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Legislative Update, June 22, 2017http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=171Legislative Update, June 22, 20172017-06-23T17:22:38Z<div class="ExternalClass036986BD5B1B4340A0E7C58D565B4CA1"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OntarioLegislature.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />MPPs rose for summer recess on June 1, 2017, and return on Monday, September 11, 2017. The following is an update on recent items. </p><p><strong>Rural and Remote Education Review<br></strong>OPSBA provided a <a title="OPSBA Submission on Rural and Remote Education" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Rural%20and%20Remote%20Submission%20FINAL.pdf"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">submission</span></a> to the Ministry consultation on June 16, 2017. The content was based on feedback from the ten engagement sessions, as well as the discussion at the recent Policy Development Work Team, Executive Council and Board of Directors. OPSBA staff have met with policy staff from Minister's Hunter office who were appreciative of our submission and the comments. We expect information about next steps very soon. </p><p><strong>Bill 148, <em>Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017<br></em></strong><a title="Bill 148" href="http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/committee-proceedings/committee_business.do?BusinessType=Bill&BillID=4963&locale=en&CommID=144" target="_blank">Bill 148</a> was introduced on June 1, 2017, by Minister of Labour Kevin Daniel. That same day the bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, which was given permission from the House to meet over the summer to study the bill. The legislation builds upon the final "Changing Workplaces Review" – a 420-page report containing 173 recommendations for how the province can improve its workplace regulations. The bill includes raising Ontario's minimum wage, expanding personal emergency leaves, changes to employment standards and other issues all intended to create fairer workplaces. OPSBA will be reviewing the bill for school board implications and reaching out to member board CFOs and Human Resources staff. </p><p>The committee will be holding public meetings in Thunder Bay, North Bay, Ottawa, Kingston, and Windsor-Essex the week of July 10, 2017. Public meetings will also be held in London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara, Hamilton and Toronto during the week of July 17, 2017. Written submissions are due Friday, July 21, 2017. </p><p><strong>Capital Funding Announcements<br></strong>Earlier this week, the <a title="News release re capital funding" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/06/ontario-building-new-schools-and-additions-across-province.html?_ga=2.93514781.1045066923.1498073597-1923291091.1498073597" target="_blank">ministry announced</a> details for the 38 school construction projects across the province – a combination of new schools, renovations and additions. This funding was previously announced in the GSNs, but the specific project were not identified. The <a title="ministry backgrounder" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/06/ontario-investing-in-38-school-construction-projects.html" target="_blank">ministry backgrounder</a> lists the 38 locations. </p><p><strong>Provincial and Federal Child Care Announcements<br></strong>On June 6, 2017, the <a title="News release re Early Years & Child Care Policy" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/06/ontario-making-child-care-more-accessible-and-affordable-for-families.html?_ga=2.167742714.570867936.1496775571-2104563819.1496170450" target="_blank">government announced</a> Ontario's Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework. <a title="The Framework" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/RenewedEarlyYears+ChildCarePolicyFramework.pdf" target="_blank">The Framework</a> is a Seven Point Action Plan that includes: Increasing Access, Enhancing Affordability, Establishing a Workforce Strategy,  Determining a Provincial Definition of "Quality", A Renewed Approach to Inclusion, Creating an Outcomes and Measurement Strategy and a Public Awareness Campaign. </p><p>On June 16, 2017, the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario <a title="News Release re Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreement" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/06/the-government-of-canada-and-the-government-of-ontario-concludes-the-first-early-learning-and-child.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">announced</a> the first Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreement. This followed an earlier announcement on June 12 when the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework was announced, addressing the federal government's long term vision and plans for children across the country. The June 16<sup> </sup>Ontario announcement includes a three year bi-lateral agreement allocating $435 million to the sector. The priority areas for this funding are: increasing access to child cares (including money to municipalities for subsidies), Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (expansion) and Training & Professional Development (more opportunities and ECE qualification upgrades).</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=171
OPSBA in the Mediahttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=170OPSBA in the Media2017-06-22T13:11:22Z<div class="ExternalClass26E923ED9EE445A5A5879BBE9EE7DA88"><p>​<img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" /><strong>Halton, Peel Catholic boards receive funds for new schools, renovations</strong><br><strong>Kristin Rushowy, The Star, Jun. 20</strong><br>Two boards in Greater Toronto are receiving funding for new schools and renovations, which are among 38 projects announced this week that will also create 460 child-care spaces across the province.<br><a title="Halton, Peel Catholic boards receive funds for new schools, renovations" href="https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2017/06/20/halton-peel-catholic-boards-receive-funds-for-new-schools-renovations.html" target="_blank">More</a>...</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=170
Ontario Newsroomhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=169Ontario Newsroom2017-06-23T14:17:04Z<div class="ExternalClass840E0A692C8941F5822E655CBF9C3EBB"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" /><a title="Statement from Minister and Deputy Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on National Aboriginal Day" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mirr/en/2017/06/statement-from-minister-and-deputy-minister-of-indigenous-relations-and-reconciliation-on-national-a.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Statement from Minister and Deputy Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on National Aboriginal Day, Jun. 21, 2017</a></p><p><a title="​Ontario Enhancing Support for Refugees and Newcomers" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mci/en/2017/06/ontario-enhancing-support-for-refugees-and-newcomers.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">​Ontario Enhancing Support for Refugees and Newcomers, Jun. 20, 2017</a></p><p><a title="Ontario Building New Schools and Additions Across Province" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/06/ontario-building-new-schools-and-additions-across-province.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Building New Schools and Additions Across Province, Jun. 19, 2017</a> </p><p><a title="The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario Concludes the First Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreement" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/06/the-government-of-canada-and-the-government-of-ontario-concludes-the-first-early-learning-and-child.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario Concludes the First Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreement, Jun. 16, 2017</a></p><p><a title="Ontario Reaches Tentative Extension Agreement with AMAPCEO" href="https://news.ontario.ca/tbs/en/2017/06/ontario-reaches-tentative-extension-agreement-with-amapceo.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Reaches Tentative Extension Agreement with AMAPCEO, Jun. 14, 2017</a> </p><p><a title="Schools Receiving $1.4 Billion for Repairs and Renewal This Year" href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2017/06/schools-receiving-14-billion-for-repairs-and-renewal-this-year.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Schools Receiving $1.4 Billion for Repairs and Renewal This Year, Jun. 13, 2017</a></p><p><a title="Ontario Reaches Tentative Extension Agreements with OPSEU" href="https://news.ontario.ca/tbs/en/2017/06/ontario-reaches-tentative-extension-agreements-with-opseu.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Reaches Tentative Extension Agreements with OPSEU, Jun. 12, 2017</a> </p><p><a title="Ontario Transforming Autism Services for Children and Their Families" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2017/06/ontario-transforming-autism-services-for-children-and-their-families.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Transforming Autism Services for Children and Their Families, Jun. 8, 2017</a> </p><p><a title="More Educational Opportunities for Indigenous Students" href="https://news.ontario.ca/maesd/en/2017/06/more-educational-opportunities-for-indigenous-students.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">More Educational Opportunities for Indigenous Students, Jun. 7, 2017</a> </p><p><a title="Ontario Making Child Care More Accessible and Affordable for Families" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/06/ontario-making-child-care-more-accessible-and-affordable-for-families.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Making Child Care More Accessible and Affordable for Families, Jun. 6, 2017</a> </p><p><a title="Ontario Continuing Progress on Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mirr/en/2017/06/ontario-continuing-progress-on-reconciliation-with-indigenous-peoples.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Continuing Progress on Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, Jun. 5, 2017</a> </p><p><a title="Ontario Preparing Students for Jobs of Tomorrow" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/06/ontario-preparing-students-for-jobs-of-tomorrow.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Preparing Students for Jobs of Tomorrow, Jun. 5, 2017</a> </p><p><a title="Ontario Introduces Legislation to Create Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mol/en/2017/06/ontario-introduces-legislation-to-create-fair-workplaces-better-jobs.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Introduces Legislation to Create Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs, Jun. 1, 2017</a> </p><p><a title="Ontario Passes Anti-Racism Legislation" href="https://news.ontario.ca/ard/en/2017/06/ontario-passes-anti-racism-legislation.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Passes Anti-Racism Legislation, Jun. 1, 2017</a> </p><p><a title="Ontario Passes Legislation to Strengthen Child Welfare and Improve Outcomes for Youth" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2017/06/ontario-passes-legislation-to-strengthen-child-welfare-and-improve-outcomes-for-youth.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Passes Legislation to Strengthen Child Welfare and Improve Outcomes for Youth, Jun. 1, 2017</a></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=169
