LFA Submission to the 2018 Budget Consultation

In October, the BC Government's all-party Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services invited submissions on priorities for the 2018 budget. In response, the LFA Board submitted a letter urging the Government to restore funding to BC's public post-secondary education system, and in particular, to increase funding for post-secondary institutional grants.

The Committee released its Report on the Budget 2018 Consultation on November 15, 2017. Among the 119 recommendations agreed to unanimously by the Committee were 13 targeted specifically to Advanced Education, including a review of funding formulas for post-secondary institutions. The Committee specifically referenced Langara College's 35% public funding of operational costs and noted concerns that "post-secondary institutions remain mostly government funded and therefore public institutions over the long term." For more details on the Committee's findings, see Theme 2: Advanced Education (pages 17-20 of the Report).

Pacific Blue Cross - Sept 11, 2017 update

Pacific Blue Cross and CUPE 1816 have now settled their labour dispute. Assisted by mediator Vince Ready, both sides ratified an agreement late in the day on Sunday, September 10.

For more details, see the Burnaby Now news story.


Since July 7th, 2017, CUPE employees at Pacific Blue Cross have been locked-out by their employer after numerous unsuccessful attempts to negotiate a new contract.

Our human resources department has provided information on the service disruption in the Langara Post.

If you have specific concerns about a claim that has been delayed, please contact the human resources department.

Ariel Martz-Oberlander on Treaty Rights & the Site C Dam, May 8

The Langara Faculty Association Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee presents:

Respect Treaty Rights: Stop the Site C Dam

Monday May 8, 12:30 PM
Room A136a, Langara College   
Speaker: Ariel Martz-Oberlander

Construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam will hurt everyone in BC. Hydro rates will increase dramatically to pay for electricity that we don't need on a project that is expected to go way over its $9 billion budget. The dam is being built with non-union labour, driving down wages and living standards. Valuable farm land will be flooded. And, most importantly, it will destroy lands belonging to the Treaty 8 First Nations. These lands, along 107 km of the Peace river, are important hunting, fishing and gathering sites.

Ariel Martz-Oberlander is a local theatre artist, teacher and activist here on Coast Salish lands. A long time community organizer, she specializes in using creative direct actions to draw attention to issues of Indigenous sovereignty, feminism and climate justice. She has been working on the issue of Site C for over a year, hosting events and fundraisers, training canvassers, and teaching workshops in high schools, among other things. She was also one of the founding members of the Peace Camp that existed outside BC Hydro offices for three months last spring.

Organized by The Langara Faculty Association Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee.

For more information, please contact Bradley Hughes, bhughes@langara.ca