Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday outdoor trips with mum--Friday September 30, 2016-- Julie , We’re still busy working to build the strongest case possible for Charter protection of the Internet. Wednesday is the deadline to officially submit our filing to the Supreme Court of Canada, arguing the Internet be made a protected medium of communication under section 2(b) of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Thanks to our foundational supporters we are so close to the $30K we need to fund this game-changing legal work ensuring your right to free expression online is protected. Now that we're almost there, will you chip in to help us get to our goal? Donate Now The outcome of this case will be felt worldwide, as the Supreme Court will be considering an appeal to a lower court’s decision that required Google to remove search results from its global index. Censorship at this level would be a huge setback to our rights to access information and express ourselves freely. The stakes couldn’t be higher and I’m hoping you will help take us to the finish line. If we win, we’ll have built a legal framework for online free expression that will inform court decisions concerning Internet censorship moving forward. We’ll establish a broad understanding of free expression online, and when it is and is not reasonable to limit such expression. We’re so close to the deadline. I hope you’ll take this chance to stand with us in this historic campaign. Thank you, Alana Schultz Director of Fund Development — OpenMedia

I arrived at the parents' place at 2:00 pm and found mum still not ready. Since I have learned from past experiences with seniors that it is best to let them find their own groove I had a nap on the sofa while she got ready.

We went to the H & W produce place to buy onions. But I forgot to buy the milk for dad. I will do it tomorrow along with the orange juice.  We got a great many things that I believe included two different varieties of chilli, ginger, shallots and the onions.  I got some apples for younger boy. There are many bruises on their apples but they are still OK.  I got the raspberries even though they seemed a bit too ripe. The last time I got the corn it was not good so I refrained from buying any veggies except the spinach and green beans mum wanted.

We went other places to buy mum's rugs for her bathroom and the non-slip mat for her bathtub. It was after six pm when we got back and mum was tired. I will continue to do the Friday visits as well as other outings as mum seems to be able to get about with some rests on the seat of her stroller.

When I got back I found this e-mail and thought this was important enough to put down here so folks will contribute to the sanctity of the Internet.




---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Alana Schultz <contact@openmedia.org>
Date: Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 1:17 PM
Subject: Only days away from the Supreme Court
To: 



Julie ,
We’re still busy working to build the strongest case possible for Charter protection of the Internet. Wednesday is the deadline to officially submit our filing to the Supreme Court of Canada, arguing the Internet be made a protected medium of communication under section 2(b) of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Thanks to our foundational supporters we are so close to the $30K we need to fund this game-changing legal work ensuring your right to free expression online is protected.
The outcome of this case will be felt worldwide, as the Supreme Court will be considering an appeal to a lower court’s decision that required Google to remove search results from its global index. Censorship at this level would be a huge setback to our rights to access information and express ourselves freely.
The stakes couldn’t be higher and I’m hoping you will help take us to the finish line.
If we win, we’ll have built a legal framework for online free expression that will inform court decisions concerning Internet censorship moving forward. We’ll establish a broad understanding of free expression online, and when it is and is not reasonable to limit such expression.
We’re so close to the deadline. I hope you’ll take this chance to stand with us in this historic campaign.
Thank you,
Alana Schultz
Director of Fund Development — OpenMedia
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and we say their names

we lay out the stories
for you to claim

and we say their names


we watch the speakers chatter
and we simply say   "where are the deliverables for the money that we pay?"

and we say their names


we wait for years
for the change that never comes   but the record is made


and we say their names


we watch the skies for storm clouds and rain
and we rein in the pain of decades of betrayal and shame


and we say their names

the new actors on the stage of politics and commerce
tell us that positive politics and change is here   the Liberals and the NDP are the same


and we say their names


we concentrate on the essentials  
we focus on democracy   for without the true partnership we have nothing


and we say their names

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0nmHymgM7Y


Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker (Audio)

Single Point of Contact review from 2014 and now in 2016


I am still not clear on the single point of contact business:




From: Julie Ali <
Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 8:05 PM
Subject: Re: Single Point of Contact
To: "Danette Andersen, Supervisor" <danette.andersen@epsb.ca>


Hello Ms Andersen,

Thank you for contacting me in response to two e-mails I sent first to Mr. Janz and then to the generic EPS website.

