Author Archives : Chris Eustace


Educate Yourself : The Status Quo Is Not an Option

Good advice in this Gazette letter to the Editor . It is followed by my bio for candidate for chairman. “Voting in school-board elections is more important than ever” We all realize that voting for a candidate who will eventually make decisions for the well-being of our children is important. Yet, historically, turnout for school […]


School Board ‘WhistleBlower’ Policy

September 14, 2014 The following picture was taken by journalist Robert Frank of The Suburban on December 17, 2012. The caption is from The West Island Suburban. Going on two years later there is no sign of any development of an “Employees Disclosure Protection Policy” (a.k.a. ‘Whistleblower’ Policy’). Meanwhile the English Montreal School Board created/passed […]


“Family ministry investigating Greendale (LBPSB) pre-kindergarten problem”

May 9, 2012 Family ministry investigating Greendale pre–kindergarden problem LBPSB accused of misusing school taxes By Robert Frank The Suburban Last week’s debacle at Greendale School in Pierrefonds has left more than just distraught parents trying to figure out what happened. Now the Quebec government is looking into what went wrong. The Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) had been […]


“Unethical” Pre-K : Community and Chris Eustace slam LBPSB

This was the preamble to the petition. The organizers garnered 192 signatures, some with pertinent comments      SHOULD TAX DOLLARS BE USED TO DISRUPT DORVAL COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER-RUN, NON-PROFIT PRE-SCHOOLS? On December 15th (2008) the Council of Commissioners of the Lester B Pearson School Board (LBPSB) has voted to open a new kindergarten program for 4 […]


LBPSB Pre-Kindergarten Misuse of Tax Funds – “unethical”

The Pre- K  fiasco   The diversion of $100,000′s  from the regular operating budget to create Pre-Kindergarten classes. Of course, all this was not right nor ethical and  totally  illegal. Chapter 1, Division 1 , Rule 1 of the Education Act says:    ” The age of admission to preschool education is 5 years on.…” , not  4 ….    […]


C. Eustace v. Lester-B.-Pearson S.B. (C.A.I. : 09-0899)

      ———- Forwarded message ———- From: Alexis Côté <ACote@lxxx> Date: Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 4:09 PM Subject: C. Eustace v. Lester-B.-Pearson S.B. (C.A.I. : 09-0899) To: “cgeustace@gmail.com” <cgeustace@gmail.com> Cc: “diane.xxxxx@cai.gouv.qc.ca” <diane.xxxxx@cai.gouv.qc.ca>, Jacques Provencher <jprovencher@xxx> Good afternoon Mr. Eustace,   As discussed before the Commission d’accès à l’information, you will find attached two copies of […]


Update on C.A.I case #100 66 71 (Connect-Ed, and Disrespected LBPSB Community)

Update on C.A.I case #100 66 71 ( Connect-Ed, and Disrespected LBPSB Community)   Review: From the Approved Minutes of the Secondary Schools Parents’ Committee – Feb. 19, 2009:    7.4 Parental Concerns about ‘Connect-Ed’:    ” Although all parents agreed that the Board definitely needed a better method of communication in the case of […]


Connect-Ed story : Chris Eustace on behalf of Parents Committee vs LBPSB

The Suburban,    Letter to the Editor,   March 4, 2009                                Second look at law Next Tuesday, March 10, the National Assembly of Quebec reconvenes. That’s good because a review and some action are needed concerning the law: “An Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information”. I would link Section […]


Protection of Personal Information of the LBPSB Community : Connect Ed story

This is the original request for information concerning whether or not the LBPSB were granted permission to send private information to a foreign land. Five years later this case has not yet been completely resolved because a second hearing / judgement is needed ………………. March 30, 2009   M. Rémi Poliquin 1925 avenue Brookdale Dorval, Québec H9P […]


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Citizen and MNA’s efforts to distribute a YOUTH RESOURCES BOOKLET to students sabotaged by LBPSB

(The following letter was written by the Political Attaché of my then MNA Yolande James.  The letter was written in reaction to the Gazette story below.  “S.Day” is Suanne Stein Day, former chair of the Central Parents Committee, who was not helpful. It was amazing how the LBPSB was fully aware of this project but […]


