Local News Headlines

Teachers Ratify New Contract

          B-C public schools will be back in session on Monday. 
          Teachers have ratified a new six-year contract, ending their bitter strike. Jim Iker, the head of the teachers' union, says members voted 86 per cent in favour of the contract.
          Agreement includes a salary increase and a 400-million dollar fund to hire more teachers.

Scottish Referendum

          Scottish voters have said no to forming their own nation.
          They have voted 55 per cent to 45 per cent against separating from United Kingdom.


          A respiratory virus that has been sweeping across the U-S has made its way to B-C.
          North Island Medical Health Officer Dr. Charmaine Enns says there are three confirmed cases of the enterovirus in the lower mainland.
          Enns says the virus often affects children, typically those under 18.
          Strains of the same virus have shown up in other provinces as well.

Tour de Rock

          This year's Cops for Cancer Tour De Rock ride hits the road on Saturday.
          Coordinator Katie Crowe says members have been preparing for the ride down Vancouver Island for the past six months.
          Crowe says the team of 24 riders is looking forward to the event. 
          Riders begin their two week journey in Port Alice.