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Thursday, 28 June 2018

Teacher Free Speech Summer 2018 News y Views!

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EDUCATION BEAT

Sex Ed Chopping Block: Premier Doug Ford is promising to "repeal and replace" sex education in Ontario's classrooms despite warnings from educators that it's a bad move. So much for teaching "consent" and recognizing "diversity" and "inclusiveness" within our province. But the premier's social conservative backers won't have it any other way @ Globe

Sex Ed ConsContrary to popular misconception, Ontarians' were widely consulted on the province's 2015 sex ed curriculum. It's focus on consent, cyber safety and gender identity had all three party support. It was soundly based upon widespread, leading, expert advice for keeping our youth safe and healthy as we enter the new millennium. However, during the spring provincial election, some pretty mean spirited, extremist, right wing, social conservative lobbyists made a secret backroom deal with our new premier. He is acting upon now that now, among his first acts in office, in ways that clearly don't protect the better interests of our modern, inclusive society @ Huff

Tanya Gracie Allen leads the social conservative charge to "repeal and replace" Ontario's leading edge sex ed program. She explains how and why it must be nixed @ PM

Social Conservative Televangelist Charles McVety, a Ford booster, is now calling in the chips for his election support, in getting Doug to axe the sex ed program. The ugly behind the scenes story is @ PressProg

Meet MOE [Minister of Education] Lisa Thompson: She once defended the very sex ed curriculum she's now repealed as part of Premier Doug Ford's Social Conserative offensive @ PressProg

PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff has been named Parliamentary Assistant to the Lisa Thompson, our new Minister of Education. The young whipper snapper is eager to get back to the "drawing board" so he can help make our sex ed programs adhere to yesteryear's, outdated, social conservative values @ SCS @ Xtra

Human Rights Issue: United Church Minister and former NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo explains how Ontario's sex ed reversal is rooted in a very misguided and unChristian opposition to LGBTQ rights @ UCOb

TDSB Sex Ed Bluez: Toronto public school board expresses their serious concern over not teaching the inclusive 2015 sex ed program.  A failure to do so might violate the Ontario Human Rights Code, Education Act and their own board policies. Expect some Supreme Court challenges ahead @ TDSB

Going Backward: Ontario's OECTA Catholic teachers warn that Fords Sex Ed repeal will harm their students. President Liz Stuart explains @ PressProg

LGBTQ Students are particularly vulnerable and at risk as a result of Fords "repeal and replace" of Ontario's sex ed curriculum @ 519

A young gay man explains what happens when sex ed classes fail to represent LGBTQ youth and teach them about relationships too @ Xtra

Download Ontario's 2015 Sex Ed Curriculum Guide aka "Health and Physical Education Grade 1-8" before it disappears from view @ ON.CA

Sign The Petition: Doug Ford -Keep Ontario's Sex-Ed Curriculum! @ HERE!



School Funding Attack: The new Ford government attempts to balance the provincial budget on the back of Ontario's schools. Much needed school repair funds are slashed, along with some very important, summer, curriculum workshops @ Globe

Austerity Binge: $100 million in badly needed school repairs have been cancelled. The NDP's Peggy Sattler questions the Ford government's priorities while explaining why this is a very bad idea @ ONDP

Colleges Academic and Applied Trades Task Force is also  quietly cut mid summer by the Ford PC's without advance warning or notice. It was set up after last fall's college strikes to address issues of academic governance structures and precarious work. The aim was so to reduce labour-management turmoil over issues like "casualization"; the replacement of stable full-time jobs for short, part time or contract work. So much for that @ Sarasoapbox

Ontario Truth and Reconciliation?: Indigenous educators and elders express their concern over the Ford government's cancellation of  a TRC curriculum rewrite that would've helped increased indigenous content in our province's school's @ CBC @ Star

Nishnawbe Aski Nation speaks out against this grave step backwards from truth sharing and reconciliation @ NAN



Everyday Ontario Teachers had already eagerly begun implementing the new province's new TRC curriculum to better help their students understand our indigenous peoples history and culture in the face of past and present injustice @ ON

ETFO: Ontario's public elementary teacher union has been working long and hard on developing TRC. They speak out @ ETFO Also, on the terrible situation with our crumbling schools @ ETFO

