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First Nations and Environmental Assessment and Consultation in British Columbia and Canada

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The Department of Geography and Earth & Environmental Science at Okanagan College invites you to attend a free presentation by Dr. Annie Booth from UNBC.

Title: First Nations and Environmental Assessment and Consultation in British Columbia and Canada

Presenter: Dr. Annie Booth, Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Northern British Columbia: http://www.unbc.ca/annie-booth

Details:
6pm on 19th September 2013
Okanagan College Theatre (S104)
1000 KLO Rd., Kelowna, BC

This is Geography!!!

From the Canadian Council for Geographic Education:

“As geographers, teachers, and general education enthusiasts we are asking for your help in a national campaign to raise the profile of Geography in Canada. This is Geography is a joint project of CG Education and the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) aimed and increasing Canadians’ perception of geography as a subject area and integral aspect of our daily lives. The program consists of two main strands: Google Plus Hangouts and a photographic collection.

We are asking all Canadians to upload photos that answer the phrase “This is Geography” on the website and on Twitter and Instagram using the hash tag #thisisgeography. We want you to also include a brief description of why your photo shows geography. We know that there are endless possibilities of photos that you can upload so get creative! We’ve started the collection but need your help!

Over the next few months we have planned to host our first few Google+ Hangouts. Each hangout will focus on one aspect of geography and have four expert panelists speaking about the issue at hand. The first hangout is scheduled for May 15th at 4:00 p.m. ET and will take a look at some cool “Geo Jobs.” Once completed the hangouts will be uploaded to Canadian Geographic’s YouTube channel, so even if you can’t watch at 4:00, check it out afterwards.”

See the website here!

http://thisisgeography.ca/

Research Assistants: Permaculture, Okanagan Agriculture, and Spatial Forensics

Calling all Okanagan College students. If you are interested in working as a research assistant, there are three opportuntities for work with Professor Green.

To be considered you must be enrolled as an Okanagan College student. Application materials are due on Monday 29 April 2013.

 

Spatial Forensics:

Under the direct supervision of the College Professor, the student research assistant will aid with the essential work of secondary data entry, cleaning of data, and manipulation of data in GIS software. This research project develops a GIS that will reduce the costs and increase the likelihood of locating human remains related to genocides and mass atrocities. This research helps forensic anthropologists and legal experts gather evidence used to prosecute war crimes and it represents multi-disciplinary approach to applied technology development.

http://webapps-1.okanagan.bc.ca/ok/StudentCoop/JobPostings/Grad/StuGradDetails.aspx?jobId=15470

 

Agriculture and ALR in the Okanagan:

Under the direct supervision of the College Professor, the student research assistant will aid with the collection of secondary data regarding the history of agriculture, gardening, the ALR, and AAC in Kelowna. Based on its geographic location and regional connections, Okanagan College has a unique opportunity to integrate regional agricultural resources and new research on sustainable agriculture into its curriculum. For example, urban agriculture, ALR management, orchard and vineyard production and community supported agriculture are all currently part of OC courses but are not linked through the curriculum to a broader understanding of regional food systems and agricultural sector employment. This project will result in a proposal for new curriculum and in an academic paper.

http://webapps-1.okanagan.bc.ca/ok/StudentCoop/JobPostings/Grad/StuGradDetails.aspx?jobId=15471

 

Permaculture in Education:

Under the direct supervision of the College Professor, the student research assistant will aid with the collection of secondary data regarding permaculture and education. Based on its geographic location and regional connections, Okanagan College has a unique and unrealized opportunity to integrate regional agricultural resources and new research on sustainable agriculture into its curriculum. For example, urban agriculture, ALR management, orchard and vineyard production and community supported agriculture are all currently part of OC courses but are not linked through the curriculum to a broader understanding of regional food systems and agricultural sector employment. This project will result in a proposal for a course on permaculture and in an academic paper examining permaculture in higher education.

http://webapps-1.okanagan.bc.ca/ok/StudentCoop/JobPostings/Grad/StuGradDetails.aspx?jobId=15472

 

OC4 Cyclosportif Registration

OC4 Cyclosportif

We are happy to announce that OC4 Cyclosportif is now open for registration! Please see below or click on this link for more information!

The Geography and Earth & Environmental Science Department of Okanagan College and a volunteer committee of employees and associated friends presents an inter-campus cycling tour, the OC4 Cyclosportif (June 21-23, 2013), showcasing the picturesque Okanagan valley. (What’s a cyclosportif?)

The event kicks off on Friday afternoon from the College’s Salmon Arm campus and we ride to the Vernon campus, were there will be merriment and delicious food. On Saturday morning, we’ll ride to the Kelowna campus, where there will be a gourmet lunch. Sunday morning we will finish our ride, arriving on the Penticton campus to an awaiting sumptuous feast. Due to dining space limitations on some of our campuses, we are limiting the number of participants in this year’s event to 300.

Here’s a map of the tentative route  (subject to change and refinement). Aid stations will be available en route, in addition to medical and technical support and a sweep vehicle. Funds raised will go to establishing bursaries for the nursing programme.

Please have a quick glance at our FAQ page to see if anything you need to know hasn’t already been addressed. Send a note to the event organization team at  OCBikeTour@okanagan.bc.ca for additional information.

Congrats to our faculty member Markus Heinrichs for leading the concept into reality!

Register Now (click here)!!!

