Instructors Express Concern over Accessibility Barriers Within KPU’s Complaint Filing Policy

KPU’s policy on filing complaints about instruction, services, employees, or university conduct may be fundamentally inaccessible to vulnerable students, according to two concerned faculty members. Also known as policy AD2, the document lays out a series of principles and procedures that must be followed by anyone using it as a framework to file a complaint.... Continue Reading

Activist Group Sikhs for Justice to March on UN for India Independence Day

On India’s Independence Day, which falls on Aug 15, the human rights group Sikhs for Justice will march on the United Nations headquarters in New York to highlight “human rights abuses of Sikhs in [the Indian province of] Punjab by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.” These human rights abuses include the denial of political rights,... Continue Reading

CASA Report Challenges the Idea that Student Voters are Apathetic

A report recently released by a non-partisan, not-for-profit group called the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) explores “what motivates 18-25 year olds leading up to the federal election.” The report addresses the myth that young people are too apathetic to go out and vote. One of its first key findings is that, “contrary to... Continue Reading

News Brief: Kwantlen Student Association Manages Internal Data Breach

The Runner received an anonymous tip that the Kwantlen Student Association had been “attacked by ransomware” and consequently lost “confidential personnel data” on May 31. However, according to KSA Executive Director Ben Newsom and President David Piraquive, there is no evidence to support that such an attack was made against the association in hopes of... Continue Reading

KPU Bids Farewell to Provost and VP Academic Sal Ferrera

After six years of working for the KPU community, KPU Provost and Vice President, Academic Dr. Salvador Ferreras has moved on from the institution. In his place, Dr. Sandy Vanderburgh is now filling the position. Ferreras has been the provost since he was first appointed in 2013. Before that, he served at Vancouver Community College... Continue Reading

KSA Supports CFS Ontario Provincial Court Challenge

In late May, the Canadian Federation of Students launched a court challenge in response to the Ontario government’s proposed Student Choice Initiative, a policy which would categorize particular student fees as “non-essential.” The challenge states that the initiative, which is being backed by Ontario’s Minister of Training Colleges and Universities, “improperly and arbitrarily” designates which... Continue Reading

International Students at KPU Speak Out Against Work Hour Limits

Jobandeep Singh Sandhu, a mechanical engineering student from India, was driving a truck from Montreal to Toronto in December 2017 when he was pulled over and arrested for exceeding a 20-hour work limit placed on international students. A year and a half later, he faced deportation.  A petition was created in an effort to stop... Continue Reading

New Hotline Launched as Part of a National Effort to Combat Human Trafficking

Content warning: this article discusses issues related to sexual violence and assault. Reachable at 1-833-900-1010, a Human Trafficking Hotline was launched by the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking (CCEHT) in early June. The 24-hour hotline is the first of its kind in Canada, and is available in more than 200 languages and dialects. “The... Continue Reading

Netflix Announces Partnership with Indigenous Film Groups in Canada

At the 2019 Banff World Media Festival, Netflix announced a partnership with three Indigenous screen creators: imagineNATIVE, The Indigenous Screen Office, and Wapikoni Mobile. The collaboration is part of a five-year, $25 million fund to help support the “next generation of Canadian creators” in underserved communities, according to Global News.  imagineNATIVE will use this partnership... Continue Reading

Facing Potential Bankruptcy, KPIRG Holds 2019 AGM

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group, an organization formerly funded by KPU students that is dedicated to social and environmental justice, held what may be its last annual general meeting on June 27. Unless the Kwantlen Student Association votes to reinstate the group’s funding in the next few months, KPIRG could be shutting down for... Continue Reading

KPU Senate and Board of Governors Pass Proposal to Reorganize Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement

Correction: The Runner regrets errors made in the previous version of this story. The Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement is not being “discontinued” as reported. KPU’s “Board of Governors and Senate passed a recommendation to retain the governance body of the Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement and re-name it as part of a... Continue Reading

Wilson School of Design Offers the Best Fashion Education in Canada, According to Business of Fashion Magazine

The Wilson School of Design at KPU was recently featured in Business of Fashion magazine’s guide to the top fashion schools around the world, and was even named the “best overall” fashion school in Canada. In addition to being one of only two Canadian schools acknowledged in the guide, the Wilson School also earned badges... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Artist Comments on the Harm Caused by Canada's Knock-off Indigenous Art Market

According to a recent article in The Discourse a study commissioned by the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia in 2010 found that “88 per cent of small Indigenous-themed souvenirs sold in Vancouver, like keychains, stickers and magnets, were created and sold with no participation from Indigenous artists at all.” These knock-off pieces are typically... Continue Reading
As the next step in cracking down on money laundering in British Columbia, government is working with public and private post-secondary institutions to ensure they are not a target for money laundering after being identified as one of several vulnerable sectors. Learn more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019AEST0064-001083

KPU Considers Ending Cash Payments for Tuition Amidst Provincial Concerns of Money Laundering

The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training issued a letter to all post-secondary and private institutions on May 28 asking them to help deter money laundering in the province. The letter includes a request for institutions that accept cash for tuition payments to review their financial policies and submit copies to the Ministry by... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Polytechnic University to Offer Mentorship Program for Former Youth in Care

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is taking steps to bring together former youth in care who make use of the provincial tuition waiver program. Of the 806 former youth in care who are using the waivers in British Columbia, 25 of them are currently studying at KPU according to Laura Vail, Director of Student Success for the... Continue Reading