!) Can you let me know if I may now e-mail the trustees directly?  

I am allowed to contact all the MLAs, MPs and sundry council members for Edmonton City council but the trustees appear to be exempt from contact.

Will you continue to vet these e-mails to the board and decide on whether they will get my e-mails or not? If so, can you explain why I need to go through this bottle neck. 

2) I would like to find out when the board will be discussing special education at the board meetings. 

I would like to come to the EPS board meetings as I have done before and report on the state of affairs especially with reference to special education students. 

I will be documenting the meetings on my blog.  

 I was going to do this for the last two years but due to time consuming family events such as multiple near death experiences of my severely handicapped sister in the less than satisfactory continuing care system in Edmonton I was unable to spare the time to go to board meetings.  But now I have some time and I am going to be going to the meetings. 

But I am primarily interested in special education supports and services.  I am not too interested in other chatter. 

I note that the first meeting is an organizational meeting. 




It seems to be all about setting up committees. 

Will there be any discussion of special education at this meeting?
Will there be any discussion of mental health issues such as the high levels of anxiety among school age children in Alberta --at this meeting?
Will you be talking about early childhood services (prior to entry into kindergarten) for severely disabled children?
Will there be any discussion of special supports such as speech and language supports/ autism supports etc?


3) Why are these meetings at 2:00 pm when most parents cannot attend?

4) Has EPS thought about developing a parent group for special education children so that they may talk about problems they are having in accessing services, supports and other helps?

Parents do not get help for special education children in a timely or reasonable fashion in Edmonton.  Sometimes parents must take their kids out of the public school system to home school them or enrol them in a private school. These choices are last ditch efforts to help their kids. Some parents just need to talk to other parents about problems they are having eg. with autism.  I believe these deficiencies and problems need to be addressed by the school board. The school system is required to provide special education children reasonable supports and services, within the regular school setting if at all possible.  

In future, I will be contacting you for specific data especially with reference to children who have speech and language delays, auditory processing disorder, autism and ADHD in order to determine the supports/ services available in the district. Some children have complex care needs and I would like information how their needs are being addressed by multidisciplinary teams combining medical, psychiatric, psychological, therapists etc.  I am especially interested in early childhood services to help children with apraxia. I refer you to the website below. 


Don’t wait for “Late Talkers” to “just start talking”. Childhood Apraxia of Speech affects up to 1/50 children. Without intensive Motor Speech Therapy these children won’t just “catch up”. Identify the signs, be your child’s best advocate.


I am also interested in how EPS supports children with severe disabilities due to genetic disorders. Are they streamed in the regular education setting or are they taught in specialized schools?

I appreciate the time you take to answer my questions which will provide other struggling parents with much needed special education information that they do not get early enough in the school process. 



Thank you for your responses.  

Sincerely, 
Julie Ali


On Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 2:32 PM, Danette Andersen, Supervisor <danette.andersen@epsb.ca> wrote:
Hello Ms. Ali,

You sent an email to the District indicating you had some questions.  I will continue to be the point of contact for the District.  Please let me know how I can assist you.  Take care.


Danette Andersen, M.Ed.
Supervisor
District Support Services

This communication is intended for the use of the recipient to whom it is addressed, and may contain confidential, personal, and/or privileged information.  Please contact me immediately if you are not the intended recipient.  Any communication received in error should be deleted.





