Court Case Update

The BC Court of Appeal, by a 4 to 1 vote, ruled in favour of the government position over the BCTF position.

Some articles:

 

The full text of the decision can be found here – highly recommended reading, if you actually want to know what’s going on in this case, as there is a lot of misinformation out there:

http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/CA/15/01/2015BCCA0184.htm

From the summary:

The trial judge held that certain sections of the Education Improvement Act, S.B.C. 2012, c. 3, unjustifiably infringed teachers’ freedom of association under s. 2(d) of the Charter. This holding was based on two main conclusions: the Province’s consultations with the BCTF before the legislation was enacted were irrelevant to its constitutionality, and the Province had in any event failed to consult in good faith. 

Majority (per Bauman C.J.B.C., Newbury, Saunders and Harris JJ.A.): The Province’s consultations are relevant to the constitutionality of the legislation. The trial judge’s finding that the Province had failed to consult in good faith was based on errors of law and palpable and overriding errors of fact. Between the consultations and the collective bargaining leading up to the legislation, teachers were afforded a meaningful process in which to advance their collective aspirations. The legislation did not infringe s. 2(d) of the Charter.

Reasons for Judgment of the Honourable Chief Justice Bauman and Mr. Justice Harris:

[1]             This appeal addresses the constitutionality of legislation that affects the workload and working conditions of teachers in the public school system in this province. Enacted in 2012, the legislation nullified terms that were part of the teachers’ collective agreement before 2002 and provided that similar terms could not be renegotiated or included in their collective agreement until July 2013. The legislation also provided for the appointment of a mediator whose primary goal was to help the teachers’ union (the BCTF) and school boards negotiate toward a short-term collective agreement that would expire at the end of June 2013.

[2]             Earlier legislation nullifying terms of the teachers’ collective agreement had been declared unconstitutional for infringing teachers’ freedom of association under s. 2(d) of the Charter. The judge suspended the effect of her decision for 12 months to allow the parties time to address its implications. During that period, teachers were consulted by the Province, and teachers and school boards engaged in collective bargaining through their certified bargaining agents. The parties did not reach agreement and teachers engaged in lawful job action. On the expiry of the 12-month suspension, the legislation at issue in this appeal was enacted.

[3]             The Province recognizes that the legislation affects teachers’ working conditions and covers subjects on which teachers hold strong professional views. However, it contends that the legislation goes beyond the subject matter of typical collective agreements (such as job security and seniority rights) by addressing issues for which the Province is politically accountable. These issues include education policy under the School Act, resource allocation within the education portfolio—between potentially competing priorities such as class size and composition, salaries, technology in the classroom, new school building and seismic upgrading, among many other matters—as well as resource allocation across competing government portfolios—for example, between investments in hospitals and the operating budgets of schools. The Province says that during the 12-month suspension it consulted with teachers in good faith, in a manner that respected their freedom of association.

[4]             The BCTF brought another constitutional challenge. The judge declared that this legislation was also unconstitutional for infringing teachers’ freedom of association. The Province appeals.

[5]             The judge’s decision was based on two main conclusions. She held that the Province’s consultations with the BCTF were irrelevant to the constitutionality of the legislation. She also considered that the Province had failed to consult in good faith.

[6]             We would allow the appeal. In our opinion, the legislation was constitutional. Between the consultations and the collective bargaining leading up to the legislation, teachers were afforded a meaningful process in which to advance their collective aspirations. Their freedom of association was respected.

[7]             Moreover, the judge’s finding that the Province did not consult in good faith was based on legal error and must be set aside. In our opinion, the judge should not have assessed the substantive merit or objective reasonableness of the parties’ negotiating positions. Courts are poorly equipped to make such assessments. What matters in this case is the quality of the consultation process itself and whether it gave teachers a meaningful opportunity to make collective representations (through the BCTF) about their shared workplace goals. We find that it did.

 

The 2014 decision by Judge Griffin can be found here (this is the one that was appealed):

http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/SC/14/01/2014BCSC0121cor1.htm

That was a continuation of the 2011 decision, again by Judge Griffin:

http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/SC/11/04/2011BCSC0469.htm

BCCPAC Proxies

The complete list of PACs who are members, along with who has and who hasn’t sent in proxies, is listed below. At the moment, we have 15 proxies in, and 12 outstanding.

Having these votes helps to increase our voice at the BCCPAC AGM. The AGM is Saturday, and our delegates are travelling down before that. We’d really appreciate it if you can send it to us ASAP.  

If your PAC is a member, please fill out the proxy, get two signatures from executive members, scan, and email it to info@sd57dpac.ca.

