Parents want vaccinations mandatory for students

B.C. should follow Ontario’s lead and make childhood vaccinations mandatory for public school enrolment, say parents in an online petition to Premier Christy Clark. The petition, which had more than 200 signatures Tuesday afternoon, asks Clark to amend the public schools law to ensure parents provide proof they’ve vaccinated their children before they attend public…

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Dr. Seuss’ book Hop on Pop does not encourage violence

Despite a demand to ban the Dr. Seuss book Hop on Pop because it “encourages children to use violence against their fathers,” the Toronto Public Library rejected the request after careful consideration. “The children are actually told not to hop on pop,” reads a recently released report by the library’s Materials Review Committee. As such,…

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Sun Run

Over 40,000 walk, run ‘n’ roll the Vancouver Sun Run

VANCOUVER — A morning of inclement weather didn’t stop roughly 40,000 people from running, walking and rolling in the 30th annual Vancouver Sun Run. Participants of all ages and backgrounds were motivated to join Canada’s largest 10-km race – which was launched to promote health and a sense of community – many saying Sunday’s event…

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earth day

Students parade down street to mark Earth Day

VANCOUVER, April 21 (Xinhua) — A group of residents took to the streets in Vancouver on Monday, ahead of Earth Day, trying to draw attention to the problem of air pollution and changing climate. The march and gathering to call for action on environment was organized by a particular group of young Vancouverites, who have…

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Elementary band and strings program is not expendable

Christin Reardon MacLellan, president of the Coalition for Music Education in B.C., issued the following open letter to the Vancouver school board: Dear Ms. Bacchus and the Vancouver Board of Education Trustees: My name is Christin Reardon MacLellan. I am the President of the Coalition for Music Education in BC, the conductor of a youth…

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UBC Asia expert calls for new era in China relations

A UBC expert in Asian relations is calling for a new, comprehensive strategy for Ottawa’s dealings with Beijing, in a new, and deliberately terse, book. Paul Evans, a professor at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research (and a former co-CEO at the Asia Pacific Foundation), published the book mainly to inform Canadian policy-makers of the need…

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problem solving

BC students among best in world at problem solving

When it comes to problem solving, B.C. students are the best in the country and seventh in the world, the latest international assessment scores show. But Canada has fallen out of the top-10 math scores on the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Programme for International Student Assessment – or PISA – from 2012. B.C….

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UBC to build new Quantum Matter Institute building

UBC plans to start construction on a new building for an expanded Quantum Matter Institute in June. At a Board of Governors standing committee meeting on April 1, the Board approved a $2.5 million funding release to continue plans for the project, which will be built as an addition to the Brimacombe Building. Dean of…

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New BC website receives 350 reports of bullying

After a B.C. student reported having a “suicide plan” to an online website, police were sent to the student’s home, where they successfully stopped the attempt. Another student reported online that he had used drugs and attempted suicide, so a “safe-school team” put together a safety plan for the student. Those are two examples given…

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