Lessons in liberation

Hundreds of graves lined neatly in rows, shining and carefully decorated with flowers. It can be hard to describe the impact of some experiences in words but that is what two local teachers will be doing this coming year and likely for quite some time as they relay the powerful experiences they had while guests...

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Teachers rally against government’s planned changes of system

TRURO – While 20 selected teachers from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board met with the education minister Monday afternoon, even more rallied outside the school where they were meeting. Cherie Abriel, a current junior high school teacher with 29 years in the education system, was one to speak at the rally outside the Truro Junior...

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Growing opposition to Liberal education reforms

HALIFAX – With the announcement of the results of yesterday’s vote, Nova Scotia teachers have clearly added their voice to those who have lost confidence in the McNeil government’s approach to the education system. “We would not be in the current situation had the Liberal government not insisted on moving forward with these dramatic changes...

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Bill 75 passes

It was history in the making: a controversial bill has been passed into law. Bill 75, the piece of legislation imposing a contract on more than 9,000 teachers across the province, passed its third and final reading in the Nova Scotia Legislature on Tuesday. It did not go quietly: teachers and supporters protested outside Province...

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Teachers rallying outside Legislature today

County teachers will join their counterparts from across the province today in a rally in Halifax. Teachers rallied and picketed all night / overnight outside Nova Scotia’s Legislature last night, and will continue to rally and picket outside Province House throughout the day today as the Legislature continues to sit to debate Stephen McNeil’s anti-teacher...

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Agency finds alternate way to hold annual Wii challenge

Serving children is what Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County does best and including them in their major fundraiser Bowl for Kids Sake is important. This year, however, has proved to be somewhat of a challenge. The agency’s main student event, a Wii Bowling Challenge that usually happens in the elementary and middle schools,...

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Teachers reject tentative agreement

Nova Scotia’s 9,300 public school teachers have voted to reject a third tentative agreement reached between the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development since the opening of negotiations on September 29, 2015. In a province-wide electronic vote held Thursday, more than 100 per cent of NSTU’s public school...

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Support for teachers

To the Editor: It appears the teacher’s work to rule is over; well, at least until they study their new contract offer. It will be interesting to see what their union, the NSTU, is recommending they accept this, the third time. The first offer the NSTU recommended they accept was rejected 90 per cent by...

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NSTU ends strike action

Friday’s announcement that the Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union strike has — for now — been averted has generated a share of mixed feelings and uncertainty. Cindy-Lee MacLean, who has a son and two grandchildren in school — spent Friday protesting on East River Road in support of teachers and students, only to hear the announcement...

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West Pictou Consolidated School being dismissed early today

PICTOU  – West Pictou Consolidated School is being dismissed early today (at 11 a.m.) due to a leak in the roof. An Alert message is being sent to all parents and guardians announcing the dismissal, and phone calls are being made to all parents and guardians of elementary students. The busing restriction enacted this morning...

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