Include parents. Such a simple phrase. Who knew it would represent the feelings of so many parents and children in our city, province and beyond.
With the NDP controlled Alberta Education, implementing actions to remove parents from their role as primary care givers, parents had a problem.
In cities all over the province, Parents were leaping into action. Contacting school boards, administrators and teachers. Parents showed up to school board meetings like never before. Peaceful rallies had thousands in attendance.
Finding themselves threatened and coerced, school boards seldom gave parents opportunity to express concerns or impact policy or procedures.
A few brave school boards stood up to Mr. Eggen and his new policies only to find themselves in the crosshairs of his wrath.
A few cities managed to get thousands of signatures to demand a meeting with their school boards in hopes of making recommendations that would be more student/parent friendly.
Our city had a petition of over 2,000 names asking for a formation of a committee to make recommendations addressing these policies and procedures. When it was found insufficient, we took it to appeals court, hoping some of the excluded signatures would be found valid. Or that we met a secondary criteria, in the school act.
We await the Judge’s decision this Thursday.
So, what role do these simple buttons play? With a circle of children, surrounding the words “Include Parents” what does it have to do with this political paradox?
They represent, that all children need their parents. Children, by very definition, need parents to protect, guide and care for them. By law we are responsible to direct the education of our children and their day to day activities, including extracurricular activities.
But, our voices, and the law, have been ignored and belittled. So, the button is a visual declaration, that can’t be silenced.
We will stand in solidarity, to safeguard our children. We will not abandon them. We will not let AB Education make life altering choices for them. They are our children, not the governments!
Regrettably, there are some incompetent parents. We recognize and understand that. Fortunately, we have in place, services to help students and families in those circumstances. Child Welfare, Social Services, Foster Care and Police are some of the resources for these students.
We wish that every child, struggling with any issue, would have the joy of his parent enfolding him in arms of comfort. That together, child and parent could walk the path resolving life’s difficulties. To those children without that, we wish you success and joy as you walk a difficult path.
Life is hard, parents help us navigate it.
And so my friends, this is a love story. The love of parents for their children.
Well, Friday and Saturday the CPoSD76 held a yard sale, to raise funds for court costs, and help us with future endeavures. We asked families to drop off their gently used items, and boy, did they ever. Just look at how much stuff concerned families dropped off!
For the 2 hours we were open on Friday, and all day on Saturday plus over time, there was a constant stream of people to see what we had for sale. Many more residents of Medicine Hat became aware of just what was happening with their local School District 76. Awareness is the chief struggle we have.
Parents for instance are just not aware that SD76 has set procedures under policy 621 & 622 that create new ‘problem’ children within the district through vague definitions on various ‘phobias’. That the district has established that they can impress their idea of morality and ethics upon the children in the schools, beyond that of the law, and in some cases, against that which the parents wish to instill.
Most concerning is that the district has established in those same procedures that a child can be monitored while not at school, and if an infraction of school policy/ethics/morals occurs outside school hours, no matter the location, that the child can be disciplined for that infraction. Worse still, they have written into procedures for administration and teachers, that if they see such an infraction, they must report it, or be subject to disciplinary action themselves.
Still though, besides making residents aware of what some of the concerns of the CPoSD76 are, the yard sale also brought awareness about this Thursday’s court decision on the petition that they brought to the Board of SD76. The CPoSD76 have been struggling for over a year to have their concerns heard by the Board, but have been met with continual road blocks. So much so, that they had to appeal the rejection of their petition. The first appeal of it’s kind in Canadian History. Justice Tilleman will in fact on Thursday be setting precedence for any future case like ours.
The Justice will also be giving clarifications on a numbers of aspects of the School Act. One clarification that the Justice gave on March 10th was that the petition can be amended with the requisite number of signatures needed to meet the criteria of the School Act, contrary to the assertion of the Secretary of the Board who stated we must resubmit a new petition (Ie. Recollect all 2000 signatures).
This was a relief to us, as the original collection was a significant amount of work, and consisted of more than 40 volunteers collecting. So, with the statements from the Justice, we set out to collect the 110 shortfall, and to correct the addresses of the 269 that only had postal codes.
We have volunteers tirelessly looking up the addresses as best they can, as they do not have access to postal information, electoral role calls, or school registration lists. The Yard Sale alone provided 78 new signatures, and with several other volunteers yet to hand in there collections, (the numbers are good,) we expect to far exceed the 110 required. Who knows, we may have enough, that we don’t even need to bother with fixing the addresses of the 269!
Beyond the signatures, the yard sale was ultimately about raising funds for court costs. Although the appeal was self represented, there were a number of costs associated with the case. Including the initial filing, sworn affidavits, and consulting fees.
