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The 2018 OPSBA AGM - May 31 to June 3http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=247The 2018 OPSBA AGM - May 31 to June 32018-04-17T16:01:04Z<div class="ExternalClass247B1E8975A0481298E4357C9DC24A82"><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="font-size:18px;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/NiagaraFalls.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:248px;" />A</span><span style="font-size:18px;">t the Annual General Meeting, OP</span><span style="font-size:18px;">SBA members determine priorities and directions for the coming year, elect officers and plan for the future. This event </span><span style="font-size:18px;">also includes a comprehensive professional development program for trustees.</span></p><h2 style="margin:0px;text-align:left;color:#fdc33b;text-transform:none;line-height:36.76px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:26.26px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">2018 AGM and Program<br style="margin:0px;color:#fdc33b;line-height:36.76px;font-size:26.26px;font-weight:300;"></h2><h3 style="margin:0px;text-align:left;color:#262626;text-transform:none;line-height:29.02px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:20.73px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">May 31 to June 3, 2018<br style="margin:0px;color:#262626;line-height:29.02px;font-size:20.73px;font-weight:300;"></h3><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;">Marriott on the Falls<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;">6755 Fallsview Boulevard<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;">Niagara Falls, L2G 3W7</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 lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"><a title="2018 AGM Program Outline" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/AGM_Program.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Program Outline</a></span></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 lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"><a title="2018 AGM Online Registration" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/2018-AGM-Online-Registration.aspx" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Online Registration</a></span></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;">Keynote addresses, panels and presentations include:<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"></p><ul style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-left:27px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;margin-bottom:13.5px;margin-left:0px;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;"><font face="plantin, georgia, cambria, times new roman, times, serif" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"><span style="font-size:18px;">Ann Lopez, Associate Professor, OISE - <em style="font-style:italic;">Teaching, Leading and Learning in Ontario: Diversity as a Strength of Public Education</em><em style="font-style:italic;"></em></span></font></li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;"><em style="font-style:italic;"></em>Carol Campbell, Associate Professor, OISE - <em style="font-style:italic;">Review and Evaluation of EQAO's Assessment Findings</em><em style="font-style:italic;"></em><br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"></li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;"><em style="font-style:italic;"></em>Peter Gamwell, Former Supervisory Officer, Ottawa-Carleton DSB - <em style="font-style:italic;">The Wonder Wall: Leading Creative Schools and Organizations in an Age of Complexity</em><br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"></li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;"><em style="font-style:italic;"></em>OPSBA's <a title="interim research report on FSL" href="/advocacy-and-action/new-generation-education/fsl" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">interim research report on FSL</a> will be presented and followed by a panel discussion on French Immersion<br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"></li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">A variety of 10-minute presentations on innovative and successful practices from school boards across Ontario<br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"></li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">A pre-collective bargaining feedback session<br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"></li></ul><h2 style="margin:0px;text-align:left;color:#fdc33b;text-transform:none;line-height:36.76px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:26.26px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Hotel Information<br style="margin:0px;color:#fdc33b;line-height:36.76px;font-size:26.26px;font-weight:300;"></h2><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="line-height:28.8px;font-size:18px;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;">Preferred hotel rate: $199 plus taxes (single/double) (City view); $219 <span style="line-height:28.8px;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;">plus taxes (single/double)</span> (Falls view)</span><br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"><a title="Online Hotel Reservations" href="https://www.marriottonthefalls.com/company/ontario-public-school-boards-association" target="_blank" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Book online</a><br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;">OR<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;">Telephone: <span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"><span class="baec5a81-e4d6-4674-97f3-e9220f0136c1" style="white-space:nowrap;">1-877-353-2557<a title="Call: 1-877-353-2557" href="/events-and-publications/agm-program" style="margin:0px;outline:0px;border:0px #008ce9;left:0px;top:0px;width:auto;height:auto;right:0px;bottom:0px;color:#008ce9;overflow:hidden;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:middle;display:inline;float:none;background-color:transparent;"></a></span> (<span aria-hidden="true" style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;font-size:18px;background-color:transparent;"></span><span style="line-height:28.8px;font-size:18px;background-color:transparent;">Reservations</span> - toll free) before <span style="font-weight:600;">Thursday, May 3, 2018. Please quote "Ontario Public School Boards' Association Conference"</span> in order to receive the preferred rate. After this deadline, rooms will be available on a space-available basis only.</span>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=247
