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I think this is the Ford move that has infuriated me most yet: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/pc-government-tuition-fees-1.4981987?cmp=rss&fbclid=IwAR3P0OHq4xPbt91zSrIg7FYqKx16XQA1qGgiuihCPGnZM-KsTyuqcVrUtkM

At the same time that the PCs are cancelling a programme that would have made it possible for low-income students to attend university tuition-free, they are announcing an across-the-board 10% tuition cut, which might be good but afaict there is no plan to increase public funding for the universities.

Colleges and universities will be expected to absorb the loss in revenue, Fullerton said.

"They will make choices in terms of what they need to do," she said. "They will be able to determine what they need to do to change, to adapt and innovate."

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Sunday, 20 January 2019 02:32 (ten months ago) link

"They will be able to determine what they need to do to change, to adapt and innovate."

i.e. make up the shortfall with international student tuition

jmm, Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:06 (ten months ago) link

I would give my life with a smile if I knew it would make Ford and his allies drop dead tomorrow tbh

resident hack (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:08 (ten months ago) link

this has been a fun story on the way to the possible collapse of the federal ndp (if jagmeet loses this byelection)

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:15 (ten months ago) link

which tbh I'm basically actively rooting for at this point

resident hack (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:19 (ten months ago) link

obviously the tactics being deployed by his opponent are horrible but the NDP need a blaring signal that they're on the wrong track ASAP

resident hack (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:20 (ten months ago) link

Lol @ "merely a statement of fact".

She's officially out, now that Richard T. Lee is the Liberal candidate, right? Or is she still going to try to run as an independent?

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:43 (ten months ago) link

her last tweet, a response to the controversy, was pretty egregious:

Every day I’m meeting more people on the doorstep from #BurnabySouth, having conversations with them and hearing their concerns 🗣 Want to be part of Team Karen and help me reach out to more Canadians in our community? Sign up here ➡️ https://t.co/cThQel1YtB pic.twitter.com/pyVRLPX37i

— Karen Wang (@karenxbwang) January 16, 2019

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:50 (ten months ago) link

she's threatened to run as an indy but I doubt she will...there's also a horrible anti-trans candidate running with the people's party and polling at like 9%. Not great

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:52 (ten months ago) link

i followed the burnaby story but I'm out of touch, what's the wrong track the federal ndp is on, generally?

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:00 (ten months ago) link

imo they're much too timid and unprincipled an opposition force in general. they need a total messaging and leadership overhaul a la UK Labour. and nothing less than a pledge to keep the oil in the fucking ground. It's political suicide in....some parts....of the country but it's the right thing to do.

resident hack (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:20 (ten months ago) link

and in the long run I think sticking to key principles across the board would win them the respect and credibility they badly need

resident hack (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:21 (ten months ago) link

yup

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:38 (ten months ago) link

I had high-ish hopes for jagmeet and he's been really poor at differentiating himself and the NDP from the government.

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:39 (ten months ago) link

yeah. I was disappointed it was basically a coronation, but I was willing to give him a chance. his leadership has been a complete faceplant. we don't need another handsome, amorphous figurehead a la Trudeau heading up the only (currently) viable left force in this country.

resident hack (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:55 (ten months ago) link

thanks, buddy. the number of actual jobs in oil and gas at the moment + future prospects for the industry, you'd think they could afford to take a principled stand, maybe especially after ndp premiers in alberta and bc fumbled their wishy washy attempts at green policy while endorsing pipelines? is this leap manifesto actually good? https://leapmanifesto.org/ i see alanis morissette and arcade fire have both signed on, also judy rebick, naomi klein and the ndp socialist caucus.

i know i know end of the world looming but i'd support a federal ndp that sidelined environmental policy and advocated for aggressive tax reform, pharmacare and dental, canceling student debt, free education, childcare program, investing in social housing, card check, maybe withdraw from nato, even if some of that would be mostly just advocacy and handled by provincial governments (right?). i just mean, i'm skeptical of pushing for good environmental policy without or before setting up alternative economic/social policy. so, i have to hope jagmeet loses this byelection, right?

