B.C. mediator walks away, dashing hopes of end to teachers’ strike

Ready is widely regarded as one of Canada’s top labour troubleshooters. His departure means school year B.C. won’t start on time.

By: The Canadian Press,  Aug 31 2014

RICHMOND, B.C.—Veteran mediator Vince Ready has walked away from talks between British Columbia teachers and their employer, smothering parents’ hopes the school year will start on time. Continue reading

“Every local sports team and political party represented. . .” at Calgary Pride parade

Original title:  ”Every local sports team and political party represented, everyone welcome at largest Pride parade ever in Calgary”

[We print the following excerpt to alert readers to the extend of support claimed for this event.]

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Force sex education on all schools, says Clegg [U.K.]

Force sex education on all schools, says Clegg: Lib Dems plan to make all state institutions, including primaries, teach pupils aged seven and over

  • David Laws will say sex education should be central part of education
  • Lib Dems argue that it helps all pupils become ‘good citizens’
  • The move is backed by Labour but opposed by the Conservatives
  • Critics say sex education should be left to parents to teach Continue reading

B.C. Education Minister asks teachers to suspend strike

 

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Last Updated Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:25PM PDT

A highly-anticipated meeting between both sides in the B.C. teachers’ dispute Wednesday did not ensure a timely start to the school year.

Education Minister Peter Fassbender called B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Jim Iker and B.C. Public School Employers’ Association chief negotiator Peter Cameron together at the Victoria Legislature, but no deal was reached to end the months-long teachers’ strike. Continue reading

Catholic couple fined $13,000 for refusing to host same-sex ‘wedding’ at their farm

[From LifeSite News, Aug. 20. 2014]

The New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) has ruled that the Roman Catholic owners of an Albany-area farm violated the civil rights of a lesbian couple when they declined to host the couple’s same-sex “marriage” ceremony in 2012. Continue reading

Martinuk: There should be no rush to reassign genders to kids

BY SUSAN MARTINUK, CALGARY HERALD AUGUST 21, 2014
Martinuk: There should be no rush to reassign genders to kids

Susan Martinuk

In the coming days, children across Canada will be heading back to school to continue their education and gain the skills they will need to access employment. In Vancouver, however, educational goals are different: A new day at school is little more than an opportunity for social experimentation. Continue reading

BCCPAC August 17th Press Release passed on

[For the information of our readers, we pass on this press release from the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC).  Without taking sides in the dispute between the BCTF and the government of British Columbia, we can see it as a positive step that a parents' group would offer a solution to the immediate problem of students not being able to go back to public schools this September.] Continue reading

A School Sucess Story from England?

The school that proves Michael Gove is right

By Politics  August 21st, 2014

 

Michael Gove at the King Solomon Academy

Michael Gove at the King Solomon Academy

Success has many fathers, and on Twitter the fight to claim credit for the results at King Solomon Academy has already begun. KSA is an all-through school in Paddington, London, sponsored by ARK, and its results are breathtaking. Continue reading