Wednesday, July 30, 2008

To the class of 2016

The BC Liberal government is giving Burnaby Central a new school. With the heavy media coverage of yesterday's California earthquake and subsequent follow-up stories about earthquake planning in B.C., the government got lucky on its timing.

The new building will begin construction in 2009 for a 2011 opening and will be designed to better withstand a major quake. Keeping the kids safe is always a good political play.

Let's just make sure it remains, as the government's favourite catchphrase goes, on time and on budget.

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess this is intended to save John Nuraney's butt.

But New West needs a new high school more than Burnaby Central.

7/31/2008 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very true.

Nothing says political lifesaver more than a new school.

7/31/2008 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasnt Burnaby Central under Mayor Corrigan's wife's portfolio? I wonder what's with all this lack of seismic upgrade. Either, the safety of the pupils is the priority and i certainly the school board will also be keeping an eye on each school under respective portfolios.

8/02/2008 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sicne Kathi Corrigan was on School Board like the Team Burnaby Trustee Central like all Burnaby schools were under thier portfolio.

The lack of seismic upgrade is due to logistics in funding orginating at the provincial (Min. of Education) level, not specifically to the Burnaby School Trustees. There are only so many schools that can be done per year.

This can also be attributed to the limits in capcity of contractors who can do the work, as it is a very busy time in construction.

In fact there was no activity done or very little when the BC Liberals came to power in their first term.

8/02/2008 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Each school trustee is assigned with a secondary school under his or her own portfolio, and Kathy Corrigan, unfortunately, has Burnaby Central under her portfolio. And as the chair of the entire school board, while working in liaison closely with CUPE, she is now running to become a representative of the same riding a new school will be built, as some mentioned, hopefully the Minister of Education. Maybe then, she will be able to claim at least some responsibility. Responsible or not, she will be released from her Burnaby Central obligation anyways. But exactly how many parental votes she or John can secure from all of this will certainly be in question.

But again, the safety of the pupils should be the priority and I certainly hope she is grateful enough to show certain gratitude towards our premier and the riding's MLA for securing funds as both the chair of the city school board chair and the trustee directly responsible for the school.

8/02/2008 6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Each school trustee is assigned with a secondary school under his or her own portfolio, and Kathy Corrigan, unfortunately, has Burnaby Central under her portfolio.

and why would that be unfortunate?


And as the chair of the entire school board, while working in liaison closely with CUPE, she is now running to become a representative of the same riding a new school will be built, as some mentioned, hopefully the Minister of Education.

Does this equate to harry Bloy being the MLA where SFU and the new School in the northeast is? Where Raj Chouhan is and the new
school at 10th and 20th?



Maybe then, she will be able to claim at least some responsibility. Responsible or not, she will be released from her Burnaby Central obligation anyways. "

Doesn't make much sense since Central is only one of a few schools that she would liase with.
She has Central, but she is also
part of the School District as a whole.

How would this be different than lets say the Team Burnaby Trustee??

The School Board ultimately makes
the decisions as a whole as to what happens at a given school, not one individual trustee.

Those portfolios are most likely just for sharing the responsibility
since all Trustees could not detail
every school in Burnaby at the same time.

"But exactly how many parental votes she or John can secure from all of this will certainly be in question."

Not really since all voters are eligble to vote and this silliness wouldn't get into the provincial election unless there was some prominent education based issue.

"But again, the safety of the pupils should be the priority and I certainly hope she is grateful enough to show certain gratitude towards our premier and the riding's MLA for securing funds as both the chair of the city school board chair and the trustee directly responsible for the school.

It's not actually her that should be grateful, but the entire School Board.

Think your reading more detailed into it than what would be nessesary. The Ministry of Edcuation has a long standing programme of replacement of schools.

8/02/2008 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The School Board has looking for a seismic upgrade at Burnaby Central for at least 5 years. Kathy being the Liason Trustee has nothing to do with it positive or negative.

8/03/2008 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Working closely with CUPE hardly describes Corrigan's love-in with the public sector union that supports her and her hubby's political excesses. Kathy Corrigan brags about being a CUPE researcher. Isn't it cozy to do research for the union whose Burnaby locals fund your civic political campaigns and will probably help her fight Nuraney in 2009. The taxpayers pay for CUPE workers who help fund Kathy Corrigan's political ambitions. How sweet it is for our local union flaks.

8/03/2008 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Working closely with CUPE hardly describes Corrigan's love-in with the public sector union that supports her and her hubby's political excesses. Kathy Corrigan brags about being a CUPE researcher."

Wrong actually. The political excesses currently come from the BC Liberals, not the NDP.

Nothing wrong with being a CUPE researcher. It's not much more than being a Caucus Research Member for the BC Liberals.




"Isn't it cozy to do research for the union whose Burnaby locals fund your civic political campaigns and will probably help her fight Nuraney in 2009."

