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OPSBA in the Media, July 2019https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=350OPSBA in the Media, July 20192019-07-26T13:07:35Z<div class="ExternalClass37D9A1DDD645493AAC7577363E0E315D"><p><strong>​</strong><strong>Union says teachers’ contract talks stalled over dispute with school boards</strong><br><strong>The Canadian Press, Jul. 25, 2019</strong><br>Contract talks between Ontario’s high school teachers, the province and its public school boards have stalled before they’ve even begun, says the union representing the educators.<br><a title="More" href="https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2019/07/25/union-says-teachers-contract-talks-stalled-over-dispute-with-school-boards.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Ontario high school teachers won't have a contract before the academic year starts, union warns</strong><br><strong>CBC News, Jul. 24, 2019</strong><br>Contract negotiations for Ontario high school teachers have stalled, and according to the head of the province's main secondary school teachers' union, bargaining can't resume before the beginning of the school year.<br><a title="Ontario high school teachers won't have a contract before the academic year starts, union warns" href="https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-high-school-teachers-won-t-have-a-contract-before-the-academic-year-starts-union-warns-1.5224134" target="_blank">More</a> ...</p><p><strong>Ontario teacher contract negotiations already stalled</strong><br><strong>Newstalk 1010, Jul. 24, 2019</strong><br>Earlier this month, Ontario's Education Minister expressed confidence a deal could be reached with teachers before their contracts expire on August 31.<br>NEWSTALK 1010 has exclusively learned that is not going to happen.<br>Negotiations have stalled before they even began.<br><a title="Ontario teacher contract negotiations already stalled" href="http://www.iheartradio.ca/newstalk-1010/news/ontario-teacher-contract-negotiations-already-stalled-1.9521388" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Teachers' negotiations stall before they begin</strong><br><strong>The Toronto Sun, Jul. 24, 2019</strong><br>Students at Ontario’s public high schools should still be in the classroom come the first week of September even if contract talks are at a standstill.<br><a title="Teachers' negotiations stall before they begin" href="https://torontosun.com/news/provincial/teachers-negotiations-stall-before-they-begin" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Government moves forward with school repair funding; asks boards to submit funding requests</strong><br><span lang="EN-US"><strong>The Canadian Press, Jul. 22, 2019</strong><br>Ontario's schools had a $15.9B capital repair backlog in 2017, the last time data was released.<br>Ontario is asking school boards across the province to submit funding requests for their most pressing repair projects as it restarts a key school infrastructure program that has been frozen for more than a year.<br></span><a title="More" href="https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-school-repairs-1.5221126" target="_blank">More</a> ... <br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=350
Legislative Update, July 22, 2019https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=349Legislative Update, July 22, 20192019-07-22T17:10:14Z<div class="ExternalClass9235AF66311D4B6E86212ABECE95A988"><p>The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains on summer recess and resumes on Monday, October 28, 2019. </p><h3>Office of the Ontario Ombudsman</h3><p>On July 17, the Ontario Ombudsman’s investigation report into Near North District School Board’s decision to close Widdifield Secondary School after the 2016-2017 Pupil Accommodation Review process, was made public. The report includes 14 recommendations, which were accepted by the Board.  </p><p><a title="Ombudsman's News Release" href="https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/resources/news/press-releases/2019/school-consolidation-decision-process-should-be-redone%2c-ombudsman-tells-near-north-school-board" target="_blank">Ombudsman's News Release</a><br></p><p><a title="Full Report" href="https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/Media/ombudsman/ombudsman/resources/Reports-on-Investigations/NNDSB-final-EN.pdf" target="_blank">Full Report</a> </p><h3>Climate Action Incentive Fund</h3><p>The Government of Canada has created a Climate Action Incentive Fund for Schools. With this new program, the federal government is proposing to provide $40.9 million dollars for energy efficiency investments in Ontario’s schools. On July 17, OPSBA sent to <a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/Letter%20to%20Min%20Lecce%20re%20Climate%20Action%20Incentive%20Fund.pdf">a letter to Minister of Education Stephen Lecce</a> and copied Jeff Yurek, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks. On July 19, <a href="https://ipolitics.ca/2019/07/19/ontario-sask-and-n-b-agree-to-feds-carbon-tax-school-spending-plan-manitoba-rejects-it/" target="_blank" title="Ontario, Sask. and N.B. agree to feds’ carbon tax school spending plan, Manitoba rejects it">iPolitics reported</a> that Minister Yurek had written to Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, saying that "(the) government agrees in principle to redistributing these funds back to Ontario school boards, subject to any necessary internal approvals." OPSBA will continue to follow up with both ministries about funding and timelines for our schools.</p><p><a title="Background Information" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/BackgrounderClimateActionIncentiveForSchools.pdf" target="_blank">Background Information</a><br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=349
Legislative Update, July 8, 2019https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=348Legislative Update, July 8, 20192019-07-08T14:57:17Z<div class="ExternalClass30E6FCAAAB4640BCACE75322FE3891F1"><p>On July 3, OPSBA President Cathy Abraham, Executive Director Rusty Hick and members of senior staff met with the new Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce. The <a href="https://twitter.com/OPSBA/status/1146508881226584065" title="OPSBA meets Minister Lecce" target="_blank">face-to-face meeting</a> was an opportunity to congratulate Mr. Lecce and introduce him to our Association and our priorities that support student achievement and well-being. An introductory letter had been sent shortly after he was appointed and OPBSA has extended an invitation for Minister Lecce to attend an upcoming Board of Directors meeting. <br></p><p>The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has risen for summer recess and resumes on Monday, October 28, 2019. Please see below for an update on recent items...<br></p><h3><span lang="EN-CA">Parliamentary Assistants</span></h3><p><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">Last week the Premie</span><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">r announced the Parliamentary Assistants (PA) that are connected to the various cabinet positions. Sam Oosterhoff, the MPP for Niagara West, remains the PA to Minister of Education. Click </span><a href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2019/06/premier-ford-announces-parliamentary-assistant-assignments.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" title="Click here for the news release detailing the assignments" target="_blank" style="background-color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.9);font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">here</a><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;"> for the news release detailing the assignments.</span></p><h3><span lang="EN-CA">Office of the Ontario Ombudsman</span></h3><p><span lang="EN-CA"><b style="text-decoration-line:underline;"></b></span><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">Last week the Ontario Ombudsman, Paul Dubé, released his 2018-2019 annual report detailing the complaints the office has received. The report is divided into subject areas and includes a section on Education. There number of overall "Education" complaints was down slightly from the year before and the top complaints included: board employee and staff conduct; special education; exclusions/access; and transportation. Of note, as of May 1, the Ombudsman's oversight now includes child protection issues (formerly under the domain of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth) and French Language services.</span></p><p>A formal investigation was launched in October 2019 regarding a Near North District School Board's pupil accommodation review. The final report has yet to be released. <br></p><p>Click <a href="https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/Media/ombudsman/ombudsman/resources/Annual%20Reports/2018-19AR-EN.pdf" title="Full Ombudsman Annual Report" target="_blank">here</a> for the full report (Note: it is 84 pages)</p><p>Click <a href="https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/what-we-do/topics/education" title="Education section of the Ombudsman's Annual Report" target="_blank">here</a> for the Education section<br></p><p>Individual school boards can see the number of cases directed at their board listed on page 78.<br></p><h3><span lang="EN-CA">Curriculum Releases</span><span lang="EN-CA"> - Grade 10 Career Studies Course</span></h3><p><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">On July 2, Minister Lecce released the revised Grade 10 Career Studies Course, which is to be implemented in September 2019,  with a central focus on the jobs of the future. The course, "includes learning on financial literacy and an enhanced focus on career pathways, such as apprenticeships in the skilled trades."</span></p><p>Click <a href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/07/minister-jobs-of-the-future-central-focus.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" title="Career Studies news release" target="_blank">here</a> for the news release</p><p>Click <a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Submission%20-%20Government%20Education%20Consultation.pdf" title="OPSBA's response to the last Fall's Consultation: Education in Ontario">here</a> for OPSBA's response to the last Fall's <em>Consultation: Education in Ontario</em></p><p>​<br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=348
