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

Kwantlen Student Association Elects new Executives and President

For the first time following the KSA general election in February, the student association’s new council met together on KPU’s Surrey campus to sign their oaths of office and to choose who would occupy the KSA’s four executive positions for the next year. The new councillors were also briefed on meeting rules and procedures and... Continue Reading

Predatory Journals Can Wreak Havoc a Student’s Wallet and Tarnish their Professional Reputation

For many students, getting a paper published in an academic journal can be a crucial step in furthering their education, particularly if they are planning on continuing into a competitive post-graduation program. This tends to put a lot of pressure on students to submit their work to peer-reviewed publications, which can unfortunately lead to some... Continue Reading
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Kootenay MP Calls for the Elimination of Federal Student Loan Interest

The B.C. government’s recent budget revealed that interest on provincial student loans is being eliminated, which will save students an average of $2,300 over the course of earning their degree. B.C. joins Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I. as the only provinces that offer interest-free loans, and while the decision is being celebrated by local students,... Continue Reading
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KSA Members Voice Concern About Online Access to KPU Senate Meeting Recordings

During a KSA Council meeting on Feb. 27, members of the student association expressed concerns that recordings of KPU Senate meetings had been made private. They are now accessible only through SharePoint, an online database and platform which can only be used by staff, faculty, and administration. Students and members of the public will now... Continue Reading

Students Campaign in Advance of Board of Governors Election

This April, KPU students will elect representatives to the two seats available on the university’s Board of Governors. The campaign period began on March 11 and the election will run from April 8 at 8:00 a.m. to April 11 at 4:00 p.m. Students can cast their votes online by visiting the election website at engage.kpu.ca,... Continue Reading

KSA Presents Annual Report at AGM, Passes SUB Debenture Approval

The Kwantlen Student Association presented its yearly report at the society’s annual general meeting on Tuesday, March 19. Executive Director Ben Newsom’s report covered a variety of yearly updates on topics such as campaigning and advocacy efforts, student services, progress toward building a student union building, and the KSA’s audited financial statements from 2018. The... Continue Reading

New Zed Cred Program Announced for Open Education Week

KPU has added the Associate of Arts in General Studies to its growing list of Zed Cred programs, making it the third program at the university that consists entirely of courses which come with zero textbook costs. KPU is the leading school in B.C. for offering Zed Cred programs. The first began in 2017 as... Continue Reading

Posters Advertising KPU Student’s Study on Consent Draw Criticism

A KPU Psychology student’s study about consensual but unwanted sexual activity is set to be finalized in April and has been submitted to the Society of the Scientific Study of Sexuality, with the hopes of being presented in November. “We believe it’s a very important study,” says Dr. Cory Pedersen, the Chair of the Faculty... Continue Reading