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

From the Editor: This isn’t your average back to school issue

Every September, The Runner publishes a back to school issue to kick off the beginning of the fall semester. These issues usually contain a few articles about campus groups, handy tips, updates on any notable changes that happened over the summer, and previews of upcoming events to look forward to. For students coming back from... Continue Reading

From The Editor: Staying Safe Does Not Mean You’re Missing Out

As human beings, we construct our own identities in relation to others. Sharing experiences and interacting with a community helps us define who we are as individuals, and the relationships we have with friends and family shape our lives and contribute to our sense of self. We are nearing the five-month mark since the B.C... Continue Reading

News Brief: Virtual Convocation to be Held in October

In lieu of the spring convocation ceremony which was scheduled to take place from June 1 to 5, KPU will be facilitating a “virtual ceremony” starting at 11 a.m. on Oct. 6. “Due to the ongoing restrictions on large gatherings as part of British Columbia’s COVID-19 response, KPU is arranging a virtual Convocation ceremony for... Continue Reading

Explainer: The Surrey Police Service Transition

On Aug. 6, the first official Surrey Police Board meeting took place at City Hall, where a motion to create the Surrey Police Service was passed. This marks a milestone in the ongoing process of transitioning the city’s policing structure from the RCMP to a municipal force. “Today is an incredible special day. It has... Continue Reading

Vancouver Should Consider the Ward System This Election Season

Following a CBC analysis that concluded that approximately 90 per cent of elected municipal officials in Metro Vancouver are white, questions are being raised about what could be done to more accurately represent the voices of 49 per cent of people in the region who identify as non-white minorities. When systems of power like municipal... Continue Reading

Keeping up With the Cullen Commission

Since February, members of the provincial government have been facilitating a public inquiry into the prevalence of money laundering throughout B.C. in response to demands that the practice be addressed and stopped. This followed the release of multiple reports on money laundering in the province written by Dr. Peter German, former RCMP deputy commissioner for... Continue Reading

Critical Thinking Education Can Help Fight the Spread of COVID Conspiracy Theories

A recently published study conducted by the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University found that, of the 2,000 Canadians surveyed, 46 per cent reported believing in at least one of four conspiracy theories or myths about COVID-19. The four myths include the idea that the coronavirus is a bioweapon engineered in a chinese... Continue Reading

Unpacking the Ethics of “Two-Tier Tuition”

Earlier this month, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan announced that it will be trying out a new model for tuition payment: Applicants who don’t get accepted can pay $60,000 per year instead of $10,000 to be admitted to the program despite not making the cut. This decision was made... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: Down With the Duopoly

The success and health of news media in Canada is inextricably chained to capitalism. The largest and most recognizable news organizations in this country are all for-profit endeavours which need to make money to survive. If they can’t make things work, they disappear or are bought out by larger companies. In both cases, scores of... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: COVID-19 by the Numbers

If you check most news sites any day of the week, odds are that their top story has something to do with reporting on the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Canada. Many news publications have an ongoing portal which presents stats meant to give readers an idea of how the virus is... Continue Reading

KSA Council Postpones Vote for new Executives After Election Confusion

The Kwantlen Student Association executive committee is in limbo after a recent council meeting which was described by outgoing KSA President David Piraquive as “a shit show.” During the April 3 meeting, which took place over video conference, the council failed to elect a full executive committee after encountering problems and confusion while casting votes,... Continue Reading