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Kelly Ernst

President, The Strategic Intelligence Alliance

Kelly Ernst is President of The Strategic Intelligence Alliance.
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Having Rights Does Not Mean the Privilege to Discriminate

Parents, teachers, trustees, religious leaders, and political leaders have a special responsibility to protect children from abuse, including bullying. We know that GSAs help greatly in this regard. No one has the privilege or right to perpetuate or facilitate emotional abuse against a vulnerable group of children. The consequences for doing so are immense. It is morally and ethically wrong.
12/10/2014 06:19 EST

Alberta Continues to Erect Human Rights Fences

Bill 10 as a response to Bill 202 makes it clear that students can have any range of clubs they wish, except if it applies to homosexuals, then restrictions apply. Such clubs require school board approval and there is no guarantee that approvals will occur. If a school board or its parents are intolerant in anyway, a board can easily disapprove any homosexual tolerating clubs.
12/03/2014 03:10 EST

The Home Builder Video Controversy Reminds Us of Democratic Values

There is nothing wrong with encouraging your fellow citizens to be involved in the political process by supporting candidates, voting, making donations, or even by trying to persuade them to vote for candidates more in line with your (and, hopefully, their) interests. All of these behaviours are part of a healthy democracy. Given the low voter turnout in many elections, more rather than less such engagement is required.
05/03/2013 04:25 EDT

Albertans Don't Support Privatizing Public Education

In the recent Alberta budget, millions of dollars were devoted to funding private education, even though there appears to be very little public support for this... A majority of Albertans surveyed said that they did not support spending public dollars on private education. Why does the provincial government continue to transfer public dollars to private education without a clear mandate to do so?
04/19/2013 11:01 EDT

The Income Gap, Public Interest and the Economy

In its Global Risks 2013 report, The World Economic Forum (WEF) identified income disparity as one of the world's greatest risks. Statistics Canada reports that the income gap between the top 1 per ce...
02/18/2013 09:24 EST

Blackboards as Billboards Undermine Public Education

Recent trends in education funding in Alberta exhibit some worrying disparities. Charter and private schools currently attract considerably more resources than the poorest of schools in the public system, and they still get public per student funding. This has significant consequences. If we turn classrooms into just another market for ads, is there any reason not to expect that donor and advertising dollars are most likely to flow to the schools and parents who already have the greatest resources?
10/29/2012 04:57 EDT
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Alberta Ain't Just Conservative Cowboys

Alberta is not the province of two decades ago. Perhaps for the first time in our history, respect for the dignity of all has become acknowledged as a fundamental value and a political issue worth defending. The public have shown ethical leadership in rejecting tired old Alberta stereotypes about fearing difference, and it's good to see the politicians finally catching up.
07/11/2012 07:33 EDT