Entries by alph@b3t

Proportional Representation: Opinions For and Against

Two BCRTA Members Offer Thoughts on PR British Columbia is having a referendum on what voting system we should use for provincial elections. The referendum is being held by mail from October 22 to November 30, 2018. Registered voters will get a voting package in the mail from Elections BC between October 22 and November […]

Opinion: No, PR is a Bad Idea

  First Past the Post (FPTP) is how BC has voted since 1871. BC once experimented with a form of PR. In 1952 voters got a ranked ballot (Alternative Vote system) in each constituency and Social Credit (SC) was elected, despite having less of the popular vote than the CCF (successor to the NDP). The […]

AGM Passes Motion to Study Cost of Living Adjustments

Pension and Benefits Committee to Report on Inflation Protection Members from the Lower Vancouver Island Retired Teachers’ Association (LVIRTA) brought a motion from the floor of BCRTA’s 2018 AGM, asking for more detailed study of the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) provided annually by the BC Teachers’ Pension Plan (TPP). Speakers from LVIRTA expressed concern […]

Collette Offer for BCRTA Members Sept 18-30

Save 10%* on tours to Australia & New Zealand. Two weeks only: offer valid September 18-30 Use offer Code: BCRTASAVE For reservations, call Collette at 844-310-5258 or contact your travel professional. Save an additional $100 per person when you mention the BCRTA Members Advantage Program. Choose from select departures on six tours: From the Outback […]

The Mystery Teacher Who Gave Him Confidence

Was his extraordinary success based on a lie? Author Michael Lewis reports on the story of a highly accomplished professor and former Bosnian refugee, who has a confession. He tricked his high school teacher into believing in him, using a stolen library book and fumbling through an English translation. But the search for the retired […]

Nelson’s Vision

Over the years readers have enjoyed BCRTA member Nelson Winterburn’s extraordinary photography. We asked Nelson to tell us more about his journey with this craft. Tell us about life before your retired. I began teaching in 1968 and retired in 2002, 33 years of which were in District #48, Howe Sound Sea to Sky, Squamish […]