Zero textbook cost initiative continues to save students millions of dollars

The Zero Textbook Cost initiative aims to help students save money on textbook fees by providing free open educational textbooks available for students to use during their courses. Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is an Associate Vice Provost of Open Education at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He is also the co-director of the Open Pedagogy Notebook and serves... Continue Reading

Explainer: Vancouver’s bid to decriminalize small drug possessions

On Nov. 25, the Vancouver city council approved a motion to decriminalize small possessions of illicit drugs. This motion was agreed upon the same day 162 people were announced to have died from toxic drugs in October. There have been more than 1,500 deaths in Vancouver since B.C. declared a public health emergency in 2016,... Continue Reading

City food banks feel the heat as winter approaches

The holidays are when food banks see the greatest surge of donations and struggling people needing their services. But there is another challenge facing them this holiday season — the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s been challenging every day,” says Feezah Jaffer, Executive Director of the Surrey Food Bank. Serving Surrey, Cloverdale, and North Delta, the organization... Continue Reading
Experts believe that the COVID-19 pandemic will have long term impacts on city economies. (Wikimedia Commons)

SFU hosts online panel to discuss what the economy could look like after COVID-19

Upwards of 100 people tuned in on Nov. 25 to “Pandemonium: The Post COVID-19 Urban Economy”, a lecture series hosted by Simon Fraser University Public Square and Urban Studies. The pandemic has shone a light on the problems or issues that were already existing in cities that need to be addressed and improved, says Peter... Continue Reading

KPU fundraises for student bursaries for GivingTuesday

The Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation, and the KPU Alumni Association have joined the GivingTuesday campaign, a global charity campaign that takes place after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The funds raised by KPU and the KPUAA aim to support COVID-19 relief and emergency bursaries, along with KPU Alumni Association Endowed Bursaries and student awards. The... Continue Reading

Institute for Sustainable Horticulture receives award for biopesticide research

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Institute for Sustainable Horticulture recently won the $100,000 Synergy Award for innovation from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada. The institute won the for discovering baculovirus biopesticides. Dr. Deborah Henderson from the Institute and former KPU student Michelle Franklin worked with Sylvar Technologies on the project to develop the baculovirus... Continue Reading

B.C. freeze on rent increases extended until July 2021

There was a sigh of relief for renters in British Columbia as the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing decided to extend the rent freeze until July 10, 2021 as part of the Emergency Program Act and COVID-19 Related Measures Act. In a news release on Nov. 9, the ministry announced that instead of the... Continue Reading

KPU to host Indigenous Dialogue Series discussing reconciliation and Indigenization

Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be hosting an event titled “Indigenous Dialogue Series: Perspectives on Indigenization” on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The event will be held online over a Zoom conference from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The series aims to bring the KPU community together to learn and take steps towards “addressing historical and systemic wrongs,... Continue Reading

Surrey transportation plan to focus on growing city population and rapid transit

The City of Surrey is working on a transportation plan that will focus on “addressing the climate crisis, prioritizing safety, balancing equity and leveraging new technology.” Back in 2008, the city initially created the transportation plan, though a number of changes have been made since then. “Ever since 2008, a number of things have changed... Continue Reading

A look at the COVID-19 testing centre at the KPU Langley campus

In an effort to join the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Kwantlen Polytechnic University has dedicated space for a testing centre at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Langley campus. The facility is a partnership between Fraser Health and the Langley Division of Family Practice, and is one of 11 centres throughout the region. It first opened... Continue Reading

Explainer: Vancouver in talks of possibly hosting the 2030 Olympic Games

Back in March, Vancouver put forward a motion to consider hosting the 2030 Winter Olympics. The motion was to be heard by several speakers in April. However, the meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19 social restrictions. The motion details the eventful turnout of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games and the contributions the games brought, such... Continue Reading

Surrey Board of Trade eyes waterfront development along the Fraser River

The Surrey Board of Trade has launched an initiative to develop areas along the Fraser River into residential, commercial, and recreational zones. The Fraser River Waterfront Revitalization Initiative is a plan spearheaded by the Surrey Board of Trade and Purpose Driven Development, a real estate planning and development firm. “It is a revitalization roadmap and... Continue Reading

Wilson School of Design students volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

The Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver organization recently hosted a youth build week, and interior design students from the Wilson School of Design were there to help. Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is a non-governmental organization that works to bring “volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means... Continue Reading

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers questions at KPU virtual townhall

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a virtual visit to Kwantlen Polytechnic University to take questions in a town hall from his office in the nation’s capital. Students, staff, and faculty attended the Zoom event on Nov. 4, with topics including climate change, cybersecurity, and drinking water in Indigenous communities. “It was a great event. We... Continue Reading

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