Universities and Colleges

Dr. Geoff Payne will be the University of Northern British Columbia’s interim president until Aug. 31, 2022. (Submitted Photo)

UNBC interim president’s term extended in wake of COVID-19

Geoff Payne will be the university’s interim president for two more years

Dr. Geoff Payne will be the University of Northern British Columbia’s interim president until Aug. 31, 2022. (Submitted Photo)
Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada-USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. The federal government appears to have relaxed restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border that would have made it impossible for first-year university students from the United States to enter the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke

Canada provides exception for U.S. students planning to study north of border

Students coming from the U.S. may no longer need a study permit that was issued on or before March 18

Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada-USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. The federal government appears to have relaxed restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border that would have made it impossible for first-year university students from the United States to enter the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke
The Roddick Gates are monumental gates that serve as the main entrance to the McGill University campus are seen on November 14, 2017 in Montreal. Canada’s universities are bracing for an influx of students next month from the United States, where the worsening COVID-19 pandemic is setting fresh records every day for new infections and deaths. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Anxiety high as Canadian schools prepare for students from COVID-ravaged U.S.

Some U.S. parents are taking comfort in knowing their children are escaping the U.S.

The Roddick Gates are monumental gates that serve as the main entrance to the McGill University campus are seen on November 14, 2017 in Montreal. Canada’s universities are bracing for an influx of students next month from the United States, where the worsening COVID-19 pandemic is setting fresh records every day for new infections and deaths. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
The University of Ottawa campus is shown on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Ottawa. Canada’s auditor general is calling for the federal government to step up its recovery of outstanding student loans to keep taxpayers from being left on the hook. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Auditor finds $2.4B in unpaid student loans, calls for stronger recovery efforts

The Canada Revenue Agency was found to have its hands tied in recovering outstanding loans

The University of Ottawa campus is shown on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Ottawa. Canada’s auditor general is calling for the federal government to step up its recovery of outstanding student loans to keep taxpayers from being left on the hook. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responds to a reporters question during a news conference outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Monday June 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responds to a reporters question during a news conference outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Monday June 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The University of Ottawa campus is quiet, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Ottawa. The federal government announced funding for post-secondary students affected by Covid-19.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Students, recent grads can apply for emergency benefit on Friday, Trudeau says

CESB is part of $9B fund to help students amid pandemic

The University of Ottawa campus is quiet, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Ottawa. The federal government announced funding for post-secondary students affected by Covid-19.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
FILE – People walk past large letters spelling out UBC at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., on November 22, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE – People walk past large letters spelling out UBC at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., on November 22, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canadian Members of Parliament are shown on a monitor during a virtual session of the House of Commons Tuesday April 28, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Commons approval sought for $9-billion emergency student aid package

Funds include between $1,250 and $1,750 for students and up to $5,000 in service grants

Canadian Members of Parliament are shown on a monitor during a virtual session of the House of Commons Tuesday April 28, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The College of New Caledonia’s board of governors passed a balanced budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which reflects consideration of the current COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Mike Seehagel)

Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, CNC passes balanced budget with funds for alternate delivery methods

The 2020-21 budget includes contingencies for a possible decline in enrolment

The College of New Caledonia’s board of governors passed a balanced budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which reflects consideration of the current COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Mike Seehagel)
B.C. universities cancel in-person graduation ceremonies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay)
B.C. universities cancel in-person graduation ceremonies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay)
From left, Dr. Heather Peters with UNBC Quesnel BSW class of 2021 members Sarah Thompson, Joanne Peacock, Grace McGowan, and Robin Weselowski during Social Work Week. (Photo submitted)

UNBC students participate in Social Work Week and Quesnel Homeless Count

Fourth-year students organized a lunch with Quesnel social workers with the theme Superheroes

  • Mar 23, 2020
From left, Dr. Heather Peters with UNBC Quesnel BSW class of 2021 members Sarah Thompson, Joanne Peacock, Grace McGowan, and Robin Weselowski during Social Work Week. (Photo submitted)
Aubrey Williams, (left) and Rome Borsato-Stobbe, who are in Grade 6 at École Red Bluff Lhtako Elementary, present their science fair project at the School District 28 fair, held Friday, Feb. 21 during Science and Technology Day at the College of New Caledonia Quesnel Campus. Williams and Borsato-Stobbe wondered if people could recognize true emotion or not, and they had people look at 10 photos of people showing happiness and guess if they were real or fake. On average, people guessed correctly six out of 10 times. They also tested the Duchenne smile theory, which involves smiling with your whole face, and found that volunteers identified true smiles 70 per cent of the time. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

College of New Caledonia Quesnel’s Science and Technology Day showcases passion and opportunities

The public event featured the School District 28 science fair, tours and presentations

Aubrey Williams, (left) and Rome Borsato-Stobbe, who are in Grade 6 at École Red Bluff Lhtako Elementary, present their science fair project at the School District 28 fair, held Friday, Feb. 21 during Science and Technology Day at the College of New Caledonia Quesnel Campus. Williams and Borsato-Stobbe wondered if people could recognize true emotion or not, and they had people look at 10 photos of people showing happiness and guess if they were real or fake. On average, people guessed correctly six out of 10 times. They also tested the Duchenne smile theory, which involves smiling with your whole face, and found that volunteers identified true smiles 70 per cent of the time. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)