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Legislative Update, October 18, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=288Legislative Update, October 18, 20182018-10-18T17:18:05Z<div class="ExternalClassE48B9991A8D94A0F9A15441D3B49634A"><h3><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Pink_Palace_Toronto_2010.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:200px;" />Provincial Education Reform Consultation – Telephone Town Halls Begin Tomorrow!</h3><p>On October 18, we were notified that the second component of the ministry’s education reform consultation will begin October 19 in the Northwestern region of the province. This component includes a series of 90 minute telephone town halls across Ontario. OPSBA has created <a title="Chart of telephone town halls" href="/Pages/Provincial%20Education%20Reform%20Consultation.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">a chart</span></a><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span>that lists the dates and locations for the town halls that will occur from October 19 to November 29, 2018. Please note there is more than one town hall scheduled in each region. <br></p><p><strong>Participation details</strong></p><ul><li>Participants are to provide their telephone number and email address to register for each session. This must be done by 4 p.m. the day before the town hall.</li><li>Participants will receive an email reminder about the telephone town hall the day before the call, or if the consultation session is cancelled.</li><li>Participants that don’t register, can try calling directly into the toll-free number: 1-800-385-0829.<br></li></ul><p>The Ministry of Education’s Consultation: Education in Ontario includes an online submission form, telephone town halls, and a separate online survey to be released later.</p><p><strong>Please note and remember:</strong> OPSBA’s Policy Development and Education Program Work Teams are taking the lead on the Association’s response. The work teams are meeting this month to review evidence-based information and past position statements regarding each question. OPSBA will prepare a resource for all member boards and trustees to consider when responding to the consultation well in advance of the December 15 deadline. </p><p>Additional consultation details are available at <a title="Consultation details" href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents" target="_blank">https://www.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents</a></p><h3>Bill 36, <em>Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018</em> </h3><p>On October 17, Bill 36, <em>Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act</em>, received Royal Assent shortly after 5 p.m. Deputy Minister Nancy Naylor sent <a title="Deputy Minister memo re cannabis legalization" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/DMmemoCannabisLegalization.pdf" target="_blank">a memo</a> that provides an update on revised PPMs, links to fact sheets for parents and educators and links to other resources. The memo includes an appendix that provides a board-by-board breakdown of one-time funding provided by the Ministry of Education to support local training needs related to the legalization of recreational cannabis. On November 8, 2018, t<span lang="EN-US">he ministry will host three Safe and Healthy Schools Webinars to provide information related to the legalization of recreational cannabis, including an overview of the policy revisions.</span> </p><p><a title="OPSBA submission" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBASubmission_Bill36_CannabisStatuteLawAmendmentAct.pdf">OPSBA submission</a><br></p><p><a title="Ministry webpage" href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/healthyschools/educators-resources.html" target="_blank">Ministry webpage</a><br></p><h3>Education Development Charge (EDC) </h3><p>On October 15, 2018 the Ministry of Education issued memo <a title="Ministry Memo B15" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/B2018/B15_EN.pdf" target="_blank">B15, Temporary Cap on Education Development Charge Rates</a>. The memo indicates the government’s intent to review the EDC policy framework and announced amendments made to Ontario Regulation 20/98 Education Development Charges – General. These changes will have a significant financial impact to several of our member boards. In particular, freezing the amount boards were able to charge developers to remain at the level existing in by-laws as of August 31, 2018. OPSBA has contacted the Minister’s office staff to express our concerns and will be connecting with member boards Senior Business Officials to fully capture the implications. We will also be asking to be part of any EDC review consultation as we had been seeking regulation changes to allow for more board flexibility with the use of EDC generated funds. <br></p><p><a title="Education development charges regulation" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/980020" target="_blank">EDC regulation</a>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=288
OPSBA in the Media, October 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=287OPSBA in the Media, October 20182018-10-23T12:45:44Z<div class="ExternalClassF7DD95A065AC4FBCA59A266E336EA1E8"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:232px;" /><strong>Toronto District School Board poised for major turnover</strong><br><strong>Isabel Teotonio, The Star, Oct. 22, 2018</strong><br>The Toronto District School Board is poised for a major turnover following Monday’s elections because about half of its trustees are newly-elected.<br><a title="Toronto District School Board poised for major turnover" href="https://www.thestar.com/news/toronto-election/2018/10/22/toronto-district-school-board-poised-for-major-turnover.html" target="_blank">More</a> ... </p><p><strong>OPSBA Media Release, </strong><a href="/Media%20and%20Resources/opsba-statement-regarding-seat-belts-on-school-buses"><em><strong>OPSBA statement regarding seat belts on school buses</strong></em></a><em></em><strong>, Oct. 15, 2018</strong></p><p><strong>Pressure increases on Ontario to ban vaping displays to protect teens from addiction</strong><br><strong>Rob Ferguson, The Star, Oct. 12, 2018</strong><br>Pressure increased on the Ontario government to ban displays of vaping gear in convenience stores, where they can be seen by children and teens, as hearings on a bill setting the rules for sales of cannabis and vapour products drew to a close.<br><a title="Pressure increases on Ontario to ban vaping displays to protect teens from addiction" href="https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/10/12/pressure-increases-on-ontario-to-ban-vaping-displays-to-protect-teens-from-addiction.html" target="_blank">More</a> ... <br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=287
Health & Safety Training from the Public Services Health & Safety Associationhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=286Health & Safety Training from the Public Services Health & Safety Association2018-10-15T13:56:53Z<div class="ExternalClass68FD7E8E9B6049898EB4012DBB5EC268"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Safety.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />The Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) provides health and safety training for the public services sector, including the education sector. </p><p>Upcoming education sector sessions include Certification Part 2 Education Sector Specific Hazards Training and Certification, Part 2 General Workplace Specific Hazards Training and Effective Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC).</p><p><a title="Upcoming health and safety training courses" href="https://www.pshsa.ca/shop/?swoof=1&pa_training-category=training-cat&pa_sector=all" target="_blank">Click here</a> to view upcoming health and safety training courses.</p><p> <a title="eNewsletters" href="https://www.pshsa.ca/newsroom-2/" target="_blank">Click here</a> to view eNewsletters<br><strong style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;"><br>Workplace Violence Risk Assessment Toolkit for the Education Sector</strong></p><p>The PSHSA's <a href="https://www.pshsa.ca/workplace-violence-education-2/" title="Workplace Violence Risk Assessment Toolkit">Workplace Violence Risk Assessment Toolkit</a> for the Education Sector is now available. The resource was created to protect education workers from workplace violence, prevent injuries and consequences resulting from acts of violence, and meet legal responsibilities for ensuring healthy and safe workplaces.</p><p><em>Established in 2009, the PSHSA is a not-for-profit association created by the amalgamation of three health and safety leaders – the Education Safety Association of Ontario, the Municipal Health and Safety Association and the Ontario Safety Association for Community and Healthcare. </em><br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=286
