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Bill C-45 Passes Senate as KPU Ramps Up its Cannabis Training Programs

Bill C-45, which legalizes recreational cannabis use in Canada, passed through the Senate on June 20 with a vote of 52-29. With legalization slated to begin on October 17, this historic end to what has been called “90 years of prohibition” coincides conveniently with the expansion of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s cannabis programs. David Purcell, KPU’s... Continue Reading
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KSA Executives Report Disappointment in CFS National Meeting

From June 9 to 12, executive members of the Kwantlen Student Association attended the Canadian Federation of Students’ 71st semi-annual national general meeting in Gatineau, Québec. The CFS, which is comprised of 64 student unions representing roughly half a million students across Canada, advocates for accessibility to education and supports students through various campaigns and... Continue Reading
Trinity Western University has been involved in a number of legal disputes that stem from their implementation of a covenant agreement that is mandatory for students to sign. (Braden Klassen)

Supreme Court of Canada Rules Against Trinity Western Law School

On June 15, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor of the law societies of B.C. and Ontario, confirming the societies’ right to deny accreditation to Trinity Western University’s proposed law school due to its lack of accessibility for all students. At the heart of the controversy is TWU’s mandatory community covenant. The covenant... Continue Reading
A student harvests beets at KPU's Tsawwassen First Nation Farming School in Delta, Aug. 25, 2016. (Tommy Nguyen)
A student harvests beets at KPU's Tsawwassen First Nation Farming School in Delta, Aug. 25, 2016. (Tommy Nguyen)

Richmond Farm School Plants New Roots for the 2018 Season

The City of Richmond has struggled recently with how to best use its acres of farmable land. While the debate rages on, KPU’s Richmond Farm School has begun focusing on its own solution to the problem. For its 2018 semester, the school has been redesigned to focus on small-scale urban farming to meet the needs... Continue Reading
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Report From Inclusion BC Sheds Light on Disturbing Treatment of Special Needs Students

School is typically seen as a safe haven for children. Tragically, that may not be the case for some special needs students across the province, according to a recent report from advocacy group Inclusion BC “Stop Hurting Kids II” follows up on a report originally published in 2013. The data was collected through widespread surveying... Continue Reading
KPU VP Finance & Operations Joseph Thorpe. (kusa.ca)
KPU VP Finance & Operations Joseph Thorpe. (kusa.ca)

KSA Donates $221,000 to Endowed Student Awards

Students applying for awards or bursaries can expect to have a little more help coming their way starting this year. The Kwantlen Student Association has given $221,000 for funding scholarships, bursaries, and grants to the KPU Foundation. After making the donation, the KSA stated in a press release that it was a means of giving... Continue Reading
Sarah Watts-Rynard is the incoming CEO of Polytechnics Canada. She will officially fill the position July 30. (polytechnicscanada.ca)
Sarah Watts-Rynard is the incoming CEO of Polytechnics Canada. She will officially fill the position July 30. (polytechnicscanada.ca)

Polytechnics Canada Welcomes New C.E.O.

Polytechnics Canada, an organization that connects polytechnic post-secondary schools across the country, will be under the management of a new CEO as of July 30. Sarah Watts-Rynard, who is presently serving as the executive director for the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF), will replace current Polytechnics Canada CEO Nobina Robinson. “[Sarah Watts-Rynard] has shown commitment to... Continue Reading
The KPIRG office at 7380 King George Blvd. in Surrey. The group has been renting out space off-campus since 2016. (Braden Klassen)
The KPIRG office at 7380 King George Blvd. in Surrey. The group has been renting out space off-campus since 2016. (Braden Klassen)

Despite a Hold on KPIRG’s Funding, the Lawsuit Against Its Founder May Still Go to Court

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group’s current legal dispute with founder Richard Hossein is currently on hold following the Kwantlen Student Association’s revocation of its autonomy agreement. KPIRG Director-at-Large Simon Massey says that he and his team chose not to serve papers to Hossein to initiate a lawsuit against him as they had suspected that... Continue Reading
Student debt is wack. (pixabay)
Student debt is wack. (pixabay)

CFS Launches Campaign to Abolish Interest Rates on Student Loans

The Canadian Federation of Students is launching a campaign called “Not In Our Interest” to urge the federal government to eliminate interest rates on the Canada Student Loans Program. According to the CFS website, Canadian students currently owe $28 billion in debt to all levels of government, and the federal government alone is slated to... Continue Reading
KPU Provost Salvador Ferreras gestures during a presentation of Vision 2023 at a KPU Senate meeting, May 28. (Braden Klassen)
KPU Provost Salvador Ferreras gestures during a presentation of Vision 2023 at a KPU Senate meeting, May 28. (Braden Klassen)

KPU Senate Approves Final Version of Vision 2023

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is in the process of finalizing its next five-year academic plan. KPU Provost and VP Academic Salvador Ferreras presented a summary of the plan at the KPU Senate meeting on May 28. The plan, which is accompanied by a document called Vision 2023, will provide the guiding principles and policies for the... Continue Reading
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Canadian Student Organizations Release Joint Publication on Campus Sexual Violence

While sexual violence can occur to anyone in any place, students are particularly vulnerable to such behaviour while on campus. To address this problem, the B.C. government passed Bill 23, which requires all post-secondary institutions in the province to implement policies that prevent and respond to instances of sexual assault. Colleges and universities had until... Continue Reading
Since 2012, students have been able to freely use limited amounts of copyrighted material for educational purposes. Advocates worry that the current review of the Copyright Act could change or remove this exemption. (Braden Klassen)
Since 2012, students have been able to freely use limited amounts of copyrighted material for educational purposes. Advocates worry that the current review of the Copyright Act could change or remove this exemption. (Braden Klassen)

Canadian Alliance of Student Associations Worries Making Changes to Fair Dealing Could Cost Students

Student advocates are concerned that a current review of the Copyright Act could negatively affect Canadian students’ access to affordable educational materials. The Copyright Act of Canada is the overarching legal framework that Canada’s copyright law is based on. It ensures that content creators are compensated for their work and gives them opportunities to control... Continue Reading
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The Threat of Climate Change Looms Over Canadian Farmers

A statement issued by the Senate of Canada last month foreshadows a damning future for Canadian farmers facing climate change. Members of the Senate’s agriculture committee, who wrote the release, heard from farmers, academics, and other industry experts who stated that farmers and foresters across Canada will have to adapt to a slew of problems... Continue Reading
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KPU Again Deemed One of Canada’s Greenest Employers

Less than a week before this year’s Earth Day, Mediacorp Inc. published a list of the “greenest employers in Canada.” Along with the City of Vancouver and the University of Toronto, Kwantlen Polytechnic University once again earned a top place on the list. According to its website, Mediacorp is the “nation’s largest publisher of quality... Continue Reading
Members of Surrey City Council and KSA President Caitlin McCutchen pose in front of the LRT vehicle showcase. (Submitted)
Members of Surrey City Council and KSA President Caitlin McCutchen pose in front of the LRT vehicle showcase. (Submitted)

Surrey Launches New LRT Vehicle Showcase

The City of Surrey is now displaying a prototype of the light rail transit vehicle that will be used as part of its proposed rapid transit plan. In the first phase of the project, the LRT rail routes—which will connect to the Surrey Central and King George SkyTrain stations—will travel South to Newton Exchange and... Continue Reading