Canada’s most populated province has been in the midst of a Teachers Union dispute since November

By Joshua Weigert
Feb 17, 2020
(Image Header: Teachers participating in rolling strikes across the province of Ontario. Source – Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Chances are, you haven’t heard about the Ontario teacher’s strike. Why would you have? Unless you live in the province of Ontario or actively search for Canadian provincial news, public sector strikes within a Canadian province doesn’t receive national or international coverage. However in this particular case, it should be reported on internationally. The ongoing union dispute highlights the power of large public unions and their bully-like mentality. This strike highlights how most governments can frivolously spend taxpayer dollars to appease public unions. It should provide thought and reflection about where all of your taxpayer dollars are going and which individuals are benefiting.

The topic of the week, and no doubt, the topic anytime we experience such heinous tragedies like the one that took place at a Parkland HS in Florida, is the issue of guns. No doubt, any loss of life is a tragedy, but losing 17 at once in a place where we Americans send our young ones is completely unacceptable.

Since that incident, new agencies have rolled out mountains of articles with lofty and emotional rhetoric but very little facts concerning the truth behind gun control’s success or lack there of. In fact much of the debate is centered around emotional responses as opposed to finding practical things that will truly work.

Introduction

Here it is, and I will do my best to keep it short.

I don’t excuse bad policing or racist policing for that matter. As an officer, getting rid of those in our ranks who operate in such a manner is beneficial to the society and to good police officers alike. I also know from experience how important it is to put aside our bias or prejudice in favor of a clean slate. It’s taught in academies nationwide and its reinforced daily on each and every call for service. It’s something civilians also must be mindful in examining police actions.

A Note to the reader

Let me start off by saying this. The loss of life, good or bad and guilty or innocent, is tragic. As men, it obviously pains us more when the loss of life is of the innocent rather than guilty. God finds both equal saying, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls” (Proverbs 17:17) and “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked” (Ezekiel 18:23).

This past month, we got to witness the violent deaths of two men at the hands of Law Enforcement Officers. Emotions quickly took over for many people, damning the slayings and calling for revenge. Such emotional responses do nothing good for the cause of Justice. Such responses only allow the perversion of Justice as facts are lost in the cloud of fiction and assumptions become the ruling reasons for actions.