Ontario CUPE education workers start voting on whether to strike

Ontario education workers including librarians, custodians and administrative staff are set to start voting today on whether to strike – and their union is recommending they vote yes. The Canadian Union of Public Employees has called Ontario’s initial contract offer, which it made public, insulting. The government has offered raises of two per cent a … Read more

Former Newmarket teacher faces sexual misconduct accusations

Ryan Imgrund, a former York Catholic teacher, is accused of inappropriate behavior with five female students — including sending shirtless photos of himself to one of them — when he worked at a Newmarket high school, the Ontario College of Teachers alleges. Imgrund, who resigned from the college last June, worked as a department head … Read more

Education Minister Stephen Lecce pledges normal school year

As students across the province head back to school — though not until Wednesday in Toronto — Education Minister Stephen Lecce said they should look forward to “the beginning of a return to a normal school experience” after the chaos of lockdowns and online learning because of COVID -19. “This new school year marks the … Read more

Most Ontario students return to school without COVID restrictions

By staff The Canadian Press Posted September 6, 2022 6:09 am narrower font Descrease article font size –a Larger font Increase article font size a+ Students across much of Ontario are returning to the classroom today for the first start of the school year without COVID-19 restrictions since the pandemic began. Students in the province, … Read more

Back to school: GTA students, teachers hope for normal year

Naomi Musa hopes Grade 12 is the year when she finally gets to have a typical high school experience. The Toronto teen, who was in Grade 9 when the pandemic started, has missed out on a lot. But with COVID-19 restrictions lifted in schools and a full return to sports, clubs and field trips, she … Read more

Ontario’s new pandemic measures will fuel an eighth wave, critics warn

Kids are going back to school next week without enough protection from COVID-19, critics say, warning an easing of pandemic measures could spark an eighth wave. Ontario waited too long to start first boosters for children aged five to 11 and ending the five-day isolation period for anyone testing positive will fuel spread in schools, … Read more

School staffing and wage proposals would cost much less than Ontario government estimates, union says

Wage and staffing proposals for Ontario’s education workers would cost less than the government has stated they will, their union said Friday in releasing its own analysis of the first offer it has put forward in bargaining. The Canadian Union of Public Employees’ Ontario School Boards Council of Unions represents 55,000 support staff, and is … Read more

Ontario school support staff to consider strike vote

As bargaining continues with the province and school boards, the union representing support staff has set a meeting to discuss holding a strike vote. In the memo, obtained by the Star, the Ontario School Boards’ Council of Unions has set Aug. 22 to meet with local leaders to provide a negotiations update from the latest … Read more

Masks not mandatory in Ontario schools this fall

Masks will not be mandatory in Ontario schools this fall, but will be provided to staff and students who wish to continue wearing them if they are concerned about COVID-19, the education ministry says. In a memo sent to directors of education late Friday afternoon, Deputy Minister Nancy Naylor said when classes resume in September, … Read more

‘Show up at the table,’ Education Minister Stephen Lecce urges elementary teachers’ union

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says it’s time for the province’s elementary teachers’ union to “show up at the table” after telling the government its negotiators are not available to bargain until the end of the summer. Lecce said while most of the education unions have scheduled upcoming negotiation dates or are doing so, the Elementary … Read more