UNBC Student Publishes Open Letter Urging Engagement with Student Politics

It turns out that the University of Northern British Columbia, like KPU, has a hard time fostering student engagement. Last month, outgoing member of the Northern Undergraduate Student Society, Seth Jex, published an open letter critiquing his university’s student body—a student body that is willing to campaign for divestment, or with unions, or against the... Continue Reading

Giants Fall to Royals in First Round

The Vancouver Giants’ first playoff run in four years came to a heartbreaking early end in round one against the Victoria Royals. The series was as close as they come, with both teams’ goal totals tied at 25 at the end of seven hard fought games. “We played well. We could easily be on the... Continue Reading

Celebrating the Ninth International Transgender Day of Visibility

Members of the trans community recently marked the ninth annual International Transgender Day of Visibility. Celebrated on March 31, the day encourages people to recognize the lives of transgender people and speak up about discrimination still endured by the community. For Morgane Oger, executive director of the Morgane Oger Foundation and a vice-president of the... Continue Reading

KPIRG’s Autonomy Agreement with the KSA Could be at Risk

Following a Kwantlen Student Association Council meeting on April 6, newly elected President Caitlin McCutchen said that she is currently unable to confirm whether or not the KSA is planning to take steps towards defunding KPIRG in response to the alleged fraud committed by KPIRG founder and former staff member Richard Hossein. “We have the... Continue Reading

New KSA Executive Team Elected

It’s the start of a new era at the Kwantlen Student Association. A freshly-elected executive team took the reigns at the start of April and will be leading the KSA for the next year-long term. The association’s Womens Representative and Vice President External Caitlin McCutchen is succeeding Tanvir Singh as KSA President. Arts Representative David... Continue Reading

City of Surrey Unveils State-of-the-Art Biofuel Plant

Surrey is undertaking a unique initiative by using discarded biomatter in green bins as renewable fuel. As part of the effort to be more environmentally sustainable, the city recently opened the Surrey Biofuel Facility, a $68 million plant located in Port Kells Industrial Park. Food scraps and garden waste, which are collected once a week... Continue Reading

KPU Board of Governors Votes to Raise International Student Tuition by 15 Per Cent

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Board of Governors has voted to approve a 15 per cent increase to the price of tuition for incoming international students. University President Alan Davis says that the price increase is a necessary measure to maintain the university’s quality of service to international students. However, the decision has been met with anger... Continue Reading

Questions of Lost Money, Alleged Fraud Dominate KPIRG AGM

While the primary purposes of the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group’s annual general meeting were for the society to review their year, vote in new board members, and update members on future plans, questions relating to recent fraud allegations against founder and former administrative coordinator Richard Hossein dominated the meeting. The AGM, held in the... Continue Reading

Candidates Announced for Student Seats on KPU’s Senate and Board of Governors

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has announced this year’s candidates for student representatives on its senate and board of governors. Those who hold these positions will represent the voices of KPU students on two of the university’s most important governing bodies. This year, there are six students vying for four senate spots and five students looking to... Continue Reading
From left to right: KPIRG Directors Jagdeep Mangat, Simon Massey, and Raqiya Khan at KPIRG's annual general meeting. (Tristan Johnston)

Details on Hossein Lawsuit Revealed Following KPIRG AGM

with files from Tristan Johnston, Contributor  While the case between the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group and Richard Hossein remains in its earliest stages, some affiliated with KPIRG are opening up about what happened with approximately $112,000 in allegedly misappropriated funds collected from its membership. They have also divulged what they are doing now to address... Continue Reading

KSA Fail to Meet Quorum Necessary to Change Bylaws at 2018 AGM

Despite making a significant effort to draw in students, the Kwantlen Student Association did not reach the quorum of 200 student voters necessary to update the association’s bylaws at its annual general meeting on March 27. “I think this is a lesson to the KSA that we need all hands on deck and we need... Continue Reading

KPU Institute for Sustainable Food Systems Finds that B.C. Farmland is Underutilized

Farmland in B.C. is going to waste under current provincial policies, according to a white paper recently released by Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS). The ISFS has spent the past 11 months creating a comprehensive document titled Protection is Not Enough: Policy Precedents to Increase the Agricultural Use of British Columbia’s... Continue Reading

Surrey RCMP Visit Schools to Help Keep Kids Out of Gangs

The RCMP’s Surrey Gang Enforcement Team has been delivering presentations to school communities in Surrey that aim to educate students—particularly those in grades six and seven—about the hazards of getting involved with criminal gangs. The outreach initiative, Shattering the Image, was started in the fall of 2017 to dispel the myth that gang activity is... Continue Reading

KPU to Offer Retail Cannabis Consultant Certificate Program

The days of buying a dimebag from your friend’s apartment are over. Marketing and selling cannabis in Canada is rapidly changing under new legal frameworks, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University is committed to being engaged in the future of budtending. This spring, the university is developing a program to prepare future cannabis retail workers for selling... Continue Reading

Playoff Primer: Giants Face Tough Test Against Victoria Royals

The only playoff hockey in Metro Vancouver this year will be played in Langley. The Vancouver Giants are on their way to their first playoff appearance in four years after wrapping up the regular season with a double header against the first-in-the-west Kelowna Rockets. The Giants will face the Victoria Royals in the first round,... Continue Reading