Are Catholic school boards Catholic? ACSTA should challenge election in Ward 75

By Glen Argan I have asked the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association to apply to have the results of the Oct. 16 election in Edmonton’s Ward 75 overthrown and a byelection held. The reason: Candidate Michael Brown, who ran a close third in the election, is not Catholic. Section 256(3.1) of the Alberta School Act […]

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Thanks and congratulations

By Glen Argan Congratulations to Alene Mutala on her victory in Edmonton Catholic Schools’ Ward 75 today. Alene will make a fine addition to our school board, which I believe is headed in a more positive direction with the results of the Oct. 16 election. That positive direction is the result I most wished to […]

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Expressions of support roll in as voting day arrives

By Glen Argan The final days of the municipal election campaign have held lots of excitement and considerable encouragement for this Catholic school trustee candidate. I spent Saturday away from the campaign trail so I could fully participate in the convocation ceremonies at Newman Theological College where I received my master of theology degree. Although […]

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Columnist endorses Glen; campaign is in its final push

By Glen Argan I was pleased to read today’s Edmonton Journal and see that columnist David Staples has given me his endorsement as the best candidate for Catholic trustee in Ward 75 — http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/david-staples-culture-wars-heat-up-school-trustee-races. This is an important vote of confidence as our campaign moves into its last days. We have had a strong grassroots […]

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Catholic schools called to join in ecological conversion

By Glen Argan Edmonton Catholic Schools should strive to become Canada’s most environmentally sensitive school district. Since 2001, popes have been calling for a “global ecological conversion,” a call which reached a crescendo in Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’: Our Common Home. For Pope Francis, this conversion must be built upon a spiritual foundation […]

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What is the acid test of being a good Catholic school trustee?

By Glen Argan What does it mean – or should it mean – to be a Catholic school trustee? Start with the basics, the precepts of the Church: Attend Mass on Sundays and holydays, confess your sins, make your Easter duty, fast and abstain from meat on prescribed days, and contribute financially to the Church. […]

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Let’s build on Catholic education’s centuries of excellence

By Glen Argan Excellence in education is part of our Catholic tradition. The Catholic Church launched the first universities, and many religious orders, beginning with the Jesuits, made the provision of primary and secondary education major parts of their apostolates. Where would the Western world be without the Church’s commitment to academic excellence? We don’t […]

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