‘It’s hush-hush quiet and nobody’s supposed to know’

Katrina Clarke | Oct. 5, 2018 | The Daily Gleaner

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Fredericton parent Gina Merrill. Photo: Katrina Clarke/Daily Gleaner

A Fredericton parent is fuming after learning school districts spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars each year on secret teacher probes.

“It’s disgusting,” said Gina Merrill, who filed a complaint against her daughter’s Grade 5 teacher in 2012. “It’s hush-hush quiet and nobody’s supposed to know. Why don’t they make this public?”

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$813,043: The high price of N.B.’s secret investigations

Katrina Clarke | Oct. 3, 2018 | The Daily Gleaner

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New Brunswick’s school districts spent more than $800,000 investigating teachers accused of misconduct or abuse of students in 2016 and 2017, data shows.

According to figures obtained by the Daily Gleaner, five school districts spent $813,043 on supply teachers filling in for teachers placed on leave pending the outcomes of Policy 701 investigations, and on investigators hired to look into 25 complaints between Jan. 1, 2016 and Nov. 1, 2017.

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‘It’s good to come back here and heal together’

Katrina Clarke | Aug. 25, 2018 | The Daily Gleaner

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Const. Mitch Fox hugs Brookside resident Melinda Hachey. Photo: Katrina Clarke/Daily Gleaner

Applause broke out at a Brookside Drive courtyard Saturday as three Fredericton police officers who were among the first on scene at the deadly shootings there two weeks ago returned – this time, for a barbecue.

The officers – Sgt. Jason Forward, Const. Mitch Fox and Const. Jeff Cameron – stood still and tall, holding tight smiles as applause rippled through the crowd of more than 100 people, some tearing up at the sight of the trio. The last time the three were at 237 Brookside Dr. was the morning of Friday, Aug. 10, when a gunman killed two civilians and two of their fellow officers, they said.

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Fredericton Strong

Katrina Clarke | Aug. 18, 2018 | The Daily Gleaner

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Police surrounded the Brookside Drive apartment building where the August shooting took place. Four people were killed that day. Photo: Adam Bowie/Daily Gleaner

Fredericton is still Fredericton.

Eight days ago, gunshots sliced the city into “before” and “after”. It was a flashbulb moment – an incident so shocking and violent residents will forever remember where they were when their neighbourhood was put on lockdown. Or where they were when they heard the gunshots. Or where they were when they waited for an “I’m OK” text from a loved one.

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N.B. mom’s ashes stolen: ‘Pretty devastating, honestly’

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Emmaline, right, with her mom, Barbara. Photo: Emmaline Trail

Emmaline Trail keeps her mom’s ashes in a small gold and pearl-coloured urn, tucked inside a black box, always somewhere safe.

But now, that box, urn and her mom’s ashes are gone.

On Tuesday morning, Trail, 24, woke up to repeated phone calls from her landlord, telling her someone had broken into her car, she said.

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Tories have ‘concerns’ about quality of French immersion

Katrina Clarke | July 24, 2018 | The Daily Gleaner

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Education Minister Brian Kenny. Photo: Katrina Clarke/The Daily Gleaner

The province says it has 97 per cent of the Grade 2 French immersion teachers it needs, and the rest will be hired before school starts.

But the leader of the Progressive Conservatives says he is worried the province has lowered its standards to fill the need in time.

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Divulge teacher discipline: Child protection group

Katrina Clarke | July 19, 2018 | The Daily Gleaner

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Noni Classen, director of education with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. Photo: Canadian Centre for Child Protection

A senior director with a national child protection group is praising the province for taking steps to improve its handling of teacher misconduct cases, saying the province needs to improve transparency around the issue.

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‘Very sinister overtones going back to scandalous behaviour’

Katrina Clarke | July 17, 2018 | The Daily Gleaner

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Education Minister Brian Kenny. Photo: Brunswick News

New Brunswick’s education department will examine how other provinces handle teacher misconduct investigations, and will consider adopting new rules to improve transparency, according to Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny.

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Province mum on ‘founded’ discipline against teachers

Katrina Clarke | July 8, 2018 | The Daily Gleaner

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The number of cases in which New Brunswick teachers were found to have abused students or that revealed misconduct toward students nearly tripled from 2016 to 2017, data obtained by the Daily Gleaner shows.

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Premier: ‘Obvious’ problems with privacy interpretations

Katrina Clarke | June 21, 2018 | The Daily Gleaner

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New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant. Photo: Michael Robinson/Brunswick News

Premier Brian Gallant admits there are “obvious” problems with how school districts in New Brunswick interpret the privacy act and release information about teachers under investigation.

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