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Youth come together to tackle global challenges at the G7 Youth Summit: A Canadian delegate’s experience

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From May 7 to 9, 2017, Miguel A Rozo, a Vancouver-based social entrepreneur, advocate and UBC International Relations graduate, represented Canada at the G7 Youth Summit in Italy. Today he is sharing with us the first of his “G7 Youth” series reflection pieces on the role of youth in the G7.

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The eyes of the world are in Taormina, Italy, as leaders from the G7 meet to discuss and seek to find agreement on themes ranging from free trade, the environment, and security among others.

The G7 is a forum comprised by some of the most industrialized economies in the world, including Canada, France, the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Italy. The European Union (EU) attends the G7 but does not chair or host Summits.

This was the first G7 Summit for US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and the host of the summit, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. Member countries rotate the Presidency each year and Canada will host the G7 in 2018.

While conversations ultimately proved to be “very difficult” as noted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, particularly due to a lack of commitment from US President Donald Trump to uphold the Paris climate change accord, young people rose to find common ground and find solutions at the G7 Youth Summit (Y7) in Rome, Italy from May 7-9.

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Delegates from the G7 countries (and the EU) are invited to represent the youth of their jurisdictions and negotiate a Communique that is later shared with the G7 Leaders. I had the honour represent Canada at the G7 Youth Summit in Rome, Italy from May 7 to 9.

Thanks to the Young Diplomats of Canada, myself and three other exceptional Canadians were able to attend the Summit, and negotiate on behalf of Canada’s Youth with other G7 counterparts before delivering our Communique to the G7 Presidency on May 9.

The process leading up to be a delegate, pre-summit negotiations, the Summit itself, and discussions on the implementation of the Communique on a Canadian context, has already proven to be one of the most enlightening experiences I have been exposed to.

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What is the purpose of the G7 Youth Summit?

The motivation behind the Summit is to provide actionable and specific recommendations for the G7 leaders while reflecting on the perspective of future leaders and youth. This year, the Italian G7 Presidency laid out three main pillars of focus; (1) Citizen Safety, (2) Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability, and (3) the Reduction of Inequalities, and Innovation, Skills and Labour in the Age of the Next Production Revolution.

Youth delegates focused on the third pillar given the theme for the Y7: “Rethinking innovation as a catalyst for inclusive, open, and sustainable growth.” We ultimately delivered a set of recommendations structured in three subsections. For the full report please follow this link.

Production Innovation | we supported the continuation of a data economy while ensuring the protection and empowerment of individuals, achieving sustainable growth in accordance with Paris agreement, and facilitating dynamic start-up ecosystems and reducing barriers to innovation.

Knowledge-Based Capital and Enabling Infrastructure | we stressed the desire for governments to promote STEM literacy, enhance personalized education systems and lifelong adaptability, build public and private partnerships in education (including acknowledgement of indigenous rights) and promote vocational and continuous training.

The Future of Work and of Welfare Systems | we stressed the need to tackle inequalities, ensuring that all youth have equal access to employment, to adjust welfare systems in order to ease the transitioning into an automated and digital economy, and innovating tax schemes, recognizing the changing nature of work and increased strain on social programs as a result of an ageing population.

Personal takeaways and contributions

I was the Canadian representative on the “Future of Work and Welfare Systems” working group. Ultimately all delegates voted on the final Communique, but a large portion of our time was spent within our respective working groups. As a so-called “millennial” myself, I can relate to the difficulties that people (especially youth) have to overcome in order to obtain stable employment.

The increasing reliance on contract, part time work, and virtual marketplaces as a source of income will require the need to adjust the adjust welfare systems. It is important for governments to implement policies with a long-term outlook in order to cope with economic downturns, short term work, and increasing job insecurity. I will be sharing more details on the Summit’s Communique and how this could be implemented on a Canadian context in my next “G7 Youth” series editorial.

