KPU Institute for Sustainable Food Systems Finds that B.C. Farmland is Underutilized

Farmland in B.C. is going to waste under current provincial policies, according to a white paper recently released by Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS). The ISFS has spent the past 11 months creating a comprehensive document titled Protection is Not Enough: Policy Precedents to Increase the Agricultural Use of British Columbia’s... Continue Reading

KPU to Offer Retail Cannabis Consultant Certificate Program

The days of buying a dimebag from your friend’s apartment are over. Marketing and selling cannabis in Canada is rapidly changing under new legal frameworks, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University is committed to being engaged in the future of budtending. This spring, the university is developing a program to prepare future cannabis retail workers for selling... Continue Reading

Playoff Primer: Giants Face Tough Test Against Victoria Royals

The only playoff hockey in Metro Vancouver this year will be played in Langley. The Vancouver Giants are on their way to their first playoff appearance in four years after wrapping up the regular season with a double header against the first-in-the-west Kelowna Rockets. The Giants will face the Victoria Royals in the first round,... Continue Reading

Health Canada’s Cannabis Regulations Leave Small Operations Behind, Says Industry Advocate

As Canada’s cannabis industry awaits legalization, some of the growers who have been producing cannabis for years under the old “grey market” system worry that Health Canada’s regulations are leaving them behind. The current version of Health Canada’s framework could also lead to the disappearance of hundreds of existing cannabis strains due to what some... Continue Reading

Italian Brewing Students Discover Vancouver Craft Brewing

A group of brewing students from Italy has come to Kwantlen Polytechnic University to learn the art of craft brewing the Canadian way. The 25 students arrived in Vancouver in early February and will be receiving 12 weeks of training at KPU’s brew lab in Langley. During their training they will also be touring the... Continue Reading

Public Relations Cohort Holds Gala for “Forgotten Children”

This year’s graduating cohort from KPU’s public relations program has spent the past five months preparing an event to support the children of people who are incarcerated. The group’s work culminated in a gala held at Surrey City Hall on March 1, with all funds from the event going to support charitable organization JustKids. “I... Continue Reading

KPU Releases Policies for Surveillance Cameras

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has outlined a set of policies and procedures for how its Closed Circuit Video Equipment (CCVE) cameras will be used. The policies come in the form of two documents which went into effect in early February. The documents state that the cameras are in place to protect the safety of KPU students... Continue Reading

Federal NDP Passes Resolution In Support of Tuition-Free Post-Secondary Education

At its federal convention in Ottawa from Feb. 16-18, the New Democratic Party voted in favor of a resolution to accept free post-secondary education as part of the party’s policy book. The resolution means that offering Canadian students tuition-free post-secondary education is one step closer to becoming an official part the federal NDP’s platform. The... Continue Reading
Budget 2018 carves a new path to shared prosperity for everyone in our province with a made-in-BC child care plan, a comprehensive housing plan and record levels of capital investment in every corner of our province, Finance Minister Carole James announced. Learn more: http://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/default.htm

This Year’s B.C. Budget Draws Praise From Students and Educators

The government of British Columbia released its 2018 budget in February and, as far as organizations representing post-secondary education are concerned, it’s good news for B.C. students. The Alliance of B.C. Students and the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators have both published responses to the budget praising the province’s expenditures to support students, particularly in regards... Continue Reading

MAPS Researchers Explore the Potential for Psychedelic Drugs to Treat PTSD

MDMA, a stigmatised psychoactive drug that many associate more with parties than with medicine, could soon be a powerful tool for treating post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychiatric afflictions. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) will soon be embarking on a multinational study on the efficacy of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. This marks the third phase... Continue Reading

Vancouver Giants Weather the Storm Despite Injuries to Top Players

It’s been a somewhat rocky few weeks for a Giants team that’s looking at their first playoff appearance in four years. The team holds a record of 6-5-1 in February with four of the month’s losses coming in the past two weeks. Contributing to the Giant’s recent struggles is a slew of injuries that kept... Continue Reading

Yes PR BC Campaign Calls for Proportional Representation

A grassroots call for change in B.C.’s electoral system has sprung, in part, from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Kwantlen Student Association Women’s Representative and Vice President External Affairs Caitlin McCutchen has signed on as a leading member of Yes PR BC, a campaign with a goal of swaying an upcoming referendum in favor of B.C. adopting... Continue Reading

For Black History Month, a KPU Lecture Series is Examining Issues in the Black Community

KPU philosophy professor Leland Harper hopes to encourage discourse and collaboration through his new speaker series for Black History Month. The first event was held on the first day of February. Throughout the rest of the month, the series will feature discussions of issues relating to the Black community in the Lower Mainland and beyond.... Continue Reading

KPU Has Stopped Accepting International Applications for 2018

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has officially received more applications from international students for the remainder of the year than it can handle. As a result, university officials made the decision on Jan. 24 to end international student enrolment for the summer and fall semesters this year. Prospective students who have already applied before applications closed will... Continue Reading

KPU Sport, Recreation & Health Promotion Manager Charged with Sexual Interference with a Minor

A man listed as the Manager of Sport, Recreation & Health Promotion on Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s website has been charged with one count of sexual interference with a minor. The man, Codie Hindle, appeared in court on Feb. 14 before being released on bail, according to a report from The Free Press on Feb. 15.... Continue Reading