THE BILL GOOD SHOW
TUESDAY JANUARY 28TH 2014
CLASS-SIZE COURT BATTLE GOES TO THE TEACHERS
The BC Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the province owes teachers $2 million for its’ failure to negotiate in good faith, instead revoking bargaining language about class sizes from their contracts in an effort to provoke a strike. Class sizes in elementary schools and high schools have grown since guarantees of maximum class sizes were erased from legislation, and teachers are saying that after this decision, changes could be seen by the beginning of the next school year. How does this affect the relationship between the province and its teachers? How bad have class sizes gotten? And how can we fix the problem with our limited resources?
Phone JIM IKER, PRESIDENT OF THE BC TEACHERS
ENSURING FIRE SAFETY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA’S SENIOR HOMES
Last Thursday’s fatal fire at a Quebec seniors’ home has served as a wake up call, reminding us that seniors’ are particularly at risk in emergency situations.
This has raised many questions about whether or not fire safety regulations are being properly monitored at seniors’ homes in BC and if there needs to be a review. Are B.C.’s seniors at risk? What policies are currently in place to prevent fires in senior homes? How closely are regulations followed? Do your parents live in a seniors’ complex and are you now worried about their safety in the event of an emergency?
Phone CHRIS MORRISSEY, CHAIR OF THE CITY OF
VANCOUVER SENIORS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Phone LORI SIDJAK, INTERIM CHAIR OF DENOMINATIONAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION (ALSO ADMINSTRATOR AT PINEGROVE PLACE, A LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY IN RICHMOND)
Phone HOWARD JOHNSON, PRESIDENT AND CEO FOR
BAPTIST HOUSING (OPERATES SENIORS FACILITIES ACROSS BC)
9:40 – 10:00
CHALLENGES WITH THE DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY COURT
Yesterday we spent some time discussing the merits and challenges of community court with criminologist Neil Boyd. This, in light of the calls growing louder for a community court in Surrey. Neil told us that he believes Judge Tom Gove is on the right path with the Community Court but it’s not a short term solution with quick gains. Dr. MacEwan’s ears perked up yesterday during the interview as he works with the downtown community court and provides psychiatric services — can he keep up with the demand? Do many repeat offenders struggle with mental illness?
Phone DR. BILL MACEWAN, WORKS WITH THE
DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY COURT AND GIVES
PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEMS / AND HEAD, UBC PSYCHIATRY
AUDIO IN THE CARTWALL: NEIL BOYD ON THE
BILL GOOD SHOW YESTERDAY TALKING ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY COURT — RUNS 1:24
10:00 – 10:30
WHY WE IGNORE THE TWITTER TROLLS
Philip Till’s commentary yesterday got us thinking about Twitter trolls. He reminisced about the days when he would communicate with listeners by letters and how many times a thoughtful debate would take place back and forth — via snail mail. Then he discussed the move to email where listeners would send along expletives, often complaining about his “fake english accent” among other things. And now we have Twitter where critics can spout off their opinions in 140 characters or less, often without using their real name. Bill mentioned that he often starts his day by reading an email or a tweet from a listener who says he’s a “stupid prick.” Is this really just a part of the job? Have you ever experienced abuse online? Is it best to ignore Twitter trolls or engage with them?
Philip’s editorial and focused openline
TILL AND TWITTER TROLLS — RUNS 2:02
10:30 – 11:00
CAN WE PAY TEACHERS BASED ON MERIT?
Should a teacher’s salary be increased based on the academic success of their students? A teacher in Ontario recently put out a report with recommendations on how teacher evaluations can be revamped and improved. The report, Effective Management of Human Capital in Schools, says that teachers should be evaluated on random classroom observations and taking in students’ feedback about the quality of learning. Is it possible to base a teacher’s salary on how well students perform in the classroom? And is this fair for teachers? Should teachers benefit from their teaching skills over their seniority?
Phone SACHIN MAHARAJ (pron. Sah-Chin Mah-Ha-Raj)
EDUCATION RESEARCHER AND
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER IN TORONTO
11:00 – 11:30
ENDING THE STIGMA SURROUNDING MENTAL HEALTH
For the first 12 years of Michael’s battle with depression, he remained silent because he didn’t think speaking about it publicly would make a big difference… but Michael did end up sharing his struggle on his blog in the days following the death of Wade Belak and the post went viral. Now Michael is comfortable sharing his story in doing so, he has helped thousands of people feel less alone. Why did Michael struggle in silence for so many years? What’s his message for others who are dealing with depression?
Phone MICHAEL LANDSBERG, TSN HOST AND LET’S TALK
AMBASSADOR (Michael is producing a special mental health themed edition of Off the Record today for Bell Let’s Talk Day
11:30 – 11:50
WHICH TRAVEL REWARDS CARD DO YOU CHOOSE?
American Express Air Miles Platinum, Rewards Visa Gold, BMO Air Miles World Mastercard, CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite Card… and the list goes on and on. With so many different travel reward credit cards available out there, choosing the right one for you can be difficult. Every major bank in Canada offers one, but which one do you choose? According to experts, not all travel rewards cards are suitable for everyone, but doing your research will pay off in the long run. What are some things to look for when choosing a travel rewards credit card? What are the best ones out there?
Phone PATRICK SOJKA (SOY-KA), FOUNDER OF
REWARDS-CANADA DOT CA
11:50 – 12:00
Studio KATHRYN STEWART, BILL GOOD SHOW FILL-IN
Re: What you’ve been saying on our email and listener line.
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