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Katie Hyslop moved to Vancouver in September 2008 after graduating from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador with a degree in student newspaper. To beef up her credentials, she studied journalism at the University of British Columbia, and now holds a graduate degree. With the exception of one summer shuffling between Toronto and her sister's couch in St. John's, she hasn't managed to muster up the desire to leave the west coast yet. When not writing about education and youth for The Tyee Solutions Society, Katie occupies her time writing about poverty and homelessness in British Columbia as news editor of Megaphone Magazine, Vancouver's street paper, or freelancing for other media outlets like OpenFile Vancouver, the CBC, and This Magazine, with the goal of making a living substantial enough to rent a place above ground again some day.

Reporting Beat: Provincial education and youth initiatives

The most important issue in BC today?: Financial inequality, because it encompasses so many problems, including child poverty, homelessness, lack of First Nations treaty agreements, sky-rocketing housing prices, and environmental concerns like the Encana Pipeline, just to name a few.

Twitter: @kehyslop

Stories by Katie Hyslop

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Should Homes Be Money?

A UN envoy investigates the ‘financialization’ of Canadians’ right to housing in Vancouver.

By Katie Hyslop, Today


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Star Progressive Pramila Jayapal on Why the Political Left Needs More Activists

It’s key to building successful campaigns today, says Bernie-backed US Congressional candidate.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Sep 2016


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Support for Youth ‘Aging Out’ of Care Could Save $200 Million a Year: Report

Ending supports at 19 results in higher future costs, poor outcomes, says Vancouver Foundation.

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Sep 2016


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A Tyee Series

‘If They Do It Properly,’ Coastal Youth Could Support Megaprojects

In Prince Rupert and area, some ‘yay’ to LNG, but not for oil pipelines to the northwest coast. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Sep 2016


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A Tyee Series

In Prince Rupert, Good Times Gaming for Young and Old

In conversation with Rob Gruber, (dungeon) master of games for the six-to-76 set. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Sep 2016


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How to End Child Poverty, According to a Stanford Economist

Raj Chetty on ways to invest in kids for maximum impact. A Tyee interview.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Sep 2016


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A Tyee Series

In Prince Rupert, Making Sure Salmon Stay in (Elementary) School

In conversation with French immersion teacher and confessed ‘salmon guy,’ Mike McDowall. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Sep 2016


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A Tyee Series

Bringing a Love of Movement to Northwest BC’s Wilderness

In conversation with Forest Parkour BC founder Wyatt Chandler. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 12 Sep 2016


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A Tyee Series

Youth in BC’s Northwest Interior Wrestle With Mega-Project Future

Jobs are badly needed, but is industry-as-usual the way? Many aren’t sold. First in a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Sep 2016


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A Tyee Series

In BC’s North, Creating a Safe Place for Youth to Connect with Their Land

In conversation with ‘Youth On Water’ coordinator Anissa Watson. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Sep 2016


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A Tyee Series

Jim’s Story: What Can Be Done to House Our Most Vulnerable Residents?

It isn’t lack of knowledge or politics that holds us back, but logistics, experts say. Last of two.

By Katie Hyslop, 2 Sep 2016


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A Tyee Series

In Downtown Eastside, Jim’s Story Shows Holes in Vast Net of Systems and Services

Facing complex challenges, his struggle is emblematic of hundreds others. First of two parts.

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Sep 2016


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Canada’s Plan to Stop Violence Against Women ‘Has to Come Right about Now’: Minister

Patty Hajdu will spend her summer collecting stories across the country.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Jul 2016


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BC's School Funding Formula Broken, Say Trustees, Parents

Annual uncertainty and per-student grant that doesn't reflect reality hurt students, say critics.

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Jul 2016


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Selling Kingsgate Mall Helps BC Liberal Donors, Not Schools: Blogger

Laila Yuile argues that if mall land were sold, Beedie Development Group, not Vancouver board, would benefit most.

By Katie Hyslop, 2 Jul 2016


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Closing Britannia Secondary Will Hit Indigenous Students Hard, Say Community Members

School with highest Aboriginal-identified population could shutter by next June.

By Katie Hyslop, 24 Jun 2016


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Fostering Change: Cabaret Promotes Support for Youth 'Aging Out' of Care

Vancouver celebs share stories tonight to highlight need to help former children in care.

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Jun 2016


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What's So Great about University Rankings?

UBC prof's book says rankings undermine education quality, distort priorities.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Jun 2016


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A Tyee Series

Were You Ready to 'Adult' at 19? Should We Expect Foster Kids to Be?

BC claims it has a policy for launching youth into the grown-up world, but it's not always followed. Scotland does better. Last of two.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Jun 2016


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A Tyee Series

'Aging Out' of Foster Care Needn't Be Traumatic, Youth Say

The hard part is getting government to meet its own best practices across BC. First of two.

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Jun 2016


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Crucial Safety Net for Foster Kids? School

New report busts myths about low grad rates for teens in gov't care.

By Katie Hyslop, 26 May 2016


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BC's Kids Deserve a Voice, and You Can Help

I've got a wild idea. But I can't do it without Tyee reader support.

By Katie Hyslop, 20 May 2016


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Vancouver Housing Report Mostly 'A's, but Look Closer, Critics Say

Absence of detail, too broad a focus among faults found in city’s renter strategy.

By Katie Hyslop, 18 May 2016


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Why Are BC's Independent Schools Getting So Much Money?

Private school funding is increasing three times faster than support for public schools. The Tyee explores why.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 May 2016


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BC Law Manufactures Insecurity, Say 'Manufactured Home' Owners

With land prices rising, there's little to protect a key source of affordable housing from redevelopment.

By Katie Hyslop, 12 May 2016


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Vancouver School Board Refuses to Balance Budget

Vision and Green trustees band together to reject $24 million in cuts.

By Katie Hyslop, 29 Apr 2016


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A Small Town with Big Ideas for Housing Single Parent Families

Dryden, Ontario sees safe shelter as the first step to improving family futures. Last of two.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Apr 2016


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Supportive Housing's Catch-22 for Single Parents on Welfare

Losing your kids once can lead to losing your shelter -- which makes it harder to get back your kids. First of two.

By Katie Hyslop, 13 Apr 2016


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Change to School-Leaving Certificates Positive but Lacks Oversight: Advocate

Around 60 Indigenous students set to get Evergreens instead of diplomas, violating new rules.

By Katie Hyslop, 11 Apr 2016


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Food Bank Society's Two-Tier Membership Shuns Clients, Critics Say

Greater Vancouver group isn't alone in denying users the right to be voting members.

By Katie Hyslop, 4 Apr 2016


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'Devastating' Cuts Recommended for Vancouver Schools: Board Chair

District staff propose cutting supports for students, teachers, to save $27 million.

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Apr 2016


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First Nations School Funds a 'Great Move,' but Success Remains to Be Seen

Gov't must give on-reserve schools a say in how money is spent, says UNBC prof.

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Mar 2016


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Reconciliation Starts with Educating about Indigenous Lives

Universities can play big roles that remain to date unfulfilled, say Indigenous academics.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Mar 2016


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Glen Hansman to Lead BC Teachers into Last Leg of Legal Battles

Seven-year union executive veteran takes the helm through acclamation.

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Mar 2016


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School Districts Say 12-Year-Old Formula Leaves Vulnerable Students Unsupported

CommunityLINK money doesn't match enrolment or risk factors.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Mar 2016


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Vancouver Shines Light on Empty Condos

City study measures vacancy problem, but authors say more data needed.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Mar 2016


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UBC Faculty Launch Board of Governors No-confidence Vote

March 22 vote could tell board it 'does not meet the standards we expect,' says association president.

By Katie Hyslop, 3 Mar 2016


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In Canada, Housing Is a Right. Right?

Sure, on paper. In practice, feds fail to live up to 40-year-old UN commitment.

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Feb 2016


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UBC Rejects Divestment against 'Expressed Will' of Students and Faculty, Says Campaigner

Board of governors presents alternative fund, notes low turnout for divestment votes.

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Feb 2016


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At Ottawa Forum, Housing Sector Readies for Feds' Next Moves

With infrastructure cash on horizon, stakeholders sharpen affordability pitch.

By David P. Ball and Katie Hyslop, 16 Feb 2016


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Crash Course Encourages Aboriginal Students to Consider Sciences

Students explore science, tech and engineering options, learn about university life.

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Feb 2016


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Nine Ways to Turn Vancouver's Housing Crisis from 'Breaking Point' to Tipping Point

In wake of recent headlines, we offer these ready-made ideas.

By David P. Ball and Katie Hyslop, 10 Feb 2016


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Sprott Shaw Strikes Deal to Offer Diplomas from Ontario College

Public-private partnership latest move to cash in on international students.

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Feb 2016


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UBC Faculty and Students Protest Board Handling of Gupta Departure

Governance experts say no rules were broken, while critics call for transparency reforms.

By Katie Hyslop, 3 Feb 2016


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Vancouver Vote for Seismic Funds Puts Schools on Chopping Block

'We have been somewhat forced into this by government,' says trustee.

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Jan 2016


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Density Is Coming, Say Urban Thinkers, but to Whose Backyard?

Debate series seeks common ground on Metro Vancouver's growth strategy.

By Katie Hyslop, 22 Jan 2016


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From Classroom to Courtroom, Gay Advocate's 25-year Winning Streak

Trailblazer Murray Corren recounts battles for adoptive, marriage and education rights.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Jan 2016


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Canada's Top Court Will Hear BC Teachers' Bargaining Rights Case

Decision 'another important step' in battle over class size, composition, says union leader.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Jan 2016


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In Lean Times, Nimble Non-Profits Give Foster Kids a Needed Lift

Youth exiting government care can succeed, but years of cuts don't make it the easiest launch.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Jan 2016


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For Youth Leaving Care, Liftoff Takes a Village

Whether a warm bed or college degree, organizations help kids 'aging out' set and achieve goals.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Dec 2015


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Creating 'Launch' Conditions for Foster Kids

In an economy tough on youth, support groups focus on life-after-care transition.

By Katie Hyslop, 18 Dec 2015


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Road Not Yet Cleared for Christian Law School with Anti-Gay Stance

Law society’s governors can still block TWU accreditation, so might Canada's top court: lawyer.

