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  • Observer
    August 14, 2010 - 15:21

    I have been following these debates and couldn't agree more with Mr Wakeham. I believe the school for the Deaf closure was planned and deliberate. The parents, former principal and former students are believable. The current Principal spoke recently and made several erroneous statements such as Cochlear Implants weren't on the horizon years ago and they are new technology, a quick Google search will show differently - they have been around since the 18th century and have yet to "cure" deafness. I would think the Principal would know that. She stated that in 1973 when the school was at its peak they had a critical mass of 144 students. But now 199 is not enough to keep it open? She also made inadverent comments such as "not just denied enrolment but other factors too" So she confirms that students were denied enrolment. As well she said, " If you put children out without proper supports, inclusion does not work. The way we have done it, I've been back (from retirement) for three years and I have been heavily involved in this for three years." and "we have been doing surveys for the last three years" She seems to have contradicted the Minister who has said repeatedly said there was no plan. Sorry I side with Mr Wakeham on this one as he astutely observed: it was planned and deliberate, just like the current Principal said.

    • Mark
      August 16, 2010 - 00:46

      Sorry Bob but you have a contradiction in your argument. On one hand you say our government should not close the School for the Deaf because those in the deaf community say it is required and they know better than our politicians and bureaucrats. In the next breath you imply that the government should decide to fund this controversial MS treatment. Not one physician or medical group in our country has come out and stated that this procedure will indeed work. Only Saskatchewan is willing to fund a series of trials. Poland and Bulgaria are not countries known for leading the world in medical research and even if they have a great find here, certainly our medical community and that of other advanced western nations should be allowed to comment on its merits and recommend to politician and bureaucrats whether it merits funding. Everyone has sympathy for MS sufferers, but the emotional argument should not trump the quest for tested and proven facts in this case.

  • Observer
    August 14, 2010 - 12:13

    I too have been following these debates and couldn't agree more with Mr Wakeham. I believe the school for the Deaf closure was planned and deliberate. The parents, former principal and former students are believable. The current Principal spoke out "On the Go" and made many erroneous statements such as Cochlear Implants weren't on the horizon years ago and they are new technology, a quick Google search will show differently - they have been around since the 18th century and have yet to "cure" deafness. One would think as Principal she would know that? She also made slips of the tongue when she said "not just denied enrolment but other factors too" She confirms students were denied enrolment. As well she said, " If you put children out without proper supports, inclusion does not work. The way we have done it, I've been back (from retirement) for three years and I have been heavily involved in this for three years." She contradicts the Minister who said there have not planned it but she came back from retirement and has been working on it for 3 years. Sorry I side with Mr Wakeham on this one as he astutely observed: it was planned and deliberate, just like the current Principal said.