Doug Ford’s teacher layoffs will hurt education in Ontario

Peel school board warns of teacher layoffs, April 17 Demoralizing and threatening teachers does nothing to enhance the educational experience of students in Ontario. Laying off teachers has a larger implication for future enrollments for faculties of education such as OISE and others in the province. Who would want to be a teacher with the […]

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Case of trans girl fighting Ontario’s sex-ed curriculum repeal dismissed

TORONTO — The Ontario government’s decision to repeal a modernized sex-ed curriculum does not violate a transgender girl’s rights, the province’s human rights tribunal decided Thursday. The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario dismissed the argument that the government was discriminating against the 11-year-old sixth-grader — identified only as AB — by not including mandatory lessons […]

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Peel’s educational support workers protest Ford government’s ‘radical cuts’ to education

Educational support workers from the Peel District School Board and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, gathered outside Mississauga-Erin Mills MPP Sheref Sabawy’s constituency office on Friday (April 12) to protest Premier Doug Ford’s proposed cuts to public education in Ontario. Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 292 joined Ontario Secondary School […]

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Ford government cutting $1B from social services over 3 years

Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are slashing roughly $1 billion from the Ministry for Children, Community and Social Services over the next three years, according to the provincial budget, but have provided few details about where the cuts will occur. Spending will fall from $17 billion in the 2018-19 fiscal year to $16 billion in 2021-22 and […]

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Open letter to MPPs in Peel Region regarding the student walkouts

My name is Mike Bettiol, and I am the president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation in Peel. I represent about 3,500 education workers, about 3,200 of which are teachers and occasional teachers. You may be aware that on April 4, there was a student-organized walkout in Peel Region schools. Students, through a social […]

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Ford government plans to reduce teaching positions in Ontario

The Ford government’s plan to reduce teaching positions in Ontario will have widespread effects on the education system, the provincial teachers union says. According to the four-year plan, by 2022, Ontario’s education system will have nearly 3,500 fewer teachers. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Education said the losses will be as a result of […]

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Unions hold rally at Ontario legislature to protest education cuts

TORONTO – Throngs of demonstrators covered the lawn in front of the Ontario legislature Saturday afternoon to protest the Progressive Conservative government’s changes to the provinces education system. Many in the crowd carried signs declaring “Cuts hurt kids” or “Standing together for students,” while others banged on drums or chanted slogans denouncing the government’s measures. […]

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Students in Windsor-Essex to join Ontario-wide education protest

Hundreds of high school students in Windsor-Essex are expected to take part in a province-wide protest against education changes in Ontario. The hour-long rally will take place 1:15 p.m. Thursday and events are planned at different schools in Windsor, Tecumseh, LaSalle, Essex and Lakeshore. Caitlyn Wilder is one of the organizers of the walkout at […]

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