Public Education Symposium 2019http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=285Public Education Symposium 20192018-10-22T19:46:32Z<div class="ExternalClass79937A616014491FBDBA8DADCBFEDB7C"><p class="ExternalClassAD1DDA8C4ACA422998381B9BDF68A61B"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/FSL%20photo.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:198px;" />OPSBA's 2019 Public Education Symposium (PES) will take place in Toronto, <strong>January 24 to 26</strong>.  PES is the premier professional learning event of the year for school board trustees and offers outstanding keynote speakers who are experts in their field, dynamic, stimulating and interactive sessions, opportunities to discuss the future of education and time to network with colleagues across the province. </p><p class="ExternalClassAD1DDA8C4ACA422998381B9BDF68A61B">Trustees, Directors of Education, supervisory officers and student trustees are warmly encouraged to attend PES 2019.</p><p class="ExternalClassAD1DDA8C4ACA422998381B9BDF68A61B"><a title="PES online registration" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/2019-PES-Online-Registration.aspx">Online Registration</a></p><p class="ExternalClassAD1DDA8C4ACA422998381B9BDF68A61B"><a title="2019 PES- Preliminary Program" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/PES_Program.pdf">Program Outline</a>  </p><p class="ExternalClassAD1DDA8C4ACA422998381B9BDF68A61B">These are just some of the sessions being planned for you:</p><p class="ExternalClassAD1DDA8C4ACA422998381B9BDF68A61B">KEYNOTE SPEAKER: <strong>MICHAEL "PINBALL" CLEMONS</strong><br></p><p class="ExternalClassAD1DDA8C4ACA422998381B9BDF68A61B"><strong>PLENARY SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS</strong><br> with time for discussion and Q. & A.</p><div class="ExternalClassAD1DDA8C4ACA422998381B9BDF68A61B"><ul><li>Parliamentary Procedures– both Basic and Advanced</li><li>Role of the Trustee, Role of the Chair, Relationships within School Boards</li><li>Code of Conduct, Conflict Resolution, Running Effective Meetings</li><li>Current Issues and Hot Topics in Education – Panel presentation</li><li>Liability and Legal Considerations for Trustees</li><li>Indigenous Education</li><li>Labour Relations</li><li>What Does OPSBA Do for You?  How can you get involved?  Professional Development Modules and Government Legislation<br></li></ul></div><div> <br>MORE to follow …</div><ul><li>Online Registration to open in mid-October</li></ul><p>BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM NOW:<br>OPSBA has secured a preferred rate for delegates at the Sheraton Centre Hotel of: $221.99 plus taxes</p><ul><li>Online reservations:  <a title="Online reservations" href="https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/OA30AB" target="_blank">https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/OA30AB</a><br></li></ul><p>OR</p><ul><li>Phone:  1-888-627-7175<br><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Please quote</span>: <strong>OPSBA Public Education Symposium 2019</strong> or the group code <strong>OA30AB</strong><br></li></ul><strong><span class="ms-rteForeColor-2">Hotel cut-off date:</span> January 7, 2019</strong>​</div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=285
Legislative Update, October 15, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=284Legislative Update, October 15, 20182018-10-12T17:44:41Z<div class="ExternalClass81D468D9761A4B87A34A1E1DC3FFE0E3"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Pink_Palace_Toronto_2010.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:200px;" />MPPs return to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on October 15, 2018. <br></p><h3>Bill 36, <em>Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018</em> </h3><p>On October 11, OPSBA sent a <a title="OPSBA submission re Bill 36" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBASubmission_Bill36_CannabisStatuteLawAmendmentAct.pdf">submission</a> to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. Clause-by-clause consideration will be held on October 15 and the bill (with amendments or not) will report back to the House on October 16, 2018. </p><p>Attorney General Caroline Mulroney announced an advertising campaign aimed at educating youth about the risks and rules of recreational cannabis use. <span lang="EN-US">The campaign will begin the week of October 15 and include ads on </span>social media, television, and the internet. Ontarians will be able to legally purchase recreational cannabis online exclusively on October 17 from the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) until April 2019 when the province expects retail stores to be open. The OCS has launched an education <a title="OCS website" href="https://ocslearn.ca/" target="_blank">website</a> to provide consumers with information to make informed choices. </p><h3><span lang="EN-US">Municipal and School Board Elections – 10 Days until Voting Day – Monday, October 22, 2018</span></h3><p>Advance Voting has begun for some municipalities. Be sure to check your local municipality’s website for advance voting dates, locations and hours. When voting in person, be sure to bring your voter ID card and/or proper identification showing your name and address. </p><p>Also, <span lang="EN-US">school board candidates have until 9 a.m. on October 19 to submit their profiles </span>to <a title="email for trustee candidates" href="mailto:TrusteeCandidateInfo@oesc-cseo.org" target="_blank">TrusteeCandidateInfo@oesc-cseo.org</a>. Profile information should include: name, school board, ward, photo, a brief biography, email address and website address. </p><h3>Other Information<br></h3><p> October 9, 2018 – News Release from the Office of the Premier:  <a title="Oct 9 news release" href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/10/promises-made-promises-kept-ontarios-government-for-the-people-marks-100-days-of-unprecedented-actio.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Promises Made, Promises Kept: Ontario's Government for the People Marks 100 Days of Unprecedented Action</a>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=284
Ministry of Education Update, October 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=283Ministry of Education Update, October 20182018-10-12T17:11:02Z<div class="ExternalClass6FFCC02A4FE944E8B60F6B6AAEA5BF51"><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/GSNNewsRelease.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:137px;" />Please see the following updated OPSBA summaries indicated below for information regarding Ministry of Education 2018 B and SB Memoranda.</p><h3>OPSBA Summaries</h3><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" style="outline:transparent 0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Summary of 2018 B Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2018B_Memoranda.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">2018 B Memoranda</a></font></span> (funding policy, financial matters)</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" style="outline:transparent 0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Summary of 2018 SB Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2018SB_Memoranda.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">2018 SB Memoranda</a></font></span> (administrative information, clarification on financial matters)<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Summary of 2017 B Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2017B_Memoranda.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" style="outline:transparent 0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">2017 B Memoranda</font></span></a></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Summary of 2017 SB Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2017SB_Memoranda.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" style="outline:transparent 0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">2017 SB Memoranda</font></span></a></p><h3>Ministry of Education Memoranda</h3><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Ministry B and SB Memoranda" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos.htm" target="_blank" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" style="outline:transparent 0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">B and SB Memoranda</font></span></a>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=283
2019 Prime Minister's Awards Competition Now Openhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=2822019 Prime Minister's Awards Competition Now Open2018-10-09T15:33:51Z<div class="ExternalClassE6830C1BD6BD452896E0F2C2C5ADFC4A"><p><span lang="EN-US"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="2019PrimeMinistersAwards.jpg" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/2019PrimeMinistersAwards.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />Do you know a terrific teacher or early childhood educator? Consider nominating them for a 2019 Prime Minister's Award! This program honours innovative and outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers and early childhood educators who are helping prepare Canadian youth for the challenges of tomorrow.</span><span lang="EN-US"></span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">Looking for inspiration? Check out previous </span><span lang="EN-US"><a title="Teaching Award recipients" href="https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/pmate-ppmee.nsf/eng/h_wz00008.html" target="_blank">teaching</a></span><span lang="EN-US"> and </span><span lang="EN-US"><a title="Early childhood education award recipients" href="https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/pmaece-ppmepe.nsf/eng/h_wy00009.html" target="_blank">early childhood education</a></span><span lang="EN-US"> award recipients.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">2019 nomination packages are now available at </span><span lang="EN-US"><a title="Prime Minister's Awards website" href="http://www.pma.gc.ca/" target="_blank">www.pma.gc.ca</a></span><span lang="EN-US">. The nomination </span><span lang="EN-US">deadline is January 14, 2019 (23:59 Pacific time)</span><span lang="EN-US">.</span>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=282
Legislative Update, October 9, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=281Legislative Update, October 9, 20182018-10-09T14:22:05Z<div class="ExternalClassEDD600F72E0748BBA8122950252A8A59"><p><span lang="EN-CA"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Pink_Palace_Toronto_2010.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:200px;" />MPPs have a constituency week following Thanksgiving and will return to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on October 15, 2018.</span><span lang="EN-CA"> </span></p><h3><span lang="EN-CA">Provincial Education Reform Consultation</span></h3><p><span lang="EN-CA">On September 28, the Ministry of Education released its <a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents" title="Consultation: Education in Ontario" target="_blank">Consultation: Education in Ontario</a>. This online submission form was the first piece of this consultation with a separate online survey and telephone town halls to be scheduled later.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-CA">OPSBA’s Policy Development and Education Program Work Teams are taking the lead on the Association’s response. The work teams are meeting this month to review evidence-based information and past position statements regarding each question. OPSBA will prepare a resource for all member boards and trustees to consider when responding to the consultation, well in advance of the December 15 deadline.