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McCOLL: The battle for Canada’s big blue tent

“The sacking of Sloan was a reversal for O’Toole and a betrayal of the social conservative wing. The battle for the heart and soul of the big blue tent has begun.”

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In my last column I explained why centre and centre-right conservative leadership candidates court the support of social conservatives, only to throw them under the bus once they have won the leadership. Social conservatives are tiring of this habit and are demanding greater influence within the Conservative Party (CPC) and their provincial counterparts.

A conflict between social conservatives and other camps at the March convention seems certain as the former are growing in number and influence. A shift in the political landscape has altered the balance of power within the CPC; but what caused this shift?

British historian Dr. Stephen Davies argues that political realignments happen every 30 to 40 years. As the alignment of most voters shifts, so too do political alliances. This results in power struggles within big tent parties that end in schism, new political parties forming, or a shift in ideology. An example is how the Republicans of Abraham Lincoln were the northern party of black liberation while his opposition Democrats were (largely) the party of southern slave owners.

Davies points out that throughout history, politics has normally been a binary option around one primary defining issue. A two-dimensional political spectrum is created by adding the most important secondary issue as the vertical axis.

For most of recent history, the primary horizontal axis was economic: economic control (socialism) to the left, and economic freedom (free enterprise) to the right. The secondary issue – vertical axis – placed authoritarianism at one end, and social freedom (libertarian) at the other.

A diagonal line between the two dominant quadrants becomes the political left vs. right spectrum we know: with upper-left “social democratic” parties and bottom-right “free enterprise conservative” parties.

Most voters will fall into one of these two dominant quadrants with the minority of voters (normally swing voters) finding themselves in one of the two quadrants devoid of major political parties. The unionized blue-collar workers who voted for Trump, for example, can often be found in the empty economic-left and social-authoritarian quadrant.

Davies argues the new 21st-century primary axis is about issues of identity: nationalism vs. globalism; stability and order vs. dynamic innovation; rural areas and industrial regions vs. global metropolitan cities.

Davies’ new dominant quadrants – representing the primary coalitions – are the “globalist liberals & free market libertarians” and the “national collectivists & cultural conservatives.”

Traditional leftist parties made up of coalitions between environmentalists, socialists, liberals, and moderates will be difficult to maintain as the liberals and moderates will want to follow the majority of voters as they shift to more globalist and libertarian social positions.

While difficult, it is possible to build a big-tent coalition of the old left and the new globalist left under first past the post systems. However, traditional centre-right parties – like the Conservative Party of Canada – are in trouble and Davies argues they will almost certainly splinter as competing policy objectives pull the moderates and social conservatives in opposite directions. The growth of social conservative influence within the CPC results from this influx of economic-left cultural conservatives and a simultaneous departure of progressives and libertarians.

Examples of the realignment include the 2017 French elections where the traditional centre-left and centre-right parties were both shut-out of the Presidential run-off between the new globalist LaREM party of Emmanuel Macron and the National Front party of the cultural conservative Marie Le Pen. The LaREM-led coalition also won a substantial majority in the National Assembly, while the traditional centre-left and centre-right parties suffered significant losses.

Trump represented a dramatic shift in Republican policy towards national collectivism, and many of the newly elected Republican senators and members of congress share Trump’s nationalism and collectivist instincts. Hillary Clinton – who most readers would agree is a globalist liberal – tried to shift her party towards globalism but faced a backlash from the old socialist wing represented by Bernie Sanders and the new radical-environmentalist wing represented by New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In Canada, the shift can be seen in Quebec’s provincial elections. The new Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) is a prime example of a national collectivist and cultural conservative party. Federal Progressive Conservative cabinet minister turned Liberal Premier of Quebec Jean Charest set the Quebec Liberal party down the path to become a Macron-style coalition of globalist liberals and free market libertarians.

Derek Sloan and Dr. Leslyn Lewis both clearly campaigned on national collectivist and cultural conservative policies. Up until Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, O’Toole seemed content to slowly shift the CPC in the direction of national collectivism. The sacking of Sloan was a reversal for O’Toole and a betrayal of the social conservative wing. The battle for the heart and soul of the big blue tent has begun.

Alex McColl is the National Defence Columnist with the Western Standard

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  1. Mars Hill

    January 28, 2021 at 1:08 am

    reasons schmesans, O’Toole is a weasly tool, what a mistake.

