Articles Tagged ‘Education’

Bold but not rude

The Scottish philosopher, Edmund Burke, once wrote that manners were more important than laws. Unlike the law, which “touches us but here and there, and now and then” manners are, by contrast, “what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us.” They surround and soften social reality in a way that is “constant, steady,” and “uniform.” Burke’s praise of manners must have special resonance for Canadians, since our famous reputation for politeness is not without ... (Continue reading)

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Big gay wants you

As has been widely reported, on Feb. 19 the Greater Essex County District School Board voted to require all of its elementary schools to the fly the rainbow flag throughout gay Pride Week. No doubt the little blighters from kindergarten to Grade 6 will be expected to salute the flag from the steps each time they enter and leave the school building, and from the playground whenever they take a break from bullying their gay and transgendered classmates at recess. ... (Continue reading)

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Jason Kenney becomes Alberta Premier

Jason Kenney becomes Alberta Premier

Jason Kenney In 2015, the Alberta NDP under Rachel Notley surprised the province and the country when it won a majority of seats in the Alberta election, mostly because the right-of-center voter was divided between the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties. After the Conservative Party of Canada lost the federal election five months later, former immigration minister Jason Kenney turned his sights to provincial politics and campaigned for the ... (Continue reading)

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Alberta’s new Premier

Law Matters John Carpay Jason Kenney, Alberta’s new Premier, stated on election night that “parents know better than politicians what is best for their kids.” His United Conservative Party platform repeatedly referred to “Alberta’s successful tradition of school choice” and “the primary role of parents in choosing how their children are taught.” The UCP platform promises to repeal Bill 24, which requires teachers and principals to keep all ... (Continue reading)

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‘New’ Ontario sex-ed a lot like the old curriculum

Gender identity theory to be taught in Grade 8, homosexuality in Grade 5 An estimated 300-500 people attended the anti-sex ed rally at Queen's Park on Sept. 21. 2016 In what pro-family advocates are blasting as a “broken promise,” Ontario Education Minister Lisa Thompson announced March 15 that the government will be instituting a sex-education curriculum that exposes children to the topics of “gender identity” and “consent.” “Our plan will ... (Continue reading)

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DeVeber, an awesome man

DeVeber, an awesome man

Barrie deVeber with his wife Iola L.L. (Barrie) deVeber, 1929-2019, MD, professor emeritus in Paediatrics and Oncology at Western University, was one of Canada’s greatest pro-life champions as well as an outstanding medical professor, physician, researcher, and philanthropist. He eminently merited induction as a Companion in the Order of Canada, yet seems never to have been considered for the distinction by the order’s advisory council. ... (Continue reading)

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Broken promises and politics

Broken promises and politics

Doug Ford Premier of Ontario It is hardly a secret that candidates for political office do not always keep their promises, and yet voters get fooled time and time again by politicians vowing to do this or that. Many voters assume that when a politician speaks he or she is lying, cynically believing that a promise made on the campaign trail is unlikely to be kept. Jokes, ... (Continue reading)

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Mandatory celebration replaces tolerance

Andrew Lawton It’s hardly novel when university campuses capitulate to the whims of social justice warriors. So I can’t say I was surprised to see this sign on a washroom door during a visit to my old stomping grounds, Western University. “Western respects everyone’s right to choose a washroom appropriate for them. Trust the person using this space belongs here.” When I snapped a photo and shared it on Twitter, ... (Continue reading)

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Ford right to end mandatory student union

Ford right to end mandatory student union

Premier Doug Ford Making student union fees optional for university students is a great idea. If an organization is truly good and wonderful, if it provides immense benefits to all of its members, why must it be mandatory to join and forcibly pay dues? Won’t the benefits and wonders attract sufficient support without coercion? The Ontario government has announced a new requirement that allows university students to opt out of ... (Continue reading)

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Brazilian government moves quickly on LGBQT issues

Brazilian government moves quickly on LGBQT issues

Brazilian Minister of Women and Family Damares Alves. The government of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, sworn in to power in January, wasted no time implementing its pro-family policies. Damares Alves, an evangelical pastor who was named the new government’s Minister of Women, Family, and Human Rights, said on her first day in her new portfolio, “girls wear pink, and boys wear ... (Continue reading)

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Doug Ford’s sex-ed repeal promise

Doug Ford’s sex-ed repeal promise

Parents opposed to the sex-ed curriculum written under the auspices of convicted sex-offender Benjamin Levin, the former deputy minister of education, and implemented in Ontario’s schools by former Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne in 2016, descended on Queen’s Park last month to call for a full repeal of the curriculum and the resignation of the current Education Minister, Lisa Thompson. The problems with the curriculum are well-known toInterim readers, but ... (Continue reading)

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Anti-sex-ed protest calls for Ontario Education Minister to resign

Anti-sex-ed protest calls for Ontario Education Minister to resign

About 200 protesters demonstrated against Ontario Education Minister Lisa Thompson on a chilly February weekday, calling for her to resign because she has not fulfilled Doug Ford’s leadership and election campaign to scrap Kathleen Wynne’s sex-ed curriculum. When Ford ran for the Progressive Conservative leadership last winter, he initially said he would review the curriculum and have more consultations. But when Tanya Granic Allen forcefully put sex-ed at the center ... (Continue reading)

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Alberta religious schools challenge LGBT mandate

Over two dozen religious schools in Alberta continue to fight for their right to not allow “gay-straight alliance” (GSA) clubs, six months after being blocked by an Alberta judge. Bill 24, or An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances, requires independent religious schools permit the creation of GSAs if requested by a student, and forbids schools from informing parents when their children join one, unless the child consents to his or her parents knowing. Represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), ... (Continue reading)

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Top nine stories of 2018

Top nine stories of 2018

9. Fr. Van Hee charged with violating Ontario bubble zone law On Oct. 24, Fr. Tony Van Hee, a long-time pro-life presence on Parliament Hill, was arrested for violating Ontario’s Safe Access to Abortion Services Act, which bans any pro-life activity within 50-metres of abortion facilities. Fr. Van Hee was not demonstrating against abortion or ... (Continue reading)

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Crisis at St. Mike’s should force schooling rethink

Crisis at St. Mike’s should force schooling rethink

I have been a lifelong fan of the Beach Boys, but I’ve never been able to understand their 1963 hit single, “Be True To Your School.” That probably says more about me than the Beach Boys, but I think it has a lot to do with my high school, which has been in the news quite a bit lately as I write this column. “Be True To Your School” is ... (Continue reading)

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