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Thursday, 8 October 2020

Teacher Free Speech Fall 2020 News + Views!

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OH CANADA

Hi Readers! I'm back in Toronto for the fall! Am very busy making supply runs. Getting ready for the Covid pandemic's second wave. Expect lots more news updates below, as we settle in. for the long haul. And maybe a new Covid Diary entry too ..... DTC

State of Denial: The Canadian-US border remains closed. All is certainly not well here, that's for sure. But there's a sharp contrast in how both countries are handling the Covid pandemic. To wit @ Atlantic

Collaborators: Canada's labour unions continue to support Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's reckless back to work campaign, as our fall Covid Wave 2 infection rate soars. Sadly, the ostensibly left wing NDP party is aiding and abetting him too! Sure, party leader Jagmeet Singh scored some minor concessions in the fall budget: An expanded sick leave program for Federal workers. More income support for the unemployed. But basically Trudeau continues to suck off Canadian progressives into the Liberal Party fold. Leaving us without any effective opposition, now or for the foreseeable future, to keep him on his toes. Putting generating wealth, ahead of the health and safety of Canada's working families workforce, as the pandemic escalates. For shame! @ WSWS @ CBC

Covidiots North: Get this -Canadian Conservative opposition leader Erin O'Toole catches the coronavirus. Had been meeting across Canada with his other conservative buddies, risking spread. Oh, and now his wife has it too. While his right wing buddies continue to play loose with the alt facts. Pursue a corporate austerity agenda. Like the GOP, another Neo Conster party to our south @ CBC @ CBC @ Huff @ TSun

Big Secrets: Ontario Premier Doug Ford's Conservatives lose another court fight. And again decides to appeal. In question are the con-ster's mandate letters to each government ministry outlining their plans for us. Usually these mandates are clearly and promptly put on the public record. So why the big secret? What exactly is Ford really up to, behind the scenes, during the Covid crisis?!? We clearly have a right to know @ CBC

Failure 2 Re-LaunchTesting? Communications? The expert warnings? All this and more! Our Dougie has failed us miserably in preparing for a second wave of the coronavirus @ N66

Expert Advice?!? There's widespread uncertainty over who's really advising Ford, from behind the scenes, in developing his floundering response to the Covid pandemic. The province's doctors and medical experts often aren't onboard with his safety plans, especially as the second wave comes crashing down upon us. As for his perilous, school re-openings? Ford still hasn't even consulted with the province's teachers. See Covid Beat below, and @ TVO

Traces: Contact tracing lags miserably in Toronto, Ontario. Only 55% of the new cases, are being traced. Meanwhile the virus continues to spread, the infection numbers soar @ CBC

Support 1492 Land Back Lane: The Haudenosaunee-Six Nation land defenders are taking a stand against real estate developers on the Grand River - Haldimand tract north of Toronto. Here's why their fight is so important, from an indigenous perspective @ FenFc Updates @ 1492

IN THE NEWS

Trump Flu: US President Donald Trump downplays the Covid-19 early in the pandemic. Then catches it the virus himself, with the fall election but a month away. As President, he of course gets the executive medical treatment. That's well beyond the reach of his fellow 210,000 Americans who've so far died. The numbers continue to spiral out of control. But Trump tells everyone not to worry. Even suggesting catching Covid is a gift from god. Jeez, you can't make this up! @ CNN Fear @ NYT The average "loser" reacts @ Guardian Trump's messianic musings @ BBC

Donald Superspreader: Was Trump contagious during the White House Rose Garden fete for SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett? At his vile, unpresidential first Presidential debate? His various GOP rallies and fundraisers? The GOP party faithful are catching it like crazy too; supporters, donors, politicos and army brass alike. Meanwhile mum's the word. Trump's hiding the medical details about how he caught it; the who, where, when, why and hows. Nor is there much tracing going on. As the White House remains a contagion zone, for staff, visitors and family alike. Sadly, if our neighbours to the south re-lect this Covidiot, well then, what to say? They deserve what they get! GOP Denialism @ WP More @ CNN @ CVB @ CD @ NYT

Oligarchical Rigging 101: Biden or Trump? Sigh! Alas! Either way the rich corporate oligarchs win! That's been quite clear in the 2020 election race, since Joe won the Democratic leadership race, pushing the party progressives aside. While leaving him the lesser of two evils, in what's a no win election, regardless of the outcome, admist the deadly Covid pandemic @ CD @ Jacobin @ ITT

Fear + Loathing: Like some power hungry, third world, tin horn dictator, the US President suggests he'll refuse to concede defeat, if he loses the fall election, preventing a peaceful transfer of power. America -a beacon of democracy no more! Once unstoppable, the US is now hellbent on doing itself inAtlantic

COVID BEAT

Hello Second Wave: It should come as no surprise! Science and history tell us a second and third wave were inevitable all along. See my Teacher Summer 2020 News y Views blog for more links, plus @ OHS

Wear A Mask: During the first wave of the Covid pandemic we knew very little about the virus and how it spreads. There was a lot of focus on disinfecting surface spread. Now we are learning that the bigger threat is from inhaling and exhaling the Covid aerosols droplets in the air @ ElMed