OPSBA in the Media, April 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=246OPSBA in the Media, April 20182018-04-18T13:33:36Z<div class="ExternalClassB19B71BDA7CE459F9D1E9B097D49CA84"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" /><strong>Hamilton says province should keep pot shops away from schools, pedestrians and LRT</strong><br><strong>CBC News, Apr. 17, 2018</strong><br>The city is hoping to keep provincial cannabis stores away from schools, day cares and detox centres and off of busy pedestrian streets.<br><a title="Hamilton says province should keep pot shops away from schools, pedestrians and LRT" href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/hamilton-cannabis-store-location-considerations-1.4603563" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Premier asks for community consultation on cannabis store locations</strong><br><strong>Kristin Rushowy, Toronto Star, Apr. 16, 2018</strong><br>Premier Kathleen Wynne is not sure how consultations on the province’s cannabis stores went to pot — but she’s now ordered that school boards have a say in where the outlets are located.<br><a title="Premier asks for community consultation on cannabis store locations" href="https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/04/16/premier-asks-for-community-consultation-on-cannabis-store-locations.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Wynne wants answers on Toronto cannabis store location near school</strong><br><strong>CBC Toronto (from the Canadian Press), Apr. 12, 2018</strong><br>Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is looking into how a decision was made to place one of the province's first government-run cannabis stores less than a kilometre from a school, as school board officials say they were left out of the process.<br><a title="Wynne wants answers on Toronto cannabis store location near school" href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/first-to-pot-shop-controversy-1.4617671" target="_blank">More</a> ...​</p><p><strong>Ontario’s first four pot shops to be located in Toronto, Kingston, Guelph and Thunder Bay</strong><br><strong>Kristin Rushowy, Toronto Star, Apr. 12, 2018</strong><br>The province has announced the locations of its first four marijuana shops — including one in Toronto that will be located in a strip mall alongside a student tutoring service, a kids’ martial arts centre and a McDonald’s.<br><a title="Ontario’s first four pot shops to be located in Toronto, Kingston, Guelph and Thunder Bay" href="https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/04/11/ontarios-first-four-pot-shops-to-be-located-in-toronto-kingston-guelph-and-thunder-bay.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=246
Ministry of Education Update, Apr. 9, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=245Ministry of Education Update, Apr. 9, 20182018-04-09T18:23:39Z<div class="ExternalClassDD62C8BA87B64DC3B7EC80E4CAD494CF"><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;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/GSNNewsRelease.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:114px;" />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>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=245
Legislative Update, April 9, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=244Legislative Update, April 9, 20182018-04-09T13:41:12Z<div class="ExternalClass473333BDA9204706A695E8985357DB63"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OntarioLegislature.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has been adjourned for a constituency week and MPPs are reconvening today, Monday, April 9, 2018. The writ<span lang="EN"> of election is set for May 9, 2018</span> with t<span lang="EN">he next provincial election on  June 7, 2018.  This leaves four sitting weeks with the main piece of legislation to pass being the government’s budget bill. Although the government is still in place and able to make policy decisions, traditionally there tends to be limited implementation of any new government initiative and communications during the lead up to the writ</span>. </p><h3>Bill 31, <em>Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures)</em></h3><p>This legislation is the government’s budget bill and was introduced on March 28, 2018 by Minister of Finance Charles Sousa. The omnibus bill includes 31 schedules – amendments to various Acts. There is a proposed amendment to the <em>Education Act</em>, included in Schedule 9. This involves the recent work by the Ministry of Education and the FNMI stakeholders (including OPSBA’s Indigenous Trustees’ Council) about a Reciprocal Education Approach. The proposed legislation will enable parents of Indigenous students to choose the school system to which their child will attend. If an Indigenous child lives off reserve, but wants to attend a school on reserve, or a school operated by a First Nation or a First Nation organization off reserve, the parent will have the right to do so, provided the school is on an approved list that will be developed by the Ministry. Funding will flow through the school board to the school of choice. </p><p>Schedule 19 makes various amendments to the <em>Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996</em>, in respect of the powers and procedures mainly with the College's Discipline Committee. A new Part is added to the Act that requires the College to establish and administer a program to provide funding for therapy and counselling for students who are the subject of sexual abuse or of a prohibited act involving child pornography. The Ontario College of Teachers issued a news release supportive of the proposed changes, “<a title="College supports legislative changes to better protect students" href="https://www.oct.ca/public/media/announcements/college-supports-legislative-changes-to-better-protect-students" target="_blank">College supports legislative changes to better protect students</a>.” </p><h3>Consultation - Potential Regulations for <em>Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018</em></h3><p>On March 6, 2018, the government passed <em>Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018</em>, as well as amendments to the <em>Education Act</em>. This legislation will establish mandatory requirements for the prevention, detection and management of concussions in amateur competitive sports. When <em>Rowan's Law</em> received Royal Assent on March 7, 2018, the one section that was proclaimed was an annual "Rowan's Law Day.” That means that the first Rowan's Law Day will take place on September 28, 2018. Many of the detailed specifications to implement the provisions will be provided in regulations. The government is seeking public input to help inform the development of those regulations, policies and guidelines. On March 23, 2018, a consultation was posted on the <a title="Ontario'sRegulatory Registry" href="http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=27186&language=en" target="_blank">Ontario's Regulatory Registry</a> with comments due May 7, 2018. In February, OPSBA provided feedback to Bill 193, <em>Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety)</em> and the work teams will review this new consultation paper. </p><h3>Provincial Election - June 7, 2018 and OPSBA Education Day</h3><p>REMINDER: OPSBA is developing resources to support our advocacy initiative, OPSBA Education Day. OPSBA has tentatively set the