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Legislative Update, August 10http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=177Legislative Update, August 102017-08-11T12:47:38Z<div class="ExternalClassE9881BDE707B44F49795CDFC5752ACB3"><p>​<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OntarioLegislature.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />The following is an update on recent legislative activity.</p><h2>Ontario Ombudsman Report re: Student Transportation</h2><p>Earlier today, Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé released his report, <em>The Route of the Problem</em>, which investigated school busing delays and disruptions at the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board at the start of the 2016-17 school year. The report includes 42 recommendations directed to The Toronto Student Transportation Group (consortia) and the boards. This is the first systemic investigation related to school boards. </p><p><a title="Ombudsman's news release and report" href="https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/Newsroom/Press-Release/2017/Boards-mishandled-school-bus-driver-shortage%2c-Ombu.aspx" target="_blank">The Ombudsman's news release and report</a> </p><p><a title="Joint TDSB and TCDSB news release" href="http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Media/News/TabId/372/ArtMID/2750/ArticleID/1113/TDSB-and-TCDSB-Welcome-Ombudsman%e2%80%99s-Report.aspx" target="_blank">The joint TDSB and TCDSB news release</a> </p><p>On July 21, 2017, the Ministry of Education <a title="Announcement re fall consultation" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryMemoStudentTransportationJul2117.pdf" target="_blank">announced an upcoming fall consultation</a> to “improve the delivery of student transportation.”  Joan Green and Michel Paulin will be leading this engagement and OPSBA will follow up to ensure our members are involved. </p><h2>Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed</h2><p>Earlier today, Minister of Children and Youth Services, Michael Coteau, released this third annual report that looks at supporting youth between 12 and 25. The report contains seven themes of youth well-being. These are:</p><ul><li>Health & Wellness,</li><li>Strong, Supportive Friends & Families,</li><li>Education, Training & Apprenticeships,</li><li>Employment & Entrepreneurship,</li><li>Diversity, Social Inclusion & Safety,</li><li>Civic Engagement & Youth Leadership, and</li><li>Coordinated & Youth-Friendly Communities.<span lang="en"> </span></li></ul><p><a href="http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/professionals/steppingup/index.aspx" target="_blank"><span lang="en">Ministry Annual Report</span></a> </p><h2>Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission</h2><p>On August 8, 2017, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi announced he will introduce legislation this fall to create two new Northern Ontario ridings ahead of the next election. This is in response to the final report from the Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission, which recommended improving representation in the province’s two largest ridings: Kenora–Rainy River and Timmins—James Bay. The new ridings, Kiiwetinoong and Mushkegowuk, will represent large Indigenous and Francophone populations. Kiiwetinoong and Mushkegowuk are in addition to the 15 new ridings that were legislated last year and will bring the total number of ridings in the June 2018 election to 124, up from the current 107. </p><p><a title="News release" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mag/en/2017/08/statement-from-attorney-general-on-final-report-of-the-far-north-electoral-boundaries-commission.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">News release</a></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=177
Legislative Update, July 28http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=176Legislative Update, July 282017-07-31T13:50:15Z<div class="ExternalClass48179BAD431D4E7F971007F3491756CD"><p>​<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OntarioLegislature.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />The following is an update on recent items.  </p><p><strong>Bill 148, <em>Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017<br></em></strong>This legislation was introduced on June 1, 2017, by Minister of Labour Kevin Daniel. The bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs by the House, to be studied over the summer. 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. <br>  <br> 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. The Committee held public meetings throughout the month of July. OPSBA reviewed the proposed legislation and sought legal counsel for education sector impacts and provided <a title="OPSBA submission re Bill 148" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Submission%20re%20Bill%20148%20Fair%20Workplaces%20Better%20Jobs%20Act.pdf">a submission</a> to the Committee last week.</p><p>OPSBA will continue to follow this legislation when the House resumes in September.<br>  <br> <strong>Bill C-45, <em>Cannabis Act</em></strong><br> Last April, the Federal government introduced proposed legislation that will legalize and regulate cannabis across the country by July 2018. In Ontario, the Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat (LCS) has been established and is planning to engage stakeholders over the summer 2017 on topics related to the Federal government's planned legalization (such as health regulations, youth prevention).