By Patty Wellborn on August 5, 2020
As COVID-19 looms into the summer, international borders remain closed, a number of meatpacking and food processing plants are shut, and local farmers face a shortage of migrant workers to harvest crops. Indeed, prices have increased in grocery stores and the stark reality of supply and demand is hitting Canadians in the wallet.
By Patty Wellborn on June 18, 2020
Many Canadians have been working from home in an effort to help flatten the curve and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Some people have been thriving in their new remote work environment, but there are those who have been experiencing challenges.
By Patty Wellborn on June 4, 2020
Even though much of Canada is loosening stay-at-home restrictions, people are realizing that social distancing and working from home is the new normal. And might be for some time.
By Patty Wellborn on April 29, 2020
By now, everyone has read some guidelines on how to stay healthy while living with the COVID-19 stay-at-home policy. Tips include keeping a routine, eating well, not staying up too late and getting exercise regularly. But how much exercise? And is there such a thing as too much exercise?
By Nathan Skolski on November 12, 2019
World Kindness Day takes place on November 13. For some, it’s a time to focus on and promote the power of positivity. For others, it’s a day to celebrate the thoughtful acts performed by friends, family, neighbours and strangers.
By Christine Zeindler on October 24, 2019
Fake spider webs and eight-legged creatures decorate many homes this time of year. While living, breathing spiders may cause spine-tingling shivers for some, UBC Okanagan spider expert Matt Nelson says that this fear is misplaced. Despite commonly held beliefs, he says, spiders rarely bite and are essential players in our world’s ecosystem.
By Patty Wellborn on October 23, 2019
UBC Okanagan’s Executive Chef Shelley Robinson joined the campus community earlier this year. She is committed to creating healthy choices for all meals and has rejuvenated the eating experience for students, faculty and staff. Along with spicing up the food options on campus, she is keenly aware of the importance of sustainable, locally sourced and certified Fairtrade food products.
By Bud Mortenson on July 19, 2019
Summer is upon us in the Okanagan Valley, and unlike summers in recent past, the majority of the Okanagan’s fire danger rating is sitting at low to moderate.
By Patty Wellborn on April 18, 2019
Miranda Hart digs dirt. The biology professor in UBC Okanagan’s Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences is a researcher and naturalist who has dedicated her career to studying microbes in soil. Specifically, she investigates how soil biodiversity helps ecosystems function, and what happens when we destroy this life in our soils.
By Patty Wellborn on April 11, 2019
After a winter with below-average temperatures, Okanagan residents are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel—and it just so happens to be the sun.