Catching up with KPU’s Muslim Student Association

For the past 11 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down. At KPU, in-person education at the five bustling campuses was traded for online learning. It’s not just the students and instructors who’ve had to readjust to the new normal, but also KPU’s extracurriculars. Wajeeha Rahman, president of KPU’s Muslim Student Association,... Continue Reading

Explainer: Parliament passes motion declaring China’s treatment of Uyghurs a genocide

A symbolic motion recognising the genocide of Uyghurs in China passed in the House of Commons with a vote of 266-0 on Feb. 22. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the entire Liberal cabinet abstained from the vote. Tabled by the Conservative Party, the motion stipulates that China has engaged in actions consistent with United Nations... Continue Reading

KPU launches student-led Peer Wellness Program

For students hoping to learn more about mental and physical health resources offered by KPU, a new program will soon be able to provide that where students can access it from the comfort of home. The Peer Wellness Program is a brand new, volunteer-led initiative launching on Feb. 22. Virtual drop-in sessions are hosted by... Continue Reading

For one woman, adventure is only a SkyTrain ride away

When people plan a vacation, they dream of tropical beaches or cities teeming with history. But for Rachel Marshik, locations like Marine Drive and Moody Centre made their way onto her itinerary. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted Marshik’s yearly international travel plans. Despite border lockdowns, she continued with tradition, and staying local, by travelling as far... Continue Reading

The (disgraceful) legacy of Donald Trump

I remember sitting in bed on Nov. 8 of 2016, streaming election results on my laptop via CNN. Polls said Hillary Clinton would win. This was supposed to be a joke. Who would elect a failed businessman and reality TV star to the highest office in the land? Turns out, 63 million people did. As... Continue Reading

New approaches to academic honesty in a virtual world

The cornerstone of the COVID-19 pandemic has been learning to adapt to new circumstances. For professors in post-secondary institutions, a new problem has revealed itself — the ease of cheating in virtual learning. Gira Bhatt, KPU psychology instructor, and Michael Picard, Douglas College philosophy instructor, recently penned an op-ed in the Vancouver Sun titled “Will... Continue Reading

On the rise: food prices slated for an increase in 2021

2020 was not the year anyone expected it would be. In a fitting end, 2020 brought a yearly report predicting food prices in 2021, which reveals that trips to the supermarket are about to become more expensive. From baked goods to meat and produce, the 11th edition of Canada’s Food Price Report forecasts an average... Continue Reading

New mentorship program connects KPU students and alumni, one virtual coffee at a time

Merging career ambitions, computer algorithms, and virtual coffee, the KPU Alumni Association is looking at joining a new mentorship program to connect the leaders of today with the leaders of tomorrow. The partnership is between KPU Alumni and Ten Thousand Coffees, a program that uses an algorithm to match students with like-minded alumni based on... Continue Reading

City organizations receive funding to support those affected by Vancouver’s overdose crisis

In what has been a bleak year for Vancouver’s overdose crisis, seven community-led initiatives have received $100,000 in funding to further support their vital cause in the city’s hardest-hit neighbourhoods. The projects are being undertaken by the Vancouver Community Action Team, a group of representatives from over 25 organizations working to combat the overdose emergency.... Continue Reading

Explainer: Surrey’s property tax increase and 2021 budget

The City Surrey Council approved the city’s 2021 budget, which includes a number of controversial tax increases. Passed in a five-to-four vote on Dec. 7, Budget 2021 and its five-year financial plan polarized both sides of the virtual meeting. Mayor Doug McCallum said in a statement that while he understands not increasing the burden faced... Continue Reading

Within reach: an update on the Surrey Langley SkyTrain extension

When King George Station opened in 1994, it was the furthest east SkyTrain’s Expo Line travelled. Although it gave some residents access to downtown Vancouver, it barely scratched the surface, leaving most of the Fraser Valley without direct access to rapid transit. As the Fraser Valley grew, many realized that having the SkyTrain terminate in... Continue Reading

City food banks feel the heat as winter approaches

The holidays are when food banks see the greatest surge of donations and struggling people needing their services. But there is another challenge facing them this holiday season — the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s been challenging every day,” says Feezah Jaffer, Executive Director of the Surrey Food Bank. Serving Surrey, Cloverdale, and North Delta, the organization... Continue Reading

Coast Salish Christmas craft market goes virtual for the 2020 holiday season

The Coast Salish Christmas craft market went virtual this year, so folks could still participate and support local businesses this holiday season. Hosted by the Coast Salish Arts & Cultural Society and the Museum of Surrey for the third year, the market is running from Nov. 12 until Dec. 19 and features 43 vendors, selling... Continue Reading

A look at the COVID-19 testing centre at the KPU Langley campus

In an effort to join the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Kwantlen Polytechnic University has dedicated space for a testing centre at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Langley campus. The facility is a partnership between Fraser Health and the Langley Division of Family Practice, and is one of 11 centres throughout the region. It first opened... Continue Reading

Surrey Board of Trade eyes waterfront development along the Fraser River

The Surrey Board of Trade has launched an initiative to develop areas along the Fraser River into residential, commercial, and recreational zones. The Fraser River Waterfront Revitalization Initiative is a plan spearheaded by the Surrey Board of Trade and Purpose Driven Development, a real estate planning and development firm. “It is a revitalization roadmap and... Continue Reading