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Dear Minister Broten

Dear Minister Broten

I am writing to you today as a parent of a child in Ontario’s public school system. Specifically, my child attends Public School in Toronto.  Over the past weeks since school began, I have been shocked and disheartened to see first hand the impact of the cuts you have made to our prized education system. <photo with thanks to: Terrance Lam> I have seen and heard about the chaos full day kind... »

Students aren’t high on the priority list

Students aren’t high on the priority list

“Governing is about priorities. Students can’t help but notice they aren’t high on the list.”    David Suzuki June 2012  The Campaign for Public Education has closely examined Ontario’s Bill 115 and is, frankly, appalled with this legislation that will extract more than $2 billion from education funding.  It was not done to expand or consolidate programs or services – the stated purpose was to “fi... »

Teachers, education workers take McGuinty to court

Teachers, education workers take McGuinty to court

Launching Charter challenge to defend democratic rights of Ontarians. The Ontario government is being taken to court by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and [CUPE, OSSTF] because of legislation they say violates the fundamental rights of working people in Ontario. Today ETFO filed a court challenge against the Ontario government’s Bill 115 on grounds that the law, which strips... »

Democracy postponed: Rally Wed 530pm Queens Park

Democracy postponed: Rally Wed 530pm Queens Park

Wedding postponed…but so is our democracy!    In place of a wedding, guests are invited to attend a rally this Wednesday, October 17th 2012 at 5:30pm at Queen’s Park against the shutting down of the legislature and the profoundly undemocratic manner in which austerity is being imposed on Ontarians. The corporate elite of Canada regrets to announce that the upcoming marriage of Dalton McGuint... »

wartime-style powers

wartime-style powers

The Ontario government is selling its new public restraint bill as a simple, two-year wage freeze. A close reading shows the proposed law is much, much broader.  Unveiled on Wednesday by Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, it would give the provincial cabinet wartime-style powers over public sector compensation for at least six years. If approved by the legislature, the Protecting Public Services bill... »

Education “too important to arbitrarily overhaul just to save a buck.”

Education “too important to arbitrarily overhaul just to save a buck.”

.Kayla Smith, a Grade 12 student at Bramalea Secondary School  [seen here addressing Saturday’s rally], isn’t happy about losing her extra-curricular activities but she feels protesting the provincial government’s new legislation, Bill 115: Putting Students First Act, is more important. Smith was at the forefront of a demonstration by Bramalea students on the lawn of Queen’s Park on Saturday... »

1,300 students sign up for walkout

1,300 students sign up for walkout

Ontario teachers mistreated, organizer claims More than 1,300 high school students in the local public board are indicating they’ll walk out of classes Wednesday to protest how their teachers are being treated by the McGuinty government. “With the legislation that they introduced, they basically took the teacher’s right to strike away so that they would face legal action if they do decide to strik... »

Bill “seriously impairs fundamental rights in a manner that cannot be justified in a free & democratic society,”

Bill “seriously impairs fundamental rights in a manner that cannot be justified in a free & democratic society,”

Sukanya Pillay, a director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, speaks during a press conference in Toronto on Thursday August 30, 2012 held by the CUPE, ETFO and OSSTF  to voice their opposition to a bill which affects the rights of Ontario education workers to collective bargaining. The Association issued a stern warning about the Liberal government’s Bill 115, which affects educat... »

Bill 115:  School boards big loser!

Bill 115: School boards big loser!

from: The “crisis” in education – Part 2 Bill 115 “…will result in a major shift in control over Ontario’s education system. The Bill [gives] the provincial government a number of new legal rights: to impose contracts, ban strikes and lock-outs (and even the threat of strikes) and circumvent the courts, the Human Rights Code and the Labour Relations Act. It covers teachers, suppo... »

High-quality, publicly-funded education

High-quality, publicly-funded education

Many mocked us, many vilified us, many told us we would achieve nothing. But after a wave of student mobilization in Quebec through the spring and summer, we can count our victories: on the first day of the new PQ government’s term, it cancelled a tuition hike and repealed an anti-protest law that curbed basic freedoms of expression and assembly. If the PQ yielded so quickly to some of our demands... »

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