  2. Vlad Lashing

    January 27, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    This was planned. It was no “mishap” nor was it a mistake. Its a deal with the masters behind Trudeau. The CON party has been pretending. They are not actually conservatives.

  3. shunster

    January 27, 2021 at 11:03 am

    No battle over the Tories…the grassroots have left…forever and no where!

  4. Cytotoxic

    January 27, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Please stop using the term ‘globalist’. It’s a moronic anti-concept and you can’t really be taken seriously if you use it.

    Otherwise, good article. I am not thrilled about joining up with the Macrons and Charests of the world but that appears to be the least bad option. Beats fascism and socialism.

    The CPC had better start attracting some people to dilute the God Squadders because if they don’t they’re finished. No one’s buying that crap. They’re probably finished anyways. The CPC is a failed experiment. Conservatism is a failed experiment.

    • Charles Martell III

      January 27, 2021 at 3:18 pm

      You really are the Last to Know . . . again man . . .

      We just watched a Fraud Election run by the Corporistas aka Globalists, in league with Wall Street Globalists, with Information blackouts run by Big Tech aka China controlled Globalists.
      And what can you say about the US Alphabet Media . . . Goebbels would be so proud.
      98% donate to and spout Dem Propaganda every day.
      Watch BNN Bloomberg TV for a few minutes . . . they are spokesmen for the CCP . . . Mikey Bloomberg is heavily invested in China, as is Wall Street, Big Tech and most of the Demokkkrat supporting Coroporatistas today. No longer does Coke, GM, Amazon, or dozens of other Big Corporations give a damn about the American Citizen or their well-being, they are focused on the Global Citizen . . . a concept pushed by the UN for decades now.

      Too busy going to school I suspect to keep up . . .

      79 Million people that voted for Trump disagree with you . . .
      And if you think Senile Joe Biden got more votes than Hillary & Obama . . . I have a bridge to sell you . . . lol

      • Cytotoxic

        January 28, 2021 at 11:24 am

        Cool story bro.

        “79 Million people that voted for Trump disagree with you”

        It was actually about 74 million.

  5. Charles Martell III

    January 26, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Alex . . . a collectivist is a Socialist . . . Socialists are usually Globalists as well.

    Nationalist = Patriot . . . look it up in your Funk & Wagnals.

    O’Toole is lieberal light . . . a Red Tory or closet Progressive . . . the Conservative movement created the Reform Party in the 90s because of loons like O’Toole . . . .

    I really don’t think it matters much any more . . . Canooks are some of the stupidest on the planet.
    I think Canada is done like dinner . . . within a decade or two we will be totally owned by the CCP.

  6. Allen

    January 26, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Can’t wait for the next election so I can abstain my vote (Or vote independence)

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MAKICHUK: Legendary Wings’ goalie Crozier deserves to be in the Hall

I also remember the smell of the hotdogs, the walls of cool Wings souvenirs and paraphernalia, none of which we could afford and watching the warriors come off the ice on a red carpet at the end of the game.

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My dad thought he looked familiar.

He was working on this car, at a GM dealership in Windsor at the time, doing front-end alignment, wheel balancing and new car pre-delivery inspections.

Suddenly this friendly little guy comes along, introduces himself … it’s Roger Crozier, the Red Wings goalie.

Dad has a nice chat with him, discovers he’s a nice, humble Canadian boy. He also happens to be one of the best rookie goalies in what was then the Original Six in the NHL.

So good, in fact, he won the Calder trophy in the 1964-65 NHL season. (I actually own the engraved silver ice bucket, that teammates gave him as a memento.)

Anyway, Dad came home and had a great story to tell. He met and shook the hand of Red Wings goalie Roger Crozier!

I was mesmerized. Who was this guy? He even gave Dad an autograph on the back of a dealership card.

Previous to this, I was a Maple Leafs fan, and Frank Mahovlich was my favourite player. I even had a Mahovlich calendar.

Well, overnight I became a Crozier/Wings fan. My Dad and I started listening to the games on the radio, a new way that we could bond together.

Whenever I played road hockey, which was often, I was Crozier. My Mom would even knit me a Wings logo to stitch onto a sweatshirt, as we could not afford to buy an actual jersey.

