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the white tiger came looking for trouble but the birthday boy tuned him up  (at Locarno Beach)

the white tiger came looking for trouble but the birthday boy tuned him up (at Locarno Beach)

killer mexican wrestling party with a bike blender for margaritas  (at Locarno Beach)

killer mexican wrestling party with a bike blender for margaritas (at Locarno Beach)

lots on my mind today as the vote to end the strike looms large tomorrow. is this deal for the better of students in BC? I’m having a hard time even conceptualizing how one could say that it is. as a teacher I feel incredibly demeaned and defeated. the strike has run it’s course and accomplished what we predicted in June that it would. teachers are broke and broken. we’ve been starved out by a government that set out with that goal.     I’ve heard the argument that we have no other choice, that this is the best we can get before we are legislated back, that the public opinion will turn against us…so we might as well just go with it. I don’t agree with that and if you do I urge you to abstain from the vote. I refuse to accept a deal that is not good enough for the kids of this province. I implore teachers to read and please vote on this issue tomorrow, even if you’re worn out and it feels obligatory.  (at Trimble Park)

lots on my mind today as the vote to end the strike looms large tomorrow. is this deal for the better of students in BC? I’m having a hard time even conceptualizing how one could say that it is. as a teacher I feel incredibly demeaned and defeated. the strike has run it’s course and accomplished what we predicted in June that it would. teachers are broke and broken. we’ve been starved out by a government that set out with that goal. I’ve heard the argument that we have no other choice, that this is the best we can get before we are legislated back, that the public opinion will turn against us…so we might as well just go with it. I don’t agree with that and if you do I urge you to abstain from the vote. I refuse to accept a deal that is not good enough for the kids of this province. I implore teachers to read and please vote on this issue tomorrow, even if you’re worn out and it feels obligatory. (at Trimble Park)

my colleagues and I are tentatively optimistic about a deal being reached… but not ready to celebrate just yet.  (at Kitsilano Communty Center)

my colleagues and I are tentatively optimistic about a deal being reached… but not ready to celebrate just yet. (at Kitsilano Communty Center)

#iwillholdtheline  (at Vancouver Art Gallery)

#iwillholdtheline (at Vancouver Art Gallery)

hangin with these two hams.  (at Tangent Cafe)

hangin with these two hams. (at Tangent Cafe)

taking a six pack for a walk. #frolf (at Quilchena Park)

taking a six pack for a walk. #frolf (at Quilchena Park)

Lots of art in the streets. #wheatepaste #iwillholdtheline  (at Nat Bailey Stadium)

Lots of art in the streets. #wheatepaste #iwillholdtheline (at Nat Bailey Stadium)

decided to break the monotony of my picket line at kits and headed to the #bctf protest at Laura Secord elementary. glad that I did, as the optimism and support on the east side was overwhelming (compared to the west side). incredible parent/teacher/student turnout and tons of support from cars passing by. #iwillholdtheline  (at Laura Secord Elementary School)

decided to break the monotony of my picket line at kits and headed to the #bctf protest at Laura Secord elementary. glad that I did, as the optimism and support on the east side was overwhelming (compared to the west side). incredible parent/teacher/student turnout and tons of support from cars passing by. #iwillholdtheline (at Laura Secord Elementary School)

they don’t mess around at the Parthenon.  (at Parthenon Supermarket and Deli)

they don’t mess around at the Parthenon. (at Parthenon Supermarket and Deli)

had a little work in a house with a pretty cool art collection today.  (at Chaldecott Park)

had a little work in a house with a pretty cool art collection today. (at Chaldecott Park)

I heard it’s supposed to snow tomorrow in Alberta.  (at Locarno Beach)

I heard it’s supposed to snow tomorrow in Alberta. (at Locarno Beach)

cheering on my little cousin. #outforkicks (at Andy Livingstone Park)

cheering on my little cousin. #outforkicks (at Andy Livingstone Park)

despite what you may have read or seen in the media, teachers aren’t trying to stick it to the taxpayers. we are (generally) nice and hardworking and dedicated to helping your kids become adults. the stand we are taking is for the greater good, not for massages or dental benefits or to get rich.  (at Canada Place)

despite what you may have read or seen in the media, teachers aren’t trying to stick it to the taxpayers. we are (generally) nice and hardworking and dedicated to helping your kids become adults. the stand we are taking is for the greater good, not for massages or dental benefits or to get rich. (at Canada Place)