There’s still hope B.C.’s teachers dispute can be resolved before the end of the month because government negotiators have agreed to the union’s request for mediation.
The government’s lead negotiator, Peter Cameron, says the only problem is that the mediator everyone wants, veteran Vince Ready, hasn’t said when or if he’s available, or whether he even wants to wade in.
“The question is, is he available within the time frame that the parties need and if he is, then we’ll go ahead and we’ll be going ahead at his direction in terms of timing.”
Cameron adds he still believes the sides are too far apart for him to be too hopeful about mediation.
Mark Brown, the facilitator who has long acted as the main go-between in the dispute, quit last night, saying he feels the union has lost confidence in him if it’s calling for Ready.
Both Cameron and BCTF president Jim Iker say they’ve contacted Ready’s office.
No talks have been scheduled yet.