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Response to Editorial/Newsleader published May 8th 2013

To the Editor: The School Board Trustees who filed the Restoration Budget in 2012 may or may not be reinstated. After being fired by the Provincial Government, Cowichan trustees did call for an immediate by election to allow our community … Continue reading

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Excerpt / Board Report from an Open School Board Meeting November 18th 2009

This is an excerpt from a board report way back from an open school board meeting in November 2009 … it speaks to the efforts of the Lake community to preserve and defend their schools and their kids. May our … Continue reading

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A few thoughts on school closure…

Schools are not closed to provide more resources for a stressed school district; they are closed as part of the process of cuts and downgraded services – resources do not increase with school closure. If that were true – after … Continue reading

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Where Are Our Voices in All This?

Yes, the Ministry appointee in the  Cowichan School District  assures us in almost every communication,our input is welcome even vital. He has -on behalf of the district -invited our insights and no one could be blamed for believing this might … Continue reading

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Excerpt from the Diary of a Mad Trustee dated December 1st 2010/ The Last Cut…the Last Closure

Obedience indeed is only the pitiful and cowardly egotism of him who thinks he can do something better than reason. -Percy Bysshe Shelley The last meeting of the calendar year and our senior staff decided to bravely go where all … Continue reading

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Revisiting ‘Stanley Gordon’ Means Defending Our Community

In spring 2003, our community in Lake Cowichan was invited to participate in a meeting which was billed as a consultation with School District #79. At that gathering, we were asked to consider five options at little tables and report … Continue reading

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“Conceived and Ordered (Moved, Seconded, Carried and Minuted)”

Though it is unlikely – if you were granted the dubious joy of observing shit pass through the intestine of a goose you would be forgiven if you found it somewhat similar to watching the board meetings now – yes … Continue reading

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Excerpts From Exile

As we languish in our banishment as trustees, it remains for us to continue to work for the schools in any way we can by other means. I spent 7 years at the table and the one thing I did … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en Special Meeting and No One Needed a Costume

Today- along with a room full of public education supporters, (well mostly) I watched as a quickie special meeting -with appointee McKay on Skype from his Surrey location with our senior staff in the flesh- launched an unnecessary endeavour. As … Continue reading

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October 3rd Proconsul Meeting/ Cooling our Heels

Board meetings these days are held too early for most folks to attend but many of us struggle there anyway and the gallery is full of indignant camaraderie. If you are going to be indignant, it is best to do … Continue reading

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