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Legislative Update, February 19, 2019http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=313Legislative Update, February 19, 20192019-02-19T15:08:39Z<div class="ExternalClass5B54AD093A224AA69D3217CE21021D83"><p class="ExternalClass797DDD8E8A6C4CFCAF7327AAC1BC5217"><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Pink_Palace_Toronto_2010.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:200px;" />The Legislative Assembly of Ontario returns February 19, 2019. Following is an update on legislation that OPSBA is monitoring and other recent items. </p><h3 class="ExternalClass797DDD8E8A6C4CFCAF7327AAC1BC5217"><a title="Bill 66" href="https://www.ola.org/sites/default/files/node-files/bill/document/pdf/2018/2018-12/b066_e.pdf" target="_blank">Bill 66, <em>Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act</em></a> </h3><p class="ExternalClass797DDD8E8A6C4CFCAF7327AAC1BC5217">On December 6, Economic Development Minister Todd Smith introduced Bill 66, <em>Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act.</em> The omnibus bill includes changes to 12 different ministries and proposes to change business regulations relating to toxic chemicals, employment standards, child care caps, safety in assembly plants, pawnbrokers, food safety testing, wireless cellphone contracts, agriculture, water extraction permits, wastewater treatment, private career colleges and more. OPSBA is reviewing the proposed changes to the <em>Education Act</em> and the <em>Child Care and Early Years Act</em>.<br><strong>Current Status:</strong> First Reading <br></p><h3 class="ExternalClass797DDD8E8A6C4CFCAF7327AAC1BC5217"><a title="Bill 56" href="https://www.ola.org/sites/default/files/node-files/bill/document/pdf/2018/2018-11/b056_e.pdf" target="_blank">Bill 56, <em>Keeping Students Safe on School Buses Act</em></a></h3><p class="ExternalClass797DDD8E8A6C4CFCAF7327AAC1BC5217">This bill was introduced on November 14 by Liberal education critic Kathleen Wynne. If passed, the legislation would make seat belts mandatory on forward-facing school bus seats by 2020.<br><strong>Current Status:</strong> Referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy </p><h3 class="ExternalClass797DDD8E8A6C4CFCAF7327AAC1BC5217"><a title="Bill 48" href="https://www.ola.org/sites/default/files/node-files/bill/document/pdf/2018/2018-10/b048_e.pdf" target="_blank">Bill 48, <em>Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act</em></a></h3><p class="ExternalClass797DDD8E8A6C4CFCAF7327AAC1BC5217">On October 25, Minister of Education Lisa Thompson introduced Bill 48, <em>Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act</em>. The legislation, if passed, would require teachers to pass a math test before getting licensed and would revoke teaching certificates from teachers disciplined by the profession’s regulatory body for committing sexual abuse against a student or child. The bill also proposes an amendment regarding the use of service animals in schools and classrooms. OPSBA will continue to review the proposed changes with the Policy Development and Education Program work teams.<br><strong>Current Status:</strong> Second Reading </p><h3 class="ExternalClass797DDD8E8A6C4CFCAF7327AAC1BC5217">Hiring Practices and Class Size Consultations</h3><p class="ExternalClass797DDD8E8A6C4CFCAF7327AAC1BC5217">Earlier this week, OPSBA provided the Ministry of Education with a submission for regulation consultation on Hiring Practices (<a title="O. Reg. 274/12" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/120274" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 274/12</a>) and Class Size (<a title="O. Reg. 132/13" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/120132" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 132/12</a>). Our submission was based on feedback after consulting with member boards via their trustees (at the Public Education Symposium session), HR leads (senior negotiators), the Association’s Labour Relations Steering Committee, senior staff input and past commentary. The consultation deadline is February 22, 2019. <br></p><h3 class="ExternalClass797DDD8E8A6C4CFCAF7327AAC1BC5217">Other information<br></h3><div class="ExternalClass797DDD8E8A6C4CFCAF7327AAC1BC5217"><ul><li>February 15, 2019: News Release - <a title="EQAO Welcomes Dr. Cameron Montgomery, Chair of Its Board of Directors" href="http://www.eqao.com/en/about_eqao/media_room/Pages/new-eqao-chair.aspx" target="_blank">EQAO Welcomes Dr. Cameron Montgomery, Chair of Its Board of Directors</a></li><li>February 6, 2019: News Release - <a title="Ontario Takes Decisive Action to Help More Families with Autism" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2019/02/ontario-takes-decisive-action-to-help-more-families-with-autism.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Takes Decisive Action to Help More Families with Autism</a></li><li>February 4, 2019: B04 Memo - <a title="Ministry Memo B04" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/B2019/B04_EN.pdf" target="_blank">Technical Details for the Release of EPO Funding to Support Executive Compensation</a></li><li>February 1, 2019: B05 Memo  - <a title="Ministry Memo B05" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/B2019/B05_EN.pdf" target="_blank">CUPE Violence Prevention Training</a></li><li>EQAO Memo - <a href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/WebconferenceTrusteeInvitation.png">Invitation to School Board Trustees - EQAO Web Conferences</a><span style="margin:0px;color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:georgia, serif;font-size:13.5pt;"> – </span>information about three upcoming web conferences to be held on March 18, March 19 and March 20, 2019. Registration deadline is March 8, 2019.​</li></ul></div></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=313
OPSBA in the Media, February 2019http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=312OPSBA in the Media, February 20192019-02-12T13:58:38Z<div class="ExternalClass394D4D4B7B4F4465A498ACE02F1920CA"><p><strong><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:212px;" />Ontario's New Autism Policy Will Overwhelm Schools, Advocate Says</strong><br><strong>Allison Jones, Canadian Press, Feb. 11, 2019</strong><br>TORONTO — Changes to Ontario's autism program are raising concerns that thousands of autistic children who will receive fewer hours of therapy will be pushed into schools unable to properly accommodate them.<br><a title="Ontario's New Autism Policy Will Overwhelm Schools, Advocate Says" href="https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2019/02/11/ontarios-new-autism-policy-will-overwhelm-schools-advocate-says_a_23667182/" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=312
Call for OPSBA Awards Nominationshttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=311Call for OPSBA Awards Nominations2019-02-05T14:51:38Z<div class="ExternalClass4115501AB0DE4103947FEA69C267EB95"><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Awards2018.JPG" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Lists/Posts/Post/Awards2018.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:200px;" />Know an amazing trustee, teacher, education worker, student or community member who deserves to be recognized for making a difference in their local school or community? </span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;">Nominations for our 2019 Awards are open! The nomination form can be accessed on </span><span style="margin:0px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"><a title="Nomination Form" href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019OPSBAAwards" target="_blank"><font color="#0000ff">SurveyMonkey</font></a></span></span><span style="margin:0px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"> now.</span></span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;">The OPSBA Awards strive to recognize the outstanding contributions to the public education system made by individuals across Ontario.</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;"><strong><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;">The nomination deadline for all awards, except for<em> the Bernardine Yackman Memorial Award</em>, </span></strong><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;">is<strong> </strong>April 4, 2019 at 5 p.m.</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;"><strong><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;">The nomination deadline for the <em>Bernardine Yackman Memorial Award</em> is:</span></strong><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"><br> June 13, 2019 at 5 p.m.