Federal NDP Passes Resolution In Support of Tuition-Free Post-Secondary Education

At its federal convention in Ottawa from Feb. 16-18, the New Democratic Party voted in favor of a resolution to accept free post-secondary education as part of the party’s policy book. The resolution means that offering Canadian students tuition-free post-secondary education is one step closer to becoming an official part the federal NDP’s platform. The... Continue Reading
Budget 2018 carves a new path to shared prosperity for everyone in our province with a made-in-BC child care plan, a comprehensive housing plan and record levels of capital investment in every corner of our province, Finance Minister Carole James announced. Learn more: http://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/default.htm

This Year’s B.C. Budget Draws Praise From Students and Educators

The government of British Columbia released its 2018 budget in February and, as far as organizations representing post-secondary education are concerned, it’s good news for B.C. students. The Alliance of B.C. Students and the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators have both published responses to the budget praising the province’s expenditures to support students, particularly in regards... Continue Reading

Federal Budget Incentivises Universities to Address Sexual Assault on Campuses

The federal government has committed to supporting survivors of sexual assault and misconduct at universities across Canada. The newly released federal budget contains a section that designates $5.5 million to be spent over the next five years to fund sexual assault support centres in Canadian universities. The government also issued a warning to universities that... Continue Reading

Canadian Charity Initiatives Challenge Students to Investigate their Food

A charity organization called Meal Exchange has started The Good Food Challenge in the hopes of transforming food accessibility and tackling food-related issues across Canadian post-secondary institutions. “The Good Food Challenge is one of Meal Exchanges’ main programs and its focus is supporting campuses to create more socially just and sustainable food [options on campus],”... Continue Reading

Vancouver Giants Weather the Storm Despite Injuries to Top Players

It’s been a somewhat rocky few weeks for a Giants team that’s looking at their first playoff appearance in four years. The team holds a record of 6-5-1 in February with four of the month’s losses coming in the past two weeks. Contributing to the Giant’s recent struggles is a slew of injuries that kept... Continue Reading

Yes PR BC Campaign Calls for Proportional Representation

A grassroots call for change in B.C.’s electoral system has sprung, in part, from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Kwantlen Student Association Women’s Representative and Vice President External Affairs Caitlin McCutchen has signed on as a leading member of Yes PR BC, a campaign with a goal of swaying an upcoming referendum in favor of B.C. adopting... Continue Reading

Surrey Fire Department Uses Statistical Analysis to Fight the Opioid Crisis

The B.C. opioid crisis reached tragic new heights last year with over 1,420 deaths reported as a result of illegal drug use, more than 80 per cent of which were linked to fentanyl. These numbers exceed deaths from car accidents, suicides, and homicides. The City of Surrey alone saw 174 drug-related deaths last year, the... Continue Reading

KPU Tech To Create New Mechatronics Program with Government Funding

The KPU Trades and Technology Department will be offering a new program in the near future thanks to some funding from the provincial government. The new mechatronics and advanced manufacturing program will be created with the help of a $4.4-million investment in developing post-secondary trades programs across the province that the government announced in January.... Continue Reading

KPU Has Stopped Accepting International Applications for 2018

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has officially received more applications from international students for the remainder of the year than it can handle. As a result, university officials made the decision on Jan. 24 to end international student enrolment for the summer and fall semesters this year. Prospective students who have already applied before applications closed will... Continue Reading

KPU Sport, Recreation & Health Promotion Manager Charged with Sexual Interference with a Minor

A man listed as the Manager of Sport, Recreation & Health Promotion on Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s website has been charged with one count of sexual interference with a minor. The man, Codie Hindle, appeared in court on Feb. 14 before being released on bail, according to a report from The Free Press on Feb. 15.... Continue Reading

Students Looking For Work Can Find It With Career Services

The Career and Volunteer Services department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is reaching out to students to help them find meaningful, paid work during and after their time in university. As part of their effort to help students find work both on and off campus, the career centre has been sending out regular newsletters that include... Continue Reading

The 2018 KSA Election Results Are In

Seventeen student representatives have been elected as a result of the 2018 Kwantlen Student Association election held on Feb. 7 and 8. Each of these students will hold seats on KSA Council through the 2018/19 term. Beginning with the Faculty Representatives, both candidates running to represent students in the faculty of Science and Horticulture, Victoria... Continue Reading

Post-Secondary Institutions Across Canada are Hiring More Female Faculty Members

According to an article by Times Higher Education, the number of female professors in post-secondary schools is higher than it has ever been, having risen by nine per cent over the last six years. The data, gathered by Statistics Canada, says that women accounted for almost 40 per cent of full-time academic teaching staff at... Continue Reading

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