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
Murdoch de Mooy and David Piraquive, two members of the KSA's executives committee, at a drop-in consultation session about the international tuition increase. (Alyssa Laube)

KPU’s Recent International Tuition Hike Divides Students and Administrators

When the KPU Board of Governors voted on March 28 to raise international tuition by 15 per cent, they received an immediate backlash from members of the Kwantlen Student Association. By April 5 the KSA had released a statement saying that it was “disappointed” with the increase in tuition, and with the fact that the... Continue Reading
Following the Voices of Muslim Women DigitaLENS Film Festival, students of KPU's Digital Storytelling Course were awarded with recognition of achievement certificates by instructors Katie Warfield and Aisha Amijee. (Ashley Hyshka)

DigitaLENS Fosters Sisterhood Through Storytelling

At the third annual DigitaLENS Film Festival, Muslim women came together to put their creativity on public display. Over seven weeks, Aisha Amijee, Alia Youseff, and Katie Warfield—all digital storytelling instructors at KPU—planned the event to merge technical videography skills with social justice and introspection. The course that the three instructors teach is held during... 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

Surrey Shows High Spirits at the 2018 Vaisakhi Parade

Hundreds of thousands of people from various cultures and communities gathered in Surrey to celebrate Vaisakhi, the Lower Mainland’s largest annual cultural event on April 21. The festival celebrates the creation of the Khalsa fraternity in 1699, when the tenth Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh, initiated the first Amrit Sanchar (Sikh baptism or initiation) for his... Continue Reading

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