Journalist Katie Hyslop has spent her decade-plus career applying a social justice lens to the education, youth, and housing issues she covers.
Born and (mostly) raised in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Hyslop went west in 2008 to complete a masters of journalism at the University of British Columbia, and hasn't looked back since.
With The Tyee since 2010, Hyslop has written extensively on B.C. education, foster care, indigenous issues, housing, and poverty. She's appeared on CBC Radio, CKNW, News 1130, Global BC, Fairchild TV, and Roundhouse Radio; was republished on Salon.com; and was (briefly) followed on Twitter by former "The Simpsons" executive consultant Brad Bird.
When not hunched over a laptop or riding her bike to an interview, Hyslop can be found adding to her growing horror comics collection, posting yet another picture of her cat to Facebook, or running after an errant hula hoop in the park.
Stories by Katie Hyslop
But funding falls short of homelessness needs.
Deal to limit class size, provide support won’t be enough to meet needs, parents say.
At CUPE town hall, speakers describe how waning job security seeps into the classroom.
More than 18,000 British Columbians support call for college, university funding increase.
Assembly of First Nations launches talks on a new housing strategy.
See how cities are turning ‘single family’ lots into several homes.
Increases not enough to dent child poverty, warns economist.
City, Ottawa, Vancity Credit Union — and one man’s estate — make for innovative transition housing.
First Nations architect Ouri Scott has ideas on how building design can further reconciliation.
A guide to options for at-risk young adults, and why advocates say they aren’t enough.
The Tyee wanted to discuss supports for at-risk youth, but kept hitting brick wall.
Whether it’s keeping up with maintenance or downsizing, ‘Aging in Place’ co-op aims to keep seniors at home.
Shortage of detox beds, doctors makes getting well tough. Part of a reader-funded series.
Strong bonds between students and adults make the difference, says teacher Jordan Smith. Part of a series.
Once homeless herself, Katherine McParland now campaigns to shelter the most vulnerable. Part of a reader-funded series.
‘I want to know what the purpose of this is,’ says skeptical Kootenay Lake district chair.
In Kamloops, a window on ‘hidden’ struggles of youths who have no place to call home. Part of a reader-funded series.
Partnership between Yale and modular building company sprouts affordable green homes.
Union wants another $250 million on budget day, but ministry says more time needed.
Association wants to see providers make best choices to stay open and debt free.
A roundtable discussion with the next generation. Part of a reader-funded series.
Firstly, it would be Indigenous led and administered, according to those we asked.
Top court restores contract provisions on class size, composition stripped by Liberal government.
If done right, ‘we can have a fundamentally changed society,’ says educator Jo Chrona.
The question, some say, is at the heart of Vancouver School Board’s latest pains.
Increases renew debate on support for special needs kids in public system.
Education minister’s decision to axe school board raises fears.
Seven years in the making, life skills “apprenticeship” program for young women needs $75k to succeed.
Structures aim to bring next-generation efficiency within the budget of First Nation communities.
A UN envoy investigates the ‘financialization’ of Canadians’ right to housing in Vancouver.
It’s key to building successful campaigns today, says Bernie-backed US Congressional candidate.
Ending supports at 19 results in higher future costs, poor outcomes, says Vancouver Foundation.
In Prince Rupert and area, some ‘yay’ to LNG, but not for oil pipelines to the northwest coast. Part of a reader-funded series.
In conversation with Rob Gruber, (dungeon) master of games for the six-to-76 set. Part of a reader-funded series.
Raj Chetty on ways to invest in kids for maximum impact. A Tyee interview.
In conversation with French immersion teacher and confessed ‘salmon guy,’ Mike McDowall. Part of a reader-funded series.
In conversation with Forest Parkour BC founder Wyatt Chandler. Part of a reader-funded series.
Jobs are badly needed, but is industry-as-usual the way? Many aren’t sold. First in a reader-funded series.
In conversation with ‘Youth On Water’ coordinator Anissa Watson. Part of a reader-funded series.
It isn’t lack of knowledge or politics that holds us back, but logistics, experts say. Last of two.
Facing complex challenges, his struggle is emblematic of hundreds others. First of two parts.
Patty Hajdu will spend her summer collecting stories across the country.
