Foreign workers in mining spat sent home

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Sixteen foreign miners at the heart of a bitter labour dispute are being sent home to China. Two unions are challenging the government's decision to let HD Mining use the men to work on the Murray River coal project. The company says its too costly to keep them here pending the outcome of the Federal Court battle. HD Mining had planned to bring 201 workers to the mine as temporary foreign workers. The company says it is still committed to the mine and will continue to develop housing.

Government's multi-million dollar information sharing system has major flaws

A new report finds serious flaws with a multi-million dollar information sharing system at the Ministry for Children and Family Development. It means the Ministry may have to abandon a system designed to protect vulnerable children. The new system was supposed to link information between social workers, police, service providers and other ministries. But an independant consultant's report has found major flaws. A lack of  knowledge about the system's goals, and insufficient resources for training. The Minister responsible, Stephanie Cadieux, admits child protection workers are still using the old system. She says the government isn't ready to abandon the new one.

Freedom of expression denied?

A number of teachers in Prince Rupert claim they're being censored. The school district has ordered the teachers not to wear T-shirts quoting The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It's not the first time clothing has come under fire in Prince Rupert classrooms.     Last April, the district made headlines for telling a teacher a quote from Dr. Seuss' Yertle the Turtle could not be displayed. The Superintendent of the district, Lynn Hauptmann, says they're simply following a ruling aimed at shielding students from political messaging.

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