Thursday, June 30, 2016

Brian Jean Sponsored · I recently got a chance to share my vision for families about the next steps for our education system in the Calgary Sun. Alberta once led the world when it came to our test scores for literacy and numeracy. But now, Alberta families are now growing increasingly worried about the state of our education system. Under the previous government, we strayed from the core principles that made our programs so strong. Now, we have a chance to get this review right. To get back to a place where Alberta's education system rivals that of leading OECD nations such as Singapore and Japan. This starts with creating a system that clearly identifies the knowledge and skills required for each grade level, and entrusting teachers to choose the method of instruction for their classrooms. We owe it to Alberta students to get back on track.


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I recently got a chance to share my vision for families about the next steps for our education system in the Calgary Sun.
Alberta once led the world when it came to our test scores for literacy and numeracy. But now, Alberta families are now growing increasingly worried about the state of our education system.
Under the previous government, we strayed from the core principles that made our programs so strong. Now, we have a chance to get this review right. To get back to a place where Alberta's education system rivals that of leading OECD nations such as Singapore and Japan.
This starts with creating a system that clearly identifies the knowledge and skills required for each grade level, and entrusting teachers to choose the method of instruction for their classrooms.
We owe it to Alberta students to get back on track.

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As a father and proud business owner, I have seen how important the basic foundations of math and reading skills have been in my life and in the life of my children.But today, Alberta families are now growing increasingly worried about…
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Julie Ali The education system in Alberta is OK. I mean there are excellent teachers at Strathcona High School and at Grandview Heights School but what is missing is specialized supports and services at the elementary level and junior high school level for kids with disabilities. This might explain why families take their special needs kids out of the public school system and put them into schools designed for them. We need to increase access to psychological and psychiatric testing; we need to provide individualized program planning from day 1 and not so late that the child is impacted irretrievably. We need to put the money into the children rather than administration. I favour removal of the school board system in Alberta as it sucks out money from the system. I believe there should be only one school system and that this school system should be directly managed by Alberta Education.
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I recently got a chance to share my vision for families about the next steps for our education system in the Calgary Sun.
Alberta once led the world when it came to our test scores for literacy and numeracy. But now, Alberta families are now growing increasingly worried about the state of our education system.
Under the previous government, we strayed from the core principles that made our programs so strong. Now, we have a chance to get this review right. To get back to a place where Alberta's education system rivals that of leading OECD nations such as Singapore and Japan.
This starts with creating a system that clearly identifies the knowledge and skills required for each grade level, and entrusting teachers to choose the method of instruction for their classrooms.
We owe it to Alberta students to get back on track.
As a father and proud business owner, I have seen how important the basic foundations of math and reading skills have been in my life and in the life of my children.But today, Alberta families are now growing increasingly worried about…
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Julie Ali The education system in Alberta is OK. I mean there are excellent teachers at Strathcona High School and at Grandview Heights School but what is missing is specialized supports and services at the elementary level and junior high school level for kids with disabilities. This might explain why families take their special needs kids out of the public school system and put them into schools designed for them. We need to increase access to psychological and psychiatric testing; we need to provide individualized program planning from day 1 and not so late that the child is impacted irretrievably. We need to put the money into the children rather than administration. I favour removal of the school board system in Alberta as it sucks out money from the system. I believe there should be only one school system and that this school system should be directly managed by Alberta Education.
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Yup, we are not asking for anything "special" all we are asking for is "normalcy." All we are really plead for is just ignore my wheelchair, my leg braces, my artificial arm, or my Service Dog or anything else you may think is strange. When I am in line I just want to be treated the same as the person in front of me, and the one behind me. And anything more than that because I may be "different" hurts. So please remember, we are human to and we too have feelings. Those feelings get hurt more than people think, and sometimes it comes from even well meaning people. So in reality, our feelings get hurt more than people can imagine, and this is the main reason why we isolate. Isolation is the first step to depression. The result most of the time with deep depression, is suicide. So even the people that think they are "helping" could be the ones killing us. So please just let me try to live as normal as I can, please try and ignore that I may look different, or even feel different when I am treated different. Are we asking for perfection? "No." We live with imperfection everyday. We have it inside of us, we only ask that you can see the imperfection in you.... Thank you, I hope you have a normal day and if you do, can you tell me how that feels? I have forgotten.....Les Landry


