12 Cities With the Most Tech Companies
A lot of hype is given to Silicon Valley in the US but did you know Canada has nearly a dozen booming tech hubs set up from coast to coast – it’s true!
Start the New Year With Outdoor Activities
ToDoCanada.ca offers a list of outdoor activities around British Columbia, or anywhere in Canada. See what they suggest.
New To Canada?
Find resources for children and families new to Canada.
At-home education resource website for parents and students.
Studying In British Columbia
Find helpful information before you arrive and once you’re studying and living in British Columbia.
Mental Health Support For Post-Secondary Students
Students can access chat sessions with a trained counsellor at here2talk.ca or by downloading the Here2Talk app. Students can also speak to a counsellor by phone (toll free 1 877 857-3397 or direct 604 642-5212). Students calling from outside Canada can dial +1 604 642-5212 (international calling charges may apply).
Tips To Help Keep Your Child Safe This School Year
Get 7 actionable tips to help protect your kid from airborne contaminants at school.
Back To School
COVID-19: What you need to know about back-to-school plans across Canada in 2021.
10 Autumn/Winter 2021 Fashion Trends
The autumn/winter 2021 fashion trends you need to know about now.
International Student Resources
Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Your search starts here! Learn about Canada’s education system, search for schools and find scholarships. EduCanada.ca is the official Government of Canada website for study in Canada information.
Wise Owl Says "Been Vaccinated, Been Liberated"
Wow, with two shots of Pfizer vaccines roaming inside me, I feel totally liberated. Cautiously...how about you?
A new online database is offering Indigenous patients a “safe space” to anonymously report their experiences of racism in B.C.’s health-care system.
Download it from your app store.
BCs Restart Plan In Four Stages
Moving to the next stage depends on what the number of cases are. Behave yourselves so we can have a good summer.
Vaccine Confusion Explained
All your questions answered about the vaccines available for distribution.
Registering is key! After you receive first dose, if your registered, they will notify you by text, email or phone call when your next dose will be. Register!!
Eye Care While Studying at Home
Stick to the 20-20-20 rule
Coined and hyped by Dr. Jeff Anshel (a Californian optometrist who, according to this Optometry Times article, came up with the idea in 1991), this rule tells us to:
Take breaks from screen use every 20 minutes
Focus on something 20 feet (6 metres) away
Look at it for 20 seconds
To add more of an incentive, consider tacking a poster of your favourite idol or Kpop superstar (yay, BTS) on a distant wall.
We're Almost There...
International Women's Day 2021
March 8 is International Women's Day. How are you going to contribute this year? How will you make a difference? #ChooseTo Challenge #StopTheSetback #FeministRecovery
Weight Management Strength Training
Strength training exercises that are specifically designed to fit into a weight loss plan, along with some tips on how to do each one.
Learn About Covid-19 Vaccines
Free vaccines will be available over the course of 2021 to everyone who lives in Canada.
It's Okay To Be Scared...
...but we'll get through this.
Wellness Starts Here
Mental health is a journey, not a destination. Access support and track your progress.
-No fees, ever
-For immediate support:
Youth: Text WELLNESS to 686868.
Adults: Text WELLNESS to 741741.
Call 911 if you are in immediate danger or need of urgent medical support.
Indigenous people can also reach out to Hope for Wellness at 1-855-242-3310.
Violence At Home Signal For Help
“Signal for Help” is a simple one-handed sign someone can use on a video call. It can help a person silently show they need help and want someone to check in with them in a safe way.
Teens Mental Health and COVID-19 Warning
Pandemic 'is this whole new thing that nobody really knows how to navigate,' youth advocates say.
Teens feeling disconnected, hopeless due to COVID-19.
Teen Texting Slang 2021
Here is a complete list of the latest teen slang words and phrases that were popular in 2020 and are showing up in 2021, and what they mean.
Perseverance and Ingenuity
Mars 2020 will land on the Martian surface at Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021.
Perseverance rover is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet.
Image credit - nasa.gov
3 Must Have Tech Skills for 2021
These three tech skills will open the door to the best jobs.
BC COVID-19 App
This app is a central resource for accessing personalised, trusted, evidence-based information about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Back to School
47K sign petition to keep children from returning to school January 4, 2021.
Unforgettable Images of 2020
The Globe and Mail's images of 2020. Here's hoping 2021 will be full of restorative images.