Annual uncertainty and per-student grant that doesn't reflect reality hurt students, say critics.
Laila Yuile argues that if mall land were sold, Beedie Development Group, not Vancouver board, would benefit most.
School with highest Aboriginal-identified population could shutter by next June.
Vancouver celebs share stories tonight to highlight need to help former children in care.
UBC prof's book says rankings undermine education quality, distort priorities.
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.
The hard part is getting government to meet its own best practices across BC. First of two.
New report busts myths about low grad rates for teens in gov't care.
I've got a wild idea. But I can't do it without Tyee reader support.
Absence of detail, too broad a focus among faults found in city’s renter strategy.
Private school funding is increasing three times faster than support for public schools. The Tyee explores why.
With land prices rising, there's little to protect a key source of affordable housing from redevelopment.
Vision and Green trustees band together to reject $24 million in cuts.
Dryden, Ontario sees safe shelter as the first step to improving family futures. Last of two.
Losing your kids once can lead to losing your shelter -- which makes it harder to get back your kids. First of two.
Around 60 Indigenous students set to get Evergreens instead of diplomas, violating new rules.
Greater Vancouver group isn't alone in denying users the right to be voting members.
District staff propose cutting supports for students, teachers, to save $27 million.
Gov't must give on-reserve schools a say in how money is spent, says UNBC prof.
Universities can play big roles that remain to date unfulfilled, say Indigenous academics.
Seven-year union executive veteran takes the helm through acclamation.
CommunityLINK money doesn't match enrolment or risk factors.
City study measures vacancy problem, but authors say more data needed.
March 22 vote could tell board it 'does not meet the standards we expect,' says association president.
Sure, on paper. In practice, feds fail to live up to 40-year-old UN commitment.
Board of governors presents alternative fund, notes low turnout for divestment votes.
With infrastructure cash on horizon, stakeholders sharpen affordability pitch.
Students explore science, tech and engineering options, learn about university life.
In wake of recent headlines, we offer these ready-made ideas.
Public-private partnership latest move to cash in on international students.
Governance experts say no rules were broken, while critics call for transparency reforms.
'We have been somewhat forced into this by government,' says trustee.
Debate series seeks common ground on Metro Vancouver's growth strategy.
Trailblazer Murray Corren recounts battles for adoptive, marriage and education rights.
Decision 'another important step' in battle over class size, composition, says union leader.
Youth exiting government care can succeed, but years of cuts don't make it the easiest launch.
Whether a warm bed or college degree, organizations help kids 'aging out' set and achieve goals.
In an economy tough on youth, support groups focus on life-after-care transition.
Law society’s governors can still block TWU accreditation, so might Canada's top court: lawyer.
You can't have one without the other. Enter the '30/30/30' plan.
It's a conflict of values, say critics: 'I wouldn't accept my degree from him.'
Start by shoring up social housing, says cities chief. A Tyee Solutions Society interview.
First Call report card, released today, appeals to lone province without anti-poverty strategy.
With 1,000 kids on the way, critics say more teacher training and resources are needed.
Freedom lovers grapple with the great challenge of our time at a recent student-led conference.
Those under 25 aren't like other homeless, agencies find. Why not 'wrap' them in supports?
Audit shows gains made, but more work with Indigenous groups needed, says advocate.
After fears that tuition hurt enrolment, many teachers will keep their jobs.
As an educator-in-training, the Liberal leader was steeped in tradition of democratic teaching.
Marven Robinson, involved in 2006 ferry disaster effort, said first responders just did 'what mariners do.'
Liberals have promised billions for social housing, co-ops and new rentals.
NDP leader welcomes improvements to at-risk youth care, questions timing.
Funding cap lifted. A missing women inquiry. And a record 10 aboriginal MPs.
Ministry responds to scathing report on death of 19-year-old Paige.
It once met needs the market couldn't, or wouldn't. Advocates say it could again. Last in a series.
Fixed date, scrapped per-vote subsidy, and more ways this race is different.
Canada's public housing agency, CMHC, has come a long way in 25 years.
Half of Canada's schools will host mock elections this week -- thousands more than in 2011.
Data shows more than half of BC's districts above national child poverty average.
Young newcomers speak from experience on living up to our commitments.
Quebec author recounts how Canada failed two indigenous teens.