Makichuk in his road hockey gear

Check out this description of his amazing, acrobatic style, from HockeyThenAndNow.

In an era where stand-up goalies were the norm, Crozier resembled a fish out of water. His acrobatic movements were a thing of pure delight. On many plays around his goal crease, Crozier would be flat on the ice. His legs and arms flapping to reach the puck or cover as much space as possible. It was poetry-in-motion when Crozier moved to the front of or beyond his crease to confront a shooter head-on. By doing this, he took away the angles, which suddenly narrowed, as Crozier moved out from the net. As the opposing player advanced, Roger “The Dodger” would back-up in order to adjust to the situation. If a cross-ice pass was completed, the Detroit goalie reacted by propelling his extended body laterally to protect the open-side.

And keep in mind, all this was sans a goalie mask! 

Crozier would suffer two broken jawbones, had part of a front tooth knocked out by an errant hockey stick and sustained a shattered cheek.

I once saw a Bobby Hull slapshot go right past his head during a televised game against the Chicago Blackhawks which shattered the glass behind him. 

Such was the life of an Original Six goalie.

That season, the Wings would make it all the way to the Stanley Cup final against the Montreal Canadiens (whom I would learn to hate, to this day).

Crozier had started all of his team’s games, the last goalie to do so in the NHL, and led the league in wins and shutouts with 40 and six respectively. His 2.42 GAA was the second-lowest in the league.

This little man had singlehandedly changed the league overnight and even earned the attention of Sports Illustrated, in a Nov. 23, 1964 feature story.

The SI piece quoted Wings’ coach Sid Abel as saying: “Crozier has the fastest hands of any goalie I’ve ever seen … and he is the quickest to get back on his feet after a fall.”

Getting to the Cup final was not easy, they had to beat the Chicago Blackhawks who had a fellow by the name of Bobby Hull, and, the great Glenn Hall in goal.

During that series, which the Wings won 4-2, Norm Ullman would score his famous two goals in 5 seconds — which we heard play out on the radio.

The Wings were rolling, and Crozier was killing opposing teams — with elan. The acrobatic goalie was making incredible saves, in a manner that had never been seen before.

Anyway, they made it to the final against the Habs.

To make a long story short, the Wings won the first two games in Montreal and Crozier was red-hot and shutting the door.

Windsor Star sports columnist Jack Dulmage, who followed the series closely, would quote tough guy John Ferguson as saying, “Crozier kills you when he’s hot.”

It would be a prophetic statement.

Whether they had done it intentionally, or not, they ran him — still a sore spot with me, to this day — and took him out. It was nothing short of the Bobby Clarke slash on Soviet star Valeri Kharlamov which happened decades later.

“At first, I thought my leg was broken,” said Crozier. “I was stretching for the corner of the goal when (Bobby) Rousseau fell going through the crease, jamming my leg against the post. 

“There was a searing pain and my leg went limp. It started to quiver, I couldn’t control it and couldn’t regain my feet.”

Hank Bassen, the backup, was forced into action. Crozier would eventually return, but he wasn’t 100%.

The Habs, led by the amazing Jean Beliveau, would win the series 4-2. But the last game remains controversial to this day.

It went into overtime, 2-2, at Olympia Stadium. Henri Richard slid straight into the net, unpenalized, with Wings defender Gary Bergman, who said he held onto his stick.

Columnist Dulmage would call it, “the unseen hand.”

Somehow, the puck ended up in the net. Referee John Ashley ruled it a goal and the rest is history. 

Crozier and Bergman, to their dying days, insisted Richard put it in with his hand. We will probably never know.

The diminutive goalie from Bracebridge — he weighed 160 pounds soaking wet and stood 5-ft. 8-ins. — would win the Conn Smythe trophy on the losing team, with an amazing playoff GAA of 2.34.

After the game, an angry JC Tremblay would kick things around the Canadiens’ dressing room, feeling he should have deserved the MVP award.

But the facts stood out — the 23-year-old backstopped the Red Wings against the two highest-scoring teams in the NHL.

Detroit managed just six goals over those last four games on Gump Worsley, the final two of which Crozier played with a sprained knee and twisted ankle.

In addition to the $1,000 cash award for the Conn Smythe, a $5,000 Mustang sports car was thrown into the mix.

Media reports say Crozier motored around Bracebridge, Ontario during that summer, as he recovered from the Stanley Cup final disappointment.