Legislative Update, June 20, 2019https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=347Legislative Update, June 20, 20192019-06-20T17:20:49Z<div class="ExternalClass1C93F85AA8D84522ABA87F1698ACDDD8"><p>On June 20, Premier Doug Ford announced a cabinet shuffle that includes the addition of one new ministry (Health is split into two ministries), as well as five new associate ministers. Stephen Lecce is the new Minister of Education and Lisa Thompson is now the Minister of Government and Consumer Services. Stephen Lecce is the MPP for King-Vaughan and was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in last year's election. He was formally the Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier and the Minister of Infrastructure. OPSBA has connected with political staff and confirmed that the current Chief of Staff and Director of Stakeholder Relations are staying with the new Minister. We understand that preliminary briefings will begin and stakeholder outreach will follow. Decisions regarding Parliamentary Assistants should be announced soon. </p><p>OPSBA released the following statement:</p><p>"OPSBA had a good working relationship with former Minister of Education Lisa Thompson and her staff and we wish her well in her new portfolio. We look forward to meeting the new Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and connecting as soon as possible to share our priorities, which focus on providing universally accessible education for all students, regardless of their backgrounds. Our goal when interacting with Minister Lecce will remain the same: to confirm the government's commitment to supporting and investing in public education. OPSBA is a trusted non-partisan advisory body and source of information and feedback on public education and our advocacy focuses on our Multi-Year Strategic Priorities." </p><p><a title="Government News Release" href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2019/06/premier-ford-announces-changes-to-his-cabinet.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Government News Release</a><br></p><p><a title="Parliamentary History" href="https://www.ola.org/en/members/all/stephen-lecce" target="_blank">Parliamentary History</a> for New Minister of Education Stephen Lecce </p><p>The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has risen for summer recess and MPPs return to Queen's Park on October 28, 2019 – a week after the Federal Election, which will take place on October 21, 2019. </p><h3>Ontario Education Services Corporation's (OESC's) Professional Development </h3><p><a title="OESC announces" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MemoPDmodulesAssociations18Jun19.pdf" target="_blank">OESC announces</a> their new <a title="Professional Development website" href="http://modules.ontarioschooltrustees.org/" target="_blank">Professional Development website</a> is now available. The online modules are in the process of being reviewed to reflect current legislation, regulations, policy and research. The four modules that have been updated are:</p><ul><li>Module 5: Performance Review: Director of Education</li><li>Module 11: Legal Aspects of School Board Governance</li><li>Module 12: Running Effective Meetings</li><li>Module 21: Board Self-Assessment: Governance Performance</li></ul><h3>REMINDER: OPSBA Elected Positions 2019</h3><p>The OPSBA 2019 elections will be held as part of the <a title="Annual General Meeting (AGM)" href="/events-and-publications/agm-program">Annual General Meeting (AGM)</a> which takes place from July 4-6, 2019, at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. Nominations for the Education Program and Policy Development Work Teams can be made from the floor at regional meetings.</p><p><a href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/AGM_ElectionNominationsReceivedChart.pdf">Nominations Chart</a><br></p><h3>Other information</h3><p>June 19, 2019 News Release: <a title="Ontario Continues to Unlock Value of World-Class Health Care Agencies" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2019/06/ontario-continues-to-unlock-value-of-world-class-health-care-agencies-and-redirects-health-care-doll.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Continues to Unlock Value of World-Class Health Care Agencies and Redirects Health Care Dollars from Administration to Direct Patient Care</a></p><p>June 14, 2019 News Release: <a title="Ontario Renews Funding for Legends Mentoring Program at Jake's House for Children with Autism" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2019/06/ontario-renews-funding-for-legends-mentoring-program-at-jakes-house-for-children-with-autism.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Renews Funding for Legends Mentoring Program at Jake's House for Children with Autism</a></p><p>June 12, 2019: <a href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/SB2019/SB10_EN.pdf" target="_blank">SB10 Memo, 19-20 Estimates Forms for Section 68 School Authorities</a><br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=347
OPSBA in the Media, June 2019https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=346OPSBA in the Media, June 20192019-06-21T12:28:08Z<div class="ExternalClass13BC5C49D4B843E5A3506E8F0BBFE0E6"><p>​<strong>Rookie MPP Stephen Lecce takes on a tough education file</strong><br><strong>The Toronto Star, Jun. 20, 2019</strong><br>Stephen Lecce now rules the schools — but Ontario’s new education minister takes on a tough portfolio amid controversial cuts and with tough contract talks on the horizon.<br><a title="More" href="https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2019/06/20/rookie-mpp-stephen-lecce-takes-on-a-tough-education-file.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Ontario government will fund line-by-line audits for 10 school boards, but none have accepted the offer</strong><br><strong>The Toronto Star, Jun. 12, 2019</strong><br>The Ontario government has set aside funds to conduct detailed audits at 10 of the province’s 72 public school boards, says a recent memo sent out to chairs.<br><a title="More" href="https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2019/06/12/ontario-government-will-fund-line-by-line-audits-for-10-school-boards-but-none-have-accepted-the-offer.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=346
Legislative Update, June 10, 2019https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=345Legislative Update, June 10, 20192019-06-10T17:32:51Z<div class="ExternalClassA27179DC81FA4F75B3E99A6A3CFD6D5D"><p class="ExternalClass54A211DE8C5145FB923BFE8F30A105AB">The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has risen for summer recess. The government passed a motion on June 6 that will see MPPs return to Queen's Park on October 28, 2019 – a week after the Federal Election. The government issued a news release, <a title="Ontario Government Protecting What Matters Most" href="https://news.ontario.ca/ghl/en/2019/06/ontario-government-protecting-what-matters-most.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank"><em>Ontario Government Protecting What Matters Most</em></a>, summarizing their spring session activities. </p><p class="ExternalClass54A211DE8C5145FB923BFE8F30A105AB">There is speculation that the Premier may conduct a cabinet shuffle that includes the education portfolio. OPSBA will share details and information if, and when, any changes are announced. June 7 marked the one year anniversary of the PC Party of Ontario winning a majority government in the 2018 provincial election. </p><h3 class="ExternalClass54A211DE8C5145FB923BFE8F30A105AB"><a title="Bill 124, Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019" href="https://www.ola.org/sites/default/files/node-files/bill/document/pdf/2019/2019-06/b124_e.pdf" target="_blank">Bill 124, <em>Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019</em></a></h3><p class="ExternalClass54A211DE8C5145FB923BFE8F30A105AB">Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy introduced this legislation on June 5. The legislation proposes to cap public sector wage hikes to an average of 1% per year for the next three years. It impacts over a million unionized and non-unionized employees and applies to future collective agreements with the public service, school boards, teachers, colleges and universities, nurses, the OPP, Ornge, Ontario Power Generation, the Independent Electricity System Operator, childrens' aid societies, hospitals, and several other bodies. Municipalities and entities they are responsible for, such as firefighters and local police, are not covered by the legislation, nor is the Ontario Medical Association, judges or certain broader public sector executives, including those on school boards who are under the <em>Broader Public Executive Compensation Act, 2014</em>. The rationale is that their wages have been largely frozen for the past decade. The government plans to launch an informational website and hold consultations related to the plan during the summer break. In April, Bethlenfalvy announced consultations with public sector unions over the compensation. OPSBA attended a session along with the other school board/trustee associations.