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This was from last year and I am going to re-post it again this year, because not much has changed...
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Les R. Landry
June 30, 2015 · 
Good day everyone....
My day started with someone asking why people are very concerned about proposed service dog laws.
As many people are aware this is an issue that gives me much concern and I responded to her question...
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V-p XXXXXXXXX - I don't understand why people get upset about this ? Anyone can explain it because to me, it seems to be ok ?!
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Les R. Landry Hello V-p,
I live in a jurisdiction that has the toughest service dog laws not just in Canada but in the free world. Now can someone please tell me when did I give up the same right of free moment that is afforded to every citizen just because I have a disability?
I really want to know how many people without a disability can be stopped and asked for "papers" just because they want to enter McDonalds. Now because I have a disability does not mean that I moved to Communist Russia.
Why is it that society thinks it is OK to treat people with disabilities different than people without? It is like we have and have had an open war on people with disabilities for the last twenty years, and all this under the disguise of trying to help "them."
Why is it we have made more progress with the issue of "Bullying" in the last two years than we have in the last twenty years about disabilities?
If we treated people with diabetes the same way we treat people with service dogs, we would have riots in our streets. I will fight for the same freedoms for all people's with disabilities, as those without. I will die on my feet, before I live on my knees because I do not want society to put a tattoo on my wrist.
But most importantly, when we are treated different, we start to feel different and that is one thing we all must remember...
~
This is an open letter and it may explain why I do not like having to show ID if asked to enter any place of public.
When we are treated different, we start to feel different and I hope that is not what happens to people....

Hello,
One of the most saddest things in society today is even well meaning people do not understand peoples with disabilities. For the most part, we don't want "special treatment" all we are asking for is "normal treatment." Most of the time I sit here and wonder, "I don't need you to buy me coffee, or lunch as an excuse for an apology. All I need is a sincere apology." When I order a super sized meal, I do not need you to carry it to my table, unless you do that with everyone. The grocery store down the street ask everyone, maybe they understand how we feel? I like to think it is because it is a service worked into the cost of the groceries, and we all pay for that service.
And then there is the other side from people that are not so well meaning. When you pull up with the taxi, please do not keep driving because I have a Service Dog or may look different. If other people are getting rained on, so are we. More importantly, if it is freezing out and we are cold, I say we as in me and my Service Dog. Have you ever thought your actions could be animal abuse in our eyes? You would be the first one to pull up if I had a toddler, and most of us could understand that, but please do not forget "we" are still out there.
Yup, we are not asking for anything "special" all we are asking for is "normalcy." All we are really plead for is just ignore my wheelchair, my leg braces, my artificial arm, or my Service Dog or anything else you may think is strange. When I am in line I just want to be treated the same as the person in front of me, and the one behind me. And anything more than that because I may be "different" hurts.
So please remember, we are human to and we too have feelings. Those feelings get hurt more than people think, and sometimes it comes from even well meaning people.
So in reality, our feelings get hurt more than people can imagine, and this is the main reason why we isolate. Isolation is the first step to depression. The result most of the time with deep depression, is suicide. So even the people that think they are "helping" could be the ones killing us.
So please just let me try to live as normal as I can, please try and ignore that I may look different, or even feel different when I am treated different.
Are we asking for perfection? "No." We live with imperfection everyday. We have it inside of us, we only ask that you can see the imperfection in you....
Thank you,
I hope you have a normal day and if you do, can you tell me how that feels? I have forgotten.....

