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OPSBA Legislative Update, April 5, 2019http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=330OPSBA Legislative Update, April 5, 20192019-04-09T16:18:48Z<div class="ExternalClass95E734CC7996494C9D1D4EB4507E2332"><h3 class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Pink_Palace_Toronto_2010.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:200px;" /><a title="Bill 48, Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act" href="https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-48" target="_blank">Bill 48, <em>Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act</em></a> and <a title="Bill 66, Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act" href="https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-66" target="_blank">Bill 66, <em>Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act</em> </a></h3><p class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1"><strong>Update:</strong> Third reading carried for both bills this past week and both have now received Royal Assent.</p><p class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1">For Bill 48, the Ministry of Education issued the release <a title="Government Continues to Improve Education" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/04/government-continues-to-improve-education.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Government Continues to Improve Education</a>, which outlines the amendments made to the <em>Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996</em> (OCTA), as well as the <em>Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007</em> (ECEA), the <em>Teaching Profession Act</em> (TPA), and the <em>Education Act</em>.<br></p><p class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1">For Bill 66, the Ministry of Education sent a <a href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryMemoCCEYA+EdAct04Apr19.pdf">memo</a> on April 4 to the sector entitled, "Legislative and regulatory updates to the <em>Child Care and Early Years Act</em>, 2014 and the <em>Education Act</em>." The memo refers to a "series of proposed regulatory amendments" posted for public input and commentary. OPSBA will review the regulatory amendments and share with the work teams.</p><p class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1">For more details see <a title="Proposed Regulatory Amendments" href="https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=29146&language=en" target="_blank">Proposed Regulatory Amendments</a>. </p><p class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1">The OPSBA submissions for Bill 48 and Bill 66 can be found on our website under <a title="Advocacy and Action" href="/advocacy-and-action">Advocacy and Action</a>. </p><h3 class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1">Public Sector Compensation Consultations</h3><p class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1">On April 4, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy delivered a luncheon speech at the Canadian Club called, "The Path to Balance: Protecting What Matters Most."  He announced "the government's intention to consult with Ontario public sector employers and bargaining agents about how to achieve reasonable public sector compensation growth." The government has invited public-sector employers and bargaining agents that cover thousands of workers from teachers to nurses to provincial police to participate in consultations, asking them to consider different approaches to managing compensation.  </p><p class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1">The news release, <a title="Ensuring Sustainable Public Sector Wages to Protect Front-Line Services" href="https://news.ontario.ca/tbs/en/2019/04/ensuring-sustainable-public-sector-wages-to-protect-front-line-services.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ensuring Sustainable Public Sector Wages to Protect Front-Line Services</a>, was released as well as a <a title="Backgrounder" href="https://news.ontario.ca/tbs/en/2019/04/ontario-public-sector-consultations.html" target="_blank">backgrounder</a> that includes the consultation questions. </p><h3 class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1">Ontario Autism Program (OAP) </h3><p class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1">Coinciding with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2019, Health Minister Christine Elliott, Education Minister Lisa Thompson and Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod made an announcement at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and issued the news release <a title="Province Consulting with Parents on Enhancements to the Ontario Autism Program" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2019/04/province-consulting-with-parents-on-enhancements-to-the-ontario-autism-program.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Province Consulting with Parents on Enhancements to the Ontario Autism Program</a>. The government is launching public consultations for a needs-based approach to autism treatment funding following a string of protests by parents and advocates upset with the initial age- and income-based policy announced nearly two months ago. Beginning in May, the government "will engage in public consultations through an online survey and telephone town halls. These consultations will help inform how our government can better support children and youth with autism who have complex needs, including through additional direct funding. A new advisory panel will be made up of parents with lived experience, autistic adults and experts from a range of disciplines like psychology, behavioural analysis, rehabilitation services, education, developmental pediatrics and research." The panel will review the consultation results and report back to the minister with advice later this summer. </p><h3 class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1"><span lang="EN-US">Education Development Charges (EDC)</span></h3><p class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1">On March 29, the Ministry of Education issued memo <a href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/B2019/B11_EN.pdf">B11, Interim Changes to Education Development Charges (EDC)</a>. Regulation amendments were filed on March 29, 2019 to allow for "modest EDC rate increases while the government continues to review the EDC framework." This follows last fall's announcement (Memo B15, Temporary Cap on Education Development Charge Rates) that froze the EDC rate and the creation of working group for the review. OPSBA continues to advocate for a revised regulation that allows more local flexibility for capital and renewal costs. </p><p class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1"><a href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/980020">Ontario Reg. 20/98: Education Development Charges - General</a> </p><h3 class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1">Centralized Procurement</h3><p class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1">On March 18, the government issued the news release, <a title="Government Saving the People of Ontario a Billion Dollars Annually" href="https://news.ontario.ca/tbs/en/2019/03/government-saving-the-people-of-ontario-a-billion-dollars-annually.