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1 in 3 Canadians suffered some form of child abuse; linked to mental disorders

TORONTO - One in three adult Canadians suffered some form of child abuse in their past, experiences that put them at a higher risk of developing mental health disorders later in life, a new study reports. The data paint the first nationwide picture of the prevalence of child abuse experienced by Canadian adults, lead author Tracie Afifi said of the study, published Tuesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Liberals promise to tie future increases to Ontario Child Benefit to inflation

TORONTO - The governing Liberals are making another budget promise: to tie future increases to the Ontario Child Benefit to inflation. They say it would start July 2015 if their crucial May 1 budget passes in the legislature. The annual maximum payment per child under the age of 18 — which is available to families making $20,000 or less a year — will rise to $1,310 this July. The minority Liberals are also proposing to increase wages for early childhood educators and other child care workers.

Parents' group wants Catholic teachers to withdraw from World Pride Parade

TORONTO - A parents' group is calling on Ontario's Catholic teachers' union to withdraw from officially attending this summer's World Pride Parade in Toronto. Parents As First Educators president Teresa Pierre announced a petition Monday to Catholic school board trustees and is calling on Catholic voters to sign it. The petition asks the trustees to demand the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association not send Catholic teachers to the parade. Pierre says the event is inconsistent with what the church teaches about homosexuality.

India's children suffer discrimination in classroom

Some Indian teachers force children from lower castes and minority religions to clean toilets and sit separately from their classmates as part of "persistent" discrimination in classrooms, a rights group said Tuesday. Human Rights Watch said pupils from marginalised communities often dropped out of school and started working as labourers rather than face continued humiliation at the hands of teachers and principals.

Gates-, Carnegie-funded student data group to close after NY pulls out amid privacy fears

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The student data processing organization inBloom will shut down in the coming months, its chief executive officer said Monday following criticism that led to the recent loss of the startup's last active client — New York state. "It wasn't an easy decision and the unavailability of this technology is a real missed opportunity for teachers and school districts seeking to improve student learning," a statement from CEO Iwan Streichenberger on the inBloom website said.

US demands 'concrete steps' by Moscow on Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged Russia to take "concrete steps" to implement an agreement on defusing the crisis in Ukraine. The accord, struck last week in Geneva, was meant to lower the heat on the worst confrontation between Washington and Moscow since the Cold War, but each side has accused the other of violating it.

US demands 'concrete steps' by Moscow on Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged Russia to take "concrete steps" to implement an agreement on defusing the crisis in Ukraine. The accord, struck last week in Geneva, was meant to lower the heat on the worst confrontation between Washington and Moscow since the Cold War, but each side has accused the other of violating it.

Biden makes pointed Ukraine visit as Russia says Kiev reneging on deal

Vice President Joe Biden started a two-day visit to Kiev on Monday in a pointed show of US backing as Russia accused Ukraine's government of "grossly breaching" a deal designed to de-escalate separatist tensions. Biden was to reinforce a message to Russia -- which Washington sees as supporting Ukraine's insurgency -- that time is running out for it to persuade pro-Kremlin rebels holding a string of eastern towns to comply with the pact struck in Geneva on Thursday, a senior US official told reporters travelling with the vice president.

Biden makes pointed Ukraine visit as Russia says Kiev reneging on deal

Vice President Joe Biden started a two-day visit to Kiev on Monday in a pointed show of US backing as Russia accused Ukraine's government of "grossly breaching" a deal designed to de-escalate separatist tensions. Biden was to reinforce a message to Russia -- which Washington sees as supporting Ukraine's insurgency -- that time is running out for it to persuade pro-Kremlin rebels holding a string of eastern towns to comply with the pact struck in Geneva on Thursday, a senior US official told reporters travelling with the vice president.

Resist the urge to go overboard on college test prep

By Liz Weston LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Parents of high school students have to face the facts: Their child is not going to have the choices facing Kwasi Enin, the New York teenager accepted to all eight Ivy League colleges. Most students don't have a chance at getting into any of the nation's top schools. But an $840 million test preparation industry has grown up around parents' wishful thinking - and their fears that their kids won't get into any good schools.
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