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Roommates and renting

This runs counterintuitive to civility in our society and allows everyone to act in their own best interests and is an affront to everyone else involved. Click here to learn more or read an excerpt below.

Only one co-tenant is needed in order to end the tenancy. This means that if one co-tenant provides proper written notice, the tenancy will end for all the co-tenants.

 

How bullying works: projection and scapegoating.

This one line says it all. “We live in a society where bullying has become increasingly acceptable, and certainly, as form of doing politics.” Excellent article.

Politics and Insights

Very few people, when put to the test, have the integrity and moral courage to stand up against bullying, harassment, abuse, threats and corruption. The targets of adult bullying are selected often because they DO have the moral courage to challenge; many people will pass by on the other side.

A target of adult bullying is most often chosen because of their strength, not their weakness. Research showsthat targets of bullying tend to have highly developed empathy for, and sensitivity of others, a high degree of perceptiveness, high moral values, a well-developed integrity, a strong sense of fair play and reasonableness, a low propensity to violence,a reluctance to pursue grievance, disciplinary or legal action, a strong forgiving streak and a mature understanding of the need to resolve conflict with dialogue. Often,targets of bullying are independent, self-reliant and “different” in some way. Weak people…

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Trafficking in persons in Canada, 2014

Canada isn’t doing enough to stop this from happening, we need exit controls like biometrics. Click here to learn more or read an excerpt below.

 

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Researchers have noted that Canada is a source, transit and destination country for trafficking in persons (Roots 2013). Men, women and children can be bought, sold, coerced or fraudulently deceived into providing exploitative services (Ogrodnik 2010). Often, victims of human trafficking are forced to pay off a debt to their trafficker, commonly known as debt bondage (Lusk and Lucas 2009; Weitzer 2014). Debt bondage can occur in all forms of human trafficking. The major types of human trafficking globally include the following:

Sex trafficking: Victims are subjected to sexual exploitation, typically in the sex trade. While sex trafficking can affect men, this form of human trafficking disproportionately affects women and children.

Forced labour: Victims are coerced into working long hours, with often little to no pay. Forms of forced labour can include domestic servitude, as well as working in the manufacturing, restaurant, farming, or construction industries. (British Columbia Ministry of Justice 2013; Interpol 2015; Weitzer 2014).

Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening

We need this across Canada and this is what I consider normalizing mental health in our communities. Canada … let’s make it happen! Recommend reading the entire article. Click here or on the pdf file to read the full article. Please share.

 

By 1992, his team in Denver had won a $1.2 million government grant to form Project Self-Discovery, which offered teenagers natural-high alternatives to drugs and crime. They got referrals from teachers, school nurses and counsellors, taking in kids from the age of 14 who didn’t see themselves as needing treatment but who had problems with drugs or petty crime.

“We didn’t say to them, you’re coming in for treatment. We said, we’ll teach you anything you want to learn: music, dance, hip hop, art, martial arts.” The idea was that these different classes could provide a variety of alterations in the kids’ brain chemistry, and give them what they needed to cope better with life: some might crave an experience that could help reduce anxiety, others may be after a rush.

At the same time, the recruits got life-skills training, which focused on improving their thoughts about themselves and their lives, and the way they interacted with other people. “The main principle was that drug education doesn’t work because nobody pays attention to it. What is needed are the life skills to act on that information,” Milkman says. Kids were told it was a three-month programme. Some stayed five years.

Fair Entry – Programs and services for low income Calgarians

If we really want to improve the lives of everyone in BC then I feel these are some initiatives and programs we should copy from the City of Calgary. Click on the links to learn more or read excerpts below.

 

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Our Fair Entry Program lets you apply for multiple programs and services with one application. Your income will determine which subsidies you qualify for.

Calgary Transit-Low Income Youth and Adult Monthly Passes

Calgary Transit Low-Income Seniors Yearly Pass

Recreation Programs and Facilities

No Cost Spay/Neuter

Seniors Services Home Maintenance

Property tax Assistance Program

 

 

Applying for Fair Entry

To apply for fair entry you will need to fill out the Fair Entry application form or large print version. Paper copies of the form can be picked up at the Municipal Building and Village Square Public Library drop off locations. As part of the application, you will need to prove your income.

