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Scott calls union strike action ‘unacceptable:’ OSSTF says cuts are a worse disruption

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One-day strike commenced today in front of MPP Laurie Scott's office, as well as all area schools. Photo: Joli Scheidler-Benns.

Calling today’s strike action “unacceptable,” MPP Laurie Scott says it’s families who are affected most in their struggle to find childcare.

“While parents are understandably frustrated by teacher union escalation every few years, it is unacceptable that union leaders would ramp up strike action and make families across the province scramble for childcare,” she tells the Advocate in an email.

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Education strike action in front of Scott’s office next Tuesday

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Local teachers are taking strike action next Tuesday, including in front of the MPP's office.

The Advocate has learned that strike action will take place in front of MPP Laurie Scott’s office on Tuesday Jan. 21 beginning at 10:30 am.

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Trillium Lakelands board could be affected Tuesday by rotating strikes

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The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has given the required five-day notice for Grand Erie, Trillium Lakelands, Renfrew and Superior-Greenstone school boards in anticipation of a one-day strike on Tuesday January 21.

Meanwhile Education Minister Stephen Lecce has offered compensation for families affected by the strike in terms of childcare costs.

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ETFO to issue five days notice to boards for possibe rotating strikes next week

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Starting Wednesday January 15, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will begin providing the required five-day notice to school boards in anticipation of rotating strikes.

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Remembering Dave Auger

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Dave Auger, circa 1984. I.E. Weldon year book.

It was a small gesture, in a way, but one that affected the rest of my life, as small gestures so often do. The time was the mid-1980s, and I was in Grade 12 at I.E. Weldon. I wasn’t a great math student, but for some reason I was still taking functions and relations, with David Auger — well, he was Mr. Auger to us, of course — as my teacher.

I thought he was nice enough; he seemed kind, if awkward, and he encouraged me despite my lack of aptitude for his subject.

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Sign up now for Lindsay Makerspace winter programs

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Sign up now for Lindsay Makerspace winter programs

The Lindsay Makerspace, an initiative of the Pinnguaq Association, is a community space for people to explore, make, create, think, play, share, learn, unlearn, hack, and discuss.

It opened its doors early in October of 2019, and are focused on supporting digital justice and building gender and racial equity in STEAM by providing access to space, educational workshops, tools, and resources.

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High school teachers stage walk-out for first time in 22 years

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OSSTF negotiators remained at the table right up to a midnight strike deadline but the union says the provincial government and Minister of Education Stephen Lecce “failed to bring a single proposal to the bargaining table.

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ETFO says new work to rule strike action to affect administration, not students

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The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is engaging in a series of local meetings to prepare members for a work-to-rule strike action that begins on Tuesday, November 26. The action targets Ministry and school board administrative tasks and does not impact on students.

“We are making this known well in advance to assure parents that this strike action will not affect students, their learning or their safety,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “ETFO members will be withdrawing from Ministry and school board administrative activities, which will give them more time to focus on working with students.”

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Innovative breakaway weeks at Central Senior integrates students into our community

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Innovative breakaway weeks at Central Senior integrates students into our community
Photo courtesy of Kawartha Conservation.

Hands-up if when you were in Grade 7 or 8 you did any of the following:

*Installed a garden that could withstand drought conditions or one that could absorb water run-off.

*Painted yellow fish on storm gratings and carried out a neighbourhood campaign to inform homeowners of the message they should take away from this.

*Assisted a pharmacist in concocting specially-formulated medicinal mouthwash for cancer patients.

*Prepared a vaping awareness campaign for your peers.

*Helped a butcher convert kidneys, hearts, and livers into dog-food.

*Had an opportunity to shadow a specialist in non-surgical cosmetic medicine. 

Too cool for school, right?

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ETFO votes overwhelmingly for strike action if necessary

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ETFO votes overwhelmingly for strike action if necessary

Members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have given their union a strong mandate for central strike action should it be needed during ETFO’s central bargaining negotiations:

  • ETFO’s teacher and occasional teacher members voted 98% in favour of strike action; and
  • ETFO’s education worker members voted 98% in favour of strike action.

“Talks have stalled at ETFO’s central bargaining tables. This is a wake-up call from our members to this government to get serious about key issues affecting educators and students including more supports for Special Education, class size and class structure, fair and transparent hiring practices, and preservation of the current Kindergarten program,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond.

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