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BCTF on strike after day of rallies and study sessions

BC Teachers are starting a full-scale strike, and their union is laying the blame for the break down in negotiations on the government.

Teachers on the Sunshine Coast and in Nanaimo held demonstrations Monday, expressing anger and frustration about weekend talks that many hoped would end the impasse.

Nanaimo District Teachers Association president Mike Ball says education minister Peter Fassbender misled people about the government’s commitment to bargaining.

Louise Herle of the Sunshine Coast Teachers Association is equally frustrated about how the Public School Employers Association handled negotiations.

There are no new talks scheduled.

Schools are closed, but provincial exams for grades 10 through 12 are going ahead.  For School District 46 on the Sunshine Coast special busing arrangements are being made to get students to and from school on exam days.  SDs 68 and 69 are also posting updated information to their websites.

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