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by Rossland Telegraph on Wednesday Oct 19 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...

by Contributor on Monday Oct 17 2016

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.

"The Vancouver School Board trustees who stood up to this government's efforts to close schools and continue underfunding public education in...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Oct 17 2016

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...

by Bob Hall on Wednesday Oct 12 2016

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...

by Bob Hall on Monday Oct 10 2016

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...

by Charles Jeanes on Wednesday Oct 05 2016

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

The question again puts my focus on the effects of the ‘60’s on culture. We heard then...

by Contributor on Tuesday Oct 04 2016

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).

“Understanding how...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Sep 28 2016

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.  But if you're a couple, and you and your spouse earned a total of $30,001 last year, then this year you'll pay $1632 for medical services coverage.  If you and your...

by Dick Cannings MP on Wednesday Sep 28 2016

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. That’s perhaps not surprising, but a related find was:  the federal government...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Sep 21 2016

Wild Pacific salmon face an upstream battle for survival

Salmon have been swimming in Pacific Northwest waters for at least seven million years, as indicated by fossils of large saber-tooth salmon found in the area. During that time, they’ve been a key species in intricate, interconnected coastal ecosystems, bringing nitrogen and other nutrients from the ocean and up...

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