<br></p><h3 class="ExternalClass54A211DE8C5145FB923BFE8F30A105AB">Executive Compensation</h3><p class="ExternalClass54A211DE8C5145FB923BFE8F30A105AB">Treasury Board staff are continuing to work toward a broader public sector executive compensation model to move beyond the current freeze and have indicated that they do not object to the salary frameworks approved last year.  The four trustee associations, as well as the Council of Directors of Education (CODE), are being asked for representative samples of the following:</p><div class="ExternalClass54A211DE8C5145FB923BFE8F30A105AB"><ul><li>Performance-based compensation in existing executive contracts, including any lump sum bonuses if/where they are present</li><li>Salary grids for executives (e.g. grid length and percentage/dollar amount of steps on the grid)</li></ul></div><p>Treasury Board officials have stated that any salary increases will need to include performance-based assessment and that increases based solely on time in the position would not be supported. OPSBA is working with CODE and will also follow up directly with Board of Director members in a separate communication about the above requests. The Association has always supported local board autonomy and individual practices and processes for the selection and review of their Director of Education.</p><h3>Curriculum Releases – Implementation for Fall 2019</h3><ul><li><strong>Indigenous Education:</strong> The Ministry of Education announced details for this on May 21 in their news release, <a title="Ontario Launches First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies Curriculum" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/05/ontario-launches-first-nations-metis-and-inuit-studies-curriculum.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank"><em>Ontario Launches First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies Curriculum</em></a>. Later this month on June 19, the ministry is hosting a stakeholder engagement session to "discuss the co-development of a strategy to support Indigenous focused curriculum revisions, including revisions to Indigenous languages curriculum." Representatives from OPSBA's Indigenous Trustees' Council attending this meeting will be Vice Chair Lucille Kyle and Eric Bortlis.</li><li><strong>Health and Physical Education:</strong>  The revised elementary curriculum was to be released in May. Currently, information posted on the <a title="Ministry's website" href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/" target="_blank">Ministry's website</a> states: <em>The new elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum will be posted on the ministry's website in the summer of 2019. This new age-appropriate curriculum will reflect input received from more than 72,000 engagements with parents, students, educators, employers and organizations from across Ontario.</em></li><li><strong>Grade 10 Career Studies:</strong> The revised mandatory Grade 10 curriculum is expected to be released by the end of June. This was last updated in 2006.</li></ul><h3>REMINDER: OPSBA Elected Positions 2019</h3><p>The OPSBA 2019 elections will be held as part of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which takes place from July 4-6, 2019 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. Click <a title="here" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/AGM_ElectionNominationsReceivedChart.pdf" target="_blank">here</a> for the chart with the nominations received. Nominations for the Education Program and Policy Development Work Teams can be made from the floor at regional meetings.<br></p><h3>Other information</h3><ul><li>May 31, 2019 <a title="Ministry Memo SB09" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/SB2019/SB09_EN.pdf" target="_blank">Memo SB09, Sick Leave Data Analysis Project</a> and Appendix <a title="Authorization Between School Board and School Boards' Co-operative Inc." href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/SB2019/SB09_attach1_EN.pdf" target="_blank">Authorization Between School Board and School Boards' Co-operative Inc.</a></li><li><a title="OPSBA's 2018-2019 Advocacy and Action Submissions" href="/advocacy-and-action">OPSBA's 2018-2019 Advocacy and Action Submissions</a><br></li></ul></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=345
Legislative Update, June 3, 2019https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=343Legislative Update, June 3, 20192019-06-03T13:44:31Z<div class="ExternalClassADE6EEFEC11E476AACC9BFF68D00214B"><p>MPPs sat on Sunday, June 2<span style="color:#1f497d;">,</span> from 6 p.m. to midnight, and there is also the possibility of evening sittings this week. It’s not unusual for governments to extend sittings to pass legislation before rising for the summer break<span style="color:#1f497d;">,</span> as they are scheduled to do after June 6, 2019. </p><h3><a title="Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019" href="https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-108" target="_blank">Bill 108, <em>More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019</em></a> </h3><p>This legislation was introduced on May 2 by Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark. The bill was time allocated and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy with written submissions due May 31, 2019. This legislation contains proposed amendments to 13 different schedules, including Schedule 4, Education Act. The proposed <em>Education Act</em> amendments concentrate on two financial matters - land expropriation and Education Development Charges (EDCs). On May 31, OPSBA sent a <a title="submission" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Submission%20re%20Bill%20108,%20More%20Homes,%20More%20Choice%20Act%20-%20May%2031.pdf">submission</a> based on feedback from member board business officials and the Policy Development Work Team. </p><h3><a title="Bill 116, Foundations for Promoting and Protecting Mental Health and Addictions Services Act, 2019" href="https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-116" target="_blank">Bill 116, <em>Foundations for Promoting and Protecting Mental Health and Addictions Services Act, 2019</em></a><br></h3><p>This legislation was introduced by Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Christine Elliott on May 27. The bill would enact two Schedules, the <em>Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence Act, 2019</em> and the <em>Opioid Damages and Health Costs Recovery Act, 2019</em>. The legislation was accompanied by a government news release, <em><a title="Improving Quality Mental Health and Addictions Services Across Ontario" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2019/05/improving-quality-mental-health-and-addictions-services-across-ontario.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Improving Quality Mental Health and Addictions Services Across Ontario</a></em>. </p><h3>Hiring Practices and Class Size Consultations</h3><p>On May 31, OPSBA provided the Ministry of Education with a <a title="submission" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/Next%20Phase%20of%20Consultation%20on%20Hiring%20Practices%20and%20Class%20Size%20Consultation%20May%2031%202019.pdf">submission</a> for their <span lang="EN-US">Next Phase of Consultations on Hiring Practices and Class Sizes</span><span lang="EN-US">. This was announced in March as part of the </span><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>, with details included in Ministry Memo </span><span lang="EN-US">B9. Our response builds on and supports our February <a title="submission" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Class%20Size%20Hiring%20Practices%20Engagement%202019%2002%2014.pdf">submission</a> to the government on the same issues. Our </span><span lang="EN">Labour Relations team worked with member boards via </span>HR leads (senior negotiators) and the Association’s Labour Relations Steering Committee. Additional feedback was obtained by OPSBA’s Executive Council, Board of Directors, both the Education Program and Policy Development Work Teams, as well as input from trustees at April regional meetings.<span><strong><span lang="EN"><span style="text-decoration:none;"> </span></span></strong></span></p><p>OPSBA has previously commented on these topics in both a news release, <em><span lang="EN-US" style="color:#262626;"><a title="OPSBA welcomes continued engagement but has class size concerns" 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></em><span lang="EN-US" style="color:#262626;">and a separate <a title="statement" href="/Media%20Desk/Pages/OPSBA-statement-regarding-secondary-class-sizes-.aspx">statement</a>.