Sturgeon Bank project aims to restore ecosystems and prevent flooding

Sediment previously being dropped into the sea will soon be pumped back into the Fraser River Estuary’s Sturgeon Bank near Richmond. The goals of the Sturgeon Bank Sediment Enhancement Pilot Project are to restore the receding marsh ecosystems within the estuary and to protect the surrounding communities at risk of flooding from rising sea levels,... Continue Reading

B.C. creating hotline for reporting racist incidents

A hotline to report incidents of racism is in the works for British Columbians, and was announced in a provincial government news release on April 30. The hotline will offer counselling and resource referrals in a culturally sensitive, trauma-informed way to people who call, explains Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Rachna Singh. It will also be... Continue Reading

She Connects: mentoring and empowering young women and gender-diverse folks

It has been two years since the four co-founders of She Connects, a virtual mentorship program for young women, joined forces to brainstorm how they could connect and support their communities. Since then, the initiative has brought on 30 mentors across Canada to be available to young women and gender-diverse students close to graduating high... Continue Reading

Passion for the Earth, the land, and all that exists on it – the KPU Geography Club

The Kwantlen Polytechnic University Geography Club encourages students to dive into the world of geography through documentaries, faculty talks, and field trips. The club is in the early stages of growing, and creators Eiren Lucero and Yhanu Sivapalan are looking forward to the social aspect of collaborating with like-minded students, as well as learning more... Continue Reading

Diving in with Dani: Going to the gym during the pandemic

There’s nothing quite like the relief of flopping down onto my couch after some sweaty, chest-heaving exercise. For me, the best part is when that post-workout mental clarity starts to shine through the ever-lingering, thick fog of pandemic burnout. It’s become an important part of taking care of my mental health, and I know I’m... Continue Reading

Taking part in ‘lesbian activity’ does not need to be corrected through counselling

Following gay Liberal MP Rob Oliphant’s third reading of Bill C-6, an act to ban conversion therapy in Canada, Cloverdale-Langley City MP Tamara Jansen attempted to fire back with “words of the Apostle Matthew” during the debate. After happening upon a viral Tik Tok explaining the whole mess, I was absolutely mortified to find that... Continue Reading

KPU Sport and Recreation to host esports tournaments this summer

From May to July, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Sport and Recreation team will be hosting three esports tournaments for KPU students. The tournament for Fortnite duos will run from May 27 to 28, Rocket League 1v1s from June 17 to 18, and FIFA ‘21 1v1s from July 8 to 9. Each two-day tournament will be scored... Continue Reading

KPU’s Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani to speak at summit on technology use in higher education

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, will be one of three keynote speakers at the BCNET CONNECT Higher Ed & Research Tech Summit. Following the not-for-profit’s 2020 summit being cancelled altogether due to the pandemic, he says he is looking forward to speaking about something that he is... Continue Reading

If there’s one thing that Horgan has, it’s the audacity

During a COVID-19 briefing earlier this month, B.C. Premier John Horgan said that young people aren’t paying attention and are endangering the rest of the province. He addressed those in the province aged 20 to 39, saying, “My appeal to you is do not blow this for the rest of us. Do not blow this... Continue Reading

KPU Arts Speaker Series to present on international students and policy

On March 31, KPU political science instructor Conrad King will be wrapping up this semester’s Arts Speaker Series with his presentation “Governing Complexity: Future-proofing Higher Education Internationalization in Times of Uncertainty.” In collaboration with a team of other researchers looking at Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, King specifically looks at why international students... Continue Reading

Diving in with Dani: Making salsa roja with avocado

There is often a tea towel slung over Felipe Penaloza’s shoulder when he roams between the kitchen counter and the hot stove, his brow furrowed in thought and concentration. Cumbia music vibrates through the shared wall of my bedroom and the kitchen on weekend mornings, accompanied by my dad’s offkey singing, the buzzing of the... Continue Reading

KPU Applied Genomics Centre set to tackle problems in agriculture and health

With files from Esther Amankop Udoh Dr. Paul Adams, scientific director of the Applied Genomics Centre, chuckles when asked to explain – in a way that anybody could understand – what kind of research the lab works on. The lab, which is under construction on the Surrey campus at Spruce 214, focuses on genetics research,... Continue Reading

KDocsFF 2021 virtual opening night a ‘seamless’ success, festival to run until March 21

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s esteemed social justice film festival, KDocsFF, kicked off March 12 with And Then They Came for Us, a documentary about the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans in 1942. At 8:00 pm, film subjects George Takei and Satsuki Ina, director Abby Ginzberg, and Diana Morita Cole discussed the increased hate against Asian communities... Continue Reading

KPU Arts Speaker Series event to discuss trilobites and 'othering' of the Neanderthal

On March 17, Kwantlen Polytechnic University sociology instructors Dr. Rebecca Yoshizawa and Dr. Ryan Higgitt will give students and faculty a peek into the contemporary, exciting research they have been working on. Yoshizawa will be sharing her research on how trilobites — which are ancient arthropods with thick exoskeletons that fossilize easily — can be... Continue Reading

Housing to open in Vancouver for transgender, gender-diverse, and Two-Spirit peoples

Bought by the City of Vancouver, the Aoki-Ross House will soon be accepting housing applications from transgender, gender-diverse, and Two-Spirit peoples in the Downtown Eastside. The building will eventually house 26 residents, and the city is hoping to reduce some of the barriers that folks from these communities can face when trying to access safe... Continue Reading