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Government Saving the People of Ontario a Billion Dollars Annually</a>. The announcement states the government's intention for efficiencies and central procurement practices across broader public sector organizations, which includes education. OPSBA, along with COSBO and OASBO, will be working with the Ministry of Education to  provide supports to the sector. </p><h3 class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1">Other Information</h3><div class="ExternalClass153EF094F7E2486595FFFD908AB811E1"><ul><li>April 4, 2019 – Minister of Education Statement: <a title="Government of Ontario Protecting and Sustaining Education" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/04/government-of-ontario-protecting-and-sustaining-education.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Government of Ontario Protecting and Sustaining Education</a></li><li>April 3, 2019 – Ministry of Education SB02 memo: <a title="Key Planning Details for Attrition Protection" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/SB2019/SB02_EN_Final.pdf" target="_blank"> Key Planning Details for Attrition Protection</a></li><li>March 27, 2019 - News Release: <a title="2018 Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure Reveals Unsustainable Trend Across the Public Sector" href="https://news.ontario.ca/tbs/en/2019/03/2018-ontario-public-sector-salary-disclosure-reveals-unsustainable-trend-across-the-public-sector.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">2018 Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure Reveals Unsustainable Trend Across the Public Sector</a><br></li></ul></div></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=330
OPSBA Advocacy Day at Queen’s Parkhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=329OPSBA Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park2019-04-09T14:56:38Z<div class="ExternalClass0EED78ED61FD4B5893572A7490A89D9E"><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;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;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/AdvocacyDayhomepage.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:297px;" />On April 8, OPSBA President Cathy Abraham was joined by <a title="Executive Council" href="/who-we-are/structure/executive-council" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Executive Council</a> members and OPSBA senior staff in an Advocacy Day at Queen's Park.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;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;"><span style="font-size:1.6rem;">OPSBA Advocacy Day provided an opportunity for OPSBA representatives to build on collaborative relationships with provincial </span><span style="font-size:1.6rem;">stakeholders – both MPPs and political staff.</span><span style="font-size:1.6rem;"> </span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;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;">OPSBA Advocacy Day featured meetings and conversations with all four political parties – the Progressive Conservatives, New Democrats, Liberals and Greens. President Abraham and Executive Director Rusty Hick also met with staff from the Premier's Office, the Ministries of Education and Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Treasury Boards Secretariat. <br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;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;">We will continue to strongly advocate to the government and opposition parties the best interests and needs of Ontario's public school system, which serves more than 1.3 million elementary and secondary students. <a title="OPSBA's priorities" href="/advocacy-and-action" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">OPSBA's priorities </a>were re-introduced and time was taken to emphasize the success of public education from each of our member boards.<br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=329
Call for Nominations for OPSBA Elected Positions 2019 http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=328Call for Nominations for OPSBA Elected Positions 2019 2019-04-08T14:53:20Z<div class="ExternalClassDB3ABF29FCE04ABD9AFDCE83222A9800"><p>​<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/OPSBAlogo.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:300px;" />The OPSBA 2019 elections will be held as part of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which takes place from July 4-7, 2019 in Toronto. OPSBA is looking forward to welcoming you to OPSBA's 31th Annual General Meeting.</p><p><strong>All nominations received by the nomination deadline of 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, will be published in the OPSBA Election Handbook.</strong><br></p><h3>Executive Positions</h3><p>Positions to be decided through the election process at the Annual General Meeting and at the accompanying regional meetings are as follows:</p><ul><li>President;</li><li>First Vice-President;</li><li>Second Vice-President;</li><li>Vice-President/Chair and Vice-Chair of each of the five OPSBA regions: Central East, Central West, Eastern, Northern, and Western.</li></ul><p><strong>Please note the following important guidelines if you are considering running for </strong><em><strong>President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President or Regional Vice-President.</strong></em></p><ul><li>The <strong>deadline</strong> for nominations for these Executive Council positions is 30 days prior to the AGM where the elections will be held. This means that nominations for President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President and the Regional Vice-Presidents must be received at the OPSBA office by <strong>4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – the nomination deadline.</strong></li><li>If a candidate is interested in <strong>standing for more than one</strong> of the above-noted positions, the candidate must declare his or her interest in each respective position <strong>by the nomination deadline.</strong> This is very important, as there is <strong>no opportunity for "dropping down"</strong> on the day that elections are held at the AGM (i.e., being considered for another of these positions if a candidate is unsuccessful for the first). Nominations are only accepted from the floor of the AGM <span style="text-decoration:underline;">if no advance nomination</span> has been received for the position of President, First Vice-President and Second Vice-President.</li><li>As well, nominations for <strong>Regional Vice-President</strong> for each of the five regions must be submitted by the <strong>same deadline – June 4.</strong> Nominations will ONLY be accepted from the floor of each Regional Council election meeting <span style="text-decoration:underline;">if no nomination</span> for that Region's Vice-President position has been received in advance.</li></ul><h3>Nominations for Regional Vice-Chairs and Members of Core Issue Work Groups</h3><ul><li>The nomination and election process for the position of Regional Vice-Chair (alternate to the Regional Vice-President) or representatives on the Work Groups (Education Program and Policy Development) permits nominations to be taken from the floor of the Regional meeting. However, advance nominations and bios for these positions are encouraged as those provided by June 4, 2019 will be included in the AGM Election Handbook which is distributed to boards and voting delegates prior to the election. The nominee information will also be posted on the OPSBA website.</li><li>There is a requirement that candidates for the position of Regional Vice-Chair must be a confirmed member of the incoming Board of Directors. Prior to holding the election of the Regional Vice-Chair, each Board's Voting Delegate will be asked to confirm their board's appointment(s) to Board of Directors to ensure candidates qualify to stand for election.