Let’s Teach Our Kids Decision-making
Children as Partners is an evolving
international initiative focused on advancing meaningful child
participation at all levels of decision-making.
The International Institute for Child
Rights and Development in Victoria BC is writing to invite you
and the young people you work with to participate in developing a
Children as Partners website.
Children as Partners (CAP) is an idea
developed by some adults and youth about how to encourage and support
all those working to make a reality of children's right to participate.
We use the word 'children' to refer to all children and young people
under the age of 18.
In August 2002, an expanded group of
organizations and individuals met in Canada to explore some of the ways
in which the CAP initiative might be taken forward. One of the key
outcomes from that meeting was agreement to undertake the development
of a an interactive website.
It is important to CAP that young people
participate in the website's design, content and interactive systems.
We hope that this contest will provide young people with an opportunity
to express their opinions as well as their dreams and create a site
that can connect them to other children and adults of different
countries who are interested in child participation.
If you would like more information please
contact Anka Raskin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-472- 4762
Suzanne S. Williams
Rafe’s Gone, and So Is a Listener
I just got back in town from working
overseas for the past few months to read in a back issue of the
Columbia Journal that the old-time war horse Rafe Mair is gone (from
When I left, Rafe was very mad about the
spread of fish farms, and rightly so. He had also been taking some
pretty hard-line runs against the dishonesty and incompetence of the BC
Liberals, which seems to be a taboo among the major media.
In fact, I remember him being fiercely
critical of Global Canwest, the company that owns just about every
media outlet here except CKNW. Perhaps all this was making the
station’s management a bit too nervous.
So maybe it’s more than just Rafe’s age
and the age of his listeners that got him canned. It seems more and
more that any commentator or reporter, be they left or right, who steps
out of line with the agendas of the rich elite in this province
eventually gets canned.
I miss Rafe, even though I didn’t agree
with him on a lot of things. I sure won't be listening to NW much any
Tuition Hike a Liberal Pay-off, not NDP Over-Generosity
I note that BC university
students are to face an average increase of 30.4 per cent in fees for
the academic year 2003-2004. This follows
an increase of 25.2 per cent in fees for the last academic year. The Minister of Advanced Education has the
effrontery to forget that her cash-starved government is the product of
its unconscionable action in reducing income taxes by 25 per cent
across the board in its own first day in office. The
Minister has the double audacity to blame the unforgivable student fee
increase on the NDP’s six year frozen post-secondary fees.
The Minister may be
forgiven for her unfamiliarity with NDP policy that post-secondary
opportunities must be available to all qualified students regardless of
family, class and income. The frightening
aspect of her actions is to ensure the initiation and the perpetuation
of classism in advanced education and hence a continuation of a
governing party supportive of and promoting capitalism.