A civil debate, sure. But civility, it seems, doesn't always encourage truthfulness.
After starving 'Status of Women' offices, feds produce report showing gaps in pay, violence flatlining.
Three months after commission's report, aboriginal issues take campaign backseat.
With little job security, they're now a university norm. But some are winning a better deal.
Follow along as we attempt to verify their statements, despite the interruptions.
But as Vancouver panel notes, electoral reform alone won't mean the end of Canada's democracy woes.
Many youth lack supports after 'aging out.' But experts envision a better way.
Customized program raises questions about post-secondary partnerships with big business.
Volunteer spin-sniffers take on campaign statements. Still, even fact-checkers get checked sometimes.
Institutions charging up to $800 per course, but say grants cover most students' costs.
Province sees technical skills shortage ahead, yet support for in-school scientist program lags.
BC teachers go off-plan, adding sizzle to a subject some find daunting.
It's a classroom as big as all outdoors. First in a series on new experiments in science ed.
As platform pledges roll out, we asked three child care experts for their first impressions.
Grassroots organizers shoot for the greatest Indigenous voter turnout in Canadian history.
Support staff and students fear the worst, but college brass says alarm hurts the school.
Enrollment down since province started charging tuition, says faculty association president.
We took a slice of last night's debate and asked who was telling the truth.
Some swear by these 100 square-foot wonders. But Vancouver isn't convinced. Fourth in a series.
Experts find much to be done, with inspiration from abroad and at home. Third in a series.
Mysterious purchasing power has created a $300,000 premium. First in a series.
Housing is personal, but some problems go coast-to-coast and demand a national response.
As parole declines, a cycle persists: cell to street and back again. Latest in a series.
Off-reserve support just out of reach for some aboriginal urbanites. Latest in a series.
Renters in Canada's 'wealthiest generation' more vulnerable than home-owning peers.
More than one in five homeless young Canadians are LGBTQ2S. How do we get them into safe housing? Latest in a series.
Amid national affordability crisis, new series spotlights eight housing-stressed demographics.
A BC developer's uphill attempt to offer primary schoolers 'the talk.'
A Vancouver millennial takes on Boomer condescension over housing cost complaints.
Children's watchdog finds BC school attendance policies lack teeth.
Time to put affordable homes on the federal agenda, say advocates. First in a solutions series.
Exhausted moms and dads hawk wares and plan socials to make up for district cuts.
Award gives Indigenous journalists an opportunity to report beyond stereotypes.
Residential school demolition ceremony gives former residents a chance to heal.
But support for Aboriginal Early Childhood Education has dropped, report says.
Boost programs at high schools, shop teacher says.
Five takeaways from a BC forum on learning.
Salaries a sticking point in pricey northern city.
Students shouldn't have to commute to attend school, say community leaders.
Journalist Craig Silverman on Internet rumours, lies and 'batmen' spotted on the moon.
'I would have to find another way to pursue going to college,' says student with disability.
University move to separate classes 'sets a bit of a dangerous precedent.'
But $1,600 a semester is too high, says faculty association president.
Change would bring school in line with others, but some students and staff are opposed.
Gov't allows public providers to charge tuition, but it may not be enough.
'I don't know why they want to stop our ability to connect to this country': student.
With new statistics in hand, we asked experts how to improve the lives of the poor.
Small improvements to adoption program, watchdog finds, but waitlist isn't diminishing.
Supporters buoyed by gains on council, park and school board.
Vision Vancouver retains control of council, loses parks and school board. Tyee reports from the ground.
City's election official says error affecting over 1,000 voters fixed.
Where do the major parties stand on our issues? We asked, they answered.
Trip to Brazil inspired former Bowen Island mayor's platform.
Called an ideologue by foes, the outspoken, veteran Vision trustee is hungry for another round.
Shoddy construction and expiring subsidies puts my home at risk. Preview of a new series.
Gas giant contributions don't replace lost public dollars but remain hotly contested.
Given support to explore on their own, some take food literacy to the next level. Last in a series.
With three grads for every job, four paths to a balanced education workforce.
Turning the tables on unchecked food industry advertising means using some of the same tactics.
Thin isn't the same as healthy, warns an academic and an eating disorder survivor. Part of a series.
