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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Teachers and Piss

So much has happened in the past week, it was hard to choose a column topic.

First of all, kudos are due to the BC Public Employees Association, the Province and the BCTF for coming to an agreement on the teacher’s contract.

The teachers received 16% over five years and a bigger $4000 signing bonus, as well as additional preparation time. The settlement was fair to teachers and in-line with the other public sector settlements.

Since 1993 when province-wide bargaining began, there hasn’t been a negotiated teacher’s agreement. This historic deal provides parents a guaranteed five years without teacher job action.

There were many who said it couldn’t happen and that the two sides were just too far apart. I was among them. I am happy to be proven wrong.

On a less pleasurable note, this week was also marked by the deplorable behaviour by drunken louts in Ottawa on Canada Day.

For some reason, it would have been more bearable if these idiots were urinating on the National War Memorial out of some misguided protest against the Canadian military. At least it would have served a purpose of sorts.

But they weren’t.

They were intoxicated and boorish. I wonder what their mothers said when they saw their little darlings immortalized on the front pages of Canada’s newspapers?

These boys, the same ages as the ones whose deaths are remembered with the War Memorial, ought to be forced to spend their summer in the military. Maybe in Afghanistan, building schools and ducking potshots from the Taliban.

Or perhaps they should be sent to North Korea, to see what would freedoms they’d enjoy in that insane corner of the globe.

But they won’t be forced to face this kind of music.

They’ll be excused from their rotten display because young adults in our country are treated as babies – not as the grownups they should be by their mid-twenties.

The shock in the eyes of veterans interviewed about this debacle made my stomach clench. These old men shouldered their responsibilities and went off to fight.

Was it fun? No. Was it easy? No. But they did it because it was the right thing to do.

Police are still looking for these louts, who haven’t even had the courage to turn themselves into authorities.

At this point, a heart-felt apology and some suggested amends would be a good start to mending broken old hearts.

I remain deeply embarrassed by members of this generation who apparently care so little about our elders that they would desecrate such an important monument to their hard-fought battles.

I hope they get some guts, own up to their behaviour and reach out to the men whose sacrifice for freedom they forgot in their drunken Canada Day partying.

As seen today in 24 Hours


At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Refusing to Kill

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Increasingly soldiers everywhere are refusing to serve in the military. Often mothers fight for their sons to get out of war and the military. And also civilians are refusing the work imposed on them by the military. Recently, train drivers in Scotland declined to deliver Iraq-bound military ordinance to a base near Glasgow. They are part of the rapidly growing worldwide movement against war, not only against the US and UK’s continuing war on Iraq, but against wars everywhere.
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At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Sean P. Vancouver-Quilchena/Quadra said...

Nice column, Erin, especially the risque title!

At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Jack said...

It's amazing how people all for cowardice hide behind the "Anonymous" name.

Good one Erin -- keep it coming.

At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't like the military, and don't want to do any "killing work," don't enlist.

If you do want to do some killing, then, by all means, enlist.

If you have already enlisted, read the not-so-fine print, and do your duty.

At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding Youths Pissing
Let's face it, most of the youth now in our High Schools are just wasting their time. They are deliberatly being kept off the labor market, and the women off the marriage market, to keep them from competing with older men and women. But our economy can absorb young workers, we no longer need to keep them off the market. Better that young men should be employed and young women be getting on with their families than wasting years in confinement
( schools ), doing drugs, forming gangs, and becoming whores and criminals.


At 7:58 AM, Blogger YVRpilot said...

The problem with today's youth, I find, is that they do not know the meaning of RESPECT. From my personal observations, it appears parents just don't put enough emphasis on teaching their kids respect for others, themselves or authority. And unfortunately, in Canada, the consequences for any delinquent acts are just too insignificant.

At 11:30 PM, Anonymous Larry said...

NOTE- Sexual abuse of kids 1991 to 2000 allegations by RC priests 821 per year/- Teachers sexual abuse of kids 32,000 per year.{ Info from Ann Coulter new book-Godless The Church Of Liberalism Pg's.167 and 168.}United States.

At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quick comment on the idea that a five year contract with the teachers guarantees anything, least of all that they won't walk out of classrooms and leave our kids in the lurch.

Remember last October? Remeber the previous one day illegial walkout after the last legislated contract?

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