Community Gaming Grant Review
On July 11, Skip Triplett, was appointed to lead a review into the allocation of funding through Community Gaming Grants.  The Review is visiting 14 communities during August and September to gather input from individuals and non-profit organizations at a series of Community Forums.

Be Heard!
All Forums take place between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm and will be held in Vancouver Island, Northern B.C, the B.C. Interior and the Lower Mainland.

Prince George

Prince George Native Friendship Centre
Power of Friendship Hall
1600 3rd Ave., Prince George

Thursday, Sept. 15

In order for the Review to accommodate individuals, community groups and non-profit organizations who wish to attend these Community Forums and present their views, you are encouraged to take advantage of the [ Online Registration Form ] to let them know in advance you’ll be there.

The Terms of Reference of the Community Gaming Grant Review are to:

review legislation that governs community gaming grant funding
review and provide funding formula options
review criteria/eligibility for organizations applying for community gaming
review and provide options regarding the processes involved with applying for and receiving community gaming grants
review and provide options for a multi-year funding model
review and provide options for the future role of government in managing

Don’t Miss This Opportunity To Provide Input On Your PAC Annual Community Gaming Grant

Full details can be found on the Community Gaming Grant Review website

Holy Days and Holidays Calendar July 1, 2011 – December 31, 2012

The Peel School District, in Ontario, has a very useful calendar showing some of the important days in various faith traditions. This calendar is linked here:


The students and staff of the Peel District School Board represent a rich diversity of faith traditions. This calendar helps identify some of the important days of commemoration, however it isn’t designed to be a complete listing of religious days. Students and staff from a particular faith background may or may not  be absent from school on these special days.  If they do attend, certain accommodations may be required.

The expectation is that Peel schools and worksites not schedule events on significant holydays (marked in bold in the calendar) that would exclude observing staff and students from participating.

Further article on projections, PG Citizen, April 2011

The school district would like nothing more than to reopen now-closed schools, school board chair Lyn Hall said Thursday in response to concerns about overcrowding raise during trustees’ monthly meeting earlier this week.

“Whether that be in Mackenzie, whether that be the Hart, College Heights area, we’d love to be able to do that,” Hall said in an interview Thursday.

During trustees’ meeting Tuesday night in Mackenzie, district parent advisory council chairman Don Sabo told trustees Heritage elementary school is at 136 per cent of its working capacity, Glenview elementary is at 122 per cent and College Heights is at 112 per cent.

“A lot of the crowding in the schools is the result of closing seven schools in this district,” Sabo said.

However, enrollment is expected to decline by a further 200 students next year, and Hall said that puts the thought of reopening closed schools out of the question for the time being.

“Our projections are status quo, we’re not seeing increases,” Hall said. “We’re going to lose a tremendous amount of kids out of Heather Park, we’re not seeing huge issues as far as enrollment increases at Glenview and then if we move to the western part of the city and up to the College Heights area, it’s kind of the same situation.

“We’ve been asked ‘why don’t you open Gladstone?’ Well, at this point, financially it’s just not viable.”

All that said, school district officials admit they were caught off guard by the revival in Mackenzie where an additional 30 students have been added to Morfee elementary’s enrollment since the beginning of the year.

“Mackenzie is a bit of an anomaly because it is seeing a resurgence,” Hall said. “We go with our projections and if something happens, we’ve told the community we will act as quickly as possible to facilitate making more room for kids.

“Now that’s a decision the board will have to make – what that more room for more kids means. Can we do it at Morfee? Do we have to look at a modular? Do we have to look at [reopening] Mackenzie elementary?

“That’s the decision the board will have to make.”

Article from Prince George Citizen, July 11, 2011

School District 57 superintendent Brian Pepper says he won’t be complying with District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) chairperson Don Sabo’s request to post the most-recent school-by-school enrollment projects on the district’s website.

The school district has go part way and posted the schools’ existing enrollment figures, but that’s as far as administration is going to go, Pepper said Thursday, after Sabo raised the issue during school board trustee’s monthly meeting last week.

“We value DPAC greatly, our board does as well,” Pepper said. “Unfortunately, we can’t meet all of the requests of our partners.”

Sabo has maintained the projections should be posted because they have played such an important role in determining which schools should be closed and which should remain open and argued that continuing to provide the projections is a matter of transparency.

“This goes towards the quality of data and information that the school district is using to make important decisions,” Sabo said Thursday.

But Pepper said posting the projections is counterproductive because they’re only best guesses and funding is ultimately based on enrollment figures at the end of September.

“It’s not appropriate,” he said. “They’re only valid for a short period of time.”

Sabo said DPAC has a full copy of updated enrollment projections but has not received permission from the school district to make them public on DPAC’s own website.

— Nielsen, Citizen staff