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Province Puts Kids and Learning First

first_imgThere are no layoffs of permanent teachers this year in Nova Scotia. “As I have said, any reductions in positions due to declining enrolments can and should be achieved through retirement and attrition,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “Board members and their staff worked hard to meet their budget targets while protecting the classroom. Together we have put children and learning first.” At a special meeting Monday night, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board announced it will not layoff 14 permanent contract teachers given notices in April. The board also rehired 17 teachers assistants and four cleaners. The decision to reinstate the positions follows one made earlier this month by Halifax Regional School Board, which revoked the layoff notices of 40 teachers. “Families want the best possible education for their children,” said Ms. Jennex. “That’s why the province and boards continue to make a considerable investment in public education this year. Our per-student funding is increasing. Average class sizes at the elementary and junior high grades, and our student-teacher ratio are at historic lows. “The funding we are providing boards this year will meet the needs and the numbers of students.”last_img read more

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Unfriendly Britain drives dog lovers abroad Kennel Club says

first_img“To avoid any confusion or unnecessary upset, please ensure that your dog is wearing the recognisable leash/collar or harness.”It would also be helpful if you could bring along suitable documentation to explain the dog’s purpose,” the website says. A spokesman said the policy had always been in place. He said: “The company felt that many people did not wish to have dogs in the pubs, and we have never deviated from that.”In truth, it has never been a major issue.” Britain is becoming so unfriendly to dogs that owners are spending more holidays abroad, the head of the Kennel Club has said.Caroline Kisko, the Club’s secretary, said that dog owners have to go abroad for a friendly welcome as more pubs ban dogs on the grounds that they are unhygienic. The organisation says many pubs misunderstand food hygiene rules and bar dogs from the whole of a pub, when the rules simply state that they shouldn’t be allowed in food preparation areas. Ms Kisko says she “regularly” travels to France with her own dog, knowing that she will receive a warmer welcome there than she does in the UK.And she warned that other families with dogs could be doing the same – meaning British businesses are losing out. “An awful lot of people who go to France and travel on the Eurostar are taking dogs with them. “Why are they doing so? Because they know they are welcome where they’re going. They’re not going to leave their dogs in the car all the time as we do because the dog is actually very welcome to go pretty much everywhere. “So what these businesses are doing is actually pushing the holiday pound out of the UK,” she said.  Research published earlier this year suggested that almost all managers of dog-friendly pubs believed business had improved since they allowed them onto their premises. Ms Kisko added that many pubs which ban dogs later change their minds following pressure from customers. “What we have found is that they might stop having dogs for a time and then under pressure from their customers or because they do find that they’re not gaining the business they hope to gain, then they reverse it,” she said.  An increasing number of pubs are beginning to serve food as the industry comes under pressure from cheap supermarket alcohol.Pubs which do not allow dogs include the Wetherspoon’s chain, which states on its website that it allows “only registered assistance dogs inside our pubs and hotels”.  “Social interaction improves, people talk to each other more because there’s a dog, it’s an icebreaker apart from anything else. “Take your dog anywhere with you and you will get people stopping and talking to you. It’s good from the social point of view and it is also encouraging people to spend their money here.” Food hygiene laws mean business owners must ensure that food preparation areas must be hygienic, which mean animals are barred from them. But this does not mean they are must be banned from dining rooms or other indoor areas of a pub. A market research report released in 2015 found that less than one in ten pub visits did not involve food at all, down from one in eight in 2008 – suggesting that they are increasingly seen as places to eat as well as drink. Social interaction improves, people talk to each other more because there’s a dog, it’s an icebreaker apart from anything else 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.last_img read more

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