staffroom confidential: The rise and fall (?) of the BCTF

Just over one year ago, BC teachers returned to class from what was the longest teacher strike in Canadian history. Teachers, upset with over a decade of deteriorating funding and particularly with large and complex classrooms, were unwilling to accept a contract offer which simply maintained the status quo. In one of the highest strike ...

staffroom confidential: The rise and fall (?) of the BCTF

Just over one year ago, BC teachers returned to class from what was the longest teacher strike in Canadian history. Teachers, upset with over a decade of deteriorating funding and particularly with large and complex classrooms, were unwilling to accept a contract offer which simply maintained the status quo. In one of the highest strike ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC Teachers Should Reject Tentative Settlement

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger While initially enthused about the marathon bargaining sessions with the experienced Vince Ready mediating, the reality is beginning to sink in. This is not a good deal for students, teachers or the province of BC as a whole. The 80 million advanced by the BC Government is only a 5 million dollar ...

Cowichan Conversations: Independent Legal Perspective on BC Liberal Government’s Proposal E 80-VIDEO

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Peter Fassbender is beginning to show the stress of pretending to negotiate all summer. Added to that he is now facing shutdown classes throughout British Columbia. He tell us us that the BC Teacher’s Federation’s misinformation campaign over the contentious E 80 clause that the Premier insists be included in any negotiations ...

Political Eh-conomy: Actually making the carbon tax revenue neutral could fund a fair education settlement

As the teachers’ strike continues, the BC Liberals have turned to an old stand-by: fear-mongering that they will have to raise taxes if they are to fund a settlement that includes key demands like class size and composition limits. Ignore the fact that the government has shown itself consistently unwilling to even consider any such ...

Cowichan Conversations: Video: Deconstructing Christy Clark spin on teachers strike and lockout

Charlie Smith was heard on CBC’s ‘On the Coast’s ‘Political Panel this afternoon. Bill Tieleman and Alise Mills were the other panelists.  Charlie was cut short when responding to Alise Mills. Is this video his reply? Press Progress, which is an arm of the Broadbent Institute, has released a video rebutting Premier Christy Clark’s talking ...

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: BC teachers and First Nations on the frontlines

My guests today help take a fresh look at two issues where British Columbia is on the front lines of bigger social conflicts: that over the future of public education and that over resource development on First Nations lands. https://politicalehconomy.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/podcast-140905-bc-frontlines1.mp3 My first guest is Helesia Luke, life-long public education advocate and member of the board of the BC Society for ...

Left Over: SuperCrusty and the Lazy Opposition Don’t Come to Blows

B.C. teachers’ strike: Union rejects premier’s demand to suspend strike Union says government remains entrenched, inflexibile and unwilling to bargain. CBC News Posted: Sep 03, 2014 10:51 AM PT Last Updated: Sep 04, 2014 7:58 AM PT All of you 5 cent a comment Liberal trolls can say and think what you like, but here ...

Political Eh-conomy: On talking about priorities: Oil spills and teachers strikes

On the same day one week ago, teachers in British Columbia began a full strike and the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline was approved by the Canadian government. With such telling coincidences, it is hard not to juxtapose the two broad social conflicts in which BC has become a flashpoint: that over the quality of public ...

Left Over: School is Out, Do the Teachers Get Ready?

B.C. teachers’ strike: government agrees to Vince Ready as mediator Teachers have been calling for a mediated solution to their strike since Thursday CBC News Posted: Jun 20, 2014 2:58 PM PT Last Updated: Jun 20, 2014 7:13 PM PT   A four year bachelor’s university degree, or a Master’s Degree for secondary teaching, coupled with something ...

Cowichan Conversations: It is not ‘Miller Time’ Dan, Green Up or Brown Out!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-   Here is disappointing post from former NDP Premier Dan Miller. It reads like the flashback that it is. Time will tell whether Miller’s missive will be embraced, rejected or ignored by the new BC NDP opposition leader, John Horgan.   Dan Miller: How will we pay for stuff without the resource ...

Cowichan Conversations: Holly Arntzen’s Letter in Support of Teachers

MY LETTER TO PREMIER CLARK RE: TEACHERS By Holly Arntzen Dear Premier Clark, I work in schools regularly and an continually impressed with the dedication and love teachers show for their students. When I’m in the staff room, I constantly hear teachers talking about their students with each other, figuring out solutions, trying to find ...

Cowichan Conversations: This is why teachers are walking out next week.

Written by Robyn Ladner Robyn Ladner-Teacher BC has the worst student-educator ratio in Canada. BC has the 2nd worst per student education funding in Canada. BC’s Education funding is $1000 less per student than national average. BC has the highest child poverty rate in Canada. BC teachers with a Bachelor of Education and no experience ...

Cowichan Conversations: Let’s Vote For Better Schools! BCTF TV Advertising Is Pathetic!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger   I have watched the BCTF campaign ads over the years. They squander hundreds of thousands of dollars on some really well produced ads and then choke and say stupid things like ‘Vote for Education’ or ‘Vote for Smaller classrooms.” The BCTF’s latest is ‘Let’s Vote for Better Schools!’ This is brilliant. Now, ...

The Scott Ross: BC Teachers Hurt The Left & Help The Right

The teachers’ strike in British Columbia this week was bad for the province but good for the BC Liberals. Facing challenges from the NDP on their left and the Conservatives on their right, for the BC Liberals an unpopular labour dispute couldn’t have happened at a better time. Over the last few months the BC ...

The Scott Ross: BC Teachers On Strike Yet Still Teaching

This week Teachers in BC haven’t even been in the classroom, yet they’ve still managed to teach their students one of the most important things; how to take a stand. Critics will point out at how young people are already too self-assured and that they already have no respect for authority. Those curmudgeons are sure ...

BC Liberals Need To Stretch the Truth, They Already Know We Don’t Believe Them

There is a lot of rhetoric going around in the current BCTF/BC Liberal Government battle over teachers contracts. To set a context; BC teachers have been without a contract since last January and have, since September, been working using limited job action (filling out report cards and supervising recess) but have been teaching. . . ...

BC Liberals Need To Stretch the Truth, They Already Know We Don’t Believe Them

There is a lot of rhetoric going around in the current BCTF/BC Liberal Government battle over teachers contracts. To set a context; BC teachers have been without a contract since last January and have, since September, been working using limited job action (filling out report cards and supervising recess) but have been teaching. Now, as ...