B.C. Teachers' Ballots Bungled For Election: Union

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Teachers' union president Jim Iker says the mistake will waste thousands of dollars in extra mailing costs.

Personalized Learning Means Kids With Computers, Not Teachers

Lizanne Foster | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

Personalized learning will mean that more often than not your child will be interacting with his/her personal computer while completing courses online. It makes so much sense to try to sell this doublespeak version of "personalized" to parents. It's so much cheaper to buy a new computer than to pay a teacher's salary year after year.

B.C. Can't Get Away With Voiding Contract Clauses: BCTF Lawyer

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A litany of consequences arise if the British Columbia government is allowed to get away with rubbing out hundreds of clauses from the tea...

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

Ashley D. MacKenzie | Posted 11.17.2014 | 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.

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...

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

Raffi Cavoukian | Posted 11.12.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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...

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

Dan Nickel | Posted 11.11.2014 | 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.

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

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 11.10.2014 | 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.

Big Budget Surplus Not For Teachers' Deal: Finance Minister

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.09.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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 11.07.2014 | 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.

B.C. Sweeps Aside Union's Proposal For Binding Arbitration

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A concessionary proposal by British Columbia's striking teachers on Friday pledging to start the school year if the province agreed to bin...

Premier Is Massaging The Message To Distract From Facts In Teachers' Strike

Lizanne Foster | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

If you pay attention to all the ruckus about massages, you may miss the fact that teachers are being asked to give up their Charter rights in exchange for a promise of better learning conditions for students. No amount of massaging a political message can detract from that fact.

Strike 'Almost A Holy War' For Teachers: Expert

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's teachers' strike is sailing into uncharted waters, with no resolution on the horizon for the turbulent dispute that has...

Some Parents Donating Government's $40/Day To BCTF

CBC | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A website set up to raise money for B.C. teachers during the ongoing province-wide strike has collected almost $3,000 in its first three days onli...

Like Everyone Else, I Want This Dispute To End

Peter Fassbender | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Peter Fassbender

I worry the B.C. Teachers' Federation is actually counting on government to legislate an end to this strike so they can avoid having a difficult conversation with their members about what is realistic and achievable.

Clark Wades Into Teacher Dispute

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's premier chastised the teachers' union and urged its members to cast aside strike action on Wednesday, inciting a defens...

There Are Way More B.C. Students With Special Needs Than You Think

Cecelia Griffiths | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Cecelia Griffiths

B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender has decided that because about 10 per cent of all B.C. students were identified as having special needs last year, only 10 per cent of students in B.C. schools have special needs. But in fact, the number is a great deal higher that.

I Can Love My Kids, But I Can't Teach Them Grade 6 Math

Julie Nowell | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Julie Nowell

The two eldest, going into Grades 3 and 6 are outright depressed. They know what they are missing (friends, fun and a fresh start to the year) and instead they have Mom, Dad and a list of educational websites hastily tossed together and thrown at them. This is what happens when ill-prepared adults with no teaching credentials are forced to use their mediocre skills to attempt to educate our kids.

1st Day Of School In B.C. Looks Very Different This Year

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The first day of school looks very different for about half a million public students in B.C. this year. Teachers remain on strike as a contract dispu...

Dad Builds Mini-School In Living Room

CBC | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

One East Vancouver dad has become so frustrated with the ongoing teachers dispute, he has decided to take his daughter's education into his own h...