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

UIPAC Calls for Action on Anti-Racism and Reconciliation from Mayor, Council, and Civic Departments

The Urban Indigenous Peoples’ Advisory Committee sent an open letter listing calls for meaningful action on anti-racism and reconciliation by Vancouver’s Mayor and Council, municipal government, police department, school board, and park board on July 7. UIPAC committee member Michelle Cyca says the calls for action were created out of frustration with the City of... Continue Reading

Why Some Advocates are Calling to Defund the VPD

Calls to defund various police departments have been on the rise since the Black Lives Matter protests came in full force after the unjust murder of a Black man, George Floyd. Various cities across the United States like Minneapolis, New York, and Los Angeles have seen an increase in discussions about defunding police departments since... Continue Reading

How Dr. Balbir Gurm’s Fight For Social Justice Fueled the Creation of NEVR

Many may recognize Dr. Balbir Gurm as an accomplished and driven instructor in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s faculty of health program. When Gurm isn’t educating the nursing students at KPU, she’s fighting for justice for people experiencing violence at the hands of those close to them. One of the many ways she does that is through... Continue Reading

Meet KPU: Chelsea Franz

Chelsea Franz is an artist on the road to completing her creative writing degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. During her time at KPU, Franz made sure to leave her mark, from starting clubs, to creating and reviving community connections on campus. As she gets closer to graduating, she wants to share her story and continue... Continue Reading

Meet KPU: Journalism Faculty Member Tracy Sherlock

Note: Meet KPU is a new and ongoing special feature series designed to familiarize readers with active and inspiring members of the on-campus community. If there is someone you would like to recommend for a Meet KPU feature, email our editor in chief at editor@runnermag.ca.  Meet Tracy Sherlock, an instructor in KPU’s journalism and communications... Continue Reading

Love, Loss, and 13 Stolen Paintings

After enrolling in a painting course at KPU during the 2019 fall semester, Julian Dix finished his semester with 13 completed works of art. Seven of these paintings were part of a series he titled Love, Loss, and Hope, exploring his state of mind following the loss of his wife to cancer. He estimates that... Continue Reading