Education

25 Mar 2014 Reflections on the Loyola hearing by Cardus’ Ray Pennings

What follows is a beautifully written and insightful reflection on the Loyola hearing by vice-president of Cardus, Ray Pennings. The hearing was conducted in the Supreme Court of Canada on Monday morning, March 24, 2014. This reflection was originally published as a Cardus Daily blog. Reprinted here with permission. Cardus has covered the issues involved in Loyola et al vs. the Attorney General of Quebec on many occasions. Always our position is that the organizations of civil society, including those that are religiously motivated, must be free to participate without hesitancy...

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24 Mar 2014 ARPA in Ottawa Citizen: Who Owns Our Kids?

André Schutten, Ottawa Citizen, March 23, 2014: In her 1991 lecture, "Who owns our kids?", Canada's Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin warned, "Despite the fact that we now have a constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion, the Canadian record offers no room for complacency. Our history underscores the ease with which the guarantee can be undermined in well-meaning efforts motivated by conflicting social goals." Her words ring true as much today as 23 years ago. On Monday, the Supreme Court of Canada will be asked to answer the very question McLachlin...

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21 Mar 2014 Loyola now at the Supreme Court

Update from Legal Counsel, André Schutten: I was very impressed by the arguments made in the Supreme Court this morning. Although I would have preferred a more forceful approach by the lawyer for Loyola, he still did a good job of defending his client. The seven interveners were able to strongly articulate the values and principles that ARPA and the ACES Canada coalition advocated for in our factum. Although the question of the "neutrality" of the State was not addressed enough and the role of parents was only touched on briefly,...

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11 Mar 2014 ARPA files factum at the Supreme Court

On Thursday, March 6, ARPA Canada's legal counsel filed the written legal arguments for our Christian coalition, the Association of Christian Educators and Schools (ACES) Canada at the Supreme Court of Canada in regards to the Loyola case. You can read all about the case and what it means for Christian education here and here. For those interested in reading our written legal arguments, please see the attachment below. We covet your prayers, that the legal arguments may be fully considered, that the judges' hearts may be open to the...

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29 Jan 2014 Dr. Neufeld on Bullying: What Really Works?

In 2012 and 2013, ARPA focussed a lot of attention on Bill 13 in Ontario and Bill 18 in Manitoba, both of which claimed to be about combatting bullying even though the legislation itself did not reflect this. Sadly, in spite of a overwhelming opposition from the public and our readers, these bills were pushed through. But the issue is far from over. Other provinces are looking at the same issue, and Ontario and Manitoba will now have to grapple with the top-down and heavy-handed reality of their new laws....

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17 Jan 2014 Great News: Intervenor Status Granted in Loyola Case!

With thanksgiving to the Lord we are pleased to share the good news that the Supreme Court of Canada has granted the Association for Christian Educators and Schools (ACES), which ARPA is leading, intervenor status in the Loyola case. As we explained in our fall tour, the Loyola case will have a greater impact on a parent's authority in raising their child in the fear of the Lord than any other case in recent history. The ACES coaltion includes 313 confessional Christian schools, 11 post-secondary institutions, and ARPA Canada. By receiving...

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17 Dec 2013 Proposed Christian law school clears major hurdle

We are happy and thankful to report that Trinity Western University (TWU) has cleared a major hurdle on its quest for a Christian law school. The Federation of Law Societies of Canada gave preliminary approval to the university's proposed law school. All that's left now is approval from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. TWU has been working on creating a Christian law school, the first in Canada, for quite some time. There has been incredible pushback however, especially from anti-Christian lawyers. In fact, even if TWU's law school is...

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04 Dec 2013 Loyola update – Motion filed with the Supreme Court

On Friday, November 29th, ARPA Canada, on behalf of the Association of Christian Educators and Schools (ACES Canada), filed our Notice of Motion in the Loyola School appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. As you may recall, Loyola School is appealing to the Supreme Court because the Ministry of Education in Québec has refused to allow it to teach a mandatory curriculum on religion and ethics from its own religious perspective. Instead, all schools (even independent Christian schools) must teach this religion course from a secular or “neutral” perspective.
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27 Nov 2013 Full-day kindergarten in Ontario: Reading the fine print

Did those cheerleading for full-day kindergarten actually read the research?NOVEMBER 27, 2013 | by ANDREA MROZEK, Executive Director, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada On the first day of school this year, the media was abuzz with the success of full-day kindergarten in Ontario.1 The Education Minister did a press conference reporting that the research was in and it was "nothing short of incredible." Daycare advocate Margaret Norrie McCain claimed the results were "like winning Olympic gold" and advisor to then Premier McGuinty, Charles Pascal, said he was doing cartwheels, so great was his joy.2 Yet the research was not actually in. The studies were only made available later in October. As a result of this red flag, the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada decided to save the calisthenics for later. We asked why this research should be so drastically different from prior research done on the same topic.3 As it turns out, having now read the research, it is not different. It shows lacklustre results for Ontario's children.
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