Independent Education Tag

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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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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28 Mar 2017 Alberta Baptist schools forced to affirm new sexual orthodoxy

Lawyer John Carpay for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms Alberta Education Minister David Eggen has issued what amounts to an ultimatum to two small Baptist schools near Edmonton on the issue of so-called Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs (GSAs). Alberta legislation requires schools to allow the institution of those clubs if even one student asks for them. The principal of the Baptist schools has openly said he will not comply with that. Now, Minister Eggen has published a Ministerial Order which tells the schools they must comply. The Order came after Eggen released...

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14 Mar 2017 More pushback on Bill 10

Donna Trimble There’s more reaction this week to the latest developments on Bill 10 in Alberta. That's the law that mandates the creation of so-called gay-straight alliance clubs in all schools in the province if children ask for them. A few weeks ago, Education Minister David Eggen conceded that the issue was “legally complicated.” The comment came in connection with a report he received on what to do about two small Baptist schools near Edmonton, who have announced they will be openly defying that new law. Donna Trimble with Parents for Choice in...

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07 Mar 2017 Retreat in Alberta?

Alberta Education Minister, David Eggen There was a new development in the Alberta Education sector last week. Education Minister David Eggen appears to be backing away from plans to insist that all schools - including independent and Christian schools - will have to live by Bill 10 and the province’s policies on transgenderism in the classroom. He told the National Post  that an inquiry into two Edmonton area schools which are refusing to follow the policy has unearthed unexpected legal implications and the situation is “more complicated” than they had originally foreseen. ARPA Education...

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