In the 2004 federal election he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as a candidate of the Conservative Party of Canada. He was re-elected in the 2006 federal election and appointed to the cabinet as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. Prentice was appointed Minister of Industry on August 14, 2007, and after the 2008 election became Minister of Environment on October 30, 2008. On November 4, 2010, Prentice announced his resignation from cabinet and as MP for Calgary Centre-North. On September 6, 2014, he won the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta leadership election and and became Alberta’s Premier-designate.
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Minister of Education Peter Fassbender has issued the
“This afternoon, Peter Cameron, lead negotiator for the British
Columbia Public School Employers Association, advised me to reject
yesterday’s call from the BCTF to enter binding arbitration. I
“After due diligence and further investigation, it became very clear
that it was another empty effort to give parents and teachers a false
hope that there is a simple way to resolve the dispute.
“At a meeting yesterday, the BCTF made it clear that they would
insist on several preconditions – preconditions that would
effectively tilt the entire process in the BCTF favour. Despite
several efforts by Mr. Cameron, and more than a day later, BCPSEA
still doesn’t have a written proposal from the BCTF.
“This labour dispute is a serious matter that is disrupting the
education of 558,000 students across B.C. Thousands of teachers and
their families are suffering real financial hardship with no end in
“They deserve better than what they saw yesterday. Mr. Iker and the
BCTF leadership have a duty to their members to negotiate an
agreement — and that requires them to make hard decisions.
“Instead, the BCTF leadership is trying to avoid having the tough
conversation with their members about what is realistic and
achievable at the bargaining table.
“They need to get in the affordability zone on wages and benefits so
we can get to work on negotiating class size and composition – which
both sides agree is the most important issue.
“We are ready to provide teachers with a fair wage increase and we
want to negotiate class size and composition.
“This dispute needs to be settled at the bargaining table and I
invite them again to lift their pickets while the parties work
towards mediating an end to this dispute.”
Riders with Oliver Youth Ambassadors
Donations – Scott Schraffick (Oliver Fire Department), Dot Cranston, Joanne Bray (Oliver Lions), Alan Close (Oliver Kiwanis) and Katie Di Iuorio (Oliver Lioness Club)
Rider with green coat – Peter Foodikoff (former grad of SOSS 81):
“I’m an Auxiliary Constable from the North Okanagan, taking part in my first Cops for Kids Ride. I believe that this is such a worthwhile cause, I look forward to both the challenges and the rewards.”
Should this be allowed ?
Is it against a code of conduct ?
Should one side in a dispute have such an advantage ?
The provincial government is spending up to $335,000 on a social media campaign promoting its side in the labour dispute with the BC Teachers Federation.
Education Minister Peter Fassbender is defending it: “Because we need to direct parents to (website) BC Parents Info, and we want them to go to that site, not only to get the latest bargaining updates, but also to know where to go to register for the educational support fund.”
The campaign includes promoted Tweets and an information website for parents. Fassbender notes the union has spent some of its members dues on ad campaigns as well.
BCTF spends money from members
Government spends your money
Dale Lahaise passed away August 14th at the age of 58. He is survived by his wife Michelle, son Keegan, and daughter Katharine all of North Vancouver; his mother Carley, brother Wade (Connie), sisters Shelley and Cindy, nieces , nephews and extended family. He was predeceased by his father John and son Michael.
Dale attended school in Osoyoos and graduated from SOSS in 1974. Dale served in the Canadian Armed Forces, Military Police, including deployments to Cypress, Germany and Iran; where he was part of the operation to protect and evacuate the six American Diplomats being sheltered by the Canadian Embassy in the 1980 Iran Hostage Crisis. Dale later obtained his commission as a Naval Officer, MARS.
After 9 years as a regular member and 5 years as a reservist, Dale retired from the Canadian Forces. At the time of his death, he was a Staff Sergeant with 26 years of service with the B.C. Sheriff Service.
Dale was the recipient of many awards and medals for his work and his volunteer activities including Long Service Medals from the Air Cadet League of Canada, and Scouts Canada. More recently he was awarded the The Chief Sheriff Commendation, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
A memorial will be held at the Port Coquitlam and District Hunting and Fishing Club, 5000 Harper Road, Coquitlam B.C. on Sunday September 14, 2014 at 2:00pm
Oliver Curling Club sent all our 43 year old curling stones back east this summer to have new “Hi Tech” inserts in the running surfaces of the stones – at a cost of multi-thousands of dollars. You can see them in the bottom surfaces of the stones in the photo. This will improve the speed of the rocks significantly and make throwing them far easier. We also made several other major improvements mainly new heaters to make it far more pleasant while curlers are playing.
Picture and story John Chapman