Alberta’s recent change from blue to orange will have a ripple effect for many organizations across the province – and the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association is already poised to make the most of the shake-up in the political sphere.
The NDP won 53 ridings in the recent Alberta election and 41 per cent of the popular vote. The NDP’s previous best showing in Alberta was in 1986, when the party took 16 seats. The Wildrose Alliance Party of Alberta is now the official opposition, taking 21 seats, with the conservatives trailing at 10.
Tony Sykora, president of the ACSTA, said the association responded immediately to the provincial political shift.
Catholic Education Week kicked off May in fine fashion this year, seeing schools across Canada celebrating together while keeping education and values top of mind. Now, the attention turns to World Catholic Education Day, being celebrated on May 14.
Pope Francis is known for his support and advocacy of Catholic education around the world. He noted recently that Catholic education is one of the most important challenges for the Church, currently committed to new evangelisation in an historical and cultural context that is undergoing constant transformation.
An historic moment in Canadian history was unveiled recently at a Catholic school in rural, northwestern Ontario.
Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, chose St. Louis School in Kenora, Ont. at which to reveal the newest edition of the map of Canada.
For this small, Catholic elementary school, located in an area referred to as Keewatin in Kenora, hosting national news was a special event.
Acting principal of St. Louis School, Jackie Robinson, said the school’s students and staff felt honoured to be among the first people to see the new map. The school accommodates 177 students from junior kindergarten to Grade 6 and is part of the Kenora Catholic District School Board.