Northwest Deuce Coupe 2010 in Victoria

On Belleville St. down by the Inner Harbour in Victory on Friday night, July 16th, it was like a scene out of American Graffiti, only more so. It went from unreal to surreal in about 15 minutes. I don’t think of myself as a big car fan, but the sheer number of restored antique cars milling about James Bay in Victoria this weekend simply had to be documented. The owners’ joie de vivre, their pride of ownership, their general exuberance were all infectious. So here’s a gallery of just a fraction of the hundreds of cars in town for this annual event. Lucky Victoria to be host this year. Now I have a better idea of what the Beach Boys were singing about with “Little Deuce Coupe” and what a hot rod actually is.

Males and females still in silos in BC education system

In 2000, when I worked for the BC Teachers’ Federation, I was asked to prepare a report about males and females in the education system. At that time, after years of more or less haphazard programs meant to help girls overcome the real economic and social barriers faced by women, there was a lot of concern about boys performing poorly in school–some might even say it was a backlash.

My report, the snappily titled GI Joe meets Barbie, Software Engineer Meets Caregiver: Males and Females in BC’s Public Education System and Beyond (executive summary with link to full report here ) ,examined a wide variety of indicators of boys’ or girls’ relative advantage. For example, females generally had better high school completion rates, better marks, and more provincial scholarships, while boys had higher participation rates in physics, math and communications, and higher employment among those who did not complete secondary school. Males were much more likely to enrol in undergraduate engineering, applied sciences, mathematics and physical sciences, while females were more likely to enrol in undergraduate agricultural, biological, social and general sciences, education, and health professions. Male post-secondary program completers also had higher labour force participation (except 15-24 years of age), total income and earnings.

While I won’t have the time to reproduce that report any time soon, I was interested to note that the gender gradient of enrolment by school here at Camosun College still strongly supports the ideas that males and females are generally still in very separate silos, 10 years after GI Joe. In Trades and Technology, 92% of students are male, compared to 12% in Health and Human Services. The full report is available here: .