KPU to Move Summer Semester Course Delivery Online

On March 24, KPU President Alan Davis issued a statement online announcing that the university plans to move classes online for the upcoming summer semester, in accordance with recommendations made by the B.C. Provincial Health Officer to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. “We will soon be releasing the list of courses that can... Continue Reading

Advocacy Group Gives KPU a Failing its Grade for Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy

A sexual violence advocacy and activism organization has given KPU a failing grade of 39 per cent on its Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy. After publishing their first report on Oct. 11, 2017, Students for Consent Culture created a scorecard called Appendix C for judging the effectiveness of these types of university policies. The document... Continue Reading

This Year’s Homelessness Count May Rise with Unaffordability

More than 1,200 volunteers conducted the 2020 homeless count in early March, and the count’s project manager says it went “quite smoothly.” The Metro Vancouver count began on the evening of March 3 with a shelter count which continued until midnight the next day. Afterwards, the fully trained volunteers went around neighbourhoods and shelters to... Continue Reading

KPU Students Walk Out in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

On March 4, KPU students congregated in front of the Surrey campus library after walking out of class in support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation’s fight against the construction of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline, which is planned to cross Wet’suwet’en traditional unceded lands. The sun was shining as students showed their support, creating a circle where... Continue Reading

Indspire Announces New Indigenous Research Knowledge Nest

Indspire announced its Indigenous Research Knowledge Nest, the first of its kind in Canada, on Feb. 26. IRKN is an innovative program with a mission to improve Indigenous education and inspire achievement. Indigenous peoples have shaped this land since before this country’s confederation in 1867, and Indspire believes it is essential to involve them in... Continue Reading

KPU Announces Two-day Pause to Classes to Transition to Online Instruction

Classes will be paused on March 17 and 18 as KPU deans and faculty work “to develop a plan to transition from face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the semester” in response to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. “Exceptions to this pause include all classes at KPU’s Faculty of Trades and Technology, as well... Continue Reading

News Brief: KPU Cancels Spring Convocation Amid COVID-19 Concerns

KPU has cancelled the upcoming Spring Convocation for graduates in response to growing concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus. On Mar. 10 KPU sent out an online survey to students to determine if students would be attending, and cancelled the event two days later. The convocation cancellation was announced shortly after the B.C. Ministry of Health... Continue Reading

The Rise of Psychedelics in Research and Business

Legal psychedelics and other drugs currently seen as recreational are being heavily invested in through the Canadian Stock exchange, Bloomberg reports. “Mind Medicine Inc., which is undertaking clinical trials of psychedelic-based drugs, intends to list on Toronto’s NEO Exchange by the first week of March, said JR Rahn, the company’s co-founder and co-chief executive officer,”... Continue Reading

Anishinaabe Water Warrior Autumn Peltier Calls for Government Action on Climate Change

As the Wet’suwet’en solidarity movement continues to grow across Canada, Anishinaabe water warrior Autumn Peltier emphasizes the importance of youth empowering each other to make their voices heard by world leaders. The young water protector called out global inaction by world leaders on a panel alongside Greta Thunberg and other youth climate activists at the... Continue Reading

How Debt Continues To Cause Problems For Canadian Couples

Whether it’s dysfunctional debt, financial dishonesty, or just poor personal management, money problems have the potential to break up both long and short-term relationships. Dysfunctional debt is debt which causes emotional, financial, and mental strain on the individuals who have acquired it. In many cases, it can also affect this person’s relationships with friends, family,... Continue Reading

How a Canadian Organization is Helping the Business of Cellular Agriculture Grow

Cellular agriculture has found its way into the American food industry, and Canada is about to get a taste of it. According to the research platform Cell Agri, Cellular Agriculture is the process of growing certain agricultural products directly from cell cultures in a lab instead of using livestock. The market for lab-grown, or cultured... Continue Reading

B.C. Access Grant for Students to be Introduced in September

British Columbia’s 2020 budget plan includes a new grant which could help more than 40,000 post-secondary students who face financial hardships. The Upfront B.C. Access Grant will become available in September. Its purpose is to remove barriers to post-secondary education and provide stable support for students to continue their studies. The website for the B.C.... Continue Reading

KPU Geography Department Hosts Transit Experts Forum

According to 2016 census data, 15 per cent of Surrey’s population, or roughly 77,600 people, use transit to commute to work. As the city grows and its population increases, changes need to be made to transit systems in order to sustain that growth and serve the needs of those who live and work in the... Continue Reading

Explainer: ICBC’s Proposed No-Fault Insurance Model

Last month, the provincial NDP government announced that ICBC, the auto-insurer of B.C., will be switching to a no-fault insurance model in May 2021. On its website, ICBC breaks down the benefits of the system. Drivers will no longer have to file a lawsuit after a crash to win damages, as ICBC will pay directly... Continue Reading

Students with Disabilities Face Challenges with Opting Out of the U-Pass

Kwantlen Polytechnic University students will continue to get the U-Pass for five more years, but some students with disabilities would rather skip paying for it altogether. On Jan. 30, the B.C. government announced the renewal of the Universal Transit Pass Agreement between TransLink, public post-secondary institutions, and student associations in Metro Vancouver. The renewal means... Continue Reading