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Thursday, July 31, 2014

I ask about the FOIP legislation with reference to e-mails to EPS



----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "jyali" <jyali@
To: "caroline grimard" <caroline.grimard@gov.ab.ca>
Cc: "danette andersen" <danette.andersen@epsb.ca>, "darrel robertson" <darrel.robertson@epsb.ca>, "Sarah Hoffman" <sarah.hoffman@epsb.ca>, "Michael Janz" <michael.janz@epsb.ca>
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:48:10 PM
Subject: FOIP regulations as pertaining to e-mails to schools



Hi,

I am asking about the FOIP regulations as pertaining to e-mails that I send to the Edmonton Public School Board, the superintendent of schools, my child's principal and his teachers.

I am very uncomfortable with the requirement of the former superintendent of schools saying that I have to refer all correspondence to a single point of contact.
I have received fresh correspondence from Edmonton Public Schools about this matter.
Can you advise me of the privacy implications of this matter?
I do not want my correspondence to individual people at EPS or my child's school---being read by a third party who will then decide on a response.
I feel this is an unwarranted intrusion into my privacy and that of my child.

I wlll cc this e-mail to the writer of the letter from EPS as well as the current superintendent of schools plus the chair, and future chair of the school board.


Sincerely,

Julie Ali





http://www.servicealberta.ca/foip/documents/faq-school-jurisdictions.pdf
Frequently Asked Questions for School Jurisdictions

Alberta Education
 Legislative Services Branch
 19th Floor, Commerce Place
 10155 – 102 Street
 Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L5
 Phone: 780-427-3798
 Call toll free by dialing 310-0000 first
 Fax: 780-415-6546
 E-mail: caroline.grimard@gov.ab.ca

for without parents and students

I make a place in my head
I stand there
I twirl the words
to make a shape
that I do not recognize

I make a place in my head
I walk about searching
for what I have lost
that shape I have made
that is already gone

I make a place in my head
where I am not blind
I look with the third eye
I understand the meanings
of invisible messages

I make a place in my head
and I take the arrows in my hands
that I have been flung at me
only two more years to go of public education
and my child is free of the system

I make a place in my head
I watch what is given as attack
I see the concrete palisades of the system
that will resist until they fail themselves
for without parents  and students    what are the schools themselves?




Hi Ms. Clease, Thank you for your nice reply. Sometimes I feel that it is best not to say anything to school boards or school administration. My son has only two more years to go in this system. You can be assured I do not have a good feeling as a parent who is an activist about the school system. The teachers in contrast are darling. This is such a shame. If you shut up the most passionate citizens what then are you left with? The parents who don't care. Julie


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "jyali" <jyali@
To: "Helen Clease" <hclease@rockyview.ab.ca>
Cc: "danette andersen" <danette.andersen@epsb.ca>, "darrel robertson" <darrel.robertson@epsb.ca>, "Sarah Hoffman" <sarah.hoffman@epsb.ca>, "Michael Janz" <michael.janz@epsb.ca>
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 7:49:46 PM
Subject: Re: question regarding right of a parent to express her opinion to school board members

Hi Ms. Clease,
Thank you for your nice reply.
Sometimes I feel that it is best not to say anything to school boards or school administration.
My son has only two more years to go in this system.
You can be assured I do not have a good feeling as a parent who is an activist about the school system.
The teachers in contrast are darling.

This is such a shame.
If you shut up the most passionate citizens what then are you left with?
The parents who don't care.

Julie

----- Original Message -----
From: "Helen Clease" <hclease@rockyview.ab.ca>
To: jyali@
Cc: "sarah hoffman" <sarah.hoffman@epsb.ca>, "michael janz" <michael.janz@gmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:25:03 PM
Subject: Re: question regarding right of a parent to express her opinion to school board members

Dear Julie
Thank you for your email.  Not being familiar with the situation with Edmonton Public, I have forwarded your email to them in the hope that they will address this with you.
This would be your best option for finding a solution.
I wish you all the best.
Helen

