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Tim Tierney





Grade 11 Civics class not impressed with MPs' behaviour #elbowgate

May 20, 2016

Re: Trudeau at the middle of a mêlée in the House of Commons

To the editor:

As 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.

The 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.

In 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.

In 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.

Justin 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.

However, 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.

Our 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.

It 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.

Scott Searle, Orléans,
on behalf of St. Peter High School Civics students


Medical lab's closing causes frustration, consternation for many

May 7, 2016

To the editor:

I 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.

The 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 crowded.

One 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 OHIP card.

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 can’t 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.?

Also 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?

Also, 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.

L. Malloy,

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