Ontario Government Releases Plan to Re-Open Schools in the Fall

The school year is almost over, but the planning for next year is now a less opaque thanks to an announcement from Queen’s Park on Friday. Education Minister Stephen Lecce took part in Friday’s press conference where the Government of Ontario laid out how the province’s schools will operate in the fall, and it will have to be multiple choice as school boards must prepare three different plans in case of the circumstances. Continue reading “Ontario Government Releases Plan to Re-Open Schools in the Fall”

Upper Grand School Board Meets Virtually Like Everyone Else

For the first time since March 11, the Upper Grand District School Board met Tuesday night, and they did it virtually through a publicly available Vimeo link. Some of it was regular business like approval of theĀ  calendar for the 2020-2021 school year, but there were at least two controversial motions on the agenda that prompted some debate in the 40-minute meeting. Continue reading “Upper Grand School Board Meets Virtually Like Everyone Else”

Ontario Government Passes New Emergency Measures

In another emergency session of the Ontario Legislature today, a representative sample of Ontario’s political leaders approved an extension of the state or emergency and other measures to assist Ontario schools and municipalities weather the crisis. The government said they’re using every tool at their disposal to protect the health and safety of Ontarians. Continue reading “Ontario Government Passes New Emergency Measures”

Ford Again Says Teachers in it For Money and Union Power; Teachers Disagree

A day after the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) held another one-day strike, and on the same week that his government is facing labour strife will all teachers unions province-wide, Premier Doug Ford told the media this morning that it’s still about the money, and it’s still about the union throwing its weight around. Continue reading “Ford Again Says Teachers in it For Money and Union Power; Teachers Disagree”

Schreiner Tells Town Hall He Sees Change at Queen’s Park, But Not Enough

Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner took a break from the debate and lawmaking at Queen’s Park to have a sit down with Guelphites Thursday night to talk about the latest issues in provincial matters. For Schreiner, he’s pleased to see a change in tone from Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservative government, but there’s still room for improvement. Continue reading “Schreiner Tells Town Hall He Sees Change at Queen’s Park, But Not Enough”

High School Teachers the Next to Threaten Job Action

It was just over a week ago that educational support workers with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) reached a new deal and cancelled a pending strike with just a few hours to spare. If you thought it would mean peace in the schools from here on out, think again, because now the high school teachers of the province are making rumblings. Continue reading “High School Teachers the Next to Threaten Job Action”

CUPE Strike Averted! Schools are Back to Normal (For Now)

Late Sunday evening, parents across Ontario got the news that they wanted to hear: there will be no strike by support workers organized under the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) on Monday. A last minute deal has been reached between CUPE and the Government of Ontario, meaning peace at schools across the province. For now. Continue reading “CUPE Strike Averted! Schools are Back to Normal (For Now)”

CUPE’s the First School Union to Call For No Board Report

At least one public union representing Ontario’s school workers has taken the first step to job action this week with the issuance of a no-board report. A no-board starts a 17-day countdown to a strike or lockout, but does that mean school will be out again by the end of September for the Canadian Union of Public Employees? Continue reading “CUPE’s the First School Union to Call For No Board Report”

Solidarity Forever, But Surrounded By Politics at the Labour Day Picnic

It’s Labour Day, which means for most a chance to rest and recreate, but in Riverside Park every year, it’s a chance for organized labour to stand in solidarity with their fellow union employees. This year, with a Federal election on the horizon, and the spectre of Provincial cutbacks, things were slightly more political than usual. Continue reading “Solidarity Forever, But Surrounded By Politics at the Labour Day Picnic”

GUELPH POLITICAST #170 – Kayla Weiler, Outgoing VP of the CSA

It’s the end of April, and that means it’s the end of the main school year. If you’re a student that works on campus, that also means its turnover time; you’re either entering a new position, or your leaving a position you invested a whole year in. Kayla Weiler is in the latter category. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #170 – Kayla Weiler, Outgoing VP of the CSA”