OPSBA in the Media – November 2022

2022 11/7 | Connects Page, OPSBA in the Media

OPSBA to announce results of recent Nanos survey
CHCH News Hamilton – November 28, 2022
VIDEO: The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association will announce at 9:15 a.m. the results of a Nanos survey regarding key Ontario resident issues such as student transportation, capital funding and equity, diversity, and inclusion.
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‘Transphobic’ school hoax persists, angering education officials, activists
London Free Press – November 28, 2022
The origin of a stubbornly persistent urban myth that seeks to link litter boxes, students and local schools is rooted in an attempt to dehumanize people who identify as transgender, one education advocate says.

School boards to hold ratification vote after CUPE school staff vote on tentative deal
Toronto Star – November 28, 2022
School boards will hold a ratification vote on the tentative contract deal reached with CUPE as soon as support staff wrap up theirs, says the president of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.
“Negotiations are never easy — they are never easy for anybody, and we understand and appreciate that,” said Cathy Abraham, who was at Queen’s Park on Monday with trustees from across the province to meet with MPPs.

Disruptions caused by protest has school board trustees wondering how to hold public meetings
Ottawa Sun – November 26, 2022
Trustees at Ottawa’s largest school board are contemplating how to hold public meetings after police were called in to disperse a raucous crowd during a special meeting to discuss mandatory masking in schools.

CUPE calls off strike, schools to reopen Monday as tentative deal reached with province
Toronto Star – November 20, 2022
The strike is off — and school is on.
Last-ditch negotiations landed a tentative deal between CUPE and the government, averting job action by support staff that would have seen hundreds of thousands of children in boards across the province out of class and learning virtually from home.

Report cards are out. The Ford government says it has a plan to help students catch up. Is turning to the private sector a solution — or part of the problem?
Toronto Star – November 15, 2022
Silky Singh, who runs a private tutoring centre in Brampton, used to get just two to three calls a day during her busy season, which typically came after first report cards went home.
But just two weeks into the school year, the Peel public board added Kumon to its list of centres providing tutoring for its students and her phone started ringing off the hook with about 15 calls a day.

CUPE school workers will walk out Friday even as Ford government passes law banning strike
Toronto Star – November 3, 2022
Some 55,000 unionized Ontario school support workers are set to illegally strike Friday after Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives rammed through legislation overriding Charter rights and imposing a contract.
Despite hefty cash fines from Queen’s Park, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees are still planning to walk off the job, potentially closing thousands of schools across Ontario, and leaving parents and students scrambling.

Ontario government outlaws school staff strike but unions vow job action will go ahead
Toronto Sun – November 3, 2022
The Doug Ford government passed legislation Thursday that invoked the Canadian Charter’s notwithstanding clause to outlaw a strike by 55,000 CUPE education workers after last-ditch talks failed.
Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU), said the strike would go ahead Friday and parents should have contingency plans for next week.