Report uncovers use of toxic chemicals in sportswear

A toxic chemical banned from children’s toys has been found to be used in the production of sportswear. According to a Greenpeace International report, sportswear and fashion brands, have been using phthalates and other toxic chemicals to keep their clothing sweat-free. The chemical was previously banned from the production of children’s toys in 2008 due... Continue Reading

KPU nearing completion of animal care policy

Researchers and students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University who involve animals in their studies will soon have an official framework for how those animals must be treated. Spearheaded in January 2020, the Animal Care Policy task force was given the job of developing a policy based on the standards laid out by the Canadian Council on... Continue Reading

Student union building funding authorized at KSA annual general meeting and more

The Kwantlen Student Association’s annual general meeting was held on March 25 through a Zoom video conference. Notice of the meeting was emailed to Kwantlen Polytechnic University students and announced on the KSA’s social media pages and website a week in advance. The meeting agenda included amendments to the KSA’s bylaws under sections “Councillor Non-Attendance,”... Continue Reading

Explainer: The Supreme Court ruling on carbon pricing in Canada

On March 25, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act for minimum carbon pricing is constitutional. The act is a legal framework that provinces and territories have to follow in order to manage greenhouse gas emissions. The current federal plan will price every tonne of carbon dioxide released into... Continue Reading

KPU Exchange Program goes virtual with federal grant funding

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s exchange program moved virtually this semester as part of a pilot program made possible due to a federal funding grant of up to $25,000 from Colleges and Institutes Canada. A one-time award has been created for students in the virtual exchange program, according to an emailed statement by KPU International Global Development... Continue Reading

Protecting the last of B.C.’s old-growth forests

While most people picture British Columbia as blanketed by lush green forests, most of B.C.’s old-growth forests are in fact gone, having been cut down by logging. A 2020 study penned “BC’s Old Growth Forest: A Stand for Biodiversity” revealed that the amount of environmentally vital old-growth forest in B.C. isn’t nearly as high as... Continue Reading

B.C. rewrites gendered language in provincial legislation

About 600 instances of gendered language in provincial legislation have been rewritten to include all gender identities, with more on the way. The changes are meant to ensure that all British Columbians have equal access to government services, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race or cultural beliefs, according to the official press release.... Continue Reading

Explainer: The proposed Rogers Communications merger with Shaw

Potentially one of the biggest transactions ever to take place in the Canadian economy, Rogers Communications has proposed signing a deal with Shaw Communications valued at $26 billion, including debt. In a news release from March 15, Rogers announced a proposal to purchase all outstanding shares from Shaw for $40.50 per share in cash. Shortly... Continue Reading

KPU Applied Genomics Centre set to tackle problems in agriculture and health

With files from Esther Amankop Udoh Dr. Paul Adams, scientific director of the Applied Genomics Centre, chuckles when asked to explain – in a way that anybody could understand – what kind of research the lab works on. The lab, which is under construction on the Surrey campus at Spruce 214, focuses on genetics research,... Continue Reading

Grant pays for the tuition of 12 KPU students in the Faculty of Trades and Technology

Twelve KPU students have been awarded a grant fund of $105,183, which will pay the students’ tuition towards the Electrical Foundation Program in the Faculty of Trades and Technology. The community Workforce Development grant will ensure that the students receive hands-on education to take into the real world. The 24-week program will cover what students... Continue Reading

KPU plans to reopen campuses for the fall semester

On March 8, Anne Kang, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, announced in a statement that Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry advised the presidents of all post-secondary institutions to prepare for a return to on-campus learning in the fall semester. The following day, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s president Dr. Alan Davis announced in... Continue Reading

New Westminster renaming ferry dock to commemorate Komagata Maru

New Westminster city council has passed a motion to rename the Q to Q ferry dock in remembrance of Komagata Maru, a tragic chapter in Canadian history. In May 1914, 376 passengers from Punjab, British India, arrived in Vancouver on the Komagata Maru and were denied permission to dock. For two months, passengers were confined... Continue Reading

Student housing tower in Surrey Central given the green light

A new skyscraper will be gracing the Surrey skyline in the coming years, and with it, an option for post-secondary students in search of housing. The GEC Education Mega Center is being developed by CIBT Education Group and will be a mixed-use residential and commercial skyscraper. Following public hearings, the project received the green light... Continue Reading

Canadian airsoft community worried the sport will be banned under proposed bill

Canada’s airsoft community is calling on the government to reverse the proposed federal gun bill, which members say will cause a ban on the sport entirely. Bill C-21 is currently being debated in the House of Commons. Federal Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair said its goal is to “end the proliferation, importation, export or... Continue Reading

Explainer: A brief history of the Site C hydroelectric dam

What is perhaps the most controversial infrastructure project in B.C.’s history is forging ahead despite stiff opposition. In a Feb. 26 press conference, Premier John Horgan remained steadfast in his NDP government’s goal to complete construction on the Site C dam, which was approved by the former Liberal government in 2014. Ceasing construction, Horgan said,... Continue Reading