Diploma in School Board Administrationhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=168Diploma in School Board Administration2017-06-22T13:11:05Z<div class="ExternalClass2B1BD6E2836143B0B3F1F74580F889DB"><p>​<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="UofGuelph.png" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Lists/Posts/Post/UofGuelph.png" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:200px;" />The University of Guelph has partnered with the Ontario Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) to offer professional development opportunities for school board staff leaders to earn a Diploma in School Board Administration. </p><p>The <a title="Leadership and Ethics" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/OASBOLeadership+EthicsFall2017.pdf" target="_blank">Leadership and Ethics</a> online course <span lang="EN-US">examines major themes and concepts related to leadership and ethics within the context of school board administration. As part of the course, participants will be introduced to various frameworks and tests, including emotional intelligence and ethical decision-making.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">For more information and to register, visit <a href="http://opened.uoguelph.ca/">http://opened.uoguelph.ca/</a></span></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=168
Legislative Update, June 8http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=167Legislative Update, June 82017-06-14T13:37:20Z<div class="ExternalClassF0FF2188B1CA47D9810839EF82CEACB5"><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 rose for summer recess on June 1, 2017, and returns on September 11, 2017. Current party standings among the 107 MPPs are:</p><p>Ontario Liberal Party: 57<br>Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario: 28<br>New Democratic Party of Ontario: 20<br>Independent: 1<br>Vacant: 1</p><p>Throughout the year, OPSBA provided submissions on the following matters:</p><ul><li>June 2017 – OPSBA Submission re: Rural and Remote Education Review</li><li>May 15, 2017 – OPSBA Submission re: <em>Bill 114, Anti-Racism Act</em></li><li>April 26, 2017 – OPSBA Submission re:<em> Bill 65, Safer School Zones Act</em></li><li>April 3, 2017 - OPSBA Submission re: <em>Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act</em></li><li>March 17, 2017 - OPSBA Response to the Ministry Consultation on the Well-Being Engagement Paper</li><li>March 8, 2017 - Joint Association Submission to Standing Committee on General Government re:<em> Bill 92, School Boards Collective Bargaining Amendment Act</em></li><li>February 10, 2017 - Joint Association Letter to Min. Hunter re: consultation on the <em>School Boards Collective Bargaining Act</em></li><li>February 1, 2017 - OPSBA Submission regarding Building a Better Future - Early Years and Child Care Discussion Paper</li><li>January 18, 2017 - OPSBA submission re: the 2017 Pre-Budget Consultations</li><li>January 11, 2017 – OPSBA Brief to the Ministry of Education Regarding 2017-18 Education Funding Engagement Guide / GSN</li><li>November 28, 2016 - OPSBA Submission regarding Bill 45, Election Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016</li><li>November 23, 2016 -  OPSBA Submission regarding before-and-after-school care for kindergarten to Grade 6 draft policies and guidelines for school boards</li><li>October 20, 2016 - OPSBA Submission regarding proposed amendments to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change's <em>Safe Drinking Water Act</em>, Ontario Reg. 243</li><li>October 11, 2016 - OPSBA Submission to the Consultation re: Gender and Sex Information on Government IDs and Forms</li></ul><h2>Current/Upcoming Legislation</h2><p><strong>Bill 142, <em>Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017</em></strong><em> </em> </p><ul><li>Introduced on May 31, 2017, by Attorney General Yasir Naqvi.</li><li>Legislation is to address the three topics that were considered as part of the mandate of the <em>Construction Lien Act</em> review and included:</li></ul><ol><ol><li>Modernizing the lien and holdback process;</li><li>Introducing rules around prompt payment; and</li><li>Creating an adjudicative process for resolving disputes.</li></ol></ol><p>OPSBA and the other school board/trustee associations all share a consultant working on this project on our behalf.</p><p><span lang="EN"><strong>Bill 148, <em>Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017</em></strong></span></p><ul><li>Introduced on June 1, 2017, by Minister of Labour Kevin Daniel.  </li><li>The legislation builds upon the final Changing Workplaces Review – a 420-page report containing 173 recommendations for how the province can improve its workplace regulations. </li><li>It recommends the government legislate that all part-time, contract and seasonal employees be paid equally to comparable full-time employees at the same company.</li><li>It recommends increasing vacation pay from two weeks to three weeks after an employee has worked for the same employer for more than five years. </li><li>The Changing Workplaces Review calls for the consolidation of the <em>Employment Standards Act</em>, the <em>Labour Relations Act</em> and the <em>Occupational Health and Safety Act</em> into a new Workplace Rights Act. </li><li>It stresses the need to improve public awareness of workplace rights, for both employers and employees.</li><li>The bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, which was<strong> </strong>given permission from the House to meet over the summer to study the bill. The House<strong> </strong>voted unanimously to grant the workplace reform legislation first reading.</li></ul><p><strong>Rural and Remote Education Review </strong></p><ul><li>On March 6, 2017, a letter was sent to school boards and municipalities from Education Minister Mitzie Hunter and Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli. The letter addresses "impacts of recent pupil accommodation reviews" and announces the creation of a Rural and Remote Education Review. Three parliamentary assistants have been appointed to lead engagement and research gathering on how to sustain a strong education system in rural and remote Ontario. These individuals are: Education Parliamentary Assistant (PA) Granville Anderson; Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs PA Grant Crack; and Municipal Affairs PA Lou Rinaldi. </li><li>The Ministry consultations began May 5 and continued until May 26, 2017.  OPSBA posted information on our <a href="/Pages/Ministry%20launches%20Rural%20Education%20Strategy%20consultation.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">website</span></a> and created a package of materials for our members that included key messages and copies of our recent submission on the Pupil Accommodation Review Guidelines, Funding and Community Hubs.  </li><li>The deadline for comments for this consultation is June 9, 2017 – OPSBA has asked for an extension. OSPBA has been gathering feedback from the sessions as well as the discussion at the recent Policy Development Work Team, Executive Council and Board of Directors.</li><li>OPSBA has connected with AMO/ROMA as well as the other school board/trustee associations.</li></ul><p><strong>Ombudsman Stats (September 2015 --)</strong></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Month</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>School Boards</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Universities</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Municipalities</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">End of September 2015</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">117</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">October</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">170</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">November</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">205</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">December</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">246</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">January</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">295</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">37</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">441</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">February</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">348</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">61</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">722</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">March</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">389</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">89</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">920</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">April </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">444</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">104</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">1212</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">May</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">502</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">121</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">1470</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">June</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">608</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">140</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">1746</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">July</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">641</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">152</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">1995</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">August</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">683</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">166</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">2155</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">September 2016</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">859</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">190</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">2487</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">October </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">974</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">205</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">2736</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">November</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">1058</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">218</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">2995</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">December</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">1100</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">232</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">3191</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">January 2017</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">1168</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">249</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">3492</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">February</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">1255</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">264</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">3726</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">March</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">1336</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">270</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">3986</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">April </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">1387</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">283</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">4172</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">May</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">1512</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">298</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">4387</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=167
