Education

NDP Candidate and MLA Katrine Conroy out listening to constituents

Katrine Conroy, NDP candidate for Kootenay West, spent a Saturday gathering feedback from residents while canvassing the Village of Slocan. Seen here with Village of Slocan resident Madeline Perrier.

Kootenay West NDP Candidate, Katrine Conroy, hit the streets over the weekend, going door to door in the Village of Slocan, asking residents about what issues concern them and gathering signatures on a petition requesting the BC Liberal government stabilize funding for education in the province.

Snow, Avalanches, and a Rescue Story

Snow, Avalanches, and a Rescue Story

Here in southern BC, it is still alarmingly warm for skiers awaiting snow.  It rains, or the sun shines, and we wait, and look at a thin bit of white decorating local mountain-tops, and look askance at the thermometer registering over 12 degrees C. -- or whatever well-above-freezing, balmy temperature it happens to be at the moment.  

While we wait and hope, here's a story about snow and skiing that needs to be told, from further north in BC and from another year.  Avalanche Canada has sent out the following message:

Selkirk College Connects Students to Resources with Web App Aiming to Support Wellbeing

A mobile responsive web site developed by Selkirk College students and staff asks lively questions on sometimes serious subject matter as it points users to wellbeing resources in the West Kootenay region.

A playful and comprehensive online resource mapping wellbeing resources in the West Kootenay is live at you.selkirk.ca

The interactive website designed for mobile devices aims to lead students to mental health support services in the community with a simple click. It was created in collaboration between Selkirk College Digital Arts & New Media Program students, Nursing Program students and Selkirk College employees.

BC Veterinarians ban tail docking and other cosmetic alterations

Dog with docked tail.

After an unprecedented voter response from the registrants of the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC), 91.5 percent of those who voted cast their ballots in favour of banning the cosmetic tail docking of dogs, horses and cattle, and tail alteration in horses. The decision brings British Columbia in line with a majority of provinces across Canada and supports the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s (CVMA) position on the practices.

Op/Ed: Why your stuff turns to junk so fast (and cooks the planet)

Someone once wanted every bit of this junk.

Note:  This article was originally posted on the Worldwatch Institute blog. Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues.

COLUMN: 'Collective cowardice' on climate change

COLUMN:  'Collective cowardice' on climate change

Scientists worldwide accept that Earth is warming at an unusually rapid rate, that humans are primarily responsible, mainly by burning fossil fuels, and that the consequences for humanity will be disastrous if we don’t take immediate, widespread action. The U.S. Defense Department calls climate change a security risk “because it degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations.”

Seven Summits Centre for Learning students improving ecosystem health near Waneta

Grade 10 Students from Seven Summits Centre for Learning plant native vegetation to help species at risk. to help

Students from Seven Summits Centre for Learning are doing their part to increase ecosystem health in the Kootenays.

Selkirk College Alumnus Graduates Top of the Class at University of Victoria

: Peter Kremler—pictured here with his wife Jenny, daughter Ruby and daughter Myra—graduated at the top of his University of Victoria Electrical Engineering class of 89 students. He transferred to UVic after getting a strong start at Selkirk College.

Peter Kremler credits the strong foundation he secured during his time at Selkirk College as a springboard to graduating at the top of his Faculty of Engineering class at the University of Victoria.

Kremler took first-year courses at Selkirk College before transferring to UVic where he graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering this past Spring. The strong student was honoured with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Victoria Section Gold Medal for top marks in Electrical Engineering.

Food security = important for humans and other animals too

Fresh vegetables are too costly for many in Canada

As leaves change colour and drop from trees, and a chill in the air signals the approach of winter, many of us are thinking of the fall harvest and hearty soups and dishes that will soon warm our bellies.

RSS, Wildsight and FORRS working together

RSS students learning things at Strawberry Pass on October 5, 2016.

It's common knowledge:  spending time in the outdoors is good for our health and our brains.  People learn best from experience, and we also learn best when we're young; hence the growing interest in outdoor education and experiential learning.  Early in October, a crew of young people from Rossland Summit School (RSS)  were out in the fresh air at Strawberry Pass, experiencing a bit of what that area has to offer. 

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