As teachers in Catholic schools we have always supported progressive candidates who will champion the issues that are relevant not only to us, but to our broader community as well; candidates who will promote and improve the publicly funded Catholic education system, respect workers’ rights, and enhance the common good.
As always, we are concerned when we hear candidates and parties speaking about “finding efficiencies,” as we know that this cannot be achieved without some measure of reduction in public services and jobs. With healthcare and education being the two largest provincial expenditures, they are also often the first place people look to make cuts. While our systems are far from perfect, we want to work with a government that wants to build them up, not tear them down.
As such, and after careful consideration and a watchful eye on the local situation, the OECTA Waterloo Political Advisory Committee met on Tuesday May 29, 2018 and voted in favour of supporting,
Marjorie Knight – Cambridge
Fitzroy Vanderpool – Kitchener South Hespeler
Laura Mae Lindo – Kitchener Centre
Catherine Fife – Waterloo
Kelly Dick – Kitchener Conestoga
– the five New Democratic Party candidates in the local ridings.
The NDP have put forward a progressive platform that offers numerous suggestions to improve our education and healthcare systems, and many other areas of concern. (You can find links to all party platforms and analysis in the Members’ Area at catholicteachers.ca) Furthermore, we feel that support of these candidates will help to ensure that progressive voices are sent to Queen’s Park.
To be clear, our endorsement does not mean we are telling you how to vote. Everyone is encouraged to do their own research into candidates and party platforms and vote their conscience. We DO encourage you to VOTE.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of these candidates, you can contact them directly, or call the office and we can help you get in touch with the appropriate staff.
don't miss out on the wonderful buffet !!!!!!!
you must RSVP email@example.com to be included in the dinner.......last chance to RSVP is Monday April 30th
See the AGM Flyer for more information.
Sticks out for Humboldt
Your local release officers, Patrick Etmaski, Simon Dallimore, Ed Wyse and Jeannette Cowen, along with two local executive members, Dorothea Kruger and Kelly Tronko, joined other OECTA representatives from across South Western Ontario on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week to discuss concerns with mental health and supports available to teachers. This was a very informative day and a half. Topics around mindfulness, supporting members, employer's obligation to accomodate and how to identify those at risk lead to rich discussions and excellent resources.
Two excellent resources are listed below. Please take a few minutes to have a look. In addition, please contact a release officer at OECTA Waterloo if you would like to discuss any additional supports.
Click here to access website.
Click here to access Provincial publication on mental health.
“Hey! Baseball Fans!!”
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Buses Leave OECTA parking lot (219 Hartwood Ave)
at 4:15 sharp!!
Stops at the Cambridge Carpool at 4:45
(Hwy 401 and Town Line Road )
Cost: $75.00 per person
ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS !!!!
This deal includes:
Super, premium seats!
Luxury coach to and from game!
Food and beverages en route!
Buses will fill up quickly, so be the first to get your money in!
No reservations will be taken without CHEQUE and the completed form on the reverse of this poster.
Bring your CHEQUE (no cash) and form directly
to the OECTA office.
Young Authors is early this year !!!!!!!
all submissions must be received at the OECTA Office by Monday February 26, 2017
don't delay, send your entries in NOW !!!!!!
(no scans or faxes will be accepted)
Are you looking at purchasing a GoodLife membership? If you do it through Edvantage, you will be entered in a contest and could win an iPad AND a free membership!
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The Teachers of Waterloo Region, through our affiliation with TIE (Together in Education), are so pleased to be able to support Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. Pictured here are Chris Stockie (OECTA), Jeff Pelich (ETFO), Kourtney Beckman (Haven House), Joanne Threndyle (ETFO), Sherry Freund (OSSTF) and Kevin Johnston (OSSTF).
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In the 2016 Budget, the Federal Government has announced that Teachers and ECEs are now able to claim a “School Supply Tax Credit”. Eligible expenses include supplies used in a school or child care facility up to an annual maximum of $1000. The refund rate is 15%, allowing teachers up to $150 in tax credits for monies they spend on classroom supplies. Start saving your receipts.
We are pleased to inform you of the new and improved FeelingBetterNow® (FBN) website which offers an easy-to-use online tool to help you maintain good mental health at work and at home.
With FeelingBetterNow, you can:
If you created an FBN account prior to October 2015, you will need to create a new account to use the new website.
Previously when you logged into FBN, you were asked to enter your employer’s name. With the new and improved website, in the “Organization” field, school board employees will now need to type the name of their union, affiliate, federation (AEFO, ETFO, OECTA, OSSTF/FEESO, CUPE) and select from the list or type in “Other Education Employee” if this is not applicable.
It has come to our attention that the College of Teachers has sent emails to some teachers with the subject line “Members’ Survey Regarding Coroner's Jury Recommendation on Attestation”. The College is requesting participation in a survey related to the Coroner’s Jury recommendation that the College consider having its members attest annually that they have reviewed materials issued by the College relating to their duty to report abuse and/or neglect pursuant to the Child and Family Services Act.
You should also be advised that OECTA as well as OTF and the other affiliates have already been consulted by the College on this matter, and all are in agreement that it is not within the College’s mandate to have members provide an annual attestation to the College in this regard.
It is important for teachers to know that they are under no obligation to provide input to OCT regarding this attestation. If you DO provide input, you are under no obligation to answer beyond question #2 (unless you agree with the College. The rest of the questions beyond #2 are hypothetical and assume the College is implementing the attestation and would only justify the College’s position.) If you feel that there is no need for an attestation and that the College is not the right organization to implement an attestation, there is no need to answer any further. Or better yet, why not just answer “no” to the attestation.
Are you familiar with the Safe Schools Incident Reporting Form? You must complete one if you witness an event that is in contravention of what is considered a safe school.