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Premier Christy Clark, are you the problem, or, the solution?



My take away from Premier Christy Clark’s “Mandate Letter” to BC Minister of Education, Peter Fassbender:

And excerpts from: )

“Clark’s letter kicks off the next round in the education debate by attempting to frame collective bargaining as the issue, not adequate funding for education.”

“Clark seems committed to invest less in public schools“……

“She needs to deflect the issue, especially if she can do this while discrediting the public education system’s greatest advocates – its teachers.”

“It’s time for Christy Clark to focus on public education, not weakening the present collective bargaining system.”

“The BCTF has time and again conducted itself within the system”:

Respecting the rule of law, following essential service levels, bargaining in good faith,”

“And focusing on doing what’s needed to defend the interests of students, teachers, and the community at large.”

“It’s time for government to recognize the value of tension and share power in a pluralistic democracy.”

“It’s time for government to bargain in good faith”

“And to get real about reaching a fair and reasonable agreement that meets the needs of BC’s students and families through quality public education for all.”

In my honest and humble opinion, it is our Public Schools and our Public Education that holds our province, British Columbia, and our nation, Canada, together.



Photograph by: Adrian Lam, Times Colonist, Times Colonist

Well here is a link “out of the mouths”…. and Minister Ida Chong sorta, kinda, well maybe, (not) said:

And from the “loyal” opposition:

“Minister won’t say where arts funding went”
via @schandraherbert

Is it any wonder that Arts and Culture in BC is meandering into oblivion?

I just dunno; I really don’t!

Moving on!!!! ( BIG SIGH!)


Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Ida Chong –

“Arts in British Columbia enrich families and support careers, while infusing creative and economic energy into communities in every region of the province. We will continue to work with artists and cultural organizations through the BC Arts Council, our principal development and funding agency for the arts, to build on British Columbia’s well-deserved international reputation for artistic excellence.”

Thank you to Minister Ida Chong and the Province of British Columbia for maintaining the support level of funding for the Arts and Culture Sector.

I also appreciate and thank Minister Shirley Bond for her ongoing due diligence with the provincial review of gaming grants to the not for profit sector and especially the arts and culture sectors.

Just maybe, times they are a changin…..

March 31, 2011

Honourable Minister Ida Chong:

I appreciate that you have extended the courtesy to me of a personal response to my email, (forwarded to you by MLA Jane Thornthwaite); thank you very much!

I am also delighted to know you as an arts and culture advocate. We both understand the contribution that arts and culture make to a vibrant society.

Moving forward I shall continue to collaborate/coordinate with MLA Jane Thornthwaite, North Vancouver-Seymour, (who I know is also a strong advocate for our community arts and culture programs), in sharing my thoughts and ideas to shape new ways to create self supporting, sustainable arts and culture programs into the future that move beyond simple grants. 

All I request of you, Honourable Minister Ida Chong, is that you listen carefully in the background to ideas that MLA Jane Thornthwaite may bring to you as a result of our collaboration, and, to act, as I know that you will, to conscientiously engage in a dialogue with her, and later myself if you so desire.

In the meantime, you have

my kindest regards,

Susan C. Weiss

Cc: MLA Jane Thornthwaite, North Vancouver Seymour

Cc: Premier Christy Clark

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