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 31, 2014, at 3:20 PM, "jyali <jyali@>" <jyali@> wrote:
>
> Dear Ms. Clease,
>
> I am a parent whose child attends Edmonton Public Schools.
>
> I went to my mail box today and found a letter from Edmonton Public Schools directing me to address all correspondence to one point of contact at EPS.
>
> There was a previous directive from the former school board chair to direct communications to one point of contact.
>
> Now I have a few questions about the authority of the school board to peruse my personal e-mails to staff through an intermediary. I do not feel this is legal. I mean the school administration can do what they want to do but why would they want to do this punitive act other than to ensure that my e-mails are pre-read before going to staff?  This is a privacy issue that the school board association needs to look into. I can provide the correspondence to you.
>
> 1) Why do I have to send my e-mails to someone other than my child's principal and teachers? How is this practical? Is this not a FOIP issue? I will present this e-mail to the FOIP people as well as Alberta Human Rights.
>
> 2) Why am I being humiliated and marginalized in this way as a parent and as a taxpayer? They want families to feel respected and yet I am being singled out in this way.
>
> 3) What right does the school board have to limit my democratic expression?
>
> Please provide the legislation that allows this sort of limiting of my right to freedom of speech.
>
> Sincerely
> Julie Ali


https://www.epsb.ca/ourdistrict/board/trustees/

TRUSTEES

Group photo of the Board of Trustees - 2013-2017

Back row, left to right: Orville Chubb, Ray Martin, Nathan Ip and Ken Gibson
Front row, left to right: Michelle Draper, Michael Janz, Sherry Adams, Sarah Hoffman and Cheryl Johner
The Edmonton Public School Board is responsible for the education of over 86,000 students in the city of Edmonton.
Nine Trustees are elected to the Board every four years during municipal elections. Their mandate is to ensure that students receive the best education possible in Edmonton's more than 200 public schools.
Learn more about the Board's responsibilities and duties.

CONTACT

Cheryl Johner
Phone: 780-429-8079
E-mail: Cheryl.Johner@epsb.ca


CONTACT

Michelle Draper
Phone: 780-429-8135
E-mail: Michelle.Draper@epsb.ca


CONTACT

Orville Chubb
Phone: 780-429-8085
E-mail: Orville.Chubb@epsb.ca


CONTACT

Ray Martin
Phone: 780-429-8016
E-mail: Ray.Martin@epsb.ca


CONTACT

Ken Gibson
Phone: 780-429-8084
E-mail: Ken.Gibson@epsb.ca

CONTACT

Michael Janz
Phone: 780-429-8082
E-mail: Michael.Janz@epsb.ca

CONTACT

Sarah Hoffman
Phone: 780-429-8086
E-mail: Sarah.Hoffman@epsb.ca

CONTACT

Nathan Ip
Phone: 780-429-8083
E-mail: Nathan.Ip@epsb.ca


CONTACT

Sherry Adams
Phone: 780-429-8087
E-mail: Sherry.Adams@epsb.ca


The superintendent of schools is:

Darrel Robertson, Superintendent of Schools

here is the beach where the child plays alone

here is the door to the ocean where I was a child
here is the ocean with the wet tongue that licks
at the child who is still
here is the beach where the child plays alone

here is the way out of the concrete world and into fluid
here is the room where the imagination flies out in a swarm of words
here is the soul revealed in a poem that says the heart is wounded
here is the beach where the child plays alone 

here is the wall of books that I create
here is the room of the nun where I shine
here is the door out of which the words fly
here is the beach where the child plays alone 


here is the wound in the chest
I  make it scar   I shape a cover over the hole
I say the words to them  but I am not the same
here is the beach where the child plays alone 

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "jyali" <jyali@
To: "Helen Clease" <hclease@rockyview.ab.ca>
Cc: "danette andersen" <danette.andersen@epsb.ca>, "darrel robertson" <darrel.robertson@epsb.ca>, "Sarah Hoffman" <sarah.hoffman@epsb.ca>, "Michael Janz" <michael.janz@epsb.ca>
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:02:43 PM
Subject: Re: question regarding right of a parent to express her opinion to school board members----I say the words to them  but I am not the same


