Monthly Archives: November 2017


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….


Students find safe haven in Black Lives Matter

Eighteen-year-old Eden and her two friends hopped the SkyTrain, excited about the concert they were about to attend. Several young men started taunting them: “You fucking Black people. Why are you here? You guys built our country and now you’re done, so you can leave NOW.” Bystanders looked down, and no one said a word….


BCTF commissions mural for 100th anniversary

In one of many creative projects to mark its 100th anniversary, the BCTF commissioned the celebrated Argentine-Canadian artist Nora Patrich to create an original painting on a grand scale, in keeping with the strong tradition of muralism in the labour movement. This legacy project depicts the BCTF’s proud history of teaching and learning, activism, and…

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