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Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s independent newspaper since 2009.





The Runner

February 4 / 2014

The Runner Calendar

The Runner is student-owned and operated by Kwantlen Polytechnic University students, published under the Polytechnic Ink Publishing Society. Arbutus 3710/3720 12666 72 Ave. Surrey, B.C, V3W 2M8 778.565.3801 Vol. 06, Issue no. 08 February 4, 2014 ISSN# 1916 8241

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Tuesday February 4:

Saturday February 8:

Thursday February 13:

Career Days Not sure where you want to work? No worries! Come on out to career days with a smile and meet businesses that are looking for some awesome employees like you.

Broadway Across Canada presents West Side Story The greatest love story returns to Canada with the Broadway production of West Side Story.

Classical Coffee Concert Featuring the music of Sarah Hagen and Robyn Driedger-Klassen, enjoy pastries and coffee as part of this morning concert - a unique breakfast.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Surrey campus (Richmond on Feb. 5). Free.

2 p.m./8 p.m., until Feb. 9, Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St.) $50-$100.

9:30 a.m., Surrey Arts Centre (13750 - 88 Ave.) $25, $15 student rush tickets.

Wednesday February 5:

Sunday February 9:

Friday February 14:

Online Editor / Brian Evancic

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival Explore the wonders of Vancouver’s greatest hot chocolate with the city’s greatest chocolate makers. Twenty-five chockstars. Twenty-eight days. 60-plus Flavours. Head over to hotchocolate to find a list of vendors to start your chocolate exploration.

Skating Sunday Experience a Vancouver classic by skating in the heart of downtown at Robson Square.

V-Day Treat yo’self, love yo’self. Or don’t, and just continue enjoying reading break!

Open various times Sun. through Sat., 800 Robson St. Skate rentals $4.

11 a.m., your house. Cost of heart-shaped cookie and icing to decorate.

Monday February 10:

Saturday February 15:

Family Day/Reading Break Reading break is not for reading, it is for sleep. All day, beds everywhere. Cost of procrastination.

Fraser Valley Acoustic Guitar Festival Join three wonderful artists in the 17th annual Acoustic Guitar Festival, in what is sure to be a delight for our ears.

Tuesday February 11:

7:30 p.m., Langley campus auditorium. $15/$20.

EDITORIAL DIVISON Coordinating Editor / Matt DiMera / 778.565.3803

Deputy Editor / Samantha Thompson

Production Editor / Roland Nguyen

Associate Photo Editor / Mark Stewart Senior News Writer / Samantha Lego Cover Photo: Mark Stewart

Until Feb. 14, various locations. Cost varies depending on vendor.

Thursday February 6:

BUSINESS DIVISION Operation Manager / Victoria Almond / 778.565.3801

The Runner recognises that our work, both in and out of the office, takes place on unceded Coast and Strait Salish territories, specifically the shared traditional territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Sto:lo and Tsawwassen First Nations. Our name is inspired by the hun’qumi’num meaning of Kwantlen, which is tireless hunters or tireless runners. Just as Kwantlen is adaptable and changing so is The Runner.

CBC Toque Sessions Free Concerts The fifth annual Toque Sessions will satisfy everyone’s musical tastes with a palette of rock, blues, country, classical and electronic. Until Feb. 28, every Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m, at CBC Vancouver (700 Hamilton St.) Free.

Live band karaoke hosted by: Sami Ghawi & Reuben Avery Rock out on stage with a live band as you sing your favourite song. Sounds like the best thing ever.

Friday February 7:

Doors at 8:30 p.m., Backstage Lounge (1585 Johnston St.) $6.

Measure for Measure A young nun is put in the terrible position of choosing between her brother’s life or losing her own soul in a classic Shakespearean theatrical tale of scandal, power and justice. Daily until Feb. 8 at Pacific Theatre (1440 W 12th Ave.) $31.50.

Wednesday February 12: Sound Play at ArtStarts Gallery Immerse yourself in a sonic experience as you explore music, acoustics, composition and sound-making. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues. through Sat., ArtStarts Gallery (808 Richards St.) Free.

Sunday February 16: Vancouver TheatreSports League’s Rookie Night Spend the evening listening to Vancouver’s greatest up-and-coming improvisers. 7:30 p.m., Vancouver TheatreSports League (1502 Duranleau St.) $8.

