I am writing this letter to thank all the emergency responders who came to my aid on March 5.
I rolled my truck on Rae Hill and within four minutes, I had firemen and police rescue. But I was surprised that I had two young lady EMTs (emergency medical technicians) waiting for me from Iroquois Falls who happened to be driving back to the Falls and stopped to assist me.
I was very fortunate to escape without injuries — unlike the stories flying around, I was uninjured.
My peeve is also the wanna-be reporters who were being nosy and getting in the way of the emergency crews.
Please, stay away and let these people do their jobs.
There should be a fine for getting in the way.
After my accident, I called my council man, Mr. Joe Campbell, about how this hill can be fixed by raising the highway from the cemetery to the hill gradually so they wouldn’t have such a steep grade.
Mr. Campbell informed me that they are going to raise the road.
In closing, thanks to the people who stopped the EMTs.
Small schools can offer Grade 9 tech programs
I read your article, “College plants seeds for students to pursue career in trades” (The Daily Press, April 25).
First and foremost, I think it’s great that the college has stepped up to support technological education especially for young women. As I write this email I will be making reference to the Ontario Technological Education curriculum (English).
There is really no reason why high schools cannot offer a Grade 9 introductory course called Exploring Technologies. There are 10 specialized tech courses in the Ontario curriculum starting in Grade 10, however the Grade 9 course was designed and developed so that students are given an opportunity to be exposed to/have a basic understanding of all the 10 courses outlined in the curriculum.
The facility can be developed with minimal expense and I believe, this would address the awareness that all students would benefit from.
I don’t understand, in a community like Timmins (the north) where their main industry revolves around skilled professions (I use the term skilled professions rather than skilled trades because I feel the term better reflects today’s complex skills) that some boards and high schools choose not to offer Technological Education programs.
I’m sure there would be an opportunity to partner with local business that could help support these programs as well. Programming in a high school is determined by school boards and administrators and you don’t need to have a huge high school to offer at least a Grade 9 introductory course.
With 40 years of Technological Education experience, I would be happy to provide any support/consultation on a volunteer basis.
It is sad that many students are going through high school without any knowledge of opportunities available to them in skilled professions.
Technological Education Coordinator, York University