Monday, September 5, 2011

premier Christy Clark's $50,000 payout for school playgrounds...... Swing Ridings too?

UPDATE Is this why West Vancouver voted so high FOR the HST but has a playground in need of jungle gyms?   down at the bottom

This is absolutely mind boggling. You'd think there would be a cross reference between an MLA and Schools..... that he/she represents.

 Alright Children, what is the name of your MLA?   We'll get to the Members of Parliament later on.

Elections BC Ridings                      School Districts in BC

You'd think that the School District Map would be the brighter one eh Christy?  Coloured to define one district from another, but no, leave that up to Elections BC, they have the money, they have the resources, to sort out the benefits to the Adults, who need to know whom to Vote for, correctly.

BACKGROUNDER from BC Liberal Government
A playground for every school
The Ministry of Education asked school districts to identify public elementary and middle schools that did not have, but wanted, a playground for their school. The following is the list of 44 schools identified that will benefit from $50,000 each in provincial funding for a new playground:
Every once in a while something makes you go Hmmm when searching on the Internet.   Like, is there a cross-over map showing a Provincial Riding compared to a School, and the answer is ..a resounding... NO, but there is something called MLA FINDER.

Once there use:     Find MLA by Postal Code:   But before you enter their postal code, or YOUR'S, you need to look up every school's Postal Code on the government list that they want to give $50,000 to, and surprisingly, the Riding that was MOST FOR the HST, West Vancouver-Capilano, the richest Riding in all of the province of BC, one school needs $50,000 for a playground.   Is it because its a PUBLIC school?..... maybe.

Are Private and Independent Schools included on the premier's short list?   Again, I hear another one of those resounding NOs.   The monies are only available to Public Schools.  The Private ones are on their own, but what about the schools that are Independent, and receive 50% funding from the Government.

Before you shake your head on the topic of Independent schools, think about this, and I've heard it plenty of times before.   There are those in our communities that say parents who want to have their children in independent schools should go it alone.  There are those in our communities, same people, who say that if the independent schools had their children in Public schools, the Public schools, overall, would be economically healthier.

Problem is the 50% funding shortfall that Independent Schools deal with now, wouldn't suddenly appear.  premier Christy Clark, and finance Minister Kevin Falcon, have already rolled that money into General Revenue.  The government doesn't have ANOTHER 50% of funding to top up the FULL payment that Public schools would demand if the children were accepted into the classrooms, or even if they had room.

Private and Independent schools are doing the taxpayers of British Columbia a favour.... the parents of those Private and Independent school children pay FULL School Taxes via their property taxes (which is 33% of the public education costs) while their children only get 50% funding from the Government.   In essence, Public schools tax monies are being diverted, used for other purposes, than what they are being collected for, by premier Christy Clark and finance Minister Kevin Falcon!

Note: The balance, 67% of education costs, is funded from other provincial revenue sources.  That's plural, and so far its been darn difficult for the BBC to find the sources here:

The news media was out in force when premier Christy Clark made this $8 million announcement last week.

The remaining funds are slated for upgrading and replacing equipment at existing schools.

Forty-four public elementary and middle schools across the province, that do not have a playground, have been given first priority and will receive $50,000 each.
Six Schools in 3 BC Liberal stronghold Okanagan Ridings
Three Schools in 2 BC Liberal Ridings Chilliwack  SWING
Six Schools in another 3 BC Liberal Ridings Abbotsford
Two BC Liberals Riding in Richmond  SWING
School District 8 (Kootenay Lake)  63.83%  Against HST

  Trafalgar Middle School  V1L 1X8 Michelle Mungall  Nelson - Creston  NDP
School District 20 (Kootenay-Columbia)  69.62%  Against HST
  Rossland Secondary School V0G 1Y0  Katrine Conroy   Kootenay West  NDP
School District 23 (Central Okanagan)   53.70% For HST Ben; 55.58%  For HST Steve; 53.10% For HST Norm

1    Constable Neil Bruce Middle School  Ben Stewart     Westside-Kelowna BCL
2    Glenrosa Middle School  V4T 1G8   Ben Stewart     Westside-Kelowna BCL
3    KLO Middle School   V1W 3M4  Hon. Steve Thomson    Kelowna-Mission  BCL
4    Springvalley Middle School   V1X 4H3  Hon.  Steve Thomson  Kelowna-Mission BCL
5    Dr. Knox Middle School      V1V 2X9         Norm Letnick Kelowna-Lake Country   BCL
6    Rutland Middle School   V1X 3B6     Norm Letnick Kelowna-Lake Country   BCL
School District 28 (Quesnel)    58.96% Against HST

    Narcosli Elementary School V2J 6R2   Bob Simpson  Cariboo North  Independent
School District 33 (Chilliwack) 50.35% For HST Barry; 50.97% For HST John  Close, both very close

7   G.W. Graham Middle-Secondary School V2R 0B5   Barry Penner, Q.C.  Chilliwack-Hope  BCL
8   Rosedale Traditional Community School  V2R 0B5  Barry Penner, Q.C.  Chilliwack-Hope  BCL
9   Vedder Middle School                                V2R 4V2  John Les   Chilliwack   BCL

