BCTF too far from affordability zone for mediation

Education Minister Peter Fassbender . . . disappointed

 Minister of Education Peter Fassbender issued the following
statement Saturday following the decision by mediator Vince Ready to leave talks:

"Today veteran labour mediator Vince Ready determined that the parties  are too far apart for mediation at this time.   

"I'm very disappointed for students, parents and teachers. What should be a time of excitement and anticipation will instead be marked by frustration and uncertainty.  

Updated: IH reports 22 passengers of bus accident south of Merritt remain in hospital

Updated: IH reports 22 passengers of bus accident south of Merritt remain in hospital

Interior Health said in a media release it continues to provide treatment for individuals injured in the Thursday (August 28) tour bus accident on the Coquihalla Highway 30 kilometers south of Vernon.
IH officials said 43 patients originally transported to Interior Health hospitals, 22 remain in hospital.

Of these, eight are at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops and14 at Kelowna General Hospital.
Interior Health does not provide specific information on patients, but can provide the following general condition information:

Canada's labour laws restrict business growth

Canada's labour laws restrict business growth

The Fraser Institute

Minister of Education's responds to meeting between BCTF and BCPSEA

Education Minister Peter Fassbender . . . three specific steps to reach a settlement

Education Minister Peter Fassbender issued the following statement (Wednesday):

"I invited the lead negotiators, Mr. Iker and Mr. Cameron, to meet with  me today because we all want to resolve this strike. We want to see  students in school next Tuesday.

"To make that happen, both sides need to focus on the issues that can be mediated and settled immediately and set aside some matters that will be dealt with by the courts.

Police lock down Nanaimo hospital

Police lock down Nanaimo hospital

A lockdown at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital today ended without incident, according to RCMP Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong.

Latest Mount Polley water-quality results

The tailings pond at Mt. Polley Mine.

Water samples taken from Quesnel Lake on Aug. 13 by Ministry of Environment staff have been tested and continue to meet provincial and federal drinking water guidelines at shallower depths where drinking water is typically sourced from.

The latest samples were taken at the following locations and depths:

BC welcomes more firefighters to province

Firefighters from across Canada and Australia have helped BC deal with its wildfire problem in 2014. — Photo courtesy BC Government Fire Information

With 162 wildfires still burning throughout the province and many fire crews needing to take mandatory days off, the Wildfire Management Branch will welcome 90 more out-of-province fire personnel to B.C. over the weekend.

Sixty sustained-action firefighters and about 30 additional firefighters from Ontario and Alberta will arrive in Prince George, where they will be briefed and then dispatched to where they’re needed throughout the province. B.C. firefighters have been working extremely hard and bringing in crews from other jurisdictions will give them a much-needed break.

COMMENT: Lessons from Mount Polley

COMMENT: Lessons from Mount Polley

B.C.'s economy – already facing what seems like the perfect economic storm of stagnant job growth, an acute skills shortage and the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on First Nation land title claims – can now add one more low pressure system into that mix: the Mount Polley Mine disaster.

Fatal hit and run investigation turns to the public for assistance

The map image shows where the body of a Penticton resident was found earlier this month. — Photo courtesy RCMP

Police continue to investigate a hit and run fatality and are requesting public assistance in moving the investigation forward.
The investigation is a result of police finding a boyd lying in the middle of Skaha Lake Road (Tuesday) August 12 at approximately 4:40 a.m.

RCMP ask assistance in locating missing American

Jackie Dean Caldwell has been missing since August 16. — Photo courtesy RCMP

The Milk River RCMP are asking for the public's help in locating an overdue male traveller.

Jackie Dean Caldwell, 74, departed from his home in Mount Juliet, Tennessee on (Tuesday) August 12.

Known as Jack, Caldwell was en route to Fairbanks, Alaska driving a Black 1997 Goldwing tri-wheel motorcycle with Tennessee license plate ZB0984.

The bike has a distinguishing decal on the back, of a Greyhound  bus dog logo.

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