KPU’s Field Schools Could Take You as far as the Amazon

Field schools give students the opportunity to advance their education in beautiful, unfamiliar places, and next year Kwantlen Polytechnic University is offering four of them to choose from. If you’re interested in learning about holistic food systems, you can travel to Rome, the Eternal City, to meet with experts in food and agri-business design (of... Continue Reading

Coming Out of the Broom Closet

A book by Scott Cunningham entitled Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, states that “there is not, and can never be, one ‘pure’ or ‘true’ or ‘genuine’ form of Wicca.” “There are no central governing agencies, no physical leaders, no universally recognized prophets or messengers. Although specific, structured forms of Wicca certainly exist, they... Continue Reading

B.C.’s Referendum on Electoral Reform Is Underway

B.C. residents of legal voting age will be able to participate in a referendum to decide whether the province should keep its current electoral system or adopt a new one from Oct. 22 to Nov. 30. The referendum will be decided via mail-in ballots, which Elections BC is distributing to registered voters until Nov. 2.... 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
Protester hold a sign during Occupy Vancouver Day 2.

Canada’s Contract University Faculty Struggle to Make Ends Meet

While many university students scrimp and save to get through school, they tend to think of their instructors as relatively well-off. Unfortunately, gainfully employed academics enjoying five or six-figure salaries are rarely seen in reality. A recent survey by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) of over 2,600 contract university faculty members reveals that... Continue Reading

Local Talent Hits the Runway at Vancouver Fashion Week

Twice per year, emerging and established designers from across Canada come together to present their best work at Vancouver Fashion Week. The seven-day event has welcomed talent from home and abroad since it was conceived in 2001, and has historically seen collections from Kwantlen Polytechnic University students and alumni. Last year, KPU’s own Sam Stringer... Continue Reading

Challenging Canada’s Colonial History

On July 1, 1867, the British Colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Canada were united, setting the foundation for the country as we know it today. This union of the colonies was orchestrated by the 36 “Fathers of Confederation,” including Canada’s first prime minister, John A. Macdonald, and Quebec MP Hector Louis Langevin. Macdonald’s... Continue Reading

Journalism Isn’t Dead; It’s Changing

The life of a journalist is a demanding one. In addition to dealing with long hours and waning pay grade, students in university journalism programs are told repeatedly that the industry’s glory days are over. Despite the challenges, newsrooms are still evolving with the times, helping to shape—as well as being shaped by—a modern public.... Continue Reading

Where KPU Succeeds and Fails at Student Representation

Kwantlen Polytechnic University boasts a diverse student body. It welcomes folks of various nationalities, ethnicities, genders, ideologies, and sexual identities. Representing these groups, however, has always been a challenge for members of the Kwantlen Student Association, which balances the day-to-day duties of student governance with advocating for a sizeable and widely-dispersed student populace. In many... Continue Reading

Advocates at KPU Help Reduce Surrey Gang Violence

For years, Surrey has had a uniquely problematic history with gang-related violence flaring up in the streets, shattering lives and leaving communities torn. Residents have been calling on City Council to take action that results in a meaningful reduction in organized crime, which is why Mayor Linda Hepner formed the Mayor’s Task Force on Gang... Continue Reading

The Art of Loving Offers Sex Smarts to Vancouver

Sex positivity is the socio-philosophical movement towards accepting safe and consensual sexual expression. The concept has waxed and waned in popularity throughout history, albeit under different names and guises. In the 1920s, Sigmund Freud and Wilhelm Reich called it sexual liberation. In the 1960s, it reappeared as free and open love. Now, in the 21st... Continue Reading

Kitchen Culture Serves up Toxicity for Employees

After the tragic passing of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, many people took another look at some of the topics he raised in his book Kitchen Confidential. Just last year, Bourdain expressed regret for his own complacency in—and even glorification of—toxic elements of kitchen culture, namely the unchecked sexism of the back of house. Having spent... Continue Reading
An artistic rendering of what the expanded Museum of Surrey will look like once renovations are complete. (Museum of Surrey)

A Look into Surrey’s 10-Year Parks, Recreation & Culture Strategic Plan

Most Surrey residents can agree that the city’s 200 parks and 35 recreation facilities and community centres go a long way for establishing the beauty and livability of the city. Now, thanks to the Parks, Recreation & Culture strategic plan developed by Surrey Parks Board, the city can look forward to enjoying new and improved... Continue Reading

Big City Blues

Vancouver is consistently ranked one of the most livable cities in the world. With its mild climate, breathtaking scenery, and quality of education and healthcare, it’s not hard to understand why. Yet recent research has found that we’re also one of the most miserable cities in Canada. A Study entitled How Happy Are Your Neighbours? by... Continue Reading
Parents brought their children to attend an address that Premier John Horgan gave in Vancouver 2017. Horgan spoke about the party's commitment to childcare. (flickr/BC NDP)

Parents Scramble for Affordable Child Care in B.C.

Four months before the birth of their first child, Julia Smith and her husband registered their names on wait lists for licensed child-care programs. Last November, after 16 months of waiting, the only change in their situation was their daughter’s age and the fast-approaching end of Smith’s maternity leave. “I’m on 14 wait lists and... Continue Reading