B.C. rewrites gendered language in provincial legislation

About 600 instances of gendered language in provincial legislation have been rewritten to include all gender identities, with more on the way. The changes are meant to ensure that all British Columbians have equal access to government services, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race or cultural beliefs, according to the official press release.... Continue Reading

Explainer: The proposed Rogers Communications merger with Shaw

Potentially one of the biggest transactions ever to take place in the Canadian economy, Rogers Communications has proposed signing a deal with Shaw Communications valued at $26 billion, including debt. In a news release from March 15, Rogers announced a proposal to purchase all outstanding shares from Shaw for $40.50 per share in cash. Shortly... Continue Reading

KPU Applied Genomics Centre set to tackle problems in agriculture and health

With files from Esther Amankop Udoh Dr. Paul Adams, scientific director of the Applied Genomics Centre, chuckles when asked to explain – in a way that anybody could understand – what kind of research the lab works on. The lab, which is under construction on the Surrey campus at Spruce 214, focuses on genetics research,... Continue Reading

Grant pays for the tuition of 12 KPU students in the Faculty of Trades and Technology

Twelve KPU students have been awarded a grant fund of $105,183, which will pay the students’ tuition towards the Electrical Foundation Program in the Faculty of Trades and Technology. The community Workforce Development grant will ensure that the students receive hands-on education to take into the real world. The 24-week program will cover what students... Continue Reading

KPU plans to reopen campuses for the fall semester

On March 8, Anne Kang, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, announced in a statement that Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry advised the presidents of all post-secondary institutions to prepare for a return to on-campus learning in the fall semester. The following day, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s president Dr. Alan Davis announced in... Continue Reading

New Westminster renaming ferry dock to commemorate Komagata Maru

New Westminster city council has passed a motion to rename the Q to Q ferry dock in remembrance of Komagata Maru, a tragic chapter in Canadian history. In May 1914, 376 passengers from Punjab, British India, arrived in Vancouver on the Komagata Maru and were denied permission to dock. For two months, passengers were confined... Continue Reading

Student housing tower in Surrey Central given the green light

A new skyscraper will be gracing the Surrey skyline in the coming years, and with it, an option for post-secondary students in search of housing. The GEC Education Mega Center is being developed by CIBT Education Group and will be a mixed-use residential and commercial skyscraper. Following public hearings, the project received the green light... Continue Reading

Canadian airsoft community worried the sport will be banned under proposed bill

Canada’s airsoft community is calling on the government to reverse the proposed federal gun bill, which members say will cause a ban on the sport entirely. Bill C-21 is currently being debated in the House of Commons. Federal Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair said its goal is to “end the proliferation, importation, export or... Continue Reading

Explainer: A brief history of the Site C hydroelectric dam

What is perhaps the most controversial infrastructure project in B.C.’s history is forging ahead despite stiff opposition. In a Feb. 26 press conference, Premier John Horgan remained steadfast in his NDP government’s goal to complete construction on the Site C dam, which was approved by the former Liberal government in 2014. Ceasing construction, Horgan said,... Continue Reading
Allegedly forged signatures were submitted on multiple KSA candidate nomination forms. Redactions by the KSA Chief Returning Officer. (Submitted)

KSA disqualifies 21 election candidates over allegations of slating and forgery

After a delay in sharing the results of its general election, the Kwantlen Student Association has confirmed that of the 24 candidates running in the general election, 21 have been disqualified following two decisions made by the KSA Chief Returning Officer. Pending any appeals, only two of the candidates, Lesli Sangha and Jaya Dhillon, have... Continue Reading

Explainer: The Canada Pharmacare Act

The Canada Pharmacare Act introduced by B.C. MP Peter Julian was defeated in its most recent reading in the house of commons. Bill C-213 was brought forward as a private member bill. The purpose of the bill was to “establish a universal single-payer, comprehensive and public pharmacare plan” which will give access to prescription drugs... Continue Reading

Indigenous-led housing project to open in Vancouver

The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society will be operating another housing shelter located at 1015 East Hastings in partnership with the City of Vancouver and BC Housing. This is part of an Indigenous-led development, and it will include more than 160 new homes and 80 new shelter beds. The VAFCS will operate 80 beds for... Continue Reading

Housing to open in Vancouver for transgender, gender-diverse, and Two-Spirit peoples

Bought by the City of Vancouver, the Aoki-Ross House will soon be accepting housing applications from transgender, gender-diverse, and Two-Spirit peoples in the Downtown Eastside. The building will eventually house 26 residents, and the city is hoping to reduce some of the barriers that folks from these communities can face when trying to access safe... Continue Reading

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