News for August 31st 2015

by Patricia Petit Liang

A new pilot project will make sex education mandatory for all students from kindergarten to grade 11 in the province of Quebec.

According to CBC News, Quebec’s Ministry of Education is going to implement sex education classes in 15 schools for the next two years.

If the results are positive, it will then be adopted by all of the schools in Quebec by 2017.

The sex education classes will be taught without any exceptions to students of all religious and cultural backgrounds.

by Catlin Spencer

The idea of building a wall between Canada and the United States was brought up during the 2016 U.S. presidential debate on Sunday.

According to the Gazette, Republican candidate Scott Walker agreed that it was a legitimate issue during a talk-show interview.

The context of the conversation, however, was the U.S.-Mexico border debate, which has been known to lead to questions about the Canadian border as well.

While it is a highly unlikely scenario, Canadian Defence Minister Jason Kenney says Canada will oppose any thickening of the border to protect it's trading relationship with the U.S.  

by Saturn de Los Angeles

U.S. President Barack Obama has officially declared to rename Alaska's Mount McKinley back to its original name, Mount Denali.

In a report by Reuters, the renaming symbolizes the peak's historical importance to Alaskan Natives. 

Obama's gesture is part of a move to kickstart his campaign for climate change awareness during his remaining days in office. 

Known as North America's tallest mountain at 20,000 feet high, it was named McKinley in 1896 in honor of the former U.S president.

However, Natives had been referring to the mountain as Denali, meaning "The High One," long before 1896.