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  • Holiday Family Skating!

     

     

  • A Christmas Message from the President

    Teachers change the world.  Though this is oft repeated, it cannot be overstated.  As if evidence of this were needed, we recall desperate attempts by extremists to silence the voices of teachers and extinguish the curiosity of students around the globe.  In September, 42 male student teachers were kidnapped and presumably murdered in Iguala, Mexico.  More recently a Taliban attack in Peshawar, Pakistan left 141 people dead: mostly pupils but also teachers and the school’s principal.  While these are without doubt faraway events, in the internet age we can hardly pretend to be isolated from extremism or immune to attempts at radicalization, often directed at our most vulnerable youth.

    At this most peaceful time of year when many of us are able to reflect on the gifts we have it is appropriate that we consider our role as educators and as OSSTF members.  As each of us changes the world by challenging pupils to open their minds and engage in the world around them, so too our Federation membership allows us the opportunity to shape the province in which these students will grow, work and raise their own families.  We must continue to fight together with our provincial, national, and global partners to ensure the lamp of learning shines over all parts of the globe regardless of race, religion, sex, or socio-economic privilege. 

    In Ontario we enjoy a standard of living arguably unparalleled anywhere in the world.  One need only visit the local farmer’s market; paddle, hike or ski one of our Provincial Parks; skate at the local arena; or enjoy any one of Ontario’s many publicly funded cultural attractions to know what an incredible province Ontario’s taxpayers have created over the last 150 years.  These things did not come easily and are not to be taken for granted. 

    Without question excellent public education has played a significant role in making this province what it is, and while the last two years have introduced a level of uncertainty and discontent not seen in Ontario schools since the Mike Harris years, OSSTF continues to lead the fight for public education in Ontario.  Your provincial executive is working on your behalf with the provincial government and the school boards to improve working conditions for teachers, your district leadership continues to develop positive lines of communication with the local district school board – most recently seen in the December 6 remembrance; and District 15 members continue to engage their local communities.

    As you break, recharge, and prepare for the final onslaught in semester 1, I encourage each of you to consider not just how blessed you are to be a secondary teachers in Ontario but also your role in our Federation.  What does the Federation do for you and what can you do for it?  As we hurl towards 2015 consider how you, as a teacher and OSSTF member, will work to ignite the lamp and impact the world we all share.

    Have a restful holiday.  Enjoy time with family and friends.  Come out and skate at your local arena on December 29 and have a safe and happy new year!

    Colin Matthew
    President OSSTF District 15

  • Holiday Free Skates!

    OSSTF District 15 is hosting holiday free skates for members across the District on December 29, 2014.

    There is no cost.  Members are encouraged to attend, and bring family and friends to enjoy the season on skates.  Ice time has been booked at local arenas as follows:

    Bracebridge: 3pm - 4pm
    Fenelon Falls: 11am - 12pm
    Gravenhurst: 3pm - 4pm
    Haliburton: 3pm - 4pm
    Huntsville: 3pm - 4pm
    Lindsay: 11am - 12pm

     

     

    We hope that you'll join us!  Happy Holidays!

     

  • OSSTF/FEESO Press Conference, Queen’s Park, December 5, 2013

    December 9, 2013 — On 1:00 pm on Thursday, December 5, 2013, OSSTF/FEESO President Paul Elliott held a press conference at Queen’s Park to officially launch the Federation’s new education platform. “Public Education – Investing in Ontario” is OSSTF/FEESO’s new six-point education platform that sets out recommendations ranging from increased funding for all levels of public education to reducing the province’s school board systems to just two.

    Click here to read the platform document.

     

     

  • OSSTF/FEESO members commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

    TORONTO, ON - Dec 06 2013 — Twenty-four years ago, on December 6, 1989, fourteen women were killed at École Polytechnique in Montreal, simply because they were women. The Montreal Massacre, as it became known, was a galvanizing moment in which mourning turned to outrage about all violence perpetrated against women.

    Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) members will be participating in events across Ontario honouring the lives of those women and working with students to implement initiatives aimed at preventing violence against women.  Read more ...

     

     

  • Investing in Ontario — OSSTF/FEESO launches public education platform

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    TORONTO, ON - Dec 05 2013 — The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) officially launched its public education platform today at a press conference held in Toronto at Queen’s Park. The platform, entitled Public Education—Investing in Ontario, outlines OSSTF/FEESO’s vision for publicly-funded education in the province.  Read more ...

     

     

  • AMPA Delegates - Nominations Now Open!

    AMPA 2014 ThumbnailThe District Office is now receiving nominations from members for positions of delegate and alternate on the District 15 delegation to the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Assemby (AMPA) for 2014, to be held March 7 - 10 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

    District 15 will be selecting a total of 6 delegates and 2 alternates.  At least one of the delegates must be a member of the PSSP Bargaining Unit, and at least one delegate should be an occasional teacher.  Any member (teacher, occasional teacher, PSSP) is welcome to submit a nomination form prior to the deadline.

    AMPA involves OSSTF delegates from across the province coming together to decide on amendments to the constitution, by-laws, budget, and policies, and to vote on various issues affecting the Federation.

    Delegates and alternates are expected to attend the Central Regional Association's Pre-AMPA meeting on February 28 - March 1, 2014.

    Please fax or email completed nomination forms to the District Office before the deadline of 4pm on Friday January 24, 2014.

    Any questions should be directed to District President, Peter Carroll at the District Office.

     

     

  • Save the Date: District Leadership Training 2014

    Save the Date for the 2014 District Leadership Training