Kwantlen Student Association Prepares 2018 Budget for Final Approval

The Kwantlen Student Association’s 2018 budget has been drafted by its finance committee and is scheduled to receive final approval at the next KSA Council meeting on Dec. 15. Toward the end of each year, the KSA Finance & Operations Committee works to create a plan for how the association will use the money entrusted... Continue Reading

Delegate Reports Harassment at CFS Meeting

Lauren Emberson, Vice-President Student Life and Events for the Ryerson Student Union, has filed an official complaint to harassment officers with the Canadian Federation of Students for how she was treated at the organization’s most recent general meeting. According to her reports, Emberson experienced what she believed to be targeted discrimination and exclusion at the... Continue Reading

KPU Students Develop Clean Composting Technology

A group of KPU students have designed a product that has the potential to raise the rate of composting in Surrey. With the help of the City of Surrey, the group has spent over a year researching and developing a solution for issues preventing composting in multi-residential buildings. They are now in the process of... Continue Reading

Waste Audit of Langley Campus Shows How KPU Sorts its Garbage

Every year, students in the KPU Environmental Protection Technology program’s “Solid Waste Management” class complete a waste audit of the Langley campus. Waste audits involve the collection, analysis, and categorization of waste streams. The 11 students in the class conducted the audit on Oct. 19—a low-traffic day for KPU campuses. Before the audit, the university’s... Continue Reading

Vertical Farming is on the Rise in Abbotsford

As the effects of climate change and overpopulation become more and more apparent, traditional farming methods seem less likely to provide long-term sustainability for our planet. One potential method of addressing this problem is with a concept called “vertical farming,” which packs more agriculture into a smaller land area by building upwards, much like a... Continue Reading

President’s Diversity and Equity Committee Aims to Keep KPU Inclusive

Universities Canada, an organization dedicated to providing a unified voice for post-secondary institutions across the nation, has released its Inclusive Excellence Principles and a corresponding action plan to promote and foster inclusivity on Canadian campuses. The principles and action plan detail how to increase diversity amongst students, faculty, and university administration. They specifically focus on... Continue Reading

Road Through Hawthorne Park Approved Via Alternative Approval Process

Steven Pettigrew, the primary organiser of the activist movement to prevent the construction of a road through Surrey’s Hawthorne Park, says that the city’s decision on Nov. 6 to pave over part of the green space hasn’t shaken him. Instead, he is working with provincial legislators to change the alternative approval process that contributed to... Continue Reading

Two New Courses Added to KPU’s Cannabis Professional Series

With the introduction of the Cannabis Professional Series nearly two years ago, Kwantlen Polytechnic University began training Canadians to work in the emerging medical and recreational cannabis industry. The online program, which began in anticipation of future legalization, initially consisted of three courses: “Plant Production & Facility Management”, “Marketing, Sales, and Drug Development”, and “Financing... Continue Reading

Pilot Program Opens the Door for Students with Intellectual Disabilities To Earn an Arts Certificate

The Including All Citizens Project—brainchild of Kwantlen Polytechnic University Sociology Chair Fiona Whittington-Walsh and Teresa Swan of KPU’s Access Program—is an attempt to tear down some of the walls faced by students with intellectual disabilities. The pilot program, which Whittington-Walsh and Swan started early last year, enrols five students with intellectual disabilities who have graduated... Continue Reading
Municipal and provincial politicians gathered in Vancouver for the annual UBCM convention. Green party leader Andrew Weaver addresses the UBCM convention.

Andrew Weaver Introduces Measure to Protect University Independence

KPU President Alan Davis doesn’t believe the bill is necessary, but is interested in hearing the debate Last month, B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver reintroduced a private member’s bill to the B.C. legislature that is intended to “halt the creeping government interference in university governance.” First introduced in February, Bill M204 would amend the... Continue Reading

Surrey Homeless and Housing Society Offers $1 million for Innovative Housing Solutions

The society is seeking ways of helping the homeless that “haven’t been tried” The Surrey Homeless and Housing Society is offering $1 million in funding for projects promising “innovative” housing projects for low income people. The offer comes at a time when the homeless population in Surrey has risen dramatically, in part due to the... Continue Reading

KPU Offers More than 50 Arts Courses with No Textbook Costs as Part of “Zed Cred” Program

Thanks to a $35,000 grant from BCcampus, KPU continues to lead the way in open education resources According to advocacy group BCcampus, Kwantlen Polytechnic University is leading the way for open education, and has adopted more open education resources than any other post-secondary institution in the province. Now, to further dedicate themselves to offering open... Continue Reading

KSA Student Rights Centre Reports Discussed at Council Meeting, Still Not Released

  Multiple iterations of a yearly report from the Kwantlen Student Association outlining student-reported issues with the university’s structure and policies remain unreleased. The reports detail anonymous case studies of students who have gone to the KSA’s Student Rights Centre for assistance, and offers recommendations for improvement to Kwantlen Polytechnic University. “What we want people... Continue Reading

How KPU Advertises Itself on a Budget

Post-secondary institutions wage a marketing war to win over students, and Surrey is their battleground KPU students who take transit to get around might notice that their university has stepped up its advertising efforts lately, with ads appearing on dozens of buses and SkyTrains across Metro Vancouver. “We’ve never operated with a big bank account.... Continue Reading

BRice Apartment Complex for Low-Moderate Income Residents Opens on Kingsway

The City of Vancouver eyes a 10-year strategic plan for combatting the housing crisis Vancouver’s first housing complex built as part of a long-term land trust opened at 1720 Kingsway on Oct. 22. The BRice building, as it is named, will offer 48 homes to families with low to moderate incomes at an affordable rate.... Continue Reading