By Katie Hyslop, 11 Dec 2015


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One Big Idea to Tie Affordable Housing to Accessible Transit

You can't have one without the other. Enter the '30/30/30' plan.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Dec 2015


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Why UNBC Students and Faculty Are Protesting James Moore's Chancellor Appointment

It's a conflict of values, say critics: 'I wouldn't accept my degree from him.'

By Katie Hyslop, 3 Dec 2015


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How Can Ottawa Help Cities House Their Citizens?

Start by shoring up social housing, says cities chief. A Tyee Solutions Society interview.

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Nov 2015


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Stagnant Child Poverty Rate Reignites Calls for BC-wide Plan

First Call report card, released today, appeals to lone province without anti-poverty strategy.

By Katie Hyslop, 24 Nov 2015


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Are BC Schools Ready for Syrian Refugees?

With 1,000 kids on the way, critics say more teacher training and resources are needed.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Nov 2015


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What Do Young Libertarians Have to Say about Climate Change?

Freedom lovers grapple with the great challenge of our time at a recent student-led conference.

By Katie Hyslop, 13 Nov 2015


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Solving Youth Homelessness, One Community at a Time

Those under 25 aren't like other homeless, agencies find. Why not 'wrap' them in supports?

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Nov 2015


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BC Fails Goal to Close Aboriginal Graduation Gap

Audit shows gains made, but more work with Indigenous groups needed, says advocate.

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Nov 2015


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Good News for VCC Adult Ed, Some Layoffs Rescinded

After fears that tuition hurt enrolment, many teachers will keep their jobs.

By Katie Hyslop, 30 Oct 2015


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Will Trudeau's Teacher Skills Help Him Run Canada?

As an educator-in-training, the Liberal leader was steeped in tradition of democratic teaching.

By Katie Hyslop, 29 Oct 2015


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Hartley Bay Rescuer Extends Sympathies to Tofino Rescuers

Marven Robinson, involved in 2006 ferry disaster effort, said first responders just did 'what mariners do.'

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Oct 2015


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Advocates Hopeful for 'Real Progress' on Housing Crisis

Liberals have promised billions for social housing, co-ops and new rentals.

By Katie Hyslop and David P. Ball, 22 Oct 2015


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Horgan Responds to Child Ministry's Election Day Announcement

NDP leader welcomes improvements to at-risk youth care, questions timing.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Oct 2015


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Liberal Tide Brings Five Indigenous Wins

Funding cap lifted. A missing women inquiry. And a record 10 aboriginal MPs.

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Oct 2015


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BC Gov't Plan to Improve Child Services 'Huge': Watchdog

Ministry responds to scathing report on death of 19-year-old Paige.

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Oct 2015


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A Tyee Series

Can Canada's Housing Agency Be Restored?

It once met needs the market couldn't, or wouldn't. Advocates say it could again. Last in a series.

By Katie Hyslop and David P. Ball, 19 Oct 2015


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Timeline: How Tories Changed Canadian Elections

Fixed date, scrapped per-vote subsidy, and more ways this race is different.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Oct 2015


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A Tyee Series

From Housing the Neediest to Serving the Home-Selling Industry

Canada's public housing agency, CMHC, has come a long way in 25 years.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Oct 2015


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Rise of the Really, Really Young Vote

Half of Canada's schools will host mock elections this week -- thousands more than in 2011.

By Katie Hyslop, 12 Oct 2015


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How Many Poor Kids Live in Your Riding?

Data shows more than half of BC's districts above national child poverty average.

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Oct 2015


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How Can Canada Meet Its Refugee Goals? Ask Migrant Youth

Young newcomers speak from experience on living up to our commitments.

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Oct 2015


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'Stolen Sisters' Invites National Reckoning on Missing Women

Quebec author recounts how Canada failed two indigenous teens.

By Katie Hyslop, 30 Sep 2015


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Let Me Be Clear: Fact Checking Leaders on Foreign Policy

A civil debate, sure. But civility, it seems, doesn't always encourage truthfulness.

By Katie Hyslop, 29 Sep 2015


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Canada's Lousy Record on Gender Equality No Surprise, Advocates Say

After starving 'Status of Women' offices, feds produce report showing gaps in pay, violence flatlining.

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Sep 2015


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Where Do Major Parties Stand on Reconciliation?

Three months after commission's report, aboriginal issues take campaign backseat.

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Sep 2015


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'Sessional' Instructors: Return of the Penniless Scholar?

With little job security, they're now a university norm. But some are winning a better deal.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Sep 2015


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Let Me Be Clear: Fact Checking Leaders on Economy and Environment

Follow along as we attempt to verify their statements, despite the interruptions.

By Katie Hyslop, 18 Sep 2015


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Proportional Representation: So Close, Supporters Can Taste It

But as Vancouver panel notes, electoral reform alone won't mean the end of Canada's democracy woes.

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Sep 2015


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Shutting Down the 'Pipeline' from Foster Care to Homelessness

Many youth lack supports after 'aging out.' But experts envision a better way.

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Sep 2015


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UVic's New Telus MBA: Creeping Corporatization, or Just Keeping Up?

Customized program raises questions about post-secondary partnerships with big business.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Sep 2015


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Politicians Spinning the Truth? Send It to FactsCan

Volunteer spin-sniffers take on campaign statements. Still, even fact-checkers get checked sometimes.

By Katie Hyslop, 12 Sep 2015


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Adult Ed Tuition 'All Over the Map': Union President

Institutions charging up to $800 per course, but say grants cover most students' costs.

By Katie Hyslop, 11 Sep 2015


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A Tyee Series

The STEM Sell: Early Exposure Key to Future Science Careers

Province sees technical skills shortage ahead, yet support for in-school scientist program lags.

By Katie Hyslop, 10 Sep 2015


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A Tyee Series

Every Lesson Is an Experiment with 'Open Source' Science Class

BC teachers go off-plan, adding sizzle to a subject some find daunting.

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Sep 2015


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A Tyee Series

Learning Comes Naturally at 'Forest School'

It's a classroom as big as all outdoors. First in a series on new experiments in science ed.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Sep 2015


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Which Party Has the Best Plan for Kids?

As platform pledges roll out, we asked three child care experts for their first impressions.

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Aug 2015


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Rallying the Vote, On and Off Reserve

Grassroots organizers shoot for the greatest Indigenous voter turnout in Canadian history.

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Aug 2015


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Is VCC Closing a Campus? Just a Rumour, Says Admin

Support staff and students fear the worst, but college brass says alarm hurts the school.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Aug 2015


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More Layoffs Expected for Vancouver Community College Adult Ed Faculty

Enrollment down since province started charging tuition, says faculty association president.

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Aug 2015


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Let Me Be Clear: Fact Checking Leaders on Democracy

We took a slice of last night's debate and asked who was telling the truth.

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Aug 2015


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A Tyee Series

Tiny Homes: Inexpensive and Cute, but Livable?

Some swear by these 100 square-foot wonders. But Vancouver isn't convinced. Fourth in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 22 Jul 2015


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A Tyee Series

How to Cool Vancouver's Home Price Fever

Experts find much to be done, with inspiration from abroad and at home. Third in a series.

By David P. Ball and Katie Hyslop, 20 Jul 2015


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A Tyee Series

What 'Invisible' Money Adds to Vancouver Home Prices

Mysterious purchasing power has created a $300,000 premium. First in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 13 Jul 2015


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A Tyee Series

A Foot in the Door: An Unaffordable Country's Next Steps

Housing is personal, but some problems go coast-to-coast and demand a national response.

By David P. Ball, Chris Wood and Katie Hyslop, 3 Jul 2015


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A Tyee Series

A Foot in the Door: From Jailhouse to No House

As parole declines, a cycle persists: cell to street and back again. Latest in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Jul 2015


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A Tyee Series

A Foot in the Door: 'Status' Key to Indigenous Housing

Off-reserve support just out of reach for some aboriginal urbanites. Latest in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Jun 2015


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A Tyee Series

A Foot in the Door: For Aging Renters, Housing Costs Far from Fixed

Renters in Canada's 'wealthiest generation' more vulnerable than home-owning peers.

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Jun 2015


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A Tyee Series

A Foot in the Door: Homeless Youth in and out of the Closet

More than one in five homeless young Canadians are LGBTQ2S. How do we get them into safe housing? Latest in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 24 Jun 2015


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A Tyee Series

A Foot in the Door: Canadians on the Housing Brink

Amid national affordability crisis, new series spotlights eight housing-stressed demographics.

By Katie Hyslop, Chris Wood and David P. Ball, 22 Jun 2015


mediacheck

Teaching Tykes about Sex? There's an App for That

A BC developer's uphill attempt to offer primary schoolers 'the talk.'

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Jun 2015


opinion

Stop Telling Me to Move to the Suburbs

A Vancouver millennial takes on Boomer condescension over housing cost complaints.

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Jun 2015


news

Paige's Story: Who Checks In When Students Check Out?

Children's watchdog finds BC school attendance policies lack teeth.

By Katie Hyslop, 30 May 2015


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Canada's Housing Crisis 'A Failure of All of Us'

Time to put affordable homes on the federal agenda, say advocates. First in a solutions series.

By Katie Hyslop and David P. Ball, 5 May 2015


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For Vancouver Parents, School Fundraising 'Has Become Our Lives'

Exhausted moms and dads hawk wares and plan socials to make up for district cuts.

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Mar 2015


news

A Chance to Change the Headlines

Award gives Indigenous journalists an opportunity to report beyond stereotypes.

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Feb 2015


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Marking the End of a 'Dark Era'

Residential school demolition ceremony gives former residents a chance to heal.

By Katie Hyslop, 18 Feb 2015


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Kids Learn Culture and Language at Surrey's Only Indigenous Preschool

But support for Aboriginal Early Childhood Education has dropped, report says.

By Katie Hyslop, 13 Feb 2015


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How to Train the Next Generation of Tradespeople?

Boost programs at high schools, shop teacher says.

By Katie Hyslop, 4 Feb 2015


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Education Experts Dish on Best Learning Practices

Five takeaways from a BC forum on learning.

By Katie Hyslop, 31 Jan 2015


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Faculty Take Strike Vote at University of Northern British Columbia

Salaries a sticking point in pricey northern city.