Presentation to BOUCHARD -TAYLOR COMMISSION by Chris Eustace, citizen, on November 29, 2007

This was my paper to the : Public English Forum of the Bouchard-Taylor Commission on “Reasonable Accommodation” November 29, 2007   Although the English speaking community is often wrongly considered as being a well-treated minority in Quebec, I believe there is a significant lack of an appropriate accommodation provided by successive governments of this province. […]


“School board secrecy erodes public confidence” : Draft New Code of Ethics for LBPSB Commissioners

The following was presented to the Lester B. Pearson School Board Executive Committee Meeting on Sept. 8, 2014: Since September 2008, I have addressed the Regular Council of Commissioners meetings, and written letters to the editors of several papers requesting the board webcast its Executive Committee Meetings. Not only has the board refused every time, […]


LBPSB Budget and Joe Public

LBPSB Budget and Joe Public On Saturday, August 23, 2014, the Lester B. Pearson School Board held a special workshop devoted to the 2014-2015 Budget, in preparation, for its adoption at the upcoming Council Meeting in two days. Yesterday, there were two well-planned events, which were viewed by many people : the Emmys from Los […]


Kids Help Phone – a good resource for teens

August  24, 2014 ( The following story explains why I wish to put the Kids Help Phone link on the LBPSB homepage. The Pearson board has refused.) Montreal Gazette Thursday, February 15, 2007 Section: West Island: Voices Of The Community Letter to the Editor Counter youth suicide with education   Feb. 6 was the first anniversary of the death […]


Rewarding experience for Quebecers

West Island Gazette,  Montreal, Thursday, September 1, 2005 Thanks to the persistent efforts of a teacher and a politician, Quebec students who participate in World Vision’s 30-hour Famine fundraising project will no longer be excluded from the event’s rewards program. Rewarding experience for Quebecers ANNE SUTHERLAND The Gazette Thanks to the perseverance of a teacher, the […]


Parents rock! (Apr. 2011) ; Parental involvement in education (August 14, 2014)

The Gazette   April 13, 2011   Parents rock!   Re: “Review closings, EMSB urged” (Gazette, April 11). Bravo to English Montreal School Board parent commissioners Angie Bertone and Gail Giannakas for new hope for parents worried about proposals on school closings, mergers and relocations. Add Linda Perez, head of the central parents’ committee, for […]


Gazette: Impressed by Couillard (March 12) ; NP : Quebecers made the right decision (April 9)

The Gazette Impressed by Couillard Wed Mar 12 2014   Re: “Eliminate jobs, not school boards: Couillard” (Gazette Online, March 10) Kudos to Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard for taking a plank from François Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec’s education platform to reduce the education bureaucracy at the provincial level. Both parties claim that their intention would […]


Lester B. Pearson School Board from A to Z (document in progress)

As previously stated, I will present my platform using an alphabetical format: ….. A:   is for     ANACHRONISTIC :  belonging to another time ; out-of-date   ARROGANCE:       “showing proud self importance and contempt or disregard for others”  (Microsoft Encarta College Dictionary) …   AMERESCO:   In April 2011, former chairman of the […]


Your Local Journal – Dear Editor: May 22, 2014 (“Outrage”)

After submitting my questions and comments in writing, I attended the May 8 meeting of the School Tax Committee, known also by its French acronym, CGTSIM (cgtsim.qc.ca).I wanted to ascertain how much our school taxes would be hiked this year, and repeat a recommendation: School boards should get out of the tax-collecting business. Anyway, as we […]


Diane Lamarche-Venne: School board withdraws from association

School board withdraws from association Denounces exit bonus By Joel Ceausu The Suburban Quebec’s second largest school board is severing ties with the Quebec Federation of School Commissions (FCSQ). The Commission scolaire Marguerite- Bourgeoys (CSMB) announced last week that it is withdrawing from the federation that groups 61 French school boards, at the end of […]


Martin Coiteux: Treasury Board blasts school board conference

Quebec Treasury Board President Martin Coiteux is blasting school boards for lavish spending. The newly-elected West Island Nelligan MNA expressed outrage that 150 school board commissioners are on an all-expenses-paid trip to the Chateau Montebello from midweek to Saturday. “I’m calling on their better judgment. I’m calling on the directors to understand the effort required […]