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-CA"><a title="Memo from Deputy Minister Nancy Naylor" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/DMmemoEducationConsultation.pdf" target="_blank">Memo from Deputy Minister Nancy Naylor</a></span><span lang="EN-CA"> <br><br></span></p><h3>Trustee Honorarium – Tax Exemption for Non-accountable Expense Allowances</h3><p><span lang="EN-CA">On October 1, the Canada Revenue agency sent a <a href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/CRA_%20Q+A_Non-accountableAllowances.pdf">Q&A memo</a>, <em>"</em><span style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:18px;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline;white-space:normal;orphans:2;float:none;background-color:transparent;"><em>What you need to know: Changes to the Non-accountable allowances,"</em></span><em></em> to stakeholders.</span><span lang="EN-CA"> <br><br></span></p><h3><span lang="EN-CA">Bill 36, <em>Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018</em> </span></h3><p><span lang="EN-CA">On October 4, <a href="https://www.ola.org/sites/default/files/node-files/bill/document/pdf/2018/2018-09/b036_e.pdf" title="Bill 36, Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018" target="_blank">this bill</a> was referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. Public hearings will occur on October 11 and October 12 with written submissions due on October 12. OPSBA will be sending a submission for this new bill and its proposed amendments. Both work teams will be reviewing key points for our submission. Key issues include the development of a regulation for distances between schools and retail sites; the need for local decision making with municipal partners and key community stakeholders, public consumption; a call for a public awareness campaign that includes youth prevention; and additional educational supports and resources. The bill will report back to the House on October 16, 2018 – the day before the federal legalization date. This bill was introduced by Attorney General Caroline Mulroney on September 27, 2018.</span><span lang="EN-CA"> </span></p><p><span lang="EN-CA"><a title="OPSBA submission on Bill 174" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20written%20submission%20re%20Bill%20174%20(Final).pdf">OPSBA's previous submission</a> on Bill 174, <em>Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017</em></span><span lang="EN-CA"> </span></p><p><span lang="EN-CA">Those wishing to be considered by the Committee to make an oral presentation should provide their contact name, mailing address, phone number, and email address to the Clerk of the Committee by 5 p.m. on October 5, 2018. Those who do not wish to make an oral presentation but wish to comment on the Bill may send a written submission to the Clerk of the Committee by 12 p.m. on October 12, 2018. The clerk, Eric Rennie, can be reached at: <a>comm-socialpolicy@ola.org.</a></span><span lang="EN-CA"> </span></p><p><br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=281
OPSBA Board of Directors Meeting – September 28 and 29, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=280OPSBA Board of Directors Meeting – September 28 and 29, 20182018-10-03T14:47:36Z<div class="ExternalClass50F4638D6E594BB2B6EA518B2601ED37"><p class="ExternalClass42D18501F5714906A98A4FBA95ECAA78"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/leadership.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />The OPSBA Board of Directors held a meeting on September 28 and 29, 2018, in Toronto. OPSBA President Cathy Abraham gave an acknowledgement that the meeting was being held on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the Métis Nation.</p><p class="ExternalClass42D18501F5714906A98A4FBA95ECAA78">Representatives from the Ontario School Trustees Association (OSTA-AECO) joined the Board of Directors on Saturday morning to provide a presentation.</p><p class="ExternalClass42D18501F5714906A98A4FBA95ECAA78">Education policy and program issues that were discussed at the meeting are summarized below.<br></p><h3 class="ExternalClass42D18501F5714906A98A4FBA95ECAA78">Legislative and Government Relations</h3><p class="ExternalClass42D18501F5714906A98A4FBA95ECAA78"> The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, led by Doug Ford, was the winner of the provincial election held on June 7, 2018. Lisa Thompson (MPP Huron-Bruce) was named Minister of Education and Sam Oosterhoff (MPP Niagara West) her Parliamentary Assistant. Nancy Naylor is the new Deputy Minister of Education, replacing the now-retired Bruce Rodrigues.<br></p><p class="ExternalClass42D18501F5714906A98A4FBA95ECAA78"><em>Summer and Fall Sessions</em><br>The Legislative Assembly of Ontario opened the first session on July 11, 2018, and rose after Tuesday, August 14, 2018. The main pieces of work included Bill 2, <em>Urgent Priorities Act, 2018</em> and Bill 5, <em>Better Local Government Act, 2018</em>. </p><p class="ExternalClass42D18501F5714906A98A4FBA95ECAA78">The House resumed on September 12, for Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark to table the revamped Bill 31, <em>Efficient Local Government Act</em>. Bill 31 was introduced in response to an Ontario Superior Court judge's determination that Bill 5 violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It invoked Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the notwithstanding clause, to reduce the number of City of Toronto wards and councillors to 25 before the October 22 election. Debate on Bill 31 was no longer required when a three-judge panel on Ontario's highest court granted a stay on the Bill 5<strong> </strong>ruling. Government House Leader Todd Smith said Bill 31 will remain on the order paper, but there is no plan to debate or vote on it. Bill 5 will be back in the Court of Appeal for Ontario in November. The City of Toronto and several private citizens and former council candidates will take part.</p><p class="ExternalClass42D18501F5714906A98A4FBA95ECAA78">The nomination period in Toronto opened again on September 20 and 21 to ensure no incumbents or prospective councillors or trustees were left out of the race. The government will sit again until a scheduled Thanksgiving constituency week.<em> </em><br></p><p class="ExternalClass42D18501F5714906A98A4FBA95ECAA78"><em>Opposition critics</em><br>New Democratic Party of Ontario: MPP Marit Stiles (Davenport) becomes the party's new Education Critic. Prior to being elected in the recent provincial election, Ms. Stiles was a trustee with the Toronto District School Board.<br><br>Liberal Party of Ontario: MPP Kathleen Wynne (Don Valley West).<br><strong> </strong><br><em>Current Party Standings</em><br>PC Party of Ontario - 76 <br>Ontario NDP - 40<br>Ontario Liberal Party - 7              <br>Green Party of Ontario – 1</p><p class="ExternalClass42D18501F5714906A98A4FBA95ECAA78"><em>School Board Governance – Update </em><br>Four regulations have been updated and filed:</p><div class="ExternalClass42D18501F5714906A98A4FBA95ECAA78"><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li><a title="Regulation 246/18 Member of School Boards – Code of Conduct" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/180246" target="_blank">Regulation 246/18 Member of School Boards – Code of Conduct</a> <br>This regulation requires all school boards to adopt a code of conduct for Trustees by no later than May 15, 2019. In addition, all Trustee codes of conduct must now be made available to the public. If a school board already has a Trustee code of conduct, it must review it by May 15, 2019 and every school board must review its Trustee code of conduct by May 15 every fourth year thereafter. The Ministry had announced the creation of a working group to look at minimum standard to be included in a policy. <br></li></ol></div><p><em>Update: There is currently no direction if this work group will be established. OPSBA will continue to monitor for developments.</em></p><ol start="2" style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li><a title="Ontario Regulation 7/07 Student Trustees" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/070007?search=student+trustees" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 7/07 Student Trustees</a> <br>This regulation allows student trustees to have one or two year terms, staggered terms and moves their election date to the end of February. </li></ol><ol start="3" style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li><a title="Ontario Regulation 357/06 Honoraria for Board Members" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/060357" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 357/06 Honoraria for Board Members</a> <br>This regulation includes the increased base amount for all trustees. It also directs compensation to appointed Section 68 school board trustees. A working group will be established to review the honoraria formula and OPSBA will be a part of that discussion. <br></li></ol><p><em>Update: On August 24, the government issued memo B 14 - Update: Education Funding for 2018–19. The memo contains information about new initiatives and programs, as well as "Efficiencies and Redistributions for 2018–19." Included in this section are changes to executive compensation (previously announced) and trustee honoraria. With regards to honoraria the memo states: </em><br><em> </em><br><em>"Compensation adjustments are being suspended until the new government can conduct a review and put in place an appropriate expenditure management strategy. As a result, the ministry will not be increasing the base amount for the school board trustees' honorarium as announced in the 2018–19 GSN memo (2018:B06). The base amount for district school board trustees will remain at $5,900. The ministry may review trustee honoraria in the future. In addition, the ministry will not be providing the trustees of Section 68 School Authorities an honorarium as announced in the 2018–19 Section 68 SB Memo (2018: SB13)."