<br>  <br> On July 12, 2017 the LCS announced an online public survey consultation with a deadline of July 31, 2017. There are five topic areas for feedback:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>setting a minimum age for having, using and buying cannabis</li><li>deciding where people can use cannabis</li><li>keeping our roads safe</li><li>regulating cannabis sales</li><li>planning public education</li></ul><p><a title="Government news release" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mag/en/2017/07/ontario-seeking-public-input-on-federal-plan-to-legalize-cannabis.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Government news release</span></a></p><p><a title="Online survey" href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-cannabis-legalization-ontario" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Online survey</span></a><br>  <br> Next week, OPSBA will be participating in a meeting with experts, the government and other stakeholders. This consultation will include all parts of the legalization, from regulatory changes to public education. The intent is to inform Ontario's Cannabis Bill and provide input on public awareness and youth/young adult prevention.<br>  <br> Also, OPSBA's work teams, Education Program and Policy Development, are meeting in early September and this will be on the agenda. In fall/winter, the Ministry of Education will be engaging with OPSBA, along with the other three trustee associations on youth prevention.<br>  <br> <strong>Child Care Announcement</strong><br> On July 20, 2017, the Ministry of Education announced the appointment of Dr. Gordon Cleveland to review and provide recommendations to improve access to fee subsidies and making child care more affordable. He is to report back with recommendations by February 2018. Dr. Cleveland is an economics professor at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus. This appointment is part of Ontario's Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework that was announced in June. 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.</p><p><a title="Government news release" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/07/ontario-increasing-access-to-affordable-child-care.html?_ga=2.11562674.760234234.1501164980-1853107086.1467655862" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Government news release</span></a></p><p><a title="Ministry memo to early years partners" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryMemoAffordabilityStudyJul2017.pdf" target="_blank">Ministry memo to early years partners</a></p><p><strong>Other Information<br></strong>Two new working groups were announced earlier this year to begin work in September 2017 as follows:</p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Transportation Working Group to review Campbell Report recommendations. The review will include reviewing Phase 2 recommendations from the Campbell Report and a review of the funding model. OPSBA's Director of Finance, Wayne McNally, will be a member of this working group.</li><li> Benefits Working Group to review the funding model for benefits now that board staff have been moved into the provincial benefits trust. OPSBA will be represented by two Senior Business Officials from our member boards and regularly connect with our senior finance and labour relations staff. </li></ol><p> OPSBA will continue to provide updates and information about these working groups.</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=176
Ontario Newsroom, July 2017http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=175Ontario Newsroom, July 20172017-08-01T13:10:41Z<div class="ExternalClass127D2F1296F14254BED6507E7CD9B0A6"><p>​<img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" /><a title="Ontario Ministers Outline Actions to Address First Nations Youth Health and Safety Crisis" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2017/07/ontario-ministers-outline-actions-to-address-first-nations-youth-health-and-safety-crisis.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Ministers Outline Actions to Address First Nations Youth Health and Safety Crisis, Jul. 24, 2017</a><br></p><p><a title="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/07/ontario-increasing-access-to-affordable-child-care.html?_ga=2.153112056.1329352061.150159" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/07/ontario-increasing-access-to-affordable-child-care.html" target="_blank">Ontario Increasing Access to Affordable Child Care, Jul 20, 2017</a><br></p><p><a title="Ontario Bringing More Canadian Books to Classrooms" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mtc/en/2017/07/ontario-bringing-more-canadian-books-to-classrooms.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Bringing More Canadian Books to Classrooms, Jul. 19, 2017</a></p><p><a title="Ontario Seeking Public Input on Federal Plan to Legalize Cannabis" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mag/en/2017/07/ontario-seeking-public-input-on-federal-plan-to-legalize-cannabis.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Seeking Public Input on Federal Plan to Legalize Cannabis, Jul. 12, 2017</a><br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=175