Of course, I would beg my Dad to take me to a game in Detroit and I will never forget that first experience. It was late in the season, in 1967, and the Wings were hosting the mighty Leafs.

There were no seats left when we arrived on a cold, windy night in Motown, it was a sellout — they just had $3 standing room tickets, which we took.

Struggling to see the action, and, getting repeatedly kicked off the stairs by ushers, I saw my first goal. 

It was none other than Gordie Howe, No. 9, on a breakaway on NHL great Terry Sawchuk. I remember how casually he flipped it in and how the Olympia exploded in sound. 

I also remember the smell of the hotdogs, the walls of cool Wings souvenirs and paraphernalia, none of which we could afford and watching the warriors come off the ice on a red carpet at the end of the game.

The Wings would lose the game and the Leafs would go on to win the Stanley Cup.

Unfortunately, Crozier’s health would take a turn for the worse — he would suffer from pancreatitis and ulcers, which forced him to miss 12 games out of 70 in 1966-67.

He would win only 22 games and recorded a 3.35 GAA, as the Wings missed the playoffs, and after another bout of ill health at the beginning of the 1967–68 season, he announced his retirement due to stress and depression. 

A Wings teammate who went to visit him to try to talk him into returning, found him hammering shingles onto a roof of a house in Bracebridge, Ont.

Crozier’s comment was: “If I bend a nail up here, I don’t have 12,000 people booing me!”

But six weeks later, he would return after a stint with the Fort Worth Wings of the Central Professional Hockey League, playing two more seasons on a mediocre Wings team before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres in 1970.

GM Punch Imlach knew that solid goaltending would be the cornerstone around which a competitive team could be built. Crozier gave the Sabres instant credibility while playing in 44 games in their inaugural season.

His experience and poise gave the Sabres a chance to win any time he was between the pipes.

Still suffering from pancreatitis, ulcers and now afflicted by gallbladder problems, he would help backstop the Sabres to a winning record in 1972-73 with an impressive 2.76 GAA.

He would post 17 wins and two losses in the 1974–75 season, helping the Sabres rank first in the Adams Division. During the NHL playoffs Crozier played five games, including two in the Stanley Cup finals. 

The Sabres would trade him to the Washington Capitals in exchange for cash in 1977. He played only three games with the Caps before retiring after 14 NHL seasons.

Crozier played in 518 regular season games, winning 206, losing 197, tying 70, and played in 32 NHL playoff games, winning 14 and losing 16.

He died at age 53 after a battle with cancer on January 11, 1996.

Taking all of this amazing hockey history into account, it is outrageous to me that Crozier is not in the NHL’s Hockey Hall of Fame.

In fact, he remains the only No. 1 goaltender for a team of the NHL Original Six during the 1960 to 1979 period not elected.

No goalie, not even to this day, stopped pucks so creatively and magically, as Crozier. Had health issues not cut him down, there is no telling what he could have achieved.

It should be noted that he was also active in civic and charity work. He served on the board of directors of the Boy Scouts of America, receiving its Distinguished Citizen Award in 1984. 

He also established the Roger Crozier Foundation to aid underprivileged children.

If ever there was a man, who should be in the Hall, it is Roger Crozier. And I hope and pray it happens, before I join him on that big ice rink in the sky.

Dave Makichuk is a Western Standard contributor
He has worked in the media for decades, including as an editor for the Calgary Herald. He is also the Calgary correspondent for ChinaFactor.news
makichukd@gmail.com
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SLOBODIAN: Liberal MP Atwin wants racist theory taught to kids

CRT is based on a Marxist radical left-wing definition of culture and history designed to create factions, to pit people against one another.

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Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin appears to have shifted her focus from trashing Jews to promoting tainting the minds of school children.

Good fortune befell the Green Party of Canada when Atwin threw a hissy fit and bailed last June to join the Liberals.

That’s when Atwin condemned former Green Party leader Annamie Paul’s appeal for dialogue and de-escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Violence and confrontation will not bring resolution, only more suffering,” Paul, who converted to Judaism years ago, tweeted last May.

Atwin indignantly maintained there were “no two sides to this conflict, only human rights abuses” committed by Israel. She denounced Paul’s “inadequate statement.”