Moving forward

Ultimately the G7 Youth Communique calls on leaders to innovate policy in order to adjust to the Fourth Production Revolution. This is a revolution that (has already begun) and is characterized by a rise in automation, displacement of workers, rise in the digital economy/virtual marketplaces, change in educational models, and new market trends that have yet to be seen.

While challenges lay ahead, our communique proposes innovative and forward-thinking policies to counter this. From adjusting social benefit programs to the increasingly flexible and short term nature of work, to innovating taxation policies, promoting STEM literacy, and encouraging dynamic start up ecosystems that have a sustainability angle among others – all of this were the result of negotiations by young leaders who believe we can springboard to the next Production Revolution while ensuring that no one is left behind.

These types of discussions will become increasingly common, especially now as we face global issues such as climate change. What we don’t often times hear are the solutions. Many of which are within reach, and the G7 Youth Summit delegates have proven that. We just need the political will and a commitment to work together.

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Canadian G7 Youth Summit delegates meeting Canadian Ambassador to Italy, Peter McGovern

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(Left to Right) Waabishkigaabo (Will Landon), Sebastian Deviault, Heather Evans and Miguel A Rozo

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Surrey Libraries Offers Access to O’Reilly eBooks and Videos

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Surrey Libraries is excited to announce the addition of O’Reilly eBooks to its list of online resources. This platform offers over 35,000 eBooks and 30,000 hours of video courses on technology, business, design, science, engineering, travel, hobbies, health and more, all free with a Surrey Libraries card!

O’Reilly has books and videos for makers, gamers and tinkerers. There are more than 100 hobbyist titles including a STEAM Lab for Kids and The Lego Build-It Book, Volumes 1 & 2. More than 900 books from the “For Dummies” series are included, as well as over 150 titles on job-seeking and career development.

The resource also has technology learning paths like SQL Fundamentals – SQL for Data Analysis and Database Design, case studies like “Pinterest’s Journey to the Cloud,” and countless hours of video instruction on topics like Microsoft Azure Fundamentals, Linux Fundamentals, or Amazon Web Services.

O’Reilly is one of many online resources Surrey Libraries offers its members. No library card? No problem! Sign up for a card online or visit any one of ten branch locations.

We’re excited to welcome you back to our branches! Check our website for information on hours and available services and what we’re doing to keep everyone safe.

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Canada’s Top Digital Marketing School Partners with MNBC to Launch Scholarships

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Métis Nation BC and Jelly Academy collaborated in order to provide growth within New Collar Employment for Indigenous people and together provided 20 scholarships to Jelly Academy’s digital marketing course. Thanks to this partnership, there will be more Indigenous people with the skills and know-how when it comes to online and digital marketing. 

The Indigenous skills training that have previously been available have typically focused on great blue collar jobs such as construction and trades, but this collaboration provides a chance to diversify the available training for Indigenous people with a new focus within varying industries.

Increased demand for digital marketing

Online marketing has had a huge rise in demand especially since COVID-19 and the increased job opportunities opening up in Canada. Indeed reports that by February 2021, jobs in media, marketing, and communications jobs had clicks higher than the economy average per posting, which is why having the necessary skills and training will give job seekers an advantage. Additionally, Indeed reported 28.9% job growth for digital advertising during a forecast period of 2019-2024. 

Jelly Academy has been operating for 5 years with over 600 grads with a successful hiring rate. Over 82% of grads who come with an existing employment get a raise or promotion within 6 months of graduating the course and over 94% of grads who are students or without employment get a job within 4 months of graduation. This is due to in-depth training within the course as well as the additional skill-enhancing certifications provided through Jelly Academy. 

The program focuses on equipping students with the certificates that hiring managers from agencies and individual brands are looking for. Jelly Academy grads will leave the course with evergreen Hootsuite, Google, SEMRush and Facebook certifications that each have transferable skills.

While these additional certifications can be taken online through providers such as Udemy; data shows about 96% of Udemy students don’t finish a course whereas an official curriculum from Jelly Academy will aid students in completing relevant courses.

By providing these new scholarships for a course that has a successful hiring rate, it allows for further career opportunities for Indigenous members of Métis Nation BC.

