BC School Trustees Association Calls For Stability For Students

BC School Trustees Association Calls For Stability For Students

BCSTA

Coast Salish Territory/ Vancouver, BC – February 17, 2014 – The BCSTA Stability for Students Action Plan calls for immediate and long-term stability in the provision of educational programs for students in BC’s public education system. Student success must not be compromised during or after the resolution of the BC Supreme Court ruling between the Province of British Columbia and the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF).

Public school trustees and their Boards of Education have a single focus – as guardians of the public education system – and that focus is stability and success for students.

Stability for Students Action Plan

Goal

The goal of the Stability for Students Action Plan is to ensure immediate and long-term stability in the provision of educational programs for students in BC’s public education system. Student success must not be compromised during or after the resolution of the BC Supreme Court ruling between the Province of British Columbia and the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF).

Objectives

1. That there be no disruption to student programs or school and district configurations during the current school year as a result of the court ruling.

2. That resolution of class size and composition matters occurs at the provincial bargaining table.

3. If and when changes to current class size and composition are required, whether through negotiation, legislation or court ruling, that they be phased in so as to minimize disruption to students.

4. That any costs related to the changes to class size and composition be fully funded by the provincial government with no negative impact on current funding levels.

Actions

1. BCSTA will immediately and strongly articulate the objectives of the Stability for Students Action Plan to the Provincial Government (including all MLAs). This will be accomplished through: direct meetings with Government and Opposition caucuses; formally in writing to the Premier and Minister of Education; and in-person meetings with the Minister and Deputy Minister of Education.

2. BCSTA will work with the BC Superintendents Association and the BC Association of School Business Officials to provide Boards of Education with information resources and tools to advance the objectives of the Stability for Students Action Plan in their communities and local MLAs.

3. BCSTA will communicate the objectives of the Stability for Students Action Plan to the general public through media releases, interviews, social media and Op Ed articles.

4. BCSTA will ensure Boards of Education are fully involved on all matters relating to the resolution of the court ruling through frequent communications, regional conference calls with Board Chairs and our existing governance structures.

5. BCSTA will continue to be fully involved in provincial bargaining with the BC Teacher’s Federation and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) through the existing interim bargaining structure.

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Road Rally 2014: Registration Feb 24th

Road Rally Flyer

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Petition locations and meeting schedules regarding proposed Telus tower site.

Via Julie Schimunek

Greetings Gold Riverites!

So…Telus has changed the size of the tower they want to put in.  It will be bigger! There is a petition at People’s Drug Mart, Super Valu, Donovan’s Bistro, Uptown Cappuccino, the Deli and Fields.  Show up at the council meeting tonight at 7:00pm. ALSO…TELUS OPEN HOUSE at Mezzanine lounge 5-7 upstairs in the arena FEB. 20th.  If you are concerned show up and voice your opinion.  Other communities have said “NO YOU ARE NOT PUTTING YOUR BIG CELL TOWER SO CLOSE TO OUR COMMUNITY.”

Do you realize that we will not have cell service on the highway, which I do recall was the whole point of this plan.  Telus reps told us at the last meeting that they don’t want to spend the money to put towers down the highway so why should we let them put one in here?  So our kids can text each other in school?  We can say NO!  Plus….PUTTING A CELL TOWER NEXT TO A POTENTIAL GREEN HOUSE SITE IS UNHEALTHY AND SHOULD NOT BE SUPPORTED, let alone being so close to the clinic, schools and all of us. I have tested the radio cell tower in Campbell River with my meter reader and I was picking up radiation at Carihi!  We are all at risk on this one. World Health Organization stated that this kind of radiation is considered a 2B risk..meaning carcinagenic-Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, such as, but not limited to, those associated with wireless phones.  Check online-It is all there! Telus can say what it wants about how SAFE it is, but that is not what real science says.  IT’S TIME TO ADDRESS COUNCIL AND FIND OUT IF THEY ARE SUPPORTING THE LOCATION OF THIS TOWER.  If it will not give us any highway coverage, what is the point?

Cell tower drawing

Cell tower drawing

balloon Telus floated last November taken from Nimpkish park

balloon Telus floated last November taken from Nimpkish park

Please come..this is really important to our community. :-)

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Thank You From Nanaimo Thunder Atom Team

On behalf of the Nanaimo Thunder Atom team, we would really like to say thank you to the town of Gold River.

The hospitality and organization of your tournament this past weekend was very well put together and everyone from Nanaimo, (Spartans too) had an amazing time.  The Gold River Chalet was kind enough to put up with all of our shenanigans and mini sticks in the hall.  For that we REALLY thank you. I overheard the kids in the hall while playing say specifically “this is the BEST time ever!”  Followed by a bunch of ” yeah! Totally”.  We couldn’t have asked for more.