OPSBA at the CSBA Congress in Whistler, British Columbiahttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=174OPSBA at the CSBA Congress in Whistler, British Columbia2017-07-13T18:38:52Z<div class="ExternalClassB2E1C48E74B64895A3DFF1CD48EEAA59"><p>​<img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="GailCSBAcongress2017.jpg" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Lists/Posts/Post/GailCSBAcongress2017.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:290px;" />OPSBA President Laurie French represented Ontario's public school boards at the Canadian School Boards Association's <a title="CSBA Annual Congress" href="http://csba2017.ca/" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Annual Congress</span></a>, held July 5-8, 2017 in Whistler, B.C. in conjunction with the National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education.</p><p>President French reported on current and upcoming Ontario education issues during the Cross-Canada Check-In, including highlights of our advocacy and work in the past year including:  indigenous education, mental health and well-being, community hubs, French as a second language, education funding, rural and remote education, legislative submissions, collective bargaining and labour relations, EQAO discussion paper, executive compensation, and the 2018 municipal and school board elections.</p><p>Speakers at this year's Congress included Charlene Bearhead, Education Coordinator, National Inquiry Into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls; Peter Garrow,<em> </em>OPSBA's Indigenous Trustees' Council; Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas;<em> </em>David Albury,  Director, Innovation Unit, United Kingdom;<em> </em>David King, Former Executive Director, Public School Boards' Association of Alberta; Former Minister, Alberta Ministry of Education; Former Chairman, Council of Ministers of Education for Canada; and Mohamed Fahmy, Journalist and Honorary Research Associate, UBC School of Journalism.</p><p>2017 Honorary Memberships were presented to Gail Anderson (OPSBA) and Brian Shortall (Newfoundland Labrador).</p><p>Congratulations to Floyd Martens (Manitoba) and Goronwy Price (Newfoundland Labrador) for being acclaimed to the positions of President and Vice-President of CSBA at the Annual General Meeting.</p><p>CSBA 2018 will be held July 4-8, 2018 at the Westin Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=174
Legislative Update, June 28http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=173Legislative Update, June 282017-06-29T14:40:50Z<div class="ExternalClass266F4927E92B4925AE40CCF1CC8AE6FE"><h2>​<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OntarioLegislature.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />Rural and Remote Education Review</h2><p>On June 16, we provided <a title="OPSBA Submission" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Rural%20and%20Remote%20Submission%20FINAL.pdf">our submission</a> regarding this review based on the feedback from our membership. On June 28, Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter <a title="Ministry news release" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/06/province-strengthening-education-in-rural-and-northern-ontario.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">announced</a> a "Plan to Strengthen Rural and Northern Education." The Minister was joined by the three parliamentary assistants who had participated in the recent engagement sessions; Grant Crack, Granville Anderson and Lou Rinaldi. Key points of the plan for school boards are:</p><ul><li>The launch of a new Rural and Northern Education Fund to be used for local priorities; and</li><li>An upcoming review of the current Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR) Guideline – no new PARs to begin until the review and any changes are made. Exceptions are for those that support joint use projects. We expect the review to begin next fall. </li></ul><p>The additional funds and focus will help the needs of our rural and remote school communities. However, we will continue to advocate for all school boards who are doing their best to deliver quality programming while facing financial challenges, aging infrastructure and declining enrolment.</p><p><a title="Ministry letter" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryLetterRuralRemoteEdJun2817.pdf" target="_blank">Ministry letter</a></p><p><a title="Plan highlights" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/RemoteRuralEdHighlights.pdf" target="_blank">Remote and Rural Education Plan highlights</a> </p><h2>Ombudsman Annual Report 2016-17</h2><p>On June 27, 2017, Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé released his office's Annual Report – the first in his five-year term which began April 1, 2016. The report includes a breakdown of the number of cases per school system and by each board. In total, 945 cases about school boards were received in 2016-2017 with the top five topics being transportation, staff/trustee conduct, special education, student safety and school closings/accommodation reviews. An overview of the cases and trends in school boards can be found beginning on page 43 and the individual statistics are on page 70. </p><p><a title="Office of Ombudsman's news release" href="https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/Newsroom/Press-Release/2017/Ombudsman-lauds-new-era-of-oversight---Annual-Repo.aspx" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">News release from Office of the Ombudsman</span></a></p><p><a title="Annual report" href="https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/Files/sitemedia/Documents/Resources/Reports/Annual/AR2017-EN-Final.pdf" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Annual Report</span></a></p><h2><span lang="EN-US">Joint School Board Submission to the Ontario Human Rights Commission </span><span lang="EN-US"></span></h2><p><span lang="EN-US">On June 29, 2017, OPSBA, along with the other three school board associations, <a title="OPSBA submission to OHRC" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/JointSubmission_OHRC_June292017.pdf">sent a submission</a> to the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) regarding an upcoming review of the OHRC’s Guidelines on Accessible Education.</span></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=173
