Family

27 Oct 2009 Ontario makes kindergarten plan official

ARPA Action Item: Ontario residents, please contact your MPP about this issue (contact information is here.) There are many good articles that explain why the government should be encouraging parents to look after their children rather than funding a gigantic child-care program using the rhetoric of "early-childhood learning" to justify it. Click here for an article by BV ARPA on a similar move in BC and click here for articles from some mainstream papers against  this. Canadian Press, Oct 27/09: Ontario will move ahead with full-day kindergarten for all four...

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24 Sep 2009 Legalized Polygamy on our Doorstep

Legalized Polygamy on our Doorstep: All the More Reason for a Royal Commission on the Family By Mark Penninga (First published in Reformed Perspective Magazine, 2009) Nearly hidden in the Creston Valley of South Eastern British Columbia is a Mormon community called Bountiful. For years it has been a well-known fact that polygamy is alive and well in Bountiful. The residents may have wanted privacy, but the media continually reported on the goings-on of this fundamentalist sect. Finally, in January of this year, the RCMP charged Winston Blackmore and Jim Oler, two leaders in Bountiful, with practicing polygamy. After all, Section 293 of Canada’s Criminal Code clearly prohibits it. Why did it take so long to intervene? The BC Attorney General, Wally Oppal, knew very well that the law against polygamy may not hold up to a Charter challenge. According to an article from the Institute for Canadian Values, he stated “There's been some suggestions that if two or more women want to marry a man, or vice versa, and they all do it by consent, what business does the state have intervening in that?"
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22 Sep 2009 Warning: All-Day Kindergarten Investment Scam

By Helen Ward, President, Kids First Parent Association of Canada  BC proposes spending over $150 million on all-day kindergarten and hopes to include 3 year olds, while cutting funds for school repairs and sports. Deficit? No worries! The more you spend the more you save! The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) claims we can save over $400 billion with such steps towards “eliminating early vulnerability.”       But John Stossel on ABC’s 20/20 exposed such promises as a “scam”. Nobel prize-winning economist James Heckman would agree. He says, "Advocates and supporters of universal preschool often use existing research for purely political purposes.”  (Like deficit distraction?) “The solid evidence for the effectiveness of early interventions is limited to those conducted on disadvantaged populations," and "None of this evidence supports universal preschool programs."
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26 Jun 2009 What kids need

ARPA Note: Read a quality report on early childhood learning, produced by a local ARPA group, here. By Helen Ward, National Post, June 19/09: This week in Ontario, Charles Pascal released his report on implementing all-day kindergarten for 3- to 5-year-olds. In B.C., Clyde Hertzman, World Bank consultant and director of the Human Early Learning Partnership, steers the government’s secretive all-day kindergarten scheme despite affordability concerns. Does early learning require this social mega-project? No. The hard peer-reviewed evidence — as opposed to the self-published papers churned out by ideologues —...

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18 Jun 2009 Must Read: Children’s Aid Society workers should be reined in, critics say

Kevin Libin, National Post  Published: Friday, June 12, 2009They are charged with the most essential of duties: protecting vulnerable children from abuse and neglect. They will intervene in the lives of roughly 200,000 Canadian children this year. For most of us, they are generally unseen, save for occasional mentions in news reports, when they rescue children from misery. Or, as...

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16 Jun 2009 Full-day kindergarten comes into play

ARPA Note: Read a quality report on early childhood learning by clicking here. Caroline Alphonso, Dakshana Bascaramurty and Dawn Walton: Globe and Mail, Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2009: Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's self-proclaimed role as the education premier will be tested as he embarks on an integrated full-day kindergarten and childcare program with the province facing a mounting deficit and opposition from the country's largest teachers' union. Sweeping change that would put Ontario's four- and five-year-olds under the same roof all day is the most ambitious in the country and follows...

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01 May 2009 BC Corren Agreement

Taking Back Our Schools: The hijacking of the BC education system Update: Check out www.takebackourschools.org for the latest information on this issue. By Mark Penninga (First printed in Reformed Perspective, December 2008) It’s bizarre. Few other words describe the outrageous nature of a legal agreement made in 2006 between the BC provincial government and a homosexual activist couple that has resulted in profound changes to the entire education system. But as outlandish as it is, now is the time for independent schools and other provinces to take measures to stop the Corren Agreement from impacting them. And now is the time for all parents and citizens to take back our tax-funded schools.
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29 Apr 2009 Muslim Demographics

Watch this short movie to learn more about the advance of Islam in the West. And if you live in BC's Lower Mainland, register now for the upcoming ECP Ignite Conference featuring Sam Solomon, a former Islamic fundamentalist cleric who became a Christian. The conference is May 8 and 9 in Langley BC. Click here for details and to register. ...

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15 Apr 2009 True Tolerance

Focus on the Family USA has just released a website that aims to equip families to respond to the pro-gay agenda in schools. This is very much an issue in Canada as well. The site provides a wealth of information to make it easier for parents to make their voice heard. Check it out at www.truetolerance.org....

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09 Mar 2009 BCTF ‘Social Justice’ conference at UFV told teachers how to manipulate student attitudes

NEWS RELEASE, FEB. 25, 2009, Parents for Democracy in Education By Ron Gray Feb. 20 and 21, I attended the first “Social Justice conference” staged by the BC Teachers’ Federation at University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotford. It was an eye-opener!  Although the stated purpose of the conference was to show teachers how to approach the Social Justice 12 curriculum adopted under BC’s Corren Settlement Agreement, an underlying purpose was clearly revealed by a graphic of a staircase, distributed by the BCTF in its information packages: the goal is to move students’ attitude towards LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning) people beyond “tolerance” to “acceptance”—and then further along to “support,” “admiration,” “appreciation” and finally “celebration” of deviant sexuality.
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