WINNIPEG – The STARS air ambulance service, grounded in Manitoba since early December, will resume flying at noon Friday, Health Minister Erin Selby says.
The resumption of service follows the completion of a critical incident review on a flight after a woman died on November 28, 2013.
“The patient passed away due to an underlying medical condition,” said Selby.
It had been suggested the patient died after she received insufficient oxygen during a STARS flight, but that wasn’t the case said Selby.
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No set date for return of air ambulance helicopter: health minister
The critical incident report does say STARS medical crews received inadequate training.
“They have received further training during the suspension of service,” said Selby. “And a clinical oversight panel will make sure patients are safe.”
But this training still isn’t enough according to a 24-page review by Dr. Stephen Wheeler.
“STARS Manitoba’s preparation of its air medical crews for helicopter flight operations in Manitoba is currently inadequate,” said Wheeler. “A complete re-evaluation of the training program should be performed and further training of current staff should occur.”
Selby said December 2, 2013 she grounded the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society service over concerns about three critical incidents.
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Health officials suggested in the November 28 death, protocols put in place following earlier critical incidents weren’t followed.
In another incident, a two-year-old boy suffered severe brain damage after a breathing tube came loose during a flight in May, depriving him of oxygen.
The grounding of the service brought criticism from rural emergency responders who say the service is needed in their areas.
“Without STARS, it stresses everyone out to some degree knowing it’s not there,” said St. Anne Fire Chief Ken Dayment. “It’s a big relief to all emergency services when you know those people are there to back things up.”
But STARS CEO Andrea Robertson is optimistic for STAR’s future.
“We’re very, very confident that we’re going to provide very high quality patient care,” said Robertson.
While grounded, STARS would have been dispatched to 24 cases. Instead, patients had to rely on ground ambulances.
WINNIPEG – Marian Gaborik didn’t get on the score sheet in his debut with the Los Angeles Kings, but he felt comfortable in a 3-1 victory Thursday over the Winnipeg Jets.
Gaborik was acquired in a trade with Columbus on Wednesday and skated on the top line with centre Anze Kopitar and right-winger Justin Williams.
“We created some things,” said Gaborik, who logged 16:38 of ice time. “We had some good time on the power play as well.
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“We got some great help by our (defence) offensively as well so I think it’s going to get better and better.”
Mike Richards scored the game winner on a Winnipeg giveaway that helped run the Kings’ (36-22-6) winning streak to six games.
“I was just as excited as a lot of the people that were here that came in from (my hometown) of Kenora (Ont.),” Richards said of the 20-plus game tickets he had to find.
Captain Dustin Brown had Los Angeles’ first goal and Alec Martinez added a third-period power-play goal.
Goalie Jonathan Quick only needed to make 17 saves for his 20th win of the season.
Olli Jokinen notched his 15th goal of the season for Winnipeg (30-27-7) and a busy Ondrej Pavelec stopped 38 shots.
“They move the puck well, they can spend a lot of time in your zone,” Pavelec said. “We have to forget about this one and focus on the next one.”
Winnipeg and Phoenix were tied at 67 points heading into the game, one point behind Dallas for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Vancouver was one back of the Jets and Coyotes.
Vancouver was visiting Dallas on Thursday night and Phoenix was hosting Montreal.
“I liked the speed of the game that we started the game with,” Jets head coach Paul Maurice said. “I thought we moved the puck sharp and we moved our feet. And then I thought we ran into the L.A. Kings.
“When they’re at their best, they will take your game and frustrate you to the point that you start to change what you’re trying to do because there’s nothing given easily.”
The biggest cheer in the scoreless first period was for Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien, after he sent Kings defenceman Jake Muzzin over the boards into the bottom of Winnipeg’s bench.
Los Angeles outshot the Jets 11-7 in the opening frame.
Winnipeg didn’t get its first shot of the second period until almost seven minutes in, but the Jets scored on their 11th of the game.
Evander Kane went around Kings defenceman Drew Doughty and then beat Muzzin to the puck off the boards behind the net, sending a quick pass to Jokinen who shot the puck past Quick at 12:03.
But the jubilation of the MTS Centre only lasted 42 seconds.
Brown scored his 12th goal of the season after centre Jarret Stoll sent a long backhand pass across the front of the net that hit Brown’s skate and the puck trickled across the goal-line past Pavelec at 12:45.