</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;"><strong><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;">For complete information about the Awards Program, </span></strong><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#4c2c92;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"><a title="OPSBA Awards information" href="/What%20We%20Do/Pages/Awards-Programs.aspx"><span style="margin:0px;color:#4c2c92;">click here</span></a></span></span></strong><strong><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;">. </span></strong></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;">Before completing the nomination form, p</span><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;">lease take a few moments to review the criteria for each of the Awards. The following is a brief summary:</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;">The </span><span style="margin:0px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"><a href="/what-we-do/awards-programs/presidents-award"><font color="#0000ff">President's Award</font></a></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"> recognizes 25 years of service as a trustee in public education. </span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;">The </span><span style="margin:0px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"><a href="/what-we-do/awards-programs/jack-a-macdonald-award-of-merit"><font color="#0000ff">Jack A. MacDonald Award of Merit</font></a></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"> honours an elementary or secondary school student attending an Ontario public school who has earned a sound academic record and has shown outstanding service and leadership in his or her community.</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;">The </span><span style="margin:0px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"><a href="/what-we-do/awards-programs/fred-l-bartlett-memorial-award"><font color="#0000ff">Fred L. Bartlett Memorial Award</font></a></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"> is presented annually to an active or retired member of the teaching profession. The successful candidate is selected on the basis of outstanding contribution to education throughout Ontario, such as constructive participation in education affairs over a number of years or for dedication to some recent and specific project that has had provincial impact.</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;">The </span><span style="margin:0px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"><a href="/what-we-do/awards-programs/dr-harry-paikin-award-of-merit"><font color="#0000ff">Dr. Harry Paikin Award of Merit</font></a></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"> is awarded to an active or retired public school trustee for outstanding service.</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;">The </span><span style="margin:0px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"><a href="/what-we-do/awards-programs/achievement-award-award-of-excellence"><font color="#0000ff">Achievement Award/Award of Excellence</font></a></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"> recognizes the outstanding contributions of non-teaching staff, parents, volunteers and community partners involved in education in Member Boards. This award provides an opportunity to raise awareness and promote the importance of celebrating excellence and the necessity of recognizing the work of all members of the education community.</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;">The </span><span style="margin:0px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"><a href="/what-we-do/awards-programs/bernardine-yackman-memorial-award"><font color="#0000ff">Bernardine Yackman Memorial Award</font></a></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"> honours dedication, commitment and an outstanding contribution to education with special recognition for Northern Ontario service. </span></p><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#4c2c92;font-family:plantin;font-size:19.5pt;"><a title="OPSBA Awards Nomination Form" href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019OPSBAAwards" target="_blank"><span style="margin:0px;color:#4c2c92;">Start the nomination process now</span></a></span></span><em><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;font-family:plantin;font-size:13.5pt;"><br></span></em></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=311
Legislative Update, January 31, 2019http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=310Legislative Update, January 31, 20192019-01-31T19:29:30Z<div class="ExternalClass4C315C07D6594F9F8F9E5D240916CB16"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Pink_Palace_Toronto_2010.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:200px;" />The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains adjourned for winter recess and returns on February 19, 2019. The following is an update on recent items. </p><h3><span lang="EN-US">OPSBA's Guide to Good Governance </span></h3><p><a name="mainContent"></a><span lang="EN-US">​</span><span lang="EN-US">The fully updated <a title="OPSBA's Guide to Good Governance" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/OPSBA_Good_Governance_Guide_2018-2022_Chapter2.pdf"><em>OPSBA's Guide to Good Governance</em></a> is now available in print and electronic versions and will be distributed directly to school boards as a resource for trustees and boards for the 2018-2022 term of office. The revised guide contains legislative, policy and funding changes that have occurred over the past four years, with specific relevance for Ontario's English public education system.</span></p><h3>OPSBA Governance and Policy-Related Resources</h3><p>OPSBA’s Policy Development Work Team has been developing resources for school boards in order to comply with upcoming requirements based on past legislation and regulation changes. The resources and information are for member boards to use in conjunction with materials that may have been developed locally or to use in the development of their own material. They have received input from the work team, senior OPSBA staff, senior member board staff and legal counsel. <br></p><p><strong>1)      Revised Code of Conduct Template</strong></p><p>Recent changes to <a title="O. Reg. 246/18" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/180246" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 246/18: Member of School Boards – Code of Conduct</a> were filed to require 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 be reviewed by May 15, 2019, and every school board must review its Trustee code of conduct by May 15 every fourth year thereafter. According to the regulation, the Board review shall determine if changes to the code are required and make those changes or, if no changes are required, confirm the existing code of conduct. In order to comply with the Regulation, a board should pass a motion indicating that the code has been reviewed and no changes are required, if that is the case. </p><p>OPSBA developed two documents: a <a title="marked-up/highlighted PDF" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/BoardMemberCodeOfConductChangesJanuary2019.pdf" target="_blank">“marked-up/highlighted” PDF</a>  that indicates the changes made by the work team and a <a title="“clean” word version" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/BoardMemberCodeOfConductRevisedTemplateJanuary2019.docx" target="_blank">“clean” word version</a> to allow local modification more easily. If your board already has a Code of Conduct policy in place and has also already reviewed it before the May 15 deadline, no further action is required. </p><p>Reminder: OPSBA first created this template in 2012 for its member boards. The following was shared in the original cover memo and the contents remain true for this revised version. </p><p><em>The template is intended as a guide for school boards. A school board may decide to add or amend provisions of the template to address their local concerns and reflect the mandate and vision of their board. In so doing, it will be necessary to ensure that the minimum provisional provisions are included in the code of conduct and the enforcement provisions include the steps in s.218.3(1) of the </em><em>Education Act</em><em>. An example of an amendment a board might make is to identify who would be involved in investigating breaches (chair, vice-chair, or outside consultant).</em> </p><p><em>I</em><em>t is our recommendation that the template’s code and enforcement section be kept together for consistency and completeness. We also recommend that boards consider using an informal procedure first and foremost when investigating a breach of the Code of Conduct and discuss remedial measures to positively correct inappropriate behaviour.  We have suggested the option of participating in </em><a title="professional development training" href="http://modules.ontarioschooltrustees.org/" target="_blank"><em>professional development training</em></a><em> such as that offered by the Ontario Education Services Corporation (OESC). </em></p><p><em>We believe code of conduct policies contribute to confidence in public education and respect within the community for the integrity trustees bring to their role. Given this, we envision using the formal complaint procedure only for those egregious and repetitive behaviours that disrupt the ability of a board to conduct its business.