VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Finance has announced that the first two K-12 support staff agreements have been ratified by local unions, their districts and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association Board.According to the Government, these agreements have been ratified under the Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.The Government says the agreements focus on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation and includes:A three-year term of July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022General wage increases of two percent per yearSchool District 81 (Fort Nelson) and BCGEU Local 717, representing 56 members, negotiated a provision of monthly collaboration time to educational assistants and similar positions directly supporting students.- Advertisement -The ratifications complete the process that was started by the September 2018 Provincial Framework Agreement.For more information on Public Sector Bargaining, you can visit the Government of B.C.’s website.
The scene of this morning’s accident in Ballintra.A farmer who died in a freak accident when his tractor toppled over yesterday has been named locally as Christy Lipsett.Mr Lipsett, from Cashel in Rossnowlagh, died instantly following the collision on the N13 at Ballintra outside Donegal Town around 10am.The accident happened almost five years to the day when three men died on the same stretch of road. Local Ballyshannon councillor PJ Branley, his friend Dessie McNulty and another man travelling in the opposite direction died following a two car smash.Gardai sealed off the area and crash collision investigators carried out a full examination of the scene.The driver of the other vehicle was amazingly unhurt in the crash.A spokesman confirmed the farmer died at the scene but that the driver of the car was uninjured. A spokesman said “Gardai are investigating a fatal road traffic collision involving a tractor and car on the N15 at Ballintra, Co. Donegal this morning 8th November 2013. The driver of tractor, a man in his early 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of car was not injured.“Garda Forensic Collision Investigators are carrying out an examination at the scene and diversions are in place in the area. Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact Ballyshannon Garda Station on 071 9858530.”There was some confusion following the crash after reports of another body being found close to the scene at the same time.It later emerged that a second body had ben found some miles away at Ballinacarragh, Ballintra.The body was found in a ditch but Gardai say the death is accidental and the incidents are not related. Local councillor Brendan Travers said it was a dark day for Ballintra.“My sympathies go to the families of both men. A lot of people are in shock around here.“One death is bad enough but two on the one day in such a small community has left people in a state of disbelief,” he said.MAN KILLED IN FREAK TRACTOR ACCIDENT NAMED was last modified: November 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:accidentBallintradeathGardai