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by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Jun 27 2012

Generally in a contract dispute, both sides generally give a little to get a deal.

Not so in the dispute between the B.C. Teachers Federation and the British Columbia Public School Employers' Association said BCTF president Susan Lambert.

 “After a long and difficult round of negotiations, we were compelled into this process under threat of huge fines and further punitive...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jun 27 2012

“Sino-Canadian Selkirk College of Taiyuan Normal University”: this sign rests on the side of a building at Taiyuan Normal University (TNU) in Taiyuan, China.  The three-year English diploma program housed in this building represents a unique collaboration between TNU and Selkirk College in British Columbia.  

TNU develops and delivers the curriculum, which focuses on Applied English for...

by Contributor on Tuesday Jun 26 2012

There's a sign on the side of the building at Taiyuan Normal University (TNU) in Taiyuan, China, that reads — Sino-Canadian Selkirk College of Taiyuan Normal University.

The reason for the sign comes from a unique collaboration between TNU and Castlegar's Selkirk College which offers a three-year English diploma program.

TNU develops and delivers the curriculum, which focuses on...

by Contributor on Thursday Jun 21 2012

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is partnering with BC Ideas to provide five $10,000 cash awards to reward innovative solutions addressing issues which will improve the lives of residents in the Columbia Basin region.

BC Ideas: Solutions for Stronger Communities is an online competition seeking to identify solutions to deal with challenges facing BC communities now and in the future. This “...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jun 20 2012

Interior Health is reminding residents to take extra precautions against mosquito bites this summer.  West Nile virus, a disease that is spread from infected birds to humans through mosquito bites, has been present in B.C. since 2009.

West Nile virus (WNv) was first detected in B.C. in the South Okanagan during the summer of 2009. To datethere have been three human cases of...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Jun 17 2012

The B.C. Labour Relations Board has ruled Friday that public teachers in the province do not need to participate in extracurricular activities as part of labour dispute with the government.

However, the B.C. Teachers Federation must instruct its members to participate in parent-teacher meetings and other school meetings.

In a release on the Labour Relations website the board said...

by ProPublica on Thursday Jun 14 2012

By Marian Wang in ProPublica.

A few months after he buried his son, Francisco Reynoso began getting notices in the mail. Then the debt collectors came calling.

"They would say, 'We don't care what happened with your son, you have to pay us,'" recalled Reynoso, a gardener from...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jun 13 2012

Clean. Drain. Dry. These simple steps will prevent zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species from spreading into the waterways of the Kootenays.

Aquatic invasive species, such as zebra mussels, Eurasian water-milfoil and New Zealand mudsnails have devastating impacts where they are introduced. They can ruin fishing and recreational opportunities, alter aquatic habitat for plants...

by Contributor on Wednesday May 30 2012

In June of 2010 Selkirk College marked the beginning of construction on their Castlegar campus Aboriginal Gathering Place with a ceremonial blessing and ground breaking. On May 24, 2012 they celebrated the official opening of the facility with over 100 invited guests in attendance.

“The Gathering Place project was initiated over three years ago with a successful proposal to Government....

by Erin Perkins on Thursday May 24 2012

The layoffs of 19 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions in the Kootenay Lake School District and the closures of the two District Resource Centres has local teachers feeling angry and upset, said Nelson District Teachers' Association union representative Tom Newell.

"Teachers are angry, upset and scared that programs are being dismantled," said Newell.

Although the number of...

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