</em> </p><p><strong>2)      Conflict of Interest – Updated Requirements</strong></p><p>New requirements concerning Conflict of Interest become effective March 1, 2019. OPSBA has <a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Conflict%20of%20Interest%20-%20Updated%20Requirements%20(January%202019).docx.pdf" title="summarized the trustee and board requirements">summarized the trustee and board requirements</a> and provided recommendations for consideration. The changes include:</p><ul><li>The requirement of trustees (at a meeting at which a member discloses a pecuniary interest) to file a written statement of the member’s interest at the meeting, or as soon as possible afterwards</li><li>The requirement of school board to establish and maintain a registry of statements and declarations of interests of members. The registry would be made available for public inspection. </li></ul><p>Additional information about Conflict of Interest can be found in OPSBA’s Guide to Good Governance – <a title="Chapter 4: Legal Responsibilities and Liabilities" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/OPSBA_Good_Governance_Guide_2018-2022_Chapter4.pdf">Chapter 4: Legal Responsibilities and Liabilities</a>. </p><p><strong>3)      Trustee Pregnancy/Prenatal Leave Template </strong></p><p><em>The Education Act</em> was amended in May 2017, to require “every school board to adopt and maintain policies with respect to pregnancy leaves and parental leaves of members of the board. Section 228 of the Act currently sets out circumstances where a member of the board’s seat becomes vacant. A new subsection 228 (2.1) is added to provide that s.228(1)(b) does not apply to vacate the office of a member of a board who is absent for 20 consecutive weeks or less if the absence is the result of the member’s pregnancy, the birth of the member’s child or the adoption of a child by the member.”       </p><p>Original legislation (Bill 68, <em>Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act</em>) only contemplated allowing this for office holders in the municipal sector and OPSBA successfully advocated for this to be extended to include school board trustees.<a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Template%20re%20pregnancy%20parental%20leave%20policy%20(January%202019).pdf" title=" OPSBA's template"> OPSBA's template</a> was based on member board material and best practices concerning other leaves. The work team wanted to ensure the template included a list of considerations for trustees to decide and discuss locally. </p><h3>Hiring Practices and Class Size Consultations</h3><p>Last week, the Ministry of Education announced consultations regarding Hiring Practices (<a title="O. Reg. 274/12" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/120274" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 274/12</a>) and Class Size (<a title="O. Reg. 132/12" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/120132" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 132/12</a>). OPSBA hosted a session at the recent Public Education Symposium at which the topics were preliminarily discussed. OPSBA’s Labour Relations Team will be taking the lead on our response and consulting with member boards via their HR leads (senior negotiators), the Association’s Labour Relations Steering Committee, senior staff input and past commentary. Feedback from trustees attending the PES session will also be included. The consultation deadline is February 22, 2019. <br></p><p><a title="Ministry memo" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/B2019/B03_EN.pdf" target="_blank">Ministry memo</a><br></p><p><a title="Hiring Practices Consultation Paper" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/B2019/B03_attach1_EN.pdf" target="_blank">Hiring Practices Consultation Paper</a><br></p><p><a title="Class Size Consultation Paper" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/B2019/B03_attach2_EN.pdf" target="_blank">Class Size Consultation Paper</a> <br><br></p><h3><span lang="EN-US">Pre-Budget Consultations </span></h3><p><span lang="EN-US">On January 22, OPSBA sent a <a title="OPSBA submission re pre-budget consultations" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%202019-2020%20Provincial%20Pre-Budget%20Consultations%20Submission%20-%20January%2022.pdf">submission</a> </span>to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Our document was based on our recent Education Funding/GSN document.<br><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p><h3>Bill 36, <em>Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018</em> – Retail Store Public Notification Process</h3><p>In December, Attorney General Caroline Mulroney and Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli announced changes to the licensing process for recreational retail cannabis stores in Ontario. The province’s cannabis regulator, the Alcohol and Gaming Corporation (AGCO) <span lang="EN-US">recently conducted a lottery to select 25 entities interested in applying for a retail licence to open cannabis stores by April 1. The 25 licences were divided regionally across the province and must now submit requests to the AGCO for authorization to open retail stores at various proposed locations. The authorizations are subject to a 15-calendar day public notice period which includes opportunities to send written submissions to the AGCO about the proposed location of a store. The written submissions will be considered by the Registrar in its decision to issue or refuse authorization to open a store at the proposed location. The government has said there must be a minimum distance of 150 metres between a school and a retail cannabis store.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">Information about the </span><span lang="EN-US"><a title="AGCO's public notice process" href="https://agco.ca/content/cannabis-submissions?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Jan-28-Public-Notice-added-to-&utm_source=Envoke-Cannabis-English" target="_blank">AGCO's public notice process</a></span> <br></p><p>Municipalities had until January 22, 2019, to opt out of having stores in their communities.</p><p><a href="https://agco.ca/cannabis/list-ontario-municipalities-prohibiting-or-allowing-cannabis-retail-stores?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Jan-">Full list</a> of municipalities<span lang="EN-US"> </span></p><h3><br>Other information<br></h3><p>January 29, 2019: <a title="Ontario Making Life Easier for Parents and Families" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/01/ontario-making-life-easier-for-parents-and-families.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Making Life Easier for Parents and Families</a></p><p>January 29, 2019: <a title="Ontario Investing in Indigenous Economic Development" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mirr/en/2019/01/ontario-investing-in-indigenous-economic-development.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Investing in Indigenous Economic Development</a></p><p>January 23, 2019: <a title="Statement by Education Minister on Consultations with Education Labour Partners" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/01/statement-by-education-minister-on-consultations-with-education-labour-partners.html" target="_blank">Statement by Education Minister on Consultations with Education Labour Partners</a></p><p>January 21, 2019: <a title="Ontario's Government for the People Delivering on Promise to Restore Trust and Accountability" href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2019/01/ontarios-government-for-the-people-delivering-on-promise-to-restore-trust-and-accountability.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario's Government for the People Delivering on Promise to Restore Trust and Accountability</a> (Premier Ford’s address to the Economic Club)</p><p>January 17, 2019: <a title="Government for the People to Lower Student Tuition Burden by 10 percent" href="https://news.ontario.ca/maesd/en/2019/01/government-for-the-people-to-lower-student-tuition-burden-by-10-per-cent.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Government for the People to Lower Student Tuition Burden by 10 percent</a></p><p> January 15, 2019: <a title="Special Advisors Appointed to Begin Governmental Review" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mma/en/2019/01/special-advisors-appointed-to-begin-regional-government-review.html" target="_blank">Special Advisors Appointed to Begin Governmental Review</a>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=310
