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Provincial Health Officer Calls for Decriminalization of Drug Possession

A report published by the Provincial Health Office entitled Stopping the Harm: Decriminalization of People who Use Drugs in B.C. calls for the possession of illicit drugs to be decriminalized in British Columbia. The report, which was released on April 24, offers a comprehensive argument for how decriminalization is likely to benefit public health in... Continue Reading

Nursing is Now Considered a Profession with Presumed Mental Injury

A recent article in The Star Vancouver explains that nurses in B.C. have been added to the list of occupations with a “presumption of workplace mental injury.” This means that they will more easily be able to access services and compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder and other ailments they sustain while at work. Christine Sorensen,... Continue Reading

Metro Vancouver Seeks Long-Term Transit Investment from Ottawa

Representatives from the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation gathered with federal party members and leaders to discuss securing government funding for transit expansion projects in Ottawa earlier this month. As part of “Transit Day on the Hill”, the Mayors’ Council representatives met with members from all parties—including NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party leader... Continue Reading

KSA Still Not Posting Meeting Minutes Online

The Kwantlen Student Association has failed to post transcribed records from its past five meetings of council, its annual general meeting in March, and several committee meetings, including weekly executive committee meetings. KSA minutes are kept on the association’s website, and are supposed to be updated shortly after they are approved by vote at subsequent... Continue Reading

University of New Brunswick Prof. Conducts Study on Student Homelessness

As post-secondary education becomes increasingly important for Canadians entering the job market, a surprisingly high number of them are being forced to choose between earning a degree and having a place to call home. According to a 2016 report called Without a Home: The National Youth Homeless Survey conducted by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness,... Continue Reading

KSA Refocuses on Environmentalism through Updated Sustainability Policy

With the intention of ramping up its commitment to environmental sustainability and social justice, the Kwantlen Student Association has updated its sustainability policy for the first time since the document was passed in June 2014. The sustainability policy is designed to inform the association’s decisions and operations in a way that prioritizes environmental sustainability through... Continue Reading

The Committee of the Kwantlen People Plan Democracy-Themed Lecture Series

After sharing a petition that called upon the council and hereditary chief of the Kwantlen First Nation to begin moving towards a democratic system of government, the Committee of the Kwantlen People began planning a series of lectures about democracy to be held at the Kwantlen First Nation Cultural Centre in May. The Committee of... Continue Reading

KPU Welcomes Incoming Provost and VP Academic Dr. Sandy Vanderburgh

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has announced that Dr. Sandy Vanderburgh will begin serving as the university’s incoming provost in May, and will be fully taking over the position when current Provost and VP Academic Sal Ferreras transitions out of it on July 1. After earning his PhD from SFU, Vanderburgh worked as a sessional geography instructor... Continue Reading

Experts and Politicians Discuss Whether Vancouver Should Become a Megacity

Citizens from around the Lower Mainland gathered at SFU’s downtown campus on April 2 to discuss whether Vancouver should become a megacity. Through this process, Vancouver would amalgamate all of the municipalities in the Metro Vancouver area to become one city under a central government. As one would expect, there are many benefits and drawbacks... Continue Reading

After Four Years, KPU’s Beekeeping Program is Still Buzzing Along

After 52 years as a beekeeper, John Gibeau saw an opportunity to create a commercial beekeeping program that would help meet British Columbia’s need for honey bee pollinators. He began working with Kwantlen Polytechnic University to develop it after founding Surrey’s Honey Bee Centre in 2000. The program not only teaches students how to keep... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Student Association Elects new Executives and President

For the first time following the KSA general election in February, the student association’s new council met together on KPU’s Surrey campus to sign their oaths of office and to choose who would occupy the KSA’s four executive positions for the next year. The new councillors were also briefed on meeting rules and procedures and... Continue Reading

Predatory Journals Can Wreak Havoc a Student’s Wallet and Tarnish their Professional Reputation

For many students, getting a paper published in an academic journal can be a crucial step in furthering their education, particularly if they are planning on continuing into a competitive post-graduation program. This tends to put a lot of pressure on students to submit their work to peer-reviewed publications, which can unfortunately lead to some... Continue Reading
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Kootenay MP Calls for the Elimination of Federal Student Loan Interest

The B.C. government’s recent budget revealed that interest on provincial student loans is being eliminated, which will save students an average of $2,300 over the course of earning their degree. B.C. joins Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I. as the only provinces that offer interest-free loans, and while the decision is being celebrated by local students,... Continue Reading
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KSA Members Voice Concern About Online Access to KPU Senate Meeting Recordings

During a KSA Council meeting on Feb. 27, members of the student association expressed concerns that recordings of KPU Senate meetings had been made private. They are now accessible only through SharePoint, an online database and platform which can only be used by staff, faculty, and administration. Students and members of the public will now... Continue Reading

Music Students Continue to Make Noise for the Future of Their Endangered Program

In protest of the suspension of intake into Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s music program, students took to Spirit Square to express their outrage and fight for a reversal of the administration’s decision. They were joined by friends, parents, alumni, community members, and applicants who had been hoping to enroll in the program before the suspension was... Continue Reading