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The Federation of Acadian Parents of Nova Scotia (FPANE) was created in 1984 to promote the values ​​of Acadian parents and their desire to work toward the development of French-language education for their children, as well as the taking charge of the management of education in French.






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Children from Nova Scotia’s Acadian and Francophone parents, from early childhood, receive educational services in French, recognized for their excellence and contribution to the development of pride and belonging to the language and culture. Acadian and Francophone culture.

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Ways to Short-Circuit Kids’ Mobile Addiction

Every home has a smartphone and children these days are introduced to phones at a very young age. As children have the habit of imitating what you do, you need to be very careful in using electronic devices in front of your children. It is not that you must not allow your children to use such devices but if you feel that your kids are whining to go out and play or if your child has a tough time in interacting with his peers in school and cannot sit without having a tablet or mobile phone in his/her hand at home or anywhere else then you might have to find ways to curb is addiction.

The following are some of the tips which will help you to break down that addiction:

Be an example:

Children tend to follow you in whatever you do. Thus if you have mobile phones at the dinner table, your kids would want one too. It is not fair to be addicted to mobile phones and expect your children not to be addicted. Only when you set an example, they will follow that and do what you ask them to do. For instance, if your child refuses to eat, do not show them your mobile phones in order to make them eat; this can turn into a habit and your child will refuse to eat in the future without having a mobile phone in his/her hand.

Tell them about the time they will be wasting:

Instead of screaming at your child for using the mobile devices, try to sit down and politely explain to them how much time they are wasting by sitting with their mobile phones all day and how many other things they can do with that time. Teach them the value of time and how the life they get in mobile phones are temporary and that they have to face a real world out there.

Take control:

If your child does not listen to your advice, then you can take control and limit their use of electronic devices. You can give the devices to them for a certain amount of time and then take it away from them after that. You are the parent of your child, and you have all the rights to take control of your child’s addiction. They might mourn and sulk for a few days, but later they will understand.

Fill their time with other things:

Most of the kids get addicted to mobile phones as they do not have other interesting things to do at home. You can plan for a small picnic or take your child out to the market so as to keep their mind occupied with something. Their mind will be distracted by the other activities you provide them. Know More

Tips for Raising a Happy Child

Every single parent wants their children to be happy and successful. They strive hard to provide everything for their children so that they will lead a good life. Sometimes it can get quite hard to balance between what you think is the best for your children with what makes them happy. Balancing between these two can be quite challenging if they are mutually exclusive. But that should not be an issue if both of you sit together and figure out the possibilities available to make everyone happy.

The following are some of the tips for raising a happy child:

You need to be happy:

Most of the kids look at their parents and imitate everything they do. Your emotional problems can affect your children’s happiness. Studies have shown that happy parents are more likely to have happy children. When you are happy, your child will feel happy and spread that happiness to others. You cannot always be grumpy and stressful and expect your child to be happy at the same time.

Get together as a family:

It is very important to meet as a family at least one time in a day. All of us lead a busy time, and we hardly get enough time to spend with our children and family. At the end of the day, your children earn to spend some time with you. Make it a point to have dinner together with your family. Turn off the television or other distractions and concentrate fully on the members of your family. You can also plan to visit your relatives during festivals and other occasions.

Have a strong bond with your spouse:

Most of the parents sacrifice everything when it comes to their child’s happiness, and that sometimes includes their marriage. Always remember that one of the greatest gifts you can give your child is to have a happy marriage. Children get broken when they see their parents having an unsuccessful marriage.

Give them your time and attention:

If your kid has something to say to you, listen to them with full attention. Communication to them can make them feel happy, and they will respect you when you ask them something. You must not be glued to your phones or laptops and listen causally to your child as it can deeply hurt them.

Teach your child how to manage emotions:

Studies have shown that children who know how to deal with their emotions have a successful life when compared to others who don’t. Teach your child how to empathise with other children and teach them that in life they will feel many emotions, but all those are acceptable. Teach them the bond they need to have in a relationship and help them to resolve conflicts so that they will be a better person when they grow up.

CPAC to broadcast FPANE hearing in Supreme Court

The CPAC Parliamentary Channel will broadcast the full Supreme Court of Canada Parents’ Federation hearing on Saturday, October 12, at 9 am, Maritimes time. Here is a brief description of the steps taken by the Federation of Parents to reach the highest court in the country.

In December 1996, the Parents’ Federation initiated a legal process to obtain homogeneous secondary schools and homogenous programming in these schools. Six co-applicant parents support this approach and the Federation presents its case to Judge Arthur LeBlanc in October 1999. The latter makes a favorable decision on June 15, 2000 and reserves the right to maintain jurisdiction over the case until full implementation of its decision. The province of Nova Scotia is appealing Justice LeBlanc’s decision to retain jurisdiction, and the Court of Appeal in 2001 ruled in favor of the province. The Parents’ Federation decided to appeal turn to the highest court in the country. The case is no longer about obtaining homogeneous schools and homogeneous programming but of course the right of a judge to keep jurisdiction over a case. The Supreme Court of Canada hearing took place on October 4.

Among the arguments presented to the Supreme Court of Canada, the Parents’ Federation emphasized the importance of maintaining jurisdiction over a file on the rights to education so that a judge can ensure the execution of his decision as soon as possible. Indeed, and particularly with regard to the rights to education, whenever the enforcement of a decision is delayed, it is the children who are penalized and who risk losing their rights to be educated in French.

The Federation of Acadian Parents of Nova Scotia invites you to watch the Supreme Court hearing in the comfort of your own home. An appointment not to be missed !

