More Insurance Providers Need to Include Medical Cannabis in Their Coverage

Medicinal marijuana is used to treat a wide range of ailments and diseases ranging from cancer to chronic headaches, Crohn’s disease, or seizure disorders. It’s regularly prescribed by physicians, meaning that it’s a recognized prescription and legitimate drug. So why shouldn’t it be included in our health care plans? The University of British Columbia Students... Continue Reading

Canadian Charity Initiatives Challenge Students to Investigate their Food

A charity organization called Meal Exchange has started The Good Food Challenge in the hopes of transforming food accessibility and tackling food-related issues across Canadian post-secondary institutions. “The Good Food Challenge is one of Meal Exchanges’ main programs and its focus is supporting campuses to create more socially just and sustainable food [options on campus],”... Continue Reading

CASA Urges canada to Remove Financial Barriers For Students with Issues of Mental Health

From being required to divulge sensitive and personal information to shouldering huge financial burdens for their care, students looking for mental health support may face institutional barriers that they’re not even aware of. To address this, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) has published a paper titled Breaking Down Barriers: Mental Health and Post-Secondary... Continue Reading

Can we Distance Artists from their Artwork?

As more reports of sexual assault allegations and misconduct in Hollywood are made public with each day, discussions about blacklisting celebrities for their actions have become increasingly relevant. People are questioning if it’s okay to still see that movie starring an abusive artist, or to watch their Netflix special. Two of The Runner’s staff members... Continue Reading

Saskatchewan Center for Science and Religion Discusses Spirituality & A.I. at its First Annual Conference

The Saskatchewan Center for Science and Religion hosted its first international conference at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel on Dec. 1 and 2. Throughout the two-day event, a number of high-profile speakers took to the stage to discuss various aspects of artificial intelligence and how scientific enhancements may impact the human experience. Executive Director for... Continue Reading

KPU Student Designs Arabic Calligraphy Workbook

A Kwantlen Polytechnic University business student, Tauheed Faheem, has designed and self-published his own workbook, Grey Lines, to teach people the art of calligraphy. Faheem, who is also president of the Muslim Student Association, currently has two volumes of the workbook available as part of an ongoing LaunchGood campaign. Volume 1 focuses on basic pen... Continue Reading

President’s Diversity and Equity Committee Aims to Keep KPU Inclusive

Universities Canada, an organization dedicated to providing a unified voice for post-secondary institutions across the nation, has released its Inclusive Excellence Principles and a corresponding action plan to promote and foster inclusivity on Canadian campuses. The principles and action plan detail how to increase diversity amongst students, faculty, and university administration. They specifically focus on... Continue Reading

The Government’s Plan to Help Endangered Whales Lacks Action

Federal decisions put orcas at an increased risk of extinction despite Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Recovery Strategy Killer whales residing off the coast of B.C. and California are listed as an endangered species due to dwindling food population, noise pollution, and high levels of human-caused toxins and pollutants. According to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the... Continue Reading

Advanced Directives Help Dying Canadians Control Their Future

Bill C-14 is an Act passed by the federal government last May which legalized medical assistance in dying. Though it was an important accomplishment for Canadian legislatures, the bill fails to address the availability of advanced directives for patients seeking a medically assisted death. Advanced directives are documents which specify what steps should be taken... Continue Reading

Reconciliation Through an Academic Lens

The Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society begins its first semester of Reconciliation Studies this fall As the nation continues to pursue reconciliation between Indigenous people and Canadians, post-secondary institutions seek to add to the conversation by discussing and re-examining Canadian history. “There’s a number of things and different angles you could use to approach reconciliation... Continue Reading

KPU’s Second Annual Music Faculty Showcase Premieres on Oct. 27

For the second year in a row, KPU’s Music faculty will perform a series of concerts throughout the fall and spring semesters to showcase the talent and hard work of the department’s instructors. The three concerts will host a variety of talented instrumentalists playing brass, string, woodwind, and piano. KPU Director of Keyboard Studies Jane... Continue Reading

Richmond’s Underground Food Market is a Too-Risky Business

Underground food markets and private kitchens in Richmond put consumers at risk with lack of health and safety regulations Something’s growing underground in Richmond, and it’s not just the vegetables. Like several cities before it, Richmond has seen an underground food market spread its roots over the last few years, giving community members easy access... Continue Reading

Places4Students Wants First Time Renters to Know Their Rights

Your first time is usually rough, but as a renter you’ve got plenty of rights and responsibilities Finding a good place to rent for the first time can be incredibly intimidating, and it’s likely one of the first legally binding contracts young students sign on their own. Places4Students is an organization dedicated to spreading awareness... Continue Reading

Comedian Steph Tolev Performs at Grassroots Cafe

Her set was equal parts raunchy and hilarious Toronto-born comedian Steph Tolev returned to the Grassroots Cafe on KPU’s Surrey campus for a little lunchtime comedy on Sept. 21. Her set, much like the one she performed last year at the same venue, was wild, raunchy, and hilarious. The comic told jokes about what it’s... Continue Reading
The provincial government has issued a ban on trophy hunting bears in B.C.(RayMorris1/Flickr)

With the NDP Ban, the B.C. Bear Hunt Goes Exactly Far Enough

The NDP has followed through with their promise to ban the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. After this year’s hunting season has ended, on Nov. 30, the ban will officially come into effect. Most studies suggest that the grizzly bear population is safe despite their numbers being a little low. An average of 250 grizzlies... Continue Reading