Patricia Grell's Blog

Patricia Grell for Catholic School Trustee

Recent Blog Posts

Support for Artists in Residence Program
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Dear Friends, Last year, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) cut funding for the Artists in Residence program by 50% in response to the Government of Alberta’s 5% cut to their budget.  The Artists in Residence program is the program that brings valuable cultural experiences into Alberta sch...
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Apology and a Reflection
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I would like to wholeheartedly and unreservedly apologize to our ECSD Legal Counsel Carole Karbonik for the disrespectful remark that I made at our Public Board meeting held March 21st, 2017. Carole is a professional who is following orders, like any other district employee, and she deserves to b...
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CAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS OFFER CATHOLIC PROGRAMMING?
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Go the this link for a discussion of EPSB Trustee Michael Janz’s suggestion that public schools offer Catholic alternative programming.  I wrote the piece in collaboration with my co-worker at Alberta Counsel Ed Picard. Happy reading!
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March 21, 2017 Public Board Meeting and ACSTA Transparency Motion
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I have just learned that the agenda for the Tuesday, March 21, 2017 public board meeting was not posted on the ECSD website on Friday, March 17, 2017 and still is not posted.  Usually the practice is for the Board Secretary to post the agenda on the Friday before the Tuesday Board meeting to give...
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Motion: ACSTA Consultation Process
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I will be bringing forward the following motion to the March 21, 2017 ECSD Public Board Meeting: March 21, 2017 To: Board of Trustees From: Patricia Grell, Trustee Re: ACSTA Consultation Process The Alberta Catholic Schools Trustee Association is an association comprising of democratically electe...
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Legal Opinion from Don Cranston, QC re: Possible Conflict of Interest
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When I first commented at the January 27, 2017 public Board meeting that I thought Trustee Kowalczyk could be in a conflict of interest, I did so after having spoken to the Ethics Commissioner.  The Ethics Commissioner told me the previous day that according to the ECSD Bylaw 11 (bylaws0001)  Tru...
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Cooperation is the Foundation of the Future of Catholic Education in Alberta
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Recently, Paula Simons wrote in the Edmonton Journal:  “It is undoubtedly maddening when Catholic and public boards across Alberta routinely refuse to cooperate on things like school construction or busing.  How hard would it be, for people elected to serve children and families, to put turf wars...
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Update: Conflict of Interest
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It has come to my attention from several media contacts that they would like to do a story on the conflict of interest issue which I outlined below but they can’t because the Ethics Commissioner won’t verify that I indeed contacted them. I imagine that the EC is doing this to protect ...
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Conflict of Interest in Vote on Motion to Renew Superintendent’s $424,000 Contract
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An important note: My readers need to know that I am in no way accusing Trustee Kowalczyk or his wife of any wrong doing — on Friday, Jan. 27th he followed the advice of ECSD’s internal legal counsel which he trusted and which he should be able to trust. In the afternoon of Thursday, ...
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Motion: Reduction in Municipal Voting Age from 18 to 16
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At the May 31, 2016 public Board meeting I brought forward a motion to recommend that the Government of Alberta amend the Local Authorities Election Act to reduce the municipal voting age from 18 to 16.  The following was my introduction to the motion: “By the age of 16 young people can liv...
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