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Masks now mandatory for middle and secondary school student in British Columbia

Masks are now mandatory for all middle and secondary school students across British Columbia in all indoor settings, according to new health and safety guidelines announced by the province on Thursday. However there will be some exceptions to the new »

Health, Society

Schools in Ottawa and some other parts of Ontario will reopen next week

Elementary and secondary students in Ottawa and some other parts of Ontario will be returning to the classroom starting next week. According to a press release from the Ontario government, 280,000 students will resume in-person learning on Feb. 1. “On »

Health

Health Canada recalls hand sanitizers distributed to schools in Quebec

Health Canada has recalled some hand sanitizer products labelled as “Anti-Microbe” that were distributed to various schools in Quebec because they contain a higher concentration of benzalkonium chloride which may pose health risks. According to an advisory published on Jan. »

Health, Society

National teacher survey reveals deep concerns related to COVID-19

Almost 18.000 public school teachers across all of Canada responded to a survey in both official languages (English/French)  by the Canadian Teachers Federation, and the responses indicated serious worries about education of young people both during the pandemic and the »

Health, Society

COVID-19: Quebec reopens some elementary schools and daycares

Tens of thousands of elementary school students in Quebec are going back to their schools today as the French-speaking Canadian province begins to gradually reopen its economy after a two-months lockdown prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Quebec, which accounts for »

Politics, Society

Quebec reveals new plans for public schools

The Quebec government announced this morning a plan to build and renovate hundreds of schools around the province, according to a press release from Premier’s cabinet. “It’s been over a year since I promised to Quebcers that I would attack »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Indigenous rites: Teaching or imposition? Legal decision in school case

In 2015 and 2016, children in a British Columbia elementary school took part in a First Nations smudging ceremony and prayer. A mother objected saying the school obliged her children to take part in a religious ceremony and a later »

Health, Society

Nova Scotia becomes 2nd province to offer free menstrual products in schools

Nova Scotia public schools will now offer free menstrual products to all their students, joining a growing list of places that have already adopted the idea. The province’s 367 schools that host students from grades four to twelve are now »

Health, Society

British Columbia students to get free menstrual hygiene products

All public schools in British Columbia will be required to provide free menstrual products for students in school washrooms by the end of 2019, the Western province’s education minister announced Friday. Rob Fleming said research indicates that one in seven »

Society

Nasty weather causes accidents, power failures

A mix of snow, freezing rain, ice pellets, rain and strong winds wreaked havoc on southern Ontario yesterday and moved on to southern Quebec overnights. Tens of thousands of people in both provinces suffered a loss of electricity as parts »