Janet Austin poses for a photo after receiving an honorary degree from KPU. (kpu.ca)

B.C.’s New Lieutenant Governor is a KPU Community Member

British Columbia’s newest lieutenant governor, Janet Austin, was sworn in on April 24 during a ceremony in Victoria, B.C. As the province’s 30th lieutenant governor, Austin has long been a community activist and social advocate. Kwantlen Polytechnic University recognized her work with the community in 2013 by awarding her an honorary doctorate degree. “It has... Continue Reading
KSA President, VP External and Women's Rep. Caitlin McCutchen. (Ashley Hyshka)
KSA President, VP External and Women's Rep. Caitlin McCutchen. (Ashley Hyshka)

KSA President to Take a Feminist Approach to New Term

As Caitlin McCutchen settles into her first term as Kwantlen Student Association president, she brings with her plenty of ideas for how to improve life at KPU, particularly for female-identifying students. McCutchen recently travelled to Victoria to meet with local MLAs, including Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark. They discussed KPU’s Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy,... Continue Reading
(Tristan Johnston)

Kwantlen Student Association Votes to Revoke KPIRG’s Funding

Story updated at May 17, 1:20pm. As a result of the allegations of fraud that the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group made against its founder and former employee, the Kwantlen Student Association has voted to revoke and hold the funding they collect from students on KPIRG’s behalf. The KSA believes that the alleged fraud—totalling approximately... Continue Reading
Murdoch de Mooy has been involved with the KSA for a couple years (Braden Klassen)

KPU Elects New Senate and Board of Governors

The results of the spring election for Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Senate and Board of Governors have been released, with new faculty, students, and support staff preparing to begin their terms in September. For faculty positions on the Senate, David Burns and Robert Dearle were chosen to represent the Faculty of Arts. Carlos Calao is representing... Continue Reading
(Alyssa Laube)

Kimberly McMartin Kept Fighting for KPU Students

Five years ago, Kimberly McMartin ran for her first position in the Kwantlen Student Association. Shortly after, she came to know about the students with disabilities seat on Council and, once voted in, embarked on what would become a long endeavour to make KPU a more accessible and inclusive place to study. “I’m a student... Continue Reading

KPU Consults Students for Vision 2023

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s administration is currently working on an academic plan to shape what the institution should look like by 2023. To this end, representatives from the university’s senate has been surveying students both online and in-person on each of KPU’s four campuses. The results of the surveying will be used to form Vision 2023,... Continue Reading

Will the Next Vancouver Mayor Please Stand Up?

On Jan. 10, Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson announced that he would not seek a fifth term as mayor in the upcoming election. Throughout his term, Robertson will be remembered by his peers and the public for his commitment to serving the City of Vancouver. However, he has dropped the ball on a number of political... Continue Reading
(Nicola Kwit)

African-Canadians Request Apology for Slavery in Nova Scotia

Before Canada confederated, the results of the Atlantic slave trade remained pervasive in Nova Scotia. Many of the first Black people who arrived there came from across the border as slaves —according to a 2009 paper by historian Harvey Amani Whitfield, at least 1,232 slaves were brought to Nova Scotia by slave-owning Loyalists following the... Continue Reading
(Joseph Keller)

BC Parks Looks to Hire 48 Students as Park Rangers

BC Parks is looking to students to find the next generation of park rangers in the province. Applications are currently open for the province’s first student ranger program, which will see 48 students from across the province work in eight teams operating out of Prince George, Smithers, Kamloops, Victoria, Black Creek, Manning Park, North Vancouver,... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Student Association to Sponsor Student Refugee

Starting this summer, the Kwantlen Student Association will be sponsoring a student refugee as part of a partnership with World University Service of Canada. The KSA has been considering the possibility of sponsoring a refugee for the past year, and at the KSA Council meeting on March 2, then-VP Finance and Operations Rawan Ramini passed... Continue Reading

KSA Releases 2015 and 2016 Student Rights Centre Reports

After years of delay, the Kwantlen Student Association has publicly released its Student Rights Centre reports for 2015 and 2016. The documents list the complaints of students who contacted the KSA Student Rights Centre because of troubling experiences they had with Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2015-16. They also make soft recommendations to the KPU administration... Continue Reading

Public Hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Conclude in Metro Vancouver

After five days of testimonies from over 100 witnesses, the public hearings for the National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) have concluded. The inquiry seeks to examine the “systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women [and] girls” in Canada, according to the inquiry website. It’s estimated that,... Continue Reading

Canadian Federation of Students Approves Motion to Split from the B.C. Federation of Students

The Canadian Federation of Students is preparing to sever ties with the British Columbia Federation of students and its 12 member associations, also known as member locals. The motion to expel the BCFS and its member locals was approved by the CFS executive and will go to a vote at the CFS national general meeting... Continue Reading

UNBC Student Publishes Open Letter Urging Engagement with Student Politics

It turns out that the University of Northern British Columbia, like KPU, has a hard time fostering student engagement. Last month, outgoing member of the Northern Undergraduate Student Society, Seth Jex, published an open letter critiquing his university’s student body—a student body that is willing to campaign for divestment, or with unions, or against the... Continue Reading

Giants Fall to Royals in First Round

The Vancouver Giants’ first playoff run in four years came to a heartbreaking early end in round one against the Victoria Royals. The series was as close as they come, with both teams’ goal totals tied at 25 at the end of seven hard fought games. “We played well. We could easily be on the... Continue Reading