B.C. teachers strike: Parents bring kids to MLAs’ offices for playdate protests

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      Since parents couldn't bring their kids to school today (September 2), some of them showed up at their local MLA's office instead.

      "MLA Playdate" protests are being organized around the province, and they're meant to continue happening until the teachers' strike is resolved and schools open.

      "Parents want both their kids back in school and for their kids to get a quality public education," a media advisory states. "They are concerned about the impacts on their children and families which are both short and long term. Families won’t be able to pay the bills because a parent is unable to work while their children are not in school learning. Kids who are all ready falling through the cracks from inadequate support for teachers in classrooms and families that can, and do, re-mortgage their houses to get it."

      Here's a few tweeted photos of today's playdate protests.



      William Dyck

      Sep 2, 2014 at 3:57pm

      My MLA (Scott Hamilton) didn't have the guts to show up at his office today. It was closed while he was supposedly out in public...Bullshit!

      Caroline Leadbitter

      Sep 2, 2014 at 4:05pm

      What was the cost of implementing an all-day kindergarten program? That money would be better spent of existing programs instead of new ones. In my opinion all-day kindergarten is a backward step and I don't buy the better preparation for grade 1 theory. Is the next thing pre-kindergarten to better prepare children for kindergarten?

      Blake Desaulniers

      Sep 2, 2014 at 4:06pm

      It was Christy Clark, who failed to win election fair and square and had to be parachuted into a guaranteed seat, who created this mess. Guess the voters of Point Grey had it right. When will the public hold Clark accountable?


      Sep 2, 2014 at 5:14pm

      Keep up the good work at premier Clark. You're doing the right thing, sticking to your word, and carrying through the mandate that you were elected on. The vast majority of British Columbians support you, a silent majority Who just as they supported you to a victory not long ago, will carry you through another one when the next election comes. Don't give into these intellectually inferior teachers and BCTF executive committees that I have no idea on how the real world works. This BCTF manufactured phoney the crisis in the education system makes me puke!


      Sep 2, 2014 at 5:32pm

      Hey Chris,

      If you want to accuse teachers of intellectual inferiority, perhaps you should figure out how to use the English language yourself. Trying to read through your error-filled post was painful. It looks like you need to find a good teacher to help you with your poor writing skills.


      Sep 2, 2014 at 5:44pm

      Read a book Chris! Dumbass


      Sep 2, 2014 at 6:02pm


      We did not vote for someone who disregards the law, and supreme court rulings. We did not vote for someone who wastes tax dollars on appeal after appeal. We did not vote for someone who creates wording in contracts that allows them to just tear it up if things don't go there way (like a spoiled child throwing a temper tantrum). What you think is Clark sticking to her word is actually Clark sticking to her illegally tearing up a contract 10 years ago. Nice to see you support someone who does not feel the law applies to them.


      Sep 2, 2014 at 6:11pm

      Chris your right when you say "that I have no idea how the real world works". It looks like you do in fact have no idea how the real world works, that smaller class sizes means children will learn more in school and therefore bolster BC's future. Looks like someone needed more one on one time in English class.


      Sep 2, 2014 at 7:07pm

      Funny how everyone wants to beat up on Chris. He's probably a product of the public school system. I'm sure this publicity stunt was dreamed up by the union leadership. Guess what it accomplishes absolutely nothing - just like your strike. Hey teachers, get real. You make enough money already - get back to work and quit whining. The public does not support this fiasco.


      Sep 2, 2014 at 8:05pm

      Way to go Chris, looks like you have a lot of support with your stupid comments