June 4: Clueless on Climate, Police Chief Doug Ford, Why We Need Notes and More Letters
Unaware of climate change
Regarding “City Unveils ‘Roadmap’ to Tackle Climate Change” (June 2): It is heartbreaking to read in 2022 that we have a city councilor so misinformed about the science of climate change that he said “ We’ve heard bold claims that it will cost us a lot more if we do nothing, but I’ve never heard the science behind it. I recommend that the con. Lloyd Ferguson (and all his colleagues) have read the IPCC report — Climate Change 2022; Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability — Summary for Policymakers. This was written by a large group of the best climatologists in the world.
He will find that he describes a vast catalog of predicted damage from climate change if no action is taken. It also gives future adaptation options and what is needed to enable climate resilient development. This can enable it to make better decisions when the board receives climate change mitigation and adaptation plans.
Chief of Police Doug Ford
Apparently Hamilton has a new police chief, and it’s not Chief Bergen. During the Conservative campaign photo op at the Hamilton Cargojet hangar last Thursday night, a Canadian citizen with a legitimate invitation to the event was arrested for trespassing and escorted off the property. Subsequently, Hamilton police made a false statement to the public claiming the lawyer/political cartoonist was part of the protest blocking traffic ahead of the event. Maybe Doug Ford could fill both “chief” positions and save Hamilton taxpayers money!
Why we need grades in school
Regarding “Grades Kill Curiosity…” (May 27): There must be some form of assessment and evaluation to show understanding, development and knowledge. Teachers, students, and parents need to be aware of ongoing learning and ways to improve. Replacing grades with conversations with students and parents is unrealistic and impossible to plan. Indeed, hiding the grades until the end of the term is also ridiculous. We need to be aware of progress or lack of progress to strategize and improve. Parents and educators work with children to develop curiosity, a love of reading, and lifelong learning. It’s a continuum.
Teachers who love to teach
If curiosity were the only motivation for learning in this tech-driven age, we could get rid of schools and teachers. If downgrading were the answer to intellectual development, we could save educators a lot of stress dealing with helicopter parents. But then, what would we have?
No one can argue that teaching on a test, except, of course, when it comes to basic numeracy and language skills is ineffective.
What we need are teachers who use their skills to make learning stimulating and enjoyable, who present content that provides opportunities for learning to learn, who provide an environment where contradiction, questioning and review are encouraged. We need teachers who use grades to assess their own effectiveness.
Driving a “deadly weapon”
In the late 1940s, when my father was teaching me to drive, we stopped at the corner of Longwood Road and Main Street West, at a red light, and my father said to me, “Remember, you drive a lethal weapon. .” I never forgot it and I passed this phrase on to my children who, in turn, were learning to drive.
Shame is counterproductive
There will be more resistance against Hamilton City Council’s discussion to allow two or even three units in and around single-family homes.
Already, in our neighborhood of the Mountain, it is very easy to spot rental houses: neglected front and back yards, strewn with debris and broken down furniture scraps. Many of these homes were purchased by corporations and the owners are the very definition of absentee homeowners.
If you think additional units will be rented out by nice quiet grannies, think again. What you will get is noise, crumbling lawns, collapsing outdoor structures, and street parking making snow removal impossible. Turning bungalows into rooming houses is not the solution. And trying to shame existing worker owners with accusations of elitism and NIMByism is counterproductive.
True North Strong and Free
As a Canadian born and raised, I was stunned at a recent Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in Stoney Creek when, by way of closing, the organizers sang “God Save The Queen” and the crowd s joined us. I hope the monarchy worshipers among us, desperate as they are, remember that in Canada we believe in “the true North, strong and free”. We made great strides in cutting our ties with the world’s most useless family, including getting our own anthem, which I hope played loud and clear for the world to hear.