OASBO Professional Certificateshttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=166OASBO Professional Certificates2017-06-13T15:00:00Z<div class="ExternalClass20B9A43F8D184FC797AB280DC565B692"><p>​<img alt="OASBOprofessionalCertificates.jpg" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OASBOprofessionalCertificates.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:123px;" /></p><p>The University of Guelph has partnered with the Ontario Association of School Business Officials to offer <a title="professional development opportunities" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/OASBOprofessionalCertificatesJuly2017.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">professional development opportunities</span></a> for school board staff leaders to earn certificates in contract management, compensation and benefits, and human resources management, among others.</p><p>For more information and to register, visit <a title="Professional Certificates website" href="http://www.professionalcertificates.ca/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.professionalcertificates.ca</span></a> or email <a title="University of Guelph email" href="mailto:info@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca" target="_blank">info@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca</a> </p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=166
OPSBA’s 29th AGM and Programhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=165OPSBA’s 29th AGM and Program2017-06-13T14:31:25Z<div class="ExternalClass7211FE1BD7BF4A0180B25B60CA191602"><p class="ExternalClass64349CCD5E6D4D7493565896449408D6">​<img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/PublishingImages/DSC_1121.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:167px;" />Trustees and Directors of Education were welcomed to Blue Mountain for OPSBA's 29th AGM and Program from June 8 to 10. An opening greeting by Algoma DSB Trustee Elaine Johnston, Chief of Serpent River First Nation, acknowledged that the meeting was being held on traditional Indigenous territories. A traditional smudge was offered by First Nation Trustee Howard Archibald.</p><p class="ExternalClass64349CCD5E6D4D7493565896449408D6">At this annual event, OPSBA members confirm priorities and directions for the coming year, elect officers and plan for the future. A comprehensive professional development program is also offered. The 2017 program featured dynamic and inspiring speakers and a range of workshops that focused on key issues in education in Ontario today.</p><p class="ExternalClass64349CCD5E6D4D7493565896449408D6"><strong><em>Sandra Herbst</em></strong><br> The opening keynote speaker was the engaging and energetic Sandra Herbst, the CEO of connect2learning and a former superintendent and Past President of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents. Her presentation, <em>Assessment in the Service of Learning, </em>shared ways in which school boards have aspired to and planned for deep alignment by linking policy, leadership and student achievement. Her session was a follow-up to her presentation at last year's OPSBA AGM in Ottawa. Herbst also provided an additional breakout session for attendees to continue to examine the impact of aligning practice across classrooms. </p><p class="ExternalClass64349CCD5E6D4D7493565896449408D6"><strong><em>Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé</em></strong><br><strong><em> </em></strong>The Office of the Ontario Ombudsman has had oversight of school boards for almost two years. Ombudsman Dubé reviewed his office's role, the main topics of recent cases and gave an update on the first systemic investigation involving school boards.</p><p class="ExternalClass64349CCD5E6D4D7493565896449408D6"><strong><em>Ramona Pringle – Surviving – and Thriving – in an Era of Disruption: Preparing the Next Generation for the Age of Automation</em></strong><br><strong><em> </em></strong>Pringle, an interactive producer and expert on Digital Media Culture and a faculty member at Ryerson University's Radio and Television Arts School of Media, explored the skills required for the jobs of tomorrow, and the strategies needed to successfully manage the transition into the age of automation.</p><p class="ExternalClass64349CCD5E6D4D7493565896449408D6"><strong><em>Joseph Boyden</em></strong><br><strong><em> </em></strong>Saturday morning's keynote speaker was acclaimed Canadian novelist Joseph Boyden, who delved into his creative writing process.</p><p class="ExternalClass64349CCD5E6D4D7493565896449408D6"><strong><em>Workshops and Discussion Groups</em></strong><br> Offering in-depth and interactive workshops, expert speakers addressed issues such as the legalities of social media rights, internal audit processes and committees, equity and diversity, and labour relations. </p><p class="ExternalClass64349CCD5E6D4D7493565896449408D6"><em>A special thank you to all presenters and OPSBA member boards for sharing their expertise on behalf of students!</em></p><p class="ExternalClass64349CCD5E6D4D7493565896449408D6"><strong><em>OPSBA Awards<br></em></strong>Recipients of OPSBA's Awards were announced at Saturday's President's Dinner. We congratulate the following winners for their hard work and dedication to our students!</p><p class="ExternalClass64349CCD5E6D4D7493565896449408D6"><strong>The President's Award</strong><br><strong> </strong>This award recognizes trustees who have given 25 or more years of service to public education. This year's recipients were: </p><div class="ExternalClass64349CCD5E6D4D7493565896449408D6"><ul><li>Gale Simko-Hatfield, Greater Essex County DSB, who has been with the board for 25 years</li><li>Judy Saunders, Trillium Lakelands DSB, who has been a trustee for more than 26 years</li></ul></div><p><strong>Award of Merit and Certificate of Recognition in Memory of Jack A. MacDonald</strong> <br> The recipient of this student award is selected on the basis of a sound academic record throughout their student career, accompanied by outstanding community service and leadership. </p><p>This year's Award of Merit was given to Riley Beam, Chippewa Secondary School, Near North DSB. Riley serves as her school's Student Senator at the board-wide Student Senate, is a member of student council and is involved in numerous initiatives at Chippewa SS, including the school's dance team and Sears Drama Festival entries. She currently serves on the Near North DSB's Accommodation Review Committee and participates in Dreamcoat Fantasy Theatre programs. Riley has volunteered more than 800 hours to community programs on top of her commitment to her studies and school-based extra-curricular activities. </p><p>"Riley is an accomplished young woman and has worked very hard through her entire educational career," writes Special Education and Dance teacher Andrea Lefebvre. "She is reliable, responsible and accountable…has a sound academic record and outstanding community service and leadership."</p><p>A Certificate of Recognition was also awarded to Rachel Stripp, a Grade 8 student at Pineland Public School, Halton DSB. In addition to being an outstanding student and member of numerous school clubs, Rachel is the founder and president of the Burlington Junior Civitan Club, running twice-monthly meetings for the 22 members and representing her club at district and international events. She also delivers newspaper to 40 customers and volunteers at Parish Ridge Stables.</p><p><strong>OPSBA Award of Excellence and Achievement Award</strong><br><strong><em> </em></strong>This Award is presented by the local board to volunteers for outstanding, exemplary and/or unique contributions to the overall well-being of the school or community through in-school, board-wide, extra-curricular and/or volunteer activity. </p><p>This year's Award of Excellence was given to Eileen Haven, Executive Secretary, Lakehead DSB. Eileen worked with the board for 25 years, supporting the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) for nine of them. While she retired on May 31, 2017, she was always an excellent resource to SEAC through careful and detailed preparation for meetings, events and preparations. Eileen always went above and beyond to ensure that everything was in place and had a professional presence. </p><p>The OPSBA Achievement Award was given to:</p><ul><li>Martha McLelland, parent volunteer, Agnew H. Johnston Public School, Lakehead DSB</li><li>Sheila Marcinyshyn, volunteer and SEAC Member, Lakehead DSB</li><li>Kelly Matyasovszky, volunteer and SEAC Co-Chair, Valley Central Public School, Lakehead DSB</li><li>Eileen Haven, Executive Secretary, Lakehead DSB</li></ul><p><strong>Fred L. Bartlett Memorial Award<br></strong>This award is given to an active or retired member of the teaching profession for outstanding contribution to education in Ontario. This year's recipients were Stacey Griffen, Sonya White, and Jennifer Jager, Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Upper Grand DSB. All three teachers were instrumental in the production of the recent OPSBA/OSTA-AECO bilingual accessibility-themed film <a title="By Any Measure" href="https://vimeo.com/191655917"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>By Any Measure</em></span></a><em>, </em>showcasing the success of accessibility in Ontario schools.</p><p><strong><em>OPSBA's 2017 Annual General Meeting</em></strong><br><strong><em> </em></strong>The Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for member school boards to provide direction for the future work of the organization and to elect officers and members of the Association's Work Teams. At this meeting, the Membership reviewed the <a title="2016-2017 OPSBA Annual Report" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA_AR_2017_final.pdf"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>2016-2017 OPSBA Annual Report </strong></span></a>and confirmed OPSBA's priorities for 2017-18, which continue to be part of a multi-year strategic work plan.</p><p><em><strong>OPSBA Priorities for 2017-2018</strong></em><br><em><strong> </strong></em>The priorities were reaffirmed through a process which invited input from all trustee members, regional councils and Indigenous trustees this past spring. These were approved by the OPSBA Board of Directors at its April meeting and forwarded to the AGM for confirmation by OPSBA's membership. </p><p>The six priority areas are:</p><ul><li>The Whole Child and Student Well-Being</li><li>New Generation Education</li><li>Advocating for the Role of Trustees as Members of the Board and Building Leadership Capacity</li><li>Labour Relations</li><li>Education Funding</li><li>Advancing Reconciliation: First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education</li></ul><p>The Executive Council will hold a planning meeting in August and develop action plans for each priority area for the year ahead.</p><p><strong><em>OPSBA's Executive Council and Work Groups<br></em></strong>Congratulations to the following members of OPSBA's Executive Council and Work Groups for the 2017-18 school year.