Weeding Them Out

City council strives to close hundreds of marijuana-related businesses Over the past two years, the number of “marijuana-related business” in Vancouver has grown by over 200 per cent, according to Vancouver City Council. That, and a lack of strict regulations, has led them to enforce a new set of policies in an attempt to reduce... Continue Reading

“Because it’s 2016” Pushes for Gender Parity in Vancouver

Motion suggesting that the 50 per cent gender split in advisory committees is made mandatory When Justin Trudeau established Canada’s first gender-balanced cabinet, he set an example for political bodies throughout the nation. Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer was one of many inspired by the Prime Minister’s decision. “I do a lot of work on... Continue Reading

Student nominees begin race for two BoG seats, four Senate seats

Several outgoing KSA councillors to stand as candidates 2016 KPU Senate and Board of Governors Elections Create your own infographics Nominations have now closed for student representatives to the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Board of Governors and University Senate. The BoG is the highest governing body in a B.C. university, with two-thirds of its members appointed... Continue Reading

Kristin Henry, others, protest Site C dam at BC Hydro HQ

Henry is five days into hunger strike Kristin Henry and several other protesters sit in and around their tents, waiting for a response from BC Hydro or the B.C. government. Henry herself hasn’t eaten in five days. They’re protesting the proposed Site C dam in the Peace River Valley, which would flood over 100 kilometres... Continue Reading

WOOW pro-choice chalk campaign ended by KPU Facilities

“It’s pro-choice, or no choice,” read one of several messages written in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey campus courtyard on March 17. Another read, “Pro-choice, pro-disabilities, pro-your decisions.”... Continue Reading

KPU students raise money for single mothers in Vancouver

A Night in Wonderland organized in support of Cause We Care As a group of mostly women, some of whom were raised by single mothers, Kwantlen’s public relations class is proud to be raising funds for Cause We Care. According to the charity’s website, Cause We Care “was founded in 2007 for the purpose of... Continue Reading

GradsLikeMe seeks to aid Canadian youth employment

Provides tools to increase access to potential jobs Finding employment after graduation is a significant issue for university students. Classes within specialized programs teach them the skills they’ll need to work in their respective fields, yet most post-secondary programs lack practical employment skill training. Ashton Louie is the creative marketing director for a new Vancouver-based... Continue Reading

KSA representatives meet with Conservative MP Watts

Discuss funding, transit, and a potential youth council The Kwantlen Student Association’s latest lobbying efforts included meeting with Conservative MP for South Surrey-White Rock, Dianne Watts. At the meeting, they discussed education funding, transit priorities, a youth council, and a number of other issues pertaining to students. Alex McGowan, the KSA’s vice-president external, represented the... Continue Reading

Liberal MPs hold budget consultation at KPU

Members were able to reach out to about 12 Canadians Though the event was sparsely attended, a few local MPs visited Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey campus to hold consultations with Canadians on the 2016 federal budget. Only a few people were in attendance, leaving most seats in the Fir 124 auditorium empty. With the exception... Continue Reading

KPU launches Snapchat account

Tremendous potential for new social media platform at Kwantlen Kwantlen Polytechnic University has added another social media platform to their vast array of accounts—Snapchat. On Feb. 23, KPU announced via Instagram that they had launched their Snapchat account. As of publishing time, Kwantlen had posted one snap to their story, which features a photo of... Continue Reading

Vancouver Aquarium Sues Documentarian

The lawsuit is over copyright infringement in aquarium-critical documentary Less than three months after filmmaker Gary Charbonneau released Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered, the aquarium has filed suit against him for copyright infringement. Charbonneau’s film criticizes the facility for keeping whales and dolphins in captivity, emphasizing the high death rate of captive cetaceans. According to a notice... Continue Reading

Official 2016 KSA general election results

Only two returning councillors re-elected The official results and vote-counts from the 2016 Kwantlen Student Association general election have been released. Kwantlen’s Chief Returning Officer Corey Van’t Haaff conducted a regulated recount for the students with disabilities representative position, and those results show that Landon Charney defeated incumbent Kim McMartin with 101 votes to 92,... Continue Reading

KSA office and space renovations cost about $800,000 so far

Student association lounges were overdue for upgrades The Kwantlen Student Association has spent approximately an accumulated $800,000 across all four campuses on student association office and space renovations, according to Dec. 2015 budget actuals. These costs are part of several ongoing renovations on KSA spaces across all KPU campuses, renovation costs incurred since at least... Continue Reading

Documentary on Vancouver Aquarium Incites Controversy

The Aquarium rebuts, “It’s not grounded in truth.” The Vancouver Aquarium refers to itself as a “conservation organization that Canadians look to for science and facts on important issues,” but according to a recent documentary by Gary Charbonneau, they’re failing to live up to that title. The film, Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered, attacks the aquarium for... Continue Reading

KSA releases $4,000 for upcoming KPU golf tournament

They sponsored the lunch The Kwantlen Student Association has sponsored the sixth annual Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation golf tournament, one of the university’s largest annual fundraisers for student bursaries. The student association released $4,000 from the “other awards” budget line item in their earmarked bursary funds to sponsor the lunch portion of the event. But... Continue Reading