Monday February 17: Shred for the Cure Mt Seymour is offering complimentary lift tickets for ladies of all ages to support the B.C. Cancer Foundation. Head to to find vendors offering the free tickets. 5 p.m., until March 24, Mt. Seymour. Min. donation $5.

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February 4 / 2014


Briefs Honourary KPU degree recipients chosen Kwantlen Polytechnic has announced the special individuals who will be recipients of honourary degrees at this year’s spring convocation. Each person will be awarded honourary doctor of law degrees, which are given in recognition of significant achievements or for public service. Christine Brodie, a retired teacher from Richmond who spent her career assisting students with barriers to their education; Baltej Hillon, a non commissioned officer in charge of the RCMP who was the first RCMP member allowed to wear a turban after persevering against racism; and David Aisenstat, president and CEO of the Keg Steakhouse and Bar chain and prominent philanthropist who once climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity, will each be receiving an honourary degree. -Samantha Thompson

First student in KPU history to chair senate committee resigns

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Second student senator steps down.




After stepping down as the chair of the senate nominating committee, Christopher Girodat hopes that the university will continue to place students in roles that flip the traditional power balance. Girodat, who remains a university senator, was the first student in Kwantlen Polytechnic University history to be approved as chair of a senate committee, back in June 2013. The yearlong appointment began in September 2013, but he resigned in December due to employment commitments as the Capilano Students’ Union’s general manager. Although he says his appointment was a tremendous honour, “It’s just not something that I was able to dedicate time that I thought was fair for the role, and fair for what the senators and the institution deserved for that committee,” he says. “So I decided to step down and make way for someone who could commit time for the role.”

Senate is the foremost academic governing body for the university. Its responsibilities include approving credentials, advising on university priorities and its budget and selecting honourary degree recipients. There are four spots for student representatives on the senate. Each faculty is allotted two faculty senators, who make of the majority of the remaining positions. The province’s University Act mandates the composition of the senate. “They’re [the faculty] on the ground, driving KPU’s academic vision, so it makes sense that they’re also generally the chairs of most of our committees,” says Girodat. Yet as the first student-appointed chair, he believes that students have the ability to be more involved. “Until you’ve had students in the role, I think it’s difficult to demonstrate just verbally and by trying to explain to other people that students can perform those functions,” he says. Tabitha Swanson, student senator representative for the Faculty of Arts, also resigned in December. Citing issues such as a busier workload and a two-hour commute, Swanson says that if she was living under her previous

conditions, she would not have resigned. “It’s pretty interesting to learn about a different side of the school, like what’s going on behind the scenes and how they make decisions,” she says. For prospective students, Swanson encourages them to get involved: “I would say go for it,” she says. “You won’t get to be involved in the procedures and the goingson, the happenings behind the scenes for Kwantlen … without going and sitting on [the senate].” In the future, Girodat hopes that KPU will continue to take away student-faculty barriers. “I’d like to see a time come eventually where we can stop calling student senators ‘student senators’ and have them be senators like everybody else.” The vacancies left by Swanson as a student senator have not yet been filled. The elections for student senators are run by the registrar’s office and it would be responsible for a by-election as well. Robert Hensley, KPU’s registrar, did not return The Runner’s phone calls or emails.

Board of governors agrees to explore divestment from fossil fuels The KPU board of governors had the opportunity to vote on sustainability at their meeting on Jan. 29. The board discussed a submitted motion that would direct the institution’s financial management team to make sure that “any future investment of KPU’s assets in energy-related companies … be in renewable energy,” and that by the end of March 2017 KPU would have no funds invested in companies focused on extraction, transportation, or the sale of coal or oil. The question comes at a time when many minds are focused on the environment, as decisions regarding new and expanded pipelines are politically dividing the province of B.C. The board of governors decided that they would explore what it would mean for KPU to take such action, and the administration of the university will report back to the board in the coming months. Fossil Free Kwantlen, a student group on campus, has plans for future advocacy work to continue pursuing the issue. -S.T.




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Sixteen instructors fired after ESL funding cut

KPU business student Anas Al-Daas thinks KPU’s ESL program for domestic students is crucial and shouldn’t be cut. Mark Stewart/The Runner

$1.35 million pulled from KPU budget.


