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Entries Tagged as 'children'

If the political will is there, the money is too to settle teachers’ dispute

September 13th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Education, Provincial budget & finance

I’ve submitted the following Letter to the Editor to the Vancouver Sun. Hoping they publish it in the next couple days: Enough with the pleas of a bare cupboard from the Premier, Finance Minister and Education Minister. If the political will is there, there is plenty of money to settle the teachers’ dispute, hire more […]

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Frameworks and photo-ops

May 26th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Education, Employment & labour

About a year-and-a-half ago, BC teachers and their employers approved a landmark framework agreement for their upcoming round of contract negotiations. In the wake of a difficult and divisive round of bargaining, and after many, many years of frustration and disappointment, the parties agreed to do things differently.  It was the first change to bargaining […]

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Are we undermining our schools by not investing enough in education?

September 8th, 2013 · · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Education

This year’s back-to-school media coverage featured surprisingly little analysis on how our schools are doing. Not to say that articles about innovative approaches to help students stay alert, back-to-school parenting advice and school lunch ideas aren’t useful, but surely those could have been combined with more in-depth analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing our […]

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Seeking a Real Families First Agenda this First BC Family Day

February 7th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

By Seth Klein and Adrienne Montani On February 11, British Columbians will enjoy a well-deserved new stat holiday. With the inaugural Family Day, Premier Christy Clark has made good on a promise made during her bid for the BC Liberal leadership. The winter stretch needed a new long weekend, and many will appreciate this new-found […]

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New voices in support of a BC poverty reduction plan

September 30th, 2010 · · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Poverty, inequality & welfare

Two important new voices joined the call for a BC poverty reduction plan in the last couple days. First, on Tuesday, BC Provincial Health Officer Perry Kendall released a special report entitled Investing in Prevention. The report received quite a lot of media attention. However, most of the coverage dealt with the common-space issues of […]

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What will it take to bring smarter family policy to BC?

September 27th, 2010 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Transparency & accountability, Women

Did you know that the BC government has set a goal to reduce early childhood vulnerability to 15% by fiscal year 2015? You can hardly tell by their actions. BC did introduce full-day kindergarten in some communities this fall, but other than that the family policy front has been rather quiet lately. The latest childhood […]

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Your Brain on Capitalism

September 7th, 2010 · · 3 Comments · Children & youth, Education, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare

At least as far back as Sokrates, people have speculated on the relationship between psychology and politics. In the 20th century, Wilhelm Reich, Erich Fromm and members of the Frankfurt School (such as Herbert Marcuse) pioneered discussion about how individual dispositions affect one’s social and political ideologies. On the other hand, social psychologists like Stanley […]

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The recent secretive, haphazard spending cuts should be repealed

September 23rd, 2009 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability, Women

Almost daily we wake up to news of yet another important program or initiative whose funding has been cut by the BC government. Literacy initiatives, high school sports, programs that protect women and children from violence, arts and culture: hardly an area of social service provision has been spared. These cuts have been devastating to […]

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What should our government be spending money on?

September 16th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Economy, Education, Environment, resources & sustainability, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

One question that is missing from the public debate on deficits and debt is whether we’re getting the best bang for the stimulus buck. Even if we accept that it’s appropriate for governments to borrow and engage in deficit-financing during a recession, as I have argued here, we need to have a discussion about the […]

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On tough times and priorities

September 10th, 2009 · · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Education, Provincial budget & finance

The BC government cannot afford $130,000 for the budget of BC School Sports, a volunteer organization which organizes sporting events for students. This is likely to affect 100,000 high school athletes across the province whose meets and competitions will be canceled. “It’s not business as usual right now,” explained Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid, quoted in […]

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