You have all succeeded in wounding me.
I hope you are all happy.
Julie
http://readingchildrensbooks.blogspot.ca/2014/07/here-is-beach-where-child-plays-alone.html



Thursday, July 31, 2014


here is the beach where the child plays alone


This e-mail is in sharp contrast to this one:

-- Forwarded Message -----
From: "jyali" <jyali@
To: "Hans Van Ginhoven" <Hans.Van.Ginhoven@epsb.ca>
Cc: "Christine Teplitsky" <christine.teplitsky@epsb.ca>, "Sarah Hoffman" <sarah.hoffman@epsb.ca>, "athabasca sturgeon redwater" <athabasca.sturgeon.redwater@assembly.ab.ca>, "Natashya Shewchuk" <natashya.shewchuk@epsb.ca>, "edmonton whitemud" <edmonton.whitemud@assembly.ab.ca>, "Cheryl Johner" <cheryl.johner@epsb.ca>, "michelle draper" <michelle.draper@epsb.ca>, "orville chubb" <orville.chubb@epsb.ca>, "ray martin" <ray.martin@epsb.ca>, "ken gibson" <ken.gibson@epsb.ca>, "Michael Janz" <michael.janz@epsb.ca>, "nathan ip" <nathan.ip@epsb.ca>, "sherry adams" <sherry.adams@epsb.ca>, "darrel robertson" <darrel.robertson@epsb.ca>
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2014 8:31:33 PM

Subject: art teacher

Dear Hans,

I have chatted with the art teacher today while I was at the year end IPP meeting with Natashya. She is Christine Treplitsky
I note that she is teaching some demanding art courses. Just the regular art program is sufficient workload and yet this teacher is also doing the portfolio work and increased demands of an AP program.
I'd like to commend her for her dedication but surely there could be some money in the system for a teaching assistant?

Most art teachers are required to buy school supplies for our kids, do the evaluations of massive portfolios, prepare lessons, do exhibitions, be present for extracurricular work and endless other matters which makes me wonder why anyone would want to be the modern day equivalent of a 24 hour perpetual motion machine. The portfolio preparations that assure entry into the fine arts program at the university of Alberta require sustained interest, massive amounts of time and patient coaching on the part of an art teacher. This is no ordinary workload but a continuing burden that eats into evening and weekend hours. I feel this is rather too demanding and we need to provide more support to our teachers who have such large classroom demands.

I think it is useful to have some extra supports at the school for staff. Maybe you can arrange for this? I will send this letter to the school board as well and the minister of education as surely they must be made aware that our teachers are very busy folks and need supports for special education students like my younger son as well as the gifted kids in the AP program?

Besides Ms. Treplitsky, I wanted to request that the school begin the recommendation for a teaching excellence award for Mr. Robert Hempel.  I would support this application as a parent.  This teacher is both effective and motivating and a credit to your school.

All your teachers are hard workers.  I appreciate the luck of both my sons to have gone to Strathcona High School.

Sincerely,
Julie Ali


https://www.epsb.ca/ourdistrict/board/trustees/

TRUSTEES

Group photo of the Board of Trustees - 2013-2017

Back row, left to right: Orville Chubb, Ray Martin, Nathan Ip and Ken Gibson
Front row, left to right: Michelle Draper, Michael Janz, Sherry Adams, Sarah Hoffman and Cheryl Johner
The Edmonton Public School Board is responsible for the education of over 86,000 students in the city of Edmonton.
Nine Trustees are elected to the Board every four years during municipal elections. Their mandate is to ensure that students receive the best education possible in Edmonton's more than 200 public schools.
Learn more about the Board's responsibilities and duties.

