Better Local Government Act, 2018 was introduced on July 30 by Steve
Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The legislation affects
municipal and regional elections, including reducing the number of Toronto city council
wards from 47 to 25 to match existing federal and provincial
Under very short timelines, the Toronto DSB will now have to
re-determine the distribution of their 22 trustees to align with the 25 wards.
Regulation 412 has been amended to include revised timelines, which will be
revoked after the next municipal election.
Government House Leader Todd Smith confirmed that the summer
session will continue with MPPs back in the House on August
Back on Bill 5, Better Local Government Act, 2018
5, Better Local Government Act, 2018
Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
On July 26, the PC Government’s introductory legislation, Bill
2, the Urgent Priorities Act, was granted Royal Assent. The omnibus bill made
changes to Hydro One governance rules; ordered striking York University faculty
back to work; and cancelled the White Pines wind project. Premier Doug Ford
released a statement on July 25 announcing the House will continue sitting this
summer for two to three more weeks. Details surrounding the legislative calendar
are to be released in the near future. According to the current parliamentary
calendar, the House is scheduled to kick off its fall session on Monday,
September 10. There is some speculation that the House may resume after this
fall’s International Plowing Match and Rural Expo that occurs September 18-22,
On July 27, The Premier announced the intention to
introduce legislation, the Better Local Government Act, that will affect
municipal and regional elections, including the number of Toronto city council
wards down from 47 to 25. The new wards are to match existing federal and
provincial ridings. Media reports indicate that there will be no changes to the
number of school board trustees. OPSBA staff will review the legislation once it’s
Regarding the TDSB trustees, the backgrounder includes the
Question: How will the Better Local Government Act impact the races
for Toronto area School Board Trustees?
Answer: School Board trustees are elected under the Education
Act. There are no changes to the Education Act and the number of school board
trustees will remain unchanged. The nomination deadline would be extended to
September 14, 2018. Ontario Regulation 412/00 under the Education Act would be
amended to ensure that Toronto school board trustee seats are aligned to the
revised Toronto ward boundaries.
release and backgrounder.
On July 25, OPSBA sent a letter to the
Minister of Education regarding the Health and Physical Education curriculum. On July 24,
the Ministry issued memo B13 re: Next steps regarding the
wind-down of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funding (GGRF) program.
Please see the following updated OPSBA summaries indicated below for information regarding Ministry of Education 2018 B and SB Memoranda.
2018 B Memoranda (funding policy, financial matters)
2018 SB Memoranda (administrative information, clarification on financial matters)
2017 B Memoranda
2017 SB Memoranda
Ministry of Education Memoranda
B and SB Memoranda
Queen’s Park reconvened for a rare summer sitting on
Wednesday with a first order of business to elect a speaker. Candidates for
speaker had to be officially nominated in the House, after which MPPs from all
parties voted in secret for their preferred candidate using paper ballots.
Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott was elected Ontario’s new Speaker of the
House on the first ballot. Arnott is a former deputy speaker and has been an
MPP since 1990.
On July 11, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant
Governor of Ontario, delivered the Speech
from the Throne which opened the first Session of the 42nd Parliament of
Ontario. Next Monday will be the first official sitting day of the session. The
new chamber seating
plan includes 14 PC MPPs that have to sit on the other side of the aisle in
between the Liberal and NDP caucuses.
Most MPPs now have
their constituency and Queen’s Park offices set up but not all political staff
have been hired. All contact information is available on the legislative
website, including the list of new cabinet ministers and
their parliamentary assistants.
NDP Leader Andrea
Horwath will not be assigning new critic roles to her caucus ahead of the
summer legislative session. Horwath told reporters NDP MPPs from the previous
government will hold onto their former critic roles until fall.
Interim Liberal leader John Fraser announced the
seven-person Liberal caucus will take on the following critic portfolios:
Sault boards talk about sex-ed and common senseJeff Ougler, The Sault Star, Jul. 24, 2018Algoma District School Board is taking a “wait-and-see approach” as tension elsewhere in Ontario mounts over the provincial government’s controversial decision to scrap the sex-education curriculum.
Board chair Jennifer Sarlo said Premier Doug Ford made a campaign promise to repeal the latest curriculum, updated by the former Liberal government in 2015, and consult with stakeholders to eventually draft a new version.More ...
Scrapped sex education curriculum could lead to harm and bullying, says Peterborough advocateTaylor Klysdale, mykawartha.com, Jul. 17, 2018When Gay Bell came out in 1976 she dealt with oppressive discrimination from those around her.
