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‘Knee Grow’: Racist youth basketball team jerseys lead to school board member’s resignation
School bus cancellations for Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
Austria’s far-right vice-chancellor backs down from plan to put refugees under curfew
Man sues Western University med school for alleged insufficient training
School bus cancellations for Friday, Dec. 22, 2017
All TDSB students are created equal — or are they?
About 3,000 international students take tuition refund after college strike
Anglos vow to fight CAQ plan to abolish Quebec's school boards
2018-01-19 09:06:15 Representatives of the English-speaking community are vowing to fight a Coalition Avenir Québec plan to abolish the province's school boards all the way to the Supreme Court.   Read More ...
Student dies at University of Ottawa residence, school president says
2018-01-18 07:32:17 OTTAWA - The president of the University of Ottawa says a student has died at a school residence. But in a statement posted on the university website, Jacques Fremont did not identify the student nor a cause of death. "It is with profound sadness and deep regret that I must inform you that a student has passed away in one of our residences," Fremont said   Read More ...
'Racist' posters removed from University of New Brunswick campus
2018-01-17 22:13:12 FREDERICTON — Posters featuring a “racist and bigoted” message have been removed from a number of buildings on the University of New Brunswick campus in Fredericton. The posters make inflammatory statements about the former residential school system in Canada and call on readers to reject what it calls an anti-white narrative being pushed in media and academia. “Overwhelmingly, Native Americans are beneficiaries, and not victims, of the society built by Europeans,” the poster says   Read More ...
University of Guelph prof suspended after allegedly insulting student with severe anxiety
2018-01-17 21:05:01 An Ontario university says it has suspended a professor who, students allege, insulted one of their classmates who suffers from severe anxiety. University of Guelph students who witnessed the exchange on Monday say the professor chastised the student for disrupting the class, asking whether he was registered for the course and saying he needed to be controlled. Charlotte Yates, provost and vice-president at the school, said in a statement that the professor had been put on leave   Read More ...
Student, teacher stabbed at Pickering high school: Police
2018-01-17 21:04:55 Two people have been injured in a stabbing at a high school in Pickering. Durham Regional Police were called to Pine Ridge Secondary School at around 1:30 p.m. after an incident on school property. One teacher and a 16-year-old student sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the stabbing, police said. The student was taken to a local hospital, while the teacher was treated on-scene   Read More ...
'My country': Substitute teacher fired after telling student he’d be kicked out of U.S.
2018-01-17 19:12:44 SANFORD, Maine — A Maine substitute teacher has been fired after telling a student he would get kicked out of the country if the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall is built. Sanford School Department officials tell the Portland Press Herald the exchange happened in an 11th grade classroom at Sanford Regional Technical Center last week. The district fired the teacher following an investigation into the exchange   Read More ...
Suspect charged with murder after college student found buried in California park
2018-01-17 19:06:06 SANTA ANA, Calif. - A former high school classmate of the University of Pennsylvania student found stabbed and buried in a Southern California park was charged Wednesday with his murder, according to a criminal complaint. Samuel Woodward, 20, killed 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein with a knife, the complaint said, while Bernstein was visiting his parents on college's winter break. Orange County prosecutors also filed a so-called enhancement which would allow them to seek more jail time for Woodward if he is convicted   Read More ...
Students walk out after prof allegedly mocks classmate with anxiety
2018-01-17 14:05:41 Hundreds walked out of a University of Guelph class after a professor referred to a student's aid worker as his "handler" who "needed to control" the young man in class. The walk-out happened Monday night, at a first-year anthropology class being taught by Prof. Edward Hedican, as the course’s usual professor was away that evening. One student who was there, Shelby Hager, told CTV Kitchener that the incident began when a student with clinically diagnosed anxiety, who is accompanied by an educational assistant (EA), raised his hand in class to ask a question   Read More ...
Loved ones mourn gifted Coquitlam student killed by stray bullet
2018-01-17 06:28:50 The teenage bystander who died after being caught in an exchange of gunfire in Vancouver on Saturday has been identified as Alfred Wong. Friends of the 15-year-old boy, who attended Pinetree Secondary School in nearby Coquitlam, B.C., expressed grief and loss outside area schools on Tuesday, while school officials rushed to comfort them. One friend, who identified himself only as Kevin, posted a goodbye on the social media site Reddit   Read More ...
Pincourt family creating scholarship to honour son killed in car crash
2018-01-17 04:57:19 The family of Robert Sobol, the 23-year-old Pincourt man killed in an automobile accident on Jan. 1 in eastern Quebec, is trying to raise funds to establish a scholarship in his honour. The family has set up a gofundme page with a $5,000 goal. The funds will be used to create a scholarship at the Pearson School of Culinary Arts in LaSalle   Read More ...
