Four In The Afternoon

1 TRAFFIC BRIDGE IS FALLING DOWN Or at least it will, as the Saskatoon City Council voted last night to replace the bridge. The new bridge could cost up to $34 million and will “incorporate elements sympathetic to the heritage and architecture of the existing bridge.” And there goes a century old piece of Saskatchewan history.

2 ASSANGE GOES TO JAIL The WikiLeaks leader has surrendered himself in London. The site has said that they will continue on regardless of what happens to their fearless leader. With any luck, there’s another American list out there pumping up the importance of a Saskatchewan town.

3 CHEATING AND LATENESS AREN’T OK Sask.’s minister of education told the CBC that they’re working on a provincial grading policy to settle all this “no late marks/no punishments for plagiarists” hoopla. Check out the story on their site for all the “When I was your age…” comments.

4 CHRISTIAN DEFECTORS An Anglican church has switched sides and thrown in with the Catholics. Best part? The pastor is married and has kids. Someone’s in for a bit of a culture shock.

Author: James Brotheridge

Contributing Editor with Prairie Dog.

8 thoughts on “Four In The Afternoon”

  1. Saskatoon gets a new bridge and Regina can’t even build a stupid dome? Maybe if Regina called itself “the City of Domes” a little manifest destiny would start to happen.
    Saskatoon will probably put a dome over their new bridge just to thumb its nose at Regina.

  2. #1: I always called it the “Hail Mary” bridge, for obvious reasons…
    #3: The proposed departmental policy on grading is the predictable response to the uneven quality of education in the province, and is part and parcel of the centralisation and standardization that was talked about under Pat Atkinson and begun in earnest under Andrew Thomsen.
    #4: Not really. Eastern-Rite Catholics have had married clergy for centuries, and every individual Anglican priest who has made the switch has brought his wife and family with him, with no fuss.

  3. Wait till you guys in Regina hear of this “whitewater park” proposal up here…maybe we’ll put a dome over that, too.

    //unhappy about bridge decision but unable to articulate why

  4. So now even Catholic priests can be married while the church condemns gay marriage. That seems a tad unfair and contradictory.

  5. Barb,

    Re your comment on #3. Do you consider that concept a bad thing or good thing? Your statement was informative, but I’m curious on your stance on the issue. I’m just wondering since you were a trustee on the public school board.

  6. The quality of education does vary from division to division, and sometimes from school to school. This is a long-recognized fact, and provincial governments, regardless of party, have been acting on it for quite some time. Province-wide bargaining of teachers’ salaries came about partly to attract good teachers to rural and northern areas, and retain them. Government(s) tried very hard to encourage voluntary amalgamation, also to make education equitable across the province; finally, they had to legislate. Also in the name of equity (because millrates varied so much among school divisions), governments studied different approaches to financing education; finally, they abolished the power of boards to levy local taxes. The replacement formula for funding education is supposed to be rolled out next year. Governments have also developed top-down policy and initiatives to address Aboriginal education, the drop-out rate, vocational education, and the raising of academic standards. In most of those areas, Regina Public Schools has been out in front, and taken as a model.
    Long answer to your question, TS, but a little background is important. I think that, while some students have been well served over the years, many others have not, and if it takes provincial-level action to ensure equity – and demand excellence – then that’s what it takes.

  7. Barb,

    WOW, great answer. Thank you for the history lesson on SK education policy. I agree with you that some centralization of education has to exist in order to achieve some common outcomes. Otherwise we would never make progress on achievement.

    Thanks,
    TS

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