After Four Years, KPU’s Beekeeping Program is Still Buzzing Along

After 52 years as a beekeeper, John Gibeau saw an opportunity to create a commercial beekeeping program that would help meet British Columbia’s need for honey bee pollinators. He began working with Kwantlen Polytechnic University to develop it after founding Surrey’s Honey Bee Centre in 2000. The program not only teaches students how to keep... Continue Reading

Pilot Project Helps Visible Minority Newcomer Women Find Jobs in Canada

The Canadian government recently announced a project that will allocate $31.8 million over three years to help visible minority newcomer women in Canada. According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), “visible minority newcomer women may face multiple barriers to success, including gender and race-based discrimination, precarious or low income employment, lack of affordable childcare,... Continue Reading

Brewing Students Craft Unique Beers for Graduating Projects

At the start of the spring semester, graduating students in the Brewing and Brewery Operations program were assembled into 10 teams. Each team was tasked with creating their own signature brew, a level of freedom that in the past has led to the creation of such far-ranging flavours as jalapeno and kimchi beers. Once the... Continue Reading

Ontario’s Free Speech Policies Were a Good Idea Executed Poorly

Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms lists “freedom of expression” as a “fundamental freedom” to the Canadian way of life. The government of Ontario recently reinforced the importance of this freedom by mandating that the province’s universities and colleges have a policy addressing free speech on campus in place by the... Continue Reading

New Kwantlen St. Winter Market Puts Students First

The Kwantlen St. Winter Market has been many years in the making. The notion of a mid-week market for the university was first proposed in 2015, when the Kwantlen Student Association approached Anne Janzen, the founder of Farm Fresh Events. At the time, Farm Fresh Events produced the North Delta Farmers Market and the Tsawwassen... Continue Reading

KPU International Hosts its Second Annual Diwali Fest in Surrey

In celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights important to several religions including Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, KPU International hosted their second annual Diwali Fest on Nov. 10. The event sold out, accommodating 200 people—including staff and volunteers—who packed into the Surrey campus gymnasium from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Many attendees were dressed in... Continue Reading

Crossing Canada as an Amateur Cyclist

As the second largest country in the world, the challenge of riding across Canada has beckoned cyclists from far and wide. Some see it as a challenge; they want to prove to themselves that they have what it takes to make it all the way across. Some make the voyage to fundraise for charities, while... Continue Reading

Single Mother Becky Zhou’s Campaign for City Council is Personal

This year’s election for Surrey City Council is hotly contested, with dozens of candidates vying for just eight spots. While every candidate has a unique reason for running, Becky Zhou—a realtor and single mother of two—is driven by a more personal story than most. For Zhou, who is one of the first Chinese-Canadians to run... Continue Reading
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Strong Women Paved the Way to Graduation for KPU Student Rimi Afroze

For recent KPU graduate Rimi Afroze, taking part in spring convocation signified “a triumph for many girls and women who still think that they are lesser than men.” In her home country, which she chose to leave unnamed, Afroze faced ostracism and misogyny as she pursued her education. She recalls being escorted to school every... Continue Reading
Cycling through Burn's Bog. Victoria Day practice ride with a group of fellow Hong Kong bicycling enthusiasts. (Kristine Hui)
Cycling through Burn's Bog. Victoria Day practice ride with a group of fellow Hong Kong bicycling enthusiasts. (Kristine Hui)

I’m Leaving the Nest to Bike Across Canada

Every year for the last six years, I’ve asked myself if I would ever achieve my dream of biking across Canada. Now, I’m finally getting ready to begin the seven-week trip that will take me to the opposite side of the country alongside 19 other riders. When I think about the 7,550 kilometre journey ahead... Continue Reading
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Canadian Student Organizations Release Joint Publication on Campus Sexual Violence

While sexual violence can occur to anyone in any place, students are particularly vulnerable to such behaviour while on campus. To address this problem, the B.C. government passed Bill 23, which requires all post-secondary institutions in the province to implement policies that prevent and respond to instances of sexual assault. Colleges and universities had until... Continue Reading

Keeping Kayfabe in the Local World of Wrestling

While many Canadians were celebrating Cinco de Mayo, those in New Westminster’s Sapperton Pensioners Hall spent May 5 crowded around a makeshift wrestling ring. “Cinco de Mayhem” was the name of Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling’s latest event, which saw the typically tranquil Pensioners Hall transformed into a wrestling arena. Founded in 1996, ECCW is currently... Continue Reading
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Climate Change Activists are Fundraising to Carve Trump’s Face into a Glacier

One evening not long ago, three Finnish friends got together for a couple beers. The melting ice on the beer glasses prompted the friends to discuss the melting ice caps and the gravity of climate change. One thought led to another and eventually an idea emerged—to carve the face of political indifference to the melting... Continue Reading

KPU Langley Hosts Third Annual Brewing Career Fair

The third annual Brewing Career Fair was held at the KPU Langley campus on Feb. 26. Representatives from 22 breweries across the province were in attendance, including Four Winds Brewing, Parallel 49, Moody Ales, and Faculty Brewing. The fair was hosted by Ken Beatty, a brewing instructor in the program. The Helles Lager and Dubbel,... Continue Reading

Could Trump Happen Here?

KPU criminology instructor Dr. Jeff Shantz recently published an article on Rabble, an online progressive magazine, concerning the possibility of a Trump-like figure ascending to power in Canada. In the article, Shantz describes the presence of two Canadas: the superficial Canada which celebrates its multiculturalism, and the “other” Canada, which has had a long history... Continue Reading