ETFO, other unions win major Charter challenge victory, Bill 124 declared unconstitutional

TORONTO, ON – The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and other unions have won a major court victory at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The Court found that the Ontario government’s decision, under Bill 124, to impose a three-year wage freeze for ETFO members and other public service workers was unconstitutional and violated workers’ collective bargaining rights. The decision does not address a remedy for this Charter violation.

“Given the content and timing of the legislation in 2019—in the midst of negotiations for the renewal of collective agreements in the education sector—Bill 124 was a direct attack on teachers and education workers,” says ETFO President Karen Brown. “Today’s decision reinforces what we have known all along: Bill 124 violates the democratic rights of all workers in Ontario’s public sector and is a clear violation of ETFO members’ freedom of association as guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

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Holiday Celebration

AOTL members and a guest are invited to celebrate the holiday season with us at the Northcrest Bowling Lanes!

Saturday, December 3
5:30 – 8:30 pm

The cost to attend is $15 per person which includes your bowling, shoe rental, pizza, and desserts. Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 29.

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OTF Connects – In Conversation with… Inspiring Teachers

Join colleagues across the province learn about the inspirational practices of five outstanding teachers, who will reflect on what has led to their successes, what they believe truly makes a difference in teaching and learning, and share promising practices you might want to try out in your own classroom!

Expert facilitator Joanne Myers will explore and celebrate phenomenal teaching and learning with:

In Conversation with Michelle CordyNovember 22, 2022
In Conversation with Leanne Oliver & Trish MaeckerNovember 29, 2022
In Conversation with Nikita BoodooDecember 6, 2022
In Conversation with Éric GauthierDecember 13, 2022

All webinars will run from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

To register and for additional information, visit the
OTF Connects calendar.

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Full $650 Math Subsidies Available

ADSB certified teachers (contract, LTO, and occasional) are eligible for a full subsidy of $650 if they successfully complete the following AQ courses in Math between September 1, 2022 and August 31, 2023:

  • Mathematics, Primary and Junior – Part 1
  • Mathematics, Primary and Junior – Part 2
  • Mathematics, Primary and Junior – Part 3
  • Mathematics, Grades 7 and 8
  • Mathematics, Intermediate (ABQ)
  • Mathematics, Senior (ABQ)
  • Mathematics, Honours Specialist

Please email your statement of completion from the course provider or a copy of your College of Teachers’ Certificate of Qualification, showing the qualification has been added, to the attention of Confidential Secretary Crystal Wells ().

If you have any questions, please contact the office of Superintendent Marcy Bell at 705-945-7235.

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