date for Education Day as Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Please note that this date was chosen to allow sufficient time after the writ is issued to distribute final resources and time before the OPSBA AGM and Voting Day. Also note that trustees and boards can choose to participate in Education Day activities anytime during the week of May 22-25, 2018. We are asking trustees to begin thinking about possible locations for their all candidates meetings. </p><p><a title="Elections Ontario" href="https://www.elections.on.ca/en.html" target="_blank">Elections Ontario</a> has now updated their website to include the listing of all 124 electoral districts. The site also includes information for 16 and 17-year-olds to register as an Ontario Future Voter. At the age of 18, individuals are automatically added to the Voters List. </p><h3>OPSBA Student Transportation Submission</h3><p>OPSBA conducted its own student transportation survey to capture the needs and challenges facing our member boards. Our survey touched on the questions posed by the ministry, but includes more directed questions and topics that have been requested by our membership. Both trustees and Senior Business Officials agreed the top four service issues are: ride times, driver retention, funding and safety.</p><p><a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20submission%20re%20Transportation%20Consultation%20-%20April%204%202018.pdf" title="OPSBA Submission regarding the Ministry of Education’s New Vision for Student Transportation in Ontario Discussion Paper">OPSBA Submission</a> regarding the Ministry of Education’s New Vision for Student Transportation in Ontario Discussion Paper<br></p><h3>2018 Municipal and School Board Elections</h3><p>The Ministry of Education has shared information about their upcoming supports for the Fall Election. The <a title="Ministry memo re school board elections" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryMemoSchoolBoardElections.pdf" target="_blank">Ministry memo</a> provides details about Grade 10 Civics curriculum materials, student-led All Candidates Meetings and Trustee Candidate Research. </p><p>The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has also posted resources for the 2018 election on their website. The information includes Guides that have been updated to reflect legislative changes made to the <em>Municipal Elections Act</em> since the last election. They are available in PDF format and are available online at <a title="Municipal elections website" href="http://www.ontario.ca/municipalelections" target="_blank">www.ontario.ca/municipalelections</a>. </p><p>Here are the quick links to each Guide:</p><ul><li><span lang="EN"><a title="2018 Voters’ guide" href="http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page18734.aspx" target="_blank">2018 Voters’ guide for Ontario municipal council and school board elections</a></span></li><li><span lang="EN"><a title="2018 Candidates’ guide" href="http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page18735.aspx" target="_blank">2018 Candidates’ guide for Ontario municipal council and school board elections</a></span></li><li><span lang="EN"><a title="Guide for third party advertisers" href="http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page18736.aspx" target="_blank">2018 Guide for third party advertisers – Ontario municipal council and school board elections</a></span> </li></ul><h3>​Other information<br></h3><p>April 3, 2018 -  <a title="Ontario Helping Young People Find Jobs" href="https://news.ontario.ca/sb/en/2018/04/ontario-helping-young-people-find-jobs.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Helping Young People Find Jobs Province Supporting Youth Employment and Small Businesses with New Hiring Incentive</a>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=244
2018 Ministry Election Resourceshttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=2432018 Ministry Election Resources2018-04-04T16:01:03Z<div class="ExternalClass690DD12DC73B4CFAB3A5A937056403AD"><p><span style="font-size:1.6rem;"><img src="/PublishingImages/ElectionWebsiteKidsDrawing.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Drawing of little kids by a small child." style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:137px;" />The</span><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;"> Ministry of Municipal Affairs has now posted resources for the 2018 municipal and school board elections on their website. The information includes Guides that have been updated to reflect legislative changes made to the </span><em style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">Municipal Elections Act</em><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;"> since the last election. They are available in PDF format and can be read online at </span><a href="http://www.ontario.ca/municipalelections" style="background-color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.9);font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">www.ontario.ca/municipalelections</a>.<span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;"> </span></p><p>Quick links to each Guide:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><a href="http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page18734.aspx" title="2018 Voters' guide for Ontario municipal council and school board elections" target="_blank">2018 Voters' guide for Ontario municipal council and school board elections</a></li><li><a href="http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page18735.aspx" title="2018 Candidates' guide for Ontario municipal council and school board elections" target="_blank">2018 Candidates' guide for Ontario municipal council and school board elections</a><br></li><li><a href="http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page18736.aspx" title="2018 Guide for third party advertisers – Ontario municipal council and school board elections" target="_blank">2018 Guide for third party advertisers – Ontario municipal council and school board elections</a><br></li></ul><div>For more information about the 2018 municipal and school board elections, please visit <a href="/advocacy-and-action/trustees-–-building-leadership-capacity/municipal-elections" title="OPSBA's election hub">OPSBA's election hub</a>.<br></div><p> </p><p><br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=243
