Category Archives: Lake Cowichan

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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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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Diary of a Mad Trustee Open Board Meeting October 19th 2011

 Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice Resist the Beginning…Consider the End   Six years is a long time to spend in the board room but I have been a willing participant and I have no one to blame but myself. It has not always … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee April 7th 2010 Open Meeting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice                                                                                      Resist the Beginning…Consider the End Once upon a time there was a middle school with almost 6oo kids within its walls. As you might expect there were many heartening events there but despite the best … Continue reading

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Fewer Trustees- Just Another Cut? December 20 2009

Recently and not for the first time, a proposal has been raised at the school board table to reduce the number of trustees to seven from the current nine. The stated intention is to lead by example and show a … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee November 18th 2009 Open Board Meeting

                                                                              Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice Resist the Beginning…Consider the End If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee September 2nd 2009 Open Board Meeting

 Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice Resist the Beginning…Consider the End I guess it is a brilliant if well worn tactic – distract people from their misery by piling yet another misery on their shoulders they must address. This is the genius of … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee June 17th 2009

Principiis obsta…Finem respice Resist the beginning… Consider the end     This meeting was quite the eclectic mix of the good, the bad and the ugly so this is a bit of a long commentary. The feature presentation was the … Continue reading

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Report from the May 25th 2009 CAPE meeting

We had our monthly CAPE meeting at my place last night(May 25 2009) starting at 5 pm -well a few minutes after- we had to chat and fuss over the cats. We had 7 people there and those present gave … Continue reading

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