KPU Responds to Parking Problems on its Surrey Campus

Shuttle service to nearby Newton Athletic Park will run from Monday to Friday during peak hours Students and staff driving to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey campus were greeted with a parking nightmare to start the semester. On top of the higher-than-normal volume of drivers that typically comes with a new semester, a construction crew is... Continue Reading

LGBTQ+ Refugees Face Uncertain Future due to Lack of Community Resources

SFU and DiverseCity collaborated on a recent study about the satisfaction of refugees in the Lower Mainland People who flee their home countries due to persecution of their sexual orientation often encounter new and unique challenges once they arrive in the Lower Mainland. Unfortunately, their situation is typically made more difficult by a lack of... Continue Reading

First Nations Activists Settle in for Lengthy Salmon Farm Occupation

Environmental activists and industry interests clash on farmed salmon Joseph Keller, Staff Writer A group of First Nations activists is occupying a salmon farm on Swanson Island, B.C., to protest the environmental impact of the operation and demand the removal of the farmed salmon industry. The occupation is made up of four representatives from local... Continue Reading

KPU Launches Free Safety App

Joseph Keller, Staff Writer Kwantlen Polytechnic University has released a free app designed to keep students safe on campus. The app, titled KPU Safe, is available on the Android market and iOS App Store. “We want to give the students and staff of KPU as many tools as we can to keep them safe, and... Continue Reading

B.C. NDP Announce Tuition-Free Post-Secondary Education for Youth in Care

Young adults aging out of the foster care system will now be able to go to university free of charge Joseph Keller, Staff Writer The provincial government has announced a tuition waiver program that will give free post-secondary education to young adults aging out of the foster care system. Students aged 19 to 26 who... Continue Reading

Federal Government Invests $73 Million in Student Job Placements

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations is excited to support the project, but recommends further action Alyssa Laube, Co-ordinating Editor Canadian students in Business and STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) can look forward to more secure job prospects thanks to the federal government’s planned $73 million investment into the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program,... Continue Reading

The Institution of Kari Michaels

Starting the feminist collective, building student advocacy are just some of her KPU accomplishments Tristan Johnston, Contributor If you’ve had a dispute with the university, gotten involved with the KSA in the last few years, or been to a WOOW meeting, then you’ve likely been in the same room as Kari Michaels. Though she is... Continue Reading

A Look at KPU President Alan Davis’ First Term

Through the past five years, Davis has learned how to better navigate his presidency Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor As the President of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Alan Davis has been praised, condemned, and often called on for comment regarding community issues over the past five years. Since beginning his first term in 2012, he has been... Continue Reading

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