KPU Crim Profs Study Addiction, Homelessness, Outreach on the Surrey Strip

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Social Justice Centre (SJC) is at work to better understand the issues of homelessness and addiction in Surrey, particularly on 135a Street, where inequality in the city is most visible. KPU criminology professors Michael Ma and Mike Larsen have set out to understand the circumstances of people living on 135a—colloquially known as... Continue Reading

Exploring Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Trade Renaissance

When Katherine Vreugde told her friends and family that she was going to become a farmer, they responded unanimously with surprise. She had spent the past 10 years as an accountant, and neither she nor her family had any roots in a farmer’s field. Her professional experience was gained almost entirely in an office environment.... Continue Reading

KPIRG Sues Founder and Former Employee for Fraud

with files from Tristan Johnston, Contributor  According to a notice of civil claim filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia on March 23, the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group is suing one of its founders and former administrative coordinator, Richard Hossein, for fraud. Last year, Hossein allegedly made a series of false claims to... Continue Reading

Uncovering the Face of Vancouver’s Opioid Epidemic

While conversations about Vancouver’s opioid crisis often conjure images of litter-strewn back alleys on the Downtown Eastside, recent data has revealed that the crisis is actually most prevalent in the private homes of middle aged men. Last year, 1,422 people in British Columbia died from illicit drug overdoses, according to the B.C. Coroners Service. Of... Continue Reading

Balancing Parenthood and Post-Secondary Education Remains a Challenge at KPU

Between being enrolled at school, working part time, and covering the cost of ever-rising tuition fees, most of today’s university students live under considerable pressure. That pressure is even greater for those who have a child to care for at home. Data analyzed from 1976 to 2005 revealed that “between 11 and 16 per cent... 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

KPU’s Environmental Sustainability Report is in Dire Need of an Upgrade

As with most other universities, Kwantlen Polytechnic University has increasingly invested in sustainability-related initiatives over the past decade. In addition to the construction of five LEED-certified buildings, the development of sustainability-centred programs, and an increase in energy efficiency, KPU has also signed the Talloires Declaration, a “10-point action plan for incorporating sustainability into teaching, research,... Continue Reading

No More Stolen Sisters

Over the past four decades, nearly 1,200 Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been murdered in Canada, according to a 2014 RCMP report. Some other estimates put that number at approximately 4,000. The failure of various police departments around the Lower Mainland to investigate the epidemic enabled serial predators to target vulnerable women,... Continue Reading

Male Nurses Work Through Stigma to Provide Care for the Vulnerable

Recent Kwantlen Polytechnic University graduate Josheal Jessel made his decision to become a psychiatric nurse because he wanted to make a positive change in the lives of extremely vulnerable people. It was only after researching and deciding to pursue KPU’s psychiatric nursing program that the idea of being referred to as a “nurse” began to... Continue Reading

KSA Election 2018: Candidates for Campus Representatives

Surrey Campus Representative Vaibhav Agarwal Computer and Information Systems Major Why are you running for this position? When I just joined [KPU] I wanted to be in some position and I want to represent and do something. Why should students vote for you? I’m working in a restaurant right now and I’m the manager, so... Continue Reading

KSA Election 2018: Candidates for Constituency Representatives

Mature Students Representative Murdoch de Mooy Criminology Major Why are you running for this position? If I win, this will be my third year on Council. I’ve been around for a little while and I’ve done little bits for constituencies throughout my tenure, made it so people didn’t have to run by legal name, so... Continue Reading

KSA Election 2018: Candidates for Faculty Representatives

Arts Representative Natasha Farris General Arts Major Why are you running for this position? I love being on the KSA. I love trying to create a community at KPU. I’m the chair of the Student Life Committee and I love trying to get people engaged and getting out there, talking to people, and getting them... Continue Reading

Federation Of Post Secondary Educators Campaigns For “Precarious Profs”

For thousands of college and university instructors across the province, job security is far from guaranteed. In B.C., around 30 per cent of post-secondary faculty and staff are employed on a part-time or temporary basis. According to the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of British Columbia, the working conditions for these educators are not equal to... Continue Reading

The Runner’s Staff Picks

Video Game of the Year: Zero Escape: The Nonary Games By Melanie Tan, Production Manager I’m sure you’re confused as to why my game of the year isn’t Super Mario: Odyssey or Nier: Automata. While games like The Breath of the Wild threw me on a hang glider and swept me off my feet (or... Continue Reading

Drug Checking Saves Lives at Music Festivals

After five different tests were done to detect dangerous substances in his sugar cube—supposed to contain LSD—Marc Andrews knew to take the experience seriously. This was the 30-year-old’s first time at Shambhala Music Festival and his first time trying LSD, so he decided to take advantage of the drug checking that was offered there. As... Continue Reading