This is the definition that Rand, who hated "the common good" used.
Which definition do you think Kenney is using in his dogwhistle, during his sit-down with Ezra Levant?
"[ @UCalgary] said the reductions bring the operating budget to less than it was in 2011, when, according to the university, it had 4,300 fewer students on its campus." https://globalnews.ca/news/7664094/alberta-budget-2021-post-secondary-impacts/
Alberta universities are examining the potential impacts of the Alberta 2021 budget on staffing and operations, with at least one saying hundreds of jobs are on the line.https://globalnews.ca/news/7664094/alberta-budget-2021-post-secondary-impacts/
- reducing the workforce by 600 staff positions
- freezing management and professional service wages
- increasing tuition
- eliminating, slowing or deferring more than 200 initiatives and projects
- reducing maintenance and facilities upgrades and preventative maintenance activities
- reducing spending on travel, engagement, events and marketing
- reducing and cancelling IT projects and delaying purchasing of new equipment
--Student Union president @FrankFinleyYYC
(No idea why one school is receiving massive cuts, while another celebrating.)
" @mountroyal4u students can expect to pay hundreds of dollars more for tuition in the coming academic year after the school’s board of governors approved a seven-per-cent increase for domestic students." https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/mount-royal-university-board-approves-tuition-hike-students-hold-silent-protest
"The 2021-22 academic year will usher in the start of performance-based funding at Alberta’s 26 post-secondaries."
(What performances do you think Jason "break Millennials" Kenney will want to emphasize?)
Did you know that millennials aren't kids anymore?
Many of them have their own kids!
"Gen Y: Gen Y, or Millennials, were born between 1981 and 1994/6. They are currently between 25 and 40 years old."
Kenney is hating on 35-year-olds! https://www.kasasa.com/articles/generations/gen-x-gen-y-gen-z
Let's find out what the elder Gen Zeds have to say about these cuts.
"The government is estimating post-secondary institutions in 2021-22 will have to fund 49 per cent of their operations themselves, with the amount increasing to 52 per cent the following year."
More cuts to come? https://thegatewayonline.ca/2021/02/breaking-budget-2021-impact-on-post-secondary-in-alberta/
See the impacts Budget 2021 will have on post-secondary education in Alberta, including on student aid and funding to post-secondaries.https://thegatewayonline.ca/2021/02/breaking-budget-2021-impact-on-post-secondary-in-alberta/
"As part of Alberta’s economic recovery plan, a new research partnership exploring finance and financial technology (fintech) will be created between the University of Calgary and the Government of Alberta."
"Following a seven per cent increase to tuition in 2020-2021, the university projected additional seven per cent increases in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023."
Rapid tuition increases abound! https://thegatewayonline.ca/2021/02/u-of-a-2021-22-budget-unveiled-with-tuition-increases/
Late attempts by the Graduate Students’ Association and Students’ Union to soften the blow of tuition increases were fiercely debated at a General Faculties Council subcommittee meeting unveiling the...https://thegatewayonline.ca/2021/02/u-of-a-2021-22-budget-unveiled-with-tuition-increases/
We have to check on K-12.
Kenney sees it as his task to break millennials of their "collectivism," as he sees it, that has "wired" them in elementary & secondary schools, and in university.
We're only part way through witnessing how he is doing this.
"A former trustee for Red Deer’s Catholic school board, LaGrange previously served as the president of Red Deer Pro-Life, which also made her by extension a member of the board of directors of Alberta Pro-Life." https://pressprogress.ca/jason-kenney-appoints-former-president-of-anti-abortion-group-as-albertas-new-education-minister/
Kenney’s new education minister organized controversial anti-abortion presentations in Alberta schoolshttps://pressprogress.ca/jason-kenney-appoints-former-president-of-anti-abortion-group-as-albertas-new-education-minister/
"One of Alberta UCP leader Jason Kenney’s former staffers is leading a new initiative to help 52 anti-abortion candidates win local nominations and stand as candidates for Kenney’s party during Alberta’s 2019 provincial election." https://pressprogress.ca/ex-jason-kenney-staffer-leading-efforts-to-nominate-52-anti-abortion-candidates-for-albertas-ucp/
Group with links to Kenney says it’s stacking UCP nomination meetings in favour of anti-abortion candidateshttps://pressprogress.ca/ex-jason-kenney-staffer-leading-efforts-to-nominate-52-anti-abortion-candidates-for-albertas-ucp/
I've written about this before.
"The UCP continues the tired use of coded language “education funding held flat at $8.2B” to cover up actual funding cut per student when rising enrolment, inflation, and continued need for pandemic measures are taken into account." https://twitter.com/SOSAlberta/status/1365126183042441216
- @BFlanaganUofA https://www.ualberta.ca/the-quad/2021/02/from-the-presidents-desk-budget-2021-update.html
by the campus community."
