The province has revised the marking procedure for the January provincial examinations because of the uncertainty surrounding the CUPE labour negotiations. Provincial examinations in mathematics and English will go ahead as planned, however, there is not time to rearrange for central marking, so the exams will now be marked by the students’ teachers within their own school boards. “I am thankful a strike was averted, and I am confident that this revised evaluation process will provide students with a fair, accurate and consistent final grade,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “These exams are important for students to assure them they have met provincial outcomes, and I am pleased that they are going ahead.” Courses that require a provincial examination include Mathematics 12, Advanced Mathematics 12, Mathématiques 12, Mathématiques avancées 12, English 12, Advanced English 12, English 12: African Heritage and English/Communications 12. The provincial examinations that are scheduled for June will also follow the revised marking procedure to ensure fairness and consistency.
by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2014 9:04 am MDT Cdn economy gets boost in second quarter from big improvement in trade OTTAWA – Canada racked up a solid trade surplus during June as exports hit a record level due to a strong showing from the energy sector.Statistics Canada said Wednesday that Canada’s trade surplus with the rest of the world came in at $1.9 billion, up from a revised $576 million in May, and exceeding the $150 million deficit that economists had generally expected.“The big swing back to a trade surplus, the fourth in the past five months, is certainly welcome news and marks the second straight quarterly surplus following two years of deficits,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Benjamin Reitzes.“It looks as though trade is going to add more to (economic) growth in the second quarter than previously expected.”The agency reported that merchandise exports rose 1.1 per cent in June to a record high of $45.2 billion.Strong performers included the energy sector, as exports of energy products ran up 2.5 per cent to $11.9 billion. Crude oil and crude bitumen increased 2.8 per cent to a record high of $8.9 billion, as prices rose 2.2 per cent.The mining sector was also a major contributor to the trade surplus, while exports of metal and non-metallic mineral products increased 9.7 per cent to $4.8 billion as volumes rose 10.2 per cent.Exports of consumer goods rose 8.3 per cent to $5.1 billion on higher volumes.The trade picture improvement came despite a disappointing showing in the auto sector.Exports of motor vehicles and parts fell 6.3 per cent to $6.2 billion in June after recording four consecutive monthly gains.“The main factor behind the decrease in June was passenger cars and light trucks, which fell 8.8 per cent to $4.1 billion,” Statistics Canada said.Imports fell 1.8 per cent during June.Imports of metal ores and non-metallic minerals fell 25.3 per cent to $752 million.There were also declines in electronics, down 4.5 per cent and auto imports, which fell 2.5 per cent to $7.6 billion.Exports to the United States remained unchanged at $34.1 billion in June, while imports were up 1.5 per cent to $29.1 billion — a record high.Exports to countries other than the United States grew 4.8 per cent to $11.1 billion, led by the European Union, while imports fell 7.8 per cent to $14.3 billion.The blowout trade number also had a positive effect on the Canadian dollar, which had been lower early Wednesday morning with traders avoiding risk amid growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine. But the loonie later rose 0.13 of a cent to 91.37 cents after closing Tuesday at a three-month low. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“My slight concern would be that the police move on their own,” he said.”It’s whether the criminal justice system from its end to end would respond to it. So that’s a bigger debate than me.””I think the time is right to consider it,” he added, saying he hoped it would encourage women to report crimes. “Hopefully that is an indication to victims that it’s more reason to come forward and more reason to believe that the criminal justice system will take them seriously,” he said.Last year Nottingham police revealed that they investigated a case of misogyny every three days during July and August and said women were calling its helpline to explicitly ask that a crime be recorded as a sexist hate crime. Several other forces are believed to be monitoring the pilot with a view to introducing similar schemes if it is successful. In 2015 the rules were expanded to give anti-Muslim hate crimes their own category, bringing them in line with anti-Semitic attacks. The most recent figures show that in total 80,393 hate crimes were recorded in 2016-17 compared to 62,518 in 2015-16, the most significant increase since the Home Office began recording figures in 2011-12. Prison sentences and fines can be “uplifted” under current CPS guidelines where an offender is found to have acted out of prejudice towards a victim. Responding to a question from Labour MP Jess Phillips, Mr Hamilton indicated his own support for a review of the categories, but said other agencies, such as the CPS, courts and Government would also have to implement the change. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Sexual offences have also increased, with recent figures showing that the UK has the highest recorded level of violent sex crimes in the EU. Statistics published by the European Commission show that of the 215,000 violent sexual crimes recorded by the police across the European Union in 2015, 64,500 were in England and Wales. Mr Hamilton said it would be considered whether either “gender-based” or “single gender female” should become a category of hate crime, suggesting that crimes against men could also be included. Last year Nottingham police announced a pilot of the new system, which allows women to report crimes as misogyny-fuelled, and former chief constable Sue Fish is currently presenting evidence to the NPCC. If the changes were introduced then sexist language or behaviour would be treated as an aggravating factor to other crimes such as assault and harassment.Police are to consider whether the shift would require a statutory change or whether it could be done through guidance to individual forces. “You would take any offence that the person reported and if it reached the evidential standard and had been reported as a hate crime then it would attract an enhanced sentence,” added Mr Hamilton. “So it’s not about a new crime of hate, it’s about adding another category to the enhanced process that layers on top of an offence when it occurs.” Sexist criminals could get longer sentences under plans to make misogyny a type of hate crime.Senior officers are considering whether to count misogynistic offences among hate crimes, which would mean longer sentences for perpetrators found to have acted out of hatred for women. Currently crimes where a victim has been targeted on the grounds of characteristics including their race, sexuality or disability can be made aggravated offences and the perpetrators given longer sentences, but gender is not one of these categories. A pilot taking place in Nottingham since last year is due to report back to police chiefs who will consider whether to make wider changes affecting the rest of the country. Speaking to the Women and Equalities Committee, assistant chief constable Mark Hamilton, who leads on hate crime for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said he believed the police were “going to take this forward” although it would also require action from the courts and CPS.In 2014 the Law Commission published a report recommending that the “scope” of hate crime be examined to see whether further categories should be introduced. It recommended that a “full-scale review is conducted of the operation of the aggravated offences and of the enhanced sentencing system”.