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Legislative Update - August 15, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=270Legislative Update - August 15, 20182018-08-15T15:14:17Z<div class="ExternalClass65CCF186228B45CBA777E4DF25BFCC5A"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Pink_Palace_Toronto_2010.jpg" alt="The Ontario legislature at Queen's Park" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:200px;" /><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">MPPs rose for summer recess after yesterday's session and return on September 24, 2018. Their return follows the 2018 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, held this year from </span><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">September 18 to 22, 2018,</span><strong style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;"> </strong><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">in</span><strong style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;"> </strong><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">Pain Court, Chatham-Kent, Ontario. This is traditionally a photo-op for party leaders and many politicians. </span><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">The legislative session ended with the passage of <a href="https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-5" title="https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-5" target="_blank">Bill 5, Better Local Government Act, 2018</a>. The government had introduced a time allocation motion that included the bill skipping the committee stage and receiving just one hour of debate at third reading.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Recreational Cannabis Legalization - Update</strong></span></p><p>On August 13, 2018, the PC government announced that the province's recreational cannabis retail model will include a private retail system, replacing the former government's plan to operate government-run cannabis standalone stores. Beginning on the federal legalization date of October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis will exclusively be sold online via the Ontario Cannabis Store. The province will introduce legislation for a private retail model that, if passed, would be launched by April 1, 2019. A government news release stated "the private retail store model will be developed in consultation with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the City of Toronto, Indigenous communities, police, the cannabis industry association and other key stakeholders to ensure safe, responsible sales." </p><p>OPSBA will continue to monitor this issue and its implementation and request school boards be part of the retail store consultation. <br></p><p>Click <a href="https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2018/08/ontario-announces-cannabis-retail-model.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" title="Cannabis retail model news release" target="_blank">here</a> for the news release</p><p>Click <a href="https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2018/08/cannabis-rules-to-keep-ontarians-safe-and-protected.html" title="Cannabis retail model backgrounder" target="_blank">here</a> for the backgrounder<br></p><p><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation - Update</strong></span></p><p>On August 13, 2018, the Treasury Board Secretariat issued a memo and fact sheet announcing a suspension of the "current approach to broader public sector executive compensation while it completes a full regulatory review of the program." The new framework regulation, <a href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/180406" title="Ontario Regulation 406/18: Compensation Framewor" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 406/18: Compensation Framework</a>, is effective as of August 10, 2018.  Click <a href="https://twitter.com/OPSBA/status/1029443263357509634" title="OPSBA President Cathy Abraham's comments on Twitter" target="_blank">here</a> for OPSBA President Cathy Abraham's comments.<br></p><p><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Deputy Minister of Education Changes </strong></span></p><p>On August 10, 2018, the government issued memos regarding <a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/news-secretary#2018-august-10" title="Memo re: Retirement of Bruce Rodrigues" target="_blank">the retirement</a> of the current Deputy Minister of Education, Bruce Rodrigues, and <a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/news-secretary#2018-august-10" title="the appointment of Nancy Naylor" target="_blank">the appointment of Nancy Naylor</a> as the new Deputy Minister, effective August 30, 2018.  <br></p><p><br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=270
OPSBA in the Media, August 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=269OPSBA in the Media, August 20182018-08-14T14:34:33Z<div class="ExternalClass035C83233E2D46239C03A814CBAEEBF6"><p><strong><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" />Ontario’s largest teachers’ union says it will defend educators who use updated sex-ed curriculum</strong><br><strong>Caroline Alphonso, The Globe and Mail, Aug. 13, 2018</strong><br>The head of Ontario’s largest teachers’ union says it will “vigorously defend” educators who use the modernized sex-education curriculum in classrooms.</p><span style="font:400 16px/19.2px helvetica,arial,verdana,sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#595959;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;float:none;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p>Speaking at the annual meeting for the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) on Monday, president Sam Hammond said the government’s decision to revert to a 20-year-old curriculum is “irresponsible, discriminatory and jeopardizes the safety of the students that we teach." ETFO said that if there are any complaints made by parents or disciplinary action taken by school boards against teachers who use the new curriculum, it will apply all measures to defend them.<br><a title="Ontario’s largest teachers’ union says it will defend educators who use updated sex-ed curriculum" href="https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ontarios-largest-teachers-union-says-it-will-defend-educators-who/?utm_medium=Referrer:+Social+Network+/+Media&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links" target="_blank">More</a> ...​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=269
