Category: Latest News

Unions protest education cuts

Union members protested the provincial government’s cuts to education in front of local MPP Steve Clark’s office this week. Hoisting signs proclaiming that “class size matters” and “cuts hurt children,” the 50 protesters from five education unions peacefully paraded in front of Clark’s Brockville constituency office on Tuesday. They are upset at the Ford government’s […]

Read More
Education minister asks MPP Sara Singh and school board to ‘stop fearmongering’

On May 16, Brampton Centre MPP Sara Singh asked Education Minister Lisa Thompson to address the Peel District School Board (PDSB) trustees’ open letter on the cancellation of secondary courses. During question period of legislation Singh restated the PDSB board of trustees’ concerns on the impact the Ontario government’s cuts and larger class size will […]

Read More
Why Doug Ford is worse than Mike Harris

For the last 20 years I have ranked Mike Harris as Ontario’s worst premier — at least in the last 75 years and possibly ever. I was out of the country during Bob Rae’s tenure as premier, years that many Ontarians argue were disastrous, although much of Rae’s troubles can be attributed to the fact […]

Read More
Layoff effect will go way beyond fulltime teachers warns union leader

The battle between the Ontario government and the teachers’ unions will extend beyond teacher layoffs says Glen Hodgson, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation District 4. To start, it will harm young teachers trying to get their first job. Some wait years on a supply list to get their chance. “There won’t be a […]

Read More
Educators worried over declining funds

On average, each Ontario student is going to be worth 0.44 per cent less in terms of funding beginning this September. The province has released its funding to school boards for 2019-20 and the amount per pupil has gone down slightly, from $12,300 this year to $12,246 next year. Overall education funding increased by 0.53 […]

Read More
Dozens of teachers protest outside of MPP’s office

As a part of reforms to the education system, the Provincial government raised the limit on class sizes from 22 to 28, meaning that less teachers will be teaching more students. Dale Fobert, a teacher of 27 years and President of the Eastern Ontario district of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) said that […]

Read More
Education minister won’t say whether loss of full-time teacher status counts as job loss

Hundreds of GTA teachers received layoff notices this week, and are being warned they may lose their full-time status. Ontario’s Education Minister Lisa Thompson did not answer when asked repeatedly whether she considers the change a job loss. Read full article >

Read More
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 […]

Read More
Doug Ford provides students with a teachable moment

Students across Ontario staged a walkout on Thursday to protest teacher cuts and larger class sizes proposed by Premier Doug Ford, who is giving young people a lesson in how Ontario’s “Government for the People” is going to treat them, Martin Regg Cohn writes. Read full article >

Read More
Province has ‘declared war on Ontario’s public education system’: Teachers’ union

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) says with sweeping changes to the education system announced Friday, the province has “declared war on Ontario’s public education system.” “OSSTF/FEESO’s response in defence of that system will be commensurate,” the union representing English public high school teachers said in a press release. Among the changes announced March […]

Read More