A day after the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation called for vaccination of all staff and students, the NDP did the same.
“The COVID-19 situation in our province is light years from pre-pandemic years. To be two weeks before kids are back in classrooms and have the premier, the health minister and the education minister missing in action isn’t just irresponsible, it’s dangerous,” said Carla Beck, the NDP’s critic for education.
“Climbing case rates in school-aged children signal the coming school year could be lethal. We need urgent action now.”
The NDP wants vaccine eligibility for all children born in 2009, vaccination clinics in school, and benchmarks regarding infection levels that would trigger a return to masking
“It is absolute madness to have no plan. No contingencies for outbreaks, no plan for rapid testing, no guidance on isolating if a child or teacher gets sick,” said Dr. Ryan Meili, NDP leader.
The Ministry of Education released a Safe Schools Plan for the province’s 27 school divisions on August 4 outlining aspects of safety in eight different aspects of education. For “Safe Classrooms,” the ministry recommended the configuration of classrooms to minimize contact and, “Wherever possible, limiting physical contact such as hugs and handholding, as well as encouraging the use of alternative greetings such as ‘air high fives’”.
The NDP statements came one day after the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation made the same declaration.
“It’s an anxious time,” said STF president Patrick Maze at a press conference.
“We believe that there should be significant precautions in order to protect students and staff … We’re calling on the provincial government to mandate vaccines for all eligible staff and students that are in our buildings.”
Some teachers have taken to Facebook to express their displeasure, such as Krissy Wallman.
“I am sickened by this as im a sub. I do not wish to lose my job and thousands money i spent on university cuz i dont want to be a guinea pig. My daughter who is now 12 is persistent in saying she will not get the jab either and if she is forced to someone will get kicked. Ugh i hope it dontgo mandatory i love teaching!” Wallman wrote.
The STF proposal was not welcomed by University of Regina education student Jaden Robertson.
“How will I finish my degree now? I’m supposed to be interning starting next month!” she wrote.
Some parents are also up in arms.
Michelle Winehouse wrote, “My boy will not be going to school if he has to get the injection. No way in hell will I allow anyone to inject that crab in his body….people are going nuts, and for what. People are in favor of this vaccine passports. I don’t understand how most of these people think this is right. Unbelievable,” she wrote.
Moose Jaw resident Mandi Odynski commented, “I can’t believe our educators want to mandate [an] experimental vaccine that can cause heart inflammation in kids. Just wow .”
At a time when most governing politicians have deferred governing to medical authorities, the union and NDP have reached farther than the recommendations of provincial medical oversight bodies.
“We are asking school divisions to enact measures that will mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in their schools, especially as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads in the province,” said Saskatchewan Medical Association President Dr. Eben Strydom. “The safety of our children is our paramount concern.”
“We need to do everything we can to protect our children who cannot yet be vaccinated,” said Dr. Myles Deutscher, president of the Saskatchewan College of Family Physicians.
“The best thing everyone can do is get vaccinated, wear a mask, and practice hand hygiene in schools.”
Lee Harding is a Saskatchewan-based correspondent for Western Standard.
City of Brandon – September 15, 2021 ***Special Media Release*** – Missing Person – City of Brandon –
The Brandon Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Leigha Marcela CLOUD. Leigha is described as being a 23 year old aboriginal female, 5’7 and 165 pounds, brown eyes and brown hair. It is unknown what clothing she was wearing when she was last seen by family on August 15th, 2021. She is known to spend time between Brandon, Waywayseecappo and Winnipeg. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Leigha, please contact the Brandon Police Service.
Release Authorized by:
A/Sgt. Adam Potter #155
Public Information Officer
For media inquiries: (204)729-2430
Media Beat: September 16, 2021 | FYIMusicNews – FYI Music News
FYI teams up with Broadcast Dialogue Canadian Radio Awards
In an unprecedented partnership with FYI Music News, Broadcast Dialogue is launching the Canadian Radio Emerging Artist of the Year, presented by FYI Music News, nominated, and voted on by radio Program Directors and Music Directors.
This is a new category in the Broadcast Dialogue Canadian Radio Awards that is now officially open for submissions.
The inaugural awards program founded last fall is affectionately dubbed “The Howards” after publisher emeritus Howard Christensen.
