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  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

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

Robert's Bank, a Fragile Delta Ecosystem, Could be Damaged by Port Expansion

Opened in 1970, expanded between 1983 and 1984, and given a second terminal in 1997, the Roberts Bank Superport currently ships about 29 million tonnes of coal per year and is one of the busiest single coal export terminals in North America. From a business perspective, a proposed expansion to the port that would provide... 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

Richmond-Based Company Leads the Sustainable Maritime Technology Industry

Look across the water from Vancouver’s English Bay and you’ll see a beautiful, blue expanse teeming with plants, animals — and humongous industrial ships lining the horizon. Rain or shine, night or day, vessels carrying everything from coffee to chemicals float in and out of Vancouver’s harbour, leaving a trail of greenhouse gasses behind them.... 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

Meet the Students Running for KSA Council in 2020

Interviews by Braden Klassen, Tristan Johnston, Breanna Himmelright, and Nicole Gonzales Filos Photos by Isaac Garduno Every time the Kwantlen Student Association holds an election, candidates campaign to win voters over. There are three general categories of roles on the KSA Council — faculty representatives, campus representatives, and constituency representatives — with various more specific... Continue Reading

Spring Saving Tips From KPU Students

Utilize Disability Advisors and Academic Accommodations Marcus Jones, Contributor It’s a new semester, and for first-year students, an entirely new environment. All of a sudden, you’re a little fish in a big pond. There’s a daunting list of responsibilities to take on. You’re taking a big step to becoming an adult, and making that leap... Continue Reading

KPU Community Members Discuss Their Views on the Trans Mountain Pipeline

Trudeau’s Liberal government bought the Trans Mountain Pipeline for $4.5 billion in 2018 and has been supportive of the project despite the opposition of many concerned groups, including Indigenous land and water protectors. One argument in favour of the pipeline expansion is that it creates thousands of job opportunities for Canadians, while one argument against... Continue Reading