Author: Markham Review

Changes to curriculum

The result of June’s provincial election will bring some changes to the classroom as students return in September. During the campaign, Doug Ford committed to repealing the 2015 version of Ontario’s health and physical education curriculum – in particular the sexual education sections – with a pledge to replace it after a large-scale consultation. The premier also said his government would look at other areas of education, like mathematics. Several school boards, including the York Region District School Board (YRDSB), said over the summer they were looking for more information about which, if not all, sections of the most...

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Prime Minister announces more money for Canadian families

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) has increased to keep up with the cost of living. The change comes two years ahead of schedule and will give parents more money each month to buy the things their families need. Indexation of the CCB will provide an additional $5.6 billion in support to Canadians and their families over the next five years. When the cost of everyday essentials, like groceries, goes up, families will receive more in benefits each month. For the 2018-19 benefit year, the CCB will have a maximum annual benefit of $6,496 per child under six...

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Will you #ChooseToInclude

On July 21, as part of the Global Day of Inclusion celebration, Tim Hortons will offer a special donut for $1.59 plus tax with all proceeds going to Special Olympics programs across Canada. Participating restaurants will feature the donut created by Special Olympics athlete Savannah Lussier, a 14-year-old from Alberta. Working closely with Tim Hortons, she created the donut using her favourite flavours: a delicious honey cruller dipped in chocolate fondant, topped with red and white sprinkles – which are the colours of Special Olympics. “Sports has let me meet so many of my friends and I was so excited to make this donut to celebrate,” says Lussier....

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Keep your cool

By Shana Daniel, RHN Time to raid the grocery freezers for ice cream, gelatos, popsicles and smoothies. When your body starts to heat up, whether it’s due to exercise, work or outside temperature, your brain reacts by releasing sweat from more than 2.5 million eccrine glands spread out across nearly all of your body, pouring liquid through pores to lower your body temperature. When sweat simply drips off you and hits the floor, it can’t lower your body temperature. To reap the cooling effect of sweat, that salty liquid must evaporate off the skin and turn into a gas....

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Hydro One CEO retires

On July 11, Hydro One announced Chief Executive Officer Mayo Schmidt is retiring from the company, effective immediately. The board of directors has also declared their intent to step down through a managed process that will conclude before Aug. 15. “Our government was elected on a promise to lower electricity bills for the people of Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, new energy, northern development and mines minister, in a statement. “This included a promise to address governance at Hydro One. “Given the critical importance of Hydro One to our province’s electricity system, our government will be closely engaging in the leadership...

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