Explainer: ICBC’s Proposed No-Fault Insurance Model

Last month, the provincial NDP government announced that ICBC, the auto-insurer of B.C., will be switching to a no-fault insurance model in May 2021. On its website, ICBC breaks down the benefits of the system. Drivers will no longer have to file a lawsuit after a crash to win damages, as ICBC will pay directly... Continue Reading

Students with Disabilities Face Challenges with Opting Out of the U-Pass

Kwantlen Polytechnic University students will continue to get the U-Pass for five more years, but some students with disabilities would rather skip paying for it altogether. On Jan. 30, the B.C. government announced the renewal of the Universal Transit Pass Agreement between TransLink, public post-secondary institutions, and student associations in Metro Vancouver. The renewal means... Continue Reading

Explainer: UN Human Rights Ruling on Climate Refugees

Fires, rising sea levels, and other natural disasters induced by the rapidly changing climate are impacting countries around the world and the people living in them. A recent ruling by the United Nations has stated that deporting a person to a country where they may be put in danger by the climate crisis is a... Continue Reading

Hong Kong Political Action Reaches Canadian Campuses

As the Hong Kong protests continue, tension can be felt in Metro Vancouver, a city many Chinese-Canadians call home. In October, “pro-government” and “pro-democracy” protesters argued near the Aberdeen SkyTrain station. RCMP officers mediated. Last August, a Lennon Wall at SFU was vandalized, causing the Simon Fraser Student Society to vote on establishing a mobile... Continue Reading

2020 KSA Council Results Released

Nineteen new members will be joining the Kwantlen Student Association’s Council, three of whom were re-elected, after voters cast their ballots on Feb. 11 and 12. Seven candidates ran for the Arts Representative position. Of those seven, Harmandeep Kaur was elected with 106 votes, Sukhpreet Kaur with 154, and Paramjit Singh with 94. Singh was... Continue Reading

Solidarity Blockades Spread Across Vancouver After Arrests Made at Gidimt'en Checkpoint

In the early hours of Feb. 6, armed Royal Canadian Mounted Police moved in on the Gidimt’en Checkpoint in Wet’suwet’en territory, forcefully removing peaceful protesters from their unceded territory. Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and their supporters are defending their land in an ongoing conflict with TransCanada. This company wants to build the Coastal GasLink pipeline that... Continue Reading
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Explainer: Major Investment Management Company BlackRock Goes Green

The world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, is making waves by putting the effects of climate change at the center of its investment decisions. The CEO of BlackRock, Laurence Fink, published a letter to CEOs working with the firm which said that “the evidence on climate risk is compelling investors to reassess core assumptions about modern... Continue Reading

KPU Nutrigenomics Study Explains How Diet and Genes Interact

Have you ever wondered how your genetic make-up interacts with your diet and influences your health? If the answer is “yes,” and you’re between the ages of 19-26, you might want to check out a study being conducted by KPU Health Science researchers, which focuses on the effects of providing personalized nutritional education to emerging... Continue Reading

Inside Surrey for Future’s New School District Climate Campaign

“A society becomes great when people plant the seeds of trees whose shade they will never live to enjoy.” This proverb was shared at the Jan. 20 meeting of Surrey for Future, a climate advocacy organization based in Surrey which was co-founded by Kwantlen Student Association Sustainability Coordinator Erin Pedersen and KPU Librarian Allison Richardson.... Continue Reading

Canadian Hearing Services Offers $3,000 Scholarship to Students

Canadian Hearing Services is awarding $3,000 scholarships to eligible deaf or hard of hearing students. The scholarship is meant to alleviate the financial stress that students who are deaf and hard of hearing face on a regular basis. Canadian Hearing Services has offered the scholarship for four years, and in the past three years, it... Continue Reading

B.C. Residents Stop Paying MSP Premiums, International Students Pay Double

The elimination of Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums came into effect on Jan 1. According to the B.C. government’s MSP website, “as per the elimination, British Columbia residents are no longer required to pay any MSP premiums. However, enrolment in MSP remains mandatory for all residents.” “Only adult international students who formally opt out of... Continue Reading

Students Walk Out for Wet’suwet’en

It is estimated that around 600 people marched down Broadway street to Vancouver City Hall in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation on Jan. 27. Many university students gathered to protect Wet’suwet’en land from the Coastal GasLink pipeline’s proposed 670-kilometre extension into the nation’s territory. Dakota Bear, one of the organizers of the walk out, says... Continue Reading

Activists Block Port of Vancouver in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

Editor’s Note: The people quoted in this article chose to use pseudonyms to preserve their privacy. The Wet’suwet’en people issued a call for action this month, asking allies to show solidarity in their efforts to maintain sovereignty over their territory. As of Jan. 13, the RCMP have set up a blockade in the road to... Continue Reading

KSA Asks Absentee Council Members to Resign

A letter has been sent to nine Kwantlen Student Association council members requesting they resign due to a low level of attendance at council meetings last year. The KSA council election will be running Feb. 11-12, and council member, Students with Disabilities Representative, and Governance Committee Chair Jaya Dhillon is trying to ensure that people... Continue Reading

Where KPU Stands on Fossil Fuel Divestment

In a 2014 meeting, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Board of Governors made a decision not to divest in the fossil fuel industry. The minutes from that meeting show that the VP Finance & Administration at the time, Gordon Lee, reported on both RBC Dominion’s and HSBC’s responses to the possibility of KPU divesting in the fossil... Continue Reading