Legislative Update - August 7, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=268Legislative Update - August 7, 20182018-08-07T15:19:21Z<div class="ExternalClass22E07572C17F45A3BE0C73746DD610D4"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OntarioLegislature.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" /><a title="Bill 5, Better Local Government Act, 2018" href="https://www.ola.org/sites/default/files/node-files/bill/document/pdf/2018/2018-07/42-1_b005_e.pdf" target="_blank">Bill 5, <em>Better Local Government Act, 2018</em></a> was introduced on July 30 by Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The legislation affects municipal and regional elections, including reducing the number of Toronto city council wards from 47 to 25 to match existing federal and provincial ridings. </p><p>Under very short timelines, the Toronto DSB will now have to re-determine the distribution of their 22 trustees to align with the 25 wards. Regulation 412 has been amended to include revised timelines, which will be revoked after the next municipal election. </p><p>Government House Leader Todd Smith confirmed that the summer session will continue with MPPs back in the House on August 7, 2018. </p><p>Back on Bill 5, <em>Better Local Government Act, 2018</em></p><ul><li>Introduced on July 30 by Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing</li><li>Current Status: Second Reading Debate.</li><li><a href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/000412">Ontario regulation 412/00 ELECTIONS TO AND REPRESENTATION ON DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARDS</a> – amendments made and filed on July 30. </li><li><a title="Letter from Deputy Minister" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/DMletterBill5Timelines.pdf" target="_blank">Letter</a> sent by DM Bruce Rodrigues to school boards regarding this legislation.</li><li>The TDSB has posted a <a title="TDSB Q & A" href="http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1229/Government-of-Ontario%E2%80%99s-Bill-5-Better-Local-Government-Act-Impacts-TDSB-Electoral-Boundaries-and-Nomination-Deadline" target="_blank">Q&A</a> on their web site about the proposed changes and deadlines. </li></ul><p><strong>Bill 5, <em>Better Local Government Act, 2018</em></strong></p><p>Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0" style="height:122px;"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">​<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Date</span><br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">​<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Bill Stage</span><br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;text-decoration:underline;">Activity​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;text-decoration:underline;">Committee​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font:400 18px/28.8px plantin,georgia,cambria,"times new roman",times,serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;background-color:transparent;">August 02, 2018</span>​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font:400 18px/28.8px plantin,georgia,cambria,"times new roman",times,serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;background-color:transparent;">Second Reading</span>​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font:400 18px/28.8px plantin,georgia,cambria,"times new roman",times,serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;background-color:transparent;">Debate</span>​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font:400 18px/28.8px plantin,georgia,cambria,"times new roman",times,serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;background-color:transparent;">July 30, 2018</span>​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font:400 18px/28.8px plantin,georgia,cambria,"times new roman",times,serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;background-color:transparent;">First Reading</span>​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font:400 18px/28.8px plantin,georgia,cambria,"times new roman",times,serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;background-color:transparent;">Carried on division</span>​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr></tbody></table><br></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=268
Legislative Update - July 30, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=267Legislative Update - July 30, 20182018-07-27T15:00:46Z<div class="ExternalClass70EC92759851411B97FBD3D6B6D0E99F"><p>On <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OntarioLegislature.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />July 26, the PC Government’s introductory legislation, Bill 2, <em>the Urgent Priorities Act</em>, was granted Royal Assent. The omnibus bill made changes to Hydro One governance rules; ordered striking York University faculty back to work; and cancelled the White Pines wind project. Premier Doug Ford released a statement on July 25 announcing the House will continue sitting this summer for two to three more weeks. Details surrounding the legislative calendar are to be released in the near future. According to the current parliamentary calendar, the House is scheduled to kick off its fall session on Monday, September 10. There is some speculation that the House may resume after this fall’s International Plowing Match and Rural Expo that occurs September 18-22, 2018. </p><p>On July 27, The Premier announced the intention to introduce legislation, the <em>Better Local Government Act</em>, that will affect municipal and regional elections, including the number of Toronto city council wards down from 47 to 25. The new wards are to match existing federal and provincial ridings. Media reports indicate that there will be no changes to the number of school board trustees. OPSBA staff will review the legislation once it’s introduced. </p><p>Regarding the TDSB trustees, the backgrounder includes the following: </p><p><strong>Question:</strong> How will the Better Local Government Act impact the races for Toronto area School Board Trustees?</p><p><strong>Answer:</strong> School Board trustees are elected under the <em>Education Act</em>. There are no changes to the <em>Education Act</em> and the number of school board trustees will remain unchanged. The nomination deadline would be extended to September 14, 2018. Ontario Regulation 412/00 under the <em>Education Act</em> would be amended to ensure that Toronto school board trustee seats are aligned to the revised Toronto ward boundaries.<br></p><p><a href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/07/ontarios-government-for-the-people-announces-reforms-to-deliver-better-local-government.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m">Government news release</a> and <a href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/07/the-better-local-government-act.html">backgrounder</a>. </p><p>On July 25, OPSBA sent <a title="OPSBA Letter to Minister of Education" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBAletterHealth+PhysEdJul2518.pdf">a letter to the Minister of Education</a> <span lang="EN-US">regarding the Health and Physical Education curriculum. </span>On July 24, the Ministry issued <a title="Ministry of Education 2018 Memo B13" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/B2018/B13_EN.pdf" target="_blank">memo B13</a> re: Next steps regarding the wind-down of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funding (GGRF) program.​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=267