- Dean Parthenis
Director, Media and Issues Management
University of Calgary
#abpse #abBudget2021 https://www.ucalgary.ca/news/government-alberta-releases-2021-22-budget
Question asked by @GPCatholic42.
h/t @michaeljanz for raising awareness about this.
I have not found statements from @NAIT or @sait about this year's cuts, and little news coverage.
Several post-secondary institutions in Edmonton, including NAIT and the University of Alberta, are preparing for job cuts in the wake of the provincial budget.https://globalnews.ca/news/6619857/nait-job-cuts-alberta-budget-post-secondary/
"SAIT CEO and president David Ross announced that 230 positions are being eliminated — 80 of those are vacancies that won't be filled." https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/sait-budget-cuts-job-loss-vacancies-ucp-grant-funding-university-calgary-1.5479970
SAIT had already been working through the impact of the UCP's 2019 provincial budget by cutting costs 'across almost every area' before another austerity budget came down Thursday, said school...https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/sait-budget-cuts-job-loss-vacancies-ucp-grant-funding-university-calgary-1.5479970
#abpse #abpoli https://twitter.com/davideggenAB/status/1233457003453804544?s=20
Many programs have fewer than 50% permanent faculty."
paraphrased from reddit.
To help him feel welcome, @sait removed their pride flag and replaced it with an "I oil & gas" flag from @CanadaAction's merchandise campaign.
(narrator whispers: "pipelines. economy. jobs.")
Press release from @_AUPE_ at the time: https://www.aupe.org/news/news-and-updates/media-release-sait-bookstore-falls-victim-ucp-privatization-scheme
She has been active in drawing attention to the #UCP's plans to allow open-pit coal mining in the watersheds many towns and cities rely on for drinking water.
Read what she has to say about these cuts. https://twitter.com/LaurieAdkin/status/1365839936339865605?s=20
Kenney feels that the ideological "collectivism" that has shaped everyone born since 1980 must be "broken."
Massive cuts have unevenly struck every level of education.
Private schools had their funding increase.
That's not all.
Back to a time before covid.
Back to 2017.
"Calgary’s election campaign for public school trustees is getting unusually heated, with a contentious slate of candidates being challenged to reveal its financial and political backers before Election Day." https://www.sprawlcalgary.com/students-count-trustee-slate-faces-scrutiny-735e00b2a371
They wanted to control school boards. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/cbe-students-count-slate-team-smetacek-adams-davis-bartlett-1.4131581
Four Calgary women announced Thursday that they’re teaming up to run for seats on the Calgary public school board in an effort to give parents a stronger voice in their kids' education.https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/cbe-students-count-slate-team-smetacek-adams-davis-bartlett-1.4131581
“This election is your chance to let the NDP know that you are rejecting its ideology,” says a letter from Sadiq Valliani, the Students Count candidate for Wards 11 & 13, which appeared in mailboxes in the city’s southwest this week. https://www.sprawlcalgary.com/trustee-election-is-a-chance-to-reject-ndp-students-count-fcffd9c2db94
It looks like Kenney was very supportive of the "Students Count" slate.
"Bianca Smetacek did introduce Jason Kenney at the PC Party’s leadership convention back in March."
"Kelley Charlebois said although she’s a supporter of Kenney, that isn’t the focus, 'We’re focused on education.'" https://web.archive.org/web/20180315083208/http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2017/05/30/backlash-after-shutdown-cbe-trustee-candidates-twitter.html
Spokesman said ‘implied threats’ against Bianca Smetacek’s children to be taken to Calgary policehttps://web.archive.org/web/20180315083208/http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2017/05/30/backlash-after-shutdown-cbe-trustee-candidates-twitter.html
Rachel Notley was still premier.
They used their school trustee campaigns to campaign against the NDP, and they had connections to Conservatives and to Kenney.
A political party led by someone who blames "primary and secondary schools to universities" for creating voters who care about each other, as an obstacle to be broken.
How do we know?
Adriana Lagrange. https://www.sprawlcalgary.com/lagrange-alberta-minister-profile
Multiple yellow school buses dropped off dozens of high school students at Edmonton's anti-abortion March for Life on Thursday, with many attending from as far away as Red Deer.https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/red-deer-students-abortion-march-1.4659802
"Board chair says administration is reviewing the role of Red Deer and Area Pro Life in future presentations"
Remember, "by the late 1980s, LaGrange was president of Red Deer Pro Life." https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/red-deer-high-school-video-compares-abortion-holocaust-1.4065120
A Red Deer Catholic high school is under fire after a pro-life group screened a video there comparing abortion to the Holocaust.https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/red-deer-high-school-video-compares-abortion-holocaust-1.4065120
Well, not if Lagrange can help it.