</p><p><strong>Executive Council</strong><strong><em> </em></strong><br>President – Laurie French, Limestone DSB<br> First Vice President – Jerry Chadwick, Toronto DSB<br> Second Vice President – Cathy Abraham, Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB<br> Eastern Region Vice President – Dave Shields, Renfrew County DSB<br> Western Region Vice President – Robert Hunking, Avon Maitland DSB<br> Central East Vice President – Donna Edwards, Durham DSB<br> Central West Vice President – Donna Danielli, Halton DSB<br> Northern Region Vice President – Gerald Kleist, Keewatin-Patricia DSB<br> Enrolment Vice President – Parthi Kandavel, Toronto DSB<br> Enrolment Vice President – Rick Williams, Peel DSB</p><p><strong>First Nation Director to OPSBA Board of Directors</strong><br> Elaine Johnston, Avon Maitland DSB<br> Karen Sandy, Grand Erie DSB (Alternate)</p><p><strong>Education Program Work Group Members</strong></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Northern Sub-region West</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">George Saarinen, Lakehead</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Northern Sub-region East</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tom Henderson, DSB Ontario North East</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Eastern</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Marjorie Adam, Renfrew County DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Caroll Carkner, Upper Canada DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Western</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Connie Buckler, Greater Essex County DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Jan Johnstone, Bluewater DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Central East</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Parthi Kandavel, Toronto DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Louise Clodd, York Region DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Central West</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Alex Johnstone, Upper Grand DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Kathi Smith, Waterloo Region DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">First Nations</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Michele Locke, Simcoe County DSB</td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>Policy Development Work Group Members</strong></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Northern Sub-region West</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Mark Mannisto, Superior Greenstone DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Northern Sub-region East</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Jennifer Sarlo, Algoma DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Eastern</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Keith Penny, Ottawa-Carleton DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">John McAllister, Upper Canada DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Western</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Arlene Morell, Thames Valley DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cheryl Lovell, Greater Essex County DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Central East</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Corrie McBain, York Region DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Shelley Laskin, Toronto DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Central West</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Jeanne Gray, Halton DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">David Green, Peel DSB</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">First Nations</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Howard Archibald, DSB Ontario North East</td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong><em>Tell Us How We Did!</em></strong><br><strong><em> </em></strong>Attendees are invited to complete our online evaluation form which will be e-mailed to you electronically through the registration system. We hope you will take a few minutes to give us your feedback and advice. Your information provides us with valuable input as we plan for future conferences. The 2018 AGM and Program will be held in Niagara Falls. Please contact us at any time through <a href="mailto:webmaster@opsba.org">webmaster@opsba.org</a> with ideas and suggestions for conference content or format.  Send us your ideas – we can't do it without you!</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=165
OPSBA's 2016-17 Annual Reporthttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=164OPSBA's 2016-17 Annual Report2017-06-12T14:32:39Z<div class="ExternalClass0ABF2DCD774244E9B1692ED8D73A8898"><p><img src="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/PublishingImages/events-and-publications/annual-report/OPSBA_201617_AnnualReport_Cover.jpg" alt="2016-17 Annual Report cover" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:323px;" />OPSBA has released its <a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA_AR_2017_final.pdf" title="OPSBA 2016-17 Annual Report">2016-17 Annual Report​</a>, highlighting our advocacy and work in the past year.<br></p><p>Read it today to find out how we've advanced progress on our <a href="/advocacy-and-action">six strategic priorities</a> since June 2016!<br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=164
Celebrating Aboriginal History Month & National Aboriginal Dayhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=163Celebrating Aboriginal History Month & National Aboriginal Day2017-06-08T12:46:28Z<div class="ExternalClass46467C3199314C4FAD1604F6621D6BDD"><h2>​<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/NAD2016.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:250px;" />Aboriginal History Month</h2><p>Each June, Canadians are invited to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous people in Canada by taking part in <a title="National Aboriginal History Month" href="https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1466616436543/1466616481533" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">National Aboriginal History Month </span></a>events and festivities.</p><p>Declared in 2009, National Aboriginal History Month is a time to acknowledge the role Indigenous peoples played, and continued to play, in the development of Canada, to honour Indigenous heritage and to celebrate Indigenous cultures. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the strength of present day First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities, and their hopes for the future.</p><h2>National Aboriginal Day</h2><p>This year marks the 21st anniversary of the first <a title="National Aboriginal Day" href="http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1100100013249" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">National Aboriginal Day </span></a>in 1996! June 21 was chosen as National Aboriginal Day because of the cultural significance of the summer solstice - the first day of summer and longest day of the year, the rebirth of Mother Earth - and because many Aboriginal communities mark this day as a time to celebrate their heritage. Setting aside a day for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples is part of the wider recognition of their primary and founding place within the fabric of Canada and their ongoing contributions as First Peoples. This is a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.</p><p>It was in 1982 that the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of June 21 as National Aboriginal Solidarity Day. This call was renewed in 1995 when The Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Aboriginal peoples. In 1996, National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed by former Governor General Roméo A. LeBlanc.</p><p>This has now become a day in the Canadian calendar when First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples express pride in their rich diverse cultures with their families, neighbours, friends and visitors.</p><p>Aboriginal Day 2016 is a day for the Ontario Public School Boards' Association, its member boards and for all of Canada to honour the traditions, cultures, languages and contributions of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples.</p><p><strong>We offer a warm thank you to the First Nations trustees who serve on OPSBA's </strong><a title="Indigenous Trustees' Council" href="/who-we-are/structure/indigenous-trustees-council"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Indigenous Trustees' Council</strong></span></a><strong> and school boards across the province. We send greetings and good wishes to First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, parents, teachers and communities on this day of celebration.</strong></p><h2>Notable Resources</h2><p><a title="OPSBA's First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Resources" href="/OUR%20PRIORITIES/Pages/First-Nations,-Métis-and-Inuit-Education.aspx"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>OPSBA's First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Resources</strong></span></a></p><p><a title="National Aboriginal Day Learning Resources" href="https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013251/1100100013253" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>National Aboriginal Day Learning Resources</strong></span></a></p><p><a title="contemporary and historical resources and Ontario events" href="http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1100100013249" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>A range of contemporary and historical resources and Ontario events</strong></span></a></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=163
Ontario Newsroomhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=162Ontario Newsroom2017-06-20T12:56:32Z<div class="ExternalClass94D72ECEF9994B049EACE3BA16A0AF75"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" /></div><div class="ExternalClass94D72ECEF9994B049EACE3BA16A0AF75"><a title="Ontario Building New Schools and Additions Across Province" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/06/ontario-building-new-schools-and-additions-across-province.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Building New Schools and Additions Across Province, Jun. 19, 2017</a></div><div class="ExternalClass94D72ECEF9994B049EACE3BA16A0AF75"> </div><a title="The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario Concludes the First Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreement" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/06/the-government-of-canada-and-the-government-of-ontario-concludes-the-first-early-learning-and-child.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank"><div class="ExternalClass94D72ECEF9994B049EACE3BA16A0AF75">The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario Concludes the First Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreement, Jun. 16, 2017</div></a><div class="ExternalClass94D72ECEF9994B049EACE3BA16A0AF75"> </div><div class="ExternalClass94D72ECEF9994B049EACE3BA16A0AF75"><a title="Ontario Reaches Tentative Extension Agreement with AMAPCEO" href="https://news.ontario.ca/tbs/en/2017/06/ontario-reaches-tentative-extension-agreement-with-amapceo.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Reaches Tentative Extension Agreement with AMAPCEO, Jun. 14, 2017</a></div><div class="ExternalClass94D72ECEF9994B049EACE3BA16A0AF75"> </div><a title="Schools Receiving $1.4 Billion for Repairs and Renewal This Year" href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2017/06/schools-receiving-14-billion-for-repairs-and-renewal-this-year.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank"><div class="ExternalClass94D72ECEF9994B049EACE3BA16A0AF75">Schools Receiving $1.4 Billion for Repairs and Renewal This Year, Jun. 13, 2017</div><div class="ExternalClass94D72ECEF9994B049EACE3BA16A0AF75"><font color="#008ce9"></font> </div></a><div class="ExternalClass94D72ECEF9994B049EACE3BA16A0AF75"><a title="Ontario Reaches Tentative Extension Agreements with OPSEU" href="https://news.ontario.ca/tbs/en/2017/06/ontario-reaches-tentative-extension-agreements-with-opseu.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Reaches Tentative Extension Agreements with OPSEU, Jun. 12, 2017</a></div><div class="ExternalClass94D72ECEF9994B049EACE3BA16A0AF75"> </div><div class="ExternalClass94D72ECEF9994B049EACE3BA16A0AF75"><a title="Ontario Transforming Autism Services for Children and Their Families" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2017/06/ontario-transforming-autism-services-for-children-and-their-families.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Transforming Autism Services for Children and Their Families, Jun. 8, 2017</a></div><div class="ExternalClass94D72ECEF9994B049EACE3BA16A0AF75"> </div><div class="ExternalClass94D72ECEF9994B049EACE3BA16A0AF75"><a title="More Educational Opportunities for Indigenous Students" href="https://news.ontario.ca/maesd/en/2017/06/more-educational-opportunities-for-indigenous-students.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">More Educational Opportunities for Indigenous Students, Jun. 7, 2017</a></div><div class="ExternalClass94D72ECEF9994B049EACE3BA16A0AF75"> </div><div class="ExternalClass94D72ECEF9994B049EACE3BA16A0AF75"><a title="Ontario Making Child Care More Accessible and Affordable for Families" 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Jun 23
Legislative Update, June 22, 2017

