B.C. Freeze on Rent Increases Extended Until July 2021

There was a sigh of relief for renters in British Columbia as the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing decided to extend the rent freeze until July 10, 2021 as part of the Emergency Program Act and COVID-19 Related Measures Act. In a news release on Nov. 9, the ministry announced that instead of the... Continue Reading

KPU to Host Indigenous Dialogue Series Discussing Reconciliation and Indigenization

Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be hosting an event titled “Indigenous Dialogue Series: Perspectives on Indigenization” on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The event will be held online over a Zoom conference from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The series aims to bring the KPU community together to learn and take steps towards “addressing historical and systemic wrongs,... Continue Reading

Surrey Transportation Plan to Focus on Growing City Population and Rapid Transit

The City of Surrey is working on a transportation plan that will focus on “addressing the climate crisis, prioritizing safety, balancing equity and leveraging new technology.” Back in 2008, the city initially created the transportation plan, though a number of changes have been made since then. “Ever since 2008, a number of things have changed... Continue Reading

A Look at the COVID-19 Testing Centre at KPU Langley Campus

In an effort to join the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Kwantlen Polytechnic University has dedicated space for a testing centre at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Langley campus. The facility is a partnership between Fraser Health and the Langley Division of Family Practice, and is one of 11 centres throughout the region. It first opened... Continue Reading

Explainer: Vancouver in Talks of Possibly Hosting the 2030 Olympic Games

Back in March, Vancouver put forward a motion to consider hosting the 2030 Winter Olympics. The motion was to be heard by several speakers in April. However, the meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19 social restrictions. The motion details the eventful turnout of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games and the contributions the games brought, such... Continue Reading

Surrey Board of Trade Eyes Waterfront Development Along the Fraser River

The Surrey Board of Trade has launched an initiative to develop areas along the Fraser River into residential, commercial, and recreational zones. The Fraser River Waterfront Revitalization Initiative is a plan spearheaded by the Surrey Board of Trade and Purpose Driven Development, a real estate planning and development firm. “It is a revitalization roadmap and... Continue Reading

Wilson School of Design Students Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

The Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver organization recently hosted a youth build week, and interior design students from the Wilson School of Design were there to help. Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is a non-governmental organization that works to bring “volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means... Continue Reading

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Answers Questions at KPU Virtual Townhall

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a virtual visit to Kwantlen Polytechnic University to take questions in a town hall from his office in the nation’s capital. Students, staff, and faculty attended the Zoom event on Nov. 4, with topics including climate change, cybersecurity, and drinking water in Indigenous communities. “It was a great event. We... Continue Reading

Central Advising Hosts Course Planning Workshop for New KPU Students

Every semester, there is a new surge of students arriving at KPU, many of whom are fresh from high school. Navigating through the changes may be confusing, which is why KPU Central hosted a two-session Course Planning Workshop to help new students navigate the upcoming Spring 2021 semester. The workshop sessions were held via Microsoft... Continue Reading

Explainer: Vancouver’s Updated Climate Action Plan

In early November, the City of Vancouver released its Climate Emergency Action Plan, where they designated six significant climate actions they hope to be completed before 2030. According to the report, Vancouver generated 2.5 million tonnes of carbon pollution in 2019. Fifty-two per cent stemmed from the burning of natural gas, which is used for... Continue Reading

October KSA Council Meeting to be Rescheduled After Low Attendance

Out of 19 voting council members, only seven showed up to the Kwantlen Student Association’s council meeting held virtually Oct. 30. Only two councillors, Ravinder Singh and Palwinder Singh sent in their regrets that they couldn’t make the meeting for health reasons, while ten other councillors remained unaccounted for. These absences were particularly noticed following... Continue Reading

Explainer: Vancouver Opts Out of Implementing Mandatory Mask Policy

Vancouver City Councillors opted for using the phrase “strongly encouraged” instead of “mandatory”  when it comes to face mask policies in indoor facilities during a council meeting held on Oct. 20. With B.C.’s anticipation for the second wave of COVID-19, it was proposed that face masks should be worn inside indoor premises of civic facilities... Continue Reading

Government of Canada Updates Travel Restrictions for International Students

The Government of Canada has lifted travel restrictions, once again allowing international students to enter Canada to study. Earlier this month, Marco Mendicino, Canada’s Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister, announced that beginning Oct. 20, international students attending a designated learning institution (DLI) will be permitted to enter Canada. International students must have a valid study... Continue Reading

KSA Hosts AGM Entirely Online

Originally scheduled for March 26, the Kwantlen Student Association’s annual general meeting (AGM) took place on Oct. 22 over a Zoom video conference. The meeting did not have a high enough attendance to make the minimum quorum to pass motions. The AGM began with the Speaker of Council Titus Gregory going over the objectives of... Continue Reading

EXPLAINER: Canada’s Planned Single-Use Plastics Ban for 2021

Plastic straws, shopping bags, and takeout containers are among the list of single-use plastics set to be banned by the end of 2021. After analyzing and categorizing these products as either harmful, essential, or both, six common single-use plastic items were named to be federally banned by the end of next year, according to an... Continue Reading