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Jan 2015


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There's a Population Boom South of the Fraser River, But Post-Secondary Isn't Keeping Pace

Students shouldn't have to commute to attend school, say community leaders.

By Katie Hyslop, 22 Jan 2015


mediacheck

Is that Story Too Good to Be True? It's Probably a Hoax

Journalist Craig Silverman on Internet rumours, lies and 'batmen' spotted on the moon.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Jan 2015


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Adult Education Fee Hike to Hit Some Students Hard

'I would have to find another way to pursue going to college,' says student with disability.

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Jan 2015


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Instead of Punishment, Accused Dal Dentistry Students Get 'Private Tutoring,' Say Critics

University move to separate classes 'sets a bit of a dangerous precedent.'

By Katie Hyslop, 13 Jan 2015


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Tuition Saves a Third of Vancouver Community College's ESL Seats

But $1,600 a semester is too high, says faculty association president.

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Dec 2014


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Kwantlen University Grading Proposal Lowers Standards, Faculty Fears

Change would bring school in line with others, but some students and staff are opposed.

By Katie Hyslop, 18 Dec 2014


blogs

Tuition fees could save some Vancouver Community College ESL programs: president

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Dec 2014


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Future of Western Canada's Largest ESL Programs Still in Doubt

Gov't allows public providers to charge tuition, but it may not be enough.

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Dec 2014


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Dreams on Hold as ESL Schools Slated to Close

'I don't know why they want to stop our ability to connect to this country': student.

By Katie Hyslop, 4 Dec 2014


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Child Poverty Report Card: BC Shows Improvement

With new statistics in hand, we asked experts how to improve the lives of the poor.

By Katie Hyslop, 24 Nov 2014


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One Thousand BC Kids Still Waiting for Homes

Small improvements to adoption program, watchdog finds, but waitlist isn't diminishing.

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Nov 2014


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LaPointe Loses Bid for Mayor, But NPA Makes Inroads

Supporters buoyed by gains on council, park and school board.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Nov 2014


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Re-elected Mayor Robertson Vows 'We Can Do Better'

Vision Vancouver retains control of council, loses parks and school board. Tyee reports from the ground.

By Doug Ward, Katie Hyslop and Geoff Dembicki, 15 Nov 2014


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Ballot Bungle Leaves Musqueam Voters off Registration List

City's election official says error affecting over 1,000 voters fixed.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Nov 2014


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A Tyee Series

Vancouver Election: The Tyee's Four Big Questions

Where do the major parties stand on our issues? We asked, they answered.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Nov 2014


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Lisa Barrett, Pitching Participatory Democracy

Trip to Brazil inspired former Bowen Island mayor's platform.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Nov 2014


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Patti Bacchus, Always Up For a Fight

Called an ideologue by foes, the outspoken, veteran Vision trustee is hungry for another round.

By Katie Hyslop, 11 Nov 2014


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My Co-op Is Falling Down

Shoddy construction and expiring subsidies puts my home at risk. Preview of a new series.

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Nov 2014


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Chevron Refuels Debate over Corporate Money in Schools

Gas giant contributions don't replace lost public dollars but remain hotly contested.

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Nov 2014


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A Tyee Series

Ideas With Your Fries? Giving Youth Credit for Food Smarts

Given support to explore on their own, some take food literacy to the next level. Last in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 29 Oct 2014


news

Too Many Teachers?

With three grads for every job, four paths to a balanced education workforce.

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Oct 2014


news

A Tyee Series

How to 'Sell' Healthy Food to Kids

Turning the tables on unchecked food industry advertising means using some of the same tactics.

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Oct 2014


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A Tyee Series

Time to Stop Freaking Out over Fat Kids?

Thin isn't the same as healthy, warns an academic and an eating disorder survivor. Part of a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 24 Oct 2014


news

Delta District's Energy Saving Plan Quashed by Frosty Feelings

Parents, teachers upset over proposed 'cozy day' temperature drop.

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Oct 2014


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A Tyee Series

Is Canada's Food Guide Past Its Best-Before Date?

Due to industry lobbying, it may be more about marketing than nutrition. Part of a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Oct 2014


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A Tyee Series

'Food Doesn't Come from a Grocery Store'

Educators wage a veggie-roots campaign to put industrial agriculture in context, one school plot at a time. Third in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Oct 2014


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A Tyee Series

Does Canada Need a National School Food Program?

A new coalition thinks we do, but with every province already covering school food, is it necessary?

By Katie Hyslop, 13 Oct 2014


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Families No Longer First in BC, Says Children's Rep

Gov't and youth watchdog disagree on changes to child protection and services.

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Oct 2014


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A Tyee Series

Can 'Cuisine' Make a Better School Lunch?

French kids eat like adults, and learn about food in the classroom. Should ours? Second in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Oct 2014


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A Tyee Series

For Kids, the Meal Is the Message

More and more educators see the need for food-literate youngsters. First in a new series.

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Oct 2014


news

Strike Ends as Teachers Accept Contentious Contract

Deal document show wages remain low, class size and composition unresolved.

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Sep 2014


news

A Peek into BC's Proposed Teacher Deal

More money, but it won't bring salaries or class sizes provincially on par.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Sep 2014


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Iker and Clark on What Deal Means: A Study in Contrasts

Agreement contains 'meaningful achievements' says BCTF union head.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Sep 2014


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Premier Clark: Six-year Deal Will 'Reset' Relationship with Teachers

Labour peace at last? Few details released, but no chance of tax increase or deficit, minister says.

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Sep 2014


news

Teacher Deal Reached?

Further details to come as mediator confirms agreement made this morning.

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Sep 2014


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Teachers Vote to End Strike If Government Agrees to Arbitration

Once again, minister rejects proposal.

By Katie Hyslop, 11 Sep 2014


news

Government Rejects Teacher Arbitration, Again

Education minister calls proposal a 'ploy,' says only mediation will work.

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Sep 2014


news

Teachers to Vote on Ending Strike for Arbitration

Union hopes gov't will change course and accept its proposal.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Sep 2014


news

Not a Yes, Not a No: Education Minister Wary of Arbitration

Fassbender wants to see teacher union's plan before deciding.

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Sep 2014


news

Everything You Need to Know about This Round of Teacher Bargaining

The story so far, at least in this chapter of a 10-year saga.

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Sep 2014


news

Teachers Respond to Clark: We've Made Enough Concessions

BCTF president addresses premier's press conference today.

By Katie Hyslop, 3 Sep 2014


news

Premier Clark: Teachers Stand in the Way of a Deal

Union must make more moves to get kids back into classroom, she says.

By Katie Hyslop, 3 Sep 2014


news

School Looms, So Why's No One Bargaining?

Both government and teachers' union refuse to say when they'll return to the table.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Aug 2014


news

Gov't Strike Website Part of $335,000 'Parent Information' Campaign

Money comes from general advertising budget, ministry says.

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Aug 2014


news

Gov't Website a 'Strong Arm' Tactic against Teachers: Labour Experts

Intended to brief parents, critics say it only ups the bargaining pressure.

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Aug 2014


news

Mediator Poised to Jump into Teacher Dispute

With schools scheduled to reopen soon, Vince Ready is 'monitoring' the situation.

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Aug 2014


news

How Is Teachers' Strike Affecting Poor BC Families?

If school strike lasts into September, families and students could lose access to more than classes.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Aug 2014


news

Ideology, Not Money, Holds Back Teacher Contract: BC Cons

Conservatives' ideas are based on shaky numbers, government retorts.

By Katie Hyslop, 13 Aug 2014


news

Are Aboriginal Students Underfunded? Fraser Institute Says No

Assembly of First Nations has its own math. There are, however, two points they agree on.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Aug 2014


news

Dissenting Teacher: 'We Have to Own Part of This'

Still without a contract, one BC educator speaks out against union tactics.

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Aug 2014


news

Colleges and Universities Finally Earn Back Carbon Cash

Capital project funds don't equal millions paid in offsets, but they help.

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Jul 2014


news

Do Parent Advocates Matter in Education Politics?

Their kids are priority one. Shifts in parent-led education activism see mixed results.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Jul 2014


news

Teachers Tell Their Favourite Classroom Stories

One man's quest to video BC educators' best memories (plus a few to watch).

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Jul 2014


news

Who Says Teacher Bargaining Is Broken?

We ask people who've seen bargaining up close if a faulty process is to blame.

By Katie Hyslop, 10 Jul 2014


news

Summer School Cancellations Set back Cash-Strapped Districts

Vancouver, Surrey lose hundreds of thousands as a result of axed programs.

By Katie Hyslop, 4 Jul 2014


blogs

Vancouver joins growing list of districts cancelling summer school

By Katie Hyslop, 2 Jul 2014


news

Silence on Teacher Contract Deadline Day

Neither side will say what happens if a deal isn't reached by midnight.

By Katie Hyslop, 30 Jun 2014


blogs

BC administrators want a negotiated teacher deal, too

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Jun 2014


news

Updated: Without a Deal, Teachers Will Picket Summer Schools

Union intends to extend strike if deal isn't reached by June 30.

By Katie Hyslop and Emi Sasagawa, 25 Jun 2014


news

With Strike, Summer School's Fate Unknown

Students may have to retake courses, putting some in a tough spot come September.

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Jun 2014


news

Updated: As Strike Continues, Teacher Bargaining Facilitator Steps Aside

Ministry yet to respond to union request for mediation.

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Jun 2014


news

Over 1,000 BC Kids Wait on Adoption Changes

New watchdog report includes six ideas to help kids find 'forever families.'

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Jun 2014


news

Teacher Strike 'Imminent' as Sides Remain Far Apart

Both parties bicker over who bargained harder, made better offer this weekend.

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Jun 2014


news

Despite Teacher Strike Plans, Minister Still Hopeful for Deal

'Look at our actions: we want a negotiated settlement,' Fassbender says.

By Katie Hyslop, 12 Jun 2014


news

Teachers Vote Overwhelmingly to Walk out on Classes

'Historic' turnout gives union power to pull out of talks, but both sides remain hopeful for a deal.

By Katie Hyslop, 11 Jun 2014


news

Which MLAs Send Kids to Private Schools? We Asked

But few want to talk about it. Only 19 responded to our simple question.

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Jun 2014


news

Teachers Vow Full-scale Strike Vote Next Week

Union says it can be avoided if gov't budges, but minister insists current offers are fair.