MPPs rose for summer recess on June 1, 2017, and return on Monday, September 11, 2017. The following is an update on recent items. 

Rural and Remote Education Review
OPSBA provided a submission to the Ministry consultation on June 16, 2017. The content was based on feedback from the ten engagement sessions, as well as the discussion at the recent Policy Development Work Team, Executive Council and Board of Directors. OPSBA staff have met with policy staff from Minister's Hunter office who were appreciative of our submission and the comments. We expect information about next steps very soon. 

Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017
Bill 148 was introduced on June 1, 2017, by Minister of Labour Kevin Daniel. That same day the bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, which was given permission from the House to meet over the summer to study the bill. The legislation builds upon the final "Changing Workplaces Review" – a 420-page report containing 173 recommendations for how the province can improve its workplace regulations. The bill includes raising Ontario's minimum wage, expanding personal emergency leaves, changes to employment standards and other issues all intended to create fairer workplaces. OPSBA will be reviewing the bill for school board implications and reaching out to member board CFOs and Human Resources staff. 

The committee will be holding public meetings in Thunder Bay, North Bay, Ottawa, Kingston, and Windsor-Essex the week of July 10, 2017. Public meetings will also be held in London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara, Hamilton and Toronto during the week of July 17, 2017. Written submissions are due Friday, July 21, 2017. 