2019 Education Labour Relations and HR Symposiumhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=3092019 Education Labour Relations and HR Symposium2019-01-30T15:21:07Z<div class="ExternalClass1B86FAAE572D4F21908D2A95A94DB3F5"><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/peopleabstract.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:301px;" />R</span><span style="font-size:18px;">egistration for OPSBA's premier labour relations and human resources professional learning opportunity </span><a href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/2019LRS_OnlineRegistration.aspx" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;font-size:18px;text-decoration:underline;">is open</a><span style="font-size:18px;">! </span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span style="font-size:18px;">The 2019 </span><a href="/events-and-publications/labour-relations-symposium" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;font-size:18px;text-decoration:underline;">Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium</a><span style="font-size:18px;"> takes place <strong style="font-weight:600;">April 4 and 5</strong> at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. </span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">The Symposium is designed to provide professional development in the areas of labour relations and human resources to trustees, directors of education, senior human resources officials and labour relations staff.  Additionally, senior school board decision makers are provided with opportunities to share ideas and strategies, learn about next and best practices, and explore practical solutions to the challenges faced by Ontario school boards.</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;">Presentations will cover a wide range of relevant topics, including:</p><ul style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-left:27px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;margin-bottom:13.5px;margin-left:0px;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">Invisible Disabilities: Understanding the Challenges and Duties in the Employment Context</li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">Implementing/Managing a Collective Agreement</li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">School Boards Collective Bargaining Act (SBCBA)</li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">Province-Wide Group Benefits – 2 Years Later</li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">Local Bargaining in 2019 - Keeping Your Own House In Order</li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">It's April 2019: Where Are We In Central Bargaining?</li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">Reflection of Values within Collective Bargaining</li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">Progressive Discipline for School Boards</li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">Arbitration</li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">Legal Restrictions on the Role of Trustee as Advocate</li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">Medical and Recreational Cannabis in Schools: the Law and Best Practices</li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">OPSBA Portal</li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">Ambiguity of Trustee Role in Bargaining</li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">Performance Appraisals for Support Staff</li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">What's New? A Statutory and Case Law Update</li></ul><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;">For more information, including a <a href="/events-and-publications/labour-relations-symposium" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">program outline and hotel information</a>, visit the Symposium webpage.​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=309
More than 300 trustees and staff attend successful 2019 Public Education Symposiumhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=308More than 300 trustees and staff attend successful 2019 Public Education Symposium2019-01-30T15:23:58Z<div class="ExternalClassC207ADA88AFF4A96ACB583D12291C66C"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="PES2019.JPG" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Lists/Posts/Post/PES2019.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:299px;" />OPSBA's 2019 Public Education Symposium was held from January 24 to 26 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, in partnership with the Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l'Ontario (ACÉPO<strong>)</strong>. </p><p>Featuring outstanding speakers, including Don Drummond of Queen's University, Canadian Football League legend Michael "Pinball" Clemons, Minister of Education Lisa Thompson, and media training consultant Eric Bergman, the conference provided an engaging and informative professional development opportunity for more than 300 public school trustees and senior school board staff.</p><p>Outstanding student entertainment was provided by the TDSB’s Runnymede CI Steel Pan Band and the CS Viamonde Jazz Band Le Caron of l’École secondaire Le Caron in Penetanguishene.<br></p><p>In addition, former Algoma DSB Trustee Graham Lidstone and former Waterloo Region DSB trustee John Hendry were the recipients of <a href="/what-we-do/awards-programs/presidents-award"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">OPSBA President's Award</span></a>, which recognizes trustees with 25 years of service to public education in Ontario. </p><p>View photos on Instagram: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/pesym19/" title="#PESym19 on Instagram" target="_blank">#PESym19</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/opsba_official/" title="@OPSBA_Official on Instagram" target="_blank">@OPSBA_Official</a><br><br><a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/PES2019_FinalProgram.pdf"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>View the full program</strong></span></a><br><br>Feedback received from attendees included:<br><br>I just want to give everyone at OPSBA a huge thank you for a great opportunity for trustees across the province to get some PD and networking opportunities. This was one of the best I have ever attended.<br> <em>George Saarinen, Lakehead DSB Trustee </em><br><em> </em><br>You are all doing a fantastic job! This is an amazing symposium.<br> <em>Kate Baggott, DSB Niagara Trustee</em><br><em> </em><br>Sessions were relevant, and engagement from everyone in attendance made for the best PES I've attended.<br> <em>Alana Murray, Director of Education, Bluewater DSB</em><br><em> </em><br>I am better informed, met Trustees from across Ontario and feel inspired to tackle our biggest challenges in education.<br> <em>Harpreet Gill, Toronto DSB Trustee</em><br><em> </em><br>Thanks to the @OPSBA team for a great #PESym19 conference! As one of many first-time trustees (40% of us!) the sessions gave some great insight into our new roles and helped build a foundation for the type of support network we have. Lots to think about, and still lots to learn!<br><em>Garrett Elliott, Limestone DSB Trustee</em><br><em> </em><br>This was my 5th #PESym19 and it was outstanding as usual. Thank you @OPSBA for always providing enriching PD for Trustees across Ontario.<br> <em>Parthi Kandavel, Toronto DSB Trustee</em></p><h2>Future OPSBA Events</h2><p>We look forward to seeing you at future OPSBA events. Save these dates today!<br><a href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/Labour-Relations-Symposium.aspx"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium 2019</strong></span></a><strong> </strong>(Registration now open)<br> April 4 and 5, 2019, Toronto</p><p><a href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/AGM---Program.aspx"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>2019 Canadian School Boards Association Congress, National Trustees Gathering on Indigenous Education and OPSBA Annual General Meeting</strong></span></a><strong> </strong>(Registration open soon)<br> July 3 to 7, 2019, Toronto​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=308
OPSBA’s Guide to Good Governance is available now!http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=307OPSBA’s Guide to Good Governance is available now!2019-01-28T15:16:29Z<div class="ExternalClassB685F8AC9D044425B085064D5888495B"><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/GoodGovernance2018_homepage.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:297px;" />T</span><span style="font-size:18px;">he fully updated </span><em style="font-size:18px;font-style:italic;">OPSBA's Guide to Good Governance</em><em style="font-size:18px;font-style:italic;"> </em><span style="font-size:18px;">is now available in print and electronic versions and will be distributed directly to school boards as a resource for trustees and boards as the 2018-2022 term of office gets underway. It will also be available in print at the 2019 Public Education Symposium.</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">The revised guide contains legislative, policy and funding changes that have occurred over the past four years, with specific relevance for Ontario's English public education system. </p><div><a title="Access the full Guide and separate chapters" href="/opsbas-guide-to-good-governance-2018-2022" style="outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#008ce9;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:underline;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Access the full Guide and separate chapters</a></div><div>​</div></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=307
OPSBA in the Media, January 2019http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=306OPSBA in the Media, January 20192019-01-28T15:07:46Z<div class="ExternalClass06FE72B4B8EE43F68CDF3BF42227596C"><p><strong><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:232px;" />Ontario's education minister won't commit to keeping class sizes capped</strong><br><strong>CBC News , Jan. 24, 2019</strong><br>Ontario's education minister says she's committed to making sure students and teachers get the best learning environments possible but isn't promising class sizes won't grow.</p><p>Lisa Thompson announced a government review on Wednesday. Consultations would look at whether caps on the number of students in kindergarten and in Grades 1 to 3 should remain in place, as well as teacher hiring processes.<br><a title="Ontario's education minister won't commit to keeping class sizes capped" href="https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-s-education-minister-won-t-commit-to-keeping-class-sizes-capped-1.4991229">More</a> ...​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=306
