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Legislative Update — June 18, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=262Legislative Update — June 18, 20182018-06-18T13:25:17Z<div class="ExternalClass5D5C84F50C1A46C2B0B75ED9BA1839C5"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OntarioLegislature.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, has invited Doug Ford to assume the position of Premier of Ontario and form a new government. Premier-designate Ford indicated that he and his cabinet will be sworn in on June 29, 2018. There are many predictions that he will have a much smaller cabinet of 18 to 20 people, down from the 30-member Liberal cabinet. There is also speculation that some portfolios could be eliminated or combined. </p><p>At his first press conference as premier-designate, Ford said his top concern is protecting Ontario jobs and said, “My job is to protect every single job in Ontario, which is affected more than any other province. I have to protect the autoworkers, which is a massive industry, and my priority is to protect the steel and aluminum workers.” On June 14, Ford met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Canada's Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton. </p><p>The 40 NDP MPPs is the party’s largest since the 1990s and includes new representatives from Toronto, Brampton, Ottawa, Kingston, Kitchener, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and the north. It also includes North America’s first Tibetan elected official, Parkdale-High Park’s Bhutila Karpoche; Kingfisher First Nation MPP Sol Mamakwa, who will represent Kiiwetinoong; and Métis MPP Guy Bourgouin who will represent Mushkegowuk—James Bay. </p><p>Ontario Liberal Party president Brian Johns announced the Liberal caucus has unanimously endorsed Liberal MPP John Fraser as the recommended candidate for the position of interim leader. Fraser represents the riding of Ottawa South, which he first won in a 2013 by-election to replace Dalton McGuinty. Kathleen Wynne will stay on as a third-party MPP. She and the other six Liberal MPPs will be serving as independents after the party’s failure to achieve official party status, unless the PCs choose to pass legislation lowering the threshold. Ontario's first Green MPP, Mike Schreiner, will also sit as an independent. </p><p>The 73 new MPPs — representing 59 per cent of the legislature — will take part in orientation sessions. Much of the current activity at Queen’s Park is focused on the logistics of moving Minsters and their staff and preparing new offices. Of note, there are now more female MPPs than there were before the election. Ontario now has 49 female MPPs, comprising 39.5 per cent of the House.​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=262
National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education & CSBA Congress 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=261National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education & CSBA Congress 20182018-06-11T16:59:56Z<div class="ExternalClassBEFED8A33E0D41D1A5F944F5D394D0F2"><p><strong>National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education</strong><br> July 4 – 5, 2018<br> <strong>and </strong><br><strong> CSBA Congress 2018</strong><br> July 5 – 7</p><p>Westin Nova Scotian<br> 1181 Hollis Street<br>Halifax, Nova Scotia </p><p><a href="/events-and-publications/csba-online-registration"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>REGISTER NOW</strong></span></a>.  <span class="ms-rteForeColor-2"><strong>Early Bird</strong> registration <strong>ends this week - at midnight on Friday, June 15.</strong></span>   </p><p><a title=" Program Outline - CSBA Congress 2018" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/CSBAschedule.pdf" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US">Program Outline</span></a><span lang="EN-US"> </span> </p><p> <strong style="text-decoration:underline;">HOTEL</strong> information:  <br> We have been able to secure a few rooms for <strong>July 5, 6 and 7</strong> at the conference rate at The Westin Nova Scotian Hotel. If anyone needs rooms on those nights, please contact us <span style="text-decoration:underline;">before Wednesday, June 13</span>. The rooms must be booked or released by then. The hotel cut-off date for CSBA Congress 2018 was Monday, June 4.​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=261
Provincial Election Update, June 8, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=260Provincial Election Update, June 8, 20182018-06-08T19:10:29Z<div class="ExternalClassDD5A5CA748524D0985CF56702C17DD9D"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/ElectionsBox.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:259px;" /><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">O</span><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">PSBA issued a </span><a href="/Media%20Desk/Pages/OPSBA-extends-congratulations-to-new-PC-government.aspx" style="background-color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.9);font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">media release</a><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;"> on June 8 regarding the election results. </span></p><p>The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, led by Doug Ford, was elected in yesterday's provincial election, securing a majority government with 76 seats. The New Democratic Party of Ontario, led by Andrea Horwath, won 40 seats and will form the official opposition. The Liberal Party of Ontario, led by Kathleen Wynne, captured seven seats. Wynne was re-elected in her Don Valley West riding, however, she announced last night that she was resigning as leader of the party. Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario, won his seat in the riding of Guelph. </p><p>Eight seats are required for official party status in the legislature. With only seven seats, the Liberal Party loses official party status and with that, the loss of funding for administrative staff and research activities, as well as designated time to speak in the legislature. </p><p>In the coming days and weeks, OPSBA will be contacting the new government to establish meetings to share and discuss education priorities. On June 8, Kathleen Wynne announced the transition of power would occur on June 29, 2018.  </p><p>The current parliamentary calendar indicates the Legislative Assembly of Ontario will resume on Monday, September 10, 2018. OPSBA will continue to provide information and updates to members. </p><p>OPSBA would also like to congratulate those successful trustees candidates who will now become MPPs. We thank them for their contribution to public education. This includes:</p><ul><li>Chris Glover, Toronto DSB – NDP (Spadina-Fort York)<br></li><li>Bill Pang, York Region DSB – PC (Markham-Unionville)<br></li><li>Marit Stiles, Toronto DSB – NDP (Davenport) <br></li></ul><p> </p><table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:18.0006px;margin:0px;"><tbody><tr><td width="208" valign="top" style="margin:0px;padding:0cm 5.4pt;border:1.33px solid #000000;width:155.8pt;"><p><span style="font-weight:600;">Political Party</span></p></td><td width="208" valign="top" style="border-width:1.33px 1.33px 1.33px 0px;border-style:solid solid solid none;border-color:#000000;margin:0px;padding:0cm 5.4pt;width:155.85pt;"><p><span style="font-weight:600;">Number of Seats</span></p></td><td width="208" valign="top" style="border-width:1.33px 1.33px 1.33px 0px;border-style:solid solid solid none;border-color:#000000;margin:0px;padding:0cm 