</span></p><h3>Ontario Autism Program (OAP) Public Consultations</h3><p>In early May, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa MacLeod, announced details for the government’s plans for their <a title="public consultations" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2019/05/ontario-autism-consultations-now-open.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">public consultations</a> regarding the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). The consultations included telephone town halls, an online survey and an opportunity for individuals to email their <span lang="EN">additional information or comments. To prepare our response, OPSBA coordinated two teleconferences with member board superintendents responsible for special education. With this feedback, a draft submission was then shared with the Education Program and Policy Development Work Teams. Our final <a title="submission" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Submission%20re%20Ontario%20Autism%20Program%20consultation%20May%2030.pdf">submission</a> was shared with the Ministry on May 30 and OPSBA’s Board of Directors.</span> </p><p>On May 30, Minister MacLeod announced the creation of <span style="color:#1f497d;">an </span><a title="Autism Advisory Panel" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2019/05/ontario-announces-autism-advisory-panel.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Autism Advisory Panel</a>. The 20-member panel will provide recommendations to the Minister by September based on the feedback from the public consultations. </p><h3>Audit and Accountability Fund</h3><p>In late May, the Premier announced the creation of an Audit and Accountability Fund. School boards have many checks and balances throughout the year including quarterly reporting, provision of estimates, revised estimates, and March and year-end financial statement reports. These last two reports have external auditor oversight, with the year-end report containing an audit opinion. In addition, the Ministry of Education’s finance staff review all submissions for compliance and boards have internal audit departments.</p><p><a title="Ministry Memo to Board Chairs re Audit and Accountability Fund" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryMemoAuditAccountabilityFund.pdf" target="_blank">Ministry Memo to Board Chairs re Audit and Accountability Fund</a> </p><h3>Call for Nominations for OPSBA Elected Positions 2019</h3><p>The OPSBA 2019 elections will be held as part of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which takes place from July 4 to 6, 2019, at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. Click <a title="here" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/AGM_ElectionNominationsReceivedChart.pdf"><span style="color:windowtext;">here</span></a> for the chart with the nominations received to date. All nominations received by the nomination deadline of 4:30 p.m. on June 4, 2019, will be published in the OPSBA Election Guide. </p><h3>CIVIX/Student Vote </h3><p>In collaboration with Elections Canada, CIVIX is preparing to deliver its sixth federal Student Vote program, with the goal of reaching more than 1 million students throughout the country. Registration is now open and click <a href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/StudentVote-Canada2019Flyer.pdf" title="Federal election Student Vote" target="_blank">here</a> for more information.<br></p><h3>OSTA-AECO </h3><p> The student trustee association recently held their Annual General Meeting and elected new student trustees to their senior positions. These include: Public Board Council President-elect Sarah Chun (Thames Valley DSB); Public Board Council Vice-president-elect Sam Abbott (Renfrew County DSB); and President-elect Sally Meseret from the Durham DSB.<br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=343
Celebrating National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Dayhttps://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=342Celebrating National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day2019-05-31T13:47:58Z<div class="ExternalClassE49D2E7FD5D340D08BCD0BCAA53D8BE8"><h2 style="margin:auto;text-align:left;color:#fdc33b;text-transform:none;line-height:1.4;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:1.46em;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">National Indigenous History Month</h2><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;">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 <a title="National Indigenous History Month " href="https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1466616436543/1466616481533" target="_blank" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">National Indigenous History Month </a>events and festivities.</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;">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.</p><h2 style="margin:auto;text-align:left;color:#fdc33b;text-transform:none;line-height:1.4;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:1.46em;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">National Indigenous Peoples Day<br></h2><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;">June 21 is <a title="National Indigenous Peoples Day " href="http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1100100013249" target="_blank" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">National Indigenous Peoples Day</a>. 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.</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;">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.</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;">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.</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;">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.</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 offer a warm thank you to the First Nations trustees who serve on OPSBA's <a title="Indigenous Trustees' Council" href="/who-we-are/structure/indigenous-trustees-council" target="_blank" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Indigenous Trustees' Council</a> 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.</p><h2 style="margin:auto;text-align:left;color:#fdc33b;text-transform:none;line-height:1.4;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:1.46em;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">Notable Resources</h2><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="OPSBA's First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Resources" href="/OUR%20PRIORITIES/Pages/First-Nations,-Métis-and-Inuit-Education.aspx" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">OPSBA's First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Resources</a></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="National Indigenous Peoples Day Learning Resources" href="https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013251/1100100013253" target="_blank" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">National Indigenous Peoples Day Learning Resources</a></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="A range of contemporary and historical resources and Ontario events" href="http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1100100013249" target="_blank" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">A range of contemporary and historical resources and Ontario events</a><br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=342
Apply now for Canada Green Building Council competitionhttps://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=341Apply now for Canada Green Building Council competition2019-05-28T16:15:08Z<div class="ExternalClass935982C37E17417195EEFB01C01179BB"><p><span lang="EN-US">Is your school teaching students about sustainability? Does it have environmental education programs for students and staff? The Canada Green Building Council and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools are looking for schools like yours – that are weaving sustainability education into their curriculum and bringing programs and activities to students that encourage awareness about the environment.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><strong>What the Greenest School in Canada wins</strong></span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">The winning school will receive $2,000 in prize money to use for a green activity and the coveted title of Greenest School in Canada.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><strong>The deadline to apply is June 15, 2019.</strong></span><span lang="EN-US"></span></p><p> <span lang="EN-US">Demonstrate how you're educating students about sustainability. Schools that offer any grade from kindergarten to grade 12 in Canada are eligible to participate in the Greenest School in Canada competition, and will be judged on criteria including: efficient use of resources and reduced environmental impact; enhanced health and learning among students, teachers and staff; and emphasis on sustainability and resource-conservation education.</span></p><p><a title="Register now" href="https://cagbc.fluidreview.com/" target="_blank">Register now</a>.<br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=341
