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Teachers Shut Out Of B.C. Liberal Fundraiser After 'Security' Concerns

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A group of teachers who bought tickets to B.C. Liberal fundraiser say they were rejected from attending after concerns about “security,” and that ...

'Neither Side Got Exactly What They Wanted'

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - With British Columbia's teachers' strike resolved, George Tso is shifting from stress to school-mode after three weeks using tutors and at...

The Last Day of School

Mellissa Kimberley | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mellissa Kimberley

As families in B.C. prepare for the long-awaited return to school, I am inspired to sit down and write out my own reflections of this past summer. In countless movies, we see children hard at work on their first day of classes, writing out their first essay of the school year. And so, I take a page from that to bring you "What I Did On My Last Day Of School."

B.C. Teachers' Strike Ends With Bittersweet Contract Approval

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann and Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Half a million British Columbia students will start their school year next week after the province's strike-weary public school teachers r...

The Conspiracy Of Silence In B.C. Schools Is Over

Cecelia Griffiths | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Cecelia Griffiths

Well, here we are, with a deal to vote on. We're climbing up out of the trenches, dusting ourselves off, holding our noses against the stench of manipulation, and voting. We'll vote yes, but it won't be an overwhelming yes.

B.C. Teachers Vote On Bittersweet Contract Deal With Province

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The mood was bittersweet Thursday as British Columbia teachers cast ballots on a tentative contract deal that could bring down picket line...

B.C. Teachers' Strike 2014: At What Cost?

Mellissa Kimberley | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mellissa Kimberley

These past three months have been an exercise in spinning plates, deciding what bills must be paid now and which can sit for a month; making those excruciatingly embarrassing phone calls to utility companies to ask for extensions, explaining our circumstances and hoping for an understanding and lenient person on the other end of the phone. I can't help but shake my head, because shouldn't teachers with their professional training be able to make ends meet better than this?

B.C. Teachers Should Vote No To Tentative Deal

Tara Ehrcke | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tara Ehrcke

Despite what I know was a Herculean effort on the part of our bargaining team, I very much hope that B.C. teachers will vote no to the tentative agreement. After five weeks of strike, and 12 years of legal battles, this is not the deal that will restore sanity to public education and it is not a fair deal for teachers and students.

B.C. Teachers' Strike Was About Values, Not Economics

Ashley D. MacKenzie | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley D. MacKenzie

Now, do I feel as though both sides compromised equally on this contract? No. I do feel like the teachers gave up more. But as much as I'd like a salary increase that actually kept up with the rate of inflation, and the budget to fund some firm way of handling class size and composition, this whole strike wasn't about economics.

Veteran Mediator Elevated To Hero Status In B.C.

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

Veteran mediator Vince Ready is being hailed as a hero for mediating the contentious B.C. teachers' dispute to a tentative deal after five marathon da...

DEAL

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's long-warring government and teachers' union have made unprecedented educational labour peace with a six-year collective...

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

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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.