ON COVID-19 Project keeps Canadian youth updated on COVID-19 virus

The ON COVID-19 Project is a grassroots initiative based in Ontario. The project aims to provide accurate information on COVID-19 using social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter, with messaging targeted towards Millennials, Gen-Z, and people aged 40 and under in Canada. The project began in 2020 when Samanta Krishnapillai, who works in the... Continue Reading

It’s time to put fur farming to a stop

Fur farming is an industry that involves farming animals for the use of their fur in luxury products, and its practice should be banned in B.C. Mink can spread and contract COVID-19 to and from other mink and people, which increases the health risk for our populations already struggling to cope with the pandemic. From... Continue Reading

KPU Case Analysis Network introduces business case competition

On March 1 to 6, KPU’s Case Analysis Network will join sixteen universities across Canada to complete a business case study in under 40 hours. KPUCAN is a School of Business initiative that was launched in 2020, and was designed to connect KPU students with case teams. “Our mission is to connect students with Case... Continue Reading

The Surrey Public Library offers digital resources during the pandemic

During the pandemic, the Surrey Public Library has stepped up, and now provides a wide variety of free resources that are available to the public and students of all age groups online. In an email exchange with The Runner, Seline Kutan, director, communications, and advancement, who is a representative of SPL, wrote that “when the... Continue Reading

How online learning during COVID-19 can be better

Due to COVID-19, we all had to take classes that were either entirely or partially online. Although my semester was not too bad, I think that there are improvements that can be made such as flexible deadlines for assignments, creative ways to engage with one another for both students and instructors, and student resources that... Continue Reading

Basic income in Canada

The debate over a basic income has come up most recently due to the economic impacts of the pandemic, leaving many wondering if the idea of establishing a basic income in Canada could be the answer to some widespread problems. Basic income is defined as a minimum amount of money an individual can live on,... Continue Reading

Debate: Renting a home is more flexible option than buying one

Read the other half of this debate here. While homeownership has its advantages, renting a home is much easier — especially in today’s challenging and changing economic climate. When buying a home, there are many factors that include changing markets, mortgage payments, and additional costs like home maintenance fees, insurance, strata fees, and interest fees.... Continue Reading

Scotland has free period products and Canada should be next

Recently, Scotland has passed the Period Products (Free Provision) Bill, which ensures that menstrual products are available to all who need them, free of charge. Scotland estimates that the initiative will cost about $14.6 million CAD a year. The bill says that local authorities are legally obligated to ensure that the menstrual products are accessible... Continue Reading

Zero textbook cost initiative continues to save students millions of dollars

The Zero Textbook Cost initiative aims to help students save money on textbook fees by providing free open educational textbooks available for students to use during their courses. Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is an Associate Vice Provost of Open Education at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He is also the co-director of the Open Pedagogy Notebook and serves... Continue Reading

Shaping Peace Together festival full of history and inspiration

The Shaping Peace Together Festival was held virtually over three days, from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. It celebrated the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. The festival’s theme was unity, despite the circumstances of this year, while showcasing the rich diversity and compassion present worldwide. Global Peace Alliance held the festival this year virtually... Continue Reading

‘Tis the season! Top 5 Christmas movies to watch

Before I get started, I should probably mention that although I don’t celebrate Christmas, I like to watch the specials and movies on television. Something about the coziness of the season, with the weather being cold outside and staying indoors, baking goods, and relaxing with friends and family while watching a classic Christmas movie is... Continue Reading

KPU fundraises for student bursaries for GivingTuesday

The Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation, and the KPU Alumni Association have joined the GivingTuesday campaign, a global charity campaign that takes place after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The funds raised by KPU and the KPUAA aim to support COVID-19 relief and emergency bursaries, along with KPU Alumni Association Endowed Bursaries and student awards. The... Continue Reading

Ecology and Fine Arts student collaborative project receives research award

Students in ecology, fine arts, and education courses collaborated across the different disciplines to make different kinds of projects to gain a deeper appreciation of their subjects during the process. While working remotely this year, Lee Beavington, Interdisciplinary Instructor and Learning Strategist, Carson Keever, Instructor of Ecology, and Amy Huestis, Instructor of Fine Arts, decided... Continue Reading

KSA Council Hasn’t Posted Meeting Minutes Since July

Transcribed records from the Kwantlen Student Association’s council meetings have not been posted to the KSA website since July of last year. In addition, nearly all of the minutes from the association’s committee meetings are absent from the website beginning in September. Recording and posting these minutes is the responsibility of the Records Coordinator and... Continue Reading