KSA Supports CFS Ontario Provincial Court Challenge

In late May, the Canadian Federation of Students launched a court challenge in response to the Ontario government’s proposed Student Choice Initiative, a policy which would categorize particular student fees as “non-essential.” The challenge states that the initiative, which is being backed by Ontario’s Minister of Training Colleges and Universities, “improperly and arbitrarily” designates which... Continue Reading

International Students at KPU Speak Out Against Work Hour Limits

Jobandeep Singh Sandhu, a mechanical engineering student from India, was driving a truck from Montreal to Toronto in December 2017 when he was pulled over and arrested for exceeding a 20-hour work limit placed on international students. A year and a half later, he faced deportation.  A petition was created in an effort to stop... Continue Reading

New Hotline Launched as Part of a National Effort to Combat Human Trafficking

Content warning: this article discusses issues related to sexual violence and assault. Reachable at 1-833-900-1010, a Human Trafficking Hotline was launched by the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking (CCEHT) in early June. The 24-hour hotline is the first of its kind in Canada, and is available in more than 200 languages and dialects. “The... Continue Reading

Netflix Announces Partnership with Indigenous Film Groups in Canada

At the 2019 Banff World Media Festival, Netflix announced a partnership with three Indigenous screen creators: imagineNATIVE, The Indigenous Screen Office, and Wapikoni Mobile. The collaboration is part of a five-year, $25 million fund to help support the “next generation of Canadian creators” in underserved communities, according to Global News.  imagineNATIVE will use this partnership... Continue Reading

Facing Potential Bankruptcy, KPIRG Holds 2019 AGM

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group, an organization formerly funded by KPU students that is dedicated to social and environmental justice, held what may be its last annual general meeting on June 27. Unless the Kwantlen Student Association votes to reinstate the group’s funding in the next few months, KPIRG could be shutting down for... Continue Reading

Wilson School of Design Offers the Best Fashion Education in Canada, According to Business of Fashion Magazine

The Wilson School of Design at KPU was recently featured in Business of Fashion magazine’s guide to the top fashion schools around the world, and was even named the “best overall” fashion school in Canada. In addition to being one of only two Canadian schools acknowledged in the guide, the Wilson School also earned badges... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Artist Comments on the Harm Caused by Canada's Knock-off Indigenous Art Market

According to a recent article in The Discourse a study commissioned by the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia in 2010 found that “88 per cent of small Indigenous-themed souvenirs sold in Vancouver, like keychains, stickers and magnets, were created and sold with no participation from Indigenous artists at all.” These knock-off pieces are typically... Continue Reading
As the next step in cracking down on money laundering in British Columbia, government is working with public and private post-secondary institutions to ensure they are not a target for money laundering after being identified as one of several vulnerable sectors. Learn more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019AEST0064-001083

KPU Considers Ending Cash Payments for Tuition Amidst Provincial Concerns of Money Laundering

The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training issued a letter to all post-secondary and private institutions on May 28 asking them to help deter money laundering in the province. The letter includes a request for institutions that accept cash for tuition payments to review their financial policies and submit copies to the Ministry by... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Polytechnic University to Offer Mentorship Program for Former Youth in Care

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is taking steps to bring together former youth in care who make use of the provincial tuition waiver program. Of the 806 former youth in care who are using the waivers in British Columbia, 25 of them are currently studying at KPU according to Laura Vail, Director of Student Success for the... Continue Reading
Drug Decriminilization Press Conference at BC Legislature.

Provincial Health Officer Calls for Decriminalization of Drug Possession

A report published by the Provincial Health Office entitled Stopping the Harm: Decriminalization of People who Use Drugs in B.C. calls for the possession of illicit drugs to be decriminalized in British Columbia. The report, which was released on April 24, offers a comprehensive argument for how decriminalization is likely to benefit public health in... Continue Reading

Nursing is Now Considered a Profession with Presumed Mental Injury

A recent article in The Star Vancouver explains that nurses in B.C. have been added to the list of occupations with a “presumption of workplace mental injury.” This means that they will more easily be able to access services and compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder and other ailments they sustain while at work. Christine Sorensen,... Continue Reading

Metro Vancouver Seeks Long-Term Transit Investment from Ottawa

Representatives from the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation gathered with federal party members and leaders to discuss securing government funding for transit expansion projects in Ottawa earlier this month. As part of “Transit Day on the Hill”, the Mayors’ Council representatives met with members from all parties—including NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party leader... Continue Reading

KSA Still Not Posting Meeting Minutes Online

The Kwantlen Student Association has failed to post transcribed records from its past five meetings of council, its annual general meeting in March, and several committee meetings, including weekly executive committee meetings. KSA minutes are kept on the association’s website, and are supposed to be updated shortly after they are approved by vote at subsequent... Continue Reading

University of New Brunswick Prof. Conducts Study on Student Homelessness

As post-secondary education becomes increasingly important for Canadians entering the job market, a surprisingly high number of them are being forced to choose between earning a degree and having a place to call home. According to a 2016 report called Without a Home: The National Youth Homeless Survey conducted by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness,... Continue Reading

KSA Refocuses on Environmentalism through Updated Sustainability Policy

With the intention of ramping up its commitment to environmental sustainability and social justice, the Kwantlen Student Association has updated its sustainability policy for the first time since the document was passed in June 2014. The sustainability policy is designed to inform the association’s decisions and operations in a way that prioritizes environmental sustainability through... Continue Reading