As explained previously[See], my Teacher Free Speech Monthly News and Views Blog highlights important news links on the progressive issues that I would like to see highlighted in the mainstream media, -especially ones that usually aren't given enough attention. A brief overview or guide to the monthly feature might be in order. Consider this a supplement to the comments on my Twitter Service in the blog that follows below.
My Blog Acronym Guide [See] is always located at the top. Unfamiliar ones are introduced in full for the first time, and I try to cut back from there, once they begin to reoccur regularly. My latest news links and running commentary are added in large type for your viewing convenience as the month progresses. My sources are regularly updated but typically include the mainstream ones we are familiar with in Toronto, Ontario and Canada. In addition there are a lot more that I find on line via the social media, as well as in my everyday life. Here is an overview of how I try to organize them each month:
TEACHER + UNION: Here you'll find education and labour news including the social justice issues being focused upon in the Canadian teacher movement. My focus is NOT limited to Ontario, though that's my starting point. The Big 4 usually include our provincial and local CUPE, ETFO, OECTA, and OSSTF affiliates. However, I increasingly try to provide more insight into other jurisdictions across Canada and around the world as they relate to the same issues, themes and concerns.
PARTY POLITICS: The focus is Ontario provincial politics on and off the road from the government seat at Queen's Park, including the big three, the Ontario Liberal, Conservative and the New Democratic Party.
IN THE NEWS: Here you will mostly find news and views on Canadian Federal politics, issues, events and trends. Also world news with a Canadian internationalist focus. Anything big that happens affecting us across Canada or for that matter folks around the world -check here!
KULTURE KULT INK: Society, culture and the mass media provide the source for entertainment and important insights into all of the above categories but down here, at the end of my monthly blog. I like to keep it fun and upbeat, with more of an underground focus, hence the letter "K" in Kulture and Kult ...
Kindly note these categories aren't tightly fixed and continue to evolve over time. I will sometimes cut and paste a section out to create a special blog as my interest arises, especially when there is a lot happening, or I think a dedicated blog with more backgrounder info and links might be in order. My February News and Views blog [See] could easily have been divided into 4 separate blogs, one for each category, an option I am still considering for the future, among others. If it isn't broken though, I am hesitant to try fix to it, and so it goes. Is much more work too.
Final Notes: Remember, guest blogs are always welcome. For more info see @ LINK!
Also, your Comments can be posted in the space immediately below each blog. Check it out: besides the interesting conversations and debates, we also sometimes get a really great reader tip or insight.
PS: My Teacher Free Speech 2011-15 News Link Archive can be a useful research tool. For starters you might check my News and Views blogs going back, organized by month and year. More info is @ Here!