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February 1, 2010

Bullying – Stop the young ones now too..


 A Kanata mother of a 10-year-old girl, who says her daughter was bullied to the point of severe mental and emotional trauma, has launched a $325,000 lawsuit against the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Krisha Stanton is also suing her daughter’s Grade 3 teacher and others from St. Isidore Catholic School for not acting strongly enough to stop it. The statement of claim alleges Jaclyn Stanton suffered at the hands of a girl who constantly called her names and assaulted her.


School staff now required by Ont. law to report bullying –  As of Monday all school staff in Ontario are required to report serious student incidents such as bullying to the school principal.

Serious School Incidents, Including Bullying, Must Now Be Reported CityNews
 New Rules For Reporting Student Incidents CD98.9
Government of Ontario News – February 1, 2010 9:00 AM

McGuinty Government Making Schools Safer, More Positive Places To Learn

Ontario is the first province in Canada to require all school staff to report serious student incidents — including bullying — to the principal.

Principals are also required in these situations to contact parents of victims — another first in Canada.

The new reporting measures came into effect today. They are part of the Keeping Our Kids Safe at School Act. The legislation makes schools safer and helps students achieve their full potential by:

  •  Addressing the reporting gap between principals, teachers and parents about all serious student incidents that must be considered for suspension or expulsion.
  •  Ensuring that parents are kept informed and principals are aware of serious incidents in the school so they can respond appropriately.
  • Requiring school staff to respond to inappropriate, disrespectful behaviour among students as well as activities which can lead to suspension and expulsion.

The legislation builds on Ontario’s safe schools strategy and is part of a comprehensive response to the Safe Schools Action Team report.

  • The Keeping Our Kids Safe at School Act was passed in the legislature on June 1, 2009, and comes into effect on February 1, 2010.
  • Staff at schools and school boards have received training on the new requirements.
  • Bullying and harassment can affect a student’s health, mental well-being and school success, according to a 2008 study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

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    July 18, 2008

    The PCs said the Liberals were crooked.. but what about themselves??


    “Conservative MPs should not be permitted to spend “in-and-out” rebates July 17, 2008    


    OTTAWA – Conservative candidates who may have received inflated rebates before Elections Canada discovered the “in-and-out” scheme should be required to put the money in a trust fund until the Federal Court rules if they are entitled to it, Liberal Justice Critic Dominic LeBlanc said today.  

    “I am calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to ensure that all of his candidates who received potentially inflated rebates due to the “in-and-out” scheme put these funds in a trust fund pending the Federal Court’s review,” said Mr. LeBlanc. “No candidate should have a political advantage by being able to spend funds they received as a result of a scheme which Elections Canada says may not comply with the Elections Act.”

    Mr. LeBlanc noted Elections Canada has ruled that certain rebates may be higher than should have been allowed under the Elections Act. We learned yesterday that 17 Conservative candidates got taxpayer-funded cheques before Elections Canada discovered the “in-and-out” scheme.

    “I’m sure Canadian voters would be concerned if the Conservatives permitted these candidates, who we now learn include three members of cabinet, from using these funds, while the Federal Court is reviewing Elections Canada’s ruling that the Conservatives had no right to claim this money,” he said.
    Mr. LeBlanc noted that in media reports today, Elections Canada has for the first time revealed that 11 sitting Conservative MPs are among the candidates who may have taken part in the “in-and-out” scheme and have already received rebates. They include Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon, Heritage Minister Josée Verner and Chief Government Whip Jay Hill. Calculating the 60 percent rebate that each of these MPs would have received on the additional advertising expenses that Elections Canada has ruled ineligible, reveals that the Conservative MPs alone would have received over $100,000 in inflated rebates.

    Mr. LeBlanc noted that the “in-and-out” scheme centres around allegations that the Conservatives attempted to put over $1.3 million in national advertising spending on the books of 67 of their local candidates, allowing these candidates to claim over three-quarters of million dollars in inflated, taxpayer-funded rebates. The independent Elections Commissioner is currently conducting an investigation and if the ad costs are assigned to the national Conservative Party, it will have exceeded the $18.3 million spending cap by over one million dollars and the party and its officials may face serious consequences including fines and jail time.

    Below is a chart calculating the 60 percent rebate that Conservative MPs received from Elections Canada as part of the “in-and-out” scheme.”

    Member of Parliament Additional rebate received due to apparent “in-and-out” transaction
    Hon. Lawrence Cannon


    Hon. Jay Hill


    Hon. Josée Verner


    David Anderson


    Maxime Bernier


    Steven Blaney


    Patricia Davidson


    Jacques Gourde


    Luc Harvey


    Colin Mayes


    Daniel Petit



    $111, 086





    Conservatives Attempt to Stifle Democracy

    The Conservative government is further trying to stifle democracy by attempting to muzzle Officers of Parliament, the Liberal Opposition said 

    “The Auditor General of Canada has been forced to defend her independence from the government’s attempt to vet her communications with Canadians,” said Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion. “Why is the Conservative government at war with Canada’s democratic institutions?”

    Mr. Dion was referring to Auditor-General Sheila Fraser’s testimony yesterday at the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, where she denounced the Conservative government’s proposal to review public statements of Officers of Parliament before they are released.

    Deputy Leader Michael Ignatieff said that the Conservative government has a track record of showing disregard for independent regulative authorities.

    In particular, he pointed to the recent controversy between it and Elections Canada, an independent institution respected around the world.

    “Elections Canada is an institution that’s earned the respect and confidence of the entire world,” said Mr. Ignatieff. “It has provided electoral assistance in a hundred countries. It has organized missions in over a hundred countries, including recent elections in Afghanistan and Haiti.

    “But on Tuesday, we learned that there’s one government, this government, that no longer has confidence in Elections Canada.

    “How can this government possibly explain that to Canadians and to the world?
    Why does this government no longer have confidence in Elections Canada?”

    Considering the Conservative Party ran on transparency and accountability during the last election, it is increasingly clear that this government doesn’t practice what it preaches.

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