Education

COLUMN: Can We Put it to Better Use?

plastic-choked beach

People who deny that humans are wreaking havoc on the planet’s life-support systems astound me. When confronted with the obvious damage we’re doing to the biosphere — from climate change to water and air pollution to swirling plastic patches in the oceans — some dismiss the reality or employ logical fallacies to discredit the messengers.

Robson Fire Department Wins Education Award

Robson Fire Department Wins Education Award

The Robson Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) has received the Al Lonneberg Fire Safety Public Education Award – an honour bestowed annually to the volunteer fire department that initiates the greatest effort in its community to fight fires pre-ignition.

The Department received the award on the weekend of April 28thwhen hundreds of firefighters from around the Province gathered in Grand Forks for the Province’s annual Spring Training.

OPINION: On cancelling funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations providing a wide range of health services

OPINION: On cancelling funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations providing a wide range of health services

Children are beautiful.  They embody our hopes for the future. Does that mean that girls and women should be forbidden access to sex education and family planning?  

Following the Women's March on Washington and supporting marches in thousands of centres internationally, women's rights and their health and well-being globally took a severe blow.

New Sexual Violence Policy approved at Selkirk College

Selkirk College now has a Sexual Violence Policy.

Selkirk College now has a Sexual Violence Policy in place making a clear commitment to creating and maintaining a safe and respectful learning, working and living environment.

“The safety and well-being of our students and staff is of vital importance,” says Selkirk College President Angus Graeme. “This is an important step in letting everyone know that there is zero tolerance for violence at Selkirk College. There is so much that goes into creating a safe and healthy learning environment and this policy supports our continual aspiration to be a violence-free college.”

EDITORIAL: Our Real-Life Cliffhanger

Sylvester  Stallone in his mountaineering get-up.

Those over a certain age know that "Cliffhanger" is a 1993 action/suspense movie starring Sylvester Stallone, and as in all such entertainments, the big question is "will the good guys win?"  Well, of course.  The entertainment lies in watching how they do it (Gasp ― skinny ropes over terrifying chasms! Skinny ledges and slipping boots! Unrealistically but entertainingly skimpy clothing in a snowy landscape ― with macho muscles and bulging bosoms!) and what happens while they do it.

Fraser Institute annual rankings reveal declines at some B.C. secondary schools

Some schools with relatively high numbers of ESL and special needs students have improved their ratings. — Submitted photo

A greater number of secondary schools in British Columbia have experienced declines in performance than have improved over the past four years, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual B.C. secondary schools rankings released today.

“Our annual report card reveals how schools perform year over year, so parents can quickly see if there are problems that must be corrected,” said Peter Cowley, director of school performance studies at the Fraser Institute.

Selkirk College Students Visit Remote Calvert Island Research Station

Students in the Selkirk College Integrated Environmental Planning Program spent a week at the Hakai Institute in early-April as part of the field trip element of their studies. Hakai Institute researcher Derek Heathfield (left) and Selkirk College student Brent Rayner (right) take part in a 3D drone mapping exercise that is mapping the coastline and determining processes in sand dune formation. — Submitted photo

A group of ten Selkirk College students in the Integrated Environmental Planning Program (IEP) spent a week off-grid on the west coast studying the impacts of climate change on a delicate ecosystem.

Just prior to completing their two-year IEP diploma,students and their instructors traveled from Castlegar to Calvert Island on the central coast of British Columbia. As part of the requirements for a spring field trip, students spent five days at the Hakai Institute applying the knowledge they have gained in the past two years to an entirely different ecosystem.

Humanity and Progress

Humanity and Progress

Humans. Love us. Hate us. Wonderful. Horrid.

In this column, I am not trying to change anyone’s mind, in contrast to my two-part column of April wherein I was attacking capitalism and hoping to make converts to my opinion. Capitalism is still much on my mind, but I am not going to continue to analyse its effects, merely observe them.

May is Invasive Species Action Month. Nip them in the bud!

burdock

Anyone hiking or biking on trails in our region may have noticed that many of those trails are being hemmed in by certain plants: burdock with its nasty burrs later in the year, spotted knapweed, common tansy, hoary alyssum, policeman's helmet (AKA Himalayan balsam) -- even, in some places, Japanese knotweed -- and other invasive species.  Yes, all those (and many more) are invasives, and they spread especially fast along the trails because we all unwittingly spread their seeds on our clothing, our bikes and our dogs' fur.

Selkirk College Valedictorians Help Define Rural Post-Secondary Education

 Brenna Mackay is a member of the first Rural Pre-Medicine Program class at Selkirk College and will represent her peers as one of two valedictorians at the upcoming Graduation 2017 Ceremony at the Castlegar Campus on April 28.

A pair of locally raised Selkirk College students will represent the 50th graduating class as valedictorians at this year’s Graduation 2017 ceremony on the Castlegar Campus.

Charged with delivering the final addresses to their peers, Brenna Mackay and Clara Graves are outstanding students who have made the most of their time at Selkirk College. Both raised in the Rossland area, Mackay and Graves add a touch of symbolism about the core reason Selkirk College was created back in 1966 — to provide inspiring post-secondary close to home.

My message is about opportunity,” says Mackay, who will be graduating with the first Rural Pre-Medicine Program cohort.

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