Thumbs Down to the District School Board of Niagara for not alerting the public about next Tuesday’s strike sooner than it did. The DSBN’s argument that it didn’t receive ‘official’ notification of the strike until Friday doesn’t wash. They knew at least by Thursday. Chairman Kevin Maves confirmed this. By waiting until Friday to alert parents, they have left people with one business day to make alternate arrangements. While we are at it, thumbs down to the teachers’ union for the same thing. They alerted members Thursday by email about the job action. They could have told the public as well.
Thumbs Up to DSBN board chairman and Niagara Falls trustee Kevin Maves, who had the guts on Thursday evening to confirm reports recieved by Bullet News that a strike was planned for Tuesday. That allowed Bullet News to give our readers with children in public elementary schools almost an extra day to prepare other arrangements for the care of their kids on Tuesday. Maves not only showed true leadership, but he demonstrated, at least, has his priorities straight – the parents and students come first.
Thumbs Down to Avondale convenience stores for refusing to accept $100-bills. First of all, since it’s easy to spend this much money in these shops, it’s ridiculous for Avondale to reject the bills – for which the government has spent millions to safeguard against forgeries.
Thumbs Up to Stevensville native and Major League Baseball prospect Nick Weglarz who recently signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Weglarz had long been considered one of the top prospects in the Cleveland Indians farm system though he has battled injuries along the way. Here is to wishing the power-hitting outfielder much success and eventually a shot at the big leagues.
Thumbs Down to the ongoing NHL labour dispute. It can be argued that hockey is more than a sport in our community, and is actually a part of our social and cultural fabric. The economic impact of the current lockout is substantial not to mention all the negative PR. Is there any limit to
the arrogance and stubbornness of both the league and the players’ union?
Thumbs Down to Ontario teachers holding students and parents hostage with their threats of strikes, walk outs, work to rule nonsense and all other forms of bullying tactics they are employing. Education is an essential service and the students these educators are using as pawns in their fight with their employers are being victimized. Stop the games and do your job. Tell your union to negotiate with the government in good faith for the best deal possible and failing that, go to arbitration. Striking is not an option and should be off the table.
Thumbs Down to the Teacher’s Union for threatening their members with up to $500 per day fines for doing their job when the union wants them to act like spoiled children and throw temper tantrums instead of teach. The Ontario government should put a stop to this kind of action – unions are suppose to protect their members, not threaten them for doing the job they were hired to do. Teachers work for their school boards, not for the union that is suppose to protect and represent them.
Thumbs Down to putting on the snow tires, endless construction on Lake Street by Carlton in St. Catharines, that not only has had the road blocked off for months, but has everything just caked in dust.