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Saturday, 8 September 2012

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Saturday, Sept. 8th

Come to the Sept.10th Funeral for Collective Bargaining Rights protest at Queen's Park. You will find easy to access details on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/events/205393162924472/

OSSTF has provided an easy to use media kit to email, phone or meet with your MPP to stop the Bill 115 attack on Collective Bargaining writes before it is too late. OECTA still seems to be missing in action, again: http://osstf.on.ca/stop-bill-115

A shocking expose on the horror show at Windsor-Essex Catholic Board as supervisor Hartman uncovers nepotism, a bloated admin, child workers, running deficits, inaccurate budgets, and deliberately provoked teacher strikes to balance the books. Good Lord. Please read my "Backgrounder" blog on the OCSTA trustees and COCP principals' protest strategy from last week. Then see: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/09/07/supervisor-hartmann-ready-to-tackle-issues-at-windsor-and-essex-district-catholic-school-board/

Are we the author's of our own demise? I realize a lot of our teachers don't trust Xtra, but I print all points of view here. Read and think for yourself about the various different perspectives. Challenging? Perhaps! Ultimately the truth will set us free from the lies, whatever they might prove to be. We are professionals! We can handle it!

Allow me to be quite blunt. Most regretfully, OCSTA, COCP, and perhaps even our own usually highly principled  OECTA Provincial, with it's controversial MOU, have now created, and opened a real Pandora's box for us all as Catholics in the days, months and years ahead. The debacle IS NOT a reflection of the vast, overwhelming majority of our truly dedicated, committed and caring Catholic teachers, parents, or students. Is it even Catholic for those of us who believe in faith, truth, honesty, and social justice?!? For shame! If in doubt, look at the results:
http://www.xtra.ca/public/National/Ontario_school_merger_would_save_millions_Study-12478.aspx

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's a shame Catholic education is so misunderstood and always being threatened. Catholic education is a constitutional right, much like French speaking rights. Maybe we should get rid of French language instruction in our schools first. After all, we live in Ontario and who really speaks French here anymore anyways? The ETFO only decided to support one school system after OECTA signed the MOU. They are grasping at anything.

Anonymous said...

But why in today's society is that constitutional right still protected? There are many religions in our society, why should only one group get free education. If you do then any one should be allowed to attend the schools and teach at them.

Anonymous said...

It is constitutional because that was what was agreed upon by the founders of our country and without it Confederation may never have been possible. The historical discrimination that the minority Catholics faced should not be forgotten. How do you think we became a country that respects other cultures and religions (with the exception of Catholics who appear to continue to be persecuted today).

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