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Special Ed Students Pay The Price Of B.C.'s Teacher Shortage: Teachers wanted

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[I'm not sure how much can be done about this. It's not just about having the money to hire new teachers. The Liberals spent more than a decade attacking teachers, firing them and, generally, driving them away to greener pastures, where they now reside with their own families in many cases. You can't just flip a switch and get them back instantly. *RON*]

Canadian Press, Huffington Post, 10 December 2017

VANCOUVER — Teachers have their pick of jobs in British Columbia, but the head of their union warns that some students are going without their specially trained educators who are covering substitute positions that districts haven't been able to fill.

B.C. Teachers Federation president Glen Hansman said students requiring one-on-one attention or support in small groups from special education teachers are shouldering the burden of staffing issues.

"The bulk of the time, it's the child who's supposed to be receiving special…

Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why

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["According to the CDC, black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health. Put another way, a black woman is 22 percent more likely to die from heart disease than a white woman, 71 percent more likely to perish from cervical cancer, but 243 percent more likely to die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes. ... Black expectant and new mothers in the U.S. die at about the same rate as women in countries such as Mexico and Uzbekistan, the World Health Organization estimates.

Nin Martin, Renee Montagne, National Public Radio, 7 December 2017

On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving's "village" — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta to say goodbye.

The afternoon light was gray but bright, floodi…

The Lines That Divide America

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[The divide is widening. Americans are increasingly segregated by socioeconomic class—and have forgotten that all citizens deserve a shot at moving ahead. *RON*]
Nitin Nohria, The Atlantic, 2 December 2017

Think of waiting in a long, slow-moving line, like the security lines at an airport. What’s your emotional reaction when you see someone cutting ahead of you, or shifting into a faster-moving line that you are not allowed to join? What if you are pulled aside for extra questioning, for no apparent reason?

Lines can bring fairness and order to what might otherwise be a free-for-all. There’s even a science, called queuing theory, that examines the optimal ways to make lines move equitably and efficiently. But they don’t always work that way; sometimes, they can operate to institutionalize unfairness and inequality. That’s why Arlie Russell Hochschild uses lines as a metaphor for the challenges facing contemporary American society in her book Strang…

B.C. NDP government to announce Site C decision Monday morning

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[Some time later this morning! *RON*]

Simon Little, CKNW / Global News, 10 December 2017

Monday will be decision day for the controversial Site C dam.

Premier John Horgan has scheduled an 11:30 a.m. press conference at which he will announce whether the province will carry on with or scrap the $10-billion project.

The NDP cabinet has spent the last week in close consultation over a decision that Global BC chief legislative correspondent Keith Baldrey says will be a green light.

“I’ve talked to a couple of senior government officials over the weekend, I can tell you the dam is going to proceed. It will be completed, the NDP making a difficult decision.”
LizaCKNW980@lizaCKNW980FYI - the #sitec decision will be made public at 11:30 when the press conference with the Premier begins. #bcpoli …3:43 PM - Dec 10, 2017 11 Reply 2121 Retweets 44 likesTwitter Ads info and privacy Balrdrey said the NDP fac…

Fund managers branded ‘arrogant and complacent’ on fees

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[This gives you a good picture of the current attitudes of the financial sector toward government, whom they apparently consider to be their lapdog now. *RON*]

Justin Cash, Fund Strategy, 11 December 2017

Asset managers have been branded “arrogant and complacent” by the academic tasked with creating a new template for fund costs and charges.

Transparency campaigner Chris Sier, who is chairing the regulator’s disclosure working group, has told The Times that he estimates £35bn a year is being overcharged from pension funds in hidden costs.

On those managers who had pushed back against reform proposals, Sier said: “The FCA has found you wanting. You’re not doing yourselves any favours by resisting this.”

The comment echoes those made by Sier to Fund Strategy’s sister title Money Marketing last month, that the asset managers complaining the most “have the most to worry about”.

He said: “The market has realised this is happening regardless, the template…