5 things to know on Thursday, February 25, 2016
Published Thursday, February 25, 2016 6:30AM EST
Here are the five things you need to know this Thursday: A Canadian teacher who was imprisoned then released in Indonesia has had his acquittal overturned; the federal government is set to unveil changes to the Citizenship Act; a parliamentary committee is set to make recommendations on how to deal with controversial issues surround assisted dying; yesterday's ruling on medicinal marijuana may have added to confusion surrounding the drug; and a father speaks out about Down syndrome.
And one more thing… a Life Hack Thursday story to make life a little simpler. How jumping rope may help your children learn math and spelling
1. Acquittal overturned: A Canadian teacher who had been imprisoned in Indonesia for sexually abusing children, before he was acquitted has seen that acquittal overturned. Canada's Foreign Affairs minister has slammed the decision by Indonesia's Supreme Court.
2. Citizenship Act: The Liberal government is set to fulfill a promise from their election bid when they release changes to the Citizenship Act today. The previous Conservative government had added a provision to strip people of citizenship.
3. Assisted dying: A joint parliamentary committee is scheduled to release recommendations to the federal government on how to deal with controversial aspects surrounding assisted dying.
4. Dazed and confused: A landmark ruling by a B.C. judge has cleared the way for medical marijuana users to grow pot at home, but recreational marijuana use remains illegal across Canada -- a fact that interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says is unclear to most Canadians.
5. Confronting misconceptions: A father is speaking out about misconceptions surrounding Down syndrome after he heard a father and son discuss the disability at a store. Robb Scott took to Facebook and posted an emotional video that has since gone viral.
And for "Life Hack Thursday" Want to give your kids hand as they practice their multiplication tables and spelling? A new Dutch study suggests that adding repetitive exercises like jumping jacks or skipping rope to school lessons can help your children learn language and math.