Then Jets defenceman Tobias Enstrom, at the boards by the Kings’ bench, made a pass across the ice that was supposed to be for Jokinen. Richards intercepted it halfway, crossed the blue-line and then fired a shot by Pavelec at 16:15 for his ninth of the season.
Los Angeles also outshot the Jets 10-6 in the second. The Kings are now 19-0-0 this season when leading after the second period.
With Jets forward Blake Wheeler in the penalty box for high-sticking, defenceman Martinez scored unassisted at 15:51 with a shot on Pavelec’s blocker side.
The Jets had to juggle all four lines from Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Islanders because of injuries.
Winnipeg rookie centre Mark Scheifele sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during the loss. The second-line centre is out for at least four weeks and possibly the rest of the regular season.
Forward Chris Thorburn was also injured in the game and is listed day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Those deletions made Maurice put his top line of Andrew Ladd, centre Bryan Little and Wheeler back together.
Jokinen was centring the second line with Kane and Byfuglien. Michael Frolik, who’s only played a few games at centre during his six-year NHL career, was put in the middle with Matt Halischuk and Devin Setoguchi.
The fourth line was centred by Jim Slater with Eric Tangradi and Anthony Peluso.
Winnipeg hosts Ottawa on Saturday afternoon and the Kings play in Edmonton Sunday.
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Watch the video above: Bay and Adelaide reopened after loose glass panel at Trump Tower. Jackson Proskow reports.
TORONTO – Toronto’s public works and infrastructure committee chair Denzil Minnan-Wong thinks more effort should be made to protect citizens from falling panes of glass and other material coming off of Toronto’s high-rises.
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“We have to make sure proper inspections are done and the other thing that may need to be revisited, is the building code tight enough to protect both the people in the building and the people on the ground,” Minnan-Wong said.
The call to action comes a day after pedestrians noticed a large panel dangling from a room on the 52nd floor of the Trump Tower, forcing the closure of Bay and Adelaide streets Thursday night and into Friday afternoon.
“This is becoming far too frequent and far too common, it is a danger to the public and if this is going to happen more often, maybe the rules need to be tightened up municipally or provincially.”
The intersection reopened shortly before 2 p.m. Friday.
Ontario’s building code was amended in July 1, 2012 to include new glass installation guidelines for builders following numerous incidents of falling glass reported a year prior.
But, the amendment doesn’t impact buildings already under construction and only applies to new builds after 2012.
Aerial Footage: Hanging glass dangles from Trump Tower
The city’s role, according to chief building official Ann Borooah, is to verify all construction in the city complies with the Ontario Building Code.
“We respond to any unsafe conditions associated with the buildings,” she said. “Our role there is to make sure the buildings and the situation around them, the public space where it may affect safety, is remedied.”
The province says existing buildings are also not required to be retrofitted to the new requirements.
“In terms of retroactivity, I know that there will probably be a significant cost to everyone who has purchased a condo unit,” said Minnan-Wong.
“And it might not be a bad idea for individuals thinking of buying condo units to ask very careful questions about how safe their buildings are and about the windows that are going to form parts of their building.”
WATCH: Minnan-Wong calls for greater action to address falling glass in Toronto.
The Trump Tower isn’t the only building having problems with its glass of late.
A stretch of road in downtown Toronto at the Shangri-La Hotel needed to be closed off after glass fell from that structure last November.
This was the third such incident for the luxury hotel in 2013.
“I think we need to ask pretty sharp questions to builders about how they’re constructing these buildings and how they’re fastening windows to buildings,” said Minnan-Wong.
While it’s not known exactly what caused the piece of glass to become dislodged, Jeff Archbold, a professional engineer working in forensic engineering, said extreme fluctuations in weather can cause glass to loosen.
“Toronto will have more instances like this because again, we’ve got these extreme changes in temperatures,” he said. “You’re going to have more moderate temperatures in Vancouver or in Europe or in the southern states.”
TTC service was affected with the number six bus diverted around the affected area.