Ministry of Education Update, July 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=266Ministry of Education Update, July 20182018-07-26T17:58:02Z<div class="ExternalClass9154B930D69748BFB33C6DB2F154A60D"><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Please see the following updated OPSBA summaries indicated below for information regarding Ministry of Education 2018 B and SB Memoranda.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">OPSBA Summaries</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" style="outline:transparent 0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Summary of 2018 B Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2018B_Memoranda.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">2018 B Memoranda</a></font></span> (funding policy, financial matters)</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" style="outline:transparent 0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Summary of 2018 SB Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2018SB_Memoranda.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">2018 SB Memoranda</a></font></span> (administrative information, clarification on financial matters)<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Summary of 2017 B Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2017B_Memoranda.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" style="outline:transparent 0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">2017 B Memoranda</font></span></a></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Summary of 2017 SB Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2017SB_Memoranda.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" style="outline:transparent 0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">2017 SB Memoranda</font></span></a></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Ministry of Education Memoranda</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Ministry B and SB Memoranda" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos.htm" target="_blank" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" style="outline:transparent 0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">B and SB Memoranda</font></span></a><br></p><p>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=266
Legislative Update - July 23, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=265Legislative Update - July 23, 20182018-07-23T13:47:19Z<div class="ExternalClassACF3716A4F824BACBD8203F648CE5557"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OntarioLegislature.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />Queen’s Park reconvened for a rare summer sitting on Wednesday with a first order of business to elect a speaker. Candidates for speaker had to be officially nominated in the House, after which MPPs from all parties voted in secret for their preferred candidate using paper ballots. Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott was elected Ontario’s new Speaker of the House on the first ballot. Arnott is a former deputy speaker and has been an MPP since 1990. </p><p>On July 11, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, delivered the <a title="Speech from the Throne" href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/07/a-government-for-the-people.html" target="_blank">Speech from the Throne</a> which opened the first Session of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario. Next Monday will be the first official sitting day of the session. The new chamber <a title="seating plan" href="https://www.ola.org/sites/default/files/common/pdf/chamber-seating-plan-july11.pdf" target="_blank">seating plan</a> includes 14 PC MPPs that have to sit on the other side of the aisle in between the Liberal and NDP caucuses. </p><p>Most MPPs now have their constituency and Queen’s Park offices set up but not all political staff have been hired. All contact information is available on the <a title="legislative website" href="https://www.ola.org/en/members/current" target="_blank">legislative website</a>, including the list of new <a title="cabinet ministers" href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/06/doug-ford-and-cabinet-to-be-sworn-in-as-ontarios-first-ever-government-for-the-people.html?utm_source=ondemand&amp%3butm_medium=email&amp%3butm_campaign=m" target="_blank">cabinet ministers</a><a href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/06/doug-ford-and-cabinet-to-be-sworn-in-as-ontarios-first-ever-government-for-the-people.html?utm_source=ondemand&amp%3butm_medium=email&amp%3butm_campaign=m"> </a>and their <a title="parliamentary assistants" href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/06/premier-ford-announces-parliamentary-assistant-assignments-as-part-of-ontarios-government-for-the-pe.html" target="_blank">parliamentary assistants</a>.</p><p><a title="Deputy Ministers" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/DeputyMinisterAppointmentsJun2918.pdf" target="_blank">Deputy Ministers</a><br></p><p>NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will not be assigning new critic roles to her caucus ahead of the summer legislative session. Horwath told reporters NDP MPPs from the previous government will hold onto their former critic roles until fall. </p><p>Interim Liberal leader John Fraser announced the seven-person Liberal caucus will take on the following critic portfolios:</p><ul><li>Michael Coteau — Critic for Infrastructure, Energy, Labour, Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade;</li><li>Nathalie Des Rosiers — Critic for Municipal Affairs and Housing, Women’s Issues, Attorney General, Environment, Conservation and Parks, Indigenous Affairs, Community Safety and Correctional Services;</li><li> John Fraser — Critic for Health and Long-Term Care, Intergovernmental Affairs, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs;</li><li>Michael Gravelle — Critic for Northern Development and Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry;</li><li>Mitzie Hunter — Critic for Finance, Treasury Board, Government and Consumer Services, Tourism, Culture and Sport;</li><li>Marie-France Lalonde — Critic for Francophone Affairs, Children, Community and Social Services, Seniors and Accessibility, Transportation; and</li><li>Kathleen Wynne — Critic for Education, Training, Colleges and Universities.<br></li></ul><h3>Other information:</h3><ul><li>On Wednesday, Minister of Education Lisa Thompson sent a <a title="Minister's letter to education stakeholders" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinisterThompsonStakehodersLetterJul1118.pdf" target="_blank">letter to education stakeholders</a> regarding the government’s education priorities.<br></li><li>This week, OPSBA will be meeting with representatives from then Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) to receive an update on the recent engagement meetings with school boards and to learn more about the announcement and communication plans for Ontario retail locations. Recreational cannabis will be legal in Canada beginning on October 17, 2018. </li><li>The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has released <a title="Impact today, investment for tomorrow" href="http://www.ohrc.on.ca/sites/default/files/OHRC_AR_2017.pdf" target="_blank">Impact today, investment for tomorrow</a>, its 2017-2018 Annual Report. It outlines key initiatives from the past year and their priorities for the next fiscal year including: Reconciliation, Poverty, Education and Criminal Justice.