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.
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