October 15, 2013 - No.
the Harper Anti-Social Offensive
Say No! to the
• Say No! to the Harper Dictatorship
• Conservatives' Convention Resolutions Declare
Continued War on Workers and Their Organizations - Peggy
• Oppose Harper
Dictatorship's Anti-Science Offensive - Dougal MacDonald
• Construction Workers Demand Job
Security and Upholding of Wage and Safety Standards - Peggy
• Letter to the Editor
Education Is a Right!
• What's at Stake in Alberta's School Trustee
Elections - Kevan Hunter
• Alberta Government's Further Concentration of
Power in Education to Serve
• Actions and
Events at Conservative Party National Policy Convention
Growing Opposition to the Harper
Say No! to the Harper Dictatorship
On October 16 the Governor General will deliver the
Speech from the Throne on behalf of the Harper government when the new
session of Parliament is convoked. It is said that the speech will
focus on showing Canadians the government is “pro-consumer.” The
problem for the Harper government is that no one is buying the
anti-social, anti-worker, pro-war, pro-annexation nation wrecking they
Momentum is developing in Calgary, across
Alberta and Canada to make sure that when the Harper Conservatives hold
their National Convention in Calgary from October 31 to November 2,
people will be there to let Harper and his followers know what they
think of their nation-wrecking. From the time the delegates register at
the BMO Centre in Stampede Park on October 31, until the end of the
Convention on November 2, actions and events in opposition to the
Harper anti-social agenda are being organized.
A picket and rally October
31 will start
off the events and set the tone with a resounding No! to the Harper
Dictatorship. The picket begins at 2 pm just outside Stampede Park.
The leaflet issued by Calgarians Against the Harper Dictatorship calls
on everyone to bring their banners and demands to the Conservative
Party Convention to tell the Harper Government what they think of its
anti-social action plan. The main messages on the leaflet are:
to the Neo-Liberal Anti-Worker,
No to Getting Canada Embroiled in Wars of
Our Future Lies in the Fight For the Rights
Calgarians Against the
points out: "The Conservatives say that this convention is an
opportunity for those attending to have a say in the future of Canada
as they prepare for the next election in 2015. Convention Resolutions
reveal that the same all-sided assaults on Canadians' rights,
livelihoods and future will continue to make up the agenda for this
"Canadians are opposed to permitting this
clique of wreckers to carry on causing more irreparable harm to both
the social and natural environment, including their schemes to further
plunder Alberta's resources, despoil the environment and dispossess the
"Canadians oppose the anti-democratic
shenanigans, suspensions of Parliament, buffoonery in Question Period,
microtargeting and robocalling, anti-worker legislation including low
wage agendas and attacks on unions and migrant workers. They oppose the
muzzling of scientists and the defunding of social programs and social
organizations which do not serve the Harper wrecking agenda. Calgarians
Against the Harper Dictatorship is strongly opposed to the deregulation
of transportation and environmental safeguards, the privatization of
everything, including healthcare, education and government services, as
well as government itself. It opposes warmongering and the refusal to
recognize the hereditary rights of First Nations, as well as Quebec
Locked out postal
workers and their supporters rally at Harper's constituency office,
"The people have the right to take the
decisions over all aspects of their lives and the future of Canada, not
the Harper Dictatorship. Let us together affirm that right!
"Harper and his crew of wreckers consider
Calgary to be their home turf. Let's start showing them what they are
up against in the next election!"
Events will continue over the weekend. On
November 1, the Pros and Cons Teach-In organized by Common Causes will
take place from 7 to 10 pm at the Castell Library.
On November 2 from 11:30-1:30 pm, the
Public Service Alliance of Canada is holding a rally also outside
Stampede Park. A BBQ will take place following the rally. In its call
for the rally, PSAC points out:
"On top of cutting jobs and slashing
crucial programs and services, the Conservatives have been attacking
organized labour with anti-labour legislation such as Bill C-377 and
Bill C-525. While in Calgary, convention delegates will debate policy
resolutions that would support 'right to work' legislation, while
severely limiting how unions can spend members' dues."
workers take a stand against Harper government's massive cutbacks to
federal public services at Labour Day 2012 in Calgary.
