Education

28 Mar 2017 Alberta Baptist schools forced to affirm new sexual orthodoxy

Lawyer John Carpay for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms Alberta Education Minister David Eggen has issued what amounts to an ultimatum to two small Baptist schools near Edmonton on the issue of so-called Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs (GSAs). Alberta legislation requires schools to allow the institution of those clubs if even one student asks for them. The principal of the Baptist schools has openly said he will not comply with that. Now, Minister Eggen has published a Ministerial Order which tells the schools they must comply. The Order came after Eggen released...

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21 Mar 2017 Alberta government caught in porn controversy

Theresa Ng The Alberta government is in hot water for posting links to pornography from a government-sponsored website. The issue was uncovered by blogger Theresa Ng, who runs a site called "Informed Albertans”. Last Monday, Ng was surfing the Alberta government’s Gay-Straight Alliance Network website, a site she says is “funded and recommended” by the Alberta government. The site is organized by the “Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS)” from the University of Alberta. Ng was shocked at what she discovered. “There’s a section called ‘community supports’ intended to...

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14 Mar 2017 More pushback on Bill 10

Donna Trimble There’s more reaction this week to the latest developments on Bill 10 in Alberta. That's the law that mandates the creation of so-called gay-straight alliance clubs in all schools in the province if children ask for them. A few weeks ago, Education Minister David Eggen conceded that the issue was “legally complicated.” The comment came in connection with a report he received on what to do about two small Baptist schools near Edmonton, who have announced they will be openly defying that new law. Donna Trimble with Parents for Choice in...

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07 Mar 2017 Retreat in Alberta?

Alberta Education Minister, David Eggen There was a new development in the Alberta Education sector last week. Education Minister David Eggen appears to be backing away from plans to insist that all schools - including independent and Christian schools - will have to live by Bill 10 and the province’s policies on transgenderism in the classroom. He told the National Post  that an inquiry into two Edmonton area schools which are refusing to follow the policy has unearthed unexpected legal implications and the situation is “more complicated” than they had originally foreseen. ARPA Education...

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07 Mar 2017 TWU Headed to Supreme Court

The Trinity Western Law School case is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada. Late last month, the Court granted leave to appeal two cases; a BC Court of Appeal ruling which came down in favour of the school, and an Ontario ruling that went the opposite way. There’s already a precedent of sorts on this. The Supreme Court ruled 16 years ago that that the BC Teacher’s College would have to accredit graduates from Trinity’s education program as teachers in that province. ARPA lawyer John Sikkema says it’s not surprising that the Supreme...

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22 Feb 2017 Letter to the Editor Contest

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21 Feb 2017 Tax Breaks for Independent Schools

Conservative Leadership Candidate Andrew Scheer One of the candidates for the leadership of the federal Conservative Party is proposing tax breaks for families who educate their children outside of the public school system. Andrew Scheer unveiled a policy position last week, promising tuition tax credits of up to four thousand dollars per child for families who have children in independent schools, and one thousand dollars per child for home-schooling families. Scheer says this is a logical extension of existing federal policy which provides some tax relief to parents who pay post-secondary...

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30 Sep 2016 Alberta’s sex-ed curriculum and “the human face of ‘no’”

Written by: David MacKenzie When Pastor Brian Coldwell, of the New Testament Baptist Church of Spruce Grove, Alberta, says “No”, he means it.  And I admire him for it. “Yes-men” don’t get it. Indeed, political sycophants find such resolve offensive. But the difference between them and Brian Coldwell, is that the latter actually appreciates concrete principle— especially Biblical principle— more than the shifting sands of political pragmatism. Brian knows there’s little to be gained, outside of eternity, for standing on Biblical principles. He’s aware that, at any point, things could go very badly for both him and the Christian schools with which his congregation is associated.
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27 Sep 2016 We Care – Comments from Queen’s Park Sept. 21 rally

The following are comments that were delivered by ARPA's grassroots manager, Colin Postma, at a recent rally held outside Queen's Park in Toronto, to oppose the sex-ed component of the province of Ontario's new health curriculum. Friends, we are here today because we care. Yet, the narrative I hear in the news is that we have a kind of head-in-the-sand attitude that ignores the fact that our teens are teeming with hormones that make them feel older than they really are. If that’s what they think, our politicians and the media aren’t actually listening to us. They think they know what we’re upset about - they think we are trying to ensure that our kids won’t hear about sex at all until they’re 20. That’s not our message.
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