Birch Renovations to be Completed Late October or Early November

Plans for the renovated space include recreation and social justice rooms KPU Surrey’s Birch building is currently being renovated in order to provide more space for students on-campus, but the project hasn’t been without speed bumps. The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group was initially displeased that they weren’t given any space in the new Birch... Continue Reading

KPU partners with Siemens Canada for New Mechatronics Program

The program, starting in 2017, will address the future of manufacturing in Canada A new diploma program at KPU will address the future of Canadian manufacturing. As part of the Advanced Manufacturing Technician diploma program, which will be offered next fall, KPU has partnered with the Canadian subsidiary of multinational engineering and electronics giant Siemens.... Continue Reading

KSA By-Election Candidates Announced

Eight nominees will be running for five spots on council On Thursday, Oct. 13, the names of all of the candidates participating in the Kwantlen Student Association by-election were released. The by-election polling is scheduled to take place on Oct. 25 and 26, whereupon all students will be able to cast their votes for their... Continue Reading

Coalition of Student Associations Lobbies CFS for Change

The KSA and CFS weigh in on causes and outcomes A letter from 10 national student associations requesting reform within the Canadian Federation of Students was released on Sept. 19. In their letter, the associations highlighted six key concerns that they would like to see the CFS address. Nearly 200,000 students are represented by the... Continue Reading

KPU Student Group Calls For Sensible Drug Policy

Group reforms with a focus on local drug issues A student group aimed at advocating for a common-sense approach to drug policy is in the process of being reformed at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Kwantlen Students for Sensible Drug Policy is concerned with issues relevant to mental health and addiction at KPU and it’s surrounding communities.... Continue Reading

Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School Teaches Students How to Grow

Collaboration between KPU and TFN offers hands-on learning Plans for the Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School—a collaboration between the TFN and the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University—began back in 2015, and the school is currently in its first year of the program, with applications wide open to the public. The part-time,... Continue Reading

Student Groups Report Negative Experiences with Students with Disabilities Office

Long wait times for accommodation, difficulty obtaining documentation among complaints Unless you’ve gone through the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office, you might believe that if you have a disability, all you need is a doctor’s note and an appointment. It turns out it’s much more complicated than that. “With DAMN (Disability Action Movement... Continue Reading

ABCS takes fight for student housing to B.C. legislature

Student group makes headway in Victoria with public demonstration Members of the Kwantlen Student Association joined with other Alliance of British Columbia Students associations in Victoria to push for more student housing in B.C. The rally was held outside the the legislature buildings on Sept. 27. ABCS members were met during the demonstration by opposition... Continue Reading

KSA to Hold Campaign on Consent for KPU Students

Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault The Kwantlen Student Association says it’s time to have a conversation about consent with students. While they are still in the very early stages of planning, the KSA is making plans for a consent campaign to coincide with Welcome Week in the spring of 2017. The campaign will... Continue Reading

Is Government Funding Dictating Our Career Paths?

B.C. supports trades education to the detriment of other fields, says post-secondary teachers organisation An organisation representing post-secondary educators in B.C. claims that the way education is being funded in the province is forcing students down career paths that they may not be suited for. Earlier this month, the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of B.C.... Continue Reading

A Generation in Debt

Postsecondary student and teacher organisations agree that student debt has gotten out of hand Our generation is the most debt-ridden generation in history, according to a report by the Canadian Federation of Students. The organisation cites a decline in government funding for post-secondary education as the root cause for the growing issue of wealth inequality... Continue Reading

Housing Rally Calls to #HALTtheMADNESS

Protest against Vancouver’s housing crisis organized on Sept. 17 The crowd outside of the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sept. 17 was passionate, outspoken, and determined to put a stop to Vancouver’s housing market crisis. It was organized by HALT—Housing Action for Local Taxpayers—a new group confident in their ability to make a difference in the... Continue Reading

KPIRG Asks Students to Get Dis/Oriented

Two weeks of events offer a different sort of student orientation The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group’s annual Diso/Orientation series—titled DisO Days this year—was different from your typical university orientation. Whereas most orientations are meant to familiarize new students with the way things are done at a post-secondary institution, KPIRG’s events had been designed specifically... Continue Reading

B.C. Park Quality Suffers, Budget Stays the Same

Infrastructure and service within the province’s parks is in poor condition, according to citizens and CPAWS The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) believes that the underfunding of parks in British Columbia is unacceptable. The province’s Minister of Environment, Mary Polak, says there is no underfunding to speak of. “Have we seen some sort of... Continue Reading

By-Election to be Held for Council Members this Fall

KSA aims to fill ten empty seats by the end of October Since the elections in February, a number of Kwantlen Student Association council seats have been left cold. Due to a lack candidates seeking election for the positions, no one is currently representing students who attend the Cloverdale campus, who are enrolled in the... Continue Reading