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Sunday, 14 October 2012

Tim + Dalton's Big Fat Wedding!

[Today's news links below.....]

TIM + DALTON's BIG FAT WEDDING!!!

Coming this Wednesday! More Protest Theatre at Queen's Park! Our OECTA protesters are also invited to join in. Here's the flyer and an invite from OSSTF D12 activist Tim Heffernam:


My name's Tim Heffernan and I'm an OSTTF activist in District 12 (Toronto). This post has nothing to do with the above discussion but I don't know where else to place it.
There's a group of Toronto rank and file teachers, from OSSTF and ETFO, that have been organizing different actions/events related to education and Bill 115. The most notable one was a piece of political theatre at Queen's Park on the eve of the passing of Bill 115 - "Funeral for Collective Bargaining"

On Wednesday, it’s time for more political theatre, this time a wedding. It is described on Facebook as follows:

“When it came to embracing Conservative ideas, Dalton McGuinty once played hard-to-get, but with the passing of Bill 115 he has finally come out of the political closet, embraced his Conservative rival, and shown where his heart truly lies. So now it's time to make it official and have a wedding! Yes, Tim and Dalton are getting married.

Mike Harris has kindly agreed to officiate. Laurel Broten will be the Maid of Honour, and the adorable Rob Ford will be the ring bearer. In a nod to older, more Conservative cultural customs, this marriage has been arranged by the families: TD Bank, BMO, CIBC, and Scotiabank.”

We cordially invite all OECTA members to the event and we would particularly like an OECTA member (preferably one opposed to your MOU) to speak briefly at the open mic session.
The Facebook event is officially titled “Tim and Dalton’s Big Fat Wedding.”
I can be contacted at: permarev@gmail.com

I am planning to attend and make a short speech. Hope to see our other OECTA members there too!

For more info please visit the ETT website athttp://ett.ca/media-centre/no/tim-and-daltons-big-fat-wedding-october-17-2012

OCTOBER 15, 2012

Photo Zone: A picture gallery of ETFO Peel picket MPP Bob Delaney on Friday shows us how it's done! See: http://www.mississauga.com/photozone/1518020

The fine art of  getting letters to the editor published:

Our teachers -our kids!  A very and direct but brief letter to the editor with lots of just plain folks appeal.
Of course you want our teachers to be able to best assist your own kids eh? See: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/10/12/70055/

A very detailed letter to the editor rebuffing a number of incorrect assumptions in a local newspaper article. The teacher makes direct reference to her own experiences. That's adds a strong human element to a sometimes tedious teacher issues. See: http://www.manitoulin.ca/2012/10/10/writer-objects-to-percieved-assumptions-in-expositor-editorial/?doing_wp_cron=1349915047.82889890670776367

This letter to the editor makes a strong point about extracurriculars. If you don't appreciate the fact we do this voluntarily for your kid, then go do it yourself. A clear specific point that's pretty difficult to reasonably argue. It hits hard while making perfect sense. Kindly give us a little respect, that's all we ask! See: http://www.windsorstar.com/parents+volunteer/7372479/story.html

Another home run! EA's letter to the editor makes a sensible analogy between teaching students to be fair and Bill 115. Short paragraphs, each making a specific point, add up to the big question; Don't we teach by example? Then what's the government doing?!? Why can't we just sit down and talk???? Love it. See:  http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/10/11/69578/

Unsubstantiated rumour from an excellent source: Watch for a cabinet shuffle soon involving the education minister....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

McGuinty Resigns as Premier. That's a good first step in rebuilding Ontario's Democracy. Now it's time to rebuild OECTA....starting at the top! Democracy Rules! One member..one vote!

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