KPU Criminology Students Take Part in Prison Exchange Program

Students visit the Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village, a minimum security prison, to attend class with inmates Mel Pomerleau, Web Editor As part of an experiential, hands-on learning approach to restorative criminal justice, Kwantlen Polytechnic University—in partnership with the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program—sent students to the Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village to sit in on the classes that inmates... Continue Reading

CCTV Cameras on Surrey Campus Still Not Operational

Privacy Impact Assessment process must be completed before footage can be captured Mel Pomerleau, Web Editor CCTV security cameras on the Surrey campus—despite having been installed in October of last year—are not yet operational. “We’re currently in the Privacy Impact Assessment process, and when that’s completed we can have the cameras be operational, but not... Continue Reading

Several Student-at-Large Positions Remain Vacant on KSA Committees

Application process to be overhauled for fall semester Joseph Keller, Staff Writer The Kwantlen Student Association currently has an unusually high number of vacancies for its student-at-large positions. There are currently 11 student-at-large seats empty on various KSA committees—three each on the Student Life and Appointments committees, two on the University Affairs committee, and one... Continue Reading

KSA endorses Richmond Food Security Society’s Food Charter

The Charter promotes ethical food production, consumption, and waste management Mel Pomerleau, Web Editor The Kwantlen Student Association endorsed the Richmond Food Security Society’s Food Charter, which is a set of policies set to promote healthy and local food production, at a meeting of Council on June 9. The charter addresses food systems from production... Continue Reading

Richmond Signage Bylaw Debate Put on Hold

Nearly 100 per cent of signs are already “compliant” with current expectations Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor Out of an estimated 1500 signs in Richmond, only 13 reportedly don’t have either English or French on them. This figure has been used as good reason to both create a bylaw to put the languages on Richmond signs... Continue Reading

Foundry B.C. to Open Five New Clinics Across the Province

Youth clinics have opened or are opening in Campbell River, Kelowna, Prince George, Abbotsford, and the North Shore Kyrsten Downton, Contributor Thanks to new funding, Foundry B.C.’s mental health clinics will be expanding across the province to provide easier access to youth in need. In December of last year, the provincial government announced that it... Continue Reading

KPU Partners with dnaPower to Study Nutrigenomics

Researchers will be looking at how genetics can affect your diet Stephanie Davies, Contributor KPU and North Vancouver-based research company dnaPower are working together in the field of nutrigenomics. “We have partnered with [KPU] and Dr. Karen Davison. What we want to do is be able to look at how DNA information and genetic information... Continue Reading

Tri-Cities Friends of Refugees Extends Helping Hand to Syrian Refugees

The organization seeks to ease the painful transition of those forced to leave their home Ashley Hyshka, Contributor A promise made by Justin Trudeau during his election campaign has turned into real help for Syrian refugees in the cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody. Volunteer-Based Organisation Tri-Cities Friends of Refugees has kept busy... Continue Reading

KPU Announces Indigenous Community Justice Minor

The program will provide deeper insight on “this colonial concept called Canada” Joseph Keller, Web Editor Kwantlen Polytechnic University has announced the introduction of an interdisciplinary minor program that will focus on issues related to justice and Indigenous people in Canada. Designed by KPU Criminology Professor Lisa Monchalin, the Indigenous Community Justice program is set... Continue Reading

Statistics Canada Show a 60 per cent Increase in Nationwide Hate Crimes Against Muslims

RCMP Hate Crimes Unit, president of Muslim Student Association talk about what to do if you’ve been the victim of Islamophobia Ashley Hyshka A 2015 report from Statistics Canada shows a 60 per cent increase in hate crimes targeting Muslims across the country since last year, though the number of reported hate crimes in B.C.... Continue Reading

KSA Attends Slew of Spring Conferences

Delegates were present at meetings for the Canadian Federation of Students, Alliance of B.C. Students, and Canadian Alliance of Student Associations Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor Being able to attend conferences for student lobbying organisations is imperative to the success of the Kwantlen Student Association, as doing so informs and empowers its members. However, the working... Continue Reading

Runner Run-Down: The Paris Agreement

Braden Klassen, Contributor In 2015, delegates from 195 countries convened in Paris to contemplate how to prevent global climate change from progressing to the point of no return. This point is generally understood to be when the global temperature increases by two degrees Celsius above what it was in the pre-industrial age. At the end... Continue Reading

KSA Introduces New Social Media Policy for Clubs

The policy sets out what clubs should and shouldn’t do on social media Braden Klassen, Contributor In a council meeting on May 19, the Kwantlen Student Association passed a new set of policies meant to regulate the content posted to social media by KPU clubs. The policies aim to reinforce the existing policies of social... Continue Reading

KSA Aims to Improve Student Mental Wellness

Student health care plans may soon include support for those seeking better mental health Ashley Hyshka Tanvir Singh, President of the Kwantlen Student Association, wants to change how mental illness is addressed at KPU, as he feels it “isn’t addressed in the open as much as it really should be.” About a year ago, the... Continue Reading

New Sexual Assault and Misconduct Policies to Help Fight Rape Culture on Campus

KPU’s recently passed policies will focus on protecting students and supporting survivors of sexual assault Ashley Hyshka Sexual assault is an unnerving topic for many people. On university campuses, its existence and consequences couldn’t be clearer. According to a CBC report, there were 16 reported cases of sexual assault at UBC between 2009 and 2013.... Continue Reading