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INSIDE: It may be legal, but who wants a grow-op next door? Pg. 3 T U E S D A Y February 26, 2013 drop pair of weekend games 10 Chiefs  N E W S , SPORTS, WEATHER & E N T E R T A I N M E N T  Spring break remains one week BY CORNELIA NAYLOR F or the second year in a row, efforts to carve out a twoweek spring break for the Chilliwack school district have failed because negotiations between district officials and local teachers and CUPE employees ran out of time. The school board will now vote on a single, one-week spring break option for the 2013-14 school year School district, CTA fail for the second straight year to reach an agreement on length of holiday Tuesday. There was “significant dialogue” with the Chilliwack Teachers’ Association and CUPE around a second, two-week option that would see minutes added to the school day, but a “satisfactory agreement could not be reached” in time to present that option to the board for next year, according to a staff report in Tuesday’s agenda. According to legislation passed last spring, school boards have to make their proposed school calendars public one month before submitting them to the education ministry to give parents and employees a chance to comment. This year that deadline is Feb. 28. The district ran out of time last year too when it tried to find a way to extend this year’s break and connect it to the Easter holidays, which are only four days later. An electronic survey showed 83 per cent of 2,421 respondents (mostly parents) favoured a two-week break, so the board directed staff to try to work out a plan with the CTA and CUPE and to pursue a longterm plan for a two-week spring vacation every year. But those negotiations were stymied by the “bookends” stipulated in the CTA’s collective agreement. According to that contract, days in the local school year have to be scheduled between the Tuesday after Labour Day and the last See BREAK, Page 6 Water meeting tonight ICEBREAKER PADDLE PROWESS BY PAUL J. HENDERSON T SCAN TO SEE PHOTOS Tyler Olsen/TIMES he Fraser Health Authority’s (FHA) chief medical health officer should expect a large, passionate group at the public meeting to discuss water chlorination Tuesday evening. Dr. Paul Van Buynder will be at the Chilliwack Alliance Church Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. to discuss the controversial water chlorination edict that the city was given three weeks ago. Chilliwack’s drinking water comes from the Sardis/Vedder aquifer, a source of high-quality water that has never been treated. Mayor Sharon Gaetz has accused the FHA of fear-mongering and has defended the drinking water system against criticism after three isolated cases of E. coli were detected in hillside reservoirs since 2009. The FHA medical health officer first on the file, Dr. Marcus Lem, came to city council on Feb. 5 and, among other things, has said the city Isabel Taylor maneuvers her way around a gate during the Chilliwack Centre of Excellence’s first icebreaker race of the year, on the Hope Slough. The kayakers will hit the Salmon River for their second race on Saturday. Premium Pre-Owned Vehicles at Live Market Pricing 06198229 Plumbing Service Department 8645 Young Street, Chilliwack 604-792-5151 See WATER, Page 6 SHOP OUR ENTIRE PREOWNED INVENTORY NOW WITH DL 5952 Price 60¢

Chilliwack Times February 23 2013

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