Queen City Catch Up: Florence Stratton On Military Education And Pipelines In Harbour Landing (Podcast)

So I get back from Malta and I’m thinking, I was gone the better part of a year, how the hell am I going to get back up to speed on Regina? And it hits me that the easiest thing would be to just ask people what I missed.

And then I thought, hey, I could record the conversations and get a podcast series out of them. It’d be like multi-tasking.

Here’s the first of those conversations: I talk with peace and justice activist, Florence Stratton, about housing, military education in high schools and an oil pipeline for Harbour Landing.

Incidentally, I got the music for this podcast from Malta’s Lost Voices, a compilation of Maltese music from the 1930s. Thanks to Filfla Records for giving me permission to use the tracks. (You can check them out at filflarecords.com.)

The next episode of Queen City Catch Up will be available on Thursday. In it, I chat with cycling and alternative-transportation aficionado, John Klein.

In total, I’ll be posting eight interviews over the next several days — one for each month I was away.

UPDATE: Forgot to mention that you don’t have to stream the podcast. There’s a download link in the Soundcloud window in the top right corner. It’s the little down arrow.

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5'10'' tall and he was born in a place. He's not there now. He's sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It's "Girl From Ipanema", thanks for asking. You can follow Paul on Twitter at @pauldechene and get live updates during city council meetings and other city events at @PDcityhall.

5 thoughts on “Queen City Catch Up: Florence Stratton On Military Education And Pipelines In Harbour Landing (Podcast)”

  1. To put the education issue in context, while military and oil-field training were being brought into the public education system, the environmental learning program Trek School was shut down. In any case, word has it the new industry-linked programs are suffering for enrolment.

  2. One point about leaving oil in the ground, it’s not specifically the tar sands that have to stay there, but it may as well be because so much energy goes into taking out oil from bitumen (tar sands AKA oil sands).

    I look forward to hearing the next episode, and how I didn’t die. That’s my favourite part.

  3. Basic training is hard, and the goal of basic training is to instill in the recruit the knowledge, skills and discipline that they need to continue further in the military. This training is typically done contiguously over a period of time (weeks, months). To do otherwise at best is ineffective training and at worst dangerous. So the question that I have is what “subject” in school are the students not taking that will give them sufficient time for the training to take effect? What has been deemed unnecessary in the curriculum for there to be time for Drill? Furthermore, whom will be in contact with these students? What kind of background check is the school doing on the instructors to ensure that they have no liability issues?
    Teachers have a degree and have been vetted by “the system”. The military instructors are accustomed to working with volunteer adults who are empowered to make all their own decisions. Though the school will go through the same paperwork to allow this students to join the Primary Reserves, should they then not simply take the training on non-school time as is normal practice?

  4. “…word has it…” Instead of dealing in rumour (and perhaps wishful thinking), let’s see some evidence.

    Rusty: your questions, all of them good ones, should be directed to the Board and administration.

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