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Looking at a zany year in labour relations, part 2

Last month I wrote about K–12 support staff bargaining because a provincial framework agreement had just been reached, which will hopefully lead to a ratified contract by the end of this year. But teacher bargaining traditionally gets more attention in the media because teachers tend to be more closely associated with children’s education, and politics ... Read More »

Lees + Associates named as Trail Strategists

The Sunshine Coast Trails Society (SCTS) has retained LEES + ASSOCIATES – Landscape Architects and Planners to undertake development of the Sunshine Coast Trail Strategy. The completed strategy will be a comprehensive long range planning document designed to provide direction for the development and management of a sustainable trail network. The Trail Strategy process will ... Read More »

Chatelech student elected to School Board

Students Jace Landry and Autumn La France (Pender Harbour Secondary School), Bryan Ingram and Maya Treuheit (Chatelech Secondary School), Liam Moore and Sophie Garmulewicz (Elphinstone Secondary School) and Jaimi McLennan and Cody Broski (Sunshine Coast Alternative School) are members of the District Student Leadership Team, meeting monthly with the superintendent.  Photos submitted The trustees of School ... Read More »

Taysha shaves for the brave

Most young adults are venturing into their new independence, focusing on post-secondary studies, starting a career, buying a house, getting married, and starting a family. But for young adults who have received a diagnosis of cancer issues like fertility, friends, and finances take on a whole new meaning. Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) provides information, ... Read More »

When teachers help one struggling reader, the whole class succeeds

An innovative approach launched last year to increase the number of BC children who are engaged, competent readers is seeing great success, Education Minister Peter Fassbender announced today. Launched under the BC Education Plan, Changing Results for Young Readers is a provincewide approach that focuses on teacher collaboration, in-class support and current research on how ... Read More »

Thurber heads to Boston Regatta

“As their black and gold blades sliced through the glassy calm waters of the Lake during training, it was clear that our two Senior Eights meant business,” said Shawnigan Lake School Headmaster, David Robertson. “I am so proud of their whole approach and delighted that their efforts will have such a prestigious showcase so early ... Read More »

National School Safety Week focuses on healthy start

A healthy start is the best start This National School Safety Week, from October 17 to 23, the Canada Safety Council recognizes that schools are communities of children. Children who are mindful of health and safety can have significant influence among their peers, and help to foster healthy school communities. Children’s lifelong value systems are ... Read More »

A Zany Year in Labour Relations, Part 1

A lot has been happening on the labour relations side of K–12 education in BC this year. I’ll start with support staff—our non-teaching custodial, administrative assistance, educational (special needs) assistance, technology, maintenance, student support services, library assistance and other staff. In January, boards of education rejected a ham-handed request from the province to immediately come ... Read More »

Schools to receive $653,000 in surplus

School District No. 46 recently completed its 2013 financial audit and the Board of Education approved the financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2013 at the Regular Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, September 10. The school district has an unrestricted surplus of $979,657 and trustees are providing two-thirds of the surplus – ... Read More »

Lifelong learning

The amazing summer weather has given way to fall, with its back-to-school activities, crisp mornings, and colourful sweaters. For some, this time of year is full of school memories; for some, anticipation of classes to come. This year at Capilano University’s Sunshine Coast campus, Continuing Education is helping adults participate in the back-to-school feeling by ... Read More »

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