<br></li><li>News Release: July 10, 2018  <a title="Ontario's Government for the People Shares Top Legislative Priorities for Upcoming Sitting" href="https://news.ontario.ca/ghl/en/2018/07/ontarios-government-for-the-people-shares-top-legislative-priorities-for-upcoming-sitting.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario's Government for the People Shares Top Legislative Priorities for Upcoming Sitting</a></li><li>News Release: June 29, 2018 <a title="Premier Ford Announces Parliamentary Assistant Assignments as Part of Ontario's Government for the People" href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/06/premier-ford-announces-parliamentary-assistant-assignments-as-part-of-ontarios-government-for-the-pe.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Premier Ford Announces Parliamentary Assistant Assignments as Part of Ontario's Government for the People</a>​</li></ul></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=265
OPSBA in the Media, July 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=264OPSBA in the Media, July 20182018-08-08T15:13:53Z<div class="ExternalClass1E107C354F994FD4A081FD9E2F8AF675"><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><strong style="font-weight:600;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" />Sault boards talk about sex-ed and common sense</strong><br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"><strong style="font-weight:600;">Jeff Ougler, The Sault Star, Jul. 24, 2018</strong><br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;">Algoma District School Board is taking a “wait-and-see approach” as tension elsewhere in Ontario mounts over the provincial government’s controversial decision to scrap the sex-education curriculum.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Board chair Jennifer Sarlo said Premier Doug Ford made a campaign promise to repeal the latest curriculum, updated by the former Liberal government in 2015, and consult with stakeholders to eventually draft a new version.<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"><a title="Sault boards talk about sex-ed and common sense" href="https://www.saultstar.com/news/local-news/sault-boards-talk-about-sex-ed-and-common-sense" target="_blank" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Scrapped sex education curriculum could lead to harm and bullying, says Peterborough advocate<br></strong><strong>Taylor Klysdale, mykawartha.com, Jul. 17, 2018<br></strong>When Gay Bell came out in 1976 she dealt with oppressive discrimination from those around her.<br></p><p>“I remember what it was like as a kid, it’s a frightening and very repressive atmosphere as a lesbian child and I don’t want that for the kids now,” she says.<br><a title="Scrapped sex education curriculum could lead to harm and bullying, says Peterborough advocate" href="https://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/8745028-scrapped-sex-education-curriculum-could-lead-to-harm-and-bullying-says-peterborough-advocate/" target="_blank">More</a> ...​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=264
Legislative Update - July 3, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=263Legislative Update - July 3, 20182018-07-03T14:58:46Z<div class="ExternalClass559D7DC58773470FBB21BBBCA4D6A019"><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Pink_Palace_Toronto_2010.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Ontario Legislative Building" style="margin:5px;width:325px;height:217px;" />On June 29, Doug Ford officially became Ontario's 26<sup>th</sup> Premier, as he and his 21-member cabinet were officially sworn in on the main staircase of the Legislature. This was followed by an outdoor swearing-in ceremony at noon on the Queen's Park lawn where the Premier re-affirmed his oath in front of the public. <br></p><p>Key minister appointments in this pared-down cabinet include: </p><ul><li>Lisa Thompson - Minister of Education<br></li><li>Peter Bethlenfalvy - President of the Treasury Board<br></li><li>Steve Clark - Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing<br></li><li>Christine Elliott - Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Deputy Premier<br></li><li>Victor Fedeli - Minister of Finance and Chair of Cabinet<br></li><li>Doug Ford - Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs<br></li><li>Merrilee Fullerton - Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities<br></li><li>Lisa MacLeod - Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues<br></li><li>Monte McNaughton - Minister of Infrastructure<br></li><li>Caroline Mulroney - Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs<br></li><li>Laurie Scott - Minister of Labour<br></li></ul><p>Of note, there will not be a standalone Indigenous Relations/Affairs Minister for the first time in a decade. This file is now part of the portfolio of Greg Rickford, the new Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. Other Ministries that have been combined or folded include Women's Issues (Status of Women), Francophone Affairs, and Research, Innovation and Science, Early Years and Child Care. A full list of the cabinet is <a href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/06/doug-ford-and-cabinet-to-be-sworn-in-as-ontarios-first-ever-government-for-the-people.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" title="News release regarding new Cabinet" target="_blank">available here.</a><br></p><p>OPSBA will be reaching out to the new Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson, and her staff to establish introductory meetings. Thompson was first elected in 2011 and represents the Huron-Bruce riding. She was Caucus Chair and PC critic for International Trade and Critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation in the last legislature.<br></p><p>There have been reports that MPPs will return to the Legislature in July to consider back to work legislation to end the York University strike. Media have reported the Premier stated in a scrum today that it will occur around July 9. The 2018 parliamentary calendar lists September 10 as when the Legislative Assembly of Ontario will reconvene.