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

Explainer: Surrey’s new tree protection bylaw and plastic items ban

The City of Surrey recently passed a plastic bags and single-use items bylaw, as well as a tree protection bylaw. The new tree protection bylaw increased the fine an individual must pay for cutting down a “specimen quality tree” from $2,000 to $5,000. The fine increase for “protected trees” is from $1,000 to $3,000. The... Continue Reading

Fraser River Discovery Centre to showcase Indigenous heritage and culture

The Musqueam Indian Band and the Fraser River Discovery Centre Society have released a proposal to create a Learning Place where people can gain an “understanding of Indigenous heritage [and share] information about the teachings with all of those in the community of the traditional territory.” The Learning Place is expected to be a permanent... Continue Reading

Explainer: Vancouver’s bid to decriminalize small drug possessions

On Nov. 25, the Vancouver city council approved a motion to decriminalize small possessions of illicit drugs. This motion was agreed upon the same day 162 people were announced to have died from toxic drugs in October. There have been more than 1,500 deaths in Vancouver since B.C. declared a public health emergency in 2016,... Continue Reading

Institute for Sustainable Horticulture receives award for biopesticide research

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Institute for Sustainable Horticulture recently won the $100,000 Synergy Award for innovation from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada. The institute won the for discovering baculovirus biopesticides. Dr. Deborah Henderson from the Institute and former KPU student Michelle Franklin worked with Sylvar Technologies on the project to develop the baculovirus... Continue Reading

KPU to host Indigenous Dialogue Series discussing reconciliation and Indigenization

Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be hosting an event titled “Indigenous Dialogue Series: Perspectives on Indigenization” on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The event will be held online over a Zoom conference from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The series aims to bring the KPU community together to learn and take steps towards “addressing historical and systemic wrongs,... Continue Reading

Surrey transportation plan to focus on growing city population and rapid transit

The City of Surrey is working on a transportation plan that will focus on “addressing the climate crisis, prioritizing safety, balancing equity and leveraging new technology.” Back in 2008, the city initially created the transportation plan, though a number of changes have been made since then. “Ever since 2008, a number of things have changed... Continue Reading

Explainer: Vancouver in talks of possibly hosting the 2030 Olympic Games

Back in March, Vancouver put forward a motion to consider hosting the 2030 Winter Olympics. The motion was to be heard by several speakers in April. However, the meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19 social restrictions. The motion details the eventful turnout of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games and the contributions the games brought, such... Continue Reading

Wilson School of Design students volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

The Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver organization recently hosted a youth build week, and interior design students from the Wilson School of Design were there to help. Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is a non-governmental organization that works to bring “volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means... Continue Reading

Meet KPU: Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani has been a part of the KPU community since 2007. He’s started off as an instructor in the psychology department. Now, he is the Associate Vice Provost for Open Education at KPU, and since February has been the acting Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, responsible for overseeing KPU’s transition to remote... Continue Reading

Explainer: Vancouver’s updated climate action plan

In early November, the City of Vancouver released its Climate Emergency Action Plan, where they designated six significant climate actions they hope to be completed before 2030. According to the report, Vancouver generated 2.5 million tonnes of carbon pollution in 2019. Fifty-two per cent stemmed from the burning of natural gas, which is used for... Continue Reading