Never a good idea

Gazette Vaudreuil-Soulanges June 4, 2014 At the May 26, 2014, Lester B. Pearson School Board Council of Commissioners Meeting, Chairperson Suanne Stein Day (SSD) assigned a commissioner to be the timekeeper of one of the new rules regarding the Public Question Period. You may recall the new rules, which were implemented at the November 2013 […]


Education Act : Art 175.1 (4), LBPSB, QESBA, CSBA, $5.4M and Ameresco

Your Local Journal March 20, 2014 Dear Editor : Article 175.1 (4) of the Quebec Education Act stipulates: ” The council of commissioners must, by by-law… specify the duties and obligations of commissioners even after they leave office.” For about two years, I have been trying with letters, and verbally at the Public Question Period […]


Class Size

Pearson’s view on class size troubling – Letter to the editor The Montreal Gazette AUGUST 28, 2008 Earlier this year, Education Minister Michelle Courchesne announced a worthy goal that aimed at reducing class size. For starters, hire 1,000 more teachers, principally focussed on helping students with special needs, and producing a 20-per-cent decrease in class […]


An overview of air quality control

Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School teacher Chris Eustace took his students outside for English class to escape poorly air conditioned school building during a hot and humid day last Friday. High school heats up – Outdoor classes held to protest air conditioning. – PDF 


Critic silenced at LBPSB board

 Questions on air quality, ethics, enrolment and overhead barred By Robert Frank, December 4th, 2013 Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) chair Suanne Stein-Day has barred longtime education watchdog Chris Eustace from asking questions during the commissioners’ and executive committee public meetings. She ordered Eustace to sit down when he approached the microphone during the […]


Retired teacher denied chance to speak

Sarah Leavitt Published on February 09, 2011 Retired teacher and Pierrefonds resident Chris Eustace is crying foul after the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) has refused to allow him to ask questions during the public question period of the council meetings. As The Chronicle first reported in its April 22 issue, Eustace was first denied his […]


Your Local Journal – Dear Editor : August 29, 2013 (Scrap QESBA)

Last Monday, August 26, 2013, was the sixth time over the past 15 years,  the  Lester B. Pearson School Board  Council of Commissioners, refused to hear any talk to withdraw its membership from the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), thus saving a minimum of about $350,000 to invest in the Board’s schools. I asked the board to seriously consider holding a public debate, followed by a referendum, on the issue of our membership to the QESBA, whose main preoccupation, it seems, is to sound important at committees, conferences, conventions and “congresses” […]


May 2013 @ LBPSB Council Meeting

Extra information on school taxes in the following article. Note the comments following the piece : How to pay property taxes in Montreal: Municipal tax and school tax http://uscitizenmovestocanada.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-to-pay-property-taxes-in-montreal.html


COMITÉ DE GESTION DE LA TAXE SCOLAIRE  DE L’ÎLE DE MONTRÉAL – SCHOOL TAX COMMITTEE

The Following are two excerpts from the Minutes of the Montreal Island School Tax Committee They are from the Public Question Periods of April 2013 and May 2014. MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE SCHOOL TAX  ISLAND OF MONTREAL 14.  PUBLIC QUESTION PERIOD April 11, 2013  Chris Eustace Pierrefonds expresses its concerns with Concerning tax increases and taxes, particularly […]


The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) is a self-serving organization

Disband the Quebec English School Boards Association Re: “Couillard needs to follow through on his promises on education” (Opinion, April 15) Once he is premier, Philippe Couillard should immediately disband the Quebec English School Boards Association and all other similar educational old-boy groups. Whatever the QESBA does for anglophone classroom teachers — and that is an extremely short list […]


Menace to Democracy

“School boards should accept criticism… it is a sign of respect.”   In February 2014, the Quebec English School Boards Association, invited former Education Minister Michelle Courchesne to one of its “Commissioner Readiness” events promoting the school board elections slated for Nov. 2014. Creator of Bill 88, in 2008, which basically modernized school boards, Madame […]