Are you on the voter list?http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=242Are you on the voter list?2018-03-29T15:30:47Z<div class="ExternalClass123EB5D23F684C44BF9BF7AFD0F46D0E"><p>​<span style="color:#262626;font-family:plantin, "segoe ui semilight", "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:1.15em;"><img src="/PublishingImages/ElectionsBox.png" alt="ballot box" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;" />Are you on the list to vote for the upcoming municipal and school board elections?</span></p><h3><span aria-hidden="true"></span></h3><p style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;">If you are an Ontario resident over the age of 18 you can visit <a href="http://voterlookup.ca/" title="Voterlookup.ca" target="_blank">voterlookup.ca</a> to confirm or update your information in a few easy steps. You can also change your school support for electoral purposes and add names to your property address.<br></p><p style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;">Updating this information will help to ensure that Voters’ Lists are accurate and up-to-date in preparation for municipal and school board elections occurring this October.<br></p><p style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;">Find out ahead of time if you are eligible to vote. Visit <a href="http://voterlookup.ca/" title="Voterlookup.ca" target="_blank">voterlookup.ca</a> or call 1-866-296-6722. Have your say. Log on today.<br></p><p><br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=242
Legislative Update - March 28, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=241Legislative Update - March 28, 20182018-03-28T15:14:30Z<div class="ExternalClassE8A6B743FB8B4325940B3CD704D57B96"><h3><span lang="EN-CA"><img src="/PublishingImages/Full%20day%20kindergarten2.JPG" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="A child participates in an FDK classroom with a teacher." style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:272px;" />School Board Governance</span></h3><p>Last Fall, OPSBA participated in a ministry consultation that included five areas of discussion: Code of Conduct & Integrity Commissioners, Trustee Honoraria, Student Trustees, Electronic Meetings and Director of Education Qualifications. The attached memo outlines next steps for each of these topics, including Trustee Honoraria which was included in the Grants for Student Needs. There is to be an interim increase of $400 with the new base limit of $6,300. The ministry will be establishing a working group that includes OPSBA to discuss this further and we will continue to advocate for a more fair formula. A working group will also be created to develop minimum standards for a Code of Conduct policy and OPSBA is currently reviewing our 2012 template. It must be noted that many of the decisions and directions taken reflect our advocacy work. Click <a href="/OUR%20PRIORITIES/PublishingImages/advocacy-and-action/Submission_Governance_Related_Issues_Nov2417.pdf" title="OPSBA submission on school board governance">here</a> for the OPSBA submission. <br></p><h3><span lang="EN-CA">Legalization of Cannabis</span></h3><p>A <a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/Supporting%20Schools%20–%20Recreational%20Cannabis%20Legalization.pdf" title="Memo regarding the legalization of cannabis">new memo</a> provides an update and timelines for the Ministry of Education's plans to support schools. OPSBA had been seeking information about the changes required for school policies and protocols as well as resources for students, parents and staff. $2.8 million has been allocated in the Education Program Other (EPO) grant to support training and specialize resources, including fact sheets for students and parents. OPSBA will follow up with the ministry about our continued involvement and the education-related impacts in the implementation of legalized cannabis.<br></p><h3><span lang="EN-CA">Early Years and Child Care</span></h3><p>On March 27, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that full-day licensed child care will become free for preschool children from the age of two-and-a-half until they are eligible to start kindergarten, <span lang="EN-CA">beginning in 2020</span>. <a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/Announcement%20from%20the%20Minister%20Responsible%20for%20Early%20Years%20and%20Child%20Care.pdf" title="Memo regarding free child care announcement">This memo</a> includes additional information on the endeavour as well as more funding to support the child care sector. OPSBA is a member of the Minister's Early Years Advisory Committee.<br></p><p><a href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/03/more-child-care-more-choice.html" title="More Child Care, More Choice - Providing Free Preschool Child Care for Children Aged 2.5 to Kindergarten" target="_blank"><strong>More Child Care, More Choice - Providing Free Preschool Child Care for Children Aged 2.5 to Kindergarten</strong></a><br></p><p><br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=241
OPSBA in the Media, March 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=240OPSBA in the Media, March 20182018-03-27T15:10:10Z<div class="ExternalClassE4F3530095F7462B8F73F8DBF20D20AD"><p><strong><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" />Ontario Liberals promise $300-million to support special education</strong><br><strong>Caroline Alphonso and Justin Giovannetti, The Globe and Mail, Mar. 27, 2018</strong><br>Ontario’s Liberal government has promised to spend more than $300-million over three years to improve support for children with special needs, a move that comes in the lead up to a June election.<br><a title="Ontario Liberals promise $300-million to support special education" href="https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ontario-liberals-promise-300-million-to-support-special-education/" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Special education gets $300 million funding boost</strong><br><strong>Kristin Rushowy, The Star, Mar. 26, 2018</strong><br>The Liberals are pledging to spend an additional $300 million over the next three years to hire teachers and assistants to work with special education students — an area parents and school boards have long complained is underfunded. <br><a title="Special education gets $300 million funding boost" href="https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/03/26/special-education-gets-300-million-funding-boost.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=240
Legislative Update, March 26, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=239Legislative Update, March 26, 20182018-03-26T14:19:11Z<div class="ExternalClass116FA3E18E634FECA0B6F722CC5F7D5B"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OntarioLegislature.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />The Legislative Assembly of Ontario resumed on March 19, 2018. Acting on behalf of Premier Kathleen Wynne, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the Third Session of the 41st Parliament of Ontario. The 20-minute speech outlined the Liberal government’s plan to increase spending on health, seniors’ and child care. Included in the campaign blueprint are promises to expand home care and hospital budgets alongside measures to increase funding for mental health and addiction issues.  