Education

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.”

West Kootenay Transit on Board with Selkirk College to Boost Adventure by Bus

Digital Arts & New Media Program student James Tucker took on the task of creating a video for BC Transit that captures the feeling of hitting the road by bus.

A new video starring Selkirk College students shows off the benefits of jumping on board West Kootenay Transit.

Produced by Digital Arts & New Media Program student James Tucker, the partnership between the college and BC Transit aims to change how the community thinks about transportation.

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.

RSEA Taking a More Active Role; Come to the AGM on Tuesday, October 25

The new bridge at the Jubilee Wetland was a recent project of the Rossland Society for Environmental Action (RSEA). Many animals and plants have inhabited this newly restored wetland creating a thriving ecosystem that also serves as an outdoor classroom for students and teachers.

Are you interested to learn about environmental activities and projects happening in Rossland and how you can get involved?  Come to the Annual General Meeting for the Rossland Society for Environmental Action (RSEA) on Tuesday, October 25, to hear about RSEA’s recent successes,  plans for the future and to provide input on what you think are important environmental issues in our region.

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

City Announces Community Grant Application Deadline

City Announces Community Grant Application Deadline

The City of Rossland has announced that it wil accept applications for Community Grants for 2017 in both categories (Category A:  grants under $25,000, and Category B: grants over $25,000) until October 31, 2016.  Copied straight from the City website, here (below) is all the information about the granting policy, purpose, guidelines, eligibility for grants, and -- at the bottom -- a link to the application form,  just to make life easier for applicants, and more interesting for anyone else with an enquiring mind.  

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).

Free Broadband Connection Available to First Ten Businesses to Sign Up

Free Broadband Connection Available to First Ten Businesses to Sign Up

Are you in the eligible downtown area in Rossland?  Want to reap the business benefits of super high-speed fibre-optic Internet?  If you are one of the first ten businesses to sign up for one year of service from Internet providers on the Rossland network, you’ll receive a free connection to your business or organization.  That's a worthwhile saving.

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