The dispute over B.C. teachers' collective agreement is heating up as both sides threaten work stoppages.
On Wednesday night the BC Public School Employers Association (BCPSEA) sent a letter to the BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF) President Jim Iker stating that they will lock teachers out of performing certain duties -- including working during recess and lunch hours and supervising after school programs -- starting May 26 and dock their pay ten per cent if they participate in rotating strikes set to start the same day.
On May 14, students and young workers set up an obstacle course on the lawn of Queen's Park to demonstrate the hurdles students face juggling rising tuition fees and low-wage work. The event is part of the ongoing campaign calling on party leaders and candidates to support a $14 minimum wage in Ontario.
Alastair Woods, Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario
Denise Martins, Ontario Federation of Labour Vice-President for Young Workers
John Nerier, Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance
Sareh Serajelahi, Workers' Action Centre / Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage
Rob Depipple, United Steelworkers Local 9176
Sarah Salise, Anakbayan
On Thursday, May 22, 2014, the Community Worker Program presents The Tommy Douglas Institute’s Critical Pedagogy and the Citizen-Student: A Just Society is Possible at George Brown College (St. James Campus).
The all-day event of breakout sessions, interactive exhibits, and a closing community forum will open with a keynote address delivered by journalist and social activist, Judy Rebick.
Citizenship speaks to the intricate relationship between people and their state. Legal considerations aside, it is a relationship that exists on the principles of shared stakes, mutual well-being, diversity, service, and a common destiny that binds each of us to the other.
For my undergraduate degree I had the privilege of studying in a "Great Books" program at Concordia University's Liberal Arts College in Montreal. This bachelor of arts degree in "Western Society and Culture" is one of a hundred Great Books curricula in North America, Europe and Asia. The Concordia program was modelled on the Great Books movement which began at Columbia University in New York in 1921 and which now constitutes that university's Core Curriculum.