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Sunday, 20 January 2019 05:13 (ten months ago) link

i'm skeptical of pushing for good environmental policy without or before setting up alternative economic/social policy

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resident hack (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 January 2019 06:01 (ten months ago) link

building a green economy won't alleviate the inherent contradictions of neoliberal capitalism, though. but yes.

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Sunday, 20 January 2019 08:16 (ten months ago) link

that post seems to be trying to disagree with something you didn't say, i think.

i agree, why not both.

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Sunday, 20 January 2019 09:07 (ten months ago) link

Worth noting that Labour has been one of the two leading governing parties in the UK since WW2 and has actually led successful democratic socialist governments at the national level in the past (and have still yet to win an election under Corbyn). A little harder to feel confident in the NDP's federal prospects if they tacked harder left but, if the point is that they wouldn't do any worse than they're doing now and might at least push the Liberals more to the left, I could see that. I'm still up for giving Singh more of a chance but I agree that he hasn't been exceptionally impressive so far and I'm unconvinced by how he handled the Erin Weir situation.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:43 (ten months ago) link

I don't know if this exactly counts as politics but it does concern an investigation currently being handled by the OPP and reopened by the Chief Coroner and it is one gruesome story, about a 30yo man with serious mental health issues who died in prison for 'unascertained' reasons, according to the original coroner's report, with over 50 signs of 'blunt impact trauma'. A forensic pathologist says asphyxiation can't be ruled out. A fellow inmate says he watched four guards beat the man to death, after he had already been restrained. CBC's Fifth Estate has been investigating for a year and will broadcast a report in an hour and change, although reading this longform story seems pretty heavy in itself.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Monday, 21 January 2019 00:44 (ten months ago) link

i.e. make up the shortfall with international student tuition

Btw, I'm not sure most universities will be able to make up the whole shortfall this way. The reality will likely be more painful. I'm anticipating more closures of 'less practical' programs, increased casualization of the faculty workforce (which was beginning to change at the end of the Liberals' tenure), and cuts to student financial aid. This thread, by a U of T English prof and former dept head, seems like a p good start:

A quick thread: why a 10 percent cut to ON tuition fees is disastrous news.

— Holger Syme (@literasyme) January 16, 2019

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Monday, 21 January 2019 00:55 (ten months ago) link

Are you still in town, Sund4r? Do you feel like sharing contact info? My ILX mail goes to a dead address, but I could mail yours.

I'm sure you're right about the additional funding repercussions. I'm wondering about my old department. A prof there commented on this as well: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-changes-to-ontario-tuition-are-unfair-and-short-sighted/

jmm, Monday, 21 January 2019 01:37 (ten months ago) link

I am. I think my ilx mail should work.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Monday, 21 January 2019 01:38 (ten months ago) link

Ending the six-month post-graduation grace period before students need to pay back loans just seems mean for the sake of it tbh.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Monday, 21 January 2019 01:40 (ten months ago) link

Could you post here if you're messaging my ilx mail bc I don't check that email as often?

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Monday, 21 January 2019 01:44 (ten months ago) link

Just sent!

jmm, Monday, 21 January 2019 03:06 (ten months ago) link

NDP (correctly imo) opposes Trudeau/Liberal policy on Venezuela: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/singh-ndp-liberals-venezuela-1.4991913

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Friday, 25 January 2019 04:37 (ten months ago) link

Good move.

resident hack (Simon H.), Friday, 25 January 2019 04:39 (ten months ago) link

Maduro has blood on his hands and I refuse to support a dictatorship simply because it aligns with my own political ideals, but there's no question that Canada shouldn't back the US's nth attempt at manipulation and destabilization in the region, especially when it involves Bolsonaro.

pomenitul, Friday, 25 January 2019 09:34 (ten months ago) link

Yes

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Friday, 25 January 2019 10:22 (ten months ago) link

open for business indeed

https://toronto.citynews.ca/2019/01/31/leaked-document-privatization-health-care/

resident hack (Simon H.), Thursday, 31 January 2019 19:52 (ten months ago) link

sigh

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Saturday, 2 February 2019 03:09 (ten months ago) link

is there wide support in Ontario for privatized health care?

