Franco-Ontarian teachers join the strike: Here’s what is at stake for them

(La version française se trouve ici)  The Association des enseignants et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) represents French-language elementary and secondary teachers across Ontario. Last December, 97 per cent of AEFO’s members voted in support of strike action. In January, they initiated work-to-rule action. This week they are holding a one-day…
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Les écoles franco-ontariennes elles aussi débrayent : Les enjeux pour ces écoles

L’Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) représente les enseignantes et enseignants et des travailleuses et travailleurs des écoles élémentaires et secondaires franco-ontariennes. En décembre, 97 pour cent des membres de l’AEFO ont voté pour un mandat de grève. En janvier, ils ont débuté une grève du zèle. À…
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Reflections on my big Obama moment

In January, I joined more than 6,000 people at the Toronto Convention Centre to hear former U.S. president Barack Obama speak about “the future of work.” Seeing him in person for the first time got me reflecting on the past, and what remains my most impactful Obama moment. I was…
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Familiarity Breeds Resistance: Harris-era parents know there’s nothing innovative about Ontario’s education cuts

I came of age as an activist and researcher when Mike Harris blustered his way into power in the 90s. His education minister, John Snobelen, famously a high school dropout, was much more comfortable referring to students as “clients,” parents as “customers” and teachers as “front line service providers,” and…
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Taking a hammer to Steeltown: Ontario government cancels funding for Hamilton’s LRT project

With virtually no prior warning, the Ontario government announced on Monday, December 16⁠—five days ago⁠—that they had cancelled the Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, a long-planned 14-km rapid transit line running east-west across Hamilton between McMaster University and Eastgate Square. Adding insult to injury, Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney…
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It’s all about tax cuts

In the past year and a half, the Ontario government has demanded that Ontarians sacrifice many vital public services to address an alleged fiscal crisis. But in a report released earlier this week, the Financial Accountability Office (FAO) shows that most of the savings from service cuts are not going…
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