New Privacy Guide for Ontario Schools releasedhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=305New Privacy Guide for Ontario Schools released2019-01-11T20:30:31Z<div class="ExternalClass32D27D5B9FF74E258F4E8C5F1797B04D"><p><img src="/PublishingImages/privacyguidecover.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="The front cover of the IPC's Guide to Privacy and Access to Information in Ontario Schools" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:309px;" />The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) has produced <a href="https://www.ipc.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/guide-to-privacy-access-in-ont-schools.pdf" title="A Guide to Privacy and Access to Information in Ontario Schools" target="_blank"><em>A Guide to Privacy and Access to Information in Ontario Schools</em></a>. This guide describes the obligations and rights that school boards, principals, teachers and administrators have under the <em>Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA)</em>. <br></p><p>IPC has also developed a series of fact sheets, including:<br></p><ul><li><a href="https://www.ipc.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/fs-edu-protecting-your-students-privacy-online.pdf" title="protecting students’ privacy online" target="_blank">protecting students’ privacy online</a></li><li><a href="https://www.ipc.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/fs-edu-privacy-in-the-school.pdf" title="privacy in the school" target="_blank">privacy in the school</a></li><li><a href="https://www.ipc.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/fs-edu-privacy_access-guide-for-educators.pdf" title="privacy and access to information in Ontario’s schools" target="_blank">privacy and access to information in Ontario’s schools</a></li><li><a href="https://www.ipc.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/fs-edu-your-childs-privacy.pdf" title="children’s privacy in schools" target="_blank">children’s privacy in schools</a> – a fact sheet and brochure for parents<br></li></ul><p> For a hard copy of the guide, email your request with quantities to <a href="mailto:info@ipc.on.ca" title="Email the IPC" target="_blank">info@ipc.on.ca</a>.​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=305
Legislative Update, January 11, 2019http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=304Legislative Update, January 11, 20192019-01-11T15:09:59Z<div class="ExternalClass591D662CAA22413BBB78A1E286724408"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Pink_Palace_Toronto_2010.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:200px;" />The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains adjourned for winter recess and returns on February 19, 2019. </p><p>On January 7, the Premier sent a <a title="Premier's letter to public sector" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/PremierLetterPublicSectorJan0719.pdf" target="_blank">letter</a> to all Ontario Public Service staff with a message focusing on jobs, health care and fiscal balance. The Premier outlined his administration’s top three “emerging priorities” in a letter to more than 60,000 bureaucrats. He thanked the civil service for “providing consistent, high-quality, non-partisan professional advice as we implemented our ambitious plan.”  </p><h3>PPM 9: Reporting of Children in Need of Protection – Revision</h3><p>On January 8, ADM Denise Dwyer sent a <a title="Ministry memo re PPM 9" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryMemoPPM%209Jan0819.pdf" target="_blank">memo regarding updates made to PPM 9</a> that reflect changes stemming from <em>The Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017</em> which came into force on April 30, 2018. The updated PPM “summarizes the responsibilities of school boards with respect to the duty to report suspected abuses or neglect of children under the CYFSA.”</p><p><a title="PPM 9" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/PPM9Jan0719.pdf" target="_blank">Policy/Program Memorandum No. 9</a> <br><br></p><h3>Provincial Education Reform Consultation </h3><p>On December 31, Education Minister Lisa Thompson issued the media release, “<a title="Government media release re education reform consultation" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2018/12/ontario-government-concludes-largest-consultation-on-education-in-provinces-history.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Government Concludes Largest Consultation on Education in Province's History</a>.” The government has said they have received 72,000 submissions and details about next steps would be announced in the coming months.</p><p><a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Submission%20-%20Government%20Education%20Consultation.pdf">OPSBA submission</a> <br><br></p><h3>Ministry of Indigenous Affairs </h3><p>On December 28, Minister of Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford issued the media release, “<a title="Government media release re special advisor on Indigenous Affairs" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mirr/en/2018/12/ontario-names-clifford-bull-special-advisor-on-indigenous-affairs.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Names Clifford Bull Special Advisor on Indigenous Affairs</a>.” Mr. Bull is to advise the Minister “on economic and social and jurisdictional issues affecting Indigenous communities. He will also serve as a liaison on behalf of Premier Doug Ford and Minister Rickford with Indigenous communities.” <br><br></p><h3>Federal By-Elections</h3><p>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced by-elections in Burnaby-South in B.C., Outremont in Quebec, and York-Simcoe in Ontario will occur on February 25. Queen’s Park alumnus and federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is bidding for a seat in the House of Commons via Burnaby. Electors in Outremont will pick a replacement for Singh’s predecessor, ex-NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. <br><br></p><h3>Office of the Ombudsman</h3><p>In its <a title="Ombudsman's December newsletter" href="https://mailchi.mp/29ccf3d0d0f6/ombudsman-ontario-the-watchdog-april-newsletter-2628713?e=c00f66ba75" target="_blank">December newsletter</a>, the Ombudsman’s office listed their “TOP 10 HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR WORK IN 2018.” Included at number 6 was the following: </p><p>"6. TEACHABLE MOMENTS: Our office reviewed nearly 900 complaints about school boards in fiscal 2017-2018, and helped several improve their practices, for example, how they communicate about student transportation or school closings. One formal investigation is pending, involving a school closure decision by the Near North District School Board. Complaints about universities and colleges are also on the rise. Read more in our Annual Report about <a title="early years to Grade 12" href="https://ombudsman.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=644a19cfd678bd6e6d2c513f8&id=699250aa1a&e=c7ae545153" target="_blank">early years to Grade 12</a> and about <a title="post-secondary education" href="https://ombudsman.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=644a19cfd678bd6e6d2c513f8&id=b8065e84b3&e=c7ae545153" target="_blank">post-secondary education</a>." <br></p><p>The <a title="Ombudsman 2017-18 annual report" href="https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/Media/ombudsman/ombudsman/resources/Annual%20Reports/2017-2018AR-EN.pdf" target="_blank">2017-18 Annual Report</a> being referred to was originally released last June.  At this year’s PES, there will be a session (Friday, January 25) conducted by the Ombudsman’s Office entitled, “The Ontario Ombudsman and School Boards - Learn how the Ontario Ombudsman resolves thousands of school board complaints through early resolution and referral, almost always without a formal investigation. Find out what to expect if the Ombudsman contacts your board, and how we work directly with boards to solve problems and improve school board practices and procedures.” <br><br></p><h3>Reminder: Pre-Budget Consultations</h3><p>The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs continues to hold Pre-budget Consultations and public hearings allowing people and organizations a chance to tell the government what matters to them ahead of the government’s first spring budget. The list of dates are:</p><ul><li>January 15 and 29 — Toronto</li><li>January 21 — Dryden</li><li>January 22 — Timmins</li><li>January 23 — Ottawa</li><li>January 24 — Sarnia</li><li>January 25 — Kitchener-Waterloo</li><li>January 28 — Peterborough<br></li></ul><p> The deadline for written submissions is Tuesday, January 29, 2019. OPSBA will be sending in a submission based on our recent Education Funding/GSN document.​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=304

