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

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