 

How do I prove my income?

Details about proving your income can be found in the application. The eight accepted proofs of income are:

  • Assured Income for Severely Handicapped benefits (AISH)
  • Alberta Works: Income subsidy/support
  • Alberta Works: Learners
  • Alberta Works (Alberta Health Benefit)
  • Resettlement Assistance Program
  • Independent youth letter
  • Canada Revenue Agency: Notice of Assessment (Low Income Cut-Off)
  • Letter from a Registered Social Worker (RSW)

 

Calgary Transit Fares & Passes

 

Rider Tools

Whether you are waiting for a bus or planning your trip, use these tools to help you stay informed along the way:

To get scheduled bus arrival times:

Teleride is our easy to use phone system that you can call to get scheduled bus arrivals times. Learn more.

Teletext is our simple text message service that texts you scheduled bus arrival information. Learn more.

Calgary Transit App is a great way to get information from your mobile device while you’re on the go.  Learn more.

To get info about route changes, service disruptions and more

Email alerts are a great way to receive information that matters to you. It is customizable so that you get the type of information you want. Learn more.

Did you know that we have over 100,000 followers on Twitter? Follow us @calgarytransit to get updated service information, promotions and more.

Advanced passenger information signs (Electronic sign boards) at all CTrain stations provide next train arrivals in real time, as well as other service information.

We’re just a call away. Call 262-1000 to speak with a call centre representative to help you plan a trip, get service information or to send a commendation about a friendly bus or CTrain operator.

Visit our contact page for other ways to you can contact us.

 

 

 

School Act SCHOOL CALENDAR REGULATION [includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 211/2016, August 3, 2016]

Why are instructional hours going up? I thought we were trying to have a public education system more like Finland where students only go to school for 20 hours per week? Click here to learn more or read an excerpt below.

 

Prescribed minimum hours of instruction

3  (1) Subject to subsection (4), the following are the prescribed minimum hours of instruction that a board must offer to students enrolled in the schools in its school district in the 2015/2016 school year:

(a) 843 hours of instruction for students in kindergarten;

(b) 868 hours of instruction for students in grades 1 to 7;

(c) 942 hours of instruction for students in grades 8 to 12.

(2) Subject to subsection (4), the following are the prescribed minimum hours of instruction that a board must offer to students enrolled in the schools in its district in the 2016/2017 school year and the 2017/2018 school year:

(a) 848 hours of instruction for students in kindergarten;

(b) 873 hours of instruction for students in grades 1 to 7;

(c) 947 hours of instruction for students in grades 8 to 12.

(3) Subject to subsection (4), the following are the prescribed minimum hours of instruction that a board must offer to students enrolled in the schools in its school district in the 2018/2019 school year and subsequent school years:

(a) 853 hours of instruction for students in kindergarten;

(b) 878 hours of instruction for students in grades 1 to 7;

(c) 952 hours of instruction for students in grades 8 to 12.

(4) There are no prescribed minimum hours of instruction that a board must offer to students enrolled in a distributed learning school.

[en. B.C. Reg. 203/2015, s. 2.]

Independent School

This is how our tax dollars support independent schools which have different standards to public education in BC. Learn what is required to become a teacher in BC for public schools versus independent schools. Click here to learn more or read an excerpt below.

 

A school that is maintained and operated in British Columbia by an authority that provides an educational program to 10 or more school-aged students as outlined in the Independent School Act. All independent schools must hold a valid Certificate of Group Classification issued by the Inspector of Independent Schools.

Classification of independent schools is based on the school’s ability to meet the requirements for Group Classifications in the Independent School Act.

Group 1 – funded at 50% of the per-student operating grant of the district in which the school resides

 

Group 2 – funded at 35% of the per-student operating grant of the district in which the school resides

 

Group 3 – unfunded. Note: All independent schools are classified as Group 3 for the first year that they apply for Ministry certification

 

Group 4 – unfunded. Note: Must comply with bonding requirements
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