</li></ul><h3>Nominations, Nomination Forms and Biographies</h3><ul><li>The <a title="2019 Election Nomination Form" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/AGM_NominationForm.pdf" target="_blank">2019 Election Nomination Form</a>, <a title="Candidates’ Election Guide" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/AGM_CandidatesGuide.pdf" target="_blank">Candidates’ Election Guide</a> as well as the <a title="OPSBA Roles and Responsibilities Guide" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/AGM_RolesAndResponsibilities.pdf" target="_blank">OPSBA Roles and Responsibilities Guide</a> are available online.</li><li>Nominations can be made by any trustee from a member board in good standing once they have confirmed the nominee is willing to stand for the elected position.</li><li>Trustees running for election are asked to ensure that their nomination form and a brief biography, in an electronic format, are submitted to the OPSBA office no later than end of day <strong>Tuesday, June 4, 2019.</strong> A biography should be <span style="text-decoration:underline;">no longer than one page</span> in length (for consistent formatting) and include the candidate's photograph. This information will be printed in the AGM Election Guide, which is distributed to member boards so they can review the slate of candidates running for various positions and provide guidance to their voting delegates.</li><li>Information on the candidates running for the various positions will also be posted on the OPSBA website after the nomination deadline.</li></ul><h3>Confirmation of Board of Directors Members and Elections to Core Issue Work Groups</h3><ul><li>At the Regional meetings held during the Annual General Meeting and Conference, member boards confirm their Board’s member (and alternate) to OPSBA's Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 term.</li><li>School authorities have an opportunity to elect one representative to the Board of Directors at a specially convened meeting of district school area boards at the AGM.</li><li>The Indigenous Trustees’ Council members meet at the AGM prior to the regional meetings in order to elect their representative on the Board of Directors.</li><li>Confirmation is received in writing prior to the AGM from the group of treatment center school authorities naming their representative and alternate on the Board of Directors for the upcoming year.</li><li>During the Regional Meetings, each region holds elections to choose their members and alternate members to the Education Program and Policy Development Core Issues Work Groups for 2019-2020. Northern Sub-Region East and Northern Sub-Region West each elect one representative and one alternate to the two work Groups.</li></ul><p><strong>Note:</strong> All Election material is available on the <a href="/events-and-publications/agm-program">AGM and Program</a> page of the OPSBA website!<br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=328
Ministry of Education Update, April 2019http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=327Ministry of Education Update, April 20192019-04-12T13:05:43Z<div class="ExternalClass41AF1023ECBA4CD1AC27B79A8E37C93C"><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 style="margin:0px;text-align:left;color:#262626;text-transform:none;line-height:29.02px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:20.73px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">OPSBA Summaries<br></h3><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;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;"><a title="Summary of 2019 B Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2019B_Memoranda.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#4c2c92;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">2019 B Memoranda</a> (funding policy, financial matters)<br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;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;"><a title="Summary of 2019 SB Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2019SB_Memoranda.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#4c2c92;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">2019 SB Memoranda</a> (administrative information, clarification on financial matters)<br></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 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></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><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 style="margin:0px;text-align:left;color:#262626;text-transform:none;line-height:29.02px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:20.73px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">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><br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=327
OPSBA in the Media, April 2019http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=326OPSBA in the Media, April 20192019-04-18T12:51:11Z<div class="ExternalClass575A628BCB0143F49C950B1768061F7A"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:232px;" /><strong>Last year, this Peel high school teacher finally landed a full-time job. This year? A layoff notice</strong><br><span style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:600;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline;white-space:normal;orphans:2;float:none;"><strong>Kristin Rushowy, The Star, Apr. 17, 2019</strong><br></span>Marta Bedard comes from a family of teachers — mom, sister, aunts — and “essentially grew up” in her mother’s elementary classroom in Peel Region.</p><p>After leaving a career in public relations to become a teacher herself, Bedard spent years as a supply before finally landing a full-time position at Brampton’s Turner Fenton Secondary School last June.<br><a title="Last year, this Peel high school teacher finally landed a full-time job. This year? A layoff notice" href="https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2019/04/17/last-year-this-peel-high-school-teacher-finally-landed-a-full-time-job-this-year-a-layoff-notice.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p>​<strong>As Ontario education funding rises by less than inflation, critics call it ‘rolling back the clock’</strong><br><strong>Kristin Rushowy, The Star, Apr. 11, 2019</strong><br>The Ontario government will spend $1 billion more on education over the next three years, mostly to meet the costs of growing enrolment and a new child-care rebate — an amount critics said won’t even cover inflation.<br><a title="As Ontario education funding rises by less than inflation, critics call it ‘rolling back the clock’" href="https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2019/04/11/education-funding-rises-to-meet-growing-enrolment-daycare-costs.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>High school classes of 46? That’s where Halton board warns Ford government changes to education could lead</strong><br><strong>Kristin Rushowy, The Star, Apr. 10, 2019</strong><br>The Halton public school board is warning that classes could balloon to 46 students as the Ford government cuts the number of high school teachers over the next four years.<br><a title="High school classes of 46? That’s where Halton board warns Ford government changes to education could lead" href="https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2019/04/10/high-school-classes-of-46-thats-where-halton-board-warns-ford-government-changes-to-education-could-lead.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Ontario government to cut 3,475 teaching positions, provincial memos say</strong><br><strong>Kristin Rushowy, The Star, Apr. 5, 2019</strong><br>The Ford government is planning to cut 3,475 teaching jobs over the next four years in a move that will save $851 million, according to education ministry memo, obtained by the Star.<br><a title="Ontario government to cut 3,475 teaching positions, provincial memos say" href="https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2019/04/04/ontario-government-to-cut-over-10000-teaching-positions-provincial-memos-say.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=326
