The Committee of the Kwantlen People Plan Democracy-Themed Lecture Series

After sharing a petition that called upon the council and hereditary chief of the Kwantlen First Nation to begin moving towards a democratic system of government, the Committee of the Kwantlen People began planning a series of lectures about democracy to be held at the Kwantlen First Nation Cultural Centre in May. The Committee of... Continue Reading

KPU Welcomes Incoming Provost and VP Academic Dr. Sandy Vanderburgh

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has announced that Dr. Sandy Vanderburgh will begin serving as the university’s incoming provost in May, and will be fully taking over the position when current Provost and VP Academic Sal Ferreras transitions out of it on July 1. After earning his PhD from SFU, Vanderburgh worked as a sessional geography instructor... Continue Reading

Experts and Politicians Discuss Whether Vancouver Should Become a Megacity

Citizens from around the Lower Mainland gathered at SFU’s downtown campus on April 2 to discuss whether Vancouver should become a megacity. Through this process, Vancouver would amalgamate all of the municipalities in the Metro Vancouver area to become one city under a central government. As one would expect, there are many benefits and drawbacks... Continue Reading

After Four Years, KPU’s Beekeeping Program is Still Buzzing Along

After 52 years as a beekeeper, John Gibeau saw an opportunity to create a commercial beekeeping program that would help meet British Columbia’s need for honey bee pollinators. He began working with Kwantlen Polytechnic University to develop it after founding Surrey’s Honey Bee Centre in 2000. The program not only teaches students how to keep... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Student Association Elects new Executives and President

For the first time following the KSA general election in February, the student association’s new council met together on KPU’s Surrey campus to sign their oaths of office and to choose who would occupy the KSA’s four executive positions for the next year. The new councillors were also briefed on meeting rules and procedures and... Continue Reading

Predatory Journals Can Wreak Havoc a Student’s Wallet and Tarnish their Professional Reputation

For many students, getting a paper published in an academic journal can be a crucial step in furthering their education, particularly if they are planning on continuing into a competitive post-graduation program. This tends to put a lot of pressure on students to submit their work to peer-reviewed publications, which can unfortunately lead to some... Continue Reading
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Kootenay MP Calls for the Elimination of Federal Student Loan Interest

The B.C. government’s recent budget revealed that interest on provincial student loans is being eliminated, which will save students an average of $2,300 over the course of earning their degree. B.C. joins Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I. as the only provinces that offer interest-free loans, and while the decision is being celebrated by local students,... Continue Reading

KSA Members Voice Concern About Online Access to KPU Senate Meeting Recordings

During a KSA Council meeting on Feb. 27, members of the student association expressed concerns that recordings of KPU Senate meetings had been made private. They are now accessible only through SharePoint, an online database and platform which can only be used by staff, faculty, and administration. Students and members of the public will now... Continue Reading

Music Students Continue to Make Noise for the Future of Their Endangered Program

In protest of the suspension of intake into Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s music program, students took to Spirit Square to express their outrage and fight for a reversal of the administration’s decision. They were joined by friends, parents, alumni, community members, and applicants who had been hoping to enroll in the program before the suspension was... Continue Reading

Students Campaign in Advance of Board of Governors Election

This April, KPU students will elect representatives to the two seats available on the university’s Board of Governors. The campaign period began on March 11 and the election will run from April 8 at 8:00 a.m. to April 11 at 4:00 p.m. Students can cast their votes online by visiting the election website at,... Continue Reading

KPIRG Unable to Meet Quorum at 2019 AGM

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group opened the nomination period for its board of directors at the beginning of March and closed it on March 19. Two returning directors, Simon Massey and Jagdeep Mangat, ran unopposed. On March 29, KPIRG held its annual general meeting in order to elect the new board and to approve... Continue Reading

KSA Presents Annual Report at AGM, Passes SUB Debenture Approval

The Kwantlen Student Association presented its yearly report at the society’s annual general meeting on Tuesday, March 19. Executive Director Ben Newsom’s report covered a variety of yearly updates on topics such as campaigning and advocacy efforts, student services, progress toward building a student union building, and the KSA’s audited financial statements from 2018. The... Continue Reading

Manager of Indigenous Services for Students to Vacate His Position on March 29

Len Pierre, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s manager of Indigenous services for students and member of the Katzie Nation, is leaving his position to become the cultural safety coordinator for the Fraser Health Authority. His last day at KPU is March 29. Pierre, who has only been with the university for five months, says that he wasn’t... Continue Reading

Kwantlen First Nation Hereditary Chief Responds to Petition Calling for New System of Government

  Thirty-one members of the Kwantlen First Nation, which allegedly totals more than 50 per cent of the voting-age adult population living on the reserve, submitted a petition to the Kwantlen hereditary chief and band council on March 8. Entitled “a Declaration of the Kwantlen People”, the petition calls for a new system of government... Continue Reading

New Zed Cred Program Announced for Open Education Week

KPU has added the Associate of Arts in General Studies to its growing list of Zed Cred programs, making it the third program at the university that consists entirely of courses which come with zero textbook costs. KPU is the leading school in B.C. for offering Zed Cred programs. The first began in 2017 as... Continue Reading