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Saturday, November 7, 2020
Sask Bulletin

Education Week edition 2020 will be like no other.

Every year the provincial government comes up with some new theme for Education Week as a way to recognize the important role public education plays in our daily lives. This year it will be later than usual (November 22 to 28, 2020). At this time, there’s no theme and nor is there a reason for a theme this year because of the events of the past six months plus.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
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It would hardly qualify as an anniversary to celebrate, but rather one that only tends to remind one of the lost opportunities in the past two decades.

Yes folks, I’m talking about it is fast approaching 20 years since Dr. Michael Tymchak, then the Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, shared the findings of the exhaustive Role of the School Task Force Report which led to the notion of SchoolPLUS and was envisioned as the ultimate integrated support system.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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Quite honestly, in this case it doesn’t matter one bit whether you are wearing a mask or not. Either way your head might be spinning as if on a swivel.

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
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Suppose you weren’t one of the province’s 13,500 teachers, chances are you would barely even realize that, oh yes, the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee and the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee actually thrashed out a four-year agreement.

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Friday, May 1, 2020
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Turn the clock back just a couple months ago and the word wasn’t even in my lexicon. COVID-19 could be some person’s unique personalized licence plate.

As for social distancing, this could be just another term for someone who might not be all that enamoured with you.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020
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Imagine my surprise when word came out that the conciliation process had basically failed. If you deduced sarcasm there, you win the prize.

Conciliation might work if the parties were prepared to live up to the dictionary description of conciliatory, which is calculated to win over, soothe or reconcile. In other words, if the two participants would only have had a minor disagreement and ultimately wanted to get to the same place, there might be a chance.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020
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Let me share a recent personal experience that left me with much to ponder, and one that I’m not likely to forget any time soon. Trust me on this.

Just to be clear, it’s not like I am so cloistered from reality that I have not seen poverty before, and nor do I pretend to be the person with all the answers. Never let it be said I am the smartest one in the room. Hardly.

However, when you have been in this game for as long as I have, it should come as no major revelation that you hopefully gain a reasonable degree of observation. Sometimes you’re also able to go just a little deeper and connect the dots even if they aren’t always in accordance with others.

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Thursday, January 2, 2020
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Sometimes it’s not what you say, but rather what you don’t say that tells the story.

The very same day that the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation–via the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee–declared an impasse in the charade that was supposed to be the provincial collective bargaining process, there was Premier Scott Moe bombastically sharing his party’s 10-year plan to grow the province’s population and economy.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019
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There we have it people–the culmination of the Re-Imagine Education initiative. Well, at least sort of. For as much as they might have tied a bow to the 10-month process in a swanky Regina hotel, the litmus test will be what happens now that the widespread consultations have been formally presented to Education Minister Gord Wyant and his colleagues.

Reading through the presentation, it’s readily apparent how much of a general consensus there was when you consider there were 19 various partners involved which covered a pretty wide spectrum. And it would be fair to say not everyone has the exact same interests as their focus, yet there was no doubting that the folks who poured their heart and soul into this came away convinced that, above all else, our schools need to present a safe, inviting learning environment for all students.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019
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As you peruse this offering, the respective sides are back at the bargaining table for the next round of talks aimed at arriving at a new provincial collective agreement for the province’s teachers.

The initial commitment to being open and transparent in providing updates to the general public was made by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. Since then the government, via the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee, thereafter followed suit by going the same route in a thinly veiled effort to up the stakes while doing their utmost to paint the STF and the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee into the proverbial corner.

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