OPINION: Does Family Planning Have Environmental Effects?

OPINION: Does Family Planning Have Environmental Effects?

The following 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.

Ask environmental leaders where voluntary family planning fits into their organizations’ missions and goals, and most will draw a blank.

Children’s success in schools tied to teachers’ wellbeing

Sabre Cherkowski, Assist. Professor at the University of British Columbia/Okanagan in Kelowna, said education is key to the continued success of our society.

In an article published in the Journal of Educational Administration, Assist. Prof. Sabre Cherkowski said the ability of public schools to teach students in an innovative and relevant way starts with an education systems that looks after the wellbeing of its teachers.

Selkirk College Alumna Selected for Prestigious Fairmont Hotels Leadership Program

Kiraya Spencer has landed a sought after position in the Fairmont SUMMIT Leadership Program where she has the opportunity to further her career in the hospitality industry with the renowned hotel group. The Nelson native got her start in the business in the Selkirk College Resort & Hotel Management Program. —Photo courtesy Selkirk College

In the two years since graduating from the Resort & Hotel Management Program (RHOT) at Selkirk College, Nelson native Kiraya Spencer has continued the pursuit of excellence in her field and recently landed a coveted spot in the prestigious Fairmont SUMMIT Leadership Program.



Toadfest at Summit Lake Provincial Park, near Nakusp, will be held on Wednesday July 27 between 4 and 7 p.m., and the following morning on July 28, between 9 a.m. and noon.

The free, fun, family event is primarily to raise awareness about the Western Toad: about its natural history and life cycle, habitat requirements, and the challenges it faces. One of those challenges for the toadlets is to cross Highway 6 at Summit Lake, where they run the risk of getting squashed as they migrate from the lake’s shoreline to the upland habitat where they mature.

Kootenay Lake School Board rubber stamps school closure with third reading of Facilities Draft Plan

Members of the Kootenay Lake School Board, from left, Dawn Lang, Village of Kaslo; Sharon Nazaroff, Slocan Valley; Heather Suttie, Creston; Chairperson Lenora Trenaman; Kim Morris Secretary/Treasurer and Jeff Jones, Superintendent of Schools, passed its Facilities Draft Plan Tuesday night during a meeting at the L.V. Rogers Gymnasium. — Brendan Quinn, The Nelson Daily

After months of discussion, reports and meetings covering the entire Kootenay Lake School District, the Board conducted third reading of its Facilities Draft Plan on Tuesday night, a meeting that rubber-stamped the closure of several schools.

Despite a power outage and several attempted amendments, the Board carried motions surrounding the closing of schools, including Yahk Elementary by June 30, 2017.

“Zero enrolment has made this a necessity,” said Heather Suttie, trustee for Creston.

Thought for Food: Food Policy Council

RDCK has joined with Community Futures Central Kootenay and the BC Food Systems Network to create a regional Food Policy Council for the Central Kootenay.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), Community Futures Central Kootenay and the BC Food Systems Network announced today the launch of a joint project to create a regional Food Policy Council for the Central Kootenay.

The Kootenays are abundant with food production and agricultural activities and this project aims to devise a made-in-the-Kootenays model of a Food Policy Council that will more effectively link such endeavors across organizations and with local government.

New Chemistry Labs at Selkirk College a Catalyst for Learning

Selkirk College’s two chemistry labs saw a major upgrade this year. With $875,000 invested in the labs that dated back to the original construction of the college, they offer a more inviting learning environment with enhanced safety and capacity for a growing student body. The Selkirk College maintenance crew who helped make it happen gathered with faculty and administration to mark the achievement. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Chemistry is a hands-on discipline and with newly renovated state-of-the-art labs opening this spring at Selkirk College, students enter an exciting new era of learning.

The two old chemistry labs on the Castlegar Campus were well-maintained and functional, but dated back 50 years to the original construction of the college. They were in dire need of a renovation and now with $875,000 invested in the labs, learning is enhanced and a safe, inviting environment welcomes students.

Grand Forks and Castlegar students win Interfor scholarship

Grand Forks and Castlegar students win Interfor scholarship

Nine British Columbia students have received $2,000 each this year through Interfor Corporation’s Dal Shemko Memorial Scholarship to help them achieve their academic and career goals.

Selkirk College Welcomes Hospitality Industry Powerhouse to Faculty

Selkirk College will welcome David MacGillivray to the School of Hospitality & Tourism in the Fall Semester. The industry veteran will arrive to Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus after spending 35 years at some of Canada’s most well-known luxury hotels. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

After more than 35 years on the floor of one of the world’s most recognized hotel chains, David MacGillivray is bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience to Selkirk College.

This autumn, Selkirk College welcomes MacGillivray to its faculty as a new full-time instructor for the Resort & Hotel Management (RHOT) and Post Graduate Hospitality Management programs.

“The timing was right for me to make the next step in my career. It seemed right on so many levels,” says MacGillivray.

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