Legislative Update, May 27, 2019https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=340Legislative Update, May 27, 20192019-05-27T13:00:36Z<div class="ExternalClass590AF5A570C64D8BA8A43FC25F6AA407"><p class="ExternalClass55BBFDB6AA29403EB6DB3CFCF7D2BFA8">MPPs return to Queen's Park on May 27, leaving eight sitting days scheduled until their summer break. </p><h3 class="ExternalClass55BBFDB6AA29403EB6DB3CFCF7D2BFA8"><a title="Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 " href="https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-108" target="_blank">Bill 108, <em>More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019</em></a> </h3><p class="ExternalClass55BBFDB6AA29403EB6DB3CFCF7D2BFA8">This legislation was introduced on May 2, 2019, by Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark. OPSBA is reviewing the legislation and its proposed amendments, which includes a reference to Education Development Charges. The Ministry of Education has indicated that there will be engagement with the sector. We will continue our advocacy for an increase in the charges to cover board costs and flexibility in the regulation to support our member boards with areas of growth. The other piece included in Bill 108 is an amendment to the <em>Education Act</em> to "require a school board to give notice to the Minister if it plans to acquire or expropriate land and to allow the Minister to reject the board's plans."  Timelines for boards to notify the Minister and for the Minister to make a decision are to be determined by regulation. OPSBA is working with its member board business officials to gauge the impact of this added layer of oversight and its potential to make the expropriation process longer and more complicated. </p><p class="ExternalClass55BBFDB6AA29403EB6DB3CFCF7D2BFA8"><strong>Current Status:</strong> Second Reading Debate </p><h3 class="ExternalClass55BBFDB6AA29403EB6DB3CFCF7D2BFA8"><a title="Bill 107, Getting Ontario Moving Act (Transportation Statute Law Amendment), 2019" href="https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-107" target="_blank">Bill 107, <em>Getting Ontario Moving Act (Transportation Statute Law Amendment), 2019</em></a></h3><p class="ExternalClass55BBFDB6AA29403EB6DB3CFCF7D2BFA8">This bill was introduced on May 2, by Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek and proposes the ability for municipalities to impose fines on those drivers who drive past school buses with their stop-arms out and drivers who are speeding near schools. OPSBA has sent <a title="letters" href="/advocacy-and-action">letters</a> to both AMO and the City of Toronto.</p><p class="ExternalClass55BBFDB6AA29403EB6DB3CFCF7D2BFA8"><strong>Current Status:</strong> Standing Committee on General Government. The bill is due back in the House for third reading by May 29. </p><h3 class="ExternalClass55BBFDB6AA29403EB6DB3CFCF7D2BFA8"><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="ExternalClass55BBFDB6AA29403EB6DB3CFCF7D2BFA8"><em><strong>Child Care and Early Years Act</strong></em><em><strong> and Education Act</strong></em><strong> regulations<br></strong>Following the passage of Bill 66 (Royal Assent received on April 3), the Ministry of Education issued<strong> </strong>a consultation document entitled <em>Proposed Regulatory Amendments under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and the Education Act.</em> These regulations are part of the government's multi-year and phased-in approach for many recent regulations, including those that were part of Bill 66. OPSBA did provide a <a title="submission" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Letter%20re%20Child%20Care%20and%20Ed%20Act%20regulations.pdf">submission</a> with the feedback obtained via the Early Learning leads at our member boards, the Policy Development Work Team, as well as past commentary. </p><h3 class="ExternalClass55BBFDB6AA29403EB6DB3CFCF7D2BFA8">Now Posted -- Ministry of Education's 2019-2020 Education Funding Technical Paper</h3><p class="ExternalClass55BBFDB6AA29403EB6DB3CFCF7D2BFA8">The paper contains an overview and details of the grant formulas and other criteria for funding through the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) that are used to calculate school boards' 2019-2020 budgets.</p><div class="ExternalClass55BBFDB6AA29403EB6DB3CFCF7D2BFA8"><ul><li><a title="Technical Paper 2019-20" href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/funding/1920/TechnicalPaper2019-20.pdf" target="_blank">Technical Paper 2019-20</a> – 152 pages</li><li><a title="2019-20 Education Funding: A Guide to the Special Education Grant" href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/funding/1920/SpecialEducationGuide2019-20.pdf" target="_blank">2019-20 Education Funding: A Guide to the Special Education Grant</a> – 14 pages<br></li><li><a title="B16, Facility Operating and Renewal Funding for the 2019-20 School Year" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/B2019/B16_EN_Final.pdf" target="_blank">B16, Facility Operating and Renewal Funding for the 2019-20 School Year<br></a></li><li><a href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/SB2019/SB01_EN.pdf">SB01, Special Education Grant Funding for 2019-20</a><br></li><li><a title="SB08, Student Transportation – Grants for Student Needs, 2019-20 " href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/SB2019/SB08_EN_Final.pdf" target="_blank">SB08, Student Transportation – Grants for Student Needs, 2019-20 <br></a></li></ul></div><p><a title="Click here" href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/funding.html" target="_blank">Click here</a> for all other 2019-20 GSN and Priorities and Partnerships Fund information.<strong> </strong></p><h3>Audit and Accountability Fund</h3><p>On May 21, Premier Doug Ford announced funding of $7.35 million for the creation of an Audit and Accountability Fund. The fund is directed at "large urban municipalities and district school boards interested in conducting line-by-line reviews." OPSBA has reached out to the Treasury Board Secretariat for more information and President Cathy Abraham has provided initial comments to the <a title="Toronto Star" href="https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2019/05/21/ford-offers-school-boards-and-municipalities-money-to-hunt-for-savings.html" target="_blank">Toronto Star</a> and the <a title="Canadian Press" href="http://www.iheartradio.ca/newstalk-1290-cjbk/news/ford-offers-millions-for-municipalities-school-boards-to-review-budgets-1.9252562" target="_blank">Canadian Press</a>. </p><p>School boards have many checks and balances throughout the year, including quarterly reporting, provision of estimates, revised estimates, and March and year-end financial statement reports. These last two reports have external auditor oversight, with the year-end report containing an audit opinion. In addition, the Ministry of Education's finance staff review all submissions for compliance. Boards also have internal audit departments. </p><p>On May 21, the Premier's Office released <a title="Premier Ford Asks Partners to Find Four Per Cent Savings and Help Protect Front-Line Services" href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2019/05/premier-ford-asks-partners-to-find-four-per-cent-savings-and-help-protect-front-line-services.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank"><em>Premier Ford Asks Partners to Find Four Per Cent Savings and Help Protect Front-Line Services</em></a><strong> </strong></p><h3>Minister's Task Force on School Boards </h3><p>No details have been shared with the sector regarding this task force that was announced in the 2019-20 Ontario Budget. On May 22, OPSBA sent a <a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20letter%20to%20Minister%20Thompson%20re%20Task%20Force%20on%20School%20Boards.pdf">letter</a> to Minister Thompson requesting details and information to be released. The following is an excerpt from the 2019-20 Ontario Budget: Creating a Minister's Task Force on School Boards: <em>The government is committed to ensuring that every dollar spent in the classroom is having the greatest impact on student achievement. This involves looking at all aspects of the education system, including school board operations, while respecting the four publicly funded education systems in Ontario. The Ministry of Education will be undertaking a thorough review of how boards can conduct their operations in the most efficient manner to best serve students and parents while ensuring their long-term sustainability. This process will be kicked off by the creation of a minister's task force. The government looks forward to engaging with experts and education partners in this important conversation.</em> </p><h3>Other Information</h3><ul><li>May 21, 2019, Ministry of Education news release, <a title="Ontario Launches First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies Curriculum" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/05/ontario-launches-first-nations-metis-and-inuit-studies-curriculum.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Launches First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies Curriculum</a></li><li>The 2019 Ontario Liberal Party will hold its AGM June 7 to 9, 2019, at the International Centre, Mississauga. Liberal MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers (Ottawa—Vanier), is vacating her seat to become the new principal of Massey College at the University of Toronto. Liberal MPP Marie-France Lalonde has announced she will step down to seek the federal Liberal nomination in her riding of Orléans. Once both members exit, the Ontario Liberals will be left with just five MPPs at Queen's Park.</li><li>Ontario NDP Convention 2019 will be held June 14 to 16, at the Hamilton Convention Centre.<br></li></ul></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=340

