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”

Ontario Schools Now Officially Out for Summer, While Commission Coming for LTC

The last time that Ontario students stepped foot inside their classrooms was the day before March Break, and Tuesday it was revealed that they won’t be going back until after Labour Day. The fate of the school year is one of a couple of new announcements from Queen’s Park today, along with updates to the emergency orders, and the announcement that the Provincial government will be looking into what happened in long term care homes. Continue reading “Ontario Schools Now Officially Out for Summer, While Commission Coming for LTC”

Ontario Government Announces Schools and Parks will Remain Closed till 2019

As some jurisdictions in Canada look to re-open society from the COVID-19 quarantine lockdown, it seems like Ontario is looking to keep some aspects buttoned up for at least another month. The Government of Ontario announced this weekend that provincial parks, and all of Ontario’s public schools will be closed until May 31. Continue reading “Ontario Government Announces Schools and Parks will Remain Closed till 2019”

A Year of Labour Strife Concludes with a Deal for OSSTF

Nearly eight months after their contract expired, and after who knows how many lost hours in the classroom due to rotating strikes, the Ontario government has closed its fourth and final deal with the teachers’ unions. With a month’s time, a year of labour strife at Ontario’s schools has come to an end with a tentative deal with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF). Continue reading “A Year of Labour Strife Concludes with a Deal for OSSTF”

Then There Was One: AEFO Reaches a Deal with the Ontario Government

It turns out that the global pandemic has become great news for the Ontario government looking to end a school year of labour strife with workers and teachers. The Ministry of Education has secured a tentative deal with the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), which is the third of four teachers’ unions to end their job action with a new contract. Continue reading “Then There Was One: AEFO Reaches a Deal with the Ontario Government”

Ontario Schools Will Stay Closed Till May

The Ontario government has made the not unexpected move to keep schools across the province closed for another month. Along with this decision, the Ministry of Education has also announced new plans for how Ontario’s students can continue their learning while at home, but there might still be issues in terms of the available resources. Continue reading “Ontario Schools Will Stay Closed Till May”

Ontario Government Secures Deal With Second Teachers’ Union

For the second time in as many weeks, the Government of Ontario has announced that they’ve reached a deal with a teachers union. This time, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has reached a tentative agreement with the government, which means that the 83,000 teachers that the ETFO represents will be back to work without further labour disruption once the COVID-19 crisis has passed. Continue reading “Ontario Government Secures Deal With Second Teachers’ Union”

Local Catholic Teachers Feel Good About Having a Deal

After six months of rising tensions with all four of Ontario’s teachers unions, the Provincial government can now take some comfort that they’ve solved 25 per cent of the problem. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) has reached a tentative deal with the Ontario government, and the president of the Wellington unit looks forward to hanging up his picket sign. Continue reading “Local Catholic Teachers Feel Good About Having a Deal”

Lecce Backs Down on Key Demands From Teachers

In a snap press conference held Tuesday afternoon, Ontario’s Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that the government is backing off key demands for Ontario’s teachers including increased class sizes and e-learning requirements. The move puts the ball back in the court of the teachers’ unions less than 48 hours before another province-wide strike by Ontario’s Catholic school teachers. Continue reading “Lecce Backs Down on Key Demands From Teachers”

Guelph Teachers Take Part in Province-Wide One Day Strike

Nearly 200,000 teachers in 72 school boards spent their Friday on the picket line instead of in the classroom, effectively shutting down nearly 5,000 schools in Ontario, and keeping nearly two million students at home. It was the biggest job action by Ontario teachers since 1997, and it was a further escalation in the labour face-off between teachers and the Government of Ontario that seems unlikely to end any time soon. Continue reading “Guelph Teachers Take Part in Province-Wide One Day Strike”