December 30, 2019
Announcement: Understanding Teacher Strikes

To: 3 online signatories, 8 email respondents, 6 mail canvassers, 84 reporters and commentators; 27 trustee candidates and trustees; 28 of the many voters who are very concerned about our "one-size-fits-all" school boards; and 146 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 provide a quote from a recent article titled Understanding the Foundation for Teachers' Strikes in Ontario.
Understanding Teacher Strikes
The following quote is taken from an article written by Deani Van Pelt and Jason Clemens.

"... an inherent conflict is created when governments assume the monopoly (or near monopoly) provision of a public good, education for instance, at the same time that the government allows itself to be unionized. This combination of monopoly provision of services and unionization in areas like education means that if (perhaps when) strikes occur, parents have no alternatives. In other words, the unions enjoy the best of both worlds: the ability to strike and no real competition. This enormous benefit bestowed to unions comes at a cost—a lack of choice for parents and the real possibility of the disruption of educational services."
Online Petition about charter schools
The online petition can be viewed by clicking on the button below.
Updated Results

So far 20 +2 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




SUPPORT = 1 + 2


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
Chilliwack + 1
Vancouver + 1
Email Survey about charter schools
The email survey questionnaire can be viewed by clicking on the button below.
Updated Results

So far 7 +1 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

SUPPORT = 7 + 1
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.
Ontario Schools - Education Instability
Updates are shown in red lettering

School Board Elementary Schools (31 Public Boards)
  • 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 for December 4, 10 and 17 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 High Schools (31 Public Boards)
  • 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

School Board French Schools (4 Public and 8 Catholic Boards)
  • Franco-Ontarian teachers vote 97 per cent in favour of a strike
  • Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l'Ontario
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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
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