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Public school board in search for new director of education

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The Trillium Lakelands District School Board has begun to interview candidates to replace the outgoing director of education, Larry Hope, who retires on July 31.

The board is hoping to have a candidate in place by the end of June, who will be ready to take over as Hope ends his decade-long tenure with the board.

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TLDSB tells province it is concerned with fewer teachers, mandatory e-learning

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TLDSB tells province it is concerned with fewer teachers, mandatory e-learning

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board has written to the minister of education, Stephen Lecce, about the unique challenges facing our local board in wake of provincial cuts to education.

The letter comes on the heels of an Advocate opinion piece that questioned why the local school board was not doing more to advocate on behalf of local students. For instance, a few Greater Toronto Area boards wrote letters directly to the minister to share their concerns.

TLDSB chair of the board, Bruce Reain, told the Advocate that TLDSB largely relies on the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) to represent its interests.

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

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Local union leader says plenty of supply teachers; no need to abruptly cancel extracurriculars
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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Construction program at LCVI folds due to cuts by PC government

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"We have had so many success stories with students who are non-traditional learners."

For more than a decade Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute (LCVI) has run the Gold Star Construction
program.

The program targeted senior students, many of whom faced challenges in regular classrooms, and offered real world work experiences on job sites around Lindsay. It also offered them a range of useful certifications including First Aid, Working at Heights, and Chainsaw operator certification.

With the cuts to education from the PC government under Premier Doug Ford, that program will not return next year, despite students having already enrolled in it, says a press release from OSSTF.

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Weldon student wins provincial education award

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Catherine Cadigan with OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof.

Catherine Cadigan, a student at I.E. Weldon Secondary School in Lindsay, is the recipient of the highest honour that the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) can bestow upon a student—the Student Achievement Award (in honour of Marion Drysdale).

Cadigan won the senior grades 11–12 university category in the prose or poetry division of this prestigious award for her entry entitled, Starting at the Top. She was supported by OSSTF/FEESO member Bentley Larson.

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