Coal Bowl has been cancelled


Published on January 13, 2017

A large crowd that took in some of the 2015 Coal Bowl Classic basketball tournament in New Waterford is shown. The 2017 has been cancelled.

©TJ Colello/Cape Breton Post

NEW WATERFORD, N.S. — For the first time in 36 years there will be no Coal Bowl Classic high school basketball tournament.

With no end in sight to the work-to-rule situation, the choice was really made for us Jacquelyn Poirier, co-chair of the tournament

The annual week long celebration of basketball was cancelled this week due to work-to-rule regulations put in place by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.
“With no end in sight to the work-to-rule situation, the choice was really made for us. Even if they come to an agreement now, our timeline has run out,” said Jacquelyn Poirier, co-chair of the tournament, in a press release.
“There are many, many details that go into making this tournament the success it has been for the past 35 years and it just wouldn’t be possible to do what needs
to be done.”
Work-to-rule regulations were put in place by the executive of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union on Dec. 5 after contract negotiations with the province broke down. The job action will see teachers arrive 20 minutes before school and depart 20 minutes after, and that teachers and other unionized employees will refrain from participating in any voluntary extracurricular activities, including athletics, clubs, intramurals, concerts or field trips.
The Coal Bowl usually takes place in February featuring teams from across Canada. 

More to come.