I was on the Brian Crombie Radio Show…

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I was sharing our coverage of the Halton Catholic Pride Flag controversy from The 905er.

There is no PRIDE in the cowardice of the Halton Catholic School Board

Last night was supposed to be the vote on whether or not the Halton Catholic School Board would raise the PRIDE flag at their schools. The motion put forward by Trustee Brenda Agnew based on a delegation by HCDSB student Nicole Hotchkiss, was front and centre on the agenda. Five delegations were scheduled to speak. Included in the agenda package for the night were over 200 letters from ratepayers addressing the policy. To say this least a lot of attention was going to be paid to the board meeting tonight.

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This is what a Canadian Rebellion looks like

The news of the day is of course, the Peel medical officer of health, Dr. Lawrence Loh invoking his authority to close schools for the next two weeks.

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I’m really proud of this. Give it a listen please.

If you have 40 minutes today give a listen to this week’s episode of The 905er. I’m really proud of this episode and is what we hoped to accomplish with this medium and format.

What do you do when the leadership is done online?

Last night, my wife and I sat down to watch the streamed online virtual meeting for the Halton Catholic School Board. Why? Are we boring individuals who watch too much YouTube? Probably yes, but that wasn’t the case last night. The board decided to debate a policy resolution to allow masks to be optional in elementary schools from the JK to Grade 3 levels.

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A word of advice as we go #backtoschool

As it says in the tweet. You can listen to the entire episode by clicking on the link to go to your favourite podcast app.

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We still haven’t figured out the start of school.

Found this column in my social media this morning.

Jane Sims with the London Free Press, wrote this article about the last minute race to get back to school. Frankly why are we still rushing to change the plan days left to go until the scheduled start of school?

We’ve had months to plan. This stage of the pandemic was predicted in May. When our medical officials all stated that life would not be returning to normal until a vaccine was developed and distributed. Why wasn’t planning started then?

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Things are going to look very different this fall

I’m sharing a video of a webinar the Halton Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani. She outlines how the return to school protocols will look for this fall.

It’s very clear the school year is going to look very very different from anything we’re used to. I suspect that this is going to be a taste of things to come for a very very long time.

Doug Ford is showing where his priorities are

The start of school is only a few weeks away. Many school boards are scrambling to finalize their plans and try to find a way to make sure schools are as safe as possible. Much at the expense to any long term projects the boards might have. As the requirement to hire more teachers and find space is coming out of reserves or planning for debt spending.

Global News – Guelph’s public school board to hire 160 teachers to reduce class sizes

and…

Toronto Star – Toronto public school board to hire 366 elementary teachers, reduce class sizes

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School is starting and we’re back where we were in March

I know you’re thinking I’m referring to the pandemic. Sort of. Mostly I’m referring to the teacher’s unions rotating strikes that were frustrating parents. Remember those? They seem like a lifetime ago. In some cases they were. A brief recap if you will.

The Ontario government and every provincial teacher’s union were at an impasse over proposed new spending cuts on the part of the Ford government. Every teachers union in every board of the province were utilizing rotating strike schedules to protest the government’s plans. The result was chaos in scheduling for parents and a dive in the polling numbers for the Ford government.

Then COVID-19 hit us like a freight train. Immediately all of those issues were put on the back burner. Contracts were signed as the province shut down our schools. Premier Ford enjoyed a huge uptick in support in the polls. To him it must have seemed like the previous two years had never happened.

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