A Generation in Debt

Postsecondary student and teacher organisations agree that student debt has gotten out of hand Our generation is the most debt-ridden generation in history, according to a report by the Canadian Federation of Students. The organisation cites a decline in government funding for post-secondary education as the root cause for the growing issue of wealth inequality... Continue Reading

Housing Rally Calls to #HALTtheMADNESS

Protest against Vancouver’s housing crisis organized on Sept. 17 The crowd outside of the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sept. 17 was passionate, outspoken, and determined to put a stop to Vancouver’s housing market crisis. It was organized by HALT—Housing Action for Local Taxpayers—a new group confident in their ability to make a difference in the... Continue Reading

KPIRG Asks Students to Get Dis/Oriented

Two weeks of events offer a different sort of student orientation The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group’s annual Diso/Orientation series—titled DisO Days this year—was different from your typical university orientation. Whereas most orientations are meant to familiarize new students with the way things are done at a post-secondary institution, KPIRG’s events had been designed specifically... Continue Reading

B.C. Park Quality Suffers, Budget Stays the Same

Infrastructure and service within the province’s parks is in poor condition, according to citizens and CPAWS The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) believes that the underfunding of parks in British Columbia is unacceptable. The province’s Minister of Environment, Mary Polak, says there is no underfunding to speak of. “Have we seen some sort of... Continue Reading

By-Election to be Held for Council Members this Fall

KSA aims to fill ten empty seats by the end of October Since the elections in February, a number of Kwantlen Student Association council seats have been left cold. Due to a lack candidates seeking election for the positions, no one is currently representing students who attend the Cloverdale campus, who are enrolled in the... Continue Reading

Memorandum of Understanding Signed Between KPU and BUCM

The Beijing University of Chinese Medicine partners with KPU for continuation of acupuncture KPU President Alan Davis was photographed in China this month, grinning next to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Xu Anlong, president of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. By being there, Davis officiated a memorandum of understanding between KPU and BUCM—an agreement intended... Continue Reading

New KSA Policy Allows for Dismissal of Absent Committee Members

Policy will make committees more efficient, less dramatic A new policy passed by the Kwantlen Student Association last month will ensure that any committee members who miss over three meetings per term can be officially asked to resign. The Chair of the committee must consult with the Vice President, the appointments committee, and Council before... Continue Reading

KSA to Write New Policy on Sexual Assault, Open On-Campus Women’s Centre

Women’s Rep and VP Student Life Natasha Lopes is creating safe spaces at KPU, one step at a time As a survivor of sexual assault, Natasha Lopes recognizes the importance of having policy to address and prevent it, while also being able to help other survivors. As Vice President Student Life and Women’s Representative for... Continue Reading

KPU Student Senate Representatives Announced After Delay

Sonja Kreuzkamp, Kimberley McMartin, Caitlin McCutchen, and Allison Gonzalez elected After a delay of several months, four brand new student senate representatives to the KPU Senate have been announced. The student representatives were elected during the springtime, with official results originally scheduled to be announced on April 11. In actuality, they were not released until... Continue Reading

KPU Hoping for Horticultural Project Partnership with Beijing University Following MOU

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s recently launched diploma program in acupuncture has led to the signing of a memorandum of understanding between KPU and the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. The hope with the memorandum is that students striving to gain a degree after graduation in B.C. will transfer to Beijing to further their education. This month,... Continue Reading

KSA Pushes for “National Coming Out Day” Event

Student association hopes to establish visible support for KPU’s LGBTQ+ community The Kwantlen Student Association is putting forward plans to encourage visible support for KPU’s LGBTQ+ community by submitting a “National Coming Out Day” event. The proposal will be brought to the constituency committee in early September for final approval. If approved, the event could... Continue Reading

KPU Graduate Holds City Hall on Cannabis

Small meeting in Fernie, B.C. one of many discussions on marijuana legalization This Spring, when Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott publicly announced that federal marijuana legislation will be introduced next year, KPU graduate Sarah-Jane Nelson decided to take action. Having graduated from the university’s acclaimed Professional Management of Marijuana program, Nelson knows a fair deal... Continue Reading

KPIRG Director of Anti-Oppression Steps Down

Ryot “R” Jey—who has been working as the Director of Anti-Oppression for the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group since April—stepped down this month to focus on his well-being and his position as Queer Representative for the KSA. As detailed in a job description posted on KPIRG’s website, the Director of Anti-Oppression is expected to “provide... Continue Reading
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Will Alan Davis Stick Around for Another Term?

President of KPU says he hopes he can stay, but awaits Board decision On Aug. 31 of next year, the current President of KPU’s first term will come to an end. Whether or not Alan Davis will get to keep the position beyond this point—a position he will have occupied for five years—is currently unknown.... Continue Reading

KSA Executives SUDS up

President Alex McGowan says the Student Union Development Summit improves the whole team The Kwantlen Student Association’s four executives—Tanvir Singh, Rawan Ramini, Alex McGowan, and Natasha Lopes—attended the Student Union Development Summit from Aug. 11-14 this year to learn how to keep their union in tip-top shape. Every year, the Summit aims to “bring together... Continue Reading