Melissa Fong: Join me: #RaiseTheRates #WelfareFoodChallenge2016

One year away from blogging and I decided to open my account back up to keep me accountable for the 5th Annual Welfare Food Challenge, a challenge to get us […]

Staffroom Confidential: Response to Sandy Garossino

A number of teachers have pointed to a string of tweets by Sandy Garossino, who spoke so eloquently about the meaning of Justice Griffin’s decision during our strike. I very much respect and appreciate her support for teachers and careful explanation of the court case to the public. However I do disagree with her analysis ...

staffroom confidential: Response to Sandy Garossino

A number of teachers have pointed to a string of tweets by Sandy Garossino, who spoke so eloquently about the meaning of Justice Griffin’s decision during our strike. I very much respect and appreciate her support for teachers and careful explanation of the court case to the public. However I do disagree with her analysis ...

staffroom confidential: Response to Sandy Garossino

A number of teachers have pointed to a string of tweets by Sandy Garossino, who spoke so eloquently about the meaning of Justice Griffin’s decision during our strike. I very much respect and appreciate her support for teachers and careful explanation of the court case to the public. However I do disagree with her analysis ...

eaves.ca: Government Procurement Failure: BC Ministry of Education Case Study

Apologies for the lack of posts. I’ve been in business mode – both helping a number of organizations I’m proud of and working on my own business. For those interested in a frightening tale of inept procurement, poor judgement and downright dirty tactics when it comes to software procurement and government, there is a wonderfully ...

Melissa Fong: The BC education system is broken

I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to go to a school where there wasn’t a regular community of teachers who knew each other and watched me […]

Melissa Fong: PHS Social enterprises are ESSENTIAL to poverty elimination in DTES

… social enterprises by PHS provide job/skills/alternative livelihoods to those in a tangle with poverty/addiction/unrealized-skills. These social economy opportunities can’t be taken away from people who face job discrimination in almost any other employment situation. ….

Eclectic Lip: May 14 – British Columbia provincial election

Here’s to hoping that any and all British Columbians reading this, take their opportunity to vote. In the broad sweep of history, with precious few examples, democracy is a fairly new phenomenon — not unlike the concept of retirement — so it would be a pity to waste the opportunity for political involvement, that almost none ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Ralph Sultan: Poverty is a “Single Mom” Issue

At an SFU Public Square event on child poverty tonight, BC Liberal candidate Ralph Sultan evoked boos from the audience when he described the matter as a “single mom” issue. He later defended himself, saying he was only quoting “facts” as an economist. Liberal Ralph Sultan says kids living in poverty because of single moms, ...

Bryan Crockett: How Christy Clark can get reelected

When Christy Clark became the Premier of British Columbia, I, along with many other people, had high hopes. During the campaign and her first few months as Premier, she made herself seem like a centrist who could be a catalyst for meaningful, and much-needed, reform. But, somewhere along the line, she’s lost her appeal, and ...

eaves.ca: Public Policy: The Big Opportunity For Health Record Data

A few weeks ago Colin Hansen – a politician in the governing party in British Columbia (BC) – penned an op-ed in the Vancouver Sun entitled Unlocking our data to save lives. It’s a paper both the current government and opposition should read, as it is filled with some very promising ideas. In it, he ...