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Harper Government Announces Investment to Support Aboriginal Participation in Energy Infrastructure Projects

Posted August 5, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced over $1.4 million in funding to the North East Native Advancing Society (NENAS) in support of the purchase of a heavy equipment operator/mining sim…

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Government of Canada marks 500,000 apprenticeship grants issued to help young Canadians get jobs

Posted September 3, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, today announced that the Government of Canada has provided a total of 500,000 apprenticeship grants to Canadians since 2007 to help them pursue careers in the skilled trades.

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Educational Training

Harper Government to Announce Support for Skills Training

Posted October 2, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – October 3, 2014 – Members of the media are invited to attend an event with the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, in support of increased skills training opportunities at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies’ Saskatchewan Aviation Learning Centre.

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Collective agreement reached between the Québec Port Authority and the Public Service Alliance of Canada

Posted June 27, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Collective agreement reached between the Québec Port Authority and the Public Service Alliance of Canada

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Government of Canada creates jobs for youth in Vaughan

Posted July 29, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

More than 90 students in Vaughan will gain valuable skills and work experience this summer, today announced the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Vaughan, along with the Honourable Kevin Sorenson, Mini…

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Education

#bced in my twitterverse

Posted September 16, 2014 by Norm Farrell

On @globalnews Sandy @Garossino suggested readings of J.Griffin’s judgement with findings of bad faith. Start here: http://t.co/Xmw8LmiNYZ

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 10, 2014

“Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.” http://t.co/llXHp41ZOn #bced #bcpoli

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 10, 2014

Can`t afford public schools. Can afford billions to provide water & power to freeloading gas frackers. #bcpoli #bced http://t.co/MmSWuWO90s

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 10, 2014

MLA @AJWVictoriaBC “The government is acting like a schoolyard bully” http://t.co/qvGFOFVBK3 #bced #bcpoli

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 11, 2014

And of course, transit taxes and bridge tolls are now popular ways to raise government revenues.

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 11, 2014

Regarding schools, Fassbender said government can legislate anything. Which is why they are losing in court. #bced #bcpoli

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 11, 2014

Principal reports on devastating budget cuts to parent population. Such honesty needed for all of BC. #bced #bcpoli pic.twitter.com/aYeROVmdPh

— Karen Richard (@KarenRichard14) September 10, 2014

Gov’t worries #bced arbitration could mean new costs but was OK with NW Transmission line (for mining co.s) soaring $400M to $800m. #bcpoli

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 11, 2014

Gov’t worries #bced arbitration could mean new costs but was OK when BC Place redo soared from $75M to $514M. #bcpoli http://t.co/aP5Ik9WVHx

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 11, 2014

Gov’t worries #bced arbitration could mean new costs but was OK when Sea to Sky Hwy soared $400M to $795M. #bcpoli http://t.co/yGBKqUoiAc

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 11, 2014

Gov’t worries #bced arbitration could mean new costs but was OK when Vancouver convention centre addon soared $495M to $883M. #bcpoli

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 11, 2014

Gov’t worries #bced arbitration could mean new costs but was OK when S. Fraser Hwy soared $700M to $1260M. #bcpoli http://t.co/jreanVDu4P

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 11, 2014

Gov’t worries #bced arbitration could mean new costs but was OK when Port Mann bridge & hwy project soared from $600M to $3,300M. #bcpoli

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 11, 2014

Gov’t worries #bced arbitration could mean new costs but was OK when 2010 Olympics soared $600M to $7,000M. #bcpoli

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 11, 2014

Gov’t worries #bced arbitration could mean new costs but was OK when BC Hydro made $55.3B in contractual commitments. #bcpoli

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 12, 2014

Gov’t worries #bced arbitration means new costs but was OK increasing provincial debt by $23B in last 5 years.#bcpoli
http://t.co/QKXGukwyrC

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 12, 2014

2009 to 2013, BC post secondary educ spending up 4% while elementary & secondary funding down 3%. (in 2013 $) #bced #bcpoli

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 12, 2014

BC Gov’t can’t afford more for #bced but St. George’s, a favoured private school got 16% more from gov’t in FY2014 than in 2013. #bcpoli

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 13, 2014

Funding comparisons, private & public schools in BC. #bced #bcpoli http://t.co/deI5jWjYfs pic.twitter.com/fQfxqPpUNU

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 13, 2014

If we matched 2001 resource revenues, we’d have $2.5B more to spend. #bcpoli #bced http://t.co/B5rzzDwfLN @EWayneRoss @briancampbellC1

