June 19, 2014 8:46 pm
Updated: June 20, 2014 12:58 am

School camps also feeling the effect of the B.C. teachers’ strike


WATCH: Dozens of companies that benefit from school field trips are now seeing their numbers drop, in some cases cut in half, because of the teachers’ strike. Elaine Yong has more.

VANCOUVER – There have been a number of new developments in the dispute that has shut down B.C.’s schools, but so far, nothing that gets the two sides closer to a deal.

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The B.C. Teachers’ Federation today asked for a mediator with the government saying the two sides are not even close to a deal.

In the meantime, the list of people falling victim to the strike continues to grow.

Many of B.C.’s camps, like Evans Camp in Squamish, have seen the number of school camps plummet.

Evans has lost more than half of its June camps and has been forced to cut staff hours and orders from its suppliers.

Staff are worried that if the strike drags on, September and even October school camps could be cancelled this coming fall.

“It’s disappointing for those of us who look forward to working,” said Jessica Casey from the Evans Lake Forest Education Centre. “But you just feel for the kids, you know? They’ve been coming forever, and so many of the schools have been looking forward to this highlight of graduation, or their outdoor education component, and so that’s like a giant lynchpin that missing.”

“So for kids and staff and parents, the teachers have put in a ton of work to make it happen. It’s just really disappointing for everyone,” she added.

– With files from Elaine Yong

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