Future of Aviation competition for youthhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=325Future of Aviation competition for youth2019-04-02T13:05:40Z<div class="ExternalClass2E5C2FC0F4374C7FBF8D8B9A149A7CBB"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="AviationCompetition.png" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Lists/Posts/Post/AviationCompetition.png" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:110px;" />Ontario youth are being invited to participate in a <strong>Future of Aviation</strong> competition to provide ideas and concepts of what their future could look like. Whether they see themselves with a career as an aircraft or space ship pilot, a remote pilot flying drones, in other areas of aviation, or as a passenger/consumer, these age-appropriate competitions offer students the opportunity to be limitless with their imaginations and come up with innovative ideas that might someday become a reality.</p><p>Details on the competition can be found at: <a title="Future of Aviation competition" href="https://www4.icao.int/futureaviation/Future" target="_blank">https://www4.icao.int/futureaviation/Future</a></p><p>A specialized agency of the United Nations, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection. Headquartered in Montreal and with Canada being one of only 10 countries in the world to host a United Nations headquarters, ICAO serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 190 Member States.<br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=325
OHRC launches videos on its new accessible education policyhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=324OHRC launches videos on its new accessible education policy2019-03-29T15:08:37Z<div class="ExternalClassA144C53694CC4F8187E0A8EB9F6F9601"><p style="text-align:center;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-3" alt="OHRC.jpg" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Lists/Posts/Post/OHRC.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has released video of a training session on its new Policy on accessible education for students with disabilities. Some of the key elements of the policy include:</p><ul><li>The vital importance of education to a person's social, academic and economic development – and the need for accessibility and accommodation in the process</li><li>A broad definition of disability </li><li>Up-to-date information about human rights and responsibilities for students, parents and educators<br></li><li>Practical guidance to education providers to meet their legal duty to accommodate<br></li></ul><p>The videos are available in English, with both English and French captioning options and each video features ASL translation.<br></p><p>View the videos on YouTube now at <a href="http://bit.ly/2FAueV0" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/2FAueV0</a>. <br></p><br></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=324
Legislative Update, March 25, 2019http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=323Legislative Update, March 25, 20192019-03-25T15:16:42Z<div class="ExternalClassCB3ED72A7AE142D5AF2F089C3E5687C8"><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 returned to the Legislature on March 18 after their constituency week. </p><h3><a title="Bill 48, Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act" href="https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-48" target="_blank"><em>Bill 48, Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act</em></a></h3><p>MPPs continued Third Reading debate on this legislation. On February 25, OPSBA President Cathy Abraham and Executive Director Rusty Hick <a title="OPSBA presentation on Bill 48" href="/OUR%20PRIORITIES/Documents/Speaking%20Notes%20-%20Bill%2048%20Safe%20and%20Supporting%20Classrooms%20Act.pdf">presented to the Standing Committee on Social Policy</a> regarding the bill and its proposed amendments. This legislation was introduced on October 25, 2018. </p><h3><a title="Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act" href="https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-66" target="_blank"><em>Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act</em> </a></h3><p>Prior to the March Break, this legislation was referred to the Standing Committee on General Government. Public hearings were held on March 18, 2019. The bill had clausal review and was sent back to the House for Third Reading. OPSBA sent a <a title="OPSBA submission on Bill 66" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Submission%20re%20Bill%2066_March2019.pdf">written submission</a> to the Committee responding to proposed amendments in Schedule 3 that affects the <em>Education Act</em> and the <em>Child Care and Early Years Act</em>. This legislation was introduced on December 6, 2018.<br></p><h3><span lang="EN">Government’s New Vision for Education – <a title="Education that Works for You" href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/education-works" target="_blank">“Education that Works for You”</a></span></h3><p><span lang="EN">On March 15, 2019 Education Minister Lisa Thompson issued the news release, <a title="Government news release" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/03/back-to-basics-math-curriculum-renewed-focus-on-skilled-trades-and-cellphone-ban-in-the-classroom-co.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">'Back-to-Basics' Math Curriculum, Renewed Focus on Skilled Trades and Cellphone Ban in the Classroom Coming Soon to Ontario</a>. The announcement includes the government’s plans for many areas in education, including: e-learning, the Grants for Student Needs (GSN), Technology/Broadband, Cellphones, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), Math Curriculum, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum, Skilled Trades, Financial Literacy, Indigenous Education and the Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum.  Included in this announcement were details for a next phase for consultations regarding Hiring Practices and Class Size, with a feedback deadline of May 31, 2019. </span></p><p><span lang="EN">For these two consultations, OPSBA’s Labour Relations team will take the lead and work with our member boards via </span>HR leads (senior negotiators) and the Association’s Labour Relations Steering Committee. OPSBA’s Executive Council and Board of Directors will discuss the input to this extended consultation at their next meetings. The Education Program and Policy Development Work Teams will also be discussing the other pieces at their upcoming meetings. </p><p>Following the announcement, OPSBA issued the news release, <span lang="EN-US"><a title="OPSBA news release" href="/Media%20Desk/Pages/OPSBA-welcomes-continued-engagement-on-government’s-proposals-but-has-class-size-concerns.aspx">OPSBA welcomes continued engagement but has class size concerns</a> </span><span lang="EN-US">and a separate <a title="OPSBA statement" href="/Media%20Desk/Pages/OPSBA-statement-regarding-secondary-class-sizes-.aspx">statement</a> about proposed secondary class sizes.