5.4pt;width:155.85pt;"><div align="center"><table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="margin:0px;width:208px;"><thead><tr><td style="margin:0px;padding:0cm;border:0px #000000;background-color:transparent;"></td><td style="margin:0px;padding:0cm;border:0px #000000;"><p><span style="font-weight:600;">Percentage of votes</span></p></td></tr></thead></table></div></td></tr><tr><td width="208" valign="top" style="border-width:0px 1.33px 1.33px;border-style:none solid solid;border-color:#000000;margin:0px;padding:0cm 5.4pt;width:155.8pt;"><p>PC Party of Ontario</p></td><td width="208" valign="top" style="border-width:0px 1.33px 1.33px 0px;border-style:none solid solid none;border-color:#000000;margin:0px;padding:0cm 5.4pt;width:155.85pt;"><p style="text-align:center;">76<br></p></td><td width="208" valign="top" style="border-width:0px 1.33px 1.33px 0px;border-style:none solid solid none;border-color:#000000;margin:0px;padding:0cm 5.4pt;width:155.85pt;"><p style="text-align:center;">40.49%</p></td></tr><tr><td width="208" valign="top" style="border-width:0px 1.33px 1.33px;border-style:none solid solid;border-color:#000000;margin:0px;padding:0cm 5.4pt;width:155.8pt;"><p>Ontario NDP</p></td><td width="208" valign="top" style="border-width:0px 1.33px 1.33px 0px;border-style:none solid solid none;border-color:#000000;margin:0px;padding:0cm 5.4pt;width:155.85pt;"><p style="text-align:center;">40</p></td><td width="208" valign="top" style="border-width:0px 1.33px 1.33px 0px;border-style:none solid solid none;border-color:#000000;margin:0px;padding:0cm 5.4pt;width:155.85pt;"><p style="text-align:center;">33.57%</p></td></tr><tr><td width="208" valign="top" style="border-width:0px 1.33px 1.33px;border-style:none solid solid;border-color:#000000;margin:0px;padding:0cm 5.4pt;width:155.8pt;"><p>Ontario Liberal Party</p></td><td width="208" valign="top" style="border-width:0px 1.33px 1.33px 0px;border-style:none solid solid none;border-color:#000000;margin:0px;padding:0cm 5.4pt;width:155.85pt;"><p style="text-align:center;">7</p></td><td width="208" valign="top" style="border-width:0px 1.33px 1.33px 0px;border-style:none solid solid none;border-color:#000000;margin:0px;padding:0cm 5.4pt;width:155.85pt;"><p style="text-align:center;">19.59%</p></td></tr><tr><td width="208" valign="top" style="border-width:0px 1.33px 1.33px;border-style:none solid solid;border-color:#000000;margin:0px;padding:0cm 5.4pt;width:155.8pt;"><p>Green Party of Ontario</p></td><td width="208" valign="top" style="border-width:0px 1.33px 1.33px 0px;border-style:none solid solid none;border-color:#000000;margin:0px;padding:0cm 5.4pt;width:155.85pt;"><p style="text-align:center;">1</p></td><td width="208" valign="top" style="border-width:0px 1.33px 1.33px 0px;border-style:none solid solid none;border-color:#000000;margin:0px;padding:0cm 5.4pt;width:155.85pt;"><p style="text-align:center;">4.60%<br></p><div><br><br></div></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>For a full list of "unofficial" results for all 124 electoral districts, please visit <a href="https://www.elections.on.ca/en.html" style="font-size:1.6rem;background-color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.9);font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;">Elections Ontario.</a><span style="font-size:1.6rem;font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;">  </span></p><p>OPSBA has also created an overview summary of the activities and results of our advocacy for Education Day. Today's <a href="/Media%20Desk/Pages/OPSBA-extends-congratulations-to-new-PC-government.aspx">media release</a> and the <a href="/Pages/Resources%20for%20the%202018%20Ontario%20Provincial%20Election.aspx">Education Day summary</a> are posted on the OPSBA website. </p><p><a href="http://studentvote.ca/results/on2018">Results from the Student Vote election</a> (slightly different outcome) are also available. <br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=260
Celebrating National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Dayhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=259Celebrating National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day2018-06-07T17:36:24Z<div class="ExternalClass919CE33C7F1B490CBC4A78B1B0D40AC7"><h2><img src="/PublishingImages/nipd_resources_520x296_1526577422778_eng.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="National Indigenous History Month banner - three musicians" style="margin:5px;" />National Indigenous History Month</h2><p>In 2009, with the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons, June was declared National Indigenous History Month. Each June, Canadians are invited to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples by taking part in <a title="National Indigenous History Month " href="https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1466616436543/1466616481533" target="_blank">National Indigenous History Month </a>events and festivities.</p><p>National Indigenous Peoples 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 Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, and their hopes for the future.</p><h2>National Indigenous Peoples Day<br></h2><p>June 21 is <a title="National Indigenous Peoples Day " href="http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1100100013249" target="_blank">National Indigenous Peoples Day</a>. June 21 was chosen 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 Indigenous Peoples 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 Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous 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>National Indigenous Peoples Day 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>We offer a warm thank you to the First Nations trustees who serve on OPSBA's <a title="Indigenous Trustees' Council" href="/who-we-are/structure/indigenous-trustees-council" target="_blank">Indigenous Trustees' Council</a> 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.</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">OPSBA's First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Resources</a></p><p><a title="National Indigenous Peoples Day Learning Resources" href="https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013251/1100100013253" target="_blank">National Indigenous Peoples Day Learning Resources</a></p><p><a title="A range of contemporary and historical resources and Ontario events" href="http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1100100013249" target="_blank">A range of contemporary and historical resources and Ontario events</a>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=259
OPSBA’s 2017-18 Annual Reporthttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=258OPSBA’s 2017-18 Annual Report2018-06-05T16:31:07Z<div class="ExternalClassFB81AB2365A84C5DAC675C1B58E9F3C2"><p><span lang="EN-US"><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="OPSBAannualReport2018Cover.jpg" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Lists/Posts/Post/OPSBAannualReport2018Cover.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:324px;" />The 2017-18 OPSBA Annual Report is now available on the OPSBA website. <a href="/events-and-publications/annual-report">Check it out today</a> to learn more about OPSBA’s advocacy to advance our priorities in the past school year!</span>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=258