A Marathon Not A Sprint: Surviving the Covid pandemic is a long not short range goal. Better be especial careful as the cold weather arrives. Now, the second wave action moves back indoors, where there's a whole lot more danger of spread @ CO

Presidential Hide + Seek: President Donald Trump isn't the first president who's tried to hide his illness during a pandemic. President Wilson downplayed the 1918-19 Spanish Flu. Took few precautions. Caught it himself. Then tried to carry on business as usual, with some very, very dire results. Sound familiar? More @ Yahoo

EDUCATION BEAT

Official Ontario Covid Tracking Site: Here's a link to the government website, listing the province's infected schools and childcare centres. You might well want to supplement it with the other links below, but it's @ On.Ca  

Daily Ontario Classroom Risk Assessment: Check out Ryan Imgrund Biostatician and Science Head Ryan Imgrund chart to see how safe the kids are. It's updated daily @ Twitter

Canada Covid School Finder: Go to the map. Check out the schools in your area. Updated daily, as the pandemic continues to spread @ CCSF

Canada Covid School Guide: Here's a province by province breakdown, with lots of stats and links. Runny noses, nasal congestion and more @ MacLeans

School Covid Zone: Premier Doug Ford still refuses to properly consult with Ontario's teachers and medical experts on the province's school reopening plans. As the Covid virus spirals through our schools, our teacher unions speak out. AEFO, ETFO, OECTA and OSSTF's hold a joint press conference outlining the pressing concerns @ Teachers

OLRB [Ontario Labour Relation Board]. Get this! They too refuse to hear the teacher's school safety concerns too. Why?!? Seems it's not within their lackey, legal jurisdiction. So who's in charge, then? Just our Dougie and MOE Lecce it seems! Sure. Individual teachers could still risk a personal work refusal. Get bullied mercilessly by the school admin, the board and the powers that be. But where are our teacher unions when you need them most?!? MIA! Big time! Sadly, it's high time for some good old fashioned civil disobedience. Rather drastic yes ... But hey! If the teachers aren't safe, neither are our kids!!! For shame @ WSWS  Sud.Com

HVAC [Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning]: Class size matters. So do masks, in reducing spread. But then there's the HVAC. This all important school infrastructure was in widespread disrepair when I retired 7 years ago. Certainly hasn't gotten any better since then either. There isn't any simple quick fix. Now, like in our long term care homes, watch the virus spread. Especially as the cold weather arrives @ Global @ CTV

People Vs Generating Wealth: There's nothing new under the sun. Teacher unions around the world are clashing with the government over ill considered school reopening plans. Consider it a question of priorities @ WP

The Kids R NOT Alright! On teacher and student freedom of expression in the new ... ahem ... improved online classroom experience @ CFE  @ CFE

Generation Z + The Fall of Trumpism: Todays' youngest voters are often deeply committed to diversity, social justice and fighting climate change. That puts them sharply at odds with Trump and the GOP during this year's US election and for the years ahead @ Politico

KULTURE KULT INK


Gimme Some Truth: October 9th would've been Beatle Meister John Lennon's 80th b'day! To celebrate, Sean Ono Lennon steps up as executive producer, on John's latest, greatest, 2020, solo pack. We're treated to some new analogue stereo and 5.0 surround mixes. Lennon's paraphrasing on the vocals sounds warmer. The bass and drums tighter, less boomy, more concise. Song wise? Kinda heavy on the love songs, ballads and later releases. So overall? Nope! I'm still not dumping my original vinyl. But the new mixes sound pretty good, even hold their own, on today's more common, digital sound systems. More @ AP Dusted off and cleaned up a bit, the title song sure sounds especially relevant nowadaze too @ Gimme Some Truth!

500 Greatest All Time Albums: OK, here we go again. These lists are never very definitive. But at least this one tries to be more diverse and inclusive. So whattaya think? Feel free to list any "corrections" in the Comments section below. List @ RS

Worst Vintage Ads: Many of yesteryear's most popular advertisements wouldn't go over very well today, to say the least. Check 'em out @ SG

COMMENTS:

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Art at the Paris Louvre: What does it mean?!?

Art at the Paris Louvre: What does it mean?!?
A careful analytical study!

Help! I Have No Arms!

Help! I Have No Arms!
Please scratch my back.

I can't find my underwear!.

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Have you seen them!

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Look! I can crawl thru walls!

I have a headache!

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No. You have a bird face.

I have an ugly baby!

I have an ugly baby!
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You don't look well.

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No. My head hurts +I have a sore chest.

Would you like a bun?

Would you like a bun?

Chichen-Itza: Lost Maya City of Ruins!

Chichen-Itza: Lost Maya City of Ruins!
The Temple of Kukulkan!

Gotta love it!

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Truly amazing!

Under Reconstruction!

Under Reconstruction!

Temples + Snakes!

Temples + Snakes!

The Snake!

The Snake!
It runs the length of the ball field!