Feb 19
Legislative Update, February 19, 2019

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario returns February 19, 2019. Following is an update on legislation that OPSBA is monitoring and other recent items. 

Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act

On December 6, Economic Development Minister Todd Smith introduced Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act. The omnibus bill includes changes to 12 different ministries and proposes to change business regulations relating to toxic chemicals, employment standards, child care caps, safety in assembly plants, pawnbrokers, food safety testing, wireless cellphone contracts, agriculture, water extraction permits, wastewater treatment, private career colleges and more. OPSBA is reviewing the proposed changes to the Education Act and the Child Care and Early Years Act.
Current Status: First Reading 

Bill 56, Keeping Students Safe on School Buses Act

This bill was introduced on November 14 by Liberal education critic Kathleen Wynne. If passed, the legislation would make seat belts mandatory on forward-facing school bus seats by 2020.
Current Status: Referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy 

Bill 48, Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act

On October 25, Minister of Education Lisa Thompson introduced Bill 48, Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act. The legislation, if passed, would require teachers to pass a math test before getting licensed and would revoke teaching certificates from teachers disciplined by the profession’s regulatory body for committing sexual abuse against a student or child. The bill also proposes an amendment regarding the use of service animals in schools and classrooms. OPSBA will continue to review the proposed changes with the Policy Development and Education Program work teams.
Current Status: Second Reading 

Hiring Practices and Class Size Consultations

Earlier this week, OPSBA provided the Ministry of Education with a submission for regulation consultation on Hiring Practices (Ontario Regulation 274/12) and Class Size (Ontario Regulation 132/12). Our submission was based on feedback after consulting with member boards via their trustees (at the Public Education Symposium session), HR leads (senior negotiators), the Association’s Labour Relations Steering Committee, senior staff input and past commentary. The consultation deadline is February 22, 2019. 

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Feb 12
OPSBA in the Media, February 2019

Ontario's New Autism Policy Will Overwhelm Schools, Advocate Says
Allison Jones, Canadian Press, Feb. 11, 2019
TORONTO — Changes to Ontario's autism program are raising concerns that thousands of autistic children who will receive fewer hours of therapy will be pushed into schools unable to properly accommodate them.
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Feb 05
Call for OPSBA Awards Nominations

Awards2018.JPGKnow an amazing trustee, teacher, education worker, student or community member who deserves to be recognized for making a difference in their local school or community?

Nominations for our 2019 Awards are open! The nomination form can be accessed on SurveyMonkey now.

The OPSBA Awards strive to recognize the outstanding contributions to the public education system made by individuals across Ontario.

The nomination deadline for all awards, except for the Bernardine Yackman Memorial Awardis April 4, 2019 at 5 p.m.

The nomination deadline for the Bernardine Yackman Memorial Award is:
June 13, 2019 at 5 p.m.

For complete information about the Awards Program, click here

Before completing the nomination form, please take a few moments to review the criteria for each of the Awards. The following is a brief summary:

The President's Award recognizes 25 years of service as a trustee in public education.

The Jack A. MacDonald Award of Merit honours an elementary or secondary school student attending an Ontario public school who has earned a sound academic record and has shown outstanding service and leadership in his or her community.

The Fred L. Bartlett Memorial Award is presented annually to an active or retired member of the teaching profession. The successful candidate is selected on the basis of outstanding contribution to education throughout Ontario, such as constructive participation in education affairs over a number of years or for dedication to some recent and specific project that has had provincial impact.

The Dr. Harry Paikin Award of Merit is awarded to an active or retired public school trustee for outstanding service.

The Achievement Award/Award of Excellence recognizes the outstanding contributions of non-teaching staff, parents, volunteers and community partners involved in education in Member Boards. This award provides an opportunity to raise awareness and promote the importance of celebrating excellence and the necessity of recognizing the work of all members of the education community.

The Bernardine Yackman Memorial Award honours dedication, commitment and an outstanding contribution to education with special recognition for Northern Ontario service.

Start the nomination process now

Jan 31
Legislative Update, January 31, 2019

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains adjourned for winter recess and returns on February 19, 2019. The following is an update on recent items. 

OPSBA's Guide to Good Governance

The fully updated OPSBA's Guide to Good Governance is now available in print and electronic versions and will be distributed directly to school boards as a resource for trustees and boards for the 2018-2022 term of office. The revised guide contains legislative, policy and funding changes that have occurred over the past four years, with specific relevance for Ontario's English public education system.

OPSBA Governance and Policy-Related Resources

OPSBA’s Policy Development Work Team has been developing resources for school boards in order to comply with upcoming requirements based on past legislation and regulation changes. The resources and information are for member boards to use in conjunction with materials that may have been developed locally or to use in the development of their own material. They have received input from the work team, senior OPSBA staff, senior member board staff and legal counsel. 

1)      Revised Code of Conduct Template

Recent changes to Ontario Regulation 246/18: Member of School Boards – Code of Conduct were filed to require 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 be reviewed by May 15, 2019, and every school board must review its Trustee code of conduct by May 15 every fourth year thereafter. According to the regulation, the Board review shall determine if changes to the code are required and make those changes or, if no changes are required, confirm the existing code of conduct. In order to comply with the Regulation, a board should pass a motion indicating that the code has been reviewed and no changes are required, if that is the case. 