Supreme Court of Canada to determine how far a judge can go to enforce school rights

Can a judge monitor the execution of an order forcing a province to build and renovate French-language schools, by calling parties to evaluate status of work and meeting deadlines? Can a judge put his nose in the affairs of the Province after having rendered judgment, without exceeding his powers?

Yes, he can and must, said the Nova Scotia Acadian parents and their allies before the Supreme Court of Canada, especially when the province in question waited 18 years to comply with section 23 of the Canadian Charter. Rights and Freedoms, which grants the right to education in the language of the minority.

The Supreme Court of Canada has once again been the scene of a legal debate on the constitutional right of Francophone parents to educate their children in their mother tongue. This time, however, the focus has been on the remedy the Charter of Rights provides for a court when a person is a victim of a violation of their rights.

Parents contend that the Province’s past delinquency in respect of francophone school rights amply justified the decision of Judge Arthur LeBlanc of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia to personally follow up on his judgment rendered in 2000, who ordered Nova Scotia to develop or build French-language schools in the Cheticamp, Annapolis, Île Madame, Argyle and Clare regions. This, they say, is consistent with section 24 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which provides that any person who is a victim of a violation of a right guaranteed to them “may obtain the remedy that the court considers appropriate and just in the circumstances. ”

This decision of LeBlanc J. to maintain his jurisdiction after the judgment and to supervise his own judgment, however, was overturned by the Court of Appeal of the Province.

The lawyer of the National Federation of French School Trustees, Michel Doucet, emphasized the restorative nature of section 23 and recalled that the Supreme Court of Canada has recognized the possibility of a more direct intervention of the courts in the history the Mahé judgment of 1990, which recognized that parents had the constitutional right to manage and control their French-language schools. “The order of Justice LeBlanc took into account this fact and that the rights of the parents had not been respected.”

According to Doucet, “a more active judicial intervention is not only justified but necessary in cases where there is an urgency to act.” However, he said, LeBlanc J. was convinced that there was a historical violation of language rights and a lack of will to correct the situation on the part of the Province. “The judge was convinced that it was urgent to act to respect the rights of Acadians in Nova Scotia”. It has therefore taken the right decision to ensure the effective implementation of school rights taking into account the Mahé judgment. He characterized Justice LeBlanc’s intervention as both “minimal” and “innovator”.

“Judge LeBlanc did not invent the jurisdiction to have a right of inspection from scratch, it was done in the past,” said lawyer Roger Lepage of the Federation of French-Speaking Jurists Associations. , who cited in support two judgments of the English courts. “A court must intervene in a more robust way,” pleaded the lawyer.

The Commissioner of Official Languages ​​is also in favor of a more aggressive intervention by the courts. “The Commissioner believes that if the judge had been satisfied with a simple declaratory order, it would have been against section 23 and its application would have made no sense,” said Laura Snowball. “There is no order if we respect it in the crumb and it is applied sparingly, taking the time it takes” added the lawyer of the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages. “If Justice LeBlanc had not continued to monitor, his order would not have meant much.”

Province attorney Alexander Cameron noted that the government had delivered the goods, building the schools in accordance with the deadlines set out by Justice LeBlanc. He described as “exaggeration” the words of parents who claim to have waited 18 years before the province respects their school rights, but was quickly put back in its place by the judge Michel Bastarache: “We are not there to discuss this matter, “said the Acadian judge dryly.

Mr. Cameron argued that the meetings organized by Justice LeBlanc to evaluate the status of work and the respect of deadlines “did not add anything except that they caused a lot of confusion.” He accused Justice LeBlanc of interference in the affairs of the Province, of acting “outside his jurisdiction” and considered that there was a serious problem of a judge playing mediators. “The hearings were not effective, we could not do anything and that led us nowhere.”

The province’s lawyer has had a barrage of questions from Supreme Court of Canada judges. Justice Louise Arbor has several times expressed her disagreement. “Perhaps Justice LeBlanc could have been more explicit, but it has nothing to do with his competence.” Justice Arbor also noted that the courts are now trying to find other ways to resolve litigation, “to save tremendous costs.” Counsel for the Province’s suggestion that a judge should not supervise the execution of a judgment “would take us 20 years back” according to her.

The Attorney General of Canada has not taken a stand in this case. His lawyer, Bernard Laprade, cautiously emphasized the special nature of the litigation before the court. “Just because things happened as they did in Nova Scotia does not mean that such measures would be appropriate in other jurisdictions.” Ontario, which is on the same side as Nova Scotia, argued that courts should not exercise such jurisdiction except in rare cases. “When a court gives itself the mandate to manage and supervise an order, it distorts the dialogue and undermines the democratic process,” said the province’s lawyer. Reply by Judge Bastarache: “When the law is broken, we can not get it back. The child will have grown up. He will not be at school anymore and will not have taken advantage of his rights. ”

New Brunswick, for its part, asks the Supreme Court to clarify in its judgment that the direct intervention of a judge is an exceptional gesture. “It remains a remedy of last resort” pleaded Gabriel Bourgeois. “Nothing would be more detrimental to language rights if the courts administered and supervised a cure, the right would be for the cold.”

For the President of the Federation of Acadian Parents in Nova Scotia, Gérald Boudreau, it is clear that the Province would never have built the schools quickly without the order of Justice LeBlanc. “This is a hypothetical question but I personally believe that the Province would not have executed the judgment so quickly … The province had a tradition of dragging its feet and procrastinating”

Eugene J. Burton

Hi, I am Eugene. So many years of life on earth has taught me a lot about kids. I am a father of two kids, and I know what it takes to give our children the right kind of parenting. That is why we created a platform that can help parents share their thoughts and also look up for some ideas about ideal parenting styles. Let our children be happy!


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