USA/Seattle Trips: Important Info

download (1)Columbia College is no longer organizing  trips each semester to Seattle, USA. Students must book their own trips to visit America.

Here are 2 trusted companies that Columbia College has used during our visits down to the states in the past:

WestTrek: Columbia College has used WestTrek for all of our last 4 visits to Seattle. They offer both 1 and 2 day trips depending on the season. Take a look on their website to find a tour date that suits you.

For more information visit their website: https://www.westtrek.com/

Discover Canada Tours/Club ESL Are a great company that has been offering tours to various locations for several years. They offer 1, 2 and even three year tours to Seattle and even Portland.

For more information visit their website: http://discovercanadatours.com/

PLEASE NOTE FOR THOSE APPLYING FOR THE US VISA: College will NOT be giving you any letter to say you are attending a trip. You should request one from the tour company or use the email confirmation you receive after you purchase your ticket.

Last day to show MSP coverage is today!

Today is the last day for students to show their valid MSP coverage to avoid being charged for guard.me insurance. For more details, please read below:

Last date to show MSP coverage:  
If you have MSP coverage, you must show it to a member of staff in Student Services by Tuesday, August 8th otherwise you will be charged $190 for Guard.me medical insurance when you register for the Fall semester.

Important Information for students with MSP expiring on July 31, 2017:  
As of July 1, 2017, MSP are no longer accepting temporary renewals of medical insurance coverage.

If your MSP coverage expires on July 31, 2017, to ensure that you are covered in the event of an emergency, Columbia College is going to enroll you for coverage with guard.me at a cost of $51.15 from August 1st to 31st.  This will be a non-refundable insurance charge.  This charge will be added to your student ledger.

Failure to pay before August 15th will result in you being blocked from a future registration or blocked from receiving transcripts if this is your last semester.   

Please come and see a member of staff in Student Services to confirm that you have received this message.

Fine Forgiveness Week ends tomorrow!

Fine Forgiveness Week ends tomorrow! Check out these great book reviews we’ve been getting from students. Why not submit your own review and get your fine fee (up to $25) waived?

Ask a CC librarian for more details. 📚📚

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[Image description: “Fine Forgiveness Week at the Library” at the top with CC logo on the far right. The book review says, “Title: A Field Guide to lies. Author: Daniel Levitin. My review: It’s a great reading for those who want to learn how to think critically in the current information age!” My rating: underneath, a row of stars, with phrases”Do not recommend”, “Meh”, “Okay”, “Pretty good”, and “Recommend” over each star from left to right. A check mark is marked in the “Recommend” star. End image description.]

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[Image description: “Fine Forgiveness Week at the Library” at the top with CC logo on the far right. The book review says, “Title: First Business Plan. Author: Joseph Celleno. My review: “As per my interest in Business this book tells us about the different Business plans and how to create one. I am planning to do business in future so it is making my [indecipherable word] better.” My rating: underneath, a row of stars, with phrases”Do not recommend”, “Meh”, “Okay”, “Pretty good”, and “Recommend” over each star from left to right. A check mark is marked in the “Recommend” star. End image description.]

bookreview3

[Image description: “Fine Forgiveness Week at the Library” at the top with CC logo on the far right. The book review says, “Title: The Fault in Our Starts Author: Josh Green. My review: “Really good book and sad at the same time.” My rating: underneath, a row of stars, with phrases”Do not recommend”, “Meh”, “Okay”, “Pretty good”, and “Recommend” over each star from left to right. The “Recommend” star is shaded. End image description.]

bookreview4

[Image description: “Fine Forgiveness Week at the Library” at the top with CC logo on the far right. The book review says, “Title: Romeo and/or Juliet. Author: Ryan North. My review: “This book is quite interesting we come to know about famous love story through funniest facts which keep the reader interest awake through [indecipherable word] reading” My rating: underneath, a row of stars, with phrases “Do not recommend”, “Meh”, “Okay”, “Pretty good”, and “Recommend” over each star from left to right. The “Recommend” star is marked with a star. End image description.]

Banana slugs at Columbia College

Banana slugs have made Columbia College go global! We (or more precisely, the banana slugs) are featured in this fascinating article by Lucien Durey on the intersections of Canadian art and the changing climate. Thank you Ian for coming across this feature!

Peter Gazendam

Peter Gazendam, A Long Conversation (For Oona), 2017. Photo: Blaine Campbell.

“Lastly, from carnivore to detritivore, Peter Gazendam’s A Long Conversation (For Oona) (2017) is a series of nearly 40 bronze sculptures of the species ariolimax columbianus, commonly called banana slugs, installed in and around Columbia College’s new Terminal Avenue campus and neighbouring office building. Most range in sizes of three, six, 18 or 40 inches—placed at the foot of benches, under railings, on concrete columns or stools.

The varying scale of the work is playful while prophesying an evolutionary power shift. The smaller sculptures could go unnoticed, or be mistaken for the real thing, ostensibly provoking double takes from passersby for generations to come. Their precarious placement is consistent with real-life encounters, stopping attentive boots mid-sidewalk, or falling underfoot. The lapdog-sized versions feel strangely appropriate, as though slugs could have some appeal as domesticated companions, if not for the slime.”

Read more here.