Capital Funding Announcements
Earlier this week, the ministry announced details for the 38 school construction projects across the province – a combination of new schools, renovations and additions. This funding was previously announced in the GSNs, but the specific project were not identified. The ministry backgrounder lists the 38 locations. 

Provincial and Federal Child Care Announcements
On June 6, 2017, the government announced Ontario's Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework. The Framework is a Seven Point Action Plan that includes: Increasing Access, Enhancing Affordability, Establishing a Workforce Strategy,  Determining a Provincial Definition of "Quality", A Renewed Approach to Inclusion, Creating an Outcomes and Measurement Strategy and a Public Awareness Campaign. 

On June 16, 2017, the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario announced the first Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreement. This followed an earlier announcement on June 12 when the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework was announced, addressing the federal government's long term vision and plans for children across the country. The June 16 Ontario announcement includes a three year bi-lateral agreement allocating $435 million to the sector. The priority areas for this funding are: increasing access to child cares (including money to municipalities for subsidies), Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (expansion) and Training & Professional Development (more opportunities and ECE qualification upgrades).

Jun 22
Diploma in School Board Administration

UofGuelph.pngThe University of Guelph has partnered with the Ontario Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) to offer professional development opportunities for school board staff leaders to earn a Diploma in School Board Administration. 

The Leadership and Ethics online course examines major themes and concepts related to leadership and ethics within the context of school board administration. As part of the course, participants will be introduced to various frameworks and tests, including emotional intelligence and ethical decision-making.

For more information and to register, visit http://opened.uoguelph.ca/

Jun 22
OPSBA in the Media

Halton, Peel Catholic boards receive funds for new schools, renovations
Kristin Rushowy, The Star, Jun. 20
Two boards in Greater Toronto are receiving funding for new schools and renovations, which are among 38 projects announced this week that will also create 460 child-care spaces across the province.
More...

Jun 20
Ontario Newsroom
Jun 14
Legislative Update, June 8

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario rose for summer recess on June 1, 2017, and returns on September 11, 2017. Current party standings among the 107 MPPs are:

Ontario Liberal Party: 57
Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario: 28
New Democratic Party of Ontario: 20
Independent: 1
Vacant: 1

Throughout the year, OPSBA provided submissions on the following matters:

  • June 2017 – OPSBA Submission re: Rural and Remote Education Review
  • May 15, 2017 – OPSBA Submission re: Bill 114, Anti-Racism Act
  • April 26, 2017 – OPSBA Submission re: Bill 65, Safer School Zones Act
  • April 3, 2017 - OPSBA Submission re: Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act
  • March 17, 2017 - OPSBA Response to the Ministry Consultation on the Well-Being Engagement Paper
  • March 8, 2017 - Joint Association Submission to Standing Committee on General Government re: Bill 92, School Boards Collective Bargaining Amendment Act
  • February 10, 2017 - Joint Association Letter to Min. Hunter re: consultation on the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act
  • February 1, 2017 - OPSBA Submission regarding Building a Better Future - Early Years and Child Care Discussion Paper
  • January 18, 2017 - OPSBA submission re: the 2017 Pre-Budget Consultations
  • January 11, 2017 – OPSBA Brief to the Ministry of Education Regarding 2017-18 Education Funding Engagement Guide / GSN
  • November 28, 2016 - OPSBA Submission regarding Bill 45, Election Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016
  • November 23, 2016 -  OPSBA Submission regarding before-and-after-school care for kindergarten to Grade 6 draft policies and guidelines for school boards
  • October 20, 2016 - OPSBA Submission regarding proposed amendments to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change's Safe Drinking Water Act, Ontario Reg. 243
  • October 11, 2016 - OPSBA Submission to the Consultation re: Gender and Sex Information on Government IDs and Forms

Current/Upcoming Legislation

Bill 142, Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017 

  • Introduced on May 31, 2017, by Attorney General Yasir Naqvi.
  • Legislation is to address the three topics that were considered as part of the mandate of the Construction Lien Act review and included:
    1. Modernizing the lien and holdback process;
    2. Introducing rules around prompt payment; and
    3. Creating an adjudicative process for resolving disputes.

OPSBA and the other school board/trustee associations all share a consultant working on this project on our behalf.

Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017

  • Introduced on June 1, 2017, by Minister of Labour Kevin Daniel. 
  • The legislation builds upon the final Changing Workplaces Review – a 420-page report containing 173 recommendations for how the province can improve its workplace regulations.
  • It recommends the government legislate that all part-time, contract and seasonal employees be paid equally to comparable full-time employees at the same company.
  • It recommends increasing vacation pay from two weeks to three weeks after an employee has worked for the same employer for more than five years.
  • The Changing Workplaces Review calls for the consolidation of the Employment Standards Act, the Labour Relations Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act into a new Workplace Rights Act.
  • It stresses the need to improve public awareness of workplace rights, for both employers and employees.
  • The bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, which was given permission from the House to meet over the summer to study the bill. The House voted unanimously to grant the workplace reform legislation first reading.

Rural and Remote Education Review

  • On March 6, 2017, a letter was sent to school boards and municipalities from Education Minister Mitzie Hunter and Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli. The letter addresses "impacts of recent pupil accommodation reviews" and announces the creation of a Rural and Remote Education Review. Three parliamentary assistants have been appointed to lead engagement and research gathering on how to sustain a strong education system in rural and remote Ontario. These individuals are: Education Parliamentary Assistant (PA) Granville Anderson; Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs PA Grant Crack; and Municipal Affairs PA Lou Rinaldi.
  • The Ministry consultations began May 5 and continued until May 26, 2017.  OPSBA posted information on our website and created a package of materials for our members that included key messages and copies of our recent submission on the Pupil Accommodation Review Guidelines, Funding and Community Hubs. 
  • The deadline for comments for this consultation is June 9, 2017 – OPSBA has asked for an extension. OSPBA has been gathering feedback from the sessions as well as the discussion at the recent Policy Development Work Team, Executive Council and Board of Directors.
  • OPSBA has connected with AMO/ROMA as well as the other school board/trustee associations.

Ombudsman Stats (September 2015 --)

MonthSchool BoardsUniversitiesMunicipalities
End of September 2015117
October170
November205
December246
January29537441
February34861722
March38989920
April 4441041212
May5021211470
June6081401746
July6411521995
August6831662155
September 20168591902487
October 9742052736
November10582182995
December11002323191
January 201711682493492
February12552643726
March13362703986
April 13872834172
May15122984387

 

Jun 13
OASBO Professional Certificates

OASBOprofessionalCertificates.jpg

The University of Guelph has partnered with the Ontario Association of School Business Officials to offer professional development opportunities for school board staff leaders to earn certificates in contract management, compensation and benefits, and human resources management, among others.

For more information and to register, visit www.professionalcertificates.ca or email info@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca

Jun 13
OPSBA’s 29th AGM and Program

Trustees and Directors of Education were welcomed to Blue Mountain for OPSBA's 29th AGM and Program from June 8 to 10. An opening greeting by Algoma DSB Trustee Elaine Johnston, Chief of Serpent River First Nation, acknowledged that the meeting was being held on traditional Indigenous territories. A traditional smudge was offered by First Nation Trustee Howard Archibald.

At this annual event, OPSBA members confirm priorities and directions for the coming year, elect officers and plan for the future. A comprehensive professional development program is also offered. The 2017 program featured dynamic and inspiring speakers and a range of workshops that focused on key issues in education in Ontario today.

Sandra Herbst
The opening keynote speaker was the engaging and energetic Sandra Herbst, the CEO of connect2learning and a former superintendent and Past President of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents. Her presentation, Assessment in the Service of Learning, shared ways in which school boards have aspired to and planned for deep alignment by linking policy, leadership and student achievement. Her session was a follow-up to her presentation at last year's OPSBA AGM in Ottawa. Herbst also provided an additional breakout session for attendees to continue to examine the impact of aligning practice across classrooms.

Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé
The Office of the Ontario Ombudsman has had oversight of school boards for almost two years. Ombudsman Dubé reviewed his office's role, the main topics of recent cases and gave an update on the first systemic investigation involving school boards.

Ramona Pringle – Surviving – and Thriving – in an Era of Disruption: Preparing the Next Generation for the Age of Automation
Pringle, an interactive producer and expert on Digital Media Culture and a faculty member at Ryerson University's Radio and Television Arts School of Media, explored the skills required for the jobs of tomorrow, and the strategies needed to successfully manage the transition into the age of automation.

Joseph Boyden
Saturday morning's keynote speaker was acclaimed Canadian novelist Joseph Boyden, who delved into his creative writing process.

Workshops and Discussion Groups
Offering in-depth and interactive workshops, expert speakers addressed issues such as the legalities of social media rights, internal audit processes and committees, equity and diversity, and labour relations.

A special thank you to all presenters and OPSBA member boards for sharing their expertise on behalf of students!

OPSBA Awards
Recipients of OPSBA's Awards were announced at Saturday's President's Dinner. We congratulate the following winners for their hard work and dedication to our students!

The President's Award
This award recognizes trustees who have given 25 or more years of service to public education. This year's recipients were:

  • Gale Simko-Hatfield, Greater Essex County DSB, who has been with the board for 25 years
  • Judy Saunders, Trillium Lakelands DSB, who has been a trustee for more than 26 years

Award of Merit and Certificate of Recognition in Memory of Jack A. MacDonald 
The recipient of this student award is selected on the basis of a sound academic record throughout their student career, accompanied by outstanding community service and leadership.

This year's Award of Merit was given to Riley Beam, Chippewa Secondary School, Near North DSB. Riley serves as her school's Student Senator at the board-wide Student Senate, is a member of student council and is involved in numerous initiatives at Chippewa SS, including the school's dance team and Sears Drama Festival entries. She currently serves on the Near North DSB's Accommodation Review Committee and participates in Dreamcoat Fantasy Theatre programs. Riley has volunteered more than 800 hours to community programs on top of her commitment to her studies and school-based extra-curricular activities.

"Riley is an accomplished young woman and has worked very hard through her entire educational career," writes Special Education and Dance teacher Andrea Lefebvre. "She is reliable, responsible and accountable…has a sound academic record and outstanding community service and leadership."

A Certificate of Recognition was also awarded to Rachel Stripp, a Grade 8 student at Pineland Public School, Halton DSB. In addition to being an outstanding student and member of numerous school clubs, Rachel is the founder and president of the Burlington Junior Civitan Club, running twice-monthly meetings for the 22 members and representing her club at district and international events. She also delivers newspaper to 40 customers and volunteers at Parish Ridge Stables.

OPSBA Award of Excellence and Achievement Award
This Award is presented by the local board to volunteers for outstanding, exemplary and/or unique contributions to the overall well-being of the school or community through in-school, board-wide, extra-curricular and/or volunteer activity.

