Government change to standard school calendar gets mixed reaction

Government change to standard school calendar gets mixed reaction
The British Columbia Liberal government introduced amendments to the School Act Thursday that will enhance the province's education plan.
A change to the School Act getting most of the ink is the elimination of the Standard School Calendar to enable boards of education and education authorities to offer more creative scheduling options that better meet the needs of their students.

"Enabling greater flexibility and choice is a key component of BC's Education Plan, and

NDP leader, Nelson/Creston MLA stand up for Selkirk College students

Michelle Mungall . . .how can cuts not impact students

The decision to cut second year science courses at Selkirk had caught the attention of the official opposition party in the B.C. legislature.

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall and Opposition Leader Adrian Dix raised the issue with the Minister for Advanced Education this week about the ministry’s funding cuts impact on Selkirk College students.

Trio of Trafalgar students shine at West Kootenay and Boundary Regional Science Fair, off to Nationals in May

Science Fair organizer Ann McDonnell (second from right) presents the winners with their hardward, from left, Micah May, Emma Borhi, and Miranda Sherell.  — Submitted photo

Three Trafalgar Middle School students earn all-expense paid trip Charlottetown, P.E.I. next month after walking away with the top prizes at the recent West Kootenay and Boundary Regional Science Fair in Castlegar.

Miranda Sherell, Emma Borhi and Micah May will be on a plane in May for the Maritimes after edging out 79 other competitors at the regional competition.

PANAMA: Poor but not forgotten thanks to online videos

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Coco Solo was once a United States Navy submarine base on the Panama Canal Zone, near Colón, Panama. Today, Coco Solo is the home of some of the poorest, most marginalized Panamanians.

Student reports are back, but extracurricular activities are on hold in latest round of teachers job action

NDTA president Tom Newell predicts teachers will support the recent BCTF vote. — The Nelson Daily photo

Parents of students in School District No. 8 can expect to see report cards heading home soon but may not see the same teachers volunteering for events from soccer to band to helping at the 2012 grad ceremonies.

That’s the message from Nelson and District Teachers Association Tom Newell after teachers voted 73 per cent in favour to withdraw volunteer work during a B.C. Teacher’s Federation vote last week.

TAX TIP: Canada Learning Bond

TAX TIP: Canada Learning Bond

The Canada Learning Bond provides money from the Government to help you start saving early for your child’s education after high school.

Your child could get $500 NOW to help you start saving early for your child’s education after high school, and an extra $100 each year up to age 15. That’s up to $2,000 (plus interest) in bonds for your child’s post-secondary education.

All you have to do is open a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) and you don’t have to put any of your own money into RESP to get the bond.

Selkirk College 2012 grads

photo by Colin Payne

Selkirk College held its graduation ceremonies last week and extends congratulations to all its new alumni.

B.C. teachers vote 'yes' for Bill 22 opposition strategy

B.C. teachers vote 'yes' for Bill 22 opposition strategy

Ed Note: The following is a press release issued by the B.C. Teachers' Federation

A decisive 73 per cent of teachers have voted in favour of a resistance strategy to oppose Bill 22, the controversial Education Improvement Act.  In a province-wide vote conducted April 17–19, a total of 21,625 teachers voted yes and 7,846 voted no.

BCTF President Susan Lambert characterized the result as a strong vote of confidence in the action plan crafted by delegates to the BCTF’s Annual General Meeting in March.

Rick Hansen to attend juvenile sturgeon release

Rick Hansen to attend juvenile sturgeon release

This year’s annual juvenile white sturgeon release, hosted by the Upper Columbia White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative (UCWSRI), promises to be extra-special. The free public event will be opened by long-time sturgeon advocate, celebrated athlete, and Canada’s “Man in Motion,” Rick Hansen. The event, at Hugh Keenleyside Dam (south-west side) near Castlegar on Monday April 23rd, starts at noon and runs through until 3.00 p.m. Rick is scheduled to be on site until 1.00 p.m.

Dignitaries cut ribbon to open Selkirk College Tenth Street Residence

Selkirk College Board Chair Bruce Morrison, college President Angus Graeme, Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan, CBT Board Member Am Naqvi and Nelson Mayor John Dooley cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the Tenth Street Student Residence. — photo courtesy Selkirk College

Post-secondary students in Nelson now officially have a place to hang their hats after Selkirk College officially opened its Tenth Street Residence Monday morning.

“For many years, students at Selkirk College, in particular those attending programs in Nelson were challenged to find affordable housing," said Angus Graeme, President of Selkirk College.

“More recently the situation was becoming serious enough that in many cases it was affecting their decision regarding whether or not to attend Selkirk College. That is now changed.

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