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Education Reporter and Books Editor — Vancouver Sun

Education reporter and Books editor at Vancouver Sun.

UBC leaders set meeting to discuss governance issues — The University of B.C.'s top brass is inviting representatives of faculty, students and staff to a meeting to discuss their concerns over how the university is governed. That is the response of the new board chairman, Stuart Belkin, and UBC's interim president, Martha Piper, to calls for an external review of the board and a faculty petition for a vote of non-confidence in the board.
Feb 10, 2016

RT @marktmaclean: The #UBC FA exec hasn't been invited yet: UBC leaders set meeting to discuss governance issues…

Sisters of Saint Ann donate $3 million to UBC college — The Sisters of Saint Ann will donate $3 million to the University of British Columbia's Saint Mark's College. The endowment will establish the Marie Blondin Chair in Theology at the college, which is a Catholic theological college affiliated with UBC. Marie Blondin was the founder of the Sisters of Saint Ann.

Author Sharon Guskin delves into children’s past lives — The Forgetting Time takes a fascinating idea - that children can sometimes remember past lives when they are very young - and turns it into a novel. Author Sharon Guskin, a first-time novelist, says in The Forgetting Time's acknowledgments that her book was inspired by the work of the late Dr. Ian Stevenson and Dr. Jim Tucker at the Division of Perceptual Studies in the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Rosemary Sullivan wins B.C. national non-fiction award — Author Rosemary Sullivan won the 2016 B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for Stalin's Daughter, a biography of Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Josef Stalin.

University of B.C. won't quit investing in fossil fuels — VANCOUVER - The University of British Columbia's finance committee has voted against selling off the school's fossil fuel holdings, saying it would go against their fiduciary duty. The finance committee, part of the school's Board of Governors, made the recommendation Wednesday to keep fossil fuel stocks as part of the university's $1.4-billion endowment, while also creating a $10-million sustainability fund to promote environmental goals.
Feb 07, 2016

RT @IntentEndowment: University of B.C. won't quit investing in fossil fuels, proposes $10-million fund for sustainable investments

How digital report cards are changing schooling — Report cards - those paper checklists stuffed in manila envelopes that went home from school three times a year - are a thing of the past in many Surrey classrooms. Instead, teachers, students and parents have an ongoing conversation about a student's learning, much of which takes place online.

Co-op placements give university students a head start — Steven Phan did three co-op work placements while he was a student at Simon Fraser University, including one at Facebook. Today, the 23-year-old is going straight from graduation to working full-time at Google. Phan is far from alone - co-op work placements, in which university students spend extended periods in a paid work experience during their university education, are growing throughout the province.

UBC staff recommend against fossil fuel divestment — On Wednesday, the University of British Columbia board of governors finance committee will vote on a staff proposal to keep investing in the fossil fuel industry. Students and faculty members held votes last year to push the university to stop investing money from its $1.46-billion endowment fund in fossil fuels.

B.C. universities eye mandatory indigenous studies course — One day, it may be mandatory to take a course in aboriginal history and culture to graduate from university in B.C. It's a step the University of Winnipeg has already taken. Starting next year, every undergraduate at that institution and at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont., will have to take at least one indigenous studies course.

Vancouver parents step up fight against school closures — Parents are speaking out about school closures in Vancouver, expressing concerns about funding for education, how school capacity is calculated, and that more vulnerable children may lose their neighbourhood schools on the city's east side. The two Metro Vancouver districts struggling with school closures - Vancouver and Richmond - lost nearly 1,000 students between them this year.
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Feb 06, 2016

People in BC think kids in care should be supported past 19, poll shows and @loriculbert reports #bced…

Feb 04, 2016

Rosemary Sullivan has won the $40,000 BC National Award for Non-Fiction for the book Stalin's Daughter. #bcnationalaward

Feb 04, 2016

Author Sheila Watt-Cloutier says of The Right to Be Cold: I never thot I wd have a book in me that has meaning for others #bcnationalaward

Feb 04, 2016

All of these books sound so important and valuable. Which will win? #bcnationalaward

Feb 04, 2016

Michael Byers says author Sheila Watt-Cloutier is arguably the most influential Canadians in recent history #bcnationalaward

Feb 04, 2016

Emily Urquhart says of her book Beyond the Pale: we are more alike in our differences than we are in our sameness #bcnationalaward

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