High school crowd goes wild after improbable buzzer beater wins game
2018-01-15 20:04:42 The crowd at St. Charles East High School in St. Charles, Ill., went ecstatic after an unbelievable buzzer-beating, three-pointer from student Justin Hardy on Jan. 12.The basket gave the school’s boys basketball team a 53-50 win over rival St. Charles North.Fellow students mobbed the court in elation as Hardy stole the ball with barely any time left and made the improbable winning shot   Read More ...
‘Knee Grow’: Racist youth basketball team jerseys lead to school board member’s resignation
2018-01-12 01:08:36 CINCINNATI — A school board member whose son played on an Ohio youth basketball team that wore jerseys printed with names some deemed racist says he is resigning to be accountable for his son’s involvement. Kerry McKiernan told the Kings Local School District board meeting Tuesday that resigning from the board is “the right thing to do.” He says the team didn’t mean to hurt anyone   Read More ...
Fallout from Louisiana teacher's widely viewed arrest rages on
2018-01-11 19:04:52 ABBEVILLE, La. -- The Louisiana teacher whose widely viewed arrest at a school board meeting sparked online outrage has returned to work even as fallout from the incident rages on. Gov. John Bel Edwards said he saw nothing on videos of Deshia Hargrave's arrest that warranted her rough treatment. Meanwhile, the superintendent of Vermilion Parish Schools said he, his staff and his family have received death threats   Read More ...
Students feel safer with cops in schools: Study
2018-01-10 17:12:29 MISSISSAUGA — A new study suggests the practice of placing police officers in certain Peel Region high schools made students feel safer while building good relationships with law enforcement. The study from Carleton University examined the School Resource Officer program at high schools in Peel from 2014 to 2017 to determine the value of having officers in the schools. Researchers surveyed nearly 1,300 Grade 9 students at five Peel schools and conducted interviews with school resource officers, school administrators and community members   Read More ...
Louisiana teacher handcuffed after asking about pay at school board meeting
2018-01-10 01:31:48 NEW ORLEANS -- A Louisiana teacher was removed from a school board meeting, forcibly handcuffed and jailed after questioning pay policies during a public comment period. The teacher's union and the ACLU are investigating and two board members are complaining that the board treats women unfairly. A video posted by KATC-TV shows middle-school English teacher Deyshia Hargrave complying with a city marshal's orders to leave Monday night's Vermilion Parish School Board meeting in Abbeville, west of New Orleans   Read More ...
CFL players admit hiding concussion symptoms, according to research study
2018-01-10 00:37:24 Concussion awareness in sport has come a long way from the days when players accepted getting their “bell rung” as part of the game. Yet, a study by a team of researchers from the McGill University Health Centre suggests that heightened awareness has not led to a change in attitudes as far as players removing themselves from the field of play   Read More ...
Princess Charlotte starts nursery school
2018-01-08 20:13:48 LONDON — Kensington Palace has released two images of Princess Charlotte as she begins her first day at nursery school. The 2-year-old is shown on the steps of the palace in one photo and standing holding onto a rail in another. The images were taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, before Charlotte went Monday to the nearby Willcocks Nursery School in London   Read More ...
Princess Charlotte smiles for mum in photos for her first day of nursery school
2018-01-08 19:05:10 LONDON — Kensington Palace has released two images of Princess Charlotte as she begins her first day at nursery school. The 2-year-old is shown on the steps of the palace in one photo and standing holding onto a rail in another. The images were taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, before Charlotte went Monday to the nearby Willcocks Nursery School in London   Read More ...
Princess Charlotte photos: Royal attends first day of pre-school
2018-01-08 19:04:55 Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s daughter, Princess Charlotte, is off to school. Pre-school, that is.The two-year-old princess officially started at Willcocks Nursery School on Monday morning. Kensington Palace posted two new slightly blurry photos — taken by Middleton — of the princess to its Twitter account, showing the happy little royal in a red coat and pink scarf. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning   Read More ...
Princess Charlotte beams in first-day-of-preschool photos
2018-01-08 18:04:38 The Royal Family has released two new photos on Twitter of 2-year-old Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on her first day of preschool on Monday. The Kensington Palace Twitter account posted the images this morning showing a beaming Charlotte on the steps at Kensington Palace. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning   Read More ...
School bus cancellations for Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
2018-01-08 13:04:50 Here is a list of school bus cancellations for Monday, Jan. 8, 2018: Cancellations: Student Transportation Services of Central Ontario: School buses and student transportation has been cancelled for the day to all KPR, PVNC and Mon Jamot schools in Peterborough, Northumberland and Clarington. Trillium Lakelands District School Board: All buses to schools in the City of Kawartha Lakes have been cancelled   Read More ...