OPSBA developed two documents: a “marked-up/highlighted” PDF  that indicates the changes made by the work team and a “clean” word version to allow local modification more easily. If your board already has a Code of Conduct policy in place and has also already reviewed it before the May 15 deadline, no further action is required. 

Reminder: OPSBA first created this template in 2012 for its member boards. The following was shared in the original cover memo and the contents remain true for this revised version. 

The template is intended as a guide for school boards. A school board may decide to add or amend provisions of the template to address their local concerns and reflect the mandate and vision of their board. In so doing, it will be necessary to ensure that the minimum provisional provisions are included in the code of conduct and the enforcement provisions include the steps in s.218.3(1) of the Education Act. An example of an amendment a board might make is to identify who would be involved in investigating breaches (chair, vice-chair, or outside consultant). 

It is our recommendation that the template’s code and enforcement section be kept together for consistency and completeness. We also recommend that boards consider using an informal procedure first and foremost when investigating a breach of the Code of Conduct and discuss remedial measures to positively correct inappropriate behaviour.  We have suggested the option of participating in professional development training such as that offered by the Ontario Education Services Corporation (OESC). 

We believe code of conduct policies contribute to confidence in public education and respect within the community for the integrity trustees bring to their role. Given this, we envision using the formal complaint procedure only for those egregious and repetitive behaviours that disrupt the ability of a board to conduct its business. 

2)      Conflict of Interest – Updated Requirements

New requirements concerning Conflict of Interest become effective March 1, 2019. OPSBA has summarized the trustee and board requirements and provided recommendations for consideration. The changes include:

  • The requirement of trustees (at a meeting at which a member discloses a pecuniary interest) to file a written statement of the member’s interest at the meeting, or as soon as possible afterwards
  • The requirement of school board to establish and maintain a registry of statements and declarations of interests of members. The registry would be made available for public inspection. 

Additional information about Conflict of Interest can be found in OPSBA’s Guide to Good Governance – Chapter 4: Legal Responsibilities and Liabilities

3)      Trustee Pregnancy/Prenatal Leave Template

The Education Act was amended in May 2017, to require “every school board to adopt and maintain policies with respect to pregnancy leaves and parental leaves of members of the board. Section 228 of the Act currently sets out circumstances where a member of the board’s seat becomes vacant. A new subsection 228 (2.1) is added to provide that s.228(1)(b) does not apply to vacate the office of a member of a board who is absent for 20 consecutive weeks or less if the absence is the result of the member’s pregnancy, the birth of the member’s child or the adoption of a child by the member.”       

Original legislation (Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act) only contemplated allowing this for office holders in the municipal sector and OPSBA successfully advocated for this to be extended to include school board trustees. OPSBA's template was based on member board material and best practices concerning other leaves. The work team wanted to ensure the template included a list of considerations for trustees to decide and discuss locally. 

Hiring Practices and Class Size Consultations

Last week, the Ministry of Education announced consultations regarding Hiring Practices (Ontario Regulation 274/12) and Class Size (Ontario Regulation 132/12). OPSBA hosted a session at the recent Public Education Symposium at which the topics were preliminarily discussed. OPSBA’s Labour Relations Team will be taking the lead on our response and consulting with member boards via their HR leads (senior negotiators), the Association’s Labour Relations Steering Committee, senior staff input and past commentary. Feedback from trustees attending the PES session will also be included. The consultation deadline is February 22, 2019. 

Ministry memo

Hiring Practices Consultation Paper

Class Size Consultation Paper 

Pre-Budget Consultations

On January 22, OPSBA sent a submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Our document was based on our recent Education Funding/GSN document.
 

Bill 36, Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018 – Retail Store Public Notification Process

In December, Attorney General Caroline Mulroney and Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli announced changes to the licensing process for recreational retail cannabis stores in Ontario. The province’s cannabis regulator, the Alcohol and Gaming Corporation (AGCO) recently conducted a lottery to select 25 entities interested in applying for a retail licence to open cannabis stores by April 1. The 25 licences were divided regionally across the province and must now submit requests to the AGCO for authorization to open retail stores at various proposed locations. The authorizations are subject to a 15-calendar day public notice period which includes opportunities to send written submissions to the AGCO about the proposed location of a store. The written submissions will be considered by the Registrar in its decision to issue or refuse authorization to open a store at the proposed location. The government has said there must be a minimum distance of 150 metres between a school and a retail cannabis store.

Information about the AGCO's public notice process 

Municipalities had until January 22, 2019, to opt out of having stores in their communities.

Full list of municipalities 


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January 29, 2019: Ontario Making Life Easier for Parents and Families

January 29, 2019: Ontario Investing in Indigenous Economic Development

January 23, 2019: Statement by Education Minister on Consultations with Education Labour Partners

January 21, 2019: Ontario's Government for the People Delivering on Promise to Restore Trust and Accountability (Premier Ford’s address to the Economic Club)

January 17, 2019: Government for the People to Lower Student Tuition Burden by 10 percent

January 15, 2019: Special Advisors Appointed to Begin Governmental Review

Jan 30
2019 Education Labour Relations and HR Symposium

Registration for OPSBA's premier labour relations and human resources professional learning opportunity is open

The 2019 Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium takes place April 4 and 5 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. 

The Symposium is designed to provide professional development in the areas of labour relations and human resources to trustees, directors of education, senior human resources officials and labour relations staff.  Additionally, senior school board decision makers are provided with opportunities to share ideas and strategies, learn about next and best practices, and explore practical solutions to the challenges faced by Ontario school boards.

Presentations will cover a wide range of relevant topics, including:

  • Invisible Disabilities: Understanding the Challenges and Duties in the Employment Context
  • Implementing/Managing a Collective Agreement
  • School Boards Collective Bargaining Act (SBCBA)
  • Province-Wide Group Benefits – 2 Years Later
  • Local Bargaining in 2019 - Keeping Your Own House In Order
  • It's April 2019: Where Are We In Central Bargaining?
  • Reflection of Values within Collective Bargaining
  • Progressive Discipline for School Boards
  • Arbitration
  • Legal Restrictions on the Role of Trustee as Advocate
  • Medical and Recreational Cannabis in Schools: the Law and Best Practices
  • OPSBA Portal
  • Ambiguity of Trustee Role in Bargaining
  • Performance Appraisals for Support Staff
  • What's New? A Statutory and Case Law Update

For more information, including a program outline and hotel information, visit the Symposium webpage.​

Jan 30
More than 300 trustees and staff attend successful 2019 Public Education Symposium

PES2019.JPGOPSBA's 2019 Public Education Symposium was held from January 24 to 26 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, in partnership with the Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l'Ontario (ACÉPO)

Featuring outstanding speakers, including Don Drummond of Queen's University, Canadian Football League legend Michael "Pinball" Clemons, Minister of Education Lisa Thompson, and media training consultant Eric Bergman, the conference provided an engaging and informative professional development opportunity for more than 300 public school trustees and senior school board staff.