Kudos to Suburban Reporters

Compliments to reporters Joel Ceausu and Robert Frank for their educational pieces concerning the school board elections slated for Nov. 2, in the July 30 issue of The Suburban titled: “2014: Where we’ve been …. and where we’re going.”Their articles are a follow up to their joint piece in the Jan. 1 issue:  “School board elections present hope for progress in 2014.” However, besides […]


Ethics – Conflict of Interest : the Education Business @LBPSB – 3

On January 31, 2014, a television news item:  “UPAC visits English school boards,”  Chairperson Suanne Stein Day states: http://globalnews.ca/video/1122167/upac-talks-to-english-school-boards “Parents should be pleased because once again in a very transparent measure, we are trying to make sure that our administrators, and our governing body, the Council of Commissioners,  are working together to prevent any corruption.“ […]


Ethics – Conflict of Interest : the Education Business @ LBPSB – 2

QUEBEC EDUCATION ACT CODE OF ETHICS for LBPSB  COMMISSIONERS 175.1 The council of commissioners must, by by-law, establish a code of ethics and professional conduct which is applicable to the commissioners. “The code shall set out the duties and obligations of the commissioners,…and may prescribe standards ….The code must, among other things,….. (4) specify the […]


Ethics – Conflict of Interest : the Education Business @ LBPSB -1

At the last Quebec political leaders’ debate, there was a discussion,  regarding  former employees of public institutions lobbying  their former employers.  I understood  Mr. Couillard (now Premier) to say that he considered  there should be a two year time frame, between leaving a government job before doing business with the same public institution. The  letter […]


Get rid of school tax-collection agency

The Gazette Friday, July 17, 2009 Re: “School-tax investment losses a blip: chairman” (Gazette, July 14). Last April, the Comité de gestion de la taxe scolaire de l’île de Montréal was asking the education ministry for a bailout due to a financial investment it had made that went south. It also wanted to see what […]


Inquiry not off limits

Gazette Vaudreuil-Soulanges Letter to the Editor – July 9, 2014 Thank you for publishing the Gazette Vaudreuil-Soulanges articles LBPSB: Dissidents demand conflict of interest probe and Candidates: Inquiry needed to clear air. (July 2) Those articles provide a clearer understanding of the questionable relationship between the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) and the Quebec […]


Editorial : Due Process

Gazette Vaudreuil-Soulanges July 2, 2014 As we report this week, three governing board members from a Lester B. Pearson School Board elementary school are calling for an inquiry by the board’s ethics commissioner into alleged conflicts of interest on the part of chairman Suanne Stein Day. It’s their right, it’s an administrative process and we’ll […]


Candidates: Inquiry needed to clear air

Gazette Vaudreuil-Soulanges Jul 2nd, 2014 Chairmanship candidate Eustace, who has been barred from asking questions at board council meetings for the past seven months, said yesterday that he fully endorses the ethics inquiry into the chairman and believes Stein Day should step down until “all this is cleared up.” Eustace has been a vocal opponent […]


Your Local Journal – Dear Editor: – June 26, 2014 (Four significant happenings)

Dear Editor: … There were four significant happenings at the Lester B. Pearson School Board Council of Commissioners Meeting on June 23, 2014. … 1. There was no Budget 2014-2015 discussion, as advertised,  because all the parameters from the government have not yet been received. ( My question for the blog would have been: “How […]


School board elections

YLJ June 19, 2014 Letter to the Editor: On June 4, 2014, the Couillard government passed its first Budget. Even before the reading of the Budget , school boards were raising alarms. Kids and education will suffer, they said. This is standard procedure for the boards to complain, regardless of which party is in power. […]


Why Eustace is running

The Suburban – Letter to the Editor – June 11, 2014 … … In her letter to The Suburban on June 4, titled : “Clarification in order,” Mary Fabian writes that she is “somewhat confused” regarding my candidacy for chairman of the Lester B. Pearson School Board, considering I have been critical of boards for […]


School board elections

The Suburban   letter to the Editor   –  May 28, 2014 City Councillor Marvin Rotrand is certainly on the right track , raising awareness on some significant issues , in his May 21 letter to The Suburban, concerning the Nov. 2 : ” School board elections.” ( As a candidate running for chairman of […]


