The benefits of meditation to education

“Meditation is a practice. We are teaching ourselves a different stance in life, a different way of perceiving our issues and ourselves,” said counsellor Svetlana Lilova. “It is a practice in the sense of gaining a better perspective of understanding how we function and observing what happens for us, rather than getting caught up in a particular issue.”

East York trustees: Democracy trumps dollars

Byelections are notorious for low voter turnout. And the board expects costs for the “scaled-down” election will be in the $350,000-$400,000 range. The most recent byelection held by the TDSB was this past January, when Neethan Shan replaced elected Shaun Chen in Ward 21/Scarborough-Rouge. Chen had been elected to Parliament in the fall federal election. That vote cost $250,000.

Bad hair day for school

Being called to the principal’s office usually means a student has done something wrong. One Amesbury Middle School student did not think she had done anything wrong, but says she was spoken to by the principal a number of times. She claims the principal was punishing her and making comments about the way she styled her hair.

Thorncliffe protesters demonstrate against new Ontario health curriculum

An organizer of the Oct. 1 protest, pulling students out of classes at Thorncliffe Park Public School, says his group wants to send a strong message to the Ontario government regarding its new health curriculum. About 200 parents and children gathered outside the school in East York on Oct. 1. Protestors formed human chains and marched with their picket signs on Thorncliffe Park Drive. They were protesting the new sex component of the health curriculum in Ontario’s public schools. The parents pulled more than half of the students, about 740 children, from the school for the day.