Just fucking rebuild NWSS already!

Okay, this post is going to have a little bit of swearing in it, so if that offends you, fuck off.

What the fuck, BC Liberals? Seriously, WHAT THE FUCK. For the love of god what do you have against the children of New Westminster? Since fucking 2003 you’ve said that the 70-year old school is going to be replaced. It was a major part of your 2005 re-election campaign — a promise of $52 million to build a new school on the site. But then Liberal MLA Joyce Murray got defeated and I guess you said “fuck off” to New Westminster? Is that the type of government you are? Are you really that petty?

Seriously Christy Clark, you were the fucking Minister of Education in 2003. A shitty Minister of Education, but still Minister of Education. You fucking well know how long this has been going on for.

Since then we’ve had seven Ministers of Education. Three of them have visited NWSS. Three of them have seen the peeling lead-based paint. Three of them have seen signs of rot and decay. I’m sure none of them have seen the rats or asbestos, but those are in NWSS too.

And this has been going on for years. Hell, this news story came out in 2007, and it described NWSS as “rapidly decaying” and “languishing from benign neglect and getting worse every day”. This is how the reporter started the story:

It looks like an abandoned building – construction tape held up by an umbrella, flag tattered, paint peeling. The front sign is busted, but inside 2000 students are getting an education.

What the actual fuck. Almost a decade later and the “rapidly decaying” school isn’t magically better, you know. And now Mike Bernier has come out, toured the school, and sent a nice little letter saying that “the Ministry is optimistic this project will receive funding support….” And the School Board says that they are optimistic that a funding announcement by government will take place very soon.

FUCK THAT. We’ve heard that too many times in the past. We’ve had fucking funding lined up and then had it pulled. And now you’re “optimistic”. Listen, we heard that back in 2007 too, when the School Board said there were “positive talks with the provincial government” and “hope by early next month there will be good news on funding.” Pardon me if I’m pessimistic about this “optimism”.

Jesus Christ. There’s three and a half billion dollars to build a fucking bridge but not a hundred million (oh yes that’s gone up in the decade since you asshole Liberals made it a campaign promise) to build a school for our children?

Just fucking rebuild NWSS already!

If you’re as pissed off about this whole shitshow from the BC Liberals, attend the rally on Sunday, April 10 at noon, and sign Judy Darcy’s petition. Do it now.

Where is Christy Clark?

Cast your mind back to August 4, 2014. News came out of a dam breach at Mount Polley mine. millions of cubic metres of water and tailings pond slurry was released into Polley Lake, Hazeltine Creek, and Quesnel Lake. It’s considered one of Canada’s biggest environmental disasters.

BC Premier Christy Clark’s response?

Radio silence.

She eventually flew to Likely (the nearest town affected by the spill) a week later.

Now, Vancouver just had its transit referendum get shot down, leaving the future of transit in doubt. Not a word from Christy Clark on how people are to get around Vancouver over the next ten years.

But that’s not that bad. What’s bad is BC’s wildfires: 178 burning across the province. Metro Vancouver is blanketed in smoke and particulates. Port Hardy and the Squamish Lilooet Regional District are under states of emergency. And worst of all, a tree faller fighting a wildfire on the Sunshine Coast was killed on Sunday.

And where is Christy Clark?

On vacation.

I’d like to use a quote from the Calgary Herald, where they were talking about how Alberta should be thankful that Christy Clark isn’t their premier:

I remember in Psychology 101 that the prof explained it was much meaner to appear indifferent to someone than it was to express criticism. The lack of engagement is more hurtful than it is to put forth a complaint, whether the supposed shortcoming is legitimate or not.

While they were talking about Clark’s missing leadership on the Northern Gateway pipeline, the sentiment holds here. Clark is indifferent and aloof towards British Columbia when it’s in crisis, and that’s what hurts most of all.

…we have to be grateful we have a straight-talking premier like Redford instead of some cloak-and-dagger flake like Clark.

Update: while writing this Christy Clark finally tweeted.