Austria’s far-right vice-chancellor backs down from plan to put refugees under curfew
2018-01-06 23:31:51 Austria’s new far-right vice-chancellor has stepped back from his earlier calls for refugees to be put under a night-time curfew. Heinz-Christian Strache had said asylum seekers and recognized refugees should be housed in “underused” military barracks and forced to return at night. “Order is needed as long as we have an open asylum system,” Strache told Austrian television. Opposition politicians spoke out against the proposals, comparing them to the forced “internment” of refugees, while other ministers sought to distance themselves from the idea   Read More ...
Trudeau to visit schools, focus on economy during town hall tour
2018-01-05 20:04:43 OTTAWA – The economy and jobs will top the list of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's talking points when he kicks off his six-stop town hall tour in Halifax next week. PM Trudeau's first stop will be at Sackville High School in Lower Sackville, N.S. on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. The following afternoon, he will be at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont   Read More ...
Man sues Western University med school for alleged insufficient training
2018-01-02 21:32:29 An Ontario man is suing Western University, alleging its medical school didn't give him the education he needed to succeed in his chosen specialty. James Stuart alleges a five-year post-graduate residency program offered at the university didn't give him the necessary training to pass a certification exam and get licensed as a medical microbiologist. In a statement of claim, Stuart alleges the program at the university's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry deteriorated dramatically while he was enrolled, due in part to the departure of key faculty members and all of his classmates   Read More ...
These 5 life skills are the key to happiness, wealth and healthy aging
2018-01-01 11:31:41 It’s not just about intelligence, athletic ability or being sociable. New research suggests there are five key life skills that’ll bring you happiness, healthy aging, wealth and career success in your lifetime. It’s all about resiliency and persistence, according to scientists out of University College London in the United Kingdom. The five life skills are: Emotional stability Determination Control Optimism Conscientiousness While they’ve played a pivotal role in the classroom, little has been known about their value later on in life   Read More ...
Violence against teachers by students is turning into a bona fide workplace hazard
2017-12-31 15:04:31 According to one survey, 60 per cent of teachers have personally experienced violence on the job Robert Smol served over 20 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. He is currently a teacher and freelance writer in Toronto. Related Stories It was once considered a highly remote risk. But now, incidents of violence by students against teachers has exploded into a bona fide workplace hazard, one that my profession seems to be witnessing — and worse, tolerating — with alarming frequency   Read More ...
Teacher who allegedly compared student to 'crackhead' no longer a board employee
2017-12-29 18:06:43 A substitute teacher who allegedly compared a Grade 6 student to a "crackhead" no longer works with the Toronto District School Board, a spokesperson told CBC on Wednesday, but it's unclear if he could end up in front of a classroom again. The development follows a reported incident at Norman Cook Public School late last month, when the teacher allegedly responded to a question about an English assignment with what Abigail Francis, the boy's mother, believes was nothing short of a racist remark   Read More ...
Parents give educators wine for 'teaching a kid like mine'
2017-12-22 18:04:07 KETTERING, Ohio -- Saying their son's teachers deserve more than a coffee mug for Christmas, an Ohio couple decided to give them bottles of wine with the child's picture on the label. Beavercreek resident Mary Sommers tells the Dayton Daily News she doubted the teachers needed any more mugs, but, she joked, "who doesn't need a glass of wine after teaching a kid like mine?" She and her husband, Paul, gave the wine to the teachers at their son Jake's school in Kettering   Read More ...
Ohio parents give son’s teachers wine bottles as thanks for ‘teaching a kid like mine’
2017-12-22 17:32:57 Saying their son’s teachers deserve more than a coffee mug for Christmas, an Ohio couple decided to give them bottles of wine with the child’s picture on the label.Beavercreek resident Mary Sommers tells the Dayton Daily News she doubted the teachers needed any more mugs, but, she joked, “who doesn’t need a glass of wine after teaching a kid like mine?” She and her husband, Paul, gave the wine to the teachers at their son Jake’s school in Kettering   Read More ...
Anger over Canadian Gaelic teacher's visa refusal
2017-12-22 13:34:55 Parents have reacted with anger to a Home Office decision to reject a visa application from a Canadian to teach Gaelic at a Scottish primary school. Sìne Halfpenny, from Nova Scotia, was the only person to apply for the vacancy at Bunessan Primary on Mull, which had been advertised since June. She studied at the Sabhal Mór Ostaig on Skye before becoming a Gaelic teacher in her native Canada   Read More ...