Although not exuberant, they are a concern for a working father with a family to raise. Throughout this process several individuals indicated that they wanted to help, and some already had, but we wanted to give the broader community the opportunity to be engaged, and show that there are many in the community who are concerned with what is happening in our school district, province, and country. (As if 2034 signatures on a petition wasn’t enough of an indication.)
In fact, the district has not gotten this fact, as not only does a father of two have to worry about his own court costs, but the School Board has asked the Justice to make him pay for their court costs.
In the words of the Secretary, the precedent setting appeal on behalf of 2034 signatories is “frivolous and vexatious,” and the appellant should pay for daring to question the Board, and making them work to evaluate the petition. But that is OK, because our children are worth any cost, and parents will never back down from protecting their own from dangerous and oppressive policy.
And you know what? With only one week’s notice, residents of Medicine Hat showed this to be true, as the massive amount of donations in items for the yard sale, the purchase by others at the yard sale, and with the financial donations towards our efforts. In fact, between sales and donations, a total of $1721.90 was raised for court costs. Not bad for one weekend. Innumerable thanks to all those that bought from our yard sale, and donated to costs. You have no idea how encouraging this is to us. A special thanks to Crossroads Church for letting us use their facility for the yard sale. Could not have hoped for a better location!
So what of all the items that didn’t sell? The majority of the clothing items have already been donated to refugees via the Dream Center, and the remaining items are slated to be dropped of at the local Salvation Army thrift store later this week, to benefit the local community. There was just so much given by generous families, we didn’t have time to sell it all, nor would we have needed to. This was an incredible showing of the generosity of the residents of Medicine Hat, their concern for their children, for those people new to Canada, and those that are struggling in these difficult economic times.
This is an older story, but so many think that as a ‘separate’ school they will not be affected.
I am putting out a call to all those who ride and are able to appear in front of the Medicine Hat Court of Queens Bench: Thursday @8:30 am. To show your support of the Concerned Parents of SD76… If you want to stand up for parents and kids this is a great opportunity be show solidarity!
This is a group of Parents that have tried for over a year to have a meeting with the School Board concerning Procedure changes that were done behind closed doors in a private session..and for over a year have been denied!
The parents have had to take the School Board before the Court to insist that 2000 signatures that were gathered COUNT as voices of parents who want to talk.
NOW.. This Thursday Parents, and those who are willing to stand for the parents to be granted the RIGHT to meet and address their concerns to the SD76, will be gathering outside the Court Of Queen’s Bench in Medicine Hat.
Paid Activists have shown up before and like to intimidate supporters and create fear and chaos.
I DO NOT WANT TO SEE THIS HAPPEN HERE.
School is out that day, so there will be parents who will bring their children.
THIS IS WHERE YOU FOLKS COME IN
Your sheer presence will ANNOUNCE to those who would want to disrupt or bully, that such actions will NOT be tolerated.
If there is ONE thing those who ride command…IT IS RESPECT!
It says to those attending;
There will be NO Bullying
There will be NO intimidation
We have your back and we are watching!
We are currently working on reserving a chunk of parking for all of you who Ride down.
I am hoping we can make this happen! Please let me know if you are able to attend so I can get an approximate count for parking purposes.
Theresa Ng (Informed Albertans) has published an EXCELLENT video explaining why removing links from the Alberta GSA Network website is NOT enough to protect Alberta students. Please watch this Call to Action and SHARE!
This Thursday the 13th of April, Justice Tilleman will render his decision on the petition appeal. I want to express my thanks to everyone that has been contributing to the work of the CPoSD76. I would ask that all those that were collecting signatures since March 10th, to bring them by the Yard Sale at Crossroads Church on Friday from 5-7, or Saturday 9-3. We will get them counted and sorted, and make sure all the affidavit’s are in order. An appointment for getting your witness affidavit notarized will be given upon drop off of the signatures. There is no charge for the notarization if done through our appointment time.
You may recall that we needed an additional 110 signatures, and there were a further 269 with postal code issues. I’m confident that we have gotten more than 110, but I need full accurate counts to present to the justice on Thursday. So please, bring by any you have collected. Plus, you can shop the yard sale, or drop off items for sale. Win win.
I will be at the yard sale both this evening and tomorrow, and will be able to answer any questions you may have. If you have not signed the petition, and wish to do so, you will be able to at the yard sale. Tell your friends, neighbours, and anyone will listen. This leg of the journey to being included as the primary care takers in our children’s education is nearly at an end, and we must continue to run the race with perseverance.
Hope to see all of you Thursday Morning at 9AM!
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Yes, that sounds crass, but have you noticed how mental illness is being promoted as normal? In fact, anyone who calls it such is a hateful bigot? Well,
Now, you may be thinking, “Ha ha, don’t be silly, this is obviously a mental illness. Obviously the person needs psychological help. Quit ‘scare mongering.'” Well, let me warn you, to laugh is to be a bigot. How long ago was it that the idea that a 6 year old boy was trapped in a girls body was ludicrous? A year? Two?
