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29 Mar 2010 ARPA Submission to Ontario Government Regarding Bill 242

Attached below is ARPA Canada's submission to the Ontario government in response to the legislation that aims to expand institutionalized early-learning in Ontario. Bill 242 proposes to fund full-day kindergarten and junior kindergarten (for 4 and 5-year olds) at a projected cost of 1.8 billion dollars annually. In this submission, ARPA Canada encourages the Ontario government ot abandon this legislation because it will provide minimal help for children while further eroding the parent-child relationship that is critical for effective education, all at a staggering cost to Ontario taxpayers....

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04 Mar 2010 Early Education: Filling a Vacuum

By Neil Dykstra (Langley ARPA), for www.NoApologies.ca: All-day kindergarten is becoming reality in Canada. Ontario is beginning implementation in the 2010-2011 school year and plans to complete the conversion by September 2015. BC has a more aggressive timeline, converting half its kindergarten spaces to all-day for 2010-2011 and the rest in the next year. Some Canadian jurisdictions are studying the European systems that begin schooling as young as 3 years old for future programs. [Keep reading this article here.]...

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10 Feb 2010 Key Points and Sample Letter on Early Learning Education

By Ruth Bredenhof, BV ARPA [Read a more detailed article by BV ARPA on the same topic here. Find a sample letter below] The BC Government has decided to expand Early Learning to include full-day kindergarten for half of BC Schools in 2010, and for all five-year-olds by 2011. Other provinces, such as Ontario, have plans to extend their Early Learning programs as well. Currently, ½ day kindergarten for five year olds is the norm in BC. Although kindergarten will remain optional, government funding will only be provided for schools that offer full-time kindergarten (beginning in 2011).  The BC Government also indicated that they hope to expand school to four and three year olds within the next few years.
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01 Feb 2010 Free: Small Group Study – Seek Social Justice

The Heritage Foundation is offering a quality resource, both in print and online, at no cost. Seek Social Justice is a small group study that includes 6 lessons and features leaders like Chuck Colson, Star Parker, Al Mohler, and more. Each lesson includes a short video and accompanying . Check out the online version or order the print and DVD version by clicking here. If you are looking for more educational resources, check out ARPA Canada's lesson plans here. ...

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06 Jan 2010 Calvin College Study on Spanking Makes Headlines in Canada

ARPA Note: Keep in mind that there is a private member's bill in our Senate the proposes to criminalize most corporal punishment in Canada. Click here for more information and an action item. National Post, January 6/2010: Young children spanked by their parents may perform better at school later on and grow up to be happier, according to a controversial new study that is drawing scorn from critics. [Click here to read more.]...

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21 Dec 2009 Study shows Canada’s divorce rates have declined

By Deborah Gyapon: Canadian Christianity: THE VANIER Institute of the Family has released a study that shows divorce rates in Canada have declined markedly since the 1990s. Divorce rates peaked in 1987, according to the study, entitled Divorce: Facts, Causes and Consequences. Rates declined steadily until 1997, and have held at the lower level since then. The study shows rates of conjugal violence also declined between 1993 and 2004. [Read more]....

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25 Nov 2009 The High Cost of Early Learning

By Andrea Mrozek, Globe and Mail, November 25 2009: When Ontario's Finance Minister announced last month that the provincial deficit would be substantially higher than predicted, it was followed up by talk of restraint. “We will change how we do business in this province,” he said. “We are becoming an even leaner and even more efficient provider of quality public services.” Really? The government is on track to expand the public sector and push the province further into the red. The reason is full-day kindergarten, set to start next year....

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23 Nov 2009 Video Tutorial: How a Bill Becomes Law

In this ARPA Canada video tutorial (below), we explain the steps that legislation has to take to become law. This is helpful to better understand the news and action items that we provide about particular bills in Parliament. Please send us your feedback or suggestions for future video tutorials - [email protected]   Free Social justice tutorials: For Group Study (available both online and as a DVD/booklet). Click here. ...

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