Use the links to find current information about COVID-19 responses from all 25 BC public post-secondary institutions (Universities, Colleges, and Institutes) as well as information on each institutions' current course delivery method.
How To Choose Friends
Making friends is one thing, but choosing who your friends are is incredibly important because your friends are your guides in life as well as the people who help define who you are.
Bringing zen elements into a cramped dorm room.
Grocery Shopping On A Budget
A College Student’s Guide
Study Tips Every Teen Needs To Know
Teens that ace exams have three things in common – the motivation to get good grades, the drive to hit the books, and the knowledge of what works best for them when they study.
This link will give you tangible study advice that will help propel you to exam-conquering heights!
Habits To Adopt Before You're 20
Learn about healthy eating habits to adopt now.
8 Healthy Drinks
Fruit drinks, iced tea, pop, or slushes
These drinks may be high in added sugars or
contain sugar substitutes. A fruit “ade”, “beverage”,
“cocktail”, “drink”, or “punch”, may have little or
no actual fruit juice.
Here are the alternatives...
Caregiver Award Nominations
Tell Us If A Workplace Has Helped You Care
In recent years, forward-thinking businesses and organizations have begun to recognize the value of supporting employees who are caregivers. We introduced the Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Award to recognize employers in Canada who are leaders in this area. Last year the award went to the Yukon Hospital Foundation. This year help us find a workplace that understands, supports and emphasizes caring. Nominate your employer today!
Alexa, Where's My Private Info Going
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and several smart-home technologies that debuted at last week’s CES add convenience but also raise privacy concerns.
University Guide 2021
Build Your Own Ranking
Peer Support Programs
We provide training, information and resources for strengthening peer support groups and peer-led initiatives throughout British Columbia.
Be A Leader
Top 5 Elements Of A Leader
1. Be your Best: By persevering and never giving up.
2. Set a Goal: Staying committed to action.
3. Have a Plan: Map out when your next move will be and go for it.
4. Believe in Yourself: If you have a plan, there is nothing that can stop you. Never doubt your potential.
5. Dream BIG: Always aim for the stars, the sky is the limit.
Myths and facts.
What Is Friendship?
Consent And Sexual Assault
For any sexual activity to happen, both people need to consent, or say yes, willingly and freely. Sexual activity does not just mean sex, it includes kissing, hugging, making out, cuddling, and touching someone’s body in a sexual way.
Learn How To Budget Your Income
When working out your budget, if you discover your expenses are more than your income, you need to either increase your income or reduce your spending to avoid debt.
Preparing For College
There is no such thing as preparing too early. College will always seem so far away, especially when you are only a freshman, but not preparing early is a huge mistake.
Lessons For Adulthood
If you are a young adult on the autism spectrum or the parent of one, you have likely heard about the “cliff.” It’s that moment when you are out of high school, not interested in college, but you know you can’t play video games all day every day anymore.
Pave Your Own Way
“I want to be free, empowered, in charge of my own life; I want to live my dreams.” Who doesn’t? The question is: Why haven’t you chosen to do so or be so?
Are You Feeling Like An Outcast?
Being an outcast isn't always a bad thing. In fact, for many people, it's a choice that we consciously make. When it comes to outcasts, throw all your stigmas out the door.
Teen Manners Guide
Learning helpful social skills gives teens resources that will be useful during teenage years as well as later in life.
You are valuable!
Call 1-800-SUICIDE, that’s 1-800-784-2433. Help is available 24 hours a day.
Right To Sue
A group of youths were so worried about the future of climate change, they fought for the right to sue the US government - and won. Read the article...
Make Your Own Clothes
Learn to make your own clothes or alter thrift finds.
Summer Fun Ideas For Teens
Fun ideas to give you the best summer ever.
How To Properly Use A Naxolone Kit
"The most important thing to do if you see someone who you think may have overdosed is to call 911 right away," Etches said. After that, grab the kit.
How To Deal With A Crush
A crush, unlike a relationship, is not a two-way street. Often you'll realize that you feel a strong attraction to someone you barely know, for reasons you barely understand, and that this, in all of its glory, is a crush.
Alec Jones, a 14-year-old boy from Victoria, is getting international attention about an app that he created to keep him on track with his homework.
Apologies are one of the tools we use to build good friendships and relationships. When you say "I'm sorry" (and really mean it), it's because you probably feel bad that something you did or said hurt another person.
Your Colour Personality
What does your favourite colour mean?
