The KPU Faculty of Trades and Tech is Adjusting to Online Learning

KPU’s faculty of trades and technology, which usually consists of hands-on training, has moved all courses online. The faculty has also created hybrid courses, which combine online learning with in-person learning. Laura McDonald, the Associate Dean for the faculty, says they were able to make this transition with the help of the Teaching and Learning... Continue Reading

Explainer: Canada’s Blood Donation Ban Policy

Advocates for the LGBTQ community are calling for an end to the three-month ban which prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood. Originally, the ban was implemented in the 1980s during the AIDS epidemic as reports of HIV and AIDS were associated with gay or bisexual men. However, as more cases were reported, people... Continue Reading

Career Development Centre Hosting Virtual Drop-in Sessions for KPU Students

This summer, the Career Development Centre introduced virtual drop-in sessions. The sessions run every Tuesday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm and every Thursday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. “Given that student services are presently not being delivered in-person on campus, the Career Development Centre (CDC) is now offering alternate online options for students to... Continue Reading

How B.C’s Prisons Are Being Impacted by COVID-19

As prisons in B.C. cancel support programs and struggle to meet social distancing requirements during the pandemic, the risk of inmates catching COVID-19 grows higher. Correctional Service Canada (CSC)’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Plans state that they are enhancing cleaning practices at all federal prisons. They are also educating staff and inmates about COVID-19 prevention. However,... Continue Reading

Keeping up With the Cullen Commission

Since February, members of the provincial government have been facilitating a public inquiry into the prevalence of money laundering throughout B.C. in response to demands that the practice be addressed and stopped. This followed the release of multiple reports on money laundering in the province written by Dr. Peter German, former RCMP deputy commissioner for... Continue Reading

KPU Co-op Programs Accepting Online Applications

Students looking for co-op opportunities this summer can still apply until June 15. KPU’s Career Development Centre is encouraging employers to help students complete their work online so they can continue getting paid from home while they learn during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many employers are being encouraged to conduct virtual interviews and access funding support... Continue Reading

KPU Cancels Amazon Interdisciplinary Field School Due to Pandemic

A KPU field school program that would have taken students to the Amazon Rainforest has been cancelled due to the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The school was supposed to take place for the sixth time this year, and the classroom sessions and pre-departure orientations happened during the spring semester as usual, and students... Continue Reading

KSA to Reopen Food Bank and Offer Discounts for Fresh Produce Program

The KSA food bank is set to open once again this week and the KSA is offering students a 50 per cent discount on KPU’s Community Supported Agriculture program. The CSA is offering a 20-week produce box subscription available through KPU’s farm school. It provides several boxes with a variety of weekly produce items. It... Continue Reading

A Look at KPU's New ISFS Graduate Certificate Program

Starting with the fall semester, the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at KPU will offer a new Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems and Security program. The 18-credit program is composed of six courses offered under the Faculty of Arts, all delivered online in two parts over the course of a year. The first part... Continue Reading

Thousands Rally Against Anti-Black Racism in Vancouver

Thousands of people gathered on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery on May 31 to encourage taking action against anti-Black racism. Though the protest comes a week after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, many of the speakers emphasized that the racism experienced by people of colour in the United States also... Continue Reading

Vancouver Addresses Racism During COVID-19 Through Multilingual Awareness Campaign

Mayor Kennedy Stewart declared May 29 Vancouver’s Day of Action Against Racism in response to a surge in racist hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic. His proclamation was issued online in six languages as part of a new multilingual awareness campaign led by the city’s Equity and Inclusion Team, based out of the municipal Emergency... Continue Reading

Oppenheimer Park Tent City Cleared During COVID-19 Pandemic

Shane Simpson, B.C.’s Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, announced a public safety order on April 25 to shut down and clear out the Downtown East Side’s Oppenheimer Park or “tent city” camp over fears of COVID-19 spreading through the at-risk community. Simpson says “service providers and emergency responders struggled to safely deliver services... Continue Reading

Universities Across B.C. Adjust to the Province’s New Safety Guidelines

KPU’s Academic and Operational Continuity Plan proposes academic and operational continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the directions of B.C.’s public health officer, online learning will continue for the fall and possibly for the spring 2021 semester. The university will continue to comply with WorkSafe BC’s guidelines and provide students with adequate first aid and... Continue Reading

KPU Offers Online Courses To International Students for Summer Semester

As long as they received a student permit by March 18 and self-isolated for 14 days after their arrival in Canada, new international students will be accepted to KPU throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Carole St. Laurent, KPU International’s Interim Associate Vice President, says there are international students taking KPU classes online, both in Canada and... Continue Reading

How KPU’s Nursing Program is Adjusting During the Pandemic

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has announced its plan to continue online learning for the fall semester with “limited on-campus learning opportunities, focused on those courses that require the use of labs, shops, studios, etc., and where the number of students on campus at any given time can be tightly managed.” The nursing program requires in-person learning... Continue Reading