Striking Teachers Defiant as Government Tries to Win Parents

For the first time since early December, teachers of the Upper Grand School Board and the Wellington Catholic District School Board took part in a one-day strike organized by the Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (OSSTF). But as teachers marched, the Minister of Education appealed to parents by announcing that if the strikes continue, the Government of Ontario will pick up the tab for childcare. Continue reading “Striking Teachers Defiant as Government Tries to Win Parents”

Ontario’s Education Showdown Gets More Intense as One-Day Strike Hits Guelph

The Upper Grand District School Board and the Wellington Catholic District School Board are getting their time to strike this coming Wednesday in the latest round of job action from the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF). Guelph’s two prevailing school boards are among the 16 listed as part of the OSSTF’s latest attempt to resolve their impasse in negotiations with the Province. Continue reading “Ontario’s Education Showdown Gets More Intense as One-Day Strike Hits Guelph”

School Board Declares Climate Emergency in Unanimous Motion

At the meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board on Tuesday, trustees voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency. The motion will create a new climate change committee of the board, which will look for ways to reduce the carbon footprint at Guelph and area public schools, and promote others to lead by example. Continue reading “School Board Declares Climate Emergency in Unanimous Motion”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 3 Meeting?

It’s back to business as usual and unusual for City Council, as they sit for the first time since the end of July. September’s Committee of the Whole brings forward a long list of items from the Corporate Services and Public Services agenda including trains, training, contracts, plans, and diversity. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 3 Meeting?”

Guthrie Doesn’t Make Friends With Tory Retweets

Mayor Cam Guthrie has received some backlash for posts on Twitter endorsing statements made by provincial and federal Conservative officials this week, including a response from an elected school board trustee. Continue reading “Guthrie Doesn’t Make Friends With Tory Retweets”

Guelph Schools Piloting New Program for Kids Walking to Classes

At the intersection of encouraging active transportation and helping to fight childhood obesity, there’s a new pilot program at three Guelph schools to encourage students to walk  or bike to school. Be on the look out, the Walking School Bus may be coming to a neighbourhood near you. Continue reading “Guelph Schools Piloting New Program for Kids Walking to Classes”

Fair Denies Allegations in Tribune Article

In a curious email sent Thursday morning, Ward 2 council candidate Dorothe Fair tried to get ahead of allegations in a Guelph Mercury Tribune article. In it, she’s accused of inappropriate actions towards colleagues while she was a vice principal at a Guelph high school eight years ago. Continue reading “Fair Denies Allegations in Tribune Article”

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Susan Carey for Ward 1/5 Upper Grand District School Board Trustee

Susan Carey believes she has the *tools* to be a good school board trustee for the Upper Grand District School Board. Continue reading “CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Susan Carey for Ward 1/5 Upper Grand District School Board Trustee”

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Luke Weiler for Ward 1/5 Upper Grand District School Board Trustee

Luke Weiler is one of the people running in the very busy Ward 1 and 5 trustee race for the Upper Grand District School Board. Continue reading “CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Luke Weiler for Ward 1/5 Upper Grand District School Board Trustee”

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Jordan Lemke for Ward 1/5 Upper Grand District School Board Trustee

Jordan Lemke is one of five challengers, in addition to the two incumbents, running for the two Ward 1 and 5 slots on the Upper Grand District School Board. Continue reading “CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Jordan Lemke for Ward 1/5 Upper Grand District School Board Trustee”