“I stand with Palestine and condemn the unthinkable airstrikes in Gaza. End Apartheid,” Atwin tweeted.

Atwin was either clueless about Israeli-Palestinian affairs, or guilty as charged by critics who blasted her remarks as “inflammatory” and “anti-Semitic.”

She ignored the fact that Israel was attacked and forced to retaliate. During the 11-day conflict 4,350 rockets were fired on Israeli civilians from the Gaza Strip, killing 13 Israelis, and wounding 312, including children.

Many of the 253 people, including civilians, some of them children, who died in Gaza, were killed by rockets misfired inside the strip by the terrorist group Hamas, not by Israeli Defense Forces weapons. 

Nonetheless, the Liberals celebrated Atwin crossing the floor to enter their fold as a coup. 

Atwin, no doubt pressured to do so under intense criticism, dutifully back-peddled on her anti-Israeli diatribe.

But the Liberals knew what they were getting.

Atwin has now diverted her attention to teaching your children more than science and engineering. 

Last week, Atwin, who won her New Brunswick seat by a thread in the September federal election, delivered a reply, as MPs do, to the November 23 throne speech.

Included in her comments about reconciliation, seniors, and the earth being “in danger” was something sinister that should alarm Canadian parents.

“I want Canadian kids to feel good about going back to school and about planning their futures. We need them to study engineering, science, sustainable agriculture and critical race theory (CRT).”

“We need them to embrace their role in the transition, the transition that is under way. I want them to trust in their government and feel comfort in our demonstrated actions.”

Notice how she casually slipped in a push for CRT? 

Atwin speech

And exactly what is the transition underway that she spoke of? That sounds ominous.

Trust? Hardly. 

First, an MP who spews easily disproven falsehoods about a major conflict doesn’t inspire trust. 

Also, it’s wise to be very wary of a government that peddles CRT which is really hardcore systematic racism camouflaged as something lovely and necessary and just.

CRT is based on a Marxist radical left-wing definition of culture and history designed to create factions, to pit people against one another.

It sees racism everywhere. It teaches children to judge and distrust skin colour. It condemns white people just for being white. Anyone who dares question CRT is accused of supporting white supremacy. It is against individualism and free societies.

This racial division is already being taught in many Canadian schools, indoctrinating children from kindergarten through to Grade 12. 

The Ontario College of Teachers boldly embraced CRT. Some are being encouraged to read Ibram Kendi’s book Antiracist Baby to children in kindergarten. 

According to this wing nut Kendi “by six months old babies show racial preferences.” And wing nuts tasked with teaching children believe him.

CRT isn’t just an American problem. But it’s a big American problem dominating the news. More than half of the U.S. states have bills, either passed or introduced, preventing school boards from forcing teachers to expose children to the ugliness of CRT.

If CRT is so noble why are parents across America revolting against it? And why are they being attacked for doing so? The insanity prevailing in President Joe Biden’s government that has reeled radically left, labelled these parents who speak out at school board meetings as domestic terrorists.

The justice department unleashed the FBI on them. Those who promote what they pretend to be a doctrine of love can be cobra venomous when challenged.

Yet in Canada, an MP stands in the House of Commons and declares that kids “need” to be taught CRT. 

And her fellow MPs from all parties remain mute.

Many weren’t silent when she wrongly condemned Jews. But they can’t seem to find the courage to protect children from being taught about inequality and hate.

Did you hear PC leader Erin O’Toole denounce her push for CRT? Or the NDPs Jagmeet Singh? Anybody?

Apparently, it’s safer to be a cowardly racist who supports CRT than to risk being wrongly accused of being racist for opposing it.

And so be it if some children’s minds are corrupted to believe they are victims, and that all young minds are indoctrinated to believe skin colour is more important than things like, heart, character, and actions.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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MORGAN: It’s time to break up the Alberta Teacher’s Association

ATA representative Jonathan Teghtmeyer said the ATA is not under any obligation to report any potential criminal behaviour of teachers to the police.

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Is the Alberta Teacher’s Association (ATA) a professional organization, a disciplinary body, or a union? The answer to all three questions is ‘yes’, and it has created a gross conflict of interest.

The ATA is a union by every definition but name. It takes mandatory dues from teachers, it negotiate collective agreements, and has the ability to call a strike. It advocates on behalf of teachers to the government and the public.

