Late last night (September 15) the folks at CityHallWatch were kind enough to provide me with a dataset detailing the salaries of everyone (I think) employed by the City of Vancouver through 2013.

From Aanestad to Zupan, there are more than 7,500 names on this list.

The information was obtained through a freedom of information request that reportedly took nine months and the intervention of the province’s privacy commissioner to complete.

With news circulating about the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association reaching a tentative agreement to end the B.C. teachers’ strike, many students and parents are no doubt wondering when the school year will finally begin.

School districts don't appear to have the answer—yet. And of course, teachers still must vote to approve the tentative deal.

Media outlets are abuzz with the news that a tentative agreement has been reached to end the B.C. teachers’ strike.

The B.C. School Trustees Association says it had two representatives at the bargaining table.

“This is wonderful news for the students, teachers, administrators, support staff, trustees and parents in BC,” BCSTA president Teresa Rezansoff said in a news release. “The immediate goal is to get students back in classes as quickly as possible. We must then focus on the critical work of strengthening our public education system and rebuilding trust.”

The District of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast says it is the first community in B.C. to provide free public wireless Internet access in its downtown area.

Sechelt Innovations Ltd., the business development arm of the municipality, announced the free Wi-Fi network today (September 15).

Being a journalist and all, I subscribe to the email lists of the Conservative Party of Canada and other political parties. This means I get super-annoying fundraising emails in my inbox all week long.

Today (September 12), there was something a little different from the Conservatives. The message was from Fred DeLorey, the party's director of political operations.

The email began:

Friend,

Have you looked at the list of longest serving Prime Ministers lately?

Today, Prime Minister Harper passed Louis St. Laurent, and we want to give you an opportunity to congratulate his hard work over this time.

The email went on:

Veteran activist Sid Chow Tan believes Vancouver residents should all do their part to resist the wrongheaded "war on drugs".

Tan, who is running for city council with COPE in the November election, posted an interesting proposal in the comment section of Travis Lupick's September 10 article, "FOI request reveals Vancouver city hall perplexed by medicinal marijuana".

Here's what Tan wrote:

Yesterday (September 11), one of Canada’s lead advocates for marijuana reform floated a novel idea for ending B.C.’s teachers strike.

"I sent the Premier some cannabis buds for two reasons," Dana Larsen said quoted in a news release. "First, I thought if she could get together with Peter Fassbender, Jim Iker and their negotiating teams to share a joint, it would help break down some barriers and give the BCTF negotiations a fresh start.

On Wednesday (September 10), NDP MLA David Eby held an “emergency meeting” on the B.C. teachers' strike.

This evening (September 11), it's NDP MLA George Heyman's turn. The Vancouver-Fairview representative has scheduled an "open meeting" on education funding and resources.

The event will go down at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House (3981 Main Street), starting at 6:30 p.m. Parents, educators, and students are invited.

Could ending the months-long B.C. teachers' strike be as simple as Christy Clark, Peter Fassbender, and Jim Iker hot boxing it in the premier's minivan?

Marijuana activist Dana Larsen said today (September 11) that he has sent the premier some weed in the mail.

"I sent the Premier some cannabis buds for two reasons," Larsen said in a news release. "First, I thought if she could get together with Peter Fassbender, Jim Iker and their negotiating teams to share a joint, it would help break down some barriers and give the BCTF negotiations a fresh start.

A group of parents is organizing a protest in support of binding arbitration to end the B.C. teachers' strike.

One of the parents, Nadia Roberts, told the Georgia Straight by email that the "entirely parent-driven, grassroots effort" is being coordinated by a small group using Facebook.

The rally will take place on Sunday (September 14) at 10 a.m. in the Vancouver Art Gallery's north plaza. Participants are asked to bring signs, noisemakers, and, of course, their kids.

The protest's Facebook event page states:

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