Matt DiMera



Sixteen instructors have been laid off

at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, after theprovincial government cut $1.35 million in funding for tuition-free English as a second language (ESL) programs from the institution’s 2014/15 budget. In early December of last year, Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk confirmed that his ministry had been aware of the impending cuts since April 2012, when the federal government announced their intention to cancel the Canada-BC Immigration Agreement. That agreement, which will expire April 1, 2014, had provided $22 million to the province. Of that funding, $17 million was funneled through the Ministry of Advanced Education to deliver English language training to more than 9,000 students in 2012. “We are still waiting for an official decision on how the federal government plans to deliver English language training on April 1, 2014. However, it seems unlikely that the funding that flows through the ministry to

institutions will be replaced through the RFP process that took place over the summer,” wrote Virk in a Dec. 10 statement. Fourteen KPU ESL instructors and two academic and career preparation instructors received their layoff notices in early January. While Camosun College and Vancouver Community College have also received similar funding cuts, those institutions have not yet issued any layoffs to their staff. KPU sent a message in early January to university staff explaining the layoffs. “We regret having to take this action, but the reality is that this funding reduction will result in a loss of jobs. However, we are committed to working diligently with the [Kwantlen Faculty Association] to reduce the number of layoffs,” wrote the university in the Jan. 10 announcement. Terri Van Steinburg, president of the Kwantlen Faculty Association (KFA) calls the cuts shameful. “Two-thousand domestic ESL students in one of the highest immigrations areas of Richmond and Surrey are not being served,” she says. “The faculty that are left are now going to be teaching international students, that’s

what we’ve been told.” While ESL courses for citizens and permanent residents are mandated to be tuition-free, international students pay more than four times the cost of most ordinary undergraduate tuition fees per credit for the same classes. In response to the cuts, the KFA has been lobbying local MLAs and MPs from the KPU region. It is also partnering with the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators to launch a campaign to restore the original funding. NDP advanced education critic David Eby says that when you consider the climbing number of new welfare cases in B.C., the cuts seem bizarre.

“Having affordable classes was crucial. Cutting this type of program is just going to make it tougher for students who are going to be in my situation.” -Anas Al-Daas, KPU “Not being able to speak English at a level that’s required in the workplace means that they’re excluded from participating in the economy,” says Eby.

Business student Anas Al-Daas immigrated from Jordan two years ago and credits much of his academic success to KPU’s ESL program. Al-Daas says that when he first came to Canada, he was afraid of not being able to properly communicate and that he was lucky to have taken the tuition-free courses. “Once I started this, actually I felt so much different. I started talking to people, I started learning English. I was able to find a job later on,” he recounts. “Having affordable classes was crucial. Cutting this type of program is just going to make it tougher for students who are going to be in my situation.” Diane Walsh, an academic and career prep instructor at KPU, is also critical of the funding cuts. “It’s a series of choices,” she says. “The federal government made a choice, the provincial government made a choice and our administrators are making a choice, and the choice is to not fund education for ESL students in this institution – to take away the access to post-secondary education in this region.”

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February 4 / 2014

King Harper disregards research



Illustration Roland Nguyen/The Runner

Destroying science is not the Canada we want.




Government censorship of scientific research and information is a practice most commonly associated with the authoritarian regimes of North Korea or China. Yet the Conservative government, under the rule of Stephen Harper, has transformed Canada into an Orwellian State. In what is viewed as another attack on the scientific community, the Harper government has shut down one of the world’s principal aquatic and fisheries research libraries. Out of the 11 libraries across Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are shutting the doors to seven of them. The reasoning behind the closures is to cut costs while creating a more accessible online library for Canadians, says the government of Canada DFO website. When word of the closures was made public, the DFO assured the public that there would be no loss of knowledge. Materials would be relocated to the libraries in Sidney, B.C. or Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, or digitized and made readily available. Unfortunately it seems that the government’s assurances have fallen short their handling of the closures is being compared to the sacking of the library of Alexandria. There are other events that have made the

