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Privatized playground at North

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:32
Privatized playground at North Vancouver’s Cousteau International French School angers parent Cousteau International French School has leased the grounds of former Fromme elementary school

CBC News Posted: Feb 24, 2015 7:37 AM PT Last Updated: Feb 24, 2015 8:23 AM PT

When we read comments  bemoaning the fact that people just aren’t as ready to volunteer, to help with charitable causes, when those interminable pleas for money  infect our public broadcasting choices, we often despair of the public perception of selflessness, even as we resent the intrusion of such dunning in our lives.

This particular  story may seem trivial, but it illustrates why  some who at one time joined together to create something lasting , not only for their children but the ones to come, might feel that their efforts were  useless.  When old schools are  sold off to the private sector, it’s more than buildings and land, and this  example  is enough to make any parent reluctant to  participate in  their children’s public schooling, either within the system or in this case putting money and effort into a  play area that  privatization has rendered  legally impassable.

Ironic, isn’t it?

Reading through some of the comments accompanying this  ‘article’  is instructive..between the  government’s supporters who  feel that  once sold, it’s private, full stop, and those who point out that even private schools exist on public money, the argument gets down to the real issue, that of taxpayers funding  of private schools..

It’s depressing enough that parents have to band together to pay for  and work for a decent, safe place  for their children to play and exercise..there’s never enough money for  actual education costs, never mind  recreation areas that  are something beyond dirt and rocks, so  why should BC taxpayers be contributing to  private schools  where they aren’t even allowed to  use the playground facilities, never mind have the  income to afford this subsidized education? Adding insult to injury , this particular school is now the possessor  of the facilities created when the school was still public, and  the parental  outrage falls on deaf ears….

The next time  parents can’t be bothered to go to parent/teacher meetings, or refuse to  volunteer to help with whatever shortfall  is loaded onto their shoulders by an uncaring provincial government that they probably voted for (if they bothered to vote at all) I hope they remember this little incident and start questioning their choices.

Idle Worship….

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 09:31
Stephen Harper and the Beautiful Flag He Hates So Much  http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2015/02/stephen-harper-and-beautiful-flag-he.html


As an ex-Yank who always found it profoundly disturbing that rampant, ignorant, my way or the highway stupid patriotism started with ridiculous flag-worship in the States, have to say that spending any kind of big money on the anniversary of a flag seems dumb in the extreme…It’s great to acknowledge it, and fun to read about the people involved, but I hate to see Canadians who are mostly rational and intelligently fervent about their love of country get all worked up about such trivia as how much Harpo spent on celebrating a flag…
Beware…this is the sort of blindness that Harpo would love to encourage, even if it is at his expense..
The saying south of the 49th, when I was a kid, was “America, love it or leave it” and we always retorted, “Change it or lose it” but as we all know, that never happened..we have to make sure that Canada stays progressive and free of the sort of rightwing symbol worship that infects the US and leads to the  “Kill ‘em all, let God decide…” sort of rationale  …
There was a time when Americans used to wear a Canadian flag when they traveled to Europe to prevent themselves from being targeted as Yanks…I hear that doesn’t work so well these days, after more than a decade of the HarperCons….