Suppose you stand in the middle of a hallway during break, what do you see? Grade 8's madly running towards the cafeteria to beat the line up, the Student Council promoting its latest function, Grade 10's playing Hack-e-Sac, and the Grade 12's in a hurry to finish up their homework for next class. Now, look closer beyond the designer clothing, dyed hair, and glittery make up - into what we are, what makes us, and what rules we live by. Focus in on culture, focus in on nationality, for there is a dominance of neither one within public schools anymore; instead, it is a profusion of beliefs, attitudes, ethics and races. In such a varied community as Churchill, should religion have a place in it?
In 1982, The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into effect. Under section 2 of the Charter, Canadians are free to follow the religion of their choice.
In addition, they are guaranteed freedom of thought, belief and expression. These freedoms are set out in the Charter to ensure that Canadians are free to create and to express their ideas, gather to discuss them and communicate them widely with other people.
Does this also address the concern of freedom from one another?
We must not forget that while our peers have an influence over ourselves, our mentors, teachers, counselors, and even the actions of the school do as well.
'It depends on the circumstances', replies Matt Wan, President of the Churchill Student Council, 'everyone has a right to their own ideas - it doesn't mean that you have to believe in what I say. Everyone is free to say what they want. There is a difference between acceptance and the condoning of actions.'
The provincial Government created The School Act requiring that all schools: "...must...