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 2 February 2019 19:33 (ten months ago) link

This one's up there with the most frightening dystopian scenarios, as far as I'm concerned.

pomenitul, Saturday, 2 February 2019 19:38 (ten months ago) link

AFAIK that's not a popular proposal anywhere in the country

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Saturday, 2 February 2019 20:41 (ten months ago) link

Apparently the only less popular idea is killing all day kindergarten - since that idea was reversed the day after it first came out!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 3 February 2019 03:09 (ten months ago) link

Sad lol re OSAP changes fact-checking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=132&v=0VywtVQ3hPU

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Sunday, 3 February 2019 21:03 (ten months ago) link

goddamn fucking ONDP can't do anything right

https://ipolitics.ca/2019/02/06/ontario-ndps-improper-redaction-led-ford-government-to-leaker-sources/

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 15:47 (ten months ago) link

RIP Paul Dewar :(

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Thursday, 7 February 2019 23:51 (nine months ago) link

Just saw that on the news. I always liked him.

jmm, Friday, 8 February 2019 00:12 (nine months ago) link

At the trivia contest I go to every year (47 tables tonight; we finished second, one point behind the winner), a variation on a standard American question: how many living Prime Ministers right now?

clemenza, Sunday, 10 February 2019 05:29 (nine months ago) link

Extremely drunk 2:30 am answer: Turner, Clark, Mulroney, Chretien, Martin, Campbell, Harper, Trudeau Jr?

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Sunday, 10 February 2019 07:36 (nine months ago) link

8 was also my guess but I'd be lying if I said I could name all of 'em

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Sunday, 10 February 2019 07:38 (nine months ago) link

You've got it. The thing that jumped out at me is that there's probably never been eight living presidents (currently five, about normal), even though it's us that doesn't have term limits. That list includes Chretien, who was if office for 10 years, and Harper, who was just shy of 10. What really skews our list is Clark, Turner, and Campbell. I'm not sure if totaled a year between them.

clemenza, Sunday, 10 February 2019 14:21 (nine months ago) link

"if they totaled"

clemenza, Sunday, 10 February 2019 14:22 (nine months ago) link

Public healthcare for the win?! (Maybe our PMs are just younger?)

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 10 February 2019 16:51 (nine months ago) link

Definitely Clark--elected one day shy of 40, out of office within a year. Overall, I think ours are younger: Trudeau, Campbell, and Harper were all in their mid-40s when elected, so that's four out of the eight.

clemenza, Sunday, 10 February 2019 16:58 (nine months ago) link

him, Martin and Campbell also did not last long at all, so that's probably making up for the longer term guys.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 10 February 2019 18:00 (nine months ago) link

More fiscally restrained and socially liberal than Chrétien/Martin?

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Friday, 25 October 2019 03:59 (one month ago) link

I guess there is a warped perception of how different the existing parties are in this regard (like, they aren’t really, are they?) but i don’t think I heard anyone on the left even mention it this election. Just saying there’s a market that wants to hear it.

Manitobiloba (Kim), Friday, 25 October 2019 04:05 (one month ago) link

I might agree in a universe where the Liberal Party had a hard time winning elections in Canada?

