International student graduates can extend their work permits in Canada

On Jan. 8, the Canadian Ministry of Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship announced an update to the rules for international student graduates whose work visas are about to expire. International student graduates who currently have or previously had a post-graduate work permit will be able to apply for another open work permit starting Jan. 27 and... Continue Reading

New approaches to academic honesty in a virtual world

The cornerstone of the COVID-19 pandemic has been learning to adapt to new circumstances. For professors in post-secondary institutions, a new problem has revealed itself — the ease of cheating in virtual learning. Gira Bhatt, KPU psychology instructor, and Michael Picard, Douglas College philosophy instructor, recently penned an op-ed in the Vancouver Sun titled “Will... Continue Reading

Explainer: Surrey’s new tree protection bylaw and plastic items ban

The City of Surrey recently passed a plastic bags and single-use items bylaw, as well as a tree protection bylaw. The new tree protection bylaw increased the fine an individual must pay for cutting down a “specimen quality tree” from $2,000 to $5,000. The fine increase for “protected trees” is from $1,000 to $3,000. The... Continue Reading
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Explainer: Travellers flying into Canada must test negative for COVID-19 before boarding

Effective Jan. 7, air travellers coming into Canada, ages five and up, will be required to test negative for COVID-19 within 72-hours before their flights, the federal government announced in a news release. The new travel measures were announced on Dec. 31, and are being put in place by Minister of Transport Marc Garneau to... Continue Reading

First KSA meeting of the new year doesn’t meet quorum

Council and staff members of the Kwantlen Student Association waited until 10:30 am to reach quorum for their Jan. 8 meeting, but the required number of people did not attend. The council members in attendance were Palwinder Singh, Ripunjot Kaur Brar, Ravinder Pal Singh, Mayur Gupta, Jeremy Law, Dhanwant Singh, Paramjit Singh, and Kiranjeet Kaur... Continue Reading

Explainer: The harm smoking and vaping can have on B.C. youth

Cigarettes and e-cigarettes are two of the most consumed products in the world. Over the years, smoking has evolved from using pipes and roll-ups to electronically-powered cigarettes. Though cigarettes are more commonly used than e-cigarettes, it has still become a popular alternative. Health experts say that smoking presents dangerous risks to a person’s overall health.... Continue Reading

Explainer: The COVID-19 U.K. variant in B.C.

The new COVID-19 variant has made its way to Canadian soil, with the first identified B.C. case from a U.K. flight that touched down on Dec. 15. Ontario publicly reported its first case of the COVID-19 U.K. variant on Dec. 26, B.C. reported its first case on Dec. 27, Alberta on Dec. 28, and Quebec... Continue Reading

Basic income in Canada

The debate over a basic income has come up most recently due to the economic impacts of the pandemic, leaving many wondering if the idea of establishing a basic income in Canada could be the answer to some widespread problems. Basic income is defined as a minimum amount of money an individual can live on,... Continue Reading

Explainer: The plan for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in B.C.

Update: the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was approved for distribution by Health Canada on Dec. 23. At the start of December, B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the arrival of the first COVID-19 vaccines in the province. Pfizer-BioNTech is the first vaccine approved by Health Canada for distribution in the country, having been pre-ordered... Continue Reading

New mentorship program connects KPU students and alumni, one virtual coffee at a time

Merging career ambitions, computer algorithms, and virtual coffee, the KPU Alumni Association is looking at joining a new mentorship program to connect the leaders of today with the leaders of tomorrow. The partnership is between KPU Alumni and Ten Thousand Coffees, a program that uses an algorithm to match students with like-minded alumni based on... Continue Reading

City organizations receive funding to support those affected by Vancouver’s overdose crisis

In what has been a bleak year for Vancouver’s overdose crisis, seven community-led initiatives have received $100,000 in funding to further support their vital cause in the city’s hardest-hit neighbourhoods. The projects are being undertaken by the Vancouver Community Action Team, a group of representatives from over 25 organizations working to combat the overdose emergency.... Continue Reading

Explainer: Surrey’s property tax increase and 2021 budget

The City Surrey Council approved the city’s 2021 budget, which includes a number of controversial tax increases. Passed in a five-to-four vote on Dec. 7, Budget 2021 and its five-year financial plan polarized both sides of the virtual meeting. Mayor Doug McCallum said in a statement that while he understands not increasing the burden faced... Continue Reading

Explainer: The B.C. Recovery Benefit

Starting Dec. 18, eligible families can receive up to $1,000, and individuals can receive up to $500 from the B.C. Recovery Benefit with applications open until June 30, 2021. Promised during the provincial election campaign, and officially announced on Dec. 8, the benefit is rolling out during the holiday season to help families during the... Continue Reading

Explainer: Bill C-15, Indigenous rights and UNDRIP

Proposed on Dec. 3 by Justice Minister David Lametti, Bill C-15 calls for the Canadian government to begin the process of integrating the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into Canadian law. The bill does not necessarily call for making UNDRIP its own part of federal law, but instead calls for governments... Continue Reading

KSA Council passes backlog of motions during monthly meeting

Several motions were passed by the Kwantlen Student Association council after they reached quorum for their monthly online meeting on Dec. 10. Councillors Dilvaj Virk, Abhay Singh Cheema, Marika Wagner, Dhanwant Singh, Simranjit Kaur Dhaliwal, Harmandeep Kaur, Sukhmandeep Singh Gill, Armandeep Kaur were all absent. Business faculty representative Ravinder Pal Singh reported being unable to... Continue Reading