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November 29th, 2012:

Job action by the elementary school teacher’s union…

From the OCDSB site.

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ETFO Work To Rule Strategy

Effective Monday, December 3, 2012, OCETF Members Will:

NOT participate in any school-based or system-level meetings including staff meetings, committee meetings, division meetings, Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings, and School Improvement Plan (SIP) meetings, student of concern meetings, team meetings, etc.;

NOT attend any board sponsored professional development workshops/activities/events;

NOT conduct any reading, writing, or mathematics diagnostic assessments i.e., CASI, ELOT, EDI, DRA etc., other than those that the teacher deems necessary;

NOT fulfill any administrative duties such as filing, sorting of documents for OSRs, completing or verifying attendance registers, data entry, computer site administrator; collecting of monies. (Note: collecting monies is permitted for activities initiated by the teacher);

NOT act as admin. designate or teacher in charge where the role is voluntary, i.e., without pay; this does not apply to the normal admin designates who receive a stipend for this role;

NOT participate in any EQAO related activities or testing;

NOT participate in any Ministry initiatives connected to the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat/Student Success/Learning to 18 (e.g., Schools In the Middle (SIM), Teacher Learning Critical Pathways (TLCP));

NOT participate in parent interviews outside the instructional day;

NOT participate in field trips, play days, or class excursions as of December 10, 2012;

NOT attend attendance management meetings;

NOT participate in voluntary/extra-curricular activities;

NOT distribute for management any board or ministry memos about the union’s work to rule or labour negotiations to students or parents.

 

OCETF members will:

 

CONTINUE to teach and provide extra help to students during the instructional day;

CONTINUE to take attendance;

CONTINUE to maintain contact with parents regarding students during the instructional day;

CONTINUE to provide scheduled supervisory duties.

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I almost fell of my bus seat when I saw this headline:

Tories still see ally in Rob Ford

Really? Seriously? Toronto area Conservatives are coming to this train wreck’s defense? Would Ford have the utter gall to run for the CPC in the next election?

Of course he would.

OTTAWA – Those whose antics threaten to besmirch the party name normally don’t get a second chance with Canada’s federal Conservatives.

Not so, it would seem, for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

“I did support him and I do support him,” said Conservative MP John Carmichael, who represents the Toronto riding of Don Valley West, after the controversial municipal leader was ordered removed from office this week for violating conflict-of-interest rules.

“I feel very badly about what’s happening.”

Many Toronto-area Conservatives are rallying around the embattled mayor, having actively backed Ford’s 2010 campaign — some putting a great deal of their own personal political capital into play in order to elect someone they saw as a valuable ally.

Ford’s campaign pledge to end the city hall “gravy train” resonated with kindred spirits on the political spectrum, his no-nonsense, blue-collar style the perfect antidote to the Toronto elites long viewed as the natural enemy of Canada’s right wing.

And how many mayors have been invited to go fishing at Stephen Harper’s summer home?

Personally, I think this is a good thing. Sure, why not?

And when it blows up in the collective face of the ReformCons, I will be falling off my seat again – laughing.

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Petty partisan politics…

…trumps good legislation most of the time in Harper’s government.

And that is really too bad, especially in this case because this was a good Private Members Bill that should have passed.

OTTAWA – The New Democrats’ efforts to help Canada send desperately needed medication overseas to people suffering with HIV/AIDS was defeated in the House of Commons Wednesday – an action some are calling a “travesty” and a “betrayal.”

“It is a travesty that the Harper government, having made much of its initiative on maternal and child health, would now turn its back on an opportunity to help people dying of treatable diseases,” Richard Elliott, executive director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal network said in a release. 

“This is shamefully callous and a discriminatory double-standard for which those who can least afford it pay the ultimate price.”

Only seven Conservative MPs supported the private member’s bill, which went down in a close vote of 141 for and 148 against.

The CPC cannot put aside partisanship? Even for a moment?

Sheesh. Typical.

 

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