Education

Boundary MLA leads provincial study of rural education; open house planned

This review will explore rural school funding and educational practices, as well as the role educational programs and schools play in rural communities across the province.

The future of rural education is being investigated online with the Boundary’s MLA at the helm as the province tries to develop a new education strategy for areas outside its major urban areas.

Led by Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson — Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Education — an online discussion about the meaning and the future of rural education is now winding down, but an open house will be staged in Trail on Feb. 24 (6-8 p.m., site yet to be determined) to gather more feedback.

Calling all passionate and inspiring youth

Calling all passionate and inspiring youth

Calling all youth -- that is, those who will be  between the ages of  18 and 23 in late July of this year -- are you inspiring and visionary?  Are you passionate about creating postive social change?  Read on: if you make an exceptional presentation in a two-minute video, and fill in the required application form,  you could be chosen for an all-expense paid trip to Switzerland to gain the skills necessary to catalyze positive social change.  The application promo promises that those chosen will gain "a platform to engage

Take a Hike program hosts 'Moonlight Snowshoe' fundraising event

Take a Hike program hosts 'Moonlight Snowshoe' fundraising event

What better way to enjoy our beautiful Kootenay winter than an evening of guided snowshoeing under the moonlight with friends and family? The West Kootenay Take a Hike Program invites your participation in our first annual moonlight snowshoe event featuring excellent food, live music, a silent auction and prizes - all in support of a great cause!

Study at Selkirk College While Hitting the Slopes in World-renown West Kootenay

Bryanne Mcelroy is studying Business Administration at Selkirk College. The Alberta native chose to move to the West Kootenay to pursue her education because of the great recreation opportunities, including snowboarding, offered in the region. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Strive for success at Selkirk College while enjoying unforgettable college life.

That’s the goal of 21-year-old Calgary native Bryanne Mcelroy. She packed up her snowboard and moved to the West Kootenay, a new Selkirk College student wanting a strong education to support her goal of starting her own business while enjoying epic powder days in her off time.

“I always wanted to move to a mountain town and when I visited here, I realized this was it,” says Mcelroy. “The snow was so good, unreal, I loved it.”

Snowshoe by Moonlight at Red for a Good Cause

Snowshoe by Moonlight at Red for a Good Cause

What better way to enjoy our beautiful Kootenay winter than an evening of guided snowshoeing in bright moonlight with friends and family? The West Kootenay Take a Hike Program invites your participation in our  first annual moonlight snowshoe event featuring excellent food, live music, a silent auction and prizes - all in support of a great cause!

First step after BCTF's landmark court win sees Province provides $50 million to hire teachers

Hopefully the winner in Thursday's announcement will be the students in the classroom. — Photo courtesy BC Government website

Surprisingly, two sides that have battled tooth and nail for more than a decade have reached an agreement to inject some life, and much needed funding, into the public school system.

The BC Teachers Federation has reached agreement with the BC Public School Employers' Association and government on an interim measure to immediately create more than 1,000 new teaching positions — 1,100 according to the Liberal government — while discussions continue on full restoration of teachers' unconstitutionally stripped collective agreement language. 

COLUMN: What Scientists Said 25 Years Ago

One tiny sample of trash pollution: just one symptom.

The longer we delay addressing environmental problems, the more difficult it will be to resolve them. Although we’ve known about climate change and its potential impacts for a long time, and we’re seeing those impacts worsen daily, our political representatives are still approving and promoting fossil fuel infrastructure as if we had all the time in the world to slow global warming.

Your ABC’s never tasted so good

The popular Alphabet Soup program is returning this winter with an evening dinner session on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hutton Strong Start (Jan. 18 to March 8). — Submitted photo

Yelena Churchill, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) Family Literacy Coordinator in the Boundary, mixes some pumpkin gnocchi dough during the CBAL Alphabet Soup pre-schooler and parent/caregiver literacy and cooking class this fall at Hutton Strong Start.

Drawn & Dangerous: Offering at Selkirk College Delves into Graphic Fiction

Renée Jackson-Harper will teach English 111: Drawn & Dangerous: Graphic Imaginations, in Nelson this winter. The course offered at Selkirk College’s Tenth Street Campus will take students deep into graphic fiction and examine what the genre says about popular culture. — Submitted photo

Delve into the world of graphic fiction as Selkirk College turns the spotlight on the genre in a course being offered this winter.

Once condemned as a dangerous force of moral degradation, comics and graphic novels have come to be recognized as important cultural texts.

SUMMER JOBS FOR STUDENTS

Member of Parliament Richard Cannings

NOW OPEN – EMPLOYER 2017 CANADA SUMMER JOBS APPLICATIONS

Ottawa, ON – Richard Cannings, MP – South Okanagan-West Kootenay - is pleased to announce that it is time for all not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with up to 50 employees to apply for funding from the Government of Canada.  The application period for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program begins on December 7, 2016 to January 20, 2017.

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