2018 Summit on Children and Youth Mental Healthhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=1722018 Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health2017-07-04T18:34:08Z<div class="ExternalClassC478E29C494E4FDCB698440003D1A770"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/Coalition_Logo_Highlights.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:247px;" />​<a title="Online registration" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/2018-Summit-Online-Registration.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Online registration</span></a> is now open for the <a title="Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/Summit-on-Children---Youth-Mental-Health.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health</span></a>! </p><p>This unique event unites the voices of educators, professional student services personnel, mental health and health professionals, children service agencies, children service advocates, families and students.</p><p><strong>April 12 and 13, 2018</strong><br><strong> </strong><a title="Beanfield Centre" href="https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/%27%27/Beanfield+Centre/data=%214m5%214m4%211m0%211m2%211m1%211s0x882b351a5cfd07dd:0xa04969ad09ccfdc5?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiAp7bT-dPTAhXB6oMKHSEdBEYQ9RcIhgEwCw" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Beanfield Centre</strong></span></a><strong> (formerly Allstream Centre, CNE grounds)</strong><br><strong> 105 Princes' Boulevard</strong><br><strong> Toronto  M6K 3C3</strong></p><p>Hosted by the <a title="Ontario Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health" href="/what-we-do/coalition-for-children-and-youth-mental-health"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Ontario Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health </span></a>– a multi-sector group committed to urgent and positive change for children and youth mental health services in Ontario, the Summit focuses on working across tiered systems of support for promotion, prevention and intervention.  </p><p>The theme of the 2018 Summit is <em>Beyond Collaboration: Towards Integrated Systems for Supporting Child and Youth Mental Health</em>. Acclaimed speakers will offer evidence-informed practices, programs and resources that have been shown to work and can make a real difference in the lives of children, youth and their families.</p><p>Participants will have a unique opportunity to network across sectors.  It is recommended that you register a multi-sector team from your community to continue the dialogue beyond the Summit.</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=172
Legislative Update, June 22, 2017http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=171Legislative Update, June 22, 20172017-06-29T14:42:38Z<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><h2>Rural and Remote Education Review</h2><p>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><h2>Capital Funding Announcements</h2><p>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><h2>Provincial and Federal Child Care Announcements</h2><p>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 Media2017-06-29T14:50:01Z<div class="ExternalClass26E923ED9EE445A5A5879BBE9EE7DA88"><p><strong><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" />Ontario school closings will be put on hold as province reviews process</strong><br><strong>Kristin Rushowy, The Star, Jun. 28</strong><br>The government has put a temporary halt on any future school closings across the province, saying it plans to overhaul the entire process after hearing concerns from hard-hit rural and northern communities.<br><a title="Ontario school closings will be put on hold as province reviews process" href="https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2017/06/28/ontario-school-closings-will-be-put-on-hold-as-province-reviews-process.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...</p><p>​<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 Newsroom, June 2017http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=169Ontario Newsroom, June 20172017-07-25T18:09:20Z<div class="ExternalClass48E0F4CC3CA445069584FC649B724266"> <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" /> <p> <a title="Helping Communities Access Integrated Public Services" href="https://news.ontario.ca/moi/en/2017/06/helping-communities-access-integrated-public-services.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Helping Communities Access Integrated Public Services, Jun. 29, 2017</a></p><p> <a title="Province Strengthening Education in Rural and Northern Ontario" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/06/province-strengthening-education-in-rural-and-northern-ontario.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Province Strengthening Education in Rural and Northern Ontario, Jun. 28, 2017</a></p><p> <a title="Schools Honoured for Creating Positive Learning Environments" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/06/schools-honoured-for-creating-positive-learning-environments.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Schools Honoured for Creating Positive Learning Environments, Jun. 26, 2017</a></p> <p> <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