Jelly Academy was created by industry expert, Darian Kovacs, in order to have a course that provided the foundation in digital marketing. The course is taught by other industry professionals who provide clear understanding in online marketing topics such as social media, PR, SEO, Google Ads, Google Analytics, and Facebook Ads. Learn more about Jelly Academy here.

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Surrey Students Awarded Scholarships, New Scholarship Created By Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation.

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CLOVERDALE, BC: In June 2020, while the world came to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair postponed, one of the things that didn’t stop was the Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation annual scholarship. Seven grade 12 students from across the city of Surrey were awarded $1000.00 scholarships for post-secondary education by the Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation.

“As a Board we collectively agreed to proceed with awarding scholarships during the pandemic, whether there was a rodeo or not, because people are in a time of financial need more than ever, and this is not a time to hold back, but to give and lend a helping hand”, says Foundation Chair Nicole Reader.”

The recipients, all of whom were part of the graduating class of 2020, will use their $1000.00 scholarships for a variety of post secondary institutions across British Columbia.

The 2020 Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Foundation recipients:

  • Vincent Labador – Johnston Heights Secondary
  • Nisha Niijar – Fleetwood Park Secondary
  • Aashna Thapar – North Surrey Secondary
  • Natasha Kalinic – Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary
  • Alexander Thornton – Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary
  • Taya Suttill – Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary
  • Skye Graham – Clayton Heights Secondary

“Each of these graduates are incredibly deserving of these awards,” says Foundation Chair Nicole Reader. “The entire community should be proud of these young people.”

The foundation adjusted its scholarship criteria, so applicants did not require having previous volunteer experience at the Cloverdale Rodeo in order to be eligible, as long as they had volunteer experience with another organization.

The Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation will also be awarding scholarships this year under its new criteria. The application deadline for the 2021 scholarships is Friday, May 21st, 2021.

Scholarship applications can be found here.

Not only has the Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation continued to support the youth community throughout the pandemic, but the organization has also been provided the opportunity to establish an additional scholarship through its organization called The Isabella Olson Scholarship Award “Rising Above”.

The “Rising Above” scholarship was established in loving memory of a Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary student, Isabella Olson, on behalf of her loving family. Isabella was an extraordinary and inspirational young individual who strived to ‘Rise Above’ the various obstacles she faced while always remaining determined to succeed.

To honour Isabella’s legacy a $2,000.00 scholarship has been created to recognize an inspiring Lord Tweedsmuir grade 12 student who is “Rising Above” obstacles, whether personal, mental health, bullying, or family related complications.

A student who has the determination to continue doing well in school, who may participate in school activities community services and/or may have work experience.

“Isabella’s inspiring spirit was a source of strength to all who knew her, and it is our esteemed honour to be able to present this award and assisting inspiring students in achieving their dreams, says Foundation Chair Reader.”

The application deadline for the 2021 Isabella Olson Scholarship Award “Rising Above” is Friday, May 21st, 2021.

Scholarship application can be found here.

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Fossil Discovery Deepens Snakefly Mystery

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Fossil discoveries often help answer long-standing questions about how our modern world came to be. However, sometimes they only deepen the mystery—as a recent discovery of four new species of ancient insects in British Columbia and Washington state is proving.

The fossil species, recently discovered by paleontologists Bruce Archibald of Simon Fraser University and Vladimir Makarkin of the Russian Academy of Sciences, are from a group of insects known as snakeflies, now shown to have lived in the region some 50 million years ago.

The findings, published in Zootaxa, raise more questions about the evolutionary history of the distinctly elongated insects and why they live where they do today.

Snakeflies are slender, predatory insects that are native to the Northern Hemisphere and noticeably absent from tropical regions. Scientists have traditionally believed that they require cold winters to trigger development into adults, restricting them almost exclusively to regions that experience winter frost days or colder. However, the fossil sites where the ancient species were found experienced a climate that doesn’t fit with this explanation.

