The Sask Party has become so corrupt & amoral that this IS the type of person they attract & promote to office.
Drunk driving, spousal abuse, mother-in-law abuse, cronyism and corruption. We’ve heard it all.
Oct 24 • 12 tweets • 2 min read
In two decades, how have things changed in SK k-12 public ed? 🧵
My 3 boys range in age from 14 to 31, and I’ve taught for 23 years. I have some insights.
I started teaching in 1999, under the NDP. School divs controlled ed taxation & cost shared w/ the prov.
In 2001, my oldest was in gr 3, & I taught his class, giving his teacher prep time. His class was large at 33 kids. One child on the spectrum with a full time EA. There were no new Canadians. Lots of kids needed extra help. 2/x
Oct 23 • 13 tweets • 2 min read
Ok, let’s talk about this whopper of a lie.
The Sask Party is NOT bargaining. They’ve sent in the elected school board officials with a take-it-or-leave-it salary offer. The government bargaining team has NO mandate to bargain. 1/x
The teachers have asked to negotiate on 10 items, salary is only ONE of those items.
What are the asks?
1.) class size & complexity— that government fund population growth and the learning needs of students. From 2015 to now, we’ve fallen from 1st to 8th place for funding. 2/x
Sep 3 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
My siblings and I were raised in a devout Catholic family. We were the family that had the priest over for supper, and my brother and I missed school to alter serve at funerals. My sister spent 13 years trapped in a marriage trying to be straight. 1/x
She drank to cope and cover her pain. One day my brother-in-law asked me to go for coffee and he told me about the extent of her drinking. She’d be fired for being drunk on the job. She was a mess. He asked me for help, not knowing what was wrong. 2/x
Jul 10 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
In 2017, the Saskatchewan government expanded the PST making these items 6% more expensive:
💰ready made meals from grocery stores
💰home improvements, repairs, and renovations
In 2022, the Sk Government expanded the PST AGAIN, making these items 6% more expensive:
May 17 • 27 tweets • 5 min read
Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division has made the difficult decision to cut teacher librarian positions, the entire gifted ed program in elementary, the Eco Justice program, cut most full time kindergarten programs back to half time, increase lunch fees for elementary,…
…and introduce them for secondary. #skpoli #MakeNoiseForEducation #GrowthThatWorksForDonors
May 15 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
I’m still processing this stubstack post from @tammyrobert. I can’t stop thinking about how much money these people and elected officials are making by rigging the system in their favour.
@tammyrobert Our tax dollars are being funnelled into private pockets, MLA pockets, all while they tell us we can’t afford to pay for good public education and healthcare.
May 15 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Let’s be real for a moment.
This passport issue is divisive wedge politics. No white history is being erased.
If we really cared about the erasure of history, we’d be demanding mandatory Treaty education across Canada. We wouldn’t be fighting a battle against a “woke agenda”
which simply aims to understand how historic oppression has caused harms and then we correct those harms today.
We wouldn’t be fighting against anti-oppressive education (critical race theory) because we’d truly understand the historic harms and right them.
May 14 • 9 tweets • 1 min read
Yes, renewable energy is already starting to phase out fossil fuels, and cost is a significant driver of this transition.
The cost of renewable energy technologies, such as solar and wind power, has been decreasing rapidly in recent years, making them increasingly competitive with fossil fuels.
May 14 • 9 tweets • 1 min read
Climate breakdown is expected to have significant impacts on agriculture, both in terms of food production and food security. Here are some potential impacts:
🚜Changes in growing conditions: Changes in temperature, precipitation patterns, and extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, and heatwaves can affect crop yields and quality, and may lead to the spread of pests and diseases.
May 14 • 7 tweets • 1 min read
Yes, wind turbines do have some components that require lubrication and can potentially leak oil. However, it is important to note that the amount of oil used in wind turbines is relatively small compared to other energy systems such as fossil fuel power plants or transportation.
Additionally, the risk of oil leaks from wind turbines can be mitigated through proper maintenance and inspection protocols.