</span><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><a title="Ministry Memo B8" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/B2019/B08_EN.pdf" target="_blank">Ministry Memo B8: New Vision for Education</a></span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><a title="Ministry Memo B9" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/B2019/B09_EN.pdf" target="_blank">Ministry Memo B9: Next Phase of Consultations on Hiring Practices and Class Sizes</a></span> </p><h3>Ontario Autism Program (OAP) </h3><p>On March 21, <span lang="EN-US">Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa MacLeod issued the news release, <a title="Government news release re children with autism" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2019/03/ontario-enhancing-support-for-children-with-autism.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Enhancing Support for Children with Autism</a>. The ministry will reopen consultations on how to provide autism treatment services to children with the most complex needs. Under the “enhanced” program, families with children with autism under the age of six will still receive $20,000 annually and those with children six and over will receive $5,000. However, the funding will no longer be connected to a family’s income. The government’s goal remains to clear the province’s 23,000-child long waitlist for services.</span><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p><p> In response to this and restating concerns about class size, OPSBA issued the following <a title="OPSBA statement re secondary class sizes" href="/Media%20and%20Resources/opsba-statement-regarding-secondary-class-sizes">statement</a>: <em>“Following today’s announcement regarding enhanced support for children with autism, we look forward to the government taking a similar second look at proposed secondary class size changes during the consultation process that has been established. Raising class size averages from 22 to 28 will have a dramatic and harmful effect on both students and staff in secondary schools across Ontario. We will continue to seek every opportunity to consult with the government on the impacts of any proposed changes to public education.”</em><br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=323
Ministry of Education Update, March 2019http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=322Ministry of Education Update, March 20192019-03-18T18:51:32Z<div class="ExternalClass896F14F08CC1452392784908E84E31A0"><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 style="margin:0px;text-align:left;color:#262626;text-transform:none;line-height:29.02px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:20.73px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">OPSBA Summaries<br></h3><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;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;"><a title="Summary of 2019 B Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2019B_Memoranda.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#4c2c92;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">2019 B Memoranda</a> (funding policy, financial matters)<br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;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;"><a title="Summary of 2019 SB Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2019SB_Memoranda.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#4c2c92;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">2019 SB Memoranda</a> (administrative information, clarification on financial matters)<br></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 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></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><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 style="margin:0px;text-align:left;color:#262626;text-transform:none;line-height:29.02px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:20.73px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">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><br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=322
2019 Education Labour Relations and HR Symposiumhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=3212019 Education Labour Relations and HR Symposium2019-03-18T12:42:03Z<div class="ExternalClass8DA842A8A286454EA8ACD5EC90AC6A36"><h3><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/PublishingImages/peopleabstract.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:201px;" />** NEW **  ANNOUNCEMENTS </h3><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;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;">1:00 p.m.  <strong style="font-weight:600;">Laurie Scott</strong>, MPP, Minister of Labour</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;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;">1:20 p.m.  Keynote Speaker:  <strong style="font-weight:600;">JAIME WATT</strong></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;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;">Jaime Watt is the Executive Chairman of Navigator. Widely regarded as Canada's leading high stakes communications strategist, he is a trusted advisor to boards of directors, business and professional leaders as well as political leaders at all three levels of government across Canada. </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;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;">Jaime has been involved in governance education and thought leadership throughout his career. He is a guest lecturer at a variety of Rotman School programmes at the University of Toronto and is a Lecturer at the Ivey School of Business at Western University. He regularly provides expert opinion in challenging governance situations.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;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;">A highly regarded speaker, Jaime appears often as a public affairs commentator in the media. He is a regular contributor to the CBC, including: The Weekly with Wendy Mesley, The House with Chris Hall, and its flagship news program The National. He also writes a weekly column for The Toronto Star and is a Policy Magazine contributing writer.<br></p><p>There is still time to <a href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/2019LRS_OnlineRegistration.aspx">register</a> for OPSBA's premier labour relations and human resources professional learning opportunity. <br></p><p>The 2019 <a href="/events-and-publications/labour-relations-symposium"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium</span></a> takes place <strong>April 4 and 5</strong> at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. </p><p>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>Presentations will cover a wide range of relevant topics, including:</p><ul><li>Invisible Disabilities: Understanding the Challenges and Duties in the Employment Context</li><li>Implementing/Managing a Collective Agreement</li><li>School Boards Collective Bargaining Act (SBCBA)</li><li>Province-Wide Group Benefits – 2 Years Later</li><li>Local Bargaining in 2019 - Keeping Your Own House In Order</li><li>It's April 2019: Where Are We In Central Bargaining?</li><li>Reflection of Values within Collective Bargaining</li><li>Progressive Discipline for School Boards</li><li>Arbitration</li><li>Legal Restrictions on the Role of Trustee as Advocate</li><li>Medical and Recreational Cannabis in Schools: the Law and Best Practices</li><li>OPSBA Portal</li><li>Ambiguity of Trustee Role in Bargaining</li><li>Performance Appraisals for Support Staff</li><li>What's New? A Statutory and Case Law Update<br></li></ul><p>For more information, including a <a href="/events-and-publications/labour-relations-symposium"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">program outline and hotel information</span></a>, visit the Symposium webpage.<br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=321