By Katie Hyslop, 4 Jun 2014


news

Employer Wrong on Class Size, Composition: Ungerleider

Graduation rates not linked to class size, former deputy education minister says.

By Katie Hyslop, 4 Jun 2014


news

Are Teachers Clued in to What Their Union Demands?

BC gov't negotiator claims they aren't. Tyee asks educators on strike today.

By Katie Hyslop, 26 May 2014


news

Teachers, Employer Dispute 'Lockout' Terms

Employer limits after-hours activity, punishes strikers with 10 per cent pay cut.

By Katie Hyslop, 22 May 2014


news

Updated: Everything You Need to Know about BC Teacher Bargaining

Past agreements may hint at where current talks are headed. With latest job action developments.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 May 2014


news

Gov't Doles out Prizes, Punishments to Reach Teacher Deal

Earn a signing bonus or see your pay docked, teachers told.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 May 2014


news

Government Kills 10-Year Teacher Contract Idea

Proposes six-year deal with signing bonus; union still wants class size, composition changes.

By Katie Hyslop, 16 May 2014


news

Is French Immersion Creating a Two-Tiered System?

One thing we know: enrolment processes can shut-out low-income kids.

By Katie Hyslop, 15 May 2014


blogs

Employer's negotiator 'confrontational' at teacher bargaining session: union

By Katie Hyslop, 14 May 2014


news

Enviro Ed 'Won't Be Taught' in New Curriculum, Teachers Say

Educators keep pressure on ministry to rethink changes.

By Katie Hyslop, 10 May 2014


news

Ombudsperson to Probe Oversight of Private College Regulator

Mistakes made by now-dissolved agency to go under the microscope.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 May 2014


news

Atleo Resignation Possible Game Changer for Aboriginal Education

Major federal bill now faces fresh challenges.

By Katie Hyslop, 2 May 2014


news

After $66 Million Spent on 'Talk,' Has BC Reworked Aboriginal Child Welfare?

Ministry still offloads work to under-resourced agencies, says watchdog.

By Katie Hyslop, 1 May 2014


blogs

Billing teachers necessary to prevent lengthy strike: Peter Cameron

By Katie Hyslop, 30 Apr 2014


blogs

Employer to bill teachers for benefits if deal isn't reached

By Katie Hyslop, 30 Apr 2014


blogs

Teachers fire back at employers' association

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Apr 2014


blogs

Employers' association updates teacher compensation proposal

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Apr 2014


news

Simon Fraser University Stopping the Slide to Mouldy Oldie

School forced to fund costly building repairs on its own dime.

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Apr 2014


news

What Does the Latest Teacher Job Action Mean?

Classes stay the same. Some recesses cancelled. And communication about students will slow.

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Apr 2014


news

A Tyee Series

In Hard Luck Houston, a Glimpse of Good News

Last-minute gov't funding means aboriginal youth program will return in tough times. Last in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Apr 2014


news

A Tyee Series

Newfoundlanders' Fortunes Found and Lost in BC

Thirty years ago, BC mills beckoned with stable work -- as did the cod fishery of the east. Fourth in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 18 Apr 2014


blogs

UPDATED: Teachers begin 'administrative' job action Wednesday

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Apr 2014


news

BC's Industry-led Private College Regulator Scrapped

After a decade of criticism, agency is folded into gov't as result of core review.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Apr 2014


news

A Tyee Series

Ready or Not? More Mill Closures Coming to BC

'Government knew we were within the window of mill closures': former MLA.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Apr 2014


news

A Tyee Series

'We Dedicated Our Lives to this Mill'

In Houston, sudden news of shutdown is crashing house values, and life plans. Second in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Apr 2014


news

A Tyee Series

In One Small Town, a BC Story of Ups and Downs

Welcome to Houston, where the mill is closing and lives and dreams hang in the balance. First in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Apr 2014


news

When the Field Trip's Too Pricey, Students 'Self-Exclude'

Why is the onus on kids to admit they're too poor to participate?

By Katie Hyslop, 10 Apr 2014


news

Gov't Loans Saddling 'Most at Risk' Refugees with Debt

Canadians 'should be ashamed' of charging government-assisted refugees for resettlement: Surrey councillor.

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Apr 2014


blogs

Booming Vancouver student population puts adult ed centre at risk

By Katie Hyslop, 2 Apr 2014


news

A Tyee Series

In Hard Luck Houston, Kids Lose Key Supports to Cope

Funding woes leave struggling mill town's youth programs in limbo.

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Mar 2014


news

With Disability Clawbacks, 'It's Panic All the Time'

Rachel Goodine is only one single mom hurt by how BC handles social assistance and child support.

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Mar 2014


blogs

Saanich district still hopeful about custom student data system's future

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Mar 2014


blogs

Employer unprepared to bargain last week: teachers' union

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Mar 2014


news

District Scraps Cheaper, Custom-Made Student Info System

Several districts cry foul over ministry's claim that Saanich version doesn't meet standards.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Mar 2014


blogs

Government negotiator releases teacher 'bargaining facts'

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Mar 2014


blogs

Teachers vote in favour of gradual strike action

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Mar 2014


blogs

Government bargained in bad faith with teachers: ex-negotiator

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Mar 2014


news

Corporate Fundraising Fuels School Trustee Concerns

Funding from Chevron helped Surrey, but Vancouver district pushes back.

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Mar 2014


blogs

Anti-bullying site quiet on homophobia: advocate

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Feb 2014


news

No Easy Numbers for Single Mom Poverty

BC figures show sharp fall in their median income. But variable data hides the real story.

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Feb 2014


news

Cuts Threaten Kwantlen's English Classes for Immigrants

University program helped buoy literacy rates among newcomers to Canada.

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Feb 2014


blogs

Court grants government stay on teacher ruling

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Feb 2014


blogs

Teachers hiding behind 'rhetoric': government negotiator

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Feb 2014


blogs

Stalled negotiations driving teacher strike vote: union

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Feb 2014


blogs

Government seeks delay to teacher bargaining changes

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Feb 2014


news

Urban Aboriginal People 'Fight to Be at the Table'

Vancouver meeting reveals frustration over gov't systems that privilege those living on reserve.

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Feb 2014


blogs

Trustees want class size, composition fights settled at bargaining table

By Katie Hyslop, 18 Feb 2014


news

'We Are All One People': Aboriginal Ed Without Borders

Student exchanges open eyes to indigenous experience, both shared and contrasting.

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Feb 2014


blogs

BC court rules in favour of teachers' union on Bill 22

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Jan 2014


blogs

SFU student unions start TransLink referendum campaign early

By Katie Hyslop, 24 Jan 2014


news

Ministry Cuts Funds to Aboriginal Child Welfare Programs

In wake of critical report, gov't says it's a move towards more direct service delivery.

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Jan 2014


blogs

UBC study finds youth suicide reduced by anti-homophobia policies

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Jan 2014


blogs

More youth unemployed, unskilled in BC: Eby

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Jan 2014


blogs

Province seeks student feedback on anti-bullying strategy

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Jan 2014


mediacheck

For International Students, 'Guidebook' Breaks Down Lower Mainland Life

New monthly mag aims to help visitors become Vancouverites.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Jan 2014


news

A Fresh Fix for Unsafe Water on First Nations Reserves

UBC students craft a blueprint for a healthy, reliable supply, collaboratively.

By Katie Hyslop, 13 Jan 2014


news

New Curriculum Erases Enviro Ed, Says Science Teacher

Lenny Ross fears changes to what BC kids learn will be anything but green.

By Katie Hyslop, 10 Jan 2014


news

A Tyee Series

Much to Teach, Too Seldom Heard

Georges Sioui (re)wrote the book on First Nations. Now he waits for Canada to notice their contribution. Part of a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Dec 2013


culture

Three Unexpectedly Brilliant Holiday Specials

We all know the classics but these warm a special place in our hearts. What have we missed?

By Geoff D'Auria, Katie Hyslop and Jackie Wong, 24 Dec 2013


news

Banding Together to Help Boys into Manhood

Vancouver 'Young Men's' school group resists gendered pressures through mentorship.

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Dec 2013


news

Feds Impose New Marriage Property Law on Reserves

Though First Nations have one year to create their own, which some critics say isn't enough time.

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Dec 2013


blogs

Evangelical Christian university gets preliminary approval for law school

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Dec 2013


blogs

Independent school lobbying behind call to close schools: Bacchus

By Katie Hyslop, 10 Dec 2013


blogs

Criticism of Vancouver School Board shows 'lack of awareness': board chair

By Katie Hyslop, 10 Dec 2013


blogs

Sole elected COPE representative switches to Vision Vancouver

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Dec 2013


blogs

Exempt schools from hydro hike: BC trustees

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Dec 2013


blogs

Educators react to BC minister's CBC interview

By Katie Hyslop, 4 Dec 2013


news

The Province Run By Proud Mom Premier Is Failing Single Moms

Their poverty rose dramatically in first year of Clark's 'families first' agenda, report finds.

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Nov 2013


blogs

BC single moms the poorest of them all

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Nov 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Indigenous Post-Secondary, North of 60 Style

A reporter's 'unsettling' journey at Dechinta, a First Nations-centred university. Last in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 22 Nov 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Reboot at First Nations University

Another shot at a thriving indigenous post-secondary school in Canada. Third in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Nov 2013


news

A Tyee Series

'I Think It's Time We Were Educated'

Kwantlen University aims to heal rifts between academia and local aboriginal groups. Part of a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Nov 2013


news

A Tyee Series

How First Nations Guardians Defend BC's Fragile Coast

With cuts to conservation protection, Aboriginal stewards step forth, on their own terms. First in a new series.

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Nov 2013


blogs

Government 'provoked' teachers to strike in 2012: union lawyer

By Katie Hyslop, 18 Nov 2013


blogs

Tech ed part of 10-year skills plan: jobs ministry

By Katie Hyslop, 12 Nov 2013


news

Feds Poke Nose in BC High School Trades Classes

Union leader argues that while the province underfunds tech ed, higher-ups are watching closely.

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Nov 2013


blogs

New curriculum offers flexibility to increase Asian education: ministry

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Nov 2013


news

Tens of Millions of Aboriginal Child Welfare Dollars Spent on Talk: Watchdog

Ministry counters that changes to a more 'service'-oriented system are already underway.

