- CBC Radio’s Daybreak North coverage School is back in session, but it’s leaving some feeling exposed. Carolina Deryk talks with a Prince Rupert teacher who is asking the province to give teachers face shields for the classroom. (June 9, 2020)
- Growing calls for N95 respirator masks and face shields for all B.C. teachers and PPE available for all students – to get schools reopened safely
- Georgia Straight coverage Prince Rupert teacher wants BCTF to push employer to supply face shields and N95 respirators (June 3, 2020)
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About Tom Kertes:
Tom Kertes is a middle school teacher in Prince Rupert. He is the founding organizer of the Critical Education Project, which organizes teachers in B.C. to work together to build networks, share resources, support one another, and develop strategies to defend the integrity of public education in British Columbia.
Tom has also taught high school and elementary school in Haida Gwaii and was an early childhood educator in Vancouver. Tom was an instructor in Early Childhood Education at Seneca College in Toronto and was policy advisor at Ontario’s self-regulatory College of Early Childhood Educators.
Tom is a member of the Prince Rupert District Teachers’ Union (PRDTU) and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation. He serves on the Executive Committee of PRDTU (Vice President in 2020-21) and as a member of the BCTF’s Professional Issues Advisory Committee. He is also Secretary-Treasurer of the Prince Rupert Labour Council (PRLC).
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