Entries by Chantelle Spicer

Federal Budget Promises Some Relief for Students

The 2019 Federal Budget announcement on March 19 holds some relief for student loan holders. Budget 2019 limits interest charged on student loans to the prime rate of interest; the existing interest rate ranges from prime plus 2.5% to prime plus 5%. Additionally, it removes interest charged on student loans during the six-month grace period […]


Educational Equity Through Free Menstrual Products

| Chantelle Spicer | Across the country, public institutions from libraries to high schools are beginning to offer free menstrual products, with many colleges and universities across the country beginning to contribute to the movement. Currently, only a handful of post-secondary institutions offer free menstrual products including Centennial College, Mount St Vincent University, Carleton University, […]

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HWW: Kim Pham

Building communities, allies, and partnerships is an important part of post-secondary and life generally. We welcome you to get to know the members of our Selkirk College community! Kim Pham, Secretary, Selkirk College Students’ Union Why did you decide to join the students’ union? I decided to join Students Union primarily out of curiosity. After […]

BC Budget 2019 Eliminates Interest on Student Loans

On February 19th, Finance Minister Carol James announced the upcoming investments for a 2019 BC Budget that attempts to address poverty reduction and climate action. Along with the Budget came the much anticipated elimination of interest rates on the provincial portion of student loans, following through on 2017 campaign promises. This announcement is accompanied by other […]


What to Read for Reading Week

| Chantelle Spicer | Spring Break within popular culture has often come to mean parties in the sun, probably too much drinking, and exotic locales, but the reality for many college and university students is a week of time dedicated to study, write papers, and get caught up on reading. This has become so much […]

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HWW: Lori Barkley

Building communities, allies, and partnerships is an important part of post-secondary and life generally. We welcome you to get to know the members of our Selkirk College community! Lori Barkley, Instructor, Anthropology, Peace and Justice Studies What drove you to become a professor? A friend at the time suggested I apply to be a teaching […]

Open Education Resources Reduce Cost to Post-Secondary

| Chantelle Spicer | In the coming years, students in British Columbia will hopefully be saving some money and having access to more innovative resources due to the work of BCcampus. The Crown corporation, funded primarily through the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training, works to provide teaching, learning, educational technology, and open education […]

Organisations Support Students for BC Budget 2019

| Chantelle Spicer | The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released recommendations for the upcoming BC Budget 2019 that include implications for the post-secondary sector and affordability for students. The CCPA notes that the lack of funding to post-secondary institutions has contributed to increasing student debt. “For public post-secondary institutions, provincial operating grants have […]

Increasing Access to Mental Health for Post-Secondary Students

| Chantelle Spicer | In the beginning of January, the BC government announced plans to provide a 24-hour mental health support service for post-secondary students in the province. This initiative would be a partnership between the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Children and Family Development, and the Ministry […]