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OP/ED: CUPE BC condemns Province's firing of Vancouver school board

OP/ED: CUPE BC condemns Province's firing of Vancouver school board

Today's news that Premier Christy Clark has fired the democratically elected Vancouver School Board shows that her education agenda is more about closing schools than providing quality public education, CUPE BC President Paul Faoro said today.

Education Minister replaces Vancouver school board with official trustee

BC Education Minister Mike Bernier, seen here during a visit through Nelson's Trafalgar Middle School earlier this year, replaced the Vancouver trustess Monday for failing to comply  with the School Act. — The Nelson Daily file photo

BC Education Minister Mike Bernier fired the entire board of the Vancouver School District Monday, saying the elected members failed to comply with the School Act.

"The Vancouver school board has been dismissed for failing to comply with the School Act which required the board to adopt a balanced budget by June 30, 2016,” Bernier said in a media release Monday.

“Dianne Turner has been appointed as official trustee for the district.”

Selkirk College Recognizes Teaching Excellence

The annual Selkirk College SCOPE Awards were presented to five faculty members earlier this month. This year’s recipients include (L-R): Kay Armstrong, Gail Potter, Mike Konkin, Duff Sutherland and Doris Hausleitner.

Five outstanding Selkirk College faculty members have been recognized for their commitment to learning and exceptional performance in the classroom.

The Selkirk College Faculty Association hosted a special evening at the Castlegar Campus earlier this month where they presented their annual SCOPE Awards (Standing Committee On Professional Excellence). This year’s recipients included Gail Potter, Kay Armstrong, Mike Konkin, Duff Sutherland and Doris Hausleitner.

Selkirk College and FortisBC Help Build Rural Economy

The FortisBC office in Trail employs more than 70 Selkirk College graduates who use their education and training to ensure the energy needs of the region are met. Some of those employees gathered for a group shot outside the Trail office earlier this month. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Selkirk College’s rural advantage helps learners garner the education required to grow the economy in the region and FortisBC is one of the recipients of decades of alumni who have made a difference.

One of British Columbia’s vital utility companies, FortisBC employs more than 70 Selkirk College graduates at its Trail operation. Working in a variety of departments, these alumni are key to ensuring the proper supply of electricity and natural gas.

Part II: The Small Mysteries of Transformation for Mind and Politics

Part II: The Small Mysteries of Transformation for Mind and Politics

Here is Part II of this lengthy article.  To review Part I, click on this link.

The 60’s Generation and political change: No revolution

Students see teaching as an act of kindness

Assist. Prof. John Tyler Binfet . . . according to a recent UBC study that surveyed 650 local elementary students, 42 per cent of them believe that teaching is an act of kindness.

It seems the stereotypical image of children liking, or finding good in their teachers, is correct.

According to a recent UBC study that surveyed 650 local elementary students, 42 per cent of them believe that teaching is an act of kindness. The survey consisted of kindergarten to Grade 3 students in the Central Okanagan Valley School District (23).

Editorial Musing: New MSP Premiums for 2017

Editorial Musing:  New MSP Premiums for 2017

How much do you pay for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)?  This year, if you're a single person who earned $21,900 (or so) last year ("adjusted net income"), you'll pay nothing  -- as long as you applied for Premium Assistance.

COLUMN: From the Hill - The High Cost of Getting a University Education

South Okanagan-West Kootenay NDP MLA Dick Cannings.

On May 5th, the Parliamentary Budget Officer released a report titled, Federal Spending on Postsecondary Education. One of its findings was that Canadian college and university students come from disproportionately wealthy families—about 60% of students are from families in the top 40% of income.

Wild Pacific salmon face an upstream battle for survival

Wild Pacific salmon face an upstream battle for survival

Wild Pacific salmon face an upstream battle for survival

Selkirk College Celebrates 50th Birthday

One of the highlights of the Selkirk College Homecoming Weekend on the Castlegar Campus was the re-enactment of The Great Trek which first took place in January, 1967 when students moved from the temporary bunkhouse campus on the Celgar millsite to the brand new Castlegar Campus. For this past weekend’s trek, current students joined with members of that first class to carry in the flagpole and plant it in front of the campus. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Selkirk College marked 50 years of post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary region at its Homecoming Weekend in Castlegar.

Events throughout this past weekend included a Board of Governors & President’s Reception on Friday night, a Community Pancake Breakfast and re-enactment of The Great Trek on Saturday morning, and the Through the Decades Gala on Saturday night.

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