Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Niqab ban has no place in free society: Douglas Instructor

Graeme Bowbrick

By Graeme Bowbrick

The Conservative government’s announcement last week that it intends to ban niqabs at citizenship swearing-in ceremonies should serve to remind us of three things: first, the importance of freedom in a liberal democracy; second, that a basic litmus test for action by legislators should be whether there is a problem that needs fixing; and third, that for the Harper government politics so frequently trumps all else.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Are bloggers journalists? A Douglas College expert weighs in

Claudia Cornwall
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

A blogger in the U.S. was recently ordered to pay $2.5 million in damages to an investment firm over blog posts that criticized the organization and one of its co-founders. The blogger, Crystal Cox, said her posts were based on information from an outside source, and refused to reveal that source. Cox, who calls herslef an investigative blogger, cited Oregon’s shield law, which allows journalists to protect their sources.

The judge ruled that as a blogger, Cox was not a journalist, and could therefore not claim the protections offered to traditional journalists.

Was that a fair ruling?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

CSSW offers hybrid course to all Douglas College students

CSSW instructors Lawrence Becker and Nancy Newman invite you to take course on social welfare now offered as hybrid.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

If you’re looking for ways to spice up your course load with something new and cool, you’re in luck. The Community Social Service Work (CSSW) Program is offering Introduction to Social Welfare to  non-CSSW students in January.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Apply for the Douglas College International Studies Award!

Are you planning to take part in a Douglas College study abroad activity or a study abroad activity approved by Douglas College in the coming year?

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 International Studies Award.

Every year, a minimum of 20 awards of $500 each are given to qualified applicants. To qualify:
  • you must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • at the time of application, you must be enrolled in a Douglas College academic program of at least a two-year duration that offers a Douglas College credential upon successful completion
  • you must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
Application deadline is Friday, March 2, 4pm.

You can download an application form here.

For more information, contact Karen Ng, International Mobility Coordinator, 604 527 5844.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Douglas College Marketing students partner with Better Business Bureau

From right: Jasdeep Singh, Clark Liu and Chris Raeside present their research and recommendations to the Better Business Bureau.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Marketing students at Douglas put their research skills to the test this semester when they worked on a real-world project for the Better Business Bureau. The BBB was so chuffed with the results that they're planning to offer Marketing students mentorships, work experience and volunteer marketing gigs in the new year.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Douglas College program helps rescue, shelter animals

Animal Health Technology student Kimberlee Jones examines Rocky, a rescue dog.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Rocky, a six-year-old Tibetan terrier cross, sits patiently on a table in the Animal Health Technology (AHT) lab at Douglas College’s Coquitlam Campus while a student feels his belly and checks his heartbeat. Though he suffers from bad teeth, Rocky is looking pretty good these days. His fur is soft and curly and his eyes are clear and calm.

He’s come a long way.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Douglas College Print Futures: Professional Writing students shine a light on invisible disabilities

Toby Reeve (l) and Nicole Gottselig aim to raise awareness of invisible disabilities among B.C. employers.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

If you thought a school assignment couldn’t make a difference in the real world, two Print Futures: Professional Writing students are keen to set you straight – though the pair was as surprised as anyone to see their work go so far beyond the classroom.

Friday, December 2, 2011

This week at Douglas: Uganda Project fund raiser, student recitals, food drives and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Dec. 5-10

Friday, Dec. 9

Student Recital

New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre

Presented by the Community Music School Free. For more info, see Arts Events.

Uganda Project Fund Raiser
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
6:30-7:30 refreshments and silent auction; 7:30-9:15 concert
Participants of Douglas College's Uganda Project and the Universal Gospel Choir team up to present an evening of song. All proceeds support students in going to Uganda to work in relief agencies.
Tickets: 18 for students, $25 for general public. Purchase online through the Massey Theatre.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Suzuki Recital

New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
Presented by the Community Music School. Free. For more info, see Arts Events.


Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Stratum

New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Works by painter Teressa L. Bernard and sculptor Nancy Brignall. Till Dec. 16. More info on the gallery's website.

Food Drives

Coquitlam Campus, atrium
Give back, make a difference! The Douglas College Student Ambassadors are collecting non-perishable food items to give to Douglas students in need over the holiday season. Till Dec. 6. More info: see doug: the community blog.

New West Campus, concourse
Tue-Thu, 10am-4pm
The Douglas College Business Association is collecting non-perishable food items to give to people in need over the holiday season. Till Dec. 6.

Got an event you want listed? See douglascollege.ca/events.

See more upcoming Douglas College events in the
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Douglas College Royals launch new website

Attention sports fans: the Royals have a new website that you need to check out. Find the schedules for upcoming games and tournaments, and stay on top of news about our stellar athletes. There's even a live feed that lets you watch the games in real time. Want to stay even more connected? Follow the Royals on Twitter! Read more...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Douglas College offers internships in Zambia

Are you interested in a career in international development, business, health, education, sports and recreation, social services or the non-profit sector? The Douglas College Zambia 2012 Global Leadership Program has a diverse offering of placements and is now accepting applications for nine internships next summer.

The three-month placements with Zambian organizations will challenge you like never before, and prepare you for a career in an ever-changing global workplace. The application deadline is Jan. 16. Early applications are encouraged. Bring your passion, energy and skills to Zambia this summer for an experience that will change your life. Just ask last year's team.

Find out more at here.