Your Member News
May 19, 2021
Update on Bill 115 Remedy 
To keep you informed about the status of the Bill 115 remedy, we are providing this update. As more information is available, it will be shared via our newsletter.
 
Since the update on March 24, a meeting was held with Justice Lederer to discuss the process to reach a remedy. The Parties have agreed to participate in a mediation session in June with Justice Lederer acting as mediator.
 
If no resolution is reached during mediation, Justice Lederer will then hear legal arguments in July. The Parties also agreed that the format for this process would mirror an arbitration rather than a full court hearing and Justice will issue a final resolution on the outstanding remedy issue for ETFO members.   
Celebrating Our History
Designated Early Childhood Educators are an important part of public education and ETFO. It wasn’t that long ago that these educators joined the union. To share a piece of this history, we released a Union Heritage Moment to tell the story of when DECEs said yes and joined the Federation. Be sure to share this proud union moment!
Community Mobilization Win!
Recently the members in Peel launched a campaign that engaged parents and community members to say NO to the fractured “hybrid” model of learning.
 
After facing strong opposition and criticism, the Peel School Board announced it would not proceed with the fractured learning model in elementary schools this September.
 
This is an reminder that while change is often an uphill battle, our continued efforts to mobilize, engage and activate community members can make a difference!
Annual Meeting Ready?!
Now available on our website, you will find documents for the August #ETFOAM2021 meeting. It is all on one handy page here.
 
Be sure to review the Resolutions Booklet, which also features the declared candidates running for a spot on the Provincial Executive. View the Resolutions Booklet and turn to page 26 for the election candidates. 
Unpacking the Education Budget
History has shown us that the Ford government likes to pretend to invest in public education but actually only moves existing money around and claims it as new.
 
As we reviewed the education funding plan for 2021-2022, we spotted the same old smoke-and-mirrors approach used by the Conservatives. Read the ETFO media release.
Do You Know a Pride Champion?
The Ontario Federation of Labour is seeking nominations for the Solidarity & Pride Champion Award.
 
This award acknowledges and celebrates individuals or groups who have made a significant or ongoing contribution to advancing two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (2SLGBTQ+) human rights, equity and inclusion. Nominations close on June 1. Learn more here.
New Equity Statement
To affirm and deepen our work to create inclusive spaces, ETFO has extended its existing Equity Statement. The statement includes a definition and description of our anti-oppressive framework.
 
Creating inclusive and equitable practices at all union, school, and community spaces requires ongoing work. To assist you with this, we created a new primer that provides the seven components for implementing the anti-oppressive framework and outlines proactive strategies to address oppression.

And the Survey Said 
We know that you are feeling it and the results confirm it.
 
The recent Pandemic Experience Survey showed that the Ford government’s failed response to COVID-19 in Ontario schools has negatively impacted the mental health of elementary educators.
 
For more details on this survey, visit this page on the etfohealthandsafety.ca site.
Professional Learning Events
Native Language Gathering
June 12, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Before May 19, you can register for a one-day gathering to hear keynote speaker Isadore Toulouse share his journey as a language speaker and educator.

During this program, participants will have the opportunity to network, identify barriers and build capacity for the Native Language classroom. Learn more here.
Member Services
Supports for Virtual Teaching 
While most educators continue to teach virtually, we want to remind you about the resources on our website.

Visit etfo.ca/link/virtualenvironment for tools to help you navigate this emergency virtual environment.
Math Supports for Beginning Teachers
The Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) is offering math office hours for beginning teachers facing the Math Proficiency Test (MPT).
 
Are you a holder of a conditional or temporary teaching certificate and have yet to successfully complete the MPT before August 31, 2021? If so, you might find these supports from OTF helpful as you prepare for the required test.
 
Registration is now open for math hours. Find more information here.
 
BONUS: Access OTF’s archived 10-part Make Math Moments webinar series presented by Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr here.
Well-being Contest
Taking time for ourselves positively impacts our well-being. You should enjoy some well-deserved self-care with a good book from OTIP.
 
Using Electronic Pink Slips? Protect Your Privacy 
In some Canadian provinces – including Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador – drivers can now display an electronic pink slip on their smartphone when asked to prove insurance.
 
This electronic pink slip provides a more convenient option over paper. However, you might be wondering what your rights and responsibilities are and how to protect your privacy when handing over your phone to a police officer. Learn more here.
Educator Blogs

  • Have you had that moment of Wi-Fi fail? We all do! Melissa Turnbull shares her thoughts in I Am Happy You Are Here. 

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