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Not only are the two sides in the B.C. teachers' strike too far apart to even begin mediation, on Sunday - in what is arguably a new low for relations between the government and the B.C. Teacher&...
VANCOUVER - Daycare operators in British Columbia are scrambling to keep up with increased demand for child support as more parents need places to babysit their kids because schools will not open.Jano...
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VANCOUVER - All summer long, there's been one overriding conversation amongst the hundred-plus employees at a Vancouver financial firm who have school-age children: British Columbia's acrimonious teac...
Today I'm writing to you about what you've said in response to the breakdown in talks to end the teachers' strike. You said that you want a negotiated deal that taxpayers can afford. This has left me with a lot of questions.
VANCOUVER - The British Columbia government said on Sunday it expects to be helping parents pay the costs of daycare because the first day of school appears to be delayed indefinitely by an ongoing te...
RICHMOND, B.C. - Veteran mediator Vince Ready has walked away from talks between British Columbia teachers and their employer, smothering parents' hopes the school year will start on time.The province...
VANCOUVER - School districts in British Columbia are holding off telling parents the start of classes will be cancelled next Tuesday amid fresh negotiations aimed at stopping the teachers' strike.In t...
B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender has asked the teachers to stop striking now, please. I hate to disappoint you, Mr. Fassbender, but it doesn't matter how nicely you ask. What matters is that you fund public education. Properly.
Teachers do not hold the purse strings to public funds in this province. Teachers cannot pass legislation. Teachers cannot ignore Supreme Court rulings without risking jail. The government can and has done all these things. It is the government who can end this dispute.
RICHMOND, B.C. - A veteran labour mediator waded into a bitter dispute between the British Columbia government and its teachers Thursday, meeting with both sides in what could be the most significant...
VICTORIA - The question of whether British Columbia's half-million schoolchildren start classes as scheduled next week appears to hinge the teachers' union accepting a government proposal to temporari...
Many striking teachers in B.C. are setting up day camps and childcare services for school kids starting next week, under the expectation none of them will be back in classrooms next week. Ads for the...
VANCOUVER - For the past two months, Chris Moon has been running tractors, bailers and swathers at his father's hay farm in Creston, B.C.He was supposed to be teaching social studies.The 41-year-old V...
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VANCOUVER - The union representing British Columbia's striking teachers plans to spend the final week before the scheduled start of classes increasing pressure on the provincial government by resurrec...
I consider myself an extremely resourceful woman. I don't give up until I find an answer. Funny thing though, in this situation I cannot seem to find the answer: I can leave my five- and nine-year-old children at home alone while I go to work, or I can stay home from work with my children and lose out on pay and possibly even my job. Christy, do you have any ideas? I have about a week to figure this out.
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The head of the B.C. Teachers' Federation is urging government to enter mediation with teachers in order to end an ongoing strike before the school year starts next week. "How about tomorrow? Let's ge...
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When I heard teachers complaining about possible limits on sick time, I rolled my eyes. Big time. Then I started teaching. And I had to eat my eye rolls as I ate into my sick days. It was like I didn't even have an immune system. I was getting sick with things that I'd never even picked up when I was a student.
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I am not an upset parent, I am not a teacher nor someone who is related to a teacher. I am a recently graduated French Immersion student. Though I may not hold any political, economic or sway of any other kind in the matter, I believe that my opinions represent a vast majority of the beliefs of the students of this province.
My son is in Grade 12 and my daughter is in Grade 2. With the current obscure fate of negotiations, I am anxious not only about my son's future but also about that of all other Grade 12 students in B.C. whose achievements are greatly indebted to the amazing work of their teachers.
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Parents of public school students in Vancouver could get as little as five days notice of whether or not schools will open as scheduled on Sept. 2. Steve Cardwell, Vancouver's superintendent of school...
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My kids are lost in the shuffle because they are not at the very top or the very bottom. They could use more teacher face time but it isn't there. I have seen my kids' teachers standing on cold sidelines cheering them on at 4 p.m. on a Friday across the city because they volunteered to sponsor the team. I don't want my kids' teachers to be overworked, under-motivated and overwhelmed.
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For the angry ones who rage in class, and the sad ones whose arms bear scars and who cannot eat, but also cannot get a counsellor, #IWillHoldTheLine. For the brilliant children of great promise, whose programs have been eliminated and who mark time helping others while waiting for the challenges they need, #IWillHoldTheLine.
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What if we looked at the whole concept of benefits in a different way. Who actually benefits when we support students whose brains work differently? We are going to need out-of-the-box kinds of thinking that students with special needs do naturally, all the time. We need special solutions to the special challenges we all face.
"I say we just gather parents to teach students in the schools this September, until an agreement can be reached!" says one of the dads. I kick off my sandals and light my hair on fire.
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VANCOUVER - Veteran mediator Vince Ready is making himself available in an attempt to end the acrimonious dispute involving British Columbia's public school teachers.A joint statement from the B.C. Te...
The provincial government says bargaining that started on Friday, after weeks of no meetings between the two sides, will resume with the B.C. Teachers' Federation again this week. Neither the BC...
VICTORIA - There is some optimism as both sides in the B.C. teachers' dispute employ their full bargaining teams when negotiations resume later this week.Bargaining groups from the BC Teachers' Federa...
VANCOUVER - British Columbia's teachers union and the government's lead negotiator have scheduled their first face-to-face meeting in more than a month, as a prolonged strike threatens to delay the st...
The government is essentially paying families hush money to make them more complacent to what's happening here. Are they seriously trying to buy public opinion?
B.C. parents will receive a $40 daily subsidy for each child under 13 years old if the teachers' strike continues into the beginning of the school year, announced the finance minister. Mike de Jong sa...
I'm not a politician but you may want to re-think your strategy with the teachers. Something happened when you locked them out of their classrooms in June. There was lots more conversation -- mostly about you and what your real agenda is when it comes to public education. Teachers shared information and experiences and built up relationships that had not existed before.