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The YCJA – How did we get here? (Part 2)

Posted by on December 8th, 2014

How did we arrive at today’s Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA)? In Part 1 of this blog post series, we looked at the very early history of the criminal justice system in Canada as it applied to youth. In this instalment, we’ll focus on the beginnings of reform, and the…

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The Youth Criminal Justice Act: How did we get here? (Part 1)

Posted by on November 24th, 2014

In Canada’s criminal justice system, anyone older than 11 or younger than 18 is subject to their own specific legislation, called the Youth Criminal Justice Act. While its critics claim it is far too lenient on youth offenders, its proponents argue that its principles, based on evidence, are sound, and…

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Bullying: What it is and isn’t

Posted by on November 10th, 2014

Ask ten different people what they think bullying is, and you may get ten different answers, even though there may be some substantial agreement about what bullying looks like. A study conducted in Taiwan shows that perceived prevalence of bullying among the study participants was consistent, regardless of whether bullying…

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Newcomers in the Classroom

Posted by on October 28th, 2014

Alberta teachers know it as a fact of life: Every year, more and more of their students are newcomers. This excellent article from Illuminate Magazine points out that one in five Canadians are new to Canada. It also quotes government stats that show many immigrant families are choosing to settle…

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Teachers: How to recognize and report child abuse

Posted by on October 13th, 2014

Teachers want the best for their students, including a safe and nurturing learning environment. Some students are unable to take advantage of that environment, because their world outside of school is in turmoil. One source of this disturbance may be domestic violence. In many parts of the world, reporting of…

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Teachers: Do Your Students Know Their Rights?

Posted by on September 24th, 2014

Most of what Alberta students know about rights likely comes from American television. There is almost nothing in popular entertainment that speaks to the Canadian situation. Canadian media stories may only mention in passing that a youth has been charged with an offence, and the youth’s name has been withheld…

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Family Violence: Resources for Teachers

Posted by on August 21st, 2014

Teachers are always concerned about the welfare of their students. They also know that disruption in their students’ personal lives affects far more than their academic performance. While there are many resources available to teachers on the subject of family violence, here are three suggestions that may prove useful. Children Exposed…

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How Teachers Can Help Prevent Substance Abuse

Posted by on July 31st, 2014

Among the concerns faced by teachers and others who work with youth is substance abuse. Drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and abuse of other substances both legal and illegal, can have significant negative effects on the life of a youth. From a teacher’s perspective, the substance abuse may manifest itself in…

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Bullying Prevention Strategies for Teachers

Posted by on July 17th, 2014

Teachers want to create an environment in their classrooms that is as conducive to learning as possible. Outside of the classroom, however, disruptive behaviours such as bullying can make it difficult for students to learn. Bullying also wears down a student’s sense of well-being and self-esteem, which can create feelings…

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New JHSA Fundraiser – the Inca Trail!

Posted by on June 3rd, 2014

NOTE: We regret to announce that, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have cancelled the Inca Trail fundraising event. If you have any questions about the event or its cancellation, please contact us. Our readers may recall our last travel-themed fundraiser that involved a climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Click here to…

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