In Ahem, indeed, the preceding In-Sights article, a reader left this comment:
Yet, over on the CBC BC website, there is an article about how school enrollment is booming due to the economic activity in the northeast. They attribute the economic activity to Site C and the anticipation of LNG. Is there any explanation for this apparent inconsistency?The noted CBC item is Fort St. John school enrolment booming along with economic activity:
A boom in Fort St. John is fuelling growth in school enrolment across the city, bucking a province-wide trend.In fact, the province's own statistics show enrolment figures for three school districts in BC's northeast is down about five per cent:
"The northeast part of the province is booming, it's growing, and with that brings a lot more children, a lot more students," said B.C. Education Minister Mike Bernier...
Many B.C. school districts are coping with empty desks and decisions around which schools to shut down. Statistics from the province show enrolment in public schools in B.C. is down about five per cent from 2010/2011..."
Peace River North ( SD 60)
Fort Nelson (SD 81)
As to the booming economic activity, according to BC Stats, the unemployment rate in Northeast BC jumped to 6.2% in October, up from 5.5 per cent in September. Even this figure is misleading because many of the workers employed in the region are Albertans who returned home after layoff. They now belong to the neighbouring province's roll of unemployed.
Worst of all, the corporate media will never acknowledge that it ever made a mistake, ever took things on faith that it should have verified, ever owed it to the people making life-and-death decisions to shoulder some of the burden of the terrible consequences of errors.