Proxy form: http://sd57dpac.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2015_proxy_form.pdf

We are sending three delegates, any two of which you can write on the form:
Dennis Fudge
Charleen Henyu
Donna Stephan

At our resolutions meeting on Saturday, the members came to some decisions as how we would cast our votes. We can either cast your vote in this manner, or you can direct us to vote in a specific way – just let us know.
Our decisions: http://sd57dpac.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Executive-Board-Report-for-April-13-2015.pdf


Who are BCCPAC members in this district?
We encourage our member PACs to cast your vote at the BCCPAC AGM
Beaverly Elementary
College Heights Elementary (Ecole)   (received)
College Heights Secondary
DPAC SD#57 Prince George   (received)
Duchess Park Secondary   (received)
Edgewood Elementary    (received)
Foothills Elementary   (received)
Giscome Elementary
Glenview Elementary   (received)
Heather Park Elementary   (received)
Heritage Elementary   (received)
Highglen Montessori Elementary   (received)
Hixon Elementary School
Lac des Bois (Ecole)   (received)
Mackenzie Secondary
Malaspina Elementary
Morfee Elementary
Nukko Lake Elementary
Nusdeh Yoh   (received)
Peden Hill Elementary
Pineview Elementary
Prince George Secondary   (received)
Quinson Elementary   (received)
Southridge Elementary
Spruceland Traditional   (received)
Van Bien Elementary
Vanway Elementary


 

BCCPAC Proxy Form Request

We need to get signed proxy forms back from PACs who are members of BCCPAC. This helps to increase our voice at the BCCPAC AGM. Please send to us by Monday, April 27th.

If your PAC is a member (please see list below), please fill out the proxy, scan, and email it to info@sd57dpac.ca. If you need to fax it, please attention it to Sarah, and fax to 250.564.7490. The

Proxy form: http://sd57dpac.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2015_proxy_form.pdf

We are sending three delegates, any two of which you can write on the form:
Dennis Fudge
Charleen Henyu
Donna Stephan

At our resolutions meeting on Saturday, the members came to some decisions as how we would cast our votes. We can either cast your vote in this manner, or you can direct us to vote in a specific way – just let us know.
Our decisions: http://sd57dpac.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Executive-Board-Report-for-April-13-2015.pdf

Who are BCCPAC members in this district?
We encourage our member PACs to cast your vote at the BCCPAC AGM
Beaverly Elementary
College Heights Elementary (Ecole)
College Heights Secondary
DPAC SD#57 Prince George
Duchess Park Secondary
Edgewood Elementary Prince George 57 true No
Foothills Elementary
Giscome Elementary
Glenview Elementary
Heather Park Elementary
Heritage Elementary
Highglen Montessori Elementary
Hixon Elementary School
Lac des Bois (Ecole)
Mackenzie Secondary
Malaspina Elementary
Morfee Elementary
Nukko Lake Elementary
Nusdeh Yoh
Peden Hill Elementary
Pineview Elementary
Prince George Secondary
Quinson Elementary
Southridge Elementary
Spruceland Traditional
Van Bien Elementary
Vanway Elementary

School District Strategic Planning Sessions

fluidsurveys.com/surveys/stormylake/sd-57-dialogic-registration/

Note: the new link to the survey, as published on the school district website, is: https://ucalgarypsych.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3aSRfhSmudf4oWV

The Board of Education and School District No. 57 has embarked on a program to develop a shared mission, vision, core values and goals that will provide overall strategic direction for the school district over the next five years. To do so, SD 57 has designed a strategic planning initiative to engage our organization, partners, and the greater community through a series of community engagement sessions to be run in April and May. We would like to invite you to participate in one of these community engagement meetings. You will be joined by members of the community, faculty, staff and administration. Your voice and objective point-of-view are very important to us. As each event can only accommodate a limited number of participants, your commitment to attending is very important to us. If the session is fully booked, we would like to place you on a wait list and will notify you of this. A followup email with the details of the event that you have registered for will be provided a few days prior to the event itself. A few key note are: there is no preparation required for the event, and a light snack will be provided. Thank you.

 

All of the sessions are 5pm to 7pm, and people can attend any session they wish.