CONTACT

Cheryl Johner
Phone: 780-429-8079
E-mail: Cheryl.Johner@epsb.ca


CONTACT

Michelle Draper
Phone: 780-429-8135
E-mail: Michelle.Draper@epsb.ca


CONTACT

Orville Chubb
Phone: 780-429-8085
E-mail: Orville.Chubb@epsb.ca


CONTACT

Ray Martin
Phone: 780-429-8016
E-mail: Ray.Martin@epsb.ca


CONTACT

Ken Gibson
Phone: 780-429-8084
E-mail: Ken.Gibson@epsb.ca

CONTACT

Michael Janz
Phone: 780-429-8082
E-mail: Michael.Janz@epsb.ca

CONTACT

Sarah Hoffman
Phone: 780-429-8086
E-mail: Sarah.Hoffman@epsb.ca

CONTACT

Nathan Ip
Phone: 780-429-8083
E-mail: Nathan.Ip@epsb.ca


CONTACT

Sherry Adams
Phone: 780-429-8087
E-mail: Sherry.Adams@epsb.ca


The superintendent of schools is:

Darrel Robertson, Superintendent of Schools



Why did the board go along with this? Does the board not believe in e-mail communications of blog posts? Does the board expect to hear only from parents about school issues? Does the board live in a vacuum?

Because I was grumpy after receiving the e-mail from Edmonton Public Schools I went for a walk in the forest with hubby. It was marginally cooler. The Saskatoon berries are now very ripe.  I picked a few and forgot about the stuffed shirts in the school board. Really I had almost forgotten about the school board when there was this traffic in bad communication. Now I am almost inclined to go to school board meetings and record their yapping. The only problem is that the meetings are so boring that I am almost at the point of falling asleep listening to them yap.

The fact is the school board hasn't been there for parents but certainly it has been there for administration. In all ways the school board is supposed to represent us and usually represents the EPS administration first. I figure there isn't much point in interacting with any of these levels of government as they are impossibly fixed in concrete. The level of services provided by the levels of government depend on good people being present and when you have the same people in their positions for decades I do not expect change.

The little hope I had for change with the new superintendent and new board members is now gone. I have only two more years of listening to the same words without any sort of change.

I figure the reason I have to go through one point of contact is because the board does not want to have their names on the blog posts. They don't want to be associated with my comments. It is an image thing.

Most of the people who serve on the school board are people who will become further forms of politicians such as councillors and MLAs. The school board is the first step on the ladder to more and more political power.

But what sort of politicians will the board members be? If they are restricting the comments of parents by this manner--what will they do in larger jobs where the public needs to provide direct commentary?

I don't think this is a good response of the Edmonton Public School administration and the board. I feel bad about the letter as I felt bad about the original letter.

Now I am waiting to find out the regulation --the law that is present that requires that a parent send her personal e-mails through a checking point person.  If the gate keeper is going to be an administrator how will I know that my son's principal got the e-mail? How will I get to yap in e-mails with the teachers privately when I have to send the e-mail to the third party? How does this support the district's priorities to make families feel welcomed and respected?  I do not feel welcomed and respected. I feel humiliated and shamed. I feel that this is a way to regulate who I am. I feel that this is like being in the principal's office as a student. Only problem is I am not a student. I am the employer of the people who are telling me how to address the employees.


Why did the board go along with this?
Does the board not believe in e-mail communications of blog posts?
Does the board expect to hear only from parents about school issues?
Does the board live in a vacuum?

Why should parents be constricted and expected to go through a bottleneck?
Why should the employers be told by the employees what the mode of communication will be?
Who does this sort of communication method serve?
I'd say it serves the employee by ensuring that school board trustees' names do not appear in blog posts.
It's a shame.
I'm disappointed with both the school board and the administration of EPS.

Dear Mr. Robertson, I thought there would be a new philosophy at Edmonton Public Schools. I don't think there has been change. I would like the rationale for the e-mail restrictions please. You are all public servants employed by citizens. I have the right to write to public figures. You don't have to read my e-mails. But they are not spam. They are thinking pieces and when I have time they are researched.