OPSBA in the Media, June 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=257OPSBA in the Media, June 20182018-06-11T13:56:14Z<div class="ExternalClass78369C40723B4382AE15B3D2BCACAFB4"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" />OPSBA Media Release, <a href="/Media%20Desk/Pages/OPSBA-extends-congratulations-to-new-PC-government.aspx"><em>OPSBA extends congratulations to new PC government</em></a>, Jun. 8, 2018<br></p><p>OPSBA Media Release, <em><a title="Cathy Abraham elected President of OPSBA" href="/Media%20Desk/Pages/Cathy-Abraham-elected-President-of-OPSBA.aspx">Cathy Abraham elected President of OPSBA</a></em>, Jun. 4, 2018<br></p><p><strong>School board group urges Doug Ford to keep sex-ed curriculum he says he’ll repeal</strong><br><strong>Rob Ferguson, The Star, Jun. 8, 2018</strong><br>Premier-designate Doug Ford is running into fresh flak for his plan to scrap Ontario’s updated sex education curriculum, a key election promise to appease the social conservative wing of his PC party.<br><a title="School board group urges Doug Ford to keep sex-ed curriculum he says he’ll repeal" href="https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/06/08/school-board-group-urges-doug-ford-to-keep-the-sex-ed-curriculum.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Waterloo Region trustee wins support to lobby for rights for kids with ADHD</strong><br><strong>Lisa Rutledge, Cambridge Times, Jun. 6, 2018</strong><br>A Waterloo Region public school trustee’s bid to secure more supports for children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is about to receive some provincewide attention.<br><a title="Waterloo Region trustee wins support to lobby for rights for kids with ADHD" href="https://www.cambridgetimes.ca/news-story/8651756-waterloo-region-trustee-wins-support-to-lobby-for-rights-for-kids-with-adhd/" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Abraham elected OPSBA President</strong><br><strong>Tim Durkin, Quinte News, Jun. 4, 2018</strong><br>The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that Cathy Abraham has been elected President for the 2018-19 school year at its Annual General Meeting held on June 1, 2018, in Niagara Falls.<br><a title="Abraham elected OPSBA President" href="http://www.quintenews.com/2018/06/abraham-elected-opsba-president/178415/" target="_blank">More</a> ...  <br></p><p><strong>Retiring Peel school board chair honoured for 3 decades of dedication</strong><br><strong>Pam Douglas, Brampton Guardian, Jun. 3, 2018</strong><br>Janet McDougald, retiring Peel District School Board chair, was awarded the Dr. Harry Paikin Award of Merit Friday (June 2) for her lasting impact on public education.<br><a title="Retiring Peel school board chair honoured for 3 decades of dedication" href="https://www.bramptonguardian.com/news-story/8647285-retiring-peel-school-board-chair-honoured-for-3-decades-of-dedication/" target="_blank">More</a> ...</p><p><strong>Rural school closures hit Ontario hard, major parties promise change</strong><br><strong>Nicole Thomson, CTV News Toronto, Jun. 2, 2018</strong><br>Sara van Ravenswaay was devastated when her high school in rural southwestern Ontario was closed last year, months before she was set to begin Grade 12.<br><a title="Rural school closures hit Ontario hard, major parties promise change" href="https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/rural-school-closures-hit-ontario-hard-major-parties-promise-change-1.3956779" target="_blank">More</a> ...</p><p><strong>New Report Identifies Key Factors in French as a Second Language (FSL) Teacher Shortages in Ontario</strong><br><strong>The Asian Connections, Jun. 2, 2018<br></strong>The FSL-Labour Market Partnership Committee has officially released its report entitled, <a href="/Pages/FSL%20Labour%20Market%20Partnership%20Report.aspx">Understanding Perspectives Regarding the French as a Second Language Teacher Labour Market Issue.</a><br><a title="New Report Identifies Key Factors in French as a Second Language (FSL) Teacher Shortages in Ontario" href="http://www.theasianconnectionsnewspaper.com/new-report-identifies-key-factors-in-french-as-a-second-language-fsl-teacher-shortages-in-ontario/" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=257
Provincial Election Update, May 29, 2018 http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=256Provincial Election Update, May 29, 2018 2018-06-08T18:58:52Z<div class="ExternalClass2D192F43BBF5411DBBAC74517CC1AB4A"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/ElectionsBox.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:259px;" />There are 9 days left until Ontario's next general election on Thursday, June 7, 2018. The <a title="Elections Ontario" href="https://www.elections.on.ca/en.html" target="_blank">Elections Ontario</a> website includes a listing of all 124 electoral districts as well as other election oriented information. </p><h3>Voting Before Election Day</h3><p>Advanced polls were open last Saturday, May 26. <br></p><ul><li>From May 26 to May 30, from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. at area advance voting locations in your electoral district</li><li>From May 26 to June 1, from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. at your returning office<br></li></ul><p>Details for the dates, times and locations of advanced polling stations can be found on your Voter Information Card. If you choose to vote at an advance poll, you will be asked to take an oath and sign a document to confirm you will vote only once. </p><h3>Voting on Election Day</h3><p>You can vote in person on election day from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. at your assigned voting location. </p><p>To vote, you will need to bring one piece of identification that shows your name and current residential address. If you are on the Voters List, bring your Voter Information Card and one piece of identification that shows your name. If you are not on the Voters List, bring one piece of identification that shows both your name and current residential address. </p><h3>OPSBA Advocacy <br></h3><ol><li>Education Day a Success! –  Thank you to all those involved in our Education Day All Candidates Meetings. Several stories appeared in the media and we have created a photo gallery from the events.</li><li>OPSBA Priorities Questionnaire – Please visit <a href="/Pages/Resources%20for%20the%202018%20Ontario%20Provincial%20Election.aspx">our web page</a> to see the answers received from the Liberal, PC, NDP and Green parties.</li><li>2018 Provincial Party Election Platforms vs. OPSBA Priorities – This overview is based on public information received to date. </li></ol><p> All election resources and related <span lang="EN-US">information can be found at: </span><a title="Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election" href="/Pages/Resources%20for%20the%202018%20Ontario%20Provincial%20Election.aspx"><span lang="EN-US">Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election</span></a><span lang="EN-US">. Please continue the discussion of education issues on social media and use the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23OntEd18&src=typd&lang=en">#OntEd18 Tweets</a></span>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=256