</em></p><p>OPSBA will be following up with the Ministry's governance branch following the completion of the line-by-line audit and its recommendations. </p><ol start="4" style="list-style-type:decimal;"><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> <br>This regulation has a longer implementation date (next term 2022) before it becomes into effect. It will allow 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." Distance, weather, and health-related issues are also considered. <br></li></ol><p><em>Provincial Education Reform Consultation</em><br><a title="Consultation: Education in Ontario" href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents" target="_blank"><em>Consultation: Education in Ontario</em> </a>was launched on September 28. This is the first piece of this consultation. It includes an online submission form. Information regarding a separate online survey for more feedback and telephone town halls will be announced in the coming weeks. </p><p>The Ministry of Education reissued the 2010 curriculum for Grades 1 – 8 as an interim version to be used until a new curriculum is created. The government said it will also release a compendium to the current math curriculum that will allow teachers to move away from Discovery Math towards traditional memorization techniques. <br><em> </em><br><em>Ontario Government Planning for Prosperity Online Consultation</em><br>On August 29, 2018, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy announced a three week online public consultation, called Planning for Prosperity. It ran from August 29, 2018 to September 21, 2018, to complement the government's current line-by-line review of all government programs and services. The survey focused on eight areas: Children's and Social Services, Education, Environment and Resources, Economic Development, General Government and Other Services, Health, Justice and Postsecondary and Training. It also included an opportunity for people to provide up to three ideas or suggestions to improve the delivery of programs and services. </p><p>On September 25, the government released the results of its line-by-line review of government spending in a report entitled: <a title="Managing Transformation – A Modernization Action Plan for Ontario" href="https://files.ontario.ca/ey_report_2018_en.pdf?_ga=2.68275345.1841666411.1537902259-52072070.1493739572" target="_blank"><em>Managing Transformation – A Modernization Action Plan for Ontario</em></a>.</p><p>Feedback from the online public consultation, which gave the public an opportunity to rank the importance of eight areas of programs and services, including education, were reflected in the 'transformational opportunities' suggested in the Plan. There were apparently over 15,000 submissions. Key themes that emerged from the public responses to the consultation include:</p><ul><li>Programs and Services - Improving existing ones, exploring better ways to deliver them,  combining them where appropriate, and closing out the ones that do not achieve outcomes;</li><li>Increasing the voice of stakeholders in decision-making; and</li><li>Making government spending more transparent, while paying down the provincial debt.<br></li></ul><div> <br>The Managing Transformation report includes an analysis of government spending from 2002/03 to 2017/18, an overview of direct and transfer payment spending in five major sectors including education and recommendations to improve value for money spent and tracking investment results.</div><p><em>Bill 36, Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018 </em><br><a title="Bill 36" href="https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-36" target="_blank">This bill was introduced</a> on Attorney General Caroline Mulroney on September 27, 2018. Bill 36 would allow private retail stores to be open for business by April 1, 2019. The province will also create "distance buffers" between stores and schools and this is to be determined by regulation. The federal legalization date is October 17, 2018, and this bill is expected to move fairly quickly through the legislative process. OPSBA will review the bill's contents for educational impacts, including the location of retail stores near schools and where cannabis can be consumed.<strong><em> </em></strong></p><h3>Finance</h3><p> Updates were provided on the followings issues related to education funding:</p><p><em>Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund</em><br><em> </em>The $100 million designated for 2018-19 was cancelled as of July 5, 2018.  As such, school boards were told not to enter into any further related contracts after July 3, 2018. The Ministry will cover the costs incurred if school boards have entered into contractual agreements for capital works on or before July 3, 2018. School boards with projects that are in the planning and design stage, and have not entered into contractual agreements for capital works on or before July 3, 2018, may choose to proceed with these projects only with their other existing funding allocations.</p><p><em>2018-19 Grants for Student Needs</em><br><em> </em>On March 26, 2018, the Ministry of Education released memo B06 – Grants for Student Needs. Highlights are available on <a title="OPSBA Review of 2018-19 GSNs" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Review%20of%202018-19%20GSN.pdf" target="_blank">the OPSBA website</a>.</p><p><em>Benefits Technical Advisory Committee</em><br><em> </em>Through the 2017-18 GSN the Ministry announced the establishment of a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to discuss a go-forward approach to funding benefits within the GSN. The TAC is reviewing all benefits, including Statutory, Health, Life, and Dental. The TAC includes school business officials and financial experts from the Trustee Associations. OPSBA has designated two Senior Business Officials to represent the association on this technical advisory committee. The committee is meeting throughout the school year.</p><p>A summary of B and SB memoranda is available on <a title="OPSBA Summary of B & SB Memoranda" href="/advocacy-and-action/education-funding/b-sb-memoranda" target="_blank">the OPSBA website.</a></p><h3>Indigenous Trustees' Council (ITC)</h3><p><strong><em> </em></strong>Chief Elaine Johnston, Chair of OPSBA's Indigenous Trustees' Council, provided a report that included updates on the following:</p><p><em>Cancellation of the Curriculum Writing Sessions of Four Indigenous Studies Courses</em><br><em> </em>Following the government's cancellation of summer curriculum writing sessions, the ITC has asked OPSBA's incoming ITC Staff Advisor, Sean Monteith, to draft a letter on its behalf to submit to the Minister asking for clear and definable actions related to the cancellations. </p><p><em>Role and Capacity of Indigenous Trustees</em><br><em> </em>The ITC Staff Advisor reported on research into the range of the role and capacity of Indigenous Trustees from a provincial perspective. It is clear that the role is wide and varied. Given that the Staff Advisor will be working with his Board (the Keewatin Patricia District School Board) this fall to completely rewrite their policy on Trustees to Represent the Interests of Indigenous Students, it was agreed once that new policy is approved, it would be shared with the ITC.<br></p><h3>Communications and Media Relations</h3><p> Updates on recent OPSBA communications issues were provided. There has been some media activity involving OPSBA since the June Board of Directors meeting, which can be found <a title="OPSBA in the Media" href="/Media%20Desk/opsba-in-the-media" target="_blank">on the OPSBA website</a>. OPSBA sent out four news releases since the previous board meeting:</p><p>September 26, 2018 - <a title="OPSBA Media Release, Sept. 26, 2018" href="/Media%20and%20Resources/before-you-vote-get-to-know-your-local-trustee-candidates" target="_blank">Before you vote - get to know your local trustee candidates</a><br> June 4, 2018 – <a title="OPSBA Media Release, Jun. 4, 2018" href="/Media%20Desk/Pages/OPSBA-extends-congratulations-to-new-PC-government.aspx" target="_blank">Cathy Abraham elected President of OPSBA</a><br> June 8, 2018 – <a title="OPSBA Media Release, Jun. 8, 2018" href="/Media%20Desk/Pages/OPSBA-extends-congratulations-to-new-PC-government.aspx" target="_blank">OPSBA extends congratulations to new PC government</a><br> July 6, 2018 – <a title="OPSBA Media Release, Jul. 6, 2018" href="https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/new-csba-president-and-vice-president-acclaimed-687495311.html?tc=eml_mycnw" target="_blank">New CSBA President and Vice-President Acclaimed</a></p><p>OPSBA also released three media statements on Twitter during the summer months:<br><strong><em> </em></strong><br>August 22, 2018 – <a title="OPSBA Media Release on Twitter, Aug. 22, 2018" href="https://twitter.com/OPSBA/status/1032385505290158081" target="_blank">Education Reform Consultation</a> <br>August 14, 2018 – <a title="OPSBA Media Release on Twitter, Aug. 14, 2018" href="https://twitter.com/OPSBA/status/1029723498300760064" target="_blank">Executive Compensation</a><br>July 9, 2018 – <a title="OPSBA Media Release on Twitter, Jul. 9,, 2018" href="https://twitter.com/OPSBA/status/1016483792419213312" target="_blank">Cancellation of Truth and Reconciliation Writing Sessions</a> <br><br>Communications support was also provided for issues and projects including:<br></p><ul><li>The Canadian School Boards Association <a title="CSBA website" href="http://cdnsba.org/" target="_blank">website </a>and <a title="CSBA twitter account" href="https://twitter.com/cdnsba" target="_blank">Twitter account</a></li><li><span lang="EN-US"><a title="The 2018 Ontario Provincial Election" href="/Pages/Resources%20for%20the%202018%20Ontario%20Provincial%20Election.aspx">The 2018 Ontario Provincial Election</a></span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"><a title="The 2018 OPSBA AGM and Program" href="/events-and-publications/agm-program">The 2018 OPSBA AGM and Program</a></span></li><li><a title="FSL Labour Market Partnership" href="/advocacy-and-action/the-whole-child-student-well-being/fsl">FSL Labour Market Partnership</a></li><li><a title="2018 Municipal and School Board Elections" href="/Pages/2018%20Municipal%20and%20School%20Board%20Elections.aspx" target="_blank">2018 Municipal and School Board Elections</a> </li></ul><h3>Accessible Education</h3><p><strong><em> </em></strong><em>Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) New Policy and Recommendations on Accessible Education</em><br><strong><em> </em></strong>On August 29, the OHRC released a new policy and recommendations on accessible education. This policy and recommendations provide the education sector, which includes primary, secondary and post-secondary education providers, the Commission's advice on how to meet legal obligations under Ontario's Human Rights Code. The recommendations set out actions that the government, school boards, schools and post-secondary institutions should take that the OHRC says will make the education system inclusive, function