― All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Thursday, October 24, 2019 11:01 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Stephen Harper was pm for almost 10 years, conservatives won a plurality or votes this election... idg the complacency

flopson, Friday, 25 October 2019 05:57 (one month ago) link

that's only an issue because of fptp (thread ouroboros)

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Friday, 25 October 2019 07:04 (one month ago) link

Stephen Harper was pm for almost 10 years, conservatives won a plurality or votes this election... idg the complacency

Well, "a hard time winning elections" <> "don't win every election". What do you anticipate under your proposed two-party system? Endless Liberal governments and an effective one-party system? It's not impossible since we actually had that for much of the 20th century (even with the CCF/NDP). That's not at all what I would regard as a democratic ideal, either, though, unless it's a situation like Sweden's, where the natural governing party has to work with others to govern. Either way, I'm actually not sure that Harper wouldn't have won after the sponsorship scandal in any case (and he was kept in check in minority government situations for five of his nine years. The oppposition e.g. forced him to implement stimulus measures in 08.) If you think the Tories would be pulled further left, that is interesting but it is not guaranteed.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Friday, 25 October 2019 11:50 (one month ago) link

the natural governing party has to work with others to govern

Pearson achieved a lot of great things, partly for this reason.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Friday, 25 October 2019 11:54 (one month ago) link

My favoured ranked ballot system might lead to Liberal domination too tbf but it would at least allow voters to have more options and would take their preferences between them into account in a fairer way imo.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Friday, 25 October 2019 12:36 (one month ago) link

ffs

pomenitul, Friday, 25 October 2019 15:04 (one month ago) link

i know i post this a lot, but that pipeline, will never be built

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Friday, 25 October 2019 15:54 (one month ago) link

sorry for the stray comma

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Friday, 25 October 2019 15:54 (one month ago) link

Idk if I've seen you post that, actually. Why? Bc BC and the FNs will win the court battles?

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Friday, 25 October 2019 16:00 (one month ago) link

combination of court cases and direction action imo

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Friday, 25 October 2019 16:02 (one month ago) link

direct action even. they will absolutely be blockades and the like

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Friday, 25 October 2019 16:03 (one month ago) link

i mean there's absolutely a reason the liberals bought the pipeline! because it wasn't going to be built otherwise

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Friday, 25 October 2019 16:03 (one month ago) link

Have they done much in terms of trying to invest in green energy in AB? That seems more worthwhile than pursuing this, which was won them exactly zero Alberta votes anyway.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Friday, 25 October 2019 16:10 (one month ago) link

Trudeau could dedicate the next two years to pleasing Alberta in every way imaginable and they would still hate him.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 25 October 2019 16:58 (one month ago) link

yeah, i mean, a lot of them hate him for buying the pipeline because they think it was a ploy to prevent it being built. there is nothing he can do for them short of having a road to damascus moment where he becomes a climate change denier and gets rid of the carbon tax

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Friday, 25 October 2019 17:00 (one month ago) link

they'd still hate him.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 25 October 2019 17:01 (one month ago) link

Yep. You see this story about the Kelowna realtor criticizing Albertans and then the Albertans freaked out and that got him fired? https://www.vicnews.com/news/kelowna-realtor-fired-by-century-21-after-calling-albertans-cry-babies/#
Well, according to a certain conservative person I know, that’s all because, (let me quote)

“This is what the "progressive" left has done to people. Made us think that it is ok to punish others for expressing their opinion
...

This is what the left does to people. I like to think we’re above deplatforming people when we don’t like what they have to say.”

No irony in the post at all. This is how bad it is.

Manitobiloba (Kim), Friday, 25 October 2019 18:29 (one month ago) link

They apparently have no agency over their own behaviour.

Manitobiloba (Kim), Friday, 25 October 2019 18:32 (one month ago) link

Wow

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Friday, 25 October 2019 21:16 (one month ago) link

a lot of them hate him for buying the pipeline because they think it was a ploy to prevent it being built

This angle is absurd for a couple of reasons. First, as you note, he had to buy it because Kinder Morgan wasn't going to build it in the first place. He could have just done nothing if he didn't want it built. Secondly, the resistance is coming from the province of British Columbia and First Nations groups - do people think Trudeau put them up to it? Or that he could just override them tout court? Do Alberta separatists think it would be easier to build pipelines if they had to go over a foreign country as opposed to another province?

