@ColinAitchison, as Press Secretary to the Education Minister, do you endorse what Dave Marsden says in this piece?

Do you refer to the Alberta TEACHERS Association as "Big Education"? (1/x) #abpoli #abed #AbLeg
Do agree you think that TEACHERS don't "seem worried about students who gather on the schoolgrounds and ignore the wearing of face masks and social distancing"?

Because we are. That's why we're bringing it up. (2/x)
Do you agree with Dave Marsden that teachers aren't "worried about the spread of the disease in supermarkets and other places frequented by children"?

Because we are. We know that schools are only as safe as the community. We don't want an outbreak to shut us down. (3/x)
Do you agree with Marsden when he says this: "Food stores have dropped the modest COVID-19 pay premium they used to provide. Hard-working store workers interact with shoppers at close distance, often too closely, based on the public health advisories, ...
... but there’s no acknowledgement of the risk they face daily."

Because teachers haven't asked for or received any kind of COVID-19 pay premium. Teachers work with students "at a close distance, often too closely, based on public health advisories" without acknowledgment.
But teachers are attacked in the press, and that attack has been tweeted and promoted by the Press Secretary to the Minister of Education.

Thanks for that,
@ColinAitchison

It's good to know that the Minister of Education and her staff have our backs.
When Dave Marsden writes that "Hundreds of thousands of working people are going about their jobs as best they can in Alberta, always mindful of the regard we must take for the safety of ourselves and others" do you and the Minister think that that DOESN'T apply to teachers?
When you retweet this piece in which Dave Marsden says that teachers should "put the public good ahead of self interest" are you suggesting that teachers AREN'T doing that?

Have teachers refused to work?

Why would the Press Secretary to the Minister of Education promote this?

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Let's check the unbiased bona fides of Christian P. Champion.

He wrote "Keep the 'British' in British Columbia" for The Walrus. The article seems to display some bias.
1/x #abpoli #abed #ableg @AdrianaLaGrange @ColinAitchison @albertateachers
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The article contains this passage:

"British Columbia has a complex and inspiring history that is admirably summed up in its evocative name. There is plenty of material for grievance and victim history— the kind designed to besmirch the founders, settlers, traders, churchmen ...
" ... and builders as racist and sexist. But while it is important to learn from the mistakes of the past, it is equally important to be inspired by goodness and nobility, and to be capable of knowing the difference."
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Why are UCP & CPC elected officials and staffers referring to Canada as a “dominion,” even to the point of calling Canada Day “Dominion Day”?

It seems weird, doesn’t it? (1/x)

@jkenney @GarnettGenuis @NathanCooperAB @pjtaillon #AbLeg #abpoli
First, let’s check in with The Canadian Encyclopedia to see where this “Dominion” business comes from:

“Dominion of Canada is the country’s formal title, though it is rarely used. It was first applied to Canada at Confederation in 1867. (2/x)
It was also used in the formal titles of other countries in the British Commonwealth. Government institutions in Canada effectively stopped using the word Dominion by the early 1960s.The last hold-over was the term Dominion Day, which was officially changed to Canada Day in 1982.
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