This year's Award of Excellence was given to Eileen Haven, Executive Secretary, Lakehead DSB. Eileen worked with the board for 25 years, supporting the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) for nine of them. While she retired on May 31, 2017, she was always an excellent resource to SEAC through careful and detailed preparation for meetings, events and preparations. Eileen always went above and beyond to ensure that everything was in place and had a professional presence.

The OPSBA Achievement Award was given to:

  • Martha McLelland, parent volunteer, Agnew H. Johnston Public School, Lakehead DSB
  • Sheila Marcinyshyn, volunteer and SEAC Member, Lakehead DSB
  • Kelly Matyasovszky, volunteer and SEAC Co-Chair, Valley Central Public School, Lakehead DSB
  • Eileen Haven, Executive Secretary, Lakehead DSB

Fred L. Bartlett Memorial Award
This award is given to an active or retired member of the teaching profession for outstanding contribution to education in Ontario. This year's recipients were Stacey Griffen, Sonya White, and Jennifer Jager, Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Upper Grand DSB. All three teachers were instrumental in the production of the recent OPSBA/OSTA-AECO bilingual accessibility-themed film By Any Measure, showcasing the success of accessibility in Ontario schools.

OPSBA's 2017 Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for member school boards to provide direction for the future work of the organization and to elect officers and members of the Association's Work Teams. At this meeting, the Membership reviewed the 2016-2017 OPSBA Annual Report and confirmed OPSBA's priorities for 2017-18, which continue to be part of a multi-year strategic work plan.

OPSBA Priorities for 2017-2018
The priorities were reaffirmed through a process which invited input from all trustee members, regional councils and Indigenous trustees this past spring. These were approved by the OPSBA Board of Directors at its April meeting and forwarded to the AGM for confirmation by OPSBA's membership. 

The six priority areas are:

  • The Whole Child and Student Well-Being
  • New Generation Education
  • Advocating for the Role of Trustees as Members of the Board and Building Leadership Capacity
  • Labour Relations
  • Education Funding
  • Advancing Reconciliation: First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education

The Executive Council will hold a planning meeting in August and develop action plans for each priority area for the year ahead.

OPSBA's Executive Council and Work Groups
Congratulations to the following members of OPSBA's Executive Council and Work Groups for the 2017-18 school year.

Executive Council
President – Laurie French, Limestone DSB
First Vice President – Jerry Chadwick, Toronto DSB
Second Vice President – Cathy Abraham, Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB
Eastern Region Vice President – Dave Shields, Renfrew County DSB
Western Region Vice President – Robert Hunking, Avon Maitland DSB
Central East Vice President – Donna Edwards, Durham DSB
Central West Vice President – Donna Danielli, Halton DSB
Northern Region Vice President – Gerald Kleist, Keewatin-Patricia DSB
Enrolment Vice President – Parthi Kandavel, Toronto DSB
Enrolment Vice President – Rick Williams, Peel DSB

First Nation Director to OPSBA Board of Directors
Elaine Johnston, Avon Maitland DSB
Karen Sandy, Grand Erie DSB (Alternate)

Education Program Work Group Members

Northern Sub-region WestGeorge Saarinen, Lakehead
Northern Sub-region EastTom Henderson, DSB Ontario North East
EasternMarjorie Adam, Renfrew County DSB
Caroll Carkner, Upper Canada DSB
WesternConnie Buckler, Greater Essex County DSB
Jan Johnstone, Bluewater DSB
Central EastParthi Kandavel, Toronto DSB
Louise Clodd, York Region DSB
Central WestAlex Johnstone, Upper Grand DSB
Kathi Smith, Waterloo Region DSB
First NationsMichele Locke, Simcoe County DSB

Policy Development Work Group Members

Northern Sub-region WestMark Mannisto, Superior Greenstone DSB
Northern Sub-region EastJennifer Sarlo, Algoma DSB
EasternKeith Penny, Ottawa-Carleton DSB
John McAllister, Upper Canada DSB
WesternArlene Morell, Thames Valley DSB
Cheryl Lovell, Greater Essex County DSB
Central EastCorrie McBain, York Region DSB
Shelley Laskin, Toronto DSB
Central WestJeanne Gray, Halton DSB
David Green, Peel DSB
First NationsHoward Archibald, DSB Ontario North East

Tell Us How We Did!
Attendees are invited to complete our online evaluation form which will be e-mailed to you electronically through the registration system. We hope you will take a few minutes to give us your feedback and advice. Your information provides us with valuable input as we plan for future conferences. The 2018 AGM and Program will be held in Niagara Falls. Please contact us at any time through webmaster@opsba.org with ideas and suggestions for conference content or format.  Send us your ideas – we can't do it without you!

Jun 12
OPSBA's 2016-17 Annual Report

2016-17 Annual Report coverOPSBA has released its 2016-17 Annual Report​, highlighting our advocacy and work in the past year.

Read it today to find out how we've advanced progress on our six strategic priorities since June 2016!

Jun 07
Celebrating Aboriginal History Month & National Aboriginal Day

Aboriginal History Month

Each June, Canadians are invited to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous people in Canada by taking part in National Aboriginal History Month events and festivities.

Declared in 2009, National Aboriginal History Month is a time to acknowledge the role Indigenous peoples played, and continued to play, in the development of Canada, to honour Indigenous heritage and to celebrate Indigenous cultures. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the strength of present day First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities, and their hopes for the future.

National Aboriginal Day

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the first National Aboriginal Day in 1996! June 21 was chosen as National Aboriginal Day because of the cultural significance of the summer solstice - the first day of summer and longest day of the year, the rebirth of Mother Earth - and because many Aboriginal communities mark this day as a time to celebrate their heritage. Setting aside a day for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples is part of the wider recognition of their primary and founding place within the fabric of Canada and their ongoing contributions as First Peoples. This is a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.

It was in 1982 that the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of June 21 as National Aboriginal Solidarity Day. This call was renewed in 1995 when The Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Aboriginal peoples. In 1996, National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed by former Governor General Roméo A. LeBlanc.

This has now become a day in the Canadian calendar when First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples express pride in their rich diverse cultures with their families, neighbours, friends and visitors.

Aboriginal Day 2016 is a day for the Ontario Public School Boards' Association, its member boards and for all of Canada to honour the traditions, cultures, languages and contributions of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples.

We offer a warm thank you to the First Nations trustees who serve on OPSBA's Indigenous Trustees' Council and school boards across the province. We send greetings and good wishes to First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, parents, teachers and communities on this day of celebration.

Notable Resources

OPSBA's First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Resources

National Aboriginal Day Learning Resources

A range of contemporary and historical resources and Ontario events

May 31
Ontario Newsroom
 
The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario Concludes the First Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreement, Jun. 16, 2017
 
 
Schools Receiving $1.4 Billion for Repairs and Renewal This Year, Jun. 13, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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