Education

SD 20 to drop bus fees, refund monies already paid

SD 20 to drop bus fees, refund monies already paid

The School District 20 has eliminated the controversial student busing fees slated to be implemented this school year, after finding out they'll be ellibigle for a roughly $243,000 grant earmarked for transportation services.

Castlegar Trustee Mickey Kinakin said this means the district has to submit a report indicating the way they'll use the grant money – and priority one was ditching the fees. In an emergency meeting Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to create a transportation plan to send to the province as soon as possible.

Selkirk College Inks President Angus Graeme for Five More Years

Selkirk College President Angus Graeme has been given the confidence from the Board of Governors to continue leading post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary region over the next five years.

After a successful five years at the helm of Selkirk College, President Angus Graeme has been given a vote of confidence by the Board of Governors to continue his leadership of post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary.

The Board announced that Graeme has signed another five year contract to continue in his role until 2021.

Peace & Justice Studies Conference Brings Informal Evening with Bright Minds

Peace & Justice Studies Conference Brings Informal Evening with Bright Minds

His whole life revolves around missing and murdered Indigenous women. James Favel is the leader of the Bear Clan Patrol in Winnipeg. He revived the grass roots, peaceful street patrol group in his community in the summer of 2015 after growing frustrated at what he saw going on in his neighbourhood. It was the disappearance of Tina Fontaine that finally drove him to action.

Selkirk College Graduating Nursing Student Recognized for Top Marks by University of Victoria

Holli Norberg received the Certificate of Outstanding Academic Distinction for achieving top marks in the Faculty of Human and Social Development from the University of Victoria. A Selkirk College Nursing program grad, she took advantage of the opportunity to complete her degree at home in the West Kootenay. — Photo courtesy of UVic Photo Services

Selkirk College nursing graduate Holli Norberg was recently recognized by the University of Victoria for top marks in the faculty of Human and Social Development which partners with the local school in offering the Nursing degree program.

There are over 3,500 students enrolled in the faculty.

COLUMN: What Caribou Need to Survive

Boreal Woodland Caribou:  Photo from David Suzuki Foundation

(Editor's Note:  Southern BC is also home to most of the world's at-risk population of Mountain Caribou, and the comments in the column below about the need for undisturbed habitat apply equally.  For a BC government document on the Mountain Caribou's need for "large tracts of old-growth forest in the Interior Wet Belt,"  click here.)

UBC researchers find people judge trustworthiness based on facial features

UBC researchers find people judge trustworthiness based on facial features

UBC researchers have determined that certain facial features, not the expression, influence whether people think someone is trustworthy.

UBC psychology professor Stephen Porter, who teaches psychology at UBC’s Okanagan campus, and PhD student Alysha Baker, recently completed two studies determining that people often make judgments of trustworthiness based solely on the face.

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.

TOADFEST AHEAD!

TOADFEST AHEAD!

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.

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