Everyone at the arena was top notch as well.  Great job, referees!  Your job did not look easy this weekend but you called it tight so I’m sure ALL teams can appreciate that.  Again, thank you.  Ladies at the concession, thank you as well.  You kept us all fed and did it with wonderful smiles.  Excellent job.

What else can I say?  Thank you to all of the locals who filled us in with the latest updates on the snow fall for us to get safely home after our last game. I hope I’m not missing anyone.  Over all, Gold River should be proud.  Our kids won’t remember how they did in the tournament 30 years from now, but I can guarantee they will remember the incredibly fun time they had as kids.  Well done Gold River!

Todd Sanderson (head coach) Kevin Hills (assistant coach) Wade Brennen (assistant coach).

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Gold River Greenhouse Society: Next Meeting Feb 25th

GRGS Feb 25 Meeting Notice

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VI Hurricanes visit Denver

On February 6, Shaylene Gjesdal and Taylor Rose from Gold River traveled with their AAA Female Major Midget hockey team, the Vancouver Island Hurricanes, to Denver, Boulder and Littleton Colorado to play four games of hockey and partake in a tour of the University of Colorado Boulder.

Seventeen skaters and eleven adults departed the Island from Duke Point and met up to jump on a Charter bus to Seattle International Airport. The flight was delayed by one hour, and after many bumps in the road the team finally found their pillows at 4 am Denver time.  Friday the girls toured the University and played the first of four games.  The VI Hurricanes played two State teams twice.  The U17AAA team is coached by Pierre Turgeon an ex NHL player.  His daughter is the team captain and very skilled.  The U19AAA team is coached by a former Campbell Riverite, and weekend organizer, Marnie Hill.  The girls played hard and learned a lot about the human body and extreme elevation; they did not win but made a few lifelong memories.  Marnie organized two breakfasts for the team after each game where they made some great friends. On the way home we traveled by van, train, plane, bus, ferry and truck. (Sounds very much like a movie I once watched.)

Anita, Taylor, Shaylene and I, would like to thank everyone in Gold River, and our families for supporting the team and our girls with fundraiser purchases and bottle donations.  Thank you to our Local Team Sponsors “The Lodge at Gold River” and “LA Excavating”.  Thank you also to President of Campbell River Minor Hockey Megan Mills, for hosting our team this season.  We would also like to give a huge bouquet of hockey sticks to Dennis Bellavance for all your dedication to female hockey and our team.  We would not be playing this year without your countless hours towards organizing the season.  We have a few more trips to go yet and playoffs start in March.

Thank you, Gold River. Ellena & Shaylene Gjesdal Anita & Taylor Rose

VI Hurricanes VS U17 Colorado Select Feb 8 2014

VI Hurricanes VS U17 Colorado Select Feb 8 2014

Nanaimo Born Goalie living in Denver  & Shaylene

Nanaimo Born Goalie living in Denver & Shaylene

Shaylene Gjesdal in goal

Shaylene Gjesdal in goal

Shaylene Gjesdal

Shaylene Gjesdal

Taylor Rose #19

Taylor Rose #19

Taylor Rose

Taylor Rose

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Super Valu Specials Feb 14th – 20th

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Atom Tournament Schedule Feb 14-16

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Atom Tournament

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First Responder Appreciation Event

The BC Royal Canadian Legion Branches are proud to inform you that we have declared January and February of 2014 as “First Responder Appreciation Months” to honour the courage and dedication of first responders who keep our communities safe.

We warmly invite ALL RCMP, Rangers, Ambulance and Fire personnel to visit or contact our local branch to be recognized, and welcomed. We are planning a special event and inviting first responders in the community this Friday (February 14th) at 8:00 pm.

Dance and events to follow if you would like to stay.

Dress is casual (if on duty please drop by in your uniform)

No cover charge

Must be of Legal age

Free Drink provided (if not on duty)

Snacks

Coffee, Tea

Door Prizes

Thank you!
Richard Fowler
1st Vice President
Branch #270, Gold River
 

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New Community Directory Underway

A new printing of the Gold River / Tsaxana Community Directory is now underway.  If you have any additions, changes, or deletions you can:

email: strevis [at] cablerocket [dot] com

mail: PO Box 985, Gold River, V0P 1G0

or drop off at: A Lot on the Side Courier, located at the entrance to the Village Square Plaza.

Please be sure to include all of your information. Listings may have a street address, box number or no address at all. We are also looking for people who “do stuff” in our community. You don’t need to buy an ad to be listed, we just want people to be able to find you. If you’re the guy/gal that ‘does plumbing’ (or electrical, small appliance repair, nails, home parties, housekeeping etc.) and you want people to know how to reach you, let us know!

We are also looking for some community input on the directory. Is there other information you would like to see included? Changes to the format or layout? Ideas for the cover art/photo?

Do you know someone new to town? Please put them in touch!

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