I’ll let you know a little something about my self…..I’m a geek. A nerd. Little known fact, I’ve attended comic expos, and have an unhealthy amount of videos games. As a kid, I went out in public wearing a Star Trek uniform. (I know about bullying.) You may ask me, “What does that have to do with Furries?” Well, you see, I’ve met a few furries. I’ve engaged in conversations with them, even been exposed to their culture via some of the video game sub cultures. And you know what is interesting about that?
Though many of them simply suffer from social anxiety, as is all to common among us geek folk, (and putting on a fur suite alleviates that anxiety,) quite a few of them suffer from species disphoria. The believe that they are X species born into a body from Y species. Now I know that sounds ridiculous, but their is no less evidence for being born in the wrong species than there is for being born the wrong gender.
And just as the homosexual lifestyle, and gender identity continues to get pushed on younger and younger children, so too will trans-species. Where is the C-16 or Bill 10 for children who identify as a dog, a cat, a dragon, or a unicorn? This is not harsh, or belittling. This is ‘truth’ as has been presented to us, and if you believe that a trans kid needs special protection from bullying, how much more so do you think a child who thinks they are a pony will need? I’m not saying I advocate for this, but if one believes that a person can be born the wrong gender, than one must believe in being born the wrong species. You must provide a hydrant, a litter box, and a bed of hay in every bathroom, or your a bigot.
At this point, reason has fled, and we are left with only chaos.
I could go on, but I think you get the point.
An article was shared in the CPoSD76 facebook group that a survey was being conducted in class in Ontario for grades 5-12 about sexual identity.
Although there are some cases where 10 year old children have reached puberty, it certainly isn’t the norm. Several studies since the late 80s have sounded alarms that “children are maturing earlier.” The funny thing is, in my research (googling) of news articles on the “average age of puberty”, I have come across articles (some obviously archived) from the last 3 decades,and they all said the same thing. “New study finds the average age of puberty ‘starts’ at 10″. And they ALL also warned that mental maturity DID NOT occur at the same time.
If you take the probability that a 10 year old has reached puberty. Factor in the probability that they have FULLY sexually matured. Then factor in the probability that the child suffers from gender disphoria. Finally you factor in the probability that the child understands what is going on, and has the mental maturity to express it. You end up with a number so infinitesimally small, that it is an insult to science to think that the survey would give any kind of significant correlation to ANYTHING.
That isn’t even considering other factors like peer pressure to ‘identify’ as something. Political and societal pressures, and parental pressures. (Which are very common among young children that express disphoria.)
What does it even proof anyway? The children do not have to answer the questions in the survey, they are not allowed to do it with their parents,(who would best be able to explain the questions,) and there is nothing screening the children for honest answers. (Forget that older children would skew the results, and be more likely to take the survey.)
The survey isn’t being run along side biological analysis. There is no biological analysis that COULD be done along side, as gender disphoria and sexual identity do not have real world biological markers which can be referred to for analysis. This survey is about grooming children sexually. To get them comfortable with adults talking about sexual matters, and keeping it secret. (Remember parents can not see or help them take this survey.)
Do not forget that former deputy minister of education for Manitoba and Ontario co-authored the sex education curriculum for Ontario. He was not only charged with possession of child pornography, but PLED guilty and was sentenced to 3 years in jail. (Ya, just 3.)
Lets also remember that the Alberta sex ed curriculum was modeled after the Ontario one, and that only just recently graphic, sexually explicit materials were found to be linked to the Alberta GSA Network. The GSAs, in both Ontario and Alberta are being used as Sex Clubs to groom children, and no one has provided parents with evidence to the contrary. No one has explained the logic for detailing 26 different fetishes to kids as young as 5. No one has given hard numbers on the children’s lives who were ‘saved’ by the GSAs. No one has explained why ONLY GSAs deserve enshrinement in law. No one has explained why parents shouldn’t know when their kids joins one. Fun fact, GSA is an acronym for Gay Straight Alliance. So saying kids will be outed if the parents are informed is ridiculous, as maybe a straight kid wants to join to ally themselves with the cause. No one has explained why there is such secrecy around the material that is provided at GSA meetings.
Some people see the GSAs as helping the kids, and I get that. I understand why people would want them. I see how they could help kids, but not how they are currently being run. If you exclude parents and keep secrets, NOTHING good will come of this. If they want alliance, then they need to act in alliance with parents, and they need to repair the holes in the protections of our children from predators. And parents, you need to suck it up, and demand more of School Administrators, and politicians. Putting anyone’s child, not just your own, at risk should offend you, and call you to action to defend the weakest of our society.