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Nov 2013


blogs

Teachers' union has concerns with new student info system

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Nov 2013


blogs

BC spent over $66m talking about, not helping, aboriginal kids: watchdog

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Nov 2013


blogs

Education ministry to replace beleaguered student data system

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Nov 2013


news

Canadians Unprepared for Asia's Rise

New report finds lack of education, skills needed to work with growing superpowers.

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Nov 2013


news

Sparking Courageous Talk on Race and Culture in School

Vancouver board's anti-racism mentor on how to better reflect BC's diversifying student body.

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Nov 2013


blogs

Feds say improving First Nations education 'requires more than money'

By Katie Hyslop, 29 Oct 2013


blogs

March draws attention to rape culture on UBC campus

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Oct 2013


blogs

Steering committee will 'do everything we can' to prevent First Nations education bill

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Oct 2013


blogs

UBC faculty's responses to racist first-year chants 'good starts': prof

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Oct 2013


blogs

BC post-secondary accreditation changes delayed, not dead: ministry

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Oct 2013


news

Do Standardized Tests Measure Up?

Teachers' union says nope; government sticks by 'em. Now, a public forum takes on controversial FSAs.

By Katie Hyslop, 2 Oct 2013


blogs

UPDATED: Report calls for school credit for English language learner classes

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Oct 2013


blogs

BC child and youth watchdog's mandate expands to include disabled young adults

By Katie Hyslop, 30 Sep 2013


blogs

UPDATED: Almost 30 per cent of BC residents know a kid who's not in school: poll

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Sep 2013


blogs

CUPE BC deal puts labour focus back on teachers

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Sep 2013


blogs

Ministry working on inter-provincial child welfare changes: Cadieux

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Sep 2013


blogs

BC, Saskatchewan agencies 'failed' First Nations toddler: report

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Sep 2013


news

Hey Teach, What's Reconciliation?

Skip class, rewrite curriculum, build a world-class research centre. How Lower Mainland schools will mark the TRC hearings.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Sep 2013


blogs

SFU gives prestigious award for community achievement to reconciliation ambassador

By Katie Hyslop, 12 Sep 2013


news

Simon Fraser University Is Falling Down

Students at SFU's Burnaby campus sound alarm on dangerous maintenance issues.

By Katie Hyslop, 30 Aug 2013


blogs

Education Minister Fassbender 'excited' about new school year

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Aug 2013


news

CUPE's Back-to-School Strike Averted, For Now

But the union that represents secretaries, bus drivers, remains on job action alert should talks break down again.

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Aug 2013


books

'They All Astounded Me': Stories of Growing Up Indigenous

Two new books highlight powerful experiences of young first peoples.

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Aug 2013


news

What Michael Marchbank Means for Teacher Bargaining

Appointment of new negotiator met with alarm, but it appears trustees will still sit at the table.

By Katie Hyslop, 2 Aug 2013


blogs

BCTF didn't ask for BCPSEA board dismissal: Hansman

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Aug 2013


news

BC Plan for Post-Secondary Accreditation Reform Falls Flat

Critics say government's framework for better quality control misses the academic boat.

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Aug 2013


news

For First Nations, Great Jobs in a Controversial Industry

One organization's success teaching Aboriginal people mining skills isn't without complications.

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Jul 2013


blogs

BC First Nations groups disappointed with federal education 'blueprint'

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Jul 2013


blogs

Government, BCPSEA react to school support workers strike vote

By Katie Hyslop, 12 Jul 2013


news

A Tyee Series

An Aspiration to Overcome Racism

UBC's Linc Kesler believes studying indigenous cultures is good for us all. Part of a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 11 Jul 2013


blogs

CUPE support staff willing to restart bargaining over summer

By Katie Hyslop, 10 Jul 2013


blogs

Trustees join proposed BC teacher bargaining table

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Jul 2013


blogs

BC ties Manitoba for highest child poverty

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Jul 2013


blogs

Government seeks new deputy education minister

By Katie Hyslop, 4 Jul 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Put Aboriginal People at the Top of Education

Appointing them to post-secondary boards shows participation matters, Sophie Pierre says. Part of a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 3 Jul 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Master of the Fisheries

Rather than earn a PhD, Megan Moody put her smarts to work for her First Nations community.

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Jul 2013


blogs

Half of BC teachers vote against bargaining delay

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Jun 2013


news

A Tyee Series

'You're Going to Do Your PhD'

For Karen Hall, disconnected daughter of a Dene healer, an Aboriginal academic mentor was life-changing. Second in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Jun 2013


mediacheck

Reflections on 15 Years Covering BC's School Wars

A candid talk with Janet Steffenhagen, the Sun's recently-departed education reporter.

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Jun 2013


blogs

Updated: Teacher bargaining paused five days before contracts expire

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Jun 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Leading the Way for First Nations Learners

National Chief Shawn Atleo on his drive to improve opportunities for aboriginal people in Canada. First in an occasional series.

By Katie Hyslop, 24 Jun 2013


blogs

High child poverty rates on reserve best fixed under First Nations' jurisdiction: leader

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Jun 2013


news

An 'Inspiring' Summer Camp for Aboriginal Scholars

How a special UBC program supports the next generation of physicists, foresters, nurses and more.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Jun 2013


blogs

Unaffordability, not indie schools, to blame for declining VSB enrolment

By Katie Hyslop, 11 Jun 2013


blogs

MLAs Fassbender, Virk given education portfolios

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Jun 2013


blogs

City of Abbotsford admits dumping chicken manure on homeless camp

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Jun 2013


blogs

BC indigeneous post-secondary institutes in 'dire straits' after funding changes

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Jun 2013


news

Less Help for Special Needs Students after Secondary Diploma

Frustrated activist and mother sees few post-secondary options for students like her autistic son.

By Katie Hyslop, 29 May 2013


blogs

Updated: BCPSEA says 10-year teachers' deal 'difficult to pull off'

By Katie Hyslop, 24 May 2013


blogs

Updated: Media tells BCTF of government's plans for 10 year deal by June

By Katie Hyslop, 24 May 2013


blogs

VSB issues first lays off notices ever for adult ed teachers

By Katie Hyslop, 24 May 2013


blogs

UBC breaks record for aboriginal graduates

By Katie Hyslop, 24 May 2013


blogs

David Eby finally admits he beat Premier Clark in Point Grey

By Katie Hyslop, 15 May 2013


blogs

NDP's Eby says Point Grey too close to call

By Katie Hyslop, 14 May 2013


blogs

Cautious optimism from David Eby's campaign HQ

By Katie Hyslop, 14 May 2013


blogs

INFOGRAPHIC: Vancouver school board shows $47m cut in education funds

By Katie Hyslop, 8 May 2013


news

Whatever Happened to These Education Plans for BC?

Government rolled out four initiatives with fanfare, so where did they go?

By Katie Hyslop, 6 May 2013


blogs

Living wage increases, but parties avoid wage promises

By Katie Hyslop, 2 May 2013


news

A Tyee Series

A 'New Era' in BC Education, Explained

Today's history lesson: 12 years of BC Liberal legislation on the school file.

By Katie Hyslop, 1 May 2013


news

BC Gov't Made First Nations Deals for Votes: Grand Chief Phillip

Okanagan First Nations chair accuses BC Liberals of courting FN votes by pushing through land, revenue agreements.

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Apr 2013


blogs

School districts facing nearly $63m in new costs

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Apr 2013


news

School Boards Stuck with $63 Million in New Costs: Analyst

Funding frozen, ed ministry quietly downloads burden says CUPE researcher.

By Katie Hyslop, 22 Apr 2013


blogs

Liberal platform mentions NDP more than First Nations

By Katie Hyslop, 22 Apr 2013


blogs

Independent MLA Simpson slams NDP education plan

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Apr 2013


culture

'We Challenge All of You to Be Dangerous, Be Educated'

UBC event celebrates Indigenous achievements in arts, education.

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Apr 2013


blogs

UPDATED: Teachers' union taking government back to court

By Katie Hyslop, 12 Apr 2013


blogs

Crime act must be amended to consider aboriginal issues: report

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Mar 2013


blogs

MCFD redesign includes better planning for kids: minister

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Mar 2013


blogs

Watchdog audit shows plan for kids in government care an 'afterthought'

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Mar 2013


blogs

Debate over sexist Clark coverage ramps up

By Katie Hyslop, 22 Mar 2013


news

Is Media Coverage of Premier Clark Sexist?

Or is it fair comment? Reporters, politicians and academics weigh in.

By Katie Hyslop, 22 Mar 2013


blogs

Teachers call on BCTF to endorse NDP

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Mar 2013


blogs

First Nations education legislation threatens BC education agreement: UBCIC

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Mar 2013


news

Literacy Bumbled among Three Ministries: SFU Prof

Cuts to literacy and adult ed programs show a system 'uncoordinated', says scholar.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Mar 2013


news

Future of Downtown Eastside: Inside the Planning Process

Final stretch for Vancouver effort to craft vision with anti-poverty activists, businesses and others.

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Mar 2013


blogs

Tweets reveal who BC politicos really love

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Feb 2013


news

Stress Is Killing Gender Equality in Canada

Pressures on many women at home and work near breaking point: researchers.

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Feb 2013


blogs

Living wage will cost SFU less than 0.1 per cent of budget: report

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Feb 2013


blogs

Budget 2013 'not very good for young people': advocates

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Feb 2013


news

Hertzman's Work for Children Will Carry Forward

How BC researchers are continuing groundbreaking early childhood development investigations.

By Katie Hyslop, 18 Feb 2013


blogs

P.I.E. wants to represent kids, community in BC education

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Feb 2013


blogs

Majority of SFU contract workers make below living wage: study

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Feb 2013


blogs

MCFD approval of child restraint, confinement 'inconceivable': child and youth rep

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Feb 2013


news

Controversial FSA Tests: How Are Results Used?

Critics wonder why data from the exams aren't better employed to improve schooling.

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Feb 2013


blogs

COPE asks VSB to 're-vision' Inner City Project

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Jan 2013


news

Province's Plan for Teacher Bargaining Peace 'Irrelevant': Union

Government's proposed 10-year agreement includes four main elements to end the acrimony.