No different from those businesses who contribute to Nuraney's campaign. And no different from Burnaby wags supporting Team Burnaby (or what could be considered to actually be a Team Burnaby).

Actually much of the civic campaign contributions come from individuals.




The taxpayers pay for CUPE workers who help fund Kathy Corrigan's political ambitions. How sweet it is for our local union flaks

No different from the political hacks in the BC Liberals protecting John's behind and Harry's behind.

8/03/2008 7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One can claim that this is all an "act" to buy votes to elect John. But the reality remains that Kathy Corrigan's "legacy" as liaison trustee for the school or the chair of the school board remains much in question. My guess would be similar to the consensus that John had won this round as this just about outshines Corrigan's "accomplishment" as the school board chair.

8/03/2008 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would Corrigan's "legacy" be
in question, and not those of the other School Trustees?

John hasn't 'won' any 'round' as John hasn't done much for his riding in the one and a half terms he's had the riding.

8/04/2008 5:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess you are not seeing it. The fact is Corrigan's hopeful run for MLA is relied upon her past accomplishment as a school board chair. She too is trying to get those parents to vote for her, but the problems are visible, first her contribution as liaison trustee and school board chair is simply not as visible and she does not even live in the riding. Now John has already eclipsed her well before the NDP nomination primary, what chance does Kathy have in the generals? Kathy's deep connection with the NDP core supporters does make her a popular candidate in the party. But to the riding constituents, that may not be so significant a factor.

8/04/2008 2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"guess you are not seeing it. The fact is Corrigan's hopeful run for MLA is relied upon her past accomplishment as a school board chair."

Not much different than others who relies on thier business activities. Many School Trustees have bumped up to the provincial level. Nothing new there.




She too is trying to get those parents to vote for her, but the problems are visible, first her contribution as liaison trustee and school board chair is simply not as visible and she does not even live in the riding.

Technically in a geographical sense she does not, since her home is less than 2 km away from the nearest facet of the Deer Lake riding, but there's many precedents of NDP and Non NDPers not living in the riding they wish to represent.


Now John has already eclipsed her well before the NDP nomination primary,

"primary"?? This is Canada, not the United States. The Primary system doesn't exist here. The Primary system in the U.S. operates much differently than the systems used to nominate candidates within Canadian political parties.




what chance does Kathy have in the generals?

Depends on several things, if the voters want John back as a consequence or benifit of having the BC Liberals with a majority to what they have now. The riding does not belong to John nor the BC Liberals.


"Kathy's deep connection with the NDP core supporters does make her a popular candidate in the party."

Yeah so? Not much different than popular candidates (or MLA's) within the BC Liberals.




But to the riding constituents, that may not be so significant a factor.

Guess again. It depends on whether the contituent voters want John as their representative or want different representation or to what degree they want Gordon Campbell's Liberals as government for another term.

The BC Liberals will no doubt be travelling in territory they haven't before, that is they will
be accountable for everything anf the voters may decide to defeat one or two BC Liberal MLA's to send a message to Campbell. That's been done before in past elections.

8/04/2008 4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A public private partnership school?
In Burnaby!

That's gonna go over really really well.
Way to go John.

Just keep going, too!

8/05/2008 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the voters may decide to defeat one or two BC Liberal MLA's to send a message to Campbell. That's been done before in past elections."

8/04/2008 4:58 PM

I also think that is the problem. Burnaby ridings are swing ridings. The voters here may feel they want Gordo to be a little less sure of himself, but still form government. A very few votes puts John out of a job. Ditto for Richard (whose riding now accounts for about half of Centrals student base). In fact, isn't Central High School inside the new boundaries of Bby North?

Kathy Corrigan is a very strong NDP candidate who will probably win it.

8/05/2008 10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" also think that is the problem. Burnaby ridings are swing ridings."

It's not a 'problem' it is a political environment. Where the 'problem' is, is where the BC Liberals figure the riding is an easy win, which it is not.

"The voters here may feel they want Gordo to be a little less sure of himself, but still form government. A very few votes puts John out of a job.

John has alot of money, so there's no problem putting a can of beans in the pot to put on the stove.

As for Richard, he can always go back to academia.

"Ditto for Richard (whose riding now accounts for about half of Centrals student base). In fact, isn't Central High School inside the new boundaries of Bby North? "

No, it is located in the new riding of Deer Lake, but since the school is a regional one, it receives students from both Burnaby North and Burnaby Deer Lake. Burnaby North.

"Kathy Corrigan is a very strong NDP candidate who will probably win it."

Might be good for Burnaby. Even though all she can do is talk if she wins, and the NDP doesn't win government but John has done very little except talk since he was elected.

8/07/2008 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No - actually Bby Central High falls in the newly drawn boundaries of Bby North. Look it up on Elections BC website.

8/08/2008 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed it is. Just inside the boundary. 40 feet from the line.

How convenient for Richard.

8/08/2008 4:34 PM  

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