Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School hosts fair to guide students toward career options – Montreal


Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School picked up where the Lester B. Pearson School Board dropped off.

The school held its own career fair day for students in grades 9, 10 and 11 when the school board cancelled its career day last fall.

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Hundreds of kids had a break from class as they toured more than a dozen kiosks made up of CEGEPs, trade schools and vocational job opportunities.

The annual event aims to help students continue their education or find future job opportunities as traditional career paths often don’t fit all student needs.

“I have taken pamphlets and have people explain stuff, so it’s cool,” Jayden Alleyne, a Grade 11 student, told Global News.

This year, only students from PCHS could attend after the school board cancelled its event in November due to bad weather.

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Staff members and students of PCHS were thrilled to attend and be part of the abbreviated career day.

“It’s not a one size fits all thing for kids,” said PCHS principal Colleen Galley. “Every kid is different and I think what has happened over the years is we’re moving from thinking you have to go CEGEP and university to be successful.”

“There are so many different pathways to success.”

LBPSB officials hope to host a much larger career fair day next year with students from all of its member schools.

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Canada still hopes to secure comprehensive free-trade deal with China


Canada is still hoping to secure a comprehensive trade deal with China despite suggestions last week it was instead aiming for sector-by-sector agreements.

Speaking in Beijing today after bilateral economic meetings, International Trade Minister Jim Carr said China is interested in a wide range of Canadian products across many different sectors.

But Carr says while Canada is in talks with China on a number of fronts, he insists efforts to promote deals involving individual sectors would not preclude the opportunity for a wide-ranging trade agreement between the two countries.

Carr says China’s interest in so many Canadian products could ultimately lead to a comprehensive trade agreement.

Last week, Treasury Board President Scott Brison told the Globe and Mail the best way to move forward more quickly with China on trade is to focus on opportunities for immediate gains through a sector-by-sector approach in areas such as food and agriculture.

A number of federal and provincial officials have been in China over the last week talking trade — discussions that come after Canada’s efforts last year to formally start free trade talks with China stalled amid diverging views on gender, labour and Indigenous rights.


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