Why are corporations undermining public education? – Salon.com

GL: I think part of what the of the agenda of the corporate elite for preventing political backlash is to ignite something like a revolution of falling expectations. So if I my daughter is in a class with 37 kids, which my daughter is, at least it’s not 45. Or they only have music and art nine weeks a year but at least they still have it nine weeks a year. I don’t have comprehensive health insurance—I only have catastrophic health insurance. But at least I have catastrophic health insurance and for now I’m ok. I don’t have any paid vacation but I have a job and I’ll have some time off between this job and my other job… The more we ratchet down our expectations of what we think we have a right to expect, the more we normalize downward mobility…(Salon)

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Another autumn fishing/camping trip

It may be my last trout fishing trip for 2017. It wasn’t epic catch but a fun and beautiful couple days at Clifford Lake, near Tulameen BC. 

Oddly, the trout were not hungry! The few fish we kept or stomach pumped were empty, save a few scuds. I had success anchored near shore and structure, fishing chironomid in 10’ water but others caught a few fish with dragon patterns and black ants. 

The day was sunny and warm but it was freezing at night. Thank goodness for a nice campfire to enjoy a nightcap. 

Back in civilization 😦

Ricky Lake campsite

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Fall flyfishing near Tulameen BC is classic fresh fun

A few beautiful fall days of flyfishing BC interior lakes. Naturally, I want to catch the big one but just camping in the autumn is a fresh bright and tranquil BC experience. 

The BC range cattle are moving down from the upper plateau grass and grazing through the forests. The trophy trout were tricky but periodically ravenous caught with micro leeches, boatman and even flashy green grasshopper patterns. 

Very bright and sunny weather until this morning cloud and drizzle at 3200 ft. a tiny frost this morning so the season is swinging. 

If I don’t get out on the water again until next April, I ended it well rowing around some lakes off Hwy5a near Tulameen. 

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After fires, Finally got back to trout lakes

It was nice to get a couple days camping and fishing in BC after wildfires in our area are calming. The weather was funky and the trout feeding was funky too. Too much wind, an algae bloom I think had me puzzled. 

Only one fella caught a big beauty on a gold chironomid- who would figure? 

Met a couple lovely young women camping and paddling. So great to see them getting outdoors. Enjoyed a fireside chat without the fire. 🙂 Today I was glad I could help with their dead car. 

Friends rainbow beauty. #BBQ

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BC Ed expectations too high.. 

All the BC media is predictably airing #bced stories today. The hype and unrealistic expectations being portrayed is folly given 15 years of not believing teachers voicing their concerns. It will take years to rebuild capacity! Educating children isn’t like fixing potholes. Recruiting is slow-it takes years to train worldclass teachers . Physical spaces , after years of closing schools takes time. Even a renovation project is slow. A generation of children and teachers were impacted by Lib government regime. It will take years to accommodate changes ordered by Supreme Court. Rebuilding capacity is like teaching reading- it is slow and take commitment by professionals, mgt and public.

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Kelowna Joe Rich wildfire looking a bit better but

We have had many friends evacuated from their rural homes. It’s a big stress when they need to sit and wait away from home. The list of worries is large but the underlining worry your home may be burned is a huge strain. 

Philpott Road Fire calm overnight: News Release No. 9Overnight, fire crews worked to snuff out fires and hotspots, monitored the blaze, and protected properties from the Philpott Road wildfire. There haven’t been any reports of damage and there were no significant changes to the fire overnight thanks to favourable weather conditions.

The fire is estimated to be 465 hectares in size and is considered out of control. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

At this time, crews are assessing the Evacuation Order area and it will be adjusted only when it is safe to do so. An estimated 1,100 people are currently out of their homes. Visit http://www.cordemergency.ca for an interactive map of the evacuation order area and to sign up for emergency e-updates.
Residents are reminded to respect roadblocks and closures, and exercise caution when driving, especially in areas where people are working or stationed close to the road. Entering areas under evacuation order is not permitted and puts the public and crews at risk.
Highway 33 is still closed as a result of this wildfire. Visit drivebc.ca for updates on road closures. Those who decide to use the detour route via McCulloch Road should use extreme caution and drive no more than 35 kilometres an hour as this is not a regularly maintained route and is only recommended for non-commercial, passenger vehicles.
The Emergency Support Services reception centre at Willow Park Church (439 Highway 33 West, Kelowna) is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Anyone under evacuation order should check in with Emergency Support Services.

Residents affected by the Philpott Road wildfire are eligible for up to $600 financial assistance per household by registering with Red Cross. Register at redcross.ca or by calling 1-800-863-6582.

For the latest information, including an interactive map of the emergency, visit http://www.cordemergency.ca. Updates are also available via social media; follow us at facebook.com/CORDemergency or twitter.com/CO_Emerg.

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Trump scrambling for a way out

A good read by Newyorker. No other comment required. Just time to see how it all crumbles.

After his press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower last Tuesday, when he ignored the scripted attempts to regulate his impulses and revealed his true allegiances, there can be no doubt about who he is. This is the inescapable fact: on November 9th, the United States elected a dishonest, inept, unbalanced, and immoral human being as its President and Commander-in-Chief. Trump has daily proven unyielding to appeals of decency, unity, moderation, or fact. He is willing to imperil the civil peace and the social fabric of his country simply to satisfy his narcissism and to excite the worst inclinations of his core followers.(Remnick)


Remnick, David. “Donald Trump’s True Allegiances.” The New Yorker. The New Yorker, 18 Aug. 2017. Web. 22 Aug. 2017. <http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/08/28/donald-trumps-true-allegiances&gt;

Image. Tom Backtell

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