Outstanding student entertainment was provided by the TDSB’s Runnymede CI Steel Pan Band and the CS Viamonde Jazz Band Le Caron of l’École secondaire Le Caron in Penetanguishene.

In addition, former Algoma DSB Trustee Graham Lidstone and former Waterloo Region DSB trustee John Hendry were the recipients of OPSBA President's Award, which recognizes trustees with 25 years of service to public education in Ontario. 

View photos on Instagram: #PESym19 and @OPSBA_Official

View the full program

Feedback received from attendees included:

I just want to give everyone at OPSBA a huge thank you for a great opportunity for trustees across the province to get some PD and networking opportunities. This was one of the best I have ever attended.
George Saarinen, Lakehead DSB Trustee
 
You are all doing a fantastic job! This is an amazing symposium.
Kate Baggott, DSB Niagara Trustee
 
Sessions were relevant, and engagement from everyone in attendance made for the best PES I've attended.
Alana Murray, Director of Education, Bluewater DSB
 
I am better informed, met Trustees from across Ontario and feel inspired to tackle our biggest challenges in education.
Harpreet Gill, Toronto DSB Trustee
 
Thanks to the @OPSBA team for a great #PESym19 conference! As one of many first-time trustees (40% of us!) the sessions gave some great insight into our new roles and helped build a foundation for the type of support network we have. Lots to think about, and still lots to learn!
Garrett Elliott, Limestone DSB Trustee
 
This was my 5th #PESym19 and it was outstanding as usual. Thank you @OPSBA for always providing enriching PD for Trustees across Ontario.
Parthi Kandavel, Toronto DSB Trustee

Future OPSBA Events

We look forward to seeing you at future OPSBA events. Save these dates today!
Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium 2019 (Registration now open)
April 4 and 5, 2019, Toronto

2019 Canadian School Boards Association Congress, National Trustees Gathering on Indigenous Education and OPSBA Annual General Meeting (Registration open soon)
July 3 to 7, 2019, Toronto​

Jan 28
OPSBA’s Guide to Good Governance is available now!

The fully updated OPSBA's Guide to Good Governance is now available in print and electronic versions and will be distributed directly to school boards as a resource for trustees and boards as the 2018-2022 term of office gets underway. It will also be available in print at the 2019 Public Education Symposium.

The revised guide contains legislative, policy and funding changes that have occurred over the past four years, with specific relevance for Ontario's English public education system. 

Jan 28
OPSBA in the Media, January 2019

Ontario's education minister won't commit to keeping class sizes capped
CBC News , Jan. 24, 2019
Ontario's education minister says she's committed to making sure students and teachers get the best learning environments possible but isn't promising class sizes won't grow.

Lisa Thompson announced a government review on Wednesday. Consultations would look at whether caps on the number of students in kindergarten and in Grades 1 to 3 should remain in place, as well as teacher hiring processes.
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Jan 11
New Privacy Guide for Ontario Schools released

The front cover of the IPC's Guide to Privacy and Access to Information in Ontario SchoolsThe Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) has produced A Guide to Privacy and Access to Information in Ontario Schools. This guide describes the obligations and rights that school boards, principals, teachers and administrators have under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA)

IPC has also developed a series of fact sheets, including:

For a hard copy of the guide, email your request with quantities to info@ipc.on.ca.​

Jan 11
Legislative Update, January 11, 2019

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains adjourned for winter recess and returns on February 19, 2019. 

On January 7, the Premier sent a letter to all Ontario Public Service staff with a message focusing on jobs, health care and fiscal balance. The Premier outlined his administration’s top three “emerging priorities” in a letter to more than 60,000 bureaucrats. He thanked the civil service for “providing consistent, high-quality, non-partisan professional advice as we implemented our ambitious plan.”  

PPM 9: Reporting of Children in Need of Protection – Revision

On January 8, ADM Denise Dwyer sent a memo regarding updates made to PPM 9 that reflect changes stemming from The Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 which came into force on April 30, 2018. The updated PPM “summarizes the responsibilities of school boards with respect to the duty to report suspected abuses or neglect of children under the CYFSA.”

Policy/Program Memorandum No. 9 

Provincial Education Reform Consultation

On December 31, Education Minister Lisa Thompson issued the media release, “Ontario Government Concludes Largest Consultation on Education in Province's History.” The government has said they have received 72,000 submissions and details about next steps would be announced in the coming months.

OPSBA submission 

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

On December 28, Minister of Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford issued the media release, “Ontario Names Clifford Bull Special Advisor on Indigenous Affairs.” Mr. Bull is to advise the Minister “on economic and social and jurisdictional issues affecting Indigenous communities. He will also serve as a liaison on behalf of Premier Doug Ford and Minister Rickford with Indigenous communities.” 

Federal By-Elections

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced by-elections in Burnaby-South in B.C., Outremont in Quebec, and York-Simcoe in Ontario will occur on February 25. Queen’s Park alumnus and federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is bidding for a seat in the House of Commons via Burnaby. Electors in Outremont will pick a replacement for Singh’s predecessor, ex-NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. 

Office of the Ombudsman

In its December newsletter, the Ombudsman’s office listed their “TOP 10 HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR WORK IN 2018.” Included at number 6 was the following: 

"6. TEACHABLE MOMENTS: Our office reviewed nearly 900 complaints about school boards in fiscal 2017-2018, and helped several improve their practices, for example, how they communicate about student transportation or school closings. One formal investigation is pending, involving a school closure decision by the Near North District School Board. Complaints about universities and colleges are also on the rise. Read more in our Annual Report about early years to Grade 12 and about post-secondary education." 

The 2017-18 Annual Report being referred to was originally released last June.  At this year’s PES, there will be a session (Friday, January 25) conducted by the Ombudsman’s Office entitled, “The Ontario Ombudsman and School Boards - Learn how the Ontario Ombudsman resolves thousands of school board complaints through early resolution and referral, almost always without a formal investigation. Find out what to expect if the Ombudsman contacts your board, and how we work directly with boards to solve problems and improve school board practices and procedures.” 

Reminder: Pre-Budget Consultations

The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs continues to hold Pre-budget Consultations and public hearings allowing people and organizations a chance to tell the government what matters to them ahead of the government’s first spring budget. The list of dates are:

  • January 15 and 29 — Toronto
  • January 21 — Dryden
  • January 22 — Timmins
  • January 23 — Ottawa
  • January 24 — Sarnia
  • January 25 — Kitchener-Waterloo
  • January 28 — Peterborough

The deadline for written submissions is Tuesday, January 29, 2019. OPSBA will be sending in a submission based on our recent Education Funding/GSN document.​

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