Parents, teachers upset over proposed 'cozy day' temperature drop.
Due to industry lobbying, it may be more about marketing than nutrition. Part of a series.
Educators wage a veggie-roots campaign to put industrial agriculture in context, one school plot at a time. Third in a series.
A new coalition thinks we do, but with every province already covering school food, is it necessary?
Gov't and youth watchdog disagree on changes to child protection and services.
French kids eat like adults, and learn about food in the classroom. Should ours? Second in a series.
More and more educators see the need for food-literate youngsters. First in a new series.
Deal document show wages remain low, class size and composition unresolved.
More money, but it won't bring salaries or class sizes provincially on par.
Agreement contains 'meaningful achievements' says BCTF union head.
Labour peace at last? Few details released, but no chance of tax increase or deficit, minister says.
Further details to come as mediator confirms agreement made this morning.
Once again, minister rejects proposal.
Education minister calls proposal a 'ploy,' says only mediation will work.
Union hopes gov't will change course and accept its proposal.
Fassbender wants to see teacher union's plan before deciding.
The story so far, at least in this chapter of a 10-year saga.
BCTF president addresses premier's press conference today.
Union must make more moves to get kids back into classroom, she says.
Both government and teachers' union refuse to say when they'll return to the table.
Money comes from general advertising budget, ministry says.
Intended to brief parents, critics say it only ups the bargaining pressure.
With schools scheduled to reopen soon, Vince Ready is 'monitoring' the situation.
If school strike lasts into September, families and students could lose access to more than classes.
Conservatives' ideas are based on shaky numbers, government retorts.
Assembly of First Nations has its own math. There are, however, two points they agree on.
Still without a contract, one BC educator speaks out against union tactics.
Capital project funds don't equal millions paid in offsets, but they help.
Their kids are priority one. Shifts in parent-led education activism see mixed results.
One man's quest to video BC educators' best memories (plus a few to watch).
We ask people who've seen bargaining up close if a faulty process is to blame.
Vancouver, Surrey lose hundreds of thousands as a result of axed programs.
Neither side will say what happens if a deal isn't reached by midnight.
Union intends to extend strike if deal isn't reached by June 30.
Students may have to retake courses, putting some in a tough spot come September.
Ministry yet to respond to union request for mediation.
New watchdog report includes six ideas to help kids find 'forever families.'
Both parties bicker over who bargained harder, made better offer this weekend.
'Look at our actions: we want a negotiated settlement,' Fassbender says.
'Historic' turnout gives union power to pull out of talks, but both sides remain hopeful for a deal.
But few want to talk about it. Only 19 responded to our simple question.
Union says it can be avoided if gov't budges, but minister insists current offers are fair.
Graduation rates not linked to class size, former deputy education minister says.
BC gov't negotiator claims they aren't. Tyee asks educators on strike today.
Employer limits after-hours activity, punishes strikers with 10 per cent pay cut.
Past agreements may hint at where current talks are headed. With latest job action developments.
Earn a signing bonus or see your pay docked, teachers told.
Proposes six-year deal with signing bonus; union still wants class size, composition changes.
One thing we know: enrolment processes can shut-out low-income kids.
Educators keep pressure on ministry to rethink changes.
Mistakes made by now-dissolved agency to go under the microscope.
Major federal bill now faces fresh challenges.
Ministry still offloads work to under-resourced agencies, says watchdog.
School forced to fund costly building repairs on its own dime.
Classes stay the same. Some recesses cancelled. And communication about students will slow.
Last-minute gov't funding means aboriginal youth program will return in tough times. Last in a series.
Thirty years ago, BC mills beckoned with stable work -- as did the cod fishery of the east. Fourth in a series.
After a decade of criticism, agency is folded into gov't as result of core review.
'Government knew we were within the window of mill closures': former MLA.
In Houston, sudden news of shutdown is crashing house values, and life plans. Second in a series.
Welcome to Houston, where the mill is closing and lives and dreams hang in the balance. First in a series.
Why is the onus on kids to admit they're too poor to participate?
Canadians 'should be ashamed' of charging government-assisted refugees for resettlement: Surrey councillor.
Funding woes leave struggling mill town's youth programs in limbo.
