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

The Alliance of BC Students Advocates for Government Service Budget Changes

The Alliance of BC Students has submitted their recommendations for B.C.’s 2021 and 2022 Budget to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. The ABCS is a student-led organization which advocates at the provincial level for accessible and affordable post-secondary education in B.C. It is a coalition of five different student associations from... Continue Reading

KPU’s Redesigned Public Relations Diploma Emphasizes Cultural Awareness

The Public Relations program at KPU has undergone a major redesign to ensure students have the skills and awareness they need before they enter the workplace. In September, the program will launch online due to COVID-19. The PR Diploma is a two-year program that consists of 60 credits, half of which focus on PR education.... Continue Reading

Explainer: The Federal Government's New Grants and Opportunities for Students

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just announced the Canada Student Service Grant which his office says will help “post-secondary students and recent graduates as they volunteer to serve in their communities’ COVID-19 response.” A single payment of between $1,000 to $5,000 will be given to each student or graduate. The amount given to them will depend... Continue Reading

Kim Baird Appointed KPU’s New Chancellor

Kim Baird, KPU Distinguished Alumna and Indigenous rights advocate, has been appointed as the university’s new chancellor. In her new role, Baird will serve as the ceremonial head of the university starting in October. Chancellors at KPU lead convocations, give credentials to graduating students, and act as an ambassador for the university. Baird says she... Continue Reading

The KSA Approves U-Pass Subsidy Program

The Kwantlen Student Association’s executive team approved the new U-Pass Subsidy Program on June 14. The program is designed to ease financial pressure for students who regularly use public transit. “The U-Pass BC and MultiPass fees for May through August have been reversed from all student accounts. Additionally, for those students who did not make... Continue Reading

EXPLAINER: A Recent History of Police Brutality in Canada

The wave of protests following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky — both of which occurred at the hands of police — have sparked global conversations about police brutality and power. Canada has its own history of police brutality targeting people of colour, especially Indigenous people. As Indigenous journalist... Continue Reading

Looking at the Class Action Lawsuit on behalf of Methadone Patients in B.C.

The B.C. government switched all Methadone patients to a cheaper and less effective alternative called Methadose in 2014. According to an article by the Globe and Mail, the new formulation was 10 times stronger, meaning patients only needed to take a tenth of the amount they had previously taken. An estimated 18,000 people were switched... Continue Reading