UPDATE: 6 Bay diverting S/B via Richmond, University, King & N/B via King, Yonge, Richmond due to falling glass at Bay and Adelaide. #TTC
— Official TTC Tweets (@TTCnotices) March 7, 2014
– With files from Jackson Proskow
SANDRA BERNHARD – American comedian Sandra Bernhard is guest host on the national edition of The Morning Show. Bernhard began her stand-up career in the late 1970s and was identified as number 97 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 greatest standups of all time.
BIG BROTHER EVICTION – Big Brother Canada had its first eviction of the television series’ second season last night. We introduce you to who this person is and discuss the challenges faced by contestants in the Big Brother House.
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IRONE SINGLETON – The American actor is one of many sci-fi stars to grace the carpet at Toronto’s Comi Con event this weekend. Singleton is best known for his strong role of Theodore “T-Dog” Douglas on the hit series “The Walking Dead” and for his portrayal of the nasty rival “Alton” in Sandra Bullock’s blockbuster “The Blind Side.” TORONTO SHOW ONLY
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – Plan Canada is hosting a Toronto exhibit featuring works by local painters, sculptors and artists to celebrate International Women’s Day and a new children’s book about Malala Yousafzai. TORONTO SHOW ONLY
EZONE – Liem Vu visits Toronto’s latest state of the art, multi-dimensional sports and entertainment complex catering to kids and adults of almost any age. The goal of the concept was to create a unique venue in which groups of people could get together to unwind, release some stress. TORONTO SHOW ONLY
THE NEXT STEP – Actor Trevor Tordjman is in-studio to talk about season 2 of the television show, “The Next Step.” The fictional show follows the lives of a group of elite dancers at The Next Step Dance Studio as they work to win the regional competition. The show premieres tonight on the Family Channel. TORONTO SHOW ONLY
AGAINST THE WILD – CJ Adams and Erin Pitt star as a brother and sister who test their survival skills when they get lost in the wilderness and are forced to trust their instincts to find their way home in the new movie, Against The Wild. TORONTO SHOW ONLY
CRIS CAB – The singer and songwriter shot to international fame came with “Liar, Liar” released on Island Def Jam Recods that has charted in Germany, France, Netherlands and Belgium. The release was accompanied with a music video with cameo appearances by Pharell Williams. TORONTO SHOW ONLY
BRIAN BYRNE – “I Mother Earth” frontman Brian Bryne discusses the release of a new single with all proceeds from the sales going to suicide prevention and awareness in Canada. Watch the video for “Arizona (I Miss You Most),” which features Canadians who have lost loved ones to suicide. TORONTO SHOW ONLY
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s prime minister has threatened drastic steps to censor the Internet, including shutting down Facebook and YouTube, where audio recordings of his alleged conversations suggesting corruption have been leaked in the past weeks, dealing him a major blow ahead of this month’s local elections.
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In a late-night interview Thursday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan told ATV station that his government is determined to stem the leaks he insists are being instigated by followers of an influential U.S.-based Muslim cleric. He has accused supporters of Fethullah Gulen of infiltrating police and the judiciary and of engaging in “espionage,” saying that the group even listened in on his encrypted telephone lines. The Gulen movement denies involvement.
“We are determined on the issue, regardless of what the world may say,” Erdogan said. “We won’t allow the people to be devoured by YouTube, Facebook or others. Whatever steps need to be taken we will take them without wavering.”
Asked if the steps could include shutting those sites down, Erdogan replied: “That included. Because these people or institutions are (using social media) for all kinds of immorality, all kinds of espionage and spying.”
Erdogan this week acknowledged some of the leaked recordings, including two where he is heard meddling in a court case against a media proprietor and in a tender for the construction of warships. He has rejected as “fabrication” five recordings purported to be of Erdogan instructing his son to dispose of large amounts of money on the day that prosecutors and police carried out raids on the homes of three former ministers’ sons as part of a corruption and bribery investigation.
Erdogan, claiming to be a victim of a Gulen-orchestrated plot, has taken a series of steps to stall the corruption investigation, including removing hundreds of police officers and prosecutors and expanding government controls over the judiciary and the Internet. The new Internet restrictions sparked violent protests in Istanbul.
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ABOVE: Global’s Mark Carcasole brings us the latest details on the deadly overnight fire on Dovercourt Road
TORONTO – Two people are dead and two others are in critical condition following a residential fire in west-end Toronto overnight.
