inescapable, almost surreal level of uncertainty to political discussion. The advertising engines that drive Facebook’s and Google’s business models thrive on user engagement, and the more clicks an article receives or the more commenters a discussion involves, the more money is made through... Continue Reading

KPU Brewing Program Featured at Vancouver Craft Beer Festival

Vancouver Craft Beer Week is a glorious time of year where beer lovers and creators converge at different places around the city to nerd out about their favourite foamy beverage and indulge in a few cold ones with the community.  Each year, the week culminates in the Vancouver Craft Beer Week Tasting Festival held at... Continue Reading

Beyond the Burger

As the western world’s interest in ethical consumerism has grown, so has the popularity of plant-based proteins. A 2017 article published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services found that shoppers have been increasingly factoring ethical concerns into their food purchases, and are becoming more likely to buy organic or locally sourced foods. One... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: Wage Against the Machine

It is illegal in this country for companies to decide to pay employees less money because of their age, gender, ethnicity, orientation, or other identity-based grounds. This is enshrined in the Canadian Human Rights Act and is also addressed in the Canada Labour Code. Responsible companies take great pains to avoid violating these rules, ostensibly... Continue Reading
As the next step in cracking down on money laundering in British Columbia, government is working with public and private post-secondary institutions to ensure they are not a target for money laundering after being identified as one of several vulnerable sectors. Learn more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019AEST0064-001083

KPU Considers Ending Cash Payments for Tuition Amidst Provincial Concerns of Money Laundering

The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training issued a letter to all post-secondary and private institutions on May 28 asking them to help deter money laundering in the province. The letter includes a request for institutions that accept cash for tuition payments to review their financial policies and submit copies to the Ministry by... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: The Greasy Game of Fossil Fuel Politics

Politicians make dishonest statements all the time. It benefits them to bend or deny the truth in order to gain or consolidate power by, say, protecting wealthy and reliable donors—like we’ve seen with SNC Lavalin—or by ignoring scientific evidence and expert opinions on climate change or the price of gas. It’s up to voters to... Continue Reading

Metro Vancouver Seeks Long-Term Transit Investment from Ottawa

Representatives from the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation gathered with federal party members and leaders to discuss securing government funding for transit expansion projects in Ottawa earlier this month. As part of “Transit Day on the Hill”, the Mayors’ Council representatives met with members from all parties—including NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party leader... Continue Reading

Academics Need to Stop Using Overly Complex Writing

One of my biggest pet peeves when reading academic journals, books, or course materials is when the author begins a sentence with the word “indeed.” It makes me picture the author as a top-hat-and-monocle-wearing aristocrat, stroking their chin and holding an oversized pipe to their mouth, swirling an expensive scotch and playing a game of... Continue Reading

KSA Still Not Posting Meeting Minutes Online

The Kwantlen Student Association has failed to post transcribed records from its past five meetings of council, its annual general meeting in March, and several committee meetings, including weekly executive committee meetings. KSA minutes are kept on the association’s website, and are supposed to be updated shortly after they are approved by vote at subsequent... Continue Reading

Time is Running Out to Address Canada’s Changing Climate

A report titled Canada’s Changing Climate Report released by Environment and Climate Change Canada has found that the climate in Canada is warming twice as fast as the global average. In addition, temperature increases are occurring even faster in areas of Northern B.C., the Prairies, and the Territories, and these changes are already beginning to... Continue Reading

KSA Refocuses on Environmentalism through Updated Sustainability Policy

With the intention of ramping up its commitment to environmental sustainability and social justice, the Kwantlen Student Association has updated its sustainability policy for the first time since the document was passed in June 2014. The sustainability policy is designed to inform the association’s decisions and operations in a way that prioritizes environmental sustainability through... Continue Reading

KPU Welcomes Incoming Provost and VP Academic Dr. Sandy Vanderburgh

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has announced that Dr. Sandy Vanderburgh will begin serving as the university’s incoming provost in May, and will be fully taking over the position when current Provost and VP Academic Sal Ferreras transitions out of it on July 1. After earning his PhD from SFU, Vanderburgh worked as a sessional geography instructor... Continue Reading