This of course, followed the news that the Premier prorogued the Ontario legislature. <br></p><p><span lang="EN">Prorogation is the act of completely ending a session of Parliament, and has the effect of terminating all outstanding business before the House. The immediate effect of this Proclamation is that the House will not meet again until summoned to do so by the Lieutenant Governor. All business on the Order Paper has lapsed and no committees may meet until the next Session of Parliament is commenced. With regards to education-related legislation, both Bill 191, <em>Education Amendment Act (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), 2017</em> and Bill 198, <em>Student Absenteeism and Protection Act</em>  “died” on the order papers and would have to be re-introduced. Bill 193, <em>Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018</em> received Royal Assent on March 7, 2018.</span> </p><h3>2018-19 Grants for Student Needs (GSN)</h3><p>The Ministry of Education has announced that the <a href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/03/driving-student-success-with-more-supportive-classrooms.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" title="GSNs were released" target="_blank">GSNs were released</a> on March 26, 2018. OPSBA joined other education stakeholders on a teleconference and will provide members with an overview once the GSN memos are released and analyzed. </p><h3>2018 Ontario Budget</h3><p>Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, has announced that he will deliver the 2018 Ontario Budget on March 28, 2018. Similar to the GSN, OPSBA will review the details for education-related impacts and share highlights will members. Following the budget will be the introduction of supporting legislation, typically an omnibus bill. </p><h3>Draft Revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG) and Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline (CPPG)</h3><p>OPSBA has sent a <a title="OPSBA submission re draft revisions to PARG" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Submission%20-%20PARG%20Revisions%20FINAL.docx.pdf">submission</a> to the Ministry of Education for this consultation based on commentary from previous submissions, participation in their reference group, and the feedback received from trustees. </p><h3>Provincial Election - June 7, 2018</h3><p>OPSBA is developing resources to support our advocacy initiative, OPSBA Education Day. OPSBA has tentatively set the date for Education Day as <strong>May 23, 2018</strong>. Please note that this date was chosen to allow sufficient time after the writ is issued to distribute final resources and time before the OPSBA AGM and Voting Day. Also note that trustees and boards can choose to participate in Education Day activities anytime during the week of May 22 to 25, 2018. We are asking trustees to begin thinking about possible locations for their all candidates meetings. </p><p>We will also be reaching out to newly elected PC Leader Doug Ford with an introduction of OPSBA and our priorities. </p><h3>Municipal and School Board Elections – October 22, 2018</h3><p>Work is progressing on the first two OESC resources (<em>Making a Difference for Kids: Running for Election as a School Board Trustee</em> and <em>Your Guide to Hosting a School Board Trustee All Candidates Meeting</em>). Delivery of the first resource is to be in time for the first day of nominations, May 1, 2018. Other support materials have been shared with member boards, including a draft template regarding the Use of School Board Resources during the Municipal and School Board Election Campaign. This and other resources can be found on our Municipal Elections <a title="Municipal Elections" href="/advocacy-and-action/trustees-–-building-leadership-capacity/municipal-elections">web page</a>. </p><h3>Other information<br></h3><p>March 21, 2018: <a title="Ontario Making Historic Investment in Mental Health Care" href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/03/ontario-making-historic-investment-in-mental-health-care.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Making Historic Investment in Mental Health Care</a> and <a title="Ministry letter" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryMemoMentalHealth+AddictionsMar2218.pdf" target="_blank">Ministry letter</a> </p><p>March 9, 2018: <a title="Ontario Making Schools Safer For Students and Staff" href="http://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2018/03/ontario-making-schools-safer-for-students-and-staff.html" target="_blank">Ontario Making Schools Safer For Students and Staff</a><br> </p><p>March 9, 2018: <a title="Ontario Marking Ten Years of Collaboration on Indigenous Education" href="http://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2018/03/ontario-marking-ten-years-of-collaboration-on-indigenous-education.html" target="_blank">Ontario Marking Ten Years of Collaboration on Indigenous Education</a><br></p><p>March 9, 2018: <a title="Ontario Supporting Municipalities to Ensure Safe Transition to Federal Cannabis Legalization" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2018/03/ontario-supporting-municipalities-to-ensure-safe-transition-to-federal-cannabis-legalization.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Supporting Municipalities to Ensure Safe Transition to Federal Cannabis Legalization</a>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=239
OPSBA's 30th AGM & Program http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=238OPSBA's 30th AGM & Program 2018-04-09T17:23:31Z<div class="ExternalClass83C0D8CDA60C4724840BD87AD59A2532"><p><strong>​<img class="ms-rtePosition-3" alt="Niagara Falls at night from the north" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Lists/Posts/AllPosts/Niagara%20Falls.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:192px;" /></strong></p><p><strong>May 31 – June 3, 2018</strong><br> Marriott on the Falls<br>6755 Fallsview Boulevard<br>Niagara Falls<br></p><p>At the Annual General Meeting, OPSBA members determine priorities and directions for the coming year, elect officers and plan for the future. This event also includes a comprehensive professional development program for trustees. Directors of Education, supervisory  officers,  and student trustees are also encouraged to attend this annual OPSBA conference.</p><p><a href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/2018-AGM-Online-Registration.aspx">REGISTER NOW</a><br></p><p>Make your hotel reservations early to avoid disappointment - the <strong>h</strong><span lang="EN"><strong>otel cut-off date</strong></span><strong> is </strong><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><strong><span class="ms-rteForeColor-2">Thursday, May 3, 2018</span>.</strong></span></p><p>The AGM begins with registration on Thursday, May 31 at 6:15 p.m. This will be followed by a welcome reception at 7:30 p.m. The conference ends after dinner on Saturday, June 3.<br></p><p><span style="font-family:plantin,georgia,cambria,"times new roman",times,serif;">More informatio</span><span style="font-family:plantin,georgia,cambria,"times new roman",times,serif;">n will be available on </span><a href="/events-and-publications/agm-program" style="font-family:plantin,georgia,cambria,"times new roman",times,serif;">OPSBA's website.</a></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=238

