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Saskatoon students encouraging people to vote in federal election

Grade 8 class at Westmount Community School convincing non-voters to change their ways Elijah Ren and his classmates are too young to vote, but that’s not stopping them from having an impact on this year’s federal election. Ren is in the Grade 8 Let’s Lead – Nīkānētān program at Westmount Community School in Saskatoon. It’s designed to build leadership and teamwork skills by getting students out into the community. “Maybe young people think it’s a waste of their time to follow politics or... +Read More

Dress well, don’t lie: election advice from 10-year-olds

Federal candidates from the riding of Kitchener South-Hespeler had a tough crowd to please on Thursday when they participated in a panel discussion run by Grade 5 students at Pioneer Park Public School. Candidates were given a minute to answer questions on a range of topics, including the economy, Canada’s refugee policy and the safety of endangered animals. Anyone who ventured over the one minute limit was cut short by a red flag. “They can’t go over,” said 10-year-old Ihsaan... +Read More

LeBoldus High school students impressed with election forum

Students at LeBoldus High School in Regina, some of whom are eligible to vote, heard from three candidates in the federal election Thursday. Politicians from the Liberal Party, NDP and Green Party presented their platforms to students. “It is more interesting once you do understand it,” Jake Egarhos, a Grade 12 student at LeBoldus, said. “By beginning to understand, and making that little effort, then it’s more engaging.” He added he thinks its important people get involved in the political... +Read More

Heather Smith becomes new Canadian Teachers’ Federation President at Annual General Meeting

OTTAWA – Heather Smith has become the new President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), following a changeover today at the CTF Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Ottawa. Smith is replacing current CTF President Dianne Woloschuk, who served her two-year term from 2013 to 2015. Smith, who was elected as President-Designate at last year’s AGM, is a principal from Bathurst, New Brunswick. “Throughout my career I have had the chance to work with countless talented students and teachers, all of whom... +Read More

Canada: Indigenous education, history and culture promoted

National Aboriginal Day has prompted Canada’s education unions affiliated to Education International to shore up their commitment to promoting indigenous educational and cultural issues across the country. CTF: educational resources developed with Indigenous national organisations On 19 June, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) invited all students and teachers to make use of educational programs, initiatives and resources as a tool through which to achieve the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report. The CTF President Dianne Woloschuk underlined that... +Read More
Rural Ed congress chair Brian Keegan interacts with e-journalism students from Living Sky School Division.

Keegan cites enduring importance of Rural Ed Congress

A conversation with Brian Keegan readily brings into focus the very theme of the Twentieth National Congress on Rural Education in Canada held recently in Saskatoon – Celebrating Rural Schools: Looking Back & Looking Forward. It so happens that Keegan,… +Read More
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