Fire officials received a 9-1-1 call just after 3 a.m. of smoke coming from an apartment on Dovercourt Road near Dupont Street.
Crews arrived to find four victims inside a second floor apartment and managed to pull them out.
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Toronto EMS say one person was pronounced dead at the scene while the three others were taken to hospital in life-threatening condition. One of those taken to hospital, a woman, succumbed to her injuries while in hospital Friday afternoon.
Toronto Fire Services say the fire started in the “common area” of the second floor apartment, which housed a business at street level.
Carson T. Foster lives on the other side of the wall from where the fire started and was woken up just after 3 a.m. by his fire alarm. At first he thought it was just a broken fire alarm but saw smoke when he went out into the hallway.
He woke up his wife and went out to the fire escape to leave. The window pane from the apartment above fell beside him, blown out by the fire, as he was climbing onto the fire escape.
“So I ran up the fire escape and was banging on the door and yelling in and I had heard, literally 60 seconds before, people scrambling around to get out,” he said. “And as I was yelling there was absolutely no response. And I realized that the people, anyone inside, would either be unconscious or dead.”
He could see fire trucks coming down the street at that point and thought he would only be creating more problems for the first-responders.
WATCH: Witness recounts terrifying moments as neighbour’s home goes up in flames
The genders of the victims are unknown at this time but officials say they were possibly in their 20s.
Toronto Fire Services say a firefighter was injured but remained on duty.
A cat was also found deceased at the scene of the fire.
DOVERCOURT RD- Correction #TorontoFire removed 4 people; 3 critical, 1 fatality. Fire Marshal will attend.
— Toronto Fire Service (@Toronto_Fire) March 7, 2014
DOVERCOURT RD- fire is out, 1 #TorontoFire Fighter injured and remains on duty, 1 cat deceased. Fire Marshal to determine cause
— Toronto Fire Service (@Toronto_Fire) March 7, 2014
There’s no word yet on the cause.
The Ontario Fire Marshal has been brought in to investigate.
-with a file from The Canadian Press
WATCH: Officials in Crimea are pushing ahead with a vote on whether to become a part of Russia in just nine days. It’s an enormous decision, but it appears there are few options for people to get solid facts about the situation. Some of the news media in the regions appears to have been taken over by Russia. Paul Johnson reports.
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WASHINGTON – Underlying talk about taking harsh punitive measures against Russia for its military incursion into Ukraine are economic complications and worries that sanctions levied against Moscow could backfire on the U.S. and Europe.
Heavier U.S. and European Union sanctions could sting Russia’s already slow-growing economy and hurt its financial sector. But Moscow could retaliate and seize American and other foreign assets or cut exports of natural gas to Europe, which is heavily dependent on Russia for energy.
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Declaring his determination not to let the Kremlin carve up Ukraine, President Barack Obama on Thursday slapped new visa restrictions on Russian and other opponents of Ukraine’s government in Kyiv and authorized wider financial penalties against those involved in the military intervention or in stealing state assets. Obama emphasized his resolve in an hourlong telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, affirming his contention that Russia’s actions violate Ukraine’s sovereignty.
Ukrainian government looks to oligarchs for help
In a surprising move after Russia flexed its military might in the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine’s new leadership has reached out to oligarchs for help – appointing them as governors in eastern regions where loyalties to Moscow are strong.
With their wealth, influence and self-interest in preventing further conflict, the oligarchs could be the key to calming tensions and maintaining Ukraine’s control in areas where pro-Russian activists have stoked separatist tensions.
But the decision to appoint the country’s richest men as regional administrators has its risks. Some believe the oligarchs, who have a history of manipulating governments, may become too entrenched in their new jobs and could use their posts for personal gain.
The unexpected move drew instant ire from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called one of the oligarchs, Ukraine’s third-richest man, Ihor Kolomoisky, a “swindler.”
“They name oligarchs, billionaires as governors of eastern regions,” Putin said during a news conference earlier this week. “Naturally, people don’t accept that.”
Putin defends Russian actions in Crimea
A defiant Russian President Vladimir Putin is defending his decision to send his country’s soldiers to Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.
In a statement on the Kremlin’s website, Putin says he could not ignore requests for protection from southern and eastern Ukraine, where many people support Russia.
He’s also dismissing the fledgling government of Ukraine, saying it grew out of what he calls an “anti-constitutional coup.”