<br></p><p><strong>Party Standings:              </strong></p><p>PC Party of Ontario - 76 </p><p>Ontario NDP - 40             </p><p>Ontario Liberal Party - 7 </p><p>Green Party of Ontario - 1            <br></p><p>OPSBA will continue to monitor NDP announcements regarding a shadow cabinet and list of opposition critics. <span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;"> </span></p><p><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Bill C-45, Cannabis Act</strong></span></p><p>Last week, the Senate approved this legislation and have announced that recreational cannabis will be legal in Canada beginning on October 17, 2018. The former Liberal government set up the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation and was on track to have an online store open by the federal government's legalization date. In late May, OPSBA met with representatives from then Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) to discuss next steps, including consultation about locations near schools. Ontario's legislation, Bill 174, Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017, received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017.  <br></p><p><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Ontario Ombudsman's Annual Report</strong></span></p><p>Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé released his third annual report on June 27, 2018. In his <a href="https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/resources/reports-and-case-summaries/annual-reports/2017-2018-annual-report" title="Ombudsman's 2017-18 Annual Report" target="_blank">2017-2018 annual report</a>, Dubé cited improvements in accountability and bureaucratic leadership in several public sector bodies as a measure of how independent offices like the Ombudsman's can make public services better. The report provides highlights of the 21,154 complaints his office received from the public in 2017-2018, and the "positive change" sparked by its investigations, including statistics from the <a href="https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/resources/reports-and-case-summaries/annual-reports/2017-2018-annual-report#Education%20%E2%80%93%20Early%20years%20through%20grade%2012" target="_blank" title="Education report in Ombudsman's Annual Report">Education (Early Years through Grade 12) sector</a>. <br></p><p>Complaints about school boards for children through Grade 12 declined overall in 2017-18, dropping to 871 from 945 in 2016-2017. All complaints were resolved informally, and the report notes that the Ombudsman's Office has launched only one formal investigation related to school boards - the investigation regarding the Toronto school bus driver shortage – since gaining this jurisdiction in 2015.<br></p><p><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Office of the Integrity Commissioner's Annual Report</strong></span></p><p>The Office of the Integrity Commissioner has filed its 2017-2018 annual report, which can be found here: <a href="http://www.oico.on.ca/ar/2017-2018/" target="_blank" title="Office of the Integrity Commissioner's Annual Report">http://www.oico.on.ca/ar/2017-2018/</a>. <br></p><p><br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=263
Legislative Update — June 18, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=262Legislative Update — June 18, 20182018-06-18T13:25:17Z<div class="ExternalClass5D5C84F50C1A46C2B0B75ED9BA1839C5"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OntarioLegislature.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, has invited Doug Ford to assume the position of Premier of Ontario and form a new government. Premier-designate Ford indicated that he and his cabinet will be sworn in on June 29, 2018. There are many predictions that he will have a much smaller cabinet of 18 to 20 people, down from the 30-member Liberal cabinet. There is also speculation that some portfolios could be eliminated or combined. </p><p>At his first press conference as premier-designate, Ford said his top concern is protecting Ontario jobs and said, “My job is to protect every single job in Ontario, which is affected more than any other province. I have to protect the autoworkers, which is a massive industry, and my priority is to protect the steel and aluminum workers.” On June 14, Ford met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Canada's Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton. </p><p>The 40 NDP MPPs is the party’s largest since the 1990s and includes new representatives from Toronto, Brampton, Ottawa, Kingston, Kitchener, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and the north. It also includes North America’s first Tibetan elected official, Parkdale-High Park’s Bhutila Karpoche; Kingfisher First Nation MPP Sol Mamakwa, who will represent Kiiwetinoong; and Métis MPP Guy Bourgouin who will represent Mushkegowuk—James Bay. </p><p>Ontario Liberal Party president Brian Johns announced the Liberal caucus has unanimously endorsed Liberal MPP John Fraser as the recommended candidate for the position of interim leader. Fraser represents the riding of Ottawa South, which he first won in a 2013 by-election to replace Dalton McGuinty. Kathleen Wynne will stay on as a third-party MPP. She and the other six Liberal MPPs will be serving as independents after the party’s failure to achieve official party status, unless the PCs choose to pass legislation lowering the threshold. Ontario's first Green MPP, Mike Schreiner, will also sit as an independent. </p><p>The 73 new MPPs — representing 59 per cent of the legislature — will take part in orientation sessions. Much of the current activity at Queen’s Park is focused on the logistics of moving Minsters and their staff and preparing new offices. Of note, there are now more female MPPs than there were before the election. Ontario now has 49 female MPPs, comprising 39.5 per cent of the House.​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=262
National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education & CSBA Congress 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=261National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education & CSBA Congress 20182018-06-11T16:59:56Z<div class="ExternalClassBEFED8A33E0D41D1A5F944F5D394D0F2"><p><strong>National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education</strong><br> July 4 – 5, 2018<br> <strong>and </strong><br><strong> CSBA Congress 2018</strong><br> July 5 – 7</p><p>Westin Nova Scotian<br> 1181 Hollis Street<br>Halifax, Nova Scotia </p><p><a href="/events-and-publications/csba-online-registration"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>REGISTER NOW</strong></span></a>.  <span class="ms-rteForeColor-2"><strong>Early Bird</strong> registration <strong>ends this week - at midnight on Friday, June 15.</strong></span>   </p><p><a title=" Program Outline - CSBA Congress 2018" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/CSBAschedule.pdf" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US">Program Outline</span></a><span lang="EN-US"> </span> </p><p> <strong style="text-decoration:underline;">HOTEL</strong> information:  <br> We have been able to secure a few rooms for <strong>July 5, 6 and 7</strong> at the conference rate at The Westin Nova Scotian Hotel. If anyone needs rooms on those nights, please contact us <span style="text-decoration:underline;">before Wednesday, June 13</span>. The rooms must be booked or released by then. The hotel cut-off date for CSBA Congress 2018 was Monday, June 4.​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=261

