Education

Mistakes of the past finally corrected says Nelson/Creston MLA

Nelson/Creston MLA, Michelle Mungall congratulates Fred Sasakiand his classmates.

Nelson/Creston MLA Michelle Mungall is pleased to see the B.C. government finally awarding degrees to 75 Japanese-Canadian UBC students denied degrees because they were interned during the Second World War.

One of the recipients is 93-year-old Fred Sasaki of Kaslo

“Separated from his family, Fred was forced out of UBC. The racism was dehumanizing and cruel,” said Mungall in a written press release.

“I want to congratulate Fred and his classmates. You have overcome injustice, contributed to your communities and made Canada a better place.”

Quebec students march on 100-day anniversary

Quebec students continue to protest tuition hikes.

Huffington Post

Tens of thousands of students marched through the streets of Montreal on Tuesday to mark 100 days since the movement against higher tuition fees began. The protest comes after Quebec's provincial government passed emergency legislation to end Canada's most sustained student demonstrations ever.

Kootenay Lake School District No. 8 passes 2012-13 budget that includes cuts to teachers

Even before the BCTF gets a new contract, some teachers in Kootenay Lake District may be affected by cuts.

The Kootenay Lake School District Board passed its annual budget Tuesday for the 2012-13 year and it’s not good news for teachers.

Topping the list is the reduction of 19 full-time-equivalent teaching positions and closing of both District Resource Centre in Creston and Nelson.

“Part of the reason (for the cuts) is the changing of the structure of how grants are given out from the ministry,” Kootenay Lake School District No. 8 Superintendent Jeff Jones explained.

Selkirk College holds community meetings to determine future direction

Selkirk College holds community meetings to determine future direction

Grappling with dramatic funding cuts hasn't prevented Selkirk College from looking toward an ambitious future, if a series of local community consultations is any indication.

Selkirk College staff and administration representatives travelled to each of the six regional communites in which one of the nine college sites are located, beginning with Grand Forks on April 23, Nelson on May 2, Kaslo on May 7, Castlegar on May 10, Trail on May 15 and wrapping up in Nakusp last night.

College president Angus Graeme said these community meetings came after an extensive consultation with students and the college's 550 employees.

Selkirk College supports local KAST winner

Selkirk College supports local KAST winner

On April 14, 2012,  82 young scientists participated in the West Kootenay and Boundary Regional Science Fair. The 2012 event involved the largest number of senior students than in previous years. Selkirk College Integrated Environmental Planning Technology Instructor, Rob Macrae, did not expect to be involved but when he was contacted by local LV Rogers student and an eventual winner, Micah May, for assistance on his science project, Rob immediately agreed to help out.

BCPSEA declares teachers's recent withdrawal an unlawful strike

Teachers and the B.C. Teachers's Federation await a ruling by the Labour Relations Board as to whether they are involved in an illegal strike action after withdrawing extracurricular activities late last month. The LRB will be making their decision tomorrow, Friday, May 11. Photo Erin Perkins.

The B.C. Public School Employers' Association (BCPSEA) applied to the B.C. Labour Relations Board (BCLRB) Wednesday, May 9 for relief from the recent B.C. Teachers's Federation (BCTF) withdrawal of extracurricular activities.

The labour relations board is expected to meet with BCPSEA at or around 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 11 to announce whether it feels teachers are participating in an illegal strike action by withdrawing extracurricular involvement.

Don't expect summer holidays to disappear anytime soon in Kootenay Lake School District No. 8

Don't expect summer holidays to disappear anytime soon in Kootenay Lake School District No. 8

Don’t expect sweeping changes anytime soon to the current Kootenay Lake School District No. 8 calendar.

Instead, Chair Mel Joy promises much discussion before the board shelves the current 10-month calendar following the provincial government’s recent Bill 36, the School Amendment Act 2012 announcement.

“We won’t be making any decisions without extensively talking to the community,” Joy told The Nelson Daily Tuesday when asked about the proposed amendment to the School Act.

A helping hand for hoppers

Pacific Chorus Frog found in Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park. Photo Erin Perkins.

The modern dating scene might be a perilous one but the modern breeding scene for local frogs, salamanders and toads is just plain deadly.

The Pacific Chorus Frog, the Tiger Salamander, the Long-toed Salamander and the Spadefoot Toad spend their winters among the rocks and trees found in Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park.

Author Grant Lawrence reads to appreciative audience in Grand Forks

Author Grant Lawrence signed copies of his book, Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and other stories from Desolation Sound, at the Grand Forks and District Public Library on Tuesday, April 24. Photo Erin Perkins.

Grant Lawrence, author of the award-winning book Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and other stories from Desolation Sound, read to an engaged audience of more than 50 CBC fans, avid readers and coastal travellers during his appearance at the Grand Forks and District Public Library, Tuesday, April 24.

Selkirk College honours its extended family

Mr. Fred Wah, 2012 Distinguished Educator Recipient with nominator, retired Selkirk College instructor, Mr. Craig Andrews.

A tradition has been established at Selkirk College. Each year, on the evening prior to the annual graduation ceremony, the Board of Governors gathers to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in various walks of life.

The recipients of these Board Awards are in very good company with past award winners including such distinguished individuals as ex-MLA Corky Evans, Nelson Mayor John Dooley, Chartered Accountant Ron Anderson and J.J.Verigin Jr., head of the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ (USCC).

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