The province is reminding parents across the province that the deadline to provide input to develop improved plain language report cards is Monday, Sept. 30. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is making changes to report cards to help ensure parents are full partners in their children’s education. “Families need to have a good understanding of where their child is in their learning and how they can do better,” said Carole Olsen, deputy minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “We want as many parents as possible to assist us in creating clear, accessible and informative report cards.” To date, the department has received 108 responses to the Report Card Review. Feedback includes ideas around enhancing the clarity and content of teacher comments, grading students, and communication with parents. Parents and teachers can send ideas, suggestions and feedback to [email protected] or by mail: Report Card ReviewP.O. Box 5782021 Brunswick St.Halifax, N.S., B3J 2S9
Nova Scotians will honour workers who have died or were injured on the job at Day of Mourning ceremonies across the province on Sunday, April 28. Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis, Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) Nova Scotia CEO Stuart MacLean and Federation of Labour president Danny Cavanagh will join representatives from the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour at a ceremony at Province House in Halifax. In 2018, 40 Nova Scotians lost their lives at work or because of work-related injuries, diseases or conditions. Marilyn D’Entremont, who lost her husband, Lewis, as a result of an incident while fishing, will also speak at the event. “It’s not just about those 40 people who lost their lives,” said Ms. D’Entremont. “The lives of their families and friends are forever changed too. I lost my husband, but he was also a father, a son and a friend to many.” “It is important we pause and pay tribute to those who lost their lives on the job,” said Ms. Diab. “This is a day to honour their families and loved ones and to reaffirm our shared commitment to not only reduce workplace fatalities, but to eliminate them completely.” The annual event is organized by the Federation of Labour to publicly acknowledge those affected by workplace tragedy. “We’ve learned too many lessons and come too far in better understanding how to make workplaces safe,” said Mr. Cavanagh. “We owe it to the thousands of families who have already lost their loved ones to do better for today’s workers.” Visit dayofmourning.ns.ca for more information and to hear more about Marilyn D’Entremont’s story and others.