On The First Day Of School And Blaming Trees For A Forest Fire

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by Sean Orr | So, how was everyone’s Working Multiple Temporary Part-Time Minimum Wage Jobs With No Benefits Day?

In case you missed it, our Premier celebrated the day by trolling teachers on Twitter and Facebook with hilarious results. If her term in office could be shortened by the acidity of Facebook comments alone, her quick removal would be assured. Here are just a few of my faves…

“Convenient that the BC Supreme Court’s decisions don’t influence the private schools your children will be attending tomorrow…”

“Blaming the teachers for this strike is like blaming the trees for a forest fire…”

“Why you so stupid Christy?”

“A contract that has a self-destruct clause is not a contract…”

“im in a private school and there handicaps…” [sic]

I could be wrong, but I’m thinking that last one was actually arguing in support of the government.

BC is not alone: Hey, premiers, leave them teachers alone!

Muckraker of the day: Peter Fassbender and the back-to-basics education movement in the ’70s. “Amid the turmoil, Fassbender introduced a motion asking the Education Ministry to restore corporal punishment (and) there was also a tiff over the way teachers were dressing”. Wow, talk about basic!

But by far the most enjoyable headline of the weekend was this amazing piece of satire journalism from the Globe and Mail: B’nai Brith CEO to nominate Harper for Nobel Peace Prize. “The Conservative government has said that its outspoken approach is part of a ‘principled’ foreign policy that means it is unafraid to choose sides in conflicts”. Because I thought it was satirical at first, I’m going to quote Alan Ranta: “Everyone knows the first step to peace is choosing one side in a conflict and condemning the other as evil”.

The requisite petition: Deny the Nomination of PM Stephen Harper for 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Or at least nominate Putin to make it even.

SPIKED: Harper visits, ignores North. To be sure, if I was PM, the 100-day dump fire would be the first place I’d go.

It’s not leaking, it’s crying: Is B.C. Place’s multi-million dollar new roof leaking again? If we can’t even make condos without leaks, we shouldn’t expect our stadiums to be dry.

ComicCon: Vancouver Convention Centre use falls short of projections, just like other centres across North America. Nobody could have foreseen this, except for all the people who totally foresaw this.

‘Bias’ concerns led tax agency to target left-leaning think-tank. Look out Fraser Institute, you’re (totally not) next!

Impending doom of the day: Female lobster stuffed with eggs found near Bowen Island. I, for one, look forward to our new lobster overlords.

Bonus: Colourized Vancouver.

There are 5 comments

  1. Teachers (like all public sector unions) have made excessive gains over the last decade, in relation to other workers. They talk a lot of talk about how much more they deserve but vigorously hide what they currently have. Serious, try to search for that.

    Teachers in a few years of service make $82,000 and have one of the highest benefit packages conceivable; Basic and Extended Health Benefits, additional Health and Wellness supplements, Salary Indemnities, Life insurance, Travel insurance, Employment Insurance, Emergency Financial assistance, a Vacation Plan like no other occupation (months, not weeks), maternity & parental leave, free RRSPs contributions, and one of the fattest Pension plans in BC. And, only work 2/3 a year.

    This adds up to well into six-figures, and many teachers are now in the club of the 5% of people in BC who rake in over $100,000. Who’s paying for that? Two-thirds of the population of BC earn less than $50,000, and those people are responsible for half of all taxes, fees and surcharges.

    With the endless, almost bi-weekly news revelations of pedophiles and molesters in their ranks, teachers need to put less effort in monetary extortion and more into stopping sex crimes against children.

  2. ^oh snap

    But let’s give this one credit for the red herring of the decade: “With the endless, almost bi-weekly news revelations of pedophiles and molesters in their ranks, teachers need to put less effort in monetary extortion and more into stopping sex crimes against children”.

    Maybe we can go back to private Catholic schools… oh wait…

  3. If it’s so glamourous & amazing why don’t you go get your masters and become a teacher? Jealous much?

  4. Abuse of native children in schools ended decades ago. Sex-motivated perpetrations against kids in the public school system is happening now. BCTF does little to prevent; there’s not much money in that. Google something like BC teacher charged.’ You’ll be sickened by how common the occurences. Or, depending, maybe turned on.

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