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The Jean Ciriani Scholarship for Communications

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The Jean Ciriani Scholarship for Communications recognizes a graduating student who has excelled at communication studies and who has expressed an interest in using their communications skills in the support of public policy and education. This year, the family of Jean Ciriani and the BCSTA are pleased to announce the winner of the $1,500 bursary:

Media Release: BCSTA Pleased After Government’s EHT Announcement

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[Vancouver B.C. – July 4, 2018] On Wednesday, July 4, the Ministry of Finance released an announcement regarding implementation of the new Employer Health Tax (EHT), as part of the next steps toward the elimination of Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums and transition to the EHT. The announcement stated: “The transition to the EHT includes funding

Advocacy: President Swan to Minister Conroy Re: Creation of Childcare Spaces Within BC Schools

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[Sent June 25, 2018] “The introduction of such universal programs opens up a number of beneficial options for parents, communities and school districts. A significant concern, however, is how to appropriately house these potentially large programs within public school buildings that are, in many cases, already full to capacity…”

Advocacy: President Swan to Minister Trevena Re: Request to Consider Free Ferry Travel for All Public School Students of BC when Traveling for School Events

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[Sent June 25, 2018] “There has been some changes made by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to rearrange the fee schedule on select routes to subsidize student travel. However, the fee schedule is still not equitable to all school districts in that the BC resident assistance program does not waive transportation fees on certain