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Entries Tagged as 'Education'

If the political will is there, the money is too to settle teachers’ dispute

September 13th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Education, Provincial budget & finance

I’ve submitted the following Letter to the Editor to the Vancouver Sun. Hoping they publish it in the next couple days: Enough with the pleas of a bare cupboard from the Premier, Finance Minister and Education Minister. If the political will is there, there is plenty of money to settle the teachers’ dispute, hire more […]

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Why teachers are still striking

September 12th, 2014 · · 2 Comments · Education, Employment & labour, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Speech to the Langley Teachers Association’s Public Forum on Education Delivered July 16, 2014. Check against delivery. I have a slightly different take because I don’t come from the labour movement or from the education sector – I come as an economist, so I’m going to talk a little bit about numbers. But before I […]

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BC’s Awkward Surplus

September 11th, 2014 · · 14 Comments · Children & youth, Education, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Finance reported results from the first quarter of 2014/15. While the news release stated “B.C.’s budget remains balanced in spite of extra costs,” there is a projected surplus of $266 million for the current fiscal year. In reality it will likely be much higher, due to the usual practice of using conservative planning […]

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BC government using affordability excuses to underfund education and health

August 11th, 2014 · · 7 Comments · Economy, Education, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

Affordability is becoming the new buzzword of the BC government. In the dispute with teachers, for example, the Minister of Education has repeatedly argued demands for lower class sizes and improved class composition, as well as fair wages, are unaffordable and unrealistic (see here). When parents and businesses make the case for more public funding […]

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The disconnect between economic growth and teachers’ wages

June 19th, 2014 · · 10 Comments · Education, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

A number of recent articles on the BC teachers’ strike have suggested that teachers could get the wage increases they want to see, as well as the needed investments in reducing class size and improving class composition, if only they supported resource development. Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation summed up the line of […]

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A lesbian walks into a Torts class…

June 12th, 2014 · · 8 Comments · Education, Human rights, Law & legal issues

A lesbian walks into a Torts class at Trinity Western University in Langley.  Her name is Mary. Even before the discussion of Donoghue v. Stevenson begins, Mary is told to leave because she admits to having engaged in a “sexual expression of intimacy” with her same-sex partner at their home in Surrey. “But we’re married,” she […]

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How to fund improvements in class-size and composition: a matter of political will

June 3rd, 2014 · · 28 Comments · Children & youth, Education, Taxes

If a compromise is to be reached in the current bargaining between teachers and the government, the long-standing issue of improving class-size and composition must be resolved. The government insists that there is no money to make substantial improvements in this area (notwithstanding multiple court losses telling the province that it must make good on […]

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Frameworks and photo-ops

May 26th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Education, Employment & labour

About a year-and-a-half ago, BC teachers and their employers approved a landmark framework agreement for their upcoming round of contract negotiations. In the wake of a difficult and divisive round of bargaining, and after many, many years of frustration and disappointment, the parties agreed to do things differently.  It was the first change to bargaining […]

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7 things that should be in this year’s BC Budget

February 17th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Climate change, Economy, Education, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

In the fifth year of a slow and largely jobless economic recovery, the 2014 BC Budget should prioritize measures to set the foundation of a more just and sustainable economy, where prosperity is shared by all citizens. Here are 7 initiatives that will get us there. 1. A comprehensive poverty reduction plan Combating poverty is […]

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What the UBC rape chant scandal says about women in the Canadian economy

September 10th, 2013 · · 7 Comments · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Employment & labour, First Nations & Aboriginal, Human rights, Media, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Women

The news of UBC Sauder Business School students chanting about rape of underage girls during a FROSH week event has generated much outrage. As it should. While the chant might seem like an isolated incident, it is not. The recent rape chant scandals in UBC and in St Mary’s University in Halifax are evidence of […]

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