Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ninth NewsWatch-

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(Child-Welfare-Report)

A report from Children First Canada and the O'Brien Institute for Public Health says there is concern about the physical and emotional well-being of Canada's children.

Using child welfare data compiled by agencies such as Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the report finds Canada is in the top five countries around the world for child suicide.

It also suggests Canada's infant mortality rate is among the highest in developed countries because of territories like Nunavut, where rates are more than double than the national average. (9)

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(Ont-Sex-Education)

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario is seeking a court injunction to keep a modernized sexual-education curriculum that has been repealed by the new Progressive Conservative government

E-T-F-O President Sam Hammond says the government's decision is an abuse of power and a direct conflict with teachers' professional obligations, leaving the union with no choice but to turn to the courts to protect the safety and health of students.

The lesson plan looked at issues including gender identity, consent, online bullying, and masturbation.

The union is also seeking to quash what it describes as a "snitch line" set up by the province where parents can flag concerns about teachers who stray from the government's "revised interim curriculum." (9)

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(Border-Officer-Complaints)

Complaints of racism and rudeness by Canada Border Services agents over the past year have prompted concern from at least one civil liberties organization.

In 2017-18, there were 875 misconduct complaints were filed through the C-B-S-A's online portal.

More than 100 were considered "founded," with claims ranging from agents yelling and swearing at travellers to calling them ugly and denying translators.

The Toronto-based International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group says the majority of complaints are around respect or disrespect for travellers and it's particularly concerned about the allegations of racism, questioning of travellers' nationality, and name calling. …

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