Central Advising hosts course planning workshop for new KPU students

Every semester, there is a new surge of students arriving at KPU, many of whom are fresh from high school. Navigating through the changes may be confusing, which is why KPU Central hosted a two-session Course Planning Workshop to help new students navigate the upcoming Spring 2021 semester. The workshop sessions were held via Microsoft... Continue Reading

Explainer: Vancouver’s updated climate action plan

In early November, the City of Vancouver released its Climate Emergency Action Plan, where they designated six significant climate actions they hope to be completed before 2030. According to the report, Vancouver generated 2.5 million tonnes of carbon pollution in 2019. Fifty-two per cent stemmed from the burning of natural gas, which is used for... Continue Reading

October KSA Council meeting to be rescheduled after low attendance

Out of 19 voting council members, only seven showed up to the Kwantlen Student Association’s council meeting held virtually Oct. 30. Only two councillors, Ravinder Singh and Palwinder Singh sent in their regrets that they couldn’t make the meeting for health reasons, while ten other councillors remained unaccounted for. These absences were particularly noticed following... Continue Reading

Explainer: Vancouver opts out of implementing mandatory mask policy

Vancouver City Councillors opted for using the phrase “strongly encouraged” instead of “mandatory”  when it comes to face mask policies in indoor facilities during a council meeting held on Oct. 20. With B.C.’s anticipation for the second wave of COVID-19, it was proposed that face masks should be worn inside indoor premises of civic facilities... Continue Reading

Government of Canada updates travel restrictions for international students

The Government of Canada has lifted travel restrictions, once again allowing international students to enter Canada to study. Earlier this month, Marco Mendicino, Canada’s Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister, announced that beginning Oct. 20, international students attending a designated learning institution (DLI) will be permitted to enter Canada. International students must have a valid study... Continue Reading

KSA hosts AGM entirely online

Originally scheduled for March 26, the Kwantlen Student Association’s annual general meeting (AGM) took place on Oct. 22 over a Zoom video conference. The meeting did not have a high enough attendance to make the minimum quorum to pass motions. The AGM began with the Speaker of Council Titus Gregory going over the objectives of... Continue Reading

Explainer: Canada’s planned single-use plastics ban for 2021

Plastic straws, shopping bags, and takeout containers are among the list of single-use plastics set to be banned by the end of 2021. After analyzing and categorizing these products as either harmful, essential, or both, six common single-use plastic items were named to be federally banned by the end of next year, according to an... Continue Reading

Surrey community members say education healthcare and small businesses are priorities this election

B.C. is having its provincial election on Oct. 24, and local organizations like the Surrey Board of Trade wants the province to focus more on creating jobs for residents in the city. The Surrey Board of Trade aims to bring more business opportunities to Surrey while supporting current businesses. According to Elections BC, Surrey is... Continue Reading

Student advocacy groups support Take it Over campaign to encourage voting

The B.C. election is approaching, and student advocacy groups want students to go out and make their vote count. The BC Federation of Students (BCFS) works to lobby the government and create better learning and educational opportunities for students in B.C. The organization is made up of 170,000 students ranging across 15 post-secondary institutions. Tanysha... Continue Reading

Explainer: Party platforms for this provincial election

Here is a handy guide on the key players in the upcoming provincial election: The NDP, Liberals, Green Party, and Conservative Party. This should fill you in on their stances regarding housing, public health, the economy, and other issues that matter to you. Housing In the last election, the BC NDP promised to build 114,000... Continue Reading

Advocates say the need for safe supply has never been clearer

B.C. has been facing the opioid epidemic for years, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the need for safe supply for drug users. In the BC Coroners Service report updated on Sept. 23, 1,068 people died of overdoses in the first eight months of this year. B.C. has seen over 100 reported overdose deaths... Continue Reading

Accessible transit pilot to start testing in Vancouver

Vancouver city council has approved a grant fund that enables them to create a “poverty reduction pilots” for the city. The funds are provided by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and the city of Vancouver has been given $50,000. The purpose of the UBCM funds is to create “poverty reduction pilots” for municipalities across... Continue Reading

KSA designates new VP Finance and Operations following resignation

On Sept. 21, Sukhpreet Kaur, the Kwantlen Student Association’s former VP of Finance and Operations, sent a letter of resignation to Titus Gregory, Speaker of Council. The position is now held by Ripunjot Brar, Science and Horticulture faculty representative. In the KSA’s General Council Meeting on Sept. 25, Gregory announced Kaur’s resignation by sharing the... Continue Reading

Explainer: The B.C. Government’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

In a plan unveiled Sept. 9, the government of B.C. announced they would be investing $1.6 billion into a fall and winter preparedness plan designed to support the province’s health care system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Designed to protect British Columbia’s most vulnerable, the province announced an increase in COVID-19 testing to up... Continue Reading

Explainer: Nova Scotia’s Loan Forgiveness Program

At the beginning of August, the Province of Nova Scotia announced a loan forgiveness program for students who were issued provincial student loans after Aug. 1, 2015. For students to be eligible, they need to “graduate from an undergraduate non-professional degree program at a Nova Scotia university.” They also need to have completed their degree... Continue Reading