It is still very hot. Older boy is at work. Younger boy is at home sleeping on the living room sofa. I think he could not sleep yesterday.
The living room has some cool breezes coming through.
I have written to the new superintendent of schools asking for the regulation that restricts my e-mails to public servants that taxpayers pay for.
We pay and we aren't allowed to address them directly.

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "jyali" <jyali@
To: "darrel robertson" <darrel.robertson@epsb.ca>
Cc: "danette andersen" <danette.andersen@epsb.ca>, "Sarah Hoffman" <sarah.hoffman@epsb.ca>, "Michael Janz" <michael.janz@epsb.ca>
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 4:33:14 PM
Subject: email restrictions

Dear Mr. Robertson,
I thought there would be a new philosophy at Edmonton Public Schools.
I don't think there has been change.
I would like the rationale for the e-mail restrictions please.
You are all public servants employed by citizens.
I have the right to write to public figures.
You don't have to read my e-mails.
But they are not spam. They are thinking pieces and when I have time they are researched.

It is a shame that the school board and administration says one thing and acts in the opposite fashion.
I will continue to write to you all.
Please let me know what regulation this e-mail restriction is following so as to assure me that there are no privacy issues with this regulation.

Thank you.
Julie Ali

Subject: question regarding right of a parent to express her opinion to school board members Dear Ms. Clease, I am a parent whose child attends Edmonton Public Schools. I went to my mail box today and found a letter from Edmonton Public Schools directing me to address all correspondence to one point of contact at EPS. There was a previous directive from the former school board chair to direct communications to one point of contact. Now I have a few questions about the authority of the school board to peruse my personal e-mails to staff through an intermediary. I do not feel this is legal. I mean the school administration can do what they want to do but why would they want to do this punitive act other than to ensure that my e-mails are pre-read before going to staff? This is a privacy issue that the school board association needs to look into. I can provide the correspondence to you. 1) Why do I have to send my e-mails to someone other than my child's principal and teachers? How is this practical? Is this not a FOIP issue? I will present this e-mail to the FOIP people as well as Alberta Human Rights. 2) Why am I being humiliated and marginalized in this way as a parent and as a taxpayer? They want families to feel respected and yet I am being singled out in this way. 3) What right does the school board have to limit my democratic expression? Please provide the legislation that allows this sort of limiting of my right to freedom of speech. Sincerely Julie Ali

The odd matter of auditing my e-mails to staff at the Edmonton Public Schools seems rather problematic. How will I communicate with teachers and the principals at schools younger boy attends?
This sort of screening of e-mails seems to be both ridiculous and disrespectful on the part of EPS.
I thought with the new school administrator we would have more openness rather than less.
This isn't what I thought the new board was about.
I will wait for the regulations.
I will pass on my feelings to the approved person at EPS so that I will be in the correct stream of flow.
But I can't see how this works in a democracy.
Let me go see the Alberta Human Rights Place.

http://www.albertahumanrights.ab.ca/about/contact.asp

Making a complaint / Confidential Inquiry Line

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Northern Regional Office800 - 10405 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4R7
Office hours 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Confidential Inquiry Line 780-427-7661
Fax 780-427-6013
Alberta Human Rights Commission
Southern Regional Office

200 J.J. Bowlen Building
620 - 7 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0Y8
Office hours 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Confidential Inquiry Line 403-297-6571
Fax 403-297-6567

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I go on their website to find a contact number.
 I phone and they take my name and phone number to get a Human Rights officer to call me back.
Jessica calls me back and says I have to talk to the privacy people.
She says there is also the matter of seeing a lawyer.


