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Access to education gets boost in budget

Federal budget initiatives aimed at improving access to post-secondary education and reducing student debt loads drew high marks from members of Canada's university community, although some said the measures didn't go far enough in improving access for students.

Hearing set to probe 49 APEC complaints

A public hearing into the conduct of members of the RCMP during the APEC leaders' meeting will be held in Vancouver beginning April 14.

The hearing will be conducted by the RCMP Public Complaints Commission, which has received 49 complaints related to demonstrations on the UBC campus during the APEC conference last November, including one filed by UBC President Martha Piper on behalf of the university.

Student film attracts festival attention

A photo of two young men embracing, a funeral announcement, a painting -- these are the images that begin the student-produced short film From the Ashes.

About AIDS, grief and loss, From the Ashes is a first film by student Kevin Cottam, but one that's catching the attention of film festival programmers from Halifax to Tokyo.

Secondary students score in math, science

Canadian students score near the top of the class in math and science skills, according to a survey of senior secondary students in 24 countries released by UBC researchers.

Advanced education ministry reborn in shuffle

A separate ministry for post-secondary education was revived in provincial cabinet changes announced Feb. 18. Andrew Petter will serve as the new minister of Advanced Education, Training and Technology.

HIV mothers' decision focus of nurse's study

Women living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) face difficult decisions regarding child bearing. And despite the risks and challenges, many are deciding to bear children.

To better understand the factors that influence these decisions, UBC School of Nursing doctoral candidate and registered nurse Amandah Lea has launched a research project.

T-Birds surf to top spot to take national titles

UBC swimmers dominated the national university swimming championships recently, winning 18 gold medals and bringing UBC its 39th and 40th national championship titles, and second and third in this academic year.

Poison Centre dispenses know-how 'round-the-clock

What do buttercups, vitamins and oven cleaners have in common?

They're among the everyday items that account for almost 44,000 poisoning inquiries per year to the B.C. Drug and Poison Information Centre (DPIC) housed in St. Paul's Hospital.