Entries by Chantelle Spicer

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 […]

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Students Demand Tuition Fee Freeze

At an upcoming meeting, the Selkirk College Board of Governors will be making a decision regarding a 2% increase to Canadian student tuition fees. Since 2001, decisions by this body have led to increases in tuition every year. As these fees have increased over the last sixteen years, they have far out-paced the consumer price […]

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Podcast Playlist

| Chantelle Spier | Over the last 10 years, podcasts have increasingly become the way we obtain news, share ideas, and explore concepts. Though radio itself seems to be on its way out in many regions, podcasts have spawned new independent broadcasting companies as well as provided a format for established outlets. Here are a […]

Student Union Directors Discuss Troubling Rumors

| Chantelle Spicer | At its January 8 Executive Committee meeting of the Selkirk College Students’ Union, directors discussed potential attempts to undermine its work by outside organisations who oppose to its current tuition fee freeze campaign and its stance on the Canadian Federation of Students. This includes spreading misinformation about elected directors and staff […]

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Thousands Stand in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders

Today marked an international day of action and solidarity with the Unist’ot’en Camp and Gidimt’en Checkpoint. Over 67 international events from Vancouver to London took place on January 8 with more scheduled for the rest of the week, including Seattle’s event on the January 11.  Big crowd in Vancouver in solidarity with #Unistoten #WetsuwetenStrong who are […]

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Words on Work

A Fresh Start and a Look Back | Chantelle Spicer | Welcome to Words on Work! Through this column, I invite our readership to consider the workforce and ourselves as workers in new ways. There have been significant changes in the workforce within the last year, 10 years, 40 years at both Canadian and global […]