Farmer protests in B.C. have both local and international roots

As farmer protests in India continue, agitation across Canada in support of the international protests also gathers steam. For many, it’s easy to attribute this solidarity to the Indo-Canadian population’s “family ties back home.” This solidarity, particularly in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley Region, is actually rooted in half a century’s worth of local history. Protestors... Continue Reading

Explainer: The farmers’ protest in Delhi

In protest of newly passed farming legislation, millions of protestors from India’s Northern States of Punjab and Haryana have made their way to the country’s capital of Delhi. The two states are considered the breadbasket of the country and both have largely agrarian-based economies. The farmers are protesting against the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce... Continue Reading

KPU’s All White Journalism Faculty Needs to Diversify

In early 2020, the Canadian Association of Black Journalists released seven calls to action to address the lack of diversity in newsrooms across Canada. Roughly 25 per cent of the Canadian population are Black, Indigenous People of Color, but newsrooms are not representative of this number. In 2006, only 3.4 per cent of journalists in... Continue Reading

We Need to Talk About the Problematic Founder of Bikram Yoga

Introduced to North America by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s, hot yoga is one of the most widely practiced forms of yoga on the west coast. In the early 2000s, the franchise — which is characterized by 26 specific poses done in a room heated to 40 degrees celsius — had over 650 studios in... Continue Reading

A Look at the City of Surrey’s Controversial New Budget

On Dec. 16, Surrey city councillors voted 5-4 in favor of approving a new city budget despite facing high levels of criticism. Prior to passing the first draft of the budget in early December, councillors heard feedback from a crowd of Surrey residents. Participants in the budget draft meeting, which included the President of the... Continue Reading

Universities Need to Do More to Settle International Students Into Canadian Life

Surrey is one of the largest cities in B.C., second only to Vancouver. But sometimes, despite its size and growth, it can feel like a small town. It can seem like everyone in Surrey knows one another, and if you belong to a particular community in the city, news travels fast. Last month, the “news”... Continue Reading
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SkyTrain Service to Continue as Scheduled This Week

BC Rapid Transit Company and CUPE 7000, the union which represents SkyTrain workers, have reached a tentative deal after days of negotiations which carried into early Tuesday morning. This tentative deal was reached after the union issued a 72-hour job action notice on Dec. 6. The job action has now been called off, though the... Continue Reading

Surrey Needs a (Night) Life

I was over at a friend’s house one evening when someone suggested that we go out for a few beers. “Awesome,” I thought, and proposed that we go to The Lion, or One20 — both strategic suggestions as they are walking distance from my house. But everyone in the group I was with gave me... Continue Reading

International Students in Surrey Disproportionately Affected by the Housing Crisis

Surrey, which was once an affordability haven for new immigrants and young families alike, is fast becoming one of the most expensive Canadian cities to live in. The rising cost of living paired with the steady influx of new people into the city makes Surrey not only one of the priciest places to call home,... Continue Reading

Surrey’s Decision to Ban Parking RVs on City Streets at Night is Oppressive

The City of Surrey voted to remove the right of RV owners to park their vehicles on city streets and sleep in them overnight on Nov. 4. The vote comes on the heels of a report presented by the Corporate Services and Engineering departments of City Hall. The report suggests that there have been complaints... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Brewing Wins Brewery of the Year Award

KPU’s Brewing and Brewery Operations program won Brewery of the Year and took home eight other awards, many of them for first place, at the British Columbia Beer Awards on Oct. 19. KPU Brewing won awards in many categories, among them the North American Amber Ale, the Pale German Beer, and The German Wheat Beer.... Continue Reading

B.C. Makes History by Integrating UNDRIP Into Legislation

In what is being hailed a historic move, the B.C. government introduced Bill 41, also known as the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, at the end of October. This makes B.C. the first province in Canada to introduce legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People. The... Continue Reading

Caste Matters: An Afternoon Unpacking Caste Violence with Dr. Suraj Yengde

A seminar on the caste system in India, led by award-winning Harvard scholar and celebrated author Dr. Suraj Yengde, was held at KPU on Oct. 12. He entered a room buzzing with tension and filled to capacity with students and members from the local South Asian community. The caste system is a class-based social hierarchy... Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About the Transit Strike

Workers at Coast Mountain Bus Company, which provides transit services to commuters across Metro Vancouver including SeaBus operations, announced a 72-hour strike notice on Oct. 28. They will remain in negotiation for 72 hours and make an announcement regarding job action on Thursday night. Job action, depending on how negotiations go over the next couple... Continue Reading

Voting Strategically: When Not to Do It

With Canada gearing up for elections this month, the usual suspects are dominating political discourse: The Liberals and the Conservatives. In its 152-year history of 42 elections, Canada has seen exclusively Liberal and Conservative Prime Ministers. Canadians tend to vote only for these two parties, especially during contested elections such as this year’s, because they... Continue Reading