Youth Speak News

The pandemic has changed the way students have learned over two years. We experienced a change in semester learning, pivoted from in-person to virtual learning many times and could not spend time with our friends and family. Although, with schools reopening, clubs and sports returning and overnight trips and camps running, we were now experiencing a “new normal.”

Steubenville Atlantic is back on track

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For the first time since 2019, the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth will stage a summer Steubenville conference for high school students. 

Students look forward to The Daily Grind

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Every good coffee shop needs three key ingredients: good coffee, good ambience and good community. St. John Brebeuf Secondary’s new cafe, The Daily Grind, has all three.

Get engaged politically

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Ontarians went to the polls just over three weeks ago., with the Progressive Conservatives elected with a mass majority, but this election featured record-low voter turnout, with less than half of eligible voters showing up to the polls.

Students recognized for reconciliation vision

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Dealing with Canada’s residential school history is challenging enough for the best of us, but two Vancouver Catholic school students are being recognized nationally for their clear vision of a “reconciled Canada.”

The Church is here to stay

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On June 3, 1886, the Feast of the Ascension, St. Charles Lwanga and companions were martyred. They were pages for King Mwanga, a pedophilic and violent ruler in Uganda who forced himself onto his young attendants.

OCSB choirs get their rhythm back

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The fateful March of 2020 brought the curtain down on in-person performances and rehearsals for the children and youth voices animating the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) choirs.

Detach technology, embrace outdoors

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This past weekend I enjoyed a brief phone chat with Faye McCreedy, the youth ministry coordinator in the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s ministries and outreach office.

Sudbury, Ottawa squads make history with nation’s first girls tackle football game

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May 18 marked a historic moment in Canadian sporting history for young women as Sudbury, Ont.’s St. Benedict’s Catholic Secondary School hosted the first ever officially score-kept girls tackle football game.

Be your own Maverick

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I had the great pleasure to see Top Gun: Maverick last weekend. Considering the action flick netted a Memorial Day weekend record $156 million domestic box office haul, I was one of many Canadians and Americans taking the “highway to the danger zone.”

Contest bridges the gap with elementary students

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In the cutthroat world of competitive spaghetti bridge building, all bridges are tested, but none survive.