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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Bill 115: Teacher News Links Sept. 9-12 2012

Last updated 9:30pm Wednesday Sept. 12!

Wed. Sept 12: There's Got To Be A Mourning After.....

McGuinty speaks this morning at George Brown College on extracurriculars, the next election and Kathleen Wynne. See: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1255516--ontario-teachers-dalton-mcguinty-pleads-with-teachers-to-return-to-extracurricular-activities

Popular Former Education Minister + possible Liberal leadership candidate Kathleen Wynne comments seem at odds with McGuinty on K-W by-election loss + Liberal tactics: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2012/09/12/toronto-ontario-teachers.html

ETFO asks members to put voluntary activities on hold and observe Dalton Monday meeting boycott: http://www.controlyourfuture.ca/etfo_news/elementary-teachers-push-the-pause-button-on-voluntary-activities-and-begin-‘mcguinty-mondays’-in-response-to-draconian-legislation/

ETFO actions are open ended, OSSTF only calls for withdrawn of voluntary activities for today:
http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/ontario-teachers-pledge-its-not-business-as-usual-on-extracurriculars/article4537777/?service=mobile

CTV Kitchener video reports on yesterday in the legislature: http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/teachers-unions-declare-war-on-ontario-government-1.951314

Public elementary Muslim and Christian parents requesting advance lesson plans so can exempt their children from lessons contrary to their faith + beliefs. See: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1255253--conservative-religionists-blast-ontario-schools-with-opt-out-letters-for-students#.UFCOSKYaDEI.twitter

NDP party critique of K-W election win plays down teacher role + takes Hudak to task for statements made: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1255824--anatomy-of-the-ndp-s-byelection-victory-in-kitchener-waterloo

Doug Little Report analyses the Rise of Fascism in the Centre + applies it to McGuinty + Bill 115. Well argued. Some food for thought. See: http://www.thelittleeducationreport.com/TheOntario.html

Doug Little provides an arms length look at the tension between Catholicism in education + politics [McGuinty, Broten, Cardinal Collins + the trustees] and the "social progressive" OECTA wing, as a "grassroot's" Catholic organization. Not for the Catholic faint of heart + I can't somehow see him being a big fan of our union right now. Still, consider all points of view + the truth will set you free. See:  http://www.thelittleeducationreport.com/HasThe.htmlhttp://www.thelittleeducationreport.com/HasThe.html

Doug Little considers McGuinty + Hudak as a "Punch + Judy" show, + speculates on Tim performing "Hari cari". See: http://www.thelittleeducationreport.com/HasThe.html

Agree with him or not, Doug always provides a well argued + thought provoking read. See his Archives
for more topics of educational interest: http://www.thelittleeducationreport.com/archives.html

Tuesday, Sept 11

Today at Queen's Park: Collective Bargaining RIP!!!

Funeral Notice for last nights Ed Worker's Collective Bargaining Event at Queen's Park. See my report below and photos in slide show. RIPhttps://twitter.com/Leslie_Wolfe/status/245287363708846080/photo/1

Voting record by MPP and party. Total 82 for/ 15 against. Lib Bill 115 passes with Con support:
http://www.osstf.on.ca/list-of-mpp-s-and-how-they-voted-on-bill-115.pdf

CBC video news coverage from Queen's Park today: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2012/09/11/toronto-ontario-teachers.html

Teacher protests at Queen's Park as bill passed:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/news-video/video-ontario-teachers-rally-against-wage-freeze-bill/article4507057/?from=453630

Globe article summarizes highlights and party + union leaders reaction as Bill 115 voted into law by Libs + Cons: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/teachers-unions-vow-action-after-ontario-bill-passed/article4536303/

The Star/ Canada Press summarize events in recent weeks leading up to today: http://m.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1254896--ontario-passes-teacher-wage-freeze-bill?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium

Hudak claims victory + gloats over having Liberals "on his side" for wage freeze: http://t.co/8rowAiKU

OSSTF President responds to passing of Bill 115. Will mount legal challenge and continue to
follow Labour Relations Act. See: http://www.osstf.on.ca/MR-Sep-11-2012

ETFO teachers to "put pause" on voluntary activities as a part of an escalating strategy including Dalton Monday meeting refusals: http://www.etfo.ca/MediaRoom/MediaReleases/Pages/Elementary%20Teachers%20to%20%E2%80%98Take%20a%20Pause%E2%80%99%20on%20Voluntary%20Activities.aspx

Pogge's Onpoli.ca Blog summarizes public union actions to follow passage of Bill 115 with his own ongoing commentary: http://www.onpoli.ca/node/487

Union heads removed from legislature: https://twitter.com/suntooz/status/245554926774804480/photo/1

ETFO, OSSTF, CUPE Press scrum outside QP. It will not be business as usual. See: http://twitpic.com/atjsri

Ottawa Citizen summary examines OSSTF + ETFO strategy for after the election: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Ontario+passes+bill+freezing+teachers+wages/7220407/story.html

