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Sound Off -- March 13, 2017

Where is logic in cutting funding to ESL classes?

Where is the federal government’s logic in cutting half a million dollars from ACC-ESL program (level 5-8) which allows those successful to obtain higher paying jobs and thus support their families? This cut has been done supposedly to fund more level 1-4 classes that will qualify people for minimum wage jobs and thus might need social assistance to support their family. Level 4 does qualify one to apply for citizenship and thus be able to vote in the next election. Surely the government realized that with 25,000 people coming to Canada in a year, there would be a need for more ESL classes. Why penalize those who are already in higher level of the program and on their way to success?

No need for TVs

Prairie Mountain Health needs to save $17.5 million. How about not purchasing TVs for the waiting rooms in The Town Centre? That kind of waste is symbolic of PMH mentality.

Solutions for the BSD

The recent discussions regarding the Brandon School Division’s budget, noting reductions that have been made, are really only reallocations. If there were increased costs in employee benefit costs that resulted from changing the formula, it only means that those costs were over-budgeted in previous years. The division needs to consider a reduction in administrative and consulting positions of 15 per cent as mandated by the provincial government regarding its Crown corporations. Such a reduction would have minimal effect on the classroom but could still result in a tax increase at the rate of inflation which may be more palatable to the taxpayer.

Thanks for making my day

Special thank you to the gentleman who paid for my coffee and doughnut at the mall on Feb. 28. He really made my day.

Are the kids in charge now?

Regarding the Sound Off “Welcome To The 21st Century.” Businesses do care about spelling and basic math. This thinking is doing a great disservice to students itself. The 3 Rs are just as critical to education as critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving. How can they solve problems without the 3 Rs? I don’t think it is very laughable when the time has come that kids shouldn’t do things that they don’t like doing. What is next … kids don’t like chores so they shouldn’t do them? Since when are the kids running the education system if that is the case?

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 13, 2017

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Where is logic in cutting funding to ESL classes?

Where is the federal government’s logic in cutting half a million dollars from ACC-ESL program (level 5-8) which allows those successful to obtain higher paying jobs and thus support their families? This cut has been done supposedly to fund more level 1-4 classes that will qualify people for minimum wage jobs and thus might need social assistance to support their family. Level 4 does qualify one to apply for citizenship and thus be able to vote in the next election. Surely the government realized that with 25,000 people coming to Canada in a year, there would be a need for more ESL classes. Why penalize those who are already in higher level of the program and on their way to success?

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Where is logic in cutting funding to ESL classes?

Where is the federal government’s logic in cutting half a million dollars from ACC-ESL program (level 5-8) which allows those successful to obtain higher paying jobs and thus support their families? This cut has been done supposedly to fund more level 1-4 classes that will qualify people for minimum wage jobs and thus might need social assistance to support their family. Level 4 does qualify one to apply for citizenship and thus be able to vote in the next election. Surely the government realized that with 25,000 people coming to Canada in a year, there would be a need for more ESL classes. Why penalize those who are already in higher level of the program and on their way to success?

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