Big City Blues

Vancouver is consistently ranked one of the most livable cities in the world. With its mild climate, breathtaking scenery, and quality of education and healthcare, it’s not hard to understand why. Yet recent research has found that we’re also one of the most miserable cities in Canada. A Study entitled How Happy Are Your Neighbours? by... Continue Reading
(Nicola Kwit)

The Runner Debates: The Ethics Behind 13 Reasons Why

Read the other half of the argument here: Warning: this article discusses potentially triggering topics such as suicide and rape. Few shows are as polarizing as Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, which depicts the aftermath of high schooler Hannah Baker’s suicide. In the show, Hannah uses 13 audio-cassette tapes to reveal one-by-one the reasons why she... Continue Reading

Bill C-45 Passes Senate as KPU Ramps Up its Cannabis Training Programs

Bill C-45, which legalizes recreational cannabis use in Canada, passed through the Senate on June 20 with a vote of 52-29. With legalization slated to begin on October 17, this historic end to what has been called “90 years of prohibition” coincides conveniently with the expansion of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s cannabis programs. David Purcell, KPU’s... Continue Reading
Trinity Western University has been involved in a number of legal disputes that stem from their implementation of a covenant agreement that is mandatory for students to sign. (Braden Klassen)

Supreme Court of Canada Rules Against Trinity Western Law School

On June 15, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor of the law societies of B.C. and Ontario, confirming the societies’ right to deny accreditation to Trinity Western University’s proposed law school due to its lack of accessibility for all students. At the heart of the controversy is TWU’s mandatory community covenant. The covenant... Continue Reading

The Do’s and Don’ts of Public Transit in Metro Vancouver

It’s rush hour in the city, and between your bus being late and the rude passengers you’re already ready to call quits on the day. However, if every single commuter in Metro Vancouver were to follow my handy list of transit do’s and don’ts, getting to work or school would no longer be such an... Continue Reading
A student harvests beets at KPU's Tsawwassen First Nation Farming School in Delta, Aug. 25, 2016. (Tommy Nguyen)
A student harvests beets at KPU's Tsawwassen First Nation Farming School in Delta, Aug. 25, 2016. (Tommy Nguyen)

Richmond Farm School Plants New Roots for the 2018 Season

The City of Richmond has struggled recently with how to best use its acres of farmable land. While the debate rages on, KPU’s Richmond Farm School has begun focusing on its own solution to the problem. For its 2018 semester, the school has been redesigned to focus on small-scale urban farming to meet the needs... Continue Reading
Social media coordinator for Jelly Marketing, Jessica MacLeod says that KPU prepared her for her career by offering her real-world experience in the marketing field (Submitted).
Social media coordinator for Jelly Marketing, Jessica MacLeod says that KPU prepared her for her career by offering her real-world experience in the marketing field (Submitted).

Viewing The Marketing World Through the Eyes of a KPU Graduate

Walking across the stage and accepting your university diploma on convocation day is one of the most exciting moments of being a student. Figuring out what to do with your life from that point on, however, can be a challenge. For Jessica MacLeod, a graduate of KPU’s marketing program, making this decision required a bit... Continue Reading
(Nicola Kwit)

The Runner Debates: Should Universities Inform Parents About a Student’s Mental Health Issues?

Read the other half of the argument here: In university, students are forced to balance full course loads and part-time jobs with financial, social, and emotional lives. It’s no wonder, then, that mental illnesses typically begin to manifest in our late teens and early twenties. There are almost never easy answers when it comes... Continue Reading

Report From Inclusion BC Sheds Light on Disturbing Treatment of Special Needs Students

School is typically seen as a safe haven for children. Tragically, that may not be the case for some special needs students across the province, according to a recent report from advocacy group Inclusion BC “Stop Hurting Kids II” follows up on a report originally published in 2013. The data was collected through widespread surveying... Continue Reading
A photo of the second-class deck on display at the Titanic Exhibition. (Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition)
A photo of the second-class deck on display at the Titanic Exhibition. (Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition)

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Sails into Metro Vancouver

Over a century after the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the stories of its approximate 2,228 passengers are still being told to the world. From June 23 to January of next year, they will be told by Richmond’s own Lipont Art Centre. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition will transport visitors back to 1912 by displaying recovered... Continue Reading
Student debt is wack. (pixabay)
Student debt is wack. (pixabay)

CFS Launches Campaign to Abolish Interest Rates on Student Loans

The Canadian Federation of Students is launching a campaign called “Not In Our Interest” to urge the federal government to eliminate interest rates on the Canada Student Loans Program. According to the CFS website, Canadian students currently owe $28 billion in debt to all levels of government, and the federal government alone is slated to... Continue Reading
(Nicola Kwit)

The Threat of Climate Change Looms Over Canadian Farmers

A statement issued by the Senate of Canada last month foreshadows a damning future for Canadian farmers facing climate change. Members of the Senate’s agriculture committee, who wrote the release, heard from farmers, academics, and other industry experts who stated that farmers and foresters across Canada will have to adapt to a slew of problems... Continue Reading
Following the Voices of Muslim Women DigitaLENS Film Festival, students of KPU's Digital Storytelling Course were awarded with recognition of achievement certificates by instructors Katie Warfield and Aisha Amijee. (Ashley Hyshka)

DigitaLENS Fosters Sisterhood Through Storytelling

At the third annual DigitaLENS Film Festival, Muslim women came together to put their creativity on public display. Over seven weeks, Aisha Amijee, Alia Youseff, and Katie Warfield—all digital storytelling instructors at KPU—planned the event to merge technical videography skills with social justice and introspection. The course that the three instructors teach is held during... Continue Reading
(Nat Mussell)

University Students Need to Educate Themselves on Drug Safety and Policy

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an organization which believes that “young people have a right to evidence-based cannabis education.” It currently lists 18 satellite chapters across seven provinces in Canada, according to its website. One of its chapters is at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, though there has been no activity on its Facebook page since... Continue Reading
Janet Austin poses for a photo after receiving an honorary degree from KPU. (

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