Apr 17
The 2018 OPSBA AGM - May 31 to June 3

At the Annual General Meeting, OPSBA members determine priorities and directions for the coming year, elect officers and plan for the future. This event also includes a comprehensive professional development program for trustees.

2018 AGM and Program

May 31 to June 3, 2018

Marriott on the Falls
6755 Fallsview Boulevard
Niagara Falls, L2G 3W7

Program Outline

Online Registration

Keynote addresses, panels and presentations include:

  • Ann Lopez, Associate Professor, OISE - Teaching, Leading and Learning in Ontario: Diversity as a Strength of Public Education
  • Carol Campbell, Associate Professor, OISE - Review and Evaluation of EQAO's Assessment Findings
  • Peter Gamwell, Former Supervisory Officer, Ottawa-Carleton DSB - The Wonder Wall: Leading Creative Schools and Organizations in an Age of Complexity
  • OPSBA's interim research report on FSL will be presented and followed by a panel discussion on French Immersion
  • A variety of 10-minute presentations on innovative and successful practices from school boards across Ontario
  • A pre-collective bargaining feedback session

Hotel Information

Preferred hotel rate: $199 plus taxes (single/double) (City view); $219 plus taxes (single/double) (Falls view)
Book online
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Telephone: 1-877-353-2557 (Reservations - toll free) before Thursday, May 3, 2018. Please quote "Ontario Public School Boards' Association Conference" in order to receive the preferred rate. After this deadline, rooms will be available on a space-available basis only.

Apr 17
OPSBA in the Media, April 2018

Hamilton says province should keep pot shops away from schools, pedestrians and LRT
CBC News, Apr. 17, 2018
The city is hoping to keep provincial cannabis stores away from schools, day cares and detox centres and off of busy pedestrian streets.
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Premier asks for community consultation on cannabis store locations
Kristin Rushowy, Toronto Star, Apr. 16, 2018
Premier Kathleen Wynne is not sure how consultations on the province’s cannabis stores went to pot — but she’s now ordered that school boards have a say in where the outlets are located.
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Wynne wants answers on Toronto cannabis store location near school
CBC Toronto (from the Canadian Press), Apr. 12, 2018
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is looking into how a decision was made to place one of the province's first government-run cannabis stores less than a kilometre from a school, as school board officials say they were left out of the process.
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Ontario’s first four pot shops to be located in Toronto, Kingston, Guelph and Thunder Bay
Kristin Rushowy, Toronto Star, Apr. 12, 2018
The province has announced the locations of its first four marijuana shops — including one in Toronto that will be located in a strip mall alongside a student tutoring service, a kids’ martial arts centre and a McDonald’s.
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Apr 09
Ministry of Education Update, Apr. 9, 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

Apr 09
Legislative Update, April 9, 2018

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has been adjourned for a constituency week and MPPs are reconvening today, Monday, April 9, 2018. The writ of election is set for May 9, 2018 with the next provincial election on  June 7, 2018.  This leaves four sitting weeks with the main piece of legislation to pass being the government’s budget bill. Although the government is still in place and able to make policy decisions, traditionally there tends to be limited implementation of any new government initiative and communications during the lead up to the writ

Bill 31, Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures)

This legislation is the government’s budget bill and was introduced on March 28, 2018 by Minister of Finance Charles Sousa. The omnibus bill includes 31 schedules – amendments to various Acts. There is a proposed amendment to the Education Act, included in Schedule 9. This involves the recent work by the Ministry of Education and the FNMI stakeholders (including OPSBA’s Indigenous Trustees’ Council) about a Reciprocal Education Approach. The proposed legislation will enable parents of Indigenous students to choose the school system to which their child will attend. If an Indigenous child lives off reserve, but wants to attend a school on reserve, or a school operated by a First Nation or a First Nation organization off reserve, the parent will have the right to do so, provided the school is on an approved list that will be developed by the Ministry. Funding will flow through the school board to the school of choice. 