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/Pages/newsitem.aspx?ItemID=33&ListID=75c80a8f-296a-4d0a-940f-ee765426e1a2&TemplateID=Announcement_Item

 

  • College Heights Secondary | Tuesday April 21, 2015 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • D. P. Todd Secondary | Thursday April 23, 2015 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Mackenzie Secondary | Wednesday April 29, 2015 | 5:00-7:00
  • Kelly Road Secondary | Thursday April 30, 2015 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • John McInnis Centre | Monday May 4, 2015 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Valemount Secondary | Wednesday May 6 | 2014 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • McBride Secondary | Thursday May 7, 2015 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Duchess Park Secondary | Tuesday May 12, 2015 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Prince George Secondary | Wednesday May 13, 2015 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Agenda for DPAC meeting April 13, 2015

Webconference access: https://ca-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=7345&password=M.5DB0FBE0C57C82119D7FF730892B93

 

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, April 13, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Van Bien Training Centre
1. Call to order, Secretary
2. Adoption of agenda and Adoption of Minutes
3. PAC Networking and discussion (To increase the effectiveness of this section of the agenda, we suggest that people report on ideas that may be of interest to other PACs, or concerns that other PACs could help with.)
7:30pm – Partner groups enter
4. Partner Group Presentations (five minutes each – questions may be taken about general topics)
a) DSAC Report (Robin Keahey, Hayley Jakubowski)
b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Tina Cousins, Richard Giroday)
d) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Dan Watt)
e) Professional Employees Association (Nicole Haines)
f) Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)
g) Trustee Report (Brenda Hooker)
(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
5. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Chris Finke)
c) BCCPAC Report (Dennis Fudge)
d) Nominating Committee for May elections (Darlene, Chris)
6. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Grant requests – from Quinson
b) Gary Anaka – September 24th – evening presentation & available to schools during the day. Need to arrange publicity and event location – Teenage Brain for parents & students in grade 8-12
c) Fall conference planning – committee to meet
7. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Chris, Darlene)
c) Policy and Governance (Sarah, Dennis)
d) Ad hoc Technology Committee (Steve)
e) Expanded committee of the whole (Dennis, Gillian)
f) Suggestions for School Board Report

8. Other Business
a) BCCPAC Conference – looking for expressions of interest in attending – April 30th to May 3rd (attendees to be selected at April 13th DPAC general meeting)
b) Proxies – requesting these from members
9. Agenda items for next meeting
10. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 11th, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

Complete list of BCCPAC Resolutions Now Available

http://bccpac.bc.ca/news-blog/bccpac-resolutions-2015

Don’t forget to register for the resolutions discussion meeting, this Saturday! Resolutions to be discussed include:

  • Prohibition on Asbestos Removal
  • Implementation of Parent Portal
  • Advocation for Systemic and Cultural Change
  • Transitional Support for Systemic Change
  • Funding for Private School
  • Proper Funding for Quality Public Education
  • Regulation of Special Education Assistants

 

http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/prince-george-dpac-bccpac-resolutions-workshop-2015-tickets-16292135215

All PACs who are BCCPAC members are entitled to vote on these resolutions. The resolutions meetings allows us to come to decisions and recommendations to make on the resolutions. Members PACs are:

Beaverly Elementary
College Heights Elementary (Ecole)
College Heights Secondary
DPAC SD#57 Prince George
Duchess Park Secondary
Edgewood Elementary Prince George 57 true No
Foothills Elementary
Giscome Elementary
Glenview Elementary
Heather Park Elementary
Heritage Elementary
Highglen Montessori Elementary
Hixon Elementary School
Lac des Bois (Ecole)
Mackenzie Secondary
Malaspina Elementary
Morfee Elementary
Nukko Lake Elementary
Nusdeh Yoh
Peden Hill Elementary
Pineview Elementary
Prince George Secondary
Quinson Elementary
Southridge Elementary
Spruceland Traditional
Van Bien Elementary
Vanway Elementary

 

Pro D Day Flyer – April 24th

Please find attached the Pro D Day Flyer for April 24th. The flyer promotes recreation, fitness, culture and education and is a valuable resource for parents and teachers that are looking for activities for kids to be involved in on April 24th Pro D Day.  This is the final edition of the Pro D Day Flyer for the 2014-2015 school year!

The flyer is also available on the City Of Prince George website at www.princegeorge.ca (look under City Living>Recreation>Youth Programs).  The flyer changes from one Pro D Day to the next but the link to access it on the City website is the same.  This is the direct link: http://www.princegeorge.ca/cityliving/recreation/YouthPrograms

 

Please feel free to link to this site on your school websites and list it in your monthly newsletter.  A link in the school monthly newsletter is the best way to reach most students and parents/caregivers.  Please also feel free to share the flyer or link with staff, administration as well as parents and students.

WE@SEL * APRIL

WE@SEL * APRIL

PARENTS OF ELEMENTARY STUDENTS * STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

HELLO ALL.

April is here!

Below is a tip sheet for parents on helping your children make friends, a really helpful article on child anxiety, activities locally, song and video. Please take a look at the Parent Toolkit site that was posted recently to help parents “navigate your child’s personal journey from kindergarten through highschool.” It looks like a good go-to site. Also, some activities for kids of all ages at the public libraries.

Enjoy the flowers popping up!

Linda Campbell

school counsellor

https://www.smore.com/eqpru-we-sel-april?ref=email