KSA Calls on KPU to Suspend the Sale of Textbooks Amid Plagiarism Allegations

The Kwantlen Student Association is calling for the suspension of sales of two sociology textbooks carried by the KPU bookstore, and for the issuing of refunds to students who purchased them. This request follows allegations that the author, KPU faculty member Dr. Charles Quist-Adade, used plagiarized content throughout multiple sections of the books. The books,... Continue Reading

Improving Access to Assisted Dying Can End Suffering and Strengthen Human Rights

While having access to physician assistance in dying is not new in Canada, the rules which govern the process still leave a lot of room for improvement. In 2015, the Supreme Court decided to remove the federal prohibition of the end-of-life practice because it violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. A year later, the... Continue Reading

An Update on the Surrey Langley SkyTrain Extension

Every month, millions of people use the SkyTrain to move across the Metro Vancouver region. People value being able to travel through multiple cities in order to reach their school or workplace, to visit family and friends, or to spend time exploring the many parks, venues, libraries, museums, and other attractions that the Lower Mainland... Continue Reading

KSA Publicly Supports Transit Worker Job Action

Weeks of negotiations between Metro Vancouver transit workers, trades people, and their employers have not yet resulted in an agreed-upon deal between the parties. On Nov. 1, Unifor Locals 111 and 2200, which represent transit operators and skilled trades workers respectively, decided to pursue job action after receiving contract adjustment offers by Coast Mountain Bus... Continue Reading

Facebook’s New News Feature is Bad News

“Journalism plays a critical role in our democracy. When news is deeply-reported and well-sourced it gives people information they can rely on. When it’s not, we lose an essential tool for making good decisions.” This isn’t a quote from Woodward or Bernstein, Pulitzer, or one of the KPU journalism instructors. This is a quote from... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: Elizabeth May Chose a Good Time to Step Down

After 13 years of being the leader of the Green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May announced she would be stepping down from the role. She maintains that she wants to keep a very active role in the party as the MP for the Saanich-Gulf Islands riding, and she wants to stay on as the party’s... Continue Reading

KPU Journalism Instructor Reflects on His Retirement After 20 Years of Teaching

At the end of August 2019, Mark Hamilton, former Chair of the KPU Journalism Department, retired after 20 years of teaching courses at KPU. Hamilton started his career in the 70s, and worked as a freelance journalist and in different editorial roles in a number of newsrooms. During his heyday, he spent time as the... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: The Fragile Balance Between Federal Division and Unity

The election happened. It’s over. We have a Liberal minority government with four other parties and an independent candidate in the House. Everyone has a different idea of how the country should be run, but none of the parties have as much power to make it happen as they would if they held a majority.... Continue Reading

A Few Suggestions for Other Places you can Learn About Election Issues

Tristan Johnston, Contributor Other than my casual intake of CBC and the Globe and Mail, National Observer is a somewhat underappreciated source of news. Formed in 2015, the National Observer was partially created to avoid the big oil money that was finding its way into other newspapers. This makes their B Corporation status notable, which... Continue Reading

From the Editor: How New Students Can Most Out of Their Time at KPU

Want to know how you can benefit the most from your time at KPU? The number one thing I would recommend is a cliché, but it’s true: What you get out of it depends on what you put into it. There can be so much more to this experience than just the things you learn... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: The Canadian Election Campaign 2019: Sorry, Eh?

It’s been a weird couple of weeks for Canadian politics. A number of MPs have had to issue public apologies for strange and offensive behaviour ranging in severity from the Green Party’s photoshopping a reusable cup into a picture of Elizabeth May, to Conservative candidate Arpan Khanna Tweeting some pretty vicious and threatening homophobic statements... Continue Reading

Friendship Maintenance Services are Borderline Sociopathic

Read the other side of the debate here. Customer relations management is an important part of running a successful business. Like many other aspects of work, it can be automated to a certain extent. You can use apps to keep track of your client engagement and remind you of when you should check in on... Continue Reading

2019 Election Boogaloo

Brace yourselves. Election season is coming.  Pundits and political nerds are predicting that the upcoming campaign period could be pretty hectic compared to previous ones, and the fact that social media will be used more than ever before is likely to make it worse. Then consider the recent discovery that Canadians who rely on mainstream... Continue Reading

Inside KPU’s Plan to Reduce Plastic Waste

Most people agree that, ideally, single-use plastics should be disposed of in ways that limit their impact on the environment. Plastic recycling—which uses broken-down components of certain plastic products to create new goods instead of sending them to a landfill—is the most popular method for doing this, but it’s still not being used commonly enough... Continue Reading

KPU Student Competes at Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships

Most post-secondary students have had to use a Microsoft Office program at least once during the course of their education, either for writing papers with Word, doing presentations using PowerPoint, or completing spreadsheets with Excel. Most students probably consider themselves familiar or proficient with using the programs, and some probably even consider themselves to be... Continue Reading