Basic Guaranteed Income Should be a Key Focus in NDP Leadership Race

Leadership Hopeful Niki Ashton has shot down basic guaranteed income—why? Joseph Keller, Staff Writer The last federal election cycle was not kind to the New Democratic Party. After the late Jack Layton managed to position the party as the official opposition in 2011, a series of odd choices that nudged the party to the centre from... Continue Reading

The Runner Debates: Military Spending: Pro

A military spending increase has been long overdue and is more important now than ever Joseph Keller, web editor Read the other side of the debate here In June the federal government announced plans to increase the national defence budget by $32.7 billion, an increase of 70 per cent. In addition to slightly increasing the... Continue Reading

KPU Announces Indigenous Community Justice Minor

The program will provide deeper insight on “this colonial concept called Canada” Joseph Keller, Web Editor Kwantlen Polytechnic University has announced the introduction of an interdisciplinary minor program that will focus on issues related to justice and Indigenous people in Canada. Designed by KPU Criminology Professor Lisa Monchalin, the Indigenous Community Justice program is set... Continue Reading

The B.C. NDP/Green Alliance is not Unconstitutional

Northern B.C. leader’s letter to the Lieutenant Governor claiming otherwise is simply baffling Joseph Keller, Web Editor When the B.C. NDP and Green Parties announced their agreement to form government as a coalition last month, observers waited with interest to see if B.C. Premier Christy Clark would blast the agreement as undemocratic. To the premier’s... Continue Reading

No BDS Policy Expected from KSA in the Near Future

Despite referendums at UBC and SFU, the KSA is not taking a stance on BDS Joseph Keller, Web Editor Recent discussions from at UBC and SFU about the possibility of endorsing the controversial Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement have stirred debate at the Kwantlen Student Association about potentially taking an official position. The topic was... Continue Reading

Plans for Student Union Building Move Forward

Process of designing and building a SUB in the early stages Joseph Keller, Web Editor The Kwantlen Student Association is beginning to move forward with plans to build a new student union building on the Surrey campus. A KSA “steering committee” for the creation of a SUB recently held its first meeting to form project... Continue Reading

KSA, ABCS Supportive of NDP-Green Coalition

Joseph Keller, Web Editor Student organisations in B.C. are optimistic about what the cooperation between the B.C. NDP and B.C. Greens means for students in the province. The two parties agreed to a partnership that will see them form a coalition government after the B.C. Liberal government failed to retain a majority of seats in... Continue Reading

The Expanding Role of Safe Injection Sites in Metro Vancouver

For years Insite operated under heavy political opposition. Now the safe injection site approach is being adopted elsewhere. Joseph Keller, Web Editor It’s been 14 years since Insite, the first supervised safe injection location in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, opened its doors as an experiment in a radical new approach to harm reduction. The concept of... Continue Reading

KPU, City of Langley Collaborate to Develop Urban Agriculture beneath BC Hydro Lines

South Langley power corridor to be used as farmland thanks in part to Institute for Sustainable Food Systems Joseph Keller, Web Editor KPU’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems is working with the City of Langley and Metro Vancouver regional authority to develop an underutilised powerline corridor into the first urban agriculture project of its kind.... Continue Reading

Sedins Receive Honorary Doctorates of Law From KPU

Local NHL hockey legends honoured for their leadership and community support Joseph Keller, Web Editor A pair of hometown legends were on campus this Thursday to be honored by Kwantlen Polytechnic University for their contributions to the Metro Vancouver community and for their leadership both on and off the ice. Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin... Continue Reading

Services for Students with Disabilities Office Revises Approach to Accommodation

SSD will adopt a more holistic attitude, thanks to new coordinator Joseph Keller, Web Editor Kwantlen Polytechnic University is overhauling its policies for services for students with disabilities. The university hired a new Services for Students with Disabilities Coordinator, Ruth Fraser, to oversee changes that will help the institution better serve students who require special... Continue Reading

Birch Building Renovations Offer New Student Space on Surrey Campus

Following several pushed completion dates, work is finally finished on space renovations Joseph Keller, Web Editor After more than a year of planning, and following several delays, the Kwantlen Student Association has finished work on renovations to a student space on the Surrey campus. The newly renovated Birch building now features facilities to be used... Continue Reading

Addressing Student Poverty and Homelessness at KPU

The university and student association offer services to students in need Joseph Keller, Web Editor There are more post-secondary students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and beyond who are at risk of homelessness than one might think. The ever increasing cost associated with gaining a post-secondary education can put many students in a precarious position where... Continue Reading

John Horgan Concludes Campaign in Surrey

NDP leader holds final rally at Guildford Sheraton Joseph Keller, Web Editor B.C. NDP leader John Horgan was in Surrey on the final day of his campaign to be elected B.C.’s Premier. A small rally was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Guildford on Monday May 8, the day before the British Columbia provincial election.... Continue Reading

B.C. ELECTION: ABCS Hope to See Results in Next Provincial Government

Student housing is one of the most important election issues amongst student voters Joseph Keller, Web Editor One issue that’s on many students’ minds this election is the issue of student housing in B.C. The Kwantlen Student Association, as part of the Alliance of B.C. Students (ABCS), has been active for the past several months... Continue Reading