09/16/2014 02:28 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:53 EDT

Vince Ready Thanked For Mediating B.C. Teachers' Dispute To Tentative Deal

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 days of bargaining and months of bitter mud-slinging.

The province's 500,000 public school students are into their third week without scheduled classes due to the teachers' strike that began in late June.

Ready announced the agreement to bleary-eyed media around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Parents and teachers awoke to the news with relief — and praise and gratitude.

While Ready deserves some shut-eye, or perhaps the premiership, he was apparently headed straight to Toronto to mediate another labour dispute. No word if he brought his white hat with him.

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