Two Toronto Catholic school trustees move to get rid of gay-straight alliances – The Globe and Mail.
Two Toronto Catholic District School Board trustees are looking to eliminate Gay Straight Alliances from the city’s Catholic Schools.
Trustee Garry Tanuan, who represents Ward 8 Scarborough, will introduce a motion at a May 23 board meeting that [...]
From CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/04/22/pol-rad-can-christian-college-infrastructure-funding.html?cmp=rss
The Harper government has awarded over $20 million of its infrastructure funding to Christian colleges and universities since the launch of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program in 2009.
Some of the schools receiving federal infrastructure funds prohibit things like homosexual relationships, based on the educational institution’s moral code or religious teachings.
A new [...]
BBC News – Teaching evolution key to free school funding deal.
Teaching evolution key to free school funding deal By Judith Burns BBC News education reporter Pupils in classroom Scientists have raised concerns that rules on teaching evolution “are not tight enough” Continue reading the main story Related Stories
Q&A: Academies and free schools [...]
University of Toronto Humanist Chaplaincy: Evolution Made Clear for Kids in “Pepper’s Special Wings”. (Mary Anne is a Humanist from Oakville, ON, a member of HPHC)
Contact: Brian Magee, 202-238-9088 ex. 105, Mobile: (202) 681-2425 firstname.lastname@example.org
(Washington, DC – Nov. 13, 2012) – In order to give parents a fun and effective tool when teaching young [...]
Iran shamed for new measures denying higher education to women | International Humanist and Ethical Union.
It may surprise many to learn that the majority of science graduates in Iran are women. But that may be about to change.
In a joint statement on behalf of Center for Inquiry and IHEU, women’s rights activist Raheel Raza [...]
Stock letter asks school to warn when sensitive subjects arise – thestar.com.
A number of conservative Christian and Muslim parents — unusual political bedfellows — suddenly are asking schools across the GTA to notify them when their child’s class will discuss topics ranging from homosexuality and birth control to wizardry, evolution and “environmental worship,” so [...]
Couple to debate right to distribute atheist book | Ontario | News | The London Free Press. [reposted from the Facebook OHS group]
ORONTO - A Grimsby couple who want to have a book on atheism distributed to students attending the District School Board of Niagara will have the chance to make their case before an Ontario [...]
IPS – Schoolgirls Beat Taliban | Inter Press Service.
Among difficult news, some encouraging gains in Afghanistan for young women.By Ashfaq Yusufzai
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jul 28 2012 (IPS) – Far from fears that female education is on the decline after the Taliban campaign against girls’ schools, female students outclassed their male counterparts in [...]
Christian Fundamentalists Teach US Children Loch Ness Monster Is Real To Disprove Evolution.
(I know, it’s Louisiana, but had to pass this on to Ontarians with Scottish heritage — mb)
A state in America is paying for children to attend fundamentalist schools where the existence of the Loch Ness monster is taught as fact in [...]
WorldParliamentarians Seek to Deliver Sexual Rights .
ISTANBUL, May 31, 2012 (IPS) – Lawmakers from 110 countries, representing all continents, pledged here last week to intensify efforts, individually and collectively, aiming to attain the goals on safeguarding people’s rights to sexual health and freedom to determine their reproductive choices. The goals were set at the [...]
Climate Change and Family Planning – Twin Issues. (note: compare this report to the TED talk Religion and babies linked below – M)
PARIS, May 30, 2012 (IPS) – The reproductive rights agenda, from improving women’s access to education to systematic family planning to reducing birth rates and combating poverty, has become a cornerstone of [...]
Ontario tightens Bill 13 so school boards can’t reject GSAs.
Ontario Education minister Laurel Broten called a news conference May 25 to announce that she is removing the ambiguity by tightening up the language in the Liberals’ Accepting Schools Act to ensure Catholic school boards can not refuse students who want to form a gay-straight [...]
Bluewater District School Board Ban On Gideon Bible Handout Sparks Torrent Of Hate Mail.
[Perhaps we should have a statement of support for them? M] TORONTO – A public school board’s decision to ban distribution of Gideon Bibles to its young students has unleashed a torrent of threatening calls and hateful emails directed at trustees.
Voices for climate change education | NCSE.
[NCSE, first in the fight against creationism, is now moving into Climate Change science - and beginning by collecting statements from educational and scientific bodies - good news] NCSE is pleased to announce the debut of a new resource in the climate change section of its website: “Voices [...]
The Republican Brain: Why Even Educated Conservatives Deny Science — and Reality | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet.
…The idealistic, liberal, Enlightenment notion that knowledge will save us, or unite us, was even put to a scientific test last year—and it failed badly.
Yale researcher Dan Kahan and his colleagues set out to [...]
Quebec students must take ethics-religion course – Canada – CBC News.
Canada’s top court on Friday rejected an appeal from parents in Quebec who sought the right to keep their children out of an ethics and religious culture program taught in the province’s schools.
The program, which was introduced in 2008 to elementary and high [...]
Funding for Ontario’s Catholic schools under fire in court challenge – Parentcentral.ca.
Ontario should claw back funding to Catholic elementary schools and eliminate all financial support for Catholic secondary schools, says a court challenge launched by a Toronto woman.
Reva Landau, who filed the case in Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice in December, says in [...]
Challenging publicly funded Catholic education in Ontario. (thanks to Kevin for posting this on FB!)
Lawyer files new case arguing current structure is discriminatory, by Andrea Houston
Ontario Catholic students fighting for equality in schools are closely watching a constitutional challenge against the publicly funded Catholic education system that was recently launched by a Toronto [...]
Regina adds funding for religious schools | Holy Post | National Post.
Saskatchewan is extending public education funding to independent schools, including private, religious-based schools, highlighting divergence in what “public education” means across Canada.
The move puts it alongside British Columbia and Alberta, but far from Atlantic Canada and Ontario, where the idea sank the [...]