The ATA is also a professional organization. In that role, the ATA is responsible for broader oversight of the entire trade of teaching. According to the Alberta Teaching Profession Act the role of the ATA is to advance and improve the cause of education in Alberta and to improve the teaching profession.

The ATA is empowered as a disciplinary body that forms a professional conduct committee stacked with 17 ATA members and 3 members of the public. The committee has the ability to impose fines and suspensions of certification of teachers under the oversight of the provincial education minister. This is where the most egregious conflict of interest exists.

All three of these roles filled by the ATA need to be broken into independent bodies.

The role of a professional organization is important. It needs to monitor and maintain the quality of the profession and educational outcomes. It needs to look at teaching practices with the interest of students in mind and needs to contribute to curriculum development with a clear eye. Curriculum development has become hopelessly politicized in Alberta as the ATA has put on its union hat. The ATA has been encouraging opposition to any proposals made by the UCP government, but had nary a word to say about proposals from the ideologically copasetic NDP when it was in power. There is no way for an association to give an unbiased review of the curriculum when it is embroiled in union-driven political battles with the government.

When it comes to disciplinary actions, the ATA has consistently put the interests of the teachers ahead of those of the students. This puts students in danger and the practice has to stop. How could it? It’s also the teachers’ union after all.

In 2014, Education Minister Jeff Johnson was forced to overturn 20% of the cases that came before him during his term.

Here are three of the cases where Minister Johnson overruled ATA recommendations and imposed a lifetime ban for the teachers involved.

The ATA recommended a two-year suspension for Darcy Robert Steele who had been found to have yelled at, kicked furniture at, and thrown things at his Grade 5 and 6 students. Steele also had been criminally convicted of assaulting children who were not his students in 2010.

Faryn Schnapp was given a four-year suspension from the ATA for talking to students about penile and clitoral tattoos and piercing along with texting a student about masturbation.

The ATA felt a three-year teaching suspension for Amanda Chilton was appropriate after she had a sexual affair with one of her students and attempted to cover it up.

This was just in the period of two years. Each one of these teachers would still be teaching today if the ATA’s judgements were not overturned by the minister.

During his four-year reign as education minister with the NDP government, David Eggen never overruled a single ATA ruling. The will of the union was more important than the interests of the students while the NDP was in power.

In 2019, the ATA recommended a two-year suspension for a teacher who had been groping Grade 5 and Grade 6 students on a number of occasions. Eggen accepted the recommendation, but now UCP Education Minister Adriana LaGrange has overruled the ATA’s judgement and imposed a lifetime ban for the teacher in question.

Not only does the ATA impose light penalties on teachers found to be abusive of students, but they also seem to be rather blind when abuses are in progress. The ATA recently imposed a $32,500 fine upon and recommended the cancelation of the teaching certificate of Southern Alberta teacher Frieda Anne Mennes. The problem is, Mennes’ acts of abuse went back over 36 years and she is 65 years old now. Banning a retiree from teaching isn’t much of a punishment and it has to be asked why it took decades for the ATA to take notice of her actions?

A class-action suit has now been filed against the Calgary Board of Education on behalf of a number of students who had allegedly been sexually assaulted by Michael Gregory. Gregory taught at John Ware Junior High school from 1986 until 2006. He took his own life when charged with 17 sexual offenses against his students. Lawyer for the plaintiffs, Jonathan Denis has said Gregory may have victimized upward of 200 students during his 20-year career.

While the ATA did act and suspended Gregory’s license when his actions came to their attention, they also didn’t report the allegations to the police when they came to light.

ATA representative Jonathan Teghtmeyer said the ATA is not under any obligation to report any potential criminal behaviour of teachers to the police. While there may not be a legal obligation to report, there should at least be a moral one. The ATA again was more concerned with the interests of the teacher rather than the students.

The ATA can’t effectively juggle three roles under one umbrella. The union and professional body need to be separated from each other. While the union can and should represent its members when it comes to disciplinary hearings, it should not also be running the hearings. They cannot be trusted to be the judge, jury, executioner, and defence. An independent body needs to be created to deal with investigations and rulings when it comes to misconduct by teachers.

The hybrid organization of the ATA is failing our children and it has to be dismantled.

Cory Morgan is Assistant Opinion & Broadcast Editor for the Western Standard
cmorgan@westernstandardonline.com

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