How Decriminalizing Drug Possession Can Improve Public Health

This summer, B.C. witnessed the two worst months for overdose deaths in the province’s history with 171 lives lost in May and 175 lost in June. Meanwhile, in the hopes of addressing the overdose crisis, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police sent a recommendation to the federal government to decriminalize simple illicit drug possession.... Continue Reading

How to Stay Creative During Quarantine

While others complain about being stuck at home, I believe quarantine is the perfect opportunity to experiment with some new hobbies, like growing an oyster mushroom farm or starting a YouTube channel. I got my dad an oyster mushroom farm for Father’s Day. I didn’t want to go for cremini mushrooms or portobello mushrooms because... Continue Reading

Surrey's Art Takeout Courses Spark Participants' Imaginations at Home

The Feed Your Inner Artist program with Art Takeout Courses hosted by the Surrey Art Gallery enables participants of all ages to try new mediums and artistic techniques from home. The two takeout courses to choose from were Drawing in the Field and Hand Building with Clay. The six-week interactive hands-on courses included material pickup... Continue Reading

KPU Sports and Rec Introduces Virtual Fitness Classes

Sports and Recreation at KPU is keeping students, faculty, and staff physically active during the pandemic with their newly-introduced virtual classes. The classes, which used to be taught in-person, started in June and are completely free for students. Sports & Rec is offering Mindful Yoga classes with coordinator Julia Nobauer and Full Body Workout classes... Continue Reading

B.C. Rallies for Justice For Mona Wang After Police Incident

Mona Wang, a UBC Okanagan nursing student who was dragged from her apartment by an RCMP officer, is receiving support from across the Lower Mainland. The incident occurred on Jan. 20 when RCMP officer Lacy Browning entered Wang’s apartment for a wellness check. Video evidence shows Browning dragging and kicking Wang while she was lying... Continue Reading

The Alliance of BC Students Advocates for Government Service Budget Changes

The Alliance of BC Students has submitted their recommendations for B.C.’s 2021 and 2022 Budget to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. The ABCS is a student-led organization which advocates at the provincial level for accessible and affordable post-secondary education in B.C. It is a coalition of five different student associations from... Continue Reading

KPU’s Redesigned Public Relations Diploma Emphasizes Cultural Awareness

The Public Relations program at KPU has undergone a major redesign to ensure students have the skills and awareness they need before they enter the workplace. In September, the program will launch online due to COVID-19. The PR Diploma is a two-year program that consists of 60 credits, half of which focus on PR education.... Continue Reading

Black Hair in Focus Event Explores the History and Politics of Black Hair

Black Hair in Focus: The History and Politics of Black Hair was an online roundtable facilitated by the Students of Caribbean and African Ancestry group at Simon Fraser University. On June 30, over 20 attendees participated via Zoom. The online discussion brought attention to the politics of Black hair, the way it has been perceived... Continue Reading

Kim Baird Appointed KPU’s New Chancellor

Kim Baird, KPU Distinguished Alumna and Indigenous rights advocate, has been appointed as the university’s new chancellor. In her new role, Baird will serve as the ceremonial head of the university starting in October. Chancellors at KPU lead convocations, give credentials to graduating students, and act as an ambassador for the university. Baird says she... Continue Reading

The KSA Approves U-Pass Subsidy Program

The Kwantlen Student Association’s executive team approved the new U-Pass Subsidy Program on June 14. The program is designed to ease financial pressure for students who regularly use public transit. “The U-Pass BC and MultiPass fees for May through August have been reversed from all student accounts. Additionally, for those students who did not make... Continue Reading

The KPU Faculty of Trades and Tech is Adjusting to Online Learning

KPU’s faculty of trades and technology, which usually consists of hands-on training, has moved all courses online. The faculty has also created hybrid courses, which combine online learning with in-person learning. Laura McDonald, the Associate Dean for the faculty, says they were able to make this transition with the help of the Teaching and Learning... Continue Reading

Career Development Centre Hosting Virtual Drop-in Sessions for KPU Students

This summer, the Career Development Centre introduced virtual drop-in sessions. The sessions run every Tuesday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm and every Thursday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. “Given that student services are presently not being delivered in-person on campus, the Career Development Centre (CDC) is now offering alternate online options for students to... Continue Reading

Online Webinar Explores How COVID-19 Has Impacted People with Disabilities

An online webinar on upholding the rights of people with disabilities during COVID-19 sparked discussion about the unique impact of the pandemic on the community. On June 16, over 100 attendees participated via Zoom. The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue organized the event, provided ASL interpretation, and brought on three guest panellists. The... Continue Reading

How B.C’s Prisons Are Being Impacted by COVID-19

As prisons in B.C. cancel support programs and struggle to meet social distancing requirements during the pandemic, the risk of inmates catching COVID-19 grows higher. Correctional Service Canada (CSC)’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Plans state that they are enhancing cleaning practices at all federal prisons. They are also educating staff and inmates about COVID-19 prevention. However,... Continue Reading

KPU Co-op Programs Accepting Online Applications

Students looking for co-op opportunities this summer can still apply until June 15. KPU’s Career Development Centre is encouraging employers to help students complete their work online so they can continue getting paid from home while they learn during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many employers are being encouraged to conduct virtual interviews and access funding support... Continue Reading