RECAP: Upper Grand Board Seeks Feedback on Police in Schools

Technical issues and technical challenges marked the long-awaited town hall on police presence in schools hosted by the Upper Grand District School Board. Participants were asked to give their feedback on a couple of questions as a community task force races to an end-of-year deadline to decide if having a police resource officer in school, in this year of tremendous social change, is something still worth doing. Continue reading “RECAP: Upper Grand Board Seeks Feedback on Police in Schools”

GUELPH POLITICAST #236 – What Will School Look Like?

This is the last week of summer, and it’s typically a time of great excitement for kids and parents alike. This year though, there is also more than a little amount of trepidation because going back to school means something very different in the era of COVID-19. Perhaps this will help. We’re going to look at what your school might look like when you, or your child, are heading back to it in the next couple of weeks. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #236 – What Will School Look Like?”

Masks For Everyone, Says Upper Grand District School Board

At a special meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board on Tuesday night, trustees heard the plans of their staff to ensure the safe re-opening of schools in Guelph and area in just a few weeks time. According to the staff report, the new school year is going to come with big challenges, and a big price tag, but confidence is high that it’s a good plan that will give school kids a taste of normalcy. Continue reading “Masks For Everyone, Says Upper Grand District School Board”

School Board Endorses Police Presence Task Force Creation

A discussion held over from last week’s special meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board was no less easier to resolve seven days later. At Tuesday evening’s virtual meeting of the Board, the creation of a new task force to look at police presence in schools was debated, and so was the first attempt by the Board to due outreach on the subject with a proposed town hall that’s now going to take place in September. Continue reading “School Board Endorses Police Presence Task Force Creation”

Upper Grand Board to Look at Police in Schools, Hung Up on Technicalities

At a special meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board on Tuesday night, trustees all agreed that while forming a task force to look at police presence in schools is a good idea, the motion tabled by the Board chair had some issues that couldn’t be resolved in one night. While the Board accepted the report, there’s still a lot of work to be done before they move onto the next phase. Continue reading “Upper Grand Board to Look at Police in Schools, Hung Up on Technicalities”

Guelph’s Leaders Offer Messages of Hope and Encouragement

People around the world have been watching the events unfolding in the United States last weekend, and some of those people live in Guelph. As we struggle with our own feelings about the death of another Black man in police custody, and we think about our own roles in combating anti-Black racism, Guelph’s leaders have been offering words of comfort, understanding, and self-reflection. Continue reading “Guelph’s Leaders Offer Messages of Hope and Encouragement”

Upper Grand and Wellington Catholic Waiting for Key Docs to Finish 2020/21 Budget

At the Upper Grand District School Board Meeting last Tuesday, a series of meetings about the budget for the 2020/2021 school year were cancelled because the board is still waiting for documents from the Ministry of Education that they need to finalize the budget. With a deadline of June 30 for the final budget to be submitted to the ministry, school boards across Ontario have 30 days to get their financial plans in order even through there are still so many questions that have to be answered. Continue reading “Upper Grand and Wellington Catholic Waiting for Key Docs to Finish 2020/21 Budget”

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 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”

Two More COVID-19 Cases in Waterloo Region as Local Events Reconsider Cancellation

The news these days is pretty much all Coronavirus, all the time, and every hour brings new cancellations and quarantines, including, as of lunch hour on Thursday, the Prime Minister of Canada. With everything from major sporting events, movie premieres, conferences, and other crowd-filled activities being cancelled, everyone’s on guard for the next outbreak. Even here in Guelph. Continue reading “Two More COVID-19 Cases in Waterloo Region as Local Events Reconsider Cancellation”