Aug 11
Legislative Update, August 10

The following is an update on recent legislative activity.

Ontario Ombudsman Report re: Student Transportation

Earlier today, Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé released his report, The Route of the Problem, which investigated school busing delays and disruptions at the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board at the start of the 2016-17 school year. The report includes 42 recommendations directed to The Toronto Student Transportation Group (consortia) and the boards. This is the first systemic investigation related to school boards. 

The Ombudsman's news release and report

The joint TDSB and TCDSB news release 

On July 21, 2017, the Ministry of Education announced an upcoming fall consultation to “improve the delivery of student transportation.”  Joan Green and Michel Paulin will be leading this engagement and OPSBA will follow up to ensure our members are involved. 

Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed

Earlier today, Minister of Children and Youth Services, Michael Coteau, released this third annual report that looks at supporting youth between 12 and 25. The report contains seven themes of youth well-being. These are:

  • Health & Wellness,
  • Strong, Supportive Friends & Families,
  • Education, Training & Apprenticeships,
  • Employment & Entrepreneurship,
  • Diversity, Social Inclusion & Safety,
  • Civic Engagement & Youth Leadership, and
  • Coordinated & Youth-Friendly Communities. 

Ministry Annual Report 

Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission

On August 8, 2017, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi announced he will introduce legislation this fall to create two new Northern Ontario ridings ahead of the next election. This is in response to the final report from the Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission, which recommended improving representation in the province’s two largest ridings: Kenora–Rainy River and Timmins—James Bay. The new ridings, Kiiwetinoong and Mushkegowuk, will represent large Indigenous and Francophone populations. Kiiwetinoong and Mushkegowuk are in addition to the 15 new ridings that were legislated last year and will bring the total number of ridings in the June 2018 election to 124, up from the current 107. 

News release

Jul 31
Legislative Update, July 28

The following is an update on recent items.  

Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017
This legislation was introduced on June 1, 2017, by Minister of Labour Kevin Daniel. The bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs by the House, to be studied over the summer. 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. The Committee held public meetings throughout the month of July. OPSBA reviewed the proposed legislation and sought legal counsel for education sector impacts and provided a submission to the Committee last week.

OPSBA will continue to follow this legislation when the House resumes in September.
 
Bill C-45, Cannabis Act
Last April, the Federal government introduced proposed legislation that will legalize and regulate cannabis across the country by July 2018. In Ontario, the Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat (LCS) has been established and is planning to engage stakeholders over the summer 2017 on topics related to the Federal government's planned legalization (such as health regulations, youth prevention).
 
