The KPIRG office at 7380 King George Blvd. in Surrey. The group has been renting out space off-campus since 2016. (Braden Klassen)
The KPIRG office at 7380 King George Blvd. in Surrey. The group has been renting out space off-campus since 2016. (Braden Klassen)

Despite a Hold on KPIRG’s Funding, the Lawsuit Against Its Founder May Still Go to Court

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group’s current legal dispute with founder Richard Hossein is currently on hold following the Kwantlen Student Association’s revocation of its autonomy agreement. KPIRG Director-at-Large Simon Massey says that he and his team chose not to serve papers to Hossein to initiate a lawsuit against him as they had suspected that... Continue Reading
Student debt is wack. (pixabay)
Student debt is wack. (pixabay)

CFS Launches Campaign to Abolish Interest Rates on Student Loans

The Canadian Federation of Students is launching a campaign called “Not In Our Interest” to urge the federal government to eliminate interest rates on the Canada Student Loans Program. According to the CFS website, Canadian students currently owe $28 billion in debt to all levels of government, and the federal government alone is slated to... Continue Reading
KPU Provost Salvador Ferreras gestures during a presentation of Vision 2023 at a KPU Senate meeting, May 28. (Braden Klassen)
KPU Provost Salvador Ferreras gestures during a presentation of Vision 2023 at a KPU Senate meeting, May 28. (Braden Klassen)

KPU Senate Approves Final Version of Vision 2023

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is in the process of finalizing its next five-year academic plan. KPU Provost and VP Academic Salvador Ferreras presented a summary of the plan at the KPU Senate meeting on May 28. The plan, which is accompanied by a document called Vision 2023, will provide the guiding principles and policies for the... Continue Reading
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Canadian Student Organizations Release Joint Publication on Campus Sexual Violence

While sexual violence can occur to anyone in any place, students are particularly vulnerable to such behaviour while on campus. To address this problem, the B.C. government passed Bill 23, which requires all post-secondary institutions in the province to implement policies that prevent and respond to instances of sexual assault. Colleges and universities had until... Continue Reading
Since 2012, students have been able to freely use limited amounts of copyrighted material for educational purposes. Advocates worry that the current review of the Copyright Act could change or remove this exemption. (Braden Klassen)
Since 2012, students have been able to freely use limited amounts of copyrighted material for educational purposes. Advocates worry that the current review of the Copyright Act could change or remove this exemption. (Braden Klassen)

Canadian Alliance of Student Associations Worries Making Changes to Fair Dealing Could Cost Students

Student advocates are concerned that a current review of the Copyright Act could negatively affect Canadian students’ access to affordable educational materials. The Copyright Act of Canada is the overarching legal framework that Canada’s copyright law is based on. It ensures that content creators are compensated for their work and gives them opportunities to control... Continue Reading
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The Threat of Climate Change Looms Over Canadian Farmers

A statement issued by the Senate of Canada last month foreshadows a damning future for Canadian farmers facing climate change. Members of the Senate’s agriculture committee, who wrote the release, heard from farmers, academics, and other industry experts who stated that farmers and foresters across Canada will have to adapt to a slew of problems... Continue Reading
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KPU Again Deemed One of Canada’s Greenest Employers

Less than a week before this year’s Earth Day, Mediacorp Inc. published a list of the “greenest employers in Canada.” Along with the City of Vancouver and the University of Toronto, Kwantlen Polytechnic University once again earned a top place on the list. According to its website, Mediacorp is the “nation’s largest publisher of quality... Continue Reading
Members of Surrey City Council and KSA President Caitlin McCutchen pose in front of the LRT vehicle showcase. (Submitted)
Members of Surrey City Council and KSA President Caitlin McCutchen pose in front of the LRT vehicle showcase. (Submitted)

Surrey Launches New LRT Vehicle Showcase

The City of Surrey is now displaying a prototype of the light rail transit vehicle that will be used as part of its proposed rapid transit plan. In the first phase of the project, the LRT rail routes—which will connect to the Surrey Central and King George SkyTrain stations—will travel South to Newton Exchange and... Continue Reading
Janet Austin poses for a photo after receiving an honorary degree from KPU. (kpu.ca)

B.C.’s New Lieutenant Governor is a KPU Community Member

British Columbia’s newest lieutenant governor, Janet Austin, was sworn in on April 24 during a ceremony in Victoria, B.C. As the province’s 30th lieutenant governor, Austin has long been a community activist and social advocate. Kwantlen Polytechnic University recognized her work with the community in 2013 by awarding her an honorary doctorate degree. “It has... Continue Reading
KSA President, VP External and Women's Rep. Caitlin McCutchen. (Ashley Hyshka)
KSA President, VP External and Women's Rep. Caitlin McCutchen. (Ashley Hyshka)

KSA President to Take a Feminist Approach to New Term

As Caitlin McCutchen settles into her first term as Kwantlen Student Association president, she brings with her plenty of ideas for how to improve life at KPU, particularly for female-identifying students. McCutchen recently travelled to Victoria to meet with local MLAs, including Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark. They discussed KPU’s Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy,... Continue Reading
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Kwantlen Student Association Votes to Revoke KPIRG’s Funding

Story updated at May 17, 1:20pm. As a result of the allegations of fraud that the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group made against its founder and former employee, the Kwantlen Student Association has voted to revoke and hold the funding they collect from students on KPIRG’s behalf. The KSA believes that the alleged fraud—totalling approximately... Continue Reading
Murdoch de Mooy has been involved with the KSA for a couple years (Braden Klassen)

KPU Elects New Senate and Board of Governors

The results of the spring election for Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Senate and Board of Governors have been released, with new faculty, students, and support staff preparing to begin their terms in September. For faculty positions on the Senate, David Burns and Robert Dearle were chosen to represent the Faculty of Arts. Carlos Calao is representing... Continue Reading
(Alyssa Laube)

Kimberly McMartin Kept Fighting for KPU Students

Five years ago, Kimberly McMartin ran for her first position in the Kwantlen Student Association. Shortly after, she came to know about the students with disabilities seat on Council and, once voted in, embarked on what would become a long endeavour to make KPU a more accessible and inclusive place to study. “I’m a student... Continue Reading

KPU Consults Students for Vision 2023

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s administration is currently working on an academic plan to shape what the institution should look like by 2023. To this end, representatives from the university’s senate has been surveying students both online and in-person on each of KPU’s four campuses. The results of the surveying will be used to form Vision 2023,... Continue Reading

Will the Next Vancouver Mayor Please Stand Up?

On Jan. 10, Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson announced that he would not seek a fifth term as mayor in the upcoming election. Throughout his term, Robertson will be remembered by his peers and the public for his commitment to serving the City of Vancouver. However, he has dropped the ball on a number of political... Continue Reading