I live in BC and it is an absolutely awful time to be a teacher!Although they have been predicting a teachers shortage for years and many districts are having a hard time getting qualified people for some positions (especially substitutes), with our new government policies it won't be a problem since with all the cutbacks hundreds of teachers are about to be laid off. Most districts are increasing class sizes, closing small schools, reducing programs (i.e. music, special ed, librarians, etc.). I have been teaching in BC for 10 years but am relatively new to the district I am in so I will be one of the people laid off. It is an incredibly difficult time to be a teacher. Our education system in going to be a very different place next year. If I didn't love teaching so much I would be looking in a new field. I can't choose to move as I am married and have 2 kids and they couldn't handle a move. I went through this all about 8 years ago in Alberta as a new teacher. Then I did move as it was only myself and my husband to consider. Luckily BC is well known for it's rapid changes in educational philosophies and politics. Hopefully this governement will be thrown out before their term is up and the damage that has been done can be undone.
David, I hope you have better luck finding a good position for next year. Send some positive vibes up this way!