|Posted by glass4yorkcentre on July 30, 2016 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
I've taken the last few days to look back on my second time as a candidate for the office of Trustee for Ward 5 - York Centre at the Toronto District School Board. Those that have come up to me in the days following the election to inform me that I had their vote have left me in awe. Thank you, all.I ran a campaign that did not receive the organizational support of a single political party, labour union or incumbent local politician. Perhaps that is why my vote total dipped to the degree that...Read Full Post »
|Posted by glass4yorkcentre on July 18, 2016 at 11:50 AM||comments (0)|
With early voting now closed and Election Day only one week away I want to express the importance of this vote.
You may not have students in the public system, but the winner of this election will get paid with your tax dollars and will play a role in deciding how approximately $9 million dollars of taxpayer money is spent!
I entered this race because I believe I can make a difference in our education system for the better.
For far too long the TDSB has been plagued by scand...Read Full Post »
|Posted by glass4yorkcentre on July 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Back in April Premier Kathleen Wynne proposed a ban on corporate and union donation in provincial election campaigns. More than a decade after these types of contributions were outlawed at the federal level. It is an idea that is long over-due at the municipal and school board level. The potential for corruption amongst political candidates has become far too great. As such, this is what I propose:
1. Changes to third-party advertising rules to include clarifying what constitutes a thir...Read Full Post »
|Posted by glass4yorkcentre on June 29, 2016 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
Two days ago the provincial government announced an increase in annual funding for school repairs to $1.3-billion this year and $1.4-billion in 2016/17. This is a step in the right direction. But is it enough?
The TDSB expects to receive close to just $300 million of the provincial funding, which will raise the school board’s total budget for repairs up to $579 million.
Moreover, there is still a $15-billion repair backlog in Ontario schools. And gr...Read Full Post »
|Posted by glass4yorkcentre on June 24, 2016 at 8:05 PM||comments (0)|
In lieu of a blog I thought I would direct your attention to this article. It demonstrates the model school program is working. As the father of a child in a model school I have seen this program in action. Let's keep up this kind of great work, together!
|Posted by glass4yorkcentre on June 14, 2016 at 3:20 PM||comments (1)|
Let me be clear: I support the updated 'sex ed' curriculum. I believe after nearly two decades it is impossible to deny that the world is a different place. As the father of two young girsl - particularly one of whom is on the autism spectrum and cannot fully comprehend when something may or may not be appropriate - I want them to be have the tools to make their own decisions without any worry of coercion or peer pressure.
I understand that many of those that have engaged i...Read Full Post »
|Posted by glass4yorkcentre on June 6, 2016 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
I find myself occupied with the events of this previous weekend in the City of Toronto when this city erupted in a violence that saw three people shot and eight people stabbed. One victim was fatally wounded not far from York Centre in the York West neighbourhood of Emery Village. Another was as young as 10 years of age.
As a parent of two young girls I often find myself trying to ensure they have the pleasure of growing up in safety. But this past weekend something about this city stop...Read Full Post »
|Posted by glass4yorkcentre on June 1, 2016 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
Just four months on the job, and he’s already looking for a new one.
That is the story of TDSB Trustee and NDP candidate for Scarborough-Rouge River Neethan Shan.
This is far from Trustee Shan’s first offence. As a York Region District School Board Trustee, Shan unsuccessfully ran for the same provincial seat after less than one year on the job.
When the previous January’s TDSB by-election was held, his opponents attacked him for a lack of commitment to the...Read Full Post »
|Posted by glass4yorkcentre on May 24, 2016 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
The Government of Ontario is letting down kids on the autism spectrum and their parents. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is at a loss as to how to fix this problem.
As has been reported widely, the Wynne government has cut intensive behavioural therapy (IBI) for children on the spectrum over the age of five years old. This has sparked the province-wide movement, #AutismDoesntEndAt5. The government contends that experts have informed them IBI is ineffective or less ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by glass4yorkcentre on May 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
I have had the privilege of being involved in politics in some capacity for years. I have had the opportunity to meet heroes, icons, and mentors. And I have been grateful for those opportunities. But fourteen years after I took out my first membership in a political party I have made the decision to put my own name on a ballot for a second time. I made this decision because I believe I can make a difference in the system for the better.
After years of being forced to navigate my way thr...Read Full Post »