WATCH: The American destroyer USS Truxtun passed through the Bosphorus strait Friday, en route to the Black Sea
Obama’s warnings to Russia brushed aside by Putin
Obama’s warnings to Russia are being brushed aside by Putin, who appears to only be speeding up efforts to formally stake his claim to Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.
In the week since Obama first declared there would be “costs” if Putin pressed into Crimea, Russian forces have taken control of the region and a referendum has been scheduled to decide its future. Obama declared the March 16 vote a violation of international law, but in a region where ethnic Russians are the majority, the referendum seems likely to become another barrier to White House efforts to compel Putin to pull his forces from Crimea.
WATCH: President Obama announces sanctions on Russia and other parties who are undermining Ukrainian government
“The referendum vote is going to serve for Putin, in his mind, as the credibility and legitimacy of Russia’s presence there,” said Andrew Kuchins, the director of the Russia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
If Crimea votes to join Russia, the referendum could also put Obama in the awkward position of opposing the outcome of a popular vote.
Yatsenyuk’s plane checked after authorities receive terrorism threat
Authorities say they received a threat that a terrorist attack was planned on a plane carrying Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk home after he had addressed European Union leaders in Brussels.
Austria’s Interior Ministry said Friday that after receiving a security warning from German flight controllers, SWAT teams boarded the Austrian Airlines flight after its scheduled landing in Vienna Thursday night. They found nothing out of the ordinary.
Canada won’t recognize Crimean referendum
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday Crimea is a region under “illegal military occupation” and that Canada will not recognize its forthcoming referendum on whether to join Russia.
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Harper described Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as an act of aggression and a clear violation both of Ukraine’s sovereignty and international law.
The prime minister says Canada continues to view the situation in Ukraine “with the gravest concern” and will co-operate with its G7 partners and like-minded allies.
©2014The Canadian Press
GOSPORT, England – Two lines of trenches face off across No Man’s Land. A soldier marches, rifle in hand, along a ditch. These are instantly familiar images of World War I – but this is Britain, a century on and an English Channel away from the battlefields of the Western Front.
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This overgrown and oddly corrugated patch of heathland on England’s south coast was once a practice battlefield, complete with trenches, weapons and barbed wire. Thousands of troops trained here to take on the German army. After the 1918 victory – which cost 1 million Britons their lives – the site was forgotten, until it was recently rediscovered by a local official with an interest in military history.
Now the trenches are being used to reveal how the Great War transformed Britain – physically as well as socially. As living memories of the conflict fade, historians hope these physical traces can help preserve the story of the war for future generations.
“We’ve now lost our First World War veterans. You’re not going to get a firsthand account,” said Richard Osgood, an archaeologist with the Ministry of Defence, which owns the land. “In many ways, the truest witness is the archaeology and the legacy left behind.”
The trenches, near the town of Gosport, about 80 miles (130 kilometres) south of London, were rediscovered a few months ago by Robert Harper, head of conservation at the local council. A military history buff, he noticed some crenellated lines on a 1950s aerial photograph of the area, and was startled to recognize the pattern of “the classic British trench system.”
He was even more surprised when he had a look at the land – a local picnic spot – and found the contours of the trenches still clearly visible under a thick covering of bracken, gorse and grass. He could make out a front-line trench and several reserve rows, along with communications trenches and forward observation posts. And then there was an opposing set, 300 yards (meters) away.
“It was one of those jaw-dropping moments,” Harper said.
“I’ve got five relatives buried on the Western Front. I think to myself, ‘Did any of them train here?”‘
Several other sets of practice trenches have been found in Britain, but this is easily the most extensive. Conservation body English Heritage, which announced the find Friday, said the task of mapping and documenting the site has just begun. There were no immediate plans to turn it into a tourist site or build a museum around it.
The discovery is already providing ammunition for those who reject the “lions led by donkeys” view of the war, which argues that incompetent officers led ill-prepared troops into needless slaughter.
Historian Dan Snow said the elaborate mock battlefield “shows how seriously they took the business of training.”
“They had to send the guys out to France to do the hardest of tasks, something no one had done before, and that is defeat the German army when they were dug in,” Snow said. “How to break that deadlock? Well, the answer is right here in front of us. Massive, massive preparation.”