Apr 09
OPSBA Legislative Update, April 5, 2019

Bill 48, Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act and Bill 66, Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act

Update: Third reading carried for both bills this past week and both have now received Royal Assent.

For Bill 48, the Ministry of Education issued the release Government Continues to Improve Education, which outlines the amendments made to the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996 (OCTA), as well as the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 (ECEA), the Teaching Profession Act (TPA), and the Education Act.

For Bill 66, the Ministry of Education sent a memo on April 4 to the sector entitled, "Legislative and regulatory updates to the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and the Education Act." The memo refers to a "series of proposed regulatory amendments" posted for public input and commentary. OPSBA will review the regulatory amendments and share with the work teams.

For more details see Proposed Regulatory Amendments

The OPSBA submissions for Bill 48 and Bill 66 can be found on our website under Advocacy and Action

Public Sector Compensation Consultations

On April 4, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy delivered a luncheon speech at the Canadian Club called, "The Path to Balance: Protecting What Matters Most."  He announced "the government's intention to consult with Ontario public sector employers and bargaining agents about how to achieve reasonable public sector compensation growth." The government has invited public-sector employers and bargaining agents that cover thousands of workers from teachers to nurses to provincial police to participate in consultations, asking them to consider different approaches to managing compensation.  

The news release, Ensuring Sustainable Public Sector Wages to Protect Front-Line Services, was released as well as a backgrounder that includes the consultation questions. 

Ontario Autism Program (OAP)

Coinciding with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2019, Health Minister Christine Elliott, Education Minister Lisa Thompson and Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod made an announcement at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and issued the news release Province Consulting with Parents on Enhancements to the Ontario Autism Program. The government is launching public consultations for a needs-based approach to autism treatment funding following a string of protests by parents and advocates upset with the initial age- and income-based policy announced nearly two months ago. Beginning in May, the government "will engage in public consultations through an online survey and telephone town halls. These consultations will help inform how our government can better support children and youth with autism who have complex needs, including through additional direct funding. A new advisory panel will be made up of parents with lived experience, autistic adults and experts from a range of disciplines like psychology, behavioural analysis, rehabilitation services, education, developmental pediatrics and research." The panel will review the consultation results and report back to the minister with advice later this summer. 

Education Development Charges (EDC)

On March 29, the Ministry of Education issued memo B11, Interim Changes to Education Development Charges (EDC). Regulation amendments were filed on March 29, 2019 to allow for "modest EDC rate increases while the government continues to review the EDC framework." This follows last fall's announcement (Memo B15, Temporary Cap on Education Development Charge Rates) that froze the EDC rate and the creation of working group for the review. OPSBA continues to advocate for a revised regulation that allows more local flexibility for capital and renewal costs. 

Ontario Reg. 20/98: Education Development Charges - General 

Centralized Procurement

On March 18, the government issued the news release, Government Saving the People of Ontario a Billion Dollars Annually. The announcement states the government's intention for efficiencies and central procurement practices across broader public sector organizations, which includes education. OPSBA, along with COSBO and OASBO, will be working with the Ministry of Education to  provide supports to the sector. 

Other Information

Apr 09
OPSBA Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park

On April 8, OPSBA President Cathy Abraham was joined by Executive Council members and OPSBA senior staff in an Advocacy Day at Queen's Park.

OPSBA Advocacy Day provided an opportunity for OPSBA representatives to build on collaborative relationships with provincial stakeholders – both MPPs and political staff. 

OPSBA Advocacy Day featured meetings and conversations with all four political parties – the Progressive Conservatives, New Democrats, Liberals and Greens. President Abraham and Executive Director Rusty Hick also met with staff from the Premier's Office, the Ministries of Education and Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Treasury Boards Secretariat.

We will continue to strongly advocate to the government and opposition parties the best interests and needs of Ontario's public school system, which serves more than 1.3 million elementary and secondary students. OPSBA's priorities were re-introduced and time was taken to emphasize the success of public education from each of our member boards.

Apr 08
Call for Nominations for OPSBA Elected Positions 2019

The OPSBA 2019 elections will be held as part of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which takes place from July 4-7, 2019 in Toronto. OPSBA is looking forward to welcoming you to OPSBA's 31th Annual General Meeting.

All nominations received by the nomination deadline of 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, will be published in the OPSBA Election Handbook.

Executive Positions

Positions to be decided through the election process at the Annual General Meeting and at the accompanying regional meetings are as follows:

  • President;
  • First Vice-President;
  • Second Vice-President;
  • Vice-President/Chair and Vice-Chair of each of the five OPSBA regions: Central East, Central West, Eastern, Northern, and Western.

Please note the following important guidelines if you are considering running for President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President or Regional Vice-President.

