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It’s hard to believe, but 27 years have passed since 14 young women were slain at the École Polytechnique, an event also known as the Montreal Massacre. It remains one of the darkest days in our nation’s history.

One evening earlier this fall, more than 40 members crowded into our Lower Mainland Area Office. This meeting wasn’t a typical union gathering, however.

Earlier this month the Vancouver Sun published an article examining injury rates for home support workers, and the statistics are appalling.

The growing rate of violence in B.C. prisons is alarming.

Firsts. I've been fortunate to experience so many in my two and a half years as president of the BCGEU.

Last Thursday, I delivered our annual submission to the B.C. Government’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. The committee holds annual province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget. It’s made up of a cross-section of all-party MLAs.

October is HerStory month. It is a month to celebrate and acknowledge the extraordinary contributions that women have made throughout history.

Local governments affect many aspects of our members’ daily lives, from the services that keep our families safe, including fire, police and emergency preparedness, to issues of housing affordability and community recreation.

It was good to see Canada Post abandon its threat to lock out Canada Post workers, members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). Since then the ongoing negotiations have been conducted behind closed door.