WOOW Gets a FaceLIFT

KPU’s women’s collective is being rebranded this spring Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor With the name Women Organizing Opportunities for Women, the perception of KPU’s feminist collective was scattered. Some wondered if it offered job opportunities or planned community events for self-identified women. Others saw it for what it was—an on-campus feminist club—or conversely, weren’t aware... Continue Reading

Waiting for Vancouver’s Housing Bubble to Burst? Don’t Hold Your Breath

Despite lower prices, the Lower Mainland’s real estate slump predicts little for the future Neil Bassan, Contributor Home sales in Vancouver have plunged 40 per cent over the last 12 months. In the face of low mortgage rates, average residential prices are also beginning to see a drop after years of steady growth. In addition,... Continue Reading

Nine of 14 Conservative leadership candidates debate in Vancouver

Topics included taxation, housing, and international relations Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor & Joseph Keller, Web Editor As the 2019 federal election inches ever closer, the Conservative Party of Canada is searching for it’s new direction. The party is currently at a crossroad after the departure of Stephen Harper who led them for eleven years, nine... Continue Reading

Over $800,000 in Federal Funds Given to Surrey to Improve the City’s Cultural Infrastructure

Surrey Museum, Fusion Festival, and Old Anniedale School will be recipients of the funding Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the federal government has put aside $822,269 for infrastructure development in Surrey. The money has been allocated for three purposes: the expansion of the Surrey Museum, events at the Surrey Fusion... Continue Reading

$22 Million Invested for Spruce Building Renovations

Building to receive major overhaul with funds from provincial and federal governments Joseph Keller, Web Editor A $22 million joint investment by the provincial and federal governments will allow Kwantlen Polytechnic University to begin work on a major overhaul of the Spruce building, which hosts the Surrey campus’ fine arts and science facilities. Construction will... Continue Reading

KSA to Propose Three-Year Plan, Continuation of Honorariums, and New Internal Committee At Upcoming AGM

Proposals will be discussed at Council meeting on Feb 17 before AGM at the end of March Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor The Kwantlen Student Association is striving to make several changes to their bylaws during their 2017 annual general meeting, tentatively scheduled for March 30. In order to alter the bylaws, at least 200 students... Continue Reading

KPU’s Environmental Protection Technology Program Receives Official Accreditation

Accreditation means greater access to employment opportunities for students Braden Klassen, Contributor Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Environmental Protection Technology (EPT) program was granted an official accreditation from the Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) organization on Jan. 12. The TAC is a national not-for-profit body that consults with, audits, and oversees the accreditation of engineering technology and applied... Continue Reading

KSA Hires New Policy and Affairs Coordinator

Nicki Simpson the first to fill the position in six months Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor After nearly six months with the position remaining vacant, the Kwantlen Student Association has hired a new policy and political affairs coordinator, Nicki Simpson. The last policy and political affairs coordinator left in August of 2016 after finding another job... Continue Reading

KSA Breaks Record for Emergency Aid Funding

Fundraising results in $1800 surplus Joseph Keller, web editor Fundraising efforts in 2016 by the Kwantlen Student Association for the Student Society Emergency Aid Fund and Student Educational Enhancement Fund have not only met their intended target, but surpassed it by nearly $2000. The KSA runs fundraising events throughout the year to fill the $3500... Continue Reading

KSA Legal Fees Increased for BCFS Lawsuit

“Regular preparations” lead to $250,000 allocated for legal spending Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor CORRECTION: We initially reported this story with the Canadian Federation of Students in place of the British Columbia Federation of Students. We apologize for the error. Three years into a legal battle with the British Columbia Federation of Students. the Kwantlen Student Association has increased... Continue Reading

Collaboration Between KPU and Tech Consortium to Encourage Sustainable Research

The partnership will provide benefits for local businesses and KPU students Small businesses in the Fraser Valley and those in KPU’s Institute for Sustainable Horticulture can look forward to future collaboration between the institute and technology consortium SRTec. The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech is designed to create more jobs and innovation in the... Continue Reading

Consultation Continue on Surrey’s LRT Project

Light rail transit’s benefits and drawbacks still being debated by residents When the City of Surrey proposed a light rail transit system as its solution to the municipality’s inefficient transportation network seven years ago, it likely didn’t expect to receive such a passionate response. Citizens from the Fraser Valley to North Vancouver have come out... Continue Reading

KPU, KSA Submit Copies of Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policies

KSA policy officially approved by Council, KPU’s policy still in draft form British Columbia’s sexual violence and misconduct policy, Bill 23, was passed during May of 2016, requiring all provincial post-secondary institutions to create a policy to address and prevent sexual violence and misconduct on-campus. In response, KPU has posted the first draft of its... Continue Reading

Anti-Fascist Rally in New West Responds to Neo-Nazi Propaganda

Demonstration held after discovery of posters displaying swastikas and racist phrases An anti-fascism rally was held in front of the New Westminster Skytrain station on Sunday, Jan. 29. The rally was staged in response to two pro-Nazi flyers that were found posted at bus stops near the station, as well as the circulation of Ku... Continue Reading

KSA Constituency Representatives Frequently Left Vacant on Council

International, aboriginal, queer, and students of colour rep. positions will all be left unfilled next term In the past several years, the Kwantlen Student Association’s constituency representative positions—meant to represent groups which traditionally face systematic barriers in accessing post-secondary education—have been left vacant with a higher frequency than the faculty or campus rep. positions. Now,... Continue Reading