  • The deadline for nominations for these Executive Council positions is 30 days prior to the AGM where the elections will be held. This means that nominations for President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President and the Regional Vice-Presidents must be received at the OPSBA office by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – the nomination deadline.
  • If a candidate is interested in standing for more than one of the above-noted positions, the candidate must declare his or her interest in each respective position by the nomination deadline. This is very important, as there is no opportunity for "dropping down" on the day that elections are held at the AGM (i.e., being considered for another of these positions if a candidate is unsuccessful for the first). Nominations are only accepted from the floor of the AGM if no advance nomination has been received for the position of President, First Vice-President and Second Vice-President.
  • As well, nominations for Regional Vice-President for each of the five regions must be submitted by the same deadline – June 4. Nominations will ONLY be accepted from the floor of each Regional Council election meeting if no nomination for that Region's Vice-President position has been received in advance.

Nominations for Regional Vice-Chairs and Members of Core Issue Work Groups

  • The nomination and election process for the position of Regional Vice-Chair (alternate to the Regional Vice-President) or representatives on the Work Groups (Education Program and Policy Development) permits nominations to be taken from the floor of the Regional meeting. However, advance nominations and bios for these positions are encouraged as those provided by June 4, 2019 will be included in the AGM Election Handbook which is distributed to boards and voting delegates prior to the election. The nominee information will also be posted on the OPSBA website.
  • There is a requirement that candidates for the position of Regional Vice-Chair must be a confirmed member of the incoming Board of Directors. Prior to holding the election of the Regional Vice-Chair, each Board's Voting Delegate will be asked to confirm their board's appointment(s) to Board of Directors to ensure candidates qualify to stand for election.

Nominations, Nomination Forms and Biographies

  • The 2019 Election Nomination Form, Candidates’ Election Guide as well as the OPSBA Roles and Responsibilities Guide are available online.
  • Nominations can be made by any trustee from a member board in good standing once they have confirmed the nominee is willing to stand for the elected position.
  • Trustees running for election are asked to ensure that their nomination form and a brief biography, in an electronic format, are submitted to the OPSBA office no later than end of day Tuesday, June 4, 2019. A biography should be no longer than one page in length (for consistent formatting) and include the candidate's photograph. This information will be printed in the AGM Election Guide, which is distributed to member boards so they can review the slate of candidates running for various positions and provide guidance to their voting delegates.
  • Information on the candidates running for the various positions will also be posted on the OPSBA website after the nomination deadline.

Confirmation of Board of Directors Members and Elections to Core Issue Work Groups

  • At the Regional meetings held during the Annual General Meeting and Conference, member boards confirm their Board’s member (and alternate) to OPSBA's Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 term.
  • School authorities have an opportunity to elect one representative to the Board of Directors at a specially convened meeting of district school area boards at the AGM.
  • The Indigenous Trustees’ Council members meet at the AGM prior to the regional meetings in order to elect their representative on the Board of Directors.
  • Confirmation is received in writing prior to the AGM from the group of treatment center school authorities naming their representative and alternate on the Board of Directors for the upcoming year.
  • During the Regional Meetings, each region holds elections to choose their members and alternate members to the Education Program and Policy Development Core Issues Work Groups for 2019-2020. Northern Sub-Region East and Northern Sub-Region West each elect one representative and one alternate to the two work Groups.

Note: All Election material is available on the AGM and Program page of the OPSBA website!

Apr 08
Ministry of Education Update, April 2019

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

OPSBA Summaries

2019 B Memoranda (funding policy, financial matters)

2019 SB Memoranda (administrative information, clarification on financial matters)

2018 B Memoranda

2018 SB Memoranda

2017 B Memoranda

2017 SB Memoranda

Ministry of Education Memoranda

B and SB Memoranda

Apr 05
OPSBA in the Media, April 2019

Last year, this Peel high school teacher finally landed a full-time job. This year? A layoff notice
Kristin Rushowy, The Star, Apr. 17, 2019
Marta Bedard comes from a family of teachers — mom, sister, aunts — and “essentially grew up” in her mother’s elementary classroom in Peel Region.

After leaving a career in public relations to become a teacher herself, Bedard spent years as a supply before finally landing a full-time position at Brampton’s Turner Fenton Secondary School last June.
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As Ontario education funding rises by less than inflation, critics call it ‘rolling back the clock’
Kristin Rushowy, The Star, Apr. 11, 2019
The Ontario government will spend $1 billion more on education over the next three years, mostly to meet the costs of growing enrolment and a new child-care rebate — an amount critics said won’t even cover inflation.
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High school classes of 46? That’s where Halton board warns Ford government changes to education could lead
Kristin Rushowy, The Star, Apr. 10, 2019
The Halton public school board is warning that classes could balloon to 46 students as the Ford government cuts the number of high school teachers over the next four years.
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Ontario government to cut 3,475 teaching positions, provincial memos say
Kristin Rushowy, The Star, Apr. 5, 2019
The Ford government is planning to cut 3,475 teaching jobs over the next four years in a move that will save $851 million, according to education ministry memo, obtained by the Star.
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Apr 02
Future of Aviation competition for youth

AviationCompetition.pngOntario youth are being invited to participate in a Future of Aviation competition to provide ideas and concepts of what their future could look like. Whether they see themselves with a career as an aircraft or space ship pilot, a remote pilot flying drones, in other areas of aviation, or as a passenger/consumer, these age-appropriate competitions offer students the opportunity to be limitless with their imaginations and come up with innovative ideas that might someday become a reality.

