B.C. Coughs Up $50 Million To Hire 1,100 Teachers After Court Ruling

CP | Posted 01.05.2017 | Canada British Columbia

The money is a first instalment.

B.C. Teachers Win ‘Stunning' Top Court Ruling

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The government says it wants to start talks right away.

All BC School Districts Are Struggling -- Not Just Vancouver

Sarah Miller | Posted 03.05.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

The BC Liberal government cites declining enrollment for both schools closures and constant cuts to overall funding. They blame school boards for mismanaging their money, constantly insisting they just need to cut the low hanging fruit. They blame teachers for asking for too much with their salaries and class size demands, despite the fact that we have some of the lowest paid teachers and highest class sizes in Canada.

Stop Blaming B.C. Teachers

Sarah Miller | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

The saddest part to me is how much of the public buy into the "lazy, greedy" teacher persona that our government portrays in an effort to justify its constant underfunding of our public schools.

B.C. Needs to Value Parents' Opinions on Public Education

Sarah Miller | Posted 05.22.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

B.C.'s Charter for Public Education is a public owned document, which stands as a testament to everything we as a community want and expect from our public school system. It is a document long forgotten somewhere between the never ending war against our public schools, funding cuts and dragged out court cases.

Let's Look At The Wonky Logic Behind Less B.C. Student Funding, More Jail Investment

Sarah Miller | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

Seeing that declining figures don't seem to effect the government's ability to fund our corrections system, I fail to see how our province is unable to provide our children with at least the national average for our public schools.

Province Moves To Control B.C. Teachers' Professional Development

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada British Columbia

It's time to put teachers on a similar footing as lawyers, accountants, and nurses, said the education minister.

Dear Christy Clark, Re: Public Education

Adam Olsen | Posted 05.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

It is commendable that your government has balanced three consecutive provincial budgets, but British Columbians (and our children in particular) are hardly better off because of it.

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

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.22.2015 | 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 teachers' ...

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.