Joseph Thorpe Elected New President of the KSA

Members of the Kwantlen Student Association’s executive committee elected a new president on Dec. 11, less than two weeks after former president Caitlin McCutchen resigned citing personal reasons. Joseph Thorpe is now president of the KSA, and is continuing to serve as in his previous capacities as Vice President Finance and Operations and Queer Representative.... Continue Reading

Former Youth in Care Make Good Use of B.C.’s Tuition Waiver Program

Following the B.C. government’s decision to waive tuition fees for former youth in care at post-secondary institutions, ex-foster kids have been flocking towards colleges and universities across the province. According to The Province, there are currently 687 students in B.C. who are utilising the tuition waivers, compared to the 189 documented in 2017. Laura Vail,... Continue Reading

KSA President Caitlin McCutchen Resigns

At a meeting of council on Nov. 30, Kwantlen Student Association President and VP External Caitlin McCutchen announced that she would be resigning from her position. Following her announcement, council voted to elect David Piraquive—current arts representative and former vice-president student life—to replace McCutchen as VP External. Indigenous Students Representative Sarah Strachan was elected as... Continue Reading

KSA President and Indigenous Rep. Attend CFS National Meeting

Relations have been tense between the Kwantlen Student Association and the Canadian Federation of Students in recent years, primarily due to the KSA’s long-held intention to leave the federal advocacy group out of dissatisfaction with its services. While the KSA has in the past tried to defederate, it has ultimately failed, and is now one... Continue Reading

Eliminating MSP Premiums Could Lead to B.C. Subsidizing International Students’ Health-Care

In February of this year, the BC NDP announced that it would be eliminating Medical Service Plan premiums entirely, after cutting them by 50 per cent in January. By 2020, British Columbians will no longer have to pay the premium, which the government says could save individuals $900 and families up to $1,800 per year.... Continue Reading

Researchers Work with the Community to Address Causes of Youth Violence in Surrey

Surrey residents have been vocal about their desire to end gang-related and youth violence for years. In late October, two teens were stabbed a few blocks away from Guildford Park Secondary School. This attack followed a high-profile shooting in June that left two teenagers dead and led to a rally at city hall calling the... Continue Reading

KPU Criminology Instructor Comments on Surrey’s Transition to Municipal Police Force

The Surrey City Council, led by newly elected mayor Doug McCallum and the Safe Surrey Coalition, has vowed to fulfil its election promise by ending the city’s contract with the RCMP in favour of a soon-to-be-created municipal police force. The process of doing this, according to RCMP Governance & Accountability policy, should take two years... Continue Reading

University of Regina Begins Offering Fall Reading Break

Offered for the first time this November, students at the University of Regina enjoyed a week-long respite from classes as part of a fall reading break. According to U of R Registrar Jim D’Arcy, a holiday from Nov. 7 to Nov.  13 was added to the fall semester as part of a mental health initiative... Continue Reading

KSA Previews Draft Budget for 2019

At a council meeting held on Oct. 26, the Kwantlen Student Association reviewed the preliminary details for their 2019 budget. KSA VP of Finance and Operations Joseph Thorpe presented the draft budget to council, indicating a few of the changes made so far and speaking about what students can expect to see from the association’s... Continue Reading

Proposal for Bachelor’s of General Studies Degree Passes KPU Senate

By 2020, Kwantlen Polytechnic University may be accepting students for its first Bachelor’s degree in general studies, the concept for which was endorsed by the university’s Senate at the end of October. Separate from the Bachelor of Arts, Major in General Studies degree that’s already being offered, the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) is specifically... Continue Reading

KSA Passes New Bylaws at Special General Meeting

The Kwantlen Student Association is set to implement a new set of bylaws after its members voted to approve them at a special general meeting held on Nov. 14. KSA directors, staff, and START volunteers were present on both the Surrey and Richmond campuses to help register and count KPU students for the vote. Food... Continue Reading

The Canadian Federation of University Women Celebrates 100 Years of Female Empowerment

The Canadian Federation of University Women is a group of over 8,400 Canadians dedicated to improving the lives of women through the pursuit of higher education. “CFUW is the largest affiliate of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), the leading girls’ and women’s global organization run by and for women, advocating for women’s rights,... Continue Reading

New Poll Finds that Canadians Don’t Know About the Women Who Shaped their History

As part of women’s history month, Historica Canada published an article which states that approximately 55 per cent of Canadians are uninformed about the accomplishments of Canadian women. Of the roughly 1,000 Canadians aged 18 or over who were surveyed, many were unable to pass a test about the role of women in Canadian politics,... Continue Reading

Efforts to Preserve Indigenous Languages are Growing in Canada

Of the roughly 70 Indigenous languages spoken in Canada, all 34 found in British Columbia are currently endangered. Recently, however, a movement to preserve these languages has been gaining significant momentum, inspiring the B.C. government to commit $50 million towards that effort over the next three years. Although this has been recognized by the First... Continue Reading

LGBTQ+ Students Have Higher Student Loan Debt than Average

A recent poll conducted by Forum Research shows that 48 per cent of the LGBTQ+ community left post-secondary education with up to $10,000 in debt. This means that their debt is on average more than 15 per cent higher than the rest of the student and recent graduate population. “It’s interesting to note that almost... Continue Reading