On July 12, 2017 the LCS announced an online public survey consultation with a deadline of July 31, 2017. There are five topic areas for feedback:

  • setting a minimum age for having, using and buying cannabis
  • deciding where people can use cannabis
  • keeping our roads safe
  • regulating cannabis sales
  • planning public education

Government news release

Online survey
  
Next week, OPSBA will be participating in a meeting with experts, the government and other stakeholders. This consultation will include all parts of the legalization, from regulatory changes to public education. The intent is to inform Ontario's Cannabis Bill and provide input on public awareness and youth/young adult prevention.
 
Also, OPSBA's work teams, Education Program and Policy Development, are meeting in early September and this will be on the agenda. In fall/winter, the Ministry of Education will be engaging with OPSBA, along with the other three trustee associations on youth prevention.
 
Child Care Announcement
On July 20, 2017, the Ministry of Education announced the appointment of Dr. Gordon Cleveland to review and provide recommendations to improve access to fee subsidies and making child care more affordable. He is to report back with recommendations by February 2018. Dr. Cleveland is an economics professor at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus. This appointment is part of Ontario's Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework that was announced in June. 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.

Government news release

Ministry memo to early years partners

Other Information
Two new working groups were announced earlier this year to begin work in September 2017 as follows:

  1. Transportation Working Group to review Campbell Report recommendations. The review will include reviewing Phase 2 recommendations from the Campbell Report and a review of the funding model. OPSBA's Director of Finance, Wayne McNally, will be a member of this working group.
  2.  Benefits Working Group to review the funding model for benefits now that board staff have been moved into the provincial benefits trust. OPSBA will be represented by two Senior Business Officials from our member boards and regularly connect with our senior finance and labour relations staff. 

 OPSBA will continue to provide updates and information about these working groups.

Jul 25
Ontario Newsroom, July 2017
Jul 13
OPSBA at the CSBA Congress in Whistler, British Columbia

GailCSBAcongress2017.jpgOPSBA President Laurie French represented Ontario's public school boards at the Canadian School Boards Association's Annual Congress, held July 5-8, 2017 in Whistler, B.C. in conjunction with the National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education.

President French reported on current and upcoming Ontario education issues during the Cross-Canada Check-In, including highlights of our advocacy and work in the past year including:  indigenous education, mental health and well-being, community hubs, French as a second language, education funding, rural and remote education, legislative submissions, collective bargaining and labour relations, EQAO discussion paper, executive compensation, and the 2018 municipal and school board elections.

Speakers at this year's Congress included Charlene Bearhead, Education Coordinator, National Inquiry Into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls; Peter Garrow, OPSBA's Indigenous Trustees' Council; Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas; David Albury,  Director, Innovation Unit, United Kingdom; David King, Former Executive Director, Public School Boards' Association of Alberta; Former Minister, Alberta Ministry of Education; Former Chairman, Council of Ministers of Education for Canada; and Mohamed Fahmy, Journalist and Honorary Research Associate, UBC School of Journalism.

2017 Honorary Memberships were presented to Gail Anderson (OPSBA) and Brian Shortall (Newfoundland Labrador).

Congratulations to Floyd Martens (Manitoba) and Goronwy Price (Newfoundland Labrador) for being acclaimed to the positions of President and Vice-President of CSBA at the Annual General Meeting.

CSBA 2018 will be held July 4-8, 2018 at the Westin Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Jun 29
Legislative Update, June 28

Rural and Remote Education Review

On June 16, we provided our submission regarding this review based on the feedback from our membership. On June 28, Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter announced a "Plan to Strengthen Rural and Northern Education." The Minister was joined by the three parliamentary assistants who had participated in the recent engagement sessions; Grant Crack, Granville Anderson and Lou Rinaldi. Key points of the plan for school boards are:

  • The launch of a new Rural and Northern Education Fund to be used for local priorities; and
  • An upcoming review of the current Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR) Guideline – no new PARs to begin until the review and any changes are made. Exceptions are for those that support joint use projects. We expect the review to begin next fall. 

