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Kootenay MP Calls for the Elimination of Federal Student Loan Interest

The B.C. government’s recent budget revealed that interest on provincial student loans is being eliminated, which will save students an average of $2,300 over the course of earning their degree. B.C. joins Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I. as the only provinces that offer interest-free loans, and while the decision is being celebrated by local students,... Continue Reading
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KSA Members Voice Concern About Online Access to KPU Senate Meeting Recordings

During a KSA Council meeting on Feb. 27, members of the student association expressed concerns that recordings of KPU Senate meetings had been made private. They are now accessible only through SharePoint, an online database and platform which can only be used by staff, faculty, and administration. Students and members of the public will now... Continue Reading

Students Campaign in Advance of Board of Governors Election

This April, KPU students will elect representatives to the two seats available on the university’s Board of Governors. The campaign period began on March 11 and the election will run from April 8 at 8:00 a.m. to April 11 at 4:00 p.m. Students can cast their votes online by visiting the election website at engage.kpu.ca,... Continue Reading

KSA Presents Annual Report at AGM, Passes SUB Debenture Approval

The Kwantlen Student Association presented its yearly report at the society’s annual general meeting on Tuesday, March 19. Executive Director Ben Newsom’s report covered a variety of yearly updates on topics such as campaigning and advocacy efforts, student services, progress toward building a student union building, and the KSA’s audited financial statements from 2018. The... Continue Reading

New Zed Cred Program Announced for Open Education Week

KPU has added the Associate of Arts in General Studies to its growing list of Zed Cred programs, making it the third program at the university that consists entirely of courses which come with zero textbook costs. KPU is the leading school in B.C. for offering Zed Cred programs. The first began in 2017 as... Continue Reading

Posters Advertising KPU Student’s Study on Consent Draw Criticism

A KPU Psychology student’s study about consensual but unwanted sexual activity is set to be finalized in April and has been submitted to the Society of the Scientific Study of Sexuality, with the hopes of being presented in November. “We believe it’s a very important study,” says Dr. Cory Pedersen, the Chair of the Faculty... Continue Reading

Afterthought: The West Van B-Line Debate Rages On

Tensions are running high in the once idyllic hillside communities of West Vancouver and North Vancouver. Residents are fighting over the introduction of a consolidated bus route between Phibbs Exchange and Dundarave planned as part of TransLink’s strategy for increasing the transit capacity throughout Metro Vancouver. The debate has become so heated that councillors have... Continue Reading

KPU to Host Week of Events on Teaching Decolonization, Reconciliation, and Indigenization

Faculty members, guest speakers, staff, and students have been working together to prepare a series of events that will be held over four days at KPU campuses in Langley, Surrey, and Richmond. The events are all part of Indigenization and Decolonization at KPU: A Week of Sharing and Learning, an event series which includes presentations,... Continue Reading

KPU Students Take First Prize in Accounting Competition

A team of KPU business students have returned from a national conference where they won the ACHIEVE accounting case competition. The conference was hosted by Ryerson University and took place in Toronto between Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. The KPU team, which is the first from B.C. to win the competition, was led by accounting... Continue Reading

The Robot Uprising Has Begun, and It’s Happening Online

The internet just ain’t what it used to be. What was once a playground of memes, games, and impulse shopping has now become the most effective platform for political manipulation as well as social and economic disruption. This month, CBC reported that Twitter trolls have been targeting Canadians debating over pipelines and immigration policies with... Continue Reading

KPU Students Increasingly Rely on KSA Food Bank Amid Growing Food Insecurity in Canada

A report issued by Food Banks Canada says that usage of Canadian Food Banks across the country “remains unacceptably high.” According to the report, which is titled HungerCount 2018, in one month alone Canadians made approximately 1.1 million visits to food banks, including over 125,000 in B.C. The report states that 35.2 per cent of... Continue Reading

KSA Sponsors Student Refugee Living in Canada

Sarah, a student refugee who travelled here from Jordan, has been given the chance to lead a new life in Canada thanks to a partnership between the Kwantlen Student Association and the World University Service of Canada through its Student Refugee Program. Funding from the KSA allows Sarah to attend KPU, where she plans to... Continue Reading
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Provincial Government Eliminates Interest on B.C. Student Loans

The 2019 budget announcement made on Feb. 19 included a list of measures the provincial government is taking to reduce taxes for families earning under $80,000 per year. These include introducing child benefit tax credit and, of particular interest to KPU students, eliminating the interest from B.C. student loans. “Students and young families with loans... Continue Reading

Afterthought: SNC-Lavalin Finally Bursts out of the Ottawa Bubble

The national discourse regarding the SNC-Lavalin affair has escalated sharply following the revealing testimony of Jody Wilson-Raybould on Feb. 27. The controversy is based on a relatively straightforward situation: members of the prime minister’s office pressured former Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould into approving a deal (called a deferred prosecution agreement) that would... Continue Reading

Afterthought: The Scourge of Cause Marketing

Everybody likes to buy things. Everybody likes to feel moral validation. Why not do both at the same time? Lucky for us consumers, there’s cause marketing, the practice of combining corporate promotion with the advancement of social causes. As it has become more commonplace for people to give their money to companies who commit to... Continue Reading