Workers from many sectors, First Nations
peoples, artists, scientists, health care activists, environmentalists
and other social activists are organizing to participate and take their
stand. Calgary is home base for Harper and for his anti-labour
minister Jason Kenney, amongst others. They very arrogantly consider
this as "safe ground" despite their nation-wrecking agenda, destruction
of Canada's institutions, scandals, corruption, cover-ups and bullying
of anyone who stands in their way.
Let's all join in to make the actions
beginning October 31 and carrying on right through the Convention a big
success and a taste of what the Conservatives are up against in 2015!
Our Future Lies in the Fight for the Rights
Conservatives' Convention Resolutions Declare Continued
War on Workers
and their Organizations
Eleven resolutions have been submitted to
the Conservative Party national convention from riding associations
across the country calling for more draconian measures attacking
workers and their organizations. The resolutions make it clear that the
government's agenda is to continue its all-sided assaults on Canadians'
rights and livelihoods. These resolutions continue the assault
contained in the Harper government's private members Bill C-377, an
imposed an onerous system of public reporting on labour unions,
which is not required of other organizations. Among other things, the
bill would force trade unions to report all transactions greater than
$5,000, identifying the recipient, the payer, the purpose and
description of the transaction. Disbursements to officers, directors
and trustees would have to be reported with an added disclosure of the
percentage of time dedicated to political and lobbying activities.
Information garnered would be posted for public viewing on the Canada
Revenue Agency (CRA) website. C-377 was amended in the Senate and
returned to the House of Commons. However, prorogation does not alter
the progress of a private members' bill, so the bill can now be
returned without amendment to the Senate.
The Harperites have ridden
the right of workers to determine the wages and working conditions
acceptable to themselves and their peers. It is pursuing a low wage
agenda and has criminalized workers for defending their rights,
declared strikes illegal and passed back-to-work legislation against
postal workers, railway workers, and Air Canada workers. Far from a
re-set, the Conservative National Convention resolutions show that with
Jason Kenney, as the new Minister of Employment and Social Development,
more attacks on the rights of workers to organize and resist are being
planned. Workers and their organizations are to be declared "enemies"
if they take a stand against the Harper dictatorship's all-sided
wrecking of everything of value to workers and their allies because
only those who recognize Harper's values are deemed worthy of rights.
The Harper dictatorship hopes that depriving the unions of funds will
prevent workers from using their collective strength to defend their
interests and develop their own independent politics. It is also
directed at acts of social solidarity of the organized workers'
movement, including providing financial and other resources to projects
and organizations that are resisting nation-wrecking and defending the
rights of all.
A number of Conservative Party resolutions
aim to deprive unions of the funds needed to operate and organize. The
Calgary-Nose-Hill electoral district association (EDA) calls for
abolition of the Rand formula altogether and introduction of so-called
"right to work" legislation. The resolution reads, "The Conservative
Party believes that mandatory union membership and forced financial
contributions as a condition of employment limit the economic freedom
of Canadians and stifle economic growth." The monopolies and their
political representatives think such "right to be a slave" laws will
cripple the union movement by depriving it of necessary funds for
operations and organizing.
The Montreal Ahuntsic Conservative EDA
proposes that unions should be prohibited from collecting dues under
the Rand Formula for any purpose other than to cover the costs of
collective bargaining and union administered benefits. It declares,
"Contributions to causes or initiatives unrelated to those objectives
should be collected on an individual, voluntary basis." In a second
resolution from Ahuntsic, the EDA states, "Whereas unions meddle in
political affairs, their finances are not transparent, that the
Conservative party is addressing the opacity of the financing of trade
unions and compulsory membership of these unions for their members
within the limits of federal jurisdiction."
