Can’t stand the heat?
If students are expected to return to classes in September during the “worst” health scare in 100 years, then why can’t elected politicians return to Parliament? Perhaps it’s because when there’s too much heat in the kitchen, it’s time to hide until it cools down.
School safety plan needed
Re: Why can’t Ottawa run programs? (Our Views, Aug. 15)
If editorial writers want to write a useful editorial, perhaps they could follow up with: “Why can’t Ontario create timely programs?”
While Premier Ford reinvented himself into a caring person for the cameras, I wonder what his government did for the past four months. School is about to start, a fact known since mid-March. Did the government carefully invest its times to create a program to open schools and then communicate this widely to give parents and teachers confidence that schools will be safe?
It’s mid-August and the government is still making changes, blaming teachers and their unions, and throwing more money at school boards.
The public sector is fully capable of innovation. Yet, did teams of experts in service design, behaviour change, school design (including HVAC), creativity and design launch classroom innovation labs in April, May and June to design a program to launch in early July? Clearly not. The government left it late and then forced local school boards to figure out themselves.
Multiplying this futility is the almost amateur advertising campaign to inform and engage citizens. We got little more than simplistic public service announcements, such as “stay home” and “wash your hands.” This should have been far more strategic to focus on real situations people face; how to shop safely, how to use restaurants safely and how to avoid COVID if you live in apartments.
Right now there should be a campaign for parents and teachers to show them schools are safe. It is obvious that parents will hold their breath and hope their kids are safe.
Perhaps the editorial writers could explore how hard it is to design programs under extreme time pressures before they criticize the management of them.