Apparently the TDSB – Toronto District School Board makes a habit of attempting to shut down Free Speech employing less than savoury tactics, as so eloquently put in an article in the Toronto Sun about the TDSB trying to intimidate a Canadian blogger Arnie Lemaire of BlazingCatFur – Mr. Lemaire has written quite a few articles about the TDSB see Here
“In what can be described as more TDSB theatre of the absurd, an obscure six-week-old blog comment resulted in police visiting his home like one might see back in the day of the Stasi in communist East Germany.”
From: TDSB sics police on sarcastic blogger – By Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun First posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 09:27 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 09:33 PM EDT
As you can see from the date – Wednesday March 13, 2013 – what Margaret Wilson, the investigator appointed by the Minister of Education for Ontario to conduct a review of the TDSB – described as a “climate of fear” permeating the TDSB goes back quite a ways.
Now – I haven’t (deliberately) read any of the articles posted on BlazingCatFur – yet – about the TDSB – but – there sure is A LOT OF THEM – here’s the thing – no matter what opinions Mr. Lemaire has expressed – whether I agree with them or not – as far as I’m concerned he has the absolute right to express them – this is partly why I posted the link to his site before even reading anything he has written – his right to Free Speech trumps anyone’s right – including mine – to “be offended”
Now it is my turn – I have finally found out who Ryan Bird is – the Ryan Bird who “Sherry” threatened she was going to go to, and “tell on me”
“Sherry – firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted on 2015/01/18 at 1:03 pm
Remove your two articles before I call Ryan Bird to call the police on you”
It seems she did “tell on me” because here is the latest “comment” from a member of the TDSB – Toronto District School Board – and here he is. Ryan Bird.
“REMOVE DEFAMATORY ARTICLE
Submitted on 2015/01/24 at 12:13 am
Your article is slander. REMOVE or else face the legal consequences of defamation of character.”
Ryan Bird is described in numerous articles –as a “TDSB spokesperson”
TDSB investigating explicit sex education pamphlets posted in classroom – By James Armstrong and Mark Carcasole Global News Link here.
“My understanding is that it was part of a sexual health resource that was offered up to students, should they want to see that,” said Ryan Bird, a spokesperson for the Toronto District School Board.
Bird said the school board took down the material once they were notified, but board officials say the pamphlets had been on display for months. Bird said the school board is looking into how long the pamphlets had been on display.
“You would think that somebody would’ve noticed it,” said Doretta Wilson, Executive Director of the Society for Quality Education. “It’s not that innocuous.”
TDSB director’s salary hiked despite letter from Education Minister – KAREN HOWLETT and CAROLINE ALPHONSO – The Globe and Mail – Published Friday, Nov. 21 2014, 5:00 AM EST
Last updated Friday, Nov. 21 2014, 5:00 AM EST – Link Here.
“The compensation of your new permanent Director is limited to the amount earned by the predecessor, in this case Mr. Chris Spence,” says the letter dated Jan. 10, 2014, a copy of which was obtained by The Globe and Mail.
A spokeswoman for Ms. Sandals said the minister and Mr. Bolton have had no formal communication since the January letter, and she is not aware of the details of the contract.
Mr. Bolton did not respond to an e-mail on Thursday. Ms. Quan has also refused to answer questions from The Globe.
TDSB spokesman Ryan Bird said Ms. Quan’s compensation was approved at a private board meeting attended by 18 of 22 trustees.
However, several school board sources said trustees were not part of the decision to pay Ms. Quan more than what her predecessor earned. Trustee Pamela Gough said it is “very troubling” that Mr. Bolton ignored Ms. Sandals’ letter.”
Fake teacher worked at five TDSB schools, police say – By:Alex BallingallNews, Published on Thu Jul 31 2014 – Link Here.
“Ryan Bird, spokesperson for the TDSB, said the man wasn’t hired by the school board, but rather is alleged to have assumed the identity of an existing employee on the substitute teacher’s list.
The board is now reviewing how it calls in and hires substitute teachers, Bird said. He would not comment on how the TDSB found out what was going on, or what spurred the discovery of an alleged imposter in their midst.
“We were made aware of this individual at one of the schools,” Bird said. “When we did become aware of it, Toronto police were notified immediately.”
Bird declined to comment when asked whether the man arrested knew the substitute teacher who was being impersonated, and referred the question to police.
