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  • paul's blog | Paul Steer
    Large Positions to respond to a survey on various Resolutions of importance coming before the BCTF Annual General Meeting Today I ve responded to the PAGE survey which will be posted on their website http pagebc ca along with those from other candidates Here are my responses to the various questions PART I AGM Resolutions Read more 11 Feb 0 Concerning Bill C 377 by paul Dear Senator I write out of concern regarding Bill C 377 An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act Requirements for labour organizations currently before the Senate This Act of amendment to the Income Tax Act would require labour organizations to provide financial information to the Minister for public disclosure Read more 26 Sep 0 Here s what I said to Trustees about Class Size and Composition by paul DTA Presentation to Delta Board of Education Trustees September 25 2012 Better Schools for Delta Mr Chairperson The Delta Teachers Association welcomes the opportunity of making this presentation to the Delta Board of Education We appreciate having this opportunity to emphasize with trustees Delta teachers concerns with the ongoing educational situation and our desire to work with Trustees District Staff and the community to rally

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  • paul's blog | Paul Steer
    Positions to respond to a survey on various Resolutions of importance coming before the BCTF Annual General Meeting Today I ve responded to the PAGE survey which will be posted on their website http pagebc ca along with those from other candidates Here are my responses to the various questions PART I AGM Resolutions Read more 11 Feb 0 Concerning Bill C 377 by paul Dear Senator I write out of concern regarding Bill C 377 An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act Requirements for labour organizations currently before the Senate This Act of amendment to the Income Tax Act would require labour organizations to provide financial information to the Minister for public disclosure Read more 26 Sep 0 Here s what I said to Trustees about Class Size and Composition by paul DTA Presentation to Delta Board of Education Trustees September 25 2012 Better Schools for Delta Mr Chairperson The Delta Teachers Association welcomes the opportunity of making this presentation to the Delta Board of Education We appreciate having this opportunity to emphasize with trustees Delta teachers concerns with the ongoing educational situation and our desire to work with Trustees District Staff and the community to rally round

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  • Concerning Bill C-377 | Paul Steer
    Senator I write out of concern regarding Bill C 377 An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act Requirements for labour organizations currently before the Senate This Act of amendment to the Income Tax Act would require labour organizations to provide financial information to the Minister for public disclosure Bill C 377 obliges broadly defined labour organizations and some labour trusts to provide to government extensive information regarding financial transactions including statements of the amount of the organizations resources being used on non labour relations activities including lobbying and political activities Non compliance with any of the statutory requirements would be an offence punishable with daily fines of 1000 to a maximum of 25 000 Compliance is also necessary to meet the criteria for exemption of tax payable on income set out in s 149 k of the Income Tax Act The provision of these daily fines in the event of non compliance is onerous Bill C 377 imposes adverse differential treatment of labour organizations in contrast to other groups in Canada When Bill C 377 was before the House of Commons many submissions were made pointing up potentially serious flaws with this legislation I commend these to your interested

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  • Concerning Bill C-377 | Paul Steer
    Senator I write out of concern regarding Bill C 377 An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act Requirements for labour organizations currently before the Senate This Act of amendment to the Income Tax Act would require labour organizations to provide financial information to the Minister for public disclosure Bill C 377 obliges broadly defined labour organizations and some labour trusts to provide to government extensive information regarding financial transactions including statements of the amount of the organizations resources being used on non labour relations activities including lobbying and political activities Non compliance with any of the statutory requirements would be an offence punishable with daily fines of 1000 to a maximum of 25 000 Compliance is also necessary to meet the criteria for exemption of tax payable on income set out in s 149 k of the Income Tax Act The provision of these daily fines in the event of non compliance is onerous Bill C 377 imposes adverse differential treatment of labour organizations in contrast to other groups in Canada When Bill C 377 was before the House of Commons many submissions were made pointing up potentially serious flaws with this legislation I commend these to your interested

    Original URL path: http://paulsteer.ca/content/concerning-bill-c-377?mini=calendar-date%2F2016-03 (2016-02-07)
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  • Concerning Bill C-377 | Paul Steer
    I write out of concern regarding Bill C 377 An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act Requirements for labour organizations currently before the Senate This Act of amendment to the Income Tax Act would require labour organizations to provide financial information to the Minister for public disclosure Bill C 377 obliges broadly defined labour organizations and some labour trusts to provide to government extensive information regarding financial transactions including statements of the amount of the organizations resources being used on non labour relations activities including lobbying and political activities Non compliance with any of the statutory requirements would be an offence punishable with daily fines of 1000 to a maximum of 25 000 Compliance is also necessary to meet the criteria for exemption of tax payable on income set out in s 149 k of the Income Tax Act The provision of these daily fines in the event of non compliance is onerous Bill C 377 imposes adverse differential treatment of labour organizations in contrast to other groups in Canada When Bill C 377 was before the House of Commons many submissions were made pointing up potentially serious flaws with this legislation I commend these to your interested attention

