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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More than 200 local high-school teachers could lose jobs: OSSTF

A local union fears changes to education funding could end up costing 200 high-school teachers their jobs over the next four years. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), District 17, representing educators in Simcoe County, said teachers won’t learn their fate until April 25. However, after the Upper Grand District School Board issued layoff […]

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Catholic schools will trim 24 high school teachers in Waterloo Region as classes get bigger

WATERLOO REGION — Five Catholic high schools expect to trim 24 projected high school teachers in September as classes grow bigger by provincial decree. The proposal includes not replacing 15 retiring teachers, and cancelling the hiring of nine additional teachers. The Waterloo Catholic District School Board previously planned to hire more teachers because high school […]

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Ontario-wide student walkout planned for Thursday

Students across Ontario are set to walk out of public schools Thursday afternoon to protest cuts to education. The protest comes after Education Minister Lisa Thompson announced a slew of changes to her ministry’s portfolio, including a revamped health and physical education curriculum, a classroom cellphone ban and an increase in high school class sizes. […]

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