The current, prolonged labour dispute that has shut down the public school system in B.C. has pushed most other local headlines to the back burner. Away from the bargaining table, the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the provincial government exchange hasty news conferences that are long on rhetoric but contribute little to making headway toward opening schools again. Negotiations are at a stalemate, and families are busy finding creative ways to keep their children occupied.
Parents are fed up. Students are fed up. British Columbians of all stripes are arguing at length about what’s best for the future of the province.
This week, as the search for answers intensifies, The Globe and Mail’s B.C. bureau is ramping up its coverage of the dispute. In addition to the usual sharp analysis, in-depth reporting and balanced perspectives found in our newspaper’s pages, we’re taking over the Politics Live blog to bring you updates and insights several times a day with the aim of cutting out the noise and focusing on what matters.
In this space, watch for the morning agenda to set you up for the day ahead, a daily fact, chart or document with reported context, relevant online conversations offering new insight, images from on the ground and more.
We’ll rely mainly on the reporting of Andrea Woo (@andreawoo) and Justine Hunter (@justine_hunter), but since most of the reporters in the bureau have contributed to our education coverage, you’ll be hearing from them too.
In the meantime, two of our recent explainer articles help shed light on a difficult and complicated dispute:
While provinces keep their numbers differently, making comparisons with B.C. difficult, a look at Alberta and Ontario – provinces that also have dicey relationships with their educators – sheds some light on teachers’ compensation and working conditions elsewhere in Canada.
Without a contract for more than a year, the members of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation are out on strike, and progress at the bargaining table appears hard to come by. The messaging from both sides leaves students, parents, voters and other observers struggling to untangle the complex issues involved. Here, we answer some of the most vexing questions.
Our sincere hope is that this project won’t be needed for long.