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B.C. Teachers' Dispute Spins Into Boycott Of Businesses

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A grassroots campaign is underway to boycott B.C. businesses aligned with a coalition that has waded into the legal aspects of the current provincial ...

B.C. Teachers' Strike Is Epic Struggle Of Dinosaurs

Steven Burton | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Steven Burton

Millions of years ago, a triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus rex fought it out as the Cretaceous period came to a end. Neither realized their struggle was futile since they were both about to become extinct. The B.C. teachers' strike is another epic struggle of dinosaurs as the Ministry of Education and teachers' union are locked in bitter dispute over issues that have little significance since the market for education has fundamentally changed.

Is Mother Nature Trying To Say Something About Teachers' Strike?

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

As the two sides of the B.C. teachers' strike continue to hunker down with a mediator, Mother Nature appears to be making a statement. Teachers on ...

Do B.C. Parents Have To Buy Toilet Paper Soon As Part Of School Supplies?

Carolyn Moeller | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carolyn Moeller

Then there is the issue of school supplies. I have watched the list steadily lengthen over the years. This year alone, I have spent $300 just so my children can have adequate supplies for school. Not to mention that their supply lists include ridiculous items like Kleenex, photocopy paper and Ziploc bags. If our schools don't even have the funding to supply children with something to wipe their noses with, then like one parent said to me, "What's next, toilet paper?"

Promising? Marathon Teachers' Strike Talks Go Into Wee Hours

Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Discussions between the B.C. teachers' union, the province and a mediator went late into the night over the weekend, as British Columbia enters a thir...

A Rough Guide To E80 And The B.C. Teachers' Strike

Sandy Garossino | Posted 09.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

Everybody watching the B.C. public teachers' strike has heard of E80, and nobody understands it. Even the negotiating teams can't agree on what it means -- a pretty good sign that it should be deep-sixed pronto. The bottom line is that the parties' positions on E80 is fatally poisoned by distrust. Many fault the union, but it's the government who wrote the script.

Christy Clark Is Balancing the Budget at the Expense of Kids and Teachers

Raffi Cavoukian | Posted 09.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Raffi Cavoukian

The current teachers federation vs. government struggle is more than a labour dispute. For those who look closely, what's revealed is a style of government that appears to disregard facts, deceive the public, tarnish the reputation of teachers, all in a move to pit the people against teachers and their legal right to due process under the law. Government's disdain for trained professionals in order to gain a political advantage is deplorable. No government should hide the truth of its past misconduct. No government should balance the budget at the expense of teachers and kids.

Ontario Teachers Donate $100,000 To Striking B.C. Counterparts

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Chief negotiators were quietly hunkered down for talks as another week without school loomed on the horizon for half-a-million British Col...

WATCH: Singing Out Teachers' Strike Frustrations

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A song written and performed by a 16-year-old student about the B.C. teachers' strike is burning up Facebook. Hailey Klein, who should be in Grade ...

Homemade Study Guide Goes Viral To Help Grade 12 Students During Strike

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A B.C. university student who compiled a study guide to help his sister, a Grade 12 student, during the province's public teachers' strike has found h...

Christy Clark Event Caterers Find Restaurant Window Smashed

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Maple Ridge restaurant that catered an event for B.C. Premier Christy Clark says it was on the receiving end of "harsh" criticism from anti-governme...

I Served To Help Children Attend School Abroad, But Am Helpless In B.C.

Dan Nickel | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dan Nickel

I sacrificed myself, along with my army buddies, to help children in other countries to attend school, but what can I do in my own country to get children back in school in B.C. Madam Premier, this is our province. Not just mine and definitely not just yours. This province is not just yours to destroy the rights and freedoms of the people.

Education Minister No Longer Ruling Out Back-To-Work Legislation

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's education minister is edging away from his long-held position not to legislate striking teachers back to work, in the f...

B.C. Teachers' Strike: 5 Tips For Survival

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dr. Divi Chandna

As a mother of a nine-year-old boy in the public school system and a working physician, I am seeing the effects of the strike on many of my patients. So I have compiled a list of five steps for all of us dealing with this time of uncertainty.

'Widely Expected' Teachers' Vote Result Turns Up Pressure On Province

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's striking teachers are turning up the pressure in their ongoing labour dispute by overwhelmingly endorsing a third-party...

Voucher System For B.C. Schools 'Categorically Not True': Minister

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia

B.C.'s education minister is dismissing rumours that the province is introducing a voucher system where parents decide where to direct funding for the...

Bus Driver Rejected Student Fare Due To Strike: Teen

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A B.C. teen says that a TransLink bus driver rejected her discounted student fare because of the teachers' strike. Sydney Walsh paid $1.75 to get o...

Big Budget Surplus Not For Teachers' Deal: Finance Minister

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Finance Minister Mike de Jong says British Columbia's budget surplus is higher than originally forecast, but he's not about to fork over th...

B.C. Union Leaders Urge Clark To Accept Binding Arbitration

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Biology teacher Marc Carmichael has gone on strike three times over his 20-year career in British Columbia's public-school system and he e...

Help B.C. Teachers Feel Valued With #thisisYOURstrikepay

Kat Ling | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kat Ling

I am a B.C. teacher, and lately I feel like I should apologize for that. I'm so tired of hearing how awful I am. How greedy. How I shouldn't want more for my students. Let's get teachers feeling valued because things are rough right now, and it's getting hard to remember by ourselves.

High School Students Plan 'Walk-In'

CBC | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia

On what should be the fifth day of classes for B.C. schools, some frustrated students say it's time their concerns are heard in the ongoing teach...

B.C. Teachers' Union Offers Vote To End Strike If...

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's teachers' union is forging ahead in its pursuit of binding arbitration to end its ongoing strike with a provincewide vo...

What's The Faith-Based Reason For Asking Teachers To Perform Miracles?

Lizanne Foster | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

When we have eight or more students in a class who have various levels of learning difficulties or special needs and there is only one education assistant to help, we are being asked in effect to either perform a miracle, or to play God and decide who gets the help and who does not. We cannot do this. We cannot perform those miracles.

Here's The B.C. Government's Argument Against Teachers' Court Ruling

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A court ruling at the centre of British Columbia's protracted teachers' strike, which has delayed the school year for half a million stude...

Province Rejects Striking Teachers' Arbitration Offer

CP | Steven Chua, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's government has turned down a proposal to try to end the province's teachers strike, rejecting a suggestion to enter int...