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LETTER: SD 20 Superintendent says Tuesday won't see back-to-school in area

LETTER: SD 20 Superintendent says Tuesday won't see back-to-school in area

August 29, 2014

Dear parents and guardians:

Unfortunately, as of writing this letter, no settlement has been achieved between the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA). This reality has put the start of the school year in serious jeopardy.

The normal hustle and bustle of the beginning of the school year, where teachers are in schools and classrooms this week preparing for the school year, has not happened this year due to the ongoing labour dispute.

New board director for Interior Health

New board director for Interior Health

Interior Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia (Pat) Dooley to its Board of Directors effective Aug. 31, 2014.

“We are very fortunate to be joined by a Director with the heart, drive and focus of Pat Dooley,” said Board Chair Norman Embree.  “She is incredibly dedicated to her community and passionate about health care.”

Potential detente between city and union

Mayor Lawrence Chernoff

We’re seeing forward motion in negotiations between the City of Castlegar and its CUPE workers, after a stalemate last month led to limited strike action on the union’s part Aug. 15, with city staff refusing all over time work.

Mayor Lawrence Chernoff says city staff continue to assess a settlement offer sent by the union at the end of last week, and are waiting to hear back from the mediator as his availability to resume talks.

“We will definitely have a written response for the union, hopefully as early as today,” Chernoff said.

SD board of trustees issues letter to parents re: teachers strike

Lorraine Manning, vice-chair, board of trustees, SD 20

Dear parents and guardians:

As you are likely aware, the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) have not been able to make significant progress over the summer months and so the possibility of schools opening as usual following Labour Day is uncertain. The Board hopes that the recent appointment of an external mediator provides an opportunity for the parties at the table to adjust their positions and reach a negotiated settlement in time for schools to open as scheduled on September 2nd.

COMMENT: Lessons from Mount Polley

COMMENT: Lessons from Mount Polley

B.C.'s economy – already facing what seems like the perfect economic storm of stagnant job growth, an acute skills shortage and the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on First Nation land title claims – can now add one more low pressure system into that mix: the Mount Polley Mine disaster.

NDTA protests Kootenay Lake School Board 'celebration' meeting

One of the rally signs mocks the Kootenay School Board "celebration" meeting Wednesday at the Prestige Inn Lakeside Resort. — The Nelson Daily photo

The two sides in the BC Teachers’ dispute have been sitting under a Maxwell-Smart-like "Cone of Silence" for the past two weeks hoping a lack of public rhetoric or media mudslinging would put an end to the strike/lockout that has shut down public schools in the province since June.

No movement in impasse between city and union workers

Union president Leford Lafayette speaks to city council Aug. 11.

The impasse between the City of Castlegar and its union workers seems as relentless as ever today, after the second day of labour action.

While not fully on strike per se, CUPE 2262 has issued a ban on overtime work as a first step after issuing 72-hour strike action notice on Friday, Aug. 15.

Chris Barlow, city director of Transportation and Public Works, said the ball is in the union’s court.

Ktunaxa Nation upset with Okanagan challenge of Incremental Treaty Agreement

Ktunaxa Nation upset with Okanagan challenge of Incremental Treaty Agreement

In media release, the Ktunaxa Nation said it is disappointed with the recent filing of a lawsuit on behalf of the Okanagan Nation Alliance challenging an Incremental Treaty Agreement reached between the Ktunaxa Nation and the Province of British Columbia in March 2013.
 
Under the Incremental Treaty Agreement, approximately 242 hectares of land near Nakusp in the Arrow Lakes region will be transferred from the Province to the Ktunaxa Nation in advance of a final Treaty.
 

OCP Amended, old Cook Avenue School site re-zoned, and no raise for councllors

OCP Amended, old Cook Avenue School site re-zoned, and no raise for councllors

Monday, August 11, 2014: Two public hearings and a regular council meeting. Present: Mayor Greg Granstrom, and Council members Kathy Moore, Tim Thatcher, Jody Blomme, and Cary Fisher.

Public Hearing: Official Community Plan Amendment to delete the prohibition against providing water for snowmaking.

City responds to CUPE's 72-hours strike notice

City responds to CUPE's 72-hours strike notice

In the same week that Local 2262 requested the City to return to the bargaining table, Union Employees have issued 72 hour strike notice.

“The city is concerned that the Union continues to represent that it is the city that needs to come back the bargaining table when it was the union that booked out the mediator, will not vote on the final offer or provide a counter offer,” said Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) John Malcolm. “Then the Union serves strike notice while there are back-and-forth talks currently happening with City and Union negotiators.”

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