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Kootenay MP Calls for the Elimination of Federal Student Loan Interest

The B.C. government’s recent budget revealed that interest on provincial student loans is being eliminated, which will save students an average of $2,300 over the course of earning their degree. B.C. joins Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I. as the only provinces that offer interest-free loans, and while the decision is being celebrated by local students,... Continue Reading
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KSA Members Voice Concern About Online Access to KPU Senate Meeting Recordings

During a KSA Council meeting on Feb. 27, members of the student association expressed concerns that recordings of KPU Senate meetings had been made private. They are now accessible only through SharePoint, an online database and platform which can only be used by staff, faculty, and administration. Students and members of the public will now... Continue Reading

Music Students Continue to Make Noise for the Future of Their Endangered Program

In protest of the suspension of intake into Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s music program, students took to Spirit Square to express their outrage and fight for a reversal of the administration’s decision. They were joined by friends, parents, alumni, community members, and applicants who had been hoping to enroll in the program before the suspension was... Continue Reading

Students Campaign in Advance of Board of Governors Election

This April, KPU students will elect representatives to the two seats available on the university’s Board of Governors. The campaign period began on March 11 and the election will run from April 8 at 8:00 a.m. to April 11 at 4:00 p.m. Students can cast their votes online by visiting the election website at engage.kpu.ca,... Continue Reading

KPIRG Unable to Meet Quorum at 2019 AGM

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group opened the nomination period for its board of directors at the beginning of March and closed it on March 19. Two returning directors, Simon Massey and Jagdeep Mangat, ran unopposed. On March 29, KPIRG held its annual general meeting in order to elect the new board and to approve... Continue Reading

KSA Presents Annual Report at AGM, Passes SUB Debenture Approval

The Kwantlen Student Association presented its yearly report at the society’s annual general meeting on Tuesday, March 19. Executive Director Ben Newsom’s report covered a variety of yearly updates on topics such as campaigning and advocacy efforts, student services, progress toward building a student union building, and the KSA’s audited financial statements from 2018. The... Continue Reading

Manager of Indigenous Services for Students to Vacate His Position on March 29

Len Pierre, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s manager of Indigenous services for students and member of the Katzie Nation, is leaving his position to become the cultural safety coordinator for the Fraser Health Authority. His last day at KPU is March 29. Pierre, who has only been with the university for five months, says that he wasn’t... Continue Reading

Kwantlen First Nation Hereditary Chief Responds to Petition Calling for New System of Government

  Thirty-one members of the Kwantlen First Nation, which allegedly totals more than 50 per cent of the voting-age adult population living on the reserve, submitted a petition to the Kwantlen hereditary chief and band council on March 8. Entitled “a Declaration of the Kwantlen People”, the petition calls for a new system of government... Continue Reading

New Zed Cred Program Announced for Open Education Week

KPU has added the Associate of Arts in General Studies to its growing list of Zed Cred programs, making it the third program at the university that consists entirely of courses which come with zero textbook costs. KPU is the leading school in B.C. for offering Zed Cred programs. The first began in 2017 as... Continue Reading

Posters Advertising KPU Student’s Study on Consent Draw Criticism

A KPU Psychology student’s study about consensual but unwanted sexual activity is set to be finalized in April and has been submitted to the Society of the Scientific Study of Sexuality, with the hopes of being presented in November. “We believe it’s a very important study,” says Dr. Cory Pedersen, the Chair of the Faculty... Continue Reading

Recent KSA Election “Marred with Numerous Accusations of Candidates Flouting the Rules”

According to a report filed by KSA Chief Returning Officer Ron Laufer on Feb. 28, the KSA’s February election “was marred with numerous accusations of candidates flouting the rules and procedures of the election process.” “Many of the accusations made are difficult to prove, but can substantially erode confidence in the elections,” Laufer wrote in... Continue Reading

Pilot Project Helps Visible Minority Newcomer Women Find Jobs in Canada

The Canadian government recently announced a project that will allocate $31.8 million over three years to help visible minority newcomer women in Canada. According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), “visible minority newcomer women may face multiple barriers to success, including gender and race-based discrimination, precarious or low income employment, lack of affordable childcare,... Continue Reading

KPU Music Students and Faculty Members Continue to Fight Cuts from the University

When news broke that Kwantlen Polytechnic University was suspending intake for its music program as part of an effort to reduce course offerings for the 2019-20 fiscal year, students and faculty responded almost immediately. Within a week, representatives of the program were writing angry letters to the Dean of Arts, the Provost, and the President... Continue Reading

KPU Students Increasingly Rely on KSA Food Bank Amid Growing Food Insecurity in Canada

A report issued by Food Banks Canada says that usage of Canadian Food Banks across the country “remains unacceptably high.” According to the report, which is titled HungerCount 2018, in one month alone Canadians made approximately 1.1 million visits to food banks, including over 125,000 in B.C. The report states that 35.2 per cent of... Continue Reading

KSA Sponsors Student Refugee Living in Canada

Sarah, a student refugee who travelled here from Jordan, has been given the chance to lead a new life in Canada thanks to a partnership between the Kwantlen Student Association and the World University Service of Canada through its Student Refugee Program. Funding from the KSA allows Sarah to attend KPU, where she plans to... Continue Reading