Aug 09
Legislative Update, August 9, 2019

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains on summer recess and resumes on October 28, 2019. 

Executive Compensation

Treasury Board staff are continuing to work toward a broader public sector executive compensation policy that is expected to be implemented this fall. The four school board associations have been asked to attend a meeting on August 9, as part of the broader public sector consultations. OPSBA's Executive Director is attending the meeting, along with representatives from the other school board/trustee associations and CODE. Discussions are expected to focus on parameters for performance-based compensation. The Association will continue to provide information in future updates. 

2019-2020 Capital Priorities Program (CPP)

On July 22, the Ministry of Education announced the launch of this year's CPP, as well as the review of its School Construction Standards. Each board is to submit their top 10 requests for consideration with of a deadline of September 30, 2019. All projects are to be completed by 2023-24. The announcement includes mention of a pilot for "modular construction." OPSBA is seeking additional details on this initiative and continues to follow up with the ministry about funding details for the Priorities and Partnership Fund (PPF) and the moratorium on school closures. There is also the expectation of a revised regulation regarding Education Development Charges (EDC) and information will be shared when it becomes available. 

Government News Release

Memo B17: Announcement of Launch of 2019-2020 Capital Priorities Program 

Reciprocal Education Approach (REA)

On July 26, Deputy Minister Nancy Naylor sent a memo to all boards regarding this new approach which becomes effective September 1, 2019.  The memo was sent by email and it includes an Appendix that outlines REA eligibility. OPSBA commented on our support for this approach and the choice for Indigenous families in our submission to the government as it was part of their omnibus budget bill. 

Ontario Autism Program (OAP)

On July 29, the government announced the expansion of their Autism Advisory Panel to include recommendations for a "new needs-based and sustainable autism program."  Last May the government conducted public consultations regarding the OAP and OPSBA sent in a response with feedback from member board superintendents responsible for special education and the Education Program and Policy Development Work Teams. Our final submission was shared with the Ministry and OPSBA's Board of Directors. 

Government News Release

Additional OAP information 

Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)

Late in July, education ministers from across the country met in Victoria, British Columbia for their annual meeting. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange. The MOU is for both provinces to "support and enhance opportunities for elementary and secondary students in STEM fields."

Government News Release 

Office of the Ontario Ombudsman

On May 1, the Ombudsman's Office was given the power to investigate complaints and address concerns from and about children and youth in care (including about Children's Aid Societies, foster and group homes, secure treatment facilities, and residential licensees across Ontario). The Ombudsman has established a dedicated children and youth unit for this work and in their July newsletter released tools (FAQs, info sheets etc.) to be shared with stakeholders.

More information 

Other Information

Current Party Standings – 124 seats:

  • Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario - 73
  • New Democratic Party of Ontario - 40
  • Ontario Liberal Party - 6
  • Green Party of Ontario - 1
  • Independent – 3
  • Vacancies - 1
Jul 23
OPSBA in the Media, July 2019

Union says teachers’ contract talks stalled over dispute with school boards
The Canadian Press, Jul. 25, 2019
Contract talks between Ontario’s high school teachers, the province and its public school boards have stalled before they’ve even begun, says the union representing the educators.
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Ontario high school teachers won't have a contract before the academic year starts, union warns
CBC News, Jul. 24, 2019
Contract negotiations for Ontario high school teachers have stalled, and according to the head of the province's main secondary school teachers' union, bargaining can't resume before the beginning of the school year.
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Ontario teacher contract negotiations already stalled
Newstalk 1010, Jul. 24, 2019
Earlier this month, Ontario's Education Minister expressed confidence a deal could be reached with teachers before their contracts expire on August 31.
NEWSTALK 1010 has exclusively learned that is not going to happen.
Negotiations have stalled before they even began.
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Teachers' negotiations stall before they begin
The Toronto Sun, Jul. 24, 2019
Students at Ontario’s public high schools should still be in the classroom come the first week of September even if contract talks are at a standstill.
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Government moves forward with school repair funding; asks boards to submit funding requests
The Canadian Press, Jul. 22, 2019
Ontario's schools had a $15.9B capital repair backlog in 2017, the last time data was released.
Ontario is asking school boards across the province to submit funding requests for their most pressing repair projects as it restarts a key school infrastructure program that has been frozen for more than a year.
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Jul 22
Legislative Update, July 22, 2019

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains on summer recess and resumes on Monday, October 28, 2019. 

Office of the Ontario Ombudsman

On July 17, the Ontario Ombudsman’s investigation report into Near North District School Board’s decision to close Widdifield Secondary School after the 2016-2017 Pupil Accommodation Review process, was made public. The report includes 14 recommendations, which were accepted by the Board.  

