Vancouver Addresses Racism During COVID-19 Through Multilingual Awareness Campaign

Mayor Kennedy Stewart declared May 29 Vancouver’s Day of Action Against Racism in response to a surge in racist hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic. His proclamation was issued online in six languages as part of a new multilingual awareness campaign led by the city’s Equity and Inclusion Team, based out of the municipal Emergency... Continue Reading

Oppenheimer Park Tent City Cleared During COVID-19 Pandemic

Shane Simpson, B.C.’s Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, announced a public safety order on April 25 to shut down and clear out the Downtown East Side’s Oppenheimer Park or “tent city” camp over fears of COVID-19 spreading through the at-risk community. Simpson says “service providers and emergency responders struggled to safely deliver services... Continue Reading

Universities Across B.C. Adjust to the Province’s New Safety Guidelines

KPU’s Academic and Operational Continuity Plan proposes academic and operational continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the directions of B.C.’s public health officer, online learning will continue for the fall and possibly for the spring 2021 semester. The university will continue to comply with WorkSafe BC’s guidelines and provide students with adequate first aid and... Continue Reading

KPU Offers Online Courses To International Students for Summer Semester

As long as they received a student permit by March 18 and self-isolated for 14 days after their arrival in Canada, new international students will be accepted to KPU throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Carole St. Laurent, KPU International’s Interim Associate Vice President, says there are international students taking KPU classes online, both in Canada and... Continue Reading

How KPU’s Nursing Program is Adjusting During the Pandemic

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has announced its plan to continue online learning for the fall semester with “limited on-campus learning opportunities, focused on those courses that require the use of labs, shops, studios, etc., and where the number of students on campus at any given time can be tightly managed.” The nursing program requires in-person learning... Continue Reading
Health Minister Adrian Dix and Chief Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provide an update on COVID-19 on April 3, 2020

Explainer: Phase Two of B.C.’s Covid-19 Restart Plan

With phase two of B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan in effect, businesses and services around the province have reopened their doors. Citizens have been given permission to congregate in groups of six or less, most elementary schools are expecting some students back in September, and overnight camping will be permitted again starting in June. This announcement... Continue Reading

BC Technology for Learning Society Donates Tech to Low-income Students

In an effort to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic, BC Technology for Learning Society has distributed over 250 refurbished laptops and computers to those in need. The not-for-profit is licensed to operate the ​​Computers for School Plus program in B.C. and has been donating much-needed technology supplies to K-12 students over the past three... Continue Reading

Explainer: TransLink’s Plan to Resume Fare Collection

TransLink has announced its decision to resume fare collection on June 1, almost four months after it was initially suspended. Since the pandemic began, TransLink has taken many steps to ensure social distancing between employees and passengers. A March press release announced that there would be limited seating on buses, and that once passenger capacity... Continue Reading

Government and Organizers Give the Homeless Community Space to Self-Isolate

As the pandemic continues, people who are homeless or at risk of experiencing homelessness may struggle to find a safe place to self-isolate. The Red Braid Alliance for Decolonial Socialism, an organization focused on advocacy for vulnerable communities around the lower mainland, is trying to help. Its members are mostly people from the homeless community... Continue Reading

KPU Bookstore Introduces Curbside Textbook Pickup

KPU’s bookstore recently announced a safe way for students to pick up their textbooks for the upcoming semester: Curbside pickup at the Surrey Campus or delivery by mail. Karsten Purbs, Director of Ancillary Services at KPU, says the bookstore is closed to students and that some may not want their textbooks delivered through mail. “The... Continue Reading

The New KSA Executive Team Has Been Elected

The Kwantlen Student Association’s executive election took place on April 17, when new candidates were voted in to replace the previous executive team. These positions were for the President, Vice President of External Affairs, Vice President of Finance and Operations, Vice President of Student Life, and Vice President of University Affairs. The new President is... Continue Reading

The Together Vs Virus Hackathon COVID-19 Challenges

Over 500 hackathon participants came together to help communities struggling during the pandemic on April 17 and 18. Their goal was to work together to come up with useful and creative technology solutions that would help communities adapt and deal with effects of the pandemic. The 48-hour competition produced six winning teams, all with different... Continue Reading

Explainer: What does the Canadian Emergency Student Benefit look like?

Last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Canada Emergency Student Benefit as part of a $9 billion package to help post-secondary students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible post-secondary students receive $1,250 per month from May to August. If eligible students have a disability or are taking care of someone else, they can instead receive... Continue Reading
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How Scientists Around the World are Racing to Create a COVID-19 Vaccine

The process of developing a regular vaccine can take 10 to 15 years, but scientists around the world are trying to make one for COVID-19 as soon as possible. One of the companies working towards this in the U.S. is Moderna, which is in phase one of vaccine production. China has two companies developing a... Continue Reading

Students Looking for Summer Jobs Can Still Apply for Essential Work

Students who rely on summer jobs are facing employment uncertainty as companies shut down in adherence with social distancing orders. This summer, mostly only essential jobs will be available to students, and the B.C. government released a list of essential service providers including transit workers, grocery store clerks, delivery service workers, and more. Grocery stores... Continue Reading