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February 21, 2007
Going On-Line Has Ups—and Downs
Cyber-bullying or the bullying of people through e-mails and chat lines via computer networks has been appearing locally. Story in this paper. ©Provost News Photo.Print version in February 21edition of The Provost News.
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180 Students Take in Anti-bullying,
Alcohol Abuse Talks
A retired Calgary police officer was at one of the high schools to teach junior and senior high students about problems associated with bullying and alcohol abuse in a morning and afternoon session.

Dwayne Peace, who spent 25 years as a police officer spent three hours in the morning addressing anti-bullying to Provost Public School students in the gym.

The anti-bullying program called Dare to Care is aimed at creating a safe school environment where students are taught to identify and deal with bullying behavior.

Principal Bob Walker said the students “really got a lot out of it.”

It was noted that generally studies indicate six percent of students are bullies. A silent majority is needed to speak out and condemn the bullying, according to Peace.

Walker was asked by The Provost News in a telephone interview about local bullying and he said there is a bit of a problem but most of it stems from “cyber-bullying” or using the Internet to bully other students.
He says there are some students in Provost Public School who are “bad mouthing each other on chat rooms” and in e-mails. Some students he noted, are sending nasty messages. The messages are being generated locally and received locally. One situation cropped up recently that was dealt with locally.

In addition to the bullying session, suicide prevention and other issues were brought up for students to think about.

The afternoon session that dealt with problems or damages that can be associated with alcohol use lasted from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Walker pointed out that the guest speaker didn’t come in to lecture, rather he led the students to think about the consequences of bullying and alcohol use and the effects it may have, such as possible impaired driving charges.

Vice-principal of St. Thomas Aquinas School, Brad Wagner says they are aware of cyber bullying but says it has not appeared at the school. He says students are not allowed on instant messaging sites and are not allowed to e-mail during school time.They too have had speakers in at times to talk about bullying and teachers also address bullying with students.

EnCana Corp. paid for expenses for the Provost Public School guest speaker while the school paid an honorarium for the Calgary man.

Rest of story and photos in February 21 edition of The Provost News.
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Pioneer Village May be Theme at Museum Grounds
The theme at the new museum and grounds might be a pioneer village setting.

The ceiling is in place at the new building in town with walls and roof now insulated.

President of the Provost and District Museum Society, Bob Paulgaard was asked by The Provost News how work is progressing and he replied “quite well.”

There is now power in the building and the floor is being prepared with underfloor heating pipes being laid before concrete will soon be poured.

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Record High Oil & Gas Project Costs Expected
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "Should a Wind Farm For This Area be Encouraged?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Marie-Lucie Gendron, Candy Dieser, Richard Larson, Chelsea Kuypers, and Irma Larson.
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