The find is being used to launch a campaign, Home Front Legacy, which aims to record as many physical traces of the war as possible. Even though the four-year conflict was largely fought outside Britain, the war transformed the country’s landscape in ways that have often been forgotten.
It’s hoped amateur historians will comb family archives, local newspapers and other sources for evidence of everything from military bases and prisoner-of-war camps to munitions factories, pillboxes and listening posts.
“We’re going to crowd-source this project,” Snow said. “We’re going to build a picture across the U.K. of the physical remnants of the First World War.”
The project has the support of the defence ministry, which turns out to be keen on archaeology – perhaps unsurprisingly, since it owns 1 per cent of Britain – and enlists volunteer soldiers to help with exploration on its lands.
Osgood said the aim at the mock battlefield is “to repopulate the landscape,” to tell the stories of some of the troops who trained there. Soldiers from Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the U.S. all passed through this area, close to the major naval base of Portsmouth, on their way to the front.
It would only take the tiniest of objects, such as a lost cap badge, to provide a clue.
“These were real men in a real-life situation going out and sacrificing their lives,” Harper said. “That emotional, human story – I’d love that to be the meat put on the bones of what we have.”
©2014The Canadian Press
VICTORIA – Now that contract negotiations with British Columbia teachers have reached the next phase with an 89 per strike mandate, the education minister says he’s looking forward to seeing contract demands from the union.
Peter Fassbender said Friday government negotiators have been essentially negotiating with themselves because their offer is the only one on the table.
The minister said he wants talks to reach the stage where each side has the others’ proposals.
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“Until we get an offer and their full proposal from the BCTF, it’s very difficult to move anywhere — until you know where the other goal post is,” he said. “It’s kind of like looking down a football field without knowing where the goal post is at the other end.”
But B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Jim Iker said the union tabled its demands almost a year ago, asking for wage increases that include cost-of-living adjustments and salary catch-ups to other provinces. The contract demands also call for smaller class sizes and more specialist teachers.
“What we’re looking at in salary is a cost-of-living adjustment so we can keep up with the cost of inflation, and we want to have an important discussion with the employer in terms of comparability to our colleagues across Canada,” he said. “Our wages have fallen way behind compared to teachers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick. That’s the important discussion for us.”
Statistics Canada reports in 2010 that the minimum annual starting wage for a B.C. teacher was $41,963, while in Alberta, the same wage was $53,838 and the starting wage in Ontario was $42,030.
Iker said union negotiators continued bargaining Friday and are prepared to be at talks scheduled for next week.
“We look forward to having that (wage) discussion and tabling proposals back and forth at the bargaining table,” he said. “We also look forward to reaching a fair deal for teachers which includes better supports for our students. We want to see smaller class sizes for our students come September and more specialist teachers in the system.”
“I’m hoping that’s the back and forth we can have with the government,” said Iker.
In January, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled the government’s move to strip class size and composition from the collective agreement was unconstitutional.
However, the government went back to court last month and received a temporary stay of the ruling.
Following the release of the strike vote late Thursday, Iker said no immediate job action was planned. He said earlier this week that part of the union’s negotiating strategy involves rotating strikes to provoke a settlement.
The initial government wage offer added up to 6.5 per cent over six years, followed by indexed increases.
Fassbender said the government remains committed to reaching a lengthy settlement with the teachers.
Premier Christy Clark has said she considers a 10-year contract a long-term deal, but the union immediately shot down that possibility.
The province’s 41,000 teachers have been without a contract since June 2013, and outstanding issues include wages, class sizes and class composition.
EDMONTON – Head coach Dallas Eakins needed to chew the Edmonton Oilers out after a painful first 40 minutes, and the tongue-lashing seemed to spur them on.
Taylor Hall scored the overtime winner as the Oilers rebounded from a listless start to earn a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the New York Islanders after trailing 2-0 after the second period on Thursday night.
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Oiler Sam Gagner stole the puck in the neutral zone and danced around defender Brian Strait before sending it on net, where Hall was able to slip it past goalie Evgeni Nabokov 2:29 into the overtime session.
“I had a very one-sided conversation with them,” Eakins said of the second period intermission. “I’d rather we didn’t wait until the last four minutes of the second period to get going. We have been preaching the way to play and it wasn’t until near the end of the second that we understood what we needed to do and we carried it on to the third.”