Ombudsman's News Release

Full Report 

Climate Action Incentive Fund

The Government of Canada has created a Climate Action Incentive Fund for Schools. With this new program, the federal government is proposing to provide $40.9 million dollars for energy efficiency investments in Ontario’s schools. On July 17, OPSBA sent to a letter to Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and copied Jeff Yurek, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks. On July 19, iPolitics reported that Minister Yurek had written to Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, saying that "(the) government agrees in principle to redistributing these funds back to Ontario school boards, subject to any necessary internal approvals." OPSBA will continue to follow up with both ministries about funding and timelines for our schools.

Background Information

Jul 08
Legislative Update, July 8, 2019

On July 3, OPSBA President Cathy Abraham, Executive Director Rusty Hick and members of senior staff met with the new Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce. The face-to-face meeting was an opportunity to congratulate Mr. Lecce and introduce him to our Association and our priorities that support student achievement and well-being. An introductory letter had been sent shortly after he was appointed and OPBSA has extended an invitation for Minister Lecce to attend an upcoming Board of Directors meeting.

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has risen for summer recess and resumes on Monday, October 28, 2019. Please see below for an update on recent items...

Parliamentary Assistants

Last week the Premier announced the Parliamentary Assistants (PA) that are connected to the various cabinet positions. Sam Oosterhoff, the MPP for Niagara West, remains the PA to Minister of Education. Click here for the news release detailing the assignments.

Office of the Ontario Ombudsman

Last week the Ontario Ombudsman, Paul Dubé, released his 2018-2019 annual report detailing the complaints the office has received. The report is divided into subject areas and includes a section on Education. There number of overall "Education" complaints was down slightly from the year before and the top complaints included: board employee and staff conduct; special education; exclusions/access; and transportation. Of note, as of May 1, the Ombudsman's oversight now includes child protection issues (formerly under the domain of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth) and French Language services.

A formal investigation was launched in October 2019 regarding a Near North District School Board's pupil accommodation review. The final report has yet to be released.

Click here for the full report (Note: it is 84 pages)

Click here for the Education section

Individual school boards can see the number of cases directed at their board listed on page 78.

Curriculum Releases - Grade 10 Career Studies Course

On July 2, Minister Lecce released the revised Grade 10 Career Studies Course, which is to be implemented in September 2019,  with a central focus on the jobs of the future. The course, "includes learning on financial literacy and an enhanced focus on career pathways, such as apprenticeships in the skilled trades."

Click here for the news release

Click here for OPSBA's response to the last Fall's Consultation: Education in Ontario


Jun 20
Legislative Update, June 20, 2019

On June 20, Premier Doug Ford announced a cabinet shuffle that includes the addition of one new ministry (Health is split into two ministries), as well as five new associate ministers. Stephen Lecce is the new Minister of Education and Lisa Thompson is now the Minister of Government and Consumer Services. Stephen Lecce is the MPP for King-Vaughan and was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in last year's election. He was formally the Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier and the Minister of Infrastructure. OPSBA has connected with political staff and confirmed that the current Chief of Staff and Director of Stakeholder Relations are staying with the new Minister. We understand that preliminary briefings will begin and stakeholder outreach will follow. Decisions regarding Parliamentary Assistants should be announced soon. 

OPSBA released the following statement:

"OPSBA had a good working relationship with former Minister of Education Lisa Thompson and her staff and we wish her well in her new portfolio. We look forward to meeting the new Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and connecting as soon as possible to share our priorities, which focus on providing universally accessible education for all students, regardless of their backgrounds. Our goal when interacting with Minister Lecce will remain the same: to confirm the government's commitment to supporting and investing in public education. OPSBA is a trusted non-partisan advisory body and source of information and feedback on public education and our advocacy focuses on our Multi-Year Strategic Priorities." 

Government News Release

Parliamentary History for New Minister of Education Stephen Lecce 

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has risen for summer recess and MPPs return to Queen's Park on October 28, 2019 – a week after the Federal Election, which will take place on October 21, 2019. 

Ontario Education Services Corporation's (OESC's) Professional Development

OESC announces their new Professional Development website is now available. The online modules are in the process of being reviewed to reflect current legislation, regulations, policy and research. The four modules that have been updated are:

  • Module 5: Performance Review: Director of Education
  • Module 11: Legal Aspects of School Board Governance
  • Module 12: Running Effective Meetings
  • Module 21: Board Self-Assessment: Governance Performance

REMINDER: OPSBA Elected Positions 2019

The OPSBA 2019 elections will be held as part of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which takes place from July 4-6, 2019, at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. Nominations for the Education Program and Policy Development Work Teams can be made from the floor at regional meetings.

Nominations Chart

Other information

June 19, 2019 News Release: Ontario Continues to Unlock Value of World-Class Health Care Agencies and Redirects Health Care Dollars from Administration to Direct Patient Care

June 14, 2019 News Release: Ontario Renews Funding for Legends Mentoring Program at Jake's House for Children with Autism

June 12, 2019: SB10 Memo, 19-20 Estimates Forms for Section 68 School Authorities

Jun 13
OPSBA in the Media, June 2019

Rookie MPP Stephen Lecce takes on a tough education file
The Toronto Star, Jun. 20, 2019
Stephen Lecce now rules the schools — but Ontario’s new education minister takes on a tough portfolio amid controversial cuts and with tough contract talks on the horizon.
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Ontario government will fund line-by-line audits for 10 school boards, but none have accepted the offer
The Toronto Star, Jun. 12, 2019
The Ontario government has set aside funds to conduct detailed audits at 10 of the province’s 72 public school boards, says a recent memo sent out to chairs.
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Jun 10
Legislative Update, June 10, 2019

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has risen for summer recess. The government passed a motion on June 6 that will see MPPs return to Queen's Park on October 28, 2019 – a week after the Federal Election. The government issued a news release, Ontario Government Protecting What Matters Most, summarizing their spring session activities. 

There is speculation that the Premier may conduct a cabinet shuffle that includes the education portfolio. OPSBA will share details and information if, and when, any changes are announced. June 7 marked the one year anniversary of the PC Party of Ontario winning a majority government in the 2018 provincial election. 

Bill 124, Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019

Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy introduced this legislation on June 5. The legislation proposes to cap public sector wage hikes to an average of 1% per year for the next three years. It impacts over a million unionized and non-unionized employees and applies to future collective agreements with the public service, school boards, teachers, colleges and universities, nurses, the OPP, Ornge, Ontario Power Generation, the Independent Electricity System Operator, childrens' aid societies, hospitals, and several other bodies. Municipalities and entities they are responsible for, such as firefighters and local police, are not covered by the legislation, nor is the Ontario Medical Association, judges or certain broader public sector executives, including those on school boards who are under the Broader Public Executive Compensation Act, 2014. The rationale is that their wages have been largely frozen for the past decade. The government plans to launch an informational website and hold consultations related to the plan during the summer break. In April, Bethlenfalvy announced consultations with public sector unions over the compensation. OPSBA attended a session along with the other school board/trustee associations.