MOE No: As the shit hits the fan, the Ford government explains that the curriculum writing sessions were cut by ministry bureaucrats, not the Ontario Ministry of Education itself, as a cost saving "austerity" measure. They argue they are just on "pause", tho no further details are forthcoming @ Star

No 2 Ford: Premier Dougie seems unaware of the TRC recommendation that it be taught in our schools, rather than covered up and ignored, so that justice can be served. There's even more injury and insult. Meanwhile, he has also rolled Indigenous Affairs into the Energy Mines and Northern Development portfolio, eliminating it as a specific cabinet post @ IPol

Janus Decision: The US Supreme Court targets union membership dues in a vicious right wing attack on America's flourishing, activist, teacher movement and other more challenged US labour groups @ NYT

OH CANADA


Harris Redux: In the wake of the election of PC Neo Conster Premier Doug Ford, Ontario's right and left mobilize for a 90's style Harris Era fight to the death befitting the new millennium. Some opening volley's: The view from the right @ Sun @ Rebel And the view from the left @ FB @ Now

By The Numbers: How PC Doug Ford won the Ontario election according to one polling company, Pollara Strategic Insights. Basic focus is on perceived affordability of promises and that Ontario elections are fought and won in the political centre. Interesting, but will definitely look around for a second and third opinion. Despite Ford's win, more folks voted for NDP/ OLP social programs like universal daycare/ dental care and support services, which the PC's also paid lip service too. Perhaps we are looking at a subtle shift left/ centre left; the new middle ground? More @ Enterprise

Fight Back: Here's a Marxist take on the Ford win, and the collapse of Ontario's political centre. The NDP clearly failed to mobilize a mass movement against the status quo. So we progressives end up polarized on the left with a populist right winger for Premier instead. In short, Andrea Horwath is no Bernie Sanders. Then again, as the official opposition, and with the Liberals in ruin, the NDP certainly now has the platform and resources to really fight for change. That's if they've got it in them .... More @ Marxist.ca

"Pat Brown Tells All" or "Nothing But Secrets": Former PC leader Patrick Brown is writing a "tell all" book about his "political assassination" to be published this fall. Remember Patrick? How got dumped last minute in a surprise sex scandal? Then Dougie took over, and the PC platform got mysteriously dumped too? Stay tuned: Plenty of neo-conster fireworks are sure to follow! @ CTV

Racism Ontario Canada: In a Trump like gesture, Premier Ford decides to target immigrant asylum seekers to our province, in one of his first moves in office. PM Trudeau perhaps quite rightly accuses him of being ignorant of our obligations under international law. But sadly, the federal government isn't adequately providing the funding and resources we need to help properly accommodate them either, despite Trudeau's many kind words and sentiments @ Vice

No Janus Decision Here: In Canada we have a constitutional right to collective bargaining, unlike in the US. In 1991, our Supreme Court ruled in the unions favour in upholding the Rand formula, unlike the recent Janus decision stateside. That's because paying union dues does not violate our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms @ CanEnc @ GBP @ WP



UNIFOR: Don't be fooled into thinking all is well though! Canada's biggest and best organized union denounces the Ford Throne speech for failing to reflect worker priorities in our province. They outline their concerns. The gauntlet has been dropped. Dougie can expect a tough but fair union labour ride ahead @  UNIFOR

OFL: The same goes for the Ontario Federation of Labour @ OFL

Canada United: How did it happen?!? Thank Donald Trump, in this case, for achieving the impossible in a positive sense, not for himself but for us @ Macleans

Canada Invades The US: Well, not really, we too nice for that, but one could make a very good case for it, as the Trumpster goes totally off the rails @ Macleans

IN THE NEWS



Right Wing Horror Show: How the conservative news media in the US tried to manufacture consent for Trump's "child separation" immigration policy. Oh, and then he backed down. Kinda sorta @ Slate

White Fight: Trump is leading a GOP charge to preserve America's shrinking white majority. However the existing trends make demographic changes ahead inevitable. Hate to sound cliche, but what goes around, comes around. What better time than now to do-unto-others, but alas! Seems it's not to be @ Slate

IREALLYDOCARE.COM: Web domain goes viral countering Melania's "jacket stunt", redirecting readers to activist groups whom are really working to help the innocent kids caught up in this truly ghastly, state sanctioned, child snatching scheme of the Donald's. Jeez. Isn't it usually taboo to hurt little children?!? No matter what?!? God help us all @ Adage



