News Brief: Virtual Convocation to be Held in October

In lieu of the spring convocation ceremony which was scheduled to take place from June 1 to 5, KPU will be facilitating a “virtual ceremony” starting at 11 a.m. on Oct. 6. “Due to the ongoing restrictions on large gatherings as part of British Columbia’s COVID-19 response, KPU is arranging a virtual Convocation ceremony for... Continue Reading

Explainer: The Surrey Police Service Transition

On Aug. 6, the first official Surrey Police Board meeting took place at City Hall, where a motion to create the Surrey Police Service was passed. This marks a milestone in the ongoing process of transitioning the city’s policing structure from the RCMP to a municipal force. “Today is an incredible special day. It has... Continue Reading

Canadian Alliance of Student Association Calls to Redirect Aid from CSSG

The Canadian Alliance of Student Association is asking for Canada Student Service Grant funding to be redirected to help students in need. In a press release, CASA said the short time left in the summer and the delayed grant program has prevented students from receiving financial aid from the CSSG. They believe it is too... Continue Reading

KPU Partners with Native Education College to Teach Indigenous Land Stewardship

The Native Education College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University have partnered up to allow students at NEC pursuing an Indigenous land Stewardship certificate to obtain a Bachelor’s in Horticulture Urban Ecosystems at KPU. NEC already offers a one-year certificate course in the Indigenous Land Stewardship program. According to David Tracey, program coordinator and instructor for the... Continue Reading

Explainer: The Canada-U.S. Border Closure

Earlier in July, the Canada-U.S. border received its fifth extension to remain closed for another 30 days, with exceptions for essential traffic. The border closure prohibits people from travelling between countries for tourism-related activities. Only commercial traffic through railways and trucks, people returning to their home country, essential workers and temporary workers, and immediate family... Continue Reading

Lifesaving Society Suggests Safety Tips for Drowning Prevention Week

July 19 marked the beginning of the Lifesaving Society’s annual awareness campaign on the usually-preventable issue of drowning. “[We’re trying] to make sure that people are thinking about things before they head to the water, and hoping they’re going to have a good time and a safe time,” says Dale Miller, executive director of the... Continue Reading
Marco E. L. Mendicino is sworn in as Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. November 20, 2019. // Marco E. L. Mendicino est assermenté comme ministre de l'Immigration, des Réfugiés et de la Citoyenneté durant la cérémonie d’assermentation du Conseil des ministres à Rideau Hall, à Ottawa. 20 novembre 2019.

Explainer: Canada’s Temporary Measures for International Student Permits

The Canadian government has announced new measures for international students taking online classes this fall. Because the Canadian border still has very tight restrictions on travel, the measures were created to allow international students to study online and receive credits while in their respective countries. Some of the measures include a priority study permit for... Continue Reading

B.C. Rallies for Justice For Mona Wang After Police Incident

Mona Wang, a UBC Okanagan nursing student who was dragged from her apartment by an RCMP officer, is receiving support from across the Lower Mainland. The incident occurred on Jan. 20 when RCMP officer Lacy Browning entered Wang’s apartment for a wellness check. Video evidence shows Browning dragging and kicking Wang while she was lying... Continue Reading

Advocates Ask for More Support in Childcare Services During Pandemic

Since the pandemic began, many childcare services across the country have shut their doors to adhere to physical distancing rules, leaving parents without a place to put their children when they’re unable to care for them. Alison Merton, an early years director at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, says their service closed on Mar. 20 due to... Continue Reading

African Descent Youth Engagement Society Hosts Online Forum Due to Covid-19

The African Descent Youth Engagement Society held an online forum to discuss the “impact of COVID-19 on the youth of African descent in Vancouver” on July 17. The virtual event was hosted by Rita Margaret Buwele, President of the African Descent Youth Engagement Society. It featured Leafletta founder Fatima Diriye, university students Mariyam Arafatiii and... Continue Reading

KPU’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems Launches Survey on Canadian Food Access

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at KPU has launched a research survey in partnership with other universities across the country to determine how COVID-19 has impacted access to food for Canadians. Only survey results from some parts of B.C. have been looked at according to Dr. Mary Beckie, a researcher at the University of... Continue Reading

Explainer: The Legality of Sex Work in Canada During COVID-19

Sex work and human rights advocates are calling on the federal government to stop enforcing sex work laws during the pandemic. They say enforcing them is creating undue harm and contributing to human rights violations. In late 2014, Bill C-36 was passed in the House of Commons to amend the way in which the Criminal... Continue Reading

Migrant Students United Calls for More Support Through Pandemic

Under the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, Migrant Students United is calling for more support to be made available for international students during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the organization asks for better access to healthcare, assistance with rent, tuition, bills, and fewer restrictions on work permits for... Continue Reading

Amendment to Bill 22 Extends Time Youth Can Spend in Hospital After an Overdose

Bill 22, the Mental Health Amendment Act, passed its first reading on June 23. The proposed change to the legislation would permit hospitals to hold people 18 years and younger for 48 hours up to a maximum of seven days after an overdose. They can be held for “short-term involuntary emergency stabilization care” until they... Continue Reading

Virtual Town Hall Meeting Addresses Racism in the Medical System

Approximately 750 people tuned into a live discussion about racism in healthcare hosted by the Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour on July 6. The non-profit organization based in Victoria is dedicated to empowering women by addressing the social, cultural, and political realities that racialized women face. Their work is informed by... Continue Reading