Upper Grand School Board to Demand More Clarity About Province’s School Re-Opening Plan

There are too many unanswered questions, no idea about how to increase safety precautions, and decisions about re-opening schools are happening in such a way that parents, teachers and school administrators can’t do any long-term planning. The Upper Grand District School Board heard again on Tuesday night that Ontario needs more action and less reaction, and they’re going to take that fight to the Government of Ontario. Continue reading “Upper Grand School Board to Demand More Clarity About Province’s School Re-Opening Plan”

No In-Person Classes for Guelph Schools Till February 1

One month ago this past Monday marked the last time that most students in Guelph stepped foot inside their schools and classrooms, at least the ones that were physically going to school in the first place. On Wednesday, it was announced that January will end without kids going back to school as Public Health has extended the order for mandatory virtual learning for another week as the case count slowly declines. Continue reading “No In-Person Classes for Guelph Schools Till February 1”

Schreiner Wants Less Cheerleading More Regular Leading from Ford

The annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference wrapped up on Wednesday with some speeches from opposition leaders including Green Party of Ontario leader and Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner. After Premier Doug Ford’s somewhat rosy appraisal of the current response to COVID-19 on Monday, Schreiner notes there’s still a long, long way to go, and a lot of stuff that’s been overlooked by the provincial government. Continue reading “Schreiner Wants Less Cheerleading More Regular Leading from Ford”

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 the  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)”