Students demonstrating in Support of Teachers in BC this Month Teachers in British Columbia, Canada are debating whether to defy the government's anti-strike law which was passed on Saturday The government has imposed a law on the teachers of British Columbia banning strikes for six months and imposing fines from $475 for individual teachers to $1.3 million for the union as a whole. Tara Ehrcke of the Greater Victoria Teachers' Association told the Winnipeg Free Press: "People feel extremely strongly that we need to actually have this bill repealed.That's a challenging thing to do and we have to speak strongly to do that, and that's why people are talking about the kind of measures that we are." Her association is suggesting that teachers close the schools till the fines are dropped. The BC action started with a withrawal of extra duties such as writing reports last September and escalated at the beginning of this month in the face of the government's intransigence. At stake are not only free collective bargaining rights but also funding for education in the province which has suffered  $3.3 billion in cuts over the last ten years with the loss of  teachers, oversized classes and cutting of special needs provision. Teachers are determined to avoid a move towards what one called 'Amereican-style education'. Susan Lambert, President of the British Columbia Teachers Federation (BCTF) told the Winnipeg Free Press: "When you are united, when you act in solidarity, when you act on principal and with integrity and courage and you build public support for that position ... then you can sometimes reverse government decisions." The leadership of the union has promised to advocate for what ever position is agreed at a BCTF delegate conference happening today. To read the Winnipeg Free Press article, go here