effectively and allow students with disabilities to thrive. Of the 29 recommendations, eight are specifically aimed at school boards and private educational providers. The full policy and additional 21 recommendations can be found at <a title="OHRC - New policy and recommendations on accessible education" href="http://ohrc.on.ca/en/news_centre/ohrc-releases-new-policy-and-recommendations-accessible-education" target="_blank">http://ohrc.on.ca/en/news_centre/ohrc-releases-new-policy-and-recommendations-accessible-education</a>. OPSBA staff are seeking feedback from member boards to determine what in the recommendations is currently standard school board practice, what boards require in order to comply and if a response to the OHRC is necessary. </p><h3>Program Policy Update</h3><p> A summary of Ministry meetings, workgroups and program-related announcements was provided. Information shared included updates on the following:<br><em> </em><br><em>EQAO</em><br><em> </em>In September, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released highlights of the provincial-level results from its 2017–2018 Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (Grades 1–3), Junior Division (Grades 4–6), the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics and the OSSLT. At the elementary level, math results have continued in a downward trend over a 5-year period. Since 2013 reading results have improved at the elementary level, while writing has declined in Grade 3, with a slight increase at the Grade 6 level. There is no significant difference in the results in elementary mathematics, reading or writing from the 2016-17 or 2015-16 results. The secondary OSSLT and provincial Grade 9 EQAO mathematics assessment did also not see significant changes from the past two years.</p><p><em>Health and Physical Education Curriculum</em><br><em> </em>The initial announcement by the government to return to the 1998 Health and Physical Education Curriculum led to a <a title="OPSBA response" href="/Pages/Health%20and%20Physical%20Education%20Curriculum.aspx">response by OPSBA</a> and every OPSBA member board. Other education sector partners were equally engaged in providing very consistent feedback. Student safety, human rights, equity, inclusion, professional development needs and expediting the consultation process were cornerstones of the feedback. OPSBA was clear in asking for a status quo position on the 2015 curriculum for both the elementary and secondary panel. There were no opportunities made available to meet or discuss this issue.</p><p><em>Mathematics Curriculum</em><br><em><strong> </strong></em>The Ministry of Education has released a <a title="Teacher's Guide - Math" href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/teachers-math-guide.html" target="_blank">teacher's guide</a> and a <a title="Parent fact sheet" href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/parents-math-guide.html" target="_blank">parent fact sheet</a> that highlighted the fundamental math concepts and skills in the current curriculum. This does not represent new content. Some of the concepts and skills include working with numbers, recognizing number properties, mastering math facts, developing mental math skills and developing proficiency with operations. The ministry has also requested that school boards focus their numeracy professional activity (PA) day, which is one of three mandatory PA days, on fundamental math skills. To maximize impact, all boards have been asked to schedule this PA day before the Winter Break begins.</p><p><em>Ontario Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health</em><br><em> </em>The steering committee has met to discuss engagement strategies and the necessity to reintroduce the Ontario Coalition to the new government. The Coalition has sent letters to each of the Ministers of Training Colleges and Universities, Health, Education and Children, Community and Social Services to request a meeting. This year the Coalition has added the student alliance organizations from colleges and universities to strengthen the student voice from elementary through to post-secondary settings.</p><p><em>OACAS Public Engagement, Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement Strategic Council</em><br><em> </em>In our continuing partnership discussions with the Ontario Association of Children's Aids Societies (OACAS), OPSBA has been asked to join the OACAS Public Engagement, Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement Strategic Council. OACAS is continuing with its annual Dress Purple Day Campaign to raise awareness about the rights of children and youth to safety and well-being, and the responsibility of adults and community services to help children, youth, and families who need support. This year OACAS has expanded the available resources to include middle and high school students. The prevention resources are evidence based and include lesson plans based on reasons for getting help, healthy and unhealthy relationships, self-esteem, and networks of support. Resources can be <a title="OACAS resources" href="http://www.oacas.org/dresspurpleday/" target="_blank">accessed here</a>.  </p><p><em> </em><br><em>Update on 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections Campaign from Ontario Education Services Corporation (OESC)</em><br><em> </em>OESC, on behalf of Ontario's four school board/trustee associations, has partnered with the Ministry of Education to develop a series of resources to support trustee candidates and communities in the upcoming Municipal and School Board Elections. In July 2018, OESC was directed by the ministry to pause work on these projects while the new government evaluated its priorities and resources. In August, OESC received the ministry's approval to carry on with pre-election resources. An update on each resource:</p><p><em>Centralized School Board Elections Website</em><br><em> </em>The hub for school board election information and trustee candidate information <a title="School board elections website" href="http://www.elections.ontarioschooltrustees.org/" target="_blank">elections.ontarioschooltrustees.org</a> has been revitalized for 2018.The site features profiles of trustee candidates running in all four school systems across the province. Candidate listings are now online and trustee candidates are welcome to submit their bios and photos for posting to <span style="text-decoration:underline;">trusteecandidateinfo@oesc-cseo.org</span>.  </p><p><em>Your Guide to Hosting a School Board Trustee All Candidates Meeting</em><br><em> </em>This resource is a guide for trustees, school boards and communities to encourage the organization of All Candidates Meetings in advance of the October 2018 Municipal & School Board Elections. </p><p><em>Public Education Resources</em><br><em> </em>OESC has created a series of posters and newspaper ads to encourage greater interest in the upcoming elections and promote the role of trustee. The resources have three themes: 1) to encourage individuals to run for trustee office; 2) to promote All Candidates Meetings and 3) to promote the importance of voting in Municipal and School Board Elections.</p><p>Making a Difference for Kids<em>: Running for Election as a School Board Trustee</em><br> This guidebook provides a user friendly overview of Ontario's education system, school boards and the role of trustees.​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=280
Legislative Update, October 1, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=279Legislative Update, October 1, 20182018-10-01T14:31:55Z<div class="ExternalClassF16031381A524B308D940FC51DAC0B8D"><h3><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Pink_Palace_Toronto_2010.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:200px;" />Provincial Education Reform Consultation </h3><p>On September 28, the Ministry of Education released their <a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents" title="Consultation:Education in Ontario" target="_blank">Consultation: Education in Ontario</a>. The release was the first piece of this consultation and includes an online submission form. Information regarding a separate online survey for more feedback and telephone town halls will be announced in the coming weeks. The first consultation asks for feedback and comments on the following areas:</p><ol><li>Improving student performance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM</li><li>Preparing students with needed job skills, such as skilled trades and coding</li><li>Improving provincial standardized testing</li><li>Ensuring students graduate with important life skills, including financial literacy</li><li>Managing the use of technology in classrooms, such as cell phones</li><li>Building a new age-appropriate Health and Physical Education curriculum that includes subjects like mental health, sexual health education and the legalization of cannabis</li><li>Developing the first-ever Parents’ Bill of Rights <br></li></ol><p>OPSBA will be reviewing the consultation document and questions, and sharing information with our members. OPSBA’s Policy Development and Education Program Work Teams will take the lead on the Association’s response. The deadline is December 15, 2018. <br></p><h3>Bill 36, <em>Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018</em> </h3><p>This bill was introduced by Attorney General Caroline Mulroney on September 27, 2018. <a title="Bill 36" href="https://www.ola.org/sites/default/files/node-files/bill/document/pdf/2018/2018-09/b036_e.pdf" target="_blank">Bill 36</a> would allow private retail stores to be open for business by April 1, 2019. Municipalities will have until January 22, 2019, to opt out of having stores in their communities. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will be the registrar for licences. There will also be a 15-day public consultation period for communities to weigh in on the location of stores, but the final decision will rest with the AGCO. The province will also create “distance buffers” between stores and schools - this is to be determined by regulation. The federal legalization date is October 17, 2018, and this bill is expected to move fairly quickly through the legislative process. OPSBA will review the bill’s contents for educational impacts, including the location of retail stores near schools and where cannabis can be consumed.​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=279

