Education

27 Jun 2017 ARPA and the Trinity Western University case

ARPA has completed the paperwork required to ask the Supreme Court for “intervenor status” in the Trinity Western case. Trinity Western is the BC University that’s being challenged in its efforts to set up a law school. Several provincial law societies have tried to say that graduates of the proposed law school shouldn’t be allowed to practice in their jurisdictions because of the school’s so-called “community covenant”,in which students and faculty commit to only engage in sexual activity within the context of heterosexual marriage. The claim is that the policy...

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20 Jun 2017 LN Feature: Censoring the Bible – State board tells Christian school to stop reading offensive verses

- Controversy in Alberta, over what can and can't be taught at a Christian School that's operated by a Public School Board. It involves the Cornerstone Christian Academy in Kingman, southeast of Edmonton. The school falls under the authority of the Battle River School Division in Camrose. On the feature this week, we speak with Phillip Hills, the Executive Regional Director for the Association of Christian Schools International. The Cornerstone Christian Academy is an ACSI School. LN: Phil, by way of background, we have a lot of listeners across the country who...

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13 Jun 2017 Disappointment in Alberta education initiative

Theresa Ng Wildrose Education Critic, Leela Aheer Last Monday was supposed to be a big day in the Alberta legislature. Theresa Ng, who writes the Informed Albertans blog, was due to present hundreds of letters to the government on the issue of sexually-explicit materials in that province's school system. But somehow, the letters were never actually presented. Ng says she had a commitment from Wildrose Education critic Leela Aheer to present the letters in the House. But when the time came to do that, Aheer instead tabled a list of names that had...

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09 May 2017 Notwithstanding clause looming in Saskatchewan

Harry Moes, Education Policy Consultant - ARPA Canada Saskatchewan Premier Brad wall is threatening to invoke the Constitution's Notwithstanding Clause to counter a recent court decision on Catholic education in his province. That clause allows governments to override court rulings which find certain laws or government practices unconstitutional; the notion is that, "notwithstanding" those court rulings, those laws or practices can remain in place. ARPA Canada’s education policy consultant Harry Moes says the case has a long history. “It actually dates back to 2003. There was the closure of a small (public)...

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09 May 2017 Another inappropriate government website for Alberta kids

Theresa Ng More inappropriate content has surfaced on a website that the Alberta government has been recommending to students struggling with issues of sexual identity and expression. Theresa Ng with the Informed Albertans blog uncovered a whole slew of inappropriate links a few months ago, and the government took them down, but last week, another link surfaced, this one entitled "Sex from A to Z". It resembles an electronic set of alphabet flash cards but with extremely graphic descriptors for each of the letters in the alphabet. (A description of those flash...

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25 Apr 2017 Pro-Life Education – Is it appropriate?

ARPA's Executive Director, Mark Penninga There was a major controversy in Alberta earlier this month over whether or not the pro-life position should be able to get a hearing in the Catholic school system. The issue started when a young woman made a presentation to a Catholic High School in Red Deer. On the feature this week, we speak with ARPA Canada’s Executive Director Mark Penninga about what’s really behind the story. LN: Mark, this case involves ARPA, at least peripherally. Just before Easter, there was a young lady who was a...

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18 Apr 2017 An Open Letter to Alberta’s Minister of Education

ARPA Canada routinely asks for you, our supporters, to submit respectful letters to our elected representatives. Every once in a while we see an example that is extraordinary in its tone, content and force. Below is one such example. Dear Minister Eggen, I hope this message finds you well. I am writing primarily in regards to the controversy surrounding the recent showing of "The Case Against Abortion: Personhood." However, I will also take this opportunity to share my perspective and concern on your approach to education more generally. My family and I live...

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18 Apr 2017 Push for parental rights in Alberta continues

Theresa Ng Pressure is mounting on the Alberta government over those Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs. Blogger Theresa Ng, who's been covering this issue ever since the introduction of Bill 10, is asking parents across the province to write to Education Minister David Eggen, and to ask him some specific questions about links to pornographic websites on a government-sponsored page; links that she exposed on her blog last month. She says the letters should be a maximum of one page, and ask the Minister for public assurances that “the people who were responsible...

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12 Apr 2017 Speak up for pro-life girl attacked by Alberta Education Minister

Over the past day, numerous Albertan and even national media outlets, along with the Alberta Minister of Education David Eggen, have been criticizing Red Deer Pro-Life and a Roman Catholic school for allowing a pro-life presentation. The media backlash has been fierce, including a call for an immediate investigation and a ministerial order that all non-teacher presenters in Alberta schools be pre-approved by the state. The polite young woman who made that presentation, which is being shared far and wide, is a member of the Reformed community and has previously volunteered for...

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12 Apr 2017 Press Release: Christian Advocacy Group Welcomes Province-wide Investigation of Third Party Influences in Alberta Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM THE ASSOCIATION FOR REFORMED POLITICAL ACTION (ARPA) CANADA April 12, 2017 Christian Advocacy Group Welcomes Province-wide Investigation of Third Party Influences in Alberta Schools  EDMONTON – The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada applauds the call for an inquiry into what students of Alberta schools are exposed to. “The sad truth is that Alberta’s Ministry of Education is the party most guilty of promoting propaganda in provincial schools,” commented ARPA Canada’s Executive Director Mark Penninga. Accessing Information not Myths (AIM), an Alberta-based activist group, is calling for a province-wide investigation...

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