Education matters

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... »

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summer, we can count our victories: on the first day of the new PQ government’s term, it cancelled a tuition hike and repealed an anti-protest law that curbed basic freedoms of expression and assembly.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... »

Teachers mourn Bill 115’s passing

Teachers mourn Bill 115’s passing

Several hundred teachers, many clad in black, attended a public school board meeting Tuesday night in unified protest against the Liberal government’s new education legislation. About 300 teachers, mostly local members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), filled the Peel District School Board’s meeting room beyond its seating capacity. The regular twice-monthly meeting to ... »

Bill 115 attacks constitutional rights

Bill 115 attacks constitutional rights

      Bill 115 is “an unprecedented attack on the civil liberties and constitutional rights of educational workers.” -Canadian Civil Liberties Association.   A legal challenge has been launched. Meanwhile many provisions of Bill 115 are unclear & will be the subject of ongoing disputes. »

Today is write MPPs day

Today is write MPPs day

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Tell your MPP “Don’t strip democratic rights!”

Tell your MPP “Don’t strip democratic rights!”

On September 10th, the government is determined to pass Bill 115, legislation that will take away the right of Ontario’s public school teachers and education workers to bargain their wages and working conditions. This right, the right to bargain collectively, has been upheld as a fundamental right under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The government legislation will cut salaries, redu... »

Student trustees at Queens Park

Student trustees at Queens Park

Ontario Student Trustees Association to Hold Press Conference Monday Aug 27th OSTA-AAECO is the provincial group representing English and French Student Trustees on Public School Boards. The press conference will address the direct negative impact that the proposed Liberal legislation will have on students. Twitter @OSTAAECO.   Holding a press conference on Monday at Queen’s Park with @OSTAA... »

Rally Tuesday 28th 12 noon

Rally Tuesday 28th 12 noon

Rally in support of public education workers!  Tuesday, August 28  noon – 1:30pm   Queen’s Park   University Avenue / College Street (map)   Toronto             Join ETT, ETFO, OSSTF, CUPE, and other concerned community members to protest the government’s proposed anti-collective bargaining legislation. Please bring your friends and family, noisemake... »

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