OPSBA in the Media, May 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=255OPSBA in the Media, May 20182018-05-30T15:10:07Z<div class="ExternalClassE0BC0B116FCF4DF7BF75FE6740F16C0F"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" />OPSBA Media Release, <em><a href="/Media%20Desk/Pages/New-Report-Identifies-Key-Factors-in-French-as-a-Second-Language-(FSL)-Teacher-Shortages-in-Ontario.aspx">New Report Identifies Key Factors in FSL Teacher Shortages</a></em>, May 29, 2018</p><p><strong>All candidates forum to focus on education</strong><br><strong>Stu Campaaigne, My North Bay Now, May 22, 2018</strong><br>In light of the essential role that it feels education will play in the upcoming provincial election, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association has declared Wednesday to be Education Day.<br><a title="All candidates forum to focus on education" href="https://www.mynorthbaynow.com/30377/all-candidates-forum-to-focus-on-education/" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>School bulletin with LHS 75, Ron Felsen and Shelley Laskin</strong><br><strong>The South Bayview Bulldog, May 10, 2018</strong><br>easide High School 75 occurs in 2020 — all those years since the 1945 upheaval of peaceful pastures at Eglinton East and Hanna Rd. It’s been good. Now the Leaside High School Alumni Association will meet Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the school to make plans. The meeting is open to LHS alumni. No doubt there will be a warm welcome from the committee headed by Larry Hurd.  Also on board are Earl Manners, Barb Wasson Dafoe, Lynda Green, Catherine Rooney, Elaine LeBlanc, Caroline Miller, Nick Mitchell, Simon Stevenson, Jeannette Plonka (principal). More are needed.<br><a title="School bulletin with LHS 75, Ron Felsen and Shelley Laskin" href="http://bayview-news.com/2018/05/school-bulletin-with-lhs-75-ron-felsen-and-shelley-laskin.html/" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>OPSBA Declares May 23 Education Day</strong><strong>​</strong><br><strong>Port Stanley News, May 9, 2018</strong><br>Toronto, May 9, 2018 - The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) has declared May 23 Education Day in the province of Ontario. On this day, candidates from the four major provincial parties have been invited by local school board trustees throughout the province to share their views and answer questions on issues affecting public education.<br><a title="OPSBA Declares May 23 Education Day​" href="http://www.portstanleynews.com/details/headline.aspx?menu=laptop_regional_regional_opsba-declares-may-23-education-day" target="_blank">More</a> ... <br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=255
Legislative Update, May 9, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=254Legislative Update, May 9, 20182018-05-09T14:36:01Z<div class="ExternalClassB2E0D05B4CD449B48CBD70039FD244E3"><h3>Provincial Election 2018<br></h3><p>It’s official – On May 8, Premier Kathleen Wynne asked Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell to dissolve the final session of the 41st Parliament of the Province of Ontario, effective as of 2 p.m. The writ will be issued naming Thursday, June 7, as the date of Ontario's next general election. </p><p>OPSBA will continue to post answers the answers to our Priorities Questionnaire from the four main political party leaders. The NDP and Liberal Party have shared their answers and we expect replies from the PC and Green parties soon. Once all platforms are released, we will cross reference their education pledges with our priorities. All election resources and related <span lang="EN-US">information can be found at: </span><a title="Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election" href="/Pages/Resources%20for%20the%202018%20Ontario%20Provincial%20Election.aspx"><span lang="EN-US">Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election</span></a><span lang="EN-US">.</span> </p><p>And don’t forget we need your local support for OPSBA Education Day on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Trustees and boards can choose to participate in Education Day activities anytime during the week of May 22-25, 2018. Resources can be found on our <a href="/Pages/Resources%20for%20the%202018%20Ontario%20Provincial%20Election.aspx">webpage</a>. Please send us the details for any local plans. </p><h3>School Board Governance – One newly updated Regulation</h3><p>On May 3, 2018, <a title="Ont. Reg. 7/07 Student Trustees" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/070007?search=student+trustees" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 7/07 Student Trustees</a> was filed and posted. This updated regulation allows student trustees to have one to two year terms, staggered terms and moves their election date. This regulation filing follow recent updates and additions to other governance-related matters including Code of Conduct, Honoraria and Electronic Meetings. Attached is the memo sent to Directors of Education about these four regulations. All governance-related submissions, memos, and letters are posted on our website’s <a title="School Board Governance" href="/advocacy-and-action/trustees-–-building-leadership-capacity/school-board-governance">School Board Governance</a> section.<br></p><p><a title="May 7 memo re Regulatory Amendments" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryMemoGovernanceMay0718.pdf" target="_blank">Ministry memo re Regulatory Amendments, may 7, 2018</a> </p><h3>Other Ministry Memos<br></h3><ul><li>May 8, 2018. <a title="Recreational Cannabis Legalization" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryMemoRecreationalCannabisFundingMay0818.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Supporting Schools – Recreational Cannabis Legalization: Revised Funding Allocations</em></a>. This memo includes board-by-board funding to support specific training needs. The memo also provides links to Ministry of Education resources, including fact sheets for parents/guardians/caregivers as well as a fact sheet for educators. Another resource is intended for youth with factual information about the risks/misuse. Click <a href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/healthyschools/educators-resources.html">here</a> for additional information.</li><li>May 3, 2018. <em><a title="Musical Instrument Refurbishment" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryMemoInstrumentRefurbishmentMay0318.pdf" target="_blank">Musical Instrument Refurbishment</a></em>. This memo describes Music Canada’s program to refurbish and repair musical instruments in schools.</li><li>May 3, 2018. <a title="Ontario’s Early Years and Child Care Workforce Strategy" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryMemoEarlyYears+ChildCareMay0318.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Growing Together: Ontario’s Early Years and Child Care Workforce Strategy</em></a>. This memo outlines the ministry’s strategy for stronger workforce in the early years and child care sector. It outlines five areas of action: </li><ul><li>Establishing fair compensation</li><li>Improving working conditions</li><li>Enhancing skills and opportunities</li><li>Valuing contributions</li><li>Increasing recruitment</li></ul></ul></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=254
