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The Kids Are Alright

The kids could be heading back to school on Monday, as the B.C. teacher’s strike looks to finally be over.

The two sides reached an agreement on Tuesday in the wee hours of the morning. Vince Ready, a veteran mediator who has helped negotiate labour agreements in British Columbia as far back as the 1980s, helped them find a workable solution. Ready had initially declined the invitation to mediate the teacher’s dispute, but chose to wade into the foray in mid August after two other mediators, Mark Brown and B.C. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Kelleher, refused to offer assistance.

The new six-year collective agreement will see a 7.25 per cent salary increase for the teachers over the next six years. The agreement also calls for $400 million to be spent on additional educational needs such as hiring new teachers, controlling class size and increasing the number of educational assistants.

Premier Christy Clark promises that the deal will not require a tax increase.

The teachers still need to vote on the agreement that would send their more than 40,000 members back to work. More importantly, it would allow 500,000 students the chance to resume their education.

Both sides might finally be able to get some sleep after three months of bitterness and frustration.

Our guess is there will be more than a few educational professionals seeking a new mattress. Both sides are welcome at Simmons Mattress Gallery. We’re just glad the kids get to back to school.

Elections Week

We are well into Elections Week. And if you haven’t decided who you would like to lead our good province for the next four years or so, now it the time to take action.

There are polling booths set up in almost every community centre in the city, and chances are – the CC that’s close to you is the place where you are supposed to vote.

Thanks to early registration and voting, mobile voting booths, door-to-door canvassing and more press that we ever recall having seen for an election campaign (we are talking TV ads, radio, front cover wraps and even fake news – we’re talking to you Christy Clark, supposed debate winner).

No matter how you slice it, it’s working. People are coming out in record numbers to vote and the official day isn’t even upon us yet. No matter what party you’re siding with, at least people are exercising their hard-fought right to represent themselves – and that’s a good thing.

If you are still undecided and need to sleep on it, then we recommend you do so on a luxurious Beautyrest. Right now we have them on sale for up to 75% off! We’re closing our doors just as new opportunities are opening up.

Rest your mind, think it through, and clear out the cobwebs with a beautiful bed.

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