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Left Over: SuperCrusty and the Lazy Opposition Don’t Come to Blows

B.C. teachers’ strike: Union rejects premier’s demand to suspend strike Union says government remains entrenched, inflexibile and unwilling to bargain.

CBC News Posted: Sep 03, 2014 10:51 AM PT Last Updated: Sep 04, 2014 7:58 AM PT

All of you 5 cent a comment Liberal trolls can say and think what you . . . → Read More: Left Over: SuperCrusty and the Lazy Opposition Don’t Come to Blows

Cowichan Conversations: This is why teachers are walking out next week.

Written by Robyn Ladner

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BC has the worst student-educator ratio in Canada.

BC has the 2nd worst per student education funding in Canada.

BC’s Education funding is $1000 less per student than national average.

BC has the highest child poverty rate in Canada.

BC teachers with a Bachelor of Education and no . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: This is why teachers are walking out next week.

Political Eh-conomy: Hudak’s plans to cut teachers in statistics and politics

It’s election time in Ontario and that means graphs and statistics, facts and factoids, some stale, some new come out of the woodwork. Take the tweet below as an example, one that riffs on the old theme of an exploding public sector encapsulated in Tim Hudak’s promise to cut 100,000 public service jobs:

Hudak promises . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Hudak’s plans to cut teachers in statistics and politics

Melissa Fong: The BC education system is broken

I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to go to a school where there wasn’t a regular community of teachers who knew each other and watched me […]

LeDaro: Pauline Marois: Charter of ‘hate’ Values

Will Pauline Marois allow the headgear, in Quebec, in the following picture?

OVERHEAD VIEW: Teachers gathered Wednesday in Bilbao, Spain, at the University of Deusto, a Spanish Jesuit university, for an opening ceremony for the academic year. (Alfredo Aldai/European Pressphoto Agency) WSJ

But of course these are Catholic teachers.

. . . → Read More: LeDaro: Pauline Marois: Charter of ‘hate’ Values

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Those Who Can’t Do…

Source: CBC News: Province Won’t Limit Classroom Sizes, Minister Says

There certainly is no shortage of things to talk about; from SGI motorcycle rates, to unanimous approval to move forward with “Howard’s Law” on asbestos, it was hard to decide what should be the first thing to move on to.

But, as you’ve no doubt . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Those Who Can’t Do…

Alberta Diary: One single Alberta government bargaining agency is likely to end badly for Redford PCs

Premier Alison Redford, in lab coat, centre, and her Progressive Conservative cabinet get ready to bring Consolidated Bargaining to life. Actual Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Albert Einstein, the well-known genius, and Charles Darwin, who gave us the idea for the Political Darwin Awards.

Chances are good the Alberta . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: One single Alberta government bargaining agency is likely to end badly for Redford PCs

Left Over: Appointed Trustee in Cowichan. BC? East of Eden…

Cowichan school district eyes closures in wake of deficit CBC News Posted: Feb 14, 2013 8:03 AM PT Last Updated: Feb 14, 2013 9:22 AM PT

Eden Hawthornwaite,the fired past chairperson of the school trustees in Cowichan, is being too modest in her assertions, it’s patently obvious that the BC Fiberals were planning this . . . → Read More: Left Over: Appointed Trustee in Cowichan. BC? East of Eden…

Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: Austerity is the Real Story at the OLP LDR Convention

Eric Hoskins | Gerard Kennedy Sandra Pupatello | Charles Sousa | Harinder Takhar | Kathleen Wynne

Slush filled sidewalks are tough enough to traverse first thing in the morning. They’re even more difficult when protesters form a narrow gauntlet to the entrance of Maple Leaf Gardens.

Omar Ha-Redeye speaks to protesters.

Omar . . . → Read More: Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: Austerity is the Real Story at the OLP LDR Convention

Politics and its Discontents: Psst – A Message for Teacher-Bashers

Here in Ontario, teachers have fallen into disfavor thanks to their refusal to meekly accept the unfairness and unconstitutionality of Bill 115.

For those who enjoy getting outraged over such impertinence and call teachers selfish, may I suggest you watch the following in order to gain some perspective?

Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Psst – A Message for Teacher-Bashers

Trashy's World: To all those decrying…

… the ONE day walkout by elementary teachers today. Suck it up. This is democracy in action, regardless of whether or not you believe that teachers (or anyone else for that matter) should have the right to strike. Under the current law, they DO have that right. This. Is. A. Fact. Look it up. Go . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: To all those decrying…

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Ontario Teachers Begin Strike Actions November 12

by OSSTF/FEESP After postponing sanctions for five days, Ken Coran, President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation announced early this morning that discussions with the Provincial Government have ended without an agreement. OSSTF/FE… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Ontario Teachers Begin Strike Actions November 12

Dead Wild Roses: Teachers Unions – Good For Students and For Education

I’ve been around the mulberry bush a couple of times about teachers and unions. It’s nice when someone puts a piece together that concisely answers the usual bally-hoo about how bad unions are and how things would be fixed if there was just more free market, because more competition always fixes everything all the . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Teachers Unions – Good For Students and For Education

Trashy's World: Teachers and extracurricular activities

Teachers in many of Ontario’s School Boards have heeded their union’s advice to take a “pause” from coaching or otherwise being involved in extracurricular activities, such as sports team, in protest of the Ontario government’s recent legislation imposing salary freezes, etc. And, as is always the case in any type of labour disruption in the . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Teachers and extracurricular activities

Politics and its Discontents: A Success Story Rob Ford and Other Reactionaries Won’t Like

Those who see issues in simplistic and absolutist terms will not care to even acknowledge the existence of this letter from a Star reader. It speaks to something that neo-conservatives are loathe to acknowledge, the fact that we live in a society where interdependence and co-operation rather than selfish and exclusionary individualism are key factors . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Success Story Rob Ford and Other Reactionaries Won’t Like

Left Over: The Little School Board that Could….

Okay, kids, gather around, and I’ll tell you a tale of courage and honesty that you will be sure to think is fiction, but, no, it really happened, once upon a time..it’s really true.

In the wilds of the kingdom of Canada, in the little valley of Cowichan, far, far away from the dread fortress . . . → Read More: Left Over: The Little School Board that Could….

BC teachers to fight Bill 22

With the federal Conservatives trying to destroy unions and bully working men and women, the BC Liberals are following suit with teachers. Unlike Air Canada employees, BC’s teachers are not going to take this one lying down.

The bill, which will become law by Saturday, orders a six-month cooling-off period in a bitter contract dispute, . . . → Read More: BC teachers to fight Bill 22

The Scott Ross: The National Concerns of Busting Unions & Health Care

Marking a complete reversal by the Conservatives in intergovernmental relations, on Friday the process of creating a new health agreement between the federal government and the provinces will be announced.

This will be a dramatic change from the Conservatives’ position on health care made just months earlier when Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told the . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The National Concerns of Busting Unions & Health Care

The Scott Ross: BC Teachers Hurt The Left & Help The Right

The teachers’ strike in British Columbia this week was bad for the province but good for the BC Liberals.

Facing challenges from the NDP on their left and the Conservatives on their right, for the BC Liberals an unpopular labour dispute couldn’t have happened at a better time.

Over the last few months the BC . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: BC Teachers Hurt The Left & Help The Right

The Scott Ross: BC Teachers On Strike Yet Still Teaching

This week Teachers in BC haven’t even been in the classroom, yet they’ve still managed to teach their students one of the most important things; how to take a stand.

Critics will point out at how young people are already too self-assured and that they already have no respect for authority. Those curmudgeons are sure . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: BC Teachers On Strike Yet Still Teaching

The Scott Ross: The BC Teachers’ Regressive Labour Strike

In 2010 the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation declared its opposition to the HST because it was a regressive tax, affecting the poor and families more than the wealthy and corporations.

Yesterday the BCTF went on strike and while the cost for childcare and sports programs is easily covered by rich families, the cost is . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The BC Teachers’ Regressive Labour Strike

The Scott Ross: NDP & the Decline of Labour

The NDP is certainly not asking whether it should abandon organized labour, but maybe organized labour should ask whether it abandon the NDP.

What does it say about the New Democratic Party when it is the only political organization of unions, for unions and organized labour over the last thirty years has only lost power . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: NDP & the Decline of Labour

The Scott Ross: We All Lose In BC Teacher Labour Dispute

Who will win in the latest labour dispute between BC teachers and the provincial government? It doesn’t matter, we are already losing.

Now a politician isn’t going to tell a province this, a union representative isn’t going to hold a press conference to point it out, and people aren’t going to buy a newspaper to . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: We All Lose In BC Teacher Labour Dispute

atypicalalbertan: On Being a Teacher, or Why Merit Pay Stinks.

I’m taking a course on organizational theory right now and the readings have caused me to reflect on an issue that is getting a fair deal of play in education right now – merit pay for teachers. There are many specific arguments that can be made as to why merit pay is a bad idea . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan: On Being a Teacher, or Why Merit Pay Stinks.