Our View: Paying parents still not a plan

The new plan by the province to pay parents $40 a day per child for every day the teachers’ strike drags on into September is not the worst idea in the world. Yes, many parents need financial help with finding child care.

Of course, it would be better for everyone – parents, teachers, government, and especially kids – if the government was focused on actually ending the strike.  

It seems that the teachers were expecting that the cash saved by the strike would eventually be plowed back into education in this province, at least partially meeting their demands for smaller class sizes, better support for special needs kids, and a salary bump.

So giving the money away might be popular with parents in the short term. In the long run, it will likely be less popular, if it stretches out the strike. That $40 per kid only goes so far.

It is nice to see that, after a month of inaction, both sides are going back to the bargaining table Aug. 8.

This time they need to stay there and make peace, one way or another. Take the bargaining teams out for a Vancouver Canadians game and a couple of beers to make them friendlier. Buy a steel shipping container and lock them inside in the hot sun until they crack and compromise. Pay for a horde of conflict-resolution experts. 

At this point, maybe some marriage counselling? The whole battle has become so vicious it seems more like a drawn out divorce than contract talks.

Our biggest question isn’t why are the government and teachers still at each other’s throats, but why did it take until this long to finally get everyone to come back and start talking again? 

Summer school may have been largely cancelled, but both sides in this dispute should still have their backsides in seats and their pencils sharpened. Keep them there until they graduate to a new contract.

– M.C.

Just Posted

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

Think you better slow your mustang down… and head to Langley car show

The 35th annual Mustang Round-Up will feature six decades of the beloved sports car.

Putting for a cause: Langley charities count on tourney dollars

A fistful of tournaments this month help charities fundraise, while offering golfers a day of fun.

New Langley mall owners have multi-use vision in mind

H&M opens in Willowbrook Thursday, offset some of the space left vacant by the departure of Sears.

COMMUTER ALERT: Motorcycle crash on major thoroughfare sends one to hospital

Mounties are still on scene of an afternoon accident at 64th Avenue and 168th Street.

Average Canadian family spends 43% of income on taxes: study

Fraser Institute’s consumer report shows taxes accounting for larger chunk of income each year

Regional climate adaptation agriculture testing to expand in B.C.

Ottawa funds farm projects to conserve water, remove invasive species

‘Can’t erase history’ by tearing down statues, Minister says

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna spoke on the contentious removal of John A. Macdonald

Canadian soccer captain Christine Sinclair continues to lead fight against MS

Burgers to Beat MS has raised more than $11 million since its inception in 2009

Fraser Valley Bandits announce season ticket prices

Basketball team set to tip-off in summer of 2019

Man seriously injured in Lower Mainland home explosion

Police are trying to figure out what led to a homemade explosive detonating in a Coquitlam home

VIDEO: Post-surgery monologue comedy gold

If you’ve ever had surgery with anaesthetic you know the coming out of it process can be a treat.

Lift arrives to pull sunken tug boat from Fraser River

George H. Ledcor, a barge-hauling tug operated by the Ledcor Group, went down Monday night

LETTERS: Doctors speak out on surgical wait times for B.C. patients

‘Governments know they will lose private clinic lawsuit’

Most Read