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Why does Canada want to remove symbols of its Scottish settler past?

Sir John A Macdonald, whose face will be removed from the Canadian $10 note, was prime minister of Canada when the first residential schools were set up to teach both the English language and Christian word to indigenous children.

Surveys in literacy and numeracy reveal a decline in standards in our schools. Picture: John Devlin

Brian Monteith: As long as the Blob rules, schools will keep failing

Just how bad is Scottish education? Or maybe it’s not, maybe the criticism of our schools is just isolated rumblings of a few disillusioned teachers?

An artist's impression of the proposed canalside homes at Fountainbridge. Picture: contributed

Roof-top gardens top plans for new Fountainbridge flats

An Edinburgh-based property developer has unveiled plans to transform a former industrial site into new canalside housing in Fountainbridge.

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Land reform campaigner Andy Wightman has called for a tax on vacant land

Scottish Greens call for levy on ‘vacant’ Scottish land

A TAX on vacant land in Scotland could raise £200 million a year for public services, according to research by the Scottish Greens.

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Harry Potter author JK Rowling. Picture: PA

JK Rowling compares Brexit ‘media bias’ claims to Yes campaign

JK Rowling has taken to Twitter to blast a prominent Leave politician who complained of biased Brexit coverage, comparing them to Yes campaigners.

Building more houses is a priority for the Scottish government

Ash Denham: No more going round the houses

there are few more important issues to Edinburgh right now than housing. We are seeing an ever increasing strain on our housing stock and demand for land from developers grows and grows, while the Tory government implements damaging economic and welfare policies – such as cutting housing benefit and removing it altogether from 18 to 21-year-olds – which drive more people into poverty and make rents increasingly unaffordable.

Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones have shown a willingness to co-operate. Picture: Andrew O'Brien

Ian Swanson: Is a Labour-SNP coalition really so unthinkable?

IT was a bold move by David Martin, Labour’s long-serving Scottish MEP, to suggest that the groundwork be laid for the “unthinkable” – a possible ­future coalition at Holyrood between his party and the SNP.

Nicola Sturgeon's government is under fire over its education record. Picture: Steven Brown

Scottish teacher writes furious open letter to Nicola Sturgeon

A Scottish secondary school teacher has written an open letter to Nicola Sturgeon in which he describes Scotland’s education system as “utterly broken”.

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An example of the prefab homes that will be on offer at the Social Bite Village on display in St Andrew Square. Picture: Scott Louden

Cammy Day: We must come together to battle homelessness

With benefit caps from the Tories at Westminster hitting people hard and, in many cases, leading to evictions of families, Edinburgh should do more to stand up to austerity and help those most in need.

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Labour peer Tessa Jowell who has been diagnosed with brain cancer, her family has announced.  Pictture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Labour peer Tessa Jowell diagnosed with brain cancer

Labour peer Tessa Jowell has been diagnosed with brain cancer, her family has announced.

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Support for remaining in the EU has grown since January. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Poll: Scots’ support for remaining in EU up since January

A new poll has suggested that support among Scots for staying in the European Union has increased slightly.

Scottish Parliament building ‘will reach end of useful life by 2060’

Scottish Parliament building ‘will reach end of useful life by 2060’

The Scottish Parliament could reach the end of its “useful life” by 2060.

Neil Findlay with his wife Fiona.

Labour’s Neil Findlay tells of wife’s battle with breast cancer

Labour politician Neil Findlay has written movingly about his wife Fiona’s battle with breast cancer and the support they received as she fought the illness.

Hundreds filled the streets of Glasgow for a pro-independance march on Saturday. Picture: John Devlin

Poll: Support for independence sees boost to 46%

Support for Scottish independence has gained ground over the summer, a new poll suggests.

Seamus Searson said low salaries created problems for Edinburgh teachers. Photograph: Jon Savage

SNP urged to consider incentives to bring teachers to Edinburgh

Education Secretary John Swinney has been urged to consider introducing financial incentives to encourage teachers to work in Edinburgh in an attempt to solve the staffing shortages in the capital’s schools.

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This scene at Edinburgh's busy West End gives an indication of the disruption to transport and businesses caused by the laying of tram tracks. 
Photograph: Kate Chandler

Edinburgh tram inquiry: Council not told about £40m cancel fee

The Edinburgh tram project could have been cancelled with a £40 million “amicable divorce” payment in 2010 but the information was not shared with the city’s councillors.

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Kezia Dugdale was given the award last night at a ceremony in Glasgow.

Kezia Dugdale named Politician of the Year at Icon Awards

Former leader of Scottish Labour, Kezia Dugdale has won the Politician of the Year Award at the Icon Awards.

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Royal Hospital for Sick Kids sold to property developers

Edinburgh Sick Kids hospital sold to developers

Property developers have struck a multi-million pound deal with health board bosses to buy a children’s hospital.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon makes tea and coffee for staff and service users during a visit to St Joseph's Services in Rosewell, Scotland, which provides support to adults with learning disabilities.

Row as Scottish Parliament snubs local suppliers for English tea

George Orwell called it one of the mainstays of civilisation and millions swear by it as a comfort in times of stress.

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Nicola Sturgeon answers questions during First Minister's Questions. Picture: Getty

Trinity Academy’s teacher shortage top of agenda at Holyrood

THE crisis over maths teachers at the Capital’s Trinity Academy made it to the Scottish Parliament yesterday when Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson raised it at First Minister’s Questions.

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