Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Early Childhood Education in Ontario: Bad Governance

In June of 2009, Charles E. Pascal, Special Advisor on Early Learning, wrote a Letter of Transmittal presenting a report he had been tasked with completing. It began:
“I am pleased to submit my report, With Our Best Future in Mind, which provides you and your government with a comprehensive plan of action regarding the implementation of your early learning vision. As per your direction, I have situated full-day learning for 4- and 5-year-olds in the broader context of moving further on Ontario’s Best Start goals for a seamless and integrated system to support children from 0 to 12 years old and their families.”

In December 2010, McGuinty is prepared to kill that plan entirely – implementing instead only his view of enriching his wife's union by stupidly putting teachers where none are required.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Seat Distribution in the House of Commons

RE: Jeffrey Simpson's Electoral injustice: Cities are getting the shaft

Statistics Canada, and the census, should not be the basis of seat distributions. For starters, census figures are heavily manipulated (they count a million fewer people than the population estimates they give, which they consider more accurate). Secondly, they have an assumption that non-citizen residents will become citizens in their forecasting of future electors..

This drives up the forecasted number of voters in BC and Ontario, both of which have much higher census counts than the registered voter counts, from Elections Canada, would indicate.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dim bulb in Ontario’s Highest Office

The Star has printed an editorial by their Premier.
Some rebutting is in order.

Mr. McGuinty was in the legislature prior to 2003. He is fully aware he is mostly making things up in his editorial. Between 2003 and 2005, Pickering 1, Pickering 4, Bruce 3 and Bruce 4 all came online – about 2600MW of nuclear production that had nothing to do with him. The generators were a stop gap plan alright – because the plan was already in motion and only required a stopgap temporarily.