The Simi Sara Show – June 24th, 2014

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

The Simi Sara Show

Tuesday June 24th, 2014


 

12:20-12:30

SURREY TRUSTEE MIFFED AS COLLEAGUES VOTE FOR PAY INCREASE

 

If you’re a school board trustee, is now a good time for a pay raise? After cutting their own pay by $200 last year, Surrey school trustees have now voted themselves a $600-per-year raise. School trustee, Charlene Dobie, was the only trustee that did not vote in favour of the raise. Why does she think that now is an inappropriate time for her to receive a pay raise?

 

Phone: Charlene Dobie

Surrey School Trustee


 

12:35-12:45

WHY DID SURREY SCHOOL TRUSTEES GRANT THEMSELVES A PAY INCREASE?

 

Shawn Wilson is the chairperson of the Surrey Board of Education and voted in favour of the raise to Surrey school trustees. What is his reasoning?

 

Phone: Shawn Wilson

Chairperson of the Surrey Board of Education


 

12:45-1:00

 

Join the conversation: DO YOU THINK IT WAS APPROPRIATE FOR THE SURREY SCHOOL TRUSTEES TO GIVE THEMSELVES A RAISE DURING THE TEACHERS STRIKE?

 

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1:05-1:15

REPRESENTATIVE’S REPORT FINDS MCFD HAS NO REAL POLICY FOR DEALING WITH PARENTAL ADDICTION

 

According to a new report from the BC Representative for Children and Youth, the provincial government must take decisive steps to address the serious risk that parental addiction poses for many British Columbia children. In her report, Turpel Lafond discusses the case of a 1o year old boy whose parent was addicted to cocaine, amphetamines, and opiates. Due to a lack of attention and priority for the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the young boy suffered “serious spinal and head injuries in a motor vehicle accident” after being in the supervision of his mother and her boyfriend who had been “drinking that day as they visited a ski hill with the child”. Turpel Lafond writes that these injuries will likely affect the young boy “for the rest of his life” and could have been avoided if the ministry had followed simple procedures. In her report Turpel-Lafond makes several recommendations to ensure that a similar incident does not occur. What are her recommendations?

 

Phone: Mary Ellen Turpel Lafond

BC Representative for Children and Youth


 

1:15-1:30

POPE FRANCIS ‘EXCOMMUNICATES’ MAFIA

 

Using his strongest language to date, Pope Francis told Italian Mafia members on Saturday that they are excommunicated from the Catholic Church. “Those who in their life have gone along the evil ways, as in the case of the mafia, they are not with God, they are excommunicated,” Francis said in an outdoor Mass in Piana di Sibari, Calabria. Is this the first time that a Pope has spoken out against the mafia? What will the repercussions likely be?

 

Phone: Robert Dennis

Vice-President of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association


 

1:30-1:40

THE FUTURE OF FOOD

Award-winning chef Dan Barber is very much identified with the burgeoning farm-to-table movement. And yet, after more than a decade traveling the world in search of the very best tasting food, he came to the realization that the farm-to-table movement doesn’t do nearly enough to have a profound, lasting impact on our food system. For the sake of food, our health, and the future of the land that feed us, our cuisine requires a radical transformation. How does Barber reimagine our food system?

 

Phone: Dan Barber

Author of The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food


 

1:40-2:00

 

MORE WITH DAN BARBER

 


 

2:05-2:15

CONCERNED PARENT LIVID OVER DECISION TO REMOVE ESSAY QUESTION FROM ENGLISH PROVINCIAL EXAM

 

Despite covering numerous other topics, Simi still receives tons of emails from people regarding the dispute between the BCTF and the government. Earlier today, Simi received the following letter from a concern parent:

 

I am a parent of Grade 11 student and was horrified last night when the decision came from our Education Minister to change and ESSENTIAL government exam. Wait doesn’t the word essential mean its important that all of the parts are important for a clear assessment of my daughters progress? My daughter loves the essay questions, she does well on them and so it balances her mark. She is afraid that without the essay question she will not keep her 90ish percent in the class.

 

Also interesting to note is that our education minister will listen to the whining of a few superintendents (who have heard the whining from principals and vice-principals) who have to actually return to the classroom and mark papers. Maybe its time these high priced (everyone is paid over 100,000 plus gold plated benefits) administrators work for their money. Surely the Masters degree that these administrators earned prepared them to read and assess Grade 11 papers?

 

I come to my point the Ministry of Education is all about convenience.

 

-It’s convenient to change an exam so the higher ups don’t have to do more work but is that fair for the students who excel in that area. No thought towards the students.

 

-It’s convenient to say “we have no more money?”when bargaining for a new contract and yet we all know with our budgets at home it’s about what’s important now and in the future. How much more is the government taking in with the hike in gas prices? How much more of teachers salaries do you need? Well it would appear that the fridge is not working and the stove is on fire so put money towards kids and the workers who teach them!

 

-It’s convenient to take out ads and post things on twitter that only cause fear and continue to hurt the relationship between the government and the teachers! Not the BCTF but the actual teachers. Who agrees to such a campaign, certainly not a man of morals and values that Mr. Fassbender’s decides to show on Sunday in a pew but refuses to show during the week?

 

Phone: Doug Schellenberg

Concerned parent


 

2:15-2:30

 

Join the conversation: DO YOU AGREE WITH DOUG’S VIEW?

 

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2:30-2:40

A HOT MESS OF ULTRA RICH ASIANS IN VANCOUVER

 

If you drive around Vancouver you may have noticed a few things such as Lamborghini’s with an N sign, young girls with purses worth more than your first car, large mansions popping up in leafy neighbourhoods, and an increase of luxury stores popping up to serve them. More often than not, the previous list all relate to a recent influx of super ultra-rich Asians that have recently decided to call Vancouver home. Kevin Li, a local producer and East Vancouver native, has been watching the generational shift occur of Asians in Vancouver and decided to create a reality show to document the lives of the young and ultra rich Asians. This week Li will begin casting for HBICtv (Hot Bitch In Charge tv) which will work to highlight the lives of wealthy Asian women in Vancouver. Since announcing the plan for his show, Li has been inundated with interest from around the world. Why are we so fascinated by extreme wealth? Is Li worried about continuing to negatively stereotype Asians in his show?

 

In studio: Kevin Li

Creator of HBICtv


 

2:40-2:50

 

MORE WITH KEVIN LI

 


 

2:50-3:00

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