Schedule 19 makes various amendments to the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996, in respect of the powers and procedures mainly with the College's Discipline Committee. A new Part is added to the Act that requires the College to establish and administer a program to provide funding for therapy and counselling for students who are the subject of sexual abuse or of a prohibited act involving child pornography. The Ontario College of Teachers issued a news release supportive of the proposed changes, “College supports legislative changes to better protect students.” 

Consultation - Potential Regulations for Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018

On March 6, 2018, the government passed Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018, as well as amendments to the Education Act. This legislation will establish mandatory requirements for the prevention, detection and management of concussions in amateur competitive sports. When Rowan's Law received Royal Assent on March 7, 2018, the one section that was proclaimed was an annual "Rowan's Law Day.” That means that the first Rowan's Law Day will take place on September 28, 2018. Many of the detailed specifications to implement the provisions will be provided in regulations. The government is seeking public input to help inform the development of those regulations, policies and guidelines. On March 23, 2018, a consultation was posted on the Ontario's Regulatory Registry with comments due May 7, 2018. In February, OPSBA provided feedback to Bill 193, Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety) and the work teams will review this new consultation paper. 

Provincial Election - June 7, 2018 and OPSBA Education Day

REMINDER: OPSBA is developing resources to support our advocacy initiative, OPSBA Education Day. OPSBA has tentatively set the date for Education Day as Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Please note that this date was chosen to allow sufficient time after the writ is issued to distribute final resources and time before the OPSBA AGM and Voting Day. Also note that trustees and boards can choose to participate in Education Day activities anytime during the week of May 22-25, 2018. We are asking trustees to begin thinking about possible locations for their all candidates meetings. 

Elections Ontario has now updated their website to include the listing of all 124 electoral districts. The site also includes information for 16 and 17-year-olds to register as an Ontario Future Voter. At the age of 18, individuals are automatically added to the Voters List. 

OPSBA Student Transportation Submission

OPSBA conducted its own student transportation survey to capture the needs and challenges facing our member boards. Our survey touched on the questions posed by the ministry, but includes more directed questions and topics that have been requested by our membership. Both trustees and Senior Business Officials agreed the top four service issues are: ride times, driver retention, funding and safety.

OPSBA Submission regarding the Ministry of Education’s New Vision for Student Transportation in Ontario Discussion Paper

2018 Municipal and School Board Elections

The Ministry of Education has shared information about their upcoming supports for the Fall Election. The Ministry memo provides details about Grade 10 Civics curriculum materials, student-led All Candidates Meetings and Trustee Candidate Research. 

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has also posted resources for the 2018 election on their website. The information includes Guides that have been updated to reflect legislative changes made to the Municipal Elections Act since the last election. They are available in PDF format and are available online at www.ontario.ca/municipalelections

Here are the quick links to each Guide:

​Other information

April 3, 2018 -  Ontario Helping Young People Find Jobs Province Supporting Youth Employment and Small Businesses with New Hiring Incentive

Apr 04
2018 Ministry Election Resources

Drawing of little kids by a small child.The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has now posted resources for the 2018 municipal and school board elections on their website. The information includes Guides that have been updated to reflect legislative changes made to the Municipal Elections Act since the last election. They are available in PDF format and can be read online at www.ontario.ca/municipalelections. 

Quick links to each Guide:

For more information about the 2018 municipal and school board elections, please visit OPSBA's election hub.

 


Mar 29
Are you on the voter list?

ballot boxAre you on the list to vote for the upcoming municipal and school board elections?

If you are an Ontario resident over the age of 18 you can visit voterlookup.ca to confirm or update your information in a few easy steps. You can also change your school support for electoral purposes and add names to your property address.

Updating this information will help to ensure that Voters’ Lists are accurate and up-to-date in preparation for municipal and school board elections occurring this October.

Find out ahead of time if you are eligible to vote. Visit voterlookup.ca or call 1-866-296-6722. Have your say. Log on today.


Mar 28
Legislative Update - March 28, 2018

A child participates in an FDK classroom with a teacher.School Board Governance

Last Fall, OPSBA participated in a ministry consultation that included five areas of discussion: Code of Conduct & Integrity Commissioners, Trustee Honoraria, Student Trustees, Electronic Meetings and Director of Education Qualifications. The attached memo outlines next steps for each of these topics, including Trustee Honoraria which was included in the Grants for Student Needs. There is to be an interim increase of $400 with the new base limit of $6,300. The ministry will be establishing a working group that includes OPSBA to discuss this further and we will continue to advocate for a more fair formula. A working group will also be created to develop minimum standards for a Code of Conduct policy and OPSBA is currently reviewing our 2012 template. It must be noted that many of the decisions and directions taken reflect our advocacy work. Click here for the OPSBA submission.

Legalization of Cannabis

A new memo provides an update and timelines for the Ministry of Education's plans to support schools. OPSBA had been seeking information about the changes required for school policies and protocols as well as resources for students, parents and staff. $2.8 million has been allocated in the Education Program Other (EPO) grant to support training and specialize resources, including fact sheets for students and parents. OPSBA will follow up with the ministry about our continued involvement and the education-related impacts in the implementation of legalized cannabis.

