Improved economy, challenged environmental projects across the nation, cut international aid, limited immigrant worker support. Our government is bracing itself for a spending frenzy. What big ticket item before elections can it be?
OTTAWA – The parliamentary budget officer says Canadian foreign aid spending is set to plunge to record lows in the coming years, prompting pleas to the Harper government to halt the slide.
The PBO report, issued earlier this month, offers a contrast to the high-profile big-ticket aid projects touted by the Harper government, including its multibillion-dollar commitment to the health of children and mothers in poor countries.
The report says that in the first six months of the last fiscal year, spending on poverty reduction shrank 23 per cent.
It also says Canada’s overall foreign aid as a percentage of GDP has dropped off since Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Initiative (MNCH) in 2010.
In 2010-11, foreign aid stood at 0.34 per cent of GDP, declining to 0.27 per cent in 2013-14.
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Note: This post is written in response to the BC Minster of Education, Peter Fassbender’s, CKNW radio interview regarding the labour dispute with the public school teachers of British Columbia (BCTF). Today I took part in a live-tweet response during his interview, and I am quite distressed at what I have heard.
I intend to use all of my skills of diplomacy to be as polite as I can be, but you will very likely notice that under the thin veneer of etiquette, my sarcasm and love of irony remains.
My sense of humour is strong – and it buoys me when times are difficult or I am feeling stressed. A good laugh is restorative – and in the work with which I choose to involve myself, I know too well the ongoing challenges of advocating for social justice and the importance of finding a way to resiliency.
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In New York State, a small group of Democrats in the State Senate flipped their allegiance to the Republicans, giving Republicans control of the Senate. Republican control of the Senate worked to the benefit of the 1%.
One of that group was State Senator Jeffrey Klein. He just won the endorsement of the New York State United Teachers.
This is bizarre. According to this blogger, Perdido Street School, Klein is pro-voucher and pro-charter. He supports evaluating educators by test scores.
Can anyone associated with NYSUT explain this endorsement?
Malcolm Gladwell’s promotional tour for his book David and Goliath is rolling along, but his responses to criticism aren’t getting any more persuasive.
When he appeared on CBS This Morning, he was asked about the contention that he “cherry picks” from published research, and only discusses results that support his points. Here’s his answer:
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The following is a guest post by BC Parent, Megan Metcalfe:
I sent a letter to Christie Clark’s office, Peter Fassbender’s office, and my MLA about two weeks ago. I got a response just today. It was addressed from the Premier’s office, but it was not signed and there was no name connected to it. It was the most bland, uninformative “yes, thanks for your input, we’re doing our best, yada, yada, yada” kind of letter.
So I sent this back:
Hm. I would address this to an individual, but no one signed the form letter that was sent to me. I do thank you for at least replying to me. But I find the content of your reply to be quite empty and void of real concern or discussion.
I am an open-minded individual, and I like to pride myself on listening to both sides of any story, but…
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