A Look Inside B.C. Universities’ COVID-19 Safety Ambassador Programs

In an effort to keep their students and staff safer in shared spaces, some local universities have created their own COVID-19 safety ambassador programs, where staff or students are trained to ensure precautions are being taken on campuses. The Runner spoke with Thompson Rivers University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of the Fraser Valley... Continue Reading
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Regional Health Orders Could Mean Stricter Longer Restrictions to Come

Citizens under the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health authorities have been ordered to reduce travel and social interactions to try to quell the quickly growing number of COVID-19 cases. The regional health orders will be in place until Nov. 23. Affecting communities in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, the orders are targeting the... Continue Reading

October KSA Council Meeting to be Rescheduled After Low Attendance

Out of 19 voting council members, only seven showed up to the Kwantlen Student Association’s council meeting held virtually Oct. 30. Only two councillors, Ravinder Singh and Palwinder Singh sent in their regrets that they couldn’t make the meeting for health reasons, while ten other councillors remained unaccounted for. These absences were particularly noticed following... Continue Reading

KPU Social Enterprise Club Hosts Virtual Halloween Movie Night

In an effort to celebrate the spooky holiday with COVID-19 precautions in mind, KPU’s Social Enterprise Club hosted a virtual watching party for the live-action Scooby-Doo movie. Made possible by Netflix and the Chrome extension Teleparty (formerly known as Netflix Party), students talked about their favourite Halloween costumes, horror movies, and their online school experiences.... Continue Reading

Meet KPU: Andrea Woo

It all started out with a love for writing, says Andrea Woo about her 17 years of journalism experience. Today, the award-winning KPU journalist is a reporter for The Globe and Mail focusing on substance use, drug policy, mental health, and other health issues. With more than a handful of journalism awards already under belt,... Continue Reading

EXPLAINER: Canada’s Planned Single-Use Plastics Ban for 2021

Plastic straws, shopping bags, and takeout containers are among the list of single-use plastics set to be banned by the end of 2021. After analyzing and categorizing these products as either harmful, essential, or both, six common single-use plastic items were named to be federally banned by the end of next year, according to an... Continue Reading

Online Welcome Week Brings Students Together to Chat, Play Games, and Learn About KSA Services

Despite some hiccups along the way, the Kwantlen Student Association’s Welcome Week event on Zoom left students chatting and laughing. With most campuses closed, Shannen Johnson-Barker, KSA Events Coordinator, knew she wanted to organize something for students. “Trying to figure out how to actually get the information out to students was a bit of a... Continue Reading

KPU Student Groups Share Plans for Supporting Student Life Off-Campus

A list of active KPU clubs is available on the Kwantlen Student Association’s website, but only some of them responded to The Runner’s interview request before press time. Here are the lightly edited transcripts from our conversations with everyone who got back to us, so you know who’s available to support students during this uniquely... Continue Reading

KPU’s Farrier Certificate Reworked for Fall 2020

Starting Oct. 26, KPU Farrier Science students can participate in online learning, a practicum, and e-portfolios during their 30-week certificate program. The goals of updating the program are for students to graduate with more experience working on horses in the field with industry professionals. As a result, they can be better prepared to move onto... Continue Reading

A Look at the KDocsFF Film Selections for 2021

COVID-19 can’t stop KDocsFF 2021 from running this February. The social justice film festival, which celebrates the impact of documentary film and activism, will be held virtually from Feb.18 to 21. Tickets will go up for sale sometime later this fall. Picking the official film selections wasn’t easy for Janice Morris, Founder and Festival Director... Continue Reading

Aquatic Spaces Should Be Safe for Everyone, Not Just English Speakers

Hearing languages other than English is nothing new to me. I grew up hearing my dad speak Spanish in our household, to our family back home in Mexico, and to his friends at get-togethers. I work at a pool in Surrey, where many patrons speak to each other in languages other than English. Parents call... Continue Reading

Parents, Teachers, and Students Worry as K-12 Resumes in B.C. Schools

Around 634,000 students across B.C. will be returning to school on Sept. 10 while concerns about a potential second wave of COVID-19 continue to grow. The B.C. government announced on July 29 that the province was planning a full return to school. This was met with immediate criticism from the B.C. Teachers’ Federation. “The reopening... Continue Reading

Fundraising Efforts to Send Student’s Body Home Conclude

A crowd-sourced fundraiser to return the body of Manpreet Singh to his home has been deactivated after it surpassed its funding goal with $44,286. Singh passed away after drowning at Cultus Lake on July 25. He and a group of friends were swimming that day before the tragic accident took place. The widely reported tragedy... Continue Reading

KPU Instructor’s New Book Explores the Sikh View on Happiness

The Sikh View on Happiness: Guru Arjan’s Sukhmani authored by Asian Studies instructor Kamala Nayar and clinical counsellor Jas Sandhu is an analysis, exploration, and translation of the celebrated religious text, the Sukhmani. Translating to “Pearl of Happiness,” the Sukhmani was written by Guru Arjan about 400 years ago. As the fifth of 10  Gurus... Continue Reading

KSA Council Restricted by Seven Vacancies in its Elected Membership

Making informed, inclusive decisions can be difficult for the KSA when they consistently lack community representatives on council. There are currently seven vacancies between constituency and faculty representatives. “We are trying to find more ways to find more direct synergies with KPU and more of their departments,” says Benjamin Newsom, Executive Director of the KSA.... Continue Reading