Rachel Goodine is only one single mom hurt by how BC handles social assistance and child support.
Several districts cry foul over ministry's claim that Saanich version doesn't meet standards.
Funding from Chevron helped Surrey, but Vancouver district pushes back.
BC figures show sharp fall in their median income. But variable data hides the real story.
University program helped buoy literacy rates among newcomers to Canada.
Vancouver meeting reveals frustration over gov't systems that privilege those living on reserve.
Student exchanges open eyes to indigenous experience, both shared and contrasting.
In wake of critical report, gov't says it's a move towards more direct service delivery.
New monthly mag aims to help visitors become Vancouverites.
UBC students craft a blueprint for a healthy, reliable supply, collaboratively.
Lenny Ross fears changes to what BC kids learn will be anything but green.
Georges Sioui (re)wrote the book on First Nations. Now he waits for Canada to notice their contribution. Part of a series.
We all know the classics but these warm a special place in our hearts. What have we missed?
Vancouver 'Young Men's' school group resists gendered pressures through mentorship.
Though First Nations have one year to create their own, which some critics say isn't enough time.
Their poverty rose dramatically in first year of Clark's 'families first' agenda, report finds.
A reporter's 'unsettling' journey at Dechinta, a First Nations-centred university. Last in a series.
Another shot at a thriving indigenous post-secondary school in Canada. Third in a series.
Kwantlen University aims to heal rifts between academia and local aboriginal groups. Part of a series.
With cuts to conservation protection, Aboriginal stewards step forth, on their own terms. First in a new series.
Union leader argues that while the province underfunds tech ed, higher-ups are watching closely.
Ministry counters that changes to a more 'service'-oriented system are already underway.
New report finds lack of education, skills needed to work with growing superpowers.
Vancouver board's anti-racism mentor on how to better reflect BC's diversifying student body.
Teachers' union says nope; government sticks by 'em. Now, a public forum takes on controversial FSAs.
Skip class, rewrite curriculum, build a world-class research centre. How Lower Mainland schools will mark the TRC hearings.
Students at SFU's Burnaby campus sound alarm on dangerous maintenance issues.
But the union that represents secretaries, bus drivers, remains on job action alert should talks break down again.
Two new books highlight powerful experiences of young first peoples.
Appointment of new negotiator met with alarm, but it appears trustees will still sit at the table.
Critics say government's framework for better quality control misses the academic boat.
One organization's success teaching Aboriginal people mining skills isn't without complications.
UBC's Linc Kesler believes studying indigenous cultures is good for us all. Part of a series.
Appointing them to post-secondary boards shows participation matters, Sophie Pierre says. Part of a series.
Rather than earn a PhD, Megan Moody put her smarts to work for her First Nations community.
For Karen Hall, disconnected daughter of a Dene healer, an Aboriginal academic mentor was life-changing. Second in a series.
A candid talk with Janet Steffenhagen, the Sun's recently-departed education reporter.
National Chief Shawn Atleo on his drive to improve opportunities for aboriginal people in Canada. First in an occasional series.
How a special UBC program supports the next generation of physicists, foresters, nurses and more.
Frustrated activist and mother sees few post-secondary options for students like her autistic son.
Government rolled out four initiatives with fanfare, so where did they go?
Today's history lesson: 12 years of BC Liberal legislation on the school file.
Okanagan First Nations chair accuses BC Liberals of courting FN votes by pushing through land, revenue agreements.
Funding frozen, ed ministry quietly downloads burden says CUPE researcher.
UBC event celebrates Indigenous achievements in arts, education.
Or is it fair comment? Reporters, politicians and academics weigh in.
Cuts to literacy and adult ed programs show a system 'uncoordinated', says scholar.
Final stretch for Vancouver effort to craft vision with anti-poverty activists, businesses and others.
Pressures on many women at home and work near breaking point: researchers.
How BC researchers are continuing groundbreaking early childhood development investigations.
Critics wonder why data from the exams aren't better employed to improve schooling.
Government's proposed 10-year agreement includes four main elements to end the acrimony.
Advocates challenge May 2013's contenders on affordable childcare, school funds, poverty, and more.
Done delicately, it's critical for students needs, says UBC's dean of education. Fourth in a series.
Visitor prods officials to make good on decade-old recommendations.