Aug 15
Legislative Update - August 15, 2018

The Ontario legislature at Queen's ParkMPPs rose for summer recess after yesterday's session and return on September 24, 2018. Their return follows the 2018 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, held this year from September 18 to 22, 2018, in Pain Court, Chatham-Kent, Ontario. This is traditionally a photo-op for party leaders and many politicians. The legislative session ended with the passage of Bill 5, Better Local Government Act, 2018. The government had introduced a time allocation motion that included the bill skipping the committee stage and receiving just one hour of debate at third reading.

Recreational Cannabis Legalization - Update

On August 13, 2018, the PC government announced that the province's recreational cannabis retail model will include a private retail system, replacing the former government's plan to operate government-run cannabis standalone stores. Beginning on the federal legalization date of October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis will exclusively be sold online via the Ontario Cannabis Store. The province will introduce legislation for a private retail model that, if passed, would be launched by April 1, 2019. A government news release stated "the private retail store model will be developed in consultation with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the City of Toronto, Indigenous communities, police, the cannabis industry association and other key stakeholders to ensure safe, responsible sales." 

OPSBA will continue to monitor this issue and its implementation and request school boards be part of the retail store consultation.

Click here for the news release

Click here for the backgrounder

Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation - Update

On August 13, 2018, the Treasury Board Secretariat issued a memo and fact sheet announcing a suspension of the "current approach to broader public sector executive compensation while it completes a full regulatory review of the program." The new framework regulation, Ontario Regulation 406/18: Compensation Framework, is effective as of August 10, 2018.  Click here for OPSBA President Cathy Abraham's comments.

Deputy Minister of Education Changes

On August 10, 2018, the government issued memos regarding the retirement of the current Deputy Minister of Education, Bruce Rodrigues, and the appointment of Nancy Naylor as the new Deputy Minister, effective August 30, 2018.  


Aug 14
OPSBA in the Media, August 2018

Ontario’s largest teachers’ union says it will defend educators who use updated sex-ed curriculum
Caroline Alphonso, The Globe and Mail, Aug. 13, 2018
The head of Ontario’s largest teachers’ union says it will “vigorously defend” educators who use the modernized sex-education curriculum in classrooms.

Speaking at the annual meeting for the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) on Monday, president Sam Hammond said the government’s decision to revert to a 20-year-old curriculum is “irresponsible, discriminatory and jeopardizes the safety of the students that we teach." ETFO said that if there are any complaints made by parents or disciplinary action taken by school boards against teachers who use the new curriculum, it will apply all measures to defend them.
More ...​

Aug 07
Legislative Update - August 7, 2018

Bill 5, Better Local Government Act, 2018 was introduced on July 30 by Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The legislation affects municipal and regional elections, including reducing the number of Toronto city council wards from 47 to 25 to match existing federal and provincial ridings. 

Under very short timelines, the Toronto DSB will now have to re-determine the distribution of their 22 trustees to align with the 25 wards. Regulation 412 has been amended to include revised timelines, which will be revoked after the next municipal election. 

Government House Leader Todd Smith confirmed that the summer session will continue with MPPs back in the House on August 7, 2018. 

Back on Bill 5, Better Local Government Act, 2018

Bill 5, Better Local Government Act, 2018

Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Date
Bill Stage
Activity​Committee​
August 02, 2018Second ReadingDebate
July 30, 2018First ReadingCarried on division

Jul 27
Legislative Update - July 30, 2018

On July 26, the PC Government’s introductory legislation, Bill 2, the Urgent Priorities Act, was granted Royal Assent. The omnibus bill made changes to Hydro One governance rules; ordered striking York University faculty back to work; and cancelled the White Pines wind project. Premier Doug Ford released a statement on July 25 announcing the House will continue sitting this summer for two to three more weeks. Details surrounding the legislative calendar are to be released in the near future. According to the current parliamentary calendar, the House is scheduled to kick off its fall session on Monday, September 10. There is some speculation that the House may resume after this fall’s International Plowing Match and Rural Expo that occurs September 18-22, 2018. 

On July 27, The Premier announced the intention to introduce legislation, the Better Local Government Act, that will affect municipal and regional elections, including the number of Toronto city council wards down from 47 to 25. The new wards are to match existing federal and provincial ridings. Media reports indicate that there will be no changes to the number of school board trustees. OPSBA staff will review the legislation once it’s introduced. 

