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Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools Celebrates International Students



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  • RDCRS celebrates International Education Week

    As part of International Education Week (November 12-16), Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools would like to celebrate the 51 students from across the globe who are enrolled in the international student services program.

    International students enroll in a middle or high school to benefit from the education and cultural experiences while studying in Red Deer. Some students also strive to graduate with an Alberta high school diploma and then attend university, which will allow them to be employable in their home country.

    “Having international students in the classroom is beneficial. Canadian students get the opportunity to learn about various cultures. International students get to receive the Canadiancultural experience,” said Program Director, Paul Stewart of International Student Sevices.

    For more information on international education week, click here… 

    Here’s a feature on one of our recent students from Japan!


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    Liberals revamp contentious anti-abortion test for summer jobs funding



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  • OTTAWA — Contentious wording in Ottawa’s summer-jobs program that required groups to declare themselves supportive of abortion rights to get funding has been dropped, and new rules put in place to appease faith groups and pro-choice advocates who each fuelled a furor over the policy last year.

    Instead, the federal Liberals have re-tooled the 2019 version of the Canada Summer Jobs program to require applicants to declare they don’t work to infringe on any Canadian’s legal rights.

    The program subsidizes wages for summer workers, to encourage small businesses and non-profits to bring on students and others looking for early experience. Wording on the application for the 2018 version of the program required groups to say neither their core mandates nor the jobs being funded actively worked to undermine constitutional, human and reproductive rights.

    Informal consultations over the past few months led to the government’s decision to change the wording for the 2019 version of the program.

    “It still achieves the same aim of ensuring that groups that are primarily against human rights, like anti-choice groups, are not going to be eligible for funding still, and it appears to satisfy the concerns of religious groups and churches,” said Joyce Arthur, executive director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada.

    More changes have been made to the program’s eligibility criteria to disqualify any project or job that tries to restrict a woman’s ability to access sexual or reproductive health services, or that won’t hire people based on their sex, religion, race, ethnic origin, gender identity or gender expression.

    Ray Pennings, executive vice-president of Cardus — a non-partisan, faith-based think-tank — said questions will likely still be raised of the declaration if it simply says groups will follow the law, which all employers are required to do already.

    “Any employer is subject to human-rights codes,” Pennings said. “To have an employer check a box … seems a little silly.”

    After the government put the reproductive-rights language in the 2018 application, funding rejections increased 12-fold. Only one of 63 groups flagged to the government as problematic by pro-choice groups received funding.

    Many faith-based groups refused to the sign the declaration, or submitted alternative wordings because they felt that asserting that they supported reproductive rights as currently expressed in Canadian law went against their religious beliefs.

    “They felt this was about their values and beliefs and not about the jobs and the performances of the students in particular roles and we took that to heart,” Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said in an interview.

    “We’ve been working on making sure we do what we intended to do, which is to stand up for the rights of Canadians … but that we also work closely with faith-based groups and others so that they can see how they themselves would fit into this program.”

    A trio of Conservative critics — MPs John Barlow, Ted Falk and Garnett Genuis — called on the Liberals to apologize for the older application language that seemed to target the beliefs of faith-based groups.

    “The withdrawal of the Liberals’ attestation is an admission they were wrong, and a desperate attempt at damage control for the prime minister heading into an election year,” they said in a shared statement. “Unfortunately, Justin Trudeau cannot be trusted to back away from basing funding decisions on whether or not you hold a certain belief.”

    The change is one of several made to the popular program to be outlined by the end of the week to MPs. Employers can begin to apply later this month.

    The Liberals are opening the program to any young person aged 15 to 30, no longer requiring them to be students in order to have their positions qualify for funding. A government-struck expert panel called for the change last year, noting non-students often have a hard time finding jobs to build their work histories.

    Available positions will also be posted on a newly released mobile app that lets users search the federal government’s job bank.

    At the end of the summer, employers and employees will be required to fill out a survey so the government can fine-tune the program. Hajdu said employers will also be required to follow mentorship plans for their workers as part of efforts to ensure only “quality” jobs are funded.

    The data collected won’t be used to screen out employers in subsequent funding years, but to evaluate the program overall, Hajdu said.

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    Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

    Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Ray Pennings’ last name.

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    Chocolate milk and fruit juices to return to New Brunswick schools



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  • FREDERICTON — Chocolate milk is making a comeback in New Brunswick schools, after a much-derided ban on sugary drinks and snacks became an issue during the fall election.

    “One of the biggest issues during the election campaign was chocolate milk,” Premier Blaine Higgs joked Wednesday.

    Tory Education Minister Dominic Cardy said New Brunswickers expressed concerns about the level of restrictions under the nutrition policy imposed by the previous Liberal government.

    “These changes will provide flexibility and empower local school communities to make informed decisions about the health and well-being of their students,” Cardy said.

    He said as part of the new standards, flavoured milk and 100-per-cent real fruit juice may be sold in schools.

    Higgs, who gave reporters a thumb-up on the news, said the changes are just a modification of the existing policy.

    “It’s not a throw-out of the nutrition policy. It’s just making sense of some of the things that were in it, that just kind of didn’t make any sense,” he said.

    “In every aspect of what we do we want to bring a rational behaviour to it. That includes talking to people who are in the classroom, and in the case of chocolate milk, the volunteers, the fund raisers and all these things. It’s just listening and reacting.”

    During the election campaign, both the Liberals and Tories vowed to revise the policy.

    Higgs was even filmed drinking chocolate milk during the first week of the campaign for the Sept. 24 election, as the party said it would combat obesity in schools with meaningful programs, not token efforts.

    Higgs said he often drinks chocolate milk, and doesn’t see a problem with kids having it in school.

    Cardy said while much of the focus has been on school food criteria, the policy’s main goals are to promote health and well-being through nutritional literacy and educational programs.

    He said given the unique challenges associated with breakfast programming and the vulnerable students served by the programs, school districts will be allowed some flexibility while they work to provide the healthiest food options possible.

    “I am pleased that we have found a way to protect the integrity of the nutrition policy and will continue to promote and model healthy choices for our students while allowing for some flexibility where it makes sense,” said Robert Fowler, chair of the Anglophone South school district education council.

    “It is especially important that we have ensured our breakfast and lunch programs will continue to provide a much-needed service in our schools,” he said.

    Some parent groups said the ban extended to what could be sold during fundraisers that generated revenues for such things as school supplies and a lunch program for students who had no meals. As a result, some fundraisers were put on hold.

    At the time, Higgs said the Liberal government hadn’t read the policy closely enough before it was approved.

    Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press

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    wed21nov - 21decAll DayAlberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum - Deck the Hall 31 Days of Giving-31 Days of giving(All Day) Event Organized By: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

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