Brampton High Schools Cut Programs Due to Teacher Layoffs

High schools provide students with numerous different courses to choose from. However, recent cutbacks have forced some Brampton schools to cut back on what they can offer.

Last month, it was announced that over 330 teachers would be laid off in the Peel Region, as a result of recent funding cuts by the government. This has forced many schools throughout Brampton to cut back on offered courses.

Schools affected by the cuts include Turner Fenton Secondary School, Mayfield Secondary School, David Suzuki Secondary School, and Brampton Centennial Secondary School.

Brampton Centennial was the most recent school to have announced cut courses, with 30 classes being cut next school year. Mayfield recently announced 42 courses would be cut from the 2019/2020 school year.

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Ford government budget cuts expected to cost Peel Region $45 million

Peel faces a $45.1 million shortfall over the next two years, as a result of the provincial budget cuts, costing the average homeowner $68 more each year in taxes, says Norm Lum, director of business and financial planning for the region.

“Council will need to make some very difficult decisions,” Lum said at a meeting last week. “These are incredibly challenging times.”

The Region of Peel is required to provide many cost-shared programs mandated by the province. On April 11, the province released its 2019 budget with additional details in the weeks that followed. A number of announcements have been made, including adjustments to funding models for both 100 per cent funded programs and cost-shared programs.

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CUPE becomes second education union to request early start to bargaining

The union representing 55,000 school board support staff across Ontario has filed notice to start contract bargaining early, becoming the province’s second education union to do so.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees sent a formal request on Friday, after the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation did so on Monday.

CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions bargains for workers in all four systems — English and French, public and Catholic — and is warning of difficult talks ahead.

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Doug Ford’s Cuts Threaten 600 School Breakfast Programs That UNICEF Says Low-Income Children Need

Even though Canada ranks near the bottom of the industrialized world when it comes to food security and ending hunger, Doug Ford’s cuts to public health have put the future of 600 school breakfast programs at risk.

In fact, cutting the programs aimed at lower-income children would go against recent recommendations from UNICEF that noted such funding is needed to boost Canada’s lagging child nutrition.


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Education Rally

Thousands protest Ford’s proposed education cuts at Queen’s Park

Thousands of teachers, students, and parents from all over Ontario gathered at Queen’s Park on April 6 to protest against proposed changes to education by the provincial government, with many coming from as far as Sudbury and Thunder Bay in more than 150 buses.

The rally was organized by five different teachers’ unions: the Elementary Teachers’ Federation Ontario, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario.

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Unions hold rally at Ontario legislature to protest education cuts

TORONTO – Throngs of demonstrators covered the lawn in front of the Ontario legislature Saturday afternoon to protest the Progressive Conservative government’s changes to the provinces education system.

Many in the crowd carried signs declaring “Cuts hurt kids” or “Standing together for students,” while others banged on drums or chanted slogans denouncing the government’s measures.

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Ontario students stage provincewide walkout to protest education changes

Students at one downtown Toronto high school chanted “Doug Ford has got to go” as they walked out of class on Thursday, marking the beginning of a protest planned by students at some 600 Ontario schools who oppose changes to the province’s education system.

The walkout at Bloor Collegiate Institute was among hundreds scheduled for 1:15 p.m. ET. The provincewide protest by both elementary and high school students was organized by students on social media, mainly Instagram, with the hashtag #StudentsSayNo.

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CUPE marks World Water Day 2019

Public water and wastewater services are vital to our lives and are fundamental human rights. These services are the foundation of safe and healthy communities. On March 22, CUPE members and our local and international allies recommit to protecting water and wastewater services from privatization and strengthening these services for future generations.

CUPE works in coalition at the community level to keep our water systems publicly owned and operated. We will keep organizing to stop the spread of privatization through public-private partnerships (P3s) and contracting out. Municipalities need reliable public funding to strengthen and expand water and wastewater systems.

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Rainbow Board, special education committee and teachers unions pan changes in education system

SUDBURY—A loss of teachers due to increases in class sizes, as well as funding cuts to the provincial autism program are two of the many concerns that the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) have raised with the changes being made by the provincial government to the education system. And, the issue of cuts is something that concerns the Rainbow District School Board (RDSB) as well.

At an RDSB board meeting this past Tuesday, Manitoulin trustee Margaret Stringer told the board that at the recent board special education advisory committee meeting, “we discussed the changes and cuts in funding for children with autism and the effects it will have on them. A large group of local parents have held rallies against the cuts that will create substantial challenges for families and those with autism and a petition is being sent to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario,” said Trustee Stringer. The petition calls for the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to invest in equitable, needs-based autism services for all children who need them.

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