The Hard Times of Surrey’s Homeless

The City is doing “as much as possible,” but is it enough? Joseph Keller, Staff Writer There’s no good time of year to be homeless, in Whalley or anywhere else. Activists who work with the homeless say that there isn’t enough being done to bring these people out of the cycle that keeps them on... Continue Reading

Murdered Woman Identified as KPU Student

Friends and family grieve for Kiran Dhesi as police investigate Joseph Keller, Staff Writer A body that was found in a burned vehicle in Surrey last week has been identified as Kiran Dhesi, a 19-year-old KPU student. Police say that the woman’s injuries suggest that her death was a homicide. KPU students were alerted to... Continue Reading

A Few Thoughts on Chester Bennington

The loss of a voice that connected with millions Joseph Keller, Staff Writer It’s been a couple of weeks since I, along with the rest of the world, found out that an icon from so many of our teen years had taken his own life. I had just landed in Toronto when my phone reconnected... Continue Reading

Kwantlen First Nation to Build Healing Lodge In Defiance of Kinder Morgan

The Kwantlen Student Association is contributing $6,000 to the project Joseph Keller, Staff Writer With some financial support from the Kwantlen Student Association, the Kwantlen First Nation is planning a building project meant to throw an obstacle in the way of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. The KSA will contribute $6,000 towards a healing lodge that... Continue Reading

Several Student-at-Large Positions Remain Vacant on KSA Committees

Application process to be overhauled for fall semester Joseph Keller, Staff Writer The Kwantlen Student Association currently has an unusually high number of vacancies for its student-at-large positions. There are currently 11 student-at-large seats empty on various KSA committees—three each on the Student Life and Appointments committees, two on the University Affairs committee, and one... Continue Reading
Alexander Chiang (right) practices with David Kong, from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, to prepare for their upcoming matches. Chiang competed in the men's foil category. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)

KPU Professor and Former Student Present at British Shakespeare Association Conference

Performance-based paper examined racial stereotypes in The Merchant of Venice Joseph Keller, Staff Writer   A performance-based paper that was originally conceived as a guest lecture in a Kwantlen Polytechnic University English class was presented at the U.K.-based British Shakespeare Association Conference on May 23. KPU English Prof. Fred Ribkoff and former student John Rowell... Continue Reading

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