Afterthought: SNC-Lavalin Finally Bursts out of the Ottawa Bubble

The national discourse regarding the SNC-Lavalin affair has escalated sharply following the revealing testimony of Jody Wilson-Raybould on Feb. 27. The controversy is based on a relatively straightforward situation: members of the prime minister’s office pressured former Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould into approving a deal (called a deferred prosecution agreement) that would... Continue Reading

Afterthought: The Scourge of Cause Marketing

Everybody likes to buy things. Everybody likes to feel moral validation. Why not do both at the same time? Lucky for us consumers, there’s cause marketing, the practice of combining corporate promotion with the advancement of social causes. As it has become more commonplace for people to give their money to companies who commit to... Continue Reading

KSA Student Rights Centre Unsure of Release Date for 2017 Report

The 2017 Student Rights Centre report will likely not be released until after the Kwantlen Student Association’s Annual General Meeting in March, according to representatives from the KSA. The report, like those from previous years, details some of the cases that were brought to the centre by students with complaints about their time at KPU.... Continue Reading

Community Support Offers Hope for Students Living with Eating Disorders

There are a few clinically-recognized types of eating disorders in the American Psychology Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known commonly as the DSM V. Anorexia nervosa manifests in behaviour which prevents maintenance of a healthy weight, including restricting calorie intake due to a fear of weight gain and distorted self-perception. Binge-eating disorder... Continue Reading

2019 General Election and Referendum Preliminary Results Released

The preliminary results of the 2019 Kwantlen Student Association General Election have been released. Twenty-two candidates were elected to fill positions on KSA Council, including four candidates who were re-elected. There were 12 faculty representatives elected to positions in Arts, Business, Science and Horticulture, Academic and Career Advancement, and Health. For the Arts Representative position,... Continue Reading

Vancouver’s Snowfall Chaos Should Be a Wake Up Call About Climate Change

It feels like it happens every year in Vancouver. The first snowfall that piles up more than a few inches sends the entire city into a spiral of near-apocalyptic chaos. Road accidents skyrocket, services like electricity begin to fail, and worst of all, transit all over the region shudders to a halt. When the weather... Continue Reading

Student U-Pass Program to Be Voted on Via KSA Referendum

If you are a KPU student and you’re reading this, it is statistically probable that you use a U-Pass card to transit to school. According to TransLink’s 2017 annual report on the U-Pass program, 61 per cent of KPU students who paid the U-Pass fee used their cards. The report also shows that, in the... Continue Reading

KSA Hires New Executive Director

A months-long search for the Kwantlen Student Association’s next executive director concluded with the hiring of Benjamin Newsom in December. Newsom had already been performing the duties of the position since July 11, when the interim period following the resignation of the former executive director, Jeremy McElroy, began. Newsom has years of experience with different... Continue Reading

KPU Opens Fifth Campus in Surrey Centre

After years of planning, preparation, recruitment, and construction, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s new campus at 3 Civic Plaza is now officially open for business. The campus, which is situated above the building lobby, occupies the first five floors of the 52-storey building and contains classrooms, study spaces, and both assessment and testing services. It also offers... Continue Reading

KSA Prepares Referendum Questions for February Elections

The Kwantlen Student Association is currently preparing for a referendum that will asks students to vote on a number of issues concerning their student fees. The referendum will run on Feb. 12 and 13 across all campuses, with the results announced shortly afterwards. Below are the referendum questions that will be posed to the student... Continue Reading

Indigenous Voices at KPU Respond to Arrests Made in Wet’suwet’en Territory

The B.C. RCMP moved to dismantle a gated checkpoint maintained by the Wet’suwet’en First Nation on Jan. 7, arresting 14 people involved in supporting a barricade which was constructed to keep people off of their traditional land. The RCMP action was supported by a B.C. Supreme Court injunction ordering the dismantling of the blockade. The... Continue Reading

KPU Psychology Instructor Lectures on the Virtues of the Scientific Method

In the latest installment of the KPU Science World Speaker series, psychology instructor Dr. Jay Hosking delivered a lecture emphasizing how the scientific method has been, and continues to be, the best way for people to discover and collect information about the world around them. The presentation, titled “The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living:... Continue Reading

7:00 AM Classes Are a Bad Idea

Some people are morning people. Early risers, fortunate souls who have not just a tolerance, but an affinity for the first hours of the day when the air is brisk, the coffee is warm, and the world is enveloped in tranquility. It can be a challenge not to assume that these people are completely insane,... Continue Reading

Afterthought: Canadian Journalists Face a Dilemma About Accepting Government Subsidies

In mid-November, the federal government proposed a subsidy to Canadian news publications by introducing tax credits and giving non-profit journalistic organizations access to tax incentives similar to ones used by charities. These measures are expected to direct about $595 million to Canadian news organizations over five years in order to help keep the industry afloat... Continue Reading

The Quebec Student Strike Against Unpaid Work Is Long Overdue

I’d like to preface this by make it abundantly clear that “unpaid internships” are not a legal practice in British Columbia. However there are two exceptions. If your internship is part of your formal educational requirements, it is counted under the “student exception” and considered a practicum, and you are not entitled to any pay.... Continue Reading