Monday, September 23, 2019Light Snow -5°C
News

Morning Brew: February 29, 2008

Posted by Sisi / February 29, 2008

20080229_busstop.jpg
Photo: "Bus stop," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler fermata.daily.

Your morning news roundup for Friday, February 29th, 2008:

I had a feeling this debate would move here: At a school board meeting on Wednesday night, Rev. Darryl Gray brought up the idea of a black-focused school in Montreal. Rev. Gray is a prominent pastor in the black community. He estimated the drop out rate among black students at 40 percent and claimed that "the one-size fit all education system" is not working. Rev. Gray also suggested that action would be swifter if the same proportion of Greek, Italian, or Jewish students were failing. Last month, a decision was approved in Toronto to open up an Afrocentric school for September 2009. The N.D.G. Black Community Association will hold a forum to discuss the idea of focused schools next month. The English Montreal School Board itself plans to hear from parents this May.

Gays, lesbians, and bisexuals are more likely than heterosexual Canadians to fall victim to violent crimes, according to a new StatsCan report released yesterday. The study is based on a national survey conducted in 2004 that looked at "victimization rates, perceptions of discrimination, fear of crime and attitudes towards the justice system among gays, lesbians and bisexuals." Gays and lesbians are twice as likely to be victimized than straight people, and bisexuals are 4.5 times more vulnerable. Yet, gay, lesbian, and bisexual respondents didn't express any more fear than heterosexuals. Over 90 percent reported being "somewhat" or "very" satisfied with their personal safety. However, the number of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals who said they've been discriminated against was 3 times higher. Of this number, 78 percent of gays and lesbians felt it was because of their sexual orientation compared to 29 percent of bisexuals and 2 percent of heterosexuals.

The number of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has tripled since Canada began deploying troops to Afghanistan, says a new study by the government. Since the country plans to continue the mission until 2011, the situation could worsen. According to Minister of Veteran Affairs Greg Thompson, the new wave of psychiatric problems among relatively young soldiers is currently the biggest issue in the veteran aid system. In the last 5 years, the number of veterans suffering from PTSD has more than tripled. Symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks, troubled memories, sleeping problems, rage, and alcohol and drug abuse.

Discussion

8 Comments

Valorie Hall / March 2, 2008 at 12:06 am
user-pic
I believe that a separate school for black youth in Montreal is not necessary. What is needed are more ethnic instructors and mandatory cultural awareness training sessions for all teachers. On the elementary level, academically at risk children should be identified early and evaluated. This evaluation should include the student, parents, teachers, and community workers. The plan of action must be tailor-made for each individual child considering all of her/his strengths and weaknesses. It really does take a village to raise a child.

Every Montreal school should have in place a comprehensive gang prevention program with community and police input. There should also be sex education, anger management, bullying, and dispute resolution programs every student must complete.

Montreal English schools must emphasize the importance of learning French with programs that will give each student total mastery of the language without compromising English. Montreal French schools must emphasize the importance that English plays in the world economy and introduce students to this language at the elementary level.

All Montreal schools must have textbooks that reflect the multicultural history of Quebec and Canada.

I believe that enacting the measures above would not only decrease the 40% dropout rate for black youth but would also decrease the dropout rate for all of our at risk students.

Valorie Hall
Mhon / February 4, 2015 at 04:16 am
user-pic
Can anyone ehgelntin us to the nature of a couple according to Stats CA? I gather from the above it was considered to be two people sharing a dwelling. So they considered cohabiting essential to demonstrating a committed relationship? I know Immigration depts do and am prepared to be disappointed here 0
golu dolls / February 19, 2019 at 01:24 am
user-pic
nice post
kanchipuramsarees / February 19, 2019 at 01:25 am
user-pic
nice post
kanchipuramsarees / February 19, 2019 at 01:25 am
user-pic
nice post
herbal powder / February 19, 2019 at 01:26 am
user-pic
nice post

Add a Comment

Other Cities: Toronto