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THE POWER OF MANY: UNIONS FIGHT FORD CUTS

Many of the more than 50 unions affiliated to the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) came together at the Power of Many: Take Back Ontario Conference on March 25 to stop the government’s pro-business agenda...

COLUMNISTS HAVE A FIELD DAY WITH MINISTER’S “RESILIENCY” REMARKS

Editorial columnists are starting to laugh it up at Education Minister Lisa Thompson’s comments on the “resiliency” students in overcrowded classrooms will supposedly develop. “We’re hearing from professors and employers alike that [students are] lacking...
Queen's Park

QUEEN’S PARK RALLY, STUDENT STRIKE AGAINST EDUCATION CUTS

The Ford government’s plans to cut education funding are running into heavy opposition from across the province. ETFO President Sam Hammond has asked all members to support a rally for public education on Saturday, April...
Violence in schools

YRTL REPORTS HUGE INCREASE IN CLASSROOM VIOLENCE

The president of ETFO’s York Region Teacher Local says violence against the local’s elementary teachers has increased 452% since 2013. Citizens packed a meeting in Newmarket on Mar. 19 to find out what could be...
Violence in schools

VIOLENCE IN THE CLASSROOM: WHAT CAN BE DONE?

Violence against elementary school teachers is spiking, with one in five teachers reporting in a 2017-2018 independent study of Ontario educators,supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, that a student had...

CLASS-SIZE HIKES “DRAMATIC,” “HARMFUL,” SCHOOL BOARDS SAY

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association says recently announced class-size increases for grades 4-12 will “have a dramatic and harmful effect on both students and staff in secondary schools across Ontario,” according to an article...

GOVERNMENT SIMPLY DELAYING AUTISM CRISIS BY SIX MONTHS

The following is the text of a news release issued by ETFO. Toronto, ON – Today’s announcement by the Conservative government is simply putting off the crisis it has created for children with autism by...

OTTAWA TEACHERS WEAR BLACK TO PROTEST CLASS SIZE HIKES

Secondary and elementary school teachers united in the Ottawa area, wearing black to protest the Ford government’s decision to increase class sizes from grades 4-12. In the video below, CTV News Ottawa reporter Megan Shaw...