The 2021 Awards edition has been expanded to 22 categories, including establishing several new awards for commercial and imaging production, and creating separate solo and on-air team hosting honours. Also added is a specific category recognizing Campus & Community Radio, and established the Sound of Success Award, in conjunction with Radio Connects, recognizing radio’s ability to drive business. Additionally, the Canadian Radio Emerging Artist of the Year award, presented by FYI, nominated and voted on by Program and Music directors.
Find out more about the awards here.
The following is a summary of commitments from the leading federal political parties relevant to arts and culture sectors, compiled by Canadian Arts Coalition with a big assist from Global Public Affairs.
MRC streaming data analysis
Most streaming platforms have the capability for curation and allow users to pick and choose exactly what they want to listen to. In our just released 2021 U.S. Music 360 study, we found that music streamers lean toward their personal favorites, 61% create their own playlists and 37% listen to auto-generated playlists that are specifically adapted to personal listening habits¹.
The younger generations lean on their streaming platforms for music discovery. This study shows that 59% of Gen Z and 63% of Millennials primarily use music audio and video streaming services to discover music and Millennials have garnered an 8% lift on “new music release” playlists since 2020. About three quarters of both generations are interested in discovering new music and emerging artists, making them key audiences for any up and comers, but Gen Z care much more about being the first of their friends to find something new. – MRC Data
2 NDP candidates resign after social media comments on Israel, Auschwitz – Global News
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says the antisemitic comments by two of his party’s candidates who resigned were “completely wrong.”
“Antisemitism is real,” Singh said during a campaign stop in Essex, Ont.
“We’re seeing a scary rise in antisemitism, and we are unequivocally opposed, and we’ll confront it.”
The party confirmed Wednesday that Dan Osborne, the candidate for the Nova Scotia riding of Cumberland-Colchester, and Sidney Coles, the candidate for Toronto-St. Paul’s, ended their campaigns and “agreed to educate themselves further about antisemitism.”
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Singh said antisemitism has no place in his party and the candidates made the right decision to resign.
“In addition, they’re talking about the importance of getting training,” Singh said.
Coles, who has since deleted her Twitter account, was reported to have posted misinformation about Israel being linked to missing COVID-19 vaccines.
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, a non-profit human rights organization, shared images purportedly from Coles’ account over the weekend. Coles later apologized on social media.
Osborne was reported to have tweeted to Oprah in 2019 asking if Auschwitz was a real place, referring to the Nazi-run concentration camp in Poland during the Second World War.
He responded to backlash about the post on Twitter over the weekend, saying he had tweeted it when he was a teenager.
“I want to offer an apology,” Osborne tweeted Sunday. “The role of Auschwitz and the history of the Holocaust is one we should never forget.
“Antisemitism should be confronted and stopped. I can’t recall posting that, I was 16 then and can honestly say I did not mean to cause any harm.”
Jaime Kirzner-Roberts, director of policy at Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, said in a news release that he had been in contact with the New Democrats. He was relieved the candidates stepped down, he added.
“We thank NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh for his leadership in ensuring this outcome,” Kirzner-Roberts said.
“Amid rising Jew-hatred in this country, all political parties and leaders must send a message, loud and clear, that antisemitism will not be tolerated in any shape or form.”
A handful of candidates from other parties have also dropped out during the election.
Last week the Conservative Party dropped Lisa Robinson, the candidate for the Beaches-East York riding in Toronto, after Islamophobic social media posts surfaced. Robinson has claimed the account is fake and she has previously reported it to police.
Liberal Raj Saini resigned earlier in the campaign after facing allegations that he harassed a female staff member, claims he firmly denies.
Singh condemned Coles’ posts during a campaign stop on Tuesday, but did not demand she step down. At that time, he said the candidate’s “unequivocal apology” was the right thing to do.
Singh didn’t say Wednesday why he didn’t push for a resignation sooner, but reiterated that it was the right decision for the candidates.
Liberal candidate’s Montreal posters defaced with swastikas
The New Democrats are filling their schedule for the final push before the election.
Singh was greeted by hundreds of people cheering and holding signs during stops in London West and Niagara Centre _ both of which went Liberal in the last election. He told supporters to vote with their conscience.
The NDP leader has continuedto dismiss that people should follow the idea of voting strategically and kept his sights set on Justin Trudeau during the final push.
“There is a cost to voting for the Liberals,” he said.
Singh will also be taking his message to the Ontario ridings of Hamilton and Brampton East.
He will end the busy day with a livestream on Twitch, an online gaming site. Singh, who has embraced social media trends and videos, said it’s a way to connect with potential voters.
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