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Saturday, 26 October 2019 01:25 (one month ago) link

Elizabeth May stepped down.

clemenza, Monday, 4 November 2019 18:45 (one month ago) link

be kind of interesting to see where they go from here given that the green party has basically been the elizabeth may party for over a decade

ت (jim in vancouver), Monday, 4 November 2019 19:41 (one month ago) link

It would be interesting to see them go away

Simon H., Monday, 4 November 2019 19:45 (one month ago) link

haha, yes that too

ت (jim in vancouver), Monday, 4 November 2019 19:46 (one month ago) link

Paul Manly was deselected by the ndp for not supporting zionism, I think he'd have much better politics as a leader than May and Weaver:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Manly

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 03:30 (one month ago) link

Was I not paying enough attention during the election, or is it also news to other people that Simon J-B is basically Stephen Miller? On top of the PEQ/student announcement (which they've "walked back" by pulling the same "this only applies to new people" trick as Bill 21), I fundamentally don't understand this kind of state-mandated intolerance and have basically come round to "I need to get the fuck out of here": https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/english-government-services-quebec-1.5348007

rob, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 21:05 (one month ago) link

that is madness

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Thursday, 7 November 2019 03:00 (four weeks ago) link

Quebec Premier François Legault has laid out who in the province he believes has the right to get their electricity bill in English or be served in English when they renew their driver's licence or health insurance card — only those entitled to English schooling under Quebec's French-language charter.

This seems strange. I can see how it makes sense to apply these criteria to require children to go to school in French so that they will be fluent in the province's dominant language. It is another thing to apply the same criteria to require adults to do all of their business with the government in French, even if they are not already strong in the language. Like the constitutional lawyer quoted in the article, I wonder what problem this is meant to solve.

Wrt PEQ, wasn't the biggest problem that the new rules were going to be applied even when people had already been studying in Quebec with the expectation that they would be eligible? Grandfathering people already in the system seems potentially reasonable, although I don't actually know which disciplines they are going to be favouring, which could make a difference. In principle, though, prioritizing graduates in those fields that are most in demand isn't necessarily as unjust and discriminatory as Bill 21, I don't think?

No language just sound (Sund4r), Thursday, 7 November 2019 03:02 (four weeks ago) link

xp

No language just sound (Sund4r), Thursday, 7 November 2019 03:02 (four weeks ago) link

We're talking about this on Jdt: International student from France is rejected for a CSQ (stepping stone to permanent residency in QC) bc one chapter of her doctoral thesis is in English.

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1378665/immigration-quebec-francaise-refusee-chapitre-doctorat-anglais-universite-laval

No language just sound (Sund4r), Friday, 8 November 2019 13:24 (four weeks ago) link

English story: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50241254

I think I am actually a little gratified that CAQ is also discriminating against white francophones in STEM fields.

No language just sound (Sund4r), Friday, 8 November 2019 13:26 (four weeks ago) link

I wonder what problem this is meant to solve

This is it exactly, and it's the overall incoherence of their approach that's baffling and alarming to me (made quite plain by the idiocy of the story you just posted).

I thought this was a good summary: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-immigration-peq-legault-1.5350730

rob, Friday, 8 November 2019 14:10 (four weeks ago) link

Legault defends himself by saying that 90% of people on his FB feed support his program. Maybe the youngs have a point about boomers?: https://www.journaldequebec.com/2019/11/07/reforme-de-limmigration-sans-allies-legault-se-tourne-vers-facebook

No language just sound (Sund4r), Friday, 8 November 2019 14:44 (four weeks ago) link

as someone who is sympathetic to sub-state nationalism, separatism etc. because i myself am a separatist i just can't get over how petty quebec nationalism can be

ت (jim in vancouver), Friday, 8 November 2019 17:17 (four weeks ago) link

This story seems wild - Rachel Notley got kicked out of the AB legislature after refusing to apologize for comments criticizing the govt house leader in the debate over Bill 22 (in which aiui the UCP govt wants to eliminate the position of Election Commissioner while the current occupant of said position in the middle of investigating the UCP???): https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/mobile/rachel-notley-kicked-out-of-legislative-assembly-1.4692936

“The leader of the opposition knows full well that she can’t make a statement like ‘the government house leader is misleading the house.’ She can apologize and withdraw,” Cooper said.

