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INSIDE: Informing British Columbians worth the money, says Les Pg. 3 T H U R S D A Y January 31, 2013 find their form again 12 Cascades  N E W S , SPORTS, WEATHER & E N T E R T A I N M E N T  Religion in schools not so cut and dry Parent behind free Bibles debate fighting new policy BY CORNELIA NAYLOR B Cornelia Naylor/TIMES RCMP dog handler Sgt. Rick Chaulk and his K-9 Pac confirm a suspicious package found Wednesday morning on the Young Road train crossing is not dangerous. Suspicious suitcase shuts down tracks Police treated the suitcase as if it could be dangerous. They shut down the crossing to both cars suspicious suitcase closed and trains and called in the Lower a major Chilliwack train Mainland District Police Dog Service. crossing for more The suitcase was deterthan two hours Wednesmined to be harmless day before being deemed shortly after 8 a.m. It was harmless by a police-dog removed and the crossing unit. EB IRST was reopened. Mounties were notified Chilliwack motorists of the suitcase lying in First reported on the middle of the railway were delayed as several trains backed up by the tracks at the Young Road crossing around 6 a.m. Wednes- closure made their way through the city. day morning. BY TYLER OLSEN A W F .C. school boards have more wiggle room for giving out free Bibles than for passing deficit budgets, according to a Ministry of Education letter sent to Chilliwack parent Richard Ajabu last week. Ajabu set off heated debate in October when he complained about a School District No. 33 regulation that allowed Gideons International (an evangelical Christian organization) to hand out free Bibles at local public schools. He has twice written the education minister to intervene to stop the giveaway, saying it violates Section 76 of the B.C. School Act, which states all schools “must be conducted on strictly secular and nonsectarian principles.” He has been told locally elected school boards have broad authority to establish policies for the operation of schools in their districts and that it’s up to the courts to rule on disagreements where they exist. Ajabu pointed out that the minister stepped in quickly to fire the Cowichan Valley school board in July when it violated the School Act by passing a deficit budget. But that case was more clear cut, according a Jan. 22 letter written to Ajabu on Education Minister Don McRae’s behalf by senior legislative See BIBLES, Page 3 Plumbing Service Department WWW.OCONNORGROUP.COM 06198229 8645 Young Street, Chilliwack 604-792-5151 FREE 143 PT pre-owned inspection and one year membership! only at 604-792-2754 DL#5952 02124924 Price 60¢

Chilliwack Times January 31 2013

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