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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 16, Number 3, January/February 2004

Readers write

Retired teachers names missed

The following names were inadvertently left off our listing of retired teachers printed in the Nov./Dec. 2003 issue of Teacher:

Peter Andres, Fraser Cascade

Ken Harshenin, Boundary


Teaching about elections

Are you interested in improving interest in elections, increasing media literacy, student awareness of election issues and the policies of political parties? Get involved in constructing a survey where students compare their"vote" with their knowledge of party policy. The project will be particularly relevant should a federal election be called this spring. We are looking for interested teachers from throughout B.C. Contact Don Sparks, kyfekyfe@yahoo.com.

You also may be interested in Kids Voting Canada, an initiative that aims to nurture our students to become citizens and renew the public spirit of democracy. The Student Vote program series incorporates the operation of parallel student elections during the official election periods, empowering students to "practise" their citizenship. Visit the web site www.kidsvotingcanada.com

Don Sparks


No per diem for pioneers

During my teaching career in the 1950s and the early 1960s, I was privileged to serve on many Department of Education committees. Later, when I was a BCTF employee, the privilege continued but always without honorarium. To serve, to try to give, seemed to be an honest personal commitment, though I recognized that many teachers felt that a modest honorarium of recognition would be appropriate and personally appreciated.

No one in those innocent and pioneer days imagined that the newly and politically appointed members of the Clark College of Teachers (formerly known as the majority elected B.C. College of Teachers) would instantly rush to Whistler and in secret, vote themselves what has to be a reprehensible honorarium of $250 per day for working to destroy the current structure.

This is about denying teachers control over their own college and "double dipping" into the public purse! Need I say more?

John Church



We regularly receive your delightful newsmagazine. The informative and entertaining content is a terrific resource for teachers and others, like our environmental education group. We commend your continuing efforts to keep social justice and citizenship skills in the forefront of education issues.

Please accept our congratulations on winning the Canadian Educational Press Association’s Gold Leaf Awards. We applaud the Teacher newsmagazine staff on your significant achievement in receiving such a tribute from education communicators.

We wish you continued success in the future.

Cheryl Ziola
President, FORED BC


Coming out at school discussion

GALE BC (Gay and Lesbian Educators of B.C.) are hosting an open meeting on February 20, 2004, in the Marpole area of Vancouver. The evening is open to any BCTF members, student teachers, and any other interested educators. Come and share your experiences in a lively discussion. We will provide some light refreshments and appetizers. For details on the venue, call James Chamberlain (604-873-2303) or Steve LeBel (604-688-0924).

Steve LeBel


Thank you

As previous staff rep for many years and as a concerned member, I thank all of my colleagues who signed the yellow card in my district and have paid their $90 this week to the BCTF Democratic College Fund. Our solidarity is what will maintain our determination and keep us strong against all those who would break us down and destroy our pride and professionalism.

I am proud to be a teacher with those of you who understand the function of a union (with all its imperfections) and the importance of democracy during these troubling times.

Thank you to each and every one of you for your support.

Jody Krehel

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