Education

When he established his lab at the University of British Columbia in the 1980s, Vancouver biochemistry professor Pieter Cullis, as shown in this handout image, says he never could have fathomed that his “curiosity-based” research would eventually play a critical role in the development of vaccines that have benefitted hundreds of millions of people across the globe. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-COURTESY OF MANUFACTURER-Paul Joseph

UBC biochemist wins Gairdner Award for role in COVID-19 vaccines

Pieter Cullis and his ‘curiosity-based’ research honoured for pioneering work

When he established his lab at the University of British Columbia in the 1980s, Vancouver biochemistry professor Pieter Cullis, as shown in this handout image, says he never could have fathomed that his “curiosity-based” research would eventually play a critical role in the development of vaccines that have benefitted hundreds of millions of people across the globe. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-COURTESY OF MANUFACTURER-Paul Joseph
Funds raised through Sweatin’ for Science help provide students with mentorship connections with industry experts who can provide tools and lab space as well as educational workshops.

Sweatin’ for Science helps reduce barriers to STEM education in BC and Yukon

This May, the Science Fair Foundation BC’s biggest fundraiser, Sweatin’ for Science…

  • Apr 4, 2022
Funds raised through Sweatin’ for Science help provide students with mentorship connections with industry experts who can provide tools and lab space as well as educational workshops.
Oak Bay High students Kaelyn Bonner and Katherine Lee do preflight checks at the Victoria Flying Club, ahead of their discovery flight as part of the aviation and design program offered through the Greater Victoria School District. (Tom Aerts/Twitter)

Oak Bay student among those high on aviation possibilities

Greater Victoria School District helps kids fly with aviation and design program

Oak Bay High students Kaelyn Bonner and Katherine Lee do preflight checks at the Victoria Flying Club, ahead of their discovery flight as part of the aviation and design program offered through the Greater Victoria School District. (Tom Aerts/Twitter)
Alberta’s education minister says Alberta is the only province where disciplining teachers isn’t hived off from the union’s advocacy function .(Pixabay photo)

Alberta proposes legislation to remove disciplinary powers from teachers union

Instead, independent commissioner would handle matters to avoid conflict of interest

Alberta’s education minister says Alberta is the only province where disciplining teachers isn’t hived off from the union’s advocacy function .(Pixabay photo)
Dr. Joanne MacLean has been appointed for a second term as president and vice chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley, a term that will run until June 2028.

Dr. Joanne MacLean reappointed as president and vice-chancellor of UFV

Board found strong support for MacLean when consulting with university’s various stakeholders

Dr. Joanne MacLean has been appointed for a second term as president and vice chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley, a term that will run until June 2028.
BCTF president-elect Clint Johnston. (BCTF)

Clint Johnston of Chilliwack chosen as new BCTF president

His fondest hope for collective bargaining? ‘That we get a decent contract,’ Johnston said

BCTF president-elect Clint Johnston. (BCTF)
Daniella Okezie poses for a portrait at a studio in Kitchener, Ont., in a Feb. 15, 2022, handout photo. Okezie is going to walk across the stage to mark the completion of her bachelor’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Click Photography, Christine Kufske, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Universities in Canada plan in-person convocation ceremonies after lengthy hiatus

Daniella Okezie has been practising her strut. In a few weeks, the…

Daniella Okezie poses for a portrait at a studio in Kitchener, Ont., in a Feb. 15, 2022, handout photo. Okezie is going to walk across the stage to mark the completion of her bachelor’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Click Photography, Christine Kufske, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Cloverdale Traditional Elementary School’s PAC was the winner of a contest for 20 HEPA filters. Pictured are the purifiers when they were first shipped to the school. The PAC says the pallets have since been taken apart due to space constraints but the filters remain unused and stored at the school. (Submitted photo: CTS PAC)

‘Waiting to be plugged in’: B.C. school district urged to install donated HEPA filters

Surrey elementary school was the winner of 20 air purifiers that have been sitting unused

Cloverdale Traditional Elementary School’s PAC was the winner of a contest for 20 HEPA filters. Pictured are the purifiers when they were first shipped to the school. The PAC says the pallets have since been taken apart due to space constraints but the filters remain unused and stored at the school. (Submitted photo: CTS PAC)
The University of Victoria announced the opening of the first United Nations leadership training centre on North America’s west coast on March 22. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

First UN leadership training centre on West Coast lands at B.C. university

Purpose to strengthen global ties, address such issues as climate, innovation, health

The University of Victoria announced the opening of the first United Nations leadership training centre on North America’s west coast on March 22. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Funds raised through the Sweatin’ for Science campaign will help remove barriers in access to science fairs and STEM education as well as ensure the success and sustainability of science fairs across BC and Yukon.

