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A cartoon for new teachers making light of BCTF acronyms and introducing less tech savvy teachers to the language of emojis. Peter McCue artwork. Jack MacDermot concept.
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Premier Christy Clark is prodding BCTF President Jim Iker during the confrontations between the BCTF and government over education funding and collective bargaining. During 2014 the BCTF was on strike for five weeks before finally reaching a collective agreement.
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HST wars—Darth Campbell v the forces of Zalm. An obvious use of the Star Wars meme. A BCTF banner is shown in the crowd watching the duel. The HST essentially gave a tax break to business to be covered as a cost to consumers. This took place in 2011.
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The HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) was the monster that finally defeated Gordon Campbell as Premier. He had said during the election campaign that he would not adopt the HST, but then did adopt it. The crowd outside the castle were the hoards who passed an initiative to reject the HST, led by a mix of left and right, including former premier Bill Vanderzalm. The BCTF opposed the HST.
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Grahame Arnould shows Premier Christy Clark finally prepared to have government reach an agreement with the BCTF to end the strike, after the intervention of mediator Vince Ready. September 2014.
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Grahame Arnould compares the record return of sockeye salmon in the fall of 2014 with the teacher strike that kept schools closed for another three weeks. September 2014.
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Harrop plays on Vancouver's annual fireworks festival to remind of the ongoing strike, which began in June 2014 and continued in September. July 2014.
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Grahame Arnould comments on the strike that resumed in September 2014. Fassbender was the Minister of Education and Iker the president of the BCTF. September 2014.
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Grahame Arnould refers to a news item about the traffic gridlock in Vancouver being the worst in the country—the cartoon appeared in the middle of a five-week strike and shows Peter Fassbender, Minister of Education, and Jim Iker, BCTF president. June 2014.
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Grahame Arnould shows the Minister of Education, Peter Fassbender, draining the education system of resources. May 2014.
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Grahame Arnould comments on the impact of the ongoing conflict between teachers and the provincial government. May 2014.
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Grahame Arnould comments on Premier Christy Clark’s persistent provoking of teachers. February 2014.
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George Abbott put on a friendly face when he appeared at the BCTF annual meeting soon after being appointed Minister of Education. He walked out of the meeting and made an implicit threat that a strike would lead to back to work legislation.
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Arnould is commenting on the 2015 appeal court ruling that overturned the BCTF win in its legal case against the provincial government for using legislation to eliminate limits on class size in 2002. The classroom is overfull because the class size limits were still not restored; BCTF president Jim Iker reacts outside the door.
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The strike ends and students get back to work. September 2014.
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Harrop recounts items included in the limited job action adopted by the BCTF in the 2011 negotiations. September 2011.
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Harrop combines a number of issues of the day. Christy Clark played at a number of jobs as part of publicity in the runup to an election. The potential for a teacher strike was very much in the news. September 2011.
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Harrop again draws on the limited job action, imagining a student willing to step in for the teachers. October 2011.
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Grahame Arnould has fun with the parent who depends on
the school system to look after the needs of their kids. August 2011