The Edmonton-Sherwood Park EDA proposes,
"The government should prevent mandatory dues collected by unions from
being diverted to fund political causes unrelated to workplace needs."
The Nepean-Carlton EDA calls for "protections against forced union dues
for political and social causes that are unrelated to the workplace."
The Ottawa-Centre EDA calls for unions under federal jurisdiction to be
required to provide an annual accounting "to their membership"
revealing the funds allocated to political donations, donations to
media organizations, and to political activism and campaigns. Then, the
resolution proposes unions would be required to permit members to opt
out of the portion of their dues allocated to these activities.
All of the above are gross violations of
the rights and responsibilities of unions to implement the decisions of
their members. The Conservative anti-worker resolutions aim to weaken
the organized workers' opposition and its defence of the rights of all
so that all power is concentrated in the hands of the monopolies, which
have almost unlimited financial and other means to promote their
private interests. The resolutions promote right to be a slave
laws, and more and more layers of difficult and onerous reporting
mandated not by the unions' membership but by the state. The
neo-liberal goal is to render the working class powerless to defend its
rights and fight for a new direction for the economy to serve the
public interest and the general interests of society.
Harper's wrecking ball is also aimed at
security in retirement and the pensions of workers in the federal
public service. Several resolutions call for the elimination of federal
public sector defined benefit pensions, to be replaced with savings
plans known as defined contribution plans. The resolutions also call
for pensions to be made "comparable to the private sector," which aim
essentially to deny people the right to security in retirement, with
Canada's seniors forced to fend for themselves within Harper's law of
the jungle. Instead of guaranteeing the right of workers to security in
retirement with defined benefit pensions for all, the Harperites want
to smash the pensions that exist and push everyone into insecurity.
The majority of the other resolutions
dealing with the working class call for dictating how unions can spend
union dues. The principle of the members deciding what activities the
union is engaged in is replaced with state-organized dictate.
Finally, a resolution is
unions in industries under federal jurisdiction to hold a secret ballot
in a strike vote. This is a deceptive ploy to suggest that union
members are intimidated and prevented from voting their conscience. The
Canada Labour Code already provides the Canada
Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) with broad powers to order a vote on
an employer's offer and supervise the vote. If the Canada Labour Code
specifically requires secret ballots, then this would extend the CIRB's
powers, so that all votes would have to be CIRB supervised to make sure
they complied with Harper's state-organized dictate, further denying
the right of workers to organize and run their own affairs.
The fact that the Conservative Convention
has on its agenda the attempt to stop unions from participating in
political and social affairs shows the extent of Harper's wrecking of
Canada's institutions and the attempt to destroy all social forms in
which Canadians are organized. How to defeat the Harper dictatorship
and send his minister of labour Jason Kenney packing have become major
questions facing workers and their allies.
Oppose Harper Dictatorship's Anti-Science Offensive
Scientists rally on
Parliament Hill, September 16, 2013.
It is noteworthy that on the Conservative
Party of Canada's Convention Website, the list of resolutions the
Harperites will discuss October 31-November 2 in Calgary makes no
specific mention of anything directly related to science and scientific
research. This is surprising in view of the fact that the Harper
dictatorship's muzzling of science and of scientists' right to speak
about their work is a major issue at this time. On September 16,
scientists, researchers, and their supporters held rallies in at least
17 cities across Canada, including in Alberta, to defend the important
scientific work they do in the service of the public. The largest rally
took place on Parliament Hill where over 1,000 people, including
hundreds of scientists in white lab coats, demanded "evidence-based
The work of scientists in the service of
keeping Canadians well-informed, safe and healthy and to further the
country's social, environmental, industrial and technological
development has been under increasing assault by the Harper
dictatorship. At the same time, strong opposition to the anti-science
offensive continues to build. On July 10, 2012, a rally against the
muzzling of scientists was held on Parliament Hill. On November 16,
2012, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
(PIPSC), whose members include many scientists and technicians, held a
rally on Parliament Hill to defend public services and oppose layoffs.
