B.C. government offers support to students affected by Canada’s recent travel ban

The provincial government has released a list of mental health support resources available to post-secondary students affected by the India and Pakistan travel restrictions. The Canadian government announced a 30-day ban on flights from India and Pakistan beginning April 22,  in order to deal with the surge in COVID-19 cases. The ban includes commercial and... Continue Reading

Explainer: Online learning and KPU student rights

The Kwantlen Student Association Student Rights Centre advocates for students at KPU and helps them understand their rights through a non-judgemental and confidential support system. This includes helping with things like appealing plagiarism claims and grade appeals, and submitting complaints to the university. The pandemic and the switch to online learning have impacted the way... Continue Reading

How advocates are fighting against period poverty in B.C.

Period poverty is described as “the lack of access to sanitary products, menstrual hygiene education, toilets, hand washing facilities, and, or, waste management.” A recently released Period Promise Research Project by the United Way Lower Mainland shows that about 25 per cent of people have been affected at some point in time by period poverty.... Continue Reading

A look at the University of British Columbia’s new Indigenous Language Fluency Program

The University of British Columbia Okanagan is planning on offering a four-year bachelor’s program in the Nsyilxcn Indigenous language. With this program, UBCO will be the first university in Canada to offer education a bachelor’s degree in an “Indigenous language fluency” program. The program was created in partnership with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology... Continue Reading

Explainer: The Supreme Court ruling on carbon pricing in Canada

On March 25, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act for minimum carbon pricing is constitutional. The act is a legal framework that provinces and territories have to follow in order to manage greenhouse gas emissions. The current federal plan will price every tonne of carbon dioxide released into... Continue Reading

KPU Exchange Program goes virtual with federal grant funding

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s exchange program moved virtual this semester as part of a pilot program that was made possible by the Outbound Student Mobility Program. A one-time award has been created for students in the virtual exchange program, according to an emailed statement by KPU International Global Development Manager Ada Lee. This award is up... Continue Reading

Grant pays for the tuition of 12 KPU students in the Faculty of Trades and Technology

Twelve KPU students have been awarded a grant fund of $105,183, which will pay the students’ tuition towards the Electrical Foundation Program in the Faculty of Trades and Technology. The community Workforce Development grant will ensure that the students receive hands-on education to take into the real world. The 24-week program will cover what students... Continue Reading

KPU Design instructor receives funding for virtual reality and 3D tech-focused course

KPU Wilson School of Design instructor Jessica Bayntun has received a financial award from KPU Teaching and Learning, meant to help Bayntun blend virtual reality into her special topics summer course called “3D futures.” This is a fashion program course, and Bayntun says it looks into “designed futures” and “how technology is integrated in production,... Continue Reading

Explainer: The Canada Pharmacare Act

The Canada Pharmacare Act introduced by B.C. MP Peter Julian was defeated in its most recent reading in the house of commons. Bill C-213 was brought forward as a private member bill. The purpose of the bill was to “establish a universal single-payer, comprehensive and public pharmacare plan” which will give access to prescription drugs... Continue Reading

Indigenous-led housing project to open in Vancouver

The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society will be operating another housing shelter located at 1015 East Hastings in partnership with the City of Vancouver and BC Housing. This is part of an Indigenous-led development, and it will include more than 160 new homes and 80 new shelter beds. The VAFCS will operate 80 beds for... Continue Reading

Explainer: Canada’s delays in vaccine distribution

B.C. has been experiencing a recent slowdown in vaccine distribution, which has reportedly resulted in more than 70 per cent of the medicine being reserved for individuals requiring their second dose. Earlier this month, there were some interruptions to the vaccine deliveries in the country. The federal government announced that the Pfizer vaccine would take... Continue Reading

KPU implementing changes to the Bachelor of Arts framework

The new Bachelor of Arts framework will lower the number of credits that arts students need to complete for the quantitative and arts and breadth requirements. The university released the minutes from a meeting on Jan. 25, where the senate discussed and passed a motion to reduce the nine quantitative credit requirement to three credits.... Continue Reading

The benefits of employer-subsidized transit

Researchers from Simon Fraser University hosted a webinar in December to discuss a study that explored how hotel workers’ commute in downtown Vancouver can be affected by transit subsidies provided by their employers. The study was done in partnership with the City of Vancouver, TransLink, Unite Here Local 40, the hotels, and workers who took... Continue Reading

How KPU is working to educate students, instructors, and staff about Indigenous culture and history

Kwantlen Polytechnic University takes its name after the Kwantlen First Nation and resides on the land which belongs to the Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Musqueam, Qay’Qayt, Tsawwassen, and the Kwikwetlem peoples. The university has taken steps to educate the community on Indigenous peoples’ culture and history. Besides reciting land acknowledgements, KPU is looking to decolonize, and... Continue Reading

International student graduates can extend their work permits in Canada

On Jan. 8, the Canadian Ministry of Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship announced an update to the rules for international student graduates whose work visas are about to expire. International student graduates who currently have or previously had a post-graduate work permit will be able to apply for another open work permit starting Jan. 27 and... Continue Reading