4 Explanations: Here's the 4 main explanations floating about the internet to explain Melania Trumps's "I don't care" jacket. Take your pick. Whatever. Complete chaos grips the US, from the top all the way down. Mission accomplished? @ HR

Un 4 The Road: Kim Jong Un and the Trumpster not only failed at the summit to define what "denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula actually means, but it now seems that the North Korean dictator is doing nothing of the sort. Often frequently overlooked -he expects the US to reduce it's military presence in the region and perhaps "denuclearize" them too, for "security reasons" @ VanityF @ WP @ Atlantic

NATO Divided: Trump praises Russia and continues to sow division amongst his allies and trade partners at the latest NATO summit. Putin must be laughing @ Bloomberg



"Putin's Pet" or "Treason Summit" or "Playing Him Like A Fiddle": Here's the full transcript from the Donald's imbecilic and arguably quite treasonous press conference statements in Helsinki. Not only is he aiding and abetting the Rooskies in Crimea and on the human rights front, but he is also totally ignoring the threat of Russian election meddling. Moreover, with congressional mid terms coming up this fall, he's seemingly just treating the very dire and worrisome US intelligence warnings as a personal affront. Very sad. Scary even! Read @ Politico Watch @ Youtube

US Trade Wars Galore: US President Trump has initiated "America First" trade wars everywhere with friend and foe alike. Experience shows this story does not end well, for anyone @ WP


China Card: China decisively steps forward into the Trumpian world leadership void encouraging America's former trade partners and allies to enter into a new global trade agreement with them at the WTO [World Trade organization]. The goal? To preserve multilateralism on a go forward basis without the US @ SCMP

Yuan Number: There's more super duper, big trouble ahead in the escalating US-China trade war, even by Trump's standards, or lack thereof, if China ever retaliates by devaluing the yuan and cashing in the US debt @ SCMP




Trump Travel Ban: The new right wing enriched US Supreme Court upholds the Donald's travel ban 5-4, because .... well just because he's the prez. That's despite his Islam phobic rants, now that Trump appointee Justice Neil Gorush is onboard @ WDT


Janus Decision: The US Supreme Court veers far right in supporting so called "Right To Work" laws on voluntary union dues, delivering organized labour a sharp blow NYT @ NYT Read the Janus Decision @ PDF

Koched -The Attack On The Left: Republican billionaire's like the Koch brothers and right wing non-profit foundations such as the "Freedom Foundation" are behind the effort to weaken America's struggling union movement. The goal?  Oligarchical rigging -to increase profits and forward the corporate agenda @ AmProsp @ BloomB

KULTURE KULT INK




Beautiful Toronto: Well, I've heard it called a lot of other less becoming names. Here's a "curated love story in photos and quotes" to honour Canada's largest city and our hometown ... Hey! We could be living in the United States of Donald Trump!!!! Ooops! Sorry US readers... eh ... heh ... er ... er @ Medium

True Smut: Premier Doug Ford is replacing Ontario's sex ed curriculum with .... with .... with ... er .... ahhhh ... an old copy of Playboy that he found in the woods .... or something like that!?! @ Beaver



Kim's Inconvenient Truths: Kim's Convenience actor Andrew "Kimchee" Phung is witness to a jaw dropping case of police racism. He exposes it very responsibly, and with class @ Star

Japanese Innovators: They are the real pioneers in underground, experimental sounds. Yup! There was the Yellow Magic Orchestra and the Travellin' Flower Band, but there is so much more! Trez Kool @ Barbican



Summer's Here: The 30 worst bathing suits of 2018! Need I say more? @ OB

Secretly Queer: Snow White? Sleeping Beauty? Xena? Frodo? Sam? Spider Man? Captain Janeway? Mulan?Buffy? The "butler" in just about any t.v. show or movie?!? LGBTQ folk speculate on who is and who isn't in a homophobic media world where many can't openly show their character's true colours, though they still somehow do ... @ Vice

RIP Koko the Gorilla: She could actually speak with humans using sign language. She liked nipples and kittens. Perhaps Homo Sapiens are not as special as we think? More @ CBC




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