The additional funds and focus will help the needs of our rural and remote school communities. However, we will continue to advocate for all school boards who are doing their best to deliver quality programming while facing financial challenges, aging infrastructure and declining enrolment.

Ministry letter

Remote and Rural Education Plan highlights 

Ombudsman Annual Report 2016-17

On June 27, 2017, Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé released his office's Annual Report – the first in his five-year term which began April 1, 2016. The report includes a breakdown of the number of cases per school system and by each board. In total, 945 cases about school boards were received in 2016-2017 with the top five topics being transportation, staff/trustee conduct, special education, student safety and school closings/accommodation reviews. An overview of the cases and trends in school boards can be found beginning on page 43 and the individual statistics are on page 70. 

News release from Office of the Ombudsman

Annual Report

Joint School Board Submission to the Ontario Human Rights Commission

On June 29, 2017, OPSBA, along with the other three school board associations, sent a submission to the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) regarding an upcoming review of the OHRC’s Guidelines on Accessible Education.

Jun 27
2018 Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health

Online registration is now open for the Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health!

This unique event unites the voices of educators, professional student services personnel, mental health and health professionals, children service agencies, children service advocates, families and students.

April 12 and 13, 2018
Beanfield Centre (formerly Allstream Centre, CNE grounds)
105 Princes' Boulevard
Toronto  M6K 3C3

Hosted by the Ontario Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health – a multi-sector group committed to urgent and positive change for children and youth mental health services in Ontario, the Summit focuses on working across tiered systems of support for promotion, prevention and intervention.  

The theme of the 2018 Summit is Beyond Collaboration: Towards Integrated Systems for Supporting Child and Youth Mental Health. Acclaimed speakers will offer evidence-informed practices, programs and resources that have been shown to work and can make a real difference in the lives of children, youth and their families.

Participants will have a unique opportunity to network across sectors.  It is recommended that you register a multi-sector team from your community to continue the dialogue beyond the Summit.

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

Ontario school closings will be put on hold as province reviews process
Kristin Rushowy, The Star, Jun. 28
The government has put a temporary halt on any future school closings across the province, saying it plans to overhaul the entire process after hearing concerns from hard-hit rural and northern communities.
More ...

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, June 2017

Helping Communities Access Integrated Public Services, Jun. 29, 2017

Province Strengthening Education in Rural and Northern Ontario, Jun. 28, 2017

Schools Honoured for Creating Positive Learning Environments, Jun. 26, 2017

Statement from Minister and Deputy Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on National Aboriginal Day, Jun. 21, 2017

​Ontario Enhancing Support for Refugees and Newcomers, Jun. 20, 2017

Ontario Building New Schools and Additions Across Province, Jun. 19, 2017 

The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario Concludes the First Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreement, Jun. 16, 2017

Ontario Reaches Tentative Extension Agreement with AMAPCEO, Jun. 14, 2017 

Schools Receiving $1.4 Billion for Repairs and Renewal This Year, Jun. 13, 2017

Ontario Reaches Tentative Extension Agreements with OPSEU, Jun. 12, 2017 

Ontario Transforming Autism Services for Children and Their Families, Jun. 8, 2017 

More Educational Opportunities for Indigenous Students, Jun. 7, 2017 

Ontario Making Child Care More Accessible and Affordable for Families, Jun. 6, 2017 

Ontario Continuing Progress on Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, Jun. 5, 2017 

Ontario Preparing Students for Jobs of Tomorrow, Jun. 5, 2017 

Ontario Introduces Legislation to Create Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs, Jun. 1, 2017 

Ontario Passes Anti-Racism Legislation, Jun. 1, 2017 

Ontario Passes Legislation to Strengthen Child Welfare and Improve Outcomes for Youth, Jun. 1, 2017

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