The province is amending the Education Act to allow the opportunity for smaller regional school boards. It is another measure to ensure resources are directed at students first. The amendment, introduced today, April 11, will require school boards to have at least five members, along with two at-large members representing African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaq communities. The current minimum is eight. “This amendment gives school boards more flexibility to look at their structures and consider options that might increase their efficiency,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “We are supporting boards in their efforts to govern and operate more efficiently.” Under the Education Act, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board sets the number and boundaries of school board electoral districts, as well as the number of elected members. Boards must submit applications to the Utility and Review Board for review every eight years. Presently, boards must have at least eight and no more than 18 members. “In several parts of the province, municipal electoral boundaries have recently changed,” Ms. Jennex said. “This amendment will let the UARB and school boards keep pace with other changes in their communities.” The province’s Kids and Learning First plan calls on school boards to direct resources at students first and identify ways to ensure effective governance.
by News Staff Posted Apr 11, 2013 11:39 am MDT Royal Bank chief executive makes public apology for outsourcing jobs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Royal Bank is making a public apology to the workers who are being affected by the bank’s outsourcing arrangement with a foreign company.Chief executive Gord Nixon says in a letter to be published in newspapers that RBC should have been more sensitive and helpful to them.He repeated assurances that all of them — about 45 people by most reports — will be offered comparable job opportunities within the bank.Nixon says Royal is also reviewing its supplier arrangements and policies to balance RBC’s desire to be a successful business and a “leading corporate citizen.”Nixon’s public apology follows a backlash against the bank after some of its Canadian information technology workers complained they were being replaced by foreign workers working for a company contracted by RBC.IGate brought its own employees into Canada on temporary foreign worker visas so they could be trained at RBC branches for the services they’ll be providing to the bank. read more