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Year: 2015

Interior Heath prepares for Syrian refugees

The New Year marks a new beginning for Syrian refugees arriving in the Interior region. Refugees will face many challenges as they adjust to new homes, new lives and a new health-care system. Interior Health and its community partners have been working hard over the past several weeks to help ease that transition and be prepared to meet the health-care needs of the new residents, who began arriving in the region earlier this month. Over the next three months, the Interior region is expecting up to 400 Syrian refugees. The Interior region typically sees an average of 1000 refugees...

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Holiday Fantasy

Like Scrooge's undigested bit of beef, Kathryn's imagination is driven a little whacky by Christmas leftovers. The After Eights and eggnog in my fridge seem out of place now. They scream holiday indulgence. Like lonely leftover presents, unclaimed under the tree, they don’t belong here anymore; they look wrong and it’s time they were gone. The plate of mince pies, snow-topped with icing sugar, no longer holds the same magic as last week. “Into the freezer then, you guys - see you later!” The untouched chocolate torte follows suit as I anticipate the thrill of a slice of Christmas...

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Interactive learning tools help students map the brain

UBC professor turns to technology to help students learn neuroanatomy For those who traditionally learned about anatomy outside medical school, figuring out what the human brain looks like inside the skull was largely a textbook exercise. Diagrams with arrows and text descriptions acted as a roadmap with student absorption largely reliant on memorization. In the age of the Internet and Instagram, it’s a model that educators may need to improve on if they are to meet students’ interactive learning expectations, says UBC Assoc. Prof. Bruce Mathieson. “My students have been telling me that most of them are visual learners,...

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Amphitheatre proposed for Okanagan College campus

An outdoor amphitheatre to accommodate up to 5,500 people is being proposed for the Vernon campus of Okanagan College by the non-profit Okanagan Summer Festival Society. The proposal for the amphitheatre and an initial concept plan were disclosed at Thursday’s meeting of the Greater Vernon Advisory Council. “We see the opportunity to develop a significant addition to the cultural infrastructure of our valley at a site that has incredible views and that would showcase not just world-class performers but also world-class scenery,” explains Diane Bond, the Society’s Managing Director. The group has been seeking a venue to accommodate large...

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Taster’s Choice: Holiday Edition

Showcasing a wicker hamper of goodies for holiday dining and entertaining with friends and family, the five-star rating system stresses value for price. Manotsuru "Bylzai" Ginjo Sake Sado Island, Niigata, Japan  $13.29   A premium, micro-brewed Sake, Bulzai is made with rice milled to 60%, a small amount of distilled alcohol and pasteurization only before bottling. Zesty palate offers delicate flavours of banana, white pepper, licorice and mineral. Pair with light fish and seafood. SUMAC RIDGE STELLER’S JAY SPARKLING SHIRAZ Summerland, British Columbia $24.49 Why not an Okanagan Sparkling Shiraz, a style appreciated Down Under? This example sports fine, fizzy,...

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