Legislative Update, May 8, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=253Legislative Update, May 8, 20182018-05-08T14:17:22Z<div class="ExternalClass592010C7D12E40DC81750A574CC6AA5F"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OntarioLegislature.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />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.  As of today, there are three sitting days before the writ and 35 days before the election.</span> <br></p><h3><span lang="EN-US">Revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline and an update on integrated planning initiatives</span></h3><p><span lang="EN-US">Last week, the Ministry provided an update on the revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG) and on integrated planning initiatives. The <a title="final PARG" href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/reviewguide.html" target="_blank">final PARG</a> is now posted on the ministry’s website. Following response to the initial fall 2017 engagement and the second phase of consultations in March 2018, the province made revisions to the PARG which included:</span></p><ul><li><span lang="EN-US">Additional public meeting(s), which extends timeframes, for a standard pupil accommodation review</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Limiting the use of the shorter, modified pupil accommodation review</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">New information requirements for the initial staff report</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Promotion of community input in the pupil accommodation review process and inclusion of student voice</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Streamlining the administrative review process by allowing e-signatures</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Development of ministry supports</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Consideration of elementary student input into the accommodation decision</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Extending the timeframe for the first public meeting from 30 to 40 business days</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Requiring the municipal/community partner meeting to take place prior to the first public meeting.</span></li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US">The ministry will be working with its partner ministries and education and municipal stakeholders to develop templates (including initial staff report and economic impact assessment templates) and other resources before fall 2018 to support boards in conducting pupil accommodation reviews. Until these resources are developed, the moratorium on pupil accommodation reviews will remain in place unless they are related to coterminous board joint use initiatives.</span><span lang="EN-US"><br></span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"> There are no changes currently planned for Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline (CPPG). The ministry will be updating it within the next year. Until then, school boards should continue using the existing CPPG.  </span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">The Ministry also announced that they are launching a new engagement focused on the challenges facing education planning in urban areas this fall, which will include: </span></p><ul><li><span lang="EN-US">Urban Student Accommodation Engagement:  focusing on supports for pupil accommodation in urban areas experiencing rapid population intensification and will include Education Development Charges</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Land Priorities Enhancement:  the government will increase funding from $60 million to $100 million this year which will support land acquisition for all boards.</span></li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US">OPSBA staff will follow up with the ministry to get more information and clarity about school closure moratorium timelines, input into templates, the connection of the Voluntary Integrated Planning and Partnerships Initiative (VIPPI) and Community Hubs, funding timing, and participation in the Urban Student Accommodation Engagement. We will also ask to see what was communicated to our municipal partners.</span><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">March 23, 2018 - OPSBA Submission: <a title="OPSBA Ffeedback on draft PARG revisions" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Submission%20-%20PARG%20Revisions%20FINAL.docx.pdf">Feedback on Draft Revisions to Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG) and Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline (CPPG) Submission</a></span> <br></p><h3>School Board Governance – Two Updated Regulations</h3><p>On April 20, 2018, two regulations regarding governance were updated, filed and now posted. </p><ol><li><a title="Ont. Reg. 357/06 Honoraris for Board Members" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/060357" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 357/06 Honoraria for Board Members</a> -- This regulation includes the increased base amount for all trustees. It also directs compensation to appointed Section 68 school board trustees – something we have long advocated for. </li><li><a title="Ontario Regulation 463/97 Electronic Meeting" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/970463" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 463/97 Electronic Meeting</a> -- This regulation has a longer implementation date (next term 2022) for this to be in place. It will require a chair or designate to be “physically present for at least half of the meetings of the board for any 12 month period beginning November 15 and may provide that the chair or designate must be physically present for a greater proportion of meetings.” </li></ol><p>All recent governance-related submissions, memos and letter are posted on our website’s <a title="School Board Governance" href="/advocacy-and-action/trustees-–-building-leadership-capacity/school-board-governance">School Board Governance</a> section. This includes the Fall 2017 OPSBA Submission re: Governance-Related Issues, the March 26 memo from the Minister of Education to stakeholders, the OPSBA follow-up letter (April 5, 2018)  and the Ministry’s letter of response (April 20, 2018). </p><h3>Provincial Election and Party Platforms </h3><p>OPSBA has contacted the four main political party leaders and shared a series of Association priority-related questions for the four parties to answer. The NDP and Liberal Parties have shared their answers and these are posted on our web site. All election resources and related <span lang="EN-US">information can be found at: </span><a title="Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election" href="/Pages/Resources%20for%20the%202018%20Ontario%20Provincial%20Election.aspx"><span lang="EN-US">Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election</span></a><span lang="EN-US">.</span> </p><h3>Municipal and School Board Elections - <span lang="EN-US">Nomination and Campaign Period Began May 1, 2018</span></h3><p><span lang="EN-US"><strong><em>Don’t forget</em></strong></span><span lang="EN-US"><strong><em>:</em></strong> </span>Candidates vying for school board trustee positions are able to file their paperwork as of May 1. Candidates have until July 27 at 2 p.m. to file their papers with municipal clerks. Note: this is a much shorter campaign period compared to the last election. </p><p><span lang="EN-US">OPSBA has created a Frequently Asked Questions document to provide best practices and suggestions regarding use of social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) by current trustees who are running for re-election. This can be found at: <a title="Social Media Use Q&A" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/Municipal%20and%20School%20Board%20Elections%202018%20-%20Social%20Media%20Use%20QA%20FINAL.pdf">Social Media Use Q&A</a>.</span> </p><p>All candidates are welcome to submit their profiles to <a>TrusteeCandidateInfo@oesc-cseo.org</a>  Please include your name, school board and ward. You may also include a photo, a brief biography, your email address and website address with your profile.​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=253

