What If There Was No
Madame Truism's Glimpse of the Professions Without Self Regulation
BY DALE MILLER,
"Welcome, Mr. Miller. What is the mystery you desire solved?"
Dale: "Who are you? How did you
know my name?"
Madame Truism: "I am Madame Truism.
One comes to me for the answers to mankind's greatest mysteries like 'Why
Kamikaze pilots wore helmets' or 'Do illiterate people get full benefit
of alphabet soup?' or 'Can fat people go skinny-dipping?' My specialty
is telling what would have been if something was different."
Dale: "Could you tell me what
it would be like today if PEGGA was not created in 1920?"
Madame Truism: "Engineers and
geoscientists would be registered by the "Registrar for Engineers,
Geoscientists, Architects and Land Surveyors (REGALS)."
Dale: "Tell me about REGALS?"
Madame Truism: "It's a government
department. All engineers, geoscientists, architects and land surveyors
must get a license from REGALS before they can practice. It has a board
of examiners comprised of government-appointed individuals who review
applicants and grant registration. Approval is based on successfully passing
their technical examinations. Applicants must re-apply every five years."
Dale: " And if I don't have a
Madame Truism: " The GALA (Government
of Alberta Licensing Authority) regularly checks for unlicensed individuals.
They also investigate complaints against license holders. No peer review."
Dale: "What other services does
Madame Truism: "None!"
Dale: "No outreach program, no
monthly newspaper, no promotion of the professions, no insurance programs,
no scholarships, no teacher's awards, no professional development, no
Summit Awards, no
Truism (interrupting): "Are you a few feathers
short of a whole duck? It's a government department - no advocacy. You
just get your license."
Dale: "Is the license recognized
Madame Truism: "Each province
has its own admission requirements. There is no national organization
across this great country."
Dale: "At least the annual fee
must be low?"
Madame Truism: "Are you all foam,
no beer! Bureaucrats run it! Sorry, no fee break!"
Dale: "Wow! I can really appreciate
the privilege of self-governance!"
Madame Truism: "Remember, Dale,
self-governance is a privilege. Don't take it for granted. You must continue
to demonstrate to the government that you earned the right and are protecting
Dale: "Thank you for your insight,
Madame Truism: "My pleasure.
Oh! One last thing. Do you ever wonder why you haven't seen a headline
'Psychic Wins Lottery'? "