Photo of scrum at: https://twitter.com/robertbenzie/status/245557544909680640/photo/1

Previously: Education Minister + OSSTF President debate extracurricular activities on TVO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S8f5zsj0Oo&feature=youtu.be

Doorey's blog answers legal questions on Bill 115 implementation. Law voids itself in 2 years: http://www.yorku.ca/ddoorey/lawblog/?p=5519

Globe + Mail video feature on what the new legislation means. See: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/news-video/video-what-ontario-liberals-teacher-legislation-means-for-the-year-ahead/article4497899/

Horwath introduces Fife to NDP caucus: https://twitter.com/robertbenzie/status/245566726153043968/photo/1

Media Alert: OSSTF, ETFO + CUPE Presidents scheduled to speak outside Queen's Park today after Bill 115 is passed into law. A teacher protest is expected: http://www.osstf.on.ca/MA-Sept-10-2012

Media undertakers to quick to bury Tim Hudak? National Post to the rescue! See: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/09/10/scott-stinson-media-undertakers-are-in-too-big-a-rush-to-bury-hudak/

Monday, Sept 10: The Funeral Vigil At Queen's Park!

Photos being posted in my slide show. An A+ event all the way. Very well done!

Education workers funeral for bargaining rights is tonight Monday Sept.10 at 7pm on lawn outside Queen's Park. Wear black in solidarity. See you there! See: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/205393162924472/

OECTA TSU MOU info meets for our teachers will be scheduled across the city as follows:
Oct.1: Senator O'Connor/ Oct.2: St. Basil's/ Oct 3: Marshall McLuhan CSS. More info to follow.

Off theHotline:The WCDSB [Waterloo Catholic District School Board] + OECTA meet today to discuss board's application for reconciliation. The board does not agree with the MOU because of the fair hire and teacher professional clauses. More info when it becomes available.

Bill 115 expected to be passed tomorrow, Tuesday, at legislature. See: http://www.680news.com/news/national/article/399846--ont-liberals-teacher-bill-could-face-final-vote-tuesday

Potential Lib and Con leaders at Queen's Park today rumoured to be lining up their ducks after K-W loss to NDP. Party stalwarts, of course, deny. See: http://m.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1252881--hudak-blames-unions-for-tories-loss-in-kitchener-waterloo

McGuinty annual leadership review comes at this fall's Liberal AGM. The party is worried about all the teacher members who could be in attendance: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1254399--dalton-mcguinty-faces-leadership-review-in-ottawa-later-this-month

University of Toronto Varsity weighs in on "education crisis". See: http://thevarsity.ca/2012/09/09/mcguintys-tough-talk-on-teachers-unions-is-not-what-it-seems/

K-W Record letter to the editor from a teacher veteran during the Harris years. See: http://www.therecord.com/opinion/columns/article/794779--a-teachable-moment-for-the-education-premier

Sunday Sept.9

Lib MPP + Former Education Minister Kathleen Wynne addresses Bill 115 in legislature. Kathleen was always a big favourite of myself and many teachers. Agree or disagree with her, this is worth watching. Argument about rhetoric is especially challenging: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60bWU8bHiNc

Counterpoints [Worth a repeat back to back]:

OSSTF President Coran speaks on "Putting Student's First" on Steve Paiken's TVO show "The Agenda". See video at: http://ww3.tvo.org/video/181429/ken-coran-osstf-and-putting-students-first

Previous episode, ditto, with Education Minister Laurel Brotenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIO014J1lFA&list=UUu_u-P3cBFO7D-sAjxd_I-w&index=3&feature=plcp

TDSB public school trustee Howard Goodman responds. Concern over constitutional rights regarding school boards and cabinet is interesting. However, my OECTA colleagues will notice the constitutionality of Catholic Schools is then ignored with a cost argument. Issue of using reduced sick days for observation of religious holidays in multifaith public schools is poignant for many teachers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6pGIF18fxM&feature=relmfu

In other teacher news:

Contractual trade offs paid for our sick day bank and gratuities. Now all gone up in smoke. Read this letter to the editor in the Kingston Whighttp://www.thewhig.com/2012/09/05/letters-to-the-editor-for-sept-6-2012

Star's Cohn column on Hudak's union bashing, scapegoating and other two bit tricks definitely a must read if you haven't all ready. See: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1253580--cohn-tim-2-0-needs-to-upgrade-tory-gaming-and-delete-union-scapegoating

Not a happy teacher camper these days? "Dalton's Deals: The Expendables" cartoon might strike your funny bone. See: http://daltonsdeals.tumblr.com/post/31155392233/the-expendables-coming-soon-to-an-election-near

Allan Gregg's "Attack on Reason" examines Canadian Politics within an Orwellian "1984" context. You can easily apply it to our own teacher crisis. Never frivolous. Some real food for thought. This reads definately a couple of cuts above most, in my humble opinion: See: http://allangregg.com/?p=80

No texting in his class allowed! See: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xpybql_no-texting-in-class_fun?ralg=behavior-meta2#from=playrelon-2

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