BC Teachers’ Strike

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Impasse

In BC Canada, in the summer of 2014, veteran mediator Vince Ready declared an impasse in the labour dispute between the BC Teachers and the BC Government. The dispute has dragged on and on. Oddly, the primary issue is not money, but class sizes and the requirement teachers handle mentally and physically disabled students in their classrooms without help. For such a protracted dispute, one or more parties must have a vested interest in stretching the dispute out.

The government has come up with a scheme of paying parents during the strike $40 a day per child of free money from the pockets of taxpayers who do not have children. I suspect they hope this income distribution scheme will be politically popular. By stalling, the government will eventually have an excuse to legislate the teachers back to work 100% on the government’s terms. Why would they negotiate?

The BC Liberals are ideologically similar to the Tea Party. They are opposed to governments offering services including health care and education. They could well be trying to destroy the public school system and drive students to private schools owned by Liberal supporters.

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Drugs are strenuously tested to make sure they are safe. Before they get on the market, drug companies have to prove they are safe. Chemicals that make their way into food are not tested at all. To get them off the market, some altruistic soul has to prove they are dangerous. I think we have this backwards. Why do I think this?

  • Everyone is exposed to the chemicals. Only the people prescribed to medications are exposed to the drugs.
  • There is a pressing need for the drugs. There is no need at all for people to ingest the chemicals. They get them as a sloppy side effect.
  • The dose of a drug is precisely controlled. Nobody even measures exposure to a chemical; it can vary widely.
  • A drug is typically only used a short time. Chemical exposure builds up over a lifetime.
  • Normally other species are not exposed to drugs, but they most certainly are to chemicals.
  • It is difficult to monitor all the possible interactions between drugs. The are so many chemicals it is impossible to begin to think about it.
  • People give consent to taking drugs. They don’t give consent to absorbing chemicals.
  • Drugs were designed to go into human bodies. Most chemicals were not.

If anything should be tested, it should be the chemicals. We have stupidly closed our eyes and ignored the danger. This is yet another case of flagrant corporate irresponsibility motivated by profit.

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