Bird could not confirm whether the alleged impostor was getting paid. “I think it’s important to know that this is a very isolated incident. To our recollection this has never happened before at the TDSB,” Bird said.”
I was struck by two things – first the “spokesperson” of the TDSB “could not confirm” whether this fake teacher was getting paid – even though he was apparently employed as a teacher – and second, it seems that the TDSB relies on memory to recall incidents that happen within the TDSB – pardon me?
They don’t keep records???? About who teaches in their schools? About whether or not they are qualified to be teachers? Paid as teachers?
Tut tut Mr. Bird – that’s a tried a tested “device” for not answering a direct question – you learn that in law school – if you don’t want to answer a direct question you say “I don’t recall” sheesh – everyone knows that!
There are only two possible answers to “have there ever been any other instances when an unqualified person impersonated a teacher in the TDSB?”
Yes or No. Or if you really want to be emphatic – “absolutely not”
Here’s a couple of Child Safety Policy questions for you Rhino.
What procedures are in place in Toronto District School Board schools to protect children from random persons just wandering into schools – claiming to be teachers?
What procedures are in place to check the identity and qualifications of all persons seeking access to children in TDSB schools?
Anyhoo Rhino oops I mean Ryano – drat – Ryan – I take it you’re the TDSB enforcer – you come charging in, huffing and puffing and blowing hot blasts of deadly steam from all orifices – and the object of your fury quivers in abject fear – is that the usual scenario?.
You should be grateful that your name isn’t Barney – otherwise I’d have to liken you to the evil twin brother of big purple dinosaur – a big annoying purple dinosaur. 🙂
See – now I get it – when rent a brain “Sherry” issued her threat that she was gonna tell on me to Ryan Bird I was supposed to run like a rabbit who just spotted a member of the Squamata Serpentes family – that would be snakes by the way.
Except of course you came charging in here like a rhino on speed – I have a typically Irish response to a bully boy stomping about issuing orders.
Póg mo thóin
Tell me something Rhino – have you issued the same threat TO EVERY SINGLE newspaper, journalist and commenter on every single article (of which there are loads) that portrays the TDSB and its employees in a less than positive light ?
You can’t miss it – it’s right there on the home page of The Ministry of Education for Ontario.
It would appear that “throwing your weight about” is a feature of TDSB tactics – that the “climate of fear” noted by investigator Margaret Wilson in her Review of the TDSB has led to an unwarranted belief that you can pull that shit GLOBALLY.
From: Voters must take Toronto District School Board mess seriously: Editorial – Link Here.
“An Ernst and Young audit last December found $1.3 million in unauthorized raises for senior staff, and noted there was a “culture of fear” among staff about speaking out when problems arise. That audit also criticized trustees for interfering in day-to-day operations of the school board.
Board employees complained earlier this year that they had been subjected to “abusive, threatening and insulting comments” by some board members. Nine of the 22 trustees themselves said they felt threatened by some of their colleagues. The situation got so bad in March that former board chair Chris Bolton asked police to attend TDSB meetings in response to threatening behaviour by a trustee.”
What kind of “wild west” gangster operation are you people running over there? Police at School Board meetings? These are people entrusted with the education of CHILDREN?
Some bloody examples you are for impressionable children – a shower of thugs is what you sound like.
Let me tell you what I think – what my opinion is of the TDSB and some of its employees – like you and your coven of wretches.
You’re a disgrace – an absolute disgrace to Education – you should be run out of town on a rail – the whole toxic, mealy mouthed, moronic lot of you.
You and your ilk shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the education of children – if the Minister of Education Liz Sandals has any sense she will exercise her powers under The Education Act 1990 and SHUT YOU DOWN.
Yep – I’ve read the legislation – thoroughly – and The Minister of Education HAS the power to kick your sorry arse to the kerb – the whole lot of you. Left a link there for ya – but I’ll let you go looking for the relevant section. By the way it’s really really looooooooooooooooong. Have fun now.
Judging by not only the number of articles about the cesspit that is the TDSB, but by the almost all negative comments on all these articles – no one is going to be crying any tears over you shower of gobshoites being kicked out on your arses – NO ONE!
Now – kindly take a running jump off a very short pier.
Slainte agus ná lig do an doras bhuail tú ar an thóin ar an mbealach amach 🙂