Meeting at the mosque—Reaching out in solidarity

January 29, 2018 marks one year since the deadly mass shooting in a Quebec mosque shocked Canadians and inspired many solidarity rallies across the country. A new campaign, has been launched online to encourage Canadians to post on the website or social media about where they were on January 29, 2017, and how they felt when…


Online menus for every taste at TeachBC

Are you looking for new teaching ideas? Feeling like your lessons could use a refresh? Need teacher-ready resources to match the new curriculum? At your fingertips, TeachBC is online 24/7 to help you discover resources that are useful right away. Get published by uploading your own original resources. Or you can even build, modify, and…


Women energized by WIN

“They were on fire!” Norberta Heinrichs enthused, describing the energy in the room at her first Women in Negotiations (WIN) workshop. “We created space to allow women to ask questions, acknowledged women’s strengths, and we did an exercise to enable each woman to be respected as a powerful contributor.” By all accounts, they had fun…


Tips for teachers fighting “Fake News”

Every year, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) reflects the changing nature of the English language by declaring a “Word of the Year.” In 2013, it was “selfie.” In 2015, for the first time ever, it was not a word but a pictograph-the much-shared “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji. In 2016, the word of the…


1 in 5 BC children still living in poverty

First Call BC has released the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, and sadly, BC still has a child poverty rate that is higher than the national average. The 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card is now online–with the latest child and family poverty levels in and around BC — First Call (@FirstCallBC)…


Two BCTF members win Governor General’s History Award

Two BCTF members are off to Ottawa this week as recipients of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching. Congratulations to Glen Thielmann from Prince George and Janet Ruest from Chemainus! The Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, will present our colleagues with this award in Rideau Hall…


Legislative committee recommends improvements to education funding

Every year, a committee of MLAs from all parties in BC’s Legislative Assembly travels the province collecting recommendations for the provincial government. This year, the committee has made several sweeping recommendations to improve education funding, both on the operating side and the capital side. The recommendations include several specific points raised in the BCTF’s submission to the MLAs….

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