“I remember what it was like as a kid, it’s a frightening and very repressive atmosphere as a lesbian child and I don’t want that for the kids now,” she says.More ...
On June 29, Doug Ford officially became Ontario's 26th Premier, as he and his 21-member cabinet were officially sworn in on the main staircase of the Legislature. This was followed by an outdoor swearing-in ceremony at noon on the Queen's Park lawn where the Premier re-affirmed his oath in front of the public.
Key minister appointments in this pared-down cabinet include:
Of note, there will not be a standalone Indigenous Relations/Affairs Minister for the first time in a decade. This file is now part of the portfolio of Greg Rickford, the new Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. Other Ministries that have been combined or folded include Women's Issues (Status of Women), Francophone Affairs, and Research, Innovation and Science, Early Years and Child Care. A full list of the cabinet is available here.
OPSBA will be reaching out to the new Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson, and her staff to establish introductory meetings. Thompson was first elected in 2011 and represents the Huron-Bruce riding. She was Caucus Chair and PC critic for International Trade and Critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation in the last legislature.
There have been reports that MPPs will return to the Legislature in July to consider back to work legislation to end the York University strike. Media have reported the Premier stated in a scrum today that it will occur around July 9. The 2018 parliamentary calendar lists September 10 as when the Legislative Assembly of Ontario will reconvene.
PC Party of Ontario - 76
Ontario NDP - 40
Ontario Liberal Party - 7
Green Party of Ontario - 1
OPSBA will continue to monitor NDP announcements regarding a shadow cabinet and list of opposition critics.
Bill C-45, Cannabis Act
Last week, the Senate approved this legislation and have announced that recreational cannabis will be legal in Canada beginning on October 17, 2018. The former Liberal government set up the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation and was on track to have an online store open by the federal government's legalization date. In late May, OPSBA met with representatives from then Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) to discuss next steps, including consultation about locations near schools. Ontario's legislation, Bill 174, Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017, received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017.
Ontario Ombudsman's Annual Report
Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé released his third annual report on June 27, 2018. In his 2017-2018 annual report, Dubé cited improvements in accountability and bureaucratic leadership in several public sector bodies as a measure of how independent offices like the Ombudsman's can make public services better. The report provides highlights of the 21,154 complaints his office received from the public in 2017-2018, and the "positive change" sparked by its investigations, including statistics from the Education (Early Years through Grade 12) sector.
Complaints about school boards for children through Grade 12 declined overall in 2017-18, dropping to 871 from 945 in 2016-2017. All complaints were resolved informally, and the report notes that the Ombudsman's Office has launched only one formal investigation related to school boards - the investigation regarding the Toronto school bus driver shortage – since gaining this jurisdiction in 2015.
Office of the Integrity Commissioner's Annual Report
The Office of the Integrity Commissioner has filed its 2017-2018 annual report, which can be found here: http://www.oico.on.ca/ar/2017-2018/.
Lieutenant Governor of
Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, has invited Doug Ford to assume the position of
Premier of Ontario and form a new government. Premier-designate Ford indicated
that he and his cabinet will be sworn in on June 29, 2018. There are many
predictions that he will have a much smaller cabinet of 18 to 20 people, down
from the 30-member Liberal cabinet. There is also speculation that some
portfolios could be eliminated or combined.
At his first press conference as premier-designate, Ford
said his top concern is protecting Ontario jobs and said, “My job is to protect
every single job in Ontario, which is affected more than any other province. I
have to protect the autoworkers, which is a massive industry, and my priority
is to protect the steel and aluminum workers.” On June 14, Ford met with
Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Canada's Ambassador to the
United States David MacNaughton.
The 40 NDP MPPs is the party’s largest since the 1990s and
includes new representatives from Toronto, Brampton, Ottawa, Kingston,
Kitchener, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and the north. It also includes North America’s first Tibetan elected official,
Parkdale-High Park’s Bhutila Karpoche; Kingfisher First Nation MPP Sol Mamakwa,
who will represent Kiiwetinoong; and Métis MPP Guy Bourgouin who will represent
Ontario Liberal Party president Brian Johns announced the
Liberal caucus has unanimously endorsed Liberal MPP John Fraser as the
recommended candidate for the position of interim leader. Fraser represents the
riding of Ottawa South, which he first won in a 2013 by-election to replace
Dalton McGuinty. Kathleen Wynne will stay on as a third-party MPP. She and the
other six Liberal MPPs will be serving as independents after the party’s
failure to achieve official party status, unless the PCs choose to pass
legislation lowering the threshold. Ontario's first Green MPP, Mike Schreiner,
will also sit as an independent.
