B.C. tech sector held back by skills shortage

There is a growing mismatch between those still out of work and the vacancies that many employers desperately seek to fill

B.C. tech sector held back by skills shortageVANCOUVER, B.C. March 6, 2017 /Troy Media/ – The B.C. job market is booming. Just ask any of the 11,200 additional people who were employed in January over the month before. But there is still untapped potential for greater job growth. Year over year, employment in British Columbia has been growing at an impressive 3.5 per cent. Canada as…

An education system’s journey to inclusion

One B.C. school district is making huge strides in embracing First Nations culture – and improving outcomes for all students

An education system’s journey to inclusionPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. Feb. 16, 2017 /Troy Media/ – In 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada for the crimes committed against them in the residential school system. It's sometimes difficult to see where this has made a difference. Canada's aboriginal populations tend to have lower levels of education, lower average income,…

The reality of independent school funding in British Columbia

Reducing or eliminating independent school funding would reduce parental choice, educational diversity, and may lower per student spending in public schools

The reality of independent school funding in British ColumbiaBy Deani Van Pelt and Sazid Hasan The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Sept. 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ - In British Columbia, the provincial government partially funds independent schools, which are not government-run. Calls for the reduction or elimination of independent school funding, which we often hear at the start of every school year, rest largely…

300,000 reasons why ranking B.C. schools is a valuable activity

Last year alone, about 300,000 parents, teachers, school principals, and others interested in B.C. schools visited the Fraser Institute’s school performance website

300,000 reasons why ranking B.C. schools is a valuable activityVANCOUVER, B.C. Aug. 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The Report Card on British Columbia’s Secondary Schools is all about comparing schools on the basis of student success. Last year alone, about 300,000 parents, teachers, school principals, and others interested in B.C. schools visited the Fraser Institute’s [popup url="http://britishcolumbia.compareschoolrankings.org/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]school performance website[/popup] and did just…

Independent schools in B.C. run contrary to ‘elitist’ caricature

Contrary to the “elitist” label of private schools, independent schools in B.C. offer diverse approaches to education

Independent schools in B.C. run contrary to ‘elitist’ caricatureBy Deani Van Pelt and Derek J. Allison The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. July 5, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Many British Columbians likely believe that private schools are exclusively for elite families in major urban centres. This misperception of independent schools (a more accurate term to describe non-government schools) impedes honest debate about the benefits…

Clearing the misconceptions about independent schools

Independent schools students are more actively involved in the community than their public schools counterparts

Clearing the misconceptions about independent schoolsCardus’s Brian Harskamp corrects a few misconceptions Stephen Quinn, a CBC Radio host in Vancouver, has about independent schools. HAMILTON, Ont. July 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Dear Mr. Quinn, I was one of the kids who benefited from the annual $358-million “subsidy” for "private" schools you mentioned in your recent Globe and Mail [popup url="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/vancouver-public-schools-face-closure-yet-we-fund-private-school-education/article30616890/" height="1000"…

Enrollments at independent schools up over 24% in BC

Reduced financing barriers leading to increase

Enrollments at independent schools up over 24% in BCDownload this column on independent schools for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use By Deani Van Pelt and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC Oct 20, 2015/ Troy Media/ - All across Canada, more and more parents are choosing to enroll their children in independent schools. This trend is particularly…

Education reform in Alberta must be grounded in facts, not rhetoric

The agendas of special interests groups will do nothing to improve education

Education reform in Alberta must be grounded in facts, not rhetoricDownload this column on education reform for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use By Deani Van Pelt and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC Jun 25, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Expectations are growing in many circles that the new NDP government in Alberta will be transformative. Several interest groups are…