May 14 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
A future without fossil fuels holds great promise for a more sustainable and prosperous world. Here are some potential benefits and positive outcomes:
☀️Clean air and water: A world powered by renewable energy sources would result in cleaner air and water, reducing the negative impacts on human health caused by air pollution and water contamination.
May 14 • 10 tweets • 1 min read
The cost of inaction on mitigating climate change is significant and has both short-term and long-term consequences. Some of the costs of inaction include:
1.) Economic costs: Climate change is expected to lead to more frequent and severe natural disasters, such as floods, droughts, and storms. These events can cause significant damage to infrastructure and property, resulting in economic losses.
May 14 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
The transition to renewable energy will require significant investment and funding, but there are several ways to pay for it:
1.) Government funding: Governments can allocate funds from their budgets to support the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies.
This can be done through grants, loans, tax incentives, and subsidies.
2.) Private investment: Private investors can fund renewable energy projects through venture capital, private equity, or project finance.
May 14 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
There are several countries that have made significant progress in transitioning to green energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydropower. Here are some examples: 1/7
1.) Iceland: Iceland is considered a leader in green energy, as it relies almost entirely on renewable sources of energy such as geothermal and hydropower. In fact, over 85% of the country's energy comes from renewable sources.
Oct 27, 2022 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
I struggled to sleep last night. I’m not sure which bothered me more— that the Sask Party invited a convicted murderer to their thrown speech, or that all government liquor stores will be privatized. The privatization of the liquor stores will result in another 1/
lost revenue stream for an already cash strapped government. It’s also in-our-face neoliberalism. The good paying jobs gone, replaced by minimum wage jobs. The once public revenue will now be funnelled to corporate buddies of the Sask Party. 2/
Aug 13, 2022 • 24 tweets • 6 min read
A🧵on private ed to subvert democracy:
1.) Surprising no one, the @SaskParty@SKGov has refused to take meaningful action to stop abuse in private Christian schools b/c they think we don’t see the scam for what it is— the shameless privatization of ed to cut costs & make voters.
2.) People need to understand that our education taxes have increased, but they’re now rolled into the general revenue fund. There is zero way for the public to know if our education tax dollars, which stand alone in your property tax bill, are ALL going towards education.
Aug 11, 2022 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
Prairie Christian Academy has one “supervisor”and 1 EA for each section: k-1, junior, intermediate, and high school. The junior class supervisor’s bio says she’s been a teacher for 18 years, teaching mostly grade 2-3. She is NOT a regulated teacher under SPTRB. Is she certified?
The k-1 supervisor is also NOT a teacher regulated by the SPRRB. Is she certified? The other teachers on staff reference their education degrees and they fall under the provincial regulator.
Aug 11, 2022 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
A🧵about Sk Minster of Education Dustin Duncan’s latest CBC morning interview regarding #LegacyOfAbuse .
1.) when asked why the ministry denied having any complaints, Duncan doubled down, with a confusing spin on timelines. He was lying, and doing it badly.
2.) He and the @SaskParty@SKGov created the conditions where kids can be physically and sexually abused at school, forced to work on political campaigns, and exorcised for being queer, and his solution was to give himself MORE power.
Aug 10, 2022 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
🧵My thoughts on domestic abuse and colonization:
1.) When I was in my early 20s, I was punched in the face by a stranger at a bar in PA. He was drunk, angry, and looking for a fight. I was knocked clean off my feet. The police officer asked, “What did you do to deserve this?”
2.) It was a stunning question. How could I have deserve to have my clock cleaned by a drunk guy at a bar? I pressed charges. I had a concussion and facial bruising.
Aug 9, 2022 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
🧵1.) Listening to this interview with @DennisKendel and @SLangeneggerCBC about teacher regulation raises a few questions regarding private Christian schools. Are there staff working in a teaching capacity who do not have a teaching degree? It appears this is happening…
2.) as some of the grades at these schools have “supervisors” not teachers. Are these supervisors teaching? Are they being supervised by a professional if they are? Do they fall under teacher regulation?
The Minister of Ed can grant permission for non-professionals to teach…