 LBPSB  : Code of Ethics for Commissioners 

It would be very difficult to find as much ink spilled on a school board’s Code of Ethics for Commissioners than the Lester B. Pearson School Board.  The reason for that is because the Pearson Board  believes it’s above the Quebec Education Act.   Let’s look at the most fundamental principle of the Education Act […]


LBPSB candidate responds – Letter to the Editor

Gazette Vaudreuil-Soulanges May 21, 2014 Re: LBPSB : Stein Day to run against Eustace, Nolet, (Gazette Vaudreuil-Soulanges, May 14) Lester B. Pearson School Board chair Suanne Stein Day (SSD) is “not sure why the upcoming elections have become such a hot topic.” As one candidate running for chair, allow me to offer a few reasons […]


Michelle Courchesne, Bill 88 and Me

Bill 88 was passed in the autumn of 2008 by Minister of Education Michelle Courchesne of the Charest government. As a retired teacher and school board critic, I was much in favour of the Bill and wrote many letters to editors praising its benefits. In February 2014, the Quebec English School Boards Association, who for […]


A caution on education

The Suburban  –  Letter to the Editor  – April 23, 2014 Except for one troubling issue, which pertains to its education platform,  the Liberal majority win last week is most welcome and appreciated. The Liberals seem intent to reduce bureaucracy by abolishing provincial regional offices  – a great idea,   but also, unfortunately,  make ” school […]


School board changes badly needed

The Suburban Wednesday, 9 April 2014 Compliments on your April 2 West Island edition of The Suburban, which included the comprehensive article by journalist Robert Frank: LBPSB reverses position on emergency measures and a letter to the editor entitled: Getting the facts right. Both pieces came a long way in exposing problems that have existed […]


Your Local Journal Dear Editor: – February 27, 2014 (“A sign of respect”)

Top marks to former Minister of Education Michelle Courchesne for her inspirational talk and telling it as it is, on Feb. 22, at a webcast meeting from the Pearson board, promoting the upcoming November 2014 school board elections. Her presentation referred to features of her parent-friendly Bill 88, ” Gouvernance et de la démocratie scolaire,” […]


Parents in authority

Gazette Vaudreuil-Soulanges February 26, 2014 Compliments to former Minister of Education Michelle Courchesne for her inspirational talk on Feb. 22, webcast from the Pearson board, promoting the upcoming November 2014 school board elections. Her presentation referred to features of her parent-friendly Bill 88, Gouvernance et de la démocratie scolaire which became law in the autumn […]


Think about classrooms

Dear Editor: Permit me to clarify some points and offer a different perspective on the February 12th editorial in The Equity :  A vote for education . The first paragraph states : ” Among the consequences of the PQ government ‘s cuts to the public school budget just over a year ago will be a significant reduction in the number of commissioners representing their local communities […]


English boards should leave QESBA and invest in students

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 The Suburban Last Sunday, in anticipation of a budget to be deposited this Thursday, the Conseil du patronat du Québec asked the government to be “honest” with Quebecers regarding the economic situation. The province’ largest employer group said the government should “review public spending” and even suggested some things the government […]


Your Local Journal Dear Editor – February 20, 2014 (Boards should be “honest”)

(YLJ does not give titles to their letters to the editor. The titles in the YLJ letters are mine.)   Dear Editor: In light of calls for change in our school-tax system, consider these two significant announcements made last weekend: With a provincial budget looming, the president of the province’s largest employer group, the Conseil […]


Public schools work for students

29 Jan 2014 The Chronicle (Montreal) Whether it is a public or private school, it is always sad to hear about an English educational institution closing due to low enrolment. That said, Queen of Angels Academy school officials will sit down with parents this week “to help find new high schools for their girls to […]


A well-rounded education

CHRIS EUSTACE, The Gazette Published: Wednesday, January 08 Grade 10 student Erik Seguin of Royal West Academy is on to something with his idea that students ought to have a bigger say in their education. However, I think that parents should also have some input. That said, here are four thoughts on improving Quebec’s high school […]


