Sarah Watts-Rynard is the incoming CEO of Polytechnics Canada. She will officially fill the position July 30. (polytechnicscanada.ca)
Sarah Watts-Rynard is the incoming CEO of Polytechnics Canada. She will officially fill the position July 30. (polytechnicscanada.ca)

Polytechnics Canada Welcomes New C.E.O.

Polytechnics Canada, an organization that connects polytechnic post-secondary schools across the country, will be under the management of a new CEO as of July 30. Sarah Watts-Rynard, who is presently serving as the executive director for the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF), will replace current Polytechnics Canada CEO Nobina Robinson. “[Sarah Watts-Rynard] has shown commitment to... Continue Reading
KPU Provost Salvador Ferreras gestures during a presentation of Vision 2023 at a KPU Senate meeting, May 28. (Braden Klassen)
KPU Provost Salvador Ferreras gestures during a presentation of Vision 2023 at a KPU Senate meeting, May 28. (Braden Klassen)

KPU Senate Approves Final Version of Vision 2023

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is in the process of finalizing its next five-year academic plan. KPU Provost and VP Academic Salvador Ferreras presented a summary of the plan at the KPU Senate meeting on May 28. The plan, which is accompanied by a document called Vision 2023, will provide the guiding principles and policies for the... Continue Reading
Disability workshop facilitator Q, specializes in teaching about the history and culture of people who live with disabilities. (Braden Klassen)
Disability workshop facilitator Q, specializes in teaching about the history and culture of people who live with disabilities. (Braden Klassen)

Local Activist Leads KPIRG Disability History Workshop

In 1957, archaeologists from Columbia University discovered a cave burrowing into the side of a mountain in the Bradost range of northern Iraq. The cave, now commonly known as Shanidar Cave, contained several interesting artifacts and a collection of remains belonging to Neanderthals who were estimated to have lived in the area 35,000 to 65,000... Continue Reading
Since 2012, students have been able to freely use limited amounts of copyrighted material for educational purposes. Advocates worry that the current review of the Copyright Act could change or remove this exemption. (Braden Klassen)
Since 2012, students have been able to freely use limited amounts of copyrighted material for educational purposes. Advocates worry that the current review of the Copyright Act could change or remove this exemption. (Braden Klassen)

Canadian Alliance of Student Associations Worries Making Changes to Fair Dealing Could Cost Students

Student advocates are concerned that a current review of the Copyright Act could negatively affect Canadian students’ access to affordable educational materials. The Copyright Act of Canada is the overarching legal framework that Canada’s copyright law is based on. It ensures that content creators are compensated for their work and gives them opportunities to control... Continue Reading
(Nicole Kwit)

Afterthought: Trudeau Ups the Ante in Bid to Nationalize Trans Mountain

On May 29, the federal government purchased the embattled Trans Mountain pipeline project from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion. Their strategy is to re-sell the project as soon as possible, so as not to incur the extra $7.4 billion it will take to finance the construction of the project. Regardless of whether or not you... Continue Reading
Concept of a Spanish translated issue of The Runner (Epifanía Alarcón)

KPU Would Benefit From a Translated Student Newspaper

Canada is quickly becoming one of the most desirable locations for international students looking to obtain a post-secondary education. Due to the increasing number of non-native English speakers here, branching out into other languages seems like a natural strategy for publications that want to extend their readership within the student population. It especially helps further... Continue Reading
The school tax increase would raise Vancouver residential property taxes for homes valued over 3 million dollars by 0.2%, and for homes over 4 million dollars by 0.4%. (flickr/pnwra)
The school tax increase would raise Vancouver residential property taxes for homes valued over 3 million dollars by 0.2%, and for homes over 4 million dollars by 0.4%. (flickr/pnwra)

Afterthought: Crying a River in Point Grey

Since the beginning of May, wealthy homeowners in Vancouver have been up in arms about the newly proposed increase to the school tax on multimillion-dollar properties. The tax—which already applies to every property in B.C. with a few special exemptions—would increase by 0.2 per cent on homes valued over $3 million and 0.4 per cent... Continue Reading
Members of Surrey City Council and KSA President Caitlin McCutchen pose in front of the LRT vehicle showcase. (Submitted)
Members of Surrey City Council and KSA President Caitlin McCutchen pose in front of the LRT vehicle showcase. (Submitted)

Surrey Launches New LRT Vehicle Showcase

The City of Surrey is now displaying a prototype of the light rail transit vehicle that will be used as part of its proposed rapid transit plan. In the first phase of the project, the LRT rail routes—which will connect to the Surrey Central and King George SkyTrain stations—will travel South to Newton Exchange and... Continue Reading
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Investing in Transit Benefits British Columbians and the Environment

Over the next 10 years, the federal government will be allocating $4.1 billion to B.C. infrastructure projects. The funding deal, which was announced at the beginning of April, will cover the costs of green infrastructure projects, recreation areas, infrastructure in northern B.C., and perhaps most importantly, transit projects—specifically the proposed Broadway subway line and the... Continue Reading

Surrey Should Look to Vancouver for Updating its Airbnb Regulations

A Vancouver bylaw that facilitates the regulation of Airbnbs in the city came into effect on April 19. The bylaw mandates that people who host short-term accommodations on the Airbnb website will need to obtain a $49.00 license before doing so. It also makes it illegal for people to rent out properties that are not... Continue Reading

Surrey Shows High Spirits at the 2018 Vaisakhi Parade

Hundreds of thousands of people from various cultures and communities gathered in Surrey to celebrate Vaisakhi, the Lower Mainland’s largest annual cultural event on April 21. The festival celebrates the creation of the Khalsa fraternity in 1699, when the tenth Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh, initiated the first Amrit Sanchar (Sikh baptism or initiation) for his... Continue Reading
On behalf of David Eby, Ravi Kahlon announced that he will lead dialogues regarding the BC Human Rights Commission over two months with individuals and groups, both online and in person. Learn more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017AG0023-001603

After Thought: All Eyes on David Eby as B.C. Reviews Money Laundering Report

  B.C.’s Attorney General and MLA for Point Grey, David Eby, travelled to Ottawa to speak with the House of Commons finance committee about the province’s problem with money laundering on March 27. Casinos in B.C. like the River Rock in Richmond have been identified as channels for obscuring the origins of money that may... Continue Reading

KPU Fine Arts Graduates Prepare for Year-end Exhibition

With the spring semester nearly over, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s art aficionados should be happy to learn that the upcoming BFA graduates will soon be exhibiting some of their best works. The exhibit, titled Until Now, will be made up of art pieces in a variety of mediums such as paintings, sculptures, ceramic works, photography, and... Continue Reading

KPIRG’s Autonomy Agreement with the KSA Could be at Risk

Following a Kwantlen Student Association Council meeting on April 6, newly elected President Caitlin McCutchen said that she is currently unable to confirm whether or not the KSA is planning to take steps towards defunding KPIRG in response to the alleged fraud committed by KPIRG founder and former staff member Richard Hossein. “We have the... Continue Reading
Stephen Dyrgas

After Thought: A Post-Budget Primer on Carole James

Now that the provincial budget has been announced and the dust has somewhat settled, it warrants a retrospective look at the woman who is at the centre of it all: The Honourable Carole James, MLA for Victoria Beacon Hill, B.C. NDP Finance Minister and Deputy Premier of British Columbia. James first entered the public arena... Continue Reading