First students set to graduate from inclusive KPU arts program

The Including All Citizens program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University will see the graduation of three of its first students. The program, designed by sociology instructor and Inclusion BC president Dr. Fiona Whittington-Walsh, was designed to fully include students with intellectual disabilities into arts courses. The graduates will receive a Faculty of Arts certificate, which consists... Continue Reading

Explainer: Cleaning up dormant oil and gas wells in B.C.

The province’s Dormant Sites Reclamation Program is now taking applications from British Columbian oil and gas companies looking to erase the environmental mark of dormant wells. The second increment of $50 million in funding gives eligible organizations in the industry from Feb. 8 to March 8 to apply for funding that could go towards cleaning... Continue Reading

City councillors raise questions about Surrey’s police transition

Surrey city councillors Jack Hundial and Brenda Locke sent a letter on Feb. 15 to over 1,000 elected officials in B.C., saying there is a need to have a feasibility study done on the transition of the Surrey Police from the RCMP to a municipal force. Hundial and Locke say the study would make sure... Continue Reading

How to book a KPU peer tutor during the pandemic

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Learning Centre is still offering their services to students online. Students can access the Learning Centre’s tutoring services through TutorOcean to book a half hour or hour-long session. Instructors can also sign up and be a faculty tutor or offer their office hours. Before the pandemic, sessions were a combination of in-person... Continue Reading

Explainer: Parliament passes motion declaring China’s treatment of Uyghurs a genocide

A symbolic motion recognising the genocide of Uyghurs in China passed in the House of Commons with a vote of 266-0 on Feb. 22. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the entire Liberal cabinet abstained from the vote. Tabled by the Conservative Party, the motion stipulates that China has engaged in actions consistent with United Nations... Continue Reading

KSA election candidates release campaign statements

As part of the Kwantlen Student Association General Election campaign process, candidates were invited to send statements for publication. The following statements were submitted by KSA election candidates, and are presented as is.   Campus Representatives Civic Plaza Campus Representative Nipun Mehta Hello! My name is Nipun Mehta I am running elections for civic plaza... Continue Reading

KPU launches student-led Peer Wellness Program

For students hoping to learn more about mental and physical health resources offered by KPU, a new program will soon be able to provide that where students can access it from the comfort of home. The Peer Wellness Program is a brand new, volunteer-led initiative launching on Feb. 22. Virtual drop-in sessions are hosted by... Continue Reading

ON COVID-19 Project keeps Canadian youth updated on COVID-19 virus

The ON COVID-19 Project is a grassroots initiative based in Ontario. The project aims to provide accurate information on COVID-19 using social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter, with messaging targeted towards Millennials, Gen-Z, and people aged 40 and under in Canada. The project began in 2020 when Samanta Krishnapillai, who works in the... Continue Reading

Explainer: Canada’s delays in vaccine distribution

B.C. has been experiencing a recent slowdown in vaccine distribution, which has reportedly resulted in more than 70 per cent of the medicine being reserved for individuals requiring their second dose. Earlier this month, there were some interruptions to the vaccine deliveries in the country. The federal government announced that the Pfizer vaccine would take... Continue Reading

Explainer: Canada’s expansion of the list of terrorist groups

The federal government added 13 groups to its list of terrorist entities on Feb. 3, with four of them being white supremacists groups: Atomwaffen Division, The Base, The Proud Boys, and the Russian Imperial Movement. This brings the total number of entities on the list to 73. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the new... Continue Reading

KPU Case Analysis Network introduces business case competition

On March 1 to 6, KPU’s Case Analysis Network will join sixteen universities across Canada to complete a business case study in under 40 hours. KPUCAN is a School of Business initiative that was launched in 2020, and was designed to connect KPU students with case teams. “Our mission is to connect students with Case... Continue Reading

KPU implementing changes to the Bachelor of Arts framework

The new Bachelor of Arts framework will lower the number of credits that arts students need to complete for the quantitative and arts and breadth requirements. The university released the minutes from a meeting on Jan. 25, where the senate discussed and passed a motion to reduce the nine quantitative credit requirement to three credits.... Continue Reading

Explainer: Julie Payette stepping down as governor general

Julie Payette stepped down from her role as governor general on Jan. 21 after a report conducted last year by Quintet Consulting Corporation showed Payette to be responsible for workplace harassment at Rideau Hall. According to the report, 43 staff members at Rideau Hall described the work environment as being “hostile or negative” during Payette’s... Continue Reading

Explainer: The cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline project

Cancelling the Keystone XL Pipeline project was one of U.S. President Joe Biden’s campaign promises. The pipeline, initially proposed in 2008 by TC Energy Corp, formerly known as TransCanada Corp and ConocoPhillips, was intended to span over 2,700 kilometres between Alberta and Nebraska to deliver 800,000 barrels of oil a day to the U.S. However,... Continue Reading

KSA prepares for general election, passes motions during January meeting

The Kwantlen Student Association is accepting nominations for the upcoming student council general election. Nominations are now open to all student members until Feb. 11 at 12:00 p.m., and each package needs to be signed by at least 25 valid nominators in good standing with the KSA. The voting period will start on Feb. 25... Continue Reading