Jun 18
Legislative Update — June 18, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Westin Nova Scotian
1181 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia 

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

Program Outline  

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

Jun 08
Provincial Election Update, June 8, 2018

OPSBA issued a media release on June 8 regarding the election results. 

The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, led by Doug Ford, was elected in yesterday's provincial election, securing a majority government with 76 seats. The New Democratic Party of Ontario, led by Andrea Horwath, won 40 seats and will form the official opposition. The Liberal Party of Ontario, led by Kathleen Wynne, captured seven seats. Wynne was re-elected in her Don Valley West riding, however, she announced last night that she was resigning as leader of the party. Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario, won his seat in the riding of Guelph. 

Eight seats are required for official party status in the legislature. With only seven seats, the Liberal Party loses official party status and with that, the loss of funding for administrative staff and research activities, as well as designated time to speak in the legislature. 

In the coming days and weeks, OPSBA will be contacting the new government to establish meetings to share and discuss education priorities. On June 8, Kathleen Wynne announced the transition of power would occur on June 29, 2018.  

The current parliamentary calendar indicates the Legislative Assembly of Ontario will resume on Monday, September 10, 2018. OPSBA will continue to provide information and updates to members. 

OPSBA would also like to congratulate those successful trustees candidates who will now become MPPs. We thank them for their contribution to public education. This includes:

  • Chris Glover, Toronto DSB – NDP (Spadina-Fort York)
  • Bill Pang, York Region DSB – PC (Markham-Unionville)
  • Marit Stiles, Toronto DSB – NDP (Davenport) 

 

Political Party

Number of Seats

Percentage of votes

PC Party of Ontario

76

40.49%

Ontario NDP

40

33.57%

Ontario Liberal Party

7

19.59%

Green Party of Ontario

1

4.60%



 

For a full list of "unofficial" results for all 124 electoral districts, please visit Elections Ontario.  

OPSBA has also created an overview summary of the activities and results of our advocacy for Education Day. Today's media release and the Education Day summary are posted on the OPSBA website. 

Results from the Student Vote election (slightly different outcome) are also available.

