February 18, 2018

BC Place workers ratify new deal

PAVCO and the BCGEU have reached a three year agreement for workers at BC Place. There is no wage increase in the first year, then a two percent bump in each of the final two years. BC Pavillion Corporation employs 35 full time and 100 part time workers at BC Place Stadium.  CKNW Vancouver News … [Read more...]

Picket lines could soon come down at BC Place

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union is pleased with an agreement reached Monday with the BC Pavilion Corporation, which operates BC Place. Karen Tankard with the Union says they were able to get many of the things they were seeking, "For instance, we were asking for a wage increase for our members, we got them four percent over two … [Read more...]

Pickets to remain at BC Place Stadium

The union representing 500 striking employees says pickets will remain up around BC Place Stadium until further notice. The BCGEU members launched their strike on Monday, to back their contract demands. So far, no events have been affected but there is one scheduled for Thursday. CKNW Vancouver News … [Read more...]

The picketing continues at BC Place

Unionized workers for the stadium's operator, the BC Pavilion Corporation, say they are keeping up their job action to try and get their employer back to the table.  Karen Tankard, with the BC Government and Services Employees Union, says the strike is so, far, going on indefinitely, "We have offered BC Place management the opportunity to come … [Read more...]

Picket line going up around BC Place Monday morning

Unionized workers at BC Place will be going on strike Monday morning. BC Government and Service Employees Union Spokesperson Karen Tankard says the workers have been without a contract since May, and are taking action after talks didn't go anywhere last week. "The main sticking point is job security. There is work that goes on in BC Place that is … [Read more...]

BC Place Stadium bill getting a once over

The pricey tab to renovate BC Place Stadium is about to get a going over by BC's Auditor General.   NDP Tourism Critic Spencer Chandra-Herbert says he has recieved a letter from Auditor General John Doyle after asking his office to launch an audit into BC Place costs. "They are going to do a fact finding exercise look at the budgets, … [Read more...]

BC NDP Tourism Critic wants Auditor General to investigate BC Place renovation costs

The BC NDP Tourism Critic is taking his fight to find out the actual costs of BC Place renovations to the Province's Auditor General. Spencer Chandra-Herbert has written a letter to John Doyle, filing an official complaint to have him investigate. Chandra-Herbert says it's not just about the original estimate coming in more than five times over … [Read more...]

Scorching end to McCartney show at BC Place

The fireworks at last month's  Paul McCartney concert didn't just surprise the audience. The person in charge of fire safety at BC Place was worried enough to investigate. The pyrotechnics were featured during the former Beatle's performance of 'Live and Let Die', a song he wrote for the James Bond movie of the same name. Turns out, they flew … [Read more...]

BC Place gets festive for Thanksgiving

BC Place is getting into the festive spirit. The stadium’s 36-foot Northern Lights display will be glowing Thanksgiving colors of red, yellow and pumpkin pie orange. Colors on the 68-hundred foot LED light display are changed to promote local sports events as well as community and charity organizations. The display goes from 5:30 to 8 this … [Read more...]

Annual Terry Fox Run to take place Sunday

The annual Terry Fox Run takes place Sunday across the country. It's been 32 years since Fox inspired a nation with his attempted run across Canada to raise cash and awareness for cancer research. Terry's older brother Fred says the run is inclusive, and no donation is too small. "As Terry would say, as he said during the Marathon of Hope, we'll … [Read more...]