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Nature Canada launches new Youth Leadership Grant

Above: 📷 Aislinn Cottell By News Editor Aislinn Cottell In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Nature Canada is launching the Young Nature Leadership Grant. The 1K bursary will be given to a young Canadian under 30 years old who is looking to develop and implement a project inspired by the Canadian Parks Council’s The Nature Playbook, a recently published “how-to” guide for young nature conservationists. Recipients of the grant will have the opportunity to be mentored and coached on this project by Women for Nature, a philanthropic initiative of professional women across Canada, and the donators of the grant.  “The more Canadians […]

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By News Editor Aislinn Cottell WHAT On March 28, the city is holding an informational session for volunteer beta testers interested in reviewing their new website. WHERE 411 Dunsmuir St., Service and Resource Centre Boardroom 5 – 7 pm. RSVP at feedback@nanaimo.ca. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE Beta testing is a chance to make suggestions so the city can incorporate feedback from the public on how to make their new site as user friendly as possible. WHAT On March 30, the regular VIU Board of Governors meeting will be held, open to the public. WHERE Nanaimo Campus Library, rm. 507. 4 […]

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I want to believe: New planets, new life?

By News Editor Aislinn Cottell Astronomers are over the moon about a recent announcement that brings humanity another step closer to answering the tantalizing question—are we alone in the universe? Not too long ago, that inquiry may have been relegated to the tin-hat territory of X-Files fanatics. However, for the last decade, that question has become less of a spooky subject, particularly since the launch of the Keppler Spacecraft in 2009. Designed specifically to search for exoplanets—planets in star systems other than our own—the Keppler telescope was set to observe a single piece of sky near the constellation Cygnus. In […]

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  By News Editor Aislinn Cottell WHAT On March 16, world-renowned primatologist Dr. Birute Galdikas will be giving a talk on her work with wild orangutans. WHERE Nanaimo Campus Bldg. 356, rm. 109. 7 – 10 pm Suggested donation: $10 WHY YOU SHOULD CARE The event is a fundraiser for Dr. Galdikas’ non-profit organization Orangutan Foundation International, which spearheads the movement to save orangutans and their habitats from extinction. WHAT On March 23, Michael Layland is presenting his book A Perfect Eden: Encounters by Early Explorers of Vancouver Island. WHERE Nanaimo Campus Bldg. 355, rm. 203. 7 pm WHY YOU […]

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