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Jan 2013


blogs

Premier Clark unveils framework for peace with teachers

By Katie Hyslop, 24 Jan 2013


blogs

Province gives $113m to new Emily Carr campus

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Jan 2013


blogs

UBC ensures pay equity with raise for female profs

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Jan 2013


blogs

Three more BC companies adopt living wage policy

By Katie Hyslop, 18 Jan 2013


news

What Would BC's Parties Do for Kids?

Advocates challenge May 2013's contenders on affordable childcare, school funds, poverty, and more.

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Jan 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Idea #4: Teach Teachers How to Be Advocates

Done delicately, it's critical for students needs, says UBC's dean of education. Fourth in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 24 Dec 2012


news

UN Child Rights Rep to Canada: What's Taking You So Long?

Visitor prods officials to make good on decade-old recommendations.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Dec 2012


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Treat Us as Equals, BC's Community Social Service Workers Say

Roving job action not enough to bring employers, employees together over wage and benefit disparities.

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Dec 2012


news

Who Takes Care of 'Youth Caregivers'?

Study reveals surprising number of Vancouver's young look after family members, some alone and with few supports.

By Katie Hyslop, 4 Dec 2012


news

'Chatter High' Turns Student Life Planning into Money Making Game

Quiz site used in 18 BC districts raises questions about advertising in schools.

By Katie Hyslop, 3 Dec 2012


blogs

Reports on suicide pact get it wrong: VSB Chair Bacchus

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Nov 2012


blogs

Aboriginal organization blames suicide pact on 'apartheid' service delivery

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Nov 2012


blogs

Great Schools Project seeks public input on assessment ideas

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Nov 2012


blogs

Paul Martin supports Aboriginal youth entrepreneurs in Vancouver

By Katie Hyslop, 22 Nov 2012


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Enough with Child Poverty 'Band-aids': BC Teachers' Union

While some teachers decry 'just incredible poverty,' the province says its policies are already reducing the rates.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Nov 2012


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BC child and youth watchdog criticizes unstable child services

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Nov 2012


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How Safe Is Student Data in the Digital Age?

In the Delta School District, two privacy breaches revealing sensitive information last month raise questions.

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Nov 2012


blogs

BC Education Ministry seeks public input on grad requirements

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Nov 2012


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Teacher Decries Pension Plan's 'Unethical' Investments

B.C. educator says independently-managed plan's associations with tobacco, energy companies doesn't put money where morals are.

By Katie Hyslop, 13 Nov 2012


blogs

Vancouver conference questions corporate donations for schools

By Katie Hyslop, 2 Nov 2012


blogs

Students upset about class with over 50 kids

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Oct 2012


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To Soothe Distracted Students, BC Schools Try 'Self-regulation'

Program helps hyperactive minds relax, but proponents warn it can't fix every learning problem.

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Oct 2012


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Gov't Announces Plans for Labour Peace with Teachers

Teachers' union welcoming but wary of six-week consultation plan to improve negotiations, relations.

By Katie Hyslop, 18 Oct 2012


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Gulf Islands Superintendent Plans to Open His Own Private School

Jeff Hopkins steps down to start a Victoria independent school he hopes will spur changes in BC's public system.

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Oct 2012


blogs

Government put BCTF on scholarship committee without asking: Lambert

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Oct 2012


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BC Education Plan Linked to Private Corporations

Partnership between education ministry and not-for-profit with billionaire partners raises concerns.

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Oct 2012


blogs

Government contradicts First Nations ed underfunding claims

By Katie Hyslop, 2 Oct 2012


blogs

Updated: BCTF says education funding below national average

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Oct 2012


blogs

Joint UBC-Langara program aimed at aboriginal students

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Sep 2012


blogs

UBC approves plans for affordable housing for faculty, staff

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Sep 2012


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School boards can keep older students in high school: VSB memo

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Sep 2012


blogs

Vancouver considers keeping older students in high school system

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Sep 2012


news

What Will Minister Cadieux Do for BC Kids in Care?

The fifth minister for children and family dev't in six years is taking on a ministry 'in crisis'.

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Sep 2012


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Controversy at UBC over New 'Access to Justice' Teacher: Geoff Plant

After slashing legal aid, former attorney general Plant will teach law students about providing it.

By Katie Hyslop, 13 Sep 2012


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What Life Without a Living Wage Looks Like

Two Vancouver events examine the working poor's experience in the 'livable' city.

By Katie Hyslop, 12 Sep 2012


news

A Tyee Series

Raising the Grade on What BC Kids Learn About Aboriginal People

When it comes to our first peoples, Canadians are pretty ignorant. Critics say school is a prime place to fix that.

By Katie Hyslop, 10 Sep 2012


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A Tyee Series

BC's Push for More Foreign Students Full of Risks Say Critics

Teachers, students wary of an international student strategy without more cash, space or faculty.

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Sep 2012


blogs

BCTF hopeful about former teacher as Education Minister

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Sep 2012


news

A Tyee Series

Does the Tutor 'Advantage' Really Add Up?

One of three parents send their kids to private tutors. Are they buying the educational edge they think they are?

By Katie Hyslop, 4 Sep 2012


blogs

Abbott, McNeil, and Les make mass exodus from Liberals

By Katie Hyslop, 30 Aug 2012


blogs

George Abbott's future undecided

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Aug 2012


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Finishing the Fight on Poverty

A record decline in single-parent poverty may be stalled. How to rescue the remaining poor?

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Aug 2012


blogs

Vancouver lights up with 'greenest fleet' boast

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Aug 2012


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How Much Is One Killer Airplane Worth?

The $475 million price of one F-35 could buy a lot of social good. What would you have government spend it on?

By Katie Hyslop, 13 Aug 2012


blogs

Vancouver's rental housing plan not affordable: Renters' Union

By Katie Hyslop, 10 Aug 2012


blogs

City offers land for innovative affordable rental units

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Aug 2012


news

Should We Ban Moveable Soccer Goals?

A recent tragedy raises questions about soccer net safety in Canada. Is the solution inflatable?

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Aug 2012


blogs

First Call critiques 'alleged' BC poverty strategy

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Aug 2012


blogs

City wants citizens to enlist in Vancouver Volunteer Corps

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Aug 2012


blogs

Surrey rolls out new cycling plan

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Jul 2012


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Bias Against Abused Mothers in Child Custody Cases: Report

New study finds systemic problems in parental capacity assessments discriminate against women.

By Katie Hyslop, 24 Jul 2012


news

Glitch Filled Systems Put Aboriginal Kids at Risk

Child welfare workers hampered by BC's three overlapping, error-prone case tracking processes.

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Jul 2012


blogs

UNBC support workers in favour of strike

By Katie Hyslop, 3 Jul 2012


news

A Tyee Series

What's Missing in BC's Trades Training

A lot is riding on eager young apprentices like Tala Small Wolf. Is she getting the support she needs?

By Katie Hyslop, 3 Jul 2012


news

A Tyee Series

BC's Job Trainers in Trouble

As demand for skilled tradespeople grows, so does pressure on the Industry Training Authority to fill the gap. First of two.

By Katie Hyslop, 2 Jul 2012


news

Long-Awaited Agreement No End to Teacher and Gov't Tension

Both will make a pit stop in court on the rocky road to respectful negotiations.

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Jun 2012


blogs

BCTF, government reach tentative bargaining deal

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Jun 2012


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Investing $20 Million in First Nations' Futures

Aboriginal community, government announce strategy, funding for indigenous post-secondary education.

By Katie Hyslop, 22 Jun 2012


blogs

VSB holding public forum on adult ed cuts

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Jun 2012


blogs

BCTF takes government back to court over Bills 27/28

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Jun 2012


blogs

BC drops in child poverty, up in overall poverty

By Katie Hyslop, 18 Jun 2012


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Teachers, employers declare LRB ruling a victory

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Jun 2012


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Developer loses bid to buy DTES hotels

By Katie Hyslop, 13 Jun 2012


blogs

Province's first Superintendent of Aboriginal Achievement appointed

By Katie Hyslop, 11 Jun 2012


blogs

Ministry responds to Adult Ed concerns, restores some courses

By Katie Hyslop, 11 Jun 2012


news

Premier Clark Confronts School Bullies

New BC-wide anti-bully strategy vague, avoids homophobia, say critics. But it has potential.

By Katie Hyslop, 2 Jun 2012


blogs

BCTF supports Cowichan Valley 'restoration' budget

By Katie Hyslop, 31 May 2012


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New Price Tag on Adult Ed Success

Province to charge for courses immigrants, other late graduates, say are key to getting ahead.

By Katie Hyslop, 28 May 2012


blogs

Hundreds at Vancouver rally to support Quebec students

By Katie Hyslop, 22 May 2012


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Queer and trans experience of poverty unknown in BC

By Katie Hyslop, 16 May 2012


blogs

COPE calls for MLA meeting on adult education

By Katie Hyslop, 16 May 2012


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North Island College Cutting Down on Face Time

Two satellite campuses shut down in rural BC in favour of online learning.

By Katie Hyslop, 16 May 2012


news

A Tyee Series

Should We Subsidize Work?

Government wage top-ups could spell the end of the working poor. Last in a series on anti-poverty policy ideas.

By Katie Hyslop, 16 May 2012


news

A Tyee Series

What About Just Guaranteeing Everyone a Basic Income?

Doing so for all Canadians could almost erase poverty, or dry up labour sources, depending on whom you ask.

By Katie Hyslop, 15 May 2012


news

A Tyee Series

Is the 'Living Wage' Enough?

Fair wages bring equality to workers. But what is fair? And what about people who can't work? First in a Tyee Solutions Society series on tackling poverty.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 May 2012


news

Meet BC's 'Changemakers' of Aboriginal Learning

Seven winners of education awards showcase their innovative initiatives on the national stage.

By Katie Hyslop, 9 May 2012


news

Eat for Education Equality Tonight

Inner-city schools don't have deep fundraising pockets. Local restaurants to the rescue!

By Katie Hyslop, 2 May 2012


news

BC Launches Hyper-local Poverty Strategies

Minister says plan avoids cookie cutter approach, advocates say it avoids making real change.

