Explainer: Nova Scotia’s Loan Forgiveness Program

At the beginning of August, the Province of Nova Scotia announced a loan forgiveness program for students who were issued provincial student loans after Aug. 1, 2015. For students to be eligible, they need to “graduate from an undergraduate non-professional degree program at a Nova Scotia university.” They also need to have completed their degree... 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

New KPU International Exchange Program Explores Asia and the Pacific Rim

KPU International is expanding its study opportunities for students. The team recently announced its partnership with University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific Consortium (UMAP), allowing students to form connections with “600 universities and colleges from 36 countries and territories across Asia and the Pacific Rim.” KPU International offers exchange programs to universities in North... Continue Reading

Explainer: Closing Bars May Slow Down Infection Rates

As the new school year begins, many parents and educators have voiced concerns about B.C.’s back to school plan. SFU mathematics professor Caroline Colijn who shared her research with CBC, says there is a five per cent chance of infection on the first day of school for elementary school kids and a 25 per cent... Continue Reading

ABCS Supports Recommendations for Students in Provincial Budget Report

In early August, B.C.’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services released a report on its 2021 budget consultation, which includes a number of ways to improve advanced education in the province, and recommends the creation of a “provincial international student educational strategy.” Following this, the Alliance of BC Students (ABCS) expressed support for... Continue Reading

KPU Students Advance to Phase Two of Car Design Competition

KPU design students Marie-Pier Alary and Bailee van Rikxoort have reached the second phase of Project Arrow, a national competition to design a zero-emission concept vehicle hosted by the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Section of the Canadian Manufacturers’ Association. According to their website, the zero-emission vehicle will be created with an all-Canadian team and will be... Continue Reading

What to Know for Your Fall Semester Online

When KPU stopped offering in-person classes in the spring, the university formulated a plan to ensure students could finish their semesters successfully. Now, staff, students, and faculty are getting ready to go back to school. The B.C government has released guidelines for post-secondary schools, one of which is “transitioning education delivery to a remote learning... Continue Reading

Former KPU Instructor Sandy Fraser Creates Award for Interior Design Students

KPU’s Interior Design program has announced that it will be offering students the Sandy Fraser Award for Outstanding Design. The $5,000 annual scholarship will go to a student who has demonstrated “research, experimentation and creative problem-solving skills to achieve forward-thinking and innovative solutions that have the possibility of transforming people’s lives.” This award will be... Continue Reading

KPU Open Educational Resources Welcomes New Strategist

For the implementation of its OER program, KPU is listed as “Canada’s leading institutional adopter of Open Textbooks and other Open Educational Resources.” Open education textbooks provide an affordable alternative for students who need to buy textbooks for their courses. They are reportedly “available to students free of cost in digital formats and at relatively... Continue Reading

Explainer: B.C. Announces Student Grants for the Fall Semester

The B.C. government has announced an access grant available to post-secondary students this coming fall. The grant is intended to build on ”the elimination of interests on B.C. student loans.” In a statement, the government said the grants are non-repayable and are being offered along with funding for students with disabilities. Additional resources and online... Continue Reading

Canadian Alliance of Student Association Calls to Redirect Aid from CSSG

The Canadian Alliance of Student Association is asking for Canada Student Service Grant funding to be redirected to help students in need. In a press release, CASA said the short time left in the summer and the delayed grant program has prevented students from receiving financial aid from the CSSG. They believe it is too... Continue Reading

KPU Partners with Native Education College to Teach Indigenous Land Stewardship

The Native Education College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University have partnered up to allow students at NEC pursuing an Indigenous land Stewardship certificate to obtain a Bachelor’s in Horticulture Urban Ecosystems at KPU. NEC already offers a one-year certificate course in the Indigenous Land Stewardship program. According to David Tracey, program coordinator and instructor for the... Continue Reading
Marco E. L. Mendicino is sworn in as Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. November 20, 2019. // Marco E. L. Mendicino est assermenté comme ministre de l'Immigration, des Réfugiés et de la Citoyenneté durant la cérémonie d’assermentation du Conseil des ministres à Rideau Hall, à Ottawa. 20 novembre 2019.

Explainer: Canada’s Temporary Measures for International Student Permits

The Canadian government has announced new measures for international students taking online classes this fall. Because the Canadian border still has very tight restrictions on travel, the measures were created to allow international students to study online and receive credits while in their respective countries. Some of the measures include a priority study permit for... Continue Reading

How Vancouver Should Go Greener

Back in 2011, the City of Vancouver released an action plan which detailed its goals to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. That goal was not met, but the City did achieve some milestones — including a 35 per cent increase in green jobs since 2010, 139,000 new trees planted, and a... Continue Reading

Advocates Ask for More Support in Childcare Services During Pandemic

Since the pandemic began, many childcare services across the country have shut their doors to adhere to physical distancing rules, leaving parents without a place to put their children when they’re unable to care for them. Alison Merton, an early years director at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, says their service closed on Mar. 20 due to... Continue Reading