Jun 07
Celebrating National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous History Month banner - three musiciansNational Indigenous History Month

In 2009, with the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons, June was declared National Indigenous History Month. Each June, Canadians are invited to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples by taking part in National Indigenous History Month events and festivities.

National Indigenous Peoples 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 Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, and their hopes for the future.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. June 21 was chosen 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 Indigenous Peoples 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 Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous 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.

National Indigenous Peoples Day 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 Indigenous Peoples Day Learning Resources

A range of contemporary and historical resources and Ontario events

Jun 05
OPSBA’s 2017-18 Annual Report

OPSBAannualReport2018Cover.jpgThe 2017-18 OPSBA Annual Report is now available on the OPSBA website. Check it out today to learn more about OPSBA’s advocacy to advance our priorities in the past school year!

Jun 05
OPSBA in the Media, June 2018

OPSBA Media Release, OPSBA extends congratulations to new PC government, Jun. 8, 2018

OPSBA Media Release, Cathy Abraham elected President of OPSBA, Jun. 4, 2018

School board group urges Doug Ford to keep sex-ed curriculum he says he’ll repeal
Rob Ferguson, The Star, Jun. 8, 2018
Premier-designate Doug Ford is running into fresh flak for his plan to scrap Ontario’s updated sex education curriculum, a key election promise to appease the social conservative wing of his PC party.
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Waterloo Region trustee wins support to lobby for rights for kids with ADHD
Lisa Rutledge, Cambridge Times, Jun. 6, 2018
A Waterloo Region public school trustee’s bid to secure more supports for children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is about to receive some provincewide attention.
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Abraham elected OPSBA President
Tim Durkin, Quinte News, Jun. 4, 2018
The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that Cathy Abraham has been elected President for the 2018-19 school year at its Annual General Meeting held on June 1, 2018, in Niagara Falls.
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Retiring Peel school board chair honoured for 3 decades of dedication
Pam Douglas, Brampton Guardian, Jun. 3, 2018
Janet McDougald, retiring Peel District School Board chair, was awarded the Dr. Harry Paikin Award of Merit Friday (June 2) for her lasting impact on public education.
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Rural school closures hit Ontario hard, major parties promise change
Nicole Thomson, CTV News Toronto, Jun. 2, 2018
Sara van Ravenswaay was devastated when her high school in rural southwestern Ontario was closed last year, months before she was set to begin Grade 12.
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New Report Identifies Key Factors in French as a Second Language (FSL) Teacher Shortages in Ontario
The Asian Connections, Jun. 2, 2018
The FSL-Labour Market Partnership Committee has officially released its report entitled, Understanding Perspectives Regarding the French as a Second Language Teacher Labour Market Issue.
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May 30
Provincial Election Update, May 29, 2018

There are 9 days left until Ontario's next general election on Thursday, June 7, 2018. The Elections Ontario website includes a listing of all 124 electoral districts as well as other election oriented information. 

Voting Before Election Day

Advanced polls were open last Saturday, May 26.

  • From May 26 to May 30, from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. at area advance voting locations in your electoral district
  • From May 26 to June 1, from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. at your returning office

Details for the dates, times and locations of advanced polling stations can be found on your Voter Information Card. If you choose to vote at an advance poll, you will be asked to take an oath and sign a document to confirm you will vote only once. 

Voting on Election Day

You can vote in person on election day from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. at your assigned voting location. 

To vote, you will need to bring one piece of identification that shows your name and current residential address. If you are on the Voters List, bring your Voter Information Card and one piece of identification that shows your name. If you are not on the Voters List, bring one piece of identification that shows both your name and current residential address. 

OPSBA Advocacy

  1. Education Day a Success! –  Thank you to all those involved in our Education Day All Candidates Meetings. Several stories appeared in the media and we have created a photo gallery from the events.
  2. OPSBA Priorities Questionnaire – Please visit our web page to see the answers received from the Liberal, PC, NDP and Green parties.
  3. 2018 Provincial Party Election Platforms vs. OPSBA Priorities – This overview is based on public information received to date. 

All election resources and related information can be found at: Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election. Please continue the discussion of education issues on social media and use the hashtag #OntEd18 Tweets

May 09
OPSBA in the Media, May 2018

OPSBA Media Release, New Report Identifies Key Factors in FSL Teacher Shortages, May 29, 2018

All candidates forum to focus on education
Stu Campaaigne, My North Bay Now, May 22, 2018
In light of the essential role that it feels education will play in the upcoming provincial election, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association has declared Wednesday to be Education Day.
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School bulletin with LHS 75, Ron Felsen and Shelley Laskin
The South Bayview Bulldog, May 10, 2018
easide High School 75 occurs in 2020 — all those years since the 1945 upheaval of peaceful pastures at Eglinton East and Hanna Rd. It’s been good. Now the Leaside High School Alumni Association will meet Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the school to make plans. The meeting is open to LHS alumni. No doubt there will be a warm welcome from the committee headed by Larry Hurd.  Also on board are Earl Manners, Barb Wasson Dafoe, Lynda Green, Catherine Rooney, Elaine LeBlanc, Caroline Miller, Nick Mitchell, Simon Stevenson, Jeannette Plonka (principal). More are needed.
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OPSBA Declares May 23 Education Day
Port Stanley News, May 9, 2018
Toronto, May 9, 2018 - The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) has declared May 23 Education Day in the province of Ontario. On this day, candidates from the four major provincial parties have been invited by local school board trustees throughout the province to share their views and answer questions on issues affecting public education.
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May 09
Legislative Update, May 9, 2018

Provincial Election 2018

It’s official – On May 8, Premier Kathleen Wynne asked Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell to dissolve the final session of the 41st Parliament of the Province of Ontario, effective as of 2 p.m. The writ will be issued naming Thursday, June 7, as the date of Ontario's next general election. 

