KPU Consults Students for Vision 2023

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s administration is currently working on an academic plan to shape what the institution should look like by 2023. To this end, representatives from the university’s senate has been surveying students both online and in-person on each of KPU’s four campuses. The results of the surveying will be used to form Vision 2023,... Continue Reading

Will the Next Vancouver Mayor Please Stand Up?

On Jan. 10, Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson announced that he would not seek a fifth term as mayor in the upcoming election. Throughout his term, Robertson will be remembered by his peers and the public for his commitment to serving the City of Vancouver. However, he has dropped the ball on a number of political... Continue Reading
(Nicola Kwit)

African-Canadians Request Apology for Slavery in Nova Scotia

Before Canada confederated, the results of the Atlantic slave trade remained pervasive in Nova Scotia. Many of the first Black people who arrived there came from across the border as slaves —according to a 2009 paper by historian Harvey Amani Whitfield, at least 1,232 slaves were brought to Nova Scotia by slave-owning Loyalists following the... Continue Reading
(Joseph Keller)

BC Parks Looks to Hire 48 Students as Park Rangers

BC Parks is looking to students to find the next generation of park rangers in the province. Applications are currently open for the province’s first student ranger program, which will see 48 students from across the province work in eight teams operating out of Prince George, Smithers, Kamloops, Victoria, Black Creek, Manning Park, North Vancouver,... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Student Association to Sponsor Student Refugee

Starting this summer, the Kwantlen Student Association will be sponsoring a student refugee as part of a partnership with World University Service of Canada. The KSA has been considering the possibility of sponsoring a refugee for the past year, and at the KSA Council meeting on March 2, then-VP Finance and Operations Rawan Ramini passed... Continue Reading

KSA Releases 2015 and 2016 Student Rights Centre Reports

After years of delay, the Kwantlen Student Association has publicly released its Student Rights Centre reports for 2015 and 2016. The documents list the complaints of students who contacted the KSA Student Rights Centre because of troubling experiences they had with Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2015-16. They also make soft recommendations to the KPU administration... Continue Reading

Public Hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Conclude in Metro Vancouver

After five days of testimonies from over 100 witnesses, the public hearings for the National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) have concluded. The inquiry seeks to examine the “systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women [and] girls” in Canada, according to the inquiry website. It’s estimated that,... Continue Reading

Canadian Federation of Students Approves Motion to Split from the B.C. Federation of Students

The Canadian Federation of Students is preparing to sever ties with the British Columbia Federation of students and its 12 member associations, also known as member locals. The motion to expel the BCFS and its member locals was approved by the CFS executive and will go to a vote at the CFS national general meeting... Continue Reading

UNBC Student Publishes Open Letter Urging Engagement with Student Politics

It turns out that the University of Northern British Columbia, like KPU, has a hard time fostering student engagement. Last month, outgoing member of the Northern Undergraduate Student Society, Seth Jex, published an open letter critiquing his university’s student body—a student body that is willing to campaign for divestment, or with unions, or against the... Continue Reading

Giants Fall to Royals in First Round

The Vancouver Giants’ first playoff run in four years came to a heartbreaking early end in round one against the Victoria Royals. The series was as close as they come, with both teams’ goal totals tied at 25 at the end of seven hard fought games. “We played well. We could easily be on the... Continue Reading

Celebrating the Ninth International Transgender Day of Visibility

Members of the trans community recently marked the ninth annual International Transgender Day of Visibility. Celebrated on March 31, the day encourages people to recognize the lives of transgender people and speak up about discrimination still endured by the community. For Morgane Oger, executive director of the Morgane Oger Foundation and a vice-president of the... Continue Reading

KPIRG’s Autonomy Agreement with the KSA Could be at Risk

Following a Kwantlen Student Association Council meeting on April 6, newly elected President Caitlin McCutchen said that she is currently unable to confirm whether or not the KSA is planning to take steps towards defunding KPIRG in response to the alleged fraud committed by KPIRG founder and former staff member Richard Hossein. “We have the... Continue Reading

New KSA Executive Team Elected

It’s the start of a new era at the Kwantlen Student Association. A freshly-elected executive team took the reigns at the start of April and will be leading the KSA for the next year-long term. The association’s Womens Representative and Vice President External Caitlin McCutchen is succeeding Tanvir Singh as KSA President. Arts Representative David... Continue Reading

City of Surrey Unveils State-of-the-Art Biofuel Plant

Surrey is undertaking a unique initiative by using discarded biomatter in green bins as renewable fuel. As part of the effort to be more environmentally sustainable, the city recently opened the Surrey Biofuel Facility, a $68 million plant located in Port Kells Industrial Park. Food scraps and garden waste, which are collected once a week... Continue Reading

KPU Board of Governors Votes to Raise International Student Tuition by 15 Per Cent

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Board of Governors has voted to approve a 15 per cent increase to the price of tuition for incoming international students. University President Alan Davis says that the price increase is a necessary measure to maintain the university’s quality of service to international students. However, the decision has been met with anger... Continue Reading