January 20, 2018

Hovercraft out of action

Coast Guard officials are downplaying concerns after a hovercraft broke down during a training exercise Friday evening near Nanaimo. Maritime coordinator Paul Tasker says despite that hovercraft undergoing repairs today, the other vessel at Sea Island in Richmond is still available -- and in any event there's only enough staff to deploy one at a … [Read more...]

Premier says further action possible on ethnic outreach scandal

Premier Christy Clark says she expects to take further action to deal with the fallout from the ethnic voter outreach strategy and she is not ruling out her own resignation. This after the resignation of Advanced Education and Multiculturalism minister John Yap today. Yap wasn't even the minister when the ethnic outreach plan was written but still … [Read more...]

“Nixon” Scribes Pen Bruce Lee Action Film

QED International and Groundswell Productions are teaming for "Birth of the Dragon," an action film in which martial arts legend Bruce Lee is one of the lead characters. The story is inspired by the true-life no-rules fight in San Francisco's Triad-controlled Chinatown in 1965. The fight, between Lee and China’s most famous kung fu master Wong … [Read more...]

Vancouver’s Mayor wants immediate action for film and TV sector

The Mayor of Vancouver wants the provincial government to make immediate changes to keep film productions from leaving town. Gregor Robertson says the provincial tax credit system needs to be adjusted to match those in other provinces. Robertson has tabled a motion callng for a letter to be  written to the premier and the prime minister … [Read more...]

Job action to begin Monday at Lifelabs’ Patient Service Centres

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union says job action will start Monday at Lifelabs' Patient Service Centres in BC on a rotating basis. The union says the action comes after day long mediated talks at the Labour Relations Board Saturday failed. They say the major issues are wages and the employer demanding that members accept … [Read more...]

Health Science professionals call off planned job action

The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association has scrapped plans to hold rotating strikes this week after the Government tabled a proposal this weekend. The union says the Government has offered a 1.4% wage increase over two years, with some health workers experiencing rollbacks. In a release, Health Science Association of BC President … [Read more...]

John Furlong follows through with civil action against reporter

John Furlong has now followed through on his promise to take legal action against the Georgia Straight and a reporter accused of making unfounded allegations against the head of Vancouver's 2010 Olympic organizing team. Furlong’s lawyer Marvin Storrow has now filed notice of civil claim against Laura robinson, Daniel McLeod, Charlie … [Read more...]

BCIT job action continues

BCGEU support staff at BCIT will have another day of job action Tuesday. Uunlike today though, only the Aerospace Technolgy Centre in Richmond will be picketed.  Classes will proceed as normal. Monday classes at all BCIT campuses were cancelled due to the job action of instructors and support staff. CKNW Vancouver News … [Read more...]

Advanced Education Minister saying little about job action

As faculty and unionized staff strike at Vancouver Community College and BCIT,  the minister responsible is saying little. Advanced Education Minister John Yap calls the job action just another part of the bargaining process. But when asked if the government will consider recent deals reached with university staff as a pattern for colleges, … [Read more...]

Job action planned for VCC, BCIT and SFU this week

Students at Vancouver Community College have the day off Monday thanks to job action from Union staff. CUPE Local 4627 Spokesperson Jo Hansen anticipates job action for months to come, even though they are trying to ease the impact on students.  “We are trying to not hold those people hostage and that is a really different strategy for … [Read more...]