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

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