B.C. government needs to accept court’s decision

The government’s actions were found to be unconstitutional

In 2002, then Liberal Education Minister Christy Clark introduced legislation that increased class size, decreased the number of specialist support teachers, and removed limits on the number of special needs students in a class.

When the BC Teachers’ Federation mounted a court challenge, the government’s actions were found to be unconstitutional. The Liberal’s response was to enact Bill 22 – a virtual copy of the previous legislation – which, not surprisingly, was found to be unconstitutional in a judgment handed down by Madam Justice Griffin just over a week ago.

Over the last 12 years, the BC Liberals have played cynical political games with taxpayers’ money. Rather than adequately fund our public education system, they have chosen to spend money on a 12-year court battle, one that they have lost twice.  What’s more, they are now considering an appeal.

Had the Liberals chosen not to arrogantly flout the constitutional rights of its citizens, a generation of students would have received the public education they need.

Let us hope that Ms. Clark changes her mind and accepts the court’s decision. It is, after all, the right thing for a government to do.

Lynne Marvell

President, Fraser-Cascade Teachers’ Association

Just Posted

Agassiz Community Gardens hoping to find new home at old McCaffrey school

The society has been looking for a new location since its previous gardens were sold in October

Kent looking to replace Ferny Coombe pool with indoor facility

The facility being built is dependent on grant funding from the province and federal government

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Escape room brings ‘out of the box’ activity to Agassiz

AESS alumni and teacher developed the concept to bring teamwork-based entertainment to the town

Hatzic man charged with assaulting Chilliwack RCMP officers

Jason Roberto Vatcher was out on bail facing firearms charges

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Manure company causing ‘toxic’ stink at Abbotsford school seeks permit

Property across from King Traditional Elementary cannot operate manure facility without permit

Vancouver city council endorses free transit for youth

Mayor Kennedy Stewart will write a support letter to TransLink

Most Read