How To Stay Safe In Cold Weather
Plan out your route in advance. Knowing where you’re going to go and making sure that that’s probably a route where the sidewalks will be plowed and there will be accessible transportation.
Travel with a buddy.
Cool STEM Apps For Kids
Letting Go Of Anger
Do you lose your temper and wonder why? Are there days when you feel like you just wake up angry?
Student Guide - Understanding Credit
Teen Guide To Separation and Divorce
What separation and divorce mean.
Some of the reasons why they happen.
Why you are not the reason for your parents' separation or divorce.
Justice Education Society of BC.
A Canadian student took the top prize at the world's biggest high school science fair.
Vancouver's Raymond Wang, 17, won the Gordon E. Moore Award and US$75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
A first-year University of British Columbia student has won $50,000 for inventing a phone-charging travel mug that harnesses heat from hot beverages to create energy.
The Baby-Sitters Club
If you're one of the thousands of teens who is considering babysitting to earn some extra cash, read on for tips from someone who has been in the trenches!
Fix Problems With Humour
Laughter also plays an essential role in building strong, healthy relationships by bringing people closer together, creating intimacy, and resolving conflict and disagreements.
A Teen's Guide For Managing Stress
Stress is the uncomfortable feeling you get when you’re worried, scared, angry, frustrated, or overwhelmed.
Want to help? Learn how you can do your part.
Image credit: pixabay.com
If you have not had a chance to be with your grandparents as much as you’d like, remember there are many ways to show your love for them.
Real People Aren’t Perfect
Girls aren’t the only ones longing to be model-perfect. Many guys spend hours at the gym trying to get a perfect six-pack or bulging biceps, because they think that’s what girls want. This article was written by a teen, very interesting perspective.
5 Environmentally Friendly Degrees
Passionate about improving the condition of our planet? Wish to make a career of protecting it? If this is your goal, then you will need the right degree suited to you.
Degrees that will put you on this path...
Supporting artists of all abilities in the rigorous creation of provocative theater.
Preparing For A Job Fair
Top ten tips for attending a job fair for the disabled.
ICBC Practice Road Test
This practice test is only a sample of the real knowledge test you will be offered at the exam before you take the ICBC Road Test.
Be Smart With Your Credit Card
Credit cards can be useful and convenient. But if you aren’t careful about how you use them, you can put yourself on a path to serious financial trouble. Learn how to use them smartly.
50 Ways To Help The Environment
"Going green" doesn't have to be a daunting task that means sweeping life changes. Simple things can make a difference.
7 Minute Workout
It combines high-intensity exercises with resting time and its based on science so we know it is safe and works.
Chair Exercises For The Disabled
Getting enough exercise is always an issue for the disabled. Pain or physical limitations often make it difficult to work out and maintain as healthy a lifestyle as possible. Thankfully, there are several exercises for disabled people that can be performed while seated. These chair exercises can be adapted for each person's particular condition.
Environmentally Friendly Flying
Meet the young women trying to revolutionise the way we fly...
ARE YOU SLEEP TEXTING?
What teens think: “If I don’t keep up with what people are talking about, I’m afraid they will start talking about me. I don’t want to be left out. I’m not asleep, anyway.” This need to connect becomes all-consuming, overriding what most would consider a personal boundary of time and space.
What is your definition of pretty?
Teen Dating Violence
Teen Dating Violence happens when one person uses a pattern of behavior to gain power and control over the other person.
Romance With A Disability
In this article, you'll find expert advice on navigating the dating scene with a disability.
Be Your Own Person
What a man/woman can be, he/she must be. This need we may call self-actualization…It refers to the desire for self-fulfillment, namely, to the tendency for him/her to become actualized in what he/she is potentially. This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming.
In-Demand Programming Languages
The Great Game List
Ready... Set... Go! The best game ideas, resources and activities for birthday parties, picnics, youth groups, summer camps, company events, educators, family life, home schooling or just for the fun of it.
Top 10 Yard Games For Any Age
This beanbag toss game is simple but requires the perfect combination of luck and skill. Official "regulation" corn hole is played with two sets of wooden boards (24x48 inches) set 27 feet apart (which is pretty far!), so it's better suited for older kids and adults. But you can find plenty of kid-friendly beanbag toss games on the market. If you're handy at building things, you can build your own corn hole game!
How To Pose For Pictures
In the interest of never (ever!) taking a bad photo again—here’s a quick tutorial on how to pose for pictures, with 10 tricks every girl should know.