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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….

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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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Digital discussions on professional practice

Glen Thielmann, Prince George teacher, blogs at Thielmann’s Web River I am wondering how to approach the subject of Trump’s America with my social studies students. With many others, I’ve watched on in both fascination and horror as the bizarro version of the American Dream has unfolded over the last eight months-the successful merger of…

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New BC Throne Speech a refreshing change

After 15 years of unconstitutional legislation, cuts to services for students, and school closures, the new BC government delivered a Throne Speech that is a big step in the right direction. That was the response of BCTF President Glen Hansman after hearing the Lieutenant Governor’s address to the Legislative Assembly. “The last 15 years have…

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Government restores funding to adult education

After a two-year fight, adult educators and students celebrated the restoration of funding for tuition-free adult education as one of the new government’s first actions in office. I know so many Punjabi elders who wanted to achieve basic adult education but couldn't afford it. Thank you, @jjhorgan. #bced #betterbc — Manveer Singh (@manveerssihota) August 9,…

Poll shows British Columbians want class-size limits and specialist teachers ratios returned quickly
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Poll shows British Columbians want class-size limits and specialist teachers ratios returned quickly

A poll released on December 16, 2016 showed British Columbians overwhelmingly want the government to abide by the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on teachers’ working conditions and implement it quickly. Doing so could mean more teachers working with students as soon as January. In response to the poll’s findings, BCTF President Glen Hansman said,…

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