KSA By-Election to be Held Oct. 17-19

Nominations will be open from Sept. 5 to 26 Joseph Keller, Staff Writer As the fall semester welcomes new and returning students to KPU, the Kwantlen Student Association is gearing up for a mid-term by-election. The KSA hopes to see several student representative positions filled, some of which the association has had difficulty finding candidates... Continue Reading

The Thin Line Between Support and Enforcement on the Surrey Strip

The Surrey Outreach Team was created to provide support for the homeless on one street, but critics argue they do more harm than good Joseph Keller, Staff Writer According to the city, the Surrey Outreach Team was created as a means of providing comprehensive support for people living on the Surrey Strip, and since its... Continue Reading

RCMP Warns of Ongoing Cyber Extortion Scheme

Joseph Keller, Staff Writer The RCMP is asking universities in B.C. to warn students about an ongoing cyber extortion scheme targeting Chinese people in Canada, including international students. In several reported cases, Chinese students in Metro Vancouver received automated calls claiming to be Chinese authorities with the goal of manipulating victims to comply with their... Continue Reading

Burnaby City Government and “Demovictions” Protesters Clash Over Metrotown Plan

The municipal government views the plan as progress while protesters see it as vulnerable people being evicted Ashley Hyshka, Community Reporter Burnaby City Council unanimously approved the controversial “Metrotown Development Plan” on July 24, 2017, which calls for 3,000 units of affordable low-rise apartment buildings to be demolished and replaced with high-rise condominiums. The plan... Continue Reading

Surrey Board of Trade Concerned About the Economic Impact of Gang Violence

CEO Anita Huberman feels it’s time for the government to step in Ashley Hyshka, Community Reporter With every story that breaks about gang violence in Surrey, Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade, grows more worried that it will damage the city’s economy. To address this, the board is requesting the newly elected... Continue Reading

NDP Reintroduces Tuition-Free ABE and ESL Courses at B.C.’s Post-Secondary Schools

Students and educators applaud the province’s decision to scrap adult education tuition Joseph Keller, Staff Writer B.C. Premier John Horgan announced on Aug. 8 that the province will restore funding to allow institutions like Kwantlen Polytechnic University to offer adult basic education (ABE) and English as a second language (ESL) courses without charge. The decision... Continue Reading

KPU Alumni Helps Firefighters Battling Wildfires

Jaymes Williams designed a harness for firefighters Kyrsten Downton, Contributor The wildfire season this summer has been one of the worst in B.C. history with over 1,000 wildfires. Dozens of those fires are still burning, requiring the presence of firefighters in highly dangerous locations. To aid them in their battle, KPU alumnus Jaymes Williams is... Continue Reading

KSA Outlines Sustainable Investment Policy

The association has created a guideline for the investment of students’ money Joseph Keller, Staff Writer The Kwantlen Student Association has created a set of guidelines for how it manages the investment of student funds. Council approved the KSA’s Sustainable Investment Policy, which was reviewed multiple times by its Finance Committee and others, on July... Continue Reading

KPU’s Multi Faith Centre Chaplain Shares his Thoughts on Omar Khadr

As a graduate of The King’s University, Ethan Vanderleek feels a personal connection to the community that fought on Khadr’s behalf Braden Klassen, Photo Editor Amid the controversy surrounding the $10.5 million settlement awarded to Omar Khadr by the Supreme Court of Canada, a member of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University community shares his connection with... Continue Reading

Research Expedition Underway to Examine Impact of Farmed Salmon Industry

Martin Sheen and David Suzuki were in attendance to see off Operation Virus Hunter II Joseph Keller, Staff Writer Members of environmental activist research group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, led by Canadian biologist Alexandra Morton, have embarked on an expedition to investigate the impact of British Columbia’s farmed salmon industry on its native salmon population.... Continue Reading

Cloverdale Arena Provides Critical Role for B.C. Wildfire Evacuees

The KSA is currently planning a fundraiser for wildfire relief as well Ashley Hyshka, Community Reporter The smoke that has lately shrouded our city is a stark reminder that, just hundreds of miles away from Greater Vancouver, the province is burning. City of Surrey Deputy Chief Mark Griffioen oversees emergency planning, community engagement, and operations.... Continue Reading

KPIRG Reintroduces Itself to KPU Community with Open House

The group is still looking for engaged, interested students to join its board Joseph Keller, Staff Writer The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group wants members of the KPU community to know more about what they do on campus. To that end, they invited students to an open house at their new off-campus office on July... Continue Reading

Murdered Woman Identified as KPU Student

Friends and family grieve for Kiran Dhesi as police investigate Joseph Keller, Staff Writer A body that was found in a burned vehicle in Surrey last week has been identified as Kiran Dhesi, a 19-year-old KPU student. Police say that the woman’s injuries suggest that her death was a homicide. KPU students were alerted to... Continue Reading
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Refuge in Surrey: Stereotypes, Survival and Sanctuary

KPIRG hosts seminar event to teach KPU students about refugees Kyrsten Downton, Contributor In response to the recent influx of refugees in Surrey, the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group hosted a free seminar event for KPU students and staff on July 26. The event, “Refuge in Surrey: Stereotypes, Survival and Sanctuary”, aimed to teach people... Continue Reading

Kwantlen First Nation to Build Healing Lodge In Defiance of Kinder Morgan

The Kwantlen Student Association is contributing $6,000 to the project Joseph Keller, Staff Writer With some financial support from the Kwantlen Student Association, the Kwantlen First Nation is planning a building project meant to throw an obstacle in the way of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. The KSA will contribute $6,000 towards a healing lodge that... Continue Reading