Why not, exactly?

No language just sound (Sund4r), Wednesday, 20 November 2019 02:48 (two weeks ago) link

provincial parliaments, or legislative assemblies, I should say, in Canada are like the UK parliament theyre derived from, it's against parliamentary rules for members to offend the dignity of parliament with their speech which includes insults or accusing another member of lying

-_- (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 20 November 2019 03:31 (two weeks ago) link

Thanks. I forget all the rules sometimes.

No language just sound (Sund4r), Wednesday, 20 November 2019 03:52 (two weeks ago) link

Idk what that would mean in practical terms but it is good to see.

No language just sound (Sund4r), Monday, 25 November 2019 01:03 (one week ago) link

I don't know about the rest of Canada but I'm taken aback by these results insofar as French reading comprehension in Quebec is frankly abysmal (granted, due to a wealth of complex historical factors):

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-canadian-high-students-among-top-performers-in-reading-according-to/

pomenitul, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 11:17 (three days ago) link

I don't know where you're getting that French reading comprehension is abysmal in Quebec.

I mean, this is totally anecdotal, but I happen to know a bunch of 11-12 years olds (my son's friends) and they all seem to be so much better at reading/writing than people were when I was that age, despite the fact that a significant amount of them have French as their second or third language. I get the feeling that the educational system has improved quite a bit in the last 20-30 years.

For older people, sure. There are definitely people my age and older who made it out high school while just barely being able to read. These tests are taken by today's 15 year olds though.

silverfish, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 14:45 (three days ago) link

I went to a 'good' francophone school in Montreal and we learned jack shit in French class. The amount of concessions teachers were willing to make just to get us to read YA fiction or conspicuously simplistic novels was utterly tragic. At the Cégep level teens are taught works of literature that their French (from France) counterparts are asked to read at the age of 12. And by the time you hit university, a disturbing amount of students (including in literature programs) are incapable of picking up on more than just a given work's most obvious meaning. Far too much time is spent just correcting the most basic of linguistic mistakes – and I'm not just talking about FSL here.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 14:52 (three days ago) link

The framing of the article is a little suspect. These results are actually a small drop for Canada compared to 2015, both in numerical score (524 to 520) and competitively. (Only Singapore beat us in 2015.) 2xp

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.cmec.ca/Publications/Lists/Publications/Attachments/365/PISA2015-CdnReport-EN.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwj3jJ_l1ZnmAhVHq1kKHccFBD8QFjAKegQIBhAC&usg=AOvVaw2xPbM03k4kkEdXOnYCHaQ0&cshid=1575382753353

No language just sound (Sund4r), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 15:00 (three days ago) link

(Young Québecois are killing illiteracy, clearly.)

No language just sound (Sund4r), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 15:01 (three days ago) link

The sole logically consistent QED, of course.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 15:02 (three days ago) link

High school teachers and elementary school staff in Ottawa striking tomorrow. Issues such as class size, mandatory e-learning (?), and high-need student services seem to be on the table in addition to wages : https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/osstf-announcement-harvey-bischof-1.5377227
https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ottawa-parents-scramble-for-childcare-as-clock-ticks-toward-school-strike-on-wednesday

No language just sound (Sund4r), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 04:24 (two days ago) link

*in ONTARIO, not just Ottawa; typo

No language just sound (Sund4r), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 04:24 (two days ago) link


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