Relationships are on the rocks during COVID-19

Since March 2020, Canadians’ lives have been largely confined to their homes in one way or another. What at first might have been thought of as a fun two-week vacation has now turned into an almost year-long prison sentence. The numbers vary across Canada, but it is hard not to notice some disturbing trends. “There... Continue Reading

Meet the candidates for the KSA 2021 General Election

Faculty Representatives Jasleen Kaur | Business Representative Why are you running for this position? My main aim is to make new KPU students more aware of the online study system. They don’t know about Moodle or how to log in. I would help them operate that. If I were elected, I could help more and... Continue Reading

Families of those who have special needs struggle to access support services in B.C.

Emma Miles worries about her brother Ethan, who is non-verbal and needs constant care. She is afraid her income won’t be enough to get him the care and resources he needs once he ages out of school. Her worst fear is that he will be abused in a care home. Looking after Ethan isn’t easy,... Continue Reading

The benefits of employer-subsidized transit

Researchers from Simon Fraser University hosted a webinar in December to discuss a study that explored how hotel workers’ commute in downtown Vancouver can be affected by transit subsidies provided by their employers. The study was done in partnership with the City of Vancouver, TransLink, Unite Here Local 40, the hotels, and workers who took... Continue Reading

How KPU is working to educate students, instructors, and staff about Indigenous culture and history

Kwantlen Polytechnic University takes its name after the Kwantlen First Nation and resides on the land which belongs to the Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Musqueam, Qay’Qayt, Tsawwassen, and the Kwikwetlem peoples. The university has taken steps to educate the community on Indigenous peoples’ culture and history. Besides reciting land acknowledgements, KPU is looking to decolonize, and... Continue Reading

On the rise: food prices slated for an increase in 2021

2020 was not the year anyone expected it would be. In a fitting end, 2020 brought a yearly report predicting food prices in 2021, which reveals that trips to the supermarket are about to become more expensive. From baked goods to meat and produce, the 11th edition of Canada’s Food Price Report forecasts an average... Continue Reading

Addressing Canada’s food insecurity crisis requires immediate systemic change

It has been 25 years since Debbie Thomas stood in line at the food bank in Port Moody, but she still remembers the stares, the shame, and the crumbling loaves of bread. Her daughter Sherri was just one year old when the weekly visits began, and Thomas had a second child on the way. Thomas... Continue Reading

Fighting the echo pandemic

In the years before the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous mental health surveys found that post-secondary students were increasingly reporting feelings of depression and anxiety. Since measures to protect public health led to the closures of university campuses across the country, including Kwantlen Polytechnic University, students have had to adapt to a new regimen of online learning.... Continue Reading

Within reach: an update on the Surrey Langley SkyTrain extension

When King George Station opened in 1994, it was the furthest east SkyTrain’s Expo Line travelled. Although it gave some residents access to downtown Vancouver, it barely scratched the surface, leaving most of the Fraser Valley without direct access to rapid transit. As the Fraser Valley grew, many realized that having the SkyTrain terminate in... Continue Reading

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