National News Ontario prepares for curriculum changes in 2019; ‘Dry-January’ may be worth it: researchers SHARE ON: James Bowler, contributor, Monday, Dec. 31st, 2018 Ontario plans to release new curriculum details in early 2019 The consultation process for Ontario’s education is now closed. Provincial officials have wrapped up after months of surveying Ontarians on curriculum changes to things like sex-ed, math, literacy and standardized testing. The Ford Government has faced heavy criticism over the decision to revive a 90s version of the sex-ed curriculum. The results of this consultation and new curriculum plan details are expected to be announced early next year. ‘Dry January’ likely worth time for health and financial benefits: researchers Taking part in ‘Dry January’ might actually have some benefits. UK researchers have found the movement to go alcohol-free for a month can come with many benefits like weight loss, better sleep and saving money. The study also found many people who take part in ‘Dry January’ cut back on drinking for the rest of the year. Pipeline protest convoy plans road trip to Ottawa A convoy of pro-pipeline protesters are planning a cross-Canada road trip in 2019. Vehicle convoys have been driving around communities in Alberta and Saskatchewan in protest of Ottawa’s lack of action on a pipeline capacity problem. The group is also protesting the passing of Bill C-69, which they say will kill future pipeline projects. They’re planning to drive a convoy to Ottawa in February.