OPSBA will continue to post answers the answers to our Priorities Questionnaire from the four main political party leaders. The NDP and Liberal Party have shared their answers and we expect replies from the PC and Green parties soon. Once all platforms are released, we will cross reference their education pledges with our priorities. All election resources and related information can be found at: Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election. 

And don’t forget we need your local support for OPSBA Education Day on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Trustees and boards can choose to participate in Education Day activities anytime during the week of May 22-25, 2018. Resources can be found on our webpage. Please send us the details for any local plans. 

School Board Governance – One newly updated Regulation

On May 3, 2018, Ontario Regulation 7/07 Student Trustees was filed and posted. This updated regulation allows student trustees to have one to two year terms, staggered terms and moves their election date. This regulation filing follow recent updates and additions to other governance-related matters including Code of Conduct, Honoraria and Electronic Meetings. Attached is the memo sent to Directors of Education about these four regulations. All governance-related submissions, memos, and letters are posted on our website’s School Board Governance section.

Ministry memo re Regulatory Amendments, may 7, 2018 

Other Ministry Memos

May 08
Legislative Update, May 8, 2018

The writ of election is set for May 9, 2018, with the next provincial election on June 7, 2018.  As of today, there are three sitting days before the writ and 35 days before the election. 

Revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline and an update on integrated planning initiatives

Last week, the Ministry provided an update on the revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG) and on integrated planning initiatives. The final PARG is now posted on the ministry’s website. Following response to the initial fall 2017 engagement and the second phase of consultations in March 2018, the province made revisions to the PARG which included:

  • Additional public meeting(s), which extends timeframes, for a standard pupil accommodation review
  • Limiting the use of the shorter, modified pupil accommodation review
  • New information requirements for the initial staff report
  • Promotion of community input in the pupil accommodation review process and inclusion of student voice
  • Streamlining the administrative review process by allowing e-signatures
  • Development of ministry supports
  • Consideration of elementary student input into the accommodation decision
  • Extending the timeframe for the first public meeting from 30 to 40 business days
  • Requiring the municipal/community partner meeting to take place prior to the first public meeting.

The ministry will be working with its partner ministries and education and municipal stakeholders to develop templates (including initial staff report and economic impact assessment templates) and other resources before fall 2018 to support boards in conducting pupil accommodation reviews. Until these resources are developed, the moratorium on pupil accommodation reviews will remain in place unless they are related to coterminous board joint use initiatives.

There are no changes currently planned for Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline (CPPG). The ministry will be updating it within the next year. Until then, school boards should continue using the existing CPPG. 

The Ministry also announced that they are launching a new engagement focused on the challenges facing education planning in urban areas this fall, which will include:

  • Urban Student Accommodation Engagement:  focusing on supports for pupil accommodation in urban areas experiencing rapid population intensification and will include Education Development Charges
  • Land Priorities Enhancement:  the government will increase funding from $60 million to $100 million this year which will support land acquisition for all boards.

OPSBA staff will follow up with the ministry to get more information and clarity about school closure moratorium timelines, input into templates, the connection of the Voluntary Integrated Planning and Partnerships Initiative (VIPPI) and Community Hubs, funding timing, and participation in the Urban Student Accommodation Engagement. We will also ask to see what was communicated to our municipal partners. 

March 23, 2018 - OPSBA Submission: Feedback on Draft Revisions to Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG) and Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline (CPPG) Submission 

School Board Governance – Two Updated Regulations

On April 20, 2018, two regulations regarding governance were updated, filed and now posted. 

  1. Ontario Regulation 357/06 Honoraria for Board Members -- This regulation includes the increased base amount for all trustees. It also directs compensation to appointed Section 68 school board trustees – something we have long advocated for. 
  2. Ontario Regulation 463/97 Electronic Meeting -- This regulation has a longer implementation date (next term 2022) for this to be in place. It will require a chair or designate to be “physically present for at least half of the meetings of the board for any 12 month period beginning November 15 and may provide that the chair or designate must be physically present for a greater proportion of meetings.” 

All recent governance-related submissions, memos and letter are posted on our website’s School Board Governance section. This includes the Fall 2017 OPSBA Submission re: Governance-Related Issues, the March 26 memo from the Minister of Education to stakeholders, the OPSBA follow-up letter (April 5, 2018)  and the Ministry’s letter of response (April 20, 2018). 

Provincial Election and Party Platforms 

OPSBA has contacted the four main political party leaders and shared a series of Association priority-related questions for the four parties to answer. The NDP and Liberal Parties have shared their answers and these are posted on our web site. All election resources and related information can be found at: Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election. 

Municipal and School Board Elections - Nomination and Campaign Period Began May 1, 2018

Don’t forget: Candidates vying for school board trustee positions are able to file their paperwork as of May 1. Candidates have until July 27 at 2 p.m. to file their papers with municipal clerks. Note: this is a much shorter campaign period compared to the last election. 

OPSBA has created a Frequently Asked Questions document to provide best practices and suggestions regarding use of social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) by current trustees who are running for re-election. This can be found at: Social Media Use Q&A. 

All candidates are welcome to submit their profiles to TrusteeCandidateInfo@oesc-cseo.org  Please include your name, school board and ward. You may also include a photo, a brief biography, your email address and website address with your profile.​

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