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Memo from Ontario’s education ministry recommends school boards freeze hiring

TORONTO – Ontario’s education ministry is recommending school boards freeze hiring ahead of the provincial budget and as the government consults on class sizes and hiring practices. Deputy minister Nancy Naylor sent …

More Education Cuts Hurting Ontario’s Most Vulnerable Students

TORONTO – The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) is extremely alarmed by a government memo to school boards, recommending that boards stop hiring teachers and other staff, including hiring …

Making the case for jobs in the trades

Grade 8 students from Petrolia and Wyoming were shown a path to careers in the skilled trades on a recent visit to Sarnia union hall. The students from Holy Rosary …

LETTER: Student Unions are important for the public good

Recently, Ontario’s Doug Ford government proposed regressive changes to post-secondary education that will burden students with more debt and reduce student unions’ capacity to organize and provide essential services to …

After autism program overhauls, Ontario school boards ask province how they’ll manage without more support

Ontario school boards want more resources for students with severe disabilities after a significant change to the province’s autism program that they fear could bring children into classrooms full-time without …

Ontario school boards express ‘grave concerns’ about Ford government’s autism changes

School boards are growing increasingly worried about the impact of the new autism system that could see children arriving in classrooms requiring services they say they don’t have the resources …

Bracing for impact: A four-per-cent cut would trim $1 billion from Ontario’s education budget

As Ontario budget consultations wrapped up Feb. 8, Liz Stuart questioned how much of a conversation really took place. Like many, the president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association …

Doug Ford clashes with protesting students at Ontario legislature

Doug Ford admonished protesting students for their “filthy” mouths on Tuesday after a group decrying cuts to post-secondary grants disrupted a session at Ontario’s legislature by shouting obscenities at the …

A look into the student groups protesting postsecondary changes

From organizing province-wide protests to talks of a student strike, student groups and unions are mobilizing in response to the changes to postsecondary education funding announced by the Ford government …

Ontario autism program changes raise concerns about effects on schools

Changes to Ontario’s autism program are raising concerns that thousands of autistic children who will receive fewer hours of therapy will be pushed into schools unable to properly accommodate them. …