Gagner agreed that the teams needed a kick in the behind after their sorry start.
“We weren’t happy with the way we played the first two periods and we talked a lot about it in between the second and the third,” he said. “We started doing the things that make you successful in the third. We were getting pucks deep and forechecking and it was a big reason we were able to come away with the win.”
Ryan Smyth and Philip Larsen also scored for the Oilers (22-34-8), who have won two games in a row and are 7-2-2 in their last 11 games.
Frans Nielsen and Anders Lee responded for the Islanders (24-32-9), who have lost 10 of their last 13 games. The Islanders have also lost 10 games this season in which they led heading into the third period.
“I wish I had an answer for that,” said New York forward Michael Grabner. “We have to try and bare down. We had some chances on some two-on-ones that we didn’t take advantage of. We have to try and make it 3-0, and 4-0 and not just sit back.
“It’s been happening too much lately.”
Islanders coach Jack Capuano said his team simply can’t afford to let up late in a game.
“We made mistakes, we talk about this all the time,” he said. “You have to teach and you have to learn from it. At some point, they’re going to have to realize those little things, the moment you stop moving your feet or get out of position it’s going to cost you.”
New York started the scoring with a short-handed marker midway through the first period. Gagner coughed up the puck in the Islanders zone, allowing a two-on-one that saw Nielsen elect to shoot the puck himself, beating Oilers starting goalie Ben Scrivens top corner for his 19th goal of the season.
It was the 11th short-handed goal Edmonton has allowed this season.
New York made it 2-0 with a minute-and-a-half left in the opening frame as Lee was able to tip a Strait shot through Scrivens’ legs. It was the Islanders rookie’s fourth goal in just his five career NHL games.
The Islanders outshot Edmonton 13-4 in the first period.
Edmonton continued to have trouble getting quality scoring chances on Nabokov in the scoreless second period.
The Oilers had some shots late in the second to make the totals look better, but the shots still favoured New York 23-14 after 40 minutes.
Edmonton managed to avoid being shutout for the ninth time this season on a memorable power-play goal by Smyth.
Jordan Eberle made a nice feed to a hard-charging Smyth and he shovelled the puck past Nabokov. With the goal, he tied Glenn Anderson for the most power-play goals in Oilers franchise history with 126, one up on Wayne Gretzky who was at the game in advance of a team-sponsored breakfast on Friday morning.
“It’s an honour even to be mentioned with guys like Gretzky and Anderson,” Smyth said. “I played a lot longer than those guys, but they set the bar high and you want to try and match it. The way it all worked out, it was an emotional ride not knowing if I was staying or going at the trade deadline. To be here and to tie this record is awesome.”
Edmonton continued to buzz and managed to tie the game with just 3:07 left as Larsen picked the puck off the boards and went hard to the net before shooting the puck off the side of the post and in for his second of the season. Larsen has been battling dizzy spells since December and had only played in one of Edmonton’s previous 26 games.
Scrivens made a huge breakaway save on Grabner to send the game to extra time.
The Islanders get back to action right away, playing the third of a four-game road trip in Calgary on Friday. The Oilers are off until Sunday, when they conclude a five-game homestand against the Los Angeles Kings.
Notes: It was the second and final meeting of the season between the two teams. The Oilers lost a 3-2 decision in New York in their first match-up back on Oct. 17, however the Islanders have lost three straight in Edmonton, where they have not won since March of 2003… Both teams were looking a little different after Wednesday’s trade deadline as the Oilers dealt long-serving forward Ales Hemsky and defenceman Nick Schultz, while the Islanders traded away forward Tomas Vanek after less than a year on Long Island. Neither team got roster players back in return… With Schultz dealt to Columbus and Corey Potter picked up on waivers by Boston, defenceman Philip Larsen was called back up after being placed on the waiver wire a day earlier… Recently-acquired goalie Viktor Fasht arrived in Edmonton after being traded to the Oilers from Anaheim on Tuesday, but served as the backup to Scrivens… With Vanek traded and John Tavares (knee) sidelined for the season, the Islanders are now without two of their top three scorers this season. Also out for the game was forward Eric Boulton, who exited New York’s last game with a hand injury… Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry left the game after the first period with a back problem.