News Views

The following excerpts from Alberta newspapers do not necessarily reflect the views of the ATA.

Edmonton Sun columnist criticizes ATA for opposing private health care

"But when you think it's over, it ain't over. The Alberta Teachers' Association has suddenly discovered it's also a committed defender of medicare. In a special edition of The ATA News, another traditional foe of the Klein government jumps into the fight with a scary headline that urges, `It's time for every Albertan to stand up for public health care.' `Private health care companies profit from people's pain, suffering and illness,' the document scolds. `The government maintains that private health care will not jeopardize public health care,' the ATA screech continues. `The statement is untrue.' Then it appears to describe a two-track system similar to Britain and the United States—which Klein is clearly not proposing. This deliberate mistruth should give Albertans, who trust ATA members with teaching their kids, a heightened sense of unease. Now here's where it gets silly. As part of the protest, the ATA brass are urging teachers to go to the Friends of Medicare rally. Plus the usual staged letter-writing campaigns to the premier. The main speaker at these spontaneous demonstrations is none other than Parkland Institute poster boy Kevin Taft—a former Tory researcher who has an axe to grind after his report on seniors was thankfully thrown in the dumpster."

—Columnist Neil Waugh, Edmonton Sun, February 8, 2000

Children deserve protection from johns

"Well, I've never been one to think police should have too much power—but I don't think they can ever have too much common sense. Common sense says giving them the power to grab a 12-year old child about to sell her body to a 45-year old Pillar of the Community and put her in a safe house for 72 hours isn't going overboard, power-wise. First you rescue the kid. Then you can have warm fuzzy arguments about due process. Kids certainly have rights and the first among those rights is to have someone stand between them and sleezebuckets."

—Columnist Bill Sass, Edmonton Journal, February 3, 2000