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

Vancouver’s WISH Drop-In Centre Society Opening Canada’s First 24/7 Shelter for Sex Workers

The WISH Drop-In Centre Society is opening a 24/7 shelter in Vancouver for sex workers, and the CBC, stated that it’s the first of its kind in Vancouver and Canada. According to the Executive Director of the WISH Drop-In Centre Society, Mebrat Beyene, WISH  has been around for over 36 years, and they support women... Continue Reading

KSA Hosts AGM Entirely Online

Originally scheduled for March 26, the Kwantlen Student Association’s annual general meeting (AGM) took place on Oct. 22 over a Zoom video conference. The meeting did not have a high enough attendance to make the minimum quorum to pass motions. The AGM began with the Speaker of Council Titus Gregory going over the objectives of... Continue Reading

Surrey Community Members Say Education Healthcare and Small Businesses Are Priorities This Election

B.C. is having its provincial election on Oct. 24, and local organizations like the Surrey Board of Trade wants the province to focus more on creating jobs for residents in the city. The Surrey Board of Trade aims to bring more business opportunities to Surrey while supporting current businesses. According to Elections BC, Surrey is... Continue Reading

Student Advocacy Groups Support Take it Over Campaign to Encourage Voting

The B.C. election is approaching, and student advocacy groups want students to go out and make their vote count. The BC Federation of Students (BCFS) works to lobby the government and create better learning and educational opportunities for students in B.C. The organization is made up of 170,000 students ranging across 15 post-secondary institutions. Tanysha... Continue Reading

Riding Profile: Richmond North Centre

Jaeden Dela Torre (BC NDP) Jaeden Dela Torre previously ran as an NDP candidate in the 2017 federal election. Dela Torre is 19 years old, which makes him the youngest candidate in the election. He plans to address community issues like “affordable housing, stronger services, and building a stronger, cleaner future.” According to his website,... Continue Reading

Accessible Transit Pilot to Start Testing in Vancouver

Vancouver city council has approved a grant fund that enables them to create a “poverty reduction pilots” for the city. The funds are provided by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and the city of Vancouver has been given $50,000. The purpose of the UBCM funds is to create “poverty reduction pilots” for municipalities across... Continue Reading

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