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The MEC debacle is a predictable and avoidable governance failure

By Marc-Andre Pigeon and Anthony Piscitelli

When news broke about Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) being sold to an investor in the United States, the reaction among many of its 5.4 million member-owners was surprise, anger and disappointment.

More than 130,000 members have so far signed a petition to reverse the sale, while a group of members has raised more than $100,000 to give members a voice at MEC’s Companies Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings.

Continue reading at https://theconversation.com/the-mec-debacle-is-a-predictable-and-avoidable-governance-failure-146513

The flu vaccine opportunity

By Melissa MacKay and Anthony Piscitelli

With Canada’s flu season nearly here, the threat of COVID-19 makes getting the flu shot more important than ever. Flu outbreaks risk straining our health-care system when we most need hospital beds to treat those seriously infected by COVID-19.

Unfortunately, myths about the flu vaccine meant only about four in 10 Canada’s were vaccinated last year. Surprisingly, the same number of Canadians believe the flu shot can cause the flu. The reality is the flu vaccine cannot cause the flu.

Continue reading at https://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/opinion/columnists/the-flu-vaccine-opportunity

Why we need school board trustees during a pandemic

The following article was published in the Waterloo Region Record

Since 1997 when Ontario school boards lost the power to directly collect local taxes, there is have been periodic debates about abolishing the position of elected school board trustees. Abolitionists favour delegating all policy decision-making to the Ontario government with local management being directly responsible for implementing the decisions of the province.

Recent actions by trustees at the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Toronto District School Board demonstrate why eliminating the local voice provided by trustees would be a mistake. While many small examples exist of the typical representative role that local trustees play in supporting families, the decision by the Waterloo board to require masks to be worn by all students who are able and the Toronto board’s alternative reopening plan provide dramatic examples of the value of local trustees.

Continue reading at https://www.therecord.com/opinion/contributors/2020/08/20/why-we-need-school-board-trustees-during-a-pandemic.html