Well, that’s interesting, and certainly puts me in my place — turns out that it’s OK for school board candidates to use their taxpayer-funded email accounts for political purposes.
Um, maybe not necessarily OK, but policies do not prevent their doing so.
But in another odd twist, by 9:30 a.m. today, three incumbent candidates in Louis Riel S.D. using school divisions’ email had switched over to a personal email account.
I raised the issue in this blog yesterday.
Louis Riel and Pembina Trails school divisions got back to me to say that nothing in their policies prevents trustees from using their taxpayer-financed division email accounts as their contact address in their re-election campaigns.
But by early morning, Louis Riel trustees Louise Johnston and Tom Parker had switched over to a personal email account.
In the case of Sunrise S.D., there is no rule to prevent any employee using the division email to run for office, so Louis Riel trustee Dave Richardson, who works for Sunrise, was OK. I say ‘was’, because as of 9:30 a.m. today, Richardson has switched over to a Hotmail account.
Pembina Trails incumbent Gerry Melnyk is still using a division email account.
No word yet from Seven Oaks S.D. on whether incumbent Richard Sawka should be using his division email account.
U of M has a lengthy policy about appropriate use. It’s open to interpretation, says the university, but the bottom line is that there are provisions for using U of M email for community service, and basically the policy allows use that isn’t prohibited. So Louis Riel candidate and U of M employee Alem Asghedom may continue to use his U of M business email for his political campaign.
But I still don’t think it’s right.