Roving job action not enough to bring employers, employees together over wage and benefit disparities.
Study reveals surprising number of Vancouver's young look after family members, some alone and with few supports.
Quiz site used in 18 BC districts raises questions about advertising in schools.
While some teachers decry 'just incredible poverty,' the province says its policies are already reducing the rates.
In the Delta School District, two privacy breaches revealing sensitive information last month raise questions.
B.C. educator says independently-managed plan's associations with tobacco, energy companies doesn't put money where morals are.
Program helps hyperactive minds relax, but proponents warn it can't fix every learning problem.
Teachers' union welcoming but wary of six-week consultation plan to improve negotiations, relations.
Jeff Hopkins steps down to start a Victoria independent school he hopes will spur changes in BC's public system.
Partnership between education ministry and not-for-profit with billionaire partners raises concerns.
The fifth minister for children and family dev't in six years is taking on a ministry 'in crisis'.
After slashing legal aid, former attorney general Plant will teach law students about providing it.
Two Vancouver events examine the working poor's experience in the 'livable' city.
When it comes to our first peoples, Canadians are pretty ignorant. Critics say school is a prime place to fix that.
Teachers, students wary of an international student strategy without more cash, space or faculty.
One of three parents send their kids to private tutors. Are they buying the educational edge they think they are?
A record decline in single-parent poverty may be stalled. How to rescue the remaining poor?
The $475 million price of one F-35 could buy a lot of social good. What would you have government spend it on?
A recent tragedy raises questions about soccer net safety in Canada. Is the solution inflatable?
New study finds systemic problems in parental capacity assessments discriminate against women.
Child welfare workers hampered by BC's three overlapping, error-prone case tracking processes.
A lot is riding on eager young apprentices like Tala Small Wolf. Is she getting the support she needs?
As demand for skilled tradespeople grows, so does pressure on the Industry Training Authority to fill the gap. First of two.
Both will make a pit stop in court on the rocky road to respectful negotiations.
Aboriginal community, government announce strategy, funding for indigenous post-secondary education.
New BC-wide anti-bully strategy vague, avoids homophobia, say critics. But it has potential.
Province to charge for courses immigrants, other late graduates, say are key to getting ahead.
Two satellite campuses shut down in rural BC in favour of online learning.
Government wage top-ups could spell the end of the working poor. Last in a series on anti-poverty policy ideas.
Doing so for all Canadians could almost erase poverty, or dry up labour sources, depending on whom you ask.
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.
Seven winners of education awards showcase their innovative initiatives on the national stage.
Inner-city schools don't have deep fundraising pockets. Local restaurants to the rescue!
Minister says plan avoids cookie cutter approach, advocates say it avoids making real change.
Despite losses at Labour Relations, the BCTF lays out its action plan to continue battle until next spring.
Cindy Blackstock is a tireless advocate for parity on and off reserve. Feds fight her in court, and spy on her.
New Westminster parents' council wants teacher trustees to stay out of classrooms or stay off school boards.
Charles Jago says $1,000 in two payments was to play golf. BCTF charges bias.
Years of failed negotiations offer government solutions, say former union leaders.
Cuts to mature student programs show it's not just B.C.'s kids affected by the squeeze.
Ministry of Education and teachers' union debate whose facts are more factual.
Thousands of those most affected rallied to decry class sizes, support teachers, and show they're paying attention.
After walkouts OK'd by Labour Relations, BC Libs move to outlaw teachers strike, allow some mediation.
Critics say 17 years of negotiation failures means government has to change tactics to work with teachers.
It's not true that BC families on disability make less than single disabled Albertans. But 'huge' gap separates two provinces, insist advocates.
Family of six on disability here now makes less than a single disabled Albertan.
Will argue today Canada is failing to meet obligations under Rights of the Child convention.
Students at traditional medicine college surprised to learn they can't practice, but school denies wrongdoing.
MLA Jagrup Brar's welfare month reveals program's serious failings, but gov't continues to stall.
New agreement puts funding on par with public schools, but questions of jurisdiction remain.
New offer would cost $300 million more next year. Province sticks to 'net zero.'
With a neighbourhood-sized social safety net, low-income families could thrive.
What happens when a First Nations kid asks an elder 10 questions and writes a poem? A lot.
