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News Spectator All Saints

Inside Students’ news

Re-think Hate group recognized Tianna Gibbons

A new team means even more dance at All Saints Catholic High School. – Page 43


A battle of wit and muscle is what wrestling is, says Grade 11 student varsity team wrestler Nathan Yee. – Page 46

On Oct. 14, 2011, the lives of many were touched and forever changed by the story of a south Kanata boy named Jamie Hubley who took his own life after being bullied about his sexual orientation. His story had a significant impact across the country, and for All Saints Catholic High School students it was a call to action. A group of Grade 12 students approached Wendy MacPhee, a high school resource teacher, with an idea to start a GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) in their school so that everyone could feel welcome. MacPhee recalls, “They were deeply concerned about changing the culture in their high school around how students who identified as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer) were treated.” The first meeting was a success with more than 70 students showing their support. Shortly afterwards a poster campaign was launched titled “‘That’s so gay’ is so yesterday.” This campaign sought to stop the school community using the word gay inappropriately. Since then, their campaigns such as “It’s not a joke, it’s harassment” and “Buy a dictionary” have changed the language around the school. See CLUBS, page 42


Nearly there

Robert Svoboda

Alexander Bergstrom approaches the final flag in a race at the 2014 Junior World Orienteering Championships in Bulgaria. See the story on page 54.

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