Parents can help keep kids in school

Montreal Gazette Sat Dec 14 2013 Re: “Opening doors for ” at-risk kids” (Gazette, Dec. 12) There are many useful ideas and organizations, such as Youth Fusion, out there, but to help combat the dropout rate, the best weapon to keep kids in school is parental engagement. Evidence has shown that when parents get directly […]


Critic silenced at LBPSB board, Letter by SSD, Editor’s note, and comment by Chris Eustace

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 The Suburban With regard to the above-captioned article, I can assure you and your readers that questions on air quality, ethics, enrolment and overhead are not barred, have been asked repeatedly and have been answered. Mr. Chris Eustace has been barred, not because of personal comments made, but because he chose […]


One bill for school and property taxes

The Gazette Tuesday, November 05, 2013 Re: “A new mayor and a new start for Montreal (Editorial, Nov. 4) The Gazette notes that the “divisions on this city council (may) … give rise to a diversity of bright ideas.” Here is an idea that may very well help unify these “divisions.” Homeowners in Montreal pay […]


Libre opinion – Une mauvaise qualité de l’air dans nos écoles nuit à l’apprentissage

20 août 2013 |Chris Eustace – Professeur à la retraite et grand-père, Pierrefond|Éducation À la fin du mois, au Québec, près de 900 000 élèves retourneront sur les bancs de leur école primaire ou secondaire. Quarante pour cent des écoles de la plus grande commission scolaire du Québec, la Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), sont […]


Children need much more exercise

The Gazette Published: Thursday, January 10 2013 Re: “Exercise helps children with ADHD, study finds” (Gazette, Jan. 5) This study, which shows that school work improved after 20 minutes of exercise by students with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), is yet another example why policy-makers have to legislate more physical education in schools. Let’s analyze. […]


Retired LBPSB teacher questions school board integrity

August 03, 2012 West Island Chronicle Chris Eustace still awaits answers on 2009 messaging service bidding process The Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) has decided to change its messaging system last month from the U.S.-based Connect-Ed to Emergency Response Messaging System  (ERMS). The new system will cost $30,000 a year, whereas The Chronicle reported […]


Pearson Air Quality Concerns

This is the letter, published in The Chronicle on January 25, 2012 Consider these events: Since early December 2011, there have been reports on the problems of the indoor air quality of an elementary school of the Commission scolaire de Montréal. As a result the CSDM is testing the air quality of all of its […]


Honest and open school board meetings?

BY CHRIS EUSTACE PUBLISHED: FEBRUARY 2, 2011 Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph Next week the National Assembly of Quebec reconvenes. Undoubtedly, the government and the opposition parties will do battle, all in the name of responsibility, citizenship and democracy. Last week, the Quebec English School Boards Association, an organization looking for relevance, launched its ‘Go Publique’ campaign (www.gopublique.ca), […]


By the numbers

The Montreal Gazette – July 3, 2008 Re.: “Parents threatening to withhold fees till textbooks arrive,” (West Island Gazette, June 26). Understandably, parents are very angry, frustrated and outraged because their children will not have all the textbooks to follow properly the curriculum reform. So, what happened? Considering the reform has been in place for […]


We pushed for textbooks: MNAs

The Montreal Gazette June 21, 2008 Re: “Textbook foulup penalizes anglophone students” (Editorial, June 16). As members of the National Assembly, we know that student success is a priority for the Quebec government. Curriculum reform, begun in 2000, will be introduced to Secondary IV students this fall. They will be writing exams that are required […]


Best contradiction 

The Chronicle May 28, 2008 Congratulations on The Chronicle’s win for Best Overall Community Newspaper of 2007, and the Outstanding Photojournalism award and most important, I believe, Best Education Story award by the Quebec Community Newspapers Association. It’s too bad that the QCNA awards didn’t have a category for ‘best contradictory education quote’. You would have […]


Teacher made a world of difference

After 33 years at Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School, Chris Eustace is retiring KAREN SEIDMAN THE GAZETTE After he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Sir George Williams University 34 years ago, Chris Eustace saw an ad offering a Bachelor of Education for $110 at St. Joseph’s Teachers’ College. Now that he is retiring after […]