What Do We Celebrate?

Remembering 150 years of violent colonialism through the erasure of Indigenous peoples Justin Bige, Contributor Would you celebrate the existence of a culture that claims to own the land that you and your people have lived on for 10 times longer than those who colonized it? How about 100 times? Or 1000? The first of... 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

B.C. Election: A Provincial Election on Unceded Territory

The complications of voting for Indigenous people in Canada Justin Bige Encouraging Indigenous people to vote seems like an obvious suggestion for the First Nations to make in advance of the upcoming election, but such participation can actually be silencing rather than empowering. In a representative government like British Columbia’s, to have a choice in... Continue Reading

B.C. ELECTION: For a Few Dollars More

Why B.C. has long been considered the wild west of political donation Braden Klassen, Contributor When it comes to regulating the nature of political donations, B.C. has been referred to as the “wild west” by publications such as The Globe and Mail and The New York Times. There are a number of reasons why the... Continue Reading

B.C. ELECTION: Your Guide to the Major Parties in the 2017

Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor The Liberal Party, New Democratic Party, and Green Party are going head-to-head in this year’s provincial election, and they’re readily armed with criticisms of their competition and promises to make voters. Contentious issues such as climate action, school funding, health care, and transit are all taking the spotlight in 2017, with... Continue Reading

B.C. ELECTION: How the B.C. Government Works

What you need to know about your provincial government Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor If you’re like a lot of people, you probably don’t pay much attention to provincial politics until it comes time to vote. And if you’re like the 45 per cent of people in my riding, then you don’t even vote. Like the... Continue Reading

Identifying Anxiety

Mental wellness advocates from KPU and beyond offer a range of resources Neil Bassan, Contributor In the wake of four student suicides which occurred this past academic year at Ontario’s University of Guelph, community organizations throughout Canada are developing a renewed focus on meeting the needs of mental health challenges for students. Polly Guetta, development... Continue Reading

The Many Meanings of Intersectional Feminism

Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor Feminism has historically been dominated by privileged voices. Its first and second waves were largely a white, straight, cisgender, middle class woman’s game. Marginalized groups have been continually pushed to the wayside from the early days of women’s suffrage until now, and the pervasiveness of such exclusivity can be witnessed all... Continue Reading

The Complicated Relationship Between the KSA and KPIRG

A tale of two student organisations Joseph Keller, Web Editor The two major student societies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University have a complicated relationship. Kwantlen Student Association President Alex McGowan says that the KSA has always been open and receptive to working with the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group. However, staff and students close to KPIRG... Continue Reading

The Hospital Revival of Greater Vancouver

Money is being put towards fixing past failures in the local health sector, but what does it mean for Vancouver citizens in need? Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor Canadians like to boast about health care. It’s a relief to walk into a hospital needing medical attention and leave unburdened by debt, but free care doesn’t guarantee... Continue Reading

Natasha Lopes Looks Back on Her Time with the KSA

“I’ve become the person I told my 16-year old self I would be,” says KSA executive Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor “I did not make this decision lightly,” says Natasha Lopes from the Kwantlen Student Association general office. After serving for nearly a year as the KSA’s women’s representative and vice-president student life, she has opted... Continue Reading

Meet Your KSA Candidates: Campus Representatives

Surrey Campus Representative (1)   Tanvir Singh Running for Re-election Currently VP Student Services/University Affairs No one’s running against you? I’m a little disappointed in the turnout, in general, for this round of KSA elections. I was expecting a couple more people at least, but it seems some people weren’t able to get their nomination... Continue Reading

Meet Your KSA Candidates: Constituency Representatives

Mature Students Representative (1)   Zahid Dossa Previously Students of Colour Rep. Major: Political Science, minor in Policy Students This is your first time running for Mature Students Rep, but you’ve served for a few months now as Students of Colour Rep. Why the change? I ran in the by-election [last October] uncontested, and won.... Continue Reading

Meet Your KSA Candidates: Faculty, Arts/Science and Horticulture Representatives

Science and Horticulture Representatives   Nick Young Running for Re-election What have you accomplished in your first term as Science and Horticulture Rep that you’d want to keep working on in your second term? Helping out with projects here and there, and attending meetings and committees. Any issues that have caught your attention? I want... Continue Reading

Meet Your KSA Candidates: Faculty, Business Representatives

  Rawan Ramini Running for Re-election Currently VP Finance & Operations You’re running again, do you want your exec position again? Yes, that is the plan. What have you been doing in your past year as a councilor and as a member of the executive team? It has been a great experience, first of all.... Continue Reading