VOICES

ETFO Editor Izida Zorde
Izida Zorde

In anticipation of Earth Month and in honour of the activists who have protected safe drinking water in South Dakota, protested major pipeline projects in Canada, saved US climate data from destruction under President Donald Trump and created viable earth-friendly models for development, this issue of Voice focuses on climate justice.

ETFO President Sam Hammond
Sam Hammond

We are seeing, every day, the effects of climate change and the failure of governments to address them. We are more aware than ever of the impact climate change will have on the quality of life of future generations.

ETFO General Secretary Sharon O'Halloran
Sharon O’Halloran

As a member, you have many opportunities to make your voice heard. Being active allows you to engage in important political and social issues and to connect your communities and interests with your union.

Velma Morgan

When I was a student, the only things that were taught during Black History Month were that my ancestors were enslaved and that Martin Luther King Jr fought for us. If it were not for my parents who told me about the kings and queens in Africa and the positive contributions that Black Canadians have made to society (and who helped to educate some of my teachers), I would have believed that my ancestors had accomplished nothing and were just victims in society.  

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Nancy Baldree

As we approach the winter break, my mind turns to the ebb and flow of school life. Many of us are running on fumes to get through the December push of school obligations and expectations, holiday celebration events, and managing the excited anticipation of our students as we wind down the calendar year.

ETFO President Sam Hammond
Sam Hammond

The election of Donald Trump in the US has had powerful reverberations internationally. This new political reality underlines the importance of ETFO continuing to work with and support our social justice partners. We must work together to fight against systems that undermine and oppress us.

ETFO General Secretary Sharon O'Halloran
Sharon O'Halloran

As you know, in our last central collective agreement, we negotiated a definition of professional judgement, making it enforceable through the grievance process. This was a first for our union.

ETFO Editor Izida Zorde
Izida Zorde

In this issue of Voice, we consider the factors that contribute to social and economic precarity.

picture of a school library
Valence Young

When workplace violence happens in schools there is a risk of physical and mental harm to both adults and children. The classroom is disrupted and the whole school community can be affected. Both Educators and students can become fearful at the prospect of violence happening again.

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