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Education Reporter and Books Editor — Vancouver Sun

Education reporter and Books editor at Vancouver Sun.

Schools in downtown Vancouver forced to turn away kindergarten kids

vancouversun.com — At least seven Vancouver schools are expected to have more students register for kindergarten than the schools can accommodate. Enrolment pressure has been a factor at Vancouver's downtown schools and those in the False Creek area for the past several years, but the problem is intensifying as more families choose to live downtown.

Former NPA school trustees file defamation suit

vancouversun.com — Two former Non-Partisan Association Vancouver school trustees have filed a defamation lawsuit against their former party for allegedly accusing them of being homophobic. In June, the party expelled long-term trustee Ken Denike and trustee Sophia Woo from its caucus after they held a news conference and claimed the school board's proposed policies on transgender students could affect the quality of public school education, decrease demand from international students and reduce real estate prices.

Thomas King supreme literary ruler of 2014

vancouversun.com — This was Thomas King's year. Early in 2014, the Aboriginal author won both the B.C. National Award for Non-Fiction and the RBC Taylor Prize for his non-fiction book, The Inconvenient Indian.

Ten great novels of 2014

vancouversun.com — It's impossible to name the top fiction books of 2014, not least because I haven't read all of the possible contenders. So what follows are 10 novels I enjoyed this year, with an emphasis on Canadian titles.

Why did Green trustee back NPA for VSB chair?

blogs.vancouversun.com — First-time Green party trustee Janet Fraser holds the deciding vote with the split on the Vancouver school board. Last night, she backed the NPA's Christopher Richardson for chairperson, which removed long-term Vision chairwoman Patti Bacchus from the role. Fraser explains her decision in a blog post.

NPA trustee voted in as new Vancouver School Board Chairman (updated)

Who is the new VSB chairperson?

blogs.vancouversun.com — Newly elected NPA trustee Christopher Richardson has been voted chairman of the Vancouver school board. Richardson is a chartered accountant who has served three times as a Vancouver Park Board Commissioner, and was vice-chair in 1990, all according to his campaign information. The board is split, with four Vision trustees, four NPA trustees and one...

NPA trustee voted in as new Vancouver School Board Chairman

vancouversun.com — Health Canada is indifferent to enforcing its own regulations when it comes to prescription drug ads targeted to health consumers, according to a pair of academics who've published a first-of-its-kind, 10-year study which they say proves that.

Aunt Leah’s tree lots a launching pad for kids in care

vancouversun.com — Willow Tew had her first job last year at the Aunt Leah's Christmas tree lot in Burnaby. At the time, she was 18 and had just a few more months in government care. Now, she's 19, has a job at Triple-O's in Abbotsford and has finished a year at college.

B.C. teachers to receive grievance fund cheques soon

vancouversun.com — The best - and perhaps only - place to get a view of Sunday's Santa Claus Parade from the crowded corner of Howe and Georgia streets was atop the shoulders of a willing adult. But that prime vantage point also came with an important responsibility: relaying the highlights of the parade to those down below.
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Dec 22, 2014

NPA stands by decision to expel former school trustees who opposed transgender policy #bced vancouversun.com/news/metro/Van…

Dec 19, 2014

B.C. teachers' strike named top B.C. story of the year by CBC - it certainly felt that way to me! #bced cbc.ca/1.2877821

Dec 19, 2014

Join us with a question or just watch:Live chat with author Ann-Marie MacDonald and The Vancouver Sun's Book Club vancouversun.com/entertainment/…

Dec 18, 2014

Gov't announces: Virk moving to technology+innovation, Andrew Wilkinson will serve as Minister of Advanced Education. #bced

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