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

KPU Instructor Helps Write E-Book on Preventing Relationship Violence

For years, KPU nursing instructor Dr. Balbir Gurm has worked to offer comprehensive resources on relationship violence to the public. Much of this work has been done through the Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR), a cross-disciplinary organisation Gurm founded which aims to stop systemic relationship violence by educating people on how we can... Continue Reading

Lifesaving Society Suggests Safety Tips for Drowning Prevention Week

July 19 marked the beginning of the Lifesaving Society’s annual awareness campaign on the usually-preventable issue of drowning. “[We’re trying] to make sure that people are thinking about things before they head to the water, and hoping they’re going to have a good time and a safe time,” says Dale Miller, executive director of the... Continue Reading

KPU Offers New Diversity in Brewing Scholarship

A new scholarship announced July 8 marks a collaboration between the Diversity in Brewing initiative and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Brewing and Brewery Operations program. Heather Keegan, the founder and now coordinator of Diversity in Brewing, says that the scholarship was born out of wanting to support BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ students interested in joining the craft... Continue Reading

Amendment to Bill 22 Extends Time Youth Can Spend in Hospital After an Overdose

Bill 22, the Mental Health Amendment Act, passed its first reading on June 23. The proposed change to the legislation would permit hospitals to hold people 18 years and younger for 48 hours up to a maximum of seven days after an overdose. They can be held for “short-term involuntary emergency stabilization care” until they... Continue Reading

Virtual Town Hall Meeting Addresses Racism in the Medical System

Approximately 750 people tuned into a live discussion about racism in healthcare hosted by the Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour on July 6. The non-profit organization based in Victoria is dedicated to empowering women by addressing the social, cultural, and political realities that racialized women face. Their work is informed by... Continue Reading

Stop Panicking About Gaining Weight During the Pandemic

Wearing the same hoodie and sweats for days at a time may not be as socially acceptable now as it was at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Life is slowly beginning to move forward again. Places that require you to wear pants are reopening. We’re starting to hang out in small, carefully selected groups.... Continue Reading

Wilson School of Design Grad Recognized for His Adaptable Ski Jacket at Annual Competition

Riley Scott says that being recognized as the student runner-up for the sports and recreation award by Core77 was both surreal and exciting. In mid-June, the Core77 Design Awards announced student and professional winners, runner- ups, and notable designers across the 18 categories judged. The award show has been highlighting excellence in design for nine... Continue Reading