AbCellera joins Science Fair Foundation BC’s Sweatin’ for Science as presenting sponsor

Vancouver-based technology company AbCellera has joined The Science Fair Foundation BC as…

  • Mar 21, 2022
Funds raised through the Sweatin’ for Science campaign will help remove barriers in access to science fairs and STEM education as well as ensure the success and sustainability of science fairs across BC and Yukon.
A former Abbotsford high school teacher has been given a lifetime ban on teaching. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Lifetime teaching ban given to educator who sexually assaulted a youth in Abbotsford

High school teacher Henry Kang was sentenced in December 2020

A former Abbotsford high school teacher has been given a lifetime ban on teaching. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Upper Sumas elementary suffered heavy damage during the flooding in November 2021. The district is working toward opening the doors again for students right after spring break. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)

Insurance to cover $1.66M in flood damage at Abbotsford school

Students expected to return to Upper Sumas elementary right after spring break

Upper Sumas elementary suffered heavy damage during the flooding in November 2021. The district is working toward opening the doors again for students right after spring break. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)
The Abbotsford board of education discussed teachers’ mental health and the pressures they may be under due to working through the pandemic for the last two years, and how that should be considered when making future plans. (Photo by The Canadian Press)

Abbotsford school board tells senior staff to consider teachers’ mental health during planning

Two years of pandemic could mean teachers and staff need fewer projects in coming school year

The Abbotsford board of education discussed teachers’ mental health and the pressures they may be under due to working through the pandemic for the last two years, and how that should be considered when making future plans. (Photo by The Canadian Press)
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BCTF call for vaccine education program, better ventilation in schools as mask mandate lifts

New rules in K-12 schools come into effect after Spring Break

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Children are affected by the military actions in Ukraine, and here in Abbotsford. In this image, children and their companions from an orphanage in Odesa, Ukraine, wait for room allocation after their arrival at a hotel in Berlin, Friday, March 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)

Abbotsford School District offers help with navigating the news for children

District staff has collected resource materials that can help parents discuss world events with kids

Children are affected by the military actions in Ukraine, and here in Abbotsford. In this image, children and their companions from an orphanage in Odesa, Ukraine, wait for room allocation after their arrival at a hotel in Berlin, Friday, March 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)
People walk past the University of Toronto campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

International students in Canada struggling with COVID, inflation

Charity organizations seeing increased demand for their services from those studying from abroad

People walk past the University of Toronto campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Graduating students from Seycove Secondary in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, B.C. throw their hats during a physically distanced graduation photo Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Graduating students all over the world are celebrating their grads in different ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Indigenous-focused coursework to be a high school graduation requirement in B.C.

New requirement would enhance knowledges of Indigenous Peoples in classrooms, province says

Graduating students from Seycove Secondary in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, B.C. throw their hats during a physically distanced graduation photo Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Graduating students all over the world are celebrating their grads in different ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Science Fair Foundation BC aims to raise $100,000 this year in its biggest fundraiser of the year, Sweatin’ for Science.

Sweatin’ for Science sets a fundraising goal of $100,000 for 2022

The Science Fair Foundation BC’s biggest fundraiser, Sweatin’ for Science is back,…

  • Mar 7, 2022
Science Fair Foundation BC aims to raise $100,000 this year in its biggest fundraiser of the year, Sweatin’ for Science.
From left, Wanda Hook, Marlene Dance and Nalla Steigvilas are gearing up for a new semester of ElderCollege after a two-year absence due to the pandemic. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Senior students welcomed back to class at Chilliwack ElderCollege

ElderCollege offering 13 of its most popular classes as part of ‘soft launch’ following COVID shutdown

From left, Wanda Hook, Marlene Dance and Nalla Steigvilas are gearing up for a new semester of ElderCollege after a two-year absence due to the pandemic. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A group of Imagine High students went up to Chilliwack Lake and learned about outdoor survival as part of their ‘Deep Dives’ project. (Submitted)

Chilliwack students pause regular studies to spend 2 weeks on ‘deep dives’ projects

‘People don’t learn in a scattershot way, they learn by going deeper into a topic,’ says Imagine High director

A group of Imagine High students went up to Chilliwack Lake and learned about outdoor survival as part of their ‘Deep Dives’ project. (Submitted)
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