Monday, June 05, 2006

From the Desk of Edward Itorial - My First Post

This has been quite the week here at the BC Poly Blog. The list of news outlets to the left? Those are some of the outlets which either reported on our breaking story from Thursday, "BCTF Memos Show $$$ More Important Than Students" or requested interviews with this intrepid Poly. Due to the thousands of "hits" we had on this story and the hundreds of emails we received, we here at the Poly decided to make some clarifications on the operation of this Blog.
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There are several people who work tirelessly to collect the information for the two or three posts made here each week. The sarcastic, yet informative, voice heard thus far has been of Poly. Poly finds - or creates - the absurd in the news piece. This creates a mix of humour, awareness and discussion. But make no mistake, at the core of each article is a real issue in play in British Columbia.
In an effort to clarify our position on an issue or to answer questions of readers, the press or lawyers, from time-to-time I will make posts on the BC Poly Blog. This way Poly's humour does not get in the way of the message and you - our loyal reader - can ask questions and get pointed answers. But don't worry - Poly will continue to post a majority of the time!
Let me get to main point of my first post - clarify our Poly's stance on teachers and the BCTF.
Teachers are some of the hardest working and most under appreciated folks in our society. We entrust our children to these educators for about seven hours a day, five days a week, nine months a year for roughly thirteen years. Quite frankly, teachers can spend more time with the kids than some parents. This Poly supports our teachers' call for improvements in the education system and for fair pay and benefits.
The British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) on the other hand is an organization in the business of collecting fees from hard working teachers in order to provide pay to their executive and staff. Over 165 people work for the BCTF according to the list on their website. Assuming an average wage and benefit package of $80,000 for each BCTF employee / executive, this is a wage load of more than $13.2 million each year that is out of the pockets of teachers. Oh...this does not include money needed for day-to-day costs of running the BCTF which has to go into the millions of dollars each year. Remember that our taxes pay for teachers and as such, our money goes to finance the BCTF.
For the life of me, I cannot see the benefit the BCTF has for teachers. The BCTF certainly does not properly nor ethically provide representation of our province's fine teachers. Jinny Sims' main goal is to raise more money for her union in a demented version of a perpetual motion machine. If the teachers need a union they need to figure out the BCTF is not the correct choice.
So - to simplify for our critics: teachers = good...BCTF = bad evil empire who should be greased up with meat juice and forced to run naked while wearing leg irons through a pen of wild, rabid dogs. Ok...Poly helped with that last line.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG! I thought you were going to be serious for the whole post. My heart was pumping; I needed coffee, until the last line. Whew! I got my fix.
Thanks Poly!
And, congratulations on your first big scoop. Watch out Holeman.

Monday, June 05, 2006 6:47:00 AM  
Blogger frank said...

Thanks Edward, great post. I do enjoy the humor but more I enjoy the other side of the story getting out for a change. It was nice to see your "other side" today and would encourage more of it in the future.
I was shocked to see the long list of employees at the BCTF, and, the amount of teacher’s dues, our tax dollars, that go into funding this political machine disguised as a union. THAT should be the story on Global tonight.
Good job - please keep it up.

Monday, June 05, 2006 7:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edward, will you have your own site soon? Sometimes I can not get to Blogger.

Monday, June 05, 2006 7:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Poly.
Subscribing to poly is the best way to get your new posts. What a great time saver - Thanks
And, I can send them to my friends!!

Monday, June 05, 2006 7:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I especially enjoyed Mike Smith talking about the blog in the Province yesterday.

Monday, June 05, 2006 9:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teachers are forced to pay 13.2 MILLION to fund Jinny's play toy called the BCTF? 13.2 Mill in political contributions???
When will they get this?

Tuesday, June 06, 2006 6:14:00 AM  

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