11 Civics class not impressed with MPs' behaviour #elbowgate
Trudeau at the middle of a mêlée in the House
a civics teacher in Orléans, I frequently plan
trips for my students to see democracy in action. Ironically,
I was initially planning one of these trips on May 18.
Our MP, Andrew Leslie, offered to arrange for our students
to observe Question Period. Based on some of the actions
of his colleagues, I am not sure it would be a good idea.
ministry of education asks teachers in Ontario to grade
students on levels. A Level 3 is the provincial standard
for a student who meets expectations. Level 4 is for students
who exceed expectations, while Level 2 is for work that
approaches the standard. Level 1 is the bare minimum that
can be accepted. Students who are below Level 1 are asked
to re-submit their work.
our view, the core expectation from our parliamentarians
is that they talk to each other. Bill C-14 will change
the law on assisted suicide. This is a deeply personal
issue for many Canadians, and MPs would benefit greatly
from hearing a range of perspectives from their colleagues.
our classroom, members of the NDP caucus would get a failing
grade for attempting to block the Conservative whip from
entering the House. In Civics class, we learn that the
front benches in the House of Commons are far enough apart
to prevent parliamentarians from crossing swords, to encourage
them to use words to debate.
Trudeau seemed to have had good intentions in escorting
the Conservative whip to his seat, but his argument would
be stronger if his government had not shut down debate
on the bill. Also, he should have remained in his seat.
for his quick apology and accepting responsibility, the
prime minister gets a Level 2. The MPs who conflated what
happened with violence against women or domestic assaults
are trivializing a critical issue facing Canadians and
looking to score cheap points; they would be asked to
resubmit their work.
class thought that the worst culprits were those who tweeted
about #elbowgate with feigned outrage. One student said
she gets bumped worse than that every day on her walk
from her locker to her classroom.
is a shame that we cannot dial down the rhetoric, reduce
the tension and have a real conversation about an important
issue facing Canadians. May 18 was a bad day for almost
everyone in Canadian politics. We can do better. And for
the sake of my Civics class, I hope we do better quickly.
on behalf of St. Peter High School Civics students
lab's closing causes frustration, consternation for many
am concerned with regards to the closure of the Life Labs
in medical laboratory in the Orléns Town Centre
on Centrum Blvd. in April, leaving clients with the option
of going to the lab on Place d'Orléans Blvd. next
to the Orléans Urgent Care Clinic.
two clinics were combined with less space, more clients
and less staff. The hours were cutback. The line-ups are
longer because of the closure of the laboratory on Centrum.
Also there was no clear sign stating the hours of the
lab at 1220 Place D'Orleans Drive.
There are now two very confusing line-ups. One was the
line up for the Urgent Care Clinic and another for the
lab. Now seniors on walkers etc. wait in line for about
20 minutes in the cold. It will be worst in winter. Then
we waited in a porch like entrance which was extremely
elderly gentleman had only a ledge to perch on. We let
him go to the front of the line. Finally we made it to
the receptionist who took my OHIP card. I was seated and
waited for another 20 minutes. Then I went to an area
with four cubicles but only three lab technicians readily
available. I waited another 10 minutes.
I have been told by a member of MPP Marie-France Lalonde's
staff the the provincial government does not oversee lab
work under the provincial health care system even though
my doctor referred me to this lab and the lab took my
Since two labs have been amalgamated into one, why not
choose a location with a good-size waiting room indoors?
Also why are we near those who are quite ill right beside
us going to the Health Care Clinic? Why cant Life
Labs put a decent size sign right on their front door?
Why did the Centrum lab open at 7 a.m. and now the amalgamated
lab opens at 8 a.m.?
could one staff member not open their doors a half hour
earlier so we can get out of the cold? We could take a
number and then wait till they begin their day at 8 a.m.
Why is there no reading material in the waiting area since
this procedure now takes up to an hour?
who exactly oversees (regulates) our labs if not our provincial
MPP? These are all questions I have yet to receive an
answer for. Orléans residents deserve better.
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