December 23, 2019
Announcement: Online Petition in Ontario

To: 7 respondents, 4 former registered canvassers, 79 reporters and commentators; 23 trustee candidates and trustees; 29 of the many voters who are very concerned about our "one-size-fits-all" school boards; and 124 generally interested folks including members of the Social Mavrik Federation.

From: Bob Bray, President, Social Mavrik Federation

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CAMPBELL RIVER: Bob Bray is pleased to advertise an online petition for charter schools in Ontario.
Online Petition in Ontario
I recently came across a charter school petition that was started in 2014!

Its preamble has a history of the charter school movement written by Paul Bennett. The petition is hosted on the website of the Society for Quality Education.

Paul Bennett wr ites, " Since the early 1990s, the official reaction to charter schools has been apoplectic. When the Alberta government of Ralph Klein authorized Canada’s first charter schools, the core interests in Canadian education (school superintendents, education faculties, and teachers’ unions) closed ranks and successfully fended off charter schools everywhere else. Instead of fairly evaluating charters as a means of broadening school choice, public school authorities clicked into siege mentality mode, condemning the “privatizers” and casting aspersions on the motives of charter school advocates."

The petition is open to participants from all across Canada and can be seen here.
This is a good time to express support for non-union public education. There are now two ways to do so - this charter school online petition and the charter school email survey. Results so far from both are shown further along in this message.
As a reminder about some of the differences between existing public schools and another public type of school, I prepared the chart below to show the independence of a charter school from the school board in its community and the teacher federation in its province.
Click here for a larger version of the above chart.

Note the simplicity when a parental group hires a like-minded principal who recruits like-minded teachers to teach the provincial curriculum to their children.
Online Petition about charter schools
Results from 2014 to December 16, 2019
So far 20 citizens in Ontario and British Columbia have added their signature to this petition to call on the Ontario Government to allow charter schools in Ontario.





Allow Ministry
To Approve
Charter Schools





Petitioner Demographics

Name of City or Town

Bowmanville = 1
Cochrane = 1
London = 1
Malahide = 1
Mississauga = 1
North York = 1
Oshawa = 1
Ottawa = 1
Sarnia = 1
St. Catherines = 1
Thorold = 1
Toronto = 6
Union = 1
Welland = 1

Campbell River = 1

You can add your signature to the petition
The online petition asks for your name and address but you can sign it anonymously if you wish. The published demographic information is limited to the name of your city or town.

The online petition can be viewed by clicking on the button below.
Email Survey about charter schools
Email Results from Nov. 25 to Dec. 16
So far 7 citizens in British Columbia have emailed their position on independent publicly funded K-12 charter schools and the results are shown below.



Allow Ministry
To Approve
Up To 20 Public
Charter Schools

Respondent Demographics

Average Age
Number of Children
Number of Grandchildren
Number of Great Grandchildren

Avg Age=68 C=22 GC=51 GGC=4
Avg Age=0 C=0 GC=0 GGC=0
An easier-to-read summary of emailed questionnaires can be seen here.
You can register your opinion by email
The 10-question charter school questionnaire is just two clicks away.

The first click takes you to a description of the survey and an image of the questionnaire. This first link is:

The second click is to be placed on the questionnaire image which will appear on your screen.

The questionnaire includes four demographic questions, but not the usual demographic questions about level of education and amount of family income. Rather these demographic questions are about the respondent's age plus number of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The school choice issue is a parents rights issue so that the family size of respondents is a useful piece of information.

Survey data will be reported in confidential detail on a web page within the Social Mavrik website. Access to this Survey Data page is password protected.
Ontario Schools - Education Instability 2019
Announcement Updates

School Board Public Elementary Schools
  • phase 1 job action began on Tuesday, November 26
  • not completing Term 1 report cards
  • not participating in board or ministry courses outside of school hours
  • phase 2 job action began on Tuesday, December 10
  • not planning any new field trips
  • not collecting money for school activities, except charitable causes
  • some elementary schools went on strike where its education workers are OSSTF members
  • issues are special needs students, one early childhood educator in every kindergarten classroom and compensation
  • Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario ETFO
  • 83,000 teachers

School Board Public High Schools
  • work to rule began on Tuesday, December 3
  • Strike Day 1 - Wednesday, December 4
  • Strike Day 2 - Wednesday, December 10, against 9 School Boards
  • Strike Day 3 - Wednesday, December 17, against 10 School board
  • Contract negotiations to resume in January
  • issues are compensation, class size and two required e-learning courses
  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation OSSTF
  • 60,000 teachers and education workers
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Bob Bray, President, Social Mavrik Federation
Phone: 250-900-2422
Mail: 422-1434 Ironwood Street, Campbell River, British Columbia V9W 5T5
The Social Mavrik Federation is a registered society in British Columbia dedicated to cultural politics through endorsing MP / MLA / Trustee candidates and supporting initiative petitions, as directed by its members.
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The December 16th Announcement that presented an infographic about teacher salaries across Canada, reported on job action against Ontario school boards and presented results from the email survey - can be seen here.
The December 9th Announcement that described union trends in Canada, a quote about powerful unions in the government-monopoly school system, and a report on job action in some Ontario schools - can be seen here.
The December 2nd Announcement that described the revised questionnaire and reported on job action in Ontario schools and the unwelcome reappearance in 2019 of systemic education instability - can be seen here.
The November 25th Announcement that launched the email survey, provided a link to the Elections BC summary of 12 initiative petitions since 1995 and reported the end of mediation in the BCTF talks with BCSEA - can be seen here.
The November 18th Announcement that described the 5-month process for the charter school legislative petition and the results of this first taste of direct democracy can be seen here.
The November 11th Announcement that gave the last call for canvassers for this petition and asked the question - Is the Saanich school strike worth it? - can be seen here.
The November 4th Announcement that described how to start a school and quoted that portion of the School Act which recognizes parental choice in education can be seen here.
The October 28th Announcement that unveiled the measure of unhappy parents from the 2018 trustee election as an "Unhappy Rate" of 22% can be seen here.
The October 21st Announcement that identified a gap in independent school choice can be seen here.
The October 14th Announcement that compared neighborhood and charter schools on the basis of leadership, answered the question "is a charter school the same as a private school?", plus described the Go Public Strategy, can be seen here.
The October 7th Announcement that provided an education comparison of neighborhood and charter schools, plus described the School Act and the Independent School Act, can be seen here.
The September 30th Announcement that introduced the Canvasser Action Binder, described 25-year history of Charter Schools in Alberta and listed the 13 Alberta Charter Schools can be seen here.