February 18, 2022

BCIT getting $162.6M investment for new trades and technology complex

The vast majority of that money ($136.6 million) is coming from the BC government, with BCIT covering the rest of the bill.

January 28, 2022

Education ministry still deciding whether it will publicly post school attendance data

The Beacon asked the BC Ministry of Education if it plans to release attendance data in a similar fashion to Ontario, which publishes school absence and closure data each morning at 10:30am.

January 21, 2022

BCIT faculty association president wants online learning on a case-by-case basis

BCITFSA president Colin Jones wants some clarity on the level of autonomy that BCIT has in making its own decisions when it comes to education delivery.

January 10, 2022

No COVID notifications in K-12 system, but Burnaby schools ready for functional closures

Education minister Jennifer Whiteside said the threshold to trigger a notification to school communities would be if attendance is 10% below the normal rate for that time of year.

December 29, 2021

Back to school for the winter? Not so fast

While teachers and children of essential workers will go back to school next week, the vast majority will not return to class until Jan 10.

December 7, 2021

Two years after unionizing, SFU research assistants still have no contract

Research assistants joined the Teaching Support Staff Union in November 2019, and the university agreed to recognize all RAs as SFU employees. But the union says nearly two-thirds still aren't recognized

December 3, 2021

Burnaby Citizens’ Association eyes gender parity

At least 50% of all non-incumbent school board and council candidates will have to be women or non-binary if bylaw passes vote

November 10, 2021

No vaccine mandate coming for Burnaby Schools staff

The Burnaby school board decided not to impose a COVID vaccine mandate at the district, citing consultations with Fraser Health.

November 2, 2021

Students call off hunger strike as SFU commits to fossil fuel divestment

SFU has committed to full divestment from fossil fuels by 2025, just as a group of students planned to launch a hunger strike to advocate for such a commitment.

October 26, 2021

SFU students plan hunger strike to demand fossil fuel divestment

A group of students are planning to hold a hunger strike on Nov 1 to pressure the university to commit to full divestment by 2025.