Oct 18
Legislative Update, October 18, 2018

Provincial Education Reform Consultation – Telephone Town Halls Begin Tomorrow!

On October 18, we were notified that the second component of the ministry’s education reform consultation will begin October 19 in the Northwestern region of the province. This component includes a series of 90 minute telephone town halls across Ontario. OPSBA has created a chart that lists the dates and locations for the town halls that will occur from October 19 to November 29, 2018. Please note there is more than one town hall scheduled in each region. 

Participation details

  • Participants are to provide their telephone number and email address to register for each session. This must be done by 4 p.m. the day before the town hall.
  • Participants will receive an email reminder about the telephone town hall the day before the call, or if the consultation session is cancelled.
  • Participants that don’t register, can try calling directly into the toll-free number: 1-800-385-0829.

The Ministry of Education’s Consultation: Education in Ontario includes an online submission form, telephone town halls, and a separate online survey to be released later.

Please note and remember: OPSBA’s Policy Development and Education Program Work Teams are taking the lead on the Association’s response. The work teams are meeting this month to review evidence-based information and past position statements regarding each question. OPSBA will prepare a resource for all member boards and trustees to consider when responding to the consultation well in advance of the December 15 deadline. 

Additional consultation details are available at https://www.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents

Bill 36, Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018

On October 17, Bill 36, Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, received Royal Assent shortly after 5 p.m. Deputy Minister Nancy Naylor sent a memo that provides an update on revised PPMs, links to fact sheets for parents and educators and links to other resources. The memo includes an appendix that provides a board-by-board breakdown of one-time funding provided by the Ministry of Education to support local training needs related to the legalization of recreational cannabis. On November 8, 2018, the ministry will host three Safe and Healthy Schools Webinars to provide information related to the legalization of recreational cannabis, including an overview of the policy revisions. 

OPSBA submission

Ministry webpage

Education Development Charge (EDC)

On October 15, 2018 the Ministry of Education issued memo B15, Temporary Cap on Education Development Charge Rates. The memo indicates the government’s intent to review the EDC policy framework and announced amendments made to Ontario Regulation 20/98 Education Development Charges – General. These changes will have a significant financial impact to several of our member boards. In particular, freezing the amount boards were able to charge developers to remain at the level existing in by-laws as of August 31, 2018. OPSBA has contacted the Minister’s office staff to express our concerns and will be connecting with member boards Senior Business Officials to fully capture the implications. We will also be asking to be part of any EDC review consultation as we had been seeking regulation changes to allow for more board flexibility with the use of EDC generated funds. 

EDC regulation

Oct 15
Health & Safety Training from the Public Services Health & Safety Association

The Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) provides health and safety training for the public services sector, including the education sector. 

Upcoming education sector sessions include Certification Part 2 Education Sector Specific Hazards Training and Certification, Part 2 General Workplace Specific Hazards Training and Effective Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC).

Click here to view upcoming health and safety training courses.

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Workplace Violence Risk Assessment Toolkit for the Education Sector

The PSHSA's Workplace Violence Risk Assessment Toolkit for the Education Sector is now available. The resource was created to protect education workers from workplace violence, prevent injuries and consequences resulting from acts of violence, and meet legal responsibilities for ensuring healthy and safe workplaces.

Established in 2009, the PSHSA is a not-for-profit association created by the amalgamation of three health and safety leaders – the Education Safety Association of Ontario, the Municipal Health and Safety Association and the Ontario Safety Association for Community and Healthcare. 

Oct 15
OPSBA in the Media, October 2018

Toronto District School Board poised for major turnover
Isabel Teotonio, The Star, Oct. 22, 2018
The Toronto District School Board is poised for a major turnover following Monday’s elections because about half of its trustees are newly-elected.
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OPSBA Media Release, OPSBA statement regarding seat belts on school buses, Oct. 15, 2018

Pressure increases on Ontario to ban vaping displays to protect teens from addiction
Rob Ferguson, The Star, Oct. 12, 2018
Pressure increased on the Ontario government to ban displays of vaping gear in convenience stores, where they can be seen by children and teens, as hearings on a bill setting the rules for sales of cannabis and vapour products drew to a close.
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Oct 12
Public Education Symposium 2019

OPSBA's 2019 Public Education Symposium (PES) will take place in Toronto, January 24 to 26.  PES is the premier professional learning event of the year for school board trustees and offers outstanding keynote speakers who are experts in their field, dynamic, stimulating and interactive sessions, opportunities to discuss the future of education and time to network with colleagues across the province. 

Trustees, Directors of Education, supervisory officers and student trustees are warmly encouraged to attend PES 2019.

Online Registration

Program Outline  

These are just some of the sessions being planned for you:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: MICHAEL "PINBALL" CLEMONS

PLENARY SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS
with time for discussion and Q. & A.

  • Parliamentary Procedures– both Basic and Advanced
  • Role of the Trustee, Role of the Chair, Relationships within School Boards
  • Code of Conduct, Conflict Resolution, Running Effective Meetings
  • Current Issues and Hot Topics in Education – Panel presentation
  • Liability and Legal Considerations for Trustees
  • Indigenous Education
  • Labour Relations
  • What Does OPSBA Do for You?  How can you get involved?  Professional Development Modules and Government Legislation

MORE to follow …
  • Online Registration to open in mid-October

BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM NOW:
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  • Phone:  1-888-627-7175
    Please quote: OPSBA Public Education Symposium 2019 or the group code OA30AB
Hotel cut-off date: January 7, 2019
Oct 12
Legislative Update, October 15, 2018

MPPs return to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on October 15, 2018. 

Bill 36, Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018

On October 11, OPSBA sent a submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. Clause-by-clause consideration will be held on October 15 and the bill (with amendments or not) will report back to the House on October 16, 2018. 

Attorney General Caroline Mulroney announced an advertising campaign aimed at educating youth about the risks and rules of recreational cannabis use. The campaign will begin the week of October 15 and include ads on social media, television, and the internet. Ontarians will be able to legally purchase recreational cannabis online exclusively on October 17 from the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) until April 2019 when the province expects retail stores to be open. The OCS has launched an education website to provide consumers with information to make informed choices. 

Municipal and School Board Elections – 10 Days until Voting Day – Monday, October 22, 2018

Advance Voting has begun for some municipalities. Be sure to check your local municipality’s website for advance voting dates, locations and hours. When voting in person, be sure to bring your voter ID card and/or proper identification showing your name and address. 

Also, school board candidates have until 9 a.m. on October 19 to submit their profiles to TrusteeCandidateInfo@oesc-cseo.org. Profile information should include: name, school board, ward, photo, a brief biography, email address and website address. 

Other Information

October 9, 2018 – News Release from the Office of the Premier:  Promises Made, Promises Kept: Ontario's Government for the People Marks 100 Days of Unprecedented Action

Oct 12
Ministry of Education Update, October 2018

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

OPSBA Summaries

2018 B Memoranda (funding policy, financial matters)

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

2017 B Memoranda

2017 SB Memoranda

Ministry of Education Memoranda

B and SB Memoranda

Oct 09
2019 Prime Minister's Awards Competition Now Open

2019PrimeMinistersAwards.jpgDo you know a terrific teacher or early childhood educator? Consider nominating them for a 2019 Prime Minister's Award! This program honours innovative and outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers and early childhood educators who are helping prepare Canadian youth for the challenges of tomorrow.

Looking for inspiration? Check out previous teaching and early childhood education award recipients.

2019 nomination packages are now available at www.pma.gc.ca. The nomination deadline is January 14, 2019 (23:59 Pacific time).

Oct 09
Legislative Update, October 9, 2018

MPPs have a constituency week following Thanksgiving and will return to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on October 15, 2018. 

Provincial Education Reform Consultation

On September 28, the Ministry of Education released its Consultation: Education in Ontario. This online submission form was the first piece of this consultation with a separate online survey and telephone town halls to be scheduled later.

OPSBA’s Policy Development and Education Program Work Teams are taking the lead on the Association’s response. The work teams are meeting this month to review evidence-based information and past position statements regarding each question. OPSBA will prepare a resource for all member boards and trustees to consider when responding to the consultation, well in advance of the December 15 deadline.

Memo from Deputy Minister Nancy Naylor 

Trustee Honorarium – Tax Exemption for Non-accountable Expense Allowances

On October 1, the Canada Revenue agency sent a Q&A memo, "What you need to know: Changes to the Non-accountable allowances," to stakeholders. 