On February 20, 2013, the Environmental Law Clinic at University of
Victoria published a 128-page report entitled Muzzling Civil
Servants: A Threat to Democracy. Also, a campaign is continuing to
save the Experimental Lakes Area in the Kenora, Ontario region, a
facility of global significance, which had its funding cut last year.
Opposition continues to develop against the Harper government's
cancellation of the long form census, which has for decades provided
invaluable data to social scientists across the country.
A major aspect of the Harper attack on
science has been withdrawing funding from basic research and shifting
priorities to short-term commercial applications in the service of the
monopolies. This has also been a major theme in Alberta where the
Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education continues to call for
universities and other research institutes to focus on "practical" work
that will enhance the profits of industry, especially the energy
industry. Obviously the implicit threat is that federal and provincial
funding will only come to those who follow that dictate. Research
institutes that focus on the exploitation of the oil sands have already
been established with public money at the University of Alberta and the
University of Calgary. Now the Minister has put in place an "advisory
committee" of mainly foreign members that will oversee the creation of
a new Alberta research institute that will focus on research with a
potential for commercialization, as well as oversee the rest of
Alberta's research facilities.
In addition, in the interests of the
energy monopolies, both the Harper dictatorship and the Alberta Tory
government have actively suppressed any science that questions the
claim that unrestricted exploitation of the Alberta oil sands has
negative effect on the environment. This campaign goes back at least to
1997 when the Alberta government set up the Regional Aquatics
Monitoring Program (RAMP), financed by the oil companies, with a
28-member steering committee consisting almost entirely of industry and
government representatives. RAMP was heavily criticized by scientists,
Aboriginal communities, and many others, as over the years its
questionable reports kept giving the oil sands operations a clean bill
of health. In 2010, David Schindler, a world-renowned aquatics expert
at the University of Alberta, made a breakthrough in the public
interest when he and his colleagues offered irrefutable evidence that
the oil sands industry was polluting the environment of northern
with thirteen pollutants including arsenic, lead and mercury. Schindler
and his colleagues' report was first dismissed by the government and
the monopolies but it could not be explained away. The findings were
also later confirmed by Environment Canada scientists.
Harper's anti-science offensive has also
adversely affected Alberta's agriculture industry. An outbreak of E.
coli at the XL Foods plant in Brooks in October 2012 was a direct
consequence of both the provincial government facilitating the monopoly
owner's unrestricted drive for profits and the Harper dictatorship's
downsizing of the national team of Canadian Food Inspectors. Data
provided by the Public Service Alliance of Canada shows that as of May
13, 2013, the federal government had issued layoff notices to 69 food
inspectors in Alberta.
To give another example, the
Harper federal budget made a 9 per cent cut to the budget of the
Department of Agriculture, wiping out such important research entities
as the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) branch, which
was created in 1935 to rehabilitate areas affected by drought and soil
the western provinces, and the Cereal Research Centre in Winnipeg, an
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research facility that investigates
It is very important that scientists,
researchers and their allies take advantage of the Conservative Party
Convention in Calgary at the end of October to escalate the fight
against the Harper dictatorship's anti-science offensive. They should
take the opportunity to denounce in the strongest terms the Harper
dictatorship for the muzzling of government scientists and demand that
open communication of publicly-funded science must be made available to
the public. They must demand that all governments use the best
available science and evidence to make decisions, rather than ignoring
or suppressing any findings that contradict their neo-liberal agenda.
