Quebec Education Minister acts on promise to give kids more recess

first_imgQUEBEC — The Coalition Avenir Quebec government is following through on an election promise guaranteed to win the hearts of the province’s schoolchildren: more recess.Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge announced today that starting next fall, schools will have to offer recess periods of at least 20 minutes each in the morning and afternoon.Roberge extolled the benefits of recess on children’s health, noting that there are currently no rules establishing how much play time students should receive.A 2017 poll by a Quebec health coalition found that almost 40 per cent of Quebec schools offered less than 30 minutes of recess a day. One school out of five did not provide afternoon recess.Roberge said schools will be permitted to extend recess beyond 20 minutes, even if it cuts into classroom time.He said the policy will not result in additional costs, but he added that the government will soon approve spending to spruce up schoolyards.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Controversial bill on energy project assessment passes Senate heavily amended

first_imgOTTAWA — Legislation overhauling Canada’s assessment of major energy projects is back in the hands of Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, albeit looking a lot different than when she introduced it.The Senate passed the Impact Assessment Act late Thursday with more than 180 amendments.The changes take power away from the environment minister to intervene in or slow the assessment process, reduces the ability for legal challenges of project approvals and adds more emphasis on economic considerations when deciding whether to go ahead with a particular project.Very pleased that the Senate has accepted the Energy Committee’s 180 amendments to Bill C-69. I urge the federal government to respect the Senate’s recommendations, which followed extensive consultation and study.— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) June 7, 2019 With files from The Canadian Press Environmental groups felt Bill C-69 originally delivered some balance between the environment and the economy as the country makes its way through a transition to a greener, cleaner energy sector.Oil industry executives decried it as a bill that would prevent any new major energy projects from ever being built while Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the bill is a nightmare for national unity.last_img read more

De Bruyne might play against Liverpool

first_imgThe Manchester City footballer was injured for a while, but last month he made his first start of the season on Boxing DayAfter missing many games, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is hoping he can represent his team against Liverpool.The two clubs will face off tomorrow night, in one of the most important English Premier League matches of the season.And the Belgian footballer is hopeful he can play against the Reds.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He trained today but we need to check in the morning,” manager Pep Guardiola said according to Goal.“He is much better.”Both teams are currently in the Top 3 of the English Premier League, and a win will surely decide the future of the teams.last_img read more

Pacific Legal Foundation files lawsuit challenging Californias Gag Rule on union membership

first_img Posted: August 6, 2019 August 6, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On Tuesday, July 30, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit challenging California’s “Gag Rule” on union membership. The case involves two San Diego employees.Last year, the Supreme Court emphasized in Janus v. AFSCME that public employees have a First Amendment right to refuse to pay a union, and “must choose to support the union before anything is taken from them.” Before the state can authorize a union to deduct dues payments from employee paychecks, workers must give their clear permission.After Janus, UC San Diego employees Mike Jackson and Tory Smith tried to exercise their rights by resigning their Teamsters membership. The union denied their demand, saying they were locked into membership until the collective bargaining agreement expires in 2022.When they asked the university’s human resources department how to resign, they were told a California state law—a Gag Rule statute—expressly prohibits the university from talking to them about their constitutional rights related to union membership and dues. PLF, on behalf of Jackson and Smith, filed the lawsuit challenging the “Gag Rule” and affirming their right to resign from the union.KUSI Contributor Jan Goldsmith explained the lawsuit in detail on Good Morning San Diego.To read a copy of the complain, click here. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Pacific Legal Foundation files lawsuit challenging California’s ‘Gag Rule’ on union membership Categories: California News, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Jan Goldsmith, Pacific Legal Foundation FacebookTwitterlast_img read more