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 14, 2014

BC Gov’t projects economy to grow 19% over 5 years. Teachers’ ask in 5 yr. contract is affordable. #bced #bcpoli http://t.co/PuUrTh71uU

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 14, 2014

Anyone seen or heard detailed analysis of J. Griffin’s judgments in corporate media? I seem to have missed it. #bcpoli #bced

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 14, 2014

Liberal preference: no limits, no consultations. #bcpoli #bced http://t.co/kwXNXCybio pic.twitter.com/ojRAyvIl3e

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) September 14, 2014

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Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies’ Graduation ceremony

Posted June 18, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Please be advised that Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada will participate in

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Educational Training

Harper Government Investment in High Tech Equipment Advances Alberta’s Micro and Nanotechnology Industry

Posted July 21, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced an investment of $3.3 million toward the purchase and installation of specialized advanced manufacturing and product development equipment at the A…

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Educational Training

Minister Kenney to Announce Government of Canada Support for Internationally Trained Workers

Posted August 5, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, will announce Government of Canada support to help more internationally trained workers get jobs.

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Government of Canada Announces Funding for Commemorative Project in Meaford, Ontario

Posted August 21, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce–Grey–Owen Sound, on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced Government of Canada support for the Meaford Community Theatre’s production of Peace & War.

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Youth Justice Fund

Posted September 25, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Youth Justice Fund was established in the 1990s as part of the Youth Justice Renewal Initiative, and provides grants and contributions funding for projects across Canada. The Youth Justice Fund has a budget of approximately $4.5 million each year.

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National Aboriginal Day BBQ

Posted June 20, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Please be advised that the Honorable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada will participate in a

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Minister Leitch announces new program to help create jobs and opportunities for Canadians

Posted July 17, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, today introduced the Workplace Opportunities: Removing Barriers to Equity program.

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The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), will make an announcement regarding improving accessibility in workplaces for Canadians with disabilities

Posted August 5, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), will make an announcement regarding improving accessibility in workplaces for Canadians with disabilities.

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The Government of Canada will announce an important initiative that will help Yukon residents get jobs

Posted September 3, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, along with the Honourable Elaine Taylor, Yukon Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, will announce an important init…

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Preparing Workers for Upcoming Changes to WHMIS

Posted September 28, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Preparing Workers for Upcoming Changes to WHMIS

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Creating job opportunities for Aboriginal communities in Nova Scotia

Posted July 3, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Government of Canada has invested in a project that will train 700 Aboriginal people living in Nova Scotia

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Government of Canada creates jobs for youth in Vaughan

Posted July 29, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

More than 90 students in Vaughan will gain valuable skills and work experience this summer, today announced the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Vaughan, along with the Honourable Kevin Sorenson, Mini…

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The real news gets ignored – REPLAY

Posted September 16, 2014 by Norm Farrell
I wrote the following article 3½ years ago. It demonstrates how little has changed.


On the day George Abbott became the first Education Minister to speak at a convention of the teachers’ union since Gordon Campbell’s election in 2001, BC Liberal media focused less on the warm response from educators than on what they say is a coming confrontation.

TC columnist Les Leyne headlines, “a battle is looming.” The Globe and Mail says “strike looms”, Global TV News leads “Strike by school teachers in this province seems unavoidable.” CTV’s Jim Beatty led with “A teachers’ strike is a good possibility.”

Instead of aiming to be inflammatory, CBC offered a balanced report. The Canadian Press did as well, for example:

“Abbott told the teachers he will always listen to their views, even if they do not agree on the many difficult issues facing the two sides as they prepare to sit down and hash out a new contract for the 41,000-strong federation.

” ‘We will have lots of things that will divide us in the weeks and months ahead there is no question about that,’ he said. ‘Labour relations alone will be an area that will be fraught with many challenges I’m sure on both sides of the table.’ “

Leyne says that after his speech, Abbott was “peppered with” observations from two people,

“about how unsupported teachers are in dealing with special needs kids, sometimes violent, semiliterate, emotionally fragile, suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome problem children who populate many classes in increasing numbers.

About all he could do was nod in sympathy.”

That should have provided the headline derived from Abbott’s visit. Special needs children are there today, lacking resources. Instead, we get speculation of strike or job action that can not occur until the next school year and which everyone knows will result at worst in another imposed contract if mediation and conciliation fail.

