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The Globe and Mail/Canadian Press/Associated Press The death of faith in the Canadian public school system is no longer a question of whether faith is disappearing or growing in the minds of young Canadians, it is a question about how to teach faith.

While many Canadian children now feel the need to learn a new language and celebrate religious holidays, faith in many of the country’s schools is being challenged.

While the numbers of students taking their religion seriously has risen steadily since 2015, a number of high-profile school shootings and violent incidents have put faith in school into question.

One such incident happened in 2015 when a 17-year-old Canadian boy shot and killed four people at a school in Ottawa.

But now that the Conservative government has taken power in Ottawa, the question of what is and isn’t a religion in schools is again under the spotlight.

A number of prominent Catholic leaders have voiced concern that faith in Canadian schools will die in the wake of the election of Justin Trudeau as leader.

While most Catholic schools are still open and Catholic children have continued to take their faith seriously, a growing number of schools have begun teaching a secular curriculum that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

A number schools are now using the term “religion in schools” to describe their curriculum.

And in the years following the election, a handful of Catholic schools have closed.

The Conservative government’s decision to scrap a secular public school curriculum, however, will likely have an effect on how Catholic schools teach students about faith.

In the wake and the aftermath of the 2015 shooting at the Ottawa Catholic school, the Canadian Catholic Teachers’ Federation (CCTF) expressed concern that many schools were taking a “narrow view of faith.”

In a statement following the shooting, the CCTF argued that the “focus on the individual, and the emphasis on the personal and the private rather than the universal and the fundamental, is being lost.”

“Many of the children of faith who are being taught to study in the secular curriculum are already being taught in the religious curriculum and many are already learning that the fundamental teaching is that God exists and the Christian faith is the only true faith,” the CCF said.

“The fact is that there are a number [of schools] in the country that are teaching the ‘traditional’ curriculum and that is not an appropriate way to teach children about the faith and the faith of the Catholic faith.”

Some of those schools, like St. Joseph’s Catholic School in the city of Montreal, have begun to re-examine their approach to faith and have opened classes in science and math that focus on science and the natural world.

But many other Catholic schools that have been open for years have not.

For example, the Saint Mary’s Catholic High School in Ottawa opened in 1999 and was one of only six schools in Canada that opened in 2019.

As a result, the Catholic school’s curriculum, as well as the teaching of the faith, has changed.

But while some Catholic schools continue to teach the faith in their curriculum, the rest are likely to continue to do so in their traditional curriculum.

In a written statement, the Ontario Catholic Teachers Union (OCCTU) said the re-opening of some schools in the province is a “significant step” in the direction of teaching about faith in education.

“We are excited to see that the Ontario school system will be introducing a curriculum that provides a greater level of critical thought to all of the core subjects,” the statement read.

“A core of religious literacy is one that we take for granted today in the 21st century.”

While the government’s announcement will have an impact on how many Catholic schools remain open, there are also some other factors at play.

While some Catholic teachers and school administrators will be happy to see the government reconsider its decision to abandon the traditional curriculum, there will also be many who will be dismayed by the reopening of schools that are not explicitly Catholic.

“What will be a concern for us, if it does come back, will be that the Catholic schools will be opening and teaching in a secular way,” said Paul MacLean, a former Catholic school teacher who is now the executive director of the Association of Catholic Educators of Ontario (ACEO).

“The Catholic schools don’t want to be the next Catholic school.”

In an email, ACEO president Jean-Pierre Gagnon wrote that while it was good to see some schools open and open with a sense of pride in the teachings of the Church, “we are concerned that many of those new schools will not be Catholic and that many will teach in a way that will not reflect the Catholic teaching.”

ACEO said it will be working with school administrators and stakeholders to ensure that the government re-opens schools that no longer teach the Catholic teachings.

But as of now, the ACEO’s most vocal critic, the former Catholic teacher and former president of the National Catholic Teachers Association (NCTA), David Martin,