Bill 36, Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018

On October 4, this bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. Public hearings will occur on October 11 and October 12 with written submissions due on October 12. OPSBA will be sending a submission for this new bill and its proposed amendments. Both work teams will be reviewing key points for our submission. Key issues include the development of a regulation for distances between schools and retail sites; the need for local decision making with municipal partners and key community stakeholders, public consumption; a call for a public awareness campaign that includes youth prevention; and additional educational supports and resources. The bill will report back to the House on October 16, 2018 – the day before the federal legalization date. This bill was introduced by Attorney General Caroline Mulroney on September 27, 2018. 

OPSBA's previous submission on Bill 174, Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017 

Those wishing to be considered by the Committee to make an oral presentation should provide their contact name, mailing address, phone number, and email address to the Clerk of the Committee by 5 p.m. on October 5, 2018. Those who do not wish to make an oral presentation but wish to comment on the Bill may send a written submission to the Clerk of the Committee by 12 p.m. on October 12, 2018. The clerk, Eric Rennie, can be reached at: comm-socialpolicy@ola.org. 


Oct 03
OPSBA Board of Directors Meeting – September 28 and 29, 2018

The OPSBA Board of Directors held a meeting on September 28 and 29, 2018, in Toronto. OPSBA President Cathy Abraham gave an acknowledgement that the meeting was being held on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the Métis Nation.

Representatives from the Ontario School Trustees Association (OSTA-AECO) joined the Board of Directors on Saturday morning to provide a presentation.

Education policy and program issues that were discussed at the meeting are summarized below.

Legislative and Government Relations

The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, led by Doug Ford, was the winner of the provincial election held on June 7, 2018. Lisa Thompson (MPP Huron-Bruce) was named Minister of Education and Sam Oosterhoff (MPP Niagara West) her Parliamentary Assistant. Nancy Naylor is the new Deputy Minister of Education, replacing the now-retired Bruce Rodrigues.

Summer and Fall Sessions
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario opened the first session on July 11, 2018, and rose after Tuesday, August 14, 2018. The main pieces of work included Bill 2, Urgent Priorities Act, 2018 and Bill 5, Better Local Government Act, 2018.

The House resumed on September 12, for Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark to table the revamped Bill 31, Efficient Local Government Act. Bill 31 was introduced in response to an Ontario Superior Court judge's determination that Bill 5 violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It invoked Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the notwithstanding clause, to reduce the number of City of Toronto wards and councillors to 25 before the October 22 election. Debate on Bill 31 was no longer required when a three-judge panel on Ontario's highest court granted a stay on the Bill 5 ruling. Government House Leader Todd Smith said Bill 31 will remain on the order paper, but there is no plan to debate or vote on it. Bill 5 will be back in the Court of Appeal for Ontario in November. The City of Toronto and several private citizens and former council candidates will take part.

The nomination period in Toronto opened again on September 20 and 21 to ensure no incumbents or prospective councillors or trustees were left out of the race. The government will sit again until a scheduled Thanksgiving constituency week. 

Opposition critics
New Democratic Party of Ontario: MPP Marit Stiles (Davenport) becomes the party's new Education Critic. Prior to being elected in the recent provincial election, Ms. Stiles was a trustee with the Toronto District School Board.

Liberal Party of Ontario: MPP Kathleen Wynne (Don Valley West).
 
Current Party Standings
PC Party of Ontario - 76
Ontario NDP - 40
Ontario Liberal Party - 7             
Green Party of Ontario – 1

School Board Governance – Update
Four regulations have been updated and filed:

  1. Regulation 246/18 Member of School Boards – Code of Conduct
    This regulation requires all school boards to adopt a code of conduct for Trustees by no later than May 15, 2019. In addition, all Trustee codes of conduct must now be made available to the public. If a school board already has a Trustee code of conduct, it must review it by May 15, 2019 and every school board must review its Trustee code of conduct by May 15 every fourth year thereafter. The Ministry had announced the creation of a working group to look at minimum standard to be included in a policy. 

Update: There is currently no direction if this work group will be established. OPSBA will continue to monitor for developments.

  1. Ontario Regulation 7/07 Student Trustees
    This regulation allows student trustees to have one or two year terms, staggered terms and moves their election date to the end of February. 
  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. A working group will be established to review the honoraria formula and OPSBA will be a part of that discussion. 

Update: On August 24, the government issued memo B 14 - Update: Education Funding for 2018–19. The memo contains information about new initiatives and programs, as well as "Efficiencies and Redistributions for 2018–19." Included in this section are changes to executive compensation (previously announced) and trustee honoraria. With regards to honoraria the memo states: 
 
"Compensation adjustments are being suspended until the new government can conduct a review and put in place an appropriate expenditure management strategy. As a result, the ministry will not be increasing the base amount for the school board trustees' honorarium as announced in the 2018–19 GSN memo (2018:B06). The base amount for district school board trustees will remain at $5,900. The ministry may review trustee honoraria in the future. In addition, the ministry will not be providing the trustees of Section 68 School Authorities an honorarium as announced in the 2018–19 Section 68 SB Memo (2018: SB13)."

OPSBA will be following up with the Ministry's governance branch following the completion of the line-by-line audit and its recommendations.

  1. Ontario Regulation 463/97 Electronic Meeting
    This regulation has a longer implementation date (next term 2022) before it becomes into effect. It will allow 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." Distance, weather, and health-related issues are also considered. 

Provincial Education Reform Consultation
Consultation: Education in Ontario was launched on September 28. This is the first piece of this consultation. It includes an online submission form. Information regarding a separate online survey for more feedback and telephone town halls will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Ministry of Education reissued the 2010 curriculum for Grades 1 – 8 as an interim version to be used until a new curriculum is created. The government said it will also release a compendium to the current math curriculum that will allow teachers to move away from Discovery Math towards traditional memorization techniques.
 
Ontario Government Planning for Prosperity Online Consultation
On August 29, 2018, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy announced a three week online public consultation, called Planning for Prosperity. It ran from August 29, 2018 to September 21, 2018, to complement the government's current line-by-line review of all government programs and services. The survey focused on eight areas: Children's and Social Services, Education, Environment and Resources, Economic Development, General Government and Other Services, Health, Justice and Postsecondary and Training. It also included an opportunity for people to provide up to three ideas or suggestions to improve the delivery of programs and services.

On September 25, the government released the results of its line-by-line review of government spending in a report entitled: Managing Transformation – A Modernization Action Plan for Ontario.

Feedback from the online public consultation, which gave the public an opportunity to rank the importance of eight areas of programs and services, including education, were reflected in the 'transformational opportunities' suggested in the Plan. There were apparently over 15,000 submissions. Key themes that emerged from the public responses to the consultation include:

  • Programs and Services - Improving existing ones, exploring better ways to deliver them,  combining them where appropriate, and closing out the ones that do not achieve outcomes;
  • Increasing the voice of stakeholders in decision-making; and
  • Making government spending more transparent, while paying down the provincial debt.
 
The Managing Transformation report includes an analysis of government spending from 2002/03 to 2017/18, an overview of direct and transfer payment spending in five major sectors including education and recommendations to improve value for money spent and tracking investment results.

Bill 36, Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018
This bill was introduced on Attorney General Caroline Mulroney on September 27, 2018. Bill 36 would allow private retail stores to be open for business by April 1, 2019. The province will also create "distance buffers" between stores and schools and this is to be determined by regulation. The federal legalization date is October 17, 2018, and this bill is expected to move fairly quickly through the legislative process. OPSBA will review the bill's contents for educational impacts, including the location of retail stores near schools and where cannabis can be consumed. 

Finance

Updates were provided on the followings issues related to education funding:

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund
The $100 million designated for 2018-19 was cancelled as of July 5, 2018.  As such, school boards were told not to enter into any further related contracts after July 3, 2018. The Ministry will cover the costs incurred if school boards have entered into contractual agreements for capital works on or before July 3, 2018. School boards with projects that are in the planning and design stage, and have not entered into contractual agreements for capital works on or before July 3, 2018, may choose to proceed with these projects only with their other existing funding allocations.

2018-19 Grants for Student Needs
On March 26, 2018, the Ministry of Education released memo B06 – Grants for Student Needs. Highlights are available on the OPSBA website.

Benefits Technical Advisory Committee
Through the 2017-18 GSN the Ministry announced the establishment of a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to discuss a go-forward approach to funding benefits within the GSN. The TAC is reviewing all benefits, including Statutory, Health, Life, and Dental. The TAC includes school business officials and financial experts from the Trustee Associations. OPSBA has designated two Senior Business Officials to represent the association on this technical advisory committee. The committee is meeting throughout the school year.