The costs for the OC4 Cyclosportif are as follows:

Early bird registration (up until May 31)

First day $100, each additional day $25
 
Regular registration (from June 1)
First day $125, each additional day $25 

There are five discounted slots available per day for riders who wish to volunteer one day.  Contact the event organization team at OCBikeTour@okanagan.bc.ca to take advantage of this offer.

If the above link does not work, please go here to register:

https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=4603&lan=1&cartlevel=1

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Schedule of Events: OC4 Cyclosportif

Tuesday, June 18
Package pickup Penticton 17:00-19:00
Wednesday, June 19
Package pickup Kelowna 17:00-19:00

Thursday, June 20
Package pickup Vernon 17:00-19:00

Friday. June 21
13:00 opening remarks Salmon Arm
13:15  start opens, slower riders encouraged to start earlier than faster riders
14:15 start closes
16:00 food service begins in Vernon, first aid station (Hullcar) closes
17:15 Vernon welcome ceremony
19:00 event closes, bikes in lock-up

Saturday, June 22
9:00 opening ceremony:
9:15 start opens, slower riders encouraged to start earlier than faster riders
10:15 start closes Vernon
12:15 first aid station closes, YLW
13:00 food service begins
13:30 KLO welcome ceremony
15:00 brunch closes, bikes in lock-up
16:00 courtyard vacated

Sunday, June 23
9:00 opening ceremony, KLO
9:15 start opens, slower riders encouraged to start earlier than faster riders
9:45 welcome at Westbank FN office:  Barb
10:15 start closes KLO
13:00 first aid station closes, Hardy Falls
13:00 food service begins
13:30 Penticton final welcome ceremon

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ- please read with a sense of humour, as intended

How can I get back to the departure campus? Are there shuttles?

Because of the logistics involved, determining who needs rides where/when, the OC4 simply cannot provide shuttle services between campuses. However, there are several ways for you to find a necessary ride. You can register on http://www.pickuppal.com to arrange to carpool to either a destination or departure campus. We have created a group (Go tohttp://www.pickuppal.com/pup/group/OC4-Cyclosportif) and just enter the password (sportif2013).

You can also contact http://www.letsgotransportation.ca to organize a shuttle for you and several of your riding friends. You can pre-arrange to be dropped off at the departure campus and have your vehicle parked at the destination campus. Greyhound does travel between these centres, and you can arrange to travel one-way. Failing all that, you could always ride back…

What if I only want to ride one or two days, is this possible?

Yes, simply select the first day you wish to ride and then choose the number of days total in the registration website.

Can I bring a child?

Well, yes and ‘do you really want to?’ We welcome riders of any age, but they should be able to complete the distance/route in the time allotted. We would discourage bringing children that have not ridden these types of events before or would have difficulty in completing the entire stage.

Am I allowed to use a different route?

Absolutely. There is no penalty for taking detours, short-cuts, or alternate roads- feel free to stop for coffee, photos, or whatever else. We have taken measures to provide you with the safest, most interesting route, however you can do as you please. (you can even put the bike back into the car and drive to the destination campus if you really want)

What happens if the route is closed for any reason?

We will try to have a volunteer direct you around the closed section. In the case of stage 3, where there is only the one route, we may be completely out of luck.

Is there a discount for riders who wish to volunteer one of the days?

Yes, we are offering five slots for each day, in exchange volunteers receive $50 off their registration costs. Please contact the race organizer for a discount code prior to registering on http://www.zone4.ca.

Is the money raised actually going to do some good? 

COMPLETELY! We are creating a new bursary (or more than just one!) for nursing students at Okanagan College. The organisers thought it would be important to support a health-oriented sector within the college where funds could be the most beneficial. No, the organisers are not going to Mexico…

What happens if my bike breaks down?

We have arranged tech support to follow the route at least once per stage. If your problem is terminal, there will be a sweep vehicle into which you and your bike can climb.

Where should I stay overnight? 

We have lots of suggestions, but you might prefer to just stay in one of the local hotels locally. Vernon has the Holiday Inn Express (on the north end of town, it means riding up to the college in the morning again), and Kelowna has the Siesta Motor Inn close by. However, we’ve not made pre-arrangements, so make sure you book early.

Why is the start time a one hour time period?

Since this event is NOT a race, the only result of fast riders hurrying to the destination would be if they wanted to wait the longest for their food.  We strongly suggest that riders who feel they might take longer to complete the stage depart first, and faster riders later.

Is there “day-of” registration, just in case I’m unable to commit sooner?

Assuming we haven’t reached the cap in participants of 300 riders, we will offer this option. However, we need to limit the number of “day-ofs” to ten individuals, to ensure caterers have sufficient food for you.

Are there draw prizes?

Yes, be there to win.

Vernon Campus Environmental Studies Entrance Award 2013

One award of $750 is available for a student graduating in 2013 from a secondary school within School Districts #22 or #83, and entering first year of full-time study in the Environmental Studies program at the Vernon Campus of Okanagan College in September 2013. Applicants for this award should provide details of any community or school-based activities focused on environmental and/or social contributions. Selection of award recipients will be based on volunteer community/school involvement and academic achievement.

 

Application Deadline:May 31, 2013

Click here to download the Application for Vernon Campus Entrance Awards

One award of $750 is available for a student graduating in 2013 from a secondary school within School Districts #22 or #83, and entering first year of full-time study in the Environmental Studies program at the Vernon Campus of Okanagan College in September 2013. Applicants for this award should provide details of any community or school-based activities focused on environmental and/or social contributions. Selection of award recipients will be based on volunteer community/school involvement and academic achievement.