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B.C. Gets an A+ for Education

B.C.’s teachers may be on strike, but the province gets an A+ when it comes to how many residents aged 25 to 64 have a high school diploma, according to the Conference Board of Canada. In the board’s first report card comparing education and skills levels among the 10 provinces and 16 peer countries, found…

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UBC students develop apps for team-based learning

University of B.C. students Bruce Li and Cole Spooner have created an app to turn classroom lectures into team-based interactive activities and testing. The iPad app – in two versions, one for instructors and one for students – has just launched in Apple’s app store and the developers are planning to add apps for Android…

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Port Moody grad keeping cool after winning trip to Arctic

Wherever you’re going this summer, it’s probably not as cool as where Port Coquitlam teenager Emmanuel Tse is headed. The 17-year-old graduate of the International Baccalaureate program at Port Moody Secondary recently won an online contest for one of 85 spots on this year’s Students on Ice trip to Canada’s eastern Arctic and western Greenland…

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School News May 2014

Here comes the news from our 4 schools: Canadian Secondary Wenzhou No. 22 School, Jiaxing Senior High School, Luwan Senior High School and Shanghai Nanyang Model High School. Wenzhou News: We find ourselves at the end of a hard working and productive year. With two weeks remaining in our regular class schedule, followed by one…

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Surrey Conference to Strengthen Canada-India Ties

International health representatives, medical experts and researchers including several from Simon Fraser University will gather in Surrey June 19-22 for the Canada India Networking Initiative CINI 2014 conference. The event will focus on health and civil society in four key areas, including nursing and allied health education, health-technology and the economy, chronic disease management, including…

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UVic wins latest Canadian satellite design challenge

Justin Curran still remembers sleeping under a blanket decorated like a rocket ship when he was a child. “It looked like the inside of a space shuttle with a joystick and all the switches and knobs,” the 28-year-old recalls as he recounts his fascination with space. Planets could be seen through windows printed on the…

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Job interviews reward narcissism, punish humility

A University of British Columbia study finds that narcissistic applicants are more successful in job interviews than equally qualified candidates who act more modestly. The findings suggest that applicants from cultures that place greater emphasis on humility, including some Asian cultures, may have a harder time landing a job in North America. “A job interview…

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Science World in cow country and it’s udderly amazing

Science World’s first location outside Vancouver uses its trademark technical wizardry to get youngsters excited about where their milk comes from and, possibly, a career in farming. Abbotsford’s cutting-edge EcoDairy is home to a new installation of interactive games and displays, which opened Thursday and puts a decidedly glossy high-tech veneer on agriculture. Robotic milking…

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Love Yurts

While universities around the world usually focus on building state-of-the-art laboratories, the latest structure to be erected at UBC’s Vancouver campus opts instead to draw inspiration from ancient nomads. A 65-square-metre yurt – a circular, semi-permanent tent-like structure common to Mongolia and other parts of Central Asia – now sits on the grounds of the…

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School Support Workers Reach Contract Deal

The union representing school support workers in B.C. has reached a tentative agreement with the province after just five days of bargaining. Talks on the collective agreement began Tuesday between the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association and a deal was announced Sunday. “Our announcement today demonstrates that with…

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