UBC green

UBC leads the way in green innovations

When it comes to reducing its carbon footprint, the University of B.C. has set some pretty lofty goals, including eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. If the university reaches its goals, the institution might be able to call itself the world’s greenest city. “UBC is an example of what you can do with a city…

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UBC aims to reduce carbon footprint of fracking

A research team at the University of British Columbia is pioneering a water treatment technology for gas extraction that could significantly reduce the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing. Advanced dialysis cells developed at UBC use excess carbon dioxide to desalinate waste water for reuse and also produce hydrochloric acid and carbonate salts as byproducts on…

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B.C. high schools to offer trades preparation

A new program is being rolled out in an effort to address a looming shortage of tradespeople in B.C. by introducing high school -students to trades while they earn credits for graduation. Education Minister Peter Fassbender announced on Tuesday the launch of a new trades course, Skills Exploration 10-12, which aims to give students a…

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Teachers rally in Coquitlam to raise awareness about cuts

Hundreds of teachers lined Como Lake Avenue in Coquitlam today, Tuesday, to raise awareness about education cuts in School District 43. Wearing black shirts and carrying placards or a number representing their spot in the recall list, many were laid off teachers who don’t know at which school or even if they will be teaching…

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High school student develops early-stage HIV test

A Grade 10 student from Vancouver who has developed an early-stage HIV test is headed to Ottawa to compete against other young scientists in an international competition. York House School student Nicole Ticea has developed a point-of-care HIV test using an isothermic nucleic acid amplification system, Simon Fraser University announced Thursday. With the help of…

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Surrey student donated $10,000 to BC SPCA

Youth can change the world for the better. That’s what Clayton Heights Secondary student Laura Kim says she has learned after winning $10,000 for the charity of her choice from a TELUS contest on We365 – a free mobile app and website developed by TELUS and Free The Children that enables young people to find…

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Calgary School grades

CBE changes student assessment and reporting system

The CBE has given the go ahead to change the way students are assessed and parents will see a numerical indicator scale on report cards this fall. Plans for assessment and reporting for the 2014-15 school years was released by the Calgary Board of Education on Wednesday. A common report card was put in place…

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B.C. to make job skills main focus of education system

British Columbia is shifting hundreds of millions in education dollars to force colleges and universities to produce skilled tradespeople for an expected construction boom over the next decade. The driving force behind the changes is the province’s quest for a new liquefied natural gas industry. Industry wants the province to address the threat of a…

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