KSA Planning Spring Referendum to Join CASA

The Kwantlen Student Association plans on holding a referendum this spring to see if students at KPU want to join the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. CASA is a Canada-wide organization that advocates on behalf of student at the federal level. Founded in 1995, the organization facilitates meetings between politicians and student union members, allowing... Continue Reading

British Columbia Youth Parliament is Accepting Applications

Young people from across British Columbia will convene in the Provincial Legislature in Victoria to form the 90th session of the British Columbia Youth Parliament this December. At the event, a group of 97 students and non-students between the ages of 16 and 21 will debate issues presented in Private Member’s Resolutions and decide which... Continue Reading

Afterthought: Municipal Election Shenanigans Continue in Surrey

It’s strange to think of how interesting this year’s municipal election season has already been, especially when you consider the fact that people haven’t even started voting yet. So far, we’ve seen shady party advertising that bends election rules in Vancouver, candidates being cited for unprofessional conduct in Richmond and West Vancouver, a mayoral candidate... Continue Reading

Multi-Faith Centre Hosts Discussion Series on Religion and Violence

Do strongly held religious views increase the chance that someone will resort to violence? That’s the question William T. Cavanaugh tackles in his book The Myth of Religious Violence. The book has in turn inspired a series of bi-weekly discussions being facilitated by the KPU Multi-Faith Centre. On the surface, it’s a confusing question. Most... Continue Reading

Afterthought: Big Money Still Causing Problems in B.C. Politics

Does spending $85,000 on advertisements for a single candidate without their knowledge violate the spirit of election finance law? That’s the question people have been asking after it was discovered that Peter Wall, a prominent Vancouver developer and founder of Wall Financial Corp, purchased billboard advertisements that supported Vancouver mayoral candidate Hector Bremner weeks before... Continue Reading

KSA 2018 By-Election Results Released

The preliminary results of the October 2018 Kwantlen Student Association by-election have been announced. Three new candidates have been elected to positions on KSA Council. Vanshi Kapoor and Amrick Sidhu have been elected to the Business Faculty Representative positions, receiving 99 and 179 votes respectively. Gunjanpreet Kaur, who received 51 votes, and Howie Qu, who... Continue Reading

The Case Against Tim Hortons

Everyone who has been to the Cedar building knows that the Tim Hortons on KPU’s Surrey campus is easily the most popular destination for students looking to grab a quick coffee or snack in between classes. Most items on the Tim’s menu cost less than similar ones at the Grassroots or the cafeteria, and its... Continue Reading

KPU Partners with Centre for Child Development to Research FASD

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term that includes a variety of disabilities and disorders which occur as the result of mothers consuming alcohol during pregnancy. The disorder can cause a variety of conditions including learning and physical disabilities, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, and skeletal problems. The government estimates that, every year, approximately... Continue Reading

CASA Report Encourages Canadian Government to Offer More Support to International Students

A new policy paper published by the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is calling on the federal government to provide additional support to international students studying at post-secondary institutions across the country. The report, entitled “Value Beyond the Dollars and Cents: International Students’ Contribution and Their Need for Supports”, examines the benefits that international... Continue Reading

Improv Comedy Classes Return to KPU

Students looking share some laughs and develop some important skills can once again check out the weekly KPU improv comedy workshops hosted by Daniel Chai. The drop-in classes take place on the Surrey campus every Monday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in Birch 250 and every Thursday at the same time in Room 1320... Continue Reading

Challenging Canada’s Colonial History

On July 1, 1867, the British Colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Canada were united, setting the foundation for the country as we know it today. This union of the colonies was orchestrated by the 36 “Fathers of Confederation,” including Canada’s first prime minister, John A. Macdonald, and Quebec MP Hector Louis Langevin. Macdonald’s... Continue Reading

Canadian Researchers Study Long-Term Cannabis Use Among Students

The Canadian government is preparing to turn over a new leaf by legalizing marijuana, a substance which has been legally restricted since 1923. Leading up to October, researchers are looking to clear some of the smoke surrounding the impact of long-term cannabis use, particularly among younger students. A report published in The Canadian Journal of... Continue Reading

Weighing the Cost of Corporate Accountability

From the first day of 2016 to the last day of July 2018, the BC Coroners Service reported that 3,214 people died as a result of illicit drug overdoses in British Columbia. Prescription opioids, including codeine, oxycodone, morphine, and hydromorphone were detected in 16.5 per cent, or one in six, of these deaths.   This... Continue Reading

Afterthought: What Proportional Representation Means for B.C.

On Oct. 22, eligible B.C. voters will receive voting packages that will allow them to determine whether the province will drop its current electoral system—first-past-the-post—and adopt a new system of proportional representation. This is the province’s third attempt at electoral reform, following similar referendums posed in 2005 and 2009, both of which failed to pass.... Continue Reading

Surrey City Lab Connects Students with Civic Policymakers

Students interested in Surrey’s urban development will soon get the chance to work directly with city staff to create proposals for community-based projects. A new collaboration between KPU, SFU, and the City of Surrey called Surrey City Lab will offer a series of multidisciplinary, civic-related courses to students over the next three years. Students will... Continue Reading