Early Years and Child Care

On March 27, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that full-day licensed child care will become free for preschool children from the age of two-and-a-half until they are eligible to start kindergarten, beginning in 2020. This memo includes additional information on the endeavour as well as more funding to support the child care sector. OPSBA is a member of the Minister's Early Years Advisory Committee.

More Child Care, More Choice - Providing Free Preschool Child Care for Children Aged 2.5 to Kindergarten


Mar 27
OPSBA in the Media, March 2018

Ontario Liberals promise $300-million to support special education
Caroline Alphonso and Justin Giovannetti, The Globe and Mail, Mar. 27, 2018
Ontario’s Liberal government has promised to spend more than $300-million over three years to improve support for children with special needs, a move that comes in the lead up to a June election.
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Special education gets $300 million funding boost
Kristin Rushowy, The Star, Mar. 26, 2018
The Liberals are pledging to spend an additional $300 million over the next three years to hire teachers and assistants to work with special education students — an area parents and school boards have long complained is underfunded. 
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Mar 26
Legislative Update, March 26, 2018

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario resumed on March 19, 2018. Acting on behalf of Premier Kathleen Wynne, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the Third Session of the 41st Parliament of Ontario. The 20-minute speech outlined the Liberal government’s plan to increase spending on health, seniors’ and child care. Included in the campaign blueprint are promises to expand home care and hospital budgets alongside measures to increase funding for mental health and addiction issues.  This of course, followed the news that the Premier prorogued the Ontario legislature. 

Prorogation is the act of completely ending a session of Parliament, and has the effect of terminating all outstanding business before the House. The immediate effect of this Proclamation is that the House will not meet again until summoned to do so by the Lieutenant Governor. All business on the Order Paper has lapsed and no committees may meet until the next Session of Parliament is commenced. With regards to education-related legislation, both Bill 191, Education Amendment Act (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), 2017 and Bill 198, Student Absenteeism and Protection Act  “died” on the order papers and would have to be re-introduced. Bill 193, Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018 received Royal Assent on March 7, 2018. 

2018-19 Grants for Student Needs (GSN)

The Ministry of Education has announced that the GSNs were released on March 26, 2018. OPSBA joined other education stakeholders on a teleconference and will provide members with an overview once the GSN memos are released and analyzed. 

2018 Ontario Budget

Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, has announced that he will deliver the 2018 Ontario Budget on March 28, 2018. Similar to the GSN, OPSBA will review the details for education-related impacts and share highlights will members. Following the budget will be the introduction of supporting legislation, typically an omnibus bill. 

Draft Revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG) and Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline (CPPG)

OPSBA has sent a submission to the Ministry of Education for this consultation based on commentary from previous submissions, participation in their reference group, and the feedback received from trustees. 

Provincial Election - June 7, 2018

OPSBA is developing resources to support our advocacy initiative, OPSBA Education Day. OPSBA has tentatively set the date for Education Day as May 23, 2018. Please note that this date was chosen to allow sufficient time after the writ is issued to distribute final resources and time before the OPSBA AGM and Voting Day. Also note that trustees and boards can choose to participate in Education Day activities anytime during the week of May 22 to 25, 2018. We are asking trustees to begin thinking about possible locations for their all candidates meetings. 

We will also be reaching out to newly elected PC Leader Doug Ford with an introduction of OPSBA and our priorities. 

Municipal and School Board Elections – October 22, 2018

Work is progressing on the first two OESC resources (Making a Difference for Kids: Running for Election as a School Board Trustee and Your Guide to Hosting a School Board Trustee All Candidates Meeting). Delivery of the first resource is to be in time for the first day of nominations, May 1, 2018. Other support materials have been shared with member boards, including a draft template regarding the Use of School Board Resources during the Municipal and School Board Election Campaign. This and other resources can be found on our Municipal Elections web page

Other information

March 21, 2018: Ontario Making Historic Investment in Mental Health Care and Ministry letter 

March 9, 2018: Ontario Making Schools Safer For Students and Staff

March 9, 2018: Ontario Marking Ten Years of Collaboration on Indigenous Education

March 9, 2018: Ontario Supporting Municipalities to Ensure Safe Transition to Federal Cannabis Legalization

Mar 19
OPSBA's 30th AGM & Program

Niagara Falls at night from the north

May 31 – June 3, 2018
Marriott on the Falls
6755 Fallsview Boulevard
Niagara Falls

At the Annual General Meeting, OPSBA members determine priorities and directions for the coming year, elect officers and plan for the future. This event also includes a comprehensive professional development program for trustees. Directors of Education, supervisory  officers,  and student trustees are also encouraged to attend this annual OPSBA conference.

REGISTER NOW

Make your hotel reservations early to avoid disappointment - the hotel cut-off date is Thursday, May 3, 2018.

The AGM begins with registration on Thursday, May 31 at 6:15 p.m. This will be followed by a welcome reception at 7:30 p.m. The conference ends after dinner on Saturday, June 3.

More information will be available on OPSBA's website.

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