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Political Process for Bill 2

Bill 2 has passed second reading in the legislature as per protocol.  Now debate may begin.
 
The legislative agenda is fluid, so exact dates and times are not certain. At this point Bill 2 is scheduled to be debated on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.  The debate could begin in the afternoon or evening. Scheduled debate times (not limited to Bill 2) are:
 
Wednesday March 14, 2012:
1:30pm-6;00pm,
7:30pm-1:00a.m.
  
Likely the debate will continue on Thursday, March 15, 2012 and possibly into the following week (the Legislature does not sit on Fridays).  The debate will go on until the government provides 24 hours of notice to end the debate.
 
Thurs:
1:30pm-4:30
 
Mon:
1:30pm-6;00pm,
7:30pm-1:00a.m. 
 
People concerned with Bill 2 may want to consider being present during the debate by sitting in the gallery.  You may contact your MLA and request an introduction.  State that you are attending with concerns regarding Bill 2 and state if you are a home educator or educate in another way.   Typically, there are school groups in the gallery until 2:00-2:30, but after that the gallery generally has seating available.  Groups of 15 or more require a booking which may be made at
 
 
For more information on how to view the legislative proceedings, go to  http://www.assembly.ab.ca/default.htm .
 
Relevant statements regarding home education and Bill 2 made during the legislative proceedings will be posted on the Political Updates webpage-Hansard Transcriptions from the Legislature post.   http://www.aheaonline.com/index.php/political-updates/291-hansard-transcriptions-from-the-legislature
 
 

Contacting Non-Home Educating Friends

The previous post discusses contacting the media.  It is also important for ALL parents to know how s.16 of the proposed Education Act may affect them.  Please feel free to cut, paste and personalize the attached e-mail and forward it onto your friends.
 
March 8, 2012
 
My dear friends,
 
I have a burning issue on my heart that I believe will concern many of you as well.  Our Alberta government has tabled Bill 2 Education Act which contains a section which could directly influence the content of materials taught in every school in Alberta.  Up until now, media coverage has focused on the impact to Home Educators, but the impact it can have on all
Alberta Schools is very real and significant.   Section 16 of the Act states that All courses or programs of study offered and instructional materials used in a school must reflect the diverse nature and heritage of society in Alberta, promote understanding and respect for others and honour and respect the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and
the Alberta Human Rights Act.” 
 
Read more...

Social Planning in Education: Possible Newspaper Editorial

 
Section 16 is not solely an issue for home educators.   Imposing Human Rights Tribunal rulings on all schools will affect every child in Alberta.  If people knew the implications for their children, many would be very disturbed.  Attached is a letter which you may use to send to your local newspaper advising all people of how this legislation can affect them.  You may copy and paste the portions or entire document to send to your local newspaper as an editorial.  This is an issue for every Albertan.
 
Social Planning in Education
 
Our Alberta government has tabled Bill 2 Education Act which contains a section which could directly influence the content of materials taught in every school in Alberta. Up until now,  media coverage has focussed on the impact to Home Educators, but the impact it can have on all Alberta Schools is very real and significant. Section 16 of the Act states that
All courses or programs of study offered and instructional materials used in a school must reflect the diverse nature and heritage of society in Alberta, promote understanding and respect for others and honour and respect the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Alberta Human Rights Act.”
 
What this means is that all decisions made by Alberta Human Rights Tribunals will be infused into all programs of study in schools. Typically the Alberta Human Rights Tribunals have made decisions inconsistent with the common values of Alberta, but if this legislation passes, these values will be required to be taught to every student in every course and program of study. The National Post article Father Raymond J. de Souza: Alberta brings totalitarianism to the classroom dated March 8, 2012 stated "Ill winds are blowing across the land when it comes to parental rights, religious liberty and education policy."

  

 
Bill 2 proposes changes in the preamble which reflect the Alberta Government’s diminishing consideration to the role parents have in their children’s education.  The rights of parents has been moved in position from number 2 to number 8 in it’s importance and now states that parents must be informed before they can make decisions.
 
If you don’t think that your child or your family could be affected or that a government in Canada will not wield such an intrusive hand, you need only to read news articles from around Candada in the past two weeks.  In Ontario, a father was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm, strip searched and had investigators ‘walk through’ his home because his 4 year old daughter drew a picture of a man with a gun in her school.  The response from the School district superintendant when questioned: "We do work hand-in-hand with these families because we co-parent, so we hope that we could move forward." Schools are assuming they now have the rights equal to a parent.
 
The second shows how our Supreme Court of Canada is assisting Departments of Education in forcing parents to have their children attend programs of religious study which they are opposed to. Programming which lasts 11 years and teaches children that all religions are equal and goes as far as asking students to create their own religion is not an option for any Quebec family.  The UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26(3) states “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”  The Supreme Court of Canada ruled contratry to this.
 
If passed, Bill 2 Education Act will give law to social engineering designed by the Alberta Human Rights tribunal rulings.
 
There is approximately 1-2 weeks left to affect change before this Bill passes and becomes law. Call Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk at (780) 427-5010 , the Premier’s office at 780-427-2251 (toll free call 310-0000) and your MLA ( Click here for contact information for your MLA.) Ask to have Section 16 changed back to the wording in the current School Act and tell them which school your child goes to or which type of education you support (private, public, etc)
 
Please call.

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