Many people, in Ontario, are asking why their local schools (600) are closing. Again I would point people to the reports, "Investing in People: Creating a Human Capital Society," "Small, Rural and Remote Communities: An Anatomy of Risk," and "Ontario in the Creative Age," done for government by urban university professors/academics.
In these reports there is the promotion of Urban specialty schools, fully funded child care, all day kindergarten and the expansion of post-secondary education. So how is the province to pay for these specialty schools, like the Bill Crothers Secondary School, which was reported as costing approx. $32 million for "a unique mix of sports and classes," or to pay for tuition for post-secondary? The government is paying for this by closing rural schools. The government has also been instructed to take money from health care to fund even more urban educational facilities.
To be quite blunt this all started in the 1980's when government instructed municipalities, in the rural areas, that the only industry which would be allowed would be agriculture, tourism and recreation. This ensured those employment opportunities for small communities would be minimum wage jobs, and the only way to financially gain was if one had post secondary education. If you didn't have a piece of paper you weren't qualified for a better job or better pay.
Government has what they refer to as a "blue-print" of what they want Ontario to look like (those reports). This all is laid out in governments "5 year plans," and when one reads those reports, one sees that these plans are for urban successes, not rural successes. I just have to look at the events that took place in Collingwood to see the effects of this.
Collingwood had ship building as its main industry. It also had a "starch plant" and a Goodyear rubber plant, now there is a very large empty factory. It had Harding Carpets, again shuttered. There are no more ships, the "starch plant" turned into an ethanol plant. This was shut down because the planners in Collingwood allowed a residential subdivision to go in, down wind of the ethanol plant. The smell was there first, but the people shut it down because of "environmental issues", based on smell, not pollution.
Now we have people with university degrees working part-time pouring coffee, because there just isn't any employment involving their specialty, so who gains? The professors who wrote the reports making recommendations to government. This is a self-fulfilling prophecy and not in the best interest of Ontarians. This is also the bureaucracy that is running this province and this country. Is this what Ontarians want? The election is in 2018. You decide.
Elizabeth F. Marshall,
Director of Research Ontario Landowners Association
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