Letter to the editor 4, Jan. 26, 2017

The Lester B. Pearson School Board must get its priorities straight

Dear Editor,

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got himself into hot water in Sherbrooke for refusing to answer in English, questions posed to him in English.

One question, in particular, which seemed to upset most people dealt with access to mental health services for the English-speaking minority.

This week, on Wednesday, January 25, is “Bell Let's Talk Day." The day is aimed toward promoting awareness and understanding of mental health concerns - and where to get help.

One group Bell is recommending is Kids Help Phone – a kid-friendly , bilingual, phone and web counselling service for teens, as some do suffer from feelings of inadequacy, despair, and hopelessness.

For the past ten years, including the Executive Committee meeting held January 23, I have asked the Pearson board, to consider creating a Kids Help Phone link on its website, similar to what the Laurier school board has on its site with ‘Tel-jeunes'.

In late March, the LBPSB will be sending two commissioners to a convention in Denver, Colorado, at a cost of over $5,000 which was the cost for the same event, in past years, held in Nashville and New Orleans.

This expense does not serve the taxpayer well, nor is it in "the best interest" of any student.

Pearson should be more helpful and, post the Kids Help Phone link on its site: (kidshelpphone.ca).

After all, it's been 10 years and it is free.

Chris Eustace


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