A Look Inside B.C. Universities’ COVID-19 Safety Ambassador Programs

In an effort to keep their students and staff safer in shared spaces, some local universities have created their own COVID-19 safety ambassador programs, where staff or students are trained to ensure precautions are being taken on campuses. The Runner spoke with Thompson Rivers University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of the Fraser Valley... Continue Reading

Vancouver’s WISH Drop-In Centre Society Opening Canada’s First 24/7 Shelter for Sex Workers

The WISH Drop-In Centre Society is opening a 24/7 shelter in Vancouver for sex workers, and the CBC, stated that it’s the first of its kind in Vancouver and Canada. According to the Executive Director of the WISH Drop-In Centre Society, Mebrat Beyene, WISH  has been around for over 36 years, and they support women... Continue Reading

KDocsFF to Mark Transgender Day of Remembrance With Their First Virtual Screening

KDocsFF is hosting their first virtual event with the screening of the award-winning documentary on trans activist January Marie Lapuz in recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance. KDocsFF has partnered with the Kwantlen Faculty Association LGBTQ2S+ Committee and the Kwantlen Student Association’s Queer Constituency to live screen the short documentary My Name Was January on... Continue Reading

A Provincial Election Q&A with Dr. Ross Michael Pink

Dr. Ross Michael Pink is a KPU instructor and chair of the Political Science Department. He has authored a number of academic papers and two books, Water Rights in Southeast Asia and India and The Climate Change Crisis Solutions and Adaption for a Planet in Peril. He recently co-wrote an article about climate refugee policy... Continue Reading

Riding Profile: Richmond North Centre

Jaeden Dela Torre (BC NDP) Jaeden Dela Torre previously ran as an NDP candidate in the 2017 federal election. Dela Torre is 19 years old, which makes him the youngest candidate in the election. He plans to address community issues like “affordable housing, stronger services, and building a stronger, cleaner future.” According to his website,... Continue Reading

Riding Profile: Surrey-Whalley

Ryan Abbott – Communist Party of BC  According to his party Facebook page, “Ryan is an Industrial Painter & Sandblaster, an active trade unionist, and member of the Communist Party of BC.” He, and the four Communist candidates, released a joint statement proclaiming their opposition to the Site C dam on October 6. The party’s... Continue Reading

Riding Profile: Surrey-Newton

Paul Boparai (BC Liberals) Paul Boparai grew up in Surrey and is currently raising his family there. He’s involved in local clubs such as Surrey Lions Field Hockey Association, Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen, and the South Asian Business Association. Boparai has an undergraduate degree in Marketing Management and Advanced Business studies from BCIT. He completed... Continue Reading

Riding Profile: Surrey-Cloverdale

Marvin Hunt (BC Liberals) Before being elected as the MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale in 2013 and re-elected in 2017, Hunt was elected to Surrey City Council in 1987 and served as the chair of Metro Vancouver’s Board. Hunt currently serves as the official opposition critic on Transportation and Infrastructure and Citizens’ Services. In the provincial government,... Continue Reading

Riding Profile: Langley

Mary Polak (BC Liberals) Mary Polak has been in office since 2005 and is the Official Opposition House Leader. Polak grew up in Cloverdale and lives in Langley City with her daughter. She was appointed to sit on the Select Standing Committee on Education. Polak has previously acted as vice-chair of the Environment and Land... Continue Reading

KSA Members Say Executives Aren’t Fulfilling their Duties

Koushal Charan, a student member on the KSA Student Life Committee and External Affairs Committee, considers holding executives accountable for their actions part of his job description. Right now, he says his “major concern” is that the KSA executives are “not doing a lot of work.” Executives are expected to dedicate roughly 40 hours per... Continue Reading

KPU Student Groups Share Plans for Supporting Student Life Off-Campus

A list of active KPU clubs is available on the Kwantlen Student Association’s website, but only some of them responded to The Runner’s interview request before press time. Here are the lightly edited transcripts from our conversations with everyone who got back to us, so you know who’s available to support students during this uniquely... Continue Reading

KPU Acupuncture Students File Concerns About Instructor With B.C. Ombudsperson

A group of students in the Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture Diploma (TCM-AD) program have submitted a complaint to the B.C. Office of the Ombudsperson, saying that KPU has failed to adequately address concerns that have repeatedly been raised about an instructor who teaches in the program. The students say they are dissatisfied with the... Continue Reading

Parents, Teachers, and Students Worry as K-12 Resumes in B.C. Schools

Around 634,000 students across B.C. will be returning to school on Sept. 10 while concerns about a potential second wave of COVID-19 continue to grow. The B.C. government announced on July 29 that the province was planning a full return to school. This was met with immediate criticism from the B.C. Teachers’ Federation. “The reopening... Continue Reading

What to Know for Your Fall Semester Online

When KPU stopped offering in-person classes in the spring, the university formulated a plan to ensure students could finish their semesters successfully. Now, staff, students, and faculty are getting ready to go back to school. The B.C government has released guidelines for post-secondary schools, one of which is “transitioning education delivery to a remote learning... Continue Reading

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