KSA Planning Spring Referendum to Join CASA

The Kwantlen Student Association plans on holding a referendum this spring to see if students at KPU want to join the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. CASA is a Canada-wide organization that advocates on behalf of student at the federal level. Founded in 1995, the organization facilitates meetings between politicians and student union members, allowing... Continue Reading

British Columbia Youth Parliament is Accepting Applications

Young people from across British Columbia will convene in the Provincial Legislature in Victoria to form the 90th session of the British Columbia Youth Parliament this December. At the event, a group of 97 students and non-students between the ages of 16 and 21 will debate issues presented in Private Member’s Resolutions and decide which... Continue Reading

UVic Launches Dual Degree Program Combining Canadian and Indigenous Law

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which called upon post-secondary institutions in Canada to include more Indigenous courses, the University of Victoria has recently launched a dual degree program which combines Canadian common and Indigenous law. The B.C. government will contribute $2.25-million in funding over two years, according to the CBC. The program... Continue Reading

KDocs Cancels Next Year’s Documentary Film Festival

The 2019 iteration of KPU’s annual documentary film festival has been cancelled. The founder and primary organizer of KDocs, Janice Morris, regrets that she didn’t have the time to properly plan the 2019 festival due to personal circumstances, but reassures fans that it will be back in 2020. Other facets of KDocs, including its outreach... Continue Reading

KSA 2018 By-Election Results Released

The preliminary results of the October 2018 Kwantlen Student Association by-election have been announced. Three new candidates have been elected to positions on KSA Council. Vanshi Kapoor and Amrick Sidhu have been elected to the Business Faculty Representative positions, receiving 99 and 179 votes respectively. Gunjanpreet Kaur, who received 51 votes, and Howie Qu, who... Continue Reading

Meet the Candidates in this Year’s KSA By-Election

BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE (Two Positions Available) Vanshi Kapoor Why are you running for this position? I believe that there are issues I would like to solve. Firstly, alerting the students about the policies that KPU has. Also, I would like to bridge the gap between students and the administration of the university because not every student... Continue Reading

University Students and Faculty Question the Usefulness of Course Evaluations

When it comes to filling out course evaluations, most of us are familiar with the drill. As each semester comes to a close, evaluation forms are distributed so that students can provide feedback on their courses and instructors. Kwantlen Polytechnic University heavily encourages students to fill out these evaluations, which have been used by post-secondary... Continue Reading

KPU Partners with Centre for Child Development to Research FASD

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term that includes a variety of disabilities and disorders which occur as the result of mothers consuming alcohol during pregnancy. The disorder can cause a variety of conditions including learning and physical disabilities, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, and skeletal problems. The government estimates that, every year, approximately... Continue Reading

New Party Hopes to Capitalize on Surrey’s Changing Political Landscape

Campaigning for the 2018 Surrey municipal election is well underway and a new political party, the Independent Surrey Voters Association, has thrown their hat into the ring. This party includes members of the Surrey community from varied backgrounds and professions ranging from realtors to TransLink workers and anti-bullying advocates. The party didn’t put forward a... Continue Reading

Single Mother Becky Zhou’s Campaign for City Council is Personal

This year’s election for Surrey City Council is hotly contested, with dozens of candidates vying for just eight spots. While every candidate has a unique reason for running, Becky Zhou—a realtor and single mother of two—is driven by a more personal story than most. For Zhou, who is one of the first Chinese-Canadians to run... Continue Reading

CASA Report Encourages Canadian Government to Offer More Support to International Students

A new policy paper published by the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is calling on the federal government to provide additional support to international students studying at post-secondary institutions across the country. The report, entitled “Value Beyond the Dollars and Cents: International Students’ Contribution and Their Need for Supports”, examines the benefits that international... Continue Reading

Canadian Researchers Study Long-Term Cannabis Use Among Students

The Canadian government is preparing to turn over a new leaf by legalizing marijuana, a substance which has been legally restricted since 1923. Leading up to October, researchers are looking to clear some of the smoke surrounding the impact of long-term cannabis use, particularly among younger students. A report published in The Canadian Journal of... Continue Reading

Zed Cred Program Continues to Cut Out Textbook Costs with New Diploma

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s trailblazing Zed Cred program is offering a new diploma for students who haven’t yet graduated from high school. The program is a collection of courses which come with zero associated textbook costs. The first half includes arts courses, which students can take to earn a one-year Certificate of Arts credential or any... Continue Reading

Surrey City Lab Connects Students with Civic Policymakers

Students interested in Surrey’s urban development will soon get the chance to work directly with city staff to create proposals for community-based projects. A new collaboration between KPU, SFU, and the City of Surrey called Surrey City Lab will offer a series of multidisciplinary, civic-related courses to students over the next three years. Students will... Continue Reading

One.KPU is the New Online Portal for Students and Faculty

This fall, KPU is launching a new online software tool that will give members of the university community an easier way to access applications, websites, and information relevant to them. One.KPU will help students organize and centralize online resources like their student email, library and course websites, campus maps, online self service, Moodle, WordPress, and... Continue Reading