“The average yearly climate was moderate like Vancouver or Seattle today, but importantly, with very mild winters of few or no frost days,” says Archibald. “We can see this by the presence of frost intolerant plants like palms living in these forests along with more northerly plants like spruce.”

The fossil sites where the ancient species were discovered span 1,000 kilometers of an ancient upland from Driftwood Canyon in northwest B.C. to the McAbee fossil site in southern B.C., and all the way to the city of Republic in northern Washington.

Archibald at Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park
Archibald at Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park

According to Archibald, the paleontologists found species of two families of snakeflies in these fossil sites, both of which had previously been thought to require cold winters to survive. Each family appears to have independently adapted to cold winters after these fossil species lived.

“Now we know that earlier in their evolutionary history, snakeflies were living in climates with very mild winters and so the question becomes why didn’t they keep their ability to live in such regions? Why aren’t snakeflies found in the tropics today?”

Pervious fossil insect discoveries in these sites have shown connections with Europe, Pacific coastal Russia, and even Australia.

Archibald emphasizes that understanding how life adapts to climate by looking deep into the past helps explain why species are distributed across the globe today, and can perhaps help foresee how further change in climate may affect that pattern.

“Such discoveries are coming out of these fossil sites all the time,” says Archibald. “They’re an important part of our heritage.”

Archibald fieldwork at Mcabee

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The 5 Best 3D Animation Schools In BC

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Did you know Canada is the ultimate hub of 3D animation productions around the globe? With films like Spider-Man, the Avengers, Black Panther, Jurassic World and Star Wars being animated in Vancouver alone, there is no shortage of talent needed in our booming 3D animation industry!

For a prosperous career in the 3D animation industry, it’s no surprise that students are searching for the perfect school to meet their needs. We’ve assembled a list of the top five best film schools in Canada to help streamline your search.

Course offerings at these schools range from flexible one year programs to Bachelors degree options, allowing students to choose from an array of programs best catered towards their needs.

Vancouver Film School

Vancouver Film School is a powerhouse for BC’s creative economy! VFS offers a 12 month diploma that allows you to graduate with a master demo reel of your final project. The school prides itself on producing alumni who push boundaries and discover new frontiers all around the globe!

Though the school comes with a hefty price tag, if you’re seeking to gain experience with traditional arts, computer animation, and exceptional storytelling skills in a professional, student environment – look no further.

InFocus Film School

InFocus Film School in Vancouver, BC offers arguably one of the most practical, hands-on 3D animation programs on this list. Their 3D animation course encourages students to maintain creative freedom.

Despite being one of the most affordable 3D programs in Canada, InFocus students and staff have found work for major studios like Warner Bros., Marvel, DC and more. If you want to learn 3D modeling, character animation and more in one action-packed year, this 3D course will give you the most bang for your buck!

Vancouver Animation School

VANAS is a humble college in Burnaby, BC specializing in the 3D Animation and VFX Industry! They offer introductory courses for beginners, and advanced diploma programs for artists to enter our digital entertainment industries.

Each program is designed to enable aspiring animation filmmakers to learn the production process of creating high quality animation using 2D and 3D computer software. All of their courses are 12 months or under – perfect for students seeking a fast-paced, practical-based education for their animation career.

Emily Carr University of Art & Design

Emily Carr University of Art and Design is the ideal place to develop the academic and practical skills necessary for entering the animation industry!

If you learn best in the classroom through extensive curriculums, Emily Carr’s education system will be an excellent fit for you. You’ll also be given the opportunity to gain some solid hands-on animation production experience and collaborate with experienced individuals in the animation industry. This four year masters program will enable you to become an exceptional critical thinker while honing your technical skills.

Vancouver Institute of Media Arts

VANArts pledges to transform hungry creative minds into the best in the industry, and their 92% placement upon graduation is a testament to this. They offer several animation programs that cater to specific niches, such as 2D & 3D character animation, video game animation, and more. If you’re a student keen on focusing on your interests while working with industry professionals, VANArts is the place for you!

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