Multiple fights in the past week, texted among students and posted to social media, have the principal of a rural high school in the region calling for a refresher about appropriate behaviour and online etiquette.
There were two fights on Tuesday at Medway High School, as well as another on Wednesday. On Tuesday night, a threat posted to social media forced staff to lock students in their classrooms while police investigated.
Now, Ontario Provincial Police are involved, and several students are being questioned, said Principal Greg Howard.
“There will be consequences for everyone who is involved. I want to say to the parents that I’m very confident that Medway is a safe place. It’s a great school, and the unfortunate incidents over the last few days are not indicative of the school community or the traditions that go on at Medway,” he said.
The students involved in the fights were not at school on Thursday, Howard said, though he did not detail the consequences that students will be facing.
“Each situation is unique, and we treat each situation as a unique occurrence,” he said.
After the fights, two of which involved a group of boys, the third which involved a group of girls, videos were being texted of the fights and rumours were spreading that weren’t true, Howard said.
“It seemed to be one rumour perpetuated another rumour, which created anxiety and stress among parents and community members, as well as students and staff. We worked alongside the OPP to investigate and ultimately debunk all of them,” he said.
Online etiquette to be re-taught
Next week, however, there will be serious discussions with students about appropriate social media use, he added.
“Keep in mind, a lot of these students haven’t been in a school in almost two years, so we need to do some revisiting of appropriate social media use, including consequences of posting videos of altercations,” Howard said. “We need to talk about the consequences of cyberbullying and the consequences of perpetuating rumours. We’re going to be doing that with our school community next week.”
The fights involved 12 to 15 students in a school of 1,600, but social media blew things out of proportion and revictimized those involved.
Students at Medway High School say the fights have caused stress.
“Kids have been stressed, they don’t want to show up anymore and have something happen to them,” said Maddy Drudge, 16. “I think once one fight happened, everyone just got amped up and started going after everyone else. Once someone hears something, they turn it into more and then social media does not help at all.”
Watching the fight videos being circulated has been difficult, Dredge added. “It’s just really sad to watch those people get hurt.”
Grade 9 student Lauren Snider said she and her friends don’t think fight videos should be shared or posted.
“The stuff in the comments is just not really good, not really nice,” Snider said. As to those fighting, she had the following words: “Just don’t do it. It’s not funny. Nobody thinks it’s cool. They just want to come to school and have a safe place.”
Canadiens executive vice-president Jeff Gorton marks new era, meets Montreal media – Globalnews.ca
It’s been the talk of the town among sports fans for the past week: the Montreal Canadiens firing longtime general manager Marc Bergevin and bringing in Jeff Gorton as executive vice-president. The newly appointed VP met with the Montreal media for the first time Friday morning to mark the start of a new era.
The former New York Rangers general manager started by attempting to say a few sentences in French. When finished, he thanked owner Geoff Molson and said, “I hope that was OK.”
Gorton said working for the Habs is a dream. He feels like the Original Six franchise is a good fit, despite the fact that the Massachusetts-born VP grew up cheering for the Boston Bruins.
“You know, the Canadians broke my heart a lot of times. That’s my first memories, like in 1979, probably sticks out as the first one,” he told reporters.
Gorton insisted that he’s just starting out in his new role and he’s still getting a feel for the team. Regardless, the executive vice-president plans to work on player development and wants to add an analytics team.
“I do believe in analytics and I think that the way the game has gone, I think it’s a big piece of information that you need to have,” said Gorton.
A big piece missing from his qualifications is that Gorton doesn’t speak French. He said he’s learning — his wife even bought him lessons — and asks for patience.
“I wanted to be great at golf and I still stink. Right? So I will do my best,” he said, chuckling.
Fans seem to support his effort, saying it’s not language that will help the Habs get out of this season’s slump.
“He did some sentences in French this morning, so I think it’s a good step forward,” said fan Patrick Gervais.
The team is still looking for a French-speaking general manager to complement Gorton. Former Canadiens goalie Patrick Roy has expressed interest in the position. But Gorton says he has yet to draw up a shortlist, adding that it’s unlikely Bergevin’s successor will be named before Christmas.
“I don’t want to commit to anybody. I don’t want to say no to anybody so people can keep calling me if they like,” he said.
However, Global News hockey analyst Brian Wilde doesn’t expect Roy to get the job.
Instead, he said he thinks Molson and Gorton would like “someone who has a lot of experience in scouting and has some experience as an assistant general manager.”
“I think Mark Madden fits the role in Anaheim,” said Wilde.
Wilde says he liked what he heard from Gorton on Friday. But the executive vice-president kept his cards close so fans will have to wait to see what the Gorton era brings.
“I don’t think we got our answer to whether it’s going to be a full rebuild, and I think we’re going to have to wait just to see how many moves he makes,” said Wilde.
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Montreal real estate broker fined $1500 for English-language social media ad – CTV News Montreal
A Montreal real estate broker has picked up a hefty fine for posting a social media ad in English only.
REMAX Broker Qiang Zhong said he was issued the ticket of $1,500 by the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) over the post, which advertised one of his properties.
Zhong said he didn’t mind picking up the bill. “I know the government just wants to promote a French language,” he said. “I don’t have any personal emotion against this stuff.”
The fine came from a violation of Article 52 of Quebec’s French Charter, which states that, “catalogues, brochures, folders, commercial directories and any similar publications must be drawn up in French.”
The OQLF said it became aware of the infraction after a complaint on Oct. 23, 2019.
Zhong said he’s been working as a broker in Montreal for more than a decade after moving here from China, where he’s used to navigating between languages: Mandarin, the official language of Mainlaind China, and Cantonese, which is also common in his home province of Guangdong.
He said he’s still connected with his home communities, and has helped several new Chinese immigrants find homes in Montreal. He said he also encourages newcomers to learn French — the province’s official language.
“Even though I got the bill, I still love Montreal,” he said. “I could get double or triple the money in Toronto in Vancouver, but I want to stay here.”
He also said the ad brought prospective buyers to the REMAX website, which can be viewed in both French and English.
Watch Live: Canadiens’ Jeff Gorton addresses the media – Sportsnet.ca
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For the first time since assuming the role of executive vice president of hockey operations for the Montreal Canadiens, Jeff Gorton will speak with the media — and his comments can be seen in their entirety right here on Sportsnet, starting at approximately 10:00 a.m. ET.
Gorton took on the role amid seismic changes to the Canadiens’ front office, including the departure of longtime general manager Marc Bergevin, and will be tasked with charting a course back to contention for Montreal, which has followed up a fabled run to the Stanley Cup Final with a troubled first quarter to 2021.
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