Letter to the Editor

Worthy education program, not expensive Re School-saving Middle Years program may come to Whitehorse (the News, September 14): We are very excited…

Worthy education

program, not expensive

Re School-saving Middle Years program may come to Whitehorse (the News, September 14):

We are very excited at the prospect of the Middle Years Program coming to Whitehorse Elementary.

We hope it will support the fantastic staff at our school in delivering an even richer educational experience.

Most importantly, the program is designed to benefit all the kids at the school, especially those facing challenging circumstances — as it does at King George in central Vancouver where 45 per cent of the kids are below the poverty line and 42 different languages are spoken.

There is one fact to clarify in the story.

There will be no fee for any student at the school. And as for the fees the school will pay to International Baccalaureate, these will be much lower than your story implied.

At West Bay public school in Vancouver the annual fee is $3,705 or $14 per student, which is paid by the school.

Finally, if any other schools in the Yukon are interested in the program we would be happy to tell them about it.

It is a great program and could eventually be offered at multiple schools here.

Keith Halliday, chair, Whitehorse Elementary School Council

High cost of parenthood

Open letter to Premier Dennis Fentie:

I am a single mom of three kids. I am on social assistance and I do receive federal/Yukon child tax grants monthly.

I applaud your hard work as premier of the Yukon and it does show.

I also applaud your increasing of the Yukon child tax incentive.

My only concern is this: When I was meeting with my case manager this afternoon, I asked him about the new child tax offered by YTG and he said, “Well, it won’t matter that much because the child tax you receive will be taken off your social assistance cheque.”

I’m not sure if you know what it is like to be a single parent who makes less than $12,000 a year, but kids are expensive.

I think you and your minister of Social Services should get together and revamp some social services guidelines — such as not taking every cent from your child tax cheque.

I strongly think that child tax money should not interfere with social service monthly benefits, because, in the end, it is only taking away money from the kids.

Name withheld by request

Via e-mail