February 05, 2018
Education Minister David Eggen is calling on all junior and senior high school students to apply for the 2018-19 Minister’s Youth Council.
Approximately 32 junior and senior high school students will be selected for the council. As members, students will meet with the Minister of Education and Alberta Education staff throughout the 2018/19 school year to discuss their education priorities and issues.
Minister Eggen was joined today by the current council to encourage students of all background, identities, and perspectives to be part of next year’s council.
“I encourage all students from across Alberta to apply to be part of my Minister’s Youth Council. Your voice matters – and I want to hear from you on how we can work together to make life better for all Alberta students. This year’s Minister’s Youth Council has been a great experience and I look forward to what next year has in store.”
David Eggen, Minister of Education
The Minister’s Youth Council holds its first meeting in September, and meets periodically to provide valuable perspectives and insights to the minister on the shape of Alberta’s education system. Alberta Education is inviting interested students to apply, ensuring that all students have an opportunity to participate.
“The Minister’s Youth Council is an amazing opportunity that has helped me and others represent voices all over Alberta about the change they want to see in their education system. One thing we hope to create is a more diverse curriculum that focuses on all cultures, not just one.”
Ursella Khan, Minister’s Youth Council member, Grade 12
The council gives students the opportunity to build their leadership skills, make an impact on the education system and leave a legacy that will last well into the future.
“The Minister’s Youth Council has taught me to really appreciate, listen and work with every kind of person. The fact that our government cares about what its youth has to say is incredible. I really hope that our voices can impact key areas where change is needed the most, such as improved mental and sexual health education, curriculum that is suitable for all learning types and more! This council has made me excited for the future and has inspired lots of youth across the province.”
Gabi Scaman, Minister’s Youth Council member, Grade 10
- Junior and senior high students from across Alberta are eligible to apply for the Minister’s Youth Council.
- The deadline to apply is March 30, 2018.
- Council members will meet in Edmonton up to three times per year.
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Conservative MP Leslyn Lewis condemns MAiD in Parliament as targeting nation’s most vulnerable
‘I call upon with government to reverse its course and instead provide help and hope for Canadians suffering with mental health conditions’
Conservative MP Leslyn Lewis condemned the Trudeau government’s treatment of Canada’s most vulnerable, revealing that 36 Canadians are euthanized every day.
On November 28, Dr. Leslyn Lewis, Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Haldimand-Norfolk, Ontario, addressed Parliament on the dangers of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), the euphemistic name for Canada’s euthanasia regime.
“The poor, homeless, the abused, veterans, seniors, youth, adults suffering with disabilities, those suffering with depressions, and mental health conditions,” Lewis said. “These are among the most vulnerable in our society that are falling through the cracks of Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying regime.”
The most vulnerable are falling through the cracks of Canada's Medical Assistance in Dying regime.
Every day 36 Canadians die by MAiD, the HIGHEST NUMBER in the world. Canadians suffering with mental illness need help and hope, not euthanasia. This gov't must reverse course. pic.twitter.com/tT8x5PBpxq
— Dr. Leslyn Lewis (@LeslynLewis) November 28, 2023
“They are the ones who will be at risk when the MAiD laws in Canada are expanded in March 2024,” the pro-life MP added. “Last year, death by euthanasia increased by 30 percent from the year before. Every day in Canada, 36 people use MAiD to end their lives, which is the highest in the world.”
“I call upon with government to reverse its course and instead provide help and hope for Canadians suffering with mental health conditions,” Lewis appealed.
On March 9, 2024, MAiD is set to expand to include those suffering solely from mental illness. This is a result of the 2021 passage of Bill C-7, which also allowed the chronically ill – not just the terminally ill – to qualify for so-called doctor-assisted death.
The mental illness expansion was originally set to take effect in March of this year. However, after massive pushback from pro-life groups, conservative politicians and others, the Liberals under Trudeau delayed the introduction of the full effect of Bill C-7 until 2024 via Bill C-39.
The expansion comes despite warnings from top Canadian psychiatrists that the country is “not ready” for the coming expansion of euthanasia to those who are mentally ill, saying expanding the procedure is not something “society should be doing” as it could lead to deaths under a “false pretense.”
Similarly, Angelina Ireland, the head of one of Canada’s few pro-life hospice societies, recently warned that euthanasia has become a national “horror” show.
“Unfortunately, there is no reprieve in sight as think Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) becomes a national horror and the ‘professionals’ sharpen up their needles,” Ireland told LifeSiteNews.
“We have reached the point where we must all protect each other from MAiD,” she noted.
Euthanasia deaths have gone through the roof in Canada since it became legal in 2016.
According to Health Canada, in 2022, 13,241 Canadians died by MAiD lethal injection, which is 4.1 percent of all deaths in the country for that year, and a 31.2 percent increase from 2021.
The number of Canadians killed by lethal injection since 2016 now stands at 44,958.
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