Scientists, researchers and their allies should also demand adequate
federal and provincial government support and funding for scientific
research, from basic science to applied research and technology
Construction Workers Demand Job Security and Upholding
of Wage and Safety Standards
Last month, 270 unionized welders and pipe
fitters were informed that there was no longer work for them at the
Husky Sunrise oil sands project, located 60 miles northeast of Fort
McMurray, Alberta. The general contractor for the construction on the
site's central processing facility is Saipem Canada Inc., an
Italian-owned company that makes extensive use of the Temporary Foreign
Workers (TFW) Program. Laid-off workers contacted the Alberta
Federation of Labour (AFL) and the media. They are demanding answers as
to why they were laid off and why the general contractor was permitted
to use the TFW program to bring in workers to continue their work.
"Layoffs are pretty standard when there is no work to be done, but
was plenty of work for us to do out there," a worker commented.
The workers report that the TFWs brought
in through this human trafficking program
governed by Jason Kenney's Ministry of Employment and Social
Development are not covered by a union contract
and are not being trained to operate equipment safely. Rules are not
being enforced regarding wearing protective gear in restricted areas;
there is a lack of training on the Alberta labour code and they are not
being provided with proper training to be able to read basic warning
labels on hazardous materials. Other dangerous conditions have been
documented by workers on the site. Attempts by the workers to uphold
safety standards before they left the project were ignored by Husky.
While the trades workers are demanding job
security, Minister Kenney is looking for ways to once more circumvent
government's own regulations. Federal regulations require that before
hiring a TFW, an employer must apply for and
receive a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO). A positive LMO is
supposed to confirm that there are no Canadian workers available to do
the work. "We're looking at the question as to whether we should
re-start accelerated processing for certain labour market opinions,"
Kenney recently stated. Kenny claims that bringing back the Accelerated
LMOs, which guarantees the employer a ten-day
turnaround, would deal with labour shortages.
What just occurred at the Husky Sunrise
project is proof positive that the TFW Program has nothing to do with
labour shortages and everything to do with the Harper government's low
wage agenda. The government is acting on behalf of private interests to
lower the wages and working conditions of all workers. The demands of
the workers to uphold wages and safety standards are entirely just. One
step in this direction would be to abolish the anti-worker TFW Program
and establish proper immigration methods, where
all workers' rights are upheld and guaranteed.
In a press release issued October 10, the
AFL said, "Over the next months,
Albertans can expect to see more cases of Canadian workers being
displaced thanks to a new program that allows some employers to skip
the usual process of applying for Temporary Foreign Workers. Under the
Alberta Pilot for Occupation-Specific Work Permits, some employers can
hire TFWs without any attempt to advertise the job locally."
"This allows employers to recruit overseas
without having to consider hiring Canadians who can do the job," AFL
President Gil McGowan said. "The government has been very secretive
about this pilot program. We do not know the number of workers and
their occupations utilizing this pilot project. The Alberta Federation
of Labour has submitted an Access to Information request to the federal
government to obtain this information, but the request has yet to be
Of the over 300,000 TFWs now
employed in Canada, 70,000 are working in Alberta. The federal
government is at the ready, finding ways so that employers can make
unrestricted use of TFWs who are deprived of their
rights. This shows how the owners of capital impose their private
interests through their domination of state institutions. It shows that
the Harper government on behalf of the monopolies are the biggest human
traffickers of workers. Their aim is to expand the labour market
globally to drive down wages, benefits and working conditions, and
weaken the organizations of the Canadian working class. It must not
The TFW Program must
be shut down and any new program restricted to providing work permits
for genuinely short-term employment, such as academic exchanges.
Permanent resident status with full rights must be granted to all
current undocumented workers and temporary foreign workers resident in
Canada based on the modern principles of Status for All and that People
Have Rights by Virtue of Being Human.
Shut Down the Temporary Foreign Workers
Uphold Wage and Safety Standards!
Jason Kenney Has to Go!
Letter to the Editor
The Conservative Party National Convention
was postponed from its original date in June 2013 because of the
devastating floods which hit Calgary. As the people of Calgary and
southern Alberta stood together to deal with the flood, the
contribution of first responders and emergency personnel, public sector
and utility workers was recognized and greatly appreciated by the
people. The workers went to tremendous effort to safeguard the water
and power supply, maintain telecommunications networks, keep hospitals
open, look after the sick and vulnerable, and keep people safe despite
their own personal situations.
