Dedicated prayer rooms may be part of new approach by province’s schools
JANUARY 29, 2011
Walk through the wooden door into the secluded, carpeted room with
holy books and prayer mats, and it’s hard to believe you’re in a school.
But this is the beginning of a new phase for public and Catholic schools where prayer rooms could become commonplace.
Under a provincewide policy, school boards must be more inclusive and accommodate different faiths during the school day.
School trustees to seek legal opinion on Bible distribution
JANUARY 17, 2011
WATERLOO REGION — Public school trustees have decided to seek a legal
opinion on whether they should be allowing the Gideons to distribute
copies of the New Testament through schools.
The decision comes too late to change the distribution this year of
copies of the New Testament to families of Grade 5 students who request
one. Permission slips were sent home the first week in Ja ...Read more
Muslims won’t pursue request to distribute Qur’an
JANUARY 5, 2011
Local Muslims say they won’t be pursuing a request to have free copies of the Qur’an sent home with Grade 5 students.
The announcement was made in a news release issued Tuesday by the Kitchener masjid — the place of Muslim worship.
Members of the local Muslim community
had applied to the Waterloo Region District School Board to send an
English translation of the Muslim holy book home ...Read more
Group requests permission to distribute Qur’an in public schools
JANUARY 2, 2011
A Muslim organization has applied to the Waterloo Region District
School Board to send a copy of the Qur’an home with any Grade 5 student
whose parents indicate they would like one.
A representative of the Islamic Information Center at the
University of Waterloo approached the former chair of the board,
Kitchener trustee Mike Ramsay, with the request about a month ago.
Ramsay said ...Read more