Strike vote and education reform

782F88AB2A3B8E1FB45C24AE5E1015My son has been home for the better part of 4 months given the teachers strike that began in the later part of last school year.  At that time they were on rotation strike days and even included a student lead walkout.  I try not to take sides in disputes like these as I understand each opposing arguments.  Today, the teachers will vote on a settlement reached this week.  I hope the vote passes so we can get our kids back in the classroom. The BCTF posted this tweet yesterday:

I however, don’t believe the current education system is working.  Ron Dale, a retired teacher wrote a great letter to the editor that was published in the Times Colonist and appeared in our local paper the Leader.  Read a copy of the letter below.

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Google’s Science Fair votes for the next scientist’s project

Wow, I am just blown away by the submissions to Google’s Science fair.  It’s for youth 13 and 18 to come up with their own science or engineering project and share their findings.  I was particularly moved by our Canadian talking about filtering oil sand tailings using bacterial and the Russian about a more efficient ultrasonic fuel injector.

Canada’s Hayley Todesco (who is 17 I might add) says “I found I could break down these acids to the point where I could probably reduce the detoxification of these tailings ponds from centuries to decades”.

You should really have a look and vote.


In Defense of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Shawn K McQuaid:

Participating and sharing is caring. Social Media helps raise awareness whether positive or negative. If you don’t already know, do your research or read this post. You will.

Originally posted on Nick Barnowski:

I’ve come across a blog post in the Detroit News that was published Monday. It was written by Kathy Hoekstra, a Michigan graduate and communications manager. It upset me.

I shouldn’t have to defend the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. By now, nearly all of you know and understand what it is all about. You’re challenged by someone you know to dump a bucket of ice water on your head and then you nominate someone else to do it. Simple. All to raise awareness for this awful disease.

My dad passed away from Lou Gehrig’s Disease in July of 2012, fewer than two years after he was diagnosed. I’ll never get over it and I’ll never understand why it had to happen to him. It will haunt me till the day I die.

So when Ms. Hoekstra asks, “Does Stephen Hawking care if you dump ice on your head?” it’s easy…

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Cynicism and Optimism, Bottom’s Up

I am not valuableCynicism and Optimism
and I refuse to believe
I can change the way I think
I realize this may be difficult to comprehend but
“You can choose to be content”
is a lie
“Money and status will make you content!”
..these are the most important things in life
Are false
The foreign messages I received in childhood
I’m realizing
– were powerful
– hurt me
The things that I too in and blamed myself for
Self destruction will be the norm
in my future
No longer can it be said that
I care about what happens to me
It is evident
that I am apathetic and lethargic
It is foolish to presume
There is love

And all of this will come true unless we reverse it.

Based on a viral 2011 poem by Jonathan Reed Lost Generation about cynicism and optimism. Read to the end, then read in reverse starting from “There is love” and continuing upward.


Burger King buys Tim Hortons

Today marks the day that our iconic Canadian brand, Tim Hortons, has been taken over by corporate giant Burger King or more 3G Capital, which has a 70 per cent equity stake in Burger King, who will own approximately 51 per cent of the new company.  What’s more interesting is that Warren Buffet put up $3 billion to help finance the deal.  Some serious dollars here.

Haha, “Who approached who? Were the talks over Timbits or a Whopper?”

Read more at CTV


Ice Bucket Challenge a Social Media Win

It would be hard pressed to find a Facebook feed without someone talking about the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS and Lou Gehrig’s Disease awareness.  An obvious social media win and will prove to have some serious staying power.  Some of my personal favourite posts include Mashable’s Ice Bucket Fails and Bill Gates’ video below.

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