This Year’s Homelessness Count May Rise with Unaffordability

More than 1,200 volunteers conducted the 2020 homeless count in early March, and the count’s project manager says it went “quite smoothly.” The Metro Vancouver count began on the evening of March 3 with a shelter count which continued until midnight the next day. Afterwards, the fully trained volunteers went around neighbourhoods and shelters to... Continue Reading

B.C. Access Grant for Students to be Introduced in September

British Columbia’s 2020 budget plan includes a new grant which could help more than 40,000 post-secondary students who face financial hardships. The Upfront B.C. Access Grant will become available in September. Its purpose is to remove barriers to post-secondary education and provide stable support for students to continue their studies. The website for the B.C.... Continue Reading

KDocs 2020 Explores “Truth in a Post-Truth World” Through Film

After going on hiatus last year, KDocs came back strong in 2020, with environmentalist and scientist David Suzuki speaking on its opening night. KDocs is Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s documentary film festival held every year during February. It was founded by KPU instructor Janice Morris in 2012. With the exception of 2019, the festival is held... Continue Reading

Students with Disabilities Face Challenges with Opting Out of the U-Pass

Kwantlen Polytechnic University students will continue to get the U-Pass for five more years, but some students with disabilities would rather skip paying for it altogether. On Jan. 30, the B.C. government announced the renewal of the Universal Transit Pass Agreement between TransLink, public post-secondary institutions, and student associations in Metro Vancouver. The renewal means... Continue Reading

'Being Punjabi: Unfolding the Surrey Story' on Display at the Museum of Surrey

Being Punjabi: Unfolding the Surrey Story is a multimedia exhibition at the Museum of Surrey that presents 16 local Punjabi voices using the written word, audio recordings, video, artifacts, art, and images. According to the Museum of Surrey’s website, “the exhibition defines Punjabi as anyone whose family of origin is from the Punjabi regions of... Continue Reading

2020 KSA Council Results Released

Nineteen new members will be joining the Kwantlen Student Association’s Council, three of whom were re-elected, after voters cast their ballots on Feb. 11 and 12. Seven candidates ran for the Arts Representative position. Of those seven, Harmandeep Kaur was elected with 106 votes, Sukhpreet Kaur with 154, and Paramjit Singh with 94. Singh was... Continue Reading

Surrey Filmmaker Portrays Gang Violence from a First-Person Perspective with Monster

The film Monster reveals a different side to Surrey’s gang violence while crushing the “Surrey jack” stereotype. Earlier in January, local filmmaker, actor and writer Inderveer Sodhi released the film Monster which only took six days to film. The movie can now be watched on YouTube and Prime Video, and it’s based on a coming-of-age... Continue Reading

University Students in Canada Still Struggle with Food Security

According to Meal Exchange Canada, an organization which coordinates student-focused food programs, two out of five (39 per cent) of surveyed post-secondary students experienced some degree of food insecurity in the past year. Last March, The Runner looked into the Kwantlen Student Association’s food bank program and found that it has been seeing an increase... Continue Reading

Canadian Hearing Services Offers $3,000 Scholarship to Students

Canadian Hearing Services is awarding $3,000 scholarships to eligible deaf or hard of hearing students. The scholarship is meant to alleviate the financial stress that students who are deaf and hard of hearing face on a regular basis. Canadian Hearing Services has offered the scholarship for four years, and in the past three years, it... Continue Reading

Science Fiction Reveals a Brand New Niche in Indian Cinema

Dr. Asma Sayed, an English professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, took to the stage at Science World for KPU Speaker Series to discuss science fiction in Indian cinema on Jan. 20. Despite the cold and the rain, many people managed to attend the free event. One of the attendees was KPU’s dean of arts, Diane... Continue Reading

Students Walk Out for Wet’suwet’en

It is estimated that around 600 people marched down Broadway street to Vancouver City Hall in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation on Jan. 27. Many university students gathered to protect Wet’suwet’en land from the Coastal GasLink pipeline’s proposed 670-kilometre extension into the nation’s territory. Dakota Bear, one of the organizers of the walk out, says... Continue Reading

KSA Asks Absentee Council Members to Resign

A letter has been sent to nine Kwantlen Student Association council members requesting they resign due to a low level of attendance at council meetings last year. The KSA council election will be running Feb. 11-12, and council member, Students with Disabilities Representative, and Governance Committee Chair Jaya Dhillon is trying to ensure that people... Continue Reading

KPU Students Become Climate Change Educators

Organized by KPU Political Science Chair Dr. Ross Pink, the Climate Change Ambassador program helps KPU students present to local high school students about the current climate crisis. Pink started the ambassador program with some of his students back in November of 2019. His goal was to give students the opportunity to speak publicly about... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Free Radio Is Ready for a Comeback

Radio Free Kwantlen was created and approved by the Kwantlen Student Association in 2009. From 2013 to 2015, the KSA collected $0.13 per credit per student, which by the end of 2015 accumulated a total of $83,569 for Radio Free Kwantlen. At the moment, that money is still sitting in the bank, collecting dust and... Continue Reading

Workers Discuss Issues in B.C.’s Homeless Shelters

People experiencing homelesness may choose to live in tents instead of staying in shelters due to the risk of theft, violence, lack of personal space, and loss of sleep common in shared spaces. “They’re inadequate. It’s not housing. It’s homelessness behind walls,” homeless advocate Dave Diewert told CTV News Vancouver in November. According to bc211,... Continue Reading