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- Karen Shortt (President Vancouver Community College Faculty Association) – discusses massive cuts to ESL programs at VCC and impact on students. For more info and to contact Gov’t – http://www.eslmatters.ca/ (Interview starts app 37:30 min mark)
- Celebrate and Defend Public Education – Rally Tues Sept 2nd
- Stephen Von Sychowski (VP Vancouver and District Labour Council) on Labour Day (App 20 min mark)
- Nighthawk Festival of the Arts
- Plus News Headlines (Start at app 3 min mark)The B.C. government has confirmed that Education Minister Peter Fassbender and chief government negotiator Peter Cameron will meet in Victoria with teachers’ union president Jim Iker on Wednesday. The meeting comes after a summer of limited discussions and media blackouts, and could give renewed hope to parents expecting the ongoing teachers’ strike to delay the start of the new school year. The province’s 40,000 public school teachers began the strike two weeks before the end of the school year, calling for higher wages and more control over class sizes and composition. The B.C. Teachers’ Federation president got a standing ovation at the union’s summer leadership conference on Sunday, when he said teachers are ready to enter into mediation, if only the province would agree to make it happen. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-teachers-strike-peter-fassbender-to-meet-with-jim-iker-wednesday-1.2747910?cmp=rss
The BC Ministry of Health has settled out of court with a third employee who was fired after a 2012 investigation into data security and contracting. The Tyee’s Bob Mackin reports that Ron Mattson, a 28-year employee, was among seven people terminated for allegedly breaching privacy in the pharmaceuticals research division. Mattson sued for wrongful dismissal and defamation. The government has now issued a public apology and thanked Mattson for being a “loyal and dedicated public servant.” Terms of the settlement were not released. http://thetyee.ca/News/2014/08/26/Data-Breach-Allegations/
After a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck last Sunday in California, B.C. authorities want local residents to prepare for a similar calamity, says the CBC. The California quake hit the wine country destinations of Napa and Sonoma the hardest. Gas lines broke, fires ignited and tens of thousands of residents were cut off from power. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/california-quake-a-reminder-to-expect-b-c-s-big-one-1.2745405
A B.C. company behind a tailings spill earlier this month has signed an agreement with a First Nation to review the facility at a separate project. Imperial Metals expects to open its Red Chris gold and copper mine, located in northwestern B.C., later this year. But the company has faced scrutiny after a tailings dam at its Mount Polley mine in central B.C. collapsed and released millions of cubic metres of waste water and silt into several lakes and rivers. Imperial Metals says it has signed an agreement with the Tahltan Central Council. https://ca.news.yahoo.com/b-c-company-behind-mine-spill-agrees-first-185923838.html
A long-term ceasefire has been agreed between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza represented by Hamas. The truce ends seven weeks of fighting that has killled more than 2,200 people in the Gaza Strip – mostly Palestinians. The deal was brokered by Egypt, reports the BBC. Hamas said the deal represented a “victory for the resistance”. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28939350
A much anticipated one-on-one meeting between Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko took place in Minsk yesterday. It was the first formal meeting between the Russian and Ukrainian heads of state, who held a brief conversation during the D-Day anniversary commemorations in France on June 6. http://rt.com/news/182892-ukraine-russia-peace-plan/
Libya’s General National Congress, or GNC, reconvened this week in the western city of Tripoli to appoint what it calls a “national salvation government” headed by university professor Omar al-Hassi. The GNC, which was formed after the overthrow of former leader Muamar Ghadafi, had been replaced by a new elected government. http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-b1d6-Libya-Islamist-led-congress-approves-rival-government#.U_zvlKORMTA