We had teachers from all three affiliates protesting outside Premier Wynne's constituency office during the busy rush hour on Elginton Ave East Toronto after school today; ETFO, OSSTF and OECTA. It was a sunny balmy day. One of those quirky Toronto ones were winter suddenly vanishes into summer seemingly overnight. The only sign of spring is the buds on the trees now already a sea of bushy green on the side streets and motorways along my way here. The cars were bumper to bumper. A lot of them honked, the drivers and passengers pumping their fists in the air. Nope. They weren't giving us the finger. We waved our rag tag collection of placards and flags from a long winter of protests past.
With the nice weather one fears many of our once ardent fellow teachers make for the Starbucks sidewalk cafes perhaps the golf course, the winter of our discontent, like a bad dream one would like to shake. Indeed it seemingly dissipates in the heat of the new season, with summer holidays fast approaching. However the hardcore protesters remain, like we always have, many of us since the Harris years.
The Premiers office was locked up and dark. Nobody there though it was still only after school. It certainly seemed odd. I remember many times when we helped candidate Wynne get elected MPP, then again later in the fight to defeat PC leader John Tory in Kathleen's riding when she was our Minister of Education. The door would be wide open. She'd be there laughing and greeting us. How times change!
We are still here Kathleen! All is still not well with our teachers. We are not going away, not now, not anytime soon. The good fight for our profession, our students and our schools carries on!