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KSA to Propose Three-Year Plan, Continuation of Honorariums, and New Internal Committee At Upcoming AGM

Proposals will be discussed at Council meeting on Feb 17 before AGM at the end of March Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor The Kwantlen Student Association is striving to make several changes to their bylaws during their 2017 annual general meeting, tentatively scheduled for March 30. In order to alter the bylaws, at least 200 students... Continue Reading
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KPU’s Environmental Protection Technology Program Receives Official Accreditation

Accreditation means greater access to employment opportunities for students Braden Klassen, Contributor Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Environmental Protection Technology (EPT) program was granted an official accreditation from the Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) organization on Jan. 12. The TAC is a national not-for-profit body that consults with, audits, and oversees the accreditation of engineering technology and applied... Continue Reading
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KSA Hires New Policy and Affairs Coordinator

Nicki Simpson the first to fill the position in six months Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor After nearly six months with the position remaining vacant, the Kwantlen Student Association has hired a new policy and political affairs coordinator, Nicki Simpson. The last policy and political affairs coordinator left in August of 2016 after finding another job... Continue Reading
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KSA Breaks Record for Emergency Aid Funding

Fundraising results in $1800 surplus Joseph Keller, web editor Fundraising efforts in 2016 by the Kwantlen Student Association for the Student Society Emergency Aid Fund and Student Educational Enhancement Fund have not only met their intended target, but surpassed it by nearly $2000. The KSA runs fundraising events throughout the year to fill the $3500... Continue Reading

KSA Legal Fees Increased for BCFS Lawsuit

“Regular preparations” lead to $250,000 allocated for legal spending Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor CORRECTION: We initially reported this story with the Canadian Federation of Students in place of the British Columbia Federation of Students. We apologize for the error. Three years into a legal battle with the British Columbia Federation of Students. the Kwantlen Student Association has increased... Continue Reading
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Collaboration Between KPU and Tech Consortium to Encourage Sustainable Research

The partnership will provide benefits for local businesses and KPU students Small businesses in the Fraser Valley and those in KPU’s Institute for Sustainable Horticulture can look forward to future collaboration between the institute and technology consortium SRTec. The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech is designed to create more jobs and innovation in the... Continue Reading
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Consultation Continue on Surrey’s LRT Project

Light rail transit’s benefits and drawbacks still being debated by residents When the City of Surrey proposed a light rail transit system as its solution to the municipality’s inefficient transportation network seven years ago, it likely didn’t expect to receive such a passionate response. Citizens from the Fraser Valley to North Vancouver have come out... Continue Reading
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KPU, KSA Submit Copies of Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policies

KSA policy officially approved by Council, KPU’s policy still in draft form British Columbia’s sexual violence and misconduct policy, Bill 23, was passed during May of 2016, requiring all provincial post-secondary institutions to create a policy to address and prevent sexual violence and misconduct on-campus. In response, KPU has posted the first draft of its... Continue Reading
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Anti-Fascist Rally in New West Responds to Neo-Nazi Propaganda

Demonstration held after discovery of posters displaying swastikas and racist phrases An anti-fascism rally was held in front of the New Westminster Skytrain station on Sunday, Jan. 29. The rally was staged in response to two pro-Nazi flyers that were found posted at bus stops near the station, as well as the circulation of Ku... Continue Reading

KSA Constituency Representatives Frequently Left Vacant on Council

International, aboriginal, queer, and students of colour rep. positions will all be left unfilled next term In the past several years, the Kwantlen Student Association’s constituency representative positions—meant to represent groups which traditionally face systematic barriers in accessing post-secondary education—have been left vacant with a higher frequency than the faculty or campus rep. positions. Now,... Continue Reading
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KPU Acupuncture Clinic Plans Replaced With Student Placements

Students in the TCM acupuncture program will be placed in professional clinics around the Lower Mainland When KPU’s Acupuncture Diploma program was announced last year, an acupuncture clinic staffed by KPU students was meant to be one of its most important components. Through the clinic, students would be able to gain practical, professional experience. Now,... Continue Reading
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KSA Hopefuls Address Student Concerns at All-Candidates Forum

Candidates in the election made their case before students go to the polls on Feb. 7 & 8 In advance of the Kwantlen Student Association general election, The Runner held an all-candidates forum on Thursday, Feb 2. to give candidates an opportunity to show their students why they are the right people to represent them... Continue Reading
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KSA to Attend Leadership Conference in Oregon

$7000 released for exec. team and others to participate in NWSLC The Kwantlen Student Association approved the release of $7,000, which will cover the cost of student politicians attending February’s Northwest Student Leadership Conference, on Jan. 19. The conference will be held in Portland, Oregon’s Benson Hotel from the 24th to the 26th, and calls... Continue Reading
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Who are the Third Parties?

A look at some potential underdogs in the B.C. election The 41st B.C. general election is scheduled for May 9, and although the Liberals and NDP currently dominate the legislature, there will be 24 other political parties vying for a slice of the pie. These “third parties” have an opportunity to win seats in the... Continue Reading
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Vigil Held at KPU to Honour the Victims of the Quebec City Mosque Attack

Three days after the tragedy that occurred in Quebec on Jan. 29 the KPU community came together to memorialize the victims while rejecting the hateful rhetoric that lead to the act of violence. Students, staff, and other community members packed into the conference centre on KPU’s Surrey campus for the solemn, hour-long vigil. Several students... Continue Reading