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

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