B.C. government offers support to students affected by Canada’s recent travel ban

The provincial government has released a list of mental health support resources available to post-secondary students affected by the India and Pakistan travel restrictions. The Canadian government announced a 30-day ban on flights from India and Pakistan beginning April 22,  in order to deal with the surge in COVID-19 cases. The ban includes commercial and... Continue Reading

Sturgeon Bank project aims to restore ecosystems and prevent flooding

Sediment previously being dropped into the sea will soon be pumped back into the Fraser River Estuary’s Sturgeon Bank near Richmond. The goals of the Sturgeon Bank Sediment Enhancement Pilot Project are to restore the receding marsh ecosystems within the estuary and to protect the surrounding communities at risk of flooding from rising sea levels,... Continue Reading

B.C. creating hotline for reporting racist incidents

A hotline to report incidents of racism is in the works for British Columbians, and was announced in a provincial government news release on April 30. The hotline will offer counselling and resource referrals in a culturally sensitive, trauma-informed way to people who call, explains Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Rachna Singh. It will also be... Continue Reading

Explainer: Online learning and KPU student rights

The Kwantlen Student Association Student Rights Centre advocates for students at KPU and helps them understand their rights through a non-judgemental and confidential support system. This includes helping with things like appealing plagiarism claims and grade appeals, and submitting complaints to the university. The pandemic and the switch to online learning have impacted the way... Continue Reading

Explainer: What’s new in B.C.’s money laundering commission

Over the last month, former B.C. Premier Christy Clark and former Ministers Mike De Jong and Rich Coleman have spoken at hearings with the Cullen Commission, a team investigating the systemic reasons behind the rise of money laundering in B.C. casinos over the past two decades. Clark, who was premier of the province from 2011... Continue Reading

Explainer: Vancouver’s journey towards decriminalization

On April 14, 2016, the government of British Columbia became the first province to declare a public health emergency in response to a significant increase in the number of deaths resulting from the contamination of illicit substances in Canada. Four years later, the City of Vancouver passed a motion to ask the federal government for... Continue Reading

Sher Vancouver releases survival guide for queer newcomers and students

Sher Vancouver, a non-profit society for LGBTQ+ South Asians and their allies, has released “Destination YVR”, a survival guide for queer newcomers and students in Metro Vancouver. The free survival guide, released last week, is meant to be a go-to resource for LGBTQ+ newcomers and students who just arrived or are planning to come to... Continue Reading

Empower Surrey aims to keep youth safe from gang life

The City of Surrey’s Community Safety department launched the Empower Surrey website this month as part of the Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment program which aims to address the rise of gang life and violence in the community. It was created together with local youth who gave firsthand information about the current challenges they face. The... Continue Reading

Explainer: The results of the 2021 Liberal and NDP conventions

The federal New Democratic Party and Liberal party held virtual conventions earlier in April and discussed what policies will matter most to voters before the next election. The 2021 Liberal convention ran from April 8 to 10, while the NDP’s ran from April 9 to 11. At the virtual conventions, the Liberal party approved 26... Continue Reading

KPU’s Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani to speak at summit on technology use in higher education

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, will be one of three keynote speakers at the BCNET CONNECT Higher Ed & Research Tech Summit. Following the not-for-profit’s 2020 summit being cancelled altogether due to the pandemic, he says he is looking forward to speaking about something that he is... Continue Reading

KSA welcomes new reps and releases final election report at April council meeting

On April 9, the two newly elected Kwantlen Student Association councillors took their oaths of office during the first general meeting of the new KSA council. Until additional members are added, Students with Disabilities Representative Jaya Dhillon and Mature Students Representative Lesli Sangha will be the only elected members on the council. “It’s time for... Continue Reading

A look at the University of British Columbia’s new Indigenous Language Fluency Program

The University of British Columbia Okanagan is planning on offering a four-year bachelor’s program in the Nsyilxcn Indigenous language. With this program, UBCO will be the first university in Canada to offer education a bachelor’s degree in an “Indigenous language fluency” program. The program was created in partnership with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology... Continue Reading

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