By Katie Hyslop, 30 Apr 2012


blogs

BCTF responds to School Act, union expulsions

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Apr 2012


blogs

Ministry announces changes to School Act

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Apr 2012


blogs

UBC Indigenous reporting class tackles Aboriginal health

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Apr 2012


news

BC Teachers Ready for Another Round

Despite losses at Labour Relations, the BCTF lays out its action plan to continue battle until next spring.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Apr 2012


blogs

BCTF win one, lose one in contract dispute

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Apr 2012


news

Taking on the Feds for Aboriginal Equality

Cindy Blackstock is a tireless advocate for parity on and off reserve. Feds fight her in court, and spy on her.

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Apr 2012


news

Should Teachers Be Trustees, Too?

New Westminster parents' council wants teacher trustees to stay out of classrooms or stay off school boards.

By Katie Hyslop, 11 Apr 2012


blogs

Groups boycott Missing Women's Inquiry's second phase

By Katie Hyslop, 10 Apr 2012


blogs

Education Ministry adds strike savings to learning fund

By Katie Hyslop, 2 Apr 2012


news

Teacher Contract Mediator Gave to Liberals

Charles Jago says $1,000 in two payments was to play golf. BCTF charges bias.

By Katie Hyslop and Andrew MacLeod, 29 Mar 2012


blogs

Government appoints mediator for teacher negotiations

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Mar 2012


blogs

Vancouver School Board doesn't like Bill 22

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Mar 2012


news

How to Fix Teacher Bargaining? Ideas from Past BCTF Heads

Years of failed negotiations offer government solutions, say former union leaders.

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Mar 2012


blogs

BCTF announces action plan against Bill 22

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Mar 2012


blogs

Susan Lambert wins election, stays BCTF president

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Mar 2012


blogs

SRO residents put in packed shelter for police investigation (UPDATED)

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Mar 2012


blogs

UPDATED: Education Ministry 'botched' teacher council elections: BCTF

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Mar 2012


blogs

Teachers still hoping for independent mediator

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Mar 2012


news

Adult Education Feels the Pinch

Cuts to mature student programs show it's not just B.C.'s kids affected by the squeeze.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Mar 2012


blogs

Ministry announces ed funding, predicts Bill 22 pass this week

By Katie Hyslop, 12 Mar 2012


blogs

Teachers delay job action vote

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Mar 2012


blogs

Teachers bring rally to Vancouver Art Gallery

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Mar 2012


news

School Dispute: Just the Facts, Please

Ministry of Education and teachers' union debate whose facts are more factual.

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Mar 2012


blogs

Missing Women's Commission avoiding lack of Aboriginal representation: lawyer

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Mar 2012


blogs

Aboriginal representative withdraws from Missing Women's Inquiry

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Mar 2012


news

BC Students: 'We Have a Voice'

Thousands of those most affected rallied to decry class sizes, support teachers, and show they're paying attention.

By Katie Hyslop and Andrew MacLeod, 3 Mar 2012


blogs

Thousands of BC students commit to walking out tomorrow

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Mar 2012


blogs

Teachers walking out Monday

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Mar 2012


blogs

Teachers vote for walkout

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Mar 2012


blogs

Abbott engages frustrated teachers on Twitter

By Katie Hyslop, 29 Feb 2012


news

Anti-Strike Legislation 'More Political Games': Dix

After walkouts OK'd by Labour Relations, BC Libs move to outlaw teachers strike, allow some mediation.

By Katie Hyslop and Andrew MacLeod, 29 Feb 2012


blogs

Labour Relations Board OKs limited teacher walkout

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Feb 2012


news

Rising Call to Change Way We Bargain with Teachers

Critics say 17 years of negotiation failures means government has to change tactics to work with teachers.

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Feb 2012


blogs

Protest against Vic Toews in Richmond today

By Katie Hyslop, 22 Feb 2012


blogs

BCTF decries 'second decade of cuts in BC schools'

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Feb 2012


news

Alberta's Leap Ahead in Disability Payments Overstated: BC Ministry

It's not true that BC families on disability make less than single disabled Albertans. But 'huge' gap separates two provinces, insist advocates.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Feb 2012


news

Jump in Alberta Disability Benefits Leaves BC Far Behind

Family of six on disability here now makes less than a single disabled Albertan.

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Feb 2012


blogs

Abbott blames teachers' union, hints at legislation

By Katie Hyslop, 10 Feb 2012


blogs

UBC profs say Aboriginal oral history misunderstood

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Feb 2012


news

BC Child Care Advocates in Geneva to Complain to UN

Will argue today Canada is failing to meet obligations under Rights of the Child convention.

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Feb 2012


blogs

Youth advocates launch BC child labour study

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Feb 2012


news

Overhaul BC's Private College Regulator: Critics

Students at traditional medicine college surprised to learn they can't practice, but school denies wrongdoing.

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Feb 2012


news

A Tour of Duty in BC's Poverty 'War Zone'

MLA Jagrup Brar's welfare month reveals program's serious failings, but gov't continues to stall.

By Katie Hyslop, 31 Jan 2012


news

Funding Boost for BC First Nations Schools Called 'Huge'

New agreement puts funding on par with public schools, but questions of jurisdiction remain.

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Jan 2012


blogs

New funding partnership for First Nations schools 'significant': FNESC

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Jan 2012


news

'Both Sides Have to Move' Says Teachers' Union, Trimming Demands

New offer would cost $300 million more next year. Province sticks to 'net zero.'

By Katie Hyslop, 18 Jan 2012


blogs

BCTF tables salary demands, drops other proposals

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Jan 2012


news

A Tyee Series

Idea #7: 'Place-based' Plans to Conquer Child Poverty

With a neighbourhood-sized social safety net, low-income families could thrive.

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Dec 2011


blogs

CUPE, BCTF, and employer disagree over support worker deal

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Dec 2011


blogs

Ministry of Education announces new funding formula

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Dec 2011


news

Poetry's Power to Connect Young to Old

What happens when a First Nations kid asks an elder 10 questions and writes a poem? A lot.

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Dec 2011


blogs

Teachers to rally at Clark's Constituency office today

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Dec 2011


blogs

Protestors occupy Vancouver condo construction site

By Katie Hyslop, 29 Nov 2011


blogs

Government calls off negotiations on Bills 27/28: BCTF

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Nov 2011


blogs

Moms protest end of nurse home visits

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Nov 2011


news

Schools of the Future, Today

Inside BC classrooms where every student has a laptop or iPad, and the learning is 'child-centred.'

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Nov 2011


news

A Final Warning from Canada's Watchdog on Schools

Defunded and soon to close, the Canadian Council on Learning sees nation falling behind on many fronts.

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Nov 2011


news

A Tyee Series

Will 'Living Wage' Prove a Winner this Election?

New West councillor faces opposition for pioneering 'moral' policy as other BC candidates weigh pros and cons.

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Nov 2011


blogs

New school funds good, not enough: McNally

By Katie Hyslop, 31 Oct 2011


news

Tune-Up Tech Education in BC: Teachers

New report says proper trades training requires more funding, improved equipment and smaller class sizes.

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Oct 2011


blogs

Reactions to Teacher Act mixed

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Oct 2011


news

Facing Challenges: Young Newcomers to BC

Conference on needs of immigrant and refugee youth shines spotlight on barriers, holes in the system.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Oct 2011


blogs

Court refuses to clarify Bills 27 and 28 ruling

By Katie Hyslop, 12 Oct 2011


news

A Tyee Series

A World of First Nations, Learning

Outside BC, how other indigenous people, and other jurisdictions, are building a record of academic success. Last in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 12 Oct 2011


news

A Tyee Series

Giving Aboriginal Students Words of Their Own

More than a village, it takes a living language to educate a child. Aboriginal educators say BC's government is letting endangered tongues die. Latest in a series on successful First Nations education.

By Katie Hyslop, 11 Oct 2011


news

Special Needs Education? Name Your Price

Teachers, government, and parent advocates at odds over how far funding must rise to serve special needs students.

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Oct 2011


blogs

Teachers' union doubts government's bargaining abilities

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Oct 2011


blogs

BCTF rejects government funding offer

By Katie Hyslop, 4 Oct 2011


blogs

UBCM rejects for-profit health moratorium

By Katie Hyslop, 30 Sep 2011


blogs

Government holds fast against provincial anti-poverty plan

By Katie Hyslop, 29 Sep 2011


blogs

UBCM to vote on for-profit healthcare moratorium

By Katie Hyslop, 29 Sep 2011


blogs

De Jong emphasizes personal responsibility for health

By Katie Hyslop, 29 Sep 2011


news

What's a Fair Wage for Teachers?

'Hard-working teachers are underpaid' in BC, says professor who led study. How best to fix that?

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Sep 2011


blogs

No order for districts to cancel early dismissals: BCPSEA

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Sep 2011


blogs

Vancouver planning year-round school program

By Katie Hyslop, 22 Sep 2011


blogs

Teachers and government declare victory over provincial-local split

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Sep 2011


news

A Tyee Series

Amidst the Big City, an Aboriginal Public School?

Vancouver's school board sees potential in a school designed from curriculum up to appeal to urban First Nations youth. Fourth in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Sep 2011


news

A Tyee Series

Welcome to Haida High

With a majority Aboriginal population, the Haida Gwaii school district is using their language, heritage and culture to reach and teach their students. Third in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 13 Sep 2011


news

A Tyee Series

'Most Teachers Don't Know Who First Nations Are'

We all pay when Aboriginal kids aren't given their best chance to learn. Second in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Sep 2011


news

A Tyee Series

How Chief Atahm Elementary School Became a Success Story

'Develop wisdom, honour the spiritual.' Those principles guide a unique learning approach breaking through low expectations for First Nations achievement. First in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Sep 2011


blogs

New UBC course takes on representation of Aboriginals in media

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Sep 2011


blogs

Feds leave slaughterhouse inspections to B.C.

By Katie Hyslop, 10 Aug 2011


blogs

Special needs taken care of during job action: BCTF

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Jul 2011


blogs

MOU on Aboriginal youth education in B.C. signed

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Jul 2011


blogs

The Province cartoon compares teachers to Hitler

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Jul 2011


news

BC Teachers' Strike Adds Twist to Possible Fall Election

Teachers want more pay and funding; government hopes for quick settlement; NDP 'in a tough spot'.