School District 34 (Abbotsford) 56.72% For HST John; 51.46% For HST Michael;  54.63% For HST Randy

10   Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts (ASIA) - V3G 2J3 John van Dongen Abbotsford South BCL
11  Colleen and Gordie Howe Middle School V2T 4N6 Hon. Michael de Jong, Q.C. Abbotsford West BCL
12    Eugene Reimer Middle School V2T 6X6  Hon. Michael de Jong, Q.C. Abbotsford West   BCL
13   WA Fraser Middle School V2S 6M6 John van Dongen Abbotsford South BCL
14   Abbotsford Middle School V2S 0A9 John van Dongen Abbotsford South BCL
15   Clayburn Middle School  V2S 8N3   Randy Hawes  Abbotsford-Mission  BCL

School District 36 (Surrey)  52.45% For HST 

16   Adams Road Elementary School     V3S 9H5   Hon. Kevin Falcon Surrey-Cloverdale
17   Hazelgrove Elementary School      V4N 1M9     Hon. Kevin Falcon Surrey-Cloverdale


School District 38 (Richmond)     63.77% Against HST John;    65.58% Against HST Linda

    Westwind Elementary School  V7E 4Y6 John Yap  Richmond-Steveston  BCL
    Daniel Woodward Elementary School V7A 4B2 Linda Reid Richmond East  BCL

School District 43 (Coquitlam) 55.61% Against HST54.63% Against HST

    Citadel Middle School  V3C 5X6    Mike Farnworth  Port Coquitlam  NDP
    Como Lake Middle School  V3J 1X8 Diane Thorne  Coquitlam-Maillardville  NDP
    Kwayhquitlum Middle School V3B 4J2   Mike Farnworth  Port Coquitlam  NDP
    Maillard Middle School V3K 2X5   Diane Thorne  Coquitlam-Maillardville  NDP


School District 46 (Sunshine Coast) Powell River-Sunshine Coast   58.24%  Against HST

 Pender Harbour Elementary-Secondary School V0N 2H1 Nicholas Simons Powell River-Sunshine Coast  NDP

School District 49 (Central Coast) 57.97% Against HST

    Oweekeno Elementary School  V0N 2P0   Claire Trevena  North Island  NDP


School District 52 (Prince Rupert)  67.18%  Against HST

    Prince Rupert Middle School   V8J 2S9  Gary Coons North Coast   NDP


School District 60 (Peace River North) 50.02% Against HST     Close, very close

    Wonowon Elementary School   V1J 4S4   Pat Pimm   Peace River North   BCL


School District 63 (Saanich)  51.35%  Against HST

    North Saanich Middle School  V8L 3H9  Murray Coell  Saanich North and the Islands  BCL


School District 64 (Gulf Islands)  51.35%  Against HST

    Phoenix Alternative Elementary School    V8K 2K8  Murray Coell  Saanich North and the Islands  BCL


School District 67 (Okanagan Skaha) 50.49%   Against HST;    Close, very close

    McNicoll Park Middle School      V2A 3Z1   Hon. Bill Barisoff Penticton BCL
    Skaha Lake Middle School       V2A 3T1   Hon. Bill Barisoff Penticton  BCL


School District 71 (Comox Valley)  53.45% Against HST

    Brooklyn Elementary School - Cape Lazo Campus  V9M4G2  Hon. Don McRae Comox Valley  BCL


School District 72 (Campbell River) 57.97% Against HST

    Phoenix Middle School      V9W 3Z9  Claire Trevena  North Island  NDP

    Southgate Middle School      V9W 1W6   Claire Trevena  North Island  NDP


School District 79 (Cowichan Valley) 55.55% Against HST

    Mount Prevost Middle School V9L 4E7  Bill Routley  Cowichan Valley  NDP


School District 82 (Coast Mountains)  66.74% Against HST

    Mount Elizabeth Middle School V8C 1E9   Robin Austin Skeena  NDP
    Skeena Junior Secondary School   V8G 3C1  Robin Austin Skeena  NDP


School District 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) 50.16% For HST Leadership/Premier material here Hmm

    Silver Creek Elementary  V1E 4M1  Hon. George Abbott   Shuswap  Minister of Education  BC Liberal


School District 91 (Nechako Lakes)     53.32% For HST
45 children    Mapes Elementary School  V0J 1S0  John Rustad  Nechako Lakes    BC Liberal

School District 93 (Conseil scolaire francophone)  64.52% For HST Ralph; 55.19% Against HST John

    École André Piolat (North Vancouver)   V7N 2L9   Ralph Sultan   West Vancouver-Capilano BC Liberal
    École des Navigateurs (Richmond)  V7C 3R1 John Yap  Richmond-Steveston  BC Liberal

 Two thirds of the Riding is in West Vancouver, One third is in North Vancouver.  Did the HST vote split along landlord/tenant lines?

The school in need of the playground, is on the eastern most edge of Ralph Sultans Riding.

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