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• The College of the North Atlantic (CNA) has signed a major agreement with the state of Qatar to continue running a school in the Middle Eastern country for at least another three years.

The new agreement will also clear up some niggling legal issues over pay and benefits for CNA-Q employees, according to Advanced Education and Skills Minister Joan Shea.

However, it’s impossible to know how exactly they’re going to sort out thorny issues involving Canadian and Qatari law, because both government and college officials are refusing to publicly release the text of the new agreement.

 

• With a tight budget expected to come this spring in the face of a substantial provincial deficit, the Department of Education is considering the option of amalgamating school boards serving the K-12

system.

“We’re looking for efficiencies and streamlining,” said Education Minister Clyde Jackman, “and I think one of the questions we asked is that since our last amalgamation in 2004, we lost about 14,000 students, and we’ve had some preliminary discussions with boards, and I was clear and upfront with them that we’re examining every option.”

 

• A Mount Pearl woman says she has been suspended from income support benefits because of her Facebook status.

Sonya Martin-Drake, who has several chronic health issues requiring a variety of medications, said she’d retained the status “married” on her Facebook page. She received a phone call Monday from an income-support staff member of Advanced Education and Skills who told her that she was being suspended and would receive documentation in the mail, and the reason was that the worker noticed Martin-Drake’s Facebook status.

 

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Organizations: CNA, Department of Education, Breaking News

Geographic location: Qatar, Middle Eastern

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  • carogers
    March 01, 2013 - 11:42

    What are social assistance employees doing on face book at work. Don't they have a regular schedule of duties? This seems a bit off. Without any other information to verify her marital status she is cut off immediately. Even telemarketers must have a supervisor verfy their sales before they can get commission. But no verfication is required to cut off someone's livelhood??? My grandmother called herself a married women even after grandfather was passed, good thing there was no facebook back then.