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Education Minister Kathleen WynneTORONTO - Which religious traditions get support from publicly funded schools is going to be an issue in Ontario’s Oct. 10 election, promises Ontario Progressive Conservative education critic Frank Klees.

Changes on the way for high school chaplains

TORONTO - As Ontario’s high school chaplains try to figure out a new name for their job that fits canon law, they’re also making a bid for some respect. And they’re starting to get it from the province’s bishops.

Priestly presence diluted, but Basilians still on campus

TORONTO - When the Basilian Fathers let slip that they won’t be appointing any more of their men to positions at Saskatoon’s St. Thomas More College it was no great shock to anyone in the Catholic education community. You can’t appoint men who don’t exist.

Celebrating a century of hockey at St. Mike’s

torontostmichaelsmajors2TORONTO - For many, Toronto’s St. Michael’s College School is known as one of the finest all-boys Basilian high schools in Canada. But for others, who may not know a rosary from a rose garden, the St. Mike’s name means just one thing: hockey.

Dufferin-Peel Catholic board to review Snow Falling on Cedars

snowcederTORONTO - David Guterson’s award-winning novel Snow Falling on Cedars has been pulled from school library shelves in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board after a parent complained about its sexual content.

Cup fever for Catholic schools

CFLTORONTO - Students within the Toronto Catholic District School Board will be learning more about the history of the Canadian Football League through a program in conjunction with the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Province takes over Dufferin-Peel board

Dufferin-PeelMISSISSAUGA, Ont. -  Government-appointed overseer Norbert Hartmann announced Feb. 5 that he is seizing control of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.

Province hands reins back to Dufferin-Peel board


{mosimage}MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - The funding formula war between Queen’s Park and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board ended just in time for the school year, and local trustees are claiming victory.

Faith-based education: living on the wedge

{mosimage}Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell once famously remarked that an election campaign is no place to debate major public policy changes. The electorate judged her harshly, but she was right to point out that the process of fighting elections has a negative effect on the merits of a policy.

Saturday school helps reconnect with church

TORONTO - The last place you might expect to find school-aged children on a Saturday morning would be, well, at school. But at St. Andrew’s Catholic School in Toronto, 150 children, youth and parents attended sacramental preparation classes every Saturday morning for nine months last year.

The great gift of Catholic education

Editor’s note: Michael Bator, director of education for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board , retired this month after 34 years as teacher, principal, superintendent and director. He offers below a reflection on what Catholic education has meant to him.