Letters to the Editor, June 26, 2014
There were four significant happenings at the Lester B. Pearson School Board Council of Commissioners Meeting on June 23, 2014.
1. There was no Budget 2014-2015 discussion, as advertised, because all the parameters from the government have not yet been received. My question for the blog would have been: “How can the LBPSB justify an increase of $10,000’s (tens of thousands) for professional development, yet we are down hundreds of students?”
2. At the Public Question Period, three taxpayers (not me) deposited pages of documentation calling for an Ethics Inquiry on matters dealing with conflicts of interest. (They also requested the resignation of Chairperson Suanne Stein Day.)
3. It was announced that Marcus Tabachnick, former Pearson board chairman, abandoned his quest to be a federal Liberal candidate, and will now be the executive director of the Quebec English School Boards Association.
4. Most important, parent commissioners are demanding a right to vote at both Executive Committee and Council meetings. They rightfully cited Bill 88, which calls for more parental authority, democracy and school board accountability.
James Parry took me down memory lane with last week’s article about his exciting trip to “The Rock.” Even as Bruce and I came out of seeing Gros Morne National Park in the year 2006, we were well entertained when we stopped for a moose burger. The waitress not only shot the moose but she gesticulated how she slapped the berry pies together that we raved over. Even the ferry ride was continuous laughter once we ventured into the bar! Plus at the Bed & Breakfast, the guy played guitar and sang to us in the evening.
If it were not for the Newfoundlanders, we would not have laughter on CBC, thanks to Ron James, Cathy Jones, Mary Walsh, and others.
Another career awaits James… he does fill the bill for a re-enactor for that very interesting Viking Site. One of your faithful readers,