Regarding the TDSB trustees, the backgrounder includes the following:

Question: How will the Better Local Government Act impact the races for Toronto area School Board Trustees?

Answer: School Board trustees are elected under the Education Act. There are no changes to the Education Act and the number of school board trustees will remain unchanged. The nomination deadline would be extended to September 14, 2018. Ontario Regulation 412/00 under the Education Act would be amended to ensure that Toronto school board trustee seats are aligned to the revised Toronto ward boundaries.

Government news release and backgrounder

On July 25, OPSBA sent a letter to the Minister of Education regarding the Health and Physical Education curriculum. On July 24, the Ministry issued memo B13 re: Next steps regarding the wind-down of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funding (GGRF) program.​

Jul 26
Ministry of Education Update, July 2018

Please see the following updated OPSBA summaries indicated below for information regarding Ministry of Education 2018 B and SB Memoranda.

OPSBA Summaries

2018 B Memoranda (funding policy, financial matters)

2018 SB Memoranda (administrative information, clarification on financial matters)

2017 B Memoranda

2017 SB Memoranda

Ministry of Education Memoranda

B and SB Memoranda

Jul 23
Legislative Update - July 23, 2018

Queen’s Park reconvened for a rare summer sitting on Wednesday with a first order of business to elect a speaker. Candidates for speaker had to be officially nominated in the House, after which MPPs from all parties voted in secret for their preferred candidate using paper ballots. Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott was elected Ontario’s new Speaker of the House on the first ballot. Arnott is a former deputy speaker and has been an MPP since 1990. 

On July 11, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, delivered the Speech from the Throne which opened the first Session of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario. Next Monday will be the first official sitting day of the session. The new chamber seating plan includes 14 PC MPPs that have to sit on the other side of the aisle in between the Liberal and NDP caucuses. 

Most MPPs now have their constituency and Queen’s Park offices set up but not all political staff have been hired. All contact information is available on the legislative website, including the list of new cabinet ministers and their parliamentary assistants.

Deputy Ministers

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will not be assigning new critic roles to her caucus ahead of the summer legislative session. Horwath told reporters NDP MPPs from the previous government will hold onto their former critic roles until fall. 

Interim Liberal leader John Fraser announced the seven-person Liberal caucus will take on the following critic portfolios:

  • Michael Coteau — Critic for Infrastructure, Energy, Labour, Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade;
  • Nathalie Des Rosiers — Critic for Municipal Affairs and Housing, Women’s Issues, Attorney General, Environment, Conservation and Parks, Indigenous Affairs, Community Safety and Correctional Services;
  •  John Fraser — Critic for Health and Long-Term Care, Intergovernmental Affairs, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs;
  • Michael Gravelle — Critic for Northern Development and Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry;
  • Mitzie Hunter — Critic for Finance, Treasury Board, Government and Consumer Services, Tourism, Culture and Sport;
  • Marie-France Lalonde — Critic for Francophone Affairs, Children, Community and Social Services, Seniors and Accessibility, Transportation; and
  • Kathleen Wynne — Critic for Education, Training, Colleges and Universities.

Other information:

Jul 23
OPSBA in the Media, July 2018

Sault boards talk about sex-ed and common sense
Jeff Ougler, The Sault Star, Jul. 24, 2018
Algoma District School Board is taking a “wait-and-see approach” as tension elsewhere in Ontario mounts over the provincial government’s controversial decision to scrap the sex-education curriculum.

Board chair Jennifer Sarlo said Premier Doug Ford made a campaign promise to repeal the latest curriculum, updated by the former Liberal government in 2015, and consult with stakeholders to eventually draft a new version.
More ...

Scrapped sex education curriculum could lead to harm and bullying, says Peterborough advocate
Taylor Klysdale, mykawartha.com, Jul. 17, 2018
When Gay Bell came out in 1976 she dealt with oppressive discrimination from those around her.

“I remember what it was like as a kid, it’s a frightening and very repressive atmosphere as a lesbian child and I don’t want that for the kids now,” she says.
More ...​

Jul 03
Legislative Update - July 3, 2018

Ontario Legislative BuildingOn June 29, Doug Ford officially became Ontario's 26th Premier, as he and his 21-member cabinet were officially sworn in on the main staircase of the Legislature. This was followed by an outdoor swearing-in ceremony at noon on the Queen's Park lawn where the Premier re-affirmed his oath in front of the public.

Key minister appointments in this pared-down cabinet include:

  • Lisa Thompson - Minister of Education
  • Peter Bethlenfalvy - President of the Treasury Board
  • Steve Clark - Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Christine Elliott - Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Deputy Premier
  • Victor Fedeli - Minister of Finance and Chair of Cabinet
  • Doug Ford - Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Merrilee Fullerton - Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Lisa MacLeod - Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues
  • Monte McNaughton - Minister of Infrastructure
  • Caroline Mulroney - Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
  • Laurie Scott - Minister of Labour

Of note, there will not be a standalone Indigenous Relations/Affairs Minister for the first time in a decade. This file is now part of the portfolio of Greg Rickford, the new Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. Other Ministries that have been combined or folded include Women's Issues (Status of Women), Francophone Affairs, and Research, Innovation and Science, Early Years and Child Care. A full list of the cabinet is available here.

