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
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Written by Robyn Ladner
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 . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: This is why teachers are walking out next week.
It’s election time in Ontario and that means graphs and statistics, facts and factoids, some stale, some new come out of the woodwork. Take the tweet below as an example, one that riffs on the old theme of an exploding public sector encapsulated in Tim Hudak’s promise to cut 100,000 public service jobs:
Hudak promises . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Hudak’s plans to cut teachers in statistics and politics
I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to go to a school where there wasn’t a regular community of teachers who knew each other and watched me […]
Will Pauline Marois allow the headgear, in Quebec, in the following picture?
OVERHEAD VIEW: Teachers gathered Wednesday in Bilbao, Spain, at the University of Deusto, a Spanish Jesuit university, for an opening ceremony for the academic year. (Alfredo Aldai/European Pressphoto Agency) WSJ
But of course these are Catholic teachers.
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Source: CBC News: Province Won’t Limit Classroom Sizes, Minister Says
There certainly is no shortage of things to talk about; from SGI motorcycle rates, to unanimous approval to move forward with “Howard’s Law” on asbestos, it was hard to decide what should be the first thing to move on to.
But, as you’ve no doubt . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Those Who Can’t Do…
Cowichan school district eyes closures in wake of deficit CBC News Posted: Feb 14, 2013 8:03 AM PT Last Updated: Feb 14, 2013 9:22 AM PT
Eden Hawthornwaite,the fired past chairperson of the school trustees in Cowichan, is being too modest in her assertions, it’s patently obvious that the BC Fiberals were planning this . . . → Read More: Left Over: Appointed Trustee in Cowichan. BC? East of Eden…
Eric Hoskins | Gerard Kennedy Sandra Pupatello | Charles Sousa | Harinder Takhar | Kathleen Wynne
Slush filled sidewalks are tough enough to traverse first thing in the morning. They’re even more difficult when protesters form a narrow gauntlet to the entrance of Maple Leaf Gardens.
Omar Ha-Redeye speaks to protesters.
Omar . . . → Read More: Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: Austerity is the Real Story at the OLP LDR Convention
Here in Ontario, teachers have fallen into disfavor thanks to their refusal to meekly accept the unfairness and unconstitutionality of Bill 115.
For those who enjoy getting outraged over such impertinence and call teachers selfish, may I suggest you watch the following in order to gain some perspective?
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… the ONE day walkout by elementary teachers today. Suck it up. This is democracy in action, regardless of whether or not you believe that teachers (or anyone else for that matter) should have the right to strike. Under the current law, they DO have that right. This. Is. A. Fact. Look it up. Go . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: To all those decrying…
by OSSTF/FEESP After postponing sanctions for five days, Ken Coran, President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation announced early this morning that discussions with the Provincial Government have ended without an agreement. OSSTF/FE… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Ontario Teachers Begin Strike Actions November 12
I’ve been around the mulberry bush a couple of times about teachers and unions. It’s nice when someone puts a piece together that concisely answers the usual bally-hoo about how bad unions are and how things would be fixed if there was just more free market, because more competition always fixes everything all the . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Teachers Unions – Good For Students and For Education
Teachers in many of Ontario’s School Boards have heeded their union’s advice to take a “pause” from coaching or otherwise being involved in extracurricular activities, such as sports team, in protest of the Ontario government’s recent legislation imposing salary freezes, etc. And, as is always the case in any type of labour disruption in the . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Teachers and extracurricular activities
Those who see issues in simplistic and absolutist terms will not care to even acknowledge the existence of this letter from a Star reader. It speaks to something that neo-conservatives are loathe to acknowledge, the fact that we live in a society where interdependence and co-operation rather than selfish and exclusionary individualism are key factors . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Success Story Rob Ford and Other Reactionaries Won’t Like
Okay, kids, gather around, and I’ll tell you a tale of courage and honesty that you will be sure to think is fiction, but, no, it really happened, once upon a time..it’s really true.
In the wilds of the kingdom of Canada, in the little valley of Cowichan, far, far away from the dread fortress . . . → Read More: Left Over: The Little School Board that Could….
With the federal Conservatives trying to destroy unions and bully working men and women, the BC Liberals are following suit with teachers. Unlike Air Canada employees, BC’s teachers are not going to take this one lying down.
The bill, which will become law by Saturday, orders a six-month cooling-off period in a bitter contract dispute, . . . → Read More: BC teachers to fight Bill 22
Marking a complete reversal by the Conservatives in intergovernmental relations, on Friday the process of creating a new health agreement between the federal government and the provinces will be announced.
This will be a dramatic change from the Conservatives’ position on health care made just months earlier when Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told the . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The National Concerns of Busting Unions & Health Care
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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: BC Teachers Hurt The Left & Help The Right
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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: BC Teachers On Strike Yet Still Teaching
In 2010 the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation declared its opposition to the HST because it was a regressive tax, affecting the poor and families more than the wealthy and corporations.
Yesterday the BCTF went on strike and while the cost for childcare and sports programs is easily covered by rich families, the cost is . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The BC Teachers’ Regressive Labour Strike
The NDP is certainly not asking whether it should abandon organized labour, but maybe organized labour should ask whether it abandon the NDP.
What does it say about the New Democratic Party when it is the only political organization of unions, for unions and organized labour over the last thirty years has only lost power . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: NDP & the Decline of Labour
I’m taking a course on organizational theory right now and the readings have caused me to reflect on an issue that is getting a fair deal of play in education right now – merit pay for teachers. There are many specific arguments that can be made as to why merit pay is a bad idea . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan: On Being a Teacher, or Why Merit Pay Stinks.