Teachers must retake charge of their classrooms

It is the only way to ensure quality education

Teachers must retake charge of their classroomsProspective teachers learn a lot about individualized instruction in faculties of education. That’s because teachers are encouraged to personalize learning for each student as much as possible. To a certain degree, this makes good sense. An inflexible, cookie-cutter approach to education serves no one well. At the same time, the pendulum has swung so far…

Let’s be sure to teach our children critical thinking skills

They’ll need them

Let’s be sure to teach our children critical thinking skillsApparently, both the British Columbia ministry of education and the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation would rather not encourage the province’s students to develop and utilize their critical thinking skills. Better to just take the teachers’ truth in the classroom rather than discovering and understanding both sides (or all sides) of a contentious subject. Shame on…

Pandemic pay hikes for government employees a tale of two Ontarios

A slap in the face to hardworking taxpayers across the province

Pandemic pay hikes for government employees a tale of two OntariosOntario has been experiencing a tale of two pandemics. One is a fairy tale for bureaucrats, and the other is a grim story for the rest of us. Bureaucrats working for the province and its major cities have been getting raises, while average Ontarians saw hour reductions, pay cuts, lost jobs, and shuttered small businesses.…

Teachers’ unions are undermining their own long-term viability

Parents can no longer rely on the public system for their kid's education

Teachers’ unions are undermining their own long-term viabilityFinally, schools across Canada are starting to reopen. Most provinces had switched to remote learning at the beginning of January to assess the impact of the Omicron variant. But now, thankfully, these remote learning sessions are coming to an end. Given this trend, it looks likely that all Canadian students who want to be back…

Government employees made out well during the pandemic

528,347 federal and provincial government employees received at least one pay raise during the pandemic

Government employees made out well during the pandemicThese days it seems there are three certainties in life: death, taxes and bigger government paycheques. Even a pandemic that sent thousands of workers to the ranks of the unemployed couldn’t stop the iron law of government wage increases. The pandemic revealed the divide between those behind the golden government gates that shield them from…

CUPE wants its weight in gold – paid for by the taxpayer

Union leaders in New Brunswick demanding nothing less than a 20 per cent raise over the next four years

CUPE wants its weight in gold – paid for by the taxpayerIt seems like nothing short of their weight in gold will satisfy CUPE union leaders in New Brunswick. Over the next four years, CUPE is demanding nothing less than a 20 per cent raise. This would cost New Brunswick taxpayers an extra $158 million per year once fully implemented. It would already be an unrealistic…

Longshore workers stand firm for justice

A profound bond is growing between Palestinians and colonialized and oppressed peoples around the world

Longshore workers stand firm for justiceAn incredible act of courage and international solidarity took place recently at the Port of Prince Rupert. Ninety-four members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) refused to unload a ship of the Israeli corporation ZIM. This same ship was prevented from unloading in Oakland, Calif., as part of the Block the Boat movement.…

We need more diversity of thought among our teachers

The left-wing activism of teachers’ unions sends a clear message about the political leanings of many – perhaps most – teachers

We need more diversity of thought among our teachersIf you visit any Canadian teachers’ union website, you might think that all teachers reside on the far left of the political spectrum. For example, the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) isn’t shy about taking left-leaning stands on controversial political topics. Among other things, the BCTF supports student climate strikes, advocates for more spending on…

What pandemic? A tale of two downturns in Toronto

Municipal employee salary hikes during lockdowns a slap in the face to taxpayers

What pandemic? A tale of two downturns in TorontoAs hardworking taxpayers tightened their belts last year to cope with pay cuts and job losses, Toronto’s municipal employees were busy cashing in bigger paycheques with your tax dollars. The City of Toronto currently employs 34,603 workers. Last year, only 104 of them didn’t get a raise. That means over 99.6 per cent of Toronto…

Why principals, teachers don’t belong in the same union

New legislation will allow Manitoba to follow the lead of Canada’s biggest provinces, creating clear lines between management and staff

Why principals, teachers don’t belong in the same unionPrincipals and teachers shouldn’t be in the same union. That was a key recommendation of the Manitoba Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education report. Clearly, the Manitoba government has taken this recommendation to heart. Bill 64, the Education Modernization Act, proposes to remove principals and vice-principals from teacher bargaining units. This is a significant…
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