OPSBA will be reaching out to the new Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson, and her staff to establish introductory meetings. Thompson was first elected in 2011 and represents the Huron-Bruce riding. She was Caucus Chair and PC critic for International Trade and Critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation in the last legislature.

There have been reports that MPPs will return to the Legislature in July to consider back to work legislation to end the York University strike. Media have reported the Premier stated in a scrum today that it will occur around July 9. The 2018 parliamentary calendar lists September 10 as when the Legislative Assembly of Ontario will reconvene.

Party Standings:             

PC Party of Ontario - 76

Ontario NDP - 40            

Ontario Liberal Party - 7

Green Party of Ontario - 1           

OPSBA will continue to monitor NDP announcements regarding a shadow cabinet and list of opposition critics.  

Bill C-45, Cannabis Act

Last week, the Senate approved this legislation and have announced that recreational cannabis will be legal in Canada beginning on October 17, 2018. The former Liberal government set up the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation and was on track to have an online store open by the federal government's legalization date. In late May, OPSBA met with representatives from then Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) to discuss next steps, including consultation about locations near schools. Ontario's legislation, Bill 174, Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017, received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017. 

Ontario Ombudsman's Annual Report

Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé released his third annual report on June 27, 2018. In his 2017-2018 annual report, Dubé cited improvements in accountability and bureaucratic leadership in several public sector bodies as a measure of how independent offices like the Ombudsman's can make public services better. The report provides highlights of the 21,154 complaints his office received from the public in 2017-2018, and the "positive change" sparked by its investigations, including statistics from the Education (Early Years through Grade 12) sector.

Complaints about school boards for children through Grade 12 declined overall in 2017-18, dropping to 871 from 945 in 2016-2017. All complaints were resolved informally, and the report notes that the Ombudsman's Office has launched only one formal investigation related to school boards - the investigation regarding the Toronto school bus driver shortage – since gaining this jurisdiction in 2015.

Office of the Integrity Commissioner's Annual Report

The Office of the Integrity Commissioner has filed its 2017-2018 annual report, which can be found here: http://www.oico.on.ca/ar/2017-2018/


Jun 18
Legislative Update — June 18, 2018

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, has invited Doug Ford to assume the position of Premier of Ontario and form a new government. Premier-designate Ford indicated that he and his cabinet will be sworn in on June 29, 2018. There are many predictions that he will have a much smaller cabinet of 18 to 20 people, down from the 30-member Liberal cabinet. There is also speculation that some portfolios could be eliminated or combined. 

At his first press conference as premier-designate, Ford said his top concern is protecting Ontario jobs and said, “My job is to protect every single job in Ontario, which is affected more than any other province. I have to protect the autoworkers, which is a massive industry, and my priority is to protect the steel and aluminum workers.” On June 14, Ford met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Canada's Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton. 

The 40 NDP MPPs is the party’s largest since the 1990s and includes new representatives from Toronto, Brampton, Ottawa, Kingston, Kitchener, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and the north. It also includes North America’s first Tibetan elected official, Parkdale-High Park’s Bhutila Karpoche; Kingfisher First Nation MPP Sol Mamakwa, who will represent Kiiwetinoong; and Métis MPP Guy Bourgouin who will represent Mushkegowuk—James Bay. 

Ontario Liberal Party president Brian Johns announced the Liberal caucus has unanimously endorsed Liberal MPP John Fraser as the recommended candidate for the position of interim leader. Fraser represents the riding of Ottawa South, which he first won in a 2013 by-election to replace Dalton McGuinty. Kathleen Wynne will stay on as a third-party MPP. She and the other six Liberal MPPs will be serving as independents after the party’s failure to achieve official party status, unless the PCs choose to pass legislation lowering the threshold. Ontario's first Green MPP, Mike Schreiner, will also sit as an independent. 

The 73 new MPPs — representing 59 per cent of the legislature — will take part in orientation sessions. Much of the current activity at Queen’s Park is focused on the logistics of moving Minsters and their staff and preparing new offices. Of note, there are now more female MPPs than there were before the election. Ontario now has 49 female MPPs, comprising 39.5 per cent of the House.​

Jun 11
National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education & CSBA Congress 2018

National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education
July 4 – 5, 2018
and
CSBA Congress 2018
July 5 – 7

Westin Nova Scotian
1181 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia 

REGISTER NOWEarly Bird registration ends this week - at midnight on Friday, June 15.   

Program Outline  

HOTEL information: 
We have been able to secure a few rooms for July 5, 6 and 7 at the conference rate at The Westin Nova Scotian Hotel. If anyone needs rooms on those nights, please contact us before Wednesday, June 13. The rooms must be booked or released by then. The hotel cut-off date for CSBA Congress 2018 was Monday, June 4.​

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