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North Van high schools turn away locals, accept paying foreigners

By Janet Steffenhagen

North Vancouver’s two most popular secondary schools are turning away local kids, saying they’re filled to capacity, but they’re still accepting dozens of fee-paying students from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Mexico.

Board chairman Richard White said the district has no choice — it needs every penny of the $2 million . . . → Read More: North Van high schools turn away locals, accept paying foreigners

Church, school at odds over ‘pagan’ ceremony

By Charlotte Burrous

A 15-year-old Cañon City girl faces an uncertain future at Garden Park High School unless she participates in the Circle Up portion of the Discovery class that uses what she calls a “pagan” ritual.

“I’m a Christian and I won’t compromise my beliefs,” said Jennifer Goodhue, a sophomore, who has been homeschooled . . . → Read More: Church, school at odds over ‘pagan’ ceremony

Sex & spirituality

‘Behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals’

By Margaret Robinson

It’s all around you. A couple of men in Timothy’s discussing who should or shouldn’t be invited to a dedication ritual. The woman at the BDSM workshop wearing a pentacle. The trans bois outside The 519 dishing on where to buy . . . → Read More: Sex & spirituality

Compass: Hollywood Religions

By Michael Idato

ABC, 9.40pm Sunday

An informative two-part documentary (the second part screens next week), which again demonstrates the versatility and depth of Compass.

Hollywood is famous for the cults and crazes that have celebrity names attached to them. Insecurity and the search for higher meaning, curiously, seem to come with fame. Sometimes . . . → Read More: Compass: Hollywood Religions

Fire hazard prompts B.C. travel restrictions

Fines, jail terms face those who ignore new rules

By Keith Fraser

Backcountry enthusiasts face fines of up to $10,000 and six months in prison if they venture into the southern B.C. wilderness.

The Forests Ministry yesterday imposed new travel restrictions in southern B.C. — covering the area from Clearwater south to the U.S. . . . → Read More: Fire hazard prompts B.C. travel restrictions

It’s not just the weather that’s cooler in Canada

By Samantha Bennett

You live next door to a clean-cut, quiet guy. He never plays loud music or throws raucous parties. He doesn’t gossip over the fence, just smiles politely and offers you some tomatoes. His lawn is cared-for, his house is neat as a pin and you get the feeling he doesn’t always lock . . . → Read More: It’s not just the weather that’s cooler in Canada

School agrees to retain teacher suspended for wearing cross

By JOE MANDAK

PITTSBURGH – A teacher’s aide who was suspended without pay in April for wearing a cross necklace in violation of a school agency’s ban on religious emblems will keep her job under a federal court settlement reached Thursday.

Brenda Nichol’s attorneys settled with the ARIN Intermediate Unit 28, which provides teachers’ aides . . . → Read More: School agrees to retain teacher suspended for wearing cross

Watts attracts support from around the globe

By Matt Cunningham

Pagans from around the globe were rallying to support Junction Village Wicca practitioner Olivia Watts this week.

Ms Watts told The News last week of the torment recent allegations of satanic cult activity in the City of Casey had caused her.

She told her story after Casey councillor Rob Wilson spoke on . . . → Read More: Watts attracts support from around the globe

Ancient stone circle discovered

An ancient stone circle, buried for thousands of years, has been uncovered by archaeologists at a site in the Outer Hebrides.

Experts say the discovery is second in importance only to Stonehenge.

The find was made close to the four other existing stone circles at the famous standing stones of Callanish, on the . . . → Read More: Ancient stone circle discovered

Medicinal marijuana picked up from doctor

TORONTO – An HIV-infected man, who is among the first of about 500 Canadians legally approved for medicinal marijuana, took his first toke of government-grown weed after picking it up from his doctor Tuesday.

Jari Dvorak received a call Monday saying his two 30-gram bags of marijuana had been couriered and were ready to smoke.

. . . → Read More: Medicinal marijuana picked up from doctor