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    Internet filter experts needed to protect children, say some school board trustees

    Cambridge Times

    Waddell acknowledges the Waterloo Region’s public school district – which is wrestling with the same Internet safety issues as many other boards – is working to address the problem, but suggests it’s time to bring in the experts.

    Improving content filtering levels is vital, she argues, especially since the school district will depend more on technology as it moves toward a paperless system.


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    School board approves budget, $900,000 in administration renos

    Cambridge TimesParent Natalie Waddell, a Kitchener parent who is running for a seat on the public school board, lambasted trustees Monday night for spending money on “unnecessary” renovations at the education centre.

    Waddell told the Times she was worried her concerns wouldn’t be heard before trustees voted on the budget. Although several trustees voted against a request to allow her to make her delegation prior to the vote, she was given the go-ahead to address the board.

    “In the three years that I have been attending all board meetings, I have never ever seen a single one of them cast a vote against moving the delegations forward,” she said.

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  • Stop board-run daycare petition launched

    Cambridge Times

    A Kitchener mother is launching a petition in hopes of preventing the public school board from taking over before-and-after daycare programs at elementary schools across the region.

    Natalie Waddell, whose sons attends J.W. Gerth Public School in Kitchener, is incensed by soon-to-be implemented changes that will see the Waterloo Region District School Board begin operating before- and after-school daycares, currently run by third-party providers on school sites.

    Waddell is concerned parents weren’t part of the consultation equation and is collecting signatures on a petition to raise a collective parent voice.

    “I know that no one individual can have an impact on the decision-makers,” she told the Times, “that the only chance of change would be to unite as a group.”

    Waddell has collected 75 signatures within days of starting the petition.

    The move to stand up for parents was something she felt compelled to do.

    “I honestly haven’t done anything like this before, but I knew if I didn’t do something, and the changes went through quietly, I would have great regrets.”

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