KSA Hires Several New Staff Members for the Fall Semester

Over the summer, the Kwantlen Student Association has embarked on a mission to fill multiple vacancies on staff. The positions which have been filled are for the Policy and Political Affairs Coordinator and Clubs and Outreach Coordinator. The Sustainability Coordinator and MultiPass Program Coordinator positions are currently occupied but will be immediately filled by new... Continue Reading

KPU Plows Ahead with Research Farm Lab Project

The Garden City Lands in Richmond will now be home to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s new teaching and research farm and seed lab. The project has received a total of $1.68 million in funding from the provincial and federal governments, as well as organic seed industry partners and fundraisers. The B.C. Knowledge Development Fund and the... Continue Reading

KPU Surrey’s Spruce Building Will Be Ready for Students this Fall

After much anticipation, renovations to the Surrey campus’s Spruce building will be complete in time for classes to be held there this fall. Spruce is a 27-year-old building behind Fir that has long been home to arts and science courses in Surrey. Early last year, the Government of Canada contributed $7.3 million to the renovations... Continue Reading
Wayne Davis, former 17 year veteran of the RCMP who was affected by the LGBTQ Purge says the federal government's formal apology and recent settlement has helped bring closure to those affected, himself included (submitted).

Victims of “LGBT Purge” Receive Justice and Closure Decades Later

In the spring of 1986, a 17-year veteran of the RCMP named Wayne Davis was called into his superior’s office and asked point blank why he was recently seen in a gay bar. Despite the RCMP’s zero-tolerance policy against homosexuality, Davis responded that he was there because he is a gay man. Afterwards, when he... Continue Reading
KPIRG Director Simon Massey takes the mic to adjourn the special general meeting. (Alyssa Laube)
KPIRG Director Simon Massey takes the mic to adjourn the special general meeting. (Alyssa Laube)

KPIRG Unable to Update Bylaws at SGM on July 24

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group was unable to meet the 50-member quorum needed to proceed with its special general meeting on July 24. As a result, KPIRG could not adopt proposed changes to its bylaws that would allow the group to function more efficiently following the Kwantlen Student Association’s decision to withhold its funding.... Continue Reading
Newly elected ABCS members Joseph Thorpe, Director of Finance and Operations, Noah Berson, Chairperson, and Caitlin McCutchen, Director of Research and Campaigns. (ABCS)
Newly elected ABCS members Joseph Thorpe, Director of Finance and Operations, Noah Berson, Chairperson, and Caitlin McCutchen, Director of Research and Campaigns. (ABCS)

KSA Executives Elected to Positions in the Alliance of BC Students

Kwantlen Student Association President and VP External Caitlin McCutchen and VP Finance & Operations Joseph Thorpe have been elected into two positions in the Alliance of BC Students. McCutchen will be serving as the Alliance’s director of campaigns, taking over from Graduate Society of UBC member Hanna Murray. Thorpe will be filling the position of... Continue Reading
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Provincial Government Allocates Additional Funding for Students with Disabilities

Provincial Government Allocates Additional Funding for Students with Disabilities KPU will receive $75,000 for the creation and improvement of relevant programs Marcus Barichello, Contributor The B.C. government recently announced an additional $1.5 million in funding for assisting students with cognitive, mental, or physical disabilities. The money will be split among 20 post-secondary institutions, each receiving... Continue Reading
Three modular housing sites have been opened for previously homeless residents from the Surrey Strip. (Ashley Hyshka).
Three modular housing sites have been opened for previously homeless residents from the Surrey Strip. (Ashley Hyshka).

New Modular Housing Project Offers Shelter to Surrey’s Homeless

A joint effort by the City of Surrey, BC Housing, Fraser Health, and various non-profits has ensured that members of the homeless population living along Surrey’s 135a Street will now have a warm place to call home. Between June 18 and 21, residents from the tent city along 135a Street and neighbouring shelters were moved... Continue Reading
Former KSA General Manager Jeremy McElroy delivers an opening address at the KSA's 2018 Annual General Meeting. (Joseph Keller)
Former KSA General Manager Jeremy McElroy delivers an opening address at the KSA's 2018 Annual General Meeting. (Joseph Keller)

KSA Bids Farewell to Executive Director

After six years of serving KPU students as the general manager and executive director of the Kwantlen Student Association, Jeremy McElroy has transitioned out of the society. McElroy got involved with the KSA in 2012 and has worked with seven different executive committees since then. He was previously instrumental in implementing the KPU Multipass Program... Continue Reading
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Bill C-45 Passes Senate as KPU Ramps Up its Cannabis Training Programs

Bill C-45, which legalizes recreational cannabis use in Canada, passed through the Senate on June 20 with a vote of 52-29. With legalization slated to begin on October 17, this historic end to what has been called “90 years of prohibition” coincides conveniently with the expansion of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s cannabis programs. David Purcell, KPU’s... Continue Reading
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KSA Executives Report Disappointment in CFS National Meeting

From June 9 to 12, executive members of the Kwantlen Student Association attended the Canadian Federation of Students’ 71st semi-annual national general meeting in Gatineau, Québec. The CFS, which is comprised of 64 student unions representing roughly half a million students across Canada, advocates for accessibility to education and supports students through various campaigns and... Continue Reading
Trinity Western University has been involved in a number of legal disputes that stem from their implementation of a covenant agreement that is mandatory for students to sign. (Braden Klassen)

Supreme Court of Canada Rules Against Trinity Western Law School

On June 15, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor of the law societies of B.C. and Ontario, confirming the societies’ right to deny accreditation to Trinity Western University’s proposed law school due to its lack of accessibility for all students. At the heart of the controversy is TWU’s mandatory community covenant. The covenant... Continue Reading
A student harvests beets at KPU's Tsawwassen First Nation Farming School in Delta, Aug. 25, 2016. (Tommy Nguyen)
A student harvests beets at KPU's Tsawwassen First Nation Farming School in Delta, Aug. 25, 2016. (Tommy Nguyen)

Richmond Farm School Plants New Roots for the 2018 Season

The City of Richmond has struggled recently with how to best use its acres of farmable land. While the debate rages on, KPU’s Richmond Farm School has begun focusing on its own solution to the problem. For its 2018 semester, the school has been redesigned to focus on small-scale urban farming to meet the needs... Continue Reading
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Report From Inclusion BC Sheds Light on Disturbing Treatment of Special Needs Students

School is typically seen as a safe haven for children. Tragically, that may not be the case for some special needs students across the province, according to a recent report from advocacy group Inclusion BC “Stop Hurting Kids II” follows up on a report originally published in 2013. The data was collected through widespread surveying... Continue Reading
KPU VP Finance & Operations Joseph Thorpe. (kusa.ca)
KPU VP Finance & Operations Joseph Thorpe. (kusa.ca)

KSA Donates $221,000 to Endowed Student Awards

Students applying for awards or bursaries can expect to have a little more help coming their way starting this year. The Kwantlen Student Association has given $221,000 for funding scholarships, bursaries, and grants to the KPU Foundation. After making the donation, the KSA stated in a press release that it was a means of giving... Continue Reading