KPU Partners with dnaPower to Study Nutrigenomics

Researchers will be looking at how genetics can affect your diet Stephanie Davies, Contributor KPU and North Vancouver-based research company dnaPower are working together in the field of nutrigenomics. “We have partnered with [KPU] and Dr. Karen Davison. What we want to do is be able to look at how DNA information and genetic information... Continue Reading

Tri-Cities Friends of Refugees Extends Helping Hand to Syrian Refugees

The organization seeks to ease the painful transition of those forced to leave their home Ashley Hyshka, Contributor A promise made by Justin Trudeau during his election campaign has turned into real help for Syrian refugees in the cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody. Volunteer-Based Organisation Tri-Cities Friends of Refugees has kept busy... Continue Reading

KPU Announces Indigenous Community Justice Minor

The program will provide deeper insight on “this colonial concept called Canada” Joseph Keller, Web Editor Kwantlen Polytechnic University has announced the introduction of an interdisciplinary minor program that will focus on issues related to justice and Indigenous people in Canada. Designed by KPU Criminology Professor Lisa Monchalin, the Indigenous Community Justice program is set... Continue Reading

Statistics Canada Show a 60 per cent Increase in Nationwide Hate Crimes Against Muslims

RCMP Hate Crimes Unit, president of Muslim Student Association talk about what to do if you’ve been the victim of Islamophobia Ashley Hyshka A 2015 report from Statistics Canada shows a 60 per cent increase in hate crimes targeting Muslims across the country since last year, though the number of reported hate crimes in B.C.... Continue Reading

KSA Attends Slew of Spring Conferences

Delegates were present at meetings for the Canadian Federation of Students, Alliance of B.C. Students, and Canadian Alliance of Student Associations Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor Being able to attend conferences for student lobbying organisations is imperative to the success of the Kwantlen Student Association, as doing so informs and empowers its members. However, the working... Continue Reading

Runner Run-Down: The Paris Agreement

Braden Klassen, Contributor In 2015, delegates from 195 countries convened in Paris to contemplate how to prevent global climate change from progressing to the point of no return. This point is generally understood to be when the global temperature increases by two degrees Celsius above what it was in the pre-industrial age. At the end... Continue Reading

KSA Introduces New Social Media Policy for Clubs

The policy sets out what clubs should and shouldn’t do on social media Braden Klassen, Contributor In a council meeting on May 19, the Kwantlen Student Association passed a new set of policies meant to regulate the content posted to social media by KPU clubs. The policies aim to reinforce the existing policies of social... Continue Reading

KSA Aims to Improve Student Mental Wellness

Student health care plans may soon include support for those seeking better mental health Ashley Hyshka Tanvir Singh, President of the Kwantlen Student Association, wants to change how mental illness is addressed at KPU, as he feels it “isn’t addressed in the open as much as it really should be.” About a year ago, the... Continue Reading

New Sexual Assault and Misconduct Policies to Help Fight Rape Culture on Campus

KPU’s recently passed policies will focus on protecting students and supporting survivors of sexual assault Ashley Hyshka Sexual assault is an unnerving topic for many people. On university campuses, its existence and consequences couldn’t be clearer. According to a CBC report, there were 16 reported cases of sexual assault at UBC between 2009 and 2013.... Continue Reading

KPU Prof Talks Diet and Climate Change at Science World

Mike Bomford discusses the importance of dietary choices and their impact on the environment Braden Klassen, Contributor As part of the Speaker Series partnership between Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Science World, KPU Professor Mike Bomford delivered a lecture that addressed the links between people’s diets and their greenhouse gas emissions. Citing Danish researcher Sonja Vermeulen’s... Continue Reading

No BDS Policy Expected from KSA in the Near Future

Despite referendums at UBC and SFU, the KSA is not taking a stance on BDS Joseph Keller, Web Editor Recent discussions from at UBC and SFU about the possibility of endorsing the controversial Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement have stirred debate at the Kwantlen Student Association about potentially taking an official position. The topic was... Continue Reading

KPU, SFU Researchers Receive Grant to Help with “Clean Food” Project

More than $725,000 will go towards developing ways of bringing clean food and water to areas challenged by climate change Stephanie Davies, Contributor KPU and SFU researchers have received a three-year grant of more than $725,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada College University Idea to Innovation. This grant will advance their... Continue Reading

Plans for Student Union Building Move Forward

Process of designing and building a SUB in the early stages Joseph Keller, Web Editor The Kwantlen Student Association is beginning to move forward with plans to build a new student union building on the Surrey campus. A KSA “steering committee” for the creation of a SUB recently held its first meeting to form project... Continue Reading

KSA, ABCS Supportive of NDP-Green Coalition

Joseph Keller, Web Editor Student organisations in B.C. are optimistic about what the cooperation between the B.C. NDP and B.C. Greens means for students in the province. The two parties agreed to a partnership that will see them form a coalition government after the B.C. Liberal government failed to retain a majority of seats in... Continue Reading

KPU Institute Researches Possibilities for Food Self-Reliance in B.C.

Institute for Sustainable Food Systems helps imagine the province’s ability to feed itself Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor Food production in Southwest B.C. is a rapidly evolving industry. Amid environmental concerns regarding the province’s population growth, the B.C. government is considering what the future of food production here should look like in the coming years. A... Continue Reading