Municipalities Are Forced to Send Employees Home Due to Pandemic

As COVID-19 forces municipalities like Surrey, Langley, and Richmond to lay off some of their workers, B.C.’s Minister of Municipal Affairs is pushing all municipalities to get back on track. Minister Selina Robinson spoke on April 16 about giving municipalities another year to pay their tax debt. The plan will also allow local governments to... Continue Reading

The Hypocrisy of “Cruelty-Free” Makeup Brands Distributing in China

The cosmetics industry continues to test on animals, all while releasing carbon emissions into the atmosphere through production and distribution. Even though animal testing facilities are banned in countries like Norway, India, Israel, Guatemala, Turkey and the European Union, it is still allowed in the U.S.A, Japan, China, Australia, France, Canada, the U.K., Germany, and... Continue Reading

Financial Support to Get KPU Students Through COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people, including students, out of a job as industries shut down or move online. Over the next few months, people enrolled in classes at KPU could struggle to afford food, rent, and whatever else is needed in order to continue taking online classes. Fortunately, there are resources for students... Continue Reading

Finding Creative Inspiration During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Quarantined KPU artists are letting their creativity flourish during the COVID-19 pandemic. Faced with increased spare time and even boredom, KPU artists like Mika Zhu and Julian Dix are working on new projects inspired by this strange time in history. Zhu is a third-year international student enrolled in the fine arts program. For her Issues... Continue Reading

How Banks Move Your Money

Many Canadians keep their money in checking or savings accounts without understanding what happens to it after it’s deposited. As soon as money gets into the hands of the banks, they take a portion and lend it out as loans or mortgages to individuals who need to borrow it. “The [bank] doesn’t even allow the... Continue Reading

The KSA and KPU Donate $200,000 to Aid Students During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads in the lower mainland, KPU and the Kwantlen Student Association are working together to reduce financial hardship for KPU students. The KSA recently passed a motion to donate $200,000, with $100,000 of that going towards KPU student awards and financial assistance. The other $100,000 will go towards organizations working to... Continue Reading

KPU Faculties Join Forces to Support Hospitals Through COVID-19

KPU’s Faculty of Health and Faculty of Science and Horticulture have donated approximately 37 boxes of personal protective equipment to hospitals coping with the spread of COVID-19 across the lower mainland. As more individuals become ill from the pandemic, many hospitals will be in need of more medical supplies. The Nursing Inter-School Committee sent out... Continue Reading

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