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
The Spectrum Thunderbots won the FIRST Robotics regional championship in early March in Victoria and qualified for next month’s FIRST Robotics championships in Houston. They’re currently fundraising for the trip. (Photo courtesy of Moira Chambers)

Saanich’s Spectrum Thunderbots taking aim at international robotics competition

FIRST robotics regional winners fundraising to reach championships in Texas

The Spectrum Thunderbots won the FIRST Robotics regional championship in early March in Victoria and qualified for next month’s FIRST Robotics championships in Houston. They’re currently fundraising for the trip. (Photo courtesy of Moira Chambers)
Kai Stevenson, a Grade 12 student at the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry, has played a large role in the creation of a nearby downtown urban garden. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Urban garden in downtown Victoria sparks innovation among students

Supporting sustainability and pollinators among the intentions for project

Kai Stevenson, a Grade 12 student at the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry, has played a large role in the creation of a nearby downtown urban garden. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
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)
Despite the province investing a record $2 billion in school capital projects over the next three years, the need for new and upgraded facilities in Sooke continues to rise.
Despite the province investing a record $2 billion in school capital projects over the next three years, the need for new and upgraded facilities in Sooke continues to rise.
Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar said systemic racism continues to exist in the district and the wider community, and acknowledged more must be done to make SD62 more diverse and inclusive. (Photo courtesy Ravi Parmar)

Sooke School District board chair commits to end systemic racism in schools

But Ravi Parmar says mandatory anti-racism training, curriculum changes up to province

Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar said systemic racism continues to exist in the district and the wider community, and acknowledged more must be done to make SD62 more diverse and inclusive. (Photo courtesy Ravi Parmar)
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 UVic

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)
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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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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
A complaint has been filed against a Sooke School District teacher about the reading aloud of a derogatory word contained in a novel aimed at young readers, during Black History Month in February. (Black Press Media file photo)

Complaint filed against Sooke School District teacher for reading ‘derogatory word’ aloud

Verbatim reading was from widely-used book; SD62 crafts plan to help ‘unlearn unconscious bias’

A complaint has been filed against a Sooke School District teacher about the reading aloud of a derogatory word contained in a novel aimed at young readers, during Black History Month in February. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kristen Manieri (second from right) came up with the idea for the summit based on her experience parenting teens during the pandemic. (Courtesy of Kirk Buckland/Frozen Moments Photography)

Greater Victoria Teenhood Summit offers help for parenting teens

Parents to share their experiences, advice at virtual summit

Kristen Manieri (second from right) came up with the idea for the summit based on her experience parenting teens during the pandemic. (Courtesy of Kirk Buckland/Frozen Moments Photography)
Boats are seen anchored in the waters off Sidney Spit in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve east of Sidney, B.C., on Saturday August 5, 2017. Students and crew were safely rescued after an engine fire occurred on a passenger vessel that regularly serves as the local marine school bus for the southern Gulf Islands. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Engine fire on board B.C. school boat off Vancouver Island; students, crew safe

Vessel taking students and staff from Gulf Islands to the high school on Salt Spring Island

Boats are seen anchored in the waters off Sidney Spit in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve east of Sidney, B.C., on Saturday August 5, 2017. Students and crew were safely rescued after an engine fire occurred on a passenger vessel that regularly serves as the local marine school bus for the southern Gulf Islands. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Tristan (left) and Max with mom Allison, who set up a home school when she felt her boys weren’t getting the support they needed in the public school system. (Photo submitted)

Langford mom starts own school amid lack of support for neurodivergent sons

Initially supported by multiple families, mother of two sons on autism spectrum foots bill herself

Tristan (left) and Max with mom Allison, who set up a home school when she felt her boys weren’t getting the support they needed in the public school system. (Photo submitted)
Alberta RCMP say a concerned motorist found a child on Highway 881 in St. Paul and brought the child to the RCMP detachment. (File photo by Black Press news services)

Alberta RCMP investigating after child found wandering on highway in sub-zero weather

St. Paul Education investigating incident involving bus-riding kindergarten student

Alberta RCMP say a concerned motorist found a child on Highway 881 in St. Paul and brought the child to the RCMP detachment. (File photo by Black Press news services)
Sooke School District said registration numbers were strong once again for nature and French immersion kindergarten in the 2022-2023 school year, and officials are expecting the same for regular kindergarten registration when it opens on Jan. 24. (File - Black Press Media)

Sooke School District sees steady numbers for kindergarten registration

Lack of qualified teachers limiting French immersion curriculum

Sooke School District said registration numbers were strong once again for nature and French immersion kindergarten in the 2022-2023 school year, and officials are expecting the same for regular kindergarten registration when it opens on Jan. 24. (File - Black Press Media)
VIU Nanaimo campus Elder-In-Residence Gary Manson shares his historical and cultural perspective outside Shq’apthut (A Gathering Place), the campus hub for Indigenous support in 2016. (John McKinley/file)

Vancouver Island University working to decolonize B.C. classrooms

Plan calls for Indigenizing VIU, rather than have it serve as a tool of colonialism

VIU Nanaimo campus Elder-In-Residence Gary Manson shares his historical and cultural perspective outside Shq’apthut (A Gathering Place), the campus hub for Indigenous support in 2016. (John McKinley/file)