Liberals reform electoral reform committee

Members are still in research stage, says Aldag During last year’s federal election campaign, both the NDP and the Liberals promised that it would be the last time the outcome was decided via first-past-the-post. Earlier this month, the Liberals altered the way they’re going about making changes to the voting system. The committee first had... Continue Reading

The Drawbacks of Bill 23

Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act’s negative aspects With the passing of the BC Legislature’s Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act—Bill 23—comes several comparisons between it and Ontario’s anti-sexual violence policy. The province’s “action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment” is admirably comprehensive, designed with consultation between government and students over a long period... Continue Reading
Mourners take flowers, candles to lay before Cedar memorial (Tristan Johnston)

KPU students hold vigil for LGBT community

Over 80 students, faculty, gather to pay respects for those lost in Sunday’s nightclub shooting in Orlando. KPU students gathered, Thursday, to pay respects to the 49 dead and 53 injured in at LGBT-friendly nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida. Pride Kwantlen in association with the Kwantlen Student Association had organized the vigil in the Cedar... Continue Reading

Is Enrolment Declining at KPU?

Provost Salvador Ferreras speaks out on how and why enrolment is slowing at KPU Over the past half-decade, there has been a 5 per cent enrolment decrease in domestic full-time equivalent courses (FTE’s) at KPU, with one fifth of that accumulating over the past year. However, KPU Provost Dr. Salvador Ferreras deems that number “a... Continue Reading

Inspiring Voices, Inspiring Change symposium educates against domestic abuse

Abuse prevention toolkits designed by KPU students presented at event On the day that Rome university student Sara Di Pietrantonio is burned to death by her ex-boyfriend, Deltassist acting executive director Julie Chadwick reminds the public of the importance of domestic abuse awareness. “Understand that this is not a single community issue. This is a... Continue Reading

Minimum Guaranteed Income resolution passes at Liberal Party Convention

Federal and provincial governments agree to discuss possibility of basic income Minimum guaranteed income, or basic income, is defined as, “an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement” by the Basic Income Earth Network. Under Canada’s previous Conservative government, the idea of minimum guaranteed income was out... Continue Reading

Students Volunteer for Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Event held at Serpentine Greenway June 8 by Sustainable KSA On a rainy Wednesday afternoon, ten volunteers gather at the Serpentine Greenway for Sustainable KSA’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The Kwantlen Student Association’s Sustainability Coordinator, Mairi Lester, hands out gloves, pincers, and garbage bags shortly before the group splits in half to tidy opposite sides... Continue Reading

KSA aims to improve future student senate and board of governors elections

Organization suggests there are improvements to be made The Kwantlen Student Association is looking to take on the university-run senate and board of governor elections at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. KSA Council’s recently adopted policy expresses the student association’s aim to take over student representative election duties for the university’s highest decision-making bodies. Students are currently... Continue Reading

Surrey Board of Trade’s Top 25 Under 25 Event Acknowledges Exceptional Youth

Four KPU students received awards for their achievements For the sixth consecutive year, the Surrey Board of Trade handed out their Top 25 Under 25 awards to some of the city’s youngest, brightest entrepreneurs, four of whom were students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Saghi Ahmadi, Taylor Byrom, Sukhjiven Gill, and Parabjot Kaur Singh each received... Continue Reading

KPU awards honourary degrees to remarkable recipients

A mathematician, an arbitrator, and a manufacturer walk into a university… On May 31 Kanwal Singh Neel, a retired mathematics educator, received his honourary degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Neel continues to offer his expertise to SFU’s Friends of Simon Tutoring Program, which is dedicated to training university students as literacy tutors for immigrants and... Continue Reading

Senate student election results still not available

Issue pending review in June Over a month has passed since new student representatives were elected to the Kwantlen Polytechnic University board of governors, but the results for new student senators still remain unavailable. Zena Mitchell, KPU’s chief returning officer, is withholding the results until they can be validated in the midst of a “potential... Continue Reading

Grassroots Cafe to be renovated this summer

Students can expect a more welcoming space, efficient seating, and local beer This summer, the Grassroots Cafe is getting its first makeover in 10 years. According to the primary organizer behind the renovations, Kwantlen Student Association vice president of student services Tanvir Singh, the goal is to make the space “more inviting” for students by... Continue Reading

KSA Requests Vancity Loan for SUB Construction

The loan will provide $15-million for the project Kwantlen Polytechnic University will have a brand-new student union building on the Surrey campus by 2018, and the Kwantlen Student Association has just submitted a loan application to Vancity to fund its construction. A student referendum in 2009 led to the introduction of the Student Union Building... Continue Reading

Online courses just got personal

KPU professor creates a “SPOC” for students with unpredictable schedules Kwantlen Polytechnic University instructor David Burns is aiming to make higher education easier for full-time workers, parents, and students travelling abroad. He created his own Small Private Online Course (SPOC) to teach his Education 1100 classes. Where most current online courses are Massive Open Online... Continue Reading

Open textbooks mean money saved for KPU psychology students

Faculty to incorporate free resources in exchange for traditional textbooks Canada’s first open textbook project is coming to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s psychology department this summer, enabling students to save tens of thousands of dollars on fees. For the individual student, that amounts to hundreds of dollars spared out-of-pocket every year. The project is managed by... Continue Reading