Highlights from the 2018 KSA Election Debates

Candidates in the Kwantlen Student Association election gathered in the Surrey conference centre on Jan. 28 to take part in a series of debates hosted by The Runner. The public forum, which was live streamed and is available on The Runner’s Facebook page, gave the candidates an opportunity to explain why KPU students should vote... Continue Reading

CASA Urges canada to Remove Financial Barriers For Students with Issues of Mental Health

From being required to divulge sensitive and personal information to shouldering huge financial burdens for their care, students looking for mental health support may face institutional barriers that they’re not even aware of. To address this, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) has published a paper titled Breaking Down Barriers: Mental Health and Post-Secondary... Continue Reading

B.C. Supreme Court Votes to End Solitary Confinement in Prisons

Solitary confinement has been practiced in Canada for decades, but due to a recent decision from the Supreme Court of B.C. it will soon be illegal to do so. On Jan. 17, the B.C. Supreme Court made a historic ruling by ending solitary confinement in Canadian prisons. The government will have a 12-month period to... Continue Reading

Legal Trouble Between the KSA and the BCFS Concludes

For years, the Kwantlen Student Association and the British Columbia Federation of Students have been embroiled in legal disputes over the student association’s attempt to leave the federation via referendum in 2013. The BCFS claimed that the association owed outstanding fees which invalidated its right to host a petition, and further disputed that the KSA’s... Continue Reading

Thousands Brave the Wind and Rain to Take Part in Vancouver Women’s March

Pouring rain and strong winds were not enough to dampen the spirits of hundreds of people who marched in Downtown Vancouver’s Jack Poole Plaza on Jan. 20. The second annual Vancouver Women’s March coincided with hundreds of other events worldwide. Last year’s march was held in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., which... Continue Reading

The Vancouver Giants are Exceeding Fans’ Expectations

Few expected that, at this point in the 2017/18 Western Hockey League season, the Vancouver Giants would be staring down a potentially deep playoff run. The Giants, who finished their 2016/17 campaign at the bottom of the B.C. Division standings and in second last for the league, currently hold a very respectable 25-4-15 record. This... Continue Reading

Former Hells Angel Hopes to Steer Youths Away from Lives of Crime

Since he was in eighth grade, Joe Calendino has been in and out of trouble. The former Hells Angel, co-founder of the Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative, now spends his time mentoring youth in an effort to prevent them from taking the same turbulent path to adulthood that he did. He recalls how, during... Continue Reading

History Class Explores Surrey’s Legacy Using DIY Tech

Most university students have sat through a tiresome lecture and reached for their phones to alleviate the boredom. But for students in Kyle Jackson’s History 2390 class, “History Go! An Interactive Historical Experience”, using their phones will become part of the lesson. Beyond simply taking a history course, they are also creating an app about... Continue Reading

Rank and File Readers Select 2017 “Scumbag of the Year”

The readers of trade unionist publication Rank and File have made their selection for who they believe to be Canada’s worst person in a position of power in 2017. The publication has been running a “Scumbag of the Year” poll for the past four years as a way to bring attention to practices that they... Continue Reading

Vancouver Charity Asks Students to “Search for Jugaad”

KPU students with innovative ideas for making education more accessible abroad could soon be headed to India with $1,000 in their pocket. The Walking School Bus, a charity founded by Aaron Friedland, has launched a contest called “Search for Jugaad”, which encourages young and bright students to submit their best ideas for how to make... Continue Reading

KPU’s Operating Grants Lag Behind Enrolment

Out of B.C.’s top five post-secondary institutions, Kwantlen Polytechnic University experienced last year’s biggest single-year drop in operating grants. According to an article by Business Insider Vancouver, operating grants—or funding that the provincial government provides to its public colleges and universities—at B.C.’s largest post-secondary schools have not been able to keep up with enrolment numbers.... Continue Reading

City of Surrey Moves Forward with LRT Project

The City of Surrey is committed to the idea that supporting Light Rapid Transit instead of a SkyTrain extension will help create a future with dependable public transportation for its citizens. Working with the city, TransLink’s director of the Surrey LRT project, Stephan Mehr, believes that Light Rapid Transit will help transform Surrey in ways... Continue Reading

Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design Opens to Students

After years of planning, construction, and some delays, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s new design school building is open to students. While some finishing touches are still being made to the Richmond campus location, many Design students are already taking classes in the new space. “With the B.C. apparel sector poised for strong growth over the next... Continue Reading

BCGEU Calls For Housing Policy Reform

The British Columbia Government Employee and Services Union (BCGEU) recently released its official housing policy, which focuses on the perceived shortage of affordable housing caused by issues such as foreign investment, inflation, and speculation predicated on an incomplete analysis of the local demographic and market trends. Paul Finch—a representative of the BCGEU—says that he believes... Continue Reading

KPU to Become Smoke-Free in 2018

Students, staff, and faculty who smoke at KPU will soon be asked to “butt out” while on campus. On Sept. 28 the university sent students and staff an email from KPU President Alan Davis, who wrote that he is “pleased to share the news that KPU will go smoke-free on Jan. 21, 2018,” with the... Continue Reading