She made it her life's work to strip other women of their bodily autonomy.
The schools carried on after she had moved to #ableg. https://albertapolitics.ca/2019/05/your-tax-dollars-at-work-looks-like-public-funding-for-religious-schools-likely-helped-large-anti-abortion-march/
Taxpayers’ contributions to publicly funded parochial schools appeared to be hard at work today in Edmonton as a throng of students from religious high schools throughout the province marched through...https://albertapolitics.ca/2019/05/your-tax-dollars-at-work-looks-like-public-funding-for-religious-schools-likely-helped-large-anti-abortion-march/
Curriculum advisers hand-picked by the [ #UCP] recommended eliminate all references to residential schools and "equity."
And that 1st grade students should learn Bible verses about creation as poetry. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/education-experts-slam-leaked-alberta-curriculum-proposals-1.5766570
Curriculum advisers hand-picked by the Alberta government are recommending Grade 3 and 4 students learn about feudalism, Chinese dynasties and Homer’s Odyssey in social studies classes, as well as...https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/education-experts-slam-leaked-alberta-curriculum-proposals-1.5766570
There have been attempts from the Right to control school boards, as Lagrange had done.
Now what about post secondary?
This would have been just a few months after Kenney became premier.
Jump in there and have a look. https://lacombeonline.com/local/ucp-makes-sweeping-appointments-to-boards-agencies-and-post-secondary-institutions
LacombeOnline.com - Lacombe, Alberta's latest News, Sports and Ag News, as well as Community Events and Business Directory.https://lacombeonline.com/local/ucp-makes-sweeping-appointments-to-boards-agencies-and-post-secondary-institutions
Former PC MLA Janice Sarich was appointed to the board of MacEwan University
MLA and associate cabinet minister Donna Kennedy-Glans was appointed to the board of the Banff Centre
former MP James Rajotte is now on the U of A's Board of Governors.
(Several other appointees also donated. Surprise surprise.)
But we know it's not just patronage.
Kenney has a vendetta to "break" millennials of their "collectivist" thinking.
Read more about the appointments in this article:
@ArtsSquared is a Prof with the U of A Faculty of Arts:
(I'm not the media, but I'm doing my best to connect dots in this thread, Dr. Sale.)
The letter has been deleted from the university's website.
They have not removed their statement from their website.
The Government of Alberta has created a working group of experts to advise the government on how to incentivize investment into the province's tech sector.https://betakit.com/alberta-government-creates-group-to-explore-attracting-investment-to-tech-following-cuts/
@LaurieAdkin offers this: https://twitter.com/LaurieAdkin/status/1366162846216720387?s=20
There will be no joint statement.
The purpose of hijacking the university boards is to prevent that kind of unifying message.
We've seen his cuts, how the Right has tried to hijack boards through trustees and patronage appointments, and curriculum rewrite attempts.
"The ATA is also concerned that the budget shows $27 million less in spending on instruction, while private school funding sees an increase of $20 million." https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-school-board-funding-jason-schilling-ata-budget-1.5928883
Without school jurisdiction funding profiles or next year’s funding manual, Alberta school boards say they don't know exactly how they're being funded individually.https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-school-board-funding-jason-schilling-ata-budget-1.5928883
He identifies a "Them" and explains why they are the enemy. "Them" is bad.
Give it another listen with that in mind.
To be blunt, if you are not part of his "in-group," Kenney's tribe, he sees it as his job to cause you harm. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/the-cruelty-is-the-point/572104/
How do Conservatives show that they are loyal?
With tithes--I mean donations--and in return, Kenney will offer his blessings--I mean tax cuts.
5/6 U of A appointees donated to the #UCP that I found.
However, the #UCP had only 112 pages of donors compared to NDP's 182 pages.
This tells us that the #UCP are still marketing themselves--successfully--to wealthier citizens.
His "Us" is the rich.
He supports private schools because in his mind they segregate his "Us" from his "Them."
He's right about that.
Easier for the group he associates with, his "Us" and harder for "Them," millennials, Michael Moore documentary watchers, anyone who isn't Conservative enough for him.
That is how they afford their “freedoms” which are provided for them from the exploited profits take from labouring workers.
He doesn't want them to be able to climb to the top. https://twitter.com/CanuckDamsel/status/1366214705547677699?s=20
I hope the story was at least somewhat cohesive. This ended up being much longer than I expected. Maybe it should have been 3 or 6 shorter threads linked together?
It's much shorter, and way less depressing.
Thanks for reading. https://twitter.com/youseepeeYYC/status/1364680295673331712?s=20