Facing Prejudice on the Public Stage

Sikh politicians locally and across Canada continue to fight racism with optimism Joseph Keller, Staff Writer & Braden Klassen, Photo Editor Jagmeet Singh was already the first turban-wearing Sikh in Ontario to sit as a provincial legislature when the New Democratic Party elected him as their next leader on Oct. 1. Now he has become... Continue Reading

The Weirdest Courses at KPU: Fall 2017

Three of the university’s Anthropology courses are offering an out-of-this-world approach to education this semester Anthropology and archeology are both studies of humanity, and since time immemorial one thing has always been true about humans: we are weird. It’s not surprising, then, that some of the strangest courses being offered at KPU this semester come... Continue Reading

“Embers and Ashes” Smolder at Vancouver Fashion Week

KPU alumni Sam Stringer unveiled her new collection at the prestigious event Backstage at Vancouver Fashion Week, a soft violet glow envelops the models as they prepare to walk the runway. Sam Stringer, graduate of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s fashion design program, has been waiting for this night for a long time. Stringer unveiled her 2018... Continue Reading

Cutting the Red Tape on Student Housing

ABCS, KPU, and the KSA are fighting for a future with on-campus accommodations Ashley Hyshka, Community Reporter The Lower Mainland’s housing crisis is perhaps the most prevalent issue facing the region, yet one demographic that’s greatly affected by it is too often being left out of the conversation. Post-secondary students are finding it harder than... Continue Reading

Debating the Impact of B.C.’s Foreign Investors

Experts argue whether banning foreign ownership will improve the provincial market Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Whether the subject is British Columbia’s overpriced housing market or its agricultural industry, foreign investors are often blamed for unsustainable property ownership in the province. As few British Columbians have the money or opportunity to store millions of dollars in... Continue Reading

Eating Under Sodexo’s Shadow

KPU’s “Hangry Students” speak out about food availability on-campus Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Sodexo, the corporate giant that holds ownership over the cafeteria and the Tim Hortons on KPU’s Surrey campus, has again fallen under fire for failing to satisfy some of the university’s students and faculty. An advocacy group founded by five youths in... Continue Reading

Introducing KPU’s Student Institutions

Your guide to the big three student-run organizations on campus Joseph Keller, Staff Writer and Ashley Hyshka, Community Reporter University life is about far more than just attending class—it’s also about being part of a community of students, staff, and faculty. Whether you’re just coming to KPU from high school or returning for your final... Continue Reading

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
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Canada Cup Softball Tournament Returns to Surrey

After eight years, players were glad to take part in the once-underfunded event Kyrsten Downton, Contributor Despite striking out in 2009, the popular Canada Cup softball tournament returned to the mound from July 7 to 17. It was the first time in eight years that the tournament has been held in Surrey. “It feels like... Continue Reading

The Growing Importance of International Students (and their Tuition)

KPU values the recent influx of students from around the world, but the transition can be challenging Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor The number of international students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University has increased remarkably over the past nine years, with 1,459 more students enrolled in 2015 than in 2006. According to the university’s most recent accountability... Continue Reading

Measuring The Tipping Point

Host of CBC Vancouver’s 2050: Degrees of Change Sheds Light on Climate Change Ashley Hyshka According to current climate research, temperatures across British Columbia will increase by 2.5 degrees by the year 2050. Johanna Wagstaffe, a meteorologist with CBC Vancouver, is determined to shift the public’s attention towards this issue. “I’ve been thinking a lot... Continue Reading

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