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  • Here's what I said to Trustees about Class Size and Composition. | Paul Steer
    a preference of many working in Delta As has been correctly observed Politics should serve pedagogy and not the other way round Delta teachers appreciate this emphasis on teaching I ll quote an aphorism from the realm of business which might apply Always keep the main thing the main thing In a public school district it is always learning student learning primarily not money numbers not public relations that must always be kept the main thing I ll admit that our presence here this evening is political we are doing our best to persuade you to see things our way but this is because Delta teachers are most interested in doing the best teaching job possible Delta teachers know that by investing in better resources staffing and services to students and with teachers and the district advocating together knowing that we cannot do everything alone we can see real improvements With that in mind we have three suggestions for Trustees that we hope you will bind to your hearts with hoops of steel 1 We want Trustees to join with us in seeking a restoration of class size limits that allow teachers to give every child more individual attention 2 We want to see Trustees lobby for increased capacity within the system to give students access to more timely assessments 3 And we want Trustees to provide more learning specialist teachers in every school so all students can have full access to counselors teacher librarians and other supportive professionals In Delta District Staff do a creditable job of organizing classes to keep as many as possible under 30 but please remember that before 2002 when our local contract provisions were deliberately stripped by government things were much better In general province wide class composition continues to be less than satisfactory A teacher contacted me last week to describe the situation in her classroom this year Hi Paul Just wanted to let you know that I am over my number of tagged students in my 3 4 class I ve got 5 children with tags in a class of 20 Thanks This skilled and very experienced Delta teacher wanted to convey the reality of her classroom It s a classroom that has only 20 students but 25 of those students have been identified as having Ministry of Education Special Needs designations often these are referred to as Ministry tags which I will admit does not create the most respectful mental image But this teacher s motive in contacting the union was not to rock the boat or to make waves I should keep a tally of how many times I ve heard those two phrases but to let someone in this case her union president know that things in her classroom are not as they should be This teacher wants to optimize the learning conditions for her students But there is an incapacity within the system that limits her ability to fully respond to those students needs There is also provincial

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  • Here's what I said to Trustees about Class Size and Composition. | Paul Steer
    a preference of many working in Delta As has been correctly observed Politics should serve pedagogy and not the other way round Delta teachers appreciate this emphasis on teaching I ll quote an aphorism from the realm of business which might apply Always keep the main thing the main thing In a public school district it is always learning student learning primarily not money numbers not public relations that must always be kept the main thing I ll admit that our presence here this evening is political we are doing our best to persuade you to see things our way but this is because Delta teachers are most interested in doing the best teaching job possible Delta teachers know that by investing in better resources staffing and services to students and with teachers and the district advocating together knowing that we cannot do everything alone we can see real improvements With that in mind we have three suggestions for Trustees that we hope you will bind to your hearts with hoops of steel 1 We want Trustees to join with us in seeking a restoration of class size limits that allow teachers to give every child more individual attention 2 We want to see Trustees lobby for increased capacity within the system to give students access to more timely assessments 3 And we want Trustees to provide more learning specialist teachers in every school so all students can have full access to counselors teacher librarians and other supportive professionals In Delta District Staff do a creditable job of organizing classes to keep as many as possible under 30 but please remember that before 2002 when our local contract provisions were deliberately stripped by government things were much better In general province wide class composition continues to be less than satisfactory A teacher contacted me last week to describe the situation in her classroom this year Hi Paul Just wanted to let you know that I am over my number of tagged students in my 3 4 class I ve got 5 children with tags in a class of 20 Thanks This skilled and very experienced Delta teacher wanted to convey the reality of her classroom It s a classroom that has only 20 students but 25 of those students have been identified as having Ministry of Education Special Needs designations often these are referred to as Ministry tags which I will admit does not create the most respectful mental image But this teacher s motive in contacting the union was not to rock the boat or to make waves I should keep a tally of how many times I ve heard those two phrases but to let someone in this case her union president know that things in her classroom are not as they should be This teacher wants to optimize the learning conditions for her students But there is an incapacity within the system that limits her ability to fully respond to those students needs There is also provincial

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  • Here's what I said to Trustees about Class Size and Composition. | Paul Steer
    preference of many working in Delta As has been correctly observed Politics should serve pedagogy and not the other way round Delta teachers appreciate this emphasis on teaching I ll quote an aphorism from the realm of business which might apply Always keep the main thing the main thing In a public school district it is always learning student learning primarily not money numbers not public relations that must always be kept the main thing I ll admit that our presence here this evening is political we are doing our best to persuade you to see things our way but this is because Delta teachers are most interested in doing the best teaching job possible Delta teachers know that by investing in better resources staffing and services to students and with teachers and the district advocating together knowing that we cannot do everything alone we can see real improvements With that in mind we have three suggestions for Trustees that we hope you will bind to your hearts with hoops of steel 1 We want Trustees to join with us in seeking a restoration of class size limits that allow teachers to give every child more individual attention 2 We want to see Trustees lobby for increased capacity within the system to give students access to more timely assessments 3 And we want Trustees to provide more learning specialist teachers in every school so all students can have full access to counselors teacher librarians and other supportive professionals In Delta District Staff do a creditable job of organizing classes to keep as many as possible under 30 but please remember that before 2002 when our local contract provisions were deliberately stripped by government things were much better In general province wide class composition continues to be less than satisfactory A teacher contacted me last week to describe the situation in her classroom this year Hi Paul Just wanted to let you know that I am over my number of tagged students in my 3 4 class I ve got 5 children with tags in a class of 20 Thanks This skilled and very experienced Delta teacher wanted to convey the reality of her classroom It s a classroom that has only 20 students but 25 of those students have been identified as having Ministry of Education Special Needs designations often these are referred to as Ministry tags which I will admit does not create the most respectful mental image But this teacher s motive in contacting the union was not to rock the boat or to make waves I should keep a tally of how many times I ve heard those two phrases but to let someone in this case her union president know that things in her classroom are not as they should be This teacher wants to optimize the learning conditions for her students But there is an incapacity within the system that limits her ability to fully respond to those students needs There is also provincial legislation

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