The 10 Canadian Provinces, And What They Would Be Like As High School Kids

That’s just awesome!

Thought Catalog

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1. Alberta

Alberta is the ultra-popular kid with the massive house and all the latest video games and toys. He throws the kind of legendary parties that end up on YouTube and seems destined for corporate success but secretly his friends worry about his drinking and gossip about that baggie of white powder in his locker that he said was baking soda.

2. Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is that girl who’s gorgeous, neat, gets the top grades in every class, is involved in student politics, the choir, the drama club, and the yearbook committee, captains several sports teams and who you want to hate for being so damn perfect except she’s SO NICE. She’ll probably be valedictorian.

3. British Columbia  

British Columbia spends her lunch hour playing guitar on the quad or helping to paint the diversity mural in the foyer and thinks she might like to possibly…

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Talks continue between BCTF and B.C. government

In case you hadn’t guessed. I stand in 100% solidarity with the BC teachers.

Global News

VANCOUVER — The talks continued tonight, as the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the provincial government bargaining teams met at a hotel in Richmond, with veteran mediator Vince Ready.

They announced late on Thursday that the two sides would be meeting again.

“Bargaining is continuing,” Ready told Global News today. He confirmed he was shuttling between the two rooms, but wouldn’t comment further on the talks.

Since negotiations led by Ready fell apart two weeks ago, teachers have voted more than 99 percent in favour of returning to work if there was binding arbitration. The government has ruled this, but it appeared that they are getting more flexible on the contentious E80 clause, which deals with class size and composition.

“We have said clearly, tell us what the problem with E80 is, and we’ll negotiate that,” said Education Minister Peter Fassbender. “And again, negotiations are about give and take.”

Meanwhile, students…

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Democratic candidates distancing themselves from Pres. Obama

Following the President’s speech on dealing with the terrorist group Islamic State, commonly referred to as ISIS, Democrats in tight Senate races, and even potential 2016 presidential hopefuls are putting some space between them and the Commander-in-Chief.

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich said he opposes arming Syrian rebels. “We must have greater assurance that we aren’t arming extremists who will eventually use the weapons against us,” he said.

I can’t say that I am at all surprised by this move.  President Obama came into office with the promise of pulling American troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Now, he’s setting himself up for a potential open-ended conflict.

While yes, ISIS is a terrorist group that has killed innocent people, and they need to be dealt with.  The American people are not prepared by my estimations for another war in the Middle East.

Mr. President, if you’re going in, make sure you have a strategy to get out.

For the whole story on Democrats responses to ISIS, check out CNN.

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Would you pay more for the CBC?

Canada’s public broadcaster came out Friday saying that they feel Canadians are willing to pay more for their service.

I’m all for the CBC.  I think they do great work covering news, sports, arts and culture.  From the Morning Edition on CBC Radio, all the way to The National on television.  Personally, I would be willing to pay more for the coverage.

That being said however, I feel many Canadians would not be in the same boat.  There has been many a person who has called the CBC nothing more than a waste of taxpayers dollars.

There are those who also feel that the Crown Corporation should not be in the news business, as they reported on their “bosses” on a regular basis.  Some have gone as far to say that the CBC’s reporting bias depends on the governing party of the day.

So all in all, I think Canada’s oldest network may have a fight on their hands, despite what they are telling regulators.

For more information on the CBC’s goals, head over to HuffPost Canada.

Children in poverty are in desperate need of our help

For many years, child poverty in the developed world has been seen as an “American” problem.  The truth of the matter is that there are thousands of children in Canada living in poverty as well.  In 2013, Statistics Canada reported that nearly one million Canadian children were living in low income homes.

Many of these children are minorities, mostly aboriginal.  But many are simple everyday kids that without knowing, you would never guess that their stomachs ached because they didn’t have breakfast this morning.

It breaks my heart to think of, not only the children, but everyone living in poverty.  To have to choose between paying rent or putting meat on the table is a question no family should have to choose between.

I call on the political leaders of not only Canada and the United States, but the world, to make eliminating poverty a priority.  There is no reason why a child should be forced to go hungry.

We can all make a difference.  For some, it might be writing a blog to raise awareness.  For others, it might be volunteering at a shelter.  But one thing we should all do is hold our leaders accountable and call for action on child poverty.

For more insight on the growing concern of child poverty in Canada, head over to HuffPost Canada.

Girl Tells President She Wished Surprise Guest at School Was Beyoncé

Ha! That’s hilarious.

TIME

President Obama got a bit of an ego blow yesterday at a visit to a D.C. charter school when a young girl told him she had hoped the surprise guest would be Beyoncé.

“I understand,” Obama told Madison, a sixth grader at Inspired Teaching School, according to ABC News.

The girl backpedaled, saying, “But then I realized it was going to be you and that’s even better!”

Obama said, “I appreciate you saying that in front of the press. I know it’s not really true.” Then Michelle Obama piped in that she would rather see Beyoncé too. Because we all know who really “run the world”:

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