School Boards are essential
Wecan hardly believe that, once again, the idea of abolishing school boards has been brought up. This time by the Liberals! In power! With the usual bad reasoning, low turnout. That the Legaults of this world spread this is one thing, that the Liberals do it also is another.
As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the emergence of regional school boards in the mid-sixties and the comprehensive high-school was the banging of the last nail on the coffin of nonurban minorities, not only here in Quebec, but elsewhere in Canada for the Francophones. There is always a sufficient mass in urban areas, not so in rural ones.
That the turn-out at the last election was less than stellar can be explained by the simple fact that the former education minister was predicting low turnout. For those who don’t remember him, it was Dr. Bolduc, who was saying that if nobody showed up, it was byebye to the school boards.
Seems that the Liberals are all for efficacy, any form of democracy or local decision making being a real hindrance. The hospital boards are gone, with the minister controlling everything. At least the Soviets were trying to camouflage their centralized way.
Good luck trying to preserve some English at these boards when the PQ takes over. But then, Mr. Couillard is not one to look forward much. He’s there forever.
So the new education minister is trying to eliminate the school boards. Legault’s CAQ is in favor. Let’s set aside the Canadian Constitution for a while, shall we.
So who will defend the rights of English Quebeckers to control their school system? No, it cannot be! Yes, it is: The PQ.
As was the case, way back, when Mrs. Marois fought a big part of her constituency to push forward an amendment to the Constitution, it will be the next head of the PQ who will have to defend the rights of the English community to control its destiny.
Now there is another solution: a fixed election date for administrative bodies.
Yes, let’s have municipal and school board elections at the same time as provincial ones! Too simple! So let the PQ defend the Anglophone community. The above was written before I had a chance to read former BQ leader, Gilles Duceppe, in the Journal de Montréal, who basically points out the quagmire of trying to abolish the school boards. Abolishing the English one is constitutionally impossible, the French one another matter. As Mr. Duceppe said, what would happen when Francophones, the majority in Quebec, sue because they are mistreated as a majority?
This is a bad idea to start with, and letting our local M.N.A.’s know about it is essential.
TheDr. W.J. Klinck Foundation is grateful for the incredible response to its fall 2014 fundraising efforts that came to a close in January 2015. Each year the Foundation, named after one of the Eastern Townships’ great physicians and humanitarians, Dr. W.J. Klinck, distributes a letter to approximately 600 longstanding supporters in order to share the needs of Grace Christian and Connaught Homes. In return, the Foundation receives between 40 and 60 thousand dollars of much appreciated and much needed donations.
With significant costs of government required improvements to Grace Christian Home (Lennoxville) and maintenance and technical upgrades to Connaught Home (North Hatley), which were completed in 2014, the Foundation appealed to its dedicated support base and, for the first time in years, reached out to new supporters across the Townships and beyond. The response was overwhelming as the funds raised surpassed the Foundation’s goal of $400 000 with a total of $409 000 collected in donations. Many of the donors who came forward were supporting the worthy cause of senior care at Grace Christian and Connaught Homes for the first time. The Foundation, on behalf of the residents, families, volunteers, and staff of both Homes would like to sincerely thank the community members, businesses, and corporations that provided support. In particular, the Foundation would like to thank Mr. Steve Allatt and Mr. Richard Faith for their leadership, guidance, and their generous efforts to encourage others to support the fall 2014 campaign effort.
In recent months, the Dr. W.J. Klinck Foundation has welcomed new Board members and has begun laying the foundation to lead a future capital campaign that will support a new and exciting vision of renewal for Grace Christian and Connaught Homes. The Foundation is also focused on raising necessary funds on an ongoing basis to support the Homes in their longstanding charitable work of subsidizing the cost of care for those who need assistance.
Leading the Dr. W.J. Klinck Foundation is Stephan Elkas, supported by Board members: John William Klinck, Jim Davidson, Bob Halsall, Nathalie Lafond, Jim Crook, and Mike Everett. The sole objective of the Dr. W.J. Klinck Foundation is to support the ongoing work of Grace Christian and Connaught Homes. The Homes, which are certified, private non-profit, charitable senior care facilities were founded by Dr. W.J. Klinck and a group of devoted volunteers. The Homes have been providing compassionate care to seniors since 1957 and are some of the last remaining eldercare homes providing an essential service to the English speaking community in the Eastern Townships.
Currently, both Homes provide a full range of care including: independent living in duplexes at Grace Christian as well as long term, respite, secure Alzheimer’s, and palliative care.. Both Homes also have doctors on call who make regular visits as well as a full time Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Caregivers. To learn more about these Homes or the Dr. W.J. Klinck Foundation, please contact the Administrative Office at Grace Christian: 819-5690546 or Connaught: 819-842-2164.