Developing Mindfulness for Children Living in Post-War Northern Uganda

In Northern Uganda, children who once faced the brutalities of murder and rape now live with the devastating aftermath of post-traumatic stress disorder. Kyle Matsuba, a KPU Psychology instructor, is hoping to implement a system to develop social and emotional stability for these youth through his work with the MindUp Program. The people of Uganda... Continue Reading

KPU to Admit Six New Students Based on Portfolios, Not Grades

The days of provincial exams and GPAs may be coming to an end in B.C. thanks in part to a project by Kwantlen Polytechnic University Educational Studies professor David Burns and his team. Burns, who is the primary investigator for the Kwantlen Educational Policy Incubator (KEPI), believes that a letter grade is not the best... Continue Reading

Policy Studies Students at KPU Offer Input for the Future of Newton Sustainability

After receiving funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the City of Surrey recently began implementing the Newton Sustainability in Action Plan to make the Newton area more environmentally friendly. Newton was chosen for its strong community and lack of pre-existing eco-friendly infrastructure. As part of the action plan, the city will be reaching out... Continue Reading

CASA Tackles Problems Felt by Canadian University Students During Advocacy Week

The goal of the Canadian Alliance of Student Association’s annual Advocacy Week is to “talk about how the government can reduce barriers to post-secondary education,” according to Caitlin McCutchen, VP External Affairs for the Kwantlen Student Association. McCutchen was in attendance for this year’s Advocacy Week, which was held jointly by CASA and the Quebec... Continue Reading

Surrey May Soon Be Home to a Professional Sports Stadium

Surrey residents soon might not have to travel far to see professional sports teams in action. According to City Councillor Bruce Hayne, the creation of a professional sports stadium has been in the works for the last six months. Hayne says that a group approached the city with a concept for a project which government... Continue Reading

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
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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