I was on the Brian Crombie Radio Show…

You can check it out here:

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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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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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.

The problem is bigger than any board can handle

Last night the Halton Catholic School Board held a special meeting to discuss options on how to return to school safely in the fall. I have a student in the board and currently sit on the Catholic Parent Involvement Committee. So this meeting was important to me. It was a long meeting running four hours approximately. I’ll link to it below here if you want to watch it yourself. Be warned though it’s just shy of four hours:

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Here’s to the teachers that make a difference

Like every other parent in Canada, your kids are at home being schooled through some form of distance e-learning. No doubt to varying levels of success. Teachers are doing an amazing job of trying to learn a new teaching tool, and reaching out to their students to provide instruction and tutelage. I know some teachers are truly going above and beyond the call of duty to check in with their students mental health in these trying times.

It makes me think back to my days in school and the impact certain teachers left on me and my classmates. If you were a student at Assumption Secondary School in Burlington, during the 1990’s then you’re familiar with Claudio D’Amato, or D as he was more affectionately known amongst the students. I took religion with D in my grade 12 year. During the class we focused on human psychology. He had a method of making you challenge your assumptions and grow as a human being. And find a confidence and passion in yourself that you might not have known was there. When you hear stories about teachers that have a profound impact on a students life, it’s Claudio D’Amato that they are talking about.

Which is why when I discovered a column in The Spec online yesterday, I couldn’t help but nod along and say yep, that’s D.

You can read it here.

And to all the other teachers out there struggling along with distance learning and keeping your passion for your students alive. I can say as a parent without reservation, it’s not gone unnoticed. Keep up the good work.

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