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Another year, no word from Safe Schools Manitoba

Posted: 04/21/2014 2:21 PM | Comments: 0

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It’s hard to believe that a year went by so fast.

Today is the ninth anniversary of Safe Schools Manitoba’s severing all communications with the Winnipeg Free Press.

It was April 21, 2005, that SSM cut us off, while delivering one of the most wretched analyses of my integrity, character, and abilities that I’ve received in 43 years of daily newspapers.

I have nothing for which to apologize.

Since that day nine years ago, the provincially-funded agency tasked with making schools safer for almost 200,000 Manitoba children has not shared with us its positions, programs, events, advice.

Since this time last year, we have a new education minister, James Allum, who provides public funding to Safe Schools Manitoba. Through his silence, Allum, like his predecessors, is apparently OK with Safe Schools Manitoba not communicating with the largest newspaper between Calgary and London.

I continue to look for school safety expertise from Keith Thomas, risk manager for the Manitoba School Boards Association, and to various school division superintendents.

Ironically, Safe Schools Saskatchewan communicates with me on a regular basis, and has invited me to events which, alas, are held in Saskatchewan. I know there was a major safe schools conference in Winnipeg a few weeks back, because so many educators participating in it were tweeting about its benefits.

Sigh.

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