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Karen Mahon Carrington Talks About Climate Hope

On June 5th at Folk U Talk Show, Karen Mahon Carrington joined host Manda Aufochs Gillespie to talk about her climate hope: what it is and how it inspired a new organization and movement. 

Karen defines hope as: “the refusal to give up on love.” This idea inspired an essay I wrote called The Alchemy of Hope (https://mandagillespie.com/hope/)

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BC’s Minimum Wage Insufficient

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

As of June 1, minimum wage workers in the province earn $14.60 an hour, up from $13.85. But low wages, part-time or precarious work, coupled with low vacancy rates and high rents, are significant drivers of homelessness in the North Island region, said Kristi Schwanicke, co-ordinator of the Campbell River and District Coalition to End Homelessness.

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COVID Aids Higher education transformation

By Alastair Sharp, National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Canada’s post-secondary institutions face major financial challenges as COVID-19 forces more  students to access their education online, but the Royal Bank of Canada  also sees an opportunity for them to streamline their operations.

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Cortes Students Go Back To School

Schools reopened across British Columbia on Monday, June 1st. A survey of families with elementary age children in School District 72 suggests a little more than half may return. As Cortes students go back to school, I emailed local principal Brent Wilken some questions about attendance and the challenges ahead. These are his answers.

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