Executive Compensation

Treasury Board staff are continuing to work toward a broader public sector executive compensation model to move beyond the current freeze and have indicated that they do not object to the salary frameworks approved last year.  The four trustee associations, as well as the Council of Directors of Education (CODE), are being asked for representative samples of the following:

  • Performance-based compensation in existing executive contracts, including any lump sum bonuses if/where they are present
  • Salary grids for executives (e.g. grid length and percentage/dollar amount of steps on the grid)

Treasury Board officials have stated that any salary increases will need to include performance-based assessment and that increases based solely on time in the position would not be supported. OPSBA is working with CODE and will also follow up directly with Board of Director members in a separate communication about the above requests. The Association has always supported local board autonomy and individual practices and processes for the selection and review of their Director of Education.

Curriculum Releases – Implementation for Fall 2019

  • Indigenous Education: The Ministry of Education announced details for this on May 21 in their news release, Ontario Launches First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies Curriculum. Later this month on June 19, the ministry is hosting a stakeholder engagement session to "discuss the co-development of a strategy to support Indigenous focused curriculum revisions, including revisions to Indigenous languages curriculum." Representatives from OPSBA's Indigenous Trustees' Council attending this meeting will be Vice Chair Lucille Kyle and Eric Bortlis.
  • Health and Physical Education:  The revised elementary curriculum was to be released in May. Currently, information posted on the Ministry's website states: The new elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum will be posted on the ministry's website in the summer of 2019. This new age-appropriate curriculum will reflect input received from more than 72,000 engagements with parents, students, educators, employers and organizations from across Ontario.
  • Grade 10 Career Studies: The revised mandatory Grade 10 curriculum is expected to be released by the end of June. This was last updated in 2006.

REMINDER: OPSBA Elected Positions 2019

The OPSBA 2019 elections will be held as part of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which takes place from July 4-6, 2019 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. Click here for the chart with the nominations received. Nominations for the Education Program and Policy Development Work Teams can be made from the floor at regional meetings.

Other information

Jun 03
Legislative Update, June 3, 2019

MPPs sat on Sunday, June 2, from 6 p.m. to midnight, and there is also the possibility of evening sittings this week. It’s not unusual for governments to extend sittings to pass legislation before rising for the summer break, as they are scheduled to do after June 6, 2019. 

Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019

This legislation was introduced on May 2 by Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark. The bill was time allocated and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy with written submissions due May 31, 2019. This legislation contains proposed amendments to 13 different schedules, including Schedule 4, Education Act. The proposed Education Act amendments concentrate on two financial matters - land expropriation and Education Development Charges (EDCs). On May 31, OPSBA sent a submission based on feedback from member board business officials and the Policy Development Work Team. 

Bill 116, Foundations for Promoting and Protecting Mental Health and Addictions Services Act, 2019

This legislation was introduced by Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Christine Elliott on May 27. The bill would enact two Schedules, the Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence Act, 2019 and the Opioid Damages and Health Costs Recovery Act, 2019. The legislation was accompanied by a government news release, Improving Quality Mental Health and Addictions Services Across Ontario

Hiring Practices and Class Size Consultations

On May 31, OPSBA provided the Ministry of Education with a submission for their Next Phase of Consultations on Hiring Practices and Class Sizes. This was announced in March as part of the Government’s New Vision for Education, “Education that Works for You”, with details included in Ministry Memo B9. Our response builds on and supports our February submission to the government on the same issues. Our Labour Relations team worked with member boards via HR leads (senior negotiators) and the Association’s Labour Relations Steering Committee. Additional feedback was obtained by OPSBA’s Executive Council, Board of Directors, both the Education Program and Policy Development Work Teams, as well as input from trustees at April regional meetings. 

OPSBA has previously commented on these topics in both a news release, OPSBA welcomes continued engagement but has class size concerns and a separate statement.

Ontario Autism Program (OAP) Public Consultations

In early May, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa MacLeod, announced details for the government’s plans for their public consultations regarding the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). The consultations included telephone town halls, an online survey and an opportunity for individuals to email their additional information or comments. To prepare our response, OPSBA coordinated two teleconferences with member board superintendents responsible for special education. With this feedback, a draft submission was then shared with the Education Program and Policy Development Work Teams. Our final submission was shared with the Ministry on May 30 and OPSBA’s Board of Directors. 

On May 30, Minister MacLeod announced the creation of an Autism Advisory Panel. The 20-member panel will provide recommendations to the Minister by September based on the feedback from the public consultations. 

Audit and Accountability Fund

In late May, the Premier announced the creation of an Audit and Accountability Fund. School boards have many checks and balances throughout the year including quarterly reporting, provision of estimates, revised estimates, and March and year-end financial statement reports. These last two reports have external auditor oversight, with the year-end report containing an audit opinion. In addition, the Ministry of Education’s finance staff review all submissions for compliance and boards have internal audit departments.

Ministry Memo to Board Chairs re Audit and Accountability Fund 

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 to 6, 2019, at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. Click here for the chart with the nominations received to date. All nominations received by the nomination deadline of 4:30 p.m. on June 4, 2019, will be published in the OPSBA Election Guide. 

CIVIX/Student Vote

In collaboration with Elections Canada, CIVIX is preparing to deliver its sixth federal Student Vote program, with the goal of reaching more than 1 million students throughout the country. Registration is now open and click here for more information.

OSTA-AECO

The student trustee association recently held their Annual General Meeting and elected new student trustees to their senior positions. These include: Public Board Council President-elect Sarah Chun (Thames Valley DSB); Public Board Council Vice-president-elect Sam Abbott (Renfrew County DSB); and President-elect Sally Meseret from the Durham DSB.

May 31
Celebrating National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous History Month

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.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

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.

Notable Resources

OPSBA's First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Resources

National Indigenous Peoples Day Learning Resources

A range of contemporary and historical resources and Ontario events

May 28
Apply now for Canada Green Building Council competition

Is your school teaching students about sustainability? Does it have environmental education programs for students and staff? The Canada Green Building Council and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools are looking for schools like yours – that are weaving sustainability education into their curriculum and bringing programs and activities to students that encourage awareness about the environment.

What the Greenest School in Canada wins

The winning school will receive $2,000 in prize money to use for a green activity and the coveted title of Greenest School in Canada.

The deadline to apply is June 15, 2019.

Demonstrate how you're educating students about sustainability. Schools that offer any grade from kindergarten to grade 12 in Canada are eligible to participate in the Greenest School in Canada competition, and will be judged on criteria including: efficient use of resources and reduced environmental impact; enhanced health and learning among students, teachers and staff; and emphasis on sustainability and resource-conservation education.

Register now.

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