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All schools, all grades, across Ontario to close for massive strike on 21st

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All unions, all schools across Ontario are now bracing for a province-wide strike Friday Feb. 21.

All elementary and secondary teachers and education workers represented by the four major education unions in Ontario will take a stand against the Ford government’s education cuts and policies by participating in a one-day walkout across the province.

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Local union leader says plenty of supply teachers; no need to abruptly cancel extracurriculars

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Local union leader says plenty of supply teachers; no need to abruptly cancel extracurriculars
Local union doesn't understand board's decision.

Colin Matthew, district 15 leader for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF), doesn’t believe the local school board’s immediate cancellation of extracurricular activities makes any sense.

The response recently by the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) leaves him with more questions than answers. While other boards are facing the same kind of sanctions, only TLDSB chose to end extracurriculars immediately. The rest of the boards are letting the students finish their current sports cycles, and other activities up until March Break where the decision would then be reassessed.

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School board cancels all extracurricular activities, blames strike action

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TLDSB tells province it is concerned with fewer teachers, mandatory e-learning
TLDSB only board in Ontario to cancel extracurricular activities.

Director of Education Larry Hope says his board has made a decision to cancel all extracurricular activities, blaming strike action — and TLDSB may be the only board in Ontario to do so.

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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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Catholic principals join call for slower re-opening

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

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Catholic principals join call for slower re-opening

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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Real-world experience: Employers won’t want to miss Experiential Learning Fair

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Real-world experience: Employers won’t want to miss Experiential Learning Fair

It’s the old adage we’ve all heard before. ‘I can’t get a job without experience and I can’t get any experience without a job.’ But what if that scenario was getting less true every day? What if experience – through experiential learning – was becoming the new norm? In recognition of this, the Workforce Development Board /Local Employment Planning Council (WDB/LEPC) has come together with their community partners to create the don’t-miss Experiential Learning Fair – Information Session & Trade Show in Peterborough on Friday Nov. 8.

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New lives for old buildings: The rural church and rural schoolhouse

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New lives for old buildings: The rural church and rural schoolhouse

A quarter of a century ago, in 1994, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, South Eldon celebrated its 150th anniversary as a congregation, only to close shortly thereafter. This massive Gothic-revival place of worship – vast in scale compared with other rural churches in the area – is now privately owned.

The sounds of congregational singing have long since died off, the smells and tastes of those delightful dinners so common to the rural church experience are no more, and the furnishings found homes elsewhere, having been sold off at auction. Located at the northwest corner of Prospect and Lorneville Roads, [the former] St. Andrew’s Church still rises from the surrounding landscape, its soaring facade partially hidden by the surrounding foliage.

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