Minimum Wage Should be Abolished

Calvin Boghart, Contributor The first minimum wage was imposed back in 1938 and set at a modest sum of 25-cents an hour. Many workers have lost their jobs since then because of this misguided policy. Its unintended consequences have been well-documented for nearly 80 years. For instance, Economists David Neumark and William Wascher reviewed more... Continue Reading

Jillian Christmas Performs on the Surrey Campus

Slam poet returns to KPU with verse and song Calvin Borghardt, Contributor KPU welcomed accomplished slam poet Jillian Christmas to the Surrey campus on Feb. 23, when she performed a blend of poetry and music. Christmas has earned numerous Poetry Slam Championship titles in Vancouver and has represented the city at the Women of the... Continue Reading

Trades Jobs On A Path To A Sustainable Future

Iron & Earth create platform to engage in renewable energy development issues Calvin Borghardt, Contributor The KPU Tech campus welcomed Lliam Hildebrand, the Founding Director of Iron & Earth, on Feb. 8 to speak to trades students about applying their skills to the renewable energy sector. A boilermaker by trade, Hildebrand chose to dedicate his... Continue Reading

KPU Students Look to Help Save the Bees Both In and Out of the Classroom

Solitary beehives will soon be buzzing on-campus In response to predictions that bees may face extinction due to a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder, the KSA Special Committee of Environmental Sustainability is working to create beehives on KPU’s Surrey campus. Unlike most bees, however, the ones in these hives will prefer a little privacy.... Continue Reading

What’s KPU Reading? This Year It’s The Parcel

KPU reading series turns to Anosh Irani’s story of transgender sex work For its second year, KPU Reads has brought the community at Kwantlen Polytechnic University together to read an engrossing novel. While last year’s readers were united by Aislinn Hunter’s The World Before Us, which was set in London, this year they travel across... Continue Reading

Who are the Third Parties?

A look at some potential underdogs in the B.C. election The 41st B.C. general election is scheduled for May 9, and although the Liberals and NDP currently dominate the legislature, there will be 24 other political parties vying for a slice of the pie. These “third parties” have an opportunity to win seats in the... Continue Reading

ABCS to Empower Student Unions with “Count on Our Vote” Campaign

The Alliance of B.C. Students will help member associations get their constituents to participate in May’s provincial election The Alliance of B.C. Students is gearing up for a campaign to help student unions across British Columbia encourage their constituents to vote in the upcoming provincial election. “The ABCS is planning for the election,” say Alex... Continue Reading

Runner Run-Down: The Race for Leadership of the Conservative Party

Spotlight on Alexander, Bernier, Chong, Leitch, and Obhrai Though the next federal election in Canada is still years away, contenders for the Conservative party’s leadership seem to jumping in and out of the race on a weekly basis. To help parse the real contenders from the others, here’s a look at some of the candidates... Continue Reading

Teachers (And Students) Benefit from Smaller Class Sizes

The Supreme Court’s ruling provides room for students to grow properly Our public education system needs significant reform, and few solutions can offer the immediate benefit of individualized education. Having fewer students in class would allow teachers to focus more on each individual child, understand their educational needs, and tailor instructions accordingly. This extra investment... Continue Reading

A Tax on Empty Homes is Not Enough to Fix the Problem

The B.C. Residential Tenancy Act needs an update Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s 1 per cent tax on vacant homes may be a step closer to addressing the housing crisis, but it’s far from a wholesale solution. The CBC reports that Robertson justified the measure as a “business tax” on owners he said were treating housing... Continue Reading

Student Groups Can Borrow KSA Equipment Via Rental System

Giant chess and jenga sets now available, more to come in spring The Kwantlen Student Association has launched a new loan system by which student groups can borrow KSA items for their events. These items range from badminton equipment to the recently purchased giant chess set, and vary according to each campus. “[The system is]... Continue Reading

Liberals Raise Student Loan Repayment Threshold to $25,000

KSA, CFS representatives argue the increase is not enough to help indebted students The federal government has announced that Canadian graduates won’t have to begin paying off their student loans until they are making $25,000 per year. The announcement, made by Employment and Social Development Canada, increased the minimum necessary salary by $5,000 starting Nov.... Continue Reading

UNBC Student Society Announces $100,000 Debt

Contrasting their society’s operations to the KSA’s reveals the problem The University of Northern B.C.’s undergraduate society (NUGSS) announced that it is $100,000 in debt at last month’s annual general meeting. Its financial troubles, which the society’s vice-president finance, Eric Depeneau, called the “culmination of many years of poor planning,” has led it to consider... Continue Reading

WOOW Campaigns Against Racism

KPU’s feminist club and women’s collective promotes acceptance Women Organizing Opportunities for Women (WOOW) Organizer Natasha Lopes believes that racist sentiments are becoming more common because “people are scared that their way of life is dying out,” therefore making them more susceptible to the messages of groups like the KKK and the Soldiers of Odin.... Continue Reading

Surrey Partners with KPU, SFU to Become Canada’s First City of Refuge

The City of Surrey will provide a safe haven for creative folk at risk around the world Surrey has become the first city in Canada to join the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN), an independent organization of more than 50 cities and regions from around the world, each serving as a safe haven for... Continue Reading