Monthly Archives: July 2020

Full day school in September – we can do it! by Angela Kennedy

School trustee, Registered nurse and mother of 7 (!!!) boys, Angela Kennedy has some encouraging thoughts about Full Day School in September.

By Angela Kennedy

Covid-19 Pandemic has forced us to confront a new reality.

For students, teachers and parents, this reality is complex and demands our attention to many details.

I am a 20-year trustee with the Toronto Catholic District School Board and mother to 7 sons and 8 grandchildren.

I am also a registered nurse.

I have worked to achieve balance at the intersection of healthcare, education and family for my entire career.

At the July 23 board meeting, I voted in favour of a return to full day learning in September, because I believe this important decision must be based upon the principles of physical safety, emotional and spiritual wellness, kindness and compassion.

In my view, any hybrid or adapted school-day model has potential to negatively affect many parents, especially those who are those who will be forced to choose between employment and educating their children.

Possible new scenarios for full-day return in September could include setting up a big tent in the school yard to allow for physical distancing; it could mean JK to grade 6 in our elementary schools and grade 6 to grade 10 in secondary schools. Grade 11 and grade 12 classes might be entirely online.

Full-day return, which is still being discussed and explored, might mean utilizing libraries, arenas, or empty business offices as extension of our schools.

Any of these scenarios will likely require masking at times, personal protective equipment, hiring extra staff for cleaning surfaces and screening, frequent hand washing breaks, individual hand sanitizers, and floor signage. It will mean no sports or assemblies for awhile. We may see plastic barriers.

We have to work together and be creative in our thinking now, because children need structure, certainty and consistency to be healthy and well; they have grown used to that structure in their school life. Students need their friends, their peers, and the socialization that comes with play and throughout the day.

At this point, students on the covid-19 recovery continuum need caring professionals to address their psychological, social, spiritual, and academic needs

Exhausted parents are ready for a manageable daily routine, and for the teaching experts to take back teaching the curriculum.

There is a way to protect the physical safety and emotional health and wellness of all while providing a safe return back to school.

Now is the time for our school communities to bring all parties together: parents, teachers, and students, in order to design the safest possible return to full time school in the fall.

We have the chance to change education delivery to a model that will outlast Covid-19. This new model must protect the physical and psychological well-being of children and parents, and contribute to resilient, emotionally well-balanced society of citizens of the future.

We have all of August to work together, get this plan done, and make this happen.

We can do this.

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza: Keto-friendly and Gluten-Free

Here it is – my made-in-Ontario suggestion for pizza lovers who are cutting back on carbs, or can’t eat gluten. This has become  a winter staple: it’s nice and cozy to heat the oven and warm the house baking a pizza in January or February.

But cauliflower are in season, plentiful and cheap in summer when it’s too hot to bake if you don’t have to. July and August are the perfect time to buy and boil beautiful local cauliflower in bulk, and freeze crust portions in pre-measured amounts to have on hand all year long. I went through 40 packages last year!!

NOTE: This video is 30 minutes long – the first 12 minutes are the bulk cooking instructions. If you just want to skip to the instructions once you have boiled and mashed the cauliflower, jump to the 12 minute mark.

Proportions used in the recipe are:

  • Two cups of boiled cauliflower
  • One cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • One egg
  • Sprinkle salt
  • Optional: a spoonful of Pesto

This amount of “dough” will make crust for two 10-inch pizzas.

Enjoy!

Trudeau Q and A July 13

  • Rita Smith ooooh! He opens with an extension to the Wage Subsidy. That should be popular!
  • Rita Smith And he spoke to Trump about NAFTA and BLM.
  • Rita Smith I think he means USMCA. That might have confused Trump.
  • Rita Smith OK, he made a mistake and he’s sorry. He got into politics to make things better for people.
  • Rita Smith Especially young people. Oh, United Way and Food Banks! Hard to be against that.
  • Rita Smith He’s sorry again.
  • Rita Smith Oh, young people who are facing a difficult time now are going to have to wait longer to get an opportunity to help. Sigh. And now, in French!
  • Rita Smith WE will pay back the money provided to it (ALREADY?) and providing some placements.
  • Rita Smith Oh, it is slower for young people who are facing a difficult time, but young people will continue to step up and serve. We have to move in unprecedented and creative ways.
  • Rita Smith He’s sorry again. I guess he’s not resigning.
  • Rita Smith First question: will voters forgive you?
  • Rita Smith A: Canadians will make their judgements on what he should have done. He’s focused on delivering programs.
  • Rita Smith Second question: Trump and tariffs.
  • Rita Smith Still talking about NAFTA. It’s USMCA. Try to keep up.
  • Rita Smith Third question: Were you aware money had been paid to your mother when you approved the contract.
  • Rita Smith Answer: I was unaware of the details. I’m sorry.
  • Rita Smith Fourth question: Did anyone in your Cabinet raise concerns?
  • Rita Smith Answer: It was the public service that made that made the WE recommendation.
  • Rita Smith Fifth question: Did you talk to Trump about opening the border?
  • Rita Smith Answer: Discussions are ongoing.
  • Rita Smith Sixth question: Will you make a longer term decision rather than month to month?
  • Rita Smith Answer: We will continue to respond to the situation.
  • Rita Smith Seventh question: You were not aware of details of family members being paid by WE? Whether or how much?
  • Rita Smith answer: blah, blah, blah, blah blah. Blah. I’m sorry my mother has been involved in this situation.
  • Rita Smith Ooooh, now it’s his mom’s mental health issues, she’s a motivational speaker. This is unfair to her, he should have thought of her and he did not.
  • Rita Smith 8th question: Last week Blanche asked you to step down and let Freeland take over. Will you?
  • Rita Smith Opposition has a job, and I have a job to do, pandemic, getting the economy on track.
  • Rita Smith 9th question: Did you know they were paid?
  • Rita Smith I know they are professional public speakers. I should have known the details.
  • Rita Smith Ed. note: will anyone bring up Morneau’s daughter working at WE?
  • Rita Smith Will you testify at Finance Committee as the Conservatives have asked?
  • Rita Smith He’s going to discuss with his team. (That means “NO”)
  • Rita Smith Blah, blah, blah…..serving Canadian youth
  • Rita Smith Q11: This is your 3rd ethics conflict. Were you aware this was a conflict?
  • Rita Smith Aw, now he’s helping youth again. What a guy.
  • Rita Smith He’s really sorry again. Also young people.
  • Rita Smith Q12: Anything else we need to know before you have to apologize again?
  • Rita Smith A12: Blame the public service again. I’m sorry.
  • Rita Smith q13: Why should Canadians believe you are sorry, not just that you got caught with your hand in the cookie jar?
  • Rita Smith A13: young people waiting for opportunity again. So sad. So sorry. They will have to wait. It’s frustrating for me. (Ed. note: FUCK YOU.)

    Never mentioned Morneau!