Inside BC classrooms where every student has a laptop or iPad, and the learning is 'child-centred.'
Defunded and soon to close, the Canadian Council on Learning sees nation falling behind on many fronts.
New West councillor faces opposition for pioneering 'moral' policy as other BC candidates weigh pros and cons.
New report says proper trades training requires more funding, improved equipment and smaller class sizes.
Conference on needs of immigrant and refugee youth shines spotlight on barriers, holes in the system.
Outside BC, how other indigenous people, and other jurisdictions, are building a record of academic success. Last in a series.
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.
Teachers, government, and parent advocates at odds over how far funding must rise to serve special needs students.
'Hard-working teachers are underpaid' in BC, says professor who led study. How best to fix that?
Vancouver's school board sees potential in a school designed from curriculum up to appeal to urban First Nations youth. Fourth in a series.
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.
We all pay when Aboriginal kids aren't given their best chance to learn. Second in a series.
'Develop wisdom, honour the spiritual.' Those principles guide a unique learning approach breaking through low expectations for First Nations achievement. First in a series.
Teachers want more pay and funding; government hopes for quick settlement; NDP 'in a tough spot'.
Money doesn't match promises, say frustrated First Nations education advocates.
What teachers are telling students about social media and hanging out at crime fests.
Great Schools Project aims to give parents clearer answer than implied by Fraser Institute rankings.
Slutwalk Vancouver, the next step in a controversial women's empowerment movement.
At the Bollywood Ballroom, cheers for New Dem winners Sandhu and Sims -- and the nationwide NDP surge.
Military conflicts in Afghanistan, Libya were no-go zones for politicians, most media. Last in a series about what got ignored.
Canada is on verge of pact with Europe affecting farmers, local industries. It's invisible on campaign trail.
Four times Harper flatly stated his debate opponents were just plain wrong. A reader asked us to check it out, so we did.
Which party deserves your nod? The NDP and Liberals have made explicit promises. Conservatives have not.
Cutting top communicators could stifle public education debate says former board public relations manager.
Who gets $35 billion contract could mean life or death of shipbuilding industry in this province, says union.
Lack of teachers, training, and funding said to be holding ESL learners back.
There aren't enough qualified teachers to handle rising challenge, according to special ed advocates and BCTF.
UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability aims to set a new North American standard by actually benefitting the environment.
The promise of more jobs glimmers, but the need for family support in BC's poorest town is immediate. Second of two.
How Hazelton, BC, became the poorest town in the province with the highest family poverty rate. First of two parts.
NDP leadership candidate Mike Farnworth says it's time, while campaign rivals, and the teachers union, are lukewarm.
To celebrate year 15 of 'Poetry in Transit,' we offer some locally sourced verse you could be reading while riding.
Students and teachers are more healthy and productive in sustainably-built schools, research shows.
On her quest to be premier, Clark lugs baggage from past political battles. What did they teach her?
BC's largest school district receives some of the lowest funding for its vulnerable children, and Surrey wants a fair deal.
Now that the US allows federal funds for needle exchanges, Vancouver's drug user health approach sets a bold example.
Critical report drives to question of how best to maintain the professional independence of province's teachers.
Rather than shut schools to save money, district may expand their uses, including for daycare.
Four-day weeks? Classes year-round? As some districts mull changes, a look at where it's been tried in BC.
Premier Campbell vows all Grade 4 students will achieve at their age level in five years. Educators disagree about where to start.
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.
Preventing gay bashing and suicides means changing what's taught in the classroom, say researchers.
Distance learning saves province money and can free students' schedules. But some families are more wired than others.
Schools are the 'original social network,' and now is a good time to expand their community services, say advocates.
Teachers, parents worry lack of protests at inner-city school hurt chances of staying open.
Urban renegades are blotting out big ads, claiming the law is their friend. Watch them at work.
Tight provincial spending plus a deficit of at least $13.5 million equal anger, accusations and a tense wait for the auditor's verdict.
Children and Family Minister Mary Polak says she's proud of her record and not looking to change posts any time soon.
Social workers say bulging caseloads, funding cuts and churn at the top are putting kids at risk.
Four recent host cities criminalized and removed street dwellers leading up to Games.