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    Join us in calling on our elected representatives to:

    • Make NO FUNDING CUTS to Public Education in the upcoming Ontario Budget
    • Stop the Privatization and Contracting Out of Public Education
    • Enhance and Improve Public Education Funding from Kindergarten to Post-Secondary

    Rallies will be taking place in both Muskoka and the City of Kawartha Lakes:

    Thursday February 7 at 4:15 at MPP Norm Miller's Office (165 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge).  Buses are available at GHS and HHS, departing at 3:30pm.

    City of Kawartha Lakes
    Thursday February 7 at 3:30 at MPP Laurie Scott's Office (14 Lindsay Street, Lindsay)

    Questions can be directed to Colin Matthew at 705-324-0107.



  • FREE Family Skating this Holiday!


  • Holiday Open House

    Drop in for some cheer before the holiday break!

    Join us - Wednesday December 19, 2018 from 3pm - 5:30pm at the District 15 Office at 11 Sussex Street, Lindsay.

  • Local Pride Celebrations

    June is recognized as Pride month, both in Canada and in many countries around the world, celebrating, uniting, and empowering people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions, and is marked with parades, dances, festivals, and other events sponsored and hosted by local charities and volunteer organizations.

    Members are encouraged show their support for LGBTQ* persons by participating in local Pride events.

    Kawartha Lakes Pride

    Celebrating 10 Years of Muskoka Pride!Kawartha Lakes Pride hosts an annual picnic at the Victoria Park Armoury.  In 2018 it will be on Saturday July 14 from 11 - 2pm.  You can find them online on Facebook and Twitter, or you can email them.  

    Muskoka Pride

    Celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2018, Muskoka Pride is hosting more than a week of events from July 20 - 29.  Details can be found on their website.



  • New Executive Elected!

    At the meeting of the Teachers'/Occasional Teachers' Bargaining Unit Assembly on May 11, 2018 the following members were elected to the Bargaining Unit Executive:

    • President: Colin Matthew
    • Vice Presidents: Angela Weiler & Craig Horsley
    • Secretary: Danielle Lazzarin
    • Treasurer: Justin Boyd

    The Executive's term of office will begin on July 1, 2018 and end on June 30, 2020.



  • Ontario Provincial Election 2018

    With the provincial election now very close at hand, every voter will have their own set of priorities and criteria for determining which party’s platform deserves their support on election day. For OSSTF/FEESO members, that decision should be based in no small part on how well the respective parties’ platforms measure up against our own education platform, Public Education— It’s For Everyone. Our platform identifies key education issues we believe need to be addressed, and asks for specific actions the next government needs to take in order to address those issues effectively.

    To help you assess how the major parties’ platforms measure up against OSSTF/FEESO’s platform, OSSTF has prepared a comparison of the education platforms of the four major political parties with our own education platform. This document will be updated as parties reveal their platforms during the election campaign.

    In addition, a new section has been added to the OSSTF/FESSO provincial website called Provincial Election Watch to help members stay up to date on media articles related to the upcoming Provincial Election, and to provide helpful links.

    This is an important election for the future of Ontario – please educate yourself on the issues and the platforms, and on June 7th cast your vote!



  • Bargaining Unit Executive Elections

    The Teachers' / Occasional Teachers' Bargaining Unit Council encourages nominations from members for the following positions on the Bargaining Unit Executive:


    Members may submit nominations using the Nomination Form provided.

    Nominations received 45 days prior to the annual meeting (Monday March 26, 2018 by 4pm) shall be considered on-time, and candidates shall be eligible to participate in the campaign period (subject to the conditions of By-Law 10).  

    Additionally, on-time candidates for President may participate in All-Candidates Meetings in each region of the District.

    Written nominations for other Executive positions (Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary) may be received up to 12pm on May 10, 2018, and nominations may also be made from the floor at the Annual Meeting of the Bargaining Unit Assembly.


    • Election of the President shall be conducted by secret ballot of the membership, in branches and online May 3 & 4, 2018.  Results of the vote shall be announced at the Annual Meeting of the Bargaining Unit Assembly on Friday May 11, 2018.
    • Election of the remaining Executive positions (Vice President (2), Treasurer, and Secretary) shall be conducted by secret ballot of the delegates of the Bargaining Unit Assembly at the Annual Meeting on May 11, 2018.


    For more information, please see the postings above or contact the District Office.



  • Pathways to Leadership for Women Handbook

    The OSSTF/FEESO Provincial Status of Women Standing Committee has created a document for women and women-identified members, called "Pathways". This resource has three goals: identifying the potential pathways to leadership for women in their union, suggesting the skills, attributes, and responsibilities these pathways might require and illuminating the resources that OSSTF/FEESO provides for members that can facilitate their pursuit of leadership. This resource also recognizes that every woman’s experience will be different, depending on the nature of their job class, worksite, Bargaining Unit and District. The Committee’s hope is that the document will inspire more women to learn about the numerous ways they can get involved in their union and make a difference.

    Limited paper copies of this document were distributed to all Presidents or their designates who attended the November 2017 meeting of Provincial Council. This resource is also available on the OSSTF website in both English and French on the Equity page.

    For more information on getting involved with OSSTF locally or provincially, please contact Colin Matthew at the District office.  For more information on the ‘Pathways’ document, please contact Tracey Marshall at the OSSTF Provincial Office.



  • AMPA 2018 - Delegate Nominations Now Open!

    Members are encouraged to consider applying to attend AMPA 2018 as a District 15 delegate or alternate.  The meeting will be held March 9 - 12, at the Sheraton Centre, Toronto.

    The Provincial Assembly is the supreme legislative body of OSSTF/FEESO and is responsible for establishing or amending Federation policies, bylaws, constitutions, budgets, the annual Action Plan and for the election of the Provincial Executive and OTF Governors.

    Those selected as delegates and alternates are expected to attend the Central Regional Association’s Pre-AMPA meeting (March 2-3, 2018) in addition to AMPA 2018.
    Please submit completed nomination forms to the District Office by 4pm on Friday December 8, 2017.
  • Marion Drysdale Student Achievement Awards 2018

    What's your super power?

    The deadline to submit entries to this year's OSSTF/FEESO Student Achievement Awards is fast approaching.

    Find out more...