KSA welcomes new reps and releases final election report at April council meeting

On April 9, the two newly elected Kwantlen Student Association councillors took their oaths of office during the first general meeting of the new KSA council. Until additional members are added, Students with Disabilities Representative Jaya Dhillon and Mature Students Representative Lesli Sangha will be the only elected members on the council. “It’s time for... Continue Reading

Debate: Optional COVID-19 vaccine passports would be helpful if implemented strategically

Read the other half of this debate here. There’s an understandable level of suspicion when people think of attaching government credentials to personal and private things like one’s health. To many, the idea of having to obtain a “vaccine passport” to prove that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine sounds like a recipe for authoritarian... Continue Reading

Canada needs to fix tech giants’ digital market domination

In 2020, News Media Canada released a report which calculated that for every dollar of ad revenue spent by digital advertisers through Google, only 51 cents go to the content publishers. The rest is eaten up by numerous fees that fund platforms in an “ad tax,” which mostly goes to Google, including an agency fee,... Continue Reading

KSA election chaos

This year marked the first time that the Kwantlen Student Association held its annual general election entirely online. It was also the first time that the vast majority of candidates running were disqualified due to widespread violations of the campaigning rules, with only two candidates successfully being elected. Out of the 24 candidates, 21 were... Continue Reading

KSA prepares for general election, passes motions during January meeting

The Kwantlen Student Association is accepting nominations for the upcoming student council general election. Nominations are now open to all student members until Feb. 11 at 12:00 p.m., and each package needs to be signed by at least 25 valid nominators in good standing with the KSA. The voting period will start on Feb. 25... Continue Reading

Why deplatforming can be a necessary last resort

In 2018, a manager at The Teahouse restaurant in Vancouver was fired after refusing to serve a customer wearing a MAGA hat. In a public statement justifying the decision, Sequoia Company of Restaurants said they “cannot discriminate against someone based on their support for the current administration in the United States or any other bona... Continue Reading

When words are no longer enough

“This needs to stop before it gets out of hand.” In 2017, I wrote that sentence in an article delving into the links between white supremacy and political radicalization in Canada. Over the years, I’ve watched as it’s become worse and worse while our government stood by doing little to address it. Regardless of your... Continue Reading

Cameo is the next level of celebrity commodification

Fame is an interesting cultural phenomenon. The idea that a handful of lucky people can have legions of fans who are dedicated to them is not a new addition to our cultural history, but the increasing efficiency with which celebrities can monetize their fandom is. The internet has introduced several new methods for celebrities to... Continue Reading

KSA Council passes backlog of motions during monthly meeting

Several motions were passed by the Kwantlen Student Association council after they reached quorum for their monthly online meeting on Dec. 10. Councillors Dilvaj Virk, Abhay Singh Cheema, Marika Wagner, Dhanwant Singh, Simranjit Kaur Dhaliwal, Harmandeep Kaur, Sukhmandeep Singh Gill, Armandeep Kaur were all absent. Business faculty representative Ravinder Pal Singh reported being unable to... Continue Reading

Fighting the echo pandemic

In the years before the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous mental health surveys found that post-secondary students were increasingly reporting feelings of depression and anxiety. Since measures to protect public health led to the closures of university campuses across the country, including Kwantlen Polytechnic University, students have had to adapt to a new regimen of online learning.... Continue Reading

New federal climate bill falls short of necessary and meaningful action

The first emissions reduction commitment ever made by Canada was set in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. In the 28 years since, the successive governments of this country have categorically failed to meet every single reduction target they have ever set. Thankfully, the federal government just introduced a new bill which... Continue Reading

Continuing to support local governments is key to BC NDP fulfilling election promises

Following the period of time where B.C. will have a caretaker government, there will be a lot of work to do in order for the BC NDP to meet their election promises. There are many examples of issues and promises the party listed in their platform that will require them to work closely with local... Continue Reading

A provincial election Q&A with Dr. Ross Michael Pink

Dr. Ross Michael Pink is a KPU instructor and chair of the Political Science Department. He has authored a number of academic papers and two books, Water Rights in Southeast Asia and India and The Climate Change Crisis Solutions and Adaption for a Planet in Peril. He recently co-wrote an article about climate refugee policy... Continue Reading

KPU Acupuncture Students File Concerns About Instructor With B.C. Ombudsperson

A group of students in the Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture Diploma (TCM-AD) program have submitted a complaint to the B.C. Office of the Ombudsperson, saying that KPU has failed to adequately address concerns that have repeatedly been raised about an instructor who teaches in the program. The students say they are dissatisfied with the... Continue Reading

Canadian Culinary Imaginations: Food for Thought on Canadian Identity

Canadian Culinary Imaginations is a compilation of essays, interviews, and visual art assembled and edited by KPU Faculty of Arts Associate Dean Dr. Shelley Boyd, and Fine Arts instructor Dr. Dorothy Barenscott. The book is an interdisciplinary collection that combines the work of artists, academics, and writers from across Canada, and it delves into various... Continue Reading