circumstances of the closures questionable. Mike De Souza, from Postmedia, uncovered a memo labelled ‘secret’ that revealed closing libraries will only save taxpayers a mere $443,000 annually. Refuting the government’s claim of accessibility, the memo also is quoted as saying that, “main activities include culling materials in the closed libraries … and culling materials in the two locations to make room for collections from the closed locations.” At the end of Dec. 2013, the Freshwater Institute library at the University of Manitoba was shut down. After allowing scientists and members of the public to claim resources in a haphazard attempt to clear out stock, there were reports of materials discarded in a dumpster. The DFO website says that it is only duplicating items that are being removed from the collection, although they add that they will remove “in rare instances, materials which fall outside of the subject disciplines pertinent to the department’s mandate.” This is a mandate, which in the new Fisheries Act in 2012, saw a series environmental protections stripped away. Many scientists are calling this shutdown heartbreaking. Others are condemning the act and raising warning to the public. Former fisheries minister Tom Siddon said in an interview with CBC that, “Some might suspect that [the shutdown is] driven by a notion to exterminate all unpopular scientific findings that interfere with the gov-

ernment’s economic objectives.” Considering Harper’s notoriety for regulating unflattering scientific research, this move has Canadians calling his motives into question. Preceding the library closures, this last term saw budget cuts to Environment Canada, research programs dealing with climate change, ocean habitats, pollution and toxic waste clean up. Instead, Harper is plugging money into tar sands and pipeline projects despite warnings from environmental scientists across the country. In fact, the more environmental barriers he stripped down, the more Harper imposed dictatorial policies meant to muzzle scientists working for the government. Beginning in 2008, researchers working for Environment Canada and the National Research Council of Canada were told to refer all research queries and findings to the communications department. Strict media policies were enforced with scientists no longer able to give interviews or publish work without being preapproved by officials. A June 2013 survey of federal government scientists done by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada found that 24 per cent of respondents had been told to alter information when speaking publically. Thirty-seven per cent had been previously prevented from responding to media queries. These policies mean the Conservative government is ensuring that Canadians remain unaware to pertinent scientific re-

search, allowing Harper to split his energy. On one side is the northern resource-fuelled economy of tar sands, pipelines and mining. On the other is the restriction of flow of scientific knowledge pertaining to environmental issues surrounding his development tactics. In March of last year, Green Party leader Elizabeth May sent out a tweet referring to Harper’s government as the “North Korea of environmental law,” and criticism of Stephen Harper’s “economy at all costs” government is both wide-spread and multi-national. The New York Time’s “Silencing Scientists” article from Sept. 21, 2013 summed it up nicely when they wrote: “The Harper policy seems designed to make sure that the tar sands project proceeds quietly, with no surprises, no bad news, no alarms from government scientists. To all the other kinds of pollution the tar sands will yield, we must now add another: the degradation of vital streams of research and information.” Postmedia acquired documents through access to information laws that quoted the federal government stating, “Just as we have ‘one department, one website,’ we should have ‘one department, one voice.’” But when this ‘one voice’ is turning a blind eye to cultivated knowledge, scientific evidence and seems intent on destroying such an integral aspect of Canadian identity, then when it comes down to it all it is not accurately representing our voice.



The Runner

February 4 / 2014

General Election Polling

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 – Wednesday, February 26, 2014 10 AM – 7 PM Surrey Campus – In the Main Atrium Richmond Campus – In the Rotunda Cloverdale Campus – By the Cafeteria Langley Campus – By the Bookstore

Ballot Counting

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8 PM Surrey Main 2801

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Election will be held for these positions:

Campus Representatives (4 positions) • • • •

Cloverdale Campus Representative (1) Langley Campus Representative (1) Richmond Campus Representative (1) Surrey Campus Representative (1)

Constituency Representatives (7 positions) • • • • • • •

Aboriginal Students Representative (1) International Students Representative (1) Mature Students Representative (1) Queer Students Representative (1) Students of Colour Representative (1) Students with Disabilities Representative (1) Women’s Representative (1)

Faculty Representatives (14 positions) • • • • • • •

Academic and Career Advancement Representative (1) Arts Representative (4) Business Representative (4) Community and Health Studies Representative (1) Design Representative (1) Science and Horticulture Representative (2) Trades and Technology Representative (1)

For more information on the KSA general election, visit

Chief Returning Officer | Corey Van’t Haaff

Kwantlen Student Association | Cell: 604.889.5437 | Email:

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