The 73 new MPPs — representing
59 per cent of the legislature — will take part in orientation sessions. Much
of the current activity at Queen’s Park is focused on the logistics of moving
Minsters and their staff and preparing new offices. Of note, there are now more
female MPPs than there were before the election. Ontario now has 49 female
MPPs, comprising 39.5 per cent of the House.
Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education
July 4 – 5, 2018
CSBA Congress 2018
July 5 – 7
1181 Hollis StreetHalifax, Nova Scotia
NOW. Early Bird registration ends this
week - at midnight on Friday, June 15.
We have been able to secure a few rooms for July
5, 6 and 7 at the conference rate at The Westin Nova Scotian
Hotel. If anyone needs rooms on those nights,
please contact us before Wednesday, June 13. The rooms must be
booked or released by then. The hotel
cut-off date for CSBA Congress 2018 was Monday, June 4.
OPSBA issued a media release on June 8 regarding the election results.
The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, led by Doug Ford, was elected in yesterday's provincial election, securing a majority government with 76 seats. The New Democratic Party of Ontario, led by Andrea Horwath, won 40 seats and will form the official opposition. The Liberal Party of Ontario, led by Kathleen Wynne, captured seven seats. Wynne was re-elected in her Don Valley West riding, however, she announced last night that she was resigning as leader of the party. Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario, won his seat in the riding of Guelph.
Eight seats are required for official party status in the legislature. With only seven seats, the Liberal Party loses official party status and with that, the loss of funding for administrative staff and research activities, as well as designated time to speak in the legislature.
In the coming days and weeks, OPSBA will be contacting the new government to establish meetings to share and discuss education priorities. On June 8, Kathleen Wynne announced the transition of power would occur on June 29, 2018.
The current parliamentary calendar indicates the Legislative Assembly of Ontario will resume on Monday, September 10, 2018. OPSBA will continue to provide information and updates to members.
OPSBA would also like to congratulate those successful trustees candidates who will now become MPPs. We thank them for their contribution to public education. This includes:
Number of Seats
Percentage of votes
PC Party of Ontario
Ontario Liberal Party
Green Party of Ontario
For a full list of "unofficial" results for all 124 electoral districts, please visit Elections Ontario.
OPSBA has also created an overview summary of the activities and results of our advocacy for Education Day. Today's media release and the Education Day summary are posted on the OPSBA website.
Results from the Student Vote election (slightly different outcome) are also available.
In 2009, with the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of
Commons, June was declared National Indigenous History Month. Each June,
Canadians are invited to celebrate the heritage,
diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples by taking part in National Indigenous
History Month events and festivities.
National Indigenous Peoples History Month is a time to acknowledge
the role Indigenous peoples played, and continued to play, in the development
of Canada, to honour Indigenous heritage and to celebrate Indigenous cultures.
It is also an opportunity to reflect on the strength of present day First
Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, and their hopes for the future.
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples
Day. June 21 was chosen because of the
cultural significance of the summer solstice - the first day of summer and
longest day of the year, the rebirth of Mother Earth - and because many Indigenous
Peoples communities mark this day as a time to celebrate their heritage.
Setting aside a day for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples is part of the
wider recognition of their primary and founding place within the fabric of
Canada and their ongoing contributions as First Peoples. This is a special day
to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements
of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.
It was in 1982 that the National Indian Brotherhood (now the
Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of June 21 as National
Aboriginal Solidarity Day. This call was renewed in 1995 when The Sacred
Assembly, a national conference of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired
by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions
of Indigenous peoples. In 1996, National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed by
former Governor General Roméo A. LeBlanc.
This has now become a day in the Canadian calendar
when First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples express pride in their
rich diverse cultures with their families, neighbours, friends and visitors.
National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for the Ontario Public School
Boards' Association, its member boards and for all of Canada to honour the
traditions, cultures, languages and contributions of First Nation, Métis
and Inuit peoples.
We offer a warm thank you to the First Nations trustees who
serve on OPSBA's Indigenous Trustees'
Council and school boards across the province. We send greetings and
good wishes to First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, parents,
teachers and communities on this day of celebration.
Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Resources
Peoples Day Learning Resources
range of contemporary and historical resources and Ontario events