Highlighting potential job actions might seem more dramatic but they are far-off and rather meaningless. In doing so, media downplays substantive issues that should be at the forefront of discussions. Do we want our education to be effective and accessible or, ultimately, do we want to turn our schools into American style guarded camps that worry more about protecting students from gun and knife violence than preparing them to be contributing citizens.

I disclose a bias in this discussion. Among my children and their partners, we proudly number three school teachers. These young people are well educated professionals (six degrees between them) who focus their lives on improving educational experiences of children in their care. Our relatives occasionally miss family events because out-of-school duties such as preparation, marking, writing reports, doing extracurricular activities and professional development consume time that is unseen by students and parents. Teachers spend their own money for supplies, field trips, computer programs and equipment and even for necessities and rewards to needy or deserving students.

I do not know the present salary levels of these three people. I did know the entry salary my son earned when he started teaching after two degrees and a number of years working as a scientific researcher. It was an appallingly low annual salary that started with the number three. I suspect some of our MLAs receive more in expenses. These young teachers, while not talking about salaries to us, do talk about the difficulties faced from crowded classrooms and about special needs students, about poverty and drug addiction and deficient parenting skills, etc.

I think media focuses entirely too much on the wrong issues in today’s education. Much goes right with our schools as well. A few years ago, I had the honor of presenting scholarships to graduating high school students on behalf of the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association. At awards nights of secondary schools, boys and girls of outstanding achievements are recognized, not just in academics and sports but in an amazingly broad series of community and personal activities. Those teenagers accomplished more in a few years of maturity than others do in a lifetime. All deserve the best education we can provide.

Society benefits in the long run. The richest nations also have the best systems of education. That is not coincidence; one leads to the other.

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Minister Rempel to Announce Support for Alberta’s Nanotechnology Sector

Posted June 19, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

On Friday, June 20, 2014 the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, will make an announcement to support jobs and growth, while enhancing innovation and commercialization opportunities for Alberta’s nanotech…

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Agriculture

Harper Government Announces Support for Northern Lakes College’s Power Engineering Program

Posted July 22, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Northern Lakes College will expand its facilities for power engineering students, thanks to Government of Canada support announced today by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, together with Chris Wark…

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Educational Training

Harper Government Announces Investment to Support Aboriginal Participation in Energy Infrastructure Projects

Posted August 5, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced over $1.4 million in funding to the North East Native Advancing Society (NENAS) in support of the purchase of a heavy equipment operator/mining sim…

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Educational Training

Government of Canada will announce an important initiative that will help Saskatchewan residents get jobs

Posted August 24, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Minister Responsible for Immigration, Jobs, Skills, and Training, will announce an important initiative that will help Saskatchewan resident…

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Federal Government supports program to assist at-risk youth in Toronto

Posted September 25, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced $499,805 in funding to the Agincourt Community Services Association. The funding will help the organization develop and deliver a series of workshops to assist youth in learning new skills and coping mech…

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National Aboriginal Day at Glooscap Heritage Centre

Posted June 20, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Please be advised that MP Scott Armstrong, Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canda, will participate in a National Aboriginal Day event

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Government of Canada support skills training and job opportunities for youth in Winnipeg

Posted July 28, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), will announce an investment by the Government of Canada to support skills training and job opportunities for youth in Winnipeg.

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Minister Kenney to Announce Government of Canada Support for Internationally Trained Workers

Posted August 5, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, will announce Government of Canada support to help more internationally trained workers get jobs.

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Canada’s Support to Canadian Red Cross Increases the Effectiveness and Timeliness of Assistance to Crisis-Affected People Across the World

Posted September 4, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

In June 2012, Canada and the Canadian Red Cross established a strategic partnership to strengthen Canada’s humanitarian response capacity, help communities become more resilient and be better able to support local responses to emergencies. Under this p…

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Harper Government Invests in Saskatchewan Aerospace Sector

Posted October 3, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Students enrolled in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) program at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) will benefit from additional hands-on training thanks to a $2 million investment announced today by the Honourable Michelle…

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ESDC signs agreements with Newfoundland and Labrador

Posted July 4, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Scott Armstrong, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development, will sign agreements with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Minister Kenney discusses jobs for Aboriginal people in Ontario

Posted August 8, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today held discussions with A…

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Education

Building Confidence At School With Downtime At Home

Posted September 23, 2014 by Sonya

By now we’ve all settled into the new school year. First week jitters have been replaced by familiar faces and learning expectations. We had our curriculum night this week and the teacher reminded us to support our kids at home. […]

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