Collaborative Food Strategy Seeks to Improve Food Security in Vancouver’s DTES

When the Our Place Food Strategy was first formed, it was considered a necessity by many people working to improve food security in B.C. According to the website, the strategy’s goal is to “apply a collective impact approach to improving food access for all in the Vancouver inner city” by sharing resources and skills. Those... Continue Reading

Scholar Strike Canada Calls for Action Against Racial Inequality

On Sept. 9 and 10, hundreds of academics and activists across Canada paused their teaching and administrative duties in order to organize public digital teach-ins on subjects of racial inequality and injustice. The initiative, called Scholar Strike Canada, was a call to action for Canadian academics to protest systemic racism and anti-Black police brutality in... Continue Reading

KPU’s Farrier Certificate Reworked for Fall 2020

Starting Oct. 26, KPU Farrier Science students can participate in online learning, a practicum, and e-portfolios during their 30-week certificate program. The goals of updating the program are for students to graduate with more experience working on horses in the field with industry professionals. As a result, they can be better prepared to move onto... Continue Reading

New KPU International Exchange Program Explores Asia and the Pacific Rim

KPU International is expanding its study opportunities for students. The team recently announced its partnership with University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific Consortium (UMAP), allowing students to form connections with “600 universities and colleges from 36 countries and territories across Asia and the Pacific Rim.” KPU International offers exchange programs to universities in North... Continue Reading

Explainer: Closing Bars May Slow Down Infection Rates

As the new school year begins, many parents and educators have voiced concerns about B.C.’s back to school plan. SFU mathematics professor Caroline Colijn who shared her research with CBC, says there is a five per cent chance of infection on the first day of school for elementary school kids and a 25 per cent... Continue Reading

Explainer: Equal Bathroom Rights in Canada

Transgender people are publicly banned in the United States from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity. In Canada, there are some regional considerations for those individuals to use the bathroom they choose, as well as gender-neutral bathrooms available in some schools and some province and city-owned buildings. In 2016, Bill C-16 was introduced... Continue Reading

Explainer: B.C.’s Fuel Price Transparency Act

Last year, the B.C. provincial government introduced the Fuel Price Transparency Act, which requires gas companies to report their prices for the wholesale gas market.  Gas companies are expected to begin their regular reports to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) starting this October. The BCUC is an independent agency responsible for regulating B.C.’s natural... Continue Reading

ABCS Supports Recommendations for Students in Provincial Budget Report

In early August, B.C.’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services released a report on its 2021 budget consultation, which includes a number of ways to improve advanced education in the province, and recommends the creation of a “provincial international student educational strategy.” Following this, the Alliance of BC Students (ABCS) expressed support for... Continue Reading

KPU Students Advance to Phase Two of Car Design Competition

KPU design students Marie-Pier Alary and Bailee van Rikxoort have reached the second phase of Project Arrow, a national competition to design a zero-emission concept vehicle hosted by the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Section of the Canadian Manufacturers’ Association. According to their website, the zero-emission vehicle will be created with an all-Canadian team and will be... Continue Reading

Explainer: Regional Greenways Planned for 2050

The Metro Vancouver Regional Greenways project is a 30-year development plan which aims to double the length of the region’s greenways from 430 km to 830 km and make the network gap-free by 2050. The project builds off previous regional plans such as the Greater Vancouver Regional Greenway Vision from 1999 and the Metro 2040... Continue Reading

Fundraising Efforts to Send Student’s Body Home Conclude

A crowd-sourced fundraiser to return the body of Manpreet Singh to his home has been deactivated after it surpassed its funding goal with $44,286. Singh passed away after drowning at Cultus Lake on July 25. He and a group of friends were swimming that day before the tragic accident took place. The widely reported tragedy... Continue Reading

Explainer: The City of Vancouver’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan

The Vancouver City Council COVID-19 Recovery Committee’s final report was unanimously approved earlier this month. The CCRC formed in May to share information about the City’s COVID-19 pandemic response and business and community recovery planning. The report summarizes recommendations from several meetings with experts and stakeholders who shared their advice for how the City can... Continue Reading

KPU Open Educational Resources Welcomes New Strategist

For the implementation of its OER program, KPU is listed as “Canada’s leading institutional adopter of Open Textbooks and other Open Educational Resources.” Open education textbooks provide an affordable alternative for students who need to buy textbooks for their courses. They are reportedly “available to students free of cost in digital formats and at relatively... Continue Reading

KSA Council Restricted by Seven Vacancies in its Elected Membership

Making informed, inclusive decisions can be difficult for the KSA when they consistently lack community representatives on council. There are currently seven vacancies between constituency and faculty representatives. “We are trying to find more ways to find more direct synergies with KPU and more of their departments,” says Benjamin Newsom, Executive Director of the KSA.... Continue Reading

Explainer: B.C. Announces Student Grants for the Fall Semester

The B.C. government has announced an access grant available to post-secondary students this coming fall. The grant is intended to build on ”the elimination of interests on B.C. student loans.” In a statement, the government said the grants are non-repayable and are being offered along with funding for students with disabilities. Additional resources and online... Continue Reading