Burnaby Teacher’s Resolutions 126, 127 and 128

Monday – Interim Note

BC Teachers Federation Resolutions 126, 127 and 128* on oil pipelines and tank farms were expected to be voted on at the BCTF AGM this morning at 10:30 AM. Unfortunately, these important resolutions that members of BROKE were consulted on and helped draft, and which child and staff safety depend on, did not make it to the floor. There is still hope that they will be presented and voted on tomorrow – the last day of the AGM.

Regardless, however, BROKE and our partners and allies did raise awareness of pipeline and oil issues to a much wider audience. A great deal of this is due to the work of Mary Hath who created a wonderful display for our table at the BCTF and a powerful PowerPoint presentation that clearly spells out the problems of pipelines, tank farms and school safety. Credit also goes to the dedication and work of members of BROKE, Pipe-Up and No Tankers who hosted the table at the BCTF AGM.

Let’s hope Resolutions 126, 127 and 128 make it to the floor tomorrow.

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*The resolutions once again are as follows:

Resolution 126 – That the BCTF call on the provincial government, the Min. of Ed. and the Burnaby Board of Ed. to investigate the specific health and safety risks of long-term exposure to jet fuel and other oil products, including diluted bitumen and the chemicals used to transport it, at schools on or near the present oil pipelines and oil tank farms in Burnaby.

Resolution 127 – That the BCTF call on the Min. of Ed. to prepare a detailed hralth and safety plan for all affected schools in BC to respond to any oil spills or exposure to the highly toxic chemicals used in modern oil pipelines and tank farms, as well as specific evacuation training for staff.

Resolution 128 – That the BCTF call on the provincial government to develop long-term gas leak monitoring along all oil pipelines, refineries, and tank farms near or adjacent to schools and school yards across the province.

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