Details on the competition can be found at: https://www4.icao.int/futureaviation/Future

A specialized agency of the United Nations, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection. Headquartered in Montreal and with Canada being one of only 10 countries in the world to host a United Nations headquarters, ICAO serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 190 Member States.

Mar 29
OHRC launches videos on its new accessible education policy

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The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has released video of a training session on its new Policy on accessible education for students with disabilities. Some of the key elements of the policy include:

  • The vital importance of education to a person's social, academic and economic development – and the need for accessibility and accommodation in the process
  • A broad definition of disability
  • Up-to-date information about human rights and responsibilities for students, parents and educators
  • Practical guidance to education providers to meet their legal duty to accommodate

The videos are available in English, with both English and French captioning options and each video features ASL translation.

View the videos on YouTube now at http://bit.ly/2FAueV0


Mar 25
Legislative Update, March 25, 2019

MPPs returned to the Legislature on March 18 after their constituency week. 

Bill 48, Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act

MPPs continued Third Reading debate on this legislation. On February 25, OPSBA President Cathy Abraham and Executive Director Rusty Hick presented to the Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding the bill and its proposed amendments. This legislation was introduced on October 25, 2018. 

Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act

Prior to the March Break, this legislation was referred to the Standing Committee on General Government. Public hearings were held on March 18, 2019. The bill had clausal review and was sent back to the House for Third Reading. OPSBA sent a written submission to the Committee responding to proposed amendments in Schedule 3 that affects the Education Act and the Child Care and Early Years Act. This legislation was introduced on December 6, 2018.

Government’s New Vision for Education – “Education that Works for You”

On March 15, 2019 Education Minister Lisa Thompson issued the news release, 'Back-to-Basics' Math Curriculum, Renewed Focus on Skilled Trades and Cellphone Ban in the Classroom Coming Soon to Ontario. The announcement includes the government’s plans for many areas in education, including: e-learning, the Grants for Student Needs (GSN), Technology/Broadband, Cellphones, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), Math Curriculum, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum, Skilled Trades, Financial Literacy, Indigenous Education and the Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum.  Included in this announcement were details for a next phase for consultations regarding Hiring Practices and Class Size, with a feedback deadline of May 31, 2019.

For these two consultations, OPSBA’s Labour Relations team will take the lead and work with our member boards via HR leads (senior negotiators) and the Association’s Labour Relations Steering Committee. OPSBA’s Executive Council and Board of Directors will discuss the input to this extended consultation at their next meetings. The Education Program and Policy Development Work Teams will also be discussing the other pieces at their upcoming meetings. 

Following the announcement, OPSBA issued the news release, OPSBA welcomes continued engagement but has class size concerns and a separate statement about proposed secondary class sizes. 

Ministry Memo B8: New Vision for Education

Ministry Memo B9: Next Phase of Consultations on Hiring Practices and Class Sizes 

Ontario Autism Program (OAP)

On March 21, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa MacLeod issued the news release, Ontario Enhancing Support for Children with Autism. The ministry will reopen consultations on how to provide autism treatment services to children with the most complex needs. Under the “enhanced” program, families with children with autism under the age of six will still receive $20,000 annually and those with children six and over will receive $5,000. However, the funding will no longer be connected to a family’s income. The government’s goal remains to clear the province’s 23,000-child long waitlist for services. 

In response to this and restating concerns about class size, OPSBA issued the following statement: “Following today’s announcement regarding enhanced support for children with autism, we look forward to the government taking a similar second look at proposed secondary class size changes during the consultation process that has been established. Raising class size averages from 22 to 28 will have a dramatic and harmful effect on both students and staff in secondary schools across Ontario. We will continue to seek every opportunity to consult with the government on the impacts of any proposed changes to public education.”

Mar 18
Ministry of Education Update, March 2019

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

OPSBA Summaries

2019 B Memoranda (funding policy, financial matters)

2019 SB Memoranda (administrative information, clarification on financial matters)

2018 B Memoranda

2018 SB Memoranda

2017 B Memoranda

2017 SB Memoranda

Ministry of Education Memoranda

B and SB Memoranda

Mar 11
2019 Education Labour Relations and HR Symposium

** NEW **  ANNOUNCEMENTS

1:00 p.m.  Laurie Scott, MPP, Minister of Labour

1:20 p.m.  Keynote Speaker:  JAIME WATT

Jaime Watt is the Executive Chairman of Navigator. Widely regarded as Canada's leading high stakes communications strategist, he is a trusted advisor to boards of directors, business and professional leaders as well as political leaders at all three levels of government across Canada.

Jaime has been involved in governance education and thought leadership throughout his career. He is a guest lecturer at a variety of Rotman School programmes at the University of Toronto and is a Lecturer at the Ivey School of Business at Western University. He regularly provides expert opinion in challenging governance situations.

A highly regarded speaker, Jaime appears often as a public affairs commentator in the media. He is a regular contributor to the CBC, including: The Weekly with Wendy Mesley, The House with Chris Hall, and its flagship news program The National. He also writes a weekly column for The Toronto Star and is a Policy Magazine contributing writer.

There is still time to register for OPSBA's premier labour relations and human resources professional learning opportunity. 

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.

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