In the intervening period, the people of
Lac-Mégantic suffered a terrible loss of life and of their community.
This brought to the fore the reality that the private monopolies are
permitted to exercise control over peoples' lives and the safety of
their communities, with devastating consequences for public safety.
Derailments in Calgary have brought the same issue home.
The tragedy in Lac-Mégantic
and the Calgary
derailments showed the importance of the fight of railway workers for
safe working conditions on the railways for communities right across
Canada in the face of the drive of the monopolies and the Harper
government in their service to further degrade safety on the railways
to enrich private interests.
The attacks on unions are justified by
fabricating that it is unions and other organizations, which keep
Canadians organized in one form or another, which lack
"accountability." This is not going to wash when everyone knows it is
the Harper government and the Conservative Party itself which are mired
in an unprecedented level of scandal, corruption, intrigue, and endless
cover-up and denial.
Calgarians showed who they are during the
floods and their aftermath. No doubt many of those who showed up
unannounced at the doors of people who had been flooded and came
forward in other ways consider themselves to be Conservatives. Their
concept of being conservative has nothing to do with corruption,
wrecking of Canada's institutions and the use of privilege for naked
Calgarians want a say in deciding the
affairs of the country as do all Canadian citizens and residents.
Harper, Kenney and others present themselves as people who are
accountable, "speak for the west" and so on, but their actions have put
the Harper government in conflict with the vast majority of Canadians,
including Calgarians. How to stop Harper has become the most important
question facing people. Let's all join the work to defeat the Harper
dictatorship in the next election and reverse the neo-liberal direction
of the economy.
A Worker in Calgary
Education Is a Right!
What's at Stake in Alberta's School Trustee Elections
On October 21, Albertans will vote for
school board trustees for Alberta's 62 school boards. These elections
are taking place in the context of deteriorating conditions for both
the students and the education workers -- teachers, educational
assistants, and support staff -- who work tirelessly to ensure that the
students' needs are met.
The spring 2013 austerity
funding for education. Meanwhile the number of students continues to
increase. The result has been the only one possible -- increased class
sizes. While for many years a class of 30 was considered "full,"
now "40 is the new 30." Classes of 35-38 in Grades 7-9 have
become commonplace with classes of more than 40 students in grades
10-12. Some classes in Alberta high schools have as many as 53 students
in one class. Lack of funding for education is having other real
consequences for students. Support for students with special needs,
English as a Second Language
positions, as well as guidance counselling and student services have
The Alberta government callously dismisses
concerns about class sizes. Education Minister Jeff Johnson has stated
that Alberta "shouldn't see changes in class sizes because of the
budget" and that classes will somehow mysteriously "stabilize" in
November. Premier Redford suggested it was a problem of poor management
on the part of school boards, saying, "We know that there are
communities that are making some difficult choices and there are some
excellent school boards that are really ensuring that the resources
that we provide to them are going directly to the classroom and the
students." The government's own figures show that 85 per cent of school
boards have average class sizes exceeding the Alberta Commission on
Learning recommendations for Kindergarten to Grade 3. Even these
averages do not reflect reality because they fail to account for some
classes which are necessarily smaller. While Edmonton Public Schools
reported a class size average of 26.1 students in the 2012-2013 school
year, one-quarter of its classes had 31-35 students and 9 per cent had
36-40 students. With more students in 2013-14 and no increased funding
to accommodate them, these numbers are no doubt significantly higher
Education is a
right! The main issue in this round of trustee elections is that school
boards must be advocates for children and push for the necessary
funding to ensure that the right to education for every student will be
provided with a guarantee.
Alberta Government's Further Concentration of Power in
to Serve Private Interests
Every school board election, the monopoly
media repeatedly call into question the relevance of public school
boards, the latest being an editorial in the Calgary Herald
entitled, "A lesson learned: School boards have lost the ability to
make local decisions."
