- What specific cause are you most dedicated to?
Easy - as a school trustee its always about kids and education. Kids need good places to learn and grow! Keeping kids at the centre and in one's heart and mind (which somedays I wonder about that) is and should be the main thing - the rest is politics. It's about keeping the public in education and the private out - as it's a slippery slope where propping up public dollars with private ones hide the underfunding and the "hidden" two tier nature of public education. Schools are more than about "getting an education" but about our culture, society, citizenship, and the future. School are the hubs of our communities.
- What positive change do you want to see in your city?
I don't live in the city so that sure was a urban centric question - LOL. But I grew up in a city - Windsor - and frequently go to Toronto. That said, I would like cities to see rural places as more than places for "resource extraction" and give more respect to "farmers who feed cities."
- What cause (or movement) are you most dedicated against?
I'm with Devon Johnstone on this one. "The growing anti-human rights movement that seems to be gaining momentum in Canada." I don't want those kinds of believes being ok in our schools. I believe - strongly - that all kids should go to school together and that diversity and differences should be celebrated and encouraged. I also agreed with his statement: "... there seem to be a lot of people out there who are using over-the-top rhetoric and deception to support a thinly veiled attempt to make xenophobia socially and politically palatable."
- What negative change do you want to see in your city?
Again, I don't live in a city. I want to see less need for fundraising in schools for essentials, extra-curricular activities, and school programs and schools properly funded with public dollars. This is the hidden two-tier of public education where rich school areas get more because they can raise more private dollars.
- If you could live in any city in the world, where would it be?
I would not live in a city except maybe Vancouver (I'm a warm weather lover), and maybe in the Mayan Rivera in Mexico. I love the heat, the beach, and the people, and I speak a bit of Spanish.
- If you could visit any city (not live), where would it be?
Well not any particular city but Scotland in general - my last name use to be McIntyre - enough said. Most importantly, I have a very special place in my heart and always on my mind and thus - someday - may visit Escuala-in Llilla in Ecuador. Heavy heart....
- Favourite time of the year?
Summer. I'm a beach person who loves to swim, be outdoors, and be active.
- Favourite reading subject?
Education and social policy. And of course current events and politics - dah.
- Favourite author?
Noam Chomsky & Robert Munsch.
- Tag at least 5 other bloggers to do this meme.
I have decided to use an objective criterion for tagging. These are the last five bloggers who appear in my politics category on Google Reader: Buckdog, blogging a dead horse, ADHR, HUD, and Curiosity Cat.
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