BCGEU ramps up strike action

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Unionized workers who help the developmentally disabled, vulnerable women, and at risk youth are on strike Tuesday and Wednesday in the Okanagan and the Cariboo. The BCGEU says members are striking for better wages but are also protesting 300 million dollars in cuts to programs. Tuesdays job action will occur in Penticton and Kelowna. Wednesday Williams Lake, workers at the Association for Community Living join people in Quesnel, Armstrong and Vernon in job action. The union says each strike will last 24 hours and essential service levels will be maintained.

Accused to testify in Kelowna murder trial

The 18 year old West Kelowna woman accused of killing Ashlee Hyatt will take the stand in her defense Tuesday. Hyatt died of fatal stab wounds she sustained outside a Peachland house party in 2010. The court has heard from about a dozen people who were at the scene the night the teen died. The accused's lawyer says her client will tell a different account of the events.

Anti bullying Summit

Parents, students and educators are gathering for an anti bullying summit in Vancouver Tuesday. It was announced in the wake of the death of Port Coquitlam teen Amanda Todd.
Education minister Don McRae is expected to discuss new tools to erase bullying.

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