Education

19 Sep 2017 A Win for Christians

Albertos Polizogopoulos, lawyer The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has handed a major victory to a small independent Christian school in that province. The case was about whether the school was allowed to refuse admission to a child of a married same-sex couple. Lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos represented the school in the case. He says the school received an admissions request into their pre-school program, but early in the call, the applicant told the principal she was in a same-sex relationship. He says the principal informed the caller of the school’s position on...

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19 Sep 2017 Parental Rights

Theresa Ng The Edmonton Public School Board has backed off a motion that would have forbidden staff from disclosing to anyone - including parents - the names of children who chose to participate in Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs. Theresa Ng, who blogs at Informed Albertans, says the motion pushed to implement the policy right across the province. Ng pointed out, “If (the) Edmonton Public (School Board) had passed this kind of a motion, then…the Minister of Education could say ‘Oh, well. We are being asked to do this.’ But I think it’s by...

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19 Sep 2017 Public School Board Elections

Donna Trimble The group Parents for Choice in Education is getting involved in the Alberta school board elections in a big way. Director Donna Trimble says they've put a questionnaire up on their website directed at all candidates running in public and Catholic school elections in the province. She says lots of other groups are being invited to review those questionnaire responses as they inform their constituents on education issues. Trimble admits even posting the questionnaire has raised some concerns in some quarters, but she says this isn't about being popular,...

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05 Sep 2017 Education Funding

ARPA's Executive Director, Mark Penninga Also on the program, an answer to a question that was posted on our answering machine last week. The question came from Tanya Bouwman, a listener who lives in the Hamilton area. She wanted to know about education funding; specifically, whether it was wise for Christian and independent schools to accept government money if there might be strings attached to that funding. “In Ontario, we fund our own schools. And in spite of over a decade of a Liberal government and lots of problems in the...

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11 Jul 2017 Alberta school board to cut funding to Christian school

Cornerstone Christian Academy parent, Deanna Margel A public school board in Camrose, Alberta, has served notice that it’s going to cut ties with a small Christian school due to a controversy over the use of Biblical texts in the school curriculum. Alberta has a provision where Christian schools can apply to operate under the authority and operation funding of public boards, and part of that system includes an express understanding that the schools will be able to continue to further their Christian worldview. But earlier this year, the Battle River School Division...

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27 Jun 2017 ARPA and the Trinity Western University case

ARPA has completed the paperwork required to ask the Supreme Court for “intervenor status” in the Trinity Western case. Trinity Western is the BC University that’s being challenged in its efforts to set up a law school. Several provincial law societies have tried to say that graduates of the proposed law school shouldn’t be allowed to practice in their jurisdictions because of the school’s so-called “community covenant”,in which students and faculty commit to only engage in sexual activity within the context of heterosexual marriage. The claim is that the policy...

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20 Jun 2017 LN Feature: Censoring the Bible – State board tells Christian school to stop reading offensive verses

- Controversy in Alberta, over what can and can't be taught at a Christian School that's operated by a Public School Board. It involves the Cornerstone Christian Academy in Kingman, southeast of Edmonton. The school falls under the authority of the Battle River School Division in Camrose. On the feature this week, we speak with Phillip Hills, the Executive Regional Director for the Association of Christian Schools International. The Cornerstone Christian Academy is an ACSI School. LN: Phil, by way of background, we have a lot of listeners across the country who...

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13 Jun 2017 Disappointment in Alberta education initiative

Theresa Ng Wildrose Education Critic, Leela Aheer Last Monday was supposed to be a big day in the Alberta legislature. Theresa Ng, who writes the Informed Albertans blog, was due to present hundreds of letters to the government on the issue of sexually-explicit materials in that province's school system. But somehow, the letters were never actually presented. Ng says she had a commitment from Wildrose Education critic Leela Aheer to present the letters in the House. But when the time came to do that, Aheer instead tabled a list of names that had...

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16 May 2017 Special Donor Opportunity: ARPA’s Bible Project

Help us bring God’s Word to every MP, Senator, MLA and MPP in Canada!     This year marks the 150th birthday of Canada and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. To commemorate the special occasion, with your help, ARPA Canada is hoping to present a Bible to every one of our approximately 1,200 federal and provincial government officials. We plan to include a special card encouraging them to look to God’s Word for life and wisdom. “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me...

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09 May 2017 LN Feature: Byfield speaks out – Stopping the Current Onslaught in Education

Ted Byfield Ted Byfield. He was the publisher of the Western Report and Alberta Report magazines from the late 70's to the early 90's. He was involved in the formation of the Reform Party back in that period, and he's the man widely credited with first coining the phrase "the West wants in." After the magazine folded, he edited a book series on the history of Christianity. Ted Byfield, for a lot of western Canadians at least, is an icon of the modern conservative movement. Mr. Byfield is almost 90 years old now, and...

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