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Julie Ali Thank you for writing this Les.
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This was from last year and I am going to re-post it again this year, because not much has changed...
Les R. Landry
Good day everyone....
My day started with someone asking why people are very concerned about proposed service dog laws.
As many people are aware this is an issue that gives me much concern and I responded to her question...
~
V-p XXXXXXXXX - I don't understand why people get upset about this ? Anyone can explain it because to me, it seems to be ok ?!
~
Les R. Landry Hello V-p,
I live in a jurisdiction that has the toughest service dog laws not just in Canada but in the free world. Now can someone please tell me when did I give up the same right of free moment that is afforded to every citizen just because I have a disability?
I really want to know how many people without a disability can be stopped and asked for "papers" just because they want to enter McDonalds. Now because I have a disability does not mean that I moved to Communist Russia.
Why is it that society thinks it is OK to treat people with disabilities different than people without? It is like we have and have had an open war on people with disabilities for the last twenty years, and all this under the disguise of trying to help "them."
Why is it we have made more progress with the issue of "Bullying" in the last two years than we have in the last twenty years about disabilities?
If we treated people with diabetes the same way we treat people with service dogs, we would have riots in our streets. I will fight for the same freedoms for all people's with disabilities, as those without. I will die on my feet, before I live on my knees because I do not want society to put a tattoo on my wrist.
But most importantly, when we are treated different, we start to feel different and that is one thing we all must remember...
~
This is an open letter and it may explain why I do not like having to show ID if asked to enter any place of public.
When we are treated different, we start to feel different and I hope that is not what happens to people....
Hello,
One of the most saddest things in society today is even well meaning people do not understand peoples with disabilities. For the most part, we don't want "special treatment" all we are asking for is "normal treatment." Most of the time I sit here and wonder, "I don't need you to buy me coffee, or lunch as an excuse for an apology. All I need is a sincere apology." When I order a super sized meal, I do not need you to carry it to my table, unless you do that with everyone. The grocery store down the street ask everyone, maybe they understand how we feel? I like to think it is because it is a service worked into the cost of the groceries, and we all pay for that service.
And then there is the other side from people that are not so well meaning. When you pull up with the taxi, please do not keep driving because I have a Service Dog or may look different. If other people are getting rained on, so are we. More importantly, if it is freezing out and we are cold, I say we as in me and my Service Dog. Have you ever thought your actions could be animal abuse in our eyes? You would be the first one to pull up if I had a toddler, and most of us could understand that, but please do not forget "we" are still out there.
Yup, we are not asking for anything "special" all we are asking for is "normalcy." All we are really plead for is just ignore my wheelchair, my leg braces, my artificial arm, or my Service Dog or anything else you may think is strange. When I am in line I just want to be treated the same as the person in front of me, and the one behind me. And anything more than that because I may be "different" hurts.
So please remember, we are human to and we too have feelings. Those feelings get hurt more than people think, and sometimes it comes from even well meaning people.
So in reality, our feelings get hurt more than people can imagine, and this is the main reason why we isolate. Isolation is the first step to depression. The result most of the time with deep depression, is suicide. So even the people that think they are "helping" could be the ones killing us.
So please just let me try to live as normal as I can, please try and ignore that I may look different, or even feel different when I am treated different.
Are we asking for perfection? "No." We live with imperfection everyday. We have it inside of us, we only ask that you can see the imperfection in you....
Thank you,
I hope you have a normal day and if you do, can you tell me how that feels? I have forgotten.....
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Julie Ali Thank you for writing this Les.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Les R. Landry thinking about PTSD Awareness withMarie Renaud and 4 others. Yesterday at 11:35am · Yes, June 27th is now passed. For people that may not have known June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day. So where do we go from here? I most certainly hope we don't wait for another year to mark a day of awareness. I pray we do not wait another year with only passing thoughts about people living with this deadly disorder. I beg governments, and all of society to please remember the many peoples that take their own lives because they want to end the demons that haunt their minds. Please and yes I am begging, that we continue the open discussions, research and treatments for all people with or at risk of PTSD. I had a very serious trigger about ten days ago and it was from a person in the medical community and I do not blame her as much as I see the fault with us. Are we doing enough to inform people about PTSD and how it is a very real mental impairment and if not handled properly, could be very deadly for the person they are dealing with. Not that I would take my own life, I can say that the thinking about it has weighed in my mind since that encounter happened. I do not wish the living Hell I have been going through for the last week on anybody and it is for the reason, I must continue in my work with the issue of PTSD.

Les R. Landry and Respect the Service Dog shared a link.
Here is a video of Alberta MLAs raising PTSD awareness in the Alberta Legislation. First is MLA Marie Renaud Second is MLA Drew Barnes
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  • Les R. Landry thinking about PTSD Awareness withMarie Renaud and 4 others.
    Yes, June 27th is now passed. For people that may not have known June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day.
    So where do we go from here? I most certainly hope we don't wait for another year to mark a day of awareness. I pray we do not wait another year with only passing thoughts about people living with this deadly disorder. I beg governments, and all of society to please remember the many peoples that take their own lives because they want to end the demons that haunt their minds.
    Please and yes I am begging, that we continue the open discussions, research and treatments for all people with or at risk of PTSD.
    I had a very serious trigger about ten days ago and it was from a person in the medical community and I do not blame her as much as I see the fault with us. Are we doing enough to inform people about PTSD and how it is a very real mental impairment and if not handled properly, could be very deadly for the person they are dealing with.
    Not that I would take my own life, I can say that the thinking about it has weighed in my mind since that encounter happened. I do not wish the living Hell I have been going through for the last week on anybody and it is for the reason, I must continue in my work with the issue of PTSD.
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