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Capilano University cancels all classes due to faculty strike

Beginning this morning, all classes are cancelled at all Capilano University campuses until further notice due to faculty strike action.

All final exams will proceed as scheduled, according to university

Faculty set up picket lines at Capilano University in North Vancouver Wednesday morning. (Mike McArthur/CBC)

With two days left in the term, all classes are cancelled at Capilano University as of 7 a.m. PT Wednesday until further notice due to faculty strike action, the university has announced.

The faculty association is picketing Capilano University campuses Wednesday. (Mike McArthur/CBC)

All campuses, including North Vancouver, Squamish and Sunshine Coast are affected.

The Capilano Faculty Association has told the university it will "withdraw all services and establish picket lines," according to an update on the university's website.

"We had been hopeful that we would reach a settlement by now, but we're very disappointed that that hasn't come to pass," said Richard Gale, VP academic for Capilano University.

The two sides had been bargaining since February — and until 3:30 a.m. this morning, said Gale. He declined to discuss specifics of the dispute.

Richard Gale, VP academic for Capilano University, speaks to media Wednesday about the faculty strike. (Farrah Merali/CBC)

Final exams are still scheduled to start Monday, with the university hoping an agreement is reached by then, said Gale.

"I want to reassure students that we're doing everything we can to make sure that they do complete the term, that their grades are posted" in time to graduate or transfer to other institutions, he said.

In North Vancouver, some campus services, including the doctor's office and library, will remain open. On-campus daycare will be closed if there are picket lines, the university has advised.

Capilano University has cancelled all classes at all campuses starting at 7 a.m. PT Wednesday. (Province of B.C.)

With files from Farrah Merali

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