Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

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(BC-Teachers-Dispute)

Education Minister George Abbott says the three-day B-C teachers strike that began today gives teachers a chance to blow off some steam.

But he also says people shouldn't lose sight of the fact the government has offered teachers the opportunity to reach a mediated settlement over the next six months.

The B-C Teachers Federation doesn't see it that way because the mediation has to be conducted under the government's mandate of no wage increases.

Meanwhile, Liberal House Leader Rich Coleman says government legislation imposing a cooling off period on the teachers' dispute could take up to two weeks to pass, but that could all change if teachers break the strike rules set by the Labour Relations Board. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Teachers-Dispute-Parents)

Parents across B-C were left scrambling to find care for their kids today as the strike by teachers began.

But not all parents appeared upset, with many of them marshalling their children to support the teachers.

On Vancouver's affluent west side, about two dozen parents who support the teachers gathered outside of Premier Christy Clark's constituency office and delivered dozens of letters protesting the government's approach to bargaining.

Some of them brought their small children, who got down on their hands and knees to colour in signs with magic markers. (The Canadian Press)

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(HIV-Prisoner-Rights)

The B-C Human Rights Tribunal has agreed to hear a complaint from a convict who claims his H-I-V treatment was interrupted while he was in jail, jeopardizing his health.

The complaint is from Charles Mzite, who was convicted of aggravated sexual assault for having sex with four women without telling them he was H-I-V-positive.

He says while he was in jail between the fall of 2007 and April of 2009 there were 36 interruptions in his treatment, despite protests from his doctor and lawyer that he was on a strict regime.

Mzite claims the B-C Public Safety Ministry and the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre failed to provide him with a proper supply of anti-retroviral drugs for his H-I-V treatment. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Ashton-Retrial)

The second trial of a former Vernon vice principal and teacher accused of sex crimes with a student got off to a testy start in Vernon today. …

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