A summary of B and SB memoranda is available on the OPSBA website.

Indigenous Trustees' Council (ITC)

Chief Elaine Johnston, Chair of OPSBA's Indigenous Trustees' Council, provided a report that included updates on the following:

Cancellation of the Curriculum Writing Sessions of Four Indigenous Studies Courses
Following the government's cancellation of summer curriculum writing sessions, the ITC has asked OPSBA's incoming ITC Staff Advisor, Sean Monteith, to draft a letter on its behalf to submit to the Minister asking for clear and definable actions related to the cancellations.

Role and Capacity of Indigenous Trustees
The ITC Staff Advisor reported on research into the range of the role and capacity of Indigenous Trustees from a provincial perspective. It is clear that the role is wide and varied. Given that the Staff Advisor will be working with his Board (the Keewatin Patricia District School Board) this fall to completely rewrite their policy on Trustees to Represent the Interests of Indigenous Students, it was agreed once that new policy is approved, it would be shared with the ITC.

Communications and Media Relations

Updates on recent OPSBA communications issues were provided. There has been some media activity involving OPSBA since the June Board of Directors meeting, which can be found on the OPSBA website. OPSBA sent out four news releases since the previous board meeting:

September 26, 2018 - Before you vote - get to know your local trustee candidates
June 4, 2018 – Cathy Abraham elected President of OPSBA
June 8, 2018 – OPSBA extends congratulations to new PC government
July 6, 2018 – New CSBA President and Vice-President Acclaimed

OPSBA also released three media statements on Twitter during the summer months:
 
August 22, 2018 – Education Reform Consultation
August 14, 2018 – Executive Compensation
July 9, 2018 – Cancellation of Truth and Reconciliation Writing Sessions

Communications support was also provided for issues and projects including:

Accessible Education

Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) New Policy and Recommendations on Accessible Education
On August 29, the OHRC released a new policy and recommendations on accessible education. This policy and recommendations provide the education sector, which includes primary, secondary and post-secondary education providers, the Commission's advice on how to meet legal obligations under Ontario's Human Rights Code. The recommendations set out actions that the government, school boards, schools and post-secondary institutions should take that the OHRC says will make the education system inclusive, function effectively and allow students with disabilities to thrive. Of the 29 recommendations, eight are specifically aimed at school boards and private educational providers. The full policy and additional 21 recommendations can be found at http://ohrc.on.ca/en/news_centre/ohrc-releases-new-policy-and-recommendations-accessible-education. OPSBA staff are seeking feedback from member boards to determine what in the recommendations is currently standard school board practice, what boards require in order to comply and if a response to the OHRC is necessary.

Program Policy Update

A summary of Ministry meetings, workgroups and program-related announcements was provided. Information shared included updates on the following:

EQAO
In September, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released highlights of the provincial-level results from its 2017–2018 Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (Grades 1–3), Junior Division (Grades 4–6), the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics and the OSSLT. At the elementary level, math results have continued in a downward trend over a 5-year period. Since 2013 reading results have improved at the elementary level, while writing has declined in Grade 3, with a slight increase at the Grade 6 level. There is no significant difference in the results in elementary mathematics, reading or writing from the 2016-17 or 2015-16 results. The secondary OSSLT and provincial Grade 9 EQAO mathematics assessment did also not see significant changes from the past two years.

Health and Physical Education Curriculum
The initial announcement by the government to return to the 1998 Health and Physical Education Curriculum led to a response by OPSBA and every OPSBA member board. Other education sector partners were equally engaged in providing very consistent feedback. Student safety, human rights, equity, inclusion, professional development needs and expediting the consultation process were cornerstones of the feedback. OPSBA was clear in asking for a status quo position on the 2015 curriculum for both the elementary and secondary panel. There were no opportunities made available to meet or discuss this issue.

Mathematics Curriculum
The Ministry of Education has released a teacher's guide and a parent fact sheet that highlighted the fundamental math concepts and skills in the current curriculum. This does not represent new content. Some of the concepts and skills include working with numbers, recognizing number properties, mastering math facts, developing mental math skills and developing proficiency with operations. The ministry has also requested that school boards focus their numeracy professional activity (PA) day, which is one of three mandatory PA days, on fundamental math skills. To maximize impact, all boards have been asked to schedule this PA day before the Winter Break begins.

Ontario Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health
The steering committee has met to discuss engagement strategies and the necessity to reintroduce the Ontario Coalition to the new government. The Coalition has sent letters to each of the Ministers of Training Colleges and Universities, Health, Education and Children, Community and Social Services to request a meeting. This year the Coalition has added the student alliance organizations from colleges and universities to strengthen the student voice from elementary through to post-secondary settings.

OACAS Public Engagement, Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement Strategic Council
In our continuing partnership discussions with the Ontario Association of Children's Aids Societies (OACAS), OPSBA has been asked to join the OACAS Public Engagement, Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement Strategic Council. OACAS is continuing with its annual Dress Purple Day Campaign to raise awareness about the rights of children and youth to safety and well-being, and the responsibility of adults and community services to help children, youth, and families who need support. This year OACAS has expanded the available resources to include middle and high school students. The prevention resources are evidence based and include lesson plans based on reasons for getting help, healthy and unhealthy relationships, self-esteem, and networks of support. Resources can be accessed here

 
Update on 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections Campaign from Ontario Education Services Corporation (OESC)
OESC, on behalf of Ontario's four school board/trustee associations, has partnered with the Ministry of Education to develop a series of resources to support trustee candidates and communities in the upcoming Municipal and School Board Elections. In July 2018, OESC was directed by the ministry to pause work on these projects while the new government evaluated its priorities and resources. In August, OESC received the ministry's approval to carry on with pre-election resources. An update on each resource:

Centralized School Board Elections Website
The hub for school board election information and trustee candidate information elections.ontarioschooltrustees.org has been revitalized for 2018.The site features profiles of trustee candidates running in all four school systems across the province. Candidate listings are now online and trustee candidates are welcome to submit their bios and photos for posting to trusteecandidateinfo@oesc-cseo.org.  

Your Guide to Hosting a School Board Trustee All Candidates Meeting
This resource is a guide for trustees, school boards and communities to encourage the organization of All Candidates Meetings in advance of the October 2018 Municipal & School Board Elections.

Public Education Resources
OESC has created a series of posters and newspaper ads to encourage greater interest in the upcoming elections and promote the role of trustee. The resources have three themes: 1) to encourage individuals to run for trustee office; 2) to promote All Candidates Meetings and 3) to promote the importance of voting in Municipal and School Board Elections.

Making a Difference for Kids: Running for Election as a School Board Trustee
This guidebook provides a user friendly overview of Ontario's education system, school boards and the role of trustees.​

Oct 01
Legislative Update, October 1, 2018

Provincial Education Reform Consultation

On September 28, the Ministry of Education released their Consultation: Education in Ontario. The release was the first piece of this consultation and includes an online submission form. Information regarding a separate online survey for more feedback and telephone town halls will be announced in the coming weeks. The first consultation asks for feedback and comments on the following areas:

  1. Improving student performance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM
  2. Preparing students with needed job skills, such as skilled trades and coding
  3. Improving provincial standardized testing
  4. Ensuring students graduate with important life skills, including financial literacy
  5. Managing the use of technology in classrooms, such as cell phones
  6. Building a new age-appropriate Health and Physical Education curriculum that includes subjects like mental health, sexual health education and the legalization of cannabis
  7. Developing the first-ever Parents’ Bill of Rights 

OPSBA will be reviewing the consultation document and questions, and sharing information with our members. OPSBA’s Policy Development and Education Program Work Teams will take the lead on the Association’s response. The deadline is December 15, 2018. 

Bill 36, Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018

This bill was introduced by Attorney General Caroline Mulroney on September 27, 2018. Bill 36 would allow private retail stores to be open for business by April 1, 2019. Municipalities will have until January 22, 2019, to opt out of having stores in their communities. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will be the registrar for licences. There will also be a 15-day public consultation period for communities to weigh in on the location of stores, but the final decision will rest with the AGCO. The province will also create “distance buffers” between stores and schools - this is to be determined by regulation. The federal legalization date is October 17, 2018, and this bill is expected to move fairly quickly through the legislative process. OPSBA will review the bill’s contents for educational impacts, including the location of retail stores near schools and where cannabis can be consumed.​

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