It seems odd to me that we can't yap to all school board members.
I will also go ask the Alberta school boards administration for information.

http://www.asba.ab.ca/people/board-of-directors.asp


Helen Clease

President
Email | Bio

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "jyali" <jyali@
To: hclease@rockyview.ab.ca
Cc: "danette andersen" <danette.andersen@epsb.ca>
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 3:20:35 PM
Subject: question regarding right of a parent to express her opinion to school board members

Dear Ms. Clease,

I am a parent whose child attends Edmonton Public Schools.

I went to my mail box today and found a letter from Edmonton Public Schools directing me to address all correspondence to one point of contact at EPS.

There was a previous directive from the former school board chair to direct communications to one point of contact.

Now I have a few questions about the authority of the school board to peruse my personal e-mails to staff through an intermediary. I do not feel this is legal. I mean the school administration can do what they want to do but why would they want to do this punitive act other than to ensure that my e-mails are pre-read before going to staff?  This is a privacy issue that the school board association needs to look into. I can provide the correspondence to you.

1) Why do I have to send my e-mails to someone other than my child's principal and teachers? How is this practical? Is this not a FOIP issue? I will present this e-mail to the FOIP people as well as Alberta Human Rights.

2) Why am I being humiliated and marginalized in this way as a parent and as a taxpayer? They want families to feel respected and yet I am being singled out in this way.

3) What right does the school board have to limit my democratic expression?

Please provide the legislation that allows this sort of limiting of my right to freedom of speech.

Sincerely
Julie Ali
*******************

It is very odd.
I feel hot all over.

I write to the Privacy people in Alberta:



----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "jyali" <jyali@
To: generalinfo@oipc.ab.ca
Cc: "danette andersen" <danette.andersen@epsb.ca>
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 3:43:13 PM
Subject: privacy of e-mail correspondence

Hi,
I have a question about privacy.
The Edmonton Public School Board and administration has directed that all correspondence to anyone in the district be directed to one point of contact.

My question is this.
My son attends Strathcona High School
When I e-mail his principal and teachers I am to send this to the woman at EPS --Ms. Danette Anderson.
She gets to read my personal e-mails before she sends them to the principal and teachers.
I want to know if this is an invasion of my privacy.

Are third parties allowed to read personal e-mails?
Can you advise.

Sincerely,
Julie Ali



https://www.epsb.ca/ourdistrict/board/trustees/

TRUSTEES

Group photo of the Board of Trustees - 2013-2017

Back row, left to right: Orville Chubb, Ray Martin, Nathan Ip and Ken Gibson
Front row, left to right: Michelle Draper, Michael Janz, Sherry Adams, Sarah Hoffman and Cheryl Johner
The Edmonton Public School Board is responsible for the education of over 86,000 students in the city of Edmonton.
Nine Trustees are elected to the Board every four years during municipal elections. Their mandate is to ensure that students receive the best education possible in Edmonton's more than 200 public schools.

CONTACT

Cheryl Johner
Phone: 780-429-8079
E-mail: Cheryl.Johner@epsb.ca


CONTACT

Michelle Draper
Phone: 780-429-8135
E-mail: Michelle.Draper@epsb.ca


CONTACT

Orville Chubb
Phone: 780-429-8085
E-mail: Orville.Chubb@epsb.ca


CONTACT

Ray Martin
Phone: 780-429-8016
E-mail: Ray.Martin@epsb.ca


CONTACT

Ken Gibson
Phone: 780-429-8084
E-mail: Ken.Gibson@epsb.ca

CONTACT

Michael Janz
Phone: 780-429-8082
E-mail: Michael.Janz@epsb.ca

CONTACT

Sarah Hoffman
Phone: 780-429-8086
E-mail: Sarah.Hoffman@epsb.ca

CONTACT

Nathan Ip
Phone: 780-429-8083
E-mail: Nathan.Ip@epsb.ca


CONTACT

Sherry Adams
Phone: 780-429-8087
E-mail: Sherry.Adams@epsb.ca


The superintendent of schools is:

Darrel Robertson, Superintendent of Schools