School bus cancellations for Friday, Dec. 22, 2017
2017-12-22 12:33:13 Here is a list of school bus cancellations for Friday, Dec. 22, 2017: Cancellations: Toronto District School Board: All school buses cancelled. Schools remain open. Toronto Catholic District School Board: All school buses are cancelled. Schools remain open. York Region District School Board: All buses cancelled but schools remain open. York Catholic District School Board: All school buses cancelled. Schools are open   Read More ...
Elementary school teacher acquitted of assaulting autistic student
2017-12-21 17:37:27 A teacher at a Montreal elementary school was acquitted on Thursday in a case where he was accused of having assaulted a young autistic boy who was acting up during a gym class. Jose Daniel Martinez, 45, was accused of assault last year, on Sept. 15, 2016, following an incident that occurred the previous school year, during the spring of 2016   Read More ...
The Laurier response needs to be firmer
2017-12-20 03:02:17 Now that an independent investigator has vindicated graduate student Lindsay Shepherd in her case against Wilfrid Laurier University, here, in a nutshell, is what we know for sure. For the thought crime of showing a video clip to her class of undergraduate communications students, Shepherd’s thesis supervisor and the head of her program, along with a senior gender-awareness specialist from the university’s administration, hauled Shepherd into a shaming session – and without any “formal or informal complaint” ever having been brought against her – attempted to intimidate her into adopting politically correct ideas and behaviours   Read More ...
No wrongdoing by teaching assistant in freedom of speech furor: University
2017-12-19 03:07:24 Sir Wilfrid Laurier has exonerated a student and teaching assistant who sparked a freedom of speech controversy at the university earlier this year. Lindsay Shepherd was hauled before her professors, chastised and bullied to the point of tears for showing a TVO video debate on gender-pronoun use to her class. She was later branded “transphobic” in campus protests. However, University president Deborah MacLatchy said in a statement Monday that “there was no wrongdoing on the part of Ms   Read More ...
Princess Charlotte to attend nursery school in January
2017-12-18 16:06:55 LONDON -- It's off to nursery school for Princess Charlotte. Kensington Palace said Monday that Charlotte will attend the Willcocks Nursery School in London in January. The daughter of Prince William and his wife Kate turns 3 in May. She is fourth in line to the British throne, after grandfather Prince Charles, father William and older brother Prince George. School officials say they are "delighted" with the decision and look forward to welcoming Charlotte to the nursery   Read More ...
All TDSB students are created equal — or are they?
2017-12-17 04:33:49 At their board meeting this past week, Toronto’s public school trustees approved the $163,850 Enhancing Equity Task Force report and gave education director John Malloy six weeks to come up with four or five proposals on how to make it a reality. That report caused considerable outcry from parents when a draft was issued in October proposing that all of the school board’s gifted, arts, technology and other specialized programs be phased out — a proposal on which Malloy quickly backtracked   Read More ...
16-year-old erupts in joy after getting into Harvard in viral video
2017-12-16 20:51:23 CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A video of a 16-year-old boy and his classmates erupting in joy when they learn he was accepted to Harvard University is drawing millions of views online.Ayrton Little posted the clip on Twitter Tuesday with a comment saying, “All the hard work was worth it.” It has since been viewed more than 5 million times. The video shows the Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, resident wearing a Harvard sweater and surrounded by classmates at TM Landry College Preparatory while he checks his admission status online   Read More ...
About 3,000 international students take tuition refund after college strike
2017-12-14 23:04:27 TORONTO -- About 3,000 international students attending Ontario's colleges asked for a tuition refund after a faculty strike, according to new data released by the provincial government Thursday. The number represents roughly five per cent of the approximately 58,000 full time international students enrolled in the system. In comparison, of the approximately 192,000 full time domestic college students, just over 22,600 -- nearly 12 per cent -- asked for and received the tuition refund   Read More ...
More than 25,000 college students get refund after strike
2017-12-13 11:00:09 than 25,000 college students get refund after strike Students demonstrate outside the Ontario Legislature in Toronto on Wednesday November 1, 2017, as they protest against the ongoing strike by Ontario faculty members. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young. TORONTO -- Nearly 25,700 full-time Ontario college students received tuition refunds after a five-week strike derailed their semester. Ontario's Ministry of Advanced Education confirmed Tuesday that 10   Read More ...
Nearly 25,700 students receive tuition refunds after Ontario college strike, early numbers show
2017-12-13 00:06:04 Nearly 25,700 full-time Ontario college students received tuition refunds after a five-week strike derailed their semester. Ontario's Ministry of Advanced Education confirmed Tuesday that 10.3 per cent of Ontario's roughly 250,000 full-time college students asked for, and received, their money back after the strike. Minister Deb Matthews said the figures are still preliminary and could change in the coming weeks as further numbers are reported by Ontario's 24 colleges   Read More ...