It is argued that since Ralph Klein took
away the power of
taxation, school boards have no relevant role. In 1993,
during Klein's anti-social offensive, the Alberta government assumed
control over the portion of property tax that was previously set by
school boards to fund the education system. It was argued that this
would solve the problem of disparity amongst school boards with a
larger property tax base compared with other boards. Today,
retrogressive property taxes are still used as the basis of education
funding, but school boards have no control over the size of their
budgets. Provincial control has been used to reduce funding for
education, while imposing various pay-the-rich and privatization
schemes, including the funding of private schools. Education workers
have found themselves in the predicament of trying to bargain
collectively with school boards that no longer hold the purse strings.
The Redford government continues to insist
that new schools be built as public-private partnerships (P3s). P3s
place school operations under the control of private interests and
allow them to seize more of the social product, as their own private
profit. This social product is created by the workers of this province
but increasingly it is seized by privileged private interests. School
construction has become a form of blackmail, where school boards in
Edmonton and Calgary are told that if they want schools built in new
communities that desperately need them, they must create space for
charter schools elsewhere.
Clearly the centralization of power has
taken place in the service of the most powerful monopolies. The Redford
government uses both its majority and arbitrary or prerogative powers
to threaten and silence school boards that are concerned with funding
cuts and privatization, school boards and individuals who expose how
neo-liberal practices are doing great harm to students, teachers and
Regardless, every teacher knows that
decisions taken by school boards have a huge impact on teacher
workloads and the context in which they teach students. Decisions on
how reporting to parents will be carried out, school board requirements
such as the hated "Results Reporting" in the Calgary Board of
Education, and digital learning systems make a world of difference for
a teacher in terms of how they organize their workday. These decisions
affect whether a teacher is focused on diagnosing and meeting student
needs or focused on bureaucratic non-instructional tasks.
Increasingly, however, trustee boards are left out of the process. They
are relegated to the role of hiring the Chief Superintendent, who then
takes the decisions about what direction the school system will take.
The present government and many school
boards have huge changes in mind for education. School boards are
adopting "personalized learning" where technology is presented as the
solution to increasingly complex and larger classes of students. In the
United States, the Common Core State Standards Initiative has
led to the creation of a national database of student information,
which includes data on student achievement and sometimes even hobbies
and attitudes towards school. This information is being placed in
private hands, as a resource for data-mining for further private profit
or other, more nefarious purposes.
Education workers, parents, and students
are demanding school boards that defend public education, not school
boards that acquiesce to the monopolies' demand to open up education as
a source of private profit at the expense of student learning. To
further erode the power of school boards will take control of public
education one step further away from the people and concentrate more
power in the hands of the Alberta government, which acts as if its role
is to facilitate profiteering by monopoly corporations.
Actions and Events at the Conservative Party
Picket and Rally
Thursday, October 31
Picket -- 2:00-4:30 pm
Rally -- 4:30 pm
12 Avenue and 3rd Street
Bring your banners
and demands to the Conservative Party
Convention to tell the
Harper government what you think of its
anti-social action plan.
Organized by: Calgarians
Against the Harper Dictatorship
For information: e-mail,
AgainstHarper@gmail.com; Peggy Askin,
the Neo-Liberal Anti-Worker, Anti-Social Offensive!
Getting Canada Embroiled in Wars of Aggression!
Future Lies in the Fight For the Rights of All
Friday, November 1 --
Castell Library, 612 Macleod Trail SE
For information: commoncauses.zoobis.com
Organized by: Common
Rally and BBQ
Saturday, November 2 --
11:30 am-1:30 pm
Rally -- 11:30 am
Outside Stampede Park
(South of 14th Avenue SE, across
from Victoria Park C-Train Station)
BBQ -- 2:00 pm
The Area, 1119-10 Avenue SE
Organized by: Public
Service Alliance of Canada
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