Part One of The Current
It's Monday, September 5th,
Air Canada will soon begin charging US-bound passengers $25 for their first checked bag, and $70 for the second.
Currently, there will be a further $25 dollar fee if your bags actually make it to their destination.
This is The Current.
Lunch Box Politics
Another school year is upon us ... And the daily lunch-making drill is in full swing at the home of Greg Moeck and Roxane Maranger in Montreal. The couple has three kids - Sophia, Lucas and Paul which means three lunches to pack, every school day.
Their children's taste in food isn't the only thing Greg Moeck and Roxane Maranger have to consider when they're packing lunches. That's because their kids' elementary school in Ville St. Laurent has its own set of restrictions. Rules that are intended to prevent allergic reactions and to promote healthy eating in children. But increasingly, there are also rules governing how the food is carried. Schools are encouraging - if not imposing - the use of re-usable containers to promote so-called "litterless lunches."
At Sophia, Lucas and Paul's school, Ziploc bags are frowned upon. But other schools take an even harder stance on plastic baggies. Earlier this year, a six-year-old boy in Laval, Quebec was barred from a school contest because he had one in his lunch. His father, Marc-André Lanciault, wrote a blog post about the incident and prompted a minor media firestorm.
The debate over school rules governing packed lunches is raging across North America. In an extreme case, the Little Village Academy in Chicago won't let its students bring food to school with them at all. The students must eat only what the school's cafeteria serves them. The principal says that's to prevent kids -- and parents -- from making unhealthy choices.
But if you ask Katherine Mangu-Ward, these restrictions have more to do with politics than anything else. She is a senior editor at Reason Magazine, a Libertarian publication and she was in Long Island, New York.
Sharon Azim is the principal of North Agincourt Junior Public School in Scarborough, Ontario. Her school is one of many in the Toronto area that has a litterless lunch program. Sharon Azim was in our Toronto studio.
Calgary Promo - September 11th
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