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If your 7 year old…

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Ontario: far from debt crisis

Ontario: far from debt crisis

In the early 1990s, CTV broadcaster Eric Malling told Canadians the sad tale of a baby hippo shot by authorities at a New Zealand zoo. Sad, but apparently necessary, Malling suggested in a special broadcast from down under. After all, New Zealand had big deficits, so there was no money to expand the hippo pen. What was a country to do but blow the newborn hippo away? Malling’s cautionary tale, whi... »

school staffers want to talk

school staffers want to talk

Ontario high school teachers are willing to return to the bargaining table if the province invites them, even as education unions denounce a controversial deal with Catholic teachers. The olive branch from the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation came Friday — one day after Queen’s Park reached an agreement with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association to freeze wages for two ye... »

Budget showdown averted but cuts could come during summer break.

Budget showdown averted but cuts could come during summer break.

At 7pm at 5050 Yonge /North York Centre subway/ Toronto’s public school board will pass a budget for the coming school year.       It APPEARS that plans to cut the staff at TDSB’s Gender-Based Violence Prevention office have been delayed until August when the Ministry of Education will conduct a review to deliver $9m in cuts. Please come to 5050 Yonge at 6:30pm today to witness what Tr... »

Ontario Archbishop chooses the wrong cause to play the martyr

Ontario Archbishop chooses the wrong cause to play the martyr

This week, Cardinal Thomas Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto, issued a long statement protesting against the Liberal Ontario government’s announcement that its anti-bullying legislation, Bill 13, will include specific language protecting school groups supporting gay students. In an important reversal, the bill now states that the students must be allowed to call their clubs Gay-Straight Alliances... »

Countdown to June 13th: Which side are you on?

Countdown to June 13th: Which side are you on?

news item: WHERE TO CUT School Board BUDGET?    How About “Just Say NO!” “After making around $50 million in cuts in April, primarily by chopping 134 FTE School Office Staff (around 200 members) and all 430 FTE Regular Program Educational Assistants, the Trustees have decided to go to their communities and speak to the ‘parents’ on what else should be gutted to bring the budget down an addit... »

Parents, kids, teachers, education workers join 1000s

Parents, kids, teachers, education workers join 1000s

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April showers target city’s most marginalized: 493.5 EA + 134 office positions slashed*

April showers target city’s most marginalized: 493.5 EA + 134 office positions slashed*

The question of re-considering TDSB layoffs for the 134 School Office Staff still has not taken place. The Union [representing the staffers] maintains that moving so many staff will cause serious disruption to the learning environment.  Taking out 134 full-time equivalent positions ensures damage and chaos. Make no mistake:  the restructuring that the Board has wanted (moving office staff from sec... »

TDSB cuts teachers, office staff to please province, balance budget

TDSB cuts teachers, office staff to please province, balance budget

Photo: Kevin Van Paassen, Globe & Mail The Toronto District School Board voted to eliminate 200 high-school teaching positions, 134 school office staff and 17 elementary vice-principals at a special meeting late Wednesday.   The cuts were meant to help the board cope with a projected $109-million shortfall in its nearly $2.7-billion budget. The Ontario government’s decision to protect ful... »

tdsb cuts: the deets

tdsb cuts: the deets

Senior staff at the TDSB have recommended that the school trustees approve the staffing levels of school-based staff for 2012-2013.  Do you agree?  Call your trustee today.  Witness the board meeting Wednesday March 28th where you can hold your trustee’s “feet to the fire”. From reliable sources, CPE has obtained the altered staff allocations suggested for the fall. Read on, spea... »

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