By Katie Hyslop, 29 Jun 2011


blogs

BC Teachers vote for job action

By Katie Hyslop, 29 Jun 2011


news

Feds 'Changed All the Rules' for BC Aboriginal School Funding

Money doesn't match promises, say frustrated First Nations education advocates.

By Katie Hyslop, 29 Jun 2011


blogs

Parents of kids with special needs left to navigate system alone, says Child and Youth Rep

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Jun 2011


blogs

Government 'picking a fight' with teachers: BCTF

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Jun 2011


news

'I'm @ the #Riot!' Educating Generation Me

What teachers are telling students about social media and hanging out at crime fests.

By Ainslie Cruickshank and Katie Hyslop, 23 Jun 2011


blogs

Vancouver School Board seeking PR professional

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Jun 2011


blogs

Parents' Voice their displeasure with Burnaby's anti-homophobia policy

By Katie Hyslop, 25 May 2011


news

How Good Is My Kid's School?

Great Schools Project aims to give parents clearer answer than implied by Fraser Institute rankings.

By Katie Hyslop, 24 May 2011


blogs

$8.1 million for education not new: Bacchus

By Katie Hyslop, 18 May 2011


blogs

Education Minister defends insurance premiums decision

By Katie Hyslop, 17 May 2011


blogs

Ministry unloads insurance premiums onto school districts

By Katie Hyslop, 16 May 2011


news

So What, I'm a Slut

Slutwalk Vancouver, the next step in a controversial women's empowerment movement.

By Katie Hyslop, 13 May 2011


news

Orange Crush Comes to Surrey

At the Bollywood Ballroom, cheers for New Dem winners Sandhu and Sims -- and the nationwide NDP surge.

By Katie Hyslop, 3 May 2011


news

A Tyee Series

Canada at War: Ghost Issue of 2011 Election

Military conflicts in Afghanistan, Libya were no-go zones for politicians, most media. Last in a series about what got ignored.

By Katie Hyslop, 2 May 2011


blogs

Parties weigh in on CETA

By Katie Hyslop, 29 Apr 2011


news

A Tyee Series

Biggest Free Trade Deal Since NAFTA, Ghost Issue of 2011 Election

Canada is on verge of pact with Europe affecting farmers, local industries. It's invisible on campaign trail.

By Katie Hyslop and Colleen Kimmett, 28 Apr 2011


blogs

Conservative caregiver program changes unfair to employers, says industry association

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Apr 2011


news

When Harper Says 'Simply Not True'... Is It?

Four times Harper flatly stated his debate opponents were just plain wrong. A reader asked us to check it out, so we did.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Apr 2011


news

If You Were to Vote Against Poverty

Which party deserves your nod? The NDP and Liberals have made explicit promises. Conservatives have not.

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Apr 2011


news

Where Will Vancouver School Board Find Its Voice Now?

Cutting top communicators could stifle public education debate says former board public relations manager.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Apr 2011


blogs

Skytrain employees ratify three-year deal

By Katie Hyslop, 13 Apr 2011


news

Conservatives Set to Sink BC Shipyards, Fears Union

Who gets $35 billion contract could mean life or death of shipbuilding industry in this province, says union.

By Katie Hyslop, 11 Apr 2011


blogs

Vancouver School Board lays off communications department, six other employees

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Apr 2011


blogs

Ministry grants encourage rural schools to embrace 21st Century Learning

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Apr 2011


blogs

Public Education Forum to address "crisis" in provincial system

By Katie Hyslop, 30 Mar 2011


news

English as Second Language Programs Swamped: Teachers' Group

Lack of teachers, training, and funding said to be holding ESL learners back.

By Katie Hyslop, 29 Mar 2011


news

Special Needs Students Shortchanged Say Parents, Union

There aren't enough qualified teachers to handle rising challenge, according to special ed advocates and BCTF.

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Mar 2011


news

A Tyee Series

How to Design a Building that Restores the Earth

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability aims to set a new North American standard by actually benefitting the environment.

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Mar 2011


blogs

Hundreds of Vancouver teachers receive possible layoff notices today

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Mar 2011


news

A Tyee Series

Clinging to Hope in Hazelton

The promise of more jobs glimmers, but the need for family support in BC's poorest town is immediate. Second of two.

By Katie Hyslop, 4 Mar 2011


news

A Tyee Series

Where Struggle Is Hardest for Families

How Hazelton, BC, became the poorest town in the province with the highest family poverty rate. First of two parts.

By Katie Hyslop, 3 Mar 2011


blogs

More transit, more traffic problems, says think tank

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Mar 2011


news

Does BC Need an Education Commission?

NDP leadership candidate Mike Farnworth says it's time, while campaign rivals, and the teachers union, are lukewarm.

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Mar 2011


blogs

Olympic Village protests ends in 10 arrests

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Feb 2011


mediacheck

Missed the Bus? At Least You Caught These Poems

To celebrate year 15 of 'Poetry in Transit,' we offer some locally sourced verse you could be reading while riding.

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Feb 2011


blogs

Abbott not sold on Farnworth's education commission

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Feb 2011


blogs

Former BCTF President Jinny Sims seeking federal NDP spot

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Feb 2011


news

A Tyee Series

How Green School Buildings Help Children Grow

Students and teachers are more healthy and productive in sustainably-built schools, research shows.

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Feb 2011


blogs

Aboriginal community wants separate school in Vancouver

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Feb 2011


news

When Christy Clark Ran BC's Schools

On her quest to be premier, Clark lugs baggage from past political battles. What did they teach her?

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Jan 2011


blogs

Langley School Board keeps rotating board chair

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Jan 2011


blogs

Education ministry and BCTF disagree on who made FSAs political

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Jan 2011


news

Victoria School Kids Get $200, Surrey's Only $58

BC's largest school district receives some of the lowest funding for its vulnerable children, and Surrey wants a fair deal.

By Katie Hyslop, 11 Jan 2011


blogs

B.C. has lowest dropout rates in Canada, says C.D. Howe report

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Jan 2011


blogs

Delta School Board chair supports Falcon’s teacher incentive program

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Jan 2011


blogs

Merit pay for teachers is problematic, says former deputy minister of education

By Katie Hyslop, 4 Jan 2011


news

A Tyee Series

Idea #6: Harm Reduction Moving Mainstream

Now that the US allows federal funds for needle exchanges, Vancouver's drug user health approach sets a bold example.

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Dec 2010


blogs

Two school board chairs asked to resign

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Dec 2010


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Behind the Fight Over Who Runs BC's College of Teachers

Critical report drives to question of how best to maintain the professional independence of province's teachers.

By Katie Hyslop, 10 Dec 2010


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Don Avison gives the BC College of Teachers a failing grade

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Dec 2010


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Parents' Pleas Win the Day: No Vancouver Schools to Close

Rather than shut schools to save money, district may expand their uses, including for daycare.

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Dec 2010


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Vision Vancouver trustees recommend no school closures

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Dec 2010


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Canadian Press bought by major media corporations

By Katie Hyslop, 30 Nov 2010


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Cutting Up the School Calendar

Four-day weeks? Classes year-round? As some districts mull changes, a look at where it's been tried in BC.

By Katie Hyslop, 30 Nov 2010


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B.C. child poverty is down, but recession numbers still to come

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Nov 2010


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Boost Grade 4 Learning! OK, but How?

Premier Campbell vows all Grade 4 students will achieve at their age level in five years. Educators disagree about where to start.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Nov 2010


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Representative for Children and Youth believes it’s possible to help Aboriginal youth, but not without a plan

By Katie Hyslop, 10 Nov 2010


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Where Is BC's Childcare Program?

While government slowly ekes out a public plan for care of three and four-year-olds, advocates weigh in with a plan of their own.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Nov 2010


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Public sector buildings receive $2.8 million for solar panels

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Nov 2010


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Making It Safe to Be Queer at School

Preventing gay bashing and suicides means changing what's taught in the classroom, say researchers.

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Nov 2010


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Premier announces three steps for improving education, doesn’t include closing school boards

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Oct 2010


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Premier rumoured to announce end of school boards tonight

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Oct 2010


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Coast Mountains District loses superintendent, secretary treasurer in one week

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Oct 2010


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As Online Ed Grows in BC, Who's Left Behind?

Distance learning saves province money and can free students' schedules. But some families are more wired than others.

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Oct 2010


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New study shows kids in care underperforming in school

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Oct 2010


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Written question period raises Langley Teachers Association's suspicions

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Oct 2010


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Turning Schools into 'Neighbourhood Learning Hubs'

Schools are the 'original social network,' and now is a good time to expand their community services, say advocates.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Oct 2010


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SFU prof designs homelessness teaching resource for B.C. high schools

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Oct 2010


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Vancouver School Board whittles down possible school closures to five

By Katie Hyslop, 4 Oct 2010


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Parents vote down motion to remove Langley school trustees

By Katie Hyslop, 30 Sep 2010


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City of Surrey should put a stop to the portables, says opposition group

By Katie Hyslop, 28 Sep 2010


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Pay-to-apply job site irks teachers

By Katie Hyslop, 22 Sep 2010


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District Parent Advisory Council calls for removal of Langley Board

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Sep 2010


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When Saving a School, Pushy Parents Are a Help

Teachers, parents worry lack of protests at inner-city school hurt chances of staying open.

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Sep 2010


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Chair of Langley School Board resigns; cites pressure from other trustees

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Sep 2010


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Langley School Board 'not functioning well': Auditor General

By Katie Hyslop, 15 Sep 2010


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Inside the Guerrilla War on Billboards

Urban renegades are blotting out big ads, claiming the law is their friend. Watch them at work.

By Katie Hyslop, 13 Sep 2010


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The 'Double-Whammy' Facing Langley's Schools

Tight provincial spending plus a deficit of at least $13.5 million equal anger, accusations and a tense wait for the auditor's verdict.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Sep 2010


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Polak: 'I Wanted This Ministry'

Children and Family Minister Mary Polak says she's proud of her record and not looking to change posts any time soon.

By Katie Hyslop, 25 May 2010


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BC's Beleaguered Child Protectors

Social workers say bulging caseloads, funding cuts and churn at the top are putting kids at risk.

By Katie Hyslop, 11 May 2010


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With Olympics Came New Laws to Sweep up Homeless

Four recent host cities criminalized and removed street dwellers leading up to Games.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Oct 2009