November 30, 2014
By Tina Wayland | Published November 27, 2014 by The Montreal Gazette
The school is in serious need of repair.
And all I kept thinking during the tour was how well-maintained and modern the English Montreal School Building is; how much money was spent during the recent school-board elections; and how our schools — the places where we craft the minds of our future citizens and leaders — are largely neglected, mistreated and ignored.
The upside of our visit? The two Grade 6 boys who gave us the tour were smart, polite, informed, and engaged young men who’ve obviously learned a whole lot from the dedicated, overworked and underpaid teachers at the school. These teachers do so much with so little, as opposed to our elected officials who manage to do so little with so much.
Read more: http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/letters/letter-open-house-visit-at-plateau-emsb-school-was-an-eye-opener
November 13, 2014
Old guard use Republican tactics to maintain hold on power
By Anne Lagacé Dowson | Published Nov. 12, 2014 by Ricochet.media
In the United States they call it voter suppression. Here we call it voter irregularity. By whatever name it taints the entire electoral process.
On Nov. 4, the Montreal Gazette reported on its front page that hundreds of people were disenfranchised on election day as they tried to vote in the English Montreal School Board election. The reporter passed it off as bureaucratic ineptitude on the part of the school board. Now there is evidence that a campaign of voter suppression may have been at work.
The first shocker was discovering that Pierre-Yves Bezazz, the man running the election for the school board, was actually in the pay of the school board. It’s hard to exaggerate how wrong that is. Picture entering the playing field for a final match and finding that the referee is wearing the team sweater of your opponent. The result? Every time we cried foul, Mr. Bazzaz would respond “denied!”
The voter suppression started with the infamous voters list. Voters discovered that if there name was not on the list, they had to run a gauntlet to get registered: download a form from the internet and then trek across town to register the form with the office of Mr. Bezazz at school board headquarters. We petitioned Mr. Bezazz to make it easier to get on the list and to at least extend the deadline for getting on the list, as was done in a previous election.
Read more: https://ricochet.media/en/185/voter-suppression-and-the-english-montreal-school-board
November 4, 2014
EMSB chair candidate says voting in Ahuntsic/Montreal North ward was rigged
Published Nov 3, 2014 by CBC News
Anne Lagacé Dowson, who was defeated in her run for chair of the English Montreal School Board, is calling for a formal investigation in one ward and a recount in another after Sunday’s school board election.
Lagacé Dowson says the vote in Ward 7 (Ahuntsic/Montreal North) was rigged.
Sylvia Lo Bianco, the candidate seeking re-election in that ward under the banner of Team Angela Mancini, won by a margin of about 800 votes. Lo Bianco’s sister ran the polling station.
“The sister of the candidate gave the green light to all kinds of people who walked up and who showed ID and were able to